Friday poll – Flood media coverage

14 01 2011

Over the past few weeks, flooding in Queensland has wreaked havoc on life and property. As the waters approached Brisbane, the chorus of the trashmedia cheering the floodwaters toward their predicted peak became deafening. Do tell us, dear reader, which particular aspect of the coverage you found most helpful in keeping you informed of the goings on about the Queensland region during this time.

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14 01 2011
Brimstone

I’m sure this flood is the hippies fault
it’s something to do with them blocking the building of dams

any good sources?

14 01 2011
Shirley

Maybe you should find some good sources before you decide to lay blame. That’s the scientific approach.

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

I think the source was Toowoomba.

14 01 2011
Sam

I’m one of those hippies and I actually had a cousin asked me if I felt guilty for lobbying against more dams. Of course, the fact that we’ve been warning about extreme weather events (particularly linked to La Nina) has escaped him.

There’s a good article here about why dams don’t necessarily protect from floods: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/building-more-dams-is-no-way-to-prevent-flood-catastrophe-20110111-19mkm.html.

I also found this well-thought out argument on Farcebook: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=169047266473759&topic=251 “YOUR RELUCTANCE TO ALLOW DAMS TO BE BUILT HAS EXACERBATED THIS PROBLEM>”

14 01 2011
p'bee

not to mention it’s kinda difficult to build a dam on top of a mountain.

14 01 2011
SD

I was visiting a place as a young child when a nearby dam broke because it was a dry region and the dam had not been built for the torrential rain that took place then. It was awful and a large number of people died, its one of my earliest memories of how suddenly things change. They then had the dam rebuilt. Its hard to predict these things either way.

Wasn’t there a report that before the dam in brisbane, properties were not built along the water so the damage to infrastructure was not as much (apart from the town itself being much smaller of course)?

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

They were all poor areas that Santa Claus wouldn’t visit. Immigrants, students and the working class lived in the riverside suburbs like West End, Newfarm. So no-one cared if they flooded. Since gentrification happened, it’s become a catastrophe.

14 01 2011
SD

Ah, I see!

14 01 2011
Shirley

Gentrification has indeed happened, but I don’t think that’s the reason it’s become a catastrophe. Whether you agree or disagree with the term ‘catastrophe’ being applied to the floods, it’s the media that chooses to throw it about, and would throw it about whether the victims were rich or poor.

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

I’ve seen Catastrophe used more on facebook. By people like my sister who once told me 20 years ago that she would visit my house in west end when there was a vaccination available for Hep C! My point above though was that it’s likely that in 1974, the damage done to these areas was probably under-reported compared to the damage done in the wealthier suburbs. It’s also interesting to note how there’s been no mention of the what happened to the considerable number of homeless people who live riverside?

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

It’s the age we live in and the different media styles (read overhyping).

In 74 in would be “Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, in news today Brisbane has suffered a flood which is not very nice really.”

Compare to 2011 ” I’m The Stefanovic, from Queensland where my home town looks like a war zone and Warnie reckons heaps of people will be killed n shit”

14 01 2011
p'bee

the daily terror had an article yesterday that had a headline along the lines of ‘is this rail bridge hiding a mass grave?’ about grantham, before any recovery crews had even got in there or said anything. there were no bodies.

14 01 2011
urbanreverie

I’ve noticed that most of the TV coverage seems to be focussed on Rosalie, which is a very gentrified area with lots of cafes and a boutique cinema. I don’t think it’s got much to do with class prejudice though – it’s just that it happens to be the most accessible flood site for the TV studios on Mount Coot-tha!

I’ll also confess to wondering about the homeless persons’ camps along the riverbank, particularly along Montague Road in West End and near the Merivale Bridge. I haven’t seen any mention in the media either. Now THAT is probably due to class prejudice!

19 01 2011
Sandgroper in Briz-Vague-Us

“lots of cafes and a boutique cinema” and a providore and an upmarket butcher shop that sells $90 per kilo Wagyu beef. Rosalie is very hoi-polloi.

20 01 2011
Studebaker

The Rosalie “masses” eat Wagu beef – the Mining Boom has certainly lifted the disposable income for Banana benders.

14 01 2011
James Hunter

native vegatation degradation caused by all the maryj farms in the hinterland.
causes faster run off less shelter for snakes and frogs so thats how come you see a stoned frog riding a stoned snake on flood waters that are caused by lack of arks.

14 01 2011
Pandabater

LOL

14 01 2011
Nelson Esq

Yes, lack of arks in Qld at the moment. Obviously someone hasn’t called Moses yet.

14 01 2011
Pallywood

or Noah even

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

au contraire.
the dense multi fibrous root ball of the c.sativa/indica/ruderalis is excellent for stabilising soil. advocates OS have been championing hemp for reclaiming degraded soil for years.

14 01 2011
martin

The footage of the floating restaurant being smashed into the bridge. I’ve seen that about 10 times and I haven’t been watching it much.

I think what has been the most profound was the Premier’s fake crying and the saddest and most pathetic pep talk I’ve ever seen.

QLD people are tough? Please. QLD people are bogans.

14 01 2011
p'bee

actually, this sort of thing is what has been the worst. people thinking they know the ‘truth’ and ‘fakeness’ of the pm/premier/rudd/emergency services minister/etc’s interest and genuineness based on something as spurious as body language, whether they did or didn’t cry, how brushed their hair is, whether they use the same term more than three times in a press conference, or whatever other inane crap people arbitrarily focus on.

14 01 2011
Shirley

Agreed. Those who try to politicise a disaster such as this are cynical beyond belief, and very f*cking irritating.

14 01 2011
wannbouge

Reminds me of Lindy Chamberlain – judged by the bogan jury, evidence not required.

