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

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Fringe and other follies

G'day Possums
 Mrs Wombat and self have had a amble around the Ballarat International Foto  Biennale t'other day.
I didn't exhibit with "the Fringe" this time, wrongly assuming that the venue I had previously used having changed hands, was no longer available.
The original director of the biennale has stepped down and a new regime is in place so there was quite a difference in the emphasis of "the Core" program  that was refreshing,  particularly the works from Iran, Jordan, South Africa and Cambodia which expressed a different nuance of thinking and seeing.
The exhibition "Tell" at the Mining Exchange  featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists also showed different sensibilities and humour in their varied and expressive works.
I have with the past Biennales tried to cover all of the "Fringe" exhibits but this time both of us, frankly, were quite disappointed in a lot of the stuff exhibited and have opted this year to show just three examples and mention some others.... and we did not get to see all of the exhibits in two days viewing, perhaps only 50% of them.
Fairbanks Eye Gallery at 917 Sturt St  had three of what we considered  the best of the exhibits, Elaine Batton's "Vanitas Revisited", Ollie T Cool's "Un-Broken" and Silvi Glattauer's "La Puna Argentina".
Elaine Batton's "Vanitas Revisited"
Influenced by C17th Dutch painters and exploring the notion of "Vanitas" or our attempts to avoid the impermanence of life by vainly accumulating wealth and musing on death by the symbolic decay of flowers, Elaine Batton's works are rich in their density and beautifully printed and presented.. look for her delightful book, too.
Ollie T Cool's "Un-Broken"

Richly embalmed in wax and gold and preserved in ice,  Ollie T Cool's insects and animals are fragile emanations of life on the edge of decay. "Un-broken" presents another version of vanitas as the encapsulated subject matter becomes exquisite specimen.
"La Puna Argentina" are large beautifully printed landscapes from a blanched, arid volcanic desert area bordered by both Chile and Argentina. Surprisingly colourful in their virtual monotonality, Silvi Glattauers works breathe the monumentality of the huge space and evoke our human insignificance in such places.
Now for something completely different... if Wendy Beatty's "(Landscapes) 1.1" at Bar Wat, 32 Drummond St North Ballarat had been presented for exhibition 30 years ago I dare say she would have told to go away and learn the proper techniques of negative care, printing, enlarger handling and print spotting. These large distressed "arte-povera," traditionally processed, black and white landscapes prints are still impressive in their ( I suspect), tongue-in-cheek, single finger salute to the  exquisite perfection of computer aided digital contemporary photography.  Well worth a look.

Also worth getting to see but not photographed is Chris Sheils' "Time is an Illusion" at Art House Gallery City Centre Arcade, (Shop 6) 315-317 Sturt St Ballarat. redolent of the traditional  photographic forms of American, Jerry Uelsmann,  these works present an almost dystopian amalgamation of  disparate places in complex dreamlike detail.
...and a couple of mine from wandering the streets of Ballarat on those days...


Wombat Droppings  today are brief .
In signs that privatisation has been shown, as many of us suspected, to be the wrong path to travel down, Prime Miniature Truffles Turdball has announced what is probably only another thought-bubble: he wants to buy back a privatised Coal-fired power station and spend $50,000,000.00 shoring up the energy systems they have spent years selling off instead of devising a creative and forward thinking energy policy that would advantage Australia not just foreign capital.
On top of this insanity it also looks like the deregulation of the building industry is producing what could only be expected: shonky materials, dangerous buildings, Byzantine codes that no-one follows, rampant greed and no-one to take responsibility when the shit hits the fan.
And Dick Smith is being a real Dick, swiping away at the ABC 'cause they wont play his Noe Notion tune about population growth... it seems he wants to do to it what he did to aviation....
Let's hear it for unfettered capitalism, Petals.
Hoo-roo,

Shane.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

..... singing the Internationale?


G'day Possums,
it's nearly Spring.....







Faux Finance Minister, Matty Horse-Shite Cormann whose second language is English and third economics, has painted a desperate doomsday scenario of Australia under a Willie  Shortstuff  Labor regime, claiming that he is "cocky" and relying on the politics of envy to propel him to the Prime Minister's Lodge as people forget the failures of, "shock-horror", that word which should never be uttered:  socialism. 

