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‘PLEASE EXPLAIN’: A TRAGICOMIC PORTRAIT OF A BIGOT, SYMPATHETICALLY DONE

August 1, 2016

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Occasionally one reads things on the interwebs that are beautifully written, this piece by Helen Razer is one of them…

Did you know that Pauline Hanson is not only an ultranationalist who seeks to throw everything she doesn’t understand into a bin of flaming turds?

She’s also a person, just like you and me.

This humanity was the preoccupation of a documentary that aired last night on SBS.

In Please Explain we learned that Hanson came up hard, has been treated callously by men and that what she lacks in understanding of nearly everything, she makes up for with good knowledge of deep-fried, battered foods.

Look. I don’t give a shit. I don’t care about the private lives of politicians generally, and I care even less to learn the backstory of an isolationist menace.

Continue reading….

 

 

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  1. August 1, 2016 5:13 pm

    Yeah l watched this. These type of bleating`s by teabag-media also show how little self-awareness they have, and how un-savvy the said gatekeepers are. When they had john-w on camera `she is an irrelevance` was all that was shown. Yet the un-savvy reports failed to point-out to john-w that he did make `pauline-rough-drafts` into teabag-policy almost immediately, to save himself politically, not to mention that `now` even the team under blib have adopted pauline rough drafts when it comes to willing off-shore gulag owners and boatie-bastardry.

  2. August 1, 2016 5:22 pm

    By the way, the un-savvy ramblings on the-ronald are probably made by a hilary-cheerer that definitely doesn`t understand the-ronalds businesses.

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    August 1, 2016 7:59 pm

    Pauline, why are you a racist … please explain?

  4. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 1, 2016 8:40 pm

  5. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 2, 2016 9:43 am

    Cameron is clearly right. Black women get bashed and white feminists couldn’t give a shit, judging by their silence. And of course a black woman like Bess Price who is doing hands-on work with remote communities is kicked in the guts by Larissa Behrendt, an inner-city middle-class mongrel with a preference for watching bestiality.

    Also the apology was a fucking disgrace. All it did was teach a bad lesson – Whitefellas are to blame for everything. So instead of taking responsibility and cleaning up the degraded culture, more and more money is spent to almost no effect.

  6. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 2, 2016 9:52 am

    The article hysterically asserts that Hanson is a racist without saying why.

    Meanwhile in modern, moderate Indonesia: Whipped in public just for daring to go on a date: Unmarried couples are flogged for violating Sharia law in Indonesia.

    Sometime before we become Lebanon (which was once a Christian country) we should suspend Muslim immigration.

  7. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 2, 2016 11:49 am

    Peas in a pod:

  8. Tom R permalink
    August 2, 2016 12:57 pm

    racism is the work of the elites.

    That hit’s it so succinctly, doesn’t it.

    As does this

    Just as a white underclass wrongly blames a brown underclass for the work of the investment class, a progressive class blames a white underclass for the work of the investment class.

    But I disagree, racists still need to be called racists. And asking stupid questions like “why is Hanson racist” really means you are working FOR the “investment class” (I love that term), or are just pig ignorant.

  9. Tom R permalink
    August 2, 2016 1:10 pm

    Peas in a pod:

    Rudd (and emails) brought down malcayman the first time.

    Will he do it now with snail mail?

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/letters-as-performance-art?utm_term=.rwQ8abDmP#.oqxvgw2Qz

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    August 2, 2016 3:05 pm

    QUESTION:

    Has anyone here had personal experience with electricity Smart Meters?

    AGL are “offering” to install one “free” … and that makes me very wary …

  11. August 2, 2016 3:23 pm

    “The article hysterically asserts that Hanson is a racist without saying why”

    I think that’s the point.

  12. Tom R permalink
    August 2, 2016 3:44 pm

    I think that’s the point.

    I don’t think that is the ‘why’ he meant reb 😉

    ie, This maintains she is racist because of the “investment class” (I STILL love that term)

    I think sb wants to know “is she racist because”

    * “We’re bringing in people from South Africa at the moment. There’s a huge amount coming into Australia, who have diseases; they’ve got AIDS.”
    *“They are of no benefit to this country whatsoever; they’ll never be able to work. And what my main concern is: is the diseases that they’re bringing in and yet no one is saying or doing anything about it.”
    *“I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40% of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course, I will be called racist, but if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united.”

