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12:13 Oct 19, 2007
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Social Sciences - Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc. / other ?
English term or phrase: latte
en Australie, sur la partialité des médias qui ne parlent des Aborigènes que sur des affaires de violence, délinquance, etc.

The Australian masses will instead get to read about some black child predator somewhere, or some dangerous, aggressive Aboriginal fraudster.
Ironically, of course, it’s precisely this sort of government neglect that has lead directly to elevated levels of violence, abuse and dysfunction in some Indigenous communities.
But that’s not something that’s easily conveyed to the ignorant ***latte*** masses, which is why, of course, we’re in this situation in the first place.
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laura rutigliano
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2latte town (comment)

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12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +6

I think it refers to the colour of latte (milk in Italian). It means white people in opposition to the black people, the aborigens, to whom the article refers before

Note added at 16 mins (2007-10-19 12:29:41 GMT)

the ignorant are the white people beacuse they do not understand that the aborigens are not dangerous and aggressive

laura rutigliano
Local time: 06:16
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian

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agree  cristina estanislau
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agree  Albert Golub: je suis d'accord
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agree  veroperl: moi aussi
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agree  Lise Boismenu, B.Sc.: The entire context strongly suggests that is is referring to the white population.
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agree  Alain Berton: L'ignorance, voilà la source de tous les conflits. C'est d'ailleurs pour cela qu'on prend soin de l'entretenir...
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agree  Sylvie Updegraff: Tout à fait ça! Peut-être des guillemets permettront d'accentuer le terme.
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49 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1

I'm not sure of the best translation, but I'm fairly sure it doesn't refer to the colour of one's skin. It's probably referring to the "chattering classes" and there are references to the 'latte left' ..

in the following week of controversy, the media again canvassed the issues, with much talk of "elites", the "chattering class", the "latte left" and the ...

So I probably qualify to be a paid up member of the Chattering Classes. ... apply: the Chattering Classes, the Chardonnay Socialists, the Café Latte Group, ...

Hey presto, they are the "chattering classes" - mindless babble at parties while sipping chardonnay or drinking latte, nothing that needs to be taken ...

“The chattering classes.. have a particular responsibility for their ... Lets’ look at who’s been giving the ALP advice on ditching the Latte Left. ...

f that makes every concerned Australian a latte sipping, chardonnay-socialist, bleeding heart, tree-hugging, Saddam loving, anti-American, chattering-class ...

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Asker: it's quite interesting... but so confusing !

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agree  siragui: Right on target ... but I guess it's too late.
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latte town (comment)

Je ne suis pas vraiment sûre non plus qu'il s'agisse bien de la couleur de la peau.


Latte towns, as the American social commentator David Brooks has described them, are "upscale liberal communities, often in magnificent natural settings".

Transferred to Australia what attributes would a latte town have? Good coffee, of course, not just for itself but for what it promises - that much more about the town will be palatable, too. It would have progressive social values, an artistic life, the possibility of joining a monthly book group. In latte towns, pedestrians inherit the earth, there's an environmental group, a decent wine boutique, a gourmet deli and a critical mass of Labor and Green voters. The air is clean, the traffic light, the housing cheap but attractive, the heritage architecture lovingly preserved. There will be an annual festival of sorts - world music, or yoga, perhaps - and a weekly produce market.

http://www.netlingo.com/lookup.cfm?term=latte town

latte town: A nickname for a high-energy city with a heavy concentration of high-tech firms, easily accessible outdoor amenities, and a large number of coffeehouses. Examples include Austin, Texas, and Boulder, Colorado.

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