Sunday, July 16, 2017

Martin Place still has homeless community at eastern end

If you've been in Martin Place recently you may well have seen a makeshift homeless community. It's at the eastern end, just near Macquarie St.

Interesting that it's still there, because late last month there were reports that it had been closed down.

Well, they must have moved back into place. (I took the photos below on the 13th of July.)

Not sure how long it will stay ... In any case it's quite a little community they've got there. Obviously they're getting help from various charities. Still, it's interesting how people manage to organize themselves even when destitute.

There's a soup kitchen ...

... and an op shop.

Graffiti on a nearby wall includes Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

There are also several tents. Gotta pity the poor bastards sleeping in these given how bitterly cold it is, and has been for weeks. Dread to think what it must be like for people on the streets who don't have this kind of shelter.

Not sure what the NSW Government plans to do about all this. But there's a makeshift FACS office there opposite the tents. So it seems they're trying to help the homeless there find roofs over their heads.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Carnival Spirit in Sydney provokes thoughts on climate change alarmism

Every now and then a massive cruise ship docks in Circular Quay. It's quite a sight when one does. As well as its jaw-dropping size, you are awe-struck by how the crew managed to maneuver the marine behemoth into such a tight space without incident.

A recent arrival of this kind was Carnival Spirit. Got these shots a coupla days ago.

The photo below gives you a sense of just how ginormous it is. Check out the worker in the hardhat below. Then look at the same section of the bow in the shot above.

If you see it from the Rocks side, near the beginning of the Coathanger, you get a better sense of its length and height.

The Carnival ships have a characteristic smokestack funnel with wing-like protrusions to push the exhaust fumes out and away from the boat. From this angle the sleek and striking feature looked like it could almost be part of the Sydney Opera House!

On the subject of exhaust fumes: the carbon footprint of this ship alone must be humongous! Luxury cruise power needs are so jaw-droppingly high that Carnival Corp (with a hundred ships) has actually saved billions of dollars in recent years by becoming more fuel efficient.

Laudable, of course. But if they can save that much money by being smart, it gives you an idea about how much diesel they must still be using to keep their fleet moving across the seas. And this is just one company!

Pondering this situation I couldn't help but wonder how many of the ship's passengers are climate change believers themselves. Obviously not all -- but I suspect there are quite a few. You have to be pretty cashed up to go on one of these cruises, after all. As recreation activities go, it's way more pricey than getting your "backside trackside", let's face it. And it does seem that highly paid professionals are more likely to believe in catastrophic global warming than the rest of the population.

Which begs the question: How on earth do these people think that anything at all can be done to diminish this so-called existential threat to humanity when they themselves can't do their bit and refrain from enjoying these carbon spewing cruises?

They're not thinking too hard, obviously. Like so much of this deep green PC madness, their prescriptions are entirely symbolic. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Gillard questions Trump's sanity. But the bullies at CNN are crazier by far!

When I heard that Julia Gillard was to take over as chair of Beyond Blue I shook my head in disbelief. Surely, the issue of mental health should be beyond politics. So why have such a polarizing figure at the helm?

I understand that the same argument could be (and no doubt was) leveled at the bloke she's replaced, Jeff Kennett. But he had a lower profile to start with and had left the front lines of politics when he accepted the gig. Also, he does seem to have done a good job of raising awareness of mental health issues without being ideological about it.

But Gillard's problem is not just the general political baggage she carries from her reign as PM (which even the most generous observer would have to accept was a monumental train wreck). There's also her deep and enduring association with a particularly toxic brand of victim feminism. This is significant because some aspects of mental health in Australia have a strong gender component to them -- and it certainly does not conform to the PC line that women always suffer the most.

For example, far more men commit suicide than women. You've gotta wonder how someone who pretty much built her career on casting her entire gender (and by extension, herself) as victims deserving special consideration will treat a serious issue deeply affecting those 'orrible, misogynist males.

So I knew Gillard in her new role was gonna have people shaking their heads in dismay. Didn't expect it to be so soon, though ...
That softball Lateline interview she had with obvious admirer David Lipson was excruciating. Put her foot in it in several ways. But her most asinine comments included an opportunistic, amateur diagnosis of President Trump. And this came immediately after she said making such a call was bad form:

"I would worry that a charge of being mentally ill ended up being thrown around as an insult," Ms Gillard said.

"I know that some people in the US, some commentators are not proffering that analysis by way of insult, they're actually saying it because they are genuinely concerned.

"From the outside I think it is very difficult to judge someone else's mental health … so I think there's some need for caution here.

"But I do think if President Trump continues with some of the tweeting etc that we've seen, that this will be in the dialogue."

