Miscellany: cut and paste with a purpose!

harmony  | hmni |  n. LME. [(O)Fr. harmonie f. L harmonia agreement, concord f. Gk, f. harmos joint, harmozein fit together.] 1 Combination or adaptation of parts, elements, or related things, so as to form a consistent and orderly whole; agreement, accord, congruity. LME.  2 The combination of (simultaneous or successive) musical notes to produce a pleasing effect; music; tuneful sound; gen. pleasing combination of sounds, as in poetry etc.; sweet or melodious sound. LME.  3 Mus. The combination of (simultaneous) notes to form chords; the structure of a piece of music with regard to its chords; the branch of music that deals with these. Cf. MELODY n. 4. LME.  4 Agreement of feeling or sentiment; accord, peace. E16. 5 A collation of parallel narratives etc., esp. of the four Gospels. L16. 6 Combination of parts to produce an aesthetically pleasing effect; agreeable effect of apt arrangement of parts. M17.
1 SOUTHEY To heavenliest harmony Reduce the seeming chaos. H. MACMILLAN We should hold frequent consultations that our policies and purposes might be kept in harmony. vowel harmony: see VOWEL n. 2 R. DAHL There is a new exciting music being made, with subtle harmonies and grinding discords. harmony of the spheres: see SPHERE n. 2. 3 Classical Music An experienced teacher of A level Harmony, to take over all Sixth Form harmony. close harmony: see CLOSE a. & adv. open harmony: see OPEN a. 4 H. H. WILSON The harmony which had thus been re-established with the Court of Baroda. 5 Church Times A concordance or harmony of the Gospels, produced by slicing up similar editions of the Bible. 6 JAS. HARRIS How pleasing the harmony between hills and woods, between rivers and lawns.

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cacophony  | kkf()ni |  n. M17. [Fr. cacophonie f. Gk kakophonia, f. as prec.: see -PHONY.] Discordant sound; an instance of this.cacophonic, cacophonical adjs. = CACOPHONOUS M19.

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monotony | mnt()ni |  n. E18. [Fr. monotonie f. late Gk monotonia, f. monotonos MONOTONE a.: see -Y3.] 1 Sameness of tone or pitch; lack of variety in cadence or inflection. Also, a monotonous sound, a monotone. E18.  2 (Now the usual sense.) Tedious sameness of effect; lack of interesting variety; dull or tedious routine. E18.
2 I. BANKS The monotony of this dull waste of grass. R. THOMAS The monotony of domestic life bored her. I. MORRISON This shot is so important in billiards that it should be practised to the point of monotony.

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Here we go again. The integration mass debate has been started by politicians too gutless and/or stupid to deal with harder questions of economics. Pointing fingers at others without realising three fingers are pointing back at them.

Once again the pseudo-intellectual monoculturalists are coming out of the closet, dusting off the attitudes that have been used for over two centuries in Australia. One of my recent favourites has been a line from an editorial published by that American-owned newspaper the calls itself The Australian.

How wonderful it would be if the next generation of [Muslim] Lebanese-Australian kids held as their models the successful chief executives and footballers from their communities, rather than drug barons and night club owners.

What can I say? Or rather, where do I start? My responses aren’t exactly the most intellectual-sounding, but then neither is what I’m responding to. So here goes:

[01] Is Professor Marie Bashir Dutch? Is Steve Bracks German?
[02] What proportion of drug barons in Australia are Lebanese?
[03] What proportion of night club owners in Australia are Lebanese?
[04] Let’s look at CEO’s. What proportion of Australian Catholics look upto Rupert Murdoch as their model? And for what? How many Catholics living in the ACT would manage companies that avoid taxation? Or that engages in illegal phone tapping? Is success in Australian patriotism measured by how readily one gives up one’s Australian passport to become an American?
[05] What kind of footballer is successful? One who successfully dodges allegations of gang rape or group sex or bestiality? How many females does one have to sexually assault before becoming a successful footballer?
[06] Did Hazem ElMasri recently retire from a successful career in chess or lawn bowls?

— Irfan Yusuf


Brilliant thinking there, Paul:

…The irony is that the Coalition is on a winner with the electorate in tracking the Gillard government’s shockingly expensive and dysfunctional handling of asylum-seekers. This failure led the Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen, to make a pre-emptive strike last week on behalf of what he called the ”genius” of Australia’s multiculturalism.

