Social Observation Archive

Goebbels-Sponges – How Much People Know and Why They Vax

They repeat slogans of vaccinate for freedoms, to keep a job, for holidays. They are nice people, but they are ignorant Goebbels-sponges.

Vaccine-Passport Restaurants Watch People Eat Elsewhere

You want your vaccinated-only businesses? You can have them. The French show the way with picnic-based restaurant disobedience.

Who’s Selfish Now?

Australia has stolen Pfizer vaccine from poor countries for 2nd and 3rd doses to Australian voters. Who's selfish now?

No, Wine Mums, The Vaccine Won’t Give You Your Cosmos and Holidays Back

Wine mums believed the PR that the vaccine is a passport to the old Insta-life. Well, you were stupid, you were had, and you should be embarrassed.

The indoctrination factories may be less effective than we fear

Indoctrination from school scolds – and the overweening hypocrisy of the gender, racial and other narratives they push – are creating spontaneous, if cynical, teenage conservatives.

We don’t need right-wing comedy

Be clear: comedy can be about politics, but the moment it is for politics rather than for humour, the comedy dies.

Tattoo Taste

If a tattoo design isn't something you'd consider good enough to put on your living room wall, the question is, why would you put it on your body? In a permanent way? Do people even ask themselves that question?

Layers of Promotion

I pay to watch cricket that is used to sell the products in the advertisements that appear in between overs; and between innings I pay to watch music artists singing a song they want me to buy, while promoting fatty chicken that Cricket Australia and the music artists are paid to promote.

Food Porn and Obesity

The proliferation of TV cooking shows, food travel diaries, competitive chef-ing, food documentaries and reality cook-offs poses questions beyond the relative cost of TV production. Throw in food blogs and tiresome café conversations about diets, nutrition and weight loss and it is clear the most unhealthy aspect of modern food is the way it is corroding our culture, not our digestive tracts.

The Many Faces of Opera

The music lover, opera buff, the poseur, the self-deluder, the bunny and the critic all respond differently to a performance.

Some Hobbies Are More Equal Than Others

When the current Federal government spends $740 million on arts and culture each year, you'd think those painters and sculptors and dramaturgs and video masturbators would be reasonably happy. That doesn't even include State and Local government cash. But no. And their Greens protectors want more.

Other People’s Money

We have a recurring lungful of union corruption (HSU, AWU), the disinterment of Roozendal-Macdonald-Obeid deals, Mr Tinkler’s largesse with his creditors’ cash, union misuse of superannuation control,  unfunded Federal dental, NDIS, pension, and Gonski schemes, and an array of bureaucratic taxes and social policies that blithely assume away their impact on businesses and consumers (child […]

FFS – The Flight From Substance

A social media flash highlights the badge-wearing do-nothingness of our political class. The Good and Just have fled from substance in an unprecedented way over the past 30 years. My only guess is that when they engage with reality, with what actually works, it causes such cognitive dissonance they have to run.

There Truly Is No Shame

OK, there isn’t much to say, but I’ll say it. It’s a very odd world where a convicted rapist and known wife-beater with a drug problem, who is renowned for blowing $300m on just about nothing, can be seen to be a drawcard for small and medium business people who want to expand their businesses. […]

Decay of the Fashionable Left

Nothing explains the decay of the fashionable left better than this. Juvenile, permanently oppositional, trashing every truly radical, liberating change for the better from the past 500 years, medievalist at heart. I hesitate to use the terms Left and Right anymore – alignments and beliefs have clearly changed. Cassandra Wilkinson talks about free and unfree, […]