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Birthday celebrations fail to impress

By scumdorg - 10 March 2008 97

I went to the Canberra Day celebrations in Commonwealth Park on Monday and I’m wondering why I bothered. It was really quite rank and I was embarrassed to think that this is what we deem appropriate in order to celebrate the national capital’s 95th birthday.

There were too many security guards, too many kids and it was too hot.

There was quite a good band rehearsing on Stage 88 but this was over before it really began and it was back to finding something worthwhile to pass the time.

I went to the big top tent where the Play School show was about to start. I asked the guard whether there’d be any opportunities to meet Jay La’igaia as I was a fan of his when he was doing lifestyle TV on Channel Nine. I was told rather aggressively “No mate!” and then “you’d better piss off from here, this show is for kids and their parents only”.

I walked back to Stage 88 where I saw one of Mental As Anything’s roadies who was considerably more pleasant and agreeable. I asked when the Mentals were going to be on and he said 5:30. Since it was just past 2PM the thought of having to kill over three hours was too painful to contemplate. I had more interesting things to do at home like flea the cat and wash my hair (even though I’m bald).

I know that by posting this I risk starting up another RA flame war but I’m interested in how others saw the celebrations. Did I arrive at the wrong time? Did things pick up after I left? Is there something wrong with me?

Perhaps I’ve been in Canberra too long (we moved here in 1969) and perhaps I’m a bit jaded but I distinctly remember occasions like this in the Park in years gone by to be fun community events – the alcoholic frolics of the 1980s and early ’90s spring to mind. Maybe it’s another example of the collateral damage caused by nearly 12 years of John Howard, who knows? IMHO these celebrations were a waste of time and there seems little point in going through the motions again if this is all we can expect.

Over to you . . .

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Jazz 2:17 pm 12 Mar 08

That will do donkey. More than a little off topic now.

Scurmdog’s sexual preferences are not the topic of the original post and i dont feel particularly relevant. As per usual there are details in the faq (some of which have been cut and paste above) if you have a problem with that.

So it could potentially be classed as a ‘Grubby, shameful’ website then?

Cameron 1:57 pm 12 Mar 08

This may be too late – but that link to scumdorgs blog has an image of full frontal male nudity – so buyer beware.

Cameron 1:54 pm 12 Mar 08

What’s homophobic about saying that someone who partakes in sex in public toilets may not be the best person to hang around kids?

The fact that it was homosexual sex is irrelevant.

So many tagline opportunities, so little time.

Ingeegoodbee 1:51 pm 12 Mar 08

Whatch it there Skiddy. If you’re suggesting that I’m homophobic you might end up at the end of a law suit!

Cameron 1:50 pm 12 Mar 08

Courtesy of scumdorg’s “blog” (how’s that going by the way? many hits?) – see it here

<emA grubby, shameful website

There is a rather grubby website in Canberra which was set up a few years ago as the national capital’s version of Crikey! – the news site which was a must-read a few years ago when owned by Stephen Mayne. Unlike Crikey! the Canberra site is very much a free for all and allows unmoderated comments to be made about contributors to the site.

I submitted an article on Canberra’s birthday celebrations and several replies were printed inferring that I am a pedophile. I have informed the website contributors that if any similar suggestions are made on the site about myself – or anybody else – I will launch legal action. My cousin has his own practice and my brother works in a firm which specialises in class actions. If the site and its contributors don’t lift their game then I will gather other victims of the site and look into taking action to have it either closed down or else more rigorously moderated.

There is a rather unsavoury underbelly of ignorant bogans in Canberra – I know from bitter experience with CB radio in the 1990s – but it is depressing to see that, rather than disappearing as technology became more advanced and society moved on they have simply migrated to the Net. Reading the website in question is like paddling down a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat.

The message out of all this is to be eternally vigilant. You never know what scumbags and bottom-feeders are lurking out there on the Net and it is a good idea never to contribute to websites which try and style themselves as larrikin forums and allow unmoderated and unsubstantiated comment.

Cameron 1:46 pm 12 Mar 08

I don’t know that it’s a homophobe bandwagon.

Just for shits and giggles scumdorg, care to point out exactly what you have a problem with, other than, you know, people quoting YOUR words and simply having an opinion on them?

Cameron 1:45 pm 12 Mar 08

bah – peopele = people.

Just in case I get sued for bad typing.

Skidbladnir 1:43 pm 12 Mar 08

@Scumdorg: From the FAQ:

Moderation
Ever wondered where your comment went to? Well occasionally someone will really annoy us with a personally offensive (and usually inaccurate) comment which we might choose to moderate away. We don’t moderate simply because we disagree with what’s said, its usually offensive or contributes nothing to the story in question. We’ll also moderate if you take things way off topic with your own personal gripes. Get your own site for that. Consistent repeat offenders will get automatically moderated no matter how reasonable their next post might be.

We also have automated language filtering and anything that doesn’t pass the filters goes into a moderation queue awaiting admin approval.

You said something really horrible about me! What can I do about it?
you can email us ( root@the-riotact.com ) and ask us to amend it, or take it down and explain why we should. If you make a cogent argument we might agree, but then again we might not. depending on our mood at the time. Be warned however that we do not respond well to frivolous legal threats and will quite likely publish them.

(italics mine)

RiotACT posters are responsible for their own writings, legal threats get passed down the line until they hit something they can stick to.

But the viewpoint from RiotAct parental readers re: being chased away from the kiddies tent by Security could be seen a reasonable one, based on other posts you’ve made before.

The subsequent homophobe bandwagon I can’t explain.

Mr Evil 1:42 pm 12 Mar 08

See, I always knew nothing good would come out of Play School.

See you in Court, Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted, et el!

Cameron 1:40 pm 12 Mar 08

Ah, just when I needed a laugh, all I had to do was read this crap.

Scumdorg – get real.

“a/ The ability to post comments about submitted news items should be disabled completely (preferred),”

Explain for me the purpose of the site if peopele are unable to participate in discussion and debate?

“b/ The comments should be moderated and posted after being reviewed by moderators for legal issues – this currently done with news items; or”

They do receive limited moderation. There have been plenty of past examples where the mods have removed or edited comments due to their content. I’d say similar review has taken place with the stuff you’re referring to. Funny thing is, the mods don’t have a problem with everything said thus far.

Just because they don’t make decisions on content that you agree with doesn’t mean they don’t make decisions on content.

“c/ A facility should be installed which allows anybody being attacked to close down any further comments and/or delete any previous comments.”

a) What a ridiculous notion.
b) Even if it weren’t, I’d love for you to write a script that would allow the RA site to determine if 1 – a comment is about a user, 2 – the comment violates TOS, and 3 – where the extent of the violation is enough to grant said user the right to edit the comment.

Get real, muppet.

papadoc 1:21 pm 12 Mar 08

Nice threat sweetie. Should I just have my lawyers contact yours for quick clarification?

scumdorg 1:20 pm 12 Mar 08

. . . but not for very much longer.

Growling Ferret 1:12 pm 12 Mar 08

The tribe has spoken.

Ingeegoodbee 1:04 pm 12 Mar 08

What kind of screwed up power trip is the scumdorg butt-bandit on? Where the hell does he get off dictating such crap to RA. Here’s a tip for you poo-puncher: if you don’t like it here, feel free to fcuk off!

Mælinar 1:04 pm 12 Mar 08

Lawsuit me too, I’d gladly buy the security guard a beer whenever I saw him.

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