Trump-mania overtakes Australia in Turnbull’s bad hair week

Here’s Urban Wronski’s latest – another biting blast at pretend and pretentious pollies. Thank you as always, kind sir she said.

“My door will always be open” tweets Pauline Hanson, at the first signs of Donald Trump’s surprise victory. Is it an ironic echo of her 1996 maiden speech? “Of course I will be called racist but if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country.”

In 2001, desperate for a boost in the polls, fellow US sycophant, John Winston Howard, stole Hanson’s line: “But we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.” Howard went on to praise Philip Ruddock, who lied that babies were thrown overboard, helping his and subsequent governments demonise asylum-seekers, refugees, people-smugglers and ultimately the UNHCR.

Fifteen years later, immigration still dominates the week’s politics. “We, the United States, have agreed to consider referrals from UNHCR on refugees now residing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea,” declares US Secretary of State John Kerry, Sunday, upstaging the Coalition’s own announcement and our MPs’ frenzied Trump fan clubbing.

Earlier in the week, Ms Hanson is elbowed aside by other MPs with a soft spot for a con-man. Who doesn’t love a misogynistic, sexist, racist thug? Fan boy Cory Bernardi tweets images of himself in a cap saying “make Australia great again”. George Christensen, who begged Hanson not to run a candidate against him last election, says “it shows people want a different style of politics”, while, ever sensitive to the popular will, autocratic Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz says “people do want to get back into control”; rid of the tyranny of political correctness.

Ayatollah Abetz hectors Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane. How dare he propose that “our society must have strong protections against racial abuse and vilification, while guaranteeing freedom of speech?” The Commissioner must “consider his position and … reflect on whether his elitist approach to enforcing his world view on people is in line with the expectations of the Australian people whom he should be serving.”

Trumpmania is not just for nutters. A crush of Federal MPs, former PMs and wannabes stage dive into the populist mosh pit of The Donald’s Aussie victory concert. They crowd-surf on the cross-bench molls, trolls and xenophobes partying happily in step already with the Trump trash pop groove.

A bevy of local experts on demagogues and charlatans including John Howard, John Hewson, Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd and Georgina Downer eagerly review The Trump Show for us; peer into the Donald’s crooked looking glass.”

“It’s a huge victory for middle America, Ms Downer writes in deathless IPA prose. It is a rejection of liberal internationalism, political correctness and the progressive politics of urban elites in favour of traditional American values … Trump will lead the US in the right direction.”

“The American people have made a great and momentous choice” says Turnbull. If only someone could tell the American people.

“Fuck Trump” say the placards of demonstrators in a dozen US cities, who clearly are not feeling hugely victorious. On the streets are scenes of fear and uncertainty; an abdication of leadership. Crowds chant “Not my president!”

Australia is quite safe, we are told, now there’s a crazy, trigger-happy cowboy at the helm of the world’s most powerful nation. Don’t believe everything he says. Now that he is President-elect, his threats and promises will be revealed to be “just campaign devices”. He didn’t mean it or others will keep him in check when he is on the oval office. Relax. The politics of inertia takes care of itself.

There are grounds for scepticism. Arab diplomatic sources report that the Trump campaign contacted Middle East embassies in Washington, D.C. three months after Trump declared his ban on Muslims entering the U.S.: “ His campaign workers asked key Arab diplomats to ‘ignore Mr. Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail.” Trump is also “walking back” his threat to dismantle Obamacare and his threat to put crooked Hillary in jail.

Yet there are countless other grounds for concern over Trump’s character despite the dubious defences. No matter how many women testify to being sexually assaulted by The Donald, all thirteen are lying, including first wife Ivana Trump in her sworn 1990 divorce deposition. No matter that Trump refuses to show his tax returns or anything else that gets in the way of his pathological need for approval, when’s he’s President, he’ll do better. No matter that Trump lies about opposing the Iraq war; we all make mistakes when we speak in public. No matter that the only thing that the only consistency in his incoherent, rambling, ranting campaign hate speeches is his insatiable appetite for applause. It’s his traditional vibe that matters. No matter he’s only in it for the rallies and the rabble-rousing self-gratification.

