Travelling solo with few vehicles on the road it was a lonely drive. Thank God nothing went wrong with the Rangie
You can just see the glow of my laptop where I was working on a clients web sIte in Tassie hosted through Rumcorps.net servers in Dallas Texas. As good an office as any!
A pod of about 20 whales come fast from astern and passed either side of the yacht, frightening hell out of us.
No flames apparent so I hardly slowed down until I had travelled a hundred odd meters with no visibility. About the time I started to panic I came out the other side.
Shorten demands Morrison should be sacked due to the single death in Manus. It seems the info Morrison was originally given has now changed and as a result, Morrison has changed his reporting to reflect that.
Morrison is doing well considering he has to operate with the media attacking and Traitor Snowden, the ABC and SBS seemingly conspiring to regularly damage ties with Indonesia. The ABC particularly, is fighting a campaign to damage the government’s handling of the boat people problem. They had little interest when the ALP were running the show but now their reporting is full-on. The RAN wandering into Indonesian waters is a case in point. Don’t they have GPS? and Aren’t they taught how to read a map? were stupid comments being reported all over the media. Yes, they do have GPS and can navigate, but sometimes, for humanitarian reasons, they need to cross territorial waters to save lives. In addition to this, borders aren’t painted on the ocean and the actual location can be up for arguement.
When the RAN went into Indonesian waters to save boat people who had phoned Australian SAR when they were only kilometers from Indonesian shores then you had to read The Australian to know that.
I note Getup stage a vigil for the guy and cleverly entitled it “Light up the Dark”. There was no such light shone on the thousands previously drowned under the ALP so I guess their batteries were flat then.
So, one death under the Coalition and the ALP call for the minister to be sacked. Thousands under the ALP and the silence is deafening.
The ALP win at Redcliffe is no surprise what with the LNP guy being very unprofessional and Newman being in the part of the electoral cycle where hard decisions have to be made to bring the state out of bankruptcy but seriously is D’Arth the answer.
From Catalaxy Files;
It was also Ms. D’Arth, as chairwoman for the Parliamentary Privileges Committee, that cleared Craig Thomson of any wrong-doing in August 2012 and told Federal Parliament that there were “no grounds for further investigation” into allegations Mr Thomson misled Parliament and failed to declare details of his finances on the pecuniary interests register.
I wonder if she gets a guernsey in the Royal Commission into the unions – certainly deserves one.
An Australian missionary being detained in North Korea left Christian pamphlets in a Buddhist temple, his travel companion says.
Which is a pretty dumb thing to do in a communist country, particularly North Korea.
His wife says;
Now, “I know he’s courageous and he’s in God’s hands,’’ Ms Short said in an interview at the offices of the Christian publishing company the couple run.
Ah, such faith, but unfortunately the missionary isn’t in God’s hands at all. He is in the hands of Kim Jon-un. and that’s an entirely different matter. Not only does Kim Jon-un actually exist but he is quite likely cranky at anything Australian.
Only yesterday, listening to the ABC, I noted Michael Kirby getting headlines for his UN report accusing North Korea of crimes against humanity.
Kirby has a point but as usual, considering his left wing attitudes, his belief in the UN and its power is misplaced. He was talking of Kim Jon-un being fronted to the courts for crimes against humanity. Yeah, well good luck with that one Michael – all the report will achieve in the immediate future will be to raise Kim Jon-un’s ire and paranoia.
Of course, a connection between Kirby’s report and the arrest of a silly old missionary may well just be conjecture on my part but the North Koreans are a weird lot and and just to be sure, if I was an Australian of any calling in North Korea, I’d lay low for a bit.
Unfortunately for the silly old missionery there is a precedence set in North Korea. Last year, American missionary Kenneth Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour after being accused of committing hostile acts in North Korea.
Good luck mate.
FORMER Labor MP Craig Thomson has been found guilty of defrauding the Health Services Union during his time as national secretary.
Melbourne magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg today ruled Mr Thomson had dishonestly obtained a financial advantage by using his union credit card to pay for prostitutes.
As if anyone other than Gillard ever doubted he was gulity!
He will be sentenced next month.
Manus Island in trouble as Asylum seekers escape from the compound and are subsequently attacked by locals.
One asylum seeker has died, another is critically injured with a head injury while a third asylum seeker has been shot on a second night of violence in Manus Island, Immigration Minster Scott Morrison has confirmed.
Speaking to reporters in Darwin, Mr Morrison said the person died while on their way to hospital for treatment and 77 people have been injured, 13 seriously. The critically injured asylum seeker has been flown to Australia for treatment along with the gun-shot victim.
Mr Morrison said those asylum seekers who ”breached” the perimeter of the centre were putting themselves in danger and were subjecting themselves to the response of the local law.
