Comeback to the Future

The rain runs down the cafe windows of the cafe of the complex formerly known as the Tru Value Solar Centre.

The true value of Tru Value Solar has finally been established – they’ve gone broke so it’s zero. All that remains is an ugly square blue sign and 22 solar panels on the roof of the hangar that have never been connected.

Perhaps it will be renamed the Kia Centre. Yesterday there was a promotion with half a dozen Kias lined up in the carpark and a bevvy of pretty girls with the flush of youth, but too self - conscious to be truly beautiful. All holding iphones like nuns might have once walked the cloisters clutching bibles. Perhaps we’ll get a new model, an “Ikia”, in a flat pack you can assemble yourself.

Meanwhile the “Comeback” continues. What we are coming back to has not been fully explained. Is it a relatively mediocre performance on field since the early 2000’s with few finals and few wins? Is it some sort of pre Nixon “I’m not a crook” return to ethical respectability and an untarnished reputation? That would be nice.

Personally I see it as the birth of a new era rather than a comeback. The scientologists now occupy McCracken’s paddock, the East Melbourne Ground is now part of the Jolimont rail yards, Windy Hill is a much loved old lady finishing her days in tawdry disrepair in our beloved heartland.

The new era is emerging from its infancy on the flat plains of Tullamarine, a centre of excellence amidst the working class/welfare sprawl of the western and northern suburbs. Hard working citizens doing their best to get by, ice dealers driving big black cars (or if slightly smarter unobtrusive rental Toyotas) and when not at the gym “kicking back” and eating souvlakis, a generation ago riding donkeys in their village.

A hundred players, coaches and administrators working together to establish a new benchmark for excellence ,a new era of greatness that will make Essendon the pre-eminent Victorian club for a new generation fans.

There’s a lot to be excited about at present – enjoy the new Essendon, revel in the complexity of its evolution, look to the future not the past.

Nice read Jackie, but maybe you should have posted this in the Ambiguity thread. :wink:

We are in the middle of buying solar panels from Tru Value Solar. They seem to be operating, so can you direct me to the details of them going bust.

I think Jackie was just punning…

(There are 200 panels on the roof, not 22.)

Jackie the second article in 2 days using a shock tactic in the first para to get attention: check this Baum guy who just does not want to ever let go of the saga as a source of cheap shots. The worst of it is that the AGE, in its death throes is pontificating about the truth, as if they ever let the truth stand in the way of getting loads of clicks. At least your article is a bit of fun. Baum is serious. But what is even funnier is that the Truth, that Baum refers to was once bought by Fairfax. They really thought they could be all things to all people. That just makes them hypocrites.

The truth is out there Mr Bogut, you just have to look

Date: December 7 2016

Greg Baum
Hey, Andrew Bogut, did you know that your footy club, Essendon, has a secret laboratory in a dank chamber underneath its Tullamarine HQ, where it not only churns out peptides by the thousands but does a nice sideline in methamphetamines, supplying bikie gangs all over the northern suburbs?

You didn’t?

Well, what about your basketball club, the Dallas Mavericks, and their hidden slavery racket, exploiting all those illegals from just across the border? Surely you are across that? And then there is the Golden State Warriors, your old club, and their Russian connections and their billion-dollar arms-trading arm … no, better, let’s make it their weapons of mass destruction.

You must know? Surely?

How do I know these things? Well, I could tell you I read about them on social media, but in fact, I just made them all up here, knowing they’ll soon be on social media, and from there they’ll find their way onto a few fake news sites, and will be researched and found by real news sites to be malicious lies, but by then will have a currency of their own, and if I can get a few big names like yours to endorse them – or even deny them, who cares really? – they’ll become impossible ever to quash.

And – who knows? – one day someone who has taken them a bit too much to heart might walk into the True Value Solar Centre, quivering with outrage, and decide to take justice into his own hands.

This might all seem preposterous, except that during the American presidential election campaign, a cartel of fake news sites came up with a most fabulous conspiracy about how Hillary Clinton and her gang were running a child trafficking ring out of a pizzeria in Washington DC, a story that was quickly validated in the post-truth void of social media, and was given a mighty push along when Bogut, among others, authenticated it, tweeting that where there was so much smoke – all out of a smoke machine, remember – there must be fire, and “if only 1% of this #pizzagate scandal is true, all people involved deserve life in prison (or worse). #sick”.