    (you get the drift) 😉

    Oh, and I realise that I am doing exactly the opposite of what the author suggests. But hey, it’s called disagreeing. I agree with the precept; of racism currently being largely driven by the “investment class”, but I’ll be buggered if I’ll let racists off the hook for it.

  13. August 2, 2016 4:59 pm

    AGL,,,,,are `offering` to install one `free` ,, and that makes me very wary,,,,

    NO ,, but sparkies have told what they are, they `text` in to billing so they don`t need a `person` meter-reader. Knowing how companies always continually try to move the goal-posts against workers and consumers, l suppose they will also `claim` some `re-jigging` of your `sell-back` to grid price.

    (Part of the reason l want to be totally `off`-grid, fcuk having to pay them 28c-kwh when they will only pay me 7c-kwh plus probably be stuck with the various invented `connection`fees etc ,, once `off`grid, l don`t want to muck around with their bullshit.)

  14. August 2, 2016 5:03 pm

    “but I’ll be buggered if I’ll let racists off the hook for it.”

    I think the author was making this point too…😉

  15. Tom R permalink
    August 2, 2016 5:10 pm

    a progressive class blames a white underclass for the work of the investment class.

    It was kinda unambiguous to me reb, egs

    a progressive class blames a white underclass for the work of the investment class.

    But, come on. The world is actually burning, and we’re pausing to ask Pauline for a little gasoline.

    Poor white people in developed countries are turning to bigotry. This won’t be corrected by a flock of Curros pointing out their spelling errors.

    Or have I missed the point entirely?

  16. Helen Razer permalink
    August 2, 2016 6:07 pm

    Hi, GT. Please contact me about your use of my work, which is copied here without sufficient acknowledgement of its source, and is entirely reproduced and not arguably presented for review or criticism. I have sent you an email, but in the case you didn’t get it: helen AT badhostess DOT com Thanks.

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    August 2, 2016 6:50 pm

    Right at the very top of this blog, Helen … and welcome to GT, BTW …

    Occasionally one reads things on the interwebs that are beautifully written, this piece by Helen Razer is one of them…

    And sufficient acknowledgement surely? What else do you want? email address? Home address? Telephone number?

    As for the gay Blogmeister, he’s just an Asian wanderer, who keeps this blog open for the rest of us wankers who just review and criticise argumentatively (and, I confess – jokingly) other people’s contributions to the interwebby world at large and ourselves …

    You’re in privileged company … I always think I am, anyway … 🙂

    Nice of you to drop in … good article …

  18. August 2, 2016 7:07 pm

    Some pinkists spend way too much time googling themselves.

    Tell me about it, dontcare AT my abc DOT net DOT au

  19. August 2, 2016 7:10 pm

    Hi Helen,

    Thanks for the email and the note above. I hope the amendments to the article with the link to the Daily Review are okay.

    It’s a cracking article, and thanks for making contact…

    🙂

  20. August 2, 2016 7:12 pm

    That’s a bit unfair and unwarranted Teabag.

    Helen is a good sport and her email to me was in a good spirit so let’s just keep it seemly shall we.

  21. Helen Razer permalink
    August 2, 2016 7:22 pm

    Thanks for that. I really appreciate it. Because, this work is my labour for which I am paid an annual amount that would make you scoff and feel glad that you are not also a journalist. I am super glad you liked it and I am really flattered, but if you go about copying stuff from small independent media providers such as the one that commissioned me to write this, then I will no longer be able to write. Because writing is what I do for a living. And, as I said, I get paid jack all to do that as it is. That’s why I asked you to provide a link back to the site from which it originated. This small media company is the only one that will actually publish me on things like TV programs about Pauline Hanson. Fair dealing provision does not permit you to do this stuff. But, that aside, it is the decent thing, not just a legal obligation, to ask a writer if you can reproduce their work. And whatsername above can call me a stick-in-the-mud who doesn’t understand internet freedom or whatever, but I ask you to consider that I am paid fuck-all and because I am a cranky old left lady who writes about the problems of financialisation, I don’t get commissioned by anyone but small media companies. Such as the one to which you initially failed to link. Companies like News Corp or Fairfax won’t be financially hurt by the use of copyright material like Daily Review will. But, you can bet if they have their copyright violated, they’re not going to appear in your comments section asking you fairly reasonably to desist. They’re gonna send a lawyer. Which is not my style. But, please, respect my labour.
    You want writers, you gotta help them get paid. And the thing is, we sort of get okay at it because we do it all the time.
    And whatisname above. Yes, I do have a Google alert on my name. I find it helps me retain control of my copyright. I imagine this is a pretty bipartisan journalist practice and is not the result of my Marxism.

