Sunday, 19 November 2017

...and there was weeping and gnashing of teeth...

House of Cards
House of Cards

G'day Possums,


The air was being rent with wailing, gnashing of teeth, garments being shredded, ashes thrown and sackcloth worn following the failure of the Lying Lyle's Oz Xtian Lobby "No" campaign against marriage equality when up popped the young grim faced IPA senator, Unterscharfuhrer Paterson with a solution to their woes. Well, as it was apparently written by Lying Lyle, the un-elected senator was really only the delivery boy attempting to foist a set of apartheid-like discrimination acts on the country in an attempt to "improve" and stymie the passage of the marriage equality bill  through parliament. Using the furphy of "religious freedom" Lying Lyle's epistle suggested that flower and cake purveyors, church ministers and civil celebrants be allowed to refuse their services to anyone they thought might be LGBTQI and that parents can take their children out of school and not be taught to use a strap-on. 

This caused such consternation that Chwissie the Whyning-Perfect-Prat-of-a-Prefect, Pyne whom many think is still in his closet, had to deny sending a "like" to a gay porn movie on his Twitter account and Matty, Thug Canavan uncrossed his eyes long enough to chime in with a coal-smoke induced offering that Xtian Rock Groups be included in this discrimination, too.
Poor Thug, he certainly is a blockheaded, Deep Northern hetero with little understanding..... to assume that any Gay would want be seen doing the wedding waltz to Xtian Rock, wholly underestimates their verve and taste.


The postal survey in 5/8 time and at a cost of nearly $100,000,000.00 only proved that the polls of the past years were correct and that the ruling rabble's Little Johnny Howard's malicious mangling of the marriage bill nine years ago was just another example of his nastiness and further; the Catlic right wing rump of the rabble have cost the people more than money, they have cost parliament its integrity.
Not that they care.. their only role is to push their own personal agenda's and those of either the Catlic run IPA or their donors/bribers.
Agendas, which as the survey has amply demonstrated, are so out of kilter with common thought that we may come to see this postal survey folly as the real breach in the dyke of neo-liberalism and its further crumbling to eventual destruction.
Prime Miniature Truffles took the survey result as a personal victory but the hollowness of his reality was betrayed by both his body language and bombast.

The disloyal Bestiality Bernardi was his usual graceless self, intoning that the "Yes" side shouldn't gloat and that a 38% loss wasn't that but a victory and he would win in the end.
Poorlene, Please-Explain, Hanson of the Noe Notion Party whose paucity of affection to all ethnic groups not white, Xtian and stupid is legendary was thoroughly confused with the result.  All those she rails against, Chinese, Muslims, Xtian Arabs, Asians, and Afghanis etc  tended to vote that way she did.
Oh, the irony!


Ex Premier, Christine "Eddies Gel" Keneally has rattled the net in the Bennelong by-election taking ruling rabble dual citizen, Backhander Alexander to deuce in the first week of the campaign. Ruling rabble first serves have started down in the clay but might become ineptly unproductive as their constant chipping on the Obied factor could just draw his over remunerated worker with the shocking memory, Uncle Arfah Sinodinas into the unwanted glare of public view again.

You couldn't make this stuff up, could you?
Pics are from the Nutcracker.

Hoo-roo Petals,
Shane


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Teaching Ravens to Fly Underwater.

G'day Petals,

I was watching "Insiders" last week (5-11-17) and observing panellist Geriatric Gargoyle Henderson of the Sydney Geriatric Institute's school-boyish mumblings, floor searchings and hand-wringing attempts at every oblique reference, straw man, selective observation and misrepresentation to avoid facing the obvious fact that the ruling rabble he supports is now a terminal shambles. 
He provided at least, much benign amusement to journalists Laura Tingle and Mark Kenny and also to host Barrie Cassidy in the process.
Then, on the same program another ruling rabble apparatchik Kelly, Shadduppa-ya-Face O' Dwyer whose predictable rote practise of spitting forth her unblinking, flat-earth, loud, "in-your-face" refutations of any question put was again confidently performed.
Shadduppa-ya-Face is such an assured liar that I really think she thinks she almost believes what she says.

