Monday, November 20, 2017

Come on, it's 2017!

Same sex marriage will become legal in Australia by the end of the year. Same sex marriage activists are savouring their victory. As someone who voted no, and believes that traditional marriage should be preserved, I am endeavouring to get my head around the mentality of same sex marriage activists. I want to go deeper than the empty slogans used in their campaign, such as "love is equal" and "love is love."

At least some of them are afflicted with chronological snobbery. This is the argument that the thinking and by extension, the attitudes and cultural mores of earlier times are inferior to that of the present. This can be seen in statements like, "It's 2017. Get with the times," and the description of same sex marriage opponents as "dinosaurs." On social media, reacting to a picture of a group of mature aged people attending a "No" campaign event, one particularly nasty person slurred them, saying in as many words, that they should roll over and get out of the way, so that younger and more progressive people could run things. 

To this we can add latent racism. One letter writer noted the large "no" vote in Australian electorates with high migrant populations. According to the writer, their vote was influenced by the cultural attitudes and religious beliefs of their countries of origin. In other words, if they were better educated and more Westernised, they would have voted differently. The latent racism comes from what appears to be the attitude that Western values are always superior to those of other parts of the world. 

Leftists often like to make out that they are superior to and more virtuous than conservatives. Watch them closely enough, and you can see through their facade. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pile of shame

I recently finished reading the book, 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die.

Of the games in the book, these are the ones that I have played, but I haven't actually completed all of them:

1080 Snowboarding
Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Another World
Assassin's Creed II
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Battle Zone
The Beatles: Rock Band
Beyond Good & Evil
Blast Corps
A Boy and his Blob
Breath of Fire II
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
Bubble Bobble
California Games
Call of Duty
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Chrono Trigger
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Country 3
Double Dragon
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training
Dr. Mario
Duke Nukem 3D
Earthworm Jim
Ecco the Dolphin
Fallout 3
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fight
Forgotten Worlds
F-Zero X
Ghosts 'n Goblins
Ghouls 'n Ghosts
God of War: Chains of Olympus
GoldenEye 007
Gran Turismo
Guitar Hero
Halo: Combat Evolved
Ikari Warriors
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Jet Force Gemini
Kid Icarus
Killer Instinct
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
LEGO Star Wars
Luigi’s Mansion
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
Mario Kart 64
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Slug
Metroid Prime
Missile Command
Monkey lsland 2: LeChuck's Revenge
Moon Patrol
New Zealand Story
Operation Wolf
Paper Mario
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Perfect Dark
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Resident Evil
Revenge of Shinobi
Rolling Thunder
Sam & Max Hit the Road
Secret of Mana
The Secret of Monkey Island
Skies of Arcadia
Skool Daze
Smash TV
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll
Sonic Adventure
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Space Invaders
Spider-Man 2
Spy Hunter
Spy vs. Spy
SSX Tricky
Star Wars
Star Wars Jedi Knight ll: Jedi Outcast
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Starfox 64
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Summer Games II
Super Castlevania IV
Super Hang-On
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros.: The l.ost Levels
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario World
Super Metroid
Super Punch-Out!!
Super Tennis
Tales of Symphonia
Theme Park
Time Pilot
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Wave Race 64
Wii Fit
Wii Sports
Yoshi’s Island
Zombies Ate My Neighbours

I doubt very much that there's anyone who, when they're lying on their deathbed, will regret all the video games they never got to play.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Where were you in 1984?

I have never watched an episode of Stranger Things on Netflix. The Green Guide's exemplary editing standards were once again in evidence in a profile piece about Dacre Smith, an actor from Perth who has just joined the cast of the show.

In a glaring example of sloppy research, we are informed that season 2 of the show begins "a year or so after the events of last season, It is Halloween, 1984, a month out from the election that would sweep Ronald Reagan to power."

In actual fact, Reagan was first elected President in 1980. In 1984, he secured a second term in one of the largest landslide victories in American political history. Anyone who was alive at the time, and who has a passing interest in either politics or history would know this.

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By Walter Mondale presidential campaign, 1984 -, Public Domain, Link

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Lacking the common touch

Christopher Pyne hasn't done himself any favours lately. He has been accused of attempting to undermine the party’s candidate for the seat of Barker at the 2013 federal election by suggesting an independent run against him. On top of that, he is believed to have pressured another Liberal colleague to relinquish her seat to him if his electorate is abolished.

Back in 2009, he contacted activist group GetUp, in an attempt to drum up support for then opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull. GetUp has strong links to the Labor Party. Indeed, Labor leader, Bill Shorten used to be on its board. Not only that, but GetUp has consistently campaigned against Liberal government policies.

In his capacity as defence minister, he is also spending $50 billion of Australian taxpayers money on submarines for the Royal Australian Navy, that will be obsolete before they're commissioned for service.

If Pyne ever had leadership ambitions, and no press gallery journalist, to my knowledge, has ever speculated that he does, surely he can now forget about them. If there's any justice in politics, his parliamentary colleagues should not reward disloyalty like he has shown, not to mention his arrogance. Voters are getting tired of arrogant politicians. Conduct like his surely must be a contributing factor towards the Turnbull government's low approval ratings, and voter disillusionment with the major parties. f-plan-to-oust

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cynic's corner

What a second. I thought that the church was supposed to keep out of politics. Perhaps that doesn't apply for trendy causes, like stopping the proposed Adani coal mine development from going ahead.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Infectious drum beats

Tusk single.jpg
By Source, Fair use, Link

In 1979, Fleetwood Mac released Tusk, the follow up to their massively successful album, Rumours. On November 2 of that year, the title track from the album held the 8th position on 3XY's Top 40. I remember watching the film clip on television for this song back when I was a wee lad.