Fateful Friday Evening Raffle

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This is the week when PM Blood Oaf achieved his nirvana – the repeal of that naughty price on carbon, thereby sending Australia hurtling back to the ’50s – the 1250s.

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Science is on the outer,

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as is any pretence of a responsible approach to the economy.

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The Israelis and Palestinians are at each others’ throats again,

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and Malaysia Airlines is almost certainly heading into oblivion with the destruction of flight MH17 over Ukraine:

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However, none of this will bother the stupid, (mostly) old, (mostly) men in the top 0.01% – and their wannabes – because do you know what? Immense wealth makes one immune from little glitches like a rapidly warming earth, and a global population that won’t sit idly back and drown and starve …

Eh bien, enough misery from me. Have a pleasant Friday evening, and if you are in the southern parts of Australia keep warm!

360 thoughts on “Fateful Friday Evening Raffle

  1. Good morning everyone.

    Something is getting to me: I just typed “blockquote” as “bloodoaf”.

  2. The fate of the 153 AS on that prison ship rarely makes a mention. War and death are practically the only topics that interest Abbott and the MSM.

  3. Gigilene,

    As Ducky and Puffy have already observed, and as I’m sure all of us have thought – disaster porn.

  4. I bet Peta would have insisted as a condition for appearing on Insiders that all questions be about the plane so that Abbott would look Prime Ministerial and a man in charge. LNP thrive on disasters any thing to spook the bogans. Howard was a master of spooking the public so I bet Abbott be told to beat it up as much as he can.

    After Insiders we will have him and Cosgrove going to church on ABC24.

  5. Comment over the road concerning the obvious, that the MSM have their chance to rehablitate Abbott with this plane thing & are grasping it with both hands.
    One prediction among the many that anyone could make; re legislation Abbott will be allowed to get away with lines to the effect that the once great Labor party, even though it’s now totally etc, etc, has had an episode of common sense, has nicely fallen in behind the government in its heroic response to this unspeakable crime. So now it should swallow its idiotic, misplaced pride & vote for everything we do.

  6. Whilst our pissant huffs and puffs about the Russians not bothering to take his calls the serious leaders are moving things along. Merkel and Putin have spoken by phone and an agreement for an international investigation has been made.

    Merkel, Putin agree on international probe of MH17 crash

    The two leaders, who spoke on the telephone, “agreed that an international, independent commission under the direction of ICAO (UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization) should quickly have access to the site of the accident… to shed light on the circumstances of the crash and move the victims,” said a German government statement.


  7. From AIMN
    Prime Minister, Why haven’t you called Putin?

    Tony Abbott you are weak. When interviewed by Fran Kelly on ‘Insiders’ this morning you were asked if you had called Vladimir Putin. You said you hadn’t called the Russian President over the murder of at least 28 Australians. You gave no indication that you intended to. Why not? Are you too frightened? You say you have spoken to the Russian Trade Minister. Really? What a pathetic reply to a genuine opportunity to show the world that you view the deaths of innocent Australians sufficiently important enough to get on the phone and demand answers. You are clearly not up to the job you have been elected to do.


    Others have managed to pick up the phone and have a talk to Putin, but not our coward of a PM. It’s so easy to chest-beat when one is such a long, long way away, isn’t it.

    Dutch PM Rutte has 'intense' telephone conversation with Putin http://t.co/Ll08sbwlEG— Derek Barry (@derekbarry) July 20, 2014

  8. I’ll pass on the Rudd article for the sake of my health. My blood pressure might not cope.These days I find it difficult to read the words ‘Kevi Rudd’ without having an urge to vomit. I’m not a violent person, but if I were to see Rudd in the street I would need to be restrained, the urge to spit in his face – or worse – would be overwhelming.

    I blame Rudd for everything – the loss of a good government, the demise of the carbon price, Australia becoming an international pariah and laughing stock, the whole damn catastrophe. If his insane desire for revenge had not been allowed, even encouraged, to fester just think what we might be now.

  9. Old news to most of us here and a topic which we should leave, but the truth is important and some followers still prefer the martyr version

    Exactly right and it’s very annoying and frustrating that this didn’t come out two years ago.

  10. Leone,
    I too now feel the same way where Rudd is concerned. To think way back in 2007 I stood all day at a Polling Booth handing out how to vote pamphlets. But like sheep I also handed out HTV pamphlets in 2013.

  11. That Andrew Elder piece – the press gallery hasn’t learnt a thing or changed one bit. They are still giving us rubbish, except now it’s Palmer rubbish. Look at the crap they have ‘reported’ – Palmer has ‘saved’ the RET, Palmer will give us an ETS, Palmer this, Palmer that, all hail Palmer the Jolly Green Giant and on and on. Even Mr Elder himself fell into that trap by referring to Palmer’s ‘once fresh and irreverent brand’. I saw nothing fresh or irreverent about Palmer or PUP or his ‘brand’, all I saw was a bloviating menace out for revenge and willing to spend a lot of money to get it.

