Have a look at this very typical slice of muck from the Australian university based academic left and tell me that Australia and the West is not facing a crisis of belligerent over the top racism sourced in the publicly funded institutions and individuals with which we entrust the advanced education of our kids.
Something has to be done about these people. This thing has just got too serious to ignore any longer. Remember this is a terrible situation that is not without precedent. In the 1920's Australian and Western universities were stuffed to the flood lines with academic admirers of fascism. Not just the usual suspects in the Arts and Humanities departments by the way. The leading scientific academic in the US in the 1920's was an adherent of the discipline of eugenics and who advocated the "humane" euthanasia of people who were deemed by him to be genetically sub standard.
He recommended gas chambers.
He was the US Chief Scientist. This was a decade before the rise of Nazi ideology. These academics laid the foundations for Nazism.
My comments, and that of some typical lefty dickhead interloper, follow.
If Robin William’s death occasioned much public angst about suicide and anxiety, including reams - more accurately prolixed scrollbars - of confessional identification (who could resist) Joan Rivers’ decease will surely cathect much schadenfreude on the dangers of endoscopy.
Or not. Celebrity deaths come thick and fast. One could be mistaken for thinking they’re knocked off with less impunity than… people who’ve recently died in mass atrocities it would be too offensive to name here.
But of course dead celebrities’ disproportionate media dissipation is due to the capacity of fame, on death, to funnel a lifetime of public exposure into one photovoltaic cell of reckoning.
Since they tend to sneak up on us, and rather imperiously can’t be scheduled to the news cycle, cultural pundits have to sit up to the wee hours compiling biograbs of their most memorable moments, stenographing as best they can from YouTube.
All try to fathom why this particular personage assumed the significance they did in our lives, that is, how we came to know them better than our own neighbours.
Once the dead luminary’s work over decades has been distilled into a clever epithet their ‘unique contribution’ then strap-lines the meaning of some notable aspect of them, say, plastic surgery.
Joan Rivers’ ‘brand of humor’ - she may have invented the notion – traded on transgression. It was as though at some point she sat down, listed off all the expressions of late-modern misogyny and decided the best way to exact her revenge was to embody them and mouth them off at their most extreme.
Rivers was the apocryphal ‘fright-bat’ of our times. If Greer kicked off her Female Eunuch arguing few women have any idea how much men hate them, Rivers might’ve replied (after making a few asides about Greer’s then over-plucked brows and perhaps something or other about her vaginal discharge), ‘Well, I dunno about you, bitch, but I came out of my mother’s fanny knowing that, and I’m gonna bust it apart with invective neologism and a complexion with more pin-back velocity than the Challenger space shuttle’ – though Rivers’ precision would lead her to a more raw and recent tragedy.
The rest of this is here. Note how quickly the subject turns to Israel and the Jews.
How on earth did I miss this contemptible article? Frankly it sums up exactly what is wrong with Australian academics and for that matter the Australian left and you can be certain it will be up on my blog and other blogs I contribute to within ten minutes of posting this comment here.
Firstly let me declare a personal interest that some here and especially the resident Holocaust denying racists will no doubt find material; I am a seventh generation Australian who just happens to be a Jew who hasn't seen the inside of a functioning synagogue in over forty years and about a week ago saw off close relatives and friends who had been visiting for two weeks and were flying home to Israel which was then still under attack.
Go figure. Ask Syd Walker. He will explain it all to you. Visit his blog. It's all set out in an academic detail that even Liz Conor will admire.
Joan Rivers was obviously a genius in her old and honourable profession that I take some irrational projected pride so many Jews pioneered and excelled. I don't know if it was her who said she would have been cracking jokes in Auschwitz if it helped relieve for a moment some of the stress on the people but it easily could have been. It could have been any one of them. She wasn't my cup of tea but I never had any question at all about where she was coming from. I have no doubt at all that there were Joan Rivers in Auschwitz
That she was a Jew is relevant. It has been made relevant by academics such as Liz Connor and commenters like Syd Walker.
Like the overwhelming majority of the world's Jews Joan Rivers was outraged by the completely unprovoked attack on Israel in a war that was declared by Hamas in the most depraved way imaginable. Have you all forgotten what they did to those three kids? The Israelis have a recording of their last moments and the exalted death cult shreiking of their killers who incidentally are still on the run.
Have you forgotten that? Because let me tell you something true, Liz Conor. The Israelis haven't.
How is that any different to what ISIS is doing to those hostages? What difference at all is there between Hamas and ISIS? They are both adherents to the same women-hating fascist ideology bent on world domination including but not necessarily starting with the physical elimination of the Jews from the Middle East.
That is what they say. They make no bones about it. Why aren't you listening to them Liz Conor? Because let me tell you something else that is true. The Israelis are. The Israelis hear them loud and clear.