As both the Geriatric Gargoyle and Shadduppa-Ya-Face live in the parallel universe manufactured by the IPA and promulgated by The Ugly American, Murdoch's media, it's no wonder you cannot but draw reference to other forms of satire and it occurred to me there was not only a similarity in this Insiders program's content with both of these ruling rabble "guest's" comments but also a curious relevance to a Peter Cook and Dudley Moore "interview" about "Teaching Ravens to Fly Underwater."
Five minutes into the "interview" Moore, as Interviewer asks Cook as Interviewee who had spent some twenty years in his activity:

"Have you ever managed, in all your years, to teach a Raven to fly underwater?"
"Err...... no!"
"Then you could say that your whole life has been a miserable failure."
"Err.... yes..... you could  say that."


Having "gone-to-ground" in the vastness of Western Australia apparently to avoid compounding her less than sound rationale for the mangled AFP  witch-hunt of Willie Shortstuff, serial parliamentary liar The Harpy, Cash popped up at an industry talk-fest with that well known Aussie car-maker, BMW extolling the virtues of the manufacturing business. Hmmm... pity about the thousands of jobs in manufacturing her ruling rabble associates have recently destroyed at both Holden and Ford.
Ruling rabble apparatchik Nola, Madam Lash Marino has discovered she's ineligible to sit in parliament at the same time as ex tennis player, Backhander Alexander also revealed that after five months cogitation that he's also an illegal member due to citizenship malfeasance.
Bingo... minority government!  And irony of ironies, on the same day Gough Whitlam was sacked by the Governor General in 1975.
This Governor General though, is taking a lead from Harpy Cash and is nowhere to be seen or heard, lest he not only play his role in dealing with so much unlawful constitutional activity promulgated but being ignored by the ruling rabble but also brooking the anger of his conservative fan base in working to prorogue an unworkable parliament and calling an general election!


Rumour has it that IPA apparatchik, Gorgon Downer is being touted as a potential candidate for the SA seat of Mayo...and even though, the incumbent has fallen foul of citizenship sloppiness too, this "challenge" must provide her some wry amusement.
Downer presents as seemingly imbued with all the simpering personality of a stale rice pudding and with an intellectual acuity to match. Master of the bleeding obvious but a mediocre practitioner of Straw-Man argument, (an IPA favourite.. must remember to send them a new bale for xmas) Gorgon has during her frequent but boringly lacklustre TV outings given every appearance of not only enjoying but celebrating the most banal of ideas. This scion is probably being touted as either a continuation of a tired family political dynasty of utter mediocrity or as a sop to ruling rabble faction ploys.
Psst.. her father was once a ruling rabble, mesh stocking wearing, opposition leader (haw, nudge, nudge, haw, haw) but one gaffe too many (making light of domestic violence), saw him eventually removed to London as High Commissioner where his faux accent better suits this expensive but mostly ceremonial sinecure.

And then there was ANNE!  Henderson, that is. A fiercely in-your-face talk down, over, through, brooking no facts to counter to the "truths" of her fantastical right wing polemic! Golly, no wonder the Gargoyle of the Sydney Geriatric Institute looks so trodden ... dinner conversation must be interestingly mono-directional !

Well the ruling rabble is now a definite shambles, terminal and all but destroyed but in its hubristic arrogance is refusing to lie down....  perhaps they're teaching Ravens to fly underwater.
Hoo-roo Possums,
Shane.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Oh, the Schadenfreude...

Shane all ends up
Shane all ends up
G'day Possums,
The pics today are from France and may reflect our current national state.

High stench from  the High Court...as Barnyard Joyce is dumped as a dual citizen and has to front a bye-election; his deputy, Princess Fiona of Nash is outed too which is causing some real friction within ruling rabble coalition ranks but not as much as the now ex-Kiwi.  Apparently he's still using RAAF aircraft at taxpayer expense (as a common citizen) to ferry him around with his electioneering.
Although,  just when all looked bleak, a little ray of sunshine lights the firmament as  Mal-Addled Roberts of Noe Notion hilarity has been told as well that his "feeling" of being an Aussie is trumped by empirical evidence and he joins his senior adviser in the unemployment queue ...though not on the same rape charges.
 