    I’m going to repeat myself again here, I keep saying this. Palmer has not ‘saved’ the RET, he merely said he wants repeal taken to the next election because Abbott lied about his plans. He has said he does not care if we have the RET or not, he just wants to have a go at Abbott and this is a convenient hook. Palmer’s ETS is mythical too, it will never get up. He knows this, we should know this, the press gallery should know this too but once again they are choosing sides and giving us garbage instead of facts.

    A pox on the lot of them.

  12. There are words that should simply not be said in connection with Abbott in any context. Melissa Clark was talking about “delicate balance”. Typical journo trying to make Abbott look sensitive and reasonable. He’s neither.

  13. billie2
    I read that “meher baba” comment at crikey you linked to. I have been thinking the same thing. Australia, USA England and many other Countries supported the Rebels in Syria in order to overthrow a Government. Does that not now make these Countries responsible for all the terrorist activities and the huge disruption of the populace?
    My initial response, when Rudd backed the “rebels” in Syria, was that we are backing Islamists and it was a big mistake.
    Especially after what has happened to the so called “The Arab Spring”. All that has created is more terrorists and more Asylum Seekers. Oh and more Jihadists from Countries like Australia. Yet we backed these ‘Rebels”..

  14. The first two tweets are articles from The Weekend Oz. Worth a look as I’ve not seen the info repeated elsewhere. The shortened links inside the tweets are to google searches, to save you a bit of time paywall dodging. The second two are to Peter Brent’s blog, no paywall.




    Some good observations in this one.


  15. The fact that the MH17 luggage and possessions have been looted is indicative of the poverty of the region and the hard lives of its inhabitants

  16. Right, well I can see what Abbott and his team are trying to do here, but I can’t see how it can possibly work. The instinct of Australians after 9/11 was to turn to Howard to see how he would react. He had a residual level of ‘trust’ (something he could still call on in 2004’s campaign) and he had things like the gun buyback and (if you like) his determination to introduce the GST to call on – he’d certainly demonstrated a capacity to make sensible choices on the GST when he removed it on petrol earlier in 2001. Added to that he had the ear of the US president and could be seen as an effective player on the world stage.

    Abbott has none of that. He’s not liked, he’s not trusted, he’s perceived as a liar, he’s on the back foot nearly everywhere, and so far he’s done nothing proactive for this country and has no present plans to do so either. Plus he gives the impression that the business community have tied his hands behind his back. He’s even been shown to be premature – and wrong – on MH370, his most recent attempt at being ‘statesmanlike’. No other country is keen on talking to him either. Well, maybe Sri Lanka.

    He’ll be coached to make the right noises, but it’s going to be impossible for his minders to keep him from coming off as rehearsed. So really, no matter which way this issue goes, he’s going to look hopelessly reactive and lacking in instinct. The best he can do there is assure Australians that he won’t make matters worse, and that he has the smarts to defer to countries far more capable of handling the issue. He’s made an awful start there.

    As if that isn’t enough, his party are locked into policy decisions that are antagonistic to most Australians, and there’s no chance he can get that balance right. Being decisive on one issue and shifty on everything else requires a level of tact he’s simply not up to.

    There seems to be an expectation that he’ll get a poll bounce from this. If he’s going to manage it, he’ll need a hell of a lot more work on his messaging, and he’ll need to remember that polls drift back to where they were once the first shock wears off. He hasn’t a chance of holding on to any gains he might be hoping for.

  17. Looting always occurs during disasters – tsunamis, flooding, fires. It’s not necessarily the poor people who loot, but often the opportunistic ones who glean things and resell them.

  18. http://www.theage.com.au/comment/coalition-under-pressure-from-a-most-unfortunate-decision-20140620-zsgd7.html





  19. Leonie

    I’ll pass on the Rudd article for the sake of my health.

    The bring up of the Rhys article is just an attempt at a pro-active strike in front of a book from JG.

    KRudd, I think, will not produce a ‘book’ because there would be multiple ‘that’s not how it went down’ responses.

  20. gigilene

    Add to that much of the lurid claims are coming from Kiev . As for the looting, I remember a doco on the Blitz and a letter was read written at the time by someone whose house had taken a direct hit. In it she wrote she did not bother to go back to the house the next day because “the looters would already have been” . Quite a contrast to the image the poms tried to portray of the behaviour during the blitz.. What she wrote and the tone she took showed that such looting was par for the course and normal.

  21. kk

    Yes, there probably have always been looters and will always be. They are a bit like vultures always looking for dead animals on the road, but there is a poignancy about it.

