And this week’s Cnut is…?

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Oops! Only 3.5 hours until tonight’s edition of Stilgherrian Live (9.30pm Thursdays Sydney time) and I’m only just opening nominations for “Cnut of the Week”. Still I’ve got four requests for Senator Stephen Conroy already!

Senator Conroy was the clear winner last week for his efforts relating to Internet censorship, and if you’ve ready my piece in Crikey today (behind the paywall for now), or Bernard Keane’s, I reckon you might understand why he’s worthy of yet another go.

Still, maybe someone else is worthy too? It’s the same rules as usual. We’re after people (or abstract forces of nature, or organisations or whatever) who’ve been futilely trying to hold back the tide of change.

Who do you nominate, and why?

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10 comments

  1. mpesce’s avatar

    You reckon we should nominate Senator Conroy again? What’s the rule about someone being multiply nominated for the Cnut? He’s certainly been a right bastard.

  2. mpesce’s avatar

    And if not him, then Alan Greenspan for admitting – before a committee of the US Senate – that perhaps his philosophy of life turned to be incorrect. And for this reason, global capitalism is experiencing its worst crisis in 70 years.

    All I can say is that Ayn Rand must be working up quite a spin in her grave.

  3. Andrew Boyd’s avatar

    I think that “Outstanding Service to Cnutery” deserves another pasting, myself.

    Quntas are a personal favourite for the same OSC medal… if we’re late for the show it will be because we’re STILL waiting for Donna’s flight home to take off or running home from a late dinner accordingly.

    I think that there should be a Cnutery metric – some measure of how arse-holy a given person or organisation has been multiplied by the number of people so affected. Will give this some thought and get back to you.

  4. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    Yes, gentlemen, Senator McCart… erm, Conroy seems to be the odds-on favourite so far this week. Again. Bring it on.

    As for rules, @mpesce, I apply the Erisian principles and make them up as I go along. If there’s been Outstanding Service to Cnutery (OSC), thank you Andrew Boyd, then it deserves recognition in perpetuity.

    On Twitter I’ve also had the South Australian Attorney-General nominated for wanting to block R18-rated games — again, making the virtual world more restricted than the physical — and the AWO, whatever the fuck that is. Anyone know?

    More to come soon…

  5. Monnie’s avatar

    It is Michael Atkinson, the SA A-G loser that is 😛

    Vote for Conroy, though.

    Politicians are meant to do what the overwhelming majority wants, not what THEY want.

  6. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    Ah, AWO is Australian Women Online [who?] who’ve posted a ludicrous piece calling for a “rational” debate on Internet censorship — in an article which is full of rhetoric and name-calling but which doesn’t rationally address any of the well-structured arguments being put against censorship, and which has comments turned off. Right. I’ll have more to say about them tonight.

  7. Wolf’s avatar

    Taichi Takashita launched an online petition aiming for one million signatures to present to the government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters.

    reason for nomination… he makes the rest of us on the online community look bad… people go see one whack job wants to marry cartoon characters..
    http://www.theage.com.au/world/japanese-man-petitions-to-marry-comicbook-character-20081030-5c23.html

  8. Sean the Blogonaut’s avatar

    I would have loved to have watched your show live but as I live in the NT and we already have shit broadband so I couldn’t.

  9. Giania’s avatar

    Not to sound like an anti-GOP bandwagoneer, but I can’t help but notice how deliberately ignorant of science Ms. Sarah Palin continues to prove herself to be.

    The instance which highlights this best was recently detailed in an article on Slate. http://www.slate.com/id/2203120/ (For a less smarmy review, see the Washington Post coverage http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/10/24/palin_details_special_needs_po.html?hpid=topnews )

    For someone who is interested in special needs children, she doesn’t seem to be up on the research being done to help them.

  10. Sean the Blogonaut’s avatar

    But I was able to watch Obama this morning without any glitches, is it a simple traffic problem On my ISP?

    Will tune in again next week to see

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