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Insights from Quadrant

Leaving it all behind

National Review’s Kevin Williamson writes of ghetto life in the US and the best way to break the generational cycle of dysfunctional communities, poverty and wasted lives, but he might almost be addressing Aboriginal disadvantage:

No conservative social critic ever blinked an eye or coughed up his cognac when the best advice from the right to the discontented and ambitious poor was to get out of the ghetto or the barrio, get an education, get a job, and start a new life and a new family in some more prosperous corner of the county or country. But the dead and dying and white towns of Appalachia and the Rust Belt are another story. “Why should they have to go elsewhere?” our freshly created populists demand. The answer is, Because the lives they desire are not to be had where they are; their communities, along with their families in many cases, are terribly sick, and the hard truth is that they’d be better off putting some distance between themselves and them.

Some of the diseases of poverty are individual, but some of them thrive in congregation (gang violence is the obvious example), and the only treatment for these is dilution. A 2000 Brookings study of Jack Kemp’s famous Moving to Opportunity program found “striking” evidence that poor families who moved out of poor communities with help from the Department of Housing and Urban Development earned more, enjoyed better health, and saw their children do better in school than did families who stayed behind.

Kerryn Pholi took up much the same issue at Quadrant Online in 2017.

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Get woke,
go broke

Some months ago, much to the surprise of men everywhere, the Gillette company decided to inform its core customers just what rotten, sexist and generally appalling specimens they are. It seemed an odd strategy at the time, and parent company Proctor & Gamble’s latest financial reporting confirms as much. Ad industry website Campaign Brief reports:

Gillette’s infamous “toxic masculinity” ad may cost Procter & Gamble more than anyone imagined in January, reports The Washington Times.

The year that Gillette launched its “We Believe” campaign and asked “Is this the best a man can get?” has coincided with P&G’s $8 billion non-cash writedown for the shaving giant.

Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller attributed much of the losses on “new competitors” offering “prices below the category average,” Reuters reported.

Observers such as Red State’s Brandon Morse responded by essentially likening the public stance to a lie by omission — the “toxic masculinity” ad punctuated news cycles for weeks and was repeatedly mocked on social media.

“Perhaps P&G isn’t willing to come forward yet with the fact that they made a monumental error in assuming men would take the ‘toxic masculinity’ commercial well, but they should soon,” Mr. Morse wrote Wednesday for the conservative website. “The brand is damaged enough to lose billions, and men aren’t coming back, especially with cheaper alternatives embracing men for who they are and not assuming the worst about them.”

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Kristina Keneally summons
the feral Left

Predictably, but not less galling for being so, an upcoming gathering of conservatives in Sydney, the CPAC conference, has come under attack for — yes, you guessed it! — homophobia, Islamophobia, gynophobia and assorted etceteraphobias, which is the way the Left rolls whenever those with non-progressive perspectives attempt to air their views, even if only among themselves. It works like this: some diligent elf at GetUp! or a piece of human office equipment in a Labor/Greens backroom picks over the listed speakers, googles “name” + “critics”, and quickly finds what others have said by way of denunciation.

This information is then shopped to hack reporters along with the demand that the targeted individual be denied entry to the country. If all the pieces click, the event will be besieged by the feral and violent Left — as has happened to Geert Wilders, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jordan Peterson, Bettina Arndt, the Australian Christian Lobby and any number of others — eager to implement Saul Alinsky’s advice:

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

With the CPAC conference now mere days away, you just knew a dose of Alinsky’s devious medicine was about to be injected into the body politic. Well today it happened, trumpeted with homepage coverage by the ABC, SBS, and Nine newspapers , we read that failed premier, failed federal byelection candidate and camera-ready Sussex Street sweetheart Kristina Keneally has demanded that CPAC speaker Raheem Kassam be denied a visa.

“We should not allow career bigots — a person who spreads hate speech about Muslims, about women, about gay and lesbian people — to enter our country with the express intent of undermining equality,” Senator Keneally said on Tuesday.

Q: What must one do to qualify as a “career bigot”? A: Utter that which is true but must never be said about those high in  the hierarchy of contemporary victimology. Islam, for instance, which Kaseem described to a BBC interviewer as “a fascistic and totalitarian ideology” — an observation which enjoys the distinction of being entirely true.