In a post-truth, post modern world, the naturally repulsive Mr Trump is an anti-hero for his times, a grotesque travesty of a popular leader whose political skills amount to shrewdly echoing his listeners’ prejudices, anxieties and fears. Like all demagogues, he knows how to give voters what he thinks they want to hear.

Trump’s cunning enough to know that he can make big promises to little people because they are too small to make him keep them. Like Tony Abbott, or Malcolm Turnbull, The Donald’s counterfeit discourse makes authentic civic conversation impossible. One thing only is certain, no-one – least of all the impulsive Donald Trump – knows what he will do.

To real-estate clients Trump offers three types of luxury, luxury, super luxury and super, super luxury. After interviewing him to discover what makes The Donald tick, the New Yorker’s Mark Singer concluded, Trump has achieved the ultimate luxury, “an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul”. The Donald will say or do anything if it gets a cheer.

Trump may promise to “bomb the shit out of ISIS” and steal their oil or build a Mexican wall or round up and deport twelve million “illegal” aliens. He may claim climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese to steal US jobs.

But there’s more to the Trump vibe than the thrill of ignorance and bigotry unleashed. It’s a field day for Tony Abbott and all other self-respecting narcissists who rush the airwaves to admire their own features in the vanity mirror of their gloss on Trump’s upset victory. Turn his win to their advantage. In a barb aimed at his PM which wilfully misrepresents Trump’s radicalism, Abbott says “politicians should not ignore the conservative vote” .

The failed former prime minister is quickly slapped down by the current incompetent. Turnbull tells 3AW that Abbott’s policies: his budget and copayment played a huge part in voter disillusionment. Trumping Abbott’s bid for attention, he is telephoned the US President-elect – the fifth world leader on the list. Trump, he reports “was warm”. He is a businessman, a deal-maker. The US President-elect and the Australian leader have a great deal in common. What can possibly go wrong?

“I suppose as both being businessmen who found our way into politics, somewhat later in life, we come to the problems of our own nations and indeed world problems with a pragmatic approach,” Turnbull, who has been in politics all his life, says adding for good measure that the US has principles which both parties must follow.

The sacred Australia-US Alliance will be preserved, Mr Turnbull vows. Amen. No-one really believes that Donald Trump has even heard of it, let alone understands it. No matter. Australian politicians love to get it wrong. The alliance is only “an agreement to consult” . The ANZUS Treaty is similarly ambiguous. It calls on signatories to “consult” and “act” if another party is attacked, but does not specify what that action should be. But we can’t let that worry us with Trump magic in the air.

A presidential campaign which has defied rational analysis for eighteen months suddenly makes sense to everybody. Miraculously it gives heart to both our Prime Ministers, the deposed but yet undead former Prime Minister and his replacement with the same policies, Malcolm Turnbull, yet neither is quite as Trump-struck as Pauline. Could it be love?

Ms Hanson blushes later, laughing off Karl Stefanovic on Nine and his suggestion that she has the hots for the delectable Donald. A model of accommodation for this rich white male member of a power elite, the One Nation leader and former celebrity dancer cum political commentator, poses with champagne in parliament grounds to offer her probing assessment of Trump’s victory over Clinton. The success of the billionaire reality TV host, property speculator and tax evader who inherited his father’s real-estate business and between $40 and $200 million and who forced small contractors out of business by not paying his bills, represents a win for little people everywhere.

Hanson, who has represented her little people by voting with the government on all but two occasions so far, dismisses Stefanovic’s call for Trump’s isolationist rhetoric to be taken seriously. In vain, the Nine host instances The Donald’s ranting against NAFTA and all other Free Trade Agreements including our Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) a very big deal whose benefits to Australia this government has yet to spell out to anyone. He could just as easily instance Trump’s role as an apologist for Russia.

“I believe what Donald Trump says, look after your own country first. Karl, they’re not going to be isolationists. People put this fear factor out,” she says, blithely unaware that Trump’s “America First” is the slogan of 1930s US isolationists, confusing it, perhaps, with a religion. Anything you don’t understand can be explained away as the work of a conspiracy.

