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Old 08-22-2016, 09:26 AM   #556
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who the fuck is brendan o'neill? what a fucking cunt of a human.
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That is an excellent question. Who the fuck is Brendan O'Neill?
Q&A seem to absolutely love inviting him on the show. It's at least the third time he's been on in a year or so.

I've seen him claim to be a leftist. He's nothing but an older Milo Yiannopoulos.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:34 AM   #558
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You guys could stand to stop watching Q&A. I've a fear it's rotting your brains, or at the very least, your souls.
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I haven't watched in a while, because it's fairly predictable what O'Neill is going to say.

Furthermore, there's this fascinating thing about some UK media pundits, in that they claim to be leftist but actually spend their entire time deriding absolutely everything left of centre. This is present in the likes of O'Neill (although not even sure he pretends anymore), Nick Cohen, James Bloodworth etc. There's little such thing here in Australia.
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oh I don't watch it. housemate happened to throw it on and I was listening in the background. Junkee did an article on how q&a is nothing more than televisual clickbait.
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I haven't watched in a while, because it's fairly predictable what O'Neill is going to say.

Furthermore, there's this fascinating thing about some UK media pundits, in that they claim to be leftist but actually spend their entire time deriding absolutely everything left of centre. This is present in the likes of O'Neill (although not even sure he pretends anymore), Nick Cohen, James Bloodworth etc. There's little such thing here in Australia.
Nick Cohen is a disgrace, but to pursue that point, I'm sure there is a similar phenomenon in Australia. I suppose I'd have to think to come up with examples, but it's there. You probably see it in heightened form when questions concerning Israel pop up (cue 'the decent left').
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Definitely not to the extent that Nick Cohen does, god I hate that man.
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oh I don't watch it. housemate happened to throw it on and I was listening in the background. Junkee did an article on how q&a is nothing more than televisual clickbait.
That's exactly what it is. Tony Jones must go to his bathroom every night and stare in dead eyed silence at the mirror, remembering the days when he was an actual journalist.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:55 AM   #564
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I take it Duncan Storrar (remember him?) hasn't sued the program into bankruptcy yet? A shame, because they deserve it.
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My biggest regret of the last few months is definitely watching Q&A last week.

I really do wonder what sort of person still watches it regularly, why, and how come they haven't figured out yet that there are better sources for opinion and debate.
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I for one completely support this bid: Brisbane to tip in $870,000 for Olympics feasibility study

Southeast Queensland basically specialises in white elephants. The Olympics are right up its alley.
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:12 AM   #567
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Oh for fucks' sake... the last thing Brisbane should be doing is going anywhere near that wandering slum clearance and gentrification project known as the Olympics. People never learn.

I'd like to propose that the Olympics be given back to Athens, permanently - no more extravagant bids, no surprises, same place every time - and the world pay in to give them some stimulus every couple of years. God knows the EU isn't going to let them out of their imposed death spiral if it has any say in the matter (which it does).
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I'm more concerned about condemning the athletes to the Gold Coast. Nobody deserves that.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:57 AM   #569
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Heh, I've never lived on the Gold Coast, but I hear it has quite the reputation.
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I often wonder if my teenage years would have been much happier had I simply gone to school anywhere else.
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