Ludicrously likening the Labor party to a East German Stasi cabaret, The Cuban's Beuna Vista Social Club, and St Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet, Horse-Shite, in a mixed language rant to Father Gerard's Sydney Geriatric Institute, claimed that by being socialist  and not giving tax breaks to big business, curbing excessive executive payouts and paying fair wages there will be a terrible brake on "aspiration" in Oz and the entertainment of widening class division!
Also, conveniently ignoring not only Australia's faltering economy, increasing debt and rampant Ruling Rabble corruption, this salient member of the Lying Nasty Papists, in reprising the "Reds-Under-The-Bed" scenario from the 50's also avoids  mentions of  the economies of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark who are highly successful social democracies.
He prophesied that our most innovative  entrepreneurs with imagination and creativity will  flee the country to their Cayman Island tax havens leaving the light on thus causing all those renting these refugees negatively geared properties on their reduced wages without penalty rates not to be able to afford the rising electricity bill, smashed avocado and forced to eat cat food in lieu of real mince.
Disaster!
Seeming never in his life to have had a job other than one sucking off the public teat, this neo-fascist Belgian expat is well qualified to be concerned about the politics of envy, cigar smoking and the dismal failure of neo-con theory as his Lying Nasty Papist cabal fails to govern effectively; and because of its policy bereft status is even being pilloried by those whom you might think, at other times, would be supporters.

A perfect storm is brewing too, as the eligibility crisis, the stupidly divisive marriage equality postal vote  and Pell-Pot's historical child abuse case all head for judgment in October and there seems to be a drip feed of damaging historical malfunctions like Rabid-the-Hun's alcoholic stupor and sleeping through important votes in parliament and the potentially internecine stoushes between the LNP and the Nats to make the ruling rabble a total shambles.



Nationals deep-north senator Matty, Thug Canavan and Noe Notion senator Mal-Addled Roberts have changed their tune on key details of their citizenship status, as the High Court begins hearings on a case providing ample evidence of the honesty, ethics and integrity of ruling rabble and its affiliates. Happy to lie to the people they say they represent Thug Canavan has conceded to the court that he has been an Italian citizen since he was 2 - when he previously blamed a 2006 application on his mother - and Mal-Addled appeared ( I say "appeared" as his empirical evidence enunciations are always in a deep-north dialect quite foreign to the rest of the country) to admit that he had not filled in his British citizenship renunciation documents until after he was elected, to which, there was weeping and gnashing of teeth by 77 sack-clothed and ashed deep-north voters. 

Some of Australia's most senior politicians have been caught out not declaring a free pay television subscription worth up to $1,600 a year. No wonder The Ugly American, Murdoch needed another, no strings, $30,000,000.00 of taxpayers money to play with.  He will also be having stern words with his son who lackadaisically  has been gazumped again, this time by CBS flying under his radar to buy Channel 10, thereby stalling The Ugly American's ambition of having almost total control of Australia's media.
"So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race".

Hoo-roo comrades,

Shane

Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Greatest Show on Earth

Shane as a Clown

G'day Possums,

 I finished last weeks rant with a list of what was ailing us nationally and  this : "... all of which strongly indicates that this nation is falling apart under this ruling rabble..." only to then observe a week where  the rule of law, ethical behaviour and convention have all been sacrificed on the altar of political survival; the stench of corruption growing ever stronger and a whole lot of clowns coming out to play.



First there were the two Greens senators tripped up by accidents of birth who then do the right thing and step down only to be followed in the dual citizenship maze of Sect. #44 of the constitution by the National's Matty Hayseed Canavan who steps out of cabinet but not from government because rules aren't meant for the ruling rabble to adhere to. Blunting the petty diatribes of Nat's leader Barnyard Joyce whilst simultaneously demonstrating his hypocrisy when he said of the Greens that "...the law is black and white..." deputy PM Barnyard has then to embarrassingly announce to the house that he too has dual nationality but also wont be stepping aside to leave the ruling rabble literally with a "hung" parliament. On top of Barnyard's vindictive swipe at the Greens for being sloppy in their management, the Nationals have further to announce that their deputy leader, Princess Fiona of Nash is a dual citizen as well  but she hasn't the ethics to step down either, which, given her troubles in ruling rabble Mk#1 as assistant health minister and her employment of dodgy lobbyists inimical to her portfolio, isn't really surprising.
Le Havre

