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Finally a journalist takes on Shirty Shorten

Peter Finch set the standard:

This is what a press conference should look like when a politician tries to steamroll the question.

Watch it all:

Well played, sir, well played.

Barry should tell them to shove it

So much wrong with this story that it’s best just to read the whole thing, but here’s the intro:

Melbourne International Comedy Festival is rebranding the Barry Award, which honours comedian Barry Humphries, in order to make the award gender neutral and to better reflect the city of Melbourne.

The award honours the best in show and has previously been won by Hannah Gadsby, who achieved international acclaim for her Netflix comedy show Nanette.

MICF Director Susan Provan said removing gender from the award was appropriate as a third of the recipients of the Barry are women.

Yep. Tell ’em to shove it.

Enjoy this from 2015:

 

Surveillance might be more costly than humans

The self-serve checkouts that now make shopping a chore are an abomination.

No wonder people steal:

Australia’s two biggest supermarkets are trialling new technologies to clamp down on shoplifting and incorrect scanning of items by shoppers using self-service checkouts.

We can only hope that the cost of surveillance becomes more costly than the cost of hiring humans.

The awful destruction of beauty

Pray that the loss of history at Notre Dame was the result of an accident and wasn’t deliberate.

But what is clear is that decades of infighting in France has resulted in the loss of a lot of its religious history. We can blame secularists for that:

Lovers of Notre Dame deplored the politics and bureaucracy that have held up the much-needed restoration of the most visited monument in Europe.

“The means were not provided to maintain it,” said Marie-Claude Gauvard, a medieval historian and author of a book on the great Gothic cathedral. “The renovation work was finally started and it was high time, and perhaps a bit late,” she added.

Lovers of Notre Dame deplored the politics and bureaucracy that have held up the much-needed restoration of the most visited monument in Europe.

“The means were not provided to maintain it,” said Marie-Claude Gauvard, a medieval historian and author of a book on the great Gothic cathedral. “The renovation work was finally started and it was high time, and perhaps a bit late,” she added.

Just so you know, the church is owned by the state. Not the Catholic Church.

While we can see Notre Dame burning, there are many more that don’t make the news:

France has seen a spate of attacks against Catholic churches since the start of the year, vandalism that has included arson and desecration.

Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist and torn down crosses, sparking fears of a rise in anti-Catholic sentiment in the country.

Last Sunday, the historic Church of St. Sulpice in Paris was set on fire just after midday mass on Sunday,  Le Parisien reported, although no one was injured. Police are still investigating the attack, which firefighters have confidently attributed to arson.

Thank God we have Malcolm Turnbull. Does he crave attention so much that no tragedy can escape him pushing his face into frame? Kind of sad.