Put another way, if 1 per cent of a story fits with your outlook on the world, the other 99 per cent doesn’t matter. We’ve all been guilty. #tick.

When social media users challenged Bogut about the origins the story, and pointed out that fact-checking sites that had completely discredited it, he mocked mainstream media, and poured scorn on fact-checking sites, and so we quickly reached the point where all pedlars of fake news have to do is to accuse the mainstream of being the true pedlars of fake news and, hey presto, there you have it, equivalence, without a fact in sight.

What part #pizzagate played in the demise of Clinton’s candidacy, who can say? But we can say that #pizzagate continues with a life of its own, occasioning periodic death threats to the owner of the parlour and this week, a man to walk into the shop and fire two gunshots while looking to liberate non-existent kids from non-existent captivity.

Bogut is a formidable basketballer, who played a manful role in Australia’s gallant tilt at the windmills in Rio. He is also, more than most sportspeople, socially engaged. I could say, quirkily, doubtfully, provocatively engaged, but he would say the same of my world view. Let’s leave it at tweet for twat.

But because of this, Bogut should know better, much better. Because he is in a position of some social influence, he has responsibility to know better. He knows it. On one of his portentous sallies on to social media earlier this year, Bogut was contemptuous of a protest against police brutality in Melbourne. “Protesting against Police brutality in Melbourne is like protesting for less jumbo jets to be on highways,” he thundered.

Within hours, Bogut was back, holding up his hand to acknowledge an offensive foul. “Highly regret that tweet,” he tweeted. “Did some research and shocked at the number of police shooting ppl in Melb. Apologies.”

You can’t believe everything you read, Andrew. Truth.

I think Jackie was just punning...

(There are 200 panels on the roof, not 22.)

Well DJ, not so funny when we went into panic mode and abused all and sundry at Tru Solar.

I always believe everything I read on BBlitz

wat.

Jackie the second article in 2 days using a shock tactic in the first para to get attention: check this Baum guy who just does not want to ever let go of the saga as a source of cheap shots. The worst of it is that the AGE, in its death throes is pontificating about the truth, as if they ever let the truth stand in the way of getting loads of clicks. At least your article is a bit of fun. Baum is serious. But what is even funnier is that the Truth, that Baum refers to was once bought by Fairfax. They really thought they could be all things to all people. That just makes them hypocrites.

The truth is out there Mr Bogut, you just have to look

Date: December 7 2016

Greg Baum
Hey, Andrew Bogut, did you know that your footy club, Essendon, has a secret laboratory in a dank chamber underneath its Tullamarine HQ, where it not only churns out peptides by the thousands but does a nice sideline in methamphetamines, supplying bikie gangs all over the northern suburbs?

You didn’t?

Well, what about your basketball club, the Dallas Mavericks, and their hidden slavery racket, exploiting all those illegals from just across the border? Surely you are across that? And then there is the Golden State Warriors, your old club, and their Russian connections and their billion-dollar arms-trading arm … no, better, let’s make it their weapons of mass destruction.

You must know? Surely?

How do I know these things? Well, I could tell you I read about them on social media, but in fact, I just made them all up here, knowing they’ll soon be on social media, and from there they’ll find their way onto a few fake news sites, and will be researched and found by real news sites to be malicious lies, but by then will have a currency of their own, and if I can get a few big names like yours to endorse them – or even deny them, who cares really? – they’ll become impossible ever to quash.

And – who knows? – one day someone who has taken them a bit too much to heart might walk into the True Value Solar Centre, quivering with outrage, and decide to take justice into his own hands.

This might all seem preposterous, except that during the American presidential election campaign, a cartel of fake news sites came up with a most fabulous conspiracy about how Hillary Clinton and her gang were running a child trafficking ring out of a pizzeria in Washington DC, a story that was quickly validated in the post-truth void of social media, and was given a mighty push along when Bogut, among others, authenticated it, tweeting that where there was so much smoke – all out of a smoke machine, remember – there must be fire, and “if only 1% of this #pizzagate scandal is true, all people involved deserve life in prison (or worse). #sick”.

Put another way, if 1 per cent of a story fits with your outlook on the world, the other 99 per cent doesn’t matter. We’ve all been guilty. #tick.

