Why I think Mainstream Media is Living in a Past

Over the past few weeks I had an opportunity to visit a number of European countries. I enjoyed the trip, I feel rested and enriched by all the historic sites I’ve visited. I also feel sad.

Sitting in s hotel room in Spain, I turn TV on to news, and I see CNN, MSNBC, BBC, ABC, NBC….

Moving to a hotel in France, I turn TV on to news, and I see CNN, MSNBC, BBC, ABC, NBC….

Next stop, in a hotel in Italy, I turn TV on to news, and I see CNN, MSNBC, BBC, ABC, NBC….

Media integrity

Media integrity

You see the pattern, right? I feel sad because I’ve come to realise that no matter where you are in a world, you are very limited on a number of independent mainstream sources that are available to you when it comes to keeping up with the news and current affairs.
The number of genuine sources can really be counted on fingers of one hand. And most of the other ones are really just a repeat of each other.
It also made me realise that our mainstream media can be to blame for flaming the fire between the old Cold War enemies the West and the Russia.
The problem is that the Western media picked up where they left off some 25 years ago, and keep using the old recipe of blaming the Russia for all the evil in the world. What they fail to understand, is that the world has changed.

Back in a 70’s and 80’s, Western media could dish out as much dirt on Russians as it wanted. 95% of Russian population didn’t have access to this sort of “news”, and therefore didn’t care. Today things are different. Thanks to the advance of internet, every Russian is fully aware of all the filth that they’ve been smeared with, courtesy of CNN and other letters of alphabet claiming to be News providers.

Time for change

Time for change

It is now a good time for the mainstream media to stop and re-evaluate its position and its relevance. It is time to change, time to act. Because if you really think that Russians are so evil and dangerous, why would you poke the bear? You might well end up with a broken back….

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Yo, Bitch! Did you hear Bill Maher using the N-word?

As you might’ve heard, comedian Bill Maher used the N-word during his HBO show. While talking to Senator Sasse, he came out with the “I’m a house nigger”. Comedians are known to push boundaries, but sometimes they just push it too far, they try too hard. We just have to think few days back to a completely distasteful photoshoot coming from Kathy Griffin.

Bill Maher

Bill Maher

Given the nature of conversation at the time, Bill’s remark actually made sense – during the times of slavery, the “house nigger” was a common term to describe slaves working in and around the house, as opposed to the ones working out in the field. However, Bill is not a history professor lecturing in college on a subject of slavery. He is a comedian, and could’ve gotten his point across without offending anyone.

Having said that, I can’t put the blame entirely at Bill’s feet. Just look at movies that come out of Hollywood, at music videos, at the way people talk to each other in real life and on Social Media… The N-word is such a common thing, that one can be forgiven for thinking that’s it is an acceptable, everyday word. We often hear black people calling each other the N-word. Guys – it’s either offensive or it isn’t. If it is, STOP USING IT! Just because you use it yourselves doesn’t make it any less offensive. Lead by example, show to the rest of the world that using the racial slur is NOT OK.

While we are on a subject of respect, what is it with girls addressing each other as “bitches“? When did it become the norm?

Princess

Princess

Is it all a byproduct of “equality”? I’m pretty sure that your grandfathers would’ve gotten in a fist-fight if someone called your grandma a “bitch”. Once again, you want to be respected by men, start by respecting yourselves.

You can address each other by your real name, by a nickname, you can call each other Girlfriend, or Подруга, or Mate, or Paisano, or Homie….

just don’t call each other Bitch.

Radicalised Atheists And Your Obligations on a Census Night

I’ve come across this billboard the other day. It suggests to mark No Religion in the upcoming census.

Be careful who you listen to.

Be careful who you listen to.

We just had a federal election, and if you remember, there were Australian Christians party and Christian Democratic Party thrown in a mix of all the parties fighting for the 150 seats in the big house on the hill. So why didn’t this “no religion” mob erect a billboard then? Why didn’t they try to convince us not to vote for parties associated with religion? And why did they spring into action now? A billboard this size doesn’t come cheap, so who’s paying for it, and who will benefit from it?

So you’ve missed few weeks (or years) going to church/mosque/synagogue? Is it really a good enough reason to abandon something that kept generations of your ancestors going, from your parents to grandparents to great-grandparents and so on…. And even if you don’t feel all that religious today, in 20, or 40 or 60 years time things can change. We change, we look at life differently. Make sure that what you enter into your census on August 9 will not come back and bite you on the ass later on.

If you ever identified yourself as Christian, mark it as such, if you’ve always thought of yourself as Jedi, mark it too. I mean seriously, if Tom Cruise, Kate Ceberano and Kirstie Alley could believe that the Earth was populated by little green aliens, why can’t you believe that you are a Jedi knight? In words of George Costanza – It’s not a lie if you believe it!

So before you start listening to a teacher of Religious Education telling you not to mark religion on your census form, ask yourself WHY?

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention – one of the people behind this “no religion” campaign was a former school Religious Ed teacher, and the other one is a former leader of a fundamentalist Christian church. Have they become radicalised atheists?

Which makes me wonder… were they spinning shit then, or are they spinning shit now?

Labor’s scare campaign

Just a short post, brought on by one of the election campaign ads coming out of the Labor camp. As usual, they have nothing constructive to say, so they do what they best – talk shit.

