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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

PHIL PHUMES

Continuing his recent meltdown, Phillip Adams tries to weasel out of it following a gentle nudge from Media Watch:

My offence? A senior moment on a recent Late Night Live. We were discussing the longish history of local literary frauds and hoaxes ... I then made a passing mention of another spurious writer, Helen Demidenko. And had that senior moment that seized Media Watch’s attention.

That “senior moment” - by the way, is perpetual Media Watch target Alan Jones allowed to use that excuse? He’s only a couple of years younger than Phil - involved this comment: “One of my most chilling experiences on this programme ever was a long interview I did with Helen Demidenko, which made my blood freeze.” Not exactly a passing comment; more a direct claim.

Adams wastes the next 277 words criticising Chilling Helen. There’s no point to this; the issue here is whether Adams interviewed her, not whether she’s the worst person ever to worsen the streets of Worseville. Eventually, Adams continues:

Whereupon Demidenko-Darville-Dale and her supporters ... protested that I’d never interviewed her. And on checking the program logs and my memory, it seemed she was probably right. I’d confused my encounter with Demidenko. It had happened while we were both waiting to be interviewed on someone else’s program. Was it TripleJ? Metro? Classic FM? After more than a decade I don’t know. But the impression that Demidenko made on me remains fresh and urgent.

So fresh and urgent he can’t remember where or when it happened.

I feel for [Media Watch host Monica] Attard. Constantly under attack by conservatives and the ultra-Right for political bias she needs, from time to time, to find a blood sacrifice from the Left.

A “blood sacrifice”? Please. Adams made something up and got (ever so gently) called on it. Still, it’s interesting that he has such a clear understanding of Media Watch’s role - pursuing conservatives.

This is not the first time I’ve been tut-tutted on a program for which I maintain a historic affection.

And no wonder; Phil’s latest tut-tutting quickly morphed into an attack on conservative ABC board member Ron Brunton. A previous tut-tutting became an attack on conservative columnist Janet Albrechtsen.

In recent times, however, [Media Watch] has been engaged in trivial pursuits ... Perhaps my memories of a golden age are symptoms of what Media Watch has now so boldly established. That once in a while I have memory lapses.

Weird sort of memory lapse. In fact, Phil seems to be suffering a memory surplus; he’s remembered something that never happened. Next week, let’s see if Media Watch has the juice to nail Phil over his election errors.

UPDATE. Further fun from Gerard Henderson, who notes complaints by Julian Burnside and Phillip Adams that the Howard government “put kids into prison camps”:

There may be an argument about the language usage involved but the facts are correct. Until a couple of years ago, children were detained in detention centres. But it is also true that in 1994, the midpoint of the Keating Labor government, there were 350 children in detention. What did Burnside and Adams say about this? Nothing.

C’mon, Gerard. Adams was too busy interviewing the Archduke Ferdinand and Josephine Baker.

UPDATE II. Senior moment alert! Phil thinks NSW’s grand Big Banana is in Queensland. Then again, he also believes General Motors is headquartered in Manhattan.

(Via CB)

UPDATE III. Geography really isn’t his strong point.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/02/2007 at 01:38 PM
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JAMMED SESSION

Malcolm Farr on Eric Clapton’s epic heroin-induced constipation:

Eric wasn’t God, as the graffiti painted on the London Underground insisted. He was clogged.

UPDATE. Saltydog:

I spent several years working the ER during the 70’s. What a treat. Heroin. LSD. The great unknowns and lethal combinations.

Those who lived to tell about it were lucky. Those who died were unlucky. Those who ended up with a slowly killing disease were unlucky. Those who ended up vegetables, and there were very, very many, were oblivious to their luck, but their families, left burdened with a life-time of care for a soulless mass that soon didn’t even look like the person they knew, were the unluckiest of all.

I still see the haunted looks on their faces as the realization came to them of the nature of the rest of their lives, and they knew that it was all because their child didn’t learn the lesson of not putting strange things into their mouth. At least those who lost their child could bury them and try to live. There was an physical end, if not a spiritual one.

Clapton was lucky that constipation was the biggest complaint he remembers. At least he still remembers something.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/02/2007 at 11:13 AM
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GAP INCREASES BETWEEN RICH AND POOR

This’ll get the Fairfax proletariat steamed:

The board of Fairfax Media - including company chairman Ron Walker - has awarded itself a uniform 20 per cent pay rise, as its annual report has also revealed executive remuneration at the group has risen sharply ...

