The Great Sausage Scandal


The concentration of wealth in the hands of the 1% has had both expected and unexpected results.

Here is the sad tale of one of those unexpected results.

A chef had been buying his meat from the best butcher in town for some years.

The quality was always excellent and he never once had a complaint.

Until one day he bought a new supply of sausages for his famed gourmet dish of Bangers and Mash.

When the Chef de Banger began cooking he noticed something very strange.

He took the sausages to the Chef who flew into a very chef-like rage.

Grabbing the offending sausages he stormed along the street to the butcher’s store.

Throwing them onto the counter he demanded an explanation. “Zese sausages have ze pork at one end and ze breadcrumbs at the other end. Why have you done this to me?”

The butcher apologetically explained, “I’m so sorry but since Josh Frydenberg became the work experience Treasurer, it is very, very hard to make both ends meat.”

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Sid and Sod #849


Making Babies for Fun, Profit and the Good of the Country.


Note to readers. This is a touchy subject and contains a trigger point for those affected. Please read it in the spirit it was written. Angry with tongue-in-cheek moments to avoid tension heart attacks.

The making of babies seems to be one of humankind’s greatest pastimes. We all know that and we all get involved, one way or another.

All the great dictators in the world instinctively knew that as well and never really minded how many of their subjects were killed in a war or a famine. In a generation all would be put right again with lots of new little subjects to use as arrow targets or as plague carriers or as disposable energy sources.

With the progress of what is mistakenly called ‘Civilisation’, there was less need for the human energy sources which left a lot more for the war games which were fought in the early and mid 20th century.

Two major movements began in the 1960’s and continue now,

Contraception gave women the chance to regulate the supply of cannon-fodder to the rulers of their Nation and economists discovered the ‘Bottom Line’.

The first enabled women to remain in the workforce for longer and so reduce the need to pay men a wage which would support a family. That wage was then distributed separately between wife AND husband (or between partners of assorted description). This also meant that an individual, in general, became unable to successfully support him/her/itself on a single wage. Of course, once a woman decided to have a baby, it became her problem and she had to plan for her expenses before, during and after the pregnancy. And also allow for all the problems which followed, including her continuing income and her retirement income.

At the same time, the Bottom Line began to take effect and everything a business, one-man-run or multinational, did had to show a profit within six months. No time to plan for the next decade or the next generation. Business became about the NOW! Female staff want to take time off to have children? OK, but don’t expect me to pay for their foibles.

So the birth-rate went down, and continues to do so, immigrants came to be seen as a dangerous addition to the population mix for rather strange reasons. Suddenly there were insufficient new young Australians to keep the economy running as the economists thought it should. Blame began to be shifted around and no one took responsibility. Officially the falling birthrate became a natural event, not a result of anything done by anyone.

Yet in previous ages, the Ruler, King, Dictator made sure his baby supply was protected. Oppressive though a regime may be, the serfs or slaves were always in a position to breed and breed freely; pestilence and plague aside. To do otherwise led to a weakened nation or empire and the downfall of the Ruling coterie.

Fast forward to the 21st century and here in the civilised Western World, there is no support for the nations’ baby machines. (Baby machines? Economic’s attitude towards women. Don’t like that? Learn your place in the machinery of society, say the economists!) The fuel to keep them running has diminished, the rewards for them to aim at are virtually non-existent and the cost of a grease and oil change has become astronomical. Despite the economist’s demands that everything depends on the next bottom line, there is a failure in the system. Economists have never noticed that babies are a generational thing.

The group who benefit from good, well run baby machines are the ruling class, normally the Government and bureaucracy. And they are woefully behind reality. In the past, it was necessary to support the male wage earner who would then support the baby machine. Now it is necessary to support both parts of the partnership. That has not happened.

Hence, here in Australia, our current superannuation system. Based on the old system of male domination the super’ rewards for women is abysmal. This is because the ‘Employer’ is responsible for all Superannuation. So a woman drops out of the work force and becomes unemployed. The unemployed get no superannuation. Even though she is employed in doing the most important job in civilisation. Making babies for the Government and Society’s future prosperity.

Surely it isn’t a case of a woman ceasing to ‘work’ to be pregnant or to be a child-raiser. It is much more a case of a woman changes employers. Her new employer is the nation which will benefit from her efforts. So shouldn’t the nation support her with the financial means to do her new, possibly temporary, job well? Of course there are ‘welfare payments’ already being made. This is a wrong description as these are Social Security payments made on behalf of society as a whole. These payments should also include a payment to the woman’s Superannuation fund so that, at the end of a productive life, a woman can retire in the dignity she deserves.