Before  Princess Fiona's admission there was senator Mal-Addled Roberts of the Deep North, Noe Notion Mob who was finally provided with the empirical evidence he so loves which proved he was actually British even though he "felt" Australian and didn't see the need to step aside either and carried on to such an extent that  W.S.Gilbert could have penned this for Mal-Addled.... "I hold that there is no such antick fellow as your bombastical hero who doth so earnestly spout forth his folly as to make his hearers believe that he is unconscious of all incongruity."
Neither did Nick "Hades" Xenephon feel any twinge of convention to go out of parliament when he fessed-up to being a Cypriot and oddly, British but then he sides with the ruling rabble so often that cretin might be a more appropriate label.
Thrown into the fray to provide "look-over-there" distractions, Jules Asbestos Bishop kept the opposition benches in stitches and New Zealand feeling superior with her ludicrous ranting "gun-boat" diplomatic skills... only proving 1/  that when you're in a hole it's probably best to stop digging and, 2/  that the ruling rabble are just that...a rabble.
Sect. #44 may well get a different High Court workout with the business dealings of Deep North ex-copper Senator  Big Bazza O'Sullivan whose family company has had about $2.5 Mill worth of Govt contracts go its way requiring scrutiny but with this on top of his 49 negatively geared properties there's probably nuthin-to-see-'ere! Is there?   Nahh, sweet...nahh !
We end this epistle Petals, on a religious note. Catlic Bishop Hart of Melbourne (all hart and no empathy) has told the RC into child abuse that priests will not divulge to police, child abuse evidence told to them in the confessional. Hmm... Shades of Henry 2nd of England...how medieval.
Watts Chapel, Compton.
Watts Chapel, Compton.

And we can't not record the Noe Notion Leader, the Red Terror of the Deep North, Appalling Hanson fronting the senate in a Burqa as the final circus act of the week. Always her incoherent best, it is really a pity that the Red Terror wouldn't wear the same garment down the streets of her rancid supporters in Ipswich and experience the hate she promulgates!
Bookshelves Brandis for once sounded genuinely statesman-like in his criticism of her racist stupidity but unfortunately many of his ruling rabble colleagues failed to join with the spontaneous applause from the opposition and cross benches thereby indicating their equivocation and lack of moral fibre.
The slope looks decidedly a lot more slippery.
Hoo-roo Petals,
Shane.
Watts Chapel, Compton.
Watts Chapel

Friday, 11 August 2017

How low can they go?




G'day Possums,
 today some pics from the RAAF Museum at Point Cook where we, Mrs Wombat, daughters and son-in-law repaired to after a scheduled gift flight in a Tiger Moth was cancelled due to inclement weather.




Golly, the Ruling Rabble are not only just office boys to the IPA. Now, with Tardis State opposition leader Matty What's-a-Green-wedge Guy, they are also foot soldiers for the Mafia mob.
Tiger Moth Point Cook

Having supped the cray and sipped the Grange with what Vicpol term "a senior mafia figure" who's been banned from racecourses and the casino, Matty has spent three days refining his account of not really knowing or wanting to take election funds in discreet amounts to dodge electoral law from the Dodgy Bros and after sacking his too locquacious staffer organizing the deal has referred himself to IBAC for absolution. Given that this body, due to when the ruling rabble were messing the state up, had over-watered the plant turning it into a toothless tiger, the ploy is just a cynical bit of window dressing attempting to avoid the obvious. 
Matty, like your party, you're bent: and if you think you can continue to run a Laura Norder election you will look more like a character from Komedy Kapers than a seriously valid candidate for premier.
Avro 504, Point Cook
Interestingly, the mobster with the lobster is the same Maddaferi who was allowed into the country by the then immigration minister Mandy, Il Patrone Vanstone back in 2005 on "humanitarian" grounds. Noted, not only for his alleged involvement in murders, drug running and stand-over tactics he apparently was also a generous donor to a ruling rabble slush fund called "The Millenium Foundation."
Now, if you're taking money from the Dodgy Bros what are you giving in return?
How low can the ruling rabble go?
Supermarine Walrus