Gawd. What a slimy way to sledge someone!

Of course it reflects very poorly on Gillard that she would shamelessly exploit her position as head of a major non-profit organization to take this cheap shot at a hate figure. Still, she wouldn't have had the opportunity to do so had her fanboy Lipson not raised the subject. That in itself was pretty disgraceful. He should have been more professional and stuck to the issue at hand -- Beyond Blue. But he couldn't resist giving a fellow traveller an opportunity for a free kick. He was clearly trying to reinforce the PC narrative that Trump is deranged and dangerous, and Gillard happily obliged as expected.

Note also the revolting sanctimony in Julia's amateur diagnosis of Trump. She deftly threw in the lie that many saying he's nuts aren't doing it out of hate. Oh no, it's because they're "genuinely concerned". FFS! What a load o' bollocks. They hate the guy's guts, and along with all their other vicious assaults they're desperately trying to gaslight him.

This is such a fave tactic of the Left. If someone stands up to them they invariably try to shut him up. If they can't do that they often cast him as crazy -- even trying to get him committed if they can. It's what the Soviet Union did to countless brave, sane individuals who didn't get with the communist program, remember. And it's what butthurt liberals are trying to do with Trump and by extension his supporters. Gillard was just echoing that line.
If anyone has been acting crazily it's the Democrats and their shameless supporters in the mainstream media -- CNN in particular. They are in complete denial about why Trump won. As well as beating up the massive Trump-Russia lie, they're doing all they can to incite violence against him and his fellow Republicans.

This has actually borne fruit for them. That lefty loon who shot up that baseball game, seriously wounding Steve Scalise, was clearly motivated in major part by the MSM narrative about Trump being a massive menace who must be stopped!

CNN and other fake news outlets are not even trying to be fair and objective to Trump. They are waging all out war on him. So he has every right to hit back, and hard. It would be insane not to!

Speaking of psychology: CNN in particular is so chockas with vile bullies, it looks like being a sociopathic narcissist is some kinda prerequisite for employment there. As well as showing their disdain for voters in those Project Veritas tapes, high profile employees of this massive corporation have literally been threatening some lone dude because he made a GIF that mocked them. (Thankfully that has backfired massively, as illustrated above!) It was Trump's sharing of this meme that prompted Gillard's nasty little sledge, remember.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Martin Place barrier confusion shows our leaders lack clarity, unity on terrorism

The barriers placed in Martin Place have caused much consternation. Not surprisingly, people find them both disturbing and depressing.

They also find them deeply confusing. That's because they are, quite literally, concrete evidence that there is a threat of vehicular terrorism in Sydney -- yet the people who put them there can't bring themselves to speak honestly about what's, er driving it!

Leaders say: “Don't worry folks! We've got this terror caper under control. Just keep carrying on as normal ... Oh, but we'll whop these massive lumps of concrete in the heart of the city to stop some maniac running you over, just in case.”

Not only are they in denial about the nature of the threat, they also seem to be at odds with each other about whether the barrier installation was a good idea to start with. In much the same way that state and federal governments clash over issues like the GST, there's been some sniping back and forth between the City of Sydney and the NSW State Government about the new security measures:

Lord Mayor Clover Moore directed dozens of temporary barricades be set up in the CBD thoroughfare last week because of concerns about vehicles being used as weapons by terrorists.

Mr Grant on Thursday blasted the mayor over the installation saying "no notification was sent to NSW Police, myself or the cabinet about bollards being introduced by the local council in Martin Place".

"It is disappointing that the mayor's best intentions instead caused unnecessary panic and confusion, especially when there isn't a specific threat," he said in a statement, adding that it was "inherent upon us all to work together".

However, email correspondence between City of Sydney staff and a NSW Police Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command coordinator - seen by AAP - show council did seek advice on "a quick and cheap solution for vehicle mitigation in Martin Place" days before the barricades were installed.

Needless to say, this does not inspire confidence. You would like to think that on an issue as important as terrorism, all levels of government would be on the same page, and coordinating smoothly.

No one in government seems to want to be honest about why so many members of a certain religion have been running amok across the globe hacking people's heads off, blowing them to bits and crushing them to death with trucks and cars. I'm sure they all know, as do most of the population. But their attitude seems to be: “Whatever you do, don't scare the sheeple!” And they're in disagreement over how best to achieve that aim.

What's interesting is that Grant himself said “there isn't a specific threat”.

That's a bit of a disingenuous statement, IMO. There is a very specific -- or at least unequivocal -- threat that has come from Islamic State. They have repeatedly exhorted their barbaric goons to use vehicles to crush as many infidels as possible -- most recently during Ramadan. And we know they were serious about it because that's exactly what they did in several cities across the globe.

