Thursday, 25 May 2017

Becoming Dumber and Dumber.

Fading into Dumb
Fading into Dumb
G'day Possums,
Paul Keating once said that when in power your policy framework changes the culture of the nation.
Assuming then that the aforesaid is true let's reflect on some of the more significant utterances of the past fortnight and determine by the language sentiment and intent what sort of country Australia is presenting, not only to the wider world but more importantly, to itself.

Anti-Immigration minister Dodo Dutton has said the 7,500 refugees who have not applied for visas are "fake refugees" and that for them the "the game is up" for costing the taxpayer $250,000,000.00 PA.....  oddly enough, the same amount Dodo wants the taxpayer to spend on his new Border Farce and Anti-Immigration fiefdom.
After denuding legal and language services to refugees Dodo has set an October deadline for these people to fill out the 180 question, comprising 45-60 page questionnaire and statement some of which information is impossible for these people to access.
At the same time Asbestos Bishop was misleading the United Nations as to what a nice place we are in our treatment of refugees.
Are we dumb enough to silently accept this hypocrisy?
The Highway to Hell
The Highway to Hell
Closer to home in what was the Tardis State (Where-All-Went-Backward) Victoria, Matty What's-a-Green-wedge Guy, chief opposition clown had one of his troupe (Brad Battin) pratfall in his union-bashing workout by erroneously telling parliament that it took 51/2 hours for professional firey's to attend the Black Saturday bushfires. This attempt to further politicize the volunteer fire services and to "scotch" the latest reforms in modernizing state fire services only serves to remind that "NO" is the most frequent word you'll hear uttered by any of the ruling rabble tribe in relation to reform as opposed to destruction, which is their forte'.
Are we dumb to accept this crass politicking?
World climate scientists are now saying that ocean levels are going to rise faster than previously predicted because of the alarming increase in the arctic melting.  Australia's ruling rabble in its 2017 budget has axed funding to a measly $600,000.00 for the National Climate Change Research Facility a body that offers information on how best to mitigate climate change and the consequences of sea level rises; and from 2018 it will receive no funding at all.
Ruling Rabble apologist, N.Saava in a look-over-there moment decried Labor's Willy Shortsuff's budget-in-reply speech as only once mentioning climate change whilst pointedly ignoring that fact that the funding cuts were not mentioned by the ruling rabble at all.
Australia is subsidising fossil fuel production to the tune of a massive $A5.6 billion a year and also funds the industry with a further $A292 million a year in public finance, as it expands fossil fuel production on multiple fronts.
 I firmly believe we need legislation that will make criminal and enable the jailing of those who stalled, denied or halted practices trying to ameliorate climate change and its consequences
N. Saava must think we're dumb! 

The Battler's saviour from the Deep North  Poorleen, Pleez Oixploin Hanson is in more electoral strife after her chief of staff, printing guru and sometime pilot, Oily Ashby (he of Slippery Pete's demise) decided that potentially defrauding the electoral office and their own candidates was a good way of making money. Caught on tape making the suggestion and also that he would deny he had ever said it,  Oily later excused himself for a poor choice of words and said, by way of obfuscation, that it was an illegal tape anyway only made by a disgruntled member to embarrass Noe Notion. Pooleen Pleez Oixlpoin had a hard time interrupting her employee Oily at a presser, where she blamed the ABC for creating false news and upsetting candidates and that Oily really had no need of more honesty, ethics and general morality. Around this time  an "advisor" to climate denier, coal enthusiast, conspiracy theorist, the gift that keeps on giving and all round fruit cake,  Noe Notion Senator, Mr 77, Mal-addled Roberts, was arrested on multiple counts of assault! 
Please note that these people see unionists as corrupt and needing strict laws to control them.
I'm dumbstruck!

In what Prime Miniature Truffles Turdball opined was an act of love, not rape, Tax evader, self promoter and serial anti-labor activist, Twiggy Forest has "gifted" a tax deductable  $400,000,000.00 to causes of his own choice.  This crass attempt to mitigate the fact that in 2014-15 his Fortescue Metals made $9.1 Billion in sales and only paid $13.2 Millions in tax on profits of $208 Millions or 6.3%  only re-inforces Twiggy's hypocrisy and Truffles out-of-touch, Cayman Island elitism.
As a piece of right-wing anti welfare greed masked as philanthropy this sordid episode surely marks a new low point in the dismantling of a welfare system for all to be replaced by the feel-good crumbs brushed down to the peasants when seen fit by the ruling rabble.