Oradour sur Glane
Oradour sur Glane
I was a little more than surprised at some journalists defence of The Harpy, Cash's innocence at her lies x 6 to senate estimates... because she looked.... convincing.
This woman has form in the lying stakes and knows that 80% of the media will give her a free ride, hence her insouciance.
It also turns out that that all the raiders of the AWU offices were not plods!  Will we ever find out... as they refused to identify themselves? Even ASIO identify themselves when rounding up suspected terrorists. 
Democracy in action,  Cash style!
The tide might just be turning as the shambles that this ruling rabble has been since 2013 election is now being commented on by mainstream press more frequently
Goodness, gracious me... Is this ruling rabble, the vaunted "born-to-rule," "natural-economic-managers," "creme-de-la-creme" who can't even fill out their paper work?
President of the Senate "Stevie Wonder" Parry has stepped down as he's a Brit, too!  Not that this was a sudden revelation: Stevie-Boy knew back in August and confided this to other cabinet ministers but was apparently told to keep shtum!  Truffles denies prior knowledge of anything at all except that it's all Labor's fault and that he hasn't had so much fun in ages.
Poitiers
Poitiers

Replacing Stevie will be the next candidate on the ruling rabble senate ticket who lost his higher place on that ticket at last election due to the internal machinations of our favourite ruling rabble fascist, Vichy Abetz.
I'm sure they'll all get along famously down there in Tassie.... wont they, I mean they're all adults, aren't they?
Azay le Rideau
Azay le Rideau
Given that it took the Prof of Constitutional Law from Sydney Uni 3 minutes to ascertain whether Barnyard was a Kiwi; what on earth can you say about the tardiness of these ruling rabble types? Arrogant and born to rule, elitists ?
A Citizenship Audit "is too Expensive, Protracted And Inconclusive" pontificates Truffles, as the unnecessary $122 Million Voluntary Postal Survey for marriage equality begins its final week and Fictions Frydenberg whinges that the finger is now being pointed at him over his mother's Hungarian birth which he reckons is unfair because she was a refugee. Hmmm... and what about the state of the current refugees in the Manus concentration camp, Fictions?

Riding under two historically foreign flags and cheered on by Truffles and Willie Shortstuff, a motley re-enactment crew cantered down into the once Palestinian town of Beersheba to celebrate the brave charge of the 4th and 12th Australian Light Horse to overwhelm the Turkish Ottoman Empire defenders of 1917. No mention was made of the very significant contributions made in this 3rd Battle of Gaza by the British troops and New Zealand cavalry in facilitating the Light Horse's military achievement.
The mythologized version of events was that the Light Horse needed water for their horses but the truth is it was, Beer...Sheba!

...and a little ode to the tune Tannenbaum in the hope of spreading a portion of  early xmas cheer....to the ruling rabble.

Oh, shadenfreude, oh schadenfreude
Your time is come to mock them all.
Their hubris worn with such disdain
To all and sundry regaled in pain
Oh schadenfreude, Oh schadenfreude
Their antics wasteful must surely cease.

Hoo-roo, Petals,
Shane

Thursday, 26 October 2017

From the Sublime to ....



Shane the Concert-Goer
Shane the Concert-Goer

G'day Possums,


Mrs Wombat and I were gifted concert tickets for Richard Tognetti's Australian Chamber Orchestra performance last night.
What a cracking lot of musos.. bouncing around, working off each other with impeccable timing and making things heard many times before, alive and refreshing in a programme including....


Olli Mustonen's Nonet No2, a sonorous lyrical piece  repeatedly asking the same question till dancing to a resolution...

Beethoven's Grosse Fugue, Op.113  just, WOW! Wholly contemporary music composed in 1825 ....

Shostakovich's Prelude and Scherzo, Op.11 edgily Soviet constructivist but  emotional and full of drama...

and

P.I.Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Op 70 happily transposing Russian folk idiom to a sunnier clime with a cracking finish.

A glorious night of superbly played music, thank you, Wombat gels!
 
Lawrence Winder: Still-Life

Well that was the sublime... now to our ridiculous ruling rabble;  that mongrel cabal that a/ : "...couldn't get a root in a brothel", and b/: "couldn't sell a meat tray in a Pub raffle" which is showing increasing signs that the "Kangaroos are loose in the top paddock".
Where to start with this hysterically funny (if it wasn't so serious for the nation) week of own goals, mis-steps and plain poor administration.

