Thursday, October 23, 2014

Greedy "drive by doctors" - US

This shit is mental. The stuff they get away with over there in their privatised medical world. Imagine being the patient in all of that.


Andrew Wilkie writes to ICC - gov aslum seeker treatment

Independent senator Andrew Wilkie has written a very direct letter to the International Criminal Court, naming the Australian gov as being implicit in the violation of these people's human rights. The PDF is here. A snip:

"Gays are terrorists" - US christian maniac

More love from the christians.

I wonder how this bloke would go if he crapped on like that on Australian telly? I suggest he might run afoul of some of the anti-discrimination laws here?

Yeah, stop the gays, that'll save us.....


Centrelink lost the Carers Allowance application

Good grief 
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Are we just having a bad run with Centrelink, or I wonder how many other people have their Centrelink payments fucked up by Centrelink? First it was the other week when they cut David off Newstart because the Centrelink computer suddenly decided that it didn't have my tax file number (it did). Now this FFS.

So the other day I suddenly realise, "Fuck, how long ago did David put in the Carers Allowance application? Seems like ages". Asked David and he reckoned at least a month. In preference to ringing I did what I did another time and complained through their online complaints form. It takes about 3 working days before someone will ring you but that's lightning speed for Centrelink. David got a call earlier.

Turns out it's actually been over two months since he put in the application. We've had so much else going on it's impossible to keep track of everything, we just forgot about it. It also turns out that somehow Centrelink managed to loose the application, at the same time as not losing the medical report from my GP :s   Copious apologies on the phone to David from the Centrelink lady, and they're backdating the payments to when the application went in as the medical certificate now has the Centrelink stamp of approval. Although there is the snail mail thing; they're sending David another application bit to fill in and take down to Centrelink before payments can proceed.


It's not much, only $120 a fortnight, but it will go a long way to actually being sort of able to get by on what we get. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hello Vietnam :)

Forgive me northern hemisphere-ians for being southern hemisphere-centric, but well you know our century is coming. As long that Abbott fuckwit gets out of the way, but don't worry southern hemisphere-ians, we're sorting that bullshit out as I write. Abbott has about as much chance of getting another 3 years in office as pigs flying.

But I digress.

So this post is to say G'day to Vietnam, who is the latest southern hemisphere country to appear on the top ten list for the last week. And even better, at the same time as China (China has been in and out of the top ten for about a year now I think). Although China is pretty much northern hemisphere (*goes all defensive and suspicious*) but really China is a new economy with new ideas. They are the future, and seem to be creating some sort of balance between maniacal capitalism and gov control. Something I must say the west has lost of late. Their economy works, ours are failing. We gave our economies to the capitalists. The East and Asia Pacific are resisting such doctrines. Australia, if it's to be a part of the new world economy, surely must embrace such moderation of the capitalist doctrines.

So Hello Vietnam!

Ebola shows US healthcare for what it is

I know someone who works in a private hospital nearby to us here in Sydney, and he says himself that he'd never let himself be admitted to a private hospital. Lack of procedures, corners cut, nurses not educated, all the sorts of things that are well and truly covered in the public hospitals here. 

I look at this video from the US about how those two nurses were infected with Ebola in complete shock. It sounds like something out of the third world. What? They don't have national standards for infection control? No universal rules to follow? Piling infected sheets to the roof of the room because there's no procedure?

I present corporate health care:



The Greens on Gough Whitlam

Like I've said many times before, the Greens are the only party left with a decent social conscience. Milne remembers and celebrates Whitlams accomplishments. Today the Greens are probably the only party that's got the guts to want similar things now. Labor should be ashamed of itself for abandoning Goughs progress to cow tow to racist rednecks in Western Sydney.


Housing form lodged

We walked down the road to the local NSW Dept of Housing offices and lodged the application for priority housing there. The lady said everything looked fine except for one thing. Although it may be negated by another factor.

So this is our current situation. My partnered DSP is just enough to pay the rent ($760 a fortnight). I don't see a cent of it. David's Newstart/sickness thing is $470 a fortnight. That's what we're supposed to live off, both of us.  Making a grand total of $1,230 a fortnight, the rent is 61% of our income.

However the NSW gov has some other weirded out way of calculating this to make it look like you're paying less of a percentage of your income in rent than you actually are. No I don't understand it either. So we're sitting there with the lady explaining that bit to us, that the gov considered we were only paying half our income in rent. When we're paying 61% of our income in rent. Somehow, even though we're a couple, they split us up and calculate it somehow that way and come out with this bullshit percentage figure. It's been explained to me a couple of times by the ACON bloke as well but I just can't follow how they make that calculation and come to such a bullshit conclusion.

Anyway, turns out this place we're in now has a terrible mould problem that upsets David's asthma no end, so the place is therefore considered "unsuitable" for us, which negates their weirded out money calculation anyway.

