Can We Do It?

The “honour” of the first Guest Author thread for the year goes to Jaycee, with a modest proposal concerning what to do about what lies ahead for Australia and Australians in 2015. Thank you, Jaycee.

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As we venture into this new year, we enter the next phase of the LNP Government’s plan to reverse the social order of our nation. Make no mistake, the intention of right-wing ideology is not to appease, but to conquer and control economic, social and political policy direction of our country by the use of extreme measures that it has been carefully putting in place for the last year. Not for fear of terrorism were such search, monitor and police powers legislated … how many acts of terrorism have we ever suffered in this country to justify such complete control over our actions? And even if there were, would we not rise above such a situation with the stoicism and courage that many nations do when confronted with any such act? Australia is not as puny as a corporation born from one family’s twisted fortune. No, the right-wing has but one great fear: that it will lose control of the mechanisms that gain it both power and profit … after all, it was only for profit that Murdoch moved to put the LNP in power in the first place – that much is obvious.

The first six months of this year will be an “attack period”. Attacks on our social welfare system, attacks on social media criticism, attacks on the environment and political discourse. Perhaps, too, attacks on even our persons. The appointment of Scott Morrison to lead these attacks has been premeditated by warming him up with his unrelenting, cold-hearted cruelty towards asylum seekers. The gross hypocrisy of his claim of being cruel to be kind, by saving thousands from a watery grave, is exposed by the treatment AFTER ARRIVAL of those refugees he claims to have saved from drowning – as if they must now be taught a lesson for NOT drowning! No, the lessons of precise targeting learned from experimenting with asylum seekers, i.e., identifying and denouncing the “economic refugees”, the “no longer in danger” peoples and / or “how far to persecute and prosecute before strategic retreat from absolute cruelty” tactics will stand in good stead the master of the fates of any or all on some sort of welfare. According to the IPA’s philosophy, everybody knows “They’re nearly ALL malingerers of some sort – even those on an old-age pension – who, if they had any gumption at all, would have in their working life put away enough to fund their own retirement, just like Gina or Rupert or Twiggy!” Rest assured, Scotty has plans – oh yes! – he has plans … for us.

Now WE must plan. We, in social media, must work on a foundation platform of how to attack and render harmless the right-wing media which, as sure as sunrise, is going to set the tempo for this second year of the regime’s agenda. Murdoch knows he must either control or destroy the free democracy of social media. Social media is starting to confidently outstrip the MSM both news delivery and in satire of right-wing politicians, the MSM, and the MSM’s reporters and big-shot players. Not only that, but social media can now also lead in attack and parry and defence of ideals that appeal to a vast majority. Murdoch knows this ground: he has traversed it many times. The advantage we hold (at this moment) is the technology of the internet and the capability to use it. The old MSM is hamstrung by an unwieldy “hard-copy” press machine and with it an anachronistic “see, hear, report, edit, print” timetable. Social media has no such delays – it happens, it is visualized or tweeted as it happens – instant news! THIS is our weapon against the Murdoch juggernaut! Murdoch has only ONE power base: his employees, especially his journalists. Murdoch himself has no capacity to report or deliver – he has to rely solely on his employees – take them out of the picture and he is lost. It is the old story of the “for the want of a horse-shoe nail” – it IS that simple.

I believe we have to invent a brand new mechanism of political involvement via social media. We cannot do this alone or in individual blogs: we must try and involve the ALP, who need to build a broad information base and access to a wide readership. It would perhaps be to the party’s advantage to have instant rapport with its support and to reach out to those lurking and seeking persuasion to come over from the dark side! The ALP. already has a presence on Twitter, albeit a sort of loose familiarity – but it does twitter so much better than the LNP. After all, social media communication is more suited to those who sympathise with social equality and those who like to reach out and “touch” each other.

We have to build “chat tag-teams” to develop and push important topics along the conversation threads: to keep certain important policies in the public eye and discussion – not faking it, but delivering real issues to the front and centre of discussion AND having them discussed – not letting important news or policy be blown about by idle chatter then getting lost in the hubbub of gossip or advertising. We need “tag-teams” to liaise between the Party and the boards, to attack individual MSM journalists who propagandise for the LNP/ IPA/Murdoshians. We are beyond the point of beginning, but rather are seeking to complete the construction of a new generation of political discourse with social media at the centre.