”If people choose to remove themselves from that centre then they’re obviously putting themselves at much greater risk and in an environment where there is violent behaviour,” he said.
This was always on the cards with the asylum seekers getting treated far better than the locals, jealousy is bound to fester.
UPDATE: Tuned into ABC to see their take on the matter to be hit with several minutes of Sara Hanson-Young ratting on about the Abbott government’s caused the death by maintaining Manus Island as a detention centre for these people.
This from earlier asylum seeker deaths;
THE absolute moral perversion of the Australian left is again dramatically apparent. Our leftists are actually more upset that lives are being saved by Tony Abbott’s government than they ever were by the deaths of asylum seekers under the previous Labor government.
This remarkable state of affairs is personified by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who memorably burst into tears two years ago over the plight of a woman who sold her jewellery to finance a people smuggler.
In 2011, after an asylum seeker vessel sank with the loss of 200 lives, Hanson-Young was asked if the Greens accepted any responsibility for the deaths. “Of course not,” the senator dismissively replied. “Tragedies happen, accidents happen.”
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa takes a barely veiled swipe at the Australian Prime Minister on Monday after US Traitor Snowdon raised new revelations that, in early 2013, the Australian Signals Directorate had spied on trade talks between the United States and Indonesia.
He should have taken a barely veiled swipe at Gillard as the event happened during her tenure but I gues that doesn’t matter. He took the barely veiled swipe during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State and ardent commo, John Kerry, who said;
”We take this issue very seriously, which is why President Obama laid out a series of concrete and substantial reforms,” Mr Kerry said.
”The United States doesn’t collect intelligence for the competitive advantage of US companies, or US commercial sectors.”
The only concrete and substantial reform Obama needs to get involved in is to put pressure on Putin to send Snowdon back or, send in a Seal snatch team and get the bastard under lock and key to shut him up. He is doing severe damage to the West aided and abetted by The Guardian, New York Times, Der Spiegel, ABC and SBS and other forces for the destabilization of the western system.
Its gone on long enough.
AUSTRALIA’S live animal export industry has taken a new turn, with the first ever shipment of buffalo heading to Vietnam from the Northern Territory.
The (NT) government says it will also develop opportunities for Indigenous communities to harvest wild buffalo from herds on Aboriginal land. An original shipment of 222 domesticated buffalo will be joined by another 600 next week, and 1500 more in April when the wet season eases. Australian officials will travel to Vietnam in a fortnight to ensure that animal welfare conditions are being met.
This ticks all the boxes; income for the state, income for the enterprise and income for our indigenous mates, therefore animal activists will be all over it as they send covert cameramen to Vietnam to film buffalo being processed.
Thankfully, when the activist films show on Australian TV, the current adult government wont be closing the industry down like that fool of a man Ludwig who ruined the live cattle export business, affecting thousands of people, based on a TV show.
The enterprise can progress and money can now be invested with some sense of security.
I don’t particularly like buffalo as when I was a young tacker in Vietnam, whenever we came across buffalo in the field they would attack us, I guess because we smelt different to the Vietnamese.
Bad lifestyle choice by the buffalo as part of the different smell was made up of weaponry….heavy weaponry….and a lot of it!
Errol Simper in todays Media section of The Australian says the current litany of accusations about bias in the ABC have nothing to do with the politics of left or right, as the ABC is all about the underdog and if that is seen as left journalism then so be it.
Well, your ancient correspondent obviously can’t speak for everyone. But he’d suggest a favoured journalistic position, whether you work for the ABC or somewhere else, is one broadly in sympathy with the deserving, honourable underdog. If that’s perceived as a variation on the Left-Right conundrum, perhaps it is. Either way, it coalesces with another journalistic responsibility: inclusiveness.
He goes on to quote the chief executive of the Australian Council of Social Service, Cassandra Goldie:
I agree the ABC has a special responsibility (to be accurate and fair). But it (also) has a special responsibility to make sure people who are not that powerful get their voices out there and heard.
Well she would say that, wouldn’t she – it’s her job? But does the ABC have this “special responsibility”?
No, it doesn’t
(1) The functions of the Corporation are:
(a) to provide within Australia innovative and comprehensive broadcasting services of a high standard as part of the Australian broadcasting system consisting of national, commercial and community sectors and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to provide:
(i) broadcasting programs that contribute to a sense of national identity and inform and entertain, and reflect the cultural diversity of, the Australian community; and
(ii) broadcasting programs of an educational nature;
(b) to transmit to countries outside Australia broadcasting programs of news, current affairs, entertainment and cultural enrichment that will:
(i) encourage awareness of Australia and an international understanding of Australian attitudes on world affairs; and
(ii) enable Australian citizens living or travelling outside Australia to obtain information about Australian affairs and Australian attitudes on world affairs; and
(c) to encourage and promote the musical, dramatic and other performing arts in Australia.
