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do you think it’s too little or too much? We have a few taboos regarding the military since they were in charge for so long

I don’t think I know enough about it to give a definitive answer. However, I think the argument to keep our military strong is mostly fueled by Australia’s penchant for xenophobia/racism and our geographical position. If we were surrounded by white/western countries, I doubt we’d spend anything on our military. Speak to Bogan Bill (Average Joe), and he’d probably talk about the strength of Indonesia’s military, India’s military, and Pakistan’s military, like they are planning to attack us next week. ‘The axis of brown people is out to get us’. Also, if we were attacked it’s not as if we wouldn’t have allies. Australia has this piss-ant complex. We only have a population of twenty million people, Brazil has a population ten times that, we’ve never had a war fought on our soil (except for frontier wars which are blotted out by our racist historians), but we throw our military at whatever other western countries get involved in. I don’t really understand our need to compete. If any of those aforementioned countries wanted to attack us, they could, and they would probably do pretty well. But why would they want to? Australia is basically the white woman who walks past a group of black people expecting to be attacked for no other reason than the fact that she’s a fucking racist. 

-End rant- 

And one of the texts I chose was the first ep of Tim & Eric’s GoPro Show.

I just got my marks back and got an A+, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Tim & Eric’s GoPro Show

After my boyfriend’s mother was done torturing us with the first episode of Housewives of Melbourne, he decided to show her Tim & Eric’s GoPro Show, a webseries on the JASH Network on YouTube. An episode is only five mintues long, and was created by the comedy duo, Tim & Eric.

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are most well-known for the Adult Swim series, ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!’. Their brand of humour is considered “surrealistic”, “satirical” and often features “anti-humor”.[2] The webseries began in April last year. The show is a satire of Reality Television programmes.

The premise of the show is that Tim & Eric’s fans have requested to see what a day in the life of the comedy duo is like. So the “studio” commissions a programme for TV that will have the main comedians wear GoPro cameras on their foreheads, and have secondary cameras follow them around.

When the title card appears, fast-paced pop-rock music plays, and the name of the show is featured over a CGI skateboard. The signifier, the skateboard, has signified Youth, and Extremeness. The connotation of the skateboard is a metaphor for how extreme the show is. Moments later Eric confirms this interpretation when he discusses how the show will be extreme and exhilarating. The next scene is Tim stuck in traffic. In this instance the sign of the skateboard is being used satirically in a narrative context.

In the beginning of the show the comedians have difficulty understanding the reality aspect of the show. They behave unnaturally. When the producer has to step in to explain that the show is supposed to be realistic, the music changes, it becomes tense, black and white footage is used, after a ‘dun-dun’ sound the colours are inverted, and the dutch angle is also employed (perhaps accidentally). The signifier, the editing techniques used in this scene, connotes tension, uneasiness, trouble, and confrontation. This scene is framed in the Textual context. The scene takes advantage of devices used commonly in reality television to create meaning in an interaction between characters. The producers rely on intertexts and conventions within those intertexts to convey a particular perception of what is happening.

Reality Television show conventions are used again in the webisode when something good happens, in place of the tense music, uplifting music is played. “Steven Spielberg” calls Tim & Eric to congratulate them on the show. The signifier, the soundtrack and the excitable reactions from Tim & Eric connotes excitement and positivity.

Before the webisode ends, as a problem arises, the tense music is utilised once more, the conventions of the black and white footage flashes up. The signified emotion being suspense. This time, the scene ends without any kind of resolution, leading the audience to feel the need to tune in for the next episode.

Much like South Park, Tim & Eric’s projects are polysemic. The satirical nature depends on knowledge of intertexts, therefore the reading of many of their jokes depends on the audience member. The overall context of the show is generic and textual. While the show follows the genre of Reality Television, in order to “get the joke” the audience must be aware of textual significance.

littlesmuck said: I thought this only happened here

Australia and Brazil actually spends close to the same amount on the Military.

canaydian:

its a young boys first year of school and his dad is very proud of him. his dad is really rich and shit so he asks his son”what do you want as your reward?” his son says “one grain of sugar” and his dad  thinks its kinda weird but he gives it to him anyways.

a few years later his son is graduating elementary school and his dad is very proud of him and very rich so he asks again what he wants as a reward. he says “one grain of sugar” so his dad gets him one grain of sugar. he is kinda offended by this cause he is so rich and can get his son anything he wants but he keeps asking for grains of sugar.

a couple years later the son is graduating middle school and his dad asks what do you want as a reward? and the son says “one grain of sugar” and the dad, of course, gives him what he wants. He is starting to get a little mad by now. He is rich, he can get him whatever he wants.

some years pass by and the son finally graduates high school. his dad is very proud and offers to buy his son a Lamborghini. His son says “no, just one grain of sugar” and his dad obliges. He is very annoyed.

