Thursday, 25 August 2016

...on the Slippery Slope

G'day Possums,

When Mr Hockey brought down the 2014 budget, the 2017-18 deficit was forecast to be $2.8 billion. When Mr Morrison delivered the budget last month the budget deficit had blown out to $26b. what went wrong?
....Measures blocked in the senate account for only $4b of the $23b blow-out.
Stephen Koukoulas.

Company profits are down11%
Business investment has fallen 28%
Unemployment is up (real figures estimate at 20%), real per capita incomes have fallen 3%
Growth  is the lowest on record
Government debt is up by $113b
What went wrong?

COMMONWEALTH Bank boss Ian Narev raked in $12.3 million this year or  $260,000.00 per week,  at the same time he held back about $226 a year from a million mortgage customers. The nation’s biggest bank last week handed down a record full-year cash profit

#QandA  22-8-16.   Listening to Brendan O'Neill who "... loves hearing hate speech..."     I realised this mongrel thinker was just a sophist who luxuriates in the noise he makes.... that  right-wing academic Erin Watson-Lynn  was not so much out of her depth but never got into the water... and as for Mitch "NBN Raider" Fifield, nothing was learned about anything except that the "Party-Line" is to be adhered to no matter how stupid it is.
One of the most horrifying elements of the LIarbrils is the cancerous role of the IPA in the ideological stupidity of both  Ruling Rabble's  Mk’s, 1 and 2.
How is it that there is never disclosure and never media questioning  of the Liarbrils during a campaign that it is the agenda of The-Coots-With-Queer-Ideas-From-a-Parallel-Universe that the deluded are really voting for?

It is also a question for Flopsy Frydenberg as to whether it is true as Dr. Michael Borga (ex CSIRO) and Prof. Isaac Santos (NationalScience Centre, Coff’s Harbour) allege that research into CSG emissions is being stalled, stymied and blocked and that one of main reasons for the gutting of the climate change section of CSIRO was the NSW Minerals Council?  All of which also neatly falls into the IPA agenda of selling off CSIRO!
And then one asks. 

Who are these Liarbril mongrels governing for?

 Jeebus ... both O'Dwyer  and The Harpy Cash make a right mess of different  interviews: Drongo O'Dwyer on "Insiders," failing to answer questions on Superannuation or if answering, not to the question put. Always light on detail and always lighter on facts.
The Harpy interviewed on Sky by David Speers,  made a dogs-dinner of trying to explain which parts of  the EBA wanted by the Fire-fighters Union  is causing so much angst amongst the RWNJ's . Screeching her emphatic, over-enunciated  "answers" at Speers, Cash failed miserably to show that she knew anything at all about the EBA or why the Ruling Rabble Mk2 wanted to change the fair work act. 
Both interviews therefore presented the normal Liarbril Kafka-esque, spin-on-the-spot drivel.
Pyke's Creek
Pyke's Creek
Australian Federal Police have raided the Parliamentary offices of Stephen Conroy, opposition shadow minister for Communication. Much like breaching the "sanctuary" of a church, this act which Truffles-In-a-Muddle has denied was his doing (to protect himself from the fact that he has completely stuffed up the NBN)  is the most blatant breach of Parliamentary Privilege  most can ever remember.  It also brings  new meaning to Copper to the House.
That Truffles-in-a-Muddle is not a particularly savvy political operator has become painfully apparent since he assassinated Rabid-the-Hun and these raids have all the hallmarks of political desperation and the clumsy finesse of the Godwin Grech farce of 2009.  Instead of silencing a whistle-blower, Truffles and the NBN co. have highlighted the very mess they wanted covered up: the fact that Truffles' and Rabid's nobbling of the NBN to satisfy The Ugly American, Murdoch is resulting in a 3rd rate service at more expense than the original Labor, Fibre-to-the-Home model. 
It seems too, that few believe Truffles and many like myself, wonder why the AFP seem to act with such alacrity against Labor figures and then effectively "drag-their-feet" in investigating  an admitted criminal like ChickenThighs Brough and his accomplices Ashby and Pyne-the-Whyne. Or why they haven't moved with more speed on known fraudster Kathy Jackson. 
Corrupt?    What other explanation is there?
So what does all this mean?
It means Democracy is being eroded and the supine public are taking little notice....
Pyke's Creek
Pyke's Creek
The ABC is about to take money for its overseas broadcasts thereby weakening its "Public Good," and ultimately leaving itself in a position for this to be extended into normal broadcasts where the argument will then be put by the IPA that it really should be sold.