This year will be an attack year for the LNP. They will have to cull Labor’s social policies and put in place their market-based options. It will be a slash and burn year for them. Murdoch will have his creatures going flat-out in support – his corporate future depends upon control of the media. They will probably use the Abbott / Morrison duo in a “good cop / bad cop” set-up. However they do it, they have to have their policy in place by the end of the year so as to butter the voters up for the next election. They have a plan, a strategy. We too must plan a counterattack and defence: it must be loud, wide-ranging and relentless. We must be able to melt back into the shadows and be ready to emerge with as much concentrated opinion as we can muster in as short a time as possible if we are to win this battle and we must be able to take it , via twitter, directly to the Floor of The House. Instant outrage! For it is a battle of ideology: to lose is to see a century’s worth of social infrastructure and a lifetime’s achievement of environmental restructuring wasted and destroyed. And for whom? For these people know no life save the barbaric solution of rapine and looting what is not and has never been theirs to loot!

Can we do it??? . . . “Yes we can!”

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560 thoughts on “Can We Do It?

  1. We have seen some trends boosting data transmission volumes and bandwidth needs:

    1. Telepresence and personal video phone calls

    2. More connected devices even in 2 person households

    3. 4K TV and 8KTV (UHDTV) needs fibre for the bandwidth needed

    4. 3D printing

    5. Games, Operating Systems and their patches growing ever larger and more and more only distributed and sold over the web.

    But there is another internet category that is going to clog our hardened and inadequate copper arteries. Samsung thinks so:

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/ces-2015-samsung-internet-of-things/

    Worth reading the whole thing:
    http://www.zdnet.com/topic/ces-2015-the-big-trends-for-business/

    On another topic, I think I finally got breadmaking down pat:

  2. Fiona—alas, not a benchtop, just a granite slab I bought for pastry making. Made one lot of pastry—an abysmal failure 😦

    Just bought “Pastry Perfection: Foolproof Recipes for the Home Cook (Hardback”)
    By Nick Malgieri to see if I can ease my way into pastry making.

    ATM looking for info on home made advokaat, not how to make it, plenty recipes, but how to make it so I can drink it over a couple of months. Got plenty lovely eggs to make it with!

  3. Willneverbesold interviewed Jay W. last night. Only, imo, for the purpose of uttering her last sentence that PM TA will visit the fire damaged areas in SA. That must have been the only reason for interviewing the Premier. Just to show off her dear leader, and how compassionate he is.

  4. http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/general/politics/labor-eyes-rural-redemption/2720633.aspx?storypage=0

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/putins-washington-113894.html

    http://www.juancole.com/2015/01/sharpening-contradictions-satirists.html

    http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=3500&page=0

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/brazil-right-wing-veja/

  5. Finally something has woken up journos from their rustic torpor. Some journos got murdered.

    Expect the old safari suits to be released from mothballs, and more “War!” talk. Nothing succeeds like self-interest.

    You half-forgive them if they actually DID something. But the whingeing from Dubai a couple of days ago is, sadly, all to much the norm.

    Taken off the drip, they don’t know what to do anymore except moan and gnash their teeth.

  6. BB – I expect they’ll trot out the “fourth estate”, “freedom of press/speech” etc. fairy stories for a few days – along with the usual press release reprints and Rupert’s dictation.

  7. Fergeddabout the journos, much more exciting news from chez Fiona.

    For the past 2.5 years we have been without a screen door at the back of the house. This was occasioned by certain *ahem* rearrangements made by OH to the laundry – like so many older houses, the back verandah was, over the years, converted in many interesting and useful ways.

    The laundry renovations have been on hold now for more than two years. The new back door – with leadlight window painstakingly and very beautifully designed and made by OH – has, of course, been a joy and a delight. However, I would like to be able to have air coming through, especially in summer after a cool change, without the annoyance of various flying insects.

    OH is off on one of his choral frolics early next week, and won’t be back until late January. He’s done almost nothing useful to the house for ages, so I put my tiny paw down HARD (did I threaten to slash the Pimpmobile’s tyres???) and told him the things he had to do before he left were (1) roll up all the cables littering various parts of downstairs so I can get some proper cleaning done, and (2) install a new flyproof screen door.

