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. jaeger
    I suspected it might be something like that.

    I live on a public housing estate. Even though a lot of the homes have been sold off lately it’s still a very low income area with lots of single parents (male and female) and people with disabilities. The scum who set up these rip-off courses probably thought it would be a good place to target. Bad luck for them though. It’s right next door to the local TAFE college. Anyone interested in getting qualifications can do it there.

  2. Queensland Labor deputy leader Tim Mulherin will be retiring.

    Don’t really blame him, he’s been in parliament since 1995.

    I hope they get someone good to replace him though. Mackay might be a safe Labor seat but there can always be an Independent or worse one of Palmer’s clowns ready to swoop in if they make a poor choice.

  3. What does Bananas Bishop, star of the UN, foreign minister par excellence, fashion model and queen of the photo-shopped image and slasher of foreign aid funding have to say about this? I’m expecting crickets.

    Syrian refugees facing freezing temperatures as blizzards, strong winds buffet Middle East

    Those millions Abbott has just handed to his new BFF in Iraq would have been better spent here.

  4. Is Abbott secretly helping his friend in Sri Lanka? Returning a favour after the Sri Lankan government agreed to take back asylum seekers perhaps?

    Informed sources have told Independent Australia that, anticipating the worst, the Rajapaksas have already allegedly secreted more gold bullion and monies overseas to personal and business bank accounts, including to Australia,7239

  5. Those fundamentalists who perpetrate atrocities against society and use a tenuous connection with a religion to do it, can in many…MOST cases be called political right wing operatives…The right-wing opposition to anything contrary to an “Absolutist” principle is written in stone.Their “brand-mark” can be seen on display in a multitude of historical and contemporary atrocities, from bloodthirsty pogroms by ALL religions in the ancient times to bloodthirsty military campaigns of contemporary times, to small collectives or “lone-wolf” brutality against perceived left-wing conspiracies. To compare and seek absolution for those insanities by claiming they had some sort of “right of retaliation”, is to lose our collective “corporate memory”…The right-wing has lost ANY sort of “forgiving clause” by the examples of it’s history.

    This current outrage is not against any kind of “Guy Fawkes / Bring down the Govt’ ” conspiracy, it is, like Anders Brevik’s, an attack against a social “safety valve” that allows written satire to do the work of physical violence. The right-wing does not do satire well…because, being the anal-retentive fellowship it is, it lacks a deeper understanding and sympathy with the faults and failings of the “human within” all societies and us!

    To defeat these right-wing bastards that use their association with ANY particular religion, those Grand Mufti’s , The Pope, The patriarchs, The Grand Rabbi’s…whoever..must excommunicate the fundamentalists from the community body of the religion, therby denying the perpetrators the “safe-harbour” of religious tolerance or forgiveness for their actions…this then removes the “In God’s Name” from the deed, turning it into a common murder and the resulting manhunt into a criminal activity. But the heads of the relevant faiths MUST excommunicate these fundamentalists…the must!…for THAT connection is the crux and crutch that most of these criminal acts rest upon.

  6. The thing that worries me, and ought to worry us all, is that the solution to these fundamentalist outrages has been known and in many cases been implemented throughout history ..consider these lines from the 18th century..
    ” The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. “..

    the fact that “curative action” has not yet been put in place by ANY of those major powers whose sage advisers, fully aware of such procedures, prompts me to ponder on the advantages of “allowing” such atrocities to take place…

  7. gigilene
    And no beanies or gloves either. Poor little kids. I suspect warm clothing is in short supply.

    People have been making little socks for koalas who had their paws burnt in the fires, which is lovely and much needed, but the koalas now have plenty of little white socks. . We should be thinking about sending warm gear to refugees now.

  8. The mum who killed her 8 children and relatives made very little news. It certainly wasn’t part of the year 2014 major news. It seems that nobody asked questions about her history to try to make sense of it all. Why did she become mental? After a life of abuse, neglect, poverty, drugs, perhaps? Why wasn’t she looked after right from the start?

    Abbott’s priorities are marked by self-interest and dishonesty.

  9. The deaths of a family of aboriginal kids in Cairns was of no use to the PM. There was no way he could link that to terrorism, no way he could use it to ramp up fear and drum up some more hatred of Muslims, so he didn’t bother turning up or sending his condolences. It was of no use to the MSM either, they don’t take an interest in domestic violence or the problems of indigenous families.

