Category Archives: politics

Trump and Australia

So the Donald thinks the Asylum Seeker’s deal with Australia is the worst deal he has ever seen and intends to ignore it.

That’s fine.

We can match that dislike with our disapproval of the Pine Gap Nuclear Target.

Take that back, Mr Trump.

Then there is Port Szechuan Beef where you have marine and air force bases and personnel.

Please remove them, Mr Trump as this, for the next 99 years, is Chinese territory.

Come to think of it, there are some other place we would like returned to our own Australian sovereignty.

Here is a map for you to let your staff think about since you are so concerned with the personal profits you are already making from your Nation’s traditional opponent, Russia.  (H/T to


Of course this is a bit of a dream as the entire Australian Government has as many balls as its Foreign Minister has! does not have the testicular courage to- does not have the guts to stand up to a nation which is rapidly becoming an ex-friend.

Oh, Mr Trump, while we are at it, you know those paper planes your nation is trying to flog off at several billion dollars each? We don’t want them either!

What the Golden Showers Obscured

Yonatan Zunger is a blogger and activist with a following measured in the hundreds of thousands.

Yesterday he wrote a post ‘Trial Balloon for a Coup?Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours‘.    Here is an excerpt and I encourage you to read the rest of the post.

“(6) Finally, I want to highlight a story that many people haven’t noticed. On Wednesday, Reuters reported (in great detail) how 19.5% of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company, has been sold to parties unknown. This was done through a dizzying array of shell companies, so that the most that can be said with certainty now is that the money “paying” for it was originally loaned out to the shell layers by VTB (the government’s official bank), even though it’s highly unclear who, if anyone, would be paying that loan back; and the recipients have been traced as far as some Cayman Islands shell companies.

Why is this interesting? Because the much-maligned Steele Dossier (the one with the golden showers in it) included the statement that Putin had offered Trump 19% of Rosneft if he became president and removed sanctions. The reason this is so interesting is that the dossier said this in July, and the sale didn’t happen until early December. And 19.5% sounds an awful lot like “19% plus a brokerage commission.”

Conclusive? No. But it raises some very interesting questions for journalists to investigate.’

Now do read the rest -it is just as scary – especially since the Armed Forces have been removed from the Presidential Security Council (whatever it is officially called).

Is this the way Russia will win the Cold War?


(H/T to Lorraine Murphy)

Find the Ball Under the Cup

(Found on facebook and it sounds frightenly possible!)

Stay alert, maintain vigilance, find the ball under the cups…

This is important to read, and is very true. We need to be vigilant as to what the REAL goal is…I think this woman is right…Trump’s unexpected “immigration ban” is a smokescreen for something bigger going on behind the scenes. While this is a horrible move, we must keep our eyes closely on the shill’s quick-moving hands…the big move is yet to come. Let’s not be divided and surprised by it!

From Heather Richardson, professor of History at Boston College:
“I don’t like to talk about politics on Facebook– political history is my job, after all, and you are my friends– but there is an important non-partisan point to make today.
What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock event.”
Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order.
When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.
Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.
Predictably, chaos has followed and tempers are hot.
My point today is this: unless you are the person setting it up, it is in no one’s interest to play the shock event game. It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like.
I don’t know what Bannon is up to– although I have some guesses– but because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle– and my friends range pretty widely– who will benefit from whatever it is.
If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have been tricked into accepting their real goal.
But because shock events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who sparked the event.
A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union.
If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power.
Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Confederate leaders and Lincoln both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the better idea about how to use it.”


For No Trumps


Senators for Insensitivity

This is the quality of Senator we currently are blessed with here in Australia.

This creature votes on matters which affect us all. His decisions are often critical to our welfare. Not that I have ever noted him as voting for our welfare. He normally votes in his own interests.

The Government of Australia, led by our Prime Minister needs to condemn this creature in the strongest possible terms and must move to declare his seat vacant!


Then we were treated to the following from Malcolm Roberts, One Nation Party Senator.