  22. gigi – I have a silver teaspoon that I found in a Barbican courtyard. It’s not ‘EPNS’.

    It has a ‘wrinkle’ on the back of the handle – so second class.

    I’ve often wondered who owned it.

  23. Bob Anderson’s statement after losing Stafford yesterday are incredibly detached from reality.

    “In a very short time we put together a credible campaign” he says. A near 20% swing is not a credible campaign.

    And Newman’s being arrogant as expected. “We’re listening” he says, in fact he’s listening so much that he’s going to continue what he’s been doing to the state twice as hard.

    But by all means, Newman should continue, it should make it so much easier for Labor to win.

  24. I feel like I’m being deluged with stupidity today, and sadly, it’s all coming from Labor supporters. Trying to create a controversy might seem like a good idea if the aim is to Get Abbott, but it would be good if people used their brains, did a bit of research and had a good think before leaping online. Some people are becoming a bit too desperate, I think.

    I hope I don’t offend anyone with any of this, but ‘stupid’ makes me grumpy.

    First example –
    You might have seen this sob story last night. Yes, it’s sad, a young woman dying of cancer. BUT – it is not Tony Abbott’s fault or Kevin Andrews fault if she does not qualify for a disability support pension. It’s the rules. There is an income and assets test and this woman failed it. Her family income is simply too large for her to qualify. Those who apply for DSP have to provide details of all their financials to Centrelink, just another in a stack of indignities you go through to get this payment.The test is there for good reason, if it didn’t exist the likes of Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer could claim DSP should they suffer a back injury or serious illness.

    Next example –
    Someone is trying to prove that Tony Abbott should not be PM because he has, allegedly, never renounced his British citizenship and so holds dual citizenship, in defiance of the rules. That one won’t fly. Someone tried the same thing on Eric Abetz a few years ago and had to withdraw their court challenge. Here’s Abetz’s explanation.

    I’m sure Abbott’s citizenship is all in order and making up crap about what Peta Credlin allegedly did or who lost what files in London won’t make things any better.

    And last –
    I tried to read this piece, but I only made it as far as the ‘why can’t we use the Future Fund to pay off debt’ bit and gave up in disgust.
    The Future Fund is there for a reason. It will pay for superannuation for public servants. Howard and Costello should have set it up years before they finally did. It is not a piggy bank of loose change a government can spend when it finds itself a bit short at the end of the financial year. It is not a slush fund. It is there for good reason and I wish people could get their heads around that.

  25. ctar1

    When we moved here and started clearing and digging, we found all sorts of horse accessories and tools … Nothing of value but bits of history …

  26. The reference earlier to the Western backing of rebel groups in the Middle East is likely accurate. It’s easy for us (the voters the leaders look to for support) to get dazzled by the idea of democracy. The complications of history and ethnicity can make it a can of worms. The Taliban should be in everyone’s mind.

    At the time it seemed to US interests to be a great idea to back them and do one in the eye against Soviet imperialism. A little better knowledge would have shown how dangerous that was and, while successful in stuffing up the Soviets, has been a chaotic mess ever since. And similar chaos is now occurring in the Middle East.

    In our own region (South-East Asia and extending to the north) there haven’t been many democracies as we imagine them to be. Rather, the most progressive have evolved from semi-authoritarian plutocracies to ‘guided democracies’ gradually improving as prosperity grows. We still have much more public dissent than most would normally allow. There seems to be a consensus there that the public good is not served by too much political distraction.

    At the same time, market conditions are slowly leading to more consumer and other freedom. Maybe we shouldn’t be so hasty to condemn other systems that have evolved in response to local history.

  27. ” It has a ‘wrinkle’ on the back of the handle – so second class.

    I’ve often wondered who owned it.”
    Sounds more “downstairs” than “upstairs” .

  28. gigi / Jaycee

    Nothing of value but bits of history …

    Yep. This one on standard kitchen rotation.

    An occasional scrub with a bit of ‘steel wool’ and then it’s happy.

    It’s too worn to decipher the hallmarks.

  29. Ushiaia (sp)…not a bad looking place if one wanted a tad of peace and quiet..it only gets down to -21 in winter…cool!

  30. Ushuaia isn’t much to write home about but there is some excellent scenery.

  31. ctar1

    I used to collect souvenir spoons. The last one I got came from Warragamba Dam when you could still walk through.

  32. You’re a caution, CTar1…at one moment , you’re the kind of person who’s gotten into that secret file in the wee hrs’ of the morning and is quietly clicking away with the “Leica Miniature”..the next moment you’re tasting the delights of Provence with “the littl’ lady, then examining with the discerning eye a piece of archaeology fitting for the British Museum !….a bit of a “Renaissance man” what !?

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