We have to move to the other side of the pendulum.

God must be pretty angry with the USA about it’s carbon pollution.

First of all he unleashes storm and tempest on the centre of fossil fuel in Houston, and now, just in case the dummies in the Climate Denier community don’t get it, he sends along Irma, Jose and Katie.

Now Trump and his fossil boosting cronies can bleat all they like about fake science, Chinese conspiracies and natural variations. But to the everyday person, these weather events seem suspiciously like what the climate scientists predicted would be the outcome of increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

The cost of damage to Texas and Florida is going to run to a pretty penny, and the global Insurance industry is repricing risk in these torrid times. It will drive the hard heads in Government and Industry to reconsider the true costs of remaining active in fossil fuel industry. You can build a fucking lot of Renewable Energy plants with the billions it will cost to repair the damage to these states.

When Murphy’s Law cuts in, it operates with a full head of steam.

 

We’ve come to the crunch war and we don’t want to sit on the box

Pathetic PM shows his gross ineptitude and thin skin

Poor PM Trumball. Surrounded by a rampaging tribe of Labor injuns, greedy ranchers who want all the land for themselves, and with disharmony among the settler folk he is leading to the promised land, he draws his wagons ever tighter in a defensive circle and issues a rallying cry.

Them injuns he says, will never be as good as us settler folk.  They live in tepees with barely any room inside, and they don’t go places like our wagons. Why, we can move our wagons to any harbourside or bay with a decent view and land to exploit.

But the injuns can’t.  They are stuck in their tepees, jealously wishing they could move their village to a harbourside, clear the land, and get their hands on some of the best settler firewater.

Their leader, Billonimo, has even been seen sitting on a box at the table of settler gatherings, enjoying the venison and finest firewater. What a sycophant, this lowly injun chief. How dare he aspire to be like settlers, and own a covered wagon.

But the injuns know that their time is coming, and soon the settler wagons will be torched with flaming arrows, and the firewater will be theirs.

 

They all have their noses in the pie, dancing to the same tune

Parliamentary expenses rorts go too far for the public’s appetite

It’s not enough to create another oversight body to administer MP’s expenses. That’s a good idea within its boundaries. The public are now baying for MP’s blood, particularly in view of the Centrelink extortion racket run by the LNP.

Picking on the most vulnerable in society while simultaneously living the high life on our expense card makes us want to vomit at the rank hypocrisy of the LNP.

The voters want a Federal ICAC. Support is at 83% according to an opinion poll, and the same poll found that huge majority also thought that politicians were corrupt and needed the same kind of ruthless oversight that, ironically, Centrelink recipients receive.

Let’s hope that the minor parties, the media, and the pressure from public opinion can force the hand of both LNP and Labour and create this long needed body, with decent coercive powers, open hearings (if you’ve nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear) and a significant budget allocation.

We wait with interest to observe the obfuscation tactics of the major parties to a Federal ICAC.

Manger, Quality Control

Abbott seeks re-election

You have to laugh at all the cheer squad urging Tony to stand for parliament again.  Talk about self interest.  These deluded souls still think that the far-right faithers of the LNP will be handed government again.  Over the dead bodies of the voters for sure.

But what’s a few thousand dead bodies to ensure the extremists in the LNP regain the levers of state and impose a clerico-totalitarian order on society.  They’ve stacked institutions with their sympathisers, including a back to the future appointment of a military man as Governor-General, and created the Nazi like black-shirted Border Farce.  That makes organising any takeover coup far easier for them. Once they’ve rolled a re-elected Turnbull they can start the dirty tricks campaign again to create fear and loathing in the community. And when it comes to fear, loathing and hate none do it better than the faithers.

Turnbull and the moderates in the LNP will need to fight a constant war to ensure the influence of the religious extremists is curtailed, as they don’t represent the public, but rather a group of narrow minded bigot’s intoxicated on their “big guy in the sky cool-aid”. A study of brains of faithers showed their brains were malformed in the areas used for critical reasoning.

The Abbott clique had their chance, and the voters were appalled.  Nothing but flags and national security announcements – just doing the bidding of the oxygen thieves like Rupert Corp and the Trumpster wing of the Republican party.  Sing from the god-botherers book on Sundays, and drink the Tea Party brew the rest of the week.

And what do they have to show for their time in power.  Nothing other than a big fuck-up, too busy carrying on their religious crusade against Islam to focus on anything else like the economy stupid.

