Pay Facebook to cheat

Posted: September 19, 2019 in Ranting
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Internet scams are nothing new. And one in particular has been doing the rounds for some time now, citing all sorts of names and television programs, while Facebook and Twitter take payment for hosting ads for the scammers. But now the ABC is reporting on this and maybe something may change. Maybe. Read the rest of this entry »

There was one thing that came out strongly in the 2019 Federal election. It needs urgent attention. And all in parliament are simply ignoring it,

The last election proved once and for all how utterly useless and powerless the Australian Electoral Commission is, through no fault of their own. The Electoral Act and associated legislation and regulation are in urgent need of remedial attention. But the whole subject is subject of deafening political silence. Read the rest of this entry »

Corruption. Dodgy expenses. Illegal donations. Self-interest before all else. In Australian politics, it never seems to stop. But why? If they know it is wrong, why do they keep doing it?

The reality is that, despite everything so far uncovered by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, which has even resulted in convictions and prison sentences, there is still a culture in Australian politics of the ‘untouchable.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Vale Tim Fischer

Posted: August 22, 2019 in Ranting
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Anyone who knows me will be aware that I am no fan of politicians in general and the Coalition in particular. But there can be exceptions – Tim Fischer was definitely one of those.

I recall a story about the younger Fischer one time leading a party on a trip through the Snowy Mountains. Coming across a nice pool of water, Fischer stripped off in front of everyone, dropping into the water for a pleasant soak, hat still on his head. He kept doing that with other parties but for modesty’s sake took to wearing some bathers underneath. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to Australia, the land so magical that we can’t even be sure that we exist. There was even a claim in the USA that we don’t exist and that any ‘Australians’ were just actors being paid to pretend we come from that mythical land.

SloMo the MoFo, Mr Fuppet (pic credit Dominic Lorrimer)

What a wonderful setting this is to be the home of Morrison the Magnifique.

Who else but El Magnifico could make entire things disappear with a dash of the pen or a quick press announcement? Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing Mr Fuppet

Posted: August 21, 2019 in Ranting

Isn’t language a weird thing. I mean, look at muppets. First, they were the creation of puppeteer Jim Henson, getting his big break in supplying them to Sesame Street and bringing joy to untold millions. Now the word ‘Muppet’ is associated with insults.

The words and associations with the Muppets have changed over time. Oscar the Grouch, living in his rubbish bin, is now supposedly called something Oscar the Mildly Upset. The Cookie Monster has not binged on biscuits for years now as that was apparently such an awful example to set young children. And yep, all the kids at my primary school started cramming food into their mouths, shouting ‘cookie’ with bits of food flying everywhere except down their throat. Not.

I don’t know exactly when ‘Muppet’ became an insult, but it has now really been hiked up in the insult stakes. Read the rest of this entry »

Law is a curious creature. It is impassive. It is neutral. And it is this impassive nature that allows it to apply equally to all those under it. Yet it is also this impassivity which can mean problems if the law is ignored, misapplied or corruptly used.

The eligibility crisis in Federal Parliament came about because all too many people decided to ignore the law. Specifically, when signing the relevant forms to stand for election, they happily signed the statement declaring they were eligible under section 44 of the Australian Constitution, without ensuring this was correct.

The likes of Barnaby Joyce simply ignored the requirements of the Constitution. What, Dad was a Kiwi? Nah, won’t apply to me. Malcolm Roberts pulled on his tinfoil hat, decided that he was an Australian and therefore nothing else would apply – presumably the hat was to shield him from dangerous citizenship rays from any other nation. They blatantly ignored the law. Read the rest of this entry »