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    August 2, 2016 7:35 pm

    … but I ask you to consider that I am paid fuck-all and because I am a cranky old left lady who writes about the problems of financialisation,…

    OK, I’m on Helen’s side … you bastard, sreb!

    (Helen, I too – still – own copyright and get your argument)

    And it is nice to see you here … apologies for my sarc … they make me do it!

    And … good article …

    Cranky old left gentleman … 😉

  23. August 2, 2016 7:47 pm

    Personally, I thought Helen’s article was pretty awful. Nothing new or insightful, just more lefty boilerplate. As for reb reproducing it here, it was wrong of him. It brought down the standards of this fine blog.

  24. August 2, 2016 7:58 pm

    As for Helen’s complaint that she gets paid poorly by independent media organisations, that’s the size and value of any market for her product. If she wants more money, she needs to do better work.

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    August 2, 2016 8:01 pm

    ToSY, I think painting is your thing … everyone is good at something … stick to it …

    … boilerplate? And what do you think paintings are?

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    August 2, 2016 8:04 pm

    Definitely RWNJ nasty, divisive and mean-spirited … can’t wait for your next painting to review … 😎

  27. August 2, 2016 8:07 pm

    “Definitely RWNJ nasty, divisive and mean-spirited”

    Oh please! She declared herself a lefty. Since when has disagreeing been any of those things.

  28. August 2, 2016 8:09 pm

    “… boilerplate? And what do you think paintings are”

    Gee, I dunno. Paint by numbers?

  29. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 2, 2016 8:15 pm

    TB

    You have yet to apologise for this false statement you made on the last blog

    and that demonstrated Hockey’s ignorance … or deceit … when he “gave” the RBA $9 billion they didn’t need or want …

    Didn’t want or need?

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/up-to-swan-on-dividend-decisionstevens/story-e6frfkur-1226583423930#ixzz2LaSGwakQ

    Mr Stevens told the House of Representatives economic committee on Friday that the bank’s reserves have been depleted by the effects of the rise in the Australian dollar.

    “It is certainly my desire to rebuild the capital over time and the only way we can rebuild it is to retain some of the earnings when we make positive earnings,” he said.

    He said while his advice to the treasurer was that he wanted to retain all of the bank’s $1.096 billion of earnings in 2011/12, Mr Swan didn’t agree.

  30. August 2, 2016 8:24 pm

    (this belongs here)

    Thank dog we have the talking-head circuit to fall back on now the CRM is down to 5-bucks. Gate-keeping low hanging lone-fruit like Hanson is more economical, than say Bernardi, Abetz, or Morrison type nuts that might bite-back more effectively, considering they are actually nut-jobs with power. Lib, Lab and media beating-up on Hanson. At least we can relive the 1990`s.

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    August 2, 2016 8:30 pm

    Oh please! She declared herself a lefty.

    Like I said … red rag and then a load of bull …

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Didn’t want or need?

    Were’t entitled to …

    How does the RBA make money … do some research … you’re paying you should know where your tax props up banks …

    Now fuck off and stalk someone else …

  32. TB Queensland permalink
    August 2, 2016 8:31 pm

    Lib, Lab and media beating-up on Hanson. At least we can relive the 1990`s.

    “beating up”? Does that make you a supporter?

  33. August 2, 2016 8:33 pm

    if,,,,,you go about copying stuff,,,,,

    # ,, rest assured, citizens copy, tweets and fakebook pics are lifted without consent by media nowadays, than vice versa

  34. August 2, 2016 10:00 pm

    Be a `big-boy` TB, do you think it does???? Considering you snipped the answer off, which precedes.

  35. Tom R permalink
    August 2, 2016 10:23 pm

    If she wants more money, she needs to do better work.

    You mean like andrew (The Racist) bolt

    ROFL

    Or those other muppets from murdochs dredges telling us what a political genius malcayman is day after day, only to have the political stoopid shown day after day.

    Remember how they told us blib shortening didn’t have a chance. malcaymans too savvy for him. All of a sudden, Bill Shorten was almost there, they even had to admit how impressive he was, especially on the very few occasions he was allowed to be set side by side with the bumbling malcontent.

    Now, he’s been forgotten by them again, the close call nothing but a result of coalition disunity.