17 01 2011
decko

I think the worst has been proclamations of generic characteristics and human traits as uniquely Australian, or if not ‘uniquely’ Australian then those characteristics defining what Australian is. Whether it’s ‘tough’ or ‘mateship’, or ‘laconic’, piss off please, none of them are either unique nor define Australian. The only thing that truly defines Australia is a massive chip on the shoulder and an inferiority complex, that’s why we spend so much time banging on about what we are

17 01 2011
decko

i should add though the way people have helped each other out is fantastic, the media jingoism that goes with it is what’s disturbing

19 01 2011
Sandgroper in Briz-Vague-Us

Worse, they were not proclaimed to be uniquely Australian but, according to Anna, unique to those “north of the border” who possess some kind of unique qualities of stoicism, resilience and so on.

It is a backhanded insult to all the Australians who have not only bounced back from their own disasters but are now opening their hearts and wallets for Anna’s mismanaged state.

No doubt though Anna will be expecting support, financial and otherwise, from the lesser human beings south of the border.

Amusingly, that “north of the border” refrain is the Queensland-bogan’s parochial geographical perception of this nation. Dunno if Anna has seen a map of Orstaya of late but she should note that a massive geographical bulk of this nation lies to her west. Anna conveniently forgets she is in the north-east, not just “north”.

This event is a disaster, but Anna’s reduced it to little more than that silly football game between two rival states to impress her slack-jawed yokel constituency.

Most Aussies would agree that Queensland and Queenslanders — even the bogans — are nice, but their chip-on-the-shoulder mentality, interstate one-upmanship and peculiar over-the-top state pride is just plain embarrassing.

19 01 2011
James Hunter

Sandy groper, You are drawing a very long bow there young man.
lets say you were at a family funeral for a tragically deceased relly. Your Mum in her euology says that you must all pull together as you sandy gropers always have and that she is sure that in the tradition of sandy gropers you will all be a power of mutual support.
Do you immediately critisise her for not simply addressing you as part of the whole humanity ? Why single out sandy gropers ? why not the common leeched groper or the hard shelled groper ?
Get a life lad, Anna was comforting her brood and as such she could not realy include the rest of Australia in her remarks.
If you were truely embarrased by her remarks then I fear for the state of your emotional development and apparent lack of empathy

19 01 2011
Sandgroper in Briz-Vague-Us

James, speaking of drawing long bows, false analogy. A funeral would be a private moment for that family and cannot be likened to a natural disaster.

My point is that a natural disaster is tragic. If anyone is lacking empathy, it is one who sees this event as an opportunity to be likened to footy game rivalry. Now THAT is crass.

19 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

with all due respect to your comments (which I support),
“chip-on-the-shoulder mentality, interstate one-upmanship and peculiar over-the-top state pride” is a powerfully West Australian sentiment also.
My experience living in the West was that every ill was anecdotally attributable to mysterious forces “Over East”.

14 01 2011
JimmmyMick

I don’t think Anna Bligh’s crying was at all fake. She’s been getting all the information about disaster in this state for more than a month.

Also, her house is one that would have been covered if the floods had actually reached the peak which they forecast.

You try being under that stress and not shedding a tear.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

we noticed on our recent sojourn through the floodwater state that Ms Bligh was utterly “on the nose” to all and sundry. Personally I’m curious to see what impact recent events have on her future pollworthiness.

14 01 2011
shakPower

ur on the money my friend. She has to put on some sort of emotional act to distract the bogans from the failures of foreseeing the flash floods , not having proper water management resources (hence its always either flood or drought) etc. although to be honest she didnt need to do all that the bogan is not very well read when it comes to those things. it will blame either global warming, illegal immigrants or God for the floods.

14 01 2011
martin

Yeah the libtards convinced the bogan that we have climate change and won’t ever see floods again. I wonder if all this will effect whether the ETS will happen.

14 01 2011
martin

Woops. Affect.

14 01 2011
James Hunter

well martin you certainly are affected

14 01 2011
Shirley

Bligh is doing an absolutely outstanding job, and I doubt you would see anyone do a better job at leadership during a massive statewide disaster.

Furthermore, I would say that the amazing efforts of the people of QLD people to help strangers would suggest that there aren’t quite so many bogans as you might suppose.

14 01 2011
Tombarina

At a single suburban sandbagging station on Tuesday night, there were hundreds of the most diverse people you’d ever see.

In one group, there was a prominent journo, a criminal prosecutor, a couple of blokes whose jailhouse tatts suggested they’d at some point encountered aforementioned criminal prosecutor and lost, three Danish backpackers who were there because they “love Princess Mary”, a pilot whose plane was under 7m of water, a builder about to be foreclosed on because his company has sat idle through nearly 3 months of rain, a busload of enormous Polynesian boys who trucked up from the Goldie, some nurses en route to a double-shift – it was amazing.

And these people, and hundreds more, worked for hours and hours in shitty conditions, in air so humid it was like breathing soup. It was backbreaking. I pulled up stumps at 1am. When I drove past at 6am, and some of those guys were still going.

And not a single one of them had a property at risk – they just wanted to help complete strangers.

Humans are extraordinary animals.

14 01 2011
urbanreverie

Were you at the Stafford depot, Tomba? If you were you should have said g’day 🙂 I agree, the camaraderie at the depot was striking. People who have never done a day of manual labour in their lives all doing their best, struggling under the weight of wet sand and their fingers torn to shreds by that horrible plastic hessian material, soaked from head to toe in the torrential rain. A whole shift of workers who’d just finished their night at the XXXX brewery came along and helped out too.

No doubt that there might have been bogans in the human chain passing the bags from their place of manufacture out the back to the mile-long serpent of cars waiting for bags out the front. But there were non-bogans too, and people in between all along the boganic spectrum. Right now, such labels don’t matter. Right now, we are all Queenslanders.

These are our darkest days. They’re our brightest days too.

14 01 2011
Tombarina

Hey Urb
I was at Morningside – first at the Rissole, then at the council yards.
My forearms are still raw from wet gritty hessian!

