Thursday, 24 September 2020

How dark is the trap?

Tory Shepherd misses an important point in her analysis of the "dark trap" of radicalisation through the web (Net rabbit hole, 24 Sep).

The whole point of web searches and social media is to narrow our thinking. One day we search for tissues, from then on every search will bias tissues in its results. The aim is to narrow our thinking in order to sell us product.

So one day you read an interesting article on terrorism. Fom then on every search will connect you to terrorism sites. Social media algorithms don't care, they will sell you tissues or terrorism. Because either result earns money for the algorithm owner.

The dark trap of the web aims to narrow our thinking. To narrow our thinking to the point where we buy those tissues. Or buy in to the ideas of terrorism. The only point is to narrow our thinking until we buy.

Nick Lethbridge, Churchlands
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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Money or Morals

Another excellent article by Ben Harvey (container ship, 19/9).

He points out that Australia is a gnat compared to China. That we make serious money selling to China but that our trade is, to China, insignificant.

Yet, as Harvey points out, if we question China on its lack of democracy, on its brutal treatment of Hong Kong, even on coronavirus history, we are liable to be squashed like a gnat. China, Harvey tells us, is a bully which will not hesitate to employ "coercive diplomacy".

Finally, Harvey speaks to our major business leaders. They have strong opinions: we should kiss the Chinese boots because money is more important than a moral stance.

The message is, plutocrats will accept any immoral act, as long as the money continues to flow into their own already stuffed pockets.

Nick Lethbridge, Churchlands
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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

fighting for weight

Several sports -- fighting sports -- match competitors by weight. A "bantamweight", for example, will only fight another "bantamweight". This leads to competitors  starving themselves in order to compete in a lighter-weight category.

The point is, if you weigh as much as a full-size chicken then you are large enough to thrash the smaller bantams. It's a form of cheating.

The result is, competitors prepare for a competition by starving themselves. And, as a direct result, some would-be competitors starve themselves to death.

The risk of death is treated as less important than the improved chance of winning.

If a sport has weight categories, those categories should be based on actual -- normal -- weight. Weight measured over time, not just the famished weight on the day of a competition. Like drug testing, weight testing should be a permanent feature of being a serious competitor.

For six or more months either side of a competition, competitors are weighed. At random times, with little warning. Whatever weight they are at -- is their competition weight.



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death and property

It's a good suggestion from the Mayor of Nedlands, to build a children's care residence (a hospice) on the old Sunset Hospital site (Letters, 8/9). There is plenty of room to build, without taking up space which is currently being used for public recreation.

If the government later finds a mega-rich foreigner who wants land to build another personal fortress, that's easy. Deal with the children as a previous government deal with the original tenants of Sunset Hospital.

When the land is worth money, throw the children out. Just as the old men were thrown out. The point is, after all, that the children, like the old men, will soon be dead anyway.

Nick Lethbridge, Churchlands
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Thursday, 27 August 2020

marriage breakdown

So Australia and China have a "relationship of mutual respect". It's as though we are a married couple.

We need to file for divorce before the financial and psychological abuse becomes physical.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

melangata, evening

I dress for dinner: clean socks, clean underpants, a shirt which has only been worn half a dozen times, and a thermal which... well... is not fresh but is warm. Boots and trousers have not changed since we left home, I don't have others. I dress for dinner because we're eating in company.

We eat dinner, it is good. We join our hosts and the other two guests. Nice people but we prefer to eat by ourselves. Enjoyable but we do not hang round for long after eating.

We are now in our room, reading and writing. It's cold but comfortable.

And that's it, for now. Not much to say... Typing because we have internet.


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Monday, 10 August 2020

bulldust spread thick

On July 30 the local paper has a double-page spread written by Stan "I'm more black than you" Grant. The man whose suntan and stance have become darker since he changed from reporter to indigenous affairs reporter. He provides bulldust responses to various questions:

Q: Why are some BLM protesters vandalising statues?
Response: "The use of the word vandalise has a certain connotation. It suggests a lawlessness... sometimes these acts can be acts against power."

Meaning: You can break any law you like because a law is just an implementation of power. If, for example, I disagree with Grant's use of the power of the press -- the power to print whatever they can get away with -- then I can vandalise any representation of Grant. Can I vandalise his home? Well yes, if you accept that I am acting out of my perceived powerlessness.

Bulldust.

Q: Why are there more Caucasian politicians than Aboriginal politicians in Australia?
Response: "It's about our history, again because Aboriginal people did not have access to power and did not have the opportunities."

Meaning: Forget that there are more Caucasian than Aboriginal people in Australia. The minority needs a majority in government because... well, because they are black, I guess.

Q: How can we move forward...?
Response: "The best way to do that is [by] being involved in these conversations."

At last, some sense. Except that conversation is "interactive communication between two or more people". Grant spouts his nonsense. No-one dares challenge it. That is not a "conversation". It is pure and simple one-sided bulldust.



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