4 Apr 2018

Yoda's message to Minister Dutton

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"Evil you may not have thought.
Once power you have, in charge you'll want to be.
The dark force will join you.
Power over lives you have, yet still you crave for more.
You're consumed by the dark side".
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(Number 30 is a serious number for someone?)
BEWARE!  HOMELAND SECURITY COULD JUST MEAN SECURITY FOR DUTTON.

26 Mar 2018

Is the Australian disability parking permit a joke



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Disabled parking in the ACT.

People ignore signs & are robbing the disabled their right of access. Even if you take a picture of the offenders vehicle and send it to parking inspectors they ignore it. The disabled can't even be heard. It's a disgrace. Inspectors should act now!


The location of spaces is also a problem as there is no consideration of access to the footpath entry location, kerbs can be a major problem, yet many of these spaces are not located near an entry ramp. This causes major problems and makes parking useless.

18 Mar 2018

Disgusting coverage of Winter Paralympics. Shame on 7!

Melissa Perrine hugs her guide Christian Geiger after winning bronze at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeonchang.

Despite the success, fans haven't been able to watch Australian athletes claim any of those medals live.

Australia's Winter Paralympic team might be small, but they've crushed it in Pyeongchang.
Australia finished 14th on the medal tally, almost 10 spots better than Australia's 23rd-placed effort at the Winter Olympics.

27 Feb 2018

Home affairs boss. Is this the way he looks down at average Australians. Would you trust this man?

Does this face inspire trust?
Michael Pezzullo leads the new Home Affairs department.

He's in charge of 23,000 staff , some are secret police?

Don't worry his boss Minister Dutton will keep him in line....really?

29 Jan 2018


Popular politics in 2018. The ism of 2018?

Neoliberalism is an old term, dating back to the 1930s, but it has been revived as a way of describing our current politics – or more precisely, the range of thought allowed by our politics. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, it was a way of assigning responsibility for the debacle, not to a political party per se, but to an establishment that had conceded its authority to the market.

For the Democrats in the US and Labour in the UK, this concession was depicted as a grotesque betrayal of principle. Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, it was said, had abandoned the left’s traditional commitments, especially to workers, in favour of a global financial elite and the self-serving policies that enriched them; and in doing so, had enabled a sickening rise in inequality.

The long read


Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world – podcast
The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human

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Over the past few years, as debates have turned uglier, the word has become a rhetorical weapon, a way for anyone left of centre to incriminate those even an inch to their right. (No wonder centrists say it’s a meaningless insult: they’re the ones most meaningfully insulted by it.) But “neoliberalism” is more than a gratifyingly righteous jibe. It is also, in its way, a pair of rose coloured eyeglasses.

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Extract from an article by Tim Minchin

To Politicians.

Learn how to talk to the people, he says: “You don’t have to talk dumb – you have to talk clear ... You don’t have to be a fucking demagogue and rile up the less educated, the less rich, the insecure to turn on themselves.”

More than that, he thinks, leaders should be given space to change their policies and their minds: “How is the term ‘flip-flop’ a bad thing?” ... You can get out of Brexit.


 You can speak to your population and say, ‘We’ve done our due diligence, we’ve worked really fucking hard, we’ve spent a lot of money and done all the studies, and it turns out it’s going to destroy us – and we don’t think you want that ... More evidence has come in, the parameters of the decision have changed and therefore the decision is going to change, and I hope you can support me.’

“I know I don’t understand the subtleties of politics – obviously – but just get a fucking leader who can say the right shit ... Someone with a good heart, good intentions. Someone who can talk.”

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