15 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

Reminds me of a conversation I had with our old neighbour, a prototypical OSB and one of the greatest blokes you could ever meet.

He was telling me about how his son (a NAB who lives up in Brisbane) was calling and telling him about how “they hadn’t got no help cause the gummint only cares about the ethnics and the reffos who got their houses messed up cause they’re scared of their gummints but they don’t care about the Aussies.”

His response: “Well, what are you doing about it? Stop being a farkin whinger and get your arse out there. Start cleaning up. Get your neighbours together, help each other. That’s what we did after Tracy in 74, and that’s what real Aussies do. Funny enough, that’s what I see all them immigrants and reffos doing on the TV while youse are sitting around whinging about the government.”

15 01 2011
p'bee

your neighbour is fantastic.

15 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

Other than my family, best mate and godson, he’s the only living human being I would take a bullet for. That’s how much I love the guy.

14 01 2011
JimmmyMick

Further to my last comment, I actually find yours to be highly offensive. You do not appear to have any clue about the destruction that has been visited upon 3/4 of this state. I imagine you’d be one of those idiots complaining about the noise from helicopters – the ones emergency services and the ADF are operating 24/7, and the ones from the news services which are helping EMQ spot people and debris.

Damnit, we *are* tough up here, but this is bloody stressful.

18 01 2011
decko

ooh, a bit touchy about some water in your backyard hey?

18 01 2011
p'bee

bogan comment.

18 01 2011
Shirley

You may or may not be a bogan, but you’re definitely a c*nt.

19 01 2011
Ash -Glasser of C*nts, Kicker of Hipsters and Massive Can Connossieur

Permission to glass, Shirl?

19 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Allow me.

*glass*

14 01 2011
Ivana Boganista

I can assure you Martin, that not all Queenslanders are bogan.
Rather bogan of you to be so ignorant I would say.

14 01 2011
Tony D

“The footage of the floating restaurant being smashed into the bridge. I’ve seen that about 10 times and I haven’t been watching it much.

And they never miss a chance to say something along the lines of “and ironically, its name is ‘Drift'”.

14 01 2011
bazza

Wouldn’t it be “apt” rather than “ironic”?

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

here in the early 21st century everything is “ironic”. I suspect it’s the biggest or smartest word a lot of people know. I even understand “irony” is pretty Hip these days, but nonetheless I see the word applied across all quarters with all the same savvy Ms Morrisette gave to it back in the day.
maybe it’s like Zen. Know one has a clue what it means, but everybody just keeps saying it and then nodding or smiling wisely so everyone else thinks they do, and since no-one actually does they just assume everyone else is smarter than them, so they go and buy something so they feel better about themselves when other people act all envious of whatever it is they bought. And then they tell them how ironic it was that Harvey Norman and Myer both had it for the same price.
I just assume that’s how everything works.
That’s why the economy is so important.
people need things to buy to make themselves feel better and the more things they buy the more money there is to make things for people to buy!
Ironic huh?

15 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

Chubby, even the stupidist bogue knows that Karma is how it all works. If you don’t treat them as they require, Karma will get you. It’s simple. Karma is their weapon.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

Ha!
this is how I know there is no Karma:
If there was, John Howard would have spontaneous suppurating arseholes appear on his face and the pus and shit would be dribbling down his face and trickling off the hairy donkey balls sprouting from his chin.

(yes I have posted this prev. I just really like saying it.)

15 01 2011
johnnydrama

@ Chub stain *Applause* I haven’t read it before. I really like it 🙂

15 01 2011
martin

Yeah nice one chubby. Karma is something believed in by bogans who think they’re libtards.

14 01 2011
Tombarina

Marty, I’ve been out in the field on and off for the past four days, and you would have to have icewater in your veins to witness the grief, agony and distress without becoming emotionally invested.
In my previous life as a journo, I covered disasters and tragedies and no matter how you dress them up for the news cycle, the personal stories and pain stay with you. I can remember churning out torrents of copy, almost on autopilot, then bawling at home that night.
I’m no fan of the Bligh government, but I think the phoniest thing she could have done was to deliver crisp, clinical soundbites. Instead, the messaging was personal, sometimes flawed but strong. That’s real.

14 01 2011
urbanreverie

Nice to know that you’ve come to the conclusion that all 4.5 million people who live in this state are bogans, Martin. Yeah. Really f#$king nice. You have the biggest brush and the biggest pot of tar I’ve ever seen. Generalisation much?

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

There’s a great drinking game on facebook at the moment to play when watching channel nein coverage. Its called : The Queensland Flood Channel 9 News Drinking Game

14 01 2011
Shirley

A drinking game evolved on Twitter too. Drink every time they said ’74, every time Karl did his best concerned face, drink twice every time Karl mentioned he was a QLDer and so on.

I opted to turn off the telly and get hammered at my own pace.

14 01 2011
Pandabater

Thnkfully we had the reporters standing in the water, how else would we know there was a flood?

14 01 2011
James Hunter

they are reporters, you would believe them any way ??

14 01 2011
Pandabater

But my personal highlight has been the unprecedented frequency of “surreal”.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

Yeah, I’ve seen hundreds of images on the TV regarding clocks melting over tree branches…

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

it’s ironic huh?
I really thouight the whole thing was more Dada really.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

I had to watch Tina Arena’s performance on Youtube just then to make sure I had an informed decision for the poll; it was the only thing I had missed all week. I fail to see the relevance of singing “I Only Want To Be With You” in regards to flood victims. Surely she could save sung something like “Rain” by Dragon, or “Flood” by Tool…

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

or Aint no mountain high enough.

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

or Blame It On The Rain – Milli Vanilli

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

Oh, how did I overlook that one!

Approved. TBL

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

Your brain probably blocked it deliberately, like a child abuse victim.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

Like Milli Vanilli, my brain was (lip) singing another tune to block that memory out…

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

I was singing Blame It On The Libtards.

