Avril Fool!

A departure from my essay-style posts. Blame it on Friday.

Avril Lavigne claims her “Ten Commandments” have put her just where she is today. (If you feel inclined to pore over Av’s wisdom in her very own words, Perez Hilton has them up on his site, accompanied by the sort of poncey putdown remarks you’d expect from him).

So, Av’s rules for livin’ include:

• Expressing gratitude. She develops this notion by urging the poor to be grateful for clean drinking water, “developing world” excepted.

• Going after “good karma”. Av proclaims herself “a very giving person”, citing by way of demonstration her extreme magnanimity in instructing her “assistant” to pack off 6 boxes of “stuff” from her closet to help out the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

• Role-modelling for all those adoring fans her responsible partygirl strategies: “Party hard, but not too hard…Am I advocating drugs? No! Drink in moderation.” (Tres punk of her).

• “Extending herself” to – guess what? – a movie career! She “knows” she could be “real good at it.”

How can someone so fucking dumb end up so fucking rich at 22?

Try to have a good weekend.

Christian Consternation Over Californication

The Australian Christian Lobby and other conservative Christian groups calling for a boycott of the trashy recently-debuted Channel 10 series Californication have scored a victory, with the Holden and Holeproof companies pulling their ads from the show in response to complaints about its sexual content.

While, of course, they have the right to express themselves, righteous would-be moral despots like the ACL have no right to impose their values on the entertainment choices of the rest of the community – it is irksome that they think they do, and would if they could. Thankfully, there are brakes on their power and influence. There’s my contribution to stating the bleeding obvious for today. Continue reading Christian Consternation Over Californication

Rent With Angst – The Real Victims of the Home Affordability Crisis

Some quiet acknowledgement from the gallery, s’il vous plait. At last, the mainstream press has started to wake up to the down side of this bloody boom that I have been banging on about for months.

Back in March in my post titled Perth 2007 – More Brass Than Class, and last month in Dark Side Of The Boom I raised concerns about the possible future social consequences of the divide that has opened up – in Perth especially – between those who have prospered from the resources boom and those who have not (which amounts to going backwards, given the spiralling escalations in housing and rental costs and general living expenses).

On news.com.au today, an article entitled Angry renters ‘feeling unloved’, outlines the dire situation in which renters without prospect of owning their own home find themselves today.

Oh, the sweet relief of having one’s views validated, however belatedly. If the mainstream press is saying what I’m saying – well then, I must be right, mustn’t I? Halle-fucking-lujah and, like, hello!

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