Welcome to Australia, One Media, One Party Rule, One Police State... hello Fascism

Oo-roo petals,

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Where's the Sense in a Debacle?

Shane and Aussie author's, Save-Oz-Stories
G'day Petals,

It's interesting just how much general media is beginning to comment similarly about the state of public affairs as I did some two or three year ago.
Comments like: has Truffles-in-a-Muddle's got the reverse Midas-touch, everything he touches turn to dross. Is privatisation losing us revenue?  Where are the policy's to take the country forward rather than backward and with all the cuts... where's the money gone? Why do so many legislative pieces look like nascent Fascism?
There is also a recognition that the ABC news service has been nobbled and is now effectively another unreliable propaganda mouthpiece for the Ruling Rabble Mk2.
Is there a congruence of thought happening?
There certainly is amongst writers who with publishing houses have come out swinging against the Orwellian-ish titled "Productivity Commission" which wants to decimate their industry.  There's a lot of very good reading in the book they've produced arguing their case for the cultural and social values so important to a civilized nation. Values obviously neither appreciated nor understood by the Ruling Rabble Mk2. 
Get a free copy from you local newsagent or good bookshop.

If the reaction of the four "Insider" panelists  (14-8-16)  to a video of Peter Costello sonorously intoning platitudes like a faux "older statesman," about how to get the budget out of deficit was any indication, then this Ruling Rabble Mk2 is already well and truly on the skids. Rarely do you see journalists openly laughing at Liarbril pollies' pronouncements.  Dutton, too was savaged...but then what else can you say to an empathy bereft Neanderthal?
I'm sure Greg Ozone-Hole Hunt thinks he's some sort of latter day sage, as well. On QandA (15-8-16) his banal aphorisms and tiresome affected responses redolent of a world weary, pipe in hand, purveyer  of wisdom and experience, a font of knowledge..."Yes, I know, I know what you mean, and we're thinking about it...(taps pipe into ashtray and looks at ceiling)"  Does he really believes the shit he spouts?
On the same program, Professor Brian Cox had to suffer the amateurish climate denial rants of One Notion, Senator-elect, Malcolm Roberts.   I observed with interest the animated attentiveness and admiration on a schoolgirl's face as she listened to Cox's answers and conversely her dull, impassive closed response to -Roberts who interrupted with what sounded like oft-repeated, trite truisms ..... said much, I think.
I also appreciated Linda Birney  near the end of the program telling Roberts, who was cutting across an answer again, and with solid audiences applause to, "Oh, be quiet!,"! 
In 2013, Roberts sent one of his voluminous reports to Ben Cubby, then environment editor at the Sydney Morning Herald. This was Cubby's response:
"In considering your request that I identify errors in the report you sent to me "CSIROh! Climate of Deception? Or First Step to Freedom?" – I find myself confronting an unusual problem: how does one critically analyse a pile of horseshit?"
Morning Light
Morning Light