14 01 2011
Tone

With the arrival of a king tide next week, perhaps ‘The Tide Is High’ wouldn’t be out of the question.

14 01 2011
Bag O'Turnips

The Beatles’ song “Rain” would be rather apt, except that the trashmedia kraken would be applying the term “surreal” to that as well, especially if Tina Arena would dare performing a live disembowelment of that early psychedelic classic in a manner the bogan approves of.

My thoughts go out to all you Banana Benders out there on TBL, and that none of you were too adversely affected.

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

River Euphrates – Pixies.

14 01 2011
p'bee

what about ‘its raining men’? could be karl stefanovic’s theme tune.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

Raindrops Keen Falling On My Head – Burt Bacharach

14 01 2011
Werdna

Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage

14 01 2011
Brimstone

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Brim, you win. Liz Ellis just played this as part of her flood coverage onABC radio.

14 01 2011
Danny

How big were Johnny Cash’s testicles?

14 01 2011
Pendant

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

MacArthur Park – Richard Harris

“Someone left the cake out in the rain/I don’t think that I can take it/’Cause it took so long to bake it/And I’ll never have that recipe again”

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Crowded house – Take the Weather with You.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

Fire & Rain – James Taylor

Would have been relevant two years ago…

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Stevie Ray Vaughn – Couldn’t Stand the Weather.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

I’ll probably go to hell for this

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

15 01 2011
James Hunter

Chubby ,
You know there is no such place it was invented by the caflics.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

or stolen from the Zoroastrians.
or was that just Baby Jesus?

15 01 2011
James Hunter

Chubby, The Zorzastrians, now that is obscure, were they early Persians ? Maybe Ack ack Dinner Jacket speaks to them for guidence ?

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

yeah. persians I think. Worshipped Ahura Mazda I think.
funny… I thought I could remember that Iran/Iraq were a little apart from the rest of the middle east as they were persians and not arabs…
maybe another foreign policy might have exploited that.
assuming it isn’t bullsh!t.

15 01 2011
James Hunter

I think you are right. a friend of mine is from Persia ( never mention the word Iran in his presence !) and he gets a wee bit short if people call him an arab !

19 01 2011
Ash -Glasser of C*nts, Kicker of Hipsters and Massive Can Connossieur

Not just Persian, JH – there are Zoroastrians all over Asia, especially India (I have some family on Dad’s side).

14 01 2011
p'bee

fire in wa at the moment, so i think it fits perfectly.

14 01 2011
Will S

It’s got to be Stevanovic, surely

14 01 2011
really?

martin would you be able to look the families of those that lost their lives in the floods in toowoomba and tell them that they are nothing but bogans and that their lives are somehow worth less than someone like yourself?

i do however agree with you on the fake crying bit by premier bligh

14 01 2011
martin

I feel sorry for them. I don’t want anyone to die. But a bogan is a bogan. I consider myself half bogan.

15 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

Martin, you think everyone’s a bogan.

15 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

I’d think something was up if Martin wasn’t calling me a libtard or a bogan.

15 01 2011
martin

I think you’re very much a libtard Viv, but even libtards can be guilty of bogan type behaviour at times. 🙂

15 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

I will be denied by boganity!

15 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

that should have been “I will NOT be denied MY boganity” or mad typing skillz

15 01 2011
martin

You should go to the RSL or Aarry, or some trashy pub, get into lots of cheap beer, ciggies, pokies and the horses, then if you win go and blow it all at a brothel. That’ll make you feel like a bogan.

15 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

Sorry, everyone’s a libtard or bogan. Thanks for pointing that out, Viv.

Is Martin Andrew Bolt?

15 01 2011
martin

No. No one has offered me enough money to turn into a neo con. Or neo liberal. Whatever the f#ck they are.

16 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

A neo con never grew out of playing with toy soldiers as a kid, a neo liberal never learnt to share.

That’s how one of my libtard politics professors once put it.

15 01 2011
martin

Well I guess by TBL’s definitions pretty much everyone is a bogan.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

“My Wife and I are Bogan!”

15 01 2011
johnnydrama

Do you mean “I’m a bogan!”, I’m a bogan!”……. I’m a bogan and so is my wife!”

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

spot on!
I thought it might have been obscure..

15 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

I’m at least 3/4 bogan and hang on tightly to that 1/4 as I do #18 in my Commodore and dream of #124.

15 01 2011
Werdna

I’m not a bogan, but my bogan personality is…

14 01 2011
p'bee

how exactly do you decide the crying is fake?

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

you have to lick the tears.
It’s difficult to do it subtly.

15 01 2011
p'bee

only by licking? would taking a swab and then putting it under a microscope or into a lie detector work?

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

I’m not sure.
I always assumed they would be best fresh.
and licking a swab doesn’t sound much fun.

15 01 2011
p'bee

true. best not to take chances then.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

Go Fresh!

14 01 2011
Tequila Mockingbird

I think Karl Stefanovic’s absurdly obvious hair piece deserves an honorary mention if not here then somewhere.

14 01 2011
parker

My vote goes to the ongoing assurances that being Australian (and especially Queenslanders) will be how to cope with this.

Not like those wussy Brazilians who are probably falling apart during their floods (and hundreds of deaths). And don’t get me started on those cry baby nationalities who were washed away during the boxing day tsunami…

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

Yes, we know how to deal with a catastrophe. I can’t believe people are calling it a catastrophe, no, calm down. It’s a big flood that has gradually, over a period of days, inundated some of the wealthiest suburbs of Brisbane. (I would describe Toowoomba and the Lockyear Valley a catastrophe though)

14 01 2011
fifi

or those criminal new orleans natives,robbing and looting…..you wont see that in this tru blue,breed em tough,aussie nation…and don’t get me started on those lazy good for nothin’ Haitians 🙂

14 01 2011
Shirley

Stefanovic, by far. I have renamed him The Stefanovic, as a tribute to him renaming ‘iconic Brisbane suburbs’ to The West End and The Fortitude Valley. Of course, he is free to do this, as he is a Queenslander.

