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Schooling Gerard … pressure on Murdochs … Age lifts Hun video

Schooling Henderson on Green politics. Bob Brown believes in interplanetary colonisation! Yet the left-liberal media won’t call him on it! Gerard Henderson has a scoop! Or thinks he does. In this week’s column, Gerard focused on Brown’s recent speech arguing — as he has for years — that the challenges to humanity will only be solved by a single world government, a speech he began with the wry greeting “fellow Earthians”. But there was more! According to Gerard:

According to the Greens leader, ‘to accommodate 10 billion people at American, European or Australasian rates of consumption we will need two more planets to exploit within a few decades’.

Earlier this year, in the US, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was ridiculed by the left when he proposed the creation of a permanent base on the moon by 2020. However, in Australia there was almost a mute reaction to Brown’s speech.”

If the opposition had called for the settlement of Mars, Gerard went on to say, “[he] he would be dismissed as having lost it … But Brown tends to avoid criticism.”

Yeah, um, Earthians to Gerard. Amazingly, Brown wasn’t calling for the establishment of Star Fleet One. He was arguing that the planet simply can’t accommodate Western levels of consumption for everyone — so to have a just distribution of resources, and avoid global war, we’re going to have to consume less. The media didn’t go to town on Brown’s secret galactic plans because they read the sodding speech, and understood it in context. Equally amazingly, no one has come out to condemn Jonathan Swift’s shocking cannibalism proposals either.

It’s hard to know which is more bizarre about Gerard’s self-gotcha — his total lack of understanding of Green politics, or the fact that he’s never heard the “two more earths”, which has been around for years. Here’s the first page of Google results  — or, as you know it Gerard, The Google —   for a search on “we would need two more Earths”:

Oh dear. Anne, please show Gerard how to find the Google via Gopher on his Commodore 64 before he once again embarrasses himself — and the one newspaper still willing to publish him. — Guy Rundle

Once upon a time, Age lifts a Hun video. According to this review on The Age website of  the new film starring Julia Roberts, Mirror Mirror:

… an expansive and overworked version of the Snow White fairytale, tries for the same effect in a live-action setting and never quite succeeds.”

It also appears The Age has no problem trying for the same effect. At a time where media organisations are accusing other media organisations of piracy, you’d think The Age would be more circumspect than using a Herald Sun video. How do we know it’s from the Herald Sun? Well the video is topped with the Hun’s tagline “Stories Start here” and is tailed with a Herald Sun newspaper roll up. Here’s the video on the Herald Sun website:

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