Genius? Two days before, the leader of the Christian Democrats in Holland, Maxime Verhagen, reached the opposite conclusion. He said multiculturalism had failed Dutch society. His remarks closely followed those by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who said multiculturalism was a failed orthodoxy. This, in turn, almost mirrored recent comments made by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.

The common denominator in their experiences was that Muslims are over-represented in welfare dependency, unemployment, crime, sexual assaults and religious intolerance in all four countries. Islamic fundamentalists now dominate the concerns of the security services in Britain, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.

Exactly the same pattern has repeated itself in Australia. Despite the success of many among the highly diverse 400,000 Muslims in Australia who are productive, integrated and high-achieving, there are also disproportionate negative indicators among Muslims in the welfare statistics, prisons and courts.

Bowen should heed what happened to Labor under Paul Keating when it embraced multicultural orthodoxy that made a fetish out of difference…

And Paul Sheehan made a motza with a xenoporn panic attack called Among the Barbarians**. Barbarians like these two: Noted with pleasure.

What a slider this guy is with his facts!

Clearly being Aboriginal is an even greater threat to Australia’s harmonious development than being Muslim, as Aboriginal Australians are even MORE disproportionately in jails, on welfare, etc,  despite “the success of many”.

What can you say?

I’m  just glad some people get the point.

Neil’s been writing a fair bit on the nature of Australian multiculturalism of late, and I think he nails it (I would say that though, because his views on the matter are almost identical to my own). I don’t think it can be reiterated enough, the difference between Australian multiculturalism, and failed European models, and how criticisms of one don’t necessarily apply to the other. So please, do have a read.


** See Tim Costello 1998 linked there.

…He calls it the "multicultural industry", intent on exposing at every turn white racism, but believing that this is the only form of racism in Australia. It seeks to disempower us by appealing to episodes of real guilt and then never allowing us to forget those chapters. It is the politics of embarrassment.

What follows is a strange mix of wheat and chaff.

The wheat chapters include an incisive exploration of the dilemma facing multiculturalism through the acceptance of traditional aboriginal spearing punishments. These are grievous assaults under European law but fully accepted by the multicultural industry, while the cultural practice of female circumcision by Muslims is not accepted. When and how do we distinguish? The historical recounting of the achievements in building an Australian democratic society, and particularly our future role as an environmental superpower, are inspiring. Most of us would applaud the idea of a global environmental regulatory body equivalent to GATT. The Green Corps is developed as solution to unemployment and environmental leadership in a very thoughtful manner

Less inspiring are the arguments about other countries and ethnic groups. It is the Chinese and Vietnamese that get special treatment, though Turks and Greeks also receive his "love missives". He is certainly skating on xenophobic ice in his chapter on Chinese racism. A couple of sources, remarkable in their brevity, are fodder enough to sustain arguments that all Chinese are thoroughly racist and totally sneering in their attitudes to Europeans. The vials of steroids masking agents found on the Chinese swimmers is proof of their arrogant disregard for fair play, democracy and, ipso facto, their readiness to become Australian citizens. This is a curious argument, as he acknowledges that the East Germans under a communist system pervasively cheated, but he does not see them as inappropriate prospective migrants.

The Vietnamese are particularly vilified. While it should be said that I agree with his contention that immigration policies can be questioned without the charge of racism being thrown at the questioner, this right must be treated circumspectly. Particular ethnic groups susceptible to drugs and trafficking should be protected from his hysteria. Vietnamese, for example, are blamed for introducing indigenous Australians to heroin. My own experience with many homeless, heroine-using Aborigines tells me that this is manifestly untrue.

The chapter accusing Labor of funding and controlling the multicultural industry is particularly farfetched. If only it were that simple. Most Victorians who have watched Jeff Kennett woo the Greek vote, with his stand on Slav Macedonia for populist electoral reasons, know that this is simplistic.

Indeed, this polemic summarises the selective use of evidence and the ideological axe Sheehan grinds. What he describes as the Afterthought, "A Dance with the Thought Police", is pure ‘attitude’ and personal anger peppering the pages. In the Afterthought he vents his spleen about a complaint made about an article of his which exposed Vietnamese ghettoes in Cabramatta. The complaint was made to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the very same Commission that has received authorial invective throughout the book. I was left with the distinct impression that the complainant was right and Sheehan was wrong. Personal experience explains so much about motivation and obsessions.


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