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February 1, 2023

Crimes in chalk

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Really? The ER crew in my home town regularly chalks the pavement with pithy comments and no-one seems to feel the need to call the cops, and this is in National Party heartland. Perhaps Mr Hogan is allergic to chalk, or to the bleeding obvious.

I could see the need for the police to check the chalk for grammatical errors, in the style of John Cleese’s Roman officer in Monty Python’s The Life Of Brian. Other than that, why bother? One of the Northern Rivers’ tremendous storms will wash it away in no time.

Incidentally, those interested in chalk might like the ‘underfoot ephemeral impossibilities’ of Michigan artist David Zinn: zinnart.com.

Michael McDonald, Bairnsdale VIC

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  1. I agree. If I wanted to draw a Swastika in front of my local synagogue, or express what think about Muhammad in front of the local Mosque, people should be cool with that?

    I’m sure when your ER crew write on property everyone owns, everyone likes what they write, so everyone continues to let them do it. What would happen if your ER crew wrote something a lot of people found offensive?

    Would Nutty be in trouble if she had written on her own property instead?

    • False equivalence. Hate speech & provocation is hardly a comparable justification & moronic to attempt to do so. There is the right to non-violent protest on the on hand, then there is the nasty crap you’re advocating on the other.

      Since you raised the issues of offensive to many, & property rights, FYI many of us are offended at Hogan’s continued protection racket of indefensible environmentally destructive industries, that pollute & destroy our public property & publicly owned assets.

      • Your first paragraph makes me feel hated, and it may provoke others hate me. Hogan probably felt hated by Nutty due to her provocative writings that may incite people against him and his kind, possibly violently.

        I suggest over the holiday that you study the concept ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ and the difference between ‘Subjective’ and ‘Objective’. I’m sure it will hurt you, but it won’t harm you.


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