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- MAKE HURRICANES GREAT AGAIN
- Protected: Tales from the Roman Forum #113
- Do you remember Typhoon Hato?
- Pay Some Tax and Maybe We’ll Listen
- Peter Dutton and Section 44 (v)
- Mitch Fifield; Thief in Politician’s Clothes
- Malcolm Roberts for Dummies
- Australian Politics; Ouroboros Meets the Norwegian Blue
- Arboreal Stripper
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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 – – – –
Unable to any longer fit inside the broad church which it has always claimed to be. All its members are fighting for the few remaining pews.
It matters little who becomes or remains Prime Minister during the next few weeks. There is little chance of this Parliament lasting to the end of the year. With Section 44 in play we could see a loss of that one seat majority in the HoR. Further revelations are expected on a daily basis and the High Court is in for a busy time.
The only way they will win an election this year, or next year will be to have the full weight of the Murdoch Machine behind them. Sadly for the Coalition, there are splits within that machine as well. There are those money-worshippers who will follow Turnbull to the Caymans at every opportunity and there are those bigoted Nazis who desperately want the books burnt and the Duttonmeister to be in charge.
So the media (art) is imitating the Liberal Party (life). Sorry to have to explain a literary allusion but with the Naplan results just out very few in our society would understand it without a cheat-sheet.
To mix legendary allusions, the Coalition is as extinct as the Norwegian Blue of Monty Python fame.
Except that the worms escaping from its body are still eating away at what is left of our society.
ISIS is winning.
Just as they are losing the battles on the ground they are about to win the battles of the minds.
We pesky Westerners have been free-thinking, free-speaking and free-voting people for two or three centuries. ISIS represents a re-evolved world-view where religious correctness supersedes political freedom eerily reminiscent of the Catholic Inquisition of the Middle Ages.
By playing on our supposed fears, by using random terror attacks, they have given our political leaders the freedom to curtail all our freedoms and impose a political and security regime which matches the wishes of those leading ISIS. Hate speech is also to be banned.
Therese May, Donald Trump and now Malcolm Turnbull are all promoting a scheme which will see Social Media, in all its forms, responsible for removing any content which relates to terrorists and their actions. Good! I hear you say. Terrorists should not be able to plan their attacks on the internet. Maybe not, but we should be aware of the unintended consequences.
Our leaders are calling for greater regulation and transparency on the internet. This is code for opening sites like Tor to Government inspection. Algorithms will be developed and the privacy of terrorists will be compromised. To find those terrorists, ALL the internet will need to be open to inspection. That includes all our internet dealings. Those passwords we use to do our banking, Our private dealings on the internet. All our opinions as expressed on the internet. And while we may not plan a terrorist attack, how long will it be before hate speech is re-defined to suit those in power?
That may all be good because we will eventually overcome the terror threat. Yet what is the definition of a terror threat? What is the definition of hate speech? That can be widened at some time in the future, possibly the near future, to include overthrowing an unpopular Government. Campaigning against a sitting Government. Legally overthrowing a Government. At the ballot box. Anyone campaigning against their previously elected Government could be accused of a form of terrorism or of hate speech. Leaders of Nations do not like losing their power.
That is where this move to regulate the internet and open it to Government inspection will inevitably lead. The algorithm will be tweaked to include this movement and then that movement and then the other movement. It is the creation of the algorithm in the first place which will set all this in motion.
Satirists, commentators, meme-makers, cartoonists will all be in the firing line, regardless of their political affiliations. Freedom will be lost. And those in charge of ISIS will cheer because they will have won.
Even then there is yet another inevitable danger. Every Government collection of the data of our lives has been hacked by criminals. Normally after they have gained access to secret Governmental data-mining programs. How much of the data collected from the soon to be ‘transparent’ internet will remain in Government hands?
How soon will that transparency be in the hands of those who wish us ill?
Scene 1; The Liberal Childcare Centre P/L trading as the IPA
‘Good morning, Chief Child Wrangler speaking. Oh, it is you, Malcolm. Back from meeting that orange shitgibbon already?
……..Yes I have seen the Essential Poll this morning. You’re worried? What about, losing the next election?
……..Oh, about your own position. We shall have to do something about that. Look, we’ll throw it around in the sand pit at lunchtime and see what we can come up with.
………Yes, you too Malcolm. Bye.
Scene 2; same Child Care Centre, later that same day.
The Chief Child Wrangler is waiting on the phone.