Meanwhile the Manger^, Quality Control for all matters religious heads to the US to address an extremist organisation whose stated goal is to return society to the simple times of the 4th and 5th Centuries by destroying science and medicine.  This man was once our PM – how did that happen.  The people were brainwashed by the media and vested interest groups into supporting him. Turnbull is our only buttress against the dangerous faither extremists. Beware Australia.

^ Intentional misspelling to show lack of critical attention by the monkey pod crew and their acolytes.

 

I think there’s a can of worms brewing here

A difficult trade off between freedom and privacy

Many see the rise of the total surveillance state as inevitable.  The technology is at hand, and those that claim the need for ever greater ability to intrude into the private lives of the citizens are succeeding in panicing gormless politicians into allowing ever more scope.

While those that deploy these awesome capabilities do so to protect democracy and freedom to pursue life liberty and happiness then all is OK.  But what happens when people committed to radical political, social or religious ideology are able to infiltrate sovereign bodies and turn the state to the dark side.

Most people are happy to trade off some individual rights and freedom for the common good, and to prevent the rise of anarchy and the collapse of civil society.  Those with the most to lose are holders of the various property rights and entitlements, the cornerstone of the capitalist system.  Thus the wealthy, powerful elite have an enormous vested interest in the status quo.  They don’t care much for individual freedoms and privacy except when it impacts on their self-interest.

History shows that voters in a democracy will turn to extremist political parties in times of social strife due to economic collapse or rapid change to a new order deemed unfair by the majority.

The white man with 5 eyes will eventually turn dark and evil to save his interests from the geopolitical can of worms that is now brewing.

 

Murdoch’s Marionettes in a tangle

Murdoch’s puppet Australian Government proves to be so inept that it clearly demonstrates why you should never listen to the opinions of octogenarians.

The implosion of public confidence in the Abbott Government so quickly after the election raises serious questions as to how the Australian voters were sold such a pup. How poorly do these doctrinaire ideologues reflect on the strident assertions by News Ltd media outlets and the right wing apologistas and shock jocks that the old bunch were a pack of infighting crooks, but Tony the Messiah and his 12 disciples were capable of performing miracles in Government. How wrong they were it seems.

I thought we’d get a comical puppet show for our entertainment, instead we’ve got the whole damn circus. Transparent Tony the ringmaster, Jock MacTruss his understudy, Joe Hockus the trapeze artist, Scott Noboats the clown, Chris Pyneochio the acrobat, Julie Bintang the hypnotist, Robb People the ticket collector, and Turnball Fraudband the sound and lighting guy.

The many broken promises in rapid succession has kept the audience keen and engaged, but the triple somersault half-twist back flip with pike by the acrobat Pyneochio left the spectators roaring for less.

Alas the audience are surely heading for another broken promise. The Grand Finale encore performance to close the circus was promised to be a Carbon Tax Double Dissolution. Transparent Tony can’t risk it now the spectators are unsettled, as the audience would surely walk out on his circus and head straight over the road to Shorty Bill’s Amusement Complex where every player wins a prize.

The honeymoon period isn’t even over, and already the brides’ family want her to divorce Tony. All except for old Uncle Cyclops and his brothers, of course.

 

Chairman Rupert and Tony the Tongue

We certainly now know whose tongue is in whose backside.

The partisan ravings of News Corp about the upcoming election, and their support for Tony the Tongue bears witness to the saddest state of the Australian Polity in my lifetime.

That one man’s commercial interests, and lust for power, could so distort and corrupt a country is a disgrace.

His reckless disregard of the rights of the little people in advancing his self and commercial interests, as seen in UK.  His company stands accused of bribery of public officials, and illegal wiretapping.  Yet he is allowed to dictate the outcome of an election, in the process showing that democracy is a veneer of choice over a base of greed and the self interest of the elite.  Rupert proves that some are so evil, they could be the devil incarnate.

Since the death of his mother and him becoming an orphan, his excesses are untempered by the need for his mother’s approval.  He has become quite a worry to the good order and sustainability of humanity.

 

The peasants are revolting

At last the 99% are beginning to see through the charade.

Once upon a time, generally known as the Middle Ages society was in the grip of a rich, powerful and unscrupulous minority called Lords of the Manor.