After that, the son finally graduates college as a doctor and his dad asks him what he wants as a reward. the son asks again for one grain of sugar. the dad says “i can buy you whatever you want, are you sure?” the son says “yea” so he does. 

a couple days later the son ends up in a car accident and is very injured. He is in the hospital and the dad visits him knowing he’s going to die soon and asks him “why were you asking for these grains of sugar all these years when i am rich and can get you whatever you want?” the son smiles at his dad, and dies

In the notes people are either saying ‘WTF’, ‘Because he’s a sugar daddy?’ or ‘I thought it was a parable, I need an answer’.

I’m gonna pretend like it’s a parable, here is my theory:

In the first paragraph it says the the father is ‘really rich and shit’. This connotes two things. ‘He is very wealthy and all’ or ‘he is very wealthy and bad’. If we take the second connotation to be true, then we know the father is a bad father.

The father offers a reward to his son five times. Each time he gets more and more annoyed that his son does not take advantage of his wealth. But perhaps what the son is looking for doesn’t have a dollar sign. Perhaps he wants his father to express that he is proud by being a good father.

Each time the father offers a reward, the son punishes him for being a bad father by refusing the one thing his father values.

Each time the son asks for a grain of sugar, although the father is puzzled, he does not question why his son wants the sugar. The father takes no interest in his son.

On the son’s deathbed the father finally asks. The son dies happy because his father finally expressed an interest in him, essentially being a good father.

#pseudointellectualism 

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Haven’t watched Media Watch in three weeks, you know what that means!!!!

When I was an Air Force Cadet we were staying at RAAF Base Williamstown for a NCO course and had a high-ranking member of the RAAF come and talk to us, I can’t remember who he was, but anyway, he gave us the recruiting spiel and talked about the future of the Air Force. This was maybe 2006 or 07. He discussed the JSF and the exciting furturistic elements and why it was better than our current combat aircraft.

Here’s the thing, I’m not sure how brainwashed I am. I mean the recruiting shit didn’t convince me to join up (although I wanted to be a fighter pilot, but you know I have a vagina, so who knows.).The majority of our Air Force’s combat aircraft are F/A 18 A’s and B’s. We bought our F/A 18s in the mid 80’s from the US. The majority of our combat aircraft are 24 to 30 years old. 

We bought into the JSF program (AKA we paid to assist in the development of the aircraft - with no promise to purchase said aircraft) in 2002 under the Howard government, but don’t think for a second the Labor government wasn’t content with the commitment after leaked documents showed they had basically pretended like they were looking for other options, when really they knew they were going to end up with the JSF. In 2009 Rudd was committed to buying 100 F-35 JSFs,  but there was a delay, and so now Abbott is calling the shots.

Unless the Greens won the election in some magical fairytale land (a place I would very much like to live), we were always going to be purchasing these aircraft. The only difference being what we sacrifice to pay for them. 

ferenginar:

yungmethuselah:

If you think all Black people’s blogs are “social justice” blogs, you’re racist.

I read some newspaper article recently that pretty much summed up Tumblr and the responses to it this way—privileged people who come here are shocked to see marginalized people talking about their experiences, so they think everyone’s just obsessed with social justice, rather than talking about their own lives.

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guardian:

The artist who lays eggs with her vagina – or why performance art is so silly

Performance artist Milo Moiré creates abstract paintings by pushing eggs filled with paint and ink out of her vaginal canal. She does this while standing naked in front of an audience. The nudity, apparently, is artistically essential. As for the act of pushing paint-filled eggs out of her body, it is – as no doubt you perceive – a powerful feminist statement about women, fertility and creativity. 

Jonathan Jones.

To be a female performance artist you HAVE to use your vagina. You just have to. No other way. None. Vagina art or death.

youcantcancelquidditch:

apparently you can’t be employed by the CIA if you’ve ever illegally downloaded music

breaking news: in 20 years, the CIA will operate out of the president’s basement, staffed by four old men and six guinea pigs

This is that oligarchy shit Princeton was talking about.

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Society often blurs the lines between drag queens and trans women. This is highly problematic, because many people believe that, like drag queens, trans women go home, take off their wigs and chest plates, and walk around as men. Trans womanhood is not a performance or costume.
Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via aimalay)

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I applied for a job I really want, I put a ton of effort into my LinkedIn and Resume and Cover letter, and I really, really want this job, it’s actually in the field I want a career and I’m going to be really, really sad if I don’t get it. I’ve never wanted a real-life-possible-in-this-lifetime job this badly before.

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brooklynmutt:

This afternoon, whoever runs social media for the New York Police Department asked people to tweet out photos of themselves with police officers.

Maybe you can guess what happened next. - The New York Police Department Is Having A Rough Day on Twitter - On The Media

I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind,” Sorkin told the audience. “I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over.

fastcompany:

Robonaut, installed on the International Space Station to perform chores for astronauts, just got its first pair of real legs.

NASA says that the new seven-jointed legs are designed for climbing in zero gravity and offer a considerable nine-foot leg span. Instead of feet, the legs feature “end effectors” designed to grapple onto handrails and sockets located both inside the space station and, eventually, on the ISS’s exterior. Robonaut’s end effectors have a built-in vision system—almost like a pair of eyes—that are designed to eventually automate each limb’s approaching and grasping.

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