Cannibal Cafè


A cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant operated by a fellow cannibal.

Feeling somewhat hungry, he sat down & looked over the menu….

+ Tourist: $5.00

+ Broiled Missionary: $10.00

+ Fried Explorer: $15.00

+ Baked Coalition Politician $100.00

The cannibal called the waiter over & asked, “Why such a price difference for the Politician?”

The cook replied, “Have you ever tried to clean one? They’re so full of shit, it takes all morning.”

Evening in the City



Something from the past.

City Sunset

After a clear blue day some whispery clouds had blown in
There was just a little sunset red left above the city skyline.
Tall buildings were beginning to show their night-time finery,

Replacing the waving eucalyptic green of the trees.
The busy road traffic was tiring and outside the frame
The river ripples, reflecting the evening’s new darkness.

Moonrise is hours away and the stars are too far.
An Earth-bound firmament will suffice
To show me my city for the next few hours.

JEMcL, Dec, 2006

Anti-Vax Murderers


One of the joys of social media is the way people are able to find others of a similar mind on any subject. There are many groups which perform perfectly valid duties as conduits for political thinking; as support groups for those with various disabilities and disadvantages; as entertainment conduits.

Then there are those special interest groups which bring together people with rather strange beliefs.

Some of these groups are risible and elicit laughter and much mockery.

Of course everyone can see the Earth is flat and those foolish people who claim sphericality are demonstrably wrong. Many, many man-years of work goes into the production and dissemination of videos, articles and images to prove this. It can be very difficult to determine if this body of work is satire in whole or in part.

Then there are those who are extremely concerned about ‘Chem Trails’. I can’t even begin to conceive of the numbers of marbles on the floor when a group of these people get together. There are certainly very few marbles left in their headspaces. They lose them at a moment’s notice. Chem trails, those white condensation trails left behind by aircraft flying at certain heights and in atmosphere of a certain humidity and temperature. Yes, a shadowy group of people cause this natural phenomenon. For a very shadowy cause.

Of course we must recognise the ‘Moon Landing Hoax’ and the ‘Twin Towers’ conspiracy theories. That such large conspiracies could exist without any individual within those conspiracies breaking ranks is not at all credible. Someone, somewhere, would tell the ‘truth’ to an avidly waiting public.

Those groups are rightly the subject of humour and mockery.

Next we look at the greatest conspiracy of all. Those greedy scientists who are falsifying all the weather data so that they can continue to receive huge financial rewards from – – sorry, I have never worked out who is paying those thousands of scientists. I do know the whistle-blowers on this scandal receive miserly million-dollar incomes from oil and gas companies.

Finally I will deal with the one group I have an actual hatred for. Those child killing ‘anti-vaxxers’.

As a family historian I have spent years looking at the effects of childhood (and adult) diseases on families from one hundred, two hundred and even three hundred years ago. Unchecked, the childhood memories which are but dim memories today, devastated families and communities.

Measles, Smallpox, Chicken pox, Diphtheria (oh! the horror of watching a young child die, gasping for breath as the white growth closed up its airways.), Polio which claimed several of my schoolmates 60 years ago, Mumps, hepatitis, whooping cough, the cruellest of all; all now preventable. By failing to immunise, parents are opening the way to a return of those diseases. Opening the way for thousands, millions of children to be killed by preventable sicknesses.

Poor, backward countries, those involved in interminable wars, are always vulnerable to a comeback of these killer germs and viruses. There is no excuse for rich, comfortable countries to ever be plagued with them again.

Yet well-off, comfortable people have chosen to decry the use of vaccines. They have chosen to murder their own, and others, children. Unable, or unwilling to see the difference between 1 in 10 children dying of preventable disease and 1 in 1,000,000 bad or allergic reactions. Continuing to spread the disproven autism allegations from last century is behaviour which should be treated as a form of domestic violence.

I will not make fun of this group of conspiracy theorists. I will call them what they are.

Murderers!

Remember the Information Super Highway?


Malcolm Turnbull is famous for his ‘invention of the internet’ also known as an investment in the now defunct but once ubiquitous Ozemail.

That was at a time when Al Gore’s phrase ‘Information Super Highway’ was popular. A super highway. The roads of the future.

Roads which have been the backbone of civilisation since before the Romans. And it was the Romans who saw that roads were the essential part of keeping the Empire together. Many of their roads are still in existence. Roads which were built by a Government because those roads would strengthen the Empire. There was no direct monetary return from those roads but they helped create a strong economy which Caesar could tax. And he did!

Roads have almost always been the province of Government. There have been a few toll roads built by individuals yet they have tended to fade away as the Government’s roads expanded. For free. There is no direct return to a Government in the building of a road.  Just the general increase in prosperity which can then be taxed.

Yes, there are toll roads still in private hands, built by the Government and handed to Private Enterprise. Very few of them seem to be making much of a profit once the Government subsidies are taken off their balance sheets.

Turnbull was given the task of destroying Australia’s ability to access the modern era’s electronic road to prosperity by the regressive Tony Abbott. Who was working for, not the people, but for Rupert Murdoch who would lose money and monopolies should the superfast internet be available to everyone.

Suddenly the NBN had to be capable of making a profit while, at the same time being a complete failure.

The second part was easy with the allegedly cheaper ‘Fibre to the node’ model. And having destroyed its integrity, Turnbull was able to destroy its profitability.

The original vision from Kevin Rudd was of a public utility which would, over time, pay for itself and possibly even be attractive enough to sell into private hands.

Today (23/10/2017) he said it outright, openly and destructively.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has admitted it was a “big mistake” to set up a new company to build the National Broadband Network, adding that Labor left the Coalition a “calamitous train wreck”.

Thanks to Turnbull’s obedience to Abbott’s hatred of the NBN we now have a bastardised system which will never work and which will never be fit for purpose or for sale.

Australia’s Information Super Highway is now strewn with un-repaired potholes and un-marked washaways.  Which is just what Rupert Murdoch wanted and just what he got.

A pity Australia will drop further into debt and decay as a result.

MAKE HURRICANES GREAT AGAIN


Three Cat 5 Hurricanes in a month – or is it five weeks?
A couple of Cat 3’s in between.
Never happened before.
 
Climate Change is still a load of Codswallop according to the Koch Brothers and those whose intelligence have been bought by Koch money!
 
Trump is still wanting out of the Paris Climate accord unless there are terms favourable to the USA.
 
What does he want? The Paris Accord to keep its Hurricanes to itself?
 
Or a donation to the USA to cover the Trillion Dollars it will take to recover from this year’s hurricanes?
 
Let’s not think ahead to next year – – – –

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Do you remember Typhoon Hato?


Do you remember Typhoon Hato?

Strange. It only happened four days ago.

It was reported on ABC Online News.

 

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-24/typhoon-hato-hits-southern-china/8838850

Just this once.

How about Tropical Storm Pakhar?

Of course not. It only happened yesterday. And multinational broadcaster SBS reported it once.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/27/storm-pakhar-hits-hong-kong-and-macau

Pakhar effectively hit the same areas devastated by Hato.   Two really bad, destructive weather events within four days.

Here is the Video on Chinese TV at

And a still, for when the Vid is no longer available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you probably knew nothing about them.

Now have you heard about Harvey?

My point is made!