Feb 022015
Between 1940 and the 1970’s in the south of the US of A, the phrase dead man walking was used by correctional officers to tell those in the hallways of the prisons to move to the side and allow the condemned person to pass unhindered. This phrase was looked upon as cruel and unusual and therefore “outlawed” by civil rights activists. 

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Jan 262015

Clearly this man, this pretender to the throne of public governance, is not only a gross embarrassment to his own political colleagues, but a gross embarrassment and outright abuser of the people he purports to lead.

Abbott is so clearly out of touch with the Australian consciousness it’s uncomfortable to even contemplate what might have driven him to afford the consort to the monarchy of a foreign nation pseudo-citizenship by inferring a citizens-only honour, on Australia Day of all days.

Then, to further compound the insult to the Australian people, he calls their digital voice – social media, to which we’re all attuned in great numbers – digital graffiti! Your opinion, should you voice it on any of the social media forums, is akin to an adolescent tag from a spray can on a dark night, applied to whatever your chosen canvas might be, before the authorities come along & spring you. Further, tagging public property is an offense, so is Abbott seriously aligning the publically expressed opinion in social media with an illegal act?

Is this man so far out of touch, so elitistly removed from the everyday, that he overtly regards a digital expression of opinion as a complete nonsense? Does he not recognise public opinion? Does he, more pointedly, choose only to recognise those who support the monarchy as he clearly does? These are all relevant questions to be asked of the man who makes more partisan decisions outside his own party room, outside of any collegiate consultation with his cabinet, let alone his back-bench, than any other Prime Minister in living memory.

I believe the man to be dangerous. Dangerous in the context of the terminology of loose cannon. He is clearly a danger not only to this country, but also to the party he purports to lead. He obviously has little regard for the opinions of his fellow ministers, and even less regard for the public which supposedly voted him into power. It’s getting worse as well. We see daily thought bubbles being put about as policy, only to be revoked the next day. Certainly, public opinion counts on issues like Medicare, for example, yet when that very same opinion, is expressed through the very same media which supported the outcry against the Medicare rebate manipulation, on the subject of appointment of a non-state member of a foreign elite class, it is regarded by Abbott as digital graffiti.

This man must go! He is not fit to lead his own political party, and certainly not fit to appear in the name of Australians everywhere, if he chooses to confer Australian citizen’s honours, on foreign nationals, on the one day of the year we seem to recognise our nationhood.

Dec 182014

So….David Leyonhjelm reckons that Sydney hostage business wouldn’t happen….sorry, PROBABLY wouldn’t happen, in Texas or  Florida. He clearly didn’t do his research, which at the very least should have consisted of a Google on the terms “Hostage Situations Texas” and “Hostage Situations Florida”. Continue reading »

Nov 032014

Yet again we see the IPCC telling us what we already know to be fact. We – the human species – need to stop digging up, drilling for and otherwise liberating fossil fuels as the major driver of our energy production. As Ban Ki Moon said, the science is in, and it is irrefutable

Meanwhile, the nihilists, corporate sycophants, pseudo-religious fruitcakes and plain ignorant refuse to accept that unlocking millions of years of stored carbon in less than a millennium is having an irreversible, detrimental impact on the planets’ delicate biosphere. Sure, the planet will recover eventually, once the species liberating fossil fuels are extinct along with practically every known form of animal & insect life. It’s too late now for humanity, I believe. The above-mentioned oxygen thieves will not cease their burning of oil, coal & gas purely because there is money in doing so. Avarice drives these morons.

The human race has destroyed this planets’ ability to foster life in the medium term. Sure, we’ll hang on while a great many of the species alive today vanish. We adapt, but in the end, we will have done for ourselves unless we, as a species, manage to get out into space before we are too occupied by sheer survival.

There is one bright spot in this mad, capitalistic, greed-driven race toward self destruction. Those of us who can see the inevitable are, or already have, taken steps to help those generations as yet unborn. We are taking up renewable energies are a greater rate than ever before. The technology is becoming cheaper & more plentiful, enabling more us exponentially to uptake and use alternatives. Despite the efforts of those few who control sufficient corporate and political power to attempt to negate the rise and rise of alternative energy technology, the signs are already being writ for the fossil fuels sector. Too little too late, but at least some of us will have tried.

Jul 282014

Salacious title for a contentious post, I know, but as someone who is currently sucking off the public teat through no fault of my own, I feel it both timely and pertinent that I make comment on the current and proposed Job Services Provider platform and the proposed post 1 July 2015 New Employment Services model announced earlier today by this individual. Continue reading »

Jun 012014

”There is no right to demand from your fellow Australians that just because you don’t want to do a bread delivery or a taxi run or a stint as a farmhand that you should therefore be able to rely on your fellow Australian to subsidise you”.

So says Eric Abetz as he attempts to defend the conservative axing of existing newstart arrangements. Thing is, this is oh-so very typical of the conservative mindset which is, as a matter of course, out of touch with reality at the coal-face for the unemployed. Newstart doesn’t simply exist as a salve to leftist consciences, it exists because it needs to exist as a support mechanism for those of us who, for whatever reason, are unable at any given point in time to be a part of the 9-5 workforce. It’s not a matter of being deliberately unproductive. I can tell you from real and recent experience, being unemployed is THE most soul-destroying event which can befall anyone, of any age. There is nothing innately attractive about sitting at home, completing job application after job application, modifying CV’s to suit particular roles applied for, and wondering how you’ll afford the train fare to get to the next interview. Newstart is supposed to provide those resources, the train & bus fares to get to & from appointments, or the parking fees to attend interviews which are almost inevitably in the city where parking costs a motza. Nevermind about having to pay rent, buy food or pay electricity bills, put fuel in the car to get to interviews, etcetera ad infinitum.

Being unemployed is no picnic, and yet for decades, everytime these right-wing fundamentalist conservative ideologues get back into power, we see & hear the same tired rhetoric. “Don’t be a bludger on your fellow Australian, go be a fruit-picker in Tasmania“, and especially if you’re unemployed in, say, Cairns. Go on, get off your arse, use that Newstart Allowance and get that arse down to Launceston and start knocking up the local apple growers. What’s that? Where will you live when you get there? How should I know, and more to the point, why should I care, just get a fucking job already!!!!

Doesn’t matter about your family and societal support mechanisms, they’re not productive. They’re not making you any money and YOU’RE not paying any taxes!!! YOU BLUDGER!!!!

This is all just so typical and it’s all been done before. Thankfully the current crew of ideological idiots don’t have control of both houses of Parliament, and highly likely won’t after July 1, so these tantrums from the likes of Abetz are merely that. Tantrums filled with conservative rhetoric. They’re frustrated that they don’t have total control and it shows everytime one of them opens their gob. Yes, they possibly will manage to tighten the screws on some of us, and undoubtedly will manage to make the lives of those less fortunate, even more unfortunate. It’s what they do. The single silver lining to the deepening overcast is the fact that we have just 2-and-a-bit years to go, the latter portion of which will be all pork-barrels and handouts as they try to win back the people they’re deliberately disaffecting right now. I salve my own conscience with the knowledge that all of these things run in cycles, and rationality will return to Oz, and a lot sooner than perhaps most expect.



May 162014

I will rarely promote the works of another blogger, basically because there are very few pieces of writing in the ‘sphere I regard as worth promoting. This piece, however, runs counter to my usually jaundiced opinion of the amateur journalist cadre. Glenn Murray may consider his tome to be just his ramblings, but I find this particular ramble well worth supporting.

Kudos, Mr Murray!