29 Feb 2012

THE MYTH OF NEWS...WHERE IS THE REAL NEWS?

Desperation for a story AND THE NEWS CYCLE!, I think that when I read the headlines across the country they are almost copies of one another.
Lets see some investigative journalism for a change.
News these days is often quoting what commentators say, who are the commentators, guess who, other journalists.
Without Rudd they are at a loss for stories,there are other stories and other parties guys.
Real news does not exist as often as you would like us to believe.
When was the last time we heard of something local, are there no local stories from around the country any more.
We don't see anything different between news providers, we have ten versions of the same interview, often a complete repeat of the interview, yet in the lead up we are told this is exclusive, what rubbish, there are very few exclusives these days.
Because stories are to easy to copy and also investigative reporting is expensive and time consuming.
It's all about the news cycle, quality is no longer important, if they must stick an advert disguised as news in a bulletin to fill the cycle, who cares.
These journalist are probably crying out to do real work, it will not happen, the dollar rules.


ENJOY THE NEWS
OR
 JUST DON'T TRUST IT ANY MORE?
LOST SENSE OF SMELL....WHERE IS IT?
I USED TO HAVE ONE ONCE
NOW I CAN'T AFFORD IT!

I AM NOT A MAN SAID JULIA....BUT SHE CAN BE AS HARD AS ANY MAN..."I'M NO WIMP!!" SHE SAID

YES, THIS IS A NEW PRIME MINISTER
WHY?
BECAUSE SHE HAS MASSIVE SUPPORT


Australians have known a Prime Minister to lose their trousers in Memphis, a marriage through infidelity, and a life in the surf - but never a woman's blue suede shoe.
There are, as Julia Gillard says, differences when you are the first woman Prime Minister: "I mean, for all of Australia's history.
If you asked someone 'Imagine what a Prime Minister looks like,'  they are going to imagine a man in suit, because they'd always been, at least in the modern age, men in suits.
Obviously suits in the modern age are slightly different to suits in an earlier age.
A man in a she is not. She is not a man in a suit, and that is going to make some things different after the recent public blood letting.


She now has allowed people to let with their feelings about the past loose in public. Once and for all we have heard their true feelings come to the surface.


Whatever the rights and wrongs of the past, it is the past and it appears most members have accepted it, it is now over.


The support shown in the ballot for Julia Gillard shows that the party has a very different view of Kevin Rudd than the public. It is apparent that to most members he was very difficult to work with.


Will we now see the real Julia, a reinvigorated Prime Minister with the strong backing of her party.


Should Tony Abbott think that this is a win for him?


No, in fact he should begin to realise that this is not the same Julia, if he has any brains he will realise that he has to show himself as an alternative, with policies.... his vocabulary must be expanded beyond NO!!

a heavy headed day illustration
LOOK OUT TONY!... AND START TALKING UP



The cesspool that has become Australian Politic's version 2012

Federal politics is “childish” and has become worse over the past decade.


How come we've drifted into an this place where we are more involved in politics(not policies), entertainment, personalities and the cult of celebrity rather than serious issues that affect Australia's long term future.
People are trying to convince the public that one side of politics is going to wreck the economy totally and vice versa.
 "This is just childish".


We should able to do better. We don’t run other things like that, we don’t run major companies like that, we don’t run schools like that, we don’t run charity groups like that, so why do we run parliament like that?
This so called game has actually got worse. There are more apparatchiks than ever that have come through, having done political science and become what they believe to be experts.
 They just don’t want to give an inch to the other side. My point is that it’s not a game.
 
The childishness of a system where a good idea is knocked on the head because the other side had it first.
Even when either side of politics does come up with a good idea, you hear it numerous times over the past 20 years, people will say `shit, that’s not a bad idea.
Then,"We can’t do it now of course because the other side came up with it first’.”
One of the problems of this system is exemplified in the current scenario, where the Liberal opposition has so wedded itself to hating the Government’s major policies that they have stopped thinking about policy development.
POLICY GAP

27 Feb 2012

AUSTRALIA .......A POLITICAL EXORCISM......AFTER THE BLOOD LETTING!

It's a game that is played out all over the world and the people seldom have much to do with the outcome.

Parties of all persuasions play these stupid games and when the opposing side is playing their game they pretend that they themselves would never do such a thing, that's politics, it's all about power and every player is guilty of wishing for power.