Current census  information is out-of-date says the Ruling Rabble Mk2, which suggests that the economic modelling to justify the savagery of  all the cuts to Health, Education, Emergency Services, Public transport infrastructure, Women's refuges, Mental health etc, is false so we need a new census.
Five years in the planning, the ABS, after suffering $68,000,000.00 in funding and staff cuts as well as the outsourcing (privatisation) of its IT section to IBM and suffering image problems because of its alteration of personal data retention, with great fanfare, launches its first on-line census. 
And it flops. Crashes. Suffers a DDOS and is pulled down.
 Firm Leadership being needed, the Ruling Rabble did what they do best; all the relevant (and the not so relevant, Whyning Pyne) ministers and assorted Public Servants all disagreed about whether it was a stunt, a hack, a real cyber attack, was local or the Russians or perhaps the Chinese, (who are allegedly pissed-off at us at the moment for a variety of reasons) but there is no leadership....the ABS, left like a Shag on a rock was being told by an embarrassed Truffles-in-a-Muddle that "...heads will roll...!"
Then it takes four days to be re-instated!
All in all, just another bloody Ruling Rabble circus, where the real fault lies again with them and their Penny-Wise-Pound-Foolish, IPA driven "Free-Market" ideology.
Morning Light
Morning Light
Gaming developers in Melbourne say that our miserable NBN internet speeds are disadvantaging their global reach and success... Spokesperson for Minister Fifield said that we should be up to 25kb by 2020. Remember when Truffle's innovative and agile, you-beaut copper system was going to be cheaper, faster and sooner than the original fibre model?  But then, Labor made a mess of that, didn't they... didn't they, DIDN'T THEY?
Morning Light
Morning Light
The leaking of 2000 Concentration Camp documents detailing the appalling cruelty being meted out to refugees (incarcerated for three years) so soon after the child abuse of indigenous prisoners served only to have Do-do Dutton blame the victims!  This episode seems to be getting more "press" overseas than here which is another "own goal" for the Ruling Rabble and a further diminution of Australia's proud but mythical image of tolerance and fairness. Yes, mythical!  We've always been a conservative, small-minded and venal lot. Now, the real national character is emerging in its full sordidness as the Ruling Rabble stoop ever lower to garner power for the interests that control them.
Like the malodorous rise of Trump c/o the Tea Party in destroying the Republican Party, our own version in the toxic IPA has through its ideological insanity become the cancer at the core of the Liarbrils.
Bob Carr opined on QandA that the really dangerous element about Trump was that he sets a precedent for demagogues getting into the presidency in 4- 8 years.... was he forgetting the rancid popularism of that loopy Alaskan woman, Palin ...perhaps she's the real precedent?
Morning Light
Morning Light
Sco-mo promises that the Ruling Rabble Mk2 will live within its means and then taxpayers foot a bill of  $11,625 for food and drinks for his budget after-party; this xtian hypocrite even beating Eleventy Hockey's record of waste for a similar rort.
Then, Senator Loopy Leyonhjelm's  over-reacting (and inciting 18C which he wants repealed) to his being hoist on his own petard of "you can only have your feelings insulted if you take notice of the insult", by Journo Chris Kenny who called him an  "Angry White Male." Well, Leyonhjelm... he's white, male (well, he says he is) and obviously is not pleased... so what his F*****G gripe this time? Oh, I know, A.T.D.... no-one is paying this rat-bag the attention he thinks he deserves!
Pit-Bull Mirabella, failing to regain her seat of Indi at the election has been gifted a lobbying gig from Gina (our biggest miner) and now serves only one master. The travel rorts will now  be on the private but heavily subsidized purse of Gina.  Pit-Bull as a lobbyist seems to have the personality attributes which appeal so much to the Liarbril male species. Relentless ambition, lack of empathy, monocular views and little discernible talent!
Where is the sense in all this?
When you see such a dearth of ability and common sense from those that would rule us, no wonder that sensible people are looking askance at their stupidity and are reacting with disdain.
People are angry...  far angrier than ever before...
Oo-roo Possums,

Friday, 5 August 2016

All Aboard The Brandis' Follies and Fractured Senate

Shane in frost....
G'day Possums,
it's cold again.....
but Canberra is warming up...

Truffles' and Bookshelves' "Cap-n's Pick" of royal commissioner, Justice Martin, stood down almost immediately after his elevation because of what he saw as a "perception of ...a perceived conflict of interest..."

After calls from Willy Shortstuff that there be at least one or possibly two indigenous people adjudicating the inquiry, "Bookshelves" Brandis announced (with not a Truffle to be seen at his presser), a female judge, Margaret White (pun not intended) and ATSI Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda as Martin's "seconds."
Mick's only bias is that he spouted that the whole NT Government be sacked after the airing of the videos.... but he hasn't a perceived conflict of interest!

Gillian Triggs, Human Rights Commissioner has gamely stuck her head above the parapet again suggesting that the inquiry into indigenous youth detention be widened to cover the whole of  Australia.
"Bookshelves," desperate to seem relevant and not out of the limelight intoned with what could have been a twee stamp of the foot, "We, Truffles and I, had already discussed having two commissioners." there.