But what of other religions? Like Kaseem, a former Muslim, Ms Keneally puts it about that she is an ex-Catholic in all but name, urging others to deny the Church their financial support while spurning its teachings on women priests, abortion, gay marriage and every other trendy issue to stir the souls of every Q&A audience. About Catholicism she has said:

if we really want to solve the problem of the child sexual abuse by Catholic religious (priests, brothers and nuns) then we should name it appropriately… It’s Catholic extremism. It’s killing and terrorising Australians.

One law for the media-approved Left, another for those who dwell in and resent a world of bag-checks and body-wanding at the MCG, of bollards of peace and Anzac Day parades cancelled for fear of that (ever-unnamed) spigot of terror.

But hypocrisy aside, Ms Keneally’s greater and more immediate sin is what many will see as an implicit call for, and endorsement of, the skirmishers of the Left turning out for three days of jeering and mob abuse as conservatives go about their peaceful business in the heart of Australia’s greatest city.

If CPAC is marred by more of the standard-issue leftoid thuggery, Ms Keneally will be one of the mob’s leaders whether or not she is there or not.

— roger franklin

UPDATE:  The Australian reports

The government will reject Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally’s calls to ban a far-right British writer from Australia over misogynistic, racist and homophobic tweets, as a pair of Liberal MPs defended appearing alongside him.

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Poor, exploited Greta

If you didn’t laugh you’d cry, as they say, and few things capture that sentiment better than the look-at-me antics of climate-change crusaders. Fighting for a clean, green world in a polar bear suit? Go ahead, enjoy a snigger and try not to think about the years of school-approved brainwashing that produced what can sometimes seem an entire generation of arrogant dolts.

Sometimes, though, it’s impossible to be neither amused nor appalled but merely disgusted by the manipulative cynicism of those so ready and eager to exploit the frailties of others. The feted and much troubled teen green guru Greta Thunberg, for instance, who spawned the kiddie climate marches, has announced via the tweet reproduced above that she will be joining the UN’s upcoming carnival of climateers in New York. Rather than ride a carbon-spewing jetliner, she and her camera crew will be tapping clean, wholesome renewable wind as an example to the world of no-carbon travel techniques.

It isn’t often reported, but young Greta suffers from an unfortunate list of quite severe mental ailments, as Paulina Neuding explained via Quillette:

Greta is eleven years old and has gone two months without eating. Her heart rate and blood pressure show clear signs of starvation. She has stopped speaking to anyone but her parents and younger sister, Beata.

After years of depression, eating disorders, and anxiety attacks, she finally receives a medical diagnosis: Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, and OCD. She also suffers from selective mutism—which explains why she sometimes can’t speak to anyone outside her closest family. When she wants to tell a climate researcher that she plans a school strike on behalf of the environment, she speaks through her father.

Given their ostentatious concern for the planet’s good health, you might think the green urgers would display a similar concern for the welfare of a very fragile child. But no, none of that. Instead, the people behind the Malizia II, an IMOCA class racing yacht, will be tapping her fame to promote their boat and its various sponsors.

And here’s the genuinely sick aspect of this latest catastropharian freak show: the yacht on which Greta will cross the Atlantic is a floating testament to the use and utility of oil and its byproducts. Packed with electronics and braced with Kevlar (poly-para-phenylene terephthalamide), it is driven by sails that owe nothing to natural fibres. For those interested, serious yachties discuss the merits of the construction method here.

And then there is the carbon fibre which gives the hull the strength to sit up on its hydroplanes and scorch the ocean at 40kph and more. As Mark Harris observed in The Guardian:

… To become the strong, light composite material industries love, carbon fibre is combined with a plastic polymer resin. But the manufacturing process, in which sheets of composite material are often laid up by hand, is wasteful.

By the time they’ve been trimmed to size, almost a third of these carbon fibre sheets end up on factory floors, according to recycling company ELG Carbon Fibre. Where the material does make it into products, most of it will ultimately end up in landfill, the firm says …

According to the green-brained, the environmental peril of carbon-fibre construction is so pronounced severe restrictions on its use must be introduced as a matter of global urgency.

Poor Greta. A sad kid being paraded for the cameras by the absolutely shameless.