Next time you see you are paying somewhere between 28-36 % tax on your earnings, ask yourself how dumb do you think they think you are?

And then there was that bastion of right-wing intellectualism (I know, it's an oxymoron), Quadrant!  Having never moved beyond purveying the time warp of the Melbourne Olympics, employer of Daisy the Preening-Princess-of-Putrid Prose, Cousens, and Board Member whose face was obviously the model for the "Angry" emoticon, Nick, Snarler Cater, this magazine and self espoused standard bearer of free speech and the repeal of 18C, allowed essayist (?) Roger Franklin to publish an online piece  suggesting that said it would have been preferable for the Manchester bomb to be exploded in the ABC’s Q&A studios on Monday night, blowing up host Tony Jones and the panellists. The ruling rabble's personal para-military, the AFP has been called in to investigate but as the deed was not done by a Labor person, a Green or a Muslim there'll be a nothing-to-see-there enquiry.
Taste and intelligence never seem to intersect with the ruling rabble, how dumb is that?
Then there was the writer of "The Thick of It",  Armando Iannucci who deploring the questioning style of contemporary TV journalists brought to my mind Leigh Hissy-Fit Sales whose technique fitted his description of a 30's journalist interviewing Churchill by asking the question, "Mr Churchill , you know Germany's problems are caused by the Jews as Mr Hitler says they are, don't you?"
Dumb and Dumber Petals... what choices are we to make before this country is destroyed by the right wing?

Friday, 12 May 2017

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It's Down the Slippery Slope We Go ....

Reversing positions

G'day Possums,
In the British Museum in London there are casts of antiquities, things like Trajan's Column, Assyrian Reliefs, Renaissance sculptures: all copies made 100-150 years ago which are now important as models for degraded or destroyed monuments as they retain more detail than many of the existing originals. So copying can be useful .

Remember when, under Little Johnny Howard the concept of ministerial integrity and honesty began to be devalued? This is where it has led: the most corrupt, self-serving and incompetent ruling rabble ever to afflict this land has Dodo Dutton lying about the fracas on Manus and who says anything? Who in government holds him to account, who in the MSM takes any notice?   No-one.
Our slippery slope just added a few degrees of decline.
AFP in action.
The Australian Federal Police Force (the militia of the ruling rabble) has been given $320,000,000.00 extra to tackle terrorism.  On the same day the AFP announced that they will not be investigating The Minister for Inhuman Services, Alan Shylock Tudge for leaking to the media, private and personal details of a welfare recipient who wrote an opinion piece for Fairfax Media claiming Centrelink had "terrorised" her over a debt she claimed she did not owe.  Some weeks later, her personal details were supplied to a journalist who wrote a comment piece from the Government's perspective, raising the prospect that Centrelink had been "unfairly castigated". Nice bloke is Shylock.....
AFP is yet to confirm that a few Schekels of its new $320Mill will go toward assisting in banging up alleged fraudster and for Rabid-the-Hun, doyen of the Union movement, Kathy Fingers Jackson whose $1.5 million wealth and spending sprees were seemingly funded by union donations without their approval. Odd that Fingers ratted on fellow unionist Thompson over similar but smaller matters and that case was treated with alacrity .... there's that slippery slope again.
Many don't, but I quite like QandA, even though its even handedness is the 50's suburban Sunday lunch with the rellies sort of soiree,  where you-can talk about anything except religion, politics, sex and money; but within its managerial limitations it  does provide the ruling rabble guest an hour to display not only their incompetence but also their sheer lack of imagination. As did Digger Tehan recently, breaking into a sweat trying to justify the waste of $100,000,000.00 for the Sir John Monash museum at Villers-Brettoneaux and then his complete inability (or bloody-mindedness) to contextualize Gonski Mk#2, HECS payments, Uni fees and housing prices… even panellist Danni Addison quipped to him something apropos “… you’ve lost this audience…” and Dave Hughes …well just watch him…in one succinctly accurate analysis of Truffle's body language in meeting with Frump45, Hughes likened Truffles to  a 13 yo girl on a date with Justin Beiber. The program has its moments of truth.
When in NY Truffles had a meeting with his boss, The Ugly American Murdoch. It transpires that media rules will be changed to suit Murdoch's insatiable greed and need for world domination, so we can look forward to his total control over 95% of print, radio and television in the near future. Mitch, Useless Fifield, paper delivery boy to the IPA fatuously opined that this was a great step forward in journalistic and media diversity and agreed that donating $30,000,000.00 to Foxtel to cover women's sport was sound policy ...besides what would the ABC do with it?