We are always told their driving force is to serve the people, that's when there is an election, once in power, it's all about retaining power.
THE CRAZY GAME
POLITICS
THE CRAZY PEOPLE, THE POLITICIANS
Cartoon: The Grave Beckons (medium) by urbanmonk tagged julia,gillard,labour,leadership,prime,minister
IT'S BLOODY HARD TO HANG ON
 TO SOMETHING THAT'S THIS SLIPPERY
I think I've got the hang of it now!

Cartoon: Kevins Ghost (medium) by urbanmonk tagged politics,australia,politicians
YOUR NOW JUST A GHOST KEVIN
I'VE ENLISTED OUTSIDE HELP
TO PERFORM AN EXORCISM
This guy really hates you and he
has fired every bullet we've given him
perhaps you know him, yes it's the mad monk
Cartoon: The Abbott (medium) by urbanmonk tagged politics,religion
CARDINAL ANTHONY ABBOTT
He was very happy to do it for me









26 Feb 2012

A BEFUDDLED MIND OR JUST PLAIN IGNORANT?

Dogma: The Pope told scientists and fertility experts that matrimony was the 'only place worthy of the call to existence of a new human being'

The Pope today urged infertile couples to shun IVF and insisted that sex between a husband and wife was the only acceptable way of conceiving.

Pope Benedict XVI said artificial methods of getting pregnant were simply 'arrogance' as he spoke at the end of a three-day Vatican conference on infertility in Rome.

He told scientists and fertility experts that matrimony was the 'only place worthy of the call to existence of a new human being'.

The Pope reiterated the Church's stance against artificial procreation, telling infertile couples they should refrain from trying to conceive through any method other than conjugal relations.

'The human and Christian dignity of procreation, in fact, doesn't consist in a "product", but in its link to the conjugal act, an expression of the love of the spouses of their union, not only biological but also spiritual,' Benedict said.

We now await his next edict which will probably ban organ donation, hearing aids, glasses and anything that does not happen naturally.

But he added that the Church encourages medical research into infertility.
Provided Catholics do partake of it's benefits I suppose. 

WOW THIS GUY REALLY IS LIVING IN THIS CENTURY......I DON'T THINK SO..............


24 Feb 2012

Off with my head, said Gillard..Stupidity or Dumb. Is Rudd so stupid..No he wouldn't even appear on the show...Tooo Clever!


Did she lock herself into a corner and trigger this challenge

On the recent Four Corners program Gillard offered herself up, blundering into the trap with eyes wide shut. Surely she must have known that the coup that toppled Kevin Rudd would be given a run.

This along with the continuing turmoil over the Labor leadership. But when the questions were duly bowled up she lost her middle stump and looked as shifty as hell!.

I asked myself how her predecessors, Whitlam, Hawke or Keating, would have handled it.

First, of course, they wouldn't have turned up at all..

If they had, they would have chopped the interviewer into small editable pieces.

Gillard either couldn't or wouldn't. She saved the show, but destroyed herself in the process.

In short, this government under Julia Gillard has lost their best political tool and that is to take control of the narrative.

It does not shape public debate but reacts to it, often in hapless confusion and sometimes close to panic.

Can you imagine Kevin Rudd allowing such a thing to happen to him, no, and that is the difference, Julia Gillard just does not connect with the people.

With her leading the party, people have not only stopped listening to her, they have even stopped listening to her ministers, because their presentations are clones of her style of speaking and it does not connect.

The style and presentation of a leader is crucial to peoples perception of a party and in this department Kevin Rudd would run rings around Julia Gillard.

The people always listened to Rudd because he sounds real, that's the difference!
WHERE IS THE REAL PERSON

23 Feb 2012

AUSTRALIA.....AND THE WINNER IS..........?????

NOW I'M HERE, HERE I COME, IV'E JUST BEEN WHERE THEY ALL CHEW GUM
I'VE FIXED MY SHIP, LOADED MY GUN, LOOK OUT JULIA HERE I COME!
IF I LOOSE, WELL....HO...HUM...
HAD TO HAVE A GO!..NOT MUCH AMMO IN MY GUN.
WE'LL STAY CHUMS THOUGH, DON'T YOU THINK, EVEN THOUGH OUR SHIPS MAY SINK.

RUDDERLESS RUDD.. REPAIRS HIS RUDDER AND RETURNS TO BATTLE

The rudderless Rudd has had the rudder repaired by those clever Americans. He can now stalk the 'Eagle" in daylight because without a rudder it isn't possible at night.

He has used a "Shorten" machine to modify it and had to "Combet" the world to find such equipment.

Someone is singing Swannee in the background Kevin noticed, but he's not taking any notice, he has nothing but "Julia" on his mind.