— roger franklin

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Leaving it all behind

National Review’s Kevin Williamson writes of ghetto life in the US and the best way to break the generational cycle of dysfunctional communities, poverty and wasted lives, but he might almost be addressing Aboriginal disadvantage:

No conservative social critic ever blinked an eye or coughed up his cognac when the best advice from the right to the discontented and ambitious poor was to get out of the ghetto or the barrio, get an education, get a job, and start a new life and a new family in some more prosperous corner of the county or country. But the dead and dying and white towns of Appalachia and the Rust Belt are another story. “Why should they have to go elsewhere?” our freshly created populists demand. The answer is, Because the lives they desire are not to be had where they are; their communities, along with their families in many cases, are terribly sick, and the hard truth is that they’d be better off putting some distance between themselves and them.

Some of the diseases of poverty are individual, but some of them thrive in congregation (gang violence is the obvious example), and the only treatment for these is dilution. A 2000 Brookings study of Jack Kemp’s famous Moving to Opportunity program found “striking” evidence that poor families who moved out of poor communities with help from the Department of Housing and Urban Development earned more, enjoyed better health, and saw their children do better in school than did families who stayed behind.

Kerryn Pholi took up much the same issue at Quadrant Online in 2017.

Insights from Quadrant

Get woke,
go broke

Some months ago, much to the surprise of men everywhere, the Gillette company decided to inform its core customers just what rotten, sexist and generally appalling specimens they are. It seemed an odd strategy at the time, and parent company Proctor & Gamble’s latest financial reporting confirms as much. Ad industry website Campaign Brief reports:

Gillette’s infamous “toxic masculinity” ad may cost Procter & Gamble more than anyone imagined in January, reports The Washington Times.

The year that Gillette launched its “We Believe” campaign and asked “Is this the best a man can get?” has coincided with P&G’s $8 billion non-cash writedown for the shaving giant.

Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller attributed much of the losses on “new competitors” offering “prices below the category average,” Reuters reported.

Observers such as Red State’s Brandon Morse responded by essentially likening the public stance to a lie by omission — the “toxic masculinity” ad punctuated news cycles for weeks and was repeatedly mocked on social media.

“Perhaps P&G isn’t willing to come forward yet with the fact that they made a monumental error in assuming men would take the ‘toxic masculinity’ commercial well, but they should soon,” Mr. Morse wrote Wednesday for the conservative website. “The brand is damaged enough to lose billions, and men aren’t coming back, especially with cheaper alternatives embracing men for who they are and not assuming the worst about them.”

Insights from Quadrant

Kristina Keneally summons
the feral Left

Predictably, but not less galling for being so, an upcoming gathering of conservatives in Sydney, the CPAC conference, has come under attack for — yes, you guessed it! — homophobia, Islamophobia, gynophobia and assorted etceteraphobias, which is the way the Left rolls whenever those with non-progressive perspectives attempt to air their views, even if only among themselves. It works like this: some diligent elf at GetUp! or a piece of human office equipment in a Labor/Greens backroom picks over the listed speakers, googles “name” + “critics”, and quickly finds what others have said by way of denunciation.

This information is then shopped to hack reporters along with the demand that the targeted individual be denied entry to the country. If all the pieces click, the event will be besieged by the feral and violent Left — as has happened to Geert Wilders, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jordan Peterson, Bettina Arndt, the Australian Christian Lobby and any number of others — eager to implement Saul Alinsky’s advice:

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

With the CPAC conference now mere days away, you just knew a dose of Alinsky’s devious medicine was about to be injected into the body politic. Well today it happened, trumpeted with homepage coverage by the ABC, SBS, and Nine newspapers , we read that failed premier, failed federal byelection candidate and camera-ready Sussex Street sweetheart Kristina Keneally has demanded that CPAC speaker Raheem Kassam be denied a visa.

“We should not allow career bigots — a person who spreads hate speech about Muslims, about women, about gay and lesbian people — to enter our country with the express intent of undermining equality,” Senator Keneally said on Tuesday.

Q: What must one do to qualify as a “career bigot”? A: Utter that which is true but must never be said about those high in  the hierarchy of contemporary victimology. Islam, for instance, which Kaseem described to a BBC interviewer as “a fascistic and totalitarian ideology” — an observation which enjoys the distinction of being entirely true.