    (1) was done after moi retired to basket last night.

    (2)? Well, he spent yesterday and this morning trying to make a silk purse out of a couple of ancient doors, gave up, went to Bunnings, and came back with a perfectly respectable metal and mesh door. The only problem: the lock hadn’t been installed properly, and there was no striker plate.

    A striker plate has since been acquired; the door has been hung; and OH has retired hurt for the evening with some pulled muscles in his shoulders.

    So far I’ve been sympathetic, and appropriately delighted by his efforts.

    I’m also wondering if he realises that the thin edge of the wedge has been inserted . . .

    When he returns, there are windows to be repaired, window cords to be renewed, guttering and downpipes to be replaced, whatever the bit under the eaves is called to be repaired, the mynas’s favourite nesting hole to be blocked, the outside of the house to be repainted, a new garage/workshop to be built, the fences to be replaced, water tanks to be installed, the garden to be refurbished . . .

    And the mistress of project management will ensure it happens.

  8. Re. inserting things, I’ve always found turps and a wire brush work wonders. They’ve gotten me off my feet and into rehabilitative action around the house on more than one occasion. It’s gotten so just the threat of a dose of turps and a certain back-and-forth brushing motion from HI can have me slathering and drooling something pavlov.

    My best effort in the putting-things-off stakes is ten years. That was fixing the gate.

  9. Bushfire Bill,

    You are a mere tyro compared with OH!

    Getting serious, however, he turns 73 this year, and wants to stay in this house until he dies.

    Fair enough. However, it’s a large and old house, and if we ARE to stay here, he has to realise that various things must be dealt with now if we can both age comfortably (if not gracefully) in place – after all, I will be 60 in July.

    I’ve maintained for years that I don’t know which would be better: for him to predecease me, so I can have all the fun of getting rid of his junk, or for me to predecease him, so I don’t have to deal with it.

    However, that means his daughters will have the job, and they’ve all made it abundantly clear they’re not interested.

    So, in deference to the next generations, I think it’s up to us.

  10. PS,

    The two upstairs were renovated very thoroughly and rather nicely between 1989 and 1991 (though remind me NEVER again to position a bath in a way that you really have to get into it to clean it properly.

    However, the shower curtains still hang from retired broom handles suspended by cunning wire arrangements from the adjacent wall enclosures . . .

    So that means OH’s record for not completing a job properly is more than double yours, BB.

  11. Fiona,
    Your fella has my sympathies and you are obviously a tartar of an employer (I suspect that he doesn’t even get compensated for working weekends and public holidays, but perhaps as he is a Liberal voter that’s right and proper).
    I’m protected by my incompetence. When anything beyond the most rudimentary domestic task needs attention, my beloved’s solution is “to get a man in”, as the creature in residence purporting to be a man can’t be trusted with anything practical.

  12. Have we reached peak FMD yet ? Some Lib Bot on Sky’s Paul Murray’s show just said “Men and women in this country and others die for freedom of speech”

  13. There are advantages to being a pauper living in public housing. When things break I either ring a hot line, if it’s urgent, like a busted hot water system, and the appropriate tradie appears within 24 hours, does his thing and vanishes, or if it’s not so urgent I fill in an online request and someone eventually turns up to fix whatever.

    In theory, anyway. There was the time it took two years to get a cracked bathroom hand basin replaced….. long story. Two years doesn’t seem such a long wait now.

  14. Fiona,

    That post of yours brought back memories of me dear old Mum! For a long time she asked, pleaded and begged for the lino in the bathroom to be replaced to no avail. So, when the blokes were away from the homestead mustering cattle, she gathered her tools of trade and set to work. There was a box of brand new lino pieces in the store room (presumably saved because they might come in handy one day). Mum removed the old cracked and worn stuff from the bathroom floor and, using a million tacks ‘installed’ the new lino like a patchwork quilt.

    I leave it to your imagination how her handiwork was viewed when my father came home and then the cursing when the patchwork lino was being removed in order to lay the new lino complete with underlay.

