I can't recall where, it may have been work related, but I have had some interaction with the bloke below. His looks are memorable and he is a nasty piece of work. I would be very surprised if he was not already well known to police. The slight but ever so clever Marcus Wong got the better of him after Marcus heard him muttering sotto voice some very racist remarks on an Elizabeth Street tram. While it has not gone viral like the afore mentioned situation, Marcus has received some media attention and many hits on You Tube and his blog.
I am racist, and so are you, and don't tell me otherwise. However, in 2014 we know that we cannot racially discriminate. If we want to say things about people from other countries, we keep them to ourselves and among close friends. It rather depends on who says it, but if a friend makes what could be construed as a racist comment, I judge them on their history and their general attitude to people. Not one of my friends or family would be openly racist. They are not into hurting people, for any reason.
Moslem, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, doubters and non believers. European, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, American, or native people, we are all human and come from the one source. We should naturally treat each other politely and with respect.
Not so for this rich prick Jeff Hunter, who carelessly opened the left hand door of his taxi cab into the path of cyclist who hit the door and fortunately was not injured too badly. She had both a helmet and handle bar camera and recorded the incident, including him refusing to give his details after being involved in an accident. Had he have profusely apologised for being in the wrong, which he was, confessed he made a grave mistake and maybe offered her $100 for her distress, his picture would not be here.
I thought this article published under editorial in the right wing Murdoch paper The Australian was meant to be humorous irony. Yes, I was a bit amused. I followed the link back to the Australian. There is no name attached to the piece, but unbelievably the piece was serious. While I rarely agree with The Australian editorial pieces, I appreciate that they are often sensible, well written and well argued. But lordy, take a look and judge for yourself. Apogee? I know there is such a word, but I don't have a clue what it means and I'm not going to look it up as I shall never use it.
I've have emboldened some of the more outrageous parts.
THE MENACE OF URBAN CYCLISTS
THE arrogant sense of entitlement in our inner cities is also evident in the ever-growing number of cyclists snaking their way through pedestrians on overcrowded pathways, darting between cars and clogging-up lanes on our congested roadways.
The problem of city cyclists reached their apogee in Melbourne this week when a cyclist was “doored” on busy Collins Street, after a passenger opened a taxi door and a rider crashed into it. Neither the taxi nor its passenger could be deemed at fault because a narrow “bike lane” inhibited the taxi from stopping next to the kerb. The passenger was lucky to avoid serious injury.
What makes this incident even more absurd is that, although the lane was marked by a bicycle symbol, it was not actually a dedicated bicycle lane. Melbourne bike lanes must have signage, fixed to a pole, that shows the start and finish of a lane, as well as clear markings on the road itself. The state’s bicycle operations officer — yes, there is such a position — admits there is confusion for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Cyclists, including the one “doored” this week, are using cameras to film such incidents so they can make insurance claims. The Victorian government imposed even tougher on-the-spot fines in 2012 for people who opened car doors in the direct path of cyclists.
For too long, authorities have bowed to the demands of selfish cyclists and their lobby groups. Truth is, our cities are dominated by cars because they are sprawling. We have no equivalent of Amsterdam and should stop pretending we do.