He's cut up by there parting and will do anything to get an Oakshot at her, he just missed her by a Windsor, he's thinking of trying Katter gun, it might work, Wilkie do it, can he bring himself to Gillard the Eagle like he was Gillarded.

The question is can he swim the "Swannee"river climb the far bank without the fear of a "Gillarteen" behind him all the time.

Stay tuned for the next exciting episode...
ALL I NEED IS TALL SHIP AND A STAR TO STEER BY
(and lots of luck)

AUSTRALIA....A SIDESHOW....BECOMING A JOKE....LETS SETTLE IT AND FORGET IT!!!

THE KEVIN AND JULIA SHOW

FRIGHTENED MINISTERS THROW SHIT AT KEVIN
AND
THEY SEEM TO BE ENJOYING IT VERY MUCH
IS THERE A HATE FACTOR!
IN THE BEGINNING

Deputy PM Wayne Swan along with other ministers launches a savage attack on Mr Rudd.
Ministers join in because they could loose their jobs.


Some of the things being said are almost unbelievable for instance.
Kevin Rudd puts his own self-interest ahead of the interests of the broader labour movement and the country as a whole.
Kevin Rudd sabotaging policy announcements and undermining our substantial economic successes.
Changing sides..... Chris Bowen, Anthony Albanese, Robert McClelland and Greg Combet.



Mr Bowen wants better job, Mr Combet also expects the same.  Bill Shorten, a rising star of Ms Gillard's government has already indicated he could serve under any Prime Minister.

Independent MPs Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott, Bob Katter and Andrew Wilkie are all sitting on the fence like crows.
They'll land when its safe to do so, once the dust settles.(meanwhile they are probably having a big laugh).
Why are they laughing, well they know, that who ever wins must still deal with them..Ha,Ha!


One minister last night predicted Mr Rudd would never win a leadership ballot, however he said that "Australia has lost a good foreign minister today", does that mean that he to is in Rudd's camp or is joining the crows on the fence.


THERE IS NO END


I just can't write any more about this story........it is fiction isn't it?........isn't it? 


   THIS STORY IS NOT EVEN AS GOOD AS "PUNCH AND JUDY"
STILL COULD QUALIFY AS A SIDESHOW
"BECAUSE IT IS A FARCE"
.........IF MUD STICKS.... SO BE IT......
"Sorry I just can't get to worked up about a sideshow, I'm sorry I was sucked in by this rubbish"."

22 Feb 2012

A LUCKY COUNTRY.....YES IT IS.....IN SPITE OF POLITICIANS!


Does it in fact make the least difference to the way most Australians live most of the time whether the government of the day is a Liberal or Labour or, maybe one year or other, the Greens.?
Consider the way it is uttered regularly by commentators and incumbents that “Australia is a hard country to govern,” is in fact a self-serving exaggeration.
Because we’re so diverse and decentralized, to lead Australians in any particular direction does take an incredible amount of time, and limitless patience.
By governing Australia I mean it in the sense of steering it past reefs, IT'S A SNAP!.
With oceans all around us and no countries sharing a border, the country couldn’t be more secure. Affluence comes as easy to us, thanks to nature or God.
In the 19th century our principal economic activity was selling rocks and logs and wool, it still is today, plus gas.
As a last bit of luck, common sense, pragmatism, conservatism on both sides of politics has entered early into our national DNA. That's why our banks don’t need to be bailed out.
Now try to think of what consequential additions to our entire political system has made to what would have happened to us anyway.
Me thinks nothing much changes, even though we can get so worked up about political parties and their differences.
Someone once wrote      ITS MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING!
IMAGINED                            REAL

LIGHT BULBS ARE ALL FULL OF EMPTY SPACE......ARE THEY?.....THEY ARE VERY HARD TO HANDLE!



Marty Butler of Hillsboro has a timely offering with heavy political undertones which relate to the US.
I have edited his article to better reflect Australia



The people are being bombarded with debates and issues as the politicians parade through the country hoping to make a point. 

It never ceases to amaze me that politicians of all colours seem to have hundreds of light bulbs going off in their heads as they come up with new ways to run the government and the changes they would make if they were in power. 

With all those light bulbs going on during the campaign it's no wonder the bulbs all burn out by the time they actually get into office. 


I also find that it is very difficult to change a politician's light bulb once the idea is burning in their mind.


This got me thinking: How many politicians would it take to change a real bulb? 

So here are seven politically inclined questions about the ability of politicians to change light bulbs. 

