Category Archives: General Musings
Ever watchful for a case to bash Abbott, the Canberra Times carries a headline;
Tony Abbott’s St Patrick’s Day message causes offence in Ireland
Mr Abbott signs off his St Patrick’s Day message with an apology that “I can’t be there to share a Guinness or two or maybe even three”.
Yep! That’s it. That has caused offence. The Canberra Times quotes the Irish PM
TAOISEACH (Irish Gaelic for Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has dismissed the “perception” that Irish culture is synonymous with alcohol, following remarks made by his Australian counterpart.
The Irish are having a debate about alcohol at this very moment with shenanigans abound as the government’s campaign to stop Out of control drinking gets out of control
……. his comments came as a second member of the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign resigned from the newly formed group.
Founder of mental health charity MyMind, Krystian Fikert, cited “resource restraints” at his charity for his decision to leave the board, less than five weeks after the launch of the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign.
The Irish Taoiseach has a domestic problem and he might be well advised to keep it domestic.
And just to compound the sin;
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews also drew a link between St Patrick’s Day and alcohol consumption, tweeting a picture of himself holding a can of Guinness.
The shame of it!
All of which makes me wonder; just how many people are employed by the media to just surf the web looking for something to bag Abbott about.
You have to admit the “offence” is pretty obscure’
To all except the Nanny State, wowser Irish Taoiseach, I wish you a happy St Paddy’s Day and if you partake of the devils brew, then enjoy it and maybe toast the Irish chap and ask the leprachauns to give him a life.
CLOSING townships is not the answer to improving health, lifting education standards and tackling dysfunction in indigenous Australia, experts declared, as community leaders rounded on Tony Abbott’s description of life in remote centres as a “lifestyle choice”.
It may not be the answer but it is an answer.
In making the statement below Abbott has wound up the Left generally and the indigenous industry specifically. Everyone with a finger in the pie, whose livelihood depends on the indigenous industry, are up in arms. There is also a huge amount of traffic generated by the “Hate anything Abbott says” brigade who spend their days littering the twitter wilderness with profanities and inanities.
Speaking on ABC Radio in Kalgoorlie on Tuesday, Mr Abbott said governments could not “endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have”. “It is not the job of the taxpayer to subsidise lifestyle choices,’’ the Prime Minister said. “It is the job of the taxpayer to provide reasonable services in a reasonable way.”
Sorry, he’s right! “It is the job of the taxpayer to provide reasonable services in a reasonable way.”
The “culture” and “country” that people use to justify outstations doesn’t feed anyone. It literally keeps them down; keeps them in third world conditions and encourages the factors that keeps them starring in stats about incarceration, disease, women and child beating and worse.
It doesn’t help them and when the government, hobbled by the obscene debt left to them by the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd debacle, question what is basically reinforcing failure, people scream.
The answer can’t include reinforcing failure; it must includes health service, education and jobs.
No jobs in a ten house camp on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of towns across Australia that have closed down. When the jobs run out, people with half a brain run out as well and go to where the jobs are; where they can educate their kids and where they can access reasonable medical services.
Why is it that some Australians aren’t subject to that supply and demand factor that creates, then closes towns as industry, mining or agriculture come in then move on.
The debate started when the West Australian government announced the closure of up to 150 of the state’s 282 remote Aboriginal communities. Premier Barnett has repeatedly claimed many of these communities were economically unviable, saying some only have 10 people living in them.
Is the government really expected to fund a group of ten people living in the desert and provide reasonable services in a reasonable way? A school and teacher for a couple of kids; a medical centre…a nurse; an industry with jobs? Or is everyone happy just to give them sit-down money to eke away their lives, and the lives of their kids, in an environment that encourages substance abuse just to get through the day?
Some obviously are but I’m not. I want to help them and reinforcing failure doesn’t help anyone.
We need a debate; a rational debate without ideology or emotion.
Let’s have one and help our Aussie mates.