They were the landowners who controlled the means of food production and had at their disposal an array of ordinary people called serfs.  Serfs were little better than slaves, and were mainly indentured to their Lord so they were unable to be free of the yoke of oppression and abuse handed out by their Lord and Master.  And then in the 1300’s, even the bogan brained serfs tweaked that the deck was stacked against them. “My Lord, my Lord, the Peasants are revolting.”

Cut to today.  The serfs are the 99%, and the Lord of the Manor is now called Chairman of the Board or Managing Director.  We have been conned for centuries that this new fangled democracy thing actually gave the 99% some real power, while all the time we have been sold a lie.

The 1% ruin everything through vile, excessive, unscrupulous greed, and then try and convince the 99% to take a hit to their lifestyle so as to ensure the 1% don’t have their lavish lifestyles impacted in any way. Time for the 1% to take responsibility for their own actions.  If they hold 90% of the wealth, then they take 90% of the hit.  To each his own proportion as to the burden he carries.

Even shareholders of corporations are beginning to see how executive management are stuffing their pockets with company money even while attempting to screw workers for lower pay.  Again, the deck is stacked.  My solution is simple – if a CEO decides to cut employee remuneration costs by moving jobs to a sovereignty with lower work rights and costs – fine – but the remuneration paid to executives should also be lowered to reflect the comparable amounts in the sovereign nation housing their work force.  Why do the workers have to compete with rates in China, while the executives have to compete with rates in Wall St or the City of London.

Level the playing field for all 100%, not just the 1%.

Paying for the Floods

It’s not the NBN we should scrap, it’s Middle Class and Corporate Welfare.

Calls by the Opposition to scrap the NBN to pay for flood restitution works shows their usual short-sighted focus on ideology rather than making practical suggestions.

Rather than stopping, or slowing down, work on the NBN, we would be far better off cutting back on some of the Middle Class Welfare rorts like the Private Health Insurance Rebate, or the obscene amount of money poured into private schools, particularly the religious based one’s owned by theocratical organisations with vast wealth.

This would not only cover the infrastructure reconstruction costs due to the floods, it would leave enough spare change to put the budget into surplus even faster.

Then if we next tackled all the Corporate Welfare rorts like industry assistance schemes, tax rebates and tariffs, export bounties and the like, the nation’s books would be back in the black in a wink of an eye.

But we won’t hear a peep about these options from Phoney Tony and his troupe of ideological zombies.  God help the country if this lot ever got their hands on the levers of power.

Weak Government caves in to retailers

The pathetic Gillard Government has rolled over to retailer pressure for an inquiry that is primarily designed to nobble online retailing.

The Australian retailers, long able to extort huge profit margins from the Australian consumer now finds its business model is under attack.  Those horrible and dastardly consumers have discovered you can buy the same consumer durables online through overseas retailers far cheaper than at home through a store.

Now, pardon me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the essence of a capitalist market economy allegedly the way in which it drives down prices through greater efficiency, while concurrently driving up quality and choice.  It seems to me that Aussie consumers have merely embraced the new shopping paradigm whereby you find the widest choice and cheapest price for an item anywhere in the world, and have it shipped to your door.

The only thing you loose is that instant gratification you get when you pay your money and get the physical item in a retail store.

Of course, the retailers fail to see that their only course of action is to embrace the new business model and setup an online store, potentially based off shore, where they can trade on their good name, with it’s well recognised brand.  Their ability to leverage their existing bricks and mortar operation, perhaps by getting customers who purchase via their online store to come to the retail store for some additional special offer or even to make warranty claims.  The marketing opportunities are pretty limitless if you think outside the square and look to embracing the new business model, rather than attempting to preserve the old, outdated and dying one.

But, instead, the typical reaction of the greedy who have grown fat on huge margins. Protect the existing and failing retail paradigm by blaming the lack of GST on goods under $1000 in value as the culprit, and whinge to Government to get a protection racket going against the voters.  The joke, however, is on the whinging retailers, because even if online retailers have to charge GST when shipping to an Australian address, the all up price will still be a lot cheaper than the local RRP.

The Australian consumer are voting with their fingers and mouse to bypass local retailers and buy where they see the best value and greatest choice. And if that isn’t in Australia then clearly the Government have manifestly failed the people in not formulating policies, and making laws, that encourage the new and better retailing models that deliver better outcomes for the sellers and cheaper retail goods to consumers.