Category Archives: humor

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.

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Pay Some Tax and Maybe We’ll Listen


Once again, the CHURCH is

interfering with democracy.

‘Just say ‘no’: Archbishop Denis Hart rallies
Catholics over ‘vital’ marriage poll’

 

 SHUT UP,

YOU IMPERTINENT MEDDLER!

Stop interfering in our politics.

If it ever comes to pass that you actually pay some tax on the millions you gouge from the weak and foolish, then you may have some right to comment on Australian concerns.

Until then stay out of Australian Politics.

How about you and the rest of your ‘Bishops’ take some care of those whose lives are entrusted to you. Like, you know, like not sexually abusing them!

Oh, that’s correct.

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We are supposed to forget about all that sexual abuse you have facilitated. Forget that so many of your priests and bishops are predatory kiddie-fiddlers and rock spiders!

We are only allowed to listen to and think upon your lies de jour about same sex marriage.

All the while you prey like

predatory parasites on our nation.

Peter Dutton and Section 44 (v)


We have all been hearing about the seven dual citizens we have in  our Parliament. It is still seven, isn’t it? No new ones today?

They have fallen foul of a part of Section 44 of the Constitution. That is the section which states who is ineligible to stand for election in the first place.

Because it is being talked about so much, here is Section 44 in its entirety

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Yes, this is the fine print. Now look closely at subsection (v) and think upon it for a minute.

OK, Now let us look at one particular Member of Parliament.  Several screen shots are next. They are from this tweet;

To see those images more clearly, here they are;

 

Next let us look at the Parliamentary Register of Members Interests which are fully available online at;

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members/Register#cf

These are the relevant parts of Peter Craig Dutton’s Register.

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So Dutton has done the correct thing and shown his involvement in the RHT group. He benefits financially from his wife’s child care business.

Now, does this put him in contravention of Section 44 (v)?

Apparently not because no one is querying his position. Not out loud and not in the MSM, anyway.

And reading this article from the SMH shows why, in a round about way.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/boom-time-for-corporate-childcare-in-australia-20161109-gslgx2.html

The Government gives money to parents as subsidies to Parents. These are not small sums, either; ‘costs to the taxpayer of a staggering $10 billion a year in parent subsidies’.

These subsidies are given to parents for the specific purpose of paying for child care at a Child Care Centre. The payments are not ‘untied’ money. The money is paid on condition it is passed to a Child Care Centre.

So, in one way, the legalistic Public Service way, the Child Care Centre, and its owners are not receiving money from the Government.

In another way, in the logical world of real people and real events and real reality, that money is Government money being paid to the Child Care Centres!

Now we come back to the question of Peter Craig Dutton’s eligibility to stand for election for the Division of Dickson under Section 44 (v).  Technically and probably legally it would seem that he is.  It would be interesting to see the outcome of  High Court challenge.

Morally and ethically, he is not.

But how long has it been since moral or ethics played a part in Dutton’s life?

 

 

Mitch Fifield; Thief in Politician’s Clothes


Documents explaining a $30 million taxpayer grant to pay TV network Fox Sports for coverage of women’s and “niche” sports will not be released, Communication Minister Mitch Fifield says.

Mr Fifield told ABC Radio Melbourne this morning the Federal Government’s decision to fund the sports broadcaster for the coverage followed usual practice.

So we, the taxpayers of Australia must accept that our Federal Budget, where billions of our taxpayer dollars are allocated and spent, are written up on the back of dinner napkins or from a half remembered phone calls. This is the superb fiscal management which the Liberal Party has told us they provide.

mitch fifield guiltyThe obvious conclusion from this ‘funding’ debacle is that Fifield has stolen $30 Million of Australian taxpayer’s money and handed it, through Fox Sports, to Rupert Murdoch.

Refusing to release any paperwork or other evidence reveals the truth of this allegation.

Let me make it obvious!

Mitch Fifield is a thief and has stolen taxpayer’s money!

And Mitch, if you happen to have this libellous allegation brought to your attention and decide to sue the author, please do not hesitate.

Your only defense is in the papers you claim do not exist!

But don’t let that stop you from calling in the lawyers.

Sue me, you smug, thieving bastard!

Beer-Drinking Bunny


A rabbit walks into a pub and says to the barman,
‘Can I have a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie?’

The barman is amazed, but gives the rabbit a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie.

The rabbit drinks the beer and eats the toastie. He then leaves.

The following night the rabbit returns and again asks for a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie.

The barman, now intrigued by the rabbit and the extra drinkers in the pub, (because word gets round), gives the rabbit the pint and the Toastie. The rabbit consumes them and leaves.

The next night, the pub is packed.

In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.’

The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the rabbit his pint and toastie, and then burst into applause as the rabbit wolfs them down.

The next night there is standing room only in the pub.

Coaches have been laid on for the crowds of patrons attending.

The barman is making more money in one week than he did all last year

In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.’

The barman says, ‘I’m sorry rabbit, old mate, old mucker, but we are right out of them Ham and Cheese Toasties.’

The rabbit looks aghast.

The crowd has quietened to almost a whisper, when the barman clears his throat nervously and says,
‘We do have a very nice Cheese and Onion Toastie.

The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, ‘Are you sure I will like it.’

The crowd’s bated breath is ear shatteringly silent.

The barman, with a roguish smile says, ‘Do you think that I would let down one of my best friends. I know you’ll love it.’

‘Ok,’ says the rabbit, ‘I’ll have a pint of beer and a Cheese and Onion Toastie.’

The pub erupts with glee as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the toastie.

He then waves to the crowd and leaves….

NEVER TO RETURN!!!!!!

One year later, in the now impoverished public house, the barman, (who has only served 4 drinks tonight, 3 of which were his), calls time.

When he is cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a small white form, floating above the bar.

The barman says, ‘Who are you?

To which he is answered,
‘I am the ghost of the rabbit that used to frequent your public house.’

The barman says, ‘I remember you. You made me famous.

You would come in every night and have a pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. Masses came to see you and this place was famous.’

The rabbit says, ‘Yes I know.’

The barman said, ‘I remember, on your last night we didn’t have any Ham and Cheese Toasties. You had a Cheese and Onion one instead.’

The rabbit said, ‘Yes, you promised me that I would love it.’

The barman said, ‘You never came back, what happened?’

‘I DIED’, said the rabbit.

‘NO!’ said the barman. ‘What from?’

After a short pause, the rabbit said …

‘Mixin-me-toasties’

 

(Thanks, Michael)

New Holland Honey Eater


Taken on the banks of the

Swan River.