Still, it's possible that the NSW plods don't have any knowledge of detailed, advanced plans to target a specific site. In that case, why choose one in particular (Martin Place) to have barriers in place? Seems pointless if you consider Grant's statement, right? I mean, hell, these maniacs could strike anywhere, so why take any kind of pre-emptive action at all?

I think there are two reasons for this. One, it's symbolic. Our leaders want to look like they are doing something, no matter how ineffectual it appears to be. Then when the inevitable attack does occur, they can't be accused of being completely asleep at the wheel -- or rather, stop sign.

The other reason: Martin Place is far more likely to be attacked than any other location, even if there's no hard evidence for that claim.

That's because ISIS already struck there back in 2014, via their supporter Man Monis. So, if they can pull off another lethal attack in that exact location it will show how strong they are. Not only will it strike even more terror into the hearts of their enemies, obviously a major goal, it will also be a huge propaganda boost for them. (Speaking of which, Channel 7 News is located at that exact location, guaranteeing full, immediate media coverage. Please see video below.)

In any case, the fact that the barriers have been placed in Martin Place first gives the lie to Clover Moore's publicly stated belief that the Sydney Siege was not actually a terrorist attack -- which, as far as I know, remains her position.

She said that Monis was motivated primarily (perhaps entirely) by mental illness; that his actions were not part of some grand political or ideological goal. In other words, they were like a lightning strike.

In that case, why did she (or her office at least) choose Martin Place as the location for these barriers? Does she have some gut feeling that lightning could strike there twice?

Or maybe she isn't quite that daft. Seems more likely to me that she actually believes Islamism (and by extension Islam) is behind the current threat to this exact part of the city, just as it motivated Man Monis's lethal behaviour in the same place two and a half years ago. She just can't bring herself to be honest about it, that's all.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

King Edward VII statue in Sydney

I am now in my early fifties. Almost can't believe, it, because in many ways I've hardly grown up at all! And it seems like just yesterday that I was a mere whippersnapper. No doubt about it, the older you get, the quicker it goes ...

Lots of changes occur as you hurtle towards codgerdom, of course. One of them -- which I suspect is quite common -- is that you start to notice (and warm to) people and objects that are also "getting on a bit".

These days, when I travel through Sydney I've always got my eyes peeled for old buildings and artwork in particular. Take this elegant statue of King Edward VII on horseback, for example.

It's near the corner of Bridge and Macquarie Streets, and it's an impressive sight from any angle. But it's particularly striking when you see it from down the hill a bit, on Bridge St.

Hard to get the full effect in a small shot, of course. But it's definitely a dramatic reminder of days long ago, when horsepower actually meant exactly that!

I got these shots from the front, much closer to it. (They don't show ol' Eddie himself. But the video I took, linked below, does.)

I know monuments like this are not to everyone's taste. But I love them. There is clearly so much skill, care and hard work that has gone into them. They come from an era when beauty and elegance were not sneered at as inherently elitist, oppressive concepts.

On the contrary, they were seen as ennobling and uplifting. Sure, they were meant to glorify the British Empire, reaffirm the status quo and all that. But they also gave people something to look up in awe at and collectively feel proud about. So they were actually there for everyone, contrary to what many angry lefties might say.

As well as being compelling examples of our culture from long ago, they can still have direct relevance today. Take the inscription between the two figures in the shot above. It reads "Empire, Unity". Obviously the first word has no resonance these days. But I'll bet a lot of people would agree we need a helluva lot more of the second!

Sydney, being Australia's oldest city, has plenty of these memorials and monuments. So I'll keep an eye out for more, and take photos and videos of them whenever I can.

Friday, June 16, 2017

PETA protest against KFC in Sydney typical of the Left's lameness

As we all know, lefties are really big on street theatre as a form of protest. They just love it -- almost as much as shrieking stupid repetitive slogans and rattling misspelled placards. The further left you go, the more popular it seems to be. PETA, for example, use it often as a way to make their point, often including heaps of fake blood and gore in their pavement epics. 

And they do tend to get a lot of publicity with it, I'll give them that. But I suspect this has much to do with the fact that journos are often quite far left of the general population themselves. They tend to report on what they sympathize with, and ignore messages and narratives they don't like. 

If the MSM were a bit more balanced I'm sure you'd see much less stupid far-left street theatre in the news. And that's because almost all of it is cringeworthy crap. Most punters who have the bad luck to witness it just shake their heads and walk on, thinking "what a bunch of useless tools". 

Take this utterly pathetic effort from PETA in Sydney today. It was supposed to turn people off eating at KFC. But if the video itself is any guide, they haven't even made that point clear. (Actually their poor messaging is such a consistent issue that even some of their fellow travellers get annoyed about it!)