Pretty low actually ..... federally, they have instigated a non binding, voluntary postal survey that is going to cost $122,000,000.00 ( where's a budget emergency when you need it?) so that those not the least bit interested in marriage equality will have a say in who can and can't, rather than the parliament doing what it's paid to do and voting on it, because the ruling rabble are hopelessly enmeshed in internecine factional warfare.
As the rules pertaining to elections will not apply, open slather has been accorded to the haters, trolls, homophobes and other narrow minded fundamentalists to spew forth without fear of litigation.
First cab off the rank rank was the alleged xtian, Lyle, Sleaze-Mind Shelton who was fairly drooling over the opportunity to vent his putrid medieval religiosity on a national stage. He was backed up by failed priest, and failed Prime Minister Tony, Rabid-the-Hun Abbott who was overjoyed at being able to conflate freedom of expression, political correctness, safe schools, and marriage equality into his negative and venomous three word slogans of bilious hate. He was following by Bronny Kero/Chopper Bishop (she who should be but is not, dead yet) alerting us to the real dangers being faced by cats, dogs, horses, sheep and possibly Kangaroos, and hades forbid, Wombats if the vote is "Yes" .
This shonky postal vote is just another weapon in the arsenal of dissension fostered by the right-wing to obscure their real agenda: capitalist domination.
 
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Adding to this little distraction are a swag of other improbity:  the rampant corruption surrounding the National's leader Barnyard Joyce's Murray-Darling water theft, the stinking mess of dishonest EPA officials and their response to re-cycling practices, ministers being paid monies by firms they are going to work for when they leave parliament, before they leave parliament, corruption from the top in our nascent SS, the Border Farce, the failure of some parliamentarians to rescind dual citizenship and then ignoring convention and not stepping down, more blood on ruling rabble hands from the concentration camp on Manus Island, banks aiding and abetting the illegal transactions of criminals and terrorist groups and the ongoing rorting of parliamentary entitlements... all of which strongly indicates that this nation is falling apart under this ruling rabble and Truffles then has the temerity to tell us he's a strong leader!
Perhaps he was referring to his odour?
Hoo-roo Petals

Shane
...and a horse on a skate board with a pupil makes as much sense, too.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Basket Case or Train Wreck?


G'day Possums,
It's been a week of nasty surprises, mostly at the expense of our hideously incompetent Ruling Rabble.

So is it a train wreck or a basket case?


Pics are old rolling stock at Trentham Station.




In an attempt to counter a real societal issue that Labor is now effectively exploiting, the Ruling Rabble's amateur treasurer, Scummo Morrison boldly declared that, "Inequality is improving." This Orwellian summation was followed a couple of days later by prime miniature Truffles Turnbull telling West Australia's media that they "...were living in a parallel universe"  and that their reporting of public anger at the state being "dudded" by the federal Ruling Rabble in its share of tax revenue was, "fake news." Considering that after this, in the Un-united States, the full transcript of Truffle's first phone conversation with the recently elected "Pussy-Grabber," Trump has been leaked and has provided evidence that "Fake- News" is in fact, Truffles' stock in hand in dealing with his own electorate, no wonder he's comfortable with the phrase.

Which in its own odd way explains why the Ruling Rabble is having such conniptions over the marriage equality legislation, climate change, renewable energy, education and health care. Unable to show any imagination in progressive policy and with a default setting of "NO" to anything which is progressive, the Ruling Rabble have bedded themselves firmly in the 1950's. The rest of the nation though, has actually moved on and Truffles cabal of limited talents pathetic attempts to sound relevant can only be like his copper broadband network, fake!