Cory Bernardi, George Christensen and Malcolm Roberts follow Hanson; publicly clutching at the coat-tails of The Donald’s sudden elevation from racist hate-speaker, paranoid fear-monger and pathological liar to popular hero. For Mr. Bernardi, not only is Trump’s win a win for all billionaire narcissists oppressed by political correctness everywhere, it is all about Cory and “a validation of all I have been warning about for many years.”

Mr. Bernardi, an inveterate attention-seeker who insists that his own ultra-conservative agenda and his homophobia somehow represent a persecuted silent majority, warns of “major political parties wilfully ignoring voters in favour of their own power and self-interest.”

“We see this as a wonderful opportunity to restore freedom” says Malcolm Roberts who, not to be outdone, defies all forms of correctness when he appears Thursday unfurling an infantile US revolutionary flag beloved of Tea Party nutters and troublemakers everywhere. It bears an image of a serpent and the legend “don’t tread on me”.

It’s been a huge week for Mr Roberts whose press conference Monday saw him release a 42-page document claiming the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology corrupted climate data and that global warming is an international Jewish banking conspiracy to gain global control through environmentalism.

PHON Freedom, of course, has its limits. When journalists ask about Rod Culleton, party hack James Ashby shouts: “We’re not talking about that now.” The media conference is closed.

Later, claiming to have been invited to “connect” with the Trump presidency, the irrepressible Roberts hisses that Trump is ” … dismantling the establishment … what we have is only One Nation, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, capable of dealing with Donald Trump’s presidency.” Roberts’ monopoly on The Donald is a big call even in a week when the PM rises to nail Tony Abbott’s colours to his mast over same sex marriage.

“I’m not interested in gesture politics,” gestures Malcolm Bligh Turnbull Tuesday in the House, earning howls of derision from Opposition MPs who know a token politician when they see through one. Despite its duplicity and heroic denial, his government has been ambushed by reality. After the defeat of its bill in the senate Monday, marriage equality will no longer be tried by divisive plebiscite and alarmist, sensational government-funded homophobic propaganda.

It’s a crisis, firstly because the PM has no plan B; it’s his signature. Turnbull’s singular capacity to tie himself up in knots devising a single, workable plan A was painfully evident in his everything on the table taxation reform debacle. Despite George Brandis and other bullies urging that it was now or never, the movement for equality will not die down. It is likely now to proceed via a bill to the senate where it will be passed and then referred to a lower house where Turnbull’s leadership will be severely tested by a vociferous minority of hard right opponents of gay marriage such as Cory Bernardi and Eric Abetz who have never really accepted his authority or legitimacy.

As one plank of a thin campaign platform collapses and with the prospect of an ABCC defeat in the senate imminent, the government’s thin agenda is even more exposed. The diversions of racial vilification and his popular war on asylum-seekers and showing humanity to refugees appear to be little more than wedge politics. His 18C show is currently getting up a head of steam with the announcement of an inquiry into the Human Rights Commission. Luckily, his Turnbullishly clever double dissolution, as Annabel Crabb would have it, has wrought some colourful distractions of its own.

A merciful diversion is provided by One Nation as Pauline Hanson throws her own Rod Culleton under a bus after it becomes clear that the sand-groper, a natural amateur standup comedian, owes around $5 million at least to a big bank and to Wesfarmers. When he declared his eligibility, moreover, his pending sentence for felony slipped his mind as did any inkling that he might, to all intents and purposes, be insolvent.

Reversing over his body to see if he’s dead, Hanson waves Culleton’s One Nation Party application before tabling the document in the Senate – just in case it might appear One Nation itself was in any way at fault.

Culleton, clearly a threat to Malcolm Roberts’ place as best standup routine in the One Nation team entry, touchingly promised reporters in July that even should his candidacy be annulled, his key-nicking, debt-defaulting days were over: “I’m going to pursue a life of common sense and real down-to-earth politics.” Neither of which, clearly, are achievable should he remain in either the One Nation party or in the senate.