I am referring to the ad that Labor are running in which they talk about Turnbull never having to use services like Medicare, implying that he is one of the Australian rich ones (which is true).
Interestingly, they conveniently forgot to mention that Billy Shorten isn’t exactly a poor man either. He attended Xavier College, where fees run in excess of $20,000 per year.
After finishing school and Monash Uni, he hasn’t done a day’s honest work in his life.
While doing his gig as a Union bully, he was married to Deborah Beale – a daughter of Julian Beale – a Liberal MP and a wealthy Melbourne investor. During this time, he was known to use his buddy’s Pratt’s private jet as his own.

Former Faceless Man, now in a running to become our next Prime Minister

Former Faceless Man, now in a running to become our next Prime Minister

But Bill is always looking only after one man – himself. That’s why at the first opportunity, he dumped his “Liberal blue blood” wife to throw his lot in with the glamorous daughter of the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce.

So if anyone has no clue about how us, “regular” folk live, that would be Mister “I only look after myself and ready to stab my friends in the back” Shorten.

Appointment at Metro West: Jousting with Max and Sarina

One of the volunteers greets a staff member from Sarina Russo. “Hi, Dan, how’s it going?” Dan mumbles a reply and avoids eye-contact as he heads for the escalators. “He used to be my case officer” says the volunteer loudly.

I really like the bit above – the Union volunteer was a bludger before, and now that he’s with the Union, he’s still a bludger!.

What’s that saying….something about leopards and spots?

Source: Appointment at Metro West: Jousting with Max and Sarina

Is it time for UN to Follow in the Footsteps of the League of Nations?

While all the news channels have been working overtime, providing in-depth coverage and analysis of UN’s decision that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully in Ecuadorian Embassy, I couldn’t help but laugh at the “power” of UN.

Let’s leave the issue of whether Assange is being guilty or not aside. (Just for the record – the guy should be sitting in jail as far as I’m concerned). What I find incredible that it took UN 44 months to come to the point of making a decision, and once the decision actually has been made, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on!

For those who didn’t follow it too closely, I’ll remind that the UN’s decision is not binding, and therefore both UK and Swedish governments immediately responded by not recognising the UN’s decision as valid and even calling it “ridiculous”.

UN - United of Nothing

UN – United of Nothing

Once again, the UN proves to be a toothless tiger, a gathering of useless bureaucrats whose main task is to move papers from one side of the desk to another one.

There is nothing new about countries not recognising UNs decisions. It’s almost expected that states like Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia, Pakistan to name a few, would ignore the whining originated from the leather armchairs of UN’s offices.

However to hear the rebellious rhetoric coming out of the government offices of UK and Sweden is entirely different matter.

These events make me ask – why do we need UN? Is there a point in pouring billions of dollars in supporting organisation that is unable to do or change, I mean REALLY change, anything?

Maybe it is time that the UN follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the League of Nations? LN has been founded in 1920 on a back of the Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War 1, functioned (sort of) for about two and a half decades and then fallen apart just before the World War 2 started. The League failed in its prime goals – achieving peace and disarmament.

Shortly after the World War 2, the UN has been formed, and it has been functioning (if it can be qualified as functioning) for the past 70 years. In my opinion, UN is way past its due date, and the only thing it is now capable of, is producing unsavoury smell, just like most “out of date” products do. It needs to be taken off the shelf of the world politics and buried deep inside, only accessible by people with special clearances, trained to withstand large amounts of hot air and bad gases.

Let’s be real – UN General Assembly can make all decisions in a world, but they are not binding and therefore the very existence of Assembly is pointless. UN Security Council does have a bit of a muscle, but most of the times the decisions are blocked by either US/UK camp, or by the Russia/China camp. So the Council spends most of the time in a deadlock, unable to make much use of its powers.

Guardians of the Galaxy - a better choice

Guardians of the Galaxy – a better choice

I think it’s time to cut our losses, admit that the humanity failed, once again, to achieve utopia and find better use for the hundreds of millions of dollars we spend every year flogging a dead horse.

I’m tipping, Guardians of the Galaxy crew or a Green Lantern would do much better job. Alternatively, if we could find a way to neutralise Loki, we would find Thor more than capable of keeping the peace on good old Earth.

What is the cost of a human life?

What is the cost of a human life?

On a surface, it’s a simple enough question. After all, a human life is all we have, is the only thing we care about. I mean really care about. Human life is priceless, right?

Well, it depends. Depends on whose life it is. Over the past 5 years the world has seen lots and lots of people die. In Syria alone, 250,000 people died. What did the world do about it? Nothing.

Syrian  conflict - 250,000 people dead

Syrian conflict – 250,000 people dead

Sure, we sent some troops in, we dropped few bombs, we ran few news reports, but largely, this remained something that was happening to some random people in a part of the world where someone is always fighting someone else. So we really didn’t give a shit.

Not until terrorists killed 224 people on board of a Russian plane and 130 people in Paris attacks.

Suddenly, the whole world is outraged. Russia, France and the USA talk about tough measures to stop terror. They talk about retaliation. They talk about being at war. Things just got real.

French soldiers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris

French soldiers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris

And so now, we can try to answer our question about the cost of a human life.

One Russian life cost about 1,116 Syrian lives. One French life cost about 1,923 Syrian lives.

The world has to come to realisation that a terrorist act is a terrorist act regardless if it happens in Middle East, Europe, Bali, or anywhere else in a world. The world has to come to realisation that a terrorist act is a terrorist act regardless of a weapon being used. It can be a nervous gas, or a Kalashnikov, or a bomb, or a knife, or a rock. The victims of terrorist acts don’t care how they got killed.

The families of victims don’t care how their loved once got murdered. What they want, what they really care about is for us to get real and to stop the terror.