Dissatisfaction  with the Ruling Rabble is rife with even their most redoubtable proselytisers kicking them in the shins. Nikki Saava in a recent article, having had a couple of piddling swipes at Willie Shortstuff , then went on to savage her own side, criticizing their constant in-fighting and inadvertently exposing their complete lack of relevance and the policy vacuum they exist in. Then there was the "interview-interruptus" of Peter van Onselen on Sky. Our gayest Ex Freedom-Man, IPA clone and member for Balaclava, Timmy the Twat Wilson was asked for his views on the infighting in his mob on the issue of marriage equality. Timmy demurred, saying he would prefer to talk about anything else. van Onselen just said, "Thank you for appearing." and cut him off!  I can't imagine the "tanty" Timmy the Twat would have thrown at being so summarily dismissed by a fellow conservative as he, as an inveterate self promoter who also sees himself as a key intellectual of the right of Oz politics loves the limelight and relishes any opportunity to rant on and on and on and on.....I suspect van Onselen with his Phd's, Masters and Professorial positions doesn't suffer fools gladly!

Annabel Crabb did a real job on failed treasurer, Eleventy Hockey when she briefly hosted 7.30 a few years back. Asking him a question which really only needed a yes or no, his response was an off the point bit of obfuscation to which she cut into saying "I'll take that as a No, then" and went straight on to the next question. He never recovered his composure.
The other side of the coin was on display the other night when Willie Shortstuff bested Hissy-Fit Sales when she trotted out her standard Ruling Rabble propaganda as a question and he replied that he didn't agree with the myths the Ruling Rabble (and inferred, she) continually peddle and answered her question but stayed in control of the interview. Not comfortable being unable to run her own agenda it seemed that Sales terminated the interview early.

We wont talk about the terrorist molehill being made into a mountain at present but suffice to say that the polls are still bad for Truffles and his Ruling Rabble but there is mileage aplenty in disrupting airline passengers with excessive security whilst not also checking baggage handlers, cleaners and kitchen staff etc.
A train wreck, I think.
Hoo-roo Petals,

Shane.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

..but Sir, the dog ate my homework....




G'day Petals,

it's been I think a watershed week of major events .. none of which auger well for Oz's future.... a future where corruption, bribery and lying will be endemic and the rule of law will only be for those administering it.
Pics are the backyard on a frosty morning.
A chink in the armour of democracy has now widened with the most incompetent health minister (voted by doctors) in 25 years and now a lying, cruel, devious and fascist non-immigration minister, Dodo Dutton being handed a single department to oversee the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Border Force and the policy functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Dodo will have the power to overturn tribunal decisions he doesn't like (which is a lot) and if anything needs investigation he will do it.
What could go wrong with that?  Consider: he thinks refugee advocates should be jailed and he's also not one to back away from incarcerating Australian citizens, too?  A tradition, you might say with ruling rabble immigration ministers going back to Mandy "Il Patrone" Vanstone who cost the taxpayer $4.5 Millions with her wrongful treatment of Vivian Solon and Cornelia Rau.
Bookshelves Brandis was nearly in tears at the "presser" announcing this "super ministry" folly, as he has had his areas of incompetence diminished, losing oversight of our spies at ASIO and the AFP; and unable to really explain why something not broken needs fixing, Prime Miniature, Truffles Turdball re-iterated his cunning survival philosophy of keeping friends close and his enemies much closer by giving Dodo enough rope to eventually hang himself.


The subtext of this is that "Immigration" is now called "Border Protection"  and fear of the Outside and Other, now has it's own department called "Homeland Security".
Orwell would love it and Kafka would appreciate its participants.