Triggs' involvement delights the trolls of the Ugly American Murdoch's, right-wing propaganda sheet, "The Un-Australian" who are currently running  another "18C" campaign against Triggs. In what looks like a "fit-up" about racial discrimination, Murdoch's minions are beating up a long running dispute of limited interest and less consequence with the best of their virulent and malicious prose.
Oh, where's a Freedom Boy when ya need 'im?  Oh, that's right, apart from probably feeding the "dirt" on Triggs, Timmy "The Twat" Wilson is now "busy" sucking off the public teat as the Lower House, Goldstein Member.
The saddest thing about the response to the widespread endemic racism which has been highlighted again is that the Ruling Rabble Mk2  have made such a mess of obvious procedure. They always seem incapable of thinking beyond the limits of their very narrow ideology and are constantly looking for political advantage over  what would be good policy for the nation.

Newspapers are faltering, Fairfax announced a $1 Billion asset base write down;  The Guardian's seeking public funding and it's an open secret that The Ugly American's rags are losing money, hand over fist.
Watching ABC's Lateline, (1-8-16)  the thought occurred when David Lipson made a flaccid commentary of the shambles Truffle's Ruling Rabble Mk2 is making of all it touches, that you really can find better commentary online. There may be more nutters to slalom around but more acute and independent opinions are available other than the now nobbled ABC or the MSM's whose eye being firmly on their on their advertising clients revenue, tempers their (ahem), adventurousness.... except for the Ugly American's rags... who are subsidized in their right-wing rants from other sources.
The MSM's wholesale but misplaced support for the return of Ruling Rabble Mk2 was a case in point. Voting which actually mirrored the present polls of Labor 52 to Liarbril 48 indicated either inability to gauge the public mood or rank political influence. And now, in some cases, the gushing praise of Truffle's swift response to the indigenous children's abuse is contradicted by many online commentators whose far more accurate assessments of his actions and of the innapproriateness of the initial Royal Commissioner appointment leaves the MSM looking redundant.

There seems to be a coalescence of thought facilitated by the new technologies which is by-passing the old top-down, commercial interest, paradigm of the old press.

Ex Anti-Environment Minister G.Hunt who is now Innovation Minister (this is not a joke) has decided that in this incarnation, the stripping of climate scientists out of CSIRO should be reversed.  This lucid demonstration of the "agility and innovative-ness" "Ozone-Hole" Hunt and the Ruling Rabble Mk2 makes it more of a pity that morale in the CSIRO has been shattered in the long term resulting from the short-term stupidity of an IPA inspired ideology of privatisation at all costs. It has forced 1/3 of the many talented, dedicated and irreplaceable people made redundant to find work overseas and of no direct benefit to Australia.
If anything, the mauling of the CSIRO only further spotlights how the sheer incompetence of Ruling Rabble Mk's1 and 2  with their trademark of No/Yes/No/Yes policy confusion and their limited intelligence and that of those who advise them, imposes a brake on the nation.

Another of Willy Shortstuff's ideas, that of having a Royal commission into the banking sector, is getting a "Claytons" airing with Truffles-in-a-Muddle opting for a Lower House tete-a-tete with bankers on a regular yearly basis. He hopes the public will think firm action is being taken over the egregious practices of excessive credit charges, shonky advice and astronomical executive salaries. Well, not really: Truffles in his patrician way feels that throwing a small circus for the plebians because the banks didn't pass on the latest RBA interest downgrade will keep them occupied enough not to notice that their wages and conditions have been slashed, health services are out of financial reach, and utility costs have been allowed to rise to the point where candles and chip-heater hip baths are making a come-back and that education is only for the very wealthy, or as Georgina Downer so eloquently put it, for those  "...who can afford a NICE school."
All is being eroded to the point where the majority can actually afford other than a very basic peasant-ish living.
And now there is Malcolm "Addled" Roberts; a One Notion candidate elected to the Senate having received just 77 first preference votes!  Malcolm who give every indication of being  very, very addled thinks climate change is a myth devised by Zionist bankers as a plot to control the populations of the earth and that governments use GRAMMAR to control the masses...or something. Yep, this F..*&%%$@#+*$%*@...wit is going to vote for a Royal Commission into the untruths the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology are making up on Climate Change.  This is the legislative future of this country? Thank Dog... someone who makes Bestiality Bernardi and Loopy Leyonhjelm seem sane....What a lovely Senate, Truffles-in-a-Muddle has devised for us all.
Oo-roo Petals,