I dream of the day when an ALP Government is in power and we can talk constructively about this part of our ‘safety net’ which needs to be brought into the 21st century. Yes, taxes may need to be raised or maybe taxes will need to be paid by those who should be paying them! Yet a fair society must include equal Super for women.

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Musing


The Morrison Stamp


During early January Scott Morrison, Prime Minister pro tem  deciding to call a snap election for Australia in March.  At the same time his Party, in their Menzies House offices were analysing the latest polling.

The results were very, very discouraging. A brainstorming session was called. Any ideas to improve the popularity of the PM were to be welcomed.

One of the IPA interns diffidently suggested that, with Australia Day coming up  perhaps the trick would be to put Morrison’s face on a special Australia Day stamp.

This seemed a great idea and so Australia Post were contacted and a great photo of Scott Morrison was found, some sample stamps printed off and quick round of market research carried out.

Severe and unexpected problems were found with the adhesive. The stamps would not stay on the envelopes.

Urgent research was carried out and the problem was found.

No one was licking the sticky side of the stamp. Instead they were spitting on the image.

 

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Sid and Sod #848


Sovereign Risk, the Hidden Trap


With an apparent inevitability, the next Australian Labor Government is approaching its birth.

There will much to do to unwind the damage done to our nation by the Howard/Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison/whoever Governments. Economically, spiritually and morally they have stripped our nation bare, raped her and clothed her again in whores raiment.

There are many so-called landmines being sown by the current Government which will make Labor’s task of repair and renewal difficult. In fact it will be impossible over the short and probably the medium term. Promises of funding such as the fake gift to the worthy McGrath foundation, which will be paid for by the NEXT Government. The blatant stacking of boards and commissions with three and five year IPA and Liberal (but I repeat myself) members.

Yet those two strategies pale into insignificance when we see the ultimate treachery which the Coalition has wrought. And it has worked before. It brought down the Whitlam Government.

Sovereign Risk. The breaking of contracts with other nations, with big multinational countries.

Back in Whitlam’s time, the election of a Labor Government was a shock to the Liberal Party, one they had not planned for. Yet within two years they had worked out a strategy which led to the sacking of the elected Government.

The Libs blocked supply and they convinced the overseas ‘money men’, mainly London and Wall St entities that they should NOT put money into loans for the Whitlam usurpers. The moment Whitlam began looking for money elsewhere, cries of ‘foul’ went up among the Fraser Opposition and the Murdoch and Packer media. Eventually, an unsuspecting electorate threw out their best friend in Canberra and entered into a pact with the Liberal devils.

Things are slightly different in 2019. The Liberal Party can sniff the scent of its doom on the wind. And they have been preparing. Yes, some of that preparation has been in lining their own pockets, readying for their departure from the horse-trough of the Treasury benches. Then there is the planning to create a situation where no incoming Labor Government can operate with clear air.

No matter how many seats the ALP wins this year, the minefield is there to stop any real progress.

Excess forward funding is one class of mines. Liberal-friendly Commissions and Boards is another.

Yet the greatest class of mines are the contracts being signed by this corrupt Government. For to break a contract is the greatest sin any Government can commit. It brings all Governmental contracts into doubt and it raises the spectre of Sovereign Risk. Of a Nation which cannot be trusted in the commercial world.

Examples are the long term leasing of Darwin Harbour to Chinese billionaire Ye Cheng by Adam Giles. Clearly a security risk at the time and more-so now. Yet the ALP Government in the Territory cannot back out of the contract.

The Napthine government’s decision to sign the contract for the East West Link road project just prior to its failed election left Andrews with a $1.1Billion charge to get out of the deal.

Then there are the current mines the Federal Government has been preparing.

The sale of Cubby Station to Chinese and Japanese magnates making removal of their water licenses almost impossible without major international condemnation and cries from the MSM of ‘Sovereign Risk’. This, despite the damage being done to much of the rest of the continent.

The granting of the Adani Mine permits, permissions and infrastucture will be major obstruction to the ALP’s plans for a renewable future.

The contracting out of almost all ‘Public Service’ tasks to huge international firms such as G4 and Serco should be an obvious treachery yet, in the quest for ever cheaper services, the sell-off of Governmental responsibilities goes on.

Cleverly positioned and carefully camouflaged these mines could lead to the early downfall of a Shorten Government.  As steps are taken to reclaim our own sovereignty the cries of ‘SOVEREIGN RISK’ will echo from both the opposition seats in Parliament House and from the headlines of the Murdoch Press.

Given twelve months of unrelenting fearmongering, Bill Shorten’s Government will be in danger of electoral defeat.

That is, was, and forever will be the Liberal strategy.

Keep your eyes peeled for the first cries of ‘SOVEREIGN RISK’ later this year and remember, for the sake of our nation, what they portend!