Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tell me, why should I spend my time writing this blog?

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Lili's invitation for the day

The "skeptic" movement has sustained serious wounds dealt by individual women, journalists and the Me Too movement, thanks to the appalling behaviour of that tedious entertainer, author and academic Lawrence Krauss. It shouldn't surprise anyone that a misogynist sleaze has fallen out of that tree a long time after the fact, as accusations of misogyny directed toward that movement are nothing new, but criticism is promptly suppressed by that movement. If you have ever tried to express criticism of this movement or individuals who lead it or have tried to question their approach or even just tried to discuss such matters on any of the media forums operated by this movement you will probably be aware that the skeptic movement don't pause a minute in censoring or shouting down people who question what these supposed champions of freedom in thought and open inquiry do or say or think. 

So today I smirk and cordially invite the skeptic movement to just go @#$% themselves, because the vast majority of them aren't effective champions of science and don't do a thing to push back the boundaries of scientific knowledge. It is people like anonymous me who do the heavy lifting of pushing science forward and arguing the case for science, because we are not blind to the many serious problems happening within science and academia and we acknowledge them and seek to address them, and we do not believe every single thing that has been written in a journal paper or spoken in a science lecture. We think for ourselves, read according to our own wide and varied interests and obsessions, and create our own completly novel studies and hypotheses. We are the true scientists, and you guys can go to hell.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Creative ideas for 2018

- start a GoFundMe page to raise funds for elocution lessons for Jamie Oliver

- take a production of the rock musical Hair touring from Egypt to Pakistan 

- reinvent an unusual form of graffiti while insulting a skyscraper full of snakes in suits and corporate corpses

- actually wear in public that skirt I made out of $1.35 worth of off-cuts, with those shoes I found at the tip

- sew a reusable shopping bag to go with it

- sew another one for hubby

- start a seed library

- do that decoupage idea and enter it in an art contest

- send Eric Abetz a monocle in the mail

- see if that idea for an auditory sculpture really is capable of sending people mad

- if it is, use against neighbours

- regardless, enter it in a sculpture competition

- try to keep my new list up to date

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lili's question for the day

Will one of the men in my latest list be involved in the next sexual harassment accusation scandal to hit the headlines? 

Monday, December 04, 2017

Lili's redirection for the day

I have a new list in the works, and when I publish it I plan to post it at my political blog Blond Ambition, for a number of reasons. 

Firstly, my next list is negative in tone, and I don't want to confuse readers by mixing up a negative list with my long-standing and popular lists that focus of matters that are generally positive.

Secondly, the topic of my next list does not sit well with the title of my main blog "Incorrect Pleasures". When I publish it you will see what I mean. 

Thirdly, I figure my new list of famous people should fit well enough into a political blog, because it is full of politicians (distasteful, I know) and as they used to say in the 1970s, the personal is political. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lili's amusement of the day

The "Wisdom of the Crowd" indeed! How ironic!

Lili's wish for the day

Sad to see that the respected Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who is one of the interesting people in my famous synaesthetes list and was also recently an Australian of the Year is the subject of allegations of “inappropriate behaviour", a part of an international wave of disclosures of allegations of sexual misconduct among high-profile media identities. At present it appears that the person making the allegations and full details of the alleged behaviour are not publicly known, but two male actors who have thrown their support behind the allegations have been named. Rush has issued a denial. I hope there is nothing behind this accusation, but, like a waxwork figure in a bushfire, the situation is looking uglier by the minute.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lili's dismissal of the day

So Mr Burke, past host and founder of the defunct but once highly popular Australian gardening TV show Burke's Backyard, it seems clear that you have been a workplace bully and sex pest for ages, and you claim this is because you're "an Asperger's person"? While I no longer think there's much validity or science behind the labels "autism" and "Asperger syndrome", I do know that workplace bullying and sexual misconduct have never been regarded as features of the conditions, in fact, regardless of level of intelligence, people with these labels are lucky to get anywhere near having a job, let alone being the boss who has the power to get away with such unethical or criminal behaviour.

Your unconvincing excuse gets you nowhere, especially in light of the fact that you've been busy denying as well as excusing yourself. You can't offer an excuse for behaviour that you haven't even owned up to!

If you have the chance to watch the ABC news interview with Katharine Annear, the chairperson of Autistic Advocacy Australia and New Zealand about Don Burke's recent claims, it is well worth a look. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Lili's bewilderment of the day

So amusing when these celebrity sex pests vehemently deny all of the allegations, even when there's a clear pattern of offending among many accounts from numerous victims who share characteristics such as gender, body area groped and their age when the events happened. Who do they think they are kidding? 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lili's tip for the day

Lili's making a list, she's checking it twice, gunna find out who's naughty or nice…

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Questions, questions....

We can't even trust Pub Peer?

If universities do what they are supposed to do (allow only real scholarship), then how do we get quackademics?

Are South African white farmers being murdered in racially-targeted attacks?

Could it possibly be true that in 2017 Parliament House in Canberra needs to be modified to accommodate a new MP who uses a wheelchair?

Is wind turbine syndrome a communicated disease?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Lili's disappointment for the day

I'm disappointed but not surprised to see that Derek Amato has been featured in a TV doco series that has just started on SBS, The world's most extraordinary people, which is apparently hosted by a real doctor, English surgeon Gabriel Weston, who is also a writer and BBC Two host. A doctor and two reputable TV channels look like fools.

Amato is one of an unending collection of supposed "acquired savants" in the fashion of the questionable Daniel Tammet (formerly Daniel Corney). In my ebook about Tammet you can find chapters about many interesting people who have, or who claim to have, extraordinary abilities or talents. Some of those people are genuinely astounding in their achievements, while there's ample evidence that many others have made up stories and taken scientists, publishers and journalists for a ride. Derek Amato one of the world's most extraordinary people? I think not.