Then came, THE BUDGET!
In an admission of failure, Scummo Morrison and Truffles slightly reversed tack from the hard right free market position of the last four years and presented measures they say are "fair," and "balanced."  Apart from filching half baked versions of Labor's policy's, and which given the ruling rabble's complete lack of talent, they will stuff up, does this signal a rejection of all that Rabid-the-Hun and Eleventy once promulgated and, as a corollary, the ideological hard line of the IPA?  The punitive Centrelink regime will stay. Sewers will be searched to track down welfare recipients doing drugs. Pensioners will still be hit, penalty rates are about to go and even though a small tax was levied on the banks to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme the banks still  have a big tax break around the corner  if The Senate Shysters, Xenephon , Noe Notion, Loopy Leyonhjelm, Bestiality Bernardi and FlappyMouth Hinch vote it in. Education is still being underfunded, Hecs will be taken earlier and TAFE has been cut again.
Fair, balanced?  I think not . It's more smoke and mirrors to try and get over the electoral line again when if they win, surprise, surprise, all the IPA zombie cuts will be back with a vengeance. Trusting this mongrel rabble is not an option in any circumstance.
Needless to say the press, in the main did the obvious and gloated how the rug had been pulled from under Labor's feet and how the ruling rabble were now "governing".
Hissy-Fit Sales did one of her more asinine and disdainful "interviews" with Short-stuff after his budget reply speech where she was solely interested in the when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife "gotcha" moments and in her inimitably crass fashion, interrupted Short-Stuff every time he seemed to make an answer of substance....and therein  lies the tactic being employed wholesale against Labor, belittle, interrupt, disagree, push the ruling rabble line: Alberici wandering off into fantasy land about Short-stuff getting "rolled " because his colleagues disagreed about his poor taste dog-whistle ad, and let's not say any more about Jack-in-the-Box Probyn, other than that his delivery would be better suited to the Ch 7 Weather report!
And this Petals is the fair and balanced ABC, not the Murdoch run commercials! But then again, Guthrie an ex Murdoch employee is in charge, now!
Which was ironic,  for all those mentioned were also giving glowing testimonials to their late colleague Mark Colvin, eulogising his incisive and intelligent interviewing, sense of history and honest reporting.
Now, where's that slippery slope again ?
The glum faces of the ruling rabble during Short-stuff's budget reply speech put to rest the notion that anything announced in the budget was a social democratic exercise and "Labor-lite."  All the ruling rabble have done is expose their abject mismanagement, the wounded and fully wasted four years of being policy bereft since 2013: nothing has developed except inequality, fear, debt  and the corruption now rife in their ranks.
Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It's Down the slippery slope we go ....but I've said this all before.
Hoo-roo Possums,

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Smoke and Mirrors with Pea and Thimble

G'day Possums,
A few months ago in a moment of public candour unusual for one of the ruling rabble, Rabid-the-Hun's dominatrix, Peta Credlin cheerfully admitted that "The Carbon Tax" campaign waged by them was just a ploy to make it a indefensible hip-pocket election issue. It was all smoke and mirrors!
And now ten years later this travesty of a government has business bodies literally screaming out for one to gain some certainty on energy policy and the investment landscape and environmentalists are wringing their hands in frustration at the lack of any or real determined action on dealing with climate change.
d'Orsay, Paris
d'Orsay, Paris