    And good on Helen for sticking up for her work, and in such a polite manner too. The aforementioned muppets would have advised reb with a writ first, not a public plea to do the right thing.

    And I hope reb continues to do the right thing in the future.

    Articles like this should be more widely read, far more widely than bolts hatefilled regurgitations. And the platforms that support them should be supported

    Although, I’m still intrigued if my interpretation of the article in my previous comment is correct or not?

    Paint by numbers?

    ssshh tosy, magicians don’t tell their secrets, neither should arteests. 😉

  36. August 2, 2016 10:37 pm

    Almost. *\0/* Close!!! *\0/* *\0/* Nearly!! *\0/* *\0/* *\0/* #yaaaay.blib *\0/* *\0/* *\0/* *\0/* *\0/*

  37. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 3, 2016 8:10 am

    How does the RBA make money … do some research … you’re paying you should know where your tax props up banks …

    TB

    You are wrong as usual. The Reserve Bank did need the money. Their reserves had been depleted and they asked Swan not to take any dividends. They also stated they wanted to rebuild the capital

    It is certainly my desire to rebuild the capital over time and the only way we can rebuild it is to retain some of the earnings when we make positive earnings,” he said.

    He said while his advice to the treasurer was that he wanted to retain all of the bank’s $1.096 billion of earnings in 2011/12, Mr Swan didn’t agree.

  38. Tom R permalink
    August 3, 2016 8:18 am

    $1.096 billion of earnings

    Is that how much hockey gave them?

  39. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 3, 2016 8:42 am

    I think that is how much Swan took. Stephens made it clear that they didn’t want Swan taking dividends to help him balance his budget because they needed the money as their reserves had been depleted.

    So TB saying the money Hockey gave the RB was not needed is wrong. The money was needed.

  40. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 3, 2016 9:42 am

    Also Swan took dividends every year. He was asked not to by the Reserve Bank because their reserves had been depleted.

    It is time people like TB of Queensland stopped telling lies. The money Hockey gave the Reserve Bank was needed. Stephens wanted to build up his reserves which had been depleted I guess by currency transactions and Swan taking dividends.

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    August 3, 2016 9:48 am

    The Reserve Bank did need the money.

    What for? What is the RBA’s purpose? Just what do you think the RBA is? And what is its relationship with government? The economy? Commercial banks?

    When you can answer those questions I’ll discuss my statement with you … until then its pointless …

    And next time put a link up with ALL of the information … I’m tired of your fudging about stuff you know little a bout … ignorance is no excuse …

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/dec/18/reserve-bank-of-australia-pay-government-dividends-from-august

  42. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 3, 2016 10:03 am

    TB

    You said the Reserve Bank did not need or want the money. Your link proves that statement wrong

    Stevens told the House of Representatives standing committee on economics that the bank’s “desire for a stronger capital position were already a matter of public record” so there had been “no need for me to go to the new treasurer and pound the table and say ‘you have to do something here’”.

    The RB reserves had been depleted and they wanted them increased. Your statement is WRONG.

  43. TB Queensland permalink
    August 3, 2016 11:03 am

    Ignorance is no excuse …

  44. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 3, 2016 11:13 am

    Also from your link

    He said it would have taken six to eight years for the bank to achieve its ultimate desired level of capital in the reserve fund – 15% of its assets at risk – by retaining profits each year. I think any board would welcome a way of completing that journey faster … it’s a matter for the government if the use of $8.8bn in that way as opposed to another way is the best course, that’s not for us to judge,” Stevens said.

    They did need it. And it was good the money was added to Swans last budget because he was asked by the RB not to take out dividends. Swan ignored that request.

  45. Tom R permalink
    August 3, 2016 11:50 am

    They did need it.

    I think it all comes down to needs vs want

    Of course they wanted it.

    Did they need it?

    And it was good the money was added to Swans last budget because then morons like you can keep perpetuating inanities.

  46. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 3, 2016 12:47 pm

    Many People are Very Concerned about the Census of 9 August 2016
    http://www.rogerclarke.com/DV/Census-2016.html

    The census cannot force you to give your name
    https://www.crikey.com.au/2016/07/14/census-cannot-force-you-to-give-data/

    …However, an important legal issue is also at stake: the ABS doesn’t have the legal authority to collect “name” in the 2016 census on a compulsory basis…

    …“Name” can still be collected on a voluntary basis, but the ABS has no power to commence prosecution action against Australians for not providing “name”.

