The Mocker is a genius

Yesterday, The Breakdown urged a subscription to The Australian for a reprint of a Wall Street Journal article.

Today, take it out for this article from The Mocker. Every single sentence is a gem and every single link is worth following. Writing about the culture wars, The Mocker said:

For those who are puzzled about the definition of that hackneyed term, I refer to you online academic journal The Conversation. Writing this week, RMIT adjunct professor Gavin Moodie declared that conservatives were opposed to universities on “ideological grounds”.

“This is part of what is commonly called a ‘cultural war’ against organisations such as the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, the ABC, the creative arts, museums and other cultural institutions that don’t support conservative ideology,” he wrote.

No doubt actor Noni Hazlehurst would agree. Earlier this month she accused the federal government of “waging a culture war” against the creative industry. “The arts and entertainment sector has been so savaged,” she said, warning that without a taxpayer-funded rescue package artists and arts workers would “move on to other things because they have to”.

I’ve been reporting the inexorable destruction of Australian culture as we know it since the Liberal National Party was elected to government in 2013,” wrote novelist and critic Alison Croggon in April. If that is the case they are taking a long time to do it.

Read it all. All is good.

With respect, Ms Harris, no

And have you heard of the First Amendment (which doesn’t apply in Australia but is honoured in the US):

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Someone needs to remind Senator Harris:

Harris introduced the resolution on Thursday, joined by fellow Democratic senators Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. It aims to “condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, discrimination, and religious intolerance” related to the coronavirus, and specifically cites phrases such as “Wuhan virus,” “Chinese virus,” and “Kung-flu.” It also calls on federal officials to “expeditiously investigate and document” credible reports of hate crimes or threats against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities and “investigate and prosecute perpetrators” if necessary.

Kung Flu? That’s the best one!

This was not unexpected

Bernie Taupin (b 1950)

One of the greatest lyricists of all time. There is too much to celebrate.

And if you haven’t heard the 1986 concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, call in sick and listen. It is one of the greatest concerts ever recorded. Promise. And most of the lyrics were written by Taupin.

FEATURE IMAGE: Photo by Bence Balla-Schottner on Unsplash.