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Pop-Media has done it again

3 Jun

David Koch you really are the biggest tool in this country. Actually, everyone involved on the channel 7 TV show, Sunrise is a complete tool.

It’s a complete wonder why anyone bothers to take this show without so much as a grain of salt. It would actually be a pretty funny program if they weren’t being serious. However, they ARE being serious. The delivery has all the conventions of brilliant sketch comedy, from Koch’s pathetic jokes and one-liners that even my dad would stay away from, right through to the extremely poor and misguided attempt at political and social commentary.

If I wasn’t already well fortified in my self-ban on any mainstream media I’d probably be exposed to this shameless rival to the even more nauseating, Good Morning Australia on the 9 network. In much the same way that Australia’s political landscape offers almost nothing in choice (apart from the Greens), we are given no alternatives to the big 3 commercial networks. Even the ABC and SBS have their agenda. Where are the independents? Where is the alternative to the same drum beat that has had journalists and reporters dancing for the past 60 years?

Thank you for Social Media. At least I can read an intelligent, balanced and eloquent editorial from a non-professional writer somewhere else in this country or the world who has more intelligence and especially more nerve to state the facts and give an opinion based on logic and reason.

Reading about the ridiculous story which took place on Sunrise yesterday morning, I almost had no choice but to depart ways with my recently eaten lunch. An audience poll was taken where they counted votes on who would be the preferred PM: Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, Bob Brown and… wait for it… the so cleverly constructed joke; Mr Don Key… complete with a picture of an actual donkey. Well done, Sunrise. You’ve turned us all into idiots, just like your viewers.

Koch, on a completely nonsensical rant, tried to tell us all how politicians should cease thinking about themselves and their parties, and start thinking about the Australian people. OH! What a deep and insightful thing to say Mr Koch.

To make matters worse, Neil Mitchell of the Herald Sun wrote this even more nauseating article based on the episode.

I’ve already given my two cents to Mr Mitchell on his extremely poor writing and inability to back up statements with actual facts and examples for the reader. I wonder how stupid he actually believes his readers are? Then again, it’s the Herald Sun that we’re talking about here.

To get back to the audience poll, the simple fact that the donkey won does not mean anything. We’re hearing a whole lot of talk now from within pop-news and faux-news circles that there are no decent candidates worth voting for at the next federal election.

Need I remind everyone that Australia is a parliamentary democracy and as such we do not ‘vote’ for who is going to be Prime Minister. Well we don’t vote them in directly. We vote for our local candidates. They belong to a party, and if they are voted in and their party gains the majority in the house of representatives then they form part of the government.

Something to remind a few people about.

What strikes me as unfair is the lack of respect given to one of the few politicians at the moment, Senator Bob Brown. Brown has been unfairly named part of the ‘loony left’ in Australian politics.

How can it be that a politician is dubbed ‘loony’ when their policies are all based on logic and reason? While others bow to a religious dogma and a capitalist agenda.

Food for thought.

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Our Social unAwareness

20 May

For a long time, I’ve found it difficult to find any pride in calling myself a West Australian. That’s the blunt truth.

Many people from this state will tell you that it’s a land of beauty and richness. We have an abundance of natural resources, the people are friendly and unique, and we have a long and exciting history.

I think that the first of those three points would be the only one with some valid truth to it.

Show me a friendly west aussie and I’ll show you a dozen extremely rude ones.

Tell me one exciting and interesting story from our history and I’ll tell you a number of boring and long-winded ones.

I’m not setting out here today to put down this state or to declare my hatred for it, but I am somewhat perplexed by the pride that so many take in it when we clearly have no sense of progression or direction.

I’m speaking of course about the attitude that reigns supreme here; a lack of social awareness and far too much inward looking.

We are a state of people who have no awareness of the outside world. We spend far too much time consumed with our own territory and our capital city that we lead ourselves to believe that it is the whole world.

Perth is a town with a relatively small population and far too much suburban sprawl. That is the truth. Now there is absolutely no problem with that, however many people that live here believe that it is a great city. It is far from being a great city. We have far too many issues going on that halt any kind of progress. Our attitudes are stained by an ultra- conservative philosophy that reeks of xenophobia and far too much economic liberalism. The mining companies, for example, are looked to by this state as the driving force of our strong economy. Yet it is also these mining companies who are causing our young to miss out on a rich education and experience a diverse range of cultures and lifestyles. It is these corporations that are destroying the very land we live in for the sake of the economy – in the end, economic matters are inconsequential compared to social matters. What is really important is people, not finance. Humanity can flourish without a free market.

Lately there has been a call from within a right-wing faction in this state to have WA secede from the rest of Australia. As ludicrous as this may sound, it is also a dangerous call and one that threatens to alienate and further isolate our people. The arrogance that exists within the people of Perth and other towns in this state is unjustified. Although the economy appears to be strong, it relies on one area and that is the resource sector. Iron ore, nickel and gas do not remain forever. Once they’re gone they’re gone. Then where are we?

The attitude towards sport is also quite backwards. People continually cry out for a new ‘footy’ stadium while Health and Education are left out in the cold. Our hospitals are ill-equipped yet this is never mentioned as an issue until election or budget time. We truly do not deserve the status that we have as one of the states driving this country until our public services are improved. It’s frustrating, that after so many years where a basic service to humanity has gone wanting, it is still undervalued by our government and media.