Lawrence Winder: Still-Life

In the week when the very last cars were manufactured in Australia, the Ruling Rabble who obliterated these thousands of jobs (when there is one position for every seventeen unemployed) and who might well have been advised to keep their heads down and look competent for once doing nothing, decided to announce after 5 years of allegedly being in charge that they now had what could pass for, in a darkened room, an energy policy.
Tossing aside two years work and the advice of the Chief Scientist and instead approving the month old new panel of "experts" who effectively said, Coal is OK, gas is good, Pumped Hydro (even though twenty years away) is lovely.. and re-newables ..eerrr... well I suppose we could have sixpence worth of those too, but forget a clean energy target!
Gushing with pride at their momentous achievement of a Final Solution, Environment and Energy mal-administrator, Fictions Frydenberg and Prime Miniature Truffles fanfared their brillance telling all that by 2020 we might save 50cents a day on our electricity bills now that they, in their heads had the energy market sorted.
Unfortunately it has been announced that banks are now going to pull funding from renewables as Truffles' "fix" creates market uncertainty and eventually this will mean higher not lower prices.

Defending himself against criticisms that the "...finshed earlier in 2016..." National Broadband Network he converted from fibre-optic to copper lines between two tin cans was a dud, Truffles said that in hindsight Labor had made a mistake in even thinking that Australia needed such a service when carrier pigeons were almost as efficient and The Ugly American Murdoch was happy his Foxtel cable had less competition.

The Happy-Clapper Pretend Treasurer who spouts more bullshit than the Werribee sewage farm, Scummo Morriscum agrees with the productivity commission and thinks that education and health are fragmented...and to fix them, doctors and teachers should be payed by their results. Well, well...I wonder who did that fragmentation of these public systems in the first place and will further privatising them provide a solution...?? Oh, come in spinner!!

Lawrence Winder: Still-Life

In the Vindictive Stakes (it is the racing season, after all) two candidates stand out. Michaelia The Harpy, Cash and Uncle Otto's great nephew, Eric Vichy Abetz.
Both these stables are concerned that activist filly, "Get-Up" is streets ahead of them in pace and tactics and wish to handicap this brazen filly, nobbling it's popularity with the betting public before the odds of them winning their respective saddles become any longer.
Devising a carnival of their own The Harpy (whose voice has all the mellifluousness of a thousand Sulphur Crested Cockatoos at sundown in Summer) and Vichy (who loves uniforms and thuggery) invited the Australian Federal Police to visit the Australian Workers Union offices simultaneously in both Sydney and Melbourne to peruse a form guide as to how much money the AWU bet on Get-Up and also on the opposition leader and outsider, Willie Shortstuff some 10 or 11 years ago.
Waiting to film the arrival of AFP stewards to read the form guide were the media. Now, as this carnival was supposed to be an in-house nobbling, the media being there before the wallopers sort of gave the game away, particularly as the form guide in question had already been handed to a Royal Commission years ago and its tote had added up.
So was this a replay of the AFP raid on Senator Conroy's (Labor) home for the supposed leaked track tactics material of the dud NBN back in March or was it a replay of "Ute-Gate" that got Truffles such a scratching in 2009 when his ride, Godwin Grech was found to be unsound?
Lawrence Winder: Still-Life


The track suddenly became heavy when in parliament The Harpy was asked 5 times did she or who in her stable leaked the carnival event to the media. She denied riding that day. Unfortunately one of the media blew "starters' on her by naming a senior jockey in her stable. The Harpy demurred saying she knew as much about that as she did about not putting her fourth new  million dollar +house on the parliamentary register.
The senior jockey has been banned (he was retiring any way... how convenient) but the owner so far, only mildly chagrined and the AFP Stewards: who knows what they think of being such obvious tools for such a rabble?
The Westminster Stakes will no longer be held in Australia till a new season perhaps, puts better talent and stayers on the track.
Hoo-roo Petals,
Shane.
PS: The effort to nobble Get-Up has resulted in thousands more joining its fan club and as many tens of thousands of dollars more in its kitty.

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Cretinization of Oz.


Shane picking up the pieces.
Shane picking up the pieces.
G'day Possums,

as the ruling rabble shambles increases we hear that defence secrets have been hacked over a 16 month period... "Nothing to see here......(again)" prissily spouts the Whyne and Perfect Prat of a Prefect, Pyne "It's not our fault." Then beady eyed Tudge of Robo-Debt infamy explains why an international security company managing the refugee gulags on Manus and Nauru, Serco, is the ideal entity to handle phone calls from the unemployed and welfare recipients after 1200 Australian staff were made as redundant as auto manufacturing workers.