Simper, and Goldie are simply ignoring the issue. Looking after the underdog has nothing to do with Left -Right ABC bias. Just look at the media scramble over a bogan druggie being paroled in Bali.
The issue is blatant bias when dealing with centre or right-of -centre journalists, or, for that matter, anyone that criticises the ABC.
Remember Chris Kenny?
Lawyers for Chris Kenny, a journalist and commentator with The Australian and Sky News, have lodged a statement of claim in the NSW Supreme Court against the ABC, Chaser presenter Andrew Hansen and production company Giant Dwarf for images and words broadcast on September 11 that referred to Kenny as “a dog f . . ker”.
The statement of claim also alleges the imputation the plaintiff’s “attacks on the ABC were so dishonorable . . . that he deserved to be compared to . . . a person who has sexual intercourse with a dog”.
The ABC thinks it’s OK to call a journalist a dog f**ker;
In an interview on Melbourne radio station 774, ABC managing director Mark Scott said an internal review found the program, made by The Chaser team, did not breach the corporation’s editorial policies.
But when Piers Akerman responds to Barrie Cassidy raising the issue of Perth shock-jock Sattler talking about Julia Gillard’s boyfriend being gay it’s a different story.
Akerman didn’t raise the issue, stated he disagreed with Sattler’s comments and apologised if anything he said could be construed as insulting.
It has emerged in an email sent to a member of the public by the ABC that the public broadcaster undertook a review of the broadcast on Sunday, June 16, 2013, which concluded that the comments made by Akerman were “inappropriate”.
The ABC sacked him.
One could be forgiven for thinking that because the ABC supports open borders for foreign Centrelink applicants arriving by boat that they are rooting for the underdog. What they are doing, in fact, is rooting for the Left Green factions that conveniently ignore the thousands of “underdogs” drowned during the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd debacle but instead spend weeks denigrating the poor sailors who are trying to save their lives.
If it could possibly derail Abbott’s attempts to stop the boats, they will flog it to death even to the point of damaging diplomatic relationships with Indonesia. Witness the traitor Snowdon’s revelations of Australia spying on Indonesia – no mention that it occurred during Rudd’s time – just keep on saying it and people will forget when it happened and blame the current incumbent, Abbott.
Anything to make it harder for Abbott to achieve one of his election pledges – stop the boats.
Even the ABC news broadcasts show their bias. Almost any item will cause them to hit their speed-dail for the relevant Greens Senator to give us the benefit of their wisdom…to give us theLeft/Green view of the subject.
When Q & A, 7:30, Insiders and News 24 have equal representation of the left-right factions of politics I’ll stop harping on the subject but I can’t see that happening any time soon.
If Errol Simper is really worried about the underdog, he should be barracking for everyone central or right of centre.
We are the underdogs on the ABC.
FORMER prime minister Kevin Rudd is creating a foundation to honour the principles of his historic 2008 apology to the indigenous stolen generation.
Mr Rudd today announced he would establish the National Apology Foundation, which he will chair.
The narcisist, who is also suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder, says that because he is creating this foundation;
“We are not condemned to a future which sees a continuing division between the lives of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.”
While you continue to remind us of your one and only claim to fame, and it is a doubtful claim, then you are condemning us to continuing divisions.
It simply perpetuates the ‘Sorry Industry’ and that helps no one.
Go away Rudd, you totally fucked up Australia and the ALP and you still have the temerity to make sound waves. A lesser narcistic individual would be so humiliated by the damage they did, they would be silent for decades.
The Australian Electoral Commission has today released its data on political donations for the last financial year, and they show that the Coalition far outstripped the Labor Party in the fundraising stakes.
Gee! I wonder why?
Naturally the ABC turn to a Green for comment;
……. this does turn people off the political process. I find when these large amounts of money are handed over by corporate Australia, the public often become very cynical; they don’t think that they have much influence, and a lot of people then become quite angry about this.
THE founder of travel website wotif.com donated a record $1.6 million to the Australian Greens election campaign.
It is the largest single political donation in Australian history.
The generous donation by Brisbane-based businessman Graeme Wood, who has an estimated wealth of $378.5m, formed the bulk of the Greens election campaign spending, according to an article in the Fairfax press.
Lee Rhiannon didn’t agree with the donation then which is obviously why the ABC called her for comment but the Greens themselves were ecstatic.
The Greens need to get their act together – it’s good or it’s no good. Either way if another corporation visits from another planet and thinks the Greens are worth donating money to, I doubt they’ll knock it back and Lee will again say how she disagrees with corporation donations.