Oh God, the things we have to do for this self-centr – – – Oh Good afternoon Malcolm. How are things at your end?
……. Oh! Dutton hasn’t returned a phone call. And Tony has made one? This does sound desperate,
……. Well, we have developed a plan and, if I may say so, it is a beauty.
……. It is similar to the way we removed both Rudd and Gillard.
…… Well yes, and the same as we used to remove Tony.
……..We will start that replace Shorten with Albo rumour again
……. Nonono, I know that it can’t happen until after the next election but the marks don’t remember that.
…….. Nothing like a little leadership destabilisation to swing the electorate
…….. The Murdoch Press and Leigh Sales have been alerted. They will be interviewing Richo and Latham tonight. Always good to have one of them spouting the rumours.
…….. Oh no. They will be very believable. And tomorrow we can add Marn Ferguson into the mix.
…….. That should swing around 3.5% of the electorate your way.
…….. Yes, I’m so pleased you like that plan. OK, Talk with you aging soon. Bye.
Scene 3; Same Child Care Centre even later in the day.
Good afternoon, Chief Child Wrangler speaking. Oh, hello Mr Dutton.
……………………………………………………… Ahh yes, I hear what you are saying.
No, I agree with you. Malcolm has won the only election he can win and if we are to stay in Government we need to change leaders.
……… You would be an excellent choice, Peter. And I have just the plan, already organised. We played it out in the sandpit at lunchtime. We were just waiting for your call.
……… Chris Uhlmann is the man for this. He has Tony, Senator George and Cory ready to endorse you and they will swing at least 3.5% of the electorate behind the Party.
……… Yes, yes, we were just waiting for your call. The plan can start immediately. Bye.
It is a little known fact that the Australian Government has a large scrap yard where they keep all the now obsolete copper wire from Telstra now that the NBN is such a thing.
Malcolm Turnbull said to his Cabinet, “Someone may steal our copper wire at night.”
So Michaelia Cash created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. Then Mattias Corman asked, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?”
So they got Simon Birmingham to create a planning department and he hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.
Then Malcolm Turnbull asked, “How will we know the night watchman is doing the job correctly?” So Cabinet asked Arthur Sinodinos to create a Quality Control department and he hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.
Kelly O’Dwyer asked, “How are these people going to get paid?” So Christian Porter created the following positions, a time keeper, and a payroll officer, then hired two people.
Then Malcolm Turnbull asked, “Who will be accountable for all of these people?”
The entire Cabinet scratched their heads and looked around. They realised Barnaby Joyce had not done anything with this whole affair so they delegated the task of creating an administrative section to him.
Barnaby moved the entire scrap yard to Gunnedah and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.
Then Scott Morrison said, “We have had this night watchman office in operation for one year and we are already $18 million over budget, we must cutback overall cost.”
So they laid off the night watchman.
Prime Minister (pro tem) Malcolm Turnbull has been very noisy over the past couple of weeks.
He has been noisy on defense (We need to train our people to kill other people), on Asylum Seekers (Their Hell isn’t Hellish enough yet) and of course, that Multicultural wonder of the world, the Snowy Mountain Scheme 2.0 for which he has dusted off some 1980’s plans and polished them up so that they look almost new.
Today he reached new levels of noisiness as, alongside his Minister for Employment, the Honorable Screech, he promoted a new piece of legislation which will outlaw bribery of Union leaders.
During the question time after his announcement and the Screech’s addendums, he was asked about the bribery of political parties by outside individuals and corporations. Turnbull turned coward and, in a flurry of umms, errs and stutters he refused to answer, moving very obviously onto the next question. One from close ally and friendly face, Chris Uhlmann. An interesting response to a very valid question. It revealed the blatant partisanship of this exercise. Obviously the terrorism card is not winning enough votes any more.
So I sat and cogitated over my second cup of coffee and wondered if this maladvised Prime Minister had thought this move through thoroughly.
It is all very well to outlaw these bribes which come from companies, sometimes very BIG companies and the money is given TO a Union or a Unionist. That is already covered by the Law of the Land.
Not once did he talk about the consequences to those big companies. Everything he said was aimed at convicting Unions of bribery. He wasn’t even asked a question about consequences for the companies involved in the GIVING of the bribe.
I can see a time coming, when this new Law is passed, where a Union or Unionist will be prosecuted and while it will be proven that a bribe was accepted, that bribe will have come out of thin air.
This is the Turnbull Law that disregards the physically unavoidable fact that every coin has, MUST HAVE, two sides!