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.
Have a good one
LABOR frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon says the party must attract better candidates and boost its campaigning in rural Australia, as well as revitalising its policies for farmers and regional communities, or it will fail to regain government.
“Australia has 44 rural electorates,” Mr Fitzgibbon said. “The Labor Party holds just five of them.
“Two are held by independents.
The Tories(He means the Coalition – Tories are Brits!) hold the rest — some 84 per cent. In the past 30 years, Labor has held no more than 13 rural electorates. This must change — not for Labor’s sake, but for the sake of all rural communities.”
Here’s a tip Joel. Tell the rural communities that under no circumstances will the ALP ever, ever close down an entire rural industry as they did with the live cattle export trade, based on an ABC TV show, and if, and it’s a big if, they believe you, you might stand a chance of gaining some rural seats.
For that matter, how the hell do they even hold five seats – what are the voters in those electorates thinking?
Considering that Joel was called an auto electrician in a suit by General Cantwell I can’t see him recognizing, let alone addressing, ALP failures. With Shorten in denial and the ALP continually blocking the Coalition’s attempts to wind back spending, the punters can see they haven’t learnt any lessons from the election.
Joe Ludwig, who was the Senator responsible for closing down the live cattle trade, is still in the Senate – a veritable time bomb ticking quietly as he waits for the opportunity to totally stuff up some other industry.
THE priest at the forefront of the Anglican Church’s push to dump millions of dollars in fossil fuel investments on ethical grounds was also responsible for the most notorious act of terrorism on Australian soil.
In June 1978, members of the Ananda Marga organisation were implicated by a police informant, Richard John Seary, but his evidence has been discredited. A member of Ananda Marga, Evan Pederick, claimed in 1989 that he had carried out the Hilton bombing on the orders of another member, Tim Anderson. Both men went to prison, but Anderson was acquitted on appeal in 1991. Pederick served eight years in prison.
Evan Pederick is now an Anglican Priest obviously having found God whilst incarcerated for the murder of three Australians. In the late 70s his God was a part of the Amanda Marga Sect formed in India in 1955 and responsible for the deaths of many who disagreed with the their teachings.
Today, Father Pederick heads a parish in the southern Perth suburb of Cannington and has been the driving force of the church’s sell-off of holdings in coal, oil and gas companies.
“The church of God simply can’t profit from an industry that damages God’s creation or which destroys the lives and livelihoods of human beings,” Father Pederick told The Australian.
“If we do, we deserve the blowtorch on our belly for it.”
We already know he is capable of murdering people because of his politics, so any motion of his to avoid profit from an industry which destroys the lives of human beings has to be considered as rank hypocrisy.
Over and above that fact, the industry he is railing against has raised the living standards of billions of humans, created millions of jobs and brought about serious input to several nation’s GDP.
I wonder if the Anglican Church are embarrassed about this?
They should be but I doubt it.
Apparently today, 30 odd schools in the Edmund Rice Australian Network across Australia are going to use students as political pawns to protest the detention of children in Australia’s detention centres.
From St Bernard’s College web site;
This Friday 17th October at 11.35 am students, parents and staff will sit in silent protest in the school grounds with their mouths taped and their hands tied. We aim to raise awareness in our communities of the shameful policies of the Australian Government and the Federal Opposition that are affecting the mental health of more than one thousand children currently being held in detention.
I wonder what action the schools took when thousands drowned under the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government and why aren’t they protesting at the fact that the parents of these kids in detention created the circumstances affecting their mental health by placing their kids in danger on the high seas in the first place.
Oh for the days of my youth when teachers taught language, science an maths and left their politics at home.
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.
TWO bombs have been dropped by a Super Hornet in Australia’s first direct strike on a terrorist target in Iraq, Defence has revealed this morning.
Two bombs! The tide of war has surely changed!
Even armchair-warriors will be aware by now that fighter bombers do not win a war by themselves, even if they cost the Australian government $250 million each. Troops are need on the ground and so far, the Iraq army haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory.
The western powers have handed over the tactical advantage to the terrorists by rattling on and on about how we won’t drop our bombs unless we can be guaranteed that no civilians will be hurt. The Terrorists, who read Facebook, Twitter and local media, react accordingly, adjust their tactics and the subsequent windows of opportunity for the fighter bombers to attack are fleeting.