There is a group that exists within Perth, of so-called intelligent professionals that are working towards improving Perth and its reputation. However, it is not the physical aspects of this city that need improvement, it is the social aspects that require our full and undivided attention. As far too much emphasis is placed on the look and feel of a city, it is the implementation of better social projects; welfare, health, education, that need to take place in order for the people to live a more full and enriched life.

This will not happen in WA if attitudes are not changed. This comes with a better education and experience regarding social matters. As Western Australians we must stop looking to the mining companies as our saviours and begin looking at other great cities and regions in the world – mainly welfare states, particularly in Europe where a higher tax means that individuals and families are better off.

If the government simply takes in a little more money then it has the ability to distribute it evenly and more abundantly to public services that are in dire need.

Unfortunately, this is where WA is very far behind.

Smaller Government? Why?

13 May

What can society possibly benefit from smaller government? The history of capitalism will show us that any private body given free reign, as they often are, will take out more from the community than they put back in.

A smaller government, is effectively useless in regulating a number of industries and sectors in the community. The only way that the basics; health, education and infrastructure, can be provided adequately to society, is if the government has increased control over them.

I am not arguing for an increase in red tape, but there is a line that must be drawn when a right-wing government is looking to make cuts. Lowering taxes, decreasing the spending, and stepping back from necessary responsibilities is not what any developing or developed country needs.

All this does is increase the wealth of corporations within the private sector and allow them to continue the rape of this planet that they have been doing for years. It increases the already ridiculously large gap between the haves and have-nots.

Rantings of a Football Fan

12 May

According to mainstream media outlets in Australia, the only other place in the world where club football is played is in the UK. And the only four sides that exist are Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Oh yeah, and the Italians are cheats, the South Americans are drug-users and the Socceroos SHOULD win the next world cup because our boys have the ‘aussie spirit’ and hold ‘aussie values’.

And let’s not forget that the A-League has the greatest player in the world – Robbie Fowler – playing for one of its clubs. Raw talent and excitement like Fowler don’t come along very often. We are so lucky to have him play in our beautiful country and it’s very powerful league.

Sydney FC, according to most media outlets on the east coast, is the greatest football club ever. And over here in the west, Perth Glory is the greatest ‘soccer’ club in the world.

However, listen up football, because you better do as you’re told when the AFL and NRL want something their way. Because, we all know that they are the two biggest and most powerful sporting leagues in the world. I mean, how can you argue with the raw power of the AFL, which is a sport played in so many other countries. And it doesn’t matter if this is just at an amateur level, because it’s so quickly taking over the rest of the world. Pretty soon they’ll have major leagues dedicated to Aussie Rules everywhere!

Don’t worry though, football. Because the media says that you have enough decent stadiums, and if Australia gets the FIFA world cup… sorry, the ‘soccer’ world cup, then they should suffice for only the thousands of people that will want to come here and watch the matches… according to the media.

I’d like to deliver a big metaphoric slap in the face (and a literal one at certain types) to the Australian media. Particularly the media based in the west.

Why do the fans of football, REAL football, continually feel frustrated and betrayed? Why do we feel that there is a definite agenda where you do not want the world game to succeed in a nation where we supposedly take our sport very seriously? How can Australia call itself one of the greatest sporting nation on Earth when we struggle so much with the biggest sport on Earth? It is time that we woke up and got real!

Football is the fastest growing sport in Australia, particularly amongst the youth. The AFL and NRL are worried by this. Why? Because they have had the stranglehold on the nation for so long, that when people do realise the beauty of the world game, they’ll lose numbers, money and ultimately, power.

Just last week, the USA put in a fantastic bid to FIFA for the 2018/22 world cup. This is around the same time that the FFA did. Which one do you think would be more sold to Sepp Blatter and the officials at FIFA?

The NFL and NBA – two of the biggest sporting leagues in the United States, have put their full support behind the bid. What did the AFL and NRL do over here? Kicked up a big fuss about losing ticket sales over one month and then demanded compensation from an already cash-strapped FFA. Talk about toddler tantrums at the highest level!

I sat there, watching incredulously, as Andrew Demetriou, supreme commander of the Australian ‘Football’ League looked straight-faced at the camera on channel 7 news the other night, and demanded compensation from Ben Buckley and his boys at the FFA.

Let’s not forget now, that Ben used to work for Andrew less than two years ago at the AFL, so it’s no wonder when Andrew told him to jump, Ben asked, not only how high, but also thanked him for the order.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not stating that Australia bow down to football and praise it as the greatest sport on Earth. We are all entitled to our own opinions. However, when a fantastic game such as the world game is not even given a chance because of some truly, uniquely Australian, messed up agenda, then that is when we should be crying foul.

There is not one remote chance given to football. And when there is the slightest thing that goes our way, we are told to stop our complaining – like a little kid that had to settle for vanilla because there were no other flavours – we should be lucky to have the chance.

I’ve seen a lot of BS in my relatively short life so far. And I’ve dealt enough BS to know when BS is BS and this, my friends, is… you guessed it; BS.

It appears my boycott on any free-to-air channels apart from SBS and ABC in my house isn’t working due to certain requirements of my wife, in that she tune into master chef, home and away and… *shiver* two and a half men. So sometimes, when channel 7, 9 or 10 happen to be on and I see the sports report come up, I still hear my heart thumping loudly away, waiting… just waiting for any glimpse of a news story that contains teams of football from OUTSIDE the English Premier League and does not contain the words; cocaine, match-fixing or *groan* diving.

Then my heart returns to normal because, after all, football isn’t played in any other country.