Middle child and daughter Jennifer, has a photographic exhibition on at the moment at the Percolator Gallery, 134 LaTrobe Terrace, Paddington.
One of the more adventurous of my brood, she has done the Sandakan Death March Trek, climbed to Everest Base Camp and wondered around Australia, PNG, Europe, UK and the Middle East with camera in hand.
She has an eye for colour, perspective and different angles that I never have and even though I might be considered biased, she has some brilliant shots.
The gallery is open from 10am to 6pm daily up to and including Sunday 8 March. Entry is free.
Included is a gallery of shots but keep in mind, framing brings them to life.
Work involved in Databases and Photoshop work has impacted on my ability of late to post on the site.
AN Auslan sign language interpreter for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s updates on Cyclone Marcia has been praised as “hypnotic, mesmerising and poetic” on social media.
The animated sign language expert captured the attention of television viewers as he translated the Premier’s updates on the cyclone at Emergency Management Queensland Headquarters at Kedron.
The trouble is he becomes the centre of attention rather than the person giving the message. It is so distracting that as soon as I see a person gesticulating I flick channels.
There are approximately 30,000 Deaf Auslan users with total hearing loss and if they don’t have a caption function on their TV then give them one at public expense and let the other 23 million who don’t understand the frantic finger and hand language, concentrate on the message.
At the very least put the translator in the little box in the corner where he belongs.
Picked this up on FaceBook – Clancy in modern times
I had written him a text
Which I’d sent, hoping the next
Time he came in mobile coverage
He’d have time to say hello.
But I’d heard he’d lost his iPhone,
So I emailed him from my phone,
Just addressed, on spec, as follows:
And the answer redirected
Wasn’t quite what I’d expected
And it wasn’t from the shearing mate
Who’d answered once before.
His ISP provider wrote it
And verbatim I will quote it:
‘This account has been suspended:
You will hear from him no more.’
In my wild erratic fancy
Visions come to me of Clancy:
Out of reach of mobile coverage
Where the Western rivers flow.
Instead of tapping on the small screen,
He’d be camping by the tall green
River gums a pleasure
That the town folk never know.
Well, the bush has friends to meet him
But the rest of us can’t greet him:
Out there, even Telstra’s network
Doesn’t give you any bars.
He can’t blog the vision splendid
Of the sunlit plains extended
Or tweet the wondrous glory
Of the everlasting stars.
I am sitting at the keyboard
And I’m too stressed out to be bored
As I answer all the emails
By the deadlines they contain
While my screen fills with promotions
For ‘V1aggra’ and strange potions
And announcements of the million-dollar
Prizes I can claim.
But the looming deadlines haunt me
And their harrying senders taunt me
That they need response this evening
For tomorrow is too late!
But their texts, too quickly ended,
Often can’t be comprehended
For their writers have no time to think
They have no time to wait.
And I sometimes rather fancy
That I’d like to trade with Clancy:
Just set up an email bouncer
Saying ‘Sorry, had to go.’
While he faced an inbox jamming
Up with deadlines and with spamming
As he signed off every message:
Kevin Myers is an Irish journalist and writer and has a strong opinion on the West responding to all the save the children TV adds where emaciated kids make a plea for more food, or water.
So do I.
Somalia is not a humanitarian disaster; it is an evolutionary disaster. The current drought is not the worst in 50 years, as the BBC and all the aid organisations claim.
It is nothing compared to the droughts in 1960/61 or 73/74. And there are continuing droughts every 5 years or so.It’s just that there are now four times the population; having been kept alive by famine relief, supplied by aid organisations, over the past 50 years. So, of course, the effects of any drought now, is a famine. They cannot even feed themselves in a normal rainfall year.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee has a Democrat majority and therein lies the rub.
Republican members of the Senate committee that released a highly critical report on CIA terrorist interrogations say the study draws inaccurate conclusions about the usefulness of information obtained from detainees through “enhanced” questioning.