All is not lost, however, on big Bob Katter who takes a shine to young Rod. He calls forlornly upon Pauline to stand by her man. Could it be, he ponders aloud, in the House of Representatives Monday, that Culleton’s support of a Royal Commission into banking, his opposition to foreign ownership of farms or his stance against the ABCC have put the skids under his otherwise promising career path? Perish the thought.

Back in his office, Malcolm Turnbull takes solace in his red tea pot. Things can only get better next week. He’s made a fool of himself in airing his misunderstanding of the role of the HRC. His big refugee announcement sounds like a con and he has been gazumped by John Kerry. Obama’s got to be allowed one parting shot.

Bungling George Brandis has backed down disgracefully after trying to take over the solicitor general’s authority. His mission critical ABCC bill, so urgently required to free our great nation of workplace thuggery has been put on hold while One Nation gets its act together; at least until its senators’ bona fides are sorted out by the High Court.

Bob Day just won’t go away but at least the Coalition has not revealed what it knew about him so far. At least the backpacker tax debate has been put off until Barnaby or the monkey pod boys tell him what to do about it.

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485 thoughts on “Trump-mania overtakes Australia in Turnbull’s bad hair week

    • Sound advice would tell him to get stuffed. Not that Mr Jennings would have any clue.

      We need China more than we need Trump.

  1. Josh Frydenberg wins us an international award – not one we want, though.

    ‘Fossil of the Day’.

    Australia lobbies for Adani coal mine at climate talks

    Australia energy minister Josh Frydenberg has been “caught out” lobbying the US in favour of the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, earning it the first “fossil of the day” award at the Marrakech climate talks.

    Frydenberg was heard talking to US energy secretary Ernest Moniz at the COP22 conference in Morocco, complaining about the support of US charities for communities and environmental activists opposing the construction of what would be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

    The intervention came less than a week after Australia ratified the Paris climate treaty, which aims to cap global warming at “well below 2°C” and as low as 1.5°C, and hours after the International Energy Agency said this would require completely decarbonising the world’s electrify sector by 2040

    http://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-lobbies-for-adani-coal-mine-at-climate-talks-99175/

    And –
    http://www.climatenetwork.org/fossil-of-the-day

    It’snot the first timneAustralia has won this much sought-after award.
    Paris UN climate conference, Decmeber 2015.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/un-climate-conference/paris-un-climate-conference-2015-australia-named-fossil-of-the-day-20151210-glk65w.html

    Lima COP20, December 2014 – 3 awards.
    http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/australia-scoops-three-fossil-of-the-day-awards-at-cop20-lima/

    Warsaw COP19, 2013 –
    http://thewire.org.au/story/australia-wins-fossil-of-the-day-award/

    The Abbott and Turnbull governments have definitely been ‘award winning’.

    • Been moved on. He’s now Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

      Seeing as the current regime has made sure we have few industries left, has defunded scientific research caused our scientists to flock overseas in droves and has NFI about innovation he should be having a very idle time these days.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Michael calls BS on lower company taxes increasing wages. The BCA and Morrison have gone Trumpian he says.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/tell-us-the-one-about-business-wanting-to-pay-higher-wages–its-hilarious-20161117-gsrz5g.html
    Michelle Grattan reports on Turnbull’s speech to the BCA.
    https://theconversation.com/define-fairness-more-broadly-than-winners-and-losers-from-individuals-decisions-turnbull-68994
    Sean Nicholls reviews Baird’s bad year of decisions whose last is the one on ICAC that is the worst.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-new-question-for-mike-bairds-colleagues-20161117-gsrci0.html
    Turnbull sets himself up for a stoush with Trump over the TPPP.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-champions-free-trade-before-apec-meeting-20161117-gsrmvu.html
    Now Turnbull is delaying presentation of his taxation bill until after Christmas.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-government-poised-to-put-priority-company-tax-cuts-on-hold-over-summer-20161116-gsr4nd.html
    In Trumpworld politics context is everything writes Laura Tingle. Google.
    /opinion/trumpworld-politics-context-is-everything-20161117-gsrlti
    A message from SarakhGill to the lunar right: dream on if you think Trump could happen here.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/a-message-to-the-lunar-right-dream-on-if-you-think-trump-could-happen-here-20161116-gsqbn4.html
    Trump shows .that he has unparalleled prowess in international diplomacy.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/let-me-know-if-youre-passing-by-what-donald-trump-said-to-theresa-may-20161117-gsrzr3.html
    Already Republican lawmakers are pushing back on Trump’s Russian foray.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/republican-lawmakers-move-to-restrain-donald-trump-on-russia-20161116-gsr34q.html
    Trump is fomenting fear and anger as talk about internment camps for Muslims emerge from his transition team/
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/anger-and-fear-as-trump-team-talks-of-internment-camps-and-muslim-registries-20161117-gsrzvo.html
    The realities of an Islamophobic presidency are starting to sink in.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/17/muslim-americans-donald-trump-hate-crimes-surveillance