Channel 9 in general has done a bang up job of panicking people already under duress but perpetuating rumours that our water supply is contaminated, that there are risks of Wivenhoe Dam walls bursting, that there are uncovered mass graves in the Lockyer Valley, crocodiles in the flood waters(?!) and so on.

Anyway, f*ck you in your stupid arse Stefanovic. Hate ya guts, regards, Shirl.

14 01 2011
Shirley

Further note on Channel 9, I caught a bit of the news last night and some stupid bitch in a helicopter said something to the effect of ‘the sight of suncorp stadium inundated with water like this would make everyone in the state proud to be a Queenslander.’

Excuse me? How does that even make SENSE?

Also, there was some chatter and photos on Twitter last night suggesting that some reporters (not sure which franchise they worked for) told some kids to go swimming in the flood waters at Milton so they could film it. Not verified information, but not beyond belief either.

14 01 2011
shakPower

LOL i thought i had seen the worse they can offer while calling it reporting, but that suncorp stadium stunt has to take the cake. about the kids being asked to swim in water, wont surprise me at all if it were true and channel 9 is responsible. they certainly have been in the forefront of spreading panic and painting the picture to get the TRPs.
Even i’m watching their so called news now….

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

Facebook has been the best coverage to date. When they talk about mental health problems in the future, i think they seriously underestimate the current situation. One woman I know, has prefaced every status update (which are still happening every ten minutes) with DONT PANIC. I think i have counted at least 15 invitations for people to stay with her in her one bedroom flat,(so far no-one seems to have taken up the offer), and at one point she was calling out for people to take in young lesbians in crisis! FFS. Another loon I know is incessantly parroting public opinion on all flood related topics – politicians, how great the police are (despite being arrested more times in the past than I can count), the rising cost of grocery items and the plight of frogs forced to ride to safety on the backs of snakes. I thought the power outtage might quieten them down, but no, their mania and phones seems to have no limits.

14 01 2011
Ivana Boganista

I don’t think I could handle facebook and it’s plethora of ignoranti right now.
I excused myself from the fray by permanently deleting my account some months ago.

My husband’s niece in Newcastle did text me to ask if “youse were ok up there in the floods”.
I live in Far North Queensland, so I was able to tell her we were fine in the floods.

17 01 2011
FigMince

Yeah well, only the ‘ignoranti’ would put an apostrophe in ‘its’ when it’s being used as a possessive.

17 01 2011
Miss Canada

Behold, the ultimate in flood-related facebook groups!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/to-all-the-immature-FUCWITS-out-there-making-jokes-about-the-qld-floods-GROW-THE-FUK-UP-its-not-funny-people-have-lost-there-homes-loved-ones-pets-and-obsessions-not-to-mention-its-going-to-take-yrs-to-clean-up-and-mentally-get-over-it-Like-this/181275485236429

I suppose the original premise of the group was well intentioned, but has regressed into “youse can’t spell for sh!t! lol”.
Made for an interesting essay for my English Language class 😉

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

I’m going with ” it’s like a war zone”. Did I miss the shooting and bombs? To me it resembled a flood disaster more than a war but there you go.

I think Anna has done well and have avoided Nein in favour of ABC coz I’m a libtard.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

The only war zone I can compare it to is the First Battle Of Ypres in the First World War:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Ypres

“With the French and Belgians exhausted, and the British unable to send reinforcements, the Allies resolved to flood the canal and waterways of the Yser on 26 October. Both the French and Belgians claimed credit for the idea.

During the night of the 29–30 October, eight weir gates at Noordvaart were opened under German noses and flooded the area from the Yser to the railway embankment. Waiting for higher tides, the next three nights witnessed more flooding the area between Pervyse and Dixmunde by 31 October. Eventually the flooded area became a lagoon, some 18–21 miles long, between one and three quarter and two and a half miles wide, and some three to four feet deep. The result was that leading German regiments were in danger of being cut off, while advancing was impossible.

The advance on the Yser was abandoned, with some 18,000 Belgian and 9,500 German casualties. But while the flooding secured the Allied north, it also secured the German right flank. Now the Germans were able to transfer forces southward.”

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

jesus.
that’s a catastrophe

I did ask this once before. What do Bogans use for hyperbole?
How would Nein report Ypres? They used up all their big words on Palazzo Versace and The Flood.

14 01 2011
I'm Married. I'm Beautiful.

The media playing to the bogan’s absolute conviction that the reason that they’ve ‘pulled through’ is because of the ‘Australian spirit’ and the fact ‘we’re Queenslanders’. As if ‘Aussies’, in particular ‘Queenslanders’ have a monopoly on humour, stoicism and altruism.

14 01 2011
Mayzee

God, yes! You’ve hit the nail on the head there. I nearly vomited in my mouth listening to Anna Bligh’s take on ‘the spirit’ of Queenslanders and how that spirit would allow them to pull through. I’m born and bred in Australia and yet what I find more irritating than sand in my bikini on a long car trip home from the beach, is when people pigeon-hole Australian’s as ‘battlers’, people with great ‘spirit’, blah, blah, blah. There are people all around the world with these traits. It’s not exclusive to Australia, for feck’s sake! This kind of conviction is right up there with the massively boganistic term ‘un-Australian’. Oops, nearly vomited in my mouth again…

14 01 2011
SD

To be fair, this is not peculiar to Australians. And when not being national, we celebrate the human spirit and so on. People have to pull through when times are tough, they do have to call on reserves. Being down to earth about it is nice but we can allow a little self-congratulation?

14 01 2011
Shirley

What do you suppose Bligh should have said to keep up the spirits of the people? Sure, things like ‘we’re the ones they breed tough north of the border’ are cliched, but behind every cliche is a reason why it is so.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

and even if they hate her guts, she is on the telly pretty often, ergo a Celebrity. The Bogan takes great comfort in the reassurance of celebrity.