A FOI search for the documentation of the $30.000,000.00 "gift" to Foxtel,  allegedly for the promotion of women's sport has found that no documentation exists. Yep, Nought, Nada, zip, Ingen, Puudub, Hi, Aucun, gornit, Ninguna, Egyik sem, Keiner, Nessuna, Dim!
Fi-fi Fifield, the Minister, irresponsible, has refused to be interviewed on the interesting topic of the judicious and transparent use of public money and  also, 1/ Why was it given to a private Ugly-American-Murdoch media body? 2/ What if any were the particular obligations attached to the gift? 3/ Why wasn't it put out to tender? 4/ Why was the cash-strapped ABC not given the taxpayer's money? And finally, 5/ where was Arfah, Da Spv Sinodinas and his brown paper bag when all this was taking place?
Bribery and corruption?
Ahh.... it's what the ruling rabble seem to do best and just about the only thing we can rely on them for!
But gifts to Foxtel are small beer when you can rip-off the public to the tune of $13 Billion.
It is strongly alleged that two major cotton growers are being aided and abetted by the ruling rabble State Government of  NSW and its bureaucrats to steal environmental water in the Murray-Darling basin. We say alleged but there was nothing alleged in the phone message of one bureaucrat's phone call to a lobbyist telling him that he could provide "de-badged" government documents on sensitive water decisions and nothing alleged about the film of high powered pumps working over a river with low levels or the film of a couple of the protagonists attempting to bullshit their way out of their carving up crown land for their private use.
Barnyard Joyce, minister allegedly responsible ( and this is a REAL allegation, that he's a responsible minister) went into hiding and pushed out his deputy to obfuscate a response. But to be fair to Barnyard, he did have a bit on his plate, with his boof-headed side-kick, Matty Mumbles Canavan resigning from cabinet for discovering his dual citizenship.
Notice: not resigning from parliament like the two Greens who recently found a similar fault in their senate candidature status (and pettily and roundly castigated by Truffles as "being sloppy") but only from cabinet where he explained that, in lieu of blaming Labor for his situation, it was his mother's fault!  ( She may have voted Labor back in the 70's) When she decided to become an Italian and signed him up too...and didn't, at age 25, tell him!

Anyone outside Oz, reading the above:  all this is absolutely true!
Our ruling rabble is the most corrupt, venal, hypocritical cabal of neer-do-wells ever to pretend to govern this country, having systematically torn up the social contract, been regressive in dealing with refugees, women, environment, education, indigenous people, and human rights and now they further lower standards of parliamentary behaviour. They are the pits these IPA lickspittles!
Poor fellah, my country.
hoo-roo Possums,

Shane

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The mirror's cracked and things are askew...


 
It's Time.



G'day Petals,
most of today's pics are from areas around the route of the present southern sections of the  "Tour de France," The Tarn and Aveyron, taken some four years ago.

Border Farce Commissioner, Roaming Quisling is on leave, being investigated for possibly being a very naughty boy.
Not for the fact that Border Farce incorrectly sent 2 Australian citizens to Christmas Island or that they stuffed up the raid on Victoria, or that journalists personal details were leaked or that the "darknet" is selling Medicare details and police ID online... but into his personal behaviour...Dodo Dutton, allegedly Immigration Minister was a Queensland cop too, so... "nuffin-to-see-'ere?"
As one wit noted, "Brothers-in-Harm?"
Shades of Mandy "Il-Patrone" Vanstone's  appalling ministerial history ... malevolent echoes of the wrongful imprisonment of Cornelia Rau and Vivian Solon. Ms Solon, also an Australian citizen, was wrongly deported to the Philippines in 2001 because immigration officials believed she was an illegal immigrant.
She was later compensated to the tune of $4.5 million.
But Mandy "Il Patrone" still gets to regularly proselytise her right wing political banalities on TV, radio and in the press.
 
The Devil, Death and Eve, Moissac.
Without any irony, a Brit  right-wing think-tank, the Policy Exchange, awarded Truffles Turdball their "Disraeli Prize"  for "...maintaining Australia’s non-discriminatory immigration program..."
Hmmm... that's gotta be up there in relevance to the environmental award to Ozone Hole Hunt!
Chairman of the Ruling Rabble's Climate and Energy Committee, Craig, Kok-Up Kelly announced that renewable energy costs will kill old people because they will not be able to afford to heat themselves this winter. "People will die".. he said, and should have added that, "...their deaths will have nothing to do with our cutting  the pensioners energy supplement," which was put in place by Labor to compensate for the carbon tax.
 