  3. Section 2 . . .

    Has the vindictive Trump family caused the exclusion of Chris Christie from the team?
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/trumps-soninlaw-jared-kushner-apparently-settling-scores-with-the-christies-20161117-gsrm05.html
    Trump’s plans could further destabilise the Middle East.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/undoing-iran-nuclear-deal-would-destabilise-middle-east-20161116-gsqgig.html
    Trump’s former campaign director has credited the FBI with Trump’s win.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/11/17/corey-lewandowski-credits-fbi-director-james-comey-with-helping/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage
    Rudi Guliani’s divisive New York past has many concerned over what post he may gain in the Trump administration.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/17/rudy-giuliani-new-york-mayor-trump-cabinet
    22 times Michelle Obama endured rude, racist, sexist or plain dumb attacks.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/22-times-michelle-obama-endured-rude-racist-sexist-or-plain-dumb-attacks-20161116-gsr5vu.html
    Michelle Grattan looks at how Turnbull and Shorten have reacted to the advent of Trumpism.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-trumpism-has-shorten-and-turnbull-focusing-on-the-politics-of-disquiet-68995
    Greg Jericho analyses our three years of stagnant wages growth. Don’t be surprised when people look for someone to blame, he says. There are some really concerning graphs in the article.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2016/nov/17/three-years-of-stagnant-wage-growth-dont-be-surprised-if-people-look-for-someone-to-blame
    ASIC has set its sights on Harvey Norman. Stand by for tears of victimisation and extreme whingeing to flow from Gerry Harvey!
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/corporate-watchdog-seeks-answers-from-harvey-norman-20161117-gsref9.html
    This “top notch” Liberal incubator is refusing to let Elizabeth Broderick conduct a review of its culture.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/st-pauls-college-boycotting-elizabeth-broderick-review-into-college-culture-20161117-gsrfq7.html
    John Hewson bemoans the rise of right wing, protectionist and nationalistic voting around the world.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/were-not-the-51st-state-of-america-and-we-shouldnt-act-like-it-20161117-gsrb64.html

