1. Orlando shootings
Most security experts say that security authorities can’t ultimately defend against a lone gunman who suddenly decides to launch an attack. I’m glad, however, that the authorities in the US are pursuing whether gunman Omar Mateen’s wife knew anything of his intentions.
In Britain it seems there had been threats and the police were looking at guarding Cox at home and in the office. The fact that she was murdered out interacting with voters is a blow to democracy.
I don’t intend personally here to comment on the motivation in either case, clearly an outrage to our humanity, just comment on some aspects of the political by-wash.
Donald Trump immediately leapt on the ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ theme and doubled down on his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country. Some think that Trump has lost the plot entirely. Even Republicans are worrying that he’ll take down their candidates for Congress.
Bruce Schapiro told Phillip Adams that some are hoping that Trump will crash in the November election and that out of the wreckage the will may be found for Congress to do something about gun control. We are told that the rifle he used is America’s favourite, easily purchased, even by people the FBI have put on the ‘no-fly’ list.
Meanwhile LGBTI leaders have urged Turnbull to ditch the marriage equality plebiscite, because of all the hatred that is going to be aired.
He should, but he won’t.
Seems David Cameron may not have wanted a referendum, but felt he had to “shoot the Ukip fox”. Others counselled that there may be unforeseen consequences.
It seems the Bank of England’s warning about global financial risk is being ignored. Certainly over $50 billion has been wiped off our stock market in the last few days, attributed to Brexit.
There were two articles in the Fin Review reprinted from Der Spiegel. One said, please stay, we need you to balance German power, and for cultural and economic reasons. It also warned that if Britain goes, others may follow, putting the European project in jeopardy.
The other said, you might as well go, as you have prevented us from doing some of the things we wanted to do in order to further European integration and we’d be better off without you.
The opinion in Germany, as in the rest of Europe, heavily favours Britain staying.
However, Brexit proponents think they can do a trade deal with the EU to retain their access. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble says out is out, and Britain won’t be given access like Switzerland and Norway.
Seems they will be made to pay, and to accept all the rules they complain about, without the capacity to affect making rules. Anything less may encourage others to go.
The “fox” that Cameron wanted to slay is of course about immigration. Many Brits don’t like the eastern Europeans in Britain who can’t speak English. Apparently there are 300,000 French and 2.3 million other EU nationals in Britain. Many of them may have to go home, as well as the Brits working in the EU.
Series based on superheroes are not my genre, so I’m not personally watching Cleverman. I heard the producer interviewed on local radio, and was impressed by how it has been received overseas, and how it uses authentic Aboriginal stories in its plot lines. Then I Googled and got this:
- We need to talk about Cleverman. Like, seriously. It’s great. And yet, it’s really not.
Long before it debuted on our screens, this six-part ABC series was generating all kinds of excitement. It screened at the Berlin Film Festival, it had a guaranteed berth in the US on the Sundance Channel, and it had sold to the BBC, too.
A home-grown story that combines horror, speculative fiction and the Dreaming, it was clearly something to be proud of, long before any of us had seen a second of it. But halfway through its first season (a second has already been commissioned), I reckon it’s time to admit Cleverman doesn’t quite match the hype.
And then this:
- The third episode of ABC’s hotly anticipated Cleverman shed more viewers with 257,000 tuning in at 9:30pm, down on last week’s audience of 330,000.
A shame, really. We are told that the Aboriginal stories are the equivalent of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Obviously they need a better realisation.
Introduction to Saturday salon
Because of the way the blog currently presents posts on the home page I think it’s better to remove the introductory material to a different place. For new readers, here’s the rationale for this space.
An open thread where, at your leisure, you can discuss anything you like, well, within reason and the Comments Policy. Include here news and views, plus any notable personal experiences from the week and the weekend.
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The gentleman in the image is Voltaire, who for a time graced the court of Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great. King Fred loved to talk about the universe and everything at the end of a day’s work. He also used the salons of Berlin to get feedback in the development of public policy.
Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.
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