    Funny though, whenever Mum asked for something after the bathroom floor incident, she never ever had to ask twice.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    “Is this just normal now?” Waleed Aly asks himself.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/plane-crashes-terrorism-random-violence–new-realities-amid-our-relative-security-20150108-12jwn9.html
    Our David Pope’s cartoon goes viral.
    http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/david-popes-charlie-hebdo-cartoon-goes-viral-on-social-media-20150108-12jwtc.html
    The toll of fearless free speech.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/paris-attacks-the-toll-of-fearless-free-speech-20150108-12kbfk.html
    David Wroe on the dangers of returning foreign fighters.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/charlie-hebdo-attack-ruthless-efficiency-of-paris-gunmen-point-to-dangers-of-returning-foreign-fighters-20150108-12k25s.html
    For potentially 21 days in NSW cold be without gas. Is AGL playing an extortion game here?
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/nsw-faces-21-days-in-winter-without-guaranteed-gas-agl-warns-20150108-12jyv9.html
    This clown belongs in a secure mental institution.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/radical-preacher-justifies-paris-massacre-20150108-12kl6u.html
    The SMH editorial has its say on freedom of expression.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/we-would-rather-die-standing-than-live-on-our-knees-20150108-12k7j4.html
    We must not stop laughing at these murderous clowns.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/08/charlie-hebdo-martin-rowson
    Peter FitzSimons checks in direct from Paris.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/paris-outraged-but-defiant-after-charlie-hebdo-shooting-20150108-12k72n.html
    How extremist religious warriors use the media.
    https://theconversation.com/charlie-hebdo-the-fourth-estate-and-religious-extremism-36007

  16. Section 2 . . .

    People who attack cartoonists will ultimately fail.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/people-who-attack-cartoonists-will-ultimately-fail-20150108-12k58v.html
    How France attracts special attention from terrorists.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/france-attracting-special-attention-from-terrorists-20150108-12k35k.html
    The political value of climate change denial has hit zero so what will Abbott do now?
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/08/the-political-value-of-climate-denial-has-fallen-to-zero-what-will-abbott-do-now
    These figures do not bode well for coal.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/just-years-to-go-for-unburnable-coal-reserves-new-study-finds-20150108-12kcht.html
    Newman puts the frighteners on Queensland public servants.
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-state-election-2015/queensland-state-election-public-servants-warned-over-political-commentary-20150108-12kl8p.html
    Linking GST changes to NSW and Queensland elections.
    http://wixxyleaks.com/plan-a-how-the-gst-could-be-linked-to-nsw-and-qld-state-elections/
    The three worst things the Liberals did yesterday.
    http://www.ellistabletalk.com/2015/01/08/the-three-worst-things-the-liberals-did-yesterday-61/
    Anti-vaxxers are so friendless that free speech is enough to defeat them.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/08/anti-vaxxers-so-friendless-that-free-speech-is-enough-to-defeat-them
    I’m surprised homeopathic cures were not also included.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/health-department-offers-hypnotherapy-acupuncture-cash-to-help-staff-quit-smoking-20150108-12k95e.html
    John Spooner and GST on fresh food.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/spooner-gallery-20090716-dmsv.html
    David Rowe comes back to make his contribution on Charlie Hebdo.
    http://www.afr.com/p/national/cartoon_gallery_david_rowe_1g8WHy9urgOIQrWQ0IrkdO

  17. Entitlement?

    “LNP Gold Coast MP Verity Barton apologises over unpaid fines, driving bans”:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-08/lnp-gold-coast-mp-verity-barton-apologises-about-twice-suspende/6007620

    (I’m always curious about mismatching headlines and URLs. Sometimes it’s a genuine update, but often it has the stench of spin doctoring. In this case, it looks legit – the original headline appears to have only mentioned the driver’s license suspensions.)

  18. Charlie Hebdo attackers not linked to Al Qaeda: Expert
    http://www.aa.com.tr/en/u/447012–charlie-hebdo-attackers-not-linked-to-al-qaeda-expert

    So much for that piece linked last night, jumping to conclusions about Al Qaeda. Just like the Sydney siege this was the work of nutters and just like the Sydney siege the police and authorities had known about the nutters for years.