Rabid-the-Hun, frothing at the mouth with like minded troglodytes in London droolingly mis-informs us with his cherry-picked "facts" that mitigating the effects of climate change is doing more harm than (that which doesn't really  exist) climate change itself; and further asserts, falsely that a little warming hurt no-one. It's a pity that he didn't have the information that in Australia over the past ten years, deaths due to heat have increased amongst the frail by a factor of 25 or talked with a Californian or Puerto Rican.
In another brilliant Onion-moment bon-mot and displaying the full gamut of his empathy and sensitivity for the sexually abused, Rabid quipped that although he went to a Catlic school he was never targeted for abuse...possibly because he wasn't "attractive" enough.
 
Fresias
Fresias
Australian taxpayers stupidly, are footing a bill of more than $130,000 a day to renumerate the Ruling Rabble's legion of barristers as it fights to salvage seven administrively incompetent  ministers, including Deputy Prime Miniature, Barnyard Joyce.
Apparently the final cost of paying the 24 barristers over the course of the "citizenship seven" case could end up as much as $2 million for the Snouts in the Trough. Meals on wheels downgraded, medical fees up .... privatised electricity charges going through the roof,  penalty rates for hospitality workers slashed, industry superannuation funds and other penalty rates under severe attack, further talk of the privatisation of education and now we have to pay for these incompetent federal bastards legal bills?
Fresias

Economic body’s Fiscal Monitor shows Australia’s 30-year inequality growth is similar to the US, India, China and the UK.  Last month the pretend treasurer, Scummo Morrison opined but refused to release the Treasury analysis that income inequality was not getting worse in Australia, telling his only friends, the Business Council of Australia, that they had found in specific analysis of current wage fundamentals, that Australian wages were growing slowly across most industries in the economy, and most regions of the country, so the slow growth was evenly shared. No wonder he's a "Happy-Clapper," too.
Noted minister for alternative information sources,  Wiki-Ozone-Hole Hunt has decided that Private health Insurance can be 10% cheaper for young people by foregoing  Pilates, Yoga, Bowen's Method and other alternative therapies and medicines.  Based on no cost benefit analysis nor any study of how many millennials will avail themselves of this panacea to private health fund and pharmaceutical profits, or indeed of its efficacy as a remedy, this move only furthers the monopolization effect on treatment. I'm sure that hospitality workers losing their penalty rates, some up to $6,000.00 pa, will be overjoyed at a $0.70c per week reduction in their private health insurance.  And as one well publicly re-numerated mogul from a health insurance company said, "We want to get back to the situation where at least 70% of the population have private health insurance...as they did before Gough Whitlam introduced Medicare."
Isn't it interesting how under the ruling rabble you pay twice for every single service which then becomes increasingly inferior?
Hunt therefore provides further evidence not only of the paucity of Ruling Rabble commitment to public health with another "look-over-there-moment" but also his possible interest in a board seat, post politics!

Truffle's Turnbull's short-winded energy package will be released as soon as Rabid-the-Hun approves the energy committee of cabinet dog's-dinner after clearing  major troglodyte hurdles in The National Party to the policy's release.
Dumping spurned Chief Scientist Alan Finkel's proposal for a clean energy target and instead, returning to a C19th model of electricity generation Truffles is expected to announce vintage Knitting manuals for all and more matches for the coal-fired bar-b-q. In what was supposed to sound a positive note Truffles and Fictions Frydenberg announced that there would be subsidies for turning your air conditioner down or off to which one wit commented that "... would it be acceptable as they currently didn't have an air conditioner, to buy a dud second-hand one and claim the rebate for not switching it on?" Similarly, in the Wombat's Mt Gambier Stone house which rarely exceeds 26C after days of extreme heat can we claim a subsidy for building appropriately for the climate?
Fresias

The ruling rabble were policy bereft before they achieved control and since have only been the most predictable economic, environmental and social debacle possible. And who does one blame ...? Not Labor as they persistently do but The Ugly American, Murdoch, the Biggest Miner, Rinehart and their funded IPA, particularly  its chief proselytiser John, Le Jongleur, Roskam and his bevy of ABC acolytes who continue to muddy waters and misinform at every destructive Quisling step as they lead the Ruling Rabble and nation to oblivion!
The cretinization of the nation under these anti-social, free-marketeers is almost complete but when their time is done, as it nearly is and Labor returns to power attempting to reverse these mongrels last four year's negative actions, I can already hear the self righteous wailing of the Murdoch right wing press chorus telling us again the sky is falling in because equality to them is like a crucifix is to a vampire.
Was once a great country... now perilously close to imploding.
Hoo-roo Petals,
Shane 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Trips lost in Translation.

