Category Archives: General Musings
A Sydney man facing the death penalty in China for alleged drug-smuggling has reportedly had his trial moved forward to next week.
New Zealand-born Peter Gardner, 25, has been detained in China on suspicion of drug-smuggling since he was arrested on November 8.
He is accused of trying to smuggle 40kg of methamphetamine out of the country after customs officials allegedly found the drugs in two bags during check-in at Guangzhou airport.
I wonder if we are going to go through the same gnashing of teeth, the flailing of our minds, the endless wailing, the candle lit vigils, abuse of Indonesia and thousands of tweets blaming Abbott and/or the AFP for the recent execution of two drug dealers in Indonesia?
Don’t think so.
Do I feel sorry for the two drug dealers? In a sense Yes. It always sad to hear of untimely deaths and wasted lives but seriously I have much more compassion for the three to four Australians who die every day from drug overdoses.
By the time my compassion is all spent on those who succumb to drugs, some of whom could’ve been supplied by the two dealers in Bali, all I can manage is a yawn and a move on, nothing to see here moment.
Listening to the ABC where a guy from some Human Rights organization said we should stop all trade with Indonesia. Way to go dipshit! Indonesia imports about $12 billion in cattle and beef from Australia every year. How many small to large businesses would cancellation of that trade kill. If we are going to stop trading with Indonesia then we should, to be consistent, stop trading with other nations that have the death penalty. The USA and China spring to mind.
Yep, that’s his answer. Totally destroy the nation’s economy because one of our trading partners topped a couple of drug dealers.
These people vote……most probably for the Greens.
Withdraw our Ambassador….reasonable thing to do. Tells ’em we are not happy. Indonesia yawns and says “Yea, fair enough we do that from time to time as well”
Some time soon a shiny object off to the side, in the form of Kate Middleton having her baby, will distract the inane and insane Twitterverse and the ” executions were so last week” syndrome will apply and we will all move on.
Except for the Human Rights industry – they never move on.
As you may have gathered I don’t have much time for drug dealers and only a limited amount of compassion for drug addicts however, I have less time for those who say we should legalize all drugs and the problems will go away.
No they won’t. The economic basics of drug dealing will change and the number of addicts will increase. I recently note a comment at Catalaxy Files and found myself nodding in agreement as I read it.
There is no “war on drugs” to be lost, talking about it as a war is completely idiotic – there is no “war”. People still murder and rape and steal, but no one talks about having “lost the war against murder” or “lost the war against rape”. Should we decriminalise rape because people still rape and clearly we’ve lost the “war against rape”? Obviously not – there will always be rapists amongst us even if you brought in the cruelest punishments against it. Just as there will always be heroin or cocaine users amongst us – and just because people still take these drugs doesn’t mean the laws have failed and should be abolished.
I was once at a BBQ with a senior AFP guy who had spent some time in Argentina trying to nobble the South American link in the drug logistic chain to Australia. I said “We need a war against drugs”. He said “We have one”. I said “No we don’t. I’m talking about D Day at Normandy. Tanks, Naval gunfire, missiles, flame throwers, artillery and bombing and staffing runs. Having problems with drug plantations in South America? Then fill up the bomb bays of the F11As with napalm (the BBQ was awhile ago) and give them a Pilot Mission Brief of seek and destroy”
He smiled politely and started talking about how he liked his career and didn’t want to stuff it up by being proactive. He was posted to Canberra.
I wonder if Kate has had that baby yet?
The Australian has stooped to quoting Lambie
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has met twice with Mr Abbott but remains unimpressed by his prime ministerial charm.
“He just sits there and ums and ahhs,” she told The Australian. “He’s either incompetent or doesn’t know the subject. The Liberal government is in chaos. It’s like having an office manager in the office that can’t run an office.”
Lambie can’t construct a sentence; is a bogan fool with little or no education; is in the Senate because she was bankrolled by PUP leader and gained only .046% of the quota and is remembered for saying, in public, that she is looking for a rich, well hung partner.
And she suggests Abbott is incompetent or doesn’t know the subject. Abbott was most probably using English which would’ve stymied Lambie.
As witnessed by this quote on the 7:30 report
Yeah, I think [the vice chancellors] want reform. But what I’m hearing is they didn’t ask for a deregulation. So I’m going to double-check on that…
But you know what? These [vice chancellors] are supposed to be the brains of the country. Why are we telling them how the universities should be run? So it’s about time they stood up, they stood tall and they help come up with the solution.
Judith Sloan answers that;
As everyone knows, apart from that left-wing poseur-fraud from the University of Canberra (and ABC fav), all the other vice-chancellors support fee deregulation, including the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania.
Lambie, the Vice Chancellors DO want deregulation and if you read any thing other than the fashion and pick-a-well-hung-hunk mags you would know.
The Australian then lines up Windsor, knowing he will shit-can Abbott because he just hates him and he comes to the party and rattles on about how good Gillard was at negotiating when compared with Abbott.
And then along come Lazarus;
Senator Glenn Lazarus, who split with the Palmer United Party last week, last year accused Education Minister Christopher Pyne of harassing him after the minister bombarded him with text messages “virtually begging’’ for his vote on the higher education reforms. (Mr Pyne said he had to resort to texts because the then-PUP senator was refusing to speak to him.)
As being in the Senate is marginally more complicated than playing rugby league, Lazarus seems to think that everything the government proposes has to somehow go back to the public and be voted on…..somehow.
Yesterday Senator Lazarus said the “government puts bills to the Senate that have not been developed in consultation with the community. The reason why the government is frustrated with the Senate’s refusal of bills is that many bills being put forward are not supported by the people. The Senate is simply reflecting the will and the view of the people.”
No Glen, the Senate already represents the will of the people. That’s how you got there…there was an election.
If you are going to vote in the Senate then you need to read up on the legislation, talk to the people putting it forward and to those who oppose it.
You consult widely and then you the make a decision. It’s what you are paid for.
Putting your fingers in your ears and yelling la..la..la..la just doesn’t cut it.
You don’t oppose it because the minister wants to talk to you about it. That’s what’s supposed to happen, you dipshit.
So, in summary, an important piece of legislation, supported by all but one of the nation’s vice chancellors, was rejected in the senate because the three independents voted with the ALP/Greens because………mmm…….I’m not sure why.
They can’t articulate their reasons for voting it down and therein lies the crux of the matter. The country is being dictated to by uneducated illiterates who don’t appear to have any idea as to where their responsibilities lie.
Poor fellow, my country indeed!
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?