    While I’m on the subject of Charlie Hedbo –
    I was sickened by the photos of crowds gathering in Martin Place last night to ‘pay homage’. A mindless act by mindless people who would never have been readers of this trashy little piece of fluff let alone known of its existence until yesterday. Did they know the history of their new idol? Did they even know why it was called ‘Hedbo’? Did they know about its history or all the other death threat that had been made, including threats by Jewish extremists who also took offence? Did they khow how few copies were sold every week? Did they know that one of the December issues featured a cartoon of the Virgin Mary, legs spread wide, giving birth to Jesus? Would they have found that offensive if it had appeared in an Australian publication?

    I bet the teary-eyes mob last night had NFI about any of that. It was just another chance to be ‘concerned’ and to try to link the killings to ‘terrorism’. Terrorism the new boogey man. Soon we will be telling our toddlers to ‘be good or the terrorists will get you’.

    How about people try to learn and think for themselves before they leap onto the latest bandwagon. If people want to mourn publically for people they have never met and had never heard of until yesterday then they might like to have a vigil for the thousands of innocent Iraqis our ‘brave’ soldiers and airmen have helped kill in the last few months. We have never met them, either.

    Is all the public sobbing because the dead were cartoonists? Even that is incorrect. One was an editor, one was a psychologist/writer, one was an economist, one was a copy editor, one poor sod was just visiting the office, one was a caretaker, two were police on duty, only four of the eight victims were actually cartoonists.. Did the Martin Place mourners or Tony Abbott or Bill Shorten know their names or their positions? Probably not.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30724678

    I found this link in my inbox this morning. I’m glad I’m not the only person in the world who says loud and clear ‘I am NOT Charlie Hedbo’.

    I am NOT Charlie
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40651.htm

  19. Newman does look like the bookworm, I also think he has the personality of the King of Id.

  20. puffy

    I usually say “all the way to the soul” … Same thing really.

    Just compare them with Jay W’s fine features and mild manners …

  21. From the comment’s in the Bob Ellis ‘Three worst things’ piece – this deserves a post to itself because the MSM have barely mentioned Abbott’s stint in the commentary box, except for some blokey arf arfing about Abbott’s beer confession.

    You’ve posted this Bob, just as PM RAbbott beats his way into the ABC’s commentary box at the SCG. It is clear from his first words, Big Ear’s head has never worn a batting helmet. ‘Ah… um… (terrorism babble) … India… FTA … Robb … do a deal … Ah … um .. “Save me please, Jim Maxwell!”
    And so we descend into a diatribe about Abbott’s non existent cricketing career, behind a beer glass, at Oxford. ‘Ha, ha ha’, chuckles RAbbott, before again turning to those dreaded three letters, FTA. All delivered in one, two, three word bursts.

    Jim Maxwell is a brave man. His first words on Rabbott’s departure, “Well I don’t know what we got out of that. Luckily no sixers, fours or wickets occured during that interruption.” An equally brave Test cricketer, co-commentator Ed Cowan responds, “I couldn’t get an word in edge wise.” “Politicians are paid for their words; he seems to have a lots of them.”

    The RAbbott has moved the the sanctuary of the channel nine box & the security of a liberal voting Mark Taylor’s embrace. Luckily, I’m still listening to cynical Jim & unimpressed Ed show on Aunty.

    TAbbott is like a cracked record. One Track Tony. Long may he continue on this path to oblivion

    The beer thing? Here, with bonus coverage of Abbott’s boob cake episode.
    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/tony-abbott-claims-he-doesnt-even-have-john-howards-bowling-ability-20150108-12k861.html

    I remember Julia Gillard’s cricket commentary moments. She was funny, charming and showed she knew a bit about the game. She did not make it all about herself, either.
    Listen to one for yourself – FPMJG with Drew Morphett at the McGrath Foundation day in January 2012.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-05/interview-julia-gillard/3760096

  22. Hmmmmm –
    There I was, settled with a cup of Mr Twinings best orange and cinnamon tea, ready to watch Project Runway and some bloke knocks on the door. He’s from some education institute offering federal government funded diploma courses. I turned 69 last year, have more than enough degrees and diplomas and will not be returning to the work force so I wasn’t interested. He was very nice, a middle-aged chap, probably forced into this work because Centrelink said so. He looked a bit weary for 10.30 in the morning. Sales must have been poor.

    Why isn’t that funding going to TAFE instead of into paying door-to-door salesmen to flog dodgy courses?

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