14 01 2011
I'm Married. I'm Beautiful.

Also, if facebook were to count as media, this chain-mail update was absolutely the most bogan thing I read during the first few days post the Towoomba floods:

“Indonesian Tsunami..Australia gives $1 billion in aid, Pakistan floods..Australia gives $66.5 million in aid. THE WORST floods in Australian history destroys homes, towns, life and businesses…Australian government donates a lazy $1 million.. pull your finger out of your ass Anna Bligh and Gillard start looking after your own, post this to try & make them wake the hell up! Other countries may donate too!!”

The stupid. It burns.

14 01 2011
p'bee

ah that. the $1 million thing is weeks old, from the very beginning of the first floods in late november/early december. that doesn’t seem to matter to these twits, though.

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

It will be recycled for the next 20 years, replace flood with bushfire, replace bushfire with cyclone, replace cylone with drought ….

14 01 2011
Ivana Boganista

sweet baby Jesus – it must be the same people who comment on news dot com dot au committing this stupid that burns!

14 01 2011
James Hunter

IMIB hat is a stupid comment. do you think the tens of millions for days of defences heavy choppers, herculeas and C17 transports does not count ?
The Australian government will end up contributing billions of our money so tell me how that does not count ?
Should Gillard go rounf the pollies with a tin bucket collecting ?

14 01 2011
Blueballs

Followed by the witty comment: “Thats not fair, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka are sending a couple of boats over as we speak…”

14 01 2011
SD

No updates on turning down the Dutch offer for help?

14 01 2011
Whistling Nixie

Some “boat people” have gone out of their way to donate money…

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1466152/Asylum-seekers-donate-to-flood-appeal

15 01 2011
p'bee

nein didn’t bother to report that, of course.

14 01 2011
fifi

Horrifying

14 01 2011
Steph

How about this charming comment I found on the SMH for an article about food rationing:

“gillard the goose gives pakistan $120 million indinesia $500 million haiti $30 million rudds last trip $100 million to south america plus and only$1 million to qld flood victims illegals get resort accomadation personal trainers ans a laptop after 3 months a new house she cares more about muslims than aussies

donna maria | goldcoast – January 14, 2011, 11:56AM”

Lovely.

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

You have to wonder how people like that manage to find the front door of their house in the morning.

14 01 2011
p'bee

you also wonder whether they speak with no punctuation, to match their writing with no punctuation.

15 01 2011
johnnydrama

Bwahahahaha! 🙂

15 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

Of course she’s from the Gold Coast.

I don’t know how the hell anyone lives there. The last trip I made there that I remember (not Schoolies cause I forgot every bit of that) was when I was 15 on a family trip – my sister was finally old/tall enough to visit the theme parks. I vowed never to go back unless copious amounts of alcohol and drugs were ingested to get me to go.

15 01 2011
Sam

I live on the Gold Coast @Ash. You don’t know why anyone lives here? You answered that yourself: copious amounts of alcohol and drugs.

No, seriously, the Gold Coast is a wonderful place to live. It just takes a few years to find like minded folk. Of course it’s one massive floodplain and most people haven’t got a clue.

19 01 2011
Ash -Glasser of C*nts, Kicker of Hipsters and Massive Can Connossieur

I guess that’s the case anywhere, it’s just that I wonder how non-bogues survive there.

And I’m a Shire boy – but at least my hood is alright for 10 months of the year. It’s only December/January when all the fucknuts crowd at the beach.

15 01 2011
Gab

Married and Beautiful I couldn’t agree more. A whole continent of people drowning and starving isn’t remotely similar to this situation. I deleted somebody off FB after seeing that post.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

ugh.
I don’t do facebook but I got fed that one at dinner the other night. naturally declarations such as this segue beautifully into “illegal boat people” for the Bogan…

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

And vote for Kev. I think he feels left out in all this.

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

I would have voted for The Tug Boat Driver Doing His Job / National Hero, but TBL didnt include it on the list….

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

I’d vote for an image of a wet pussy.

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

Don’t you mean Inundated Pussy

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

Getting a bit “Are You Being Served” there Simon?

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Yeh, V’v and I are big fans, Shirl not so much.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Chaser’s version “Are You Being Shagged?”. The world’s first single entendre comedy!

14 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

Be careful, you’ll open the floodgates.

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Never seen that. Will do when I get home, thanks Prince.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

Craig Reucassel’s take on John Inman is his crowning achievement.

14 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Loved it Prince.

14 01 2011
martin

Things Bogans Like: Ruining good TV shows like The Chaser.

This is based on my assumption that The Chaser quit because they were copping too much sh1t from the bogans via ACA and TT which I might be mistaken about.

10 02 2011
chubbybloodfart

I saw CNNNN is running on 7mate or Gem or summink.
waste.

14 01 2011
James Hunter

Simon , can do but it will end up being sidlined by the taste police !

14 01 2011
Ash

Or High and Dry – Radiohead, as Sunrise did when switching to the adverts in the midst of the crisis. Its irritating and tacky the way the media uses inappropriate music to manipulate emotions. Good song though.

14 01 2011
Jimmy Smitt

Where is the voting option for “unprecedented tragedy” which was said about every 30 seconds on Sky News for the first 3 days

14 01 2011
Professor Ratbaggy

For me, the highlight was Channel 9’s penchant for playing disaster movie music continuously behind every aspect of their coverage, including the actual reporting and interviews with people.

14 01 2011
Son of Duane

You know what? I never paid attention to the news of the floods, until I found out James Cameron noticed them.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/13/3112249.htm

14 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

I love it when every celebrity in a country at the time of a crisis immediately pops up on camera with some BS to say.

16 01 2011
chris
16 01 2011
Tombarina

Jesus Christ.

And we labour under the illusion that the US has the market cornered on fundamentalist religious nutjobs.