The pay rise for the Fairfax board will see Mr Walker’s base fee as non-executive chairman increase by $56,000 to $336,000 on its stated level last year. Deputy chairman Mark Burrows’ fee will also rise, from $150,000 to $180,000.

Fairfax has chopped dozens of editorial staffers in recent years - and one or two staffers who fell outside any known journalistic roles.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/02/2007 at 10:01 AM
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Monday, October 01, 2007

IDEALS BETRAYED

Jyllands-Posten culture and arts editor Flemming Rose reflects on last year’s Motoon madness:

I think many people betrayed their own ideals. The history of the left, for instance, is a history of confronting authority—be it religious or political authority—and always challenging religious symbols and figures. In this case, they failed miserably. I think the left is in a deep crisis in Europe because of their lack of willingness to confront the racist ideology of Islamism. They somehow view the Koran as a new version of Das Kapital and are willing to ignore everything else, as long of they continue to see the Muslims of Europe as a new proletariat.

Read whole thing.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/01/2007 at 11:51 PM
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L IS FOR LABOUR

Britain’s Conservatives are unlikely to win the upcoming election. They need some hard-hitting campaign ads.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/01/2007 at 11:04 PM
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WORLD'S CLEANEST HUMVEE

Al Gore claims:

We can’t sell our cars in China today because we don’t meet the Chinese emissions standards.

And Sir Nicholas Stern dutifully repeats:

You can’t export an American car to China: it does not satisfy the emissions standards.

Take a look, gentlemen:

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Via a Chinese-reading correspondent, who emails: “Not only is China importing US vehicles. Not only are they importing gas-guzzling US Hummers. Now they’re importing US Hummers stretched to breaking point.

“This Hummer is 10.5 metres long, weighs 5 tons, cost more than RMB 4 million (around US$500,000), and uses 30 litres of fuel per 100 km. It costs over 10,000 RMB (more than US$1,000) to fill up the tank! The owner says it is fully imported from the US and has a Bose sound system.

“Now, where were those regulations again? You know, the ones that prevent US imports ...”

UPDATE. Reaction at Andrew’s place:

I’ve just come back from China and you’d have to be blind to miss all the American cars. Note to the Goreacle: Have a look in Beijing and you’ll find more than one Buick dealership ... not to mention the others. This guy really is hoping that people who don’t know any better won’t question what he has to say …

Nick Stern repeated Gore’s lie during an appearance at Australia’s National Press Club; not one question from an entire roomful of journalists. Another comment:

It is not merely the fact that you can see any number of American cars on China’s streets that is so damning of Mr Gore’s integrity, it is that you can see their exhaust. I mean not in the sense of a little whisp of smoke. I mean if you lined up Tim Blair in a V8 Monaro and told him to smoke his wheels as much as he could, he couldn’t compete with the smoke produced by your average Chinese bus.

I’d still like to try. Meanwhile, Arrowhead points out:

Goreworld sure is a funny place. Meanwhile, in real actual China, “last year sales of imported vehicles with engines greater than 3L surged 59.2 percent".

It’s possible one or two US-made cars might be in that number.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/01/2007 at 11:51 AM
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IDLE AUSTRALIAN

Phillip Adams continues losing it:

In the US, fewer and fewer people vote at all.

Wrong. According to an MIT study, “17 million more people voted in 2004 than in 2000, a 14 percent increase.”

Hence the unpalatable fact that more Americans voted in TV’s American Idol than in the presidential elections.

Wrong again - massively so. The US census reports that some 126 million Americans voted in the 2004 Presidential election. Only half that number of votes were cast during American Idol in 2006:

The host, Ryan Seacrest, said 63.4 million votes were cast this season ...

That includes, obviously, multiple votes sent by individual viewers. Phil’s error is widely shared.

(By Alan R.M. Jones)

Posted by Tim B. on 10/01/2007 at 11:49 AM
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EMMALINA SPEAKS

Several readers forward this clip of a charming Australian YouTube enthusiast calling for attendees at some kind of YouTube “gathering”. Possibly their interest is visual, but more intriguing is the audio; Australian accents are evolving in curious ways, but evidently my elderly aunt’s three-syllable pronunciation of “jugglers” survives. Which is nice.

UPDATE. A correction. Being elderly myself, I didn’t get the “juggalo” reference. Apologies.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/01/2007 at 11:09 AM
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INSURMOUNTABLE BARRIER SURMOUNTED

Australia’s new citizenship test - an “an insurmountable barrier to citizenship” according to Democrat Lyn Allison - proves surprisingly easy.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/01/2007 at 10:19 AM
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