I'll write the full question out the first time and then leave off the phrase: "...does it take to screw a light bulb."

1. How many Liberals does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Editor's note: we can't print the rest of this answer, but the answer has something to do with people and is, in fact, none). 

2. How many Labour?

 None. "It's really not a question of should we change or not change the light bulb, but more a question of .................? 

3. How many Greens?

 None. If someone wants to sit in the dark, it's his business. 

4. How many Coalition members?

 None. They are all sitting around basking in the glow of the previous light bulb. 

5. How many senior advisers ?

 None. They're supposed to keep the Prime Minister in the dark. 

6. How many Greens?

 None. They refuse to remove the old ones since they are part of the environment. 

7. How many Prime Ministers?

 None because it wasn't a core promise.

SHOULD WE BAN THIS CHEMICAL?

There are plenty of good reasons why we should, the list below is frightening:


  1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
  2. it is a major component in acid rain
  3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
  4. accidental inhalation can kill you
  5. it contributes to erosion
  6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
  7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients
A survey of 50 people were asked if they supported a ban of the chemical.
  • Forty-three (43) said yes,
  • six (6) were undecided,
  • Only one knew  what the chemical was.

"How Gullible Are We?"
The chemical......WATER!

20 Feb 2012

JULIA GILLARD...The real one, the droning voice, sermon like announcements..THIS DOES NOT COMPUTE..No connections made?


Where is that real Julia, the one that the Prime Minister told us really did exist during the last election campaign.


The one that walked to her doorway to greet a journalist she had never met before with a cheery "G'day" and a laugh that sounded real.


The one that would take a bold risk on policy and backed herself, the real self. Where has she gone? 


Maybe it is that once in public view, she retreats behind a lawyer's cloak of caution, a training that is ingrained, she has to always to be in control of the situation. 


She seems to now believe that the airwaves are dangerous, she drowns her language in qualified statements that sound like sermons and increasingly turns people's attention away from the core policy she is supposed to be espousing. 


There is a his lame joke about losing her soul in a Canberra restaurant?


I personally don't believe Canberra has changed her.


I think this Julia is the real Julia and the one we saw before the challenge on Rudd was Julia on the make.


Now she is showing the real Julia, the problem however is this, the people do not connect with this Julia, this is not the persona they thought they knew.


Australia has entered a special time and  place.


A bursting economy, powered by vast mining and gas ventures, it is the envy of the world. 


What are we hearing from the droning politicians, one telling us it's the end of the world(Abbott).
The other, telling us about stakeholders and going foward (Gillard) in a monotanous tones.


Where are the leaders who can talk to us the people, like using person to person speak, not doctored and manicured statements.


Why aren't we hearing loud and clear that we are very lucky at this time in our history


Fancy that, I've just realised I am asking the impossible, how can a politician not speak political speak, I think they have part of the brain removed once elected.


THERE MAY A PLANET OUT THERE
IN ANOTHER GALAXY
WHERE PEOPLE CAN JUST SAY IT LIKE IT IS
WITHOUT THE FLOWERS
IS THERE ANYBODY THERE?


    

18 Feb 2012

HAIL CAESAR...THE RETURN OF THE KING KEVIN?

February 18, 2012
OPINION


Edited by S W T Read
Is this the beginning of the end for Julia
or
Does she have a Mark Anthony in her back pocket?

Popular ... Kevin Rudd. <em>Illustration: Rocco Fazzari</em>
Kevin Rudd will become the leader, not because he's made a compelling case but because Julia Gillard cannot hold the confidence of her caucus.

One of the most remarkable facts of the collapse of the Gillard government's internal support is that it is happening under its own weight.

Kevin Rudd is not campaigning for the leadership. He certainly wants it ,but when he campaigned for the leadership last time, he gave big policy speeches, wrote philosophical essays, set up caucus study groups, lobbied union leaders, buddied up to newspaper editors.

He had long conversations with many members of the caucus aimed at winning their votes with the prospect of a better electoral future, exciting policy offerings and sometimes the hint of promotion.

This time? Unless it's directly in the line of his work as Foreign Affairs Minister, Rudd has given no speeches, written no essays, set up no study groups, lobbied no union leaders, not spoken to newspaper editors.

He held only the most cautious and circumspect conversations with caucus members outside his inner circle.

If Rudd has been campaigning, it has been a silent campaign. He is the stealth bomber you can't see until it drops it's bombs.

We should know soon if he has taken off, with a full bomb load, I suppose its like all flights, it depends on the weather.
IS THAT A STEALTH BOMBER??



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