Not two days later due to extreme weather and the energy regulators incompetence, South Australia endured widespread blackouts as power transmission lines were felled and the regulator, well, didn't. This event caused even more smoke and mirrors as Truffles Turnbull and Fictions Frydenberg attempted to blame alternative energy for the state's problems only for the two of them to be widely seen as more of a hindrance than help, particularly after SA premier to much applause, justifiably tore strips of Fictions at a press conference. So it was a pea and thimble con to the rescue when Truffles announced Snowy Mountain Mc Scheme Mk#2 by ordering a review into a possible $2 billion project to probably start sometime in the future and probably increase the Snowy's electrical output by 50%.
Rouen Reflection
Rouen Reflection
Basking in the warm inner glow of thinking he'd actually done something worthwhile, Truffles this week announced that the ruling rabble's smoke and mirror deception over the Gillard government's Gonski school funding, (remember "Gonski Dumbski" from Chwissie The-Whyning Pyne, and-Perfect-Prat-of-a-Prefect) program was really just another hoax and so has employed the same Gonski to do a Mk#2 review to justify what looks to be a pea and thimble trick by abandoning the most disadvantaged schools in the north of the country, reduce the outrageous overfunding to private schools a little and mildly increase funds to state schools over a ten year period.... yes, ten years of forward estimates when this mongrel lot have increased the debt by 50%. Better dressed than usual but still another shambles of a faux policy from the ruling rabble…pea and thimble, smoke and mirrors, just the normal “Ooh, look at all the money we’re putting back … but not as much as we cut…or in the same place.” And add another distraction from TAFE and tertiary funding cuts where Australia in now amongst the most expensive countrys in the world for tertiary education.
Cluny Museum, Paris
Cluny Museum, Paris
Chaos, thy name is Truffles!
The smoke and mirror sophistry of the "Debt and Deficit Disaster" they promulgated so effectively against the Rudd/ Gillard government has come back to bite them on the bum because, having no coherent policy except IPA thought bubbles and rather more importantly, no financial talent, the ruling rabble have doubled yes, doubled the debt and deficit. This embarrassing lack of riches has had pretend treasurer, Scummo Morrison inform us that there is now something called "good debt and bad debt". In this variation of a pea and thimble trick the confederates to the shyster (who pay no tax) are going to try and make off with $50 billions in tax breaks whilst schools, health and infrastructure go begging!
I reckon Petals, you can see there's a pattern emerging here.
Window, Rouen
Window, Rouen
Lurching from his shambles (again, due to injudicious cost cutting) of a national census to the Frankenstein-esque copper NBN (now six months late and counting) which has Australia now dropping in ranking to around 35th in the world for internet speed but near No.1 for retail cost, we had t'other day, the spectacle... well, no the spectacle didn't happen... I'll explain. In the joint commemoration ceremony for the Battle of The Coral Sea, Oz was supposed to drop wreaths from one of its new, you-beaut, Spanish built, Air Warfare Destroyers. Only neither of the two could make it because someone broke them. It seems that not only can we "not-build-a-canoe" but we don't know where to put the correct oil in the asymmetric drives of these vessels.
"Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream....."
salacious media
salacious media
Barnyard Joyce, deputy prime miniature was on QandA  t' other night. Kee-rist, he's an idiot....thinks Mandy Il Patrone Vanstone is not right wing, the ABC's full of closet communists, then rants one set of specious "facts" after another. And the looks of sheer hate toward fellow panellist Plibersek says much about the crudity of this mongrel's mind. He also maintained that we have "..a moral responsibility..." to have Adani ship coal to India so that the poor can have electricity. But we have none about casting refugees into concentration camps...

 So it's all a left-wing ABC, is it Barnyard?  Try ABC 7.30, 3/5/17: Leigh Hissy-Fit Sale's tart little aside of  when presenting the news that some private schools would have a little of their funding cut was "...something Labor never had the guts to do..." and she eventually followed up with a nauseously obsequious and pointless "interview" with geriatric Sydney shock-jock, John Laws. And let's not mention the right-wing bias of Sabra Spitty Lane who manages to avoid any balance whatsoever on topics and just propagandizes all the ruling rabble cant.That's "Left" is it "Barnyard????
Petals I'm off, to polish some mirrors to see the 100% of the Australian press owned by the Ugly American, Murdoch more clearly.