I truly hope this utter cock is eaten by bears.

16 01 2011
James Hunter

Tomba,
The world is full of nutters, asside from this jerkoff who like a lot of “freestyle ” religious nutts I had one come in today that asserts a strong possibility that the floods were caused by the Qld Govt experimenting with rain making technology courtesy of the king of thailand no less. so presumably the qld govt not only can make lots of rain but it cant turn the tap off either..
I rant an rail against “cranky” religions oft enough but realy this god person has a lot to answere for. except i am more of an agnostic or leading towards the Baha’i attitudes. Just get rid of the stupid religions and the people who peddle them… all of them.

16 01 2011
Tombarina

Aaaahhhh…the king of Thailand. I’ve heard that’s how he rolls.

I’m with you – to my thinking, there’s no phrase as oxymoronic as “organised religion”. Unless it’s “women’s weightlifting”.

16 01 2011
chris

Or, in the event of a lack of bears I’d be happy to see him in a nekkid bare-knuckles cage-fight with Sheikh Hilaly. This is the same assclown who blamed the Vic bushfires on God’s vengeance. Dunno… house burns down – God is punishing you. Big pimple on your ass – God is pissed; better find a cow to slaughter. And still these asshats manage to draw a crowd and turn a quid. Sheesh.

17 01 2011
Bag O'Turnips

This is annoying how people attribute all sorts of vengeance upon “their” God: this makes a mockery of all the wisdom, found and received, that multitudinous enlightened individuals have divined over millennia.

These people bend and twist faith in the name of religion are right utter wañkers. John Lennon said it perfectly, which was what doubtlessly got him embroiled in a sh¡tstorm with the Southern Baptists of America in 1966: “Jesus was alright, but his disciples (as in the unquestioning masses, rather than Christ’s Twelve Disciples) are thick and ordinary”.

Sad, but true…many (besides Christians) have lost their way and misinterpreted various texts and revelations to suit their own ends. And this gives those who know the difference, allied to mainstream faiths, a bad name, tarred with the same brush as those in receipt of much-deserved opprobrium. like the misnomer of “fundamentalists”; they don’t stay with the (usually beneficent) core messages, I prefer to label those types as “literalists”, who have no sense of context of the times that many of those texts were authored and think it still applies verbatim, rather than returning to the kernel and seeing how that message may apply in this day and age.

16 01 2011
Ash - Delivering Maxxtreme Glassings and Kickings Since 2011

Now that’s a c*nt that deserves both a good glassing and a good kicking.

16 01 2011
Tombarina

And a sporking?

17 01 2011
Ash - Delivering Maxxtreme Glassings and Kickings Since 2011

I deliver glassin’s and kickin’s, Tomba; I am not as skilled in the art of sporking as I wish I was.

However, it indeed does.

14 01 2011
barkeep @ ye olde glassing barn

I always love a good media stat fest during a crisis.
My usual favorite is:
“The death toll is currently at ….. but that is expected to rise”
Like people are thinking “well that death toll is a bit low to be considered a disaster”
The stats always help you understand the magnitude of a statewide disaster.

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

Lies, damn lies and statistics!

14 01 2011
jenxxxer

The constant flood coverage on Channel 7 is really interupting the 24/7 tennis coverage. Tennis is only on two weeks a year!

14 01 2011
James Hunter

Yeah why didnt they put the floods on later in the year ?

14 01 2011
TheBattlersPrince

I guess all those QR National shares have gone to garbage now…

15 01 2011
Mumfy27

hmm hadn’t thought of that. Has much of their infrastructure been ruined?, i guess a bit would have been affected.

14 01 2011
Steve Quillan

Besides ‘inundated’ howzabout some synonyms for ‘devastation’ and ‘absolutely’.

14 01 2011
Legless on Thalidomide

Not to mention the constant painful references to how a small group of affected individuals’ reaction to a natural distaster epitomises the mindset of every other person in this country.

14 01 2011
Nelson Esq

Has someone in Qld called a plumber yet? That blocked drain is getting a bit backed up!

14 01 2011
p'bee

it’s always impossible to get a plumber in the summer holidays…

14 01 2011
jay

has any tv channel been playing the theme from jaws yet? if not, a serious oversight and lack of professionalism.

14 01 2011
king oath ray

As with any extended broadcast, the need to recycle old footage and rehash cliches – for example ‘ínundated’, ‘catastrophic’, ‘unprecedented’ et al inevitably results in the shark being jumped well into the second day, however each network fears the unastraloon stigma associated with being the first to resume its normal useless programming. Without a feast of gameshows, midday breeder talkfests, speed camera scandals and dodgy tradies rippin’ us all off, there are those who feel uneasy and in need of reassurance……

14 01 2011
Andrew

and nice to see Today Tonight has hardly skipped a beat in tapping into the bogan sensibilities with the floods… saw a promo promising to tell us “how the Queensland flood crisis will cost you more” accompanied by pictures of empty supermarket shelves… cue outrage.

14 01 2011
p'bee

ah, today tonight. always focusing on the most important things.

15 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

Who was the scapegoat, though? Dirty reffos, getting free food in them gummint camps while honest hardworking Aussies have to pay more.

15 01 2011
Andrew

that would have required me to watch the show. As a more comfortable alternative I had some pins that I decided to stick into my eyes.

17 01 2011
Dom

I used to use a car battery and jumper-leads on my testicles as a nice alternative to ACA/TT but it left me feeling so shocked, frightened and burned that I may as well have just watched them.
I will use pins in my eyes from now on.

15 01 2011
BogansBeGone

The Frog getting a ride on The Snake – reminds me of the time I nailed that French chick.

15 01 2011
Tone

Giggity!

15 01 2011
Will S

The frog riding the snake symbolises what the Aussie spirit is all about! Two animals usually mortal enemies teaming up in a gesture of mateship against the adversity. Just like bogans and non-bogans alike working together to clean up after the floods.