  10. leone

    It still is a stain on our society. It doesn’t look good in the eyes of the world. It reflects badly on the white Aussie’s treatment of indigenous people.

  11. Fiona,
    Casuistry – you introduced me to a new word. I looked it up. Turns out to be the perfect description for Abbotts sophistry. The things one learns on this site!

  12. Al Palster

    Casuistry – you introduced me to a new word. I looked it up. Turns out to be the perfect description for Abbotts sophistry.

    Tones attended Jesuit schools and so perhaps that is why this guy really nailed Tone’ thinking .

    Blaise Pascal’s attack on the misuse of casuistry. In Provincial Letters (1656–7)[16] he scolded the Jesuits for using casuistic reasoning in confession to placate wealthy Church donors, while punishing poor penitents. Pascal charged that aristocratic penitents could confess their sins one day, re-commit the sin the next day, generously donate the following day, then return to re-confess their sins and only receive the lightest punishment; Pascal’s criticisms darkened casuistry’s reputation.

    The Jesuits found an enemy in Pascal, who laid against casuistry the condemnations found in many opponents of the method: laxism, situationism and moral relativism. Similar to Plato’s disdain of the Sophists, Pascal argued that the casuists had no solid moral base, but created a series of possible solutions to moral problems that could be arbitrarily picked by the whim of the chooser. Pascal believed that laxity developed in casuists who sought “‘probable’ opinions on every side of a difficult case” and that “the method of casuistry came to be seen as a source of excuse-making

  13. Is Tony Abbott to blame for Rajapaksa’s defeat?

    Bet you Bob Ellis will make a link.

  14. Did anyone see any news coverage about he bloke in QLD who got arrested for wearing the ‘I’m with stupid’ t-shirt? We got a two minute mention by the bloke filling in on 774, but it was a blink and you missed it type thing.

  15. Ten police, one paddy wagon and two cars turn to arrest the bloke in a comedy Tshirt while some female LNP pollie gets away with a couple of unpaid fines for drink driving offences and a licence cancellation. She’s paid up now so everything is OK, nothing to see here folks, move along now…..

    Linked this morning by jaeger –

    What IS it with the LNP and drinking?

  16. Leone

    Thanks, saw it on twitter all day yesterday. Must have missed it on SBS, but so pleased to hear it got a good run. It will hopefully make them stop and think of trying to interfere in the campaigning of either party, but most particularly the dirty tricks the LNP are renowned for.

  17. Al Palster
    If you like new words I encontered one recently when with a bunch of academics.
    Isn’t it beauthiful!

  18. LeoneTwo,
    I’m starting to wonder if the reason so many (particularly LNP) parliamentarians get pulled up for drink driving is because they are actually self-medicating because they know, on some level, that what they are proposing is really depressing.
    That and they are likely not to actually have to pay for the alcohol they consume?

  19. The really odd thing about the T-shirt arrest – it happened on the day the whole world was talking up the importance of free speech. Freedom to wear what you choose must be a different freedom.

  20. curioz
    Lack of self control? Believing they are above the law? Free grog? Bad habits learnt at expensive private schools and uni colleges? Who knows?

    Abbott has been a drunk since he was a teenager if stories about his uni years are to be believed. He lacks the self-discipline to give it up or at least cut back while he is PM. Bob Hawke managed to give up the booze (although not the women) while he was PM. Abbott is too weak and too self-indulgent to even try.

  21. Had some friends from many years ago suddenly drop in for a surprise visit…wonderful !..but took up most of the day.
    Thanks Fiona for finally releasing me from ‘quarantine”…although the threat of conversation had moved on somewhat!…but the sentiment is still the same.

  22. A Hummingbird? In Brittania?!

    This may be the original source (highest resolution on Google Images.)

    Calliope Hummingbird and Columbine Flower:
    Calliope Hummingbird and Columbine Flower

    Wikipedia says it’s the smallest breeding bird in USA and Canada, a mere 7-10cm from beak to tail.
    (Our smallest bird, the Weebill, is approx. 8-9cm long.)

  23. Sometimes virtue is rewarded.

    I decided to take the vegetable scraps out to the compost bin, and there on the back “lawn” was

  24. “…although the threat of conversation had moved on somewhat!”

    Made me do a bit of a !!!! . Was conversation with jaycee/Fiona so daunting it could be used as a threat ? 🙂

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