But what of other religions? Like Kaseem, a former Muslim, Ms Keneally puts it about that she is an ex-Catholic in all but name, urging others to deny the Church their financial support while spurning its teachings on women priests, abortion, gay marriage and every other trendy issue to stir the souls of every Q&A audience. About Catholicism she has said:

if we really want to solve the problem of the child sexual abuse by Catholic religious (priests, brothers and nuns) then we should name it appropriately… It’s Catholic extremism. It’s killing and terrorising Australians.

One law for the media-approved Left, another for those who dwell in and resent a world of bag-checks and body-wanding at the MCG, of bollards of peace and Anzac Day parades cancelled for fear of that (ever-unnamed) spigot of terror.

But hypocrisy aside, Ms Keneally’s greater and more immediate sin is what many will see as an implicit call for, and endorsement of, the skirmishers of the Left turning out for three days of jeering and mob abuse as conservatives go about their peaceful business in the heart of Australia’s greatest city.

If CPAC is marred by more of the standard-issue leftoid thuggery, Ms Keneally will be one of the mob’s leaders whether or not she is there or not.

— roger franklin

UPDATE:  The Australian reports

The government will reject Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally’s calls to ban a far-right British writer from Australia over misogynistic, racist and homophobic tweets, as a pair of Liberal MPs defended appearing alongside him.

Insights from Quadrant

Poor, exploited Greta

If you didn’t laugh you’d cry, as they say, and few things capture that sentiment better than the look-at-me antics of climate-change crusaders. Fighting for a clean, green world in a polar bear suit? Go ahead, enjoy a snigger and try not to think about the years of school-approved brainwashing that produced what can sometimes seem an entire generation of arrogant dolts.

Sometimes, though, it’s impossible to be neither amused nor appalled but merely disgusted by the manipulative cynicism of those so ready and eager to exploit the frailties of others. The feted and much troubled teen green guru Greta Thunberg, for instance, who spawned the kiddie climate marches, has announced via the tweet reproduced above that she will be joining the UN’s upcoming carnival of climateers in New York. Rather than ride a carbon-spewing jetliner, she and her camera crew will be tapping clean, wholesome renewable wind as an example to the world of no-carbon travel techniques.

It isn’t often reported, but young Greta suffers from an unfortunate list of quite severe mental ailments, as Paulina Neuding explained via Quillette:

Greta is eleven years old and has gone two months without eating. Her heart rate and blood pressure show clear signs of starvation. She has stopped speaking to anyone but her parents and younger sister, Beata.

After years of depression, eating disorders, and anxiety attacks, she finally receives a medical diagnosis: Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, and OCD. She also suffers from selective mutism—which explains why she sometimes can’t speak to anyone outside her closest family. When she wants to tell a climate researcher that she plans a school strike on behalf of the environment, she speaks through her father.

Given their ostentatious concern for the planet’s good health, you might think the green urgers would display a similar concern for the welfare of a very fragile child. But no, none of that. Instead, the people behind the Malizia II, an IMOCA class racing yacht, will be tapping her fame to promote their boat and its various sponsors.

And here’s the genuinely sick aspect of this latest catastropharian freak show: the yacht on which Greta will cross the Atlantic is a floating testament to the use and utility of oil and its byproducts. Packed with electronics and braced with Kevlar (poly-para-phenylene terephthalamide), it is driven by sails that owe nothing to natural fibres. For those interested, serious yachties discuss the merits of the construction method here.

And then there is the carbon fibre which gives the hull the strength to sit up on its hydroplanes and scorch the ocean at 40kph and more. As Mark Harris observed in The Guardian:

… To become the strong, light composite material industries love, carbon fibre is combined with a plastic polymer resin. But the manufacturing process, in which sheets of composite material are often laid up by hand, is wasteful.

By the time they’ve been trimmed to size, almost a third of these carbon fibre sheets end up on factory floors, according to recycling company ELG Carbon Fibre. Where the material does make it into products, most of it will ultimately end up in landfill, the firm says …

According to the green-brained, the environmental peril of carbon-fibre construction is so pronounced severe restrictions on its use must be introduced as a matter of global urgency.

Poor Greta. A sad kid being paraded for the cameras by the absolutely shameless.

— roger franklin