G'day Possums,
the last fortnight has, it seems, been a little marine. 
First, a return to Point Cook and playing "Biggles" in a Tiger Moth and then later the next week Mrs Wombat and I wandered down to Geelong Art Gallery to have a look at their wonderful Fred Williams in the You-Yangs, exhibition.

The last time we saw a collection his work was five years ago and where I blogged it as http://shanewombat.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/searching-for-fred.html


Geelong

This show coincided with the Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards too, where much to my surprise and pleasure (for it's always joyful to see people maintaining their art practice) I came across the work of an acquaintance from college days, Ben Fennessy. His woodblock print "Tower Hill Inside 1 and 2"  was a powerful statement not only of an ancient land but also of its intense environment.
 
Ben Fennessygeelong acquisitive print awards,
TowerHill Inside 1 and 2
Interesting, too was Rew Hanks extraordinarly fine linocut, "The Battle of the Wills" which presented like a Victorian newspaper illustration the clash of cultures still apparent with indigenous people playing "the white-man's-games" as sadly evidenced by Adam Goodes' response to his calling out overt racism.
 
Rew Hanks, geelong acquisitive print awards
The Battle of Wills

Ben Rak's  screenprint, "No Way (safety at sea: Manus Island) points to the current bi-partisan federal hypocrisy of lauding "Aussie values" and the reality of our ongoing cruelty to asylum seekers.

Ben Rak, geelong acquisitive print awards
 "No Way (safety at sea: Manus Island)

Good works in this prize show but I must admit I found the winner of the printmaking residency a bit, too, too "Breaking Bad," conceptually and banally trite in thought.
 
Fred williams in the you-yangs, geelong acquisitive print awards
You Yangs111, 1963
The Williams show which had many print works and watercolours and gouaches as well as oil and tempera was inspiring. We returned three times, each time finding things anew and stimulating with the juxtaposition between etchings, drawings and the final result illuminating as to his process.

Fred williams in the you-yangs, geelong acquisitive print awards
You-Yangs (second series)

Illuminating too, but in a completely cynical way was Senator "Look-at-Moi, Look-at-Moi ", The Show-pony Xenephon's bailing out of the federal sphere prior to his anticipated removal by the high court.
Wishing to save the world from Adelaide by taking over state politics, this most loquacious and apparently dictatorial, proto ruling rabble apparatchik had the misfortune of having one of his selected candidates severely embarrass himself and blot his copy book by shooting really asinine selfies exposing his lack of political credibility in a wax works by molesting the dummies!
Trotted out from The Show pony's stable the twerp in question will probably have no difficulty joining a real ruling rabble after getting a suitable reference from "Slit-her-Throat" Ciobo.
Geelong Art Gallery, Fred williams in the you-yangs, geelong acquisitive print awards
Geelong Art Gallery

Asbestos Jules our peripatetic foreign minister has again been revealed looking like she's fiddling the public purse by attending the AFL grand final instead claiming that "...this internationally renowned sporting code invited me to attend to have a chat.."
Less certain of appropriate government business was her quadruple attendances at her sisters birthdays!
Express 1842

And then Craig Laundy the new owner of an $8,000,000.00 apartment is resisting having flammable cladding removed from buildings echoing his master Truffles opinion that banning the importation of these dangerous materials is scaring people.
I'm sure he meant it was scaring the developers who donate so munificently to the ruling rabble in NSW.
Truffles is allegedly "keenly aware" also of the pain and disappointment people are feeling at his "less-than-Kenya-quality" cock-up of an NBN... although I suspect that the chill breeze of incrementally losing office is really what he is experiencing ....which is not really empathy is it?