Or something.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

there’s the scorpion and the frog…
is that what they’re getting at?

15 01 2011
Gab

The most unhelpful Floods Coverage reporting is definitely when they follow some poor sod from the evacuation centre to his to home and continue to ask inappropriate questions while he inspects the damage.

15 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

” Tell me John, standing here we can see your house and life are f&cked, how does that make you feel?”

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

effing hate that.
I bet there’s an adage in TV to the effect “Tears buy the Beers!” or somesuch.
if it bleeds it leads.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

…and that’s the bottom of the page.
Some Freaky Shit. I lived at Auchenflower and donated much of my hard earned to the RE and The Regatta. The rest of my hard earned got dropped on some scruffy cat in West End. It was bizarre indeed to see it all underwater. What is left when the waters recede is inconceivable. With youse in spirit. An acquaintance of my poor old Mater was homesitting up Murphy’s Creek way and was unaccounted for last I heard.
Anyway. I kept looking at the media coverage and wondering “where’s the buck$ in this?” and I guess it’s just in Building your Brand. I bet Sunrise are just gushing, I couldn’t bear to check. Seven Cares
Trying to think of the last time we had all day “rolling coverage”…
was it 9/11?

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

right.
My beloved reminds me it was The Bushfires.

15 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

ironic

15 01 2011
johnnydrama

Oh I do hope Pauline Hanson was washed away.

15 01 2011
Ash - Maxxtreme To The Maxx and Self-Titled Assistant Glasser at Arms

She lives in the Hunter Valley these days – no such luck.

15 01 2011
Pandabater

Ch Nein is showing its sensitive side.
Saturday arvo movie, “Dambusters”.

Go the floods, YAY!!!

15 01 2011
pulang

Last time I remember “rolling coverage” was Shappelle Corby’s verdict…

15 01 2011
Rusty_Gold

Some channel reporting live from the ‘Karrrnnidge’ had a low sports top on .Showing a bit of interview cleavage.As you do in the mud and Humidity.So she shoves her arm and Microphone into the exhausted face of a Survivor(floaterer) and the camera dude must have gone for the angle.The shot was now across her shoulder and lining up her “down blouse” to the poor wretched eye witness.
Also Someone in my Office said XXXX might taste better now?

17 01 2011
HappyFriend

As soon as I heard reports that the emergency services and SES were ensuring XXXX Beer supplies were secured I stopped caring about the stupid bogans in Queensland.

17 01 2011
James Hunter

One of the amazing stories that I have heard from Brisbane floods is that apparently there were more then a few feople phoning in complaints to policeand talk back radio about two things.
“All those Army trucks parking everywheremakes parking so difficult”
and
“The noise from those big helicopters overhead,cant they go somewhere else ”
The military are there saving their asses in the biggest natural disaster since ever and they complain about the help.
bet they would take the help if they needed it. wankers.

17 01 2011
FigMince

This isn’t a comment about the floods, but about this site:

How does it work out that a site dedicated to mocking bogans winds up full of comments almost exclusively from bogans themselves? Is denial a bogan characteristic? It certainly can’t be irony, because that’s gotta be beyond most of the people commenting here.

Maybe there’s a whole post in this. Hmmm…

17 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Oh Wow, yeah, good work.

*wanders off to glass a c*nt coz I’m a bogan*

19 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

I’m off to malign some minorities.

make some sweeping generalisations.
y’know?

17 01 2011
Ash -Glasser of C*nts, Kicker of Hipsters, Lover of Massive Cans

*glass*

17 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at arms (1 in Army)

Good work Ash.

19 01 2011
chubbybloodfart

you remind me of school, when all the nerds used to roll their eyes at us ‘cos they knew they were no where near cool enough to hang out with us.
that’s you.

nerd

anyway TBL already did that on the “joining inane facebook groups” entry.

nerd.

17 01 2011
James Hunter

Simon that Figjam cant see the irony on this site to me marks him as a prime bogan!

17 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

JH, you are a bogan too remember. Ya farking carnt.

17 01 2011
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Irony comes from a miney.

19 01 2011
Sandgroper in Briz-Vague-Us

Irony ’tis what an alchemist turns into goldy.

17 01 2011
James Hunter

i love you too

17 01 2011
duxlux

I was pretty shocked by the news – the news of this Poll I mean. How could you guys vote for Tina Arena on Nine? Let me guess, you all wanted Karl and Karl’s Mum (Lisa) to sing something didn’t you?

Tina must have forfeited her bogue cred when she went to live in Paris.

19 01 2011
Shazza

Lisa Wilkinson’s absence was, according to one publication, explained as: “she is sailing around Antarctica with her husband while she writes her book”. Lisa sure has come a long way since editor of Cleo. Sailing around Antarctica? *scoffs* It seems almost drawn straight from the script of ABC TV’s “Frontline” when the fictional current affairs presenter Mike Moore was seen to be a “wanker” by viewers and was subjected to an ockerisation makeover to increase the ratings.

Alternatively, Lisa’s face was perhaps deemed too botoxed to effect a mirroring of Karl’s Concerned Expression ™.

20 01 2011
p'bee

you might be right on the botox. an unmoving face doesn’t lend much gravitas to tragedy.

19 01 2011
Troy

Big wet

20 01 2011
SD

Further slacitivism – get your “flood fightback ribbon” campaign – from Rupert’s evil empire of course.

Also I know the floods are bad but why the price increase – from what I hear, even the veggies come from China.

21 01 2011
Pandabater

I see that our old friends at Slater & Gordon
are fanning the flames looking to start a
class action suit against the Wivenhoe Dam
operators. Profit from tragedy, nice.

27 01 2011
Mick

There has been one good point to the coverage. After the Queensland flood report on Sky(yes, I know), there would be the Vic floods. I have a new tv reporter crush.

Samantha, you’re out. Hi Loretta, how you goin’?

*flashes shy, boyish smile and kicks the dirt*

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