Have you forgotten the hundreds of rocket attacks at random on Israeli homes in an attempt to murder as many people as possible? Because how else would you describe this Liz Conor? In your calculus it seems almost as if the vast investment in missile defences and shelters that Israelis have been forced to make some how cancels out the sheer moral depravity that drives this necessity in the first place.
Have you forgotten the dozens of attack tunnels dug with enough concrete to upgrade the housing of half the people of Gaza, all of it smuggled through the "embargo" from Israel and certified for use by UN and NGO agencies? THe plans Hamas had to launch an attack by a thousand terrorists armed to the teeth on Israeli townships some of which were within a kilometre of tunnel openings? The actual attempt, foiled by Israel. to kidnap some Israeli civilians, probably kids?
Have you forgotten even this? Because from reading your article and especially your comments in congratulation of Syd Walker it would seem that this has had not even the slightest impact on your thoughts.
I'm not sure what you think Israel should have done in these circumstances Liz Conor because in my experience people like you get all fuzzy and angry when asked that question. But for sure hundreds of civilians were killed in the Israeli attack on Hamas and for certain many of those were kids. But over a thousand terrorist killers were also killed in the act and it was that that got the missiles stopped and stopped the slaughter in Gaza of civilians dragooned into the frontline by Hamas and its even uglier and crazier sisters as shields.
Have you forgotten this? Because it did happen you know. I am not making this up. Why are you avoiding these truths?
The IDF in Gaza achieved a better precision in reaching the enemy than has ever been achieved by any modern military engaged in urban warfare in history. That is the truth. Before attacking the IDF on moral grounds have a look at the performance of the US Marines and British Army in Falujah. Of course that is little consolation for innocent civilians caught in the swathe of war . But ever single one of them was a casualty of Hamas and to be frank about it it very difficult to take at all seriously the moral judgements of academics who are unable to allow these moral truths to enter their thinking at all.
One last thing, Liz Connor, have you checked out Syd Walker's blog yet?
Congratulations. You are right at the point where the extreme rabid left meets the fascist genocidal right. I hope you don't take it personally when people like me ask questions about public funding of universities when we see this sort of thing.
This has nothing to do with academic freedom, you understand. It is about defending freedom from a terrible and insidious attack.
Has it ever occurred to you that these sorts of over the top Israel über alles comments -much like Rivers' own appalling comments, are a major source of 21st Century anti-semintism around the world?
If it has, then perhaps it would be wise to consider the irony inherent in your own extremism.
jexpat. people like you have been blaming the Jews for antisemitism for as long as there has been racist hatred. It's part of your ideology. The Islamist version of your ideology also blame Afro-Americans for the KKK and women for rape.
Syd Walker is an unashamed and outspoken Holocaust denier. He is not the only one who hangs out around this place like blowflies around cow dung. Because this is Australia that is their right. I can't pretend to know the motives of those who dispute or deny what is probably the most closely recorded and studied event in all of history and therefore put it all down to some kind of Jewish conspiracy which they invariably link in Israel some how. But I know something that is pretty ugly on sight and racism does not come uglier than that.
I make my point again. You are right at the point where rabid right wing racism meets left wing crank conspiracy mongering and you can be certain I will be doing my little bit to point that out.
Get it into your heads. Military action is taken by Israel only after every other option has been exhausted. Naturally. That is because Israel is a civilised democracy whose citizen army and their families do not regard fighting it out with Hamas terrorists in their ratholes as something they would have planned for the weekend. This really shouldn't be that difficult to understand even if you are on the other side of the planet..
Civilian deaths are regarded by Israel as a military failure. It is impossible to avoid killing the families of Hamas terror bosses who refuse to provide them with any shelter at all. But it is a shocking fact of this conflict that Hamas and its even crazier sisters regard children as frontline martyrs to be used as required and it does nothing at all for moral clarity to ignore this obviously inconvenient truth.
Over 300 kids were killed digging those tunnels. Apparently their size and agility make them prized as diggers. That is also a fact. Hamas and the PA are the sources for this.
For Israel killing civilians is a military failure. Military action is always a dull instrument. Once the trigger is pulled then the exact landing of the shell can never be certain. Misfires occur, probably a few percent, but the truth is the Israelis wield military power with more precision than any other military.
For Israel killing civilians is something to be avoided and they went to extraordinary lengths to achieve this. Phonecalls, text messages for crying out loud. In one of the last acts of the war the IDF was taking out whole apartment blocks that harboured Hamas war headquarters and weapons stocks without causing a single civilian casualty.
For Hamas child murder is state policy.
You would do well to bear that distinction in mind before working yourselves up in moral indignation at the very thought of the sight of Jews defending themselves against organised homicidal maniacs of the type that plague the Arab and Muslim world from Tehran to Gaza and beyond.