“We have no doubt that the CIA’s detention program saved lives and played a vital role in weakening (al-Qaeda) while the program was in operation,” conclude six of the seven GOP committee members, Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Richard Burr of North Carolina, James Risch of Idaho, Dan Coats of Indiana, Marco Rubio of Florida and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.
Senator Susan Collins, the other Republican, voted to release the report but was disturbed that it had not been conducted in a bipartisan manner.
……in June 2013, I asked that we hold a hearing prior to a vote to declassify this report that would have included CIA witnesses. Such a hearing would have permitted a robust and much-needed debate about the claims made in the report compared to the rebuttals in the Agency’s formal response. Unfortunately, this hearing did not occur.
I therefore put in the same category as an ALP report recommending we waste billions of dollars on climate change.
I actually don’t care if a terrorist sub-human is waterboarded. If he plans to murder thousands of Westerners or just decapitate one then I think it’s OK that we try and find out before the event.
On Monday CIA Director John Brennan rebutted two of the central premises of the Democratic Senate report on CIA’s enhanced interrogating techniques. Brennan said the controversial program produced evidence that helped avert potential strikes against the U.S. Today he admitted the information led to Bin Laden.
LABOR senator Nova Peris has asked federal police to investigate the leaking of private emails that led to allegations she sought taxpayer funding for a secret lover and sent him racially charged emails claiming white Australians “hate black people”.
That’s fine but I trust the AFP are also looking into the question of whether she actually used public monies to pay for Trinidadian sprinter Ato Boldon to visit Australia so they could pursue an extramarital affair.
Warren Mundine said taxpayers could ignore Senator Peris’s private life as long as they “got bang for the dollar”.
“If it’s true (she made racial comments), it was a silly statement and she needs to say something about that. Otherwise there’s nothing in it for me.”
Therein lies the problem. Warren is suggesting so long as Nova does a good job as a Senator then it doesn’t matter if she makes racist comments.
Not the point, Warren. The point is; did she, or did she not use public monies to satisfy her libido?
Man Booker prize winner Richard Flanagan says Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s environmental policies make him ashamed to be an Australian.
Well mate, I’m ashamed that as an Australian you denigrate our country in an international forum and I’m worried that citizens of other countries might believe your left wing ramblings actually represent Australia.
From Cut and Paste at The Australian;
Guardian Australia online, yesterday:
THE winner of the Man Booker prize, Richard Flanagan says he is “ashamed to be an Australian” because of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s environmental policies …
Flanagan, The Guardian, December 16, 2010:
AUSTRALIA does have a dismal public life largely bereft of courage or humanity
More shame! ABC television’s Q&A, August 27, 2009:
RICHARD Flanagan: I must say I felt deeply ashamed to be Australian through the Howard years
Flanagan, The Guardian, November 28, 2007:
Every mainland capital city now has a water supply crisis so severe that people have been murdered by neighbours for watering gardens.
Flanagan, The Good Weekend, ¬October 21, 2006, on his new book, The Unknown Terrorist, dedicated to David Hicks:
(David Hicks is) just a naive young man who, through the romance of adventure, ended up in bad company …
Flanagan in The Unknown Terrorist, 2006:
…Jesus is history’s first, but not last, example of a suicide bomber.
On all accounts his book is readable and maybe even worthy of the Booker prize that he’s been awarded, but I think I’ll pass on spending good money on buying the book. I wouldn’t want to encourage him or give him any oxygen. There is plenty of good literature available written by people with a greater grasp on reality than this clown, penned by authors who appreciate what a great country we have and would never think of denigrating it publicly like he has.
A QUEENSLAND man has died after travelling to Syria to fight for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
AFGHAN-BORN Zia AbdulHaq, 33, was killed during the conflict on October 3, The Australian newspaper reports.
A foreign fighter believed to have been part of AbdulHaq’s unit confirmed the death to The Australian on Monday, but he has yet to detail how or where he died.
AbdulHaq migrated to Australia in his 20s. He lived in Logan, south of Brisbane, with his now ex-wife and son before travelling to Syria to join IS in August.