Perigo!—Peritorial #1

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2011-03-30 13:21

[Broadcast on Stratos TV, Sky 89, Thursday March 24, 7.30 pm. ]

Good evening and welcome to this the first edition of Perigo! I'm Lindsay Perigo and I'm dangerous. "Perigo," you see, is Portuguese for "danger," and I'm here to live up to that.

Dangerous to whom? Dangerous to those who don't know and don't care about the difference between whom and who for starters. That may sound trivial, but hear me out. I'm after the child abusers who have insisted that grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation are of no importance, as a result of which we are confronted with Generation Airhead, that cannot punctuate, spell, construct a sentence—or think. And that is not trivial. The teacher unions whose own members don't know what an apostrophe is … the Ministry of Education bureaucrats and Teachers Colleges that spawned and raised them … to these child-molesters of the mind, Perigo intends to be a danger.

Similarly, to the Media Mediocrity Mafia, the television news executives who've unleashed bimbo Generation Airhead reporters who cannot speak onto the airwaves. Reporters who sound like Air New Zealand flight attendants—sorry, Ear New Zuwwid—who used to sound as glamorous as they used to look, but now say, "Woo arroyv UN Wawington ET sucks o'clock"—emphasising all the wrong words and mangling every last one of them. That's what you now "hair ON tawwavushun"—adenoidal airheads who've rendered the channels' news bulletins unwatchable. Mark Jennings and Anthony Flannery, you should apologise for your crimes against excellence, against the language and against humanity … and resign now. You are disgusting blights on our cultural landscape. To all such militant mediocrity-mongers as you, including the Prime Minister who goes out of his way to sound like an airhead, Perigo intends to be dangerous as hell.

Excellence is the fruit of thought, of reason. Reason was the glory of the excellent Greeks you see behind me, the men who first applied their minds to Life's Big Questions, instead of accepting false beliefs ostensibly handed down by non-existent gods. Their greatest exemplar was this fellow here, Aristotle, who said the starting point in our quest for knowledge and wisdom must be the world around us, not some supposed world somewhere else. That's why he's pointing down at what's actually here, while his erstwhile mentor Plato, points up to something that isn't.

Reason was the glory of the excellent Renaissance, which produced the excellent Raphael, who produced this excellent painting. Much better than postmodern smears and blotches, don't you think? The Renaissance also spawned the likes of Michelangelo and Da Vinci. As you can tell simply from contemplating their works, the Renaissance was a rebirth of the human mind and spirit after a millennium of crippling Christianity—in its heyday a stifling, savage superstition, much as Islam is now. Christian monks tortured and this woman for heresy, eventually killing her by scraping off all her flesh with oyster shells. I call any form of superstition “goblinism” because of its belief in a great goblin in the sky, traditionally known as God. I defend to the death anyone's right to believe in goblinism, but it is poppycock and piffle. It is anti-reason, and reason was the glory not just of Ancient Greece and the Renaissance, it is the glory of all mankind. To the enemies of reason, Perigo seeks to be a danger.

Reason's tool is persuasion, not force. Reason is the father of freedom. Freedom's greatest enemy in these postmodern times is political correctness. Political correctness presumes to dictate what we may eat, drink, think, smoke and wear. Political Correctness would forbid me to say everything I've just said on the grounds that it might cause offence. Political Correctness says all beliefs are equally valid and it's inappropriate to pass judgement on any of them. Never mind the offensiveness of the atrocities committed in the name of Islamogoblinism; just don't offend Islamogoblinites. Political Correctness is the enemy of free speech, and its headquarters, ironically, is academia, which is supposed to be free speech's bastion. In fact, a phalanx of fascist philosophy professors and their colleagues in sociology, Wimmins Studies, Literary Criticism and the like, all paid for by you, are doing their damnedest to shut free speech down, with politicians and bureaucrats acting as their brownshirts. Let's shut them down, not by force—that's their weapon—but the relentless resonance of ridicule redolent with reason.

That was my first Peritorial! That's Perigo's agenda … reason, freedom and excellence—to be exemplified at the programme's conclusion in a glorious snippet of music from the Romantic era, the time when music reached its pinnacle of excellence.

I'll be back with my first excellent guest after this.

Exactly, it's so good to see

Hayden Wood's picture

Exactly, it's so good to see an interviewer who doesn't talk over his interviewees and who asks their questions using their "inside voice"

And who doesn't ask them how they are "feeling" Sick

Keep it up Linz, you're a Pro Star


Peter Cresswell's picture

Bravo! For those like me without 21st-century TV technology, tonight was my first peek at the new 'Perigo!'

It was magnificent. My only complaint that it was far too short.

How wonderful to see an interviewer who knows how to frame his subject rather than smother him.

To see someone who out of a 15-minute interview takes up so little of that time, with such incisive questions.

How much can be asked with so little.

And how different to the style (or lack thereof) of the Walrus and Campbell.

Magnificent TV. Can't wait for the next one to hit YouTube.

Excellent stuff Linz

Scott Wilson's picture

Damned fine watching, and the only NZ TV worth watching methinks.

Liked the interview with Dr Ron Smith. My fear over Obama's limp wristed response to the Middle East is the signal it is sending to a few belligerents.

I'm aware that South Korea in particularly is trying hard to demonstrate solid resolve. North Korea's recent attack on a South Korean island, that killed a handful of civilians, frightened it into thinking that maybe Obama would not respond as Clinton and Bush said they would respond to a serious North Korean attack.

In short, Clinton and Bush made it abundantly clear to North Korea that if it ever used WMDs against South Korea, then it would be annihilated. A nuclear weapon on Seoul would see a total nuclear response. That's enough to focus the minds of any atheist dictatorship.

My fear is if Kim Jong Il decides in his dying days to take Seoul down with him (highly unlikely but not completely out of the question) and release a nuclear weapon upon the city, that Obama would refuse a nuclear response because he wouldn't want it on his conscience. He wouldn't want to be seen to be responsible for the second US deployment of nuclear weapons, near China, to be responsible for the environmental damage etc.

He would have to support a conventional response, Hilary Clinton would demand it, South Korea would win any such war and China would stay neutral. However, if for a moment it is thought that he would waiver on deploying nuclear weapons in response to a nuclear attack, the entire US deterrent is finished. This would, of course, promote massive nuclear proliferation as South Korea, Japan and many other countries suddenly fear the US nuclear umbrella is worthless.

Nuclear weapons keep the peace only because the other side is convinced you may use them in response. Who is really convinced Obama has the backbone to do this?

Truly professional

HWH's picture

The kind of quality journalism that just stopped at some point. Please dont ever sacrifice KASS to civility though.

That's for posting that...

Marcus's picture suggestion I would have though is to hold it in front of a live studio audience.

Not only would their feedback create an atmosphere, but it would also prove to any prospective stations out there how popular this format is.

Enjoyed it greatly.

Excellent interview and music.

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