He must be pulled into line, publicly, by he party leader, Pauline Hanson and his seat also declared vacant. Just like the space between his ears!


Such is the Government we are currently blessed with!

The Warning on the Wall

Found in the ‘TRUTH’, a paper from Perth.
Published on July 16th, 1910
as that terrible THING
a Labor Daily Newspaper was about to be launched.
Reminds me of today’s politicians who so often are trained in the ranks of the daily press.
Free-swinging weather vanes
seeking their own benefit.

As the Shadow of the coming Labor Daily
Simply falls across the ancient Penny Press
And she stops at once the song she’s singing gaily
Drops her gamp, and looks the picture of distress
Lifts her hands to Heaven in horror and distress.

As she gazes on the dreadful Thing in terror,
All her brazenness and hide dissolve in tears-
She exclaims, ‘Oh! Lord! I’ve made a fearful error
For I thought it wouldn’t come for many years— ‘
I felt sure my bluff was good for years and years.”

“Dash the thing! I wish that I had practised often.
Saying naughty wicked words and blasphemy,
For I do believe that cursing now would soften
And relieve this dreadful pain in my pinnee—-
I’ve an awful feeling under my pinnee.

“I suppose that, as I’ve claimed to love my neighbor
For so many years, the only, thing to do
Is to act the hypocrite, and smoodge to Labor,
Though I’m very, much afraid my chance looks blue—
Yes, I fear in spite of smoodging, mighty blue.

“Still, there doesn’t seem a bit of harm in trying
(All my tales have been believed in times gone by).
More especially as sitting still means dying,
And they say that dead things always mortify.
I’m not dead, though I’ve begun to mortify.

So I s’pose I’d better set the ball a-rolling,
By a ref’rence to the noble part I played,
Or my fun’ral bell will shortly be a-tolling,
I can see my ghastly shroud already made.
Yes I must set straight the bloomers I have made.

“(That’s not bad), and now, to butter up the workers,
I must point out (this requires a bit of stress),
That Australia’s pretty full of blessed shirkers-
Fellows who will not support the daily Press-
Chaps who’re always poking ‘borak’ at the Press.

‘I must tell them that I’m losing money, yearly
In my efforts to maintain their liberty,
And that they will find the project costs them dearly.
When they’ve followed up the game as long as me—
It has been a constant source of loss to me.

“I must not forget I’ve always said that Fisher .
Is a man of sound and democratic views
And I’ve always, been a backer and well-wisher
Of that clever little lawyer, Billy Hughes.
(Yes; I guess I pulled the leg of Billy Hughes).

“I am loyal, constitutional, and hearty,
But, if people want a Socialistic State,
I am willing to subscribe to any party,
I’m almost a Socialist myself of late—
Lord! I hope that my conversion ain’t too late.

“If there’s anything that I’ve, somehow, omitted,
Point it out without delay; the time is brief.
Moore no good? All right; he mustn’t be permitted
To remain; Tom Bath we’ll take now for our chief
Certainly; Tom Bath’s the man to hail as chief.

“Though my joints are stiff, I don’t mind even kneeling
Down to Tommy and his pals now any day;
If those fellows have a little bit of feeling,
When I kiss their feet, they’ll take the Thing away.
Oh! “Tm feeling sick. Please take the Thing away.”

Happy New Year

It is not a resolution but a stubborn belief in the innate goodness of ordinary people which will keep me fighting against the evil we see in our overlords.

While one person remains free to fight the forces of evil and injustice, the world is not lost.

What is so discouraging is that so many of those who lord it over us are looking to reverse democracy and want to live in a past most of us rejected.

I sense a conspiracy from those who want a return to a time and a society which existed before the French Revolution.

I sense a return to the barricades

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes.

So here are the first two shots I am firing across the bows of our right-wing, conservative, monarch-worshipping, greedy and corrupt Government.
Laugh them out of office!


2017 already has its Word of the Year thanks to fellow Facebook conspirator, Tiffany Brown