$250 million dollars per copy of RAAF, USAF and other airforce’s fighter-bombers cruising around looking for politically correct targets, in between refueling training, while the Terrorists hug the civilian population.
It’s going to be a long war.
News reports show videos and pics of Terrorists raising their black flag near Kobane. Why are they still alive, I wonder? If the news cameras can see them why can’t the missiles or smart bombs?
The only people being serious about this war seem to be the Terrorists and if that continues, a lot of innocent folk are going to be decapitated or sold into slavery.
Is there an agenda I’m missing?
And doesn’t do anything!
The fighter bombers did not launch any missiles and both returned safely to their base in the United Arab Emirates.
Significantly, the combat patrol was a self-contained Australian operation with the Super Hornets controlled by a RAAF Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft and refuelled by a RAAF KC30 aerial tanker.
It is understood they were airborne for at least seven hours.
Great work if you can get it. Cruising around in
Flight Sim mode Combat mode on combat pay with little threat and no targets, practicing air to air refueling.
C’mon, strike a blow, you’ve have been over there for weeks. I note the British government debated deploying their attack aircraft on a Friday and they were attacking on Saturday.
We are looking lame.
Wow, simply wow!
A Senate public inquiry has been initiated into the Newman government based on the fact that Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney refused to give Clive Palmer preferential treatment and approvals to enable development of Galilee Basin coal assets.
The Greens supported this move and can I say again “Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney refused to give Clive Palmer preferential treatment and approvals to enable development of Galilee Basin coal assets”
That’s funny, I thought one of the Greens major ambitions is to see the coal industry closed down and yet here they are backing a coal baron.
Mmmm… maybe they have other priorities.
The Senate inquiry is due to be released a week or two before the Queensland elections……Gee, I wonder if the whole idea is just to sling mud at Newman in the state election.
Couldn’t be, could it? Pup, the Greens and the ALP wouldn’t stoop that low, would they?
The select committee, which will consist of five members but only one from the Coalition, has a reporting date on or before March 27 next year, very close to the date of the next Queensland election.
Palmer, who isn’t even in the Senate, and coincidently is seldom in the House where he is charged with working in the interests of Australia, not his business interests, had to get his minions,
Senator Private Lambie and Senator, The Brick, Lazarus to move the motion for the inquiry.
Senator Lazarus said people were on the phone to him crying about the way [the LNP] are running QLD – sure this warrants investigation?
Yes folks, that is an adult saying that and actually using the sentence in the debate.
As a matter of interest, The Queensland Paliament is accountable to the Queensland people, not the Australian Senate. The whole exercise is setting a dangerous precedence and is obviously a vengence attack on the Queensland LNP by a businessman who has been refused preferential treatment, as he should have been.
I wonder if the Terms of Reference can be broadened to include investigation Clive’s withdrawal of $12 million from a mining development bank account funded by a Chinese partner which Palmer used in his campaign to get the balance of power in the Senate.
A balance shared by Lambie and Lazarus.
God help us.
Personaly, I think the Niqab, Burka and Chador represent subjugation of women but that’s just me. If the woman is brought up in a 7th century environment I can see how they wouldn’t think of it like that. It’s just life, they would think and that is true from their perspective but the rest of the world has moved on.
In the West we depend a lot on body lanaguage and no way would I have dealings with some one who is hiding their identity for whatever reason. If they choose to hide their faces, then in my opinion they choose not to partake of life in Australia. They can’t enter banks, houses of parliament, shops, Police Stations or any government offices. I’m not allowed to enter any of these institutions wearing a balaclava so why should they get a free pass. They also choose to deny themselves the right to a drivers licence and passport.
They need to move on but in the meatime I think they should be denied services whilst dressed like a bank robber.
THE Abbott government’s proposed foreign fighters laws would significantly expand the definition of security and extend ASIO’s powers overseas, an independent watchdog has warned.
She says that like it is a bad thing.
The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security, Vivienne Thom, has raised concerns about the bill to crack down on Australians fighting overseas. People travelling to terrorism hot spots could be jailed for five years.
Under the proposed laws, enforcement agencies will get extra powers to investigate, arrest and prosecute people who support foreign conflicts.
I don’t even want them let back in the country. Cancel their passports and let them stay in the shithole they originally come from. If they truly are Aussie born then jail them by all means, but I’m not sure if five years cuts it.