And let's finish with the hapless Kelly, Shaduppa-Yo-Face O'Dwyer's mangled attempt on 7.30 to explain why forcing industry superannuation funds to be less productive and as inefficient as private and banking ones for their members is a good thing. The Gel in question gets quite excited when union bashing... almost as much, although thankfully, not as Cockatoo strident as her colleague the Harpy Cash.

Hoo-roo Petals,
Shane

PS  A person some think of as a troll on FB sent me this after he said I should publish something he wrote.. well here ya go... Brian Sanaghan Yeh...You do that...make sure it's about me...  You know one thing I've learnt in politics pilgrim. .Get the narcissists to write shit about me...then let your readers decide to vote for me because they hate you so much...Now..Go ahead...make my day...lol


Tiger Moth
....playing Biggles.





Thursday, 28 September 2017

Rape and Pillage



G'day Possums,

Mrs Wombat and I went on a little amble t'other day.  
After staying with friends near Benalla we meandered up to Chiltern and on to Goulburn, perusing The Big Merino "Rambo", a magnificently haughty specimen and then diverted to the Illawarra Highway, travelling through a very colonial Englishness of Exeter with its delightfully understated 1895 Art Nouveau St Aidens Anglican church, to Sutton Forest and then on to Kiama.
The Big Merino "Rambo"
The Big Merino "Rambo"


We  returned via the M1, taking in the beautiful Pacific coast with its multiple secluded inlets and dramatic landscapes south of Narooma, the beautiful country of Tilba Tilba conversing there with some of the delightful and self proclaimed notorious, "Tilba Tappers" to an excellent lunch at the Tathra  wharf.


Back into Victoria, Cape Conran and the Snowy River estuary at Orbost were highlights and after a stay in Bairnsdale, returned to the home burrow.
 Snowy River estuary at Orbost
 Snowy River estuary at Orbost
So why the title, Rape and Pillage following such a visually stunning trip?
Well, the pillage could in some fashion be explained by the road-kill carnage seen in this 1400 km trip: 22 Wombat, 2 Echidna and dozens of Wallaby and Kangaroo carcasses littering the road side, particularly in the NSW region. The rape? There was a small cove/beach near Kiama that had once been full of shell middens until the arrival of the colonists who denuded the area of its flora, built a wharf to transport stone quarried further inland to Sydney and generally laid waste to an Indigenous culture of a beautifully balanced environment, food sources and shelter material. This experience was sadly, seen repeated a number of times in other places.
Turingal Point ,near Tathra
Turingal Point, near Tathra

Reflecting on this, it seems that our "national culture" was "set" back in the 1790's.
We have a lamentable world record for the extinction of mammals, we are still (in Deep North, Queensland) clear felling/stripping bush for cattle farms, over-logging marginal forest with endangered species (in The Tardis State of Victoria) and polluting bays and rivers nation-wide with run-off from roads, farm fertilizers, and coal mines and sewage.
Tathra Wharf
Water theft by large irrigation companies is aided and abetted by our apology of a deputy prime minister / water minister the New Zealander, Barnyard Joyce and today I listened to the faux environment minister, Fictions Frydenberg, prevaricating on re-newable energy in order to kow-tow to fossil fuel companies and abnegate responsibility for the nation's gas supply and allow "fracking" to destroy more farmland and pollute the water table in the worlds driest continent instead of developing a viable and sustainable energy policy.
Unfortunately I didn't vote for Santos, AGL, Alinta or Ergon et al, to run this country, so I don't know why this present Ruling Rabble thinks that sucking from the taxpayer teat qualifies them to not lead the nation but blithely follow multi-national business' profit plans to the country's environmental, economic detriment and eventual demise.
Kiama

Interestingly, during the trip, similar attitudes popped up in conversation with other travellers or locals... none of them happy with the manner in which this place is being allegedly governed. I would have expected in rural towns more conservative attitudes to be expressed but the opposite was the case. It was the same with shop-keepers as it was with the person on the street. Once, during a picnic lunch at Holbrook in a conversation with a Adelaide couple, a person nearby joined in to agree politically, with what we were saying, so it seems that our famed reticence not to publicly and openly discuss politics is being eroded by the sheer continuing incompetence of the Ruling Rabble and its ad hoc administration. Even a middle class couple from Victoria's Blue Ribbon bay-side opined that we're no longer in a good place and were thoughtfully amused at my fantasy suggestion of the woman converting the tip of her walking pole into an elimination device of the corrupt Reboxetine Robb who has "Quislinged" the nation to the Chinese.