From here it's a 4-6 week wait before we're informed by Housing of the outcome. We'll see what happens. Have already been told to expect to have to make an appeal. 

Historical pension increases by gov

I wonder how many pensioners voted to "stop the boats"?


Abbott cuts funding to ACON - Housing service ends

We're sort of ready to lodge the Housing form. Under construction for some time, it's about half a centimetre thick. There was more that could be done for it but there's already so many documents in it of proof of this and that the best thing to do is lodge it and take it from there. The bloke helping us at ACON with it reckons it'll probably be rejected first off and then we can appeal to a board of impartial and independent people. I dunno we're just doing what he reckons is the best way to go as he knows all about it.

The application is for priority housing, which apparently you have to just about give an arm and a leg to get on that list. Although we would fall back to the normal list which has only a small wait of 15 years if the whole thing was knocked back. 

Fuck what do you have to do to prove you're eligible? If we aren't who the fuck is? Currently I don't see my pension at all, it pays the rent. That leaves his Newstart for both of us, $470 a fortnight. That's let alone all the health and psychological issues involved, just the money side of it. Still haven't heard WTF Centrelink is doing with this Carers Allowance claim, it's taking fuckin ages.

Another thing that came to light yesterday at the housing meeting was that ACON is ending it's Housing assistance service this month. HIV people will no longer be able to go to ACON for Housing issues. The bloke helping us had been there for twenty years doing housing for HIV people and now was becoming unemployed. Guess why?

The Abbott gov cut the funding. 

So from here we'll be dealing only with our social worker for appeals and the like with this housing application. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Terminally ill Australian bloke wants to meet with Abbott die with dignity.

On all the minds of those with HIV are plans about their death. HIV clobbers you with the reality of your death. You find that you'll survive these days, but there is always that in the back of your head. How will I die? Will I die a horrible death drawn out by doctors trying to keep me alive? Or will I be able to end my life with dignity?

May I introduce Peter Short. He's dying of terminal cancer and has only weeks left with himself being capable. He has made a video directly to Tony Abbott, asking him to take notice of his suffering and wishes:

Here's his blog. I'll be following it for the next while.....


Free market medicine fails with Ebola

I can't help putting "HIV" where they're saying "Ebola".


Gough Whitlam dies at 98 - his legacy lives on

Would have to say 98 is a very good innings. Australians are celebrating his life and accomplishments as they learn of his passing. He changed Australia's history and direction. He ended conscription, a huge issue with the Vietnam war, and used his gov for the good of the people. Course the Lieberals didn't like it as we all know.

I was interested to look back a bit. It was before my time in Australia. To me it looks that he was offering an alternative to harshness. This the campaign song when he was swept into power in the '70's.

A stark contrast between the Abbott gov now and Whitlam then would be what he did to welfare. Whitlam increased it. For example, instead of me being clobbered on the DSP like Abbott wants, he actually increased it substantially. 

My, what a difference 30 years of Reaganomics has made eh.  



The Vatican goes Green, climate change a "moral imperitive"

OK Tone and gov (they're all pretty much Catholics) now even your church is telling you. Are you gonna listen to that or to Murdoch?
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has called climate change a “question of justice and a moral imperative” at a meeting of the United Nations on Sustainable Development. 

Speaking on Thursday, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, told the assembly the fact developing and poor nations remain particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change is unjust, given that the primary factors of climate change, like high consumption and high-quantity greenhouse gas emissions, characterize highly industrialized societies. 

“It is a matter of justice to help poor and vulnerable people suffering the most from causes largely not of their making and beyond their control,” said Archbishop Auza. “One concrete step would be to make available to them the best in adaptation and mitigation technology.” 

He said states have the “grave duty” to make policy decisions and devise monitoring structures to ensure that present and future generations live in a safe and worthy environment. more  

"The Burqa BellyFlop" ' Abbott's polling

"The burqa bellyflop" was in the comments underneath at The Pollbludger. It seems Abbott's clumsy attempts to garner support through Muslim demonisation has backfired on him.
GhostWhoVotes relates the first Newspoll in four weeks has delivered Labor its best poll result in some time, with a two-party lead of 53-47 that compares with 51-49 last time. The Coalition is off three points on the primary vote to 38%, but the direct beneficiaries are the Greens, up three to 14%, with Labor steady on 34%. Tony Abbott is down three on approval to 38% and up one on disapproval to 53%, but Bill Shorten’s numbers have also declined – his approval is down three to 35%, and disapproval up three to a new high of 46%. On preferred prime minister, Shorten closes the gap from 41-37 to 39-38. 
The poll also has 63% saying Tony Abbott should “confront” (not “shirt-front”) Vladimir Putin over MH17, against 27% who don’t. more
I note also that a big majority wants Abbott to confront Putin over the plane. All I can say to that is that I'd have said the same. It's all part of the punch up, egging each of them on. Come on Abbott, confront that Putin and get for fuckin face smashed in! Go for it Tone!