Really, I think upon witnessing these bleeding bozos in George St today, most people would have assumed that Andrew Bolt had just lobbed in Sydney, and this was the second trio of Antifa goons he'd clobbered

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bolta brings back biff against Antifa's cowardly crybullies, puncturing PC narrative

Meant to write about the gutless Antifa attack on Andrew Bolt in Carlton soon after it happened. But I've been flat out lately. This is the first chance I've had. Fact that so much has happened since then (eg, the UK election and Comey hearing among other things) illustrates the dizzying pace of political developments these days …

But on the now legendary “Battle of Lygon Street”: Bolt was admirably combative during the ambush that occurred before the Melbourne launch of the book The Art of the Impossible. And I think he (along with his supporters) did a very good job of using the event to build a counter-narrative against the toxic, politically correct one that dominates the MSM, and that we're all so utterly sick of.

Conservatives have long been extremely tolerant and forgiving with their opponents. That's fine if you're dealing with sane, rational adults who have a sense of fair play. But that certainly does not describe the PC Left -- in particular Antifa. They are clearly totalitarian; well on the way to being the fascists they purport to oppose.

So it was good to see him hit back and hard. And it showed how pathetic his attackers actually were. If you don't count the fat cameraman (who fled the scene and claimed he was there by chance -- yeah, right!) there were two young men against one maybe twice their age. They caught him totally by surprise, yet he sent all three scumbags scurrying. As well as delivering his speech as planned, he made light of the scuffle in many ways, including auctioning off the suit he was wearing (now ruined by dye and glitter).

It's important to take advantage of victories like this to laugh at your enemies. Apart from anything else those looking on will see strength, conviction and good humour. They will be much more likely to respect you as a result.

By opening an extra large can of whoopass on his ambushers, he “won the internet” that day and confounded the PC narrative big time. The victory deserves a new term, IMO. I reckon henceforth “bolt” can be used as a verb, not unlike “fisk”. It can be employed to describe a brutally swift counter-attack against a leftie pile on (physical or rhetorical) that totally blitzes the perps.

For example: “Melbourne hospital staff should keep an eye out for simpering beta-males arriving in casualty whose tiny nuts had been severely bolted.”

The so-called “hate media” have been getting plenty of humour out of the whole story. Take the Daily Telegraph itself:

The Rocky stuff is fun, and worth running with for a week or two. But at the risk of seeming a tad pedantic, it kinda ennobles his opponents. See, if he's Rocky, this implies they were brave and formidable in their own right like, say, Apollo Creed.

No way! Appalling weeds, more like…

And rather than aiming to win a contest fair and square, their motivation was primarily to create propaganda. They used the trusted leftist tactic of crybullying: First, bully a lone target. If he doesn't react aggressively then you've cowed and humiliated him. If he does hit back you can cry: "Waaah! No fair!” Either way, it's vital to have footage of the incident that you can use as "evidence" that you are the true freedom fighter and your opponent is a big bad nasty Nazi!

But even the footage taken by Mr Chubby McYouTube himself showed that Bolt's reaction was entirely justified. Pretty much anyone would have gone into fight or flight if set upon so quickly from behind by hooded men and sprayed with liquid, as he was. Then there's the fact that he regularly gets death threats … Remember also that the ambush was so violent that a woman was thrown aside, screaming! (Leftie feminists silent on this, natch.)

Put yourself in his shoes and watch it. If you claim that his reaction was massively OTT then you're totally full of BS, or lying to yourself at the very least.

That Bolta was not the bully, but the victim who fought back is obvious to anyone with eyes to see! Sadly, that doesn't include many leftists. Hell, they could've earned some respect from the Tories, normies and everyone else by accepting reality and saying: “Yeah, those thugs did something truly vile and stupid. Antifa should BTFO, or lift their game at the very least.”

But nup. Like pathetic zombies, the group's online apologists have endlessly tweeted and retweeted the lie that the conservative columnist went totes ballistic over "a harmwess wittle gwittering".

Hell, there's even an online petition to have him arrested by the Melbourne plods! Sure, it seems somewhat satirical. But many of the signatories look genuine, rehashing the asinine line that the glitter twins did something entirely innocent and were actually the victims here. 

FFS! Like dogs returning to their vomit, they are. Just never learn ...

Which, strangely, might not be such a bad thing, in a way. If these bolshie bozos keep this stupid crap up eventually more and and more people will realize how ugly and useless the Left has now become. They'll ultimately lose much of their power in the media, academe and elsewhere ... I just worry that someone is gonna get killed, that's all.