all right

Occasionally adding corroborative details to add verisimilitude to otherwise bald and unconvincing,
but veridicous accounts
with careful attention, indefatigable assiduity, and nice discrimination.

09 April, 2011


Flammery’s Lament

“They’ll run a front-page feature*
     too full of awful lies; 
they’ll state that I’m a creature
     of avaricious guys.
They’ll run a weekend-story
     to spread deceit and fear,
forgetting all my glory—
     an Aussie of the year!
Then comes a little stinger
     on Monday, on page three:
some dreadful paper’s stringer
     will dare to sneer at me.
Why are such people teasing?
     I cannot understand!
I’m clearly born for pleasing—
     a prophet of the land.

“Desert seers were oft abused
     by those they came to lead.
Similarly, I’ve been accused
     of clumsiness and greed.
I am not the worst of chaps,
     no author of a plot;
scientific dunce, perhaps,
      a genius I am not.”

Tim Blair reports that Tim Flannery “might be exaggerating just a little”.  The delusional and, perhaps, paranoid Prof. Flannery said:  “The campaign [against the IPCC] was very much like the sort of media campaign that I’m used to when people try to discredit me.  And the way that works is usually on a Friday they’ll run a front-page story saying what a ratbag I am.  You know, front page, and that’s all right, interesting, someone’s been a bit, you know, corrupt or a bit rotten.
“And then on the Saturday they’ll run a page three story, usually a much longer story, listing everything you’re supposed to have done, and all the reasons why you’re a ratbag. 
“And then on the Monday they’ll put a little stinger in. A little reminder, just to remind people what a rotten person you are.”
†  John, iv. 44; Mark, vi. 4; Matt., xxxv. 57. 

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