20 Dec 2020

Bulls aren't to blame for this stuff! Politicians have perfected it and make lots of it! What is it?

 Fake news has taken over!

In recent times, politico-media bullshit has taken on a more subtle savoir-faire. Often defined as “fake news”, no effort is made to mask the bullshit and make it stick because it proliferates on all sides of the argument – the physical and the virtual.

Fake news”, or call it what you will, in its unadulterated form, fake news is fundamentally bullshit. And as strange as it seems, research indicates that we have become more intrigued by bullshit than we are by the truth. 

Truthfulness has never been counted among the political virtues, and lies have always been regarded as justifiable tools in political dealings…. Hence, when we talk about lying … let us remember that the lie did not creep into politics by some accident of human sinfulness. Moral outrage, for this reason alone, is not likely to make it disappear.”

Personally I prefer the unadulterated version, if its shit say its shit. Why should we blame the blameless bull.

"To make my point" If we were to follow a herd of politicians, there would be mountains of the stuff. 

9 Dec 2020

The Cold Dead hand of Peter Dutton is all over this legislation.

 Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton introduced the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020, “it will shine a light into the darkest recesses of the online world and hold those hiding there to account”.

The Bill is the latest in an ongoing push by Home Affairs to expand the powers of its agencies with little regard for safeguarding citizens’ civil liberties and human rights.

This Bill is really concerning, but in the context of the powers that Home Affairs has been seeking for these agencies it’s extremely concerning.

While the announcement of the legislation focused on extreme crimes such as terrorism and child sexual abuse, there are few checks and balances in place to protect citizens from overreach.

"Have the law enforcement agencies put enough safeguards to protect groups that are already marginalised by these sorts of investigations? No, they haven’t.”

IF the voters in the UK and the US of A were smart they wouldy have recognised who they were about to elect.



If Trump were a beggar screaming at passers by on a Washington sidewalk, rather than a billionaire in the White House, we would have no difficulty in saying he was mentally ill. I accept Boris Johnson has the superficial charm and rat-like cunning(Brexit) of the journalist-conman. But if he were a political mastermind, he would never have confirmed the deep suspicion of northern voters that southern snobs view them with contempt.

One day, their obituaries may record that Trump and Johnson destroyed the base of their support without realising they were doing it; that they no more understood the forces that brought them to power than plastic sheeting blowing down a street understands the wind.

9 Nov 2020

This is my happy face!

 

I am the President and will be President for as long as I like! Why? Everybody loves me, don't argue with me I know everyone loves me.



30 Sept 2020

Why shouldn't this Aged Care Minister be sacked.

 If the health minister in Victoria had to resign for mishandling virus, then surely the Aged Care minister in the federal government should leave.

His handling of federal oversight of nursing homes was an example of hear no evil see no evil, and then to do nothing. Perhaps another case of being blind to some ones incompetence is shown by the Prime Minister Morrison, who has refused to take any action against this minister.


 

Just how many deaths could have been avoided if the federal government had carried out proper inspection of  Nursing Homes. This minister is like many others who held this portfolio they have taken no notice of the numerous and daily complaints from workers and residents for years.

This instance it has highlighted what a parlous state the homes were in, and yet we still have the person in charge saying it's got nothing to do with him.



9 Jul 2020

Private Security in Australia is no longer protection of premises, it has become a monster.

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Private security is a joke in Australia

Education, training and an acceptable level of English is not required to work in security. No doubt we've all seen so called security personnel at entertainment venues giving the nod to mates etc to enter premises when they are in no fit state or those working in supermarkets. These are just some  examples of the slack attitude of many of the security officers. The whole industry needs a shake up, some the personnel have even been members of bikie gangs. Obviously they have never had a security check.

Now we have the virus to contend with, guess who governments use to police the quarantined, these same people, many are subcontractors hired by larger firms to avoid paying the correct wages. 

Outsourcing of police work and lack of regulation has become the norm within Australia, it has allowed firms to be at arms length, away from the coal face, which in turn allows those at the bottom to be blamed for any stuff ups.

Perhaps we should be looking at another level of police along the lines of the protection service the AFP provides to Embassies. These could be used for entertainment venues and sporting venues for a fee. They could also provide ancillary police support that could pay for its self and be a disciplined force. These people could be used in such a time as this.

We should leave the private security firms to do what they are good at, protecting premises and smaller venues .

8 Jul 2020

Why wear a mask? Face masks reduces infection of COVID-19, by 67%.

Coronavirus: How to wear a face mask (illustrated)

Why masks help

The most extreme form of physical distancing is a lockdown, already enforced in Melbourne. Keeping at least 1.5 metres away from others also dramatically reduces the risk of COVID-19, even in crowded households. Victorians should think about wearing a mask, especially in indoor spaces like shops or public transport or in outdoor crowds. There may be epidemics developing in other states, so people at risk in those states should think about masks too.
There’s no doubt masks help stop the spread. A recent study commissioned by the World Health Organisation showed that face masks reduce the risk of infection with viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, by 67%

6 Jul 2020

China shock horror! No, very predictable.

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Surprise,surprise. China's crackdown in Hong Kong.

Now, we all looked on as the protesters shut down the place for months, and those among us who watch China wondered how long it would take for China to react. Indeed we wondered if democratic countries around the world would tolerate such action by protesters if it were happening in their countries for such a long time.

Maybe we agreed with the protesters, however we knew China would react eventually because they were loosing face and because eventually Hong Kong would be handed to them, they decided to act. They have taken the first step and they are not worried about world opinion. They are always thinking long term, they know that world opinion only lasts as long as a headline

22 May 2020

Trumps man Pompeo's timing doesn't help Australia.


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NOW WE'RE THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE


 CHINA BASHING IS HURTING AUSTRALIA

China sees us as a lapdog for the US and these comments below do nothing to make them think otherwise.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today backed Australia, blasting the Chinese Communist Party for threatening economic retaliation as the Morrison government championed a global investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

The ramifications of this together with the comments by undiciplined members of the government are creating a terrible climate for our trade with China.

27 Mar 2020

Are these people expendable?



People with a disability and the aged who are living at home often have underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to serious illness or death if they contract COVID-19. They may also be more at risk of contracting the virus if they have disability workers entering their home.
The federal government has made several policy announcements to protect older Australians in aged care facilities, hospitals and GP clinics, but we’re yet to see the same consideration for the aged and people with disabilities.

18 Mar 2020

Pandemic.....Panic is an natural reaction for some people however it will be replaced by caring.

History tells us Australians will revert to "A FAIR GO"

As the current crisis develops, we would expect to see more and more people sharing food and groceries, behaving more hospitably toward each other and becoming more aware of vulnerable others. Developing social connections in times of crisis may be necessary for our collective survival as a species.

When disaster brings out the best in us

Most people look to support one another in such times. From natural disasters, like bushfires, droughts and floods, to human-enacted events, such as mass shootings or food contamination, after the initial feelings of fear, anxiety and helplessness, people soon come together to help one another. An underlying sense of community and connection is the “social glue” that brings people together to work altruistically for the common good.
During the recent Australian bushfires, social media were flooded with images of notes pinned to doors inviting volunteer fire fighters to “help themselves to what ever is in the fridge”.