Church, Oradour-sur-Glane
In a moment of genuine humour, failed politician and ex prime-miniature, Tony Rabid-the-Hun, Abbott said after his latest fantastical and egotistical outburst to a small band supporters in what looked to be a beer-hall  that: “The last thing I want to do is be difficult.”
Dominatrix, Bloody Idiot Credlin was in furious support of her best client agreeing; and as the Madam of allegedly the best political brothel in Canberra, also provided sorely needed relief to host, Blot-on-the-Landscape, Bolt by describing (accurately for once), the Ruling Rabble as: “little men with soft, soft backbones, no ticker, no heart and no soul”..... and I don't really think she meant their souls!
Irritated by this dissension taking HIS coal powered limelight in denying climate change and that renewables actually work, Fictions Frydenberg plopped in to observe that Rabid's chewing on Truffles is only going to result in Willy Shortstuff coming out the other end first!
Geez... always blaming Labor!
 
Oradour-sur-Glane
On a positive note, Philip Morris in losing its case has been billed the full cost ( $25 -50 Millions) of their appeal against the plain packaging legislation brought in by then health minister in the Gillard Government, Nicola Roxon which, since implementation, has resulted in dramatic falls in smoker uptake particularly amongst the young and teenagers.

St Cecile's, Albi

Another "own goal" costing business "bigly" by Le Jongleur Roskam's IPA who arguing against the public health interest pushed this appeal.  Geez... they're really bright these Coots-With-Queer-Ideas-From-a-Parallel-Universe: with friends like that, who'd need enemies?
Hoo-roo, Possums

Shane

Mother and Young.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

It tolls for thee....

Shane Wincing
Shane Wincing
G'day Petals,
A  Ms York, Liarbril delegate has said, "....would assume that special needs people would naturally gravitate towards Labor and I know that that's not true" telling the party's federal council that how-to-vote pamphlets should continue to be distributed at polling booths for people with low IQ's, as "they don't all vote Labor". Speaking against a motion to stop the distribution of how-to-vote material at electoral booths, she also said it was important to keep the papers with photographs "for elderly people, for people with low IQ, they don't all vote Labor".
 Proving once again that there's nothing like a misplaced sense of entitlement and superiority to accurately define ones attitude to society and that conservatives are not very bright.
Oohh.. a ruling rabble minion feeling the heat of impending climate doom?
Don Harwin, the energy minister of the NSW Coalition government, has made a dramatic departure from the bulk of his state and federal colleagues by declaring that it was time to move on from the notion of “baseload” power as essential to the reliability of the future grid and underlined the huge gap between right-wing "moderates" looking to embrace new technologies and the Ultra-right conservative Dinosaurs locked into servitude to the fossil fuel lobby and the C19th.
Chair, empty.
Chair, empty.

This was particularly interesting as his neighbour and federal colleague  in Warringah, Tony, Rabid-the-Hun, Abbott who, acutely feeling a lack of limelight, relevance and that his "mission" of returning Australia to the Dark Ages was incomplete, began yet another tilt at again becoming the worst Prime Minister Australia has ever had.
Lashing out at all around him and delivering his nihilistic "Manifesto" from a sheltered IPA (The Coots-With-Queer-Ideas-From-a-Parallel-Universe) workshop in the Deep North, Rabid declared in a Nayaa-Na, Na-Na, Yaaa moment that not only would he "outlast" his nemesis Truffles Turdball, but also build a new coal-fired power station, make housing more affordable by cutting immigration, ban wind farms, get rid of the clean energy target and build a fleet of nuclear submarines, thereby earning the approval of our biggest Miner, Gina R and other assorted quislings of the dim-witted far right.

His cognitive dissonance is such that he was actually bagging policy he himself had in the past, wrought  and that he courageously (in a "Yes Minister" sense) repeated his Red Peril, Hanson-Lite fantasy agenda at another right-wing think tank, the Cabal of Interminable Stupidity which only served to highlight the Trump-esque delusions of grandeur that are now afflicting Rabid and his cohort of self-serving nation wreckers. His accurate comment that there "....was a pall of despondency over the nation" blithely missed the irony that he, his ruling rabble Liarbril Party, their right-wing think tanks and the Ugly American Murdoch's media are the real cause of the despondency of a nation which is now going backward in every way and at an alarming rate.

Fresh from monstering the Victorian High Court and getting away with it, we now have these far right troglodytes vehemently resisting  any policy response which is socially benign. They will not be satisfied until there is full deregulation and privatisation of all services and that the new feudal system is fully in place.
Do you hear a bell tolling?
Hoo-roo, Possums
Shane