Murulan

Great Uncle Otto's boy, Eric, Vichy Abetz has again provided ample evidence not only of the Ruling Rabble's abject hypocrisy but also their legislative confusion: a front-runner of the push to have section 18C wiped from the statute books as he thought it limited free speech, Vichy has called for the banning of some Septic-Tank Rapper singing an "equal love" rap song at the NRL Grand Final entertainment. It seems that personal religious kant and the divisiveness of deeply ingrained homophobia trumps policy.... and community!
No wonder people will publicly query the proficiency, stability and veracity of this rabble or for that matter given the constant ranting of failed Ruling Rabble prime miniature, Rabid-the-Hun, its sanity, too.
Hoo-roo, Petals,
Shane.
St Aidens, Exeter, NSW
St Aidens, Exeter, NSW

Friday, 15 September 2017

Cashed Out on Ethics

Shane making a Wreath
Shane making a Wreath

G'day all,
That screaming Harpy, Michaelia Cash whose acidic tones are IMHO worse than a thousand Sulphur Crested Cockatoos on a Summer's eve, has been temporarily silenced following her Orwellian praise of the resigning  Australian Building and Construction Commission's boss, Nigel Hadgkiss: "The government thanks Mr Hadgkiss for his service and wishes him well in his future endeavours," The Harpy screeched. "Mr Hadgkiss has played a pivotal role in restoring the rule of law to Australia's building and construction industry, despite relentless opposition and appalling intimidation from lawless construction unions and their political supporters."
Hadgkiss has stepped down because the court found him to be breaching workplace law by mis-informing unions of the appropriate law and, by acting out the wrong news commentary instead of following the Ruling Rabble's legislation, its amendments and acting on his staff's warnings, getting "the vibe" wrong...(his  words, ffs), something The Screaming Harpy was aware of for at least the prior 12 months. So, like watching someone drowning and only effecting their rescue after 10  minutes under water ,The Harpy Cash waited until the obvious was proven in court. Which is somewhat similar to his tardiness and her earlier failure to "remember" to add her new multimillion dollar home to her parliamentary pecuniary interest register.
And remember Petals, it's the unions who are corrupt. 
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These days it's getting difficult to find any of the Ruling Rabble who aren't  besmirched with the taint of corruption and who seemingly can't act either ethically or in the nation's interest rather than their own. 
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Barnyard Joyce, facing disqualification from parliament by virtue of his NZ citizenship refuses to step down as deputy prime miniature or from parliament as do four others in the same boat. He is also under the hammer for the Murray-Darling water rorts.
"Flappy-Head" Robert, he of  "it's-a-fake-Rolex-not-a-genuine-Chinese-bribe-type-one" infamy, is now under investigation for being a director of  a company receiving government contracts (worth some $32,000,000.00) whilst a minister in the Ruling Rabble with a portfolio conflict relevant to his business interests. "Oh, my dad's the director not me". Pity, dad didn't know that! 
Another Deep Northerner, Thug Canavan blamed his mum for his dual citizenship.... he was only 25 at the time.... and she didn't tell him.
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The garrulous Greek from Adelaide, Nick (god-I'm-brilliant) Xenephon passes legislation giving away the rest of the Australian media to the Ugly American Murdoch whilst still a dual national and technically, probably not allowed to sit in parliament let alone legislate dud deals.  Parroting the Mis-communication minister, Fifi Fifield, that  this was not  going diminish media diversity but enhance it, Garrulous Nick celebrated his allocating $60,000,000.00 to local papers already owned by Murdoch to employ more intern journo's to further promulgate the Ugly American's right wing rubbish.
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This is I suppose being consistent with current Ruling Rabble philosophy as "Clean Coal " is coming to the fore again with the Ruling Rabble digging themselves an ever bigger coal hole in the economy and the country's climate future.... our national debt being now over $500,000,000,000.00... but this is "good debt" not "bad debt' like the $34 Billion of Labor debt from four years ago.
What is it that's awry with the moral compass and ethical nature of these ruling rabble types who can't seem to understand that corruption and conflict of interest is not part of their remit?
Hoo-roo Possums,
Shane