  4. Section 3 . . .

    Kate McClymont looks at the failed attempt by struck-off crooked solicitor Howard Hilton to get his shingle back.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/corrupt-solicitor-howard-hilton-has-bid-to-return-as-solicitor-rejected-20161117-gsrcor.html
    Watch out for the fleas Can-Do!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/exqueensland-premier-campbell-newman-spotted-in-talks-with-one-nation-adviser-20161117-gsril7.html
    I am thinking that the federal government’s policy announcement on a national compensation scheme for child sexual abuse survivors was designed to be stymied by the states thereby delaying or nixng the scheme. They do love to have others to blame. Am I too cynical here?
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/sexual-abuse-survivors-call-for-action-over-compensation-scheme-20161116-gsr8l1.html
    The pressure on Turnbull to bend to the conservatives is stronger than ever.
    https://theconversation.com/pressure-on-malcolm-turnbull-to-bend-to-conservatives-is-stronger-than-ever-68479
    Martin Hirst discusses how fake news helped put billionaire reality TV “star” Trump in the White House and nobbled poor old Aunty.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/media-sauce-fake-news-electing-trump-and-more-abc-bashing,9736
    Fair Work Australia reports that three quarters of wage fraud cases involve foreigner workers on visas.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/75-per-cent-of-wage-fraud-court-cases-involve-workers-on-visas-fair-work-20161117-gsrgj9.html
    BHPchairman Jac Nasser has warned of “trauma” if Trump goes ahead with his big tariffs on Chinese imports.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/bhp-chairman-jac-nasser-warns-of-trauma-if-trump-hits-china-with-tariffs-20161117-gsrn55.html
    And one of our top investors has described Trump’s “make America great again” as “vacuous and frightening”.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/platinums-kerr-neilson-slams-naive-westerncentric-view-of-the-world-20161116-gsqyei.html
    Josh Gordon reports on how 1.1 million Australian workers are seeking more hours of employment. we have creeping casualisation and underemployment.
    http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/11-million-workers-want-more-hours-20161117-gsrogb.html
    Stephen Koukoulas wonders if the Australian economy is in trouble.
    https://thekouk.com/item/419-is-the-aussie-economy-in-trouble.html

  5. Section 4 . . .

    Inside Greg Norman’s special friendship with Donald Trump.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/golf/2016/11/17/greg-norman-donald-trump/
    How can our broken private health insurance system be fixed?
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/18/experts-agree-private-health-insurance-is-broken-but-how-can-it-be-fixed
    Obama has said that inequality is the greatest threat to democracy.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/inequality-is-the-greatest-threat-to-democracy-says-president-barack-obama-20161115-gsq55h.html
    Things are hotting up in the NSW RSL as branches realise what the executive has been getting up to.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/rsl-payments-scandal-local-branches-turn-against-nsw-leadership-20161117-gsrria.html
    Is there a place for citizens’ juries?
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-greatest-underused-asset-in-politics-is-people-ignore-them-at-your-peril-20161116-gsqywu.html
    This will indeed be a meeting of the minds!
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/strange-bedfellows-hanson-roberts-invited-to-address-conservative-jewish-group-20161116-gsqc1f.html
    Does depression originate in our immune system?
    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/wellbeing/depressiondoes-it-originate-in-the-immune-system-20161114-gspavq.html
    Players need to care as much about Test cricket as we do. Google.
    /news/opinion/ron-reed-players-must-care-about-test-cricket-as-much-as-we-do/news-story/921a024e170eae9ce5b3f26e081f2d17
    What has SBS done with its new risqué channel?
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/tv/2016/11/17/sbs-viceland/

  6. So Trade Min’ Ciobo is in Lima…What’s the bet..WHAT’S THE BLOODY BET..he trades away Oz’s “cow’ for a couple of lousy beans!…Hey!..someone will give him “the good oil” that the beans are magic TTP beans!

    • So do I.

      Meanwhile our prime idiot is so eager to grovel at Herr Drumpf’s feet that he gets Drumpf’s private number not from the US embassy or DFAT but from a has-been ‘celebrity’ golfer so he can jump the queue of also waiting to grovel world leaders.

      Disgusting doesn’t go anywhere near describing that.

  7. Some health stuff following on from some of BK’s links.

    From The Guardian – reader responses on the private health insurance debate. Most still paying out seem to be doing it because they always have and can’t bring themselves to break an expensive and useless habit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/18/is-private-health-insurance-worth-paying-for-readers-respond

    The depression/immune system/inflammation thing.
    My family, and the family I married into, have a tendency towards developing depression. Both my sons have successfully fended off the Black Dog, their father has an ongoing battle and other family members have also become victims of this curse or have had to deal with being bi-polar. Not long ago we found out why this happens so easily to us – we have a genetic mutation, one shared with about 50% of the population, that predisposes us to depression, and to cardio-vascular issues. Now we know how to deal with it.

    The advice in the article BK linked is excellent – reduce inflammation by exercise, mediate and change your diet. Ditch the processed foods, the refined carbs, the sugar. Eat natural, and make everything from scratch so you know what’s in your food.