When social media users challenged Bogut about the origins the story, and pointed out that fact-checking sites that had completely discredited it, he mocked mainstream media, and poured scorn on fact-checking sites, and so we quickly reached the point where all pedlars of fake news have to do is to accuse the mainstream of being the true pedlars of fake news and, hey presto, there you have it, equivalence, without a fact in sight.

What part #pizzagate played in the demise of Clinton’s candidacy, who can say? But we can say that #pizzagate continues with a life of its own, occasioning periodic death threats to the owner of the parlour and this week, a man to walk into the shop and fire two gunshots while looking to liberate non-existent kids from non-existent captivity.

Bogut is a formidable basketballer, who played a manful role in Australia’s gallant tilt at the windmills in Rio. He is also, more than most sportspeople, socially engaged. I could say, quirkily, doubtfully, provocatively engaged, but he would say the same of my world view. Let’s leave it at tweet for twat.

But because of this, Bogut should know better, much better. Because he is in a position of some social influence, he has responsibility to know better. He knows it. On one of his portentous sallies on to social media earlier this year, Bogut was contemptuous of a protest against police brutality in Melbourne. “Protesting against Police brutality in Melbourne is like protesting for less jumbo jets to be on highways,” he thundered.

Within hours, Bogut was back, holding up his hand to acknowledge an offensive foul. “Highly regret that tweet,” he tweeted. “Did some research and shocked at the number of police shooting ppl in Melb. Apologies.”

You can’t believe everything you read, Andrew. Truth.

What a load of crap.

Jackie the second article in 2 days using a shock tactic in the first para to get attention: check this Baum guy who just does not want to ever let go of the saga as a source of cheap shots. The worst of it is that the AGE, in its death throes is pontificating about the truth, as if they ever let the truth stand in the way of getting loads of clicks. At least your article is a bit of fun. Baum is serious. But what is even funnier is that the Truth, that Baum refers to was once bought by Fairfax. They really thought they could be all things to all people. That just makes them hypocrites.

Read that this morning - they’re getting pretty desperate at the Age.

Jackie the second article in 2 days using a shock tactic in the first para to get attention: check this Baum guy who just does not want to ever let go of the saga as a source of cheap shots. The worst of it is that the AGE, in its death throes is pontificating about the truth, as if they ever let the truth stand in the way of getting loads of clicks. At least your article is a bit of fun. Baum is serious. But what is even funnier is that the Truth, that Baum refers to was once bought by Fairfax. They really thought they could be all things to all people. That just makes them hypocrites.

Read that this morning - they’re getting pretty desperate at the Age.

Yep they are spewing because social media has killed the Age . Its a bit like the horse drawn carriage builders 100 years ago complaining that cars were noisy.

Houli Douli says: What a load of crap.

No lesser person than the Pope also says the media talk crap !

Houli Douli says: What a load of crap.

No lesser person than the Pope also says the media talk crap !

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/07/media/pope-francis-media-feces/

The Pope is a much lesser person; and he does not support the Bombers.

Where is this Ikia you speak of? Is it the Korean version of the Swedish flat pack specialists?

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Where is this Ikia you speak of? Is it the Korean version of the Swedish flat pack specialists?

Yes - a bit like a Kimchi meatball.

Baum should put down the crack pipe. Two articles in two days.

Seriously - that once great news paper is littered with stories that are nothing more than “celebrity X tweeted Y about Z…ZOMG”… leaving aside saga-related issues.

I thought Baum was making a point about fictional stories propagating into main stream media and being considered fact by some, even though they are proven to be lies.

I thought Baum was making a point about fictional stories propagating into main stream media and being considered fact by some, even though they are proven to be lies.

So did I. I thought it was quite a good article.

Couldn’t care less what is written about us now. Nothing will dampen my enthusiasm for the new season. All the fellow Dons I know feel the same way. I’m just excited to see what this team can do now they can concentrate solely on football.

Couldn't care less what is written about us now. Nothing will dampen my enthusiasm for the new season. All the fellow Dons I know feel the same way. I'm just excited to see what this team can do now they can concentrate solely on football.
Yep, and with top draft picks we never should have been allowed to have and a bunch of good young blokes whose match experience belies their age, because, y'know, drugs... ■■■■■■ EFC, how dare they? Looking forward to it!