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More for Afghanistan . . .
August 22, 2017

John Hinderaker of PowerLine has commented in a reasonable manner on a speech by President Trump regarding the future  of Afghanistan and an American role in it.  One reason for caution, he observed, is that the place is “culturally backward”.  Perhaps it is.  Is it unique?

A few days ago I watched the first few episodes of a very highly rated TV show “True Detective”. Hinderaker’s dismissal of Afghanistan seems very much like the pot calling the kettle black.  American decadence increasingly appears terminal.  “Culturally backward” ?  He should look around about him, not least perhaps taking time to reflect upon the quality of many of the “responses” to posts on Power Line.

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Renewable Energy ?
August 8, 2017

I suppose the government of South Australia is aware of this.  What price rules ?

It reminds me of sandblasted denim.  And much else bespeaking a never-ending stream of cant and humbug, much of which has now become government policy.

French TV Debate
May 4, 2017

Paul Mirengoff of Power Line moans today of the televised debate between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron

[I]t was frustrating viewing because the two contestants kept speaking over one another (thereby compounding my [French] comprehension problem) and ignoring the questions they were asked.

Perhaps the French were simply following the standard form of American politics as it has appeared on television for decades.  Or the sheer imbecility of parliamentary Question Time in Canberra.

Does it matter?  Not really.  The die is cast.  We have reneged on past, even those part that warranted saving.  We’ve all read Submisson; it’s over (notwithstanding some of the ludicrous contents of the book).

 

Bloody email & MS
January 22, 2016

No more email using so-called mail programmes.  I open Microsoft Outlook and watch the existing emails disappear.  Totally, totally unreliable.  An absolutely rotten programme.  Always, like everything else from Microsoft, cumbersome in the extreme it was more or less reliable in the past but no more.  Just junk.

Infantilism. Ubiquitous—1
November 26, 2015

Much poor commentary, reconstruction and reflection on the origins of the Great War has appeared in the last few years. A little has been outstanding and for the best of reasons, such as Annika Mombauer’s documentary collection The Origins of the First World War, published by Manchester University Press.  The great bulk has been either indescribably poor or intended to deceive.

Thus Sir  Huw Strachan in Australian Historical Studies (vol. 46, no. 1 [2015], p. 128):

As Joan Beaumont [in Broken Nation] makes clear, thanks not least to the rejection of conscription, more Australian men of military age did not join the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) than did.

 

Actually more did join; over 40 per cent. could not remain in the army having failed the subsequent medical examination.  Both Strachan and, more seriously, Joan Beaumont ignore the single, perfectly accessible, source telling ’em so: Alison Pilger, ‘The Other Lost Generation: Rejected Australian Volunteers, 1914–1918’, Journal of the Australian War Memorial, no. 21 (October 1992), pp. 11–19.  Beaumont has no excuse; deceit was evidently her purpose—and of those who assisted in the construction of her poor book.

For infantilism, rather than tawdry politics, see ‘World War III‘ by someone called Roger Cohen in The New York Times, 26 November 2015.  Unsurpassable.  It’s so bad it must immediately appear on schools’ reading lists.  The maintenance of public ignorance is doubtless a difficult task but achieved with aplomb by most of those who join the program. Such is the havoc wreaked on the public mind by nations’ unelected politicians numbered in many thousands over the course of the last half century or so that politicians in the public sphere, themselves little more literate, have little to fear.  And likewise their enemies.

 

Apple Australia Again
July 26, 2015

A few days shy of three months ago I ordered a new 12″ MacBook.  The general view seemed to be that it may take between four and six weeks to appear.  Nearly twice that time has since elapsed and no sign appears of said MacBook.  For other product, I think, I should have cancelled the order.  In the US MacBooks have even been discounted.  But here, South Australia, such product is not even available.

Why is this?  Does Apple not trust us in Australia to pay our national and foreign debts and so purchases from offshore are no longer possible?  Has language in Australia been so devalued–even debauched–that corporate American doubts we can manage such equipment?  It certainly seems to be government policy but I doubt the politicians–elected and unelected–have quite achieved that Orwellian goal (see the first two paragraphs of ‘Newspeak’ on that page following Winton’s surrender to Big Brother).

Meanwhile the order remains in place, entirely without expectation that it will be fulfilled.

Mountain Lion–security update
February 26, 2015

I’ve seen many complimentary remarks about Spotlight. And it could indeed be useful.  That was when it worked.  After the latest security update from Apple it no longer does so.  It is now totally useless.

Apple and Greed
November 4, 2014

Is there any other connection.  What other quality would one associate with Apple.  Competence?  No, not any more.  But greed, definitely.  Why else bother with new versions of software and other bits and pieces annually?

Clearly Apple does not test its new offerings to anything like a satisfactory degree.  New features?  Rubbish.  Just new ways of making the computer work less effectively, particularly if the machine is more than a year old.  No doubt Steve Jobs was as keen as anyone to make bug profits; his successors appear to have no other interest.  Mavericks?  Yosemite?  it doesn’t matter.  Both more or less fraudulent.  Mini iPad 3: the ‘3’ referring to what?  One feature, of questionable genuine utility.  The list can then go on and on and on.  .  .  .

This from a gang that harps away about ‘moral obligations’ regarding the scientific and governmental fraud of climate change (apd.); curious how that extends neither to products nor taxation.

If you’re wondering I would change to Windows in a flash were there a genuine alternative to MS Office, especially the horror that is Word.  What windows-based word processor, comparable say, to Mellel, is available?  AFter all, one still has a book to write.  But ‘Made on a Mac’, I’d rather not.

 

Apple WWDC . . . who cares any more?
June 2, 2014

Or, why should they–or we?  If the images from the current Worldwide Developers’ Conference are any guide then little is on offer.  One reason for ignoring contemporary television and 99.9 per cent. of cinema is that is utterly devoid of merit, in essence a non-stop offering of kiddie litter.  Apple, whose disdain for sceptics of any sort, not just climate change (as presently defined) is well-known, has little now to commend it.  Safari often is little more than a spinning beach ball.  What OS X has is a choice of word processor.  Mellel is the one of choice here but , unlike Windows, there is a choice.  Linux is irrelevant.  So we stay with the increasingly egregious Apple–and its awful keyboards.  

Merit? What’s that in 21C?
April 10, 2014

So a new directorial fuss generated entirely upon political grounds, whatever “Electronista staff” may claim.  Funny how one side of politics only cops this type of campaign, though Apple’s Al Gore should have.  But then it was Apple that may have inaugurated this new set of heavily political concerns.  

In recent years I have often wondered if the twenty-first century had any merit.  By and large it has not.  Truth is dead.  So merit too.  Scholarship has largely died; universities, like primary and secondary schools, have become agents of (typically lying) propaganda.  What trust may one reside in government?  And media?  ‘Nuff said.  Corporations are not much better although they have at least to abide by some degree of consumer and other law.  

It might be amusing if not so serious.  Condi Rice is said by “Electronista staff” to have had a master’s degree by the age of twenty.  Fine (though William Pitt the Younger went to Cambridge shortly after his fourteenth birthday).  Given that intellectuals place great store in irony (more or less synonymous with contempt) the “Electronista staff” might have recalled that Condoleezza Rice’s doctorate was supervised by Josef Korbel, father to one of her predecessors as Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.  Rice’s career is quite marvellous, as interesting as is much of her background, not least some of her experiences as a child.  So here we are, yet another politically motivated campaign designed to denigrate persons of ability but the wrong politics.

It used to be said that the cream rises to the top; no more, politics will only have the scum.  The lie is all.