    Also related to this is something that keeps coming up lately, claims there has been a ‘cure’ for Alzheimers discovered. There’s hasn’t been a cure, not yet, although some drug or other gets a hyperventilated write-up almost every week.

    While science is still developing that cure there’s stuff you can do to fend off this horrible fate. This article describes a regime of things you can do to help save your memory – and your marbles – and also improve your health and lessen the risk of other health issues that plague us as we age. You will notice reducing inflammation is at the top of the list. I was pleased to discover I’m already doing a lot of this to try and fend off other health issues.

    25 Ways to MEND Memory
    http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2014/10/25-ways-to-mend-memory.html

  8. Mr Trump told journalists that when it comes to running a nation he has unique business experience. “No other candidate, perhaps no other person in history, can say that they’ve lost money running a casino. I have. Believe me, having the odds quite literally stacked in your favour, and then losing. It’s a unique approach to doing business. I’m looking forward to using those same philosophies with our nation,” he said.

    http://www.theshovel.com.au/2016/11/18/trump-to-run-us-like-he-runs-a-business-us-to-be-declared-bankrupt-next-june/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=trump_to_run_nation_like_he_runs_a_business_us_to_be_declared_bankrupt_next_june&utm_term=2016-11-17

    • I reckon Steve Waugh does.
      I know that Liz Ellis does.
      I’m pretty sure Peter Fitzsimmons does.
      Surely Adam Goodes does.

  9. A lucky escape for NZ back in the day. Trump wanted to build an “Atlantic City of the South Seas”.

    Donald Trump came to New Zealand 22 years ago, he certainly left an impression – and as he’s shown during his current Presidential candidacy bid – not always for the right reasons…………………………..Asked if he could give assurances that the proposed casino would not bear his name, he replied that he could not, as it was a proven seller in the US.

    Asked if he could give assurances that the proposed casino would not bear his name, he replied that he could not, as it was a proven seller in the US.

    New Zealand media was revelling in having a true tycoon in their midst. After a costly divorce with former Czech ski champion and model Ivana Trump, and servicing a debt of US$3 billion (NZ$ 4.5 billion), ……………………………..the Casino Control Authority also had some direct questions for Trump and his perilous finances.

    “There is a commonly held perception that he might have been bankrupt in terms of our legislation,” Mr Irvine remarked.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11558549

  10. Droog Dutton attacks Malcolm Fraser. It seems all Dutton’s woes are due to Fraser’s policies.

    So very brave, having a go at a dead man who won’t answer back.

    Australia is paying for Malcolm Fraser’s immigration mistakes, says Peter Dutton
    Immigration minister says many foreign fighters involved in conflict zones are descendants of migrants who came in the 1970s under former prime minister
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/18/australia-paying-for-immigration-mistakes-made-by-malcolm-fraser-says-peter-dutton

  11. Bloody Queen Victoria and King George are also to blame . I have it on good authority that a very large % of crime in Australia is committed by descendants of the bloody “immigrants” forced or otherwise that they sent.

  12. Brian,

    My utterly gorgeous, intelligent, witty and beautiful maternal grandmama wanted to meet Bertrand Russell.

    • Agree. They were off the top of my head (and Pocock shoud have been there as well) but I fear the ALP supporters would be well and truly in the minority. My guess is that the situation would be quite different in the Arts community (and in Academia).

  13. Brian,

    Oh, I don’t know about that!

    She was the eldest of three sisters, each of whom married three times. She was exceptional in that she remarried her first husband – and said soon afterwards that there’s no fool like an old fool.

  14. It seems that Trump really is going ahead with plans for a Muslim Registry, and his supporters are citing the fact that they had Japanese Internment Camps during World War II so they can do it again.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/us/politics/japanese-internment-muslim-registry.html

    Which is a pretty big step up from simply having a registry, citing the historical use of concentration camps from people from a certain background.

    They really are trying to go ahead with this shit, and it’s disturbing.

  15. BK

    The one I was after suited Truffles’ polling woes had the guard telling the king “Good news sire. Polling puts you 5 points ahead of Rodney’s horse”.
    The Wizard of id was daily reading in my yoof as well.