    I should point out that I explained my conclusions on this matter to the Australian Statistician and he said he disagreed with my analysis. However, he gave no indication why he disagreed with me. He did say he had some advice from the the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) that concluded otherwise. I asked what questions he asked the AGS to address and if he would show me the AGS advice. He declined to do so. This surprised me, as I would have thought that if the ABS had sound advice that is helpful to the ABS view, then there are some obvious advantages in using it…

    …My notes indicate that in June 1981, Dr Roy Cameron, the then-Australian Statistician, wrote to the First Parliamentary Counsel asking, among other things, if the draft bill could provide for the ABS to “collect information and then to compile and tabulate statistics”. He also suggested that a broader term, like “information”, was necessary for the collection function as it could be argued that names, addresses, industry, etc, are not statistics…

    The 2016 census is a huge threat to your privacy — boycott it
    https://www.crikey.com.au/2016/08/01/2016-census-is-a-danger-to-your-privacy/

  47. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 3, 2016 1:01 pm

    Did you read TB’s link?

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/dec/18/reserve-bank-of-australia-pay-government-dividends-from-august

    He said it would have taken six to eight years for the bank to achieve its ultimate desired level of capital in the reserve fund – 15% of its assets at risk – by retaining profits each year.

    And they definitely asked Swan not to take dividends from RB profits because their reserves had been depleted. That is on the record. Swan did it anyway.

  48. TB Queensland permalink
    August 3, 2016 2:50 pm

    F-35 Maybe they should resurrect the Phantom …

    Gotta love the Septic Tanks … and so naive it hurts

    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence was earlier this week startled by a new rule that may have serious implications for Australia’s own force of 72 strike fighters.

    They’re not allowed to use the combat jet’s electro-optical target designation system.

    Without it, they can’t drop bombs or fire missiles.

    This is the advanced network of lasers, infra-red sensors and computer systems that ‘paint’ a target with a laser to guide weapons with pinpoint accuracy.

    The F-35’s owner’s manual apparently came with an unexpected limitation: The targeting system is only allowed to be used inside the United States — for security reasons.

    Among the restrictions are a ban on anyone being within 9km of the aircraft when the system is in use, and nobody with a set of binoculars within 33km.

    But wait – there’s more …

    The ‘Jack of all trades’ threatens to have turned out as a master of none. It had to be a fast flying F-16 interceptor. It had to be a carrier-landing multi-role aircraft like the F-18. It had to be a tank-buster like the A-10. It also had to be a vertical-landing aircraft like the Harrier.

    As such, the resultant F-35 is a collection of compromises — solely reliant on its stealth and advanced integrated sensors and displays to achieve its objectives.

    As a result, its single complex engine appears to be unreliable. It’s aerodynamics are poorly suited to high speeds and violent manoeuvres. Its bulky virtual-reality helmet is dangerous. It is vulnerable to lightning strikes. Its gun won’t be ready until at least 2019. Its software remains glitchy and incomplete. Its radar needs to be regularly rebooted. It’s not yet capable of using many of the weapons it is intended to carry.

    The article is very informative …

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/the-f35-strike-fighter-has-been-declared-combat-capable-but-is-it/news-story/7556110762b1aec3f73b49949651507b

  49. August 3, 2016 3:32 pm

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  50. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 3, 2016 3:54 pm

    The poor horse doesn’t stand a chance!

  51. August 3, 2016 5:22 pm

    The poor horse doesn`t stand a chance!

    said teabag-media each and every other time, while backing the 16-other nags.

    Watch, as shock`n awe sets in, as the horse of `self-interest` romps home.

    Who says teabag-media can`t be wrong 17-consecutive times in a row????

  52. August 3, 2016 7:53 pm

    l have had a look at some of the comments on Razer`s post that also seem to be `hostile` along with razer on the `sbs`. They seem to be anti-sbs because the sbs didn`t gut hansen like a fish, so therefore, it`s a `puff` piece. l think the sbs just let hansen have a go, and let her make a goose of herself under her own steam. lt definitely was NOT a puff piece, as both john-w and margo were NOT flattering of hansen, which `could` have been edited-out, along with hansen`s own gooseyness. l think the sbs did a good job of not merely following the teabag-media herd and adding to the hundreds of `gut hansen like a fish` that already exist, and actually tried to let hansen have a fair go. (Yes teabags, l watched it.)

  53. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 4, 2016 10:45 am

    “Cranky old left gentleman …”

    I’ve been saying that for years and now he admits it!
    🙂 🙂 🙂

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