Silly Woolworths. Not a clue.
Well the pond's available for your next campaign. Here's the pitch. Get one GG, show him holding a glass with the Woollies logo on it, fill it full of a generous serve of fruit-laden hypocrisy, and for the log line?
How about This April raise a glass of healthy Woollies fruit juice to those who serve ...?
Okay, it lacks the cut through message of getting totally blotto and pissed as a parrot in the grand Australian way, and nobody thinks your produce is that fresh, but it's worth a go ...
Of course the hashtag Fresh in our memories has already run out of steam, though the pond did like the cat, but it provided a distraction from the reptiles.
But as a correspondent noted to the pond, it's just the latest of many commercial outings, many of which are on view in a tumbler, Poppies for Profit.
Naturally the reptiles are well represented:
And so on, and tediously on.
Patriotism, the first refuge of Murdochian reptilian scoundrels ...
Desperate people using any desperate device to flog failing newspapers, beer, thugby league and all sorts of other stuff, and Woollies were the ones that copped the flak. Couldn't happen to a nicer duopoly, which is why the pond now heads off to Coles and Aldi, but how marvellously selective is social media ...
Meanwhile, the pond has concluded that keeping up with the recalcitrant reptiles is a Sisyphean, Herculean, which is to say, never ending task.
For example, a few days ago, the pond read this in the Bolter:
Now the pond has always understood that the Bolter has racist tendencies, but it was only a few days later, discussing the line The “first Australians” may not be Aborigines with a few other people, that the pond became aware of a favourite, long-standing conspiracy theory doing the rounds of the conservative commentariat.
It turns out that this was a line also used by Senator David Leyonhjelm, when he explained that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people shouldn't be recognised in legislation (never mind the many existing references in legislation) because the evidence of them being first was only conjecture:
This is conjecture. Archaeologists make extraordinary discoveries all the time, and one of those discoveries could be that someone made it to Australia before the Aborigines.
And this was the same line as that epic drone and fundamentalist - barking mad left and then barking mad right - Keith Windschuttle deployed, which led to this lovely put down:
Writing in the magazine Quadrant, the historian Keith Windschuttle claimed that Indigenous Australians should not have Native Title rights because they were not the first to occupy Australia. He claimed that over most of the continent they had wiped out an earlier group, the sole survivors being represented by pygmies of northern Queensland.
He employed an outdated theory known as the trihybrid model for Aboriginal origins, developed initially in the 1930s, to support his claims. He wrote:
[…] the fact that the Australian pygmies have been so thoroughly expunged from public memory suggests an indecent concurrence between scholarly and political interests.
In addition to this hint of conspiracy theory, there was at least one major problem with his argument: there is no evidence that pygmies ever lived in Australia. (The pond is indebted to Michael Westaway and Joe Dortch in The Conversation here).
In the end, there's a petulance and peevishness to the proposition, if not outright conspiracy theory, and as Westaway and Dortch note, it misses the point:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be recognised in the constitution not just because they go back to the beginning of human occupation. They should be recognised because this land was theirs before it became Australia the nation. That’s something we should all be able to appreciate.
Well no, not if you're a barking mad fundamentalist like the Bolter. You'll never let science or empathy get in the way of irrational, determined bigotry, and so you'll toss away lines like The “first Australians” may not be Aborigines.
What a singular lack of generosity, what spitefulness ...
But along the way the pond caught up with stories such as DNA confirms Aboriginal culture one of Earth's oldest, in the Australian Geographic, and commentary on the study in Australian Science, Aboriginal Genome Reveals New Insights into Early Humans.
And so on.
It also led the pond to a pdf of a piece by Robin Hanbury-Tenison, in the TLS, Evidence of pre-aboriginal Australians?, which provided a reminder of why the pond gave up on the TLS years ago.
Hanbury-Tenison starts out this way:
Yes, if you want all sorts of stuff about the flood, sans Rusty, and the truth of the shroud, and so on and so forth, Ian Wilson is the author for you, and you can do a Greg Hunt on him here.
Now there are other delights in the piece by Hanbury-Tenison, including such insights as this:
Indeed, indeed, and the pond recalls seeing a large antlered deer in the remote vastness of the University of New England on an expedition to Armidale in 1974, and that surely must amount to some sort of scientific research ... especially as pigs and deer are well known to have four legs in common.
And all this research came about by reading the Bolter's idle throwaway line The “first Australians” may not be Aborigines.
For perhaps the first, but possibly not the last time, the pond began to doubt the Bolter's credentials as the world's leading climate scientist, but what a wealth of fanciful thinking lives under the same rock as he does ...
Sadly, this distraction has moved the pond closer to conspiracy theorists and away from the usual reptile beat.
But it would be remiss of the pond not to note Roger Corbett's splendid intervention into the body politic. Having supervised the disintegration of Fairfax, Rodger the dodger offered splendid advice to Tony Abbott last night, here.
Yes, people of Australia, I can't negotiate with others, I can't come up with a decent set of policies I can sell to you and my fellow parliamentarians, I'm a totally useless doofus, and I can't govern, so here you go, vote for me in a DD ...
Corbett, the man who's supervised the reduction of Fairfax, next took to blaming the people:
But minority government is possible - Gillard and others have shown that - and minority government has always been a feature of the Australian landscape, and in any case, it's unlikely that a DD would remove the need to negotiate with an upper house.
But at least now the pond understands why Fairfax is in such a dismal position. What's even sillier is that the ABC has been leading with this all morning ... but at least the pond now understands why ABC news is in such a dismal situation ...
It would have all been much simpler if Corbett had urged Abbott to say "People of Australia, you've elected a completely useless loser. I can't govern, so let the electoral slaughter begin".
And finally, the pond should pay tribute to Niki Savva. Today she does the standard reptile thing - nay obligatory duty - of waxing lyrical about Peter Walsh and Peter Costello, but towards the end she drags out the stick, and once again gives the new jellyback PM a fine old lashing:
Oh indeed, indeed, the jellyback squirms and wriggles, but at least some of the reptiles still look on the slithering with disdain ...
Which brings the pond back to another matter, the folly of Dr. Karl, which coincidentally brings conspiracy theories back into play.
As usual, Pope has a nice cartoon, and more Pope here.
Pope is of course trading off on one of the pond's all-time favourite bad conspiracy films, Capricorn One ...
... though having just seen Michael Mann's truly, stupendously awful Blackhat, New Yorker review here, the pond has a new favourite.
The pond got some great advice from the film, up there with Bolter archaeology, which is, when heading to a shoot out, always take a small bottle of Betadine. There's nothing surer to fix a slug in the belly than a little Betadine and a bandage ...
Oh and we should also note that the Bill Leak tragedy continues. It's cruel to hold Leak up against Pope, but it should be done:
The weather!? Just another climate denialist twist from the reptiles, but it reminds the pond what a sad, sad case Bill Leak has become.
Not funny, and worse, not clever. Perhaps a little Betadine would help ...