Disney learns the Hard Way that You can Never be Woke enough

As corporations rush to virtue-signal their “woke-ness” by plastering their brands with rainbows and denying their services to anyone guilty of WrongThink, some are finding, too late, that you can never be woke enough for the inquisitors of “social justice”.

Mega-corporation Disney has bent over backwards to signal its social justice credentials. From “gay days” at Disneyland to clumsily shoe-horned “lgbt” characters, there is nothing Disney won’t do to pander to the “progressive” mob, no matter that old Uncle Walt would be spinning in his cryo-vat.

But even Disney are finding that you can never be “progressive” enough for the offenderati.

What happens when you take a classic story created by a Syrian writer, modernized with a multi-ethnic, multi-national cast, that tops the box office from the United States to the Middle East?

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The ABC Skilfully Avoids Saying the S-word

Everyone watching the classic Seinfeld episode “The Contest” knows exactly what the subject of the titular contest is, without the word ever actually being said. In fact, the verbal evasions of the cast are half the joke. The ABC is the biggest, costliest, blackest joke of the Australian media, especially as it manages to do an entire report on the collapse of Venezuela without ever once mentioning the s-word.

In a lengthy online report complementing her television and radio reporting for the ABC from Venezuela this month, Zoe Daniel failed to mention socialism or socialist policies. In fact, she referred to Chavez not as a socialist leader but as a “charismatic, populist President”.

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Visiting the Sins of the Fathers on the Rest of Us

Aboriginal children are committing suicide at a shocking rate. Some 18,000 Australian children under 12 are homeless on any given night. Two-thirds of Australian teachers report having children come to school hungry or without having eaten breakfast.

But those innocent Australian kids would be overjoyed to have even a tenth of the money and attention lavished on them as the handful of former Islamic state youth being secretly brought to Australia.

State authorities in Victoria and NSW are preparing to reintegrate eight Australian orphans evacuated from the Syrian conflict zone in a secret operation organised by the Australian government.

Officers from the education, health and community services departments of NSW and Victoria, along with senior members of the state’s police force, have been working for months on a management plan to resettle the children.

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Popular Leaders & Policy Failures: Australia’s Been There Already

If opinion polls are to believed, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is near-unassailable. But that’s what polls said about Bill Shorten and Hillary Clinton, too . . .

Demolishing the Myths of Renewable Energy, Part 1

Despite being the Great Satan of the green-left, Bjorn Lomborg is hardly a knuckle-dragging, neanderthal climate-change denier. At worst, Lomborg is what is known as a “lukewarmer”: someone who doesn’t doubt the reality of global warming, but suspects that “climate emergency” is a millenarian fantasy. But even such mild doubt is heresy to the warmist inquisitors who’d rather fawn at the feet of ignorant, puritanical children. Lomborg is hardly going to find himself welcomed back into the fold when he insists on trampling on the watermelons’ sacred eco-crucifixes and other ‘renewables’ idols.

In the first of a four-part series demolishing green mythology about renewables, let’s take a quick tour of the history and realities of renewable energy.

The reality is, today, solar and wind energy together deliver only about 1 per cent of global energy. The International Energy Agency estimates that even by 2040 these will cover a little more than 4 per cent of global energy.

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Safe Schools’ Bullying Failure

The justification for the Orwellian “Safe Schools” program is that it is supposedly an ‘anti-bullying’ program. Which is odd, because, as critics pointed out from the start, it is entirely focused on sexuality and Marxist gender theory – even though gay and ‘trans’ students represent a minority of kids who are actually bullied in school. It says nothing, for instance, about fat kids, kids with glasses, nerds, gingers, or any of the other things for which most kids get bullied.

In fact, even its creators openly say that it’s not an anti-bullying program, but a radical, Queer Theory indoctrination program.

So it should be no surprise that its introduction has not been correlated with a reduction in school bullying. In fact, the opposite may be true, if a new claim is to be believed.

Bullying, intimidation and cyber-harassment are rife in Australian schools, with the problem significantly worse than in most other countries.

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An Economist Dissects Jacinda’s ‘Wellbeing’ Con-Job

Jacinda Ardern’s “wellbeing budget” steamed up the undies of a lot of journalists and the sort of people who share ‘inspirational’ quotes on their Facebook wall, but actual economists are just a tad more sceptical. They’re especially sceptical of the notion that Ardern is doing something revolutionary, as if governments and economists have never cared a jot for people’s wellbeing before.

Far from the rest of the world fawning in awe at Jacinda’s genius, the folks at the East Asia Forum, a highly regarded think-tank run from the Australian National University, are regarding her budget with a politely raised eyebrow. Mark Fabian is a lecturer at the ANU whose doctoral thesis is on “integrated insights from psychology, philosophy and economics to develop a holistic theory of subjective well-being”. In not-so-many words, he suggests that Ardern just doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern argues that her government is moving beyond a fixation on income growth to also consider sustainability, the distribution of wealth and social issues like mental health. Yet its far from clear that any government prioritises economic growth ahead of these things, or that an ‘economic’ approach to budgeting does not serve well-being.

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Shut Up, If You’re Going to Take Our Money

I live smack in the middle of dairy country in Tasmania. While my personal experience of the dairy industry is limited to occasional stints as a farmhand, I talk to farmers a lot. These folk aren’t the knuckle-dragging yokels city-based greens seem to think they are. Many of the new generation of farmers have degrees: about 30% of Australian farmers have bachelor degrees, and Ag Science courses are surging in demand. Farmers are quickly adopting new technology to maximise yield and lower water use: hence the astonishing proliferation of computerised irrigators across the landscape in recent years.

So when mega-millionaire elites from the most urbanised centres of the world alight from their private jets and start lecturing farming communities about “carbon emissions”, farmers tend to get a bit antsy. ASB rural economist Nathan Penny is a bit more polite than my farmer friends, but he still thinks that James Cameron is talking through his gold-plated arse.

Since you are locals now, we may as well also let you in on some of our best-kept farming secrets:

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Johnny Can’t be Bothered Reading

When I was growing up, the entrance to our city library was faced by an enormous monumental wall emblazoned with Thomas Carlyle’s great epigram: “All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books”. From the earliest age, that saying impressed me deeply. Even though the stodgy old library has been demolished and rebuilt as a futuristic “death star”, I’m pleased to see that the monument remains, hopefully to inspire future generations of bibliophiles.

Sadly, the evidence suggests that it has its work cut out.

To gain admittance to college in the 17th century, students had to be able to read and translate various Latin authors on sight. 100 years ago, students were required to have read various classical works before being admitted.

Today, however, many American students are being admitted to colleges without ever having read a book from start to finish. They are part of a cohort of students known as “book virgins.”

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Morrison government puts its foot on the gas

In contrast to certain other governments which seem hell-bent on shutting down the resources sector, the Morrison government is pressuring energy companies to put their foot on the gas.

Paradoxically, despite an abundance of known gas reserves, Australia is experiencing a local shortage. Partly that is because of the legacy of virtue-signalling policies, from state governments like Victoria and South Australia especially, restricting fossil fuels. But the major reason, according to some analysts, is that some big reserves are being left untapped in order to play the market. Bruce Robertson of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says, “Companies are sitting on permits, not developing them and restricting supply so they can make a lot of money”.

Fresh from an election in which voters’ support for a long-stymied coal mine was decisive, the Morrison government is laying down the law.

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan says he will use the “clear message” sent by last month’s federal election victory to help ramp up resources development, warning Woodside Petroleum and a consortium of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies he will strip them of ownership of Australia’s biggest undeveloped gas field if they don’t get cracking on the ­project.

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