  16. After some four months of ill health whereby I had no interest in politics or what was happening around the place and only now getting back to some normality, i realise what a shemozzle the last 3 years have been.
    Also the realisation that the next three will possibly be even worse. Maybe a relapse is called for.

    • Thank Jaeger for finding that, not me.

      I did the recommended hands thing, as I was reading. Now my hands hurt.

  17. leonetwo

    I first visited Hawaii in 1979 and of course the yanks thought we were Strayan (instant mortified kiwis 🙂 ). Very keen to tell us how “they” not “us” had commercialised “our” Macadamia nyah nyah.

    First time I had ever tasted them. Deee-bloody-licious they proved to be.

  18. I have a mate with a Macadamia tree in his back yard.

    Last time we were there we took away 8 kilos of the bloody things, just picked up off the ground.

    These trees are nothing, if not prolific.

    He tells me there’s another couple of bushels fallen since we’ve left 2 months ago.

    The only problem is: how to crack the damn things. A hammer works, but you often find you’ve destroyed the village in order to save eat it.

  19. To crack Macadamia nuts as demonstrated to me by 8 year old twins. You use one of those honeycomb rubber mats used in wet areas such as bars. you place the nuts in the gaps to hold them in place then go to town with a hammer hitting just hard enough to crack them. No bruised fingers.

  20. My father planted a macadamia tree in Auckland and to my amazement the bloody thing thrived and produced heaps of nuts. He bought a nut cracker that was 3/4 -1 meter long. Apparently specifically designed for Macadamia nuts. They worked brilliantly and despite their size and power cracked them perfectly. Before getting them it was a case of making ‘macadamia butter’ on the back stairs with a hammer.

    The nut cracker was a real conversation piece when wheeled out for guests to have some nuts..

    Right drink O’clock. How to end the perfect day. Wage slaves go home early on Friday but salary peasants slave on. Right oh says I ,I’ll look after that IBC of fish emulsion the guy down the fertiliser section was going to transfer but had run out of time for. Simples, lift up on forklift open tap, turn off when empty. Done !!! Bloody IBC tap(those cube shaped plastic+ steel containers 1000 L) had been security screwed shut. No probs , just gently put the pressure on until it breaks the tiny screw. SOP. Gently gently prise open ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WOOSH suddenly frees and guess who copped 20 litres of fish emulsion all down the front from neck to toe? Clothes now bundled in a plastic bag with biohazard stickers.on.

    So in the words of Father Jack Hackett……. Drink !

  21. Apparently the Shooters, Farmers and Fishers party has won Orange by 58 votes, but there’ll be a recount.

    I’m not a fan of them, but, it sure is embarrassing for the Nationals.

    What happened to all the crowing in the press after the July election? That the National Party was on the rise again all over the country, with its influence growing? What about the golden times ahead for the increase of its political power under the leadership of that “lovable country Statesman” Barnaby Joyce?

    I bet the people who wrote those articles aren’t going to say much about it.

    • It remains to be seen whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing. If the new MP is like the shooters and fishers MLC here in Victoria, who are more or less invisible, then it won’t have much effect on anything.

  22. Jaeger

    IBCs are a veritable Swiss army knife of a container. Damned good idea whoever invented them. Bloke at work has made an amazingly good dog bath/spa out of one.

    • Are they considered disposable items, or are they refilled? You’d want to know what was in them before using them to grow veggies etc. (Fish emulsion would be fine.)

  23. The president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, has urged young people to seek the truth and speak truth to power, in a grimly defiant speech at the end of a week in which Malcolm Turnbull declared she would not be reappointed.

    Triggs used the opportunity of a public appearance at a welfare conference on Friday to dwell extensively on the importance of standing up for facts and evidence, and for shining a light on human rights breaches.

    She declared the Australian public had a keen sense of the fair go, and would not be “hoodwinked for very much longer”.

    Triggs said she had a duty to shine a light and not shrink in the face of political attacks or “misleading and ideologically distorted reporting by some in the media”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/18/gillian-triggs-i-wont-be-cowered-by-political-attacks

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