Sunday, 21 May 2017
This is extraordinary. One of the biggest scams in Australia's modern history.
I've been seeing bits and pieces about it online but until now haven't had the interest to look into it. But OMG when you watch this video if you're like me you'll feel a bit dumbstruck.
I'm reminded in my mind at this point of the robodept fiasco where us poor and sick were targeted by a flawed gov computer program that was strong arming us to pay back unproven debts to Centrelink. You can't get blood out of a stone. Indeed there was at least one young life lost to suicide over an alleged $18,000 debt.
The thing is, if you're targeting welfare recipients for money you're talking about chook feed. Honestly, there's just no meaningful money in it for the gov bottom line. In essence the gov is using us as a cheap target for political gain, demonising us as bludging welfare cheats. Truth is it's extremely hard to rip off Centrelink as there's so many hoops to jump through it's just about impossible I'd say. The statistics reflect that with the number of Centrelink clients charged with fraud being very low. They'll catch you in the end so why would anyone bother?
Yet we get robodebt, newspaper headlines of us being a burden to society, and now the latest they want to drug test people before they receive a cent from Centrelink.
This story gives a great insight to what's really going on..... At least none of them have suicided......
|Dead whale on Japanese whaling ship this season, from video shot by Sea Shepherd helicopter|
Unfortunately, thanks to the Japanese whalers, who for some strange and bizarre reason appear to think it's their cultural right to come and slaughter these whales off our southern coastline. This year they killed over 300.
The other year the international community deemed it illegal for Japan to do this. We considered this a big victory against the killing. They had been using the "scientific research" defence in saying that that was why they were killing them. What bullshit! This has been going on for decades, I remember growing up in New Zealand and as a child thinking how absurd it was for Japan to give such a lame reason for slaughtering them.
So when that "scientific research" became illegal, Japan simply implemented another "scientific research" program slightly different than before, and today that is what they're using to kill whales off our coast for their Japanese dining tables.
The Australian gov refuses to do anything for fear of offending Japanese delicate sensibilities, being our so called allies. The only people standing between the whaling ships and the whales is the Sea Shepherd.
As always on The Weekly this is very comedic. Personally I lost the plot when it went past LGBT, but everyone knows what I mean when using those four letters. To me adding letters is trying to further define sexuality, which in my view can be undefinable in a general sense. Maybe we should just put an asterix at the end of those four letters for everything else that my be included in that?
Debra Messimg appears to be really getting around since the new Will & Grace series has been announced. Here she accepts a GLAAD award for media, and gives a very strong speech about the current state of the US. As always with her humorous as well. She just seems to be naturally funny :)
Brandis has interfered politically in the court case against Adani by traditional owners of the land they want to mine. Outrageous.
This from the email:
Without this ‘land deal’ being registered, Adani can’t move ahead. And right now, they have nowhere to go without the assistance of the Federal Parliament.More here:
We have a knockout punch, but Brandis and the Federal Government are doing everything they can to stop us from throwing it.
The good news is, we are now underway with legal proceedings, and Adani and the Queensland Government are in our sights.
At the very least they will be tied up for many months in litigation and will not have an ILUA to proceed with.
And we can win this. Adani did not negotiate and achieve our free, prior and informed consent. And we have four strong legal grounds against Adani’s pretend ILUA.
As the law stands, Adani do not have a document that could even be considered legal. This is why the Turnbull government has been in hyperdrive trying to push the ‘Adani amendments’ through the Senate.
But now, in an act of extraordinary political interference, Brandis has reached into the court to intervene in our case and delay the proceeding.
This puts beyond doubt that Brandis and the Turnbull Government, backed all the way by Queensland’s Palaczszuk Government, are working in billionaire Adani’s interests. Again, they are making Native Title - and Traditional Owners rights - all about Adani’s coal mine.
They are unrelenting in their support for the Carmichael project. But so are we in our determination to defend our country and safeguard the future from this mine of mass destruction.
We will not surrender. No means no, Adani.
Stand with us as we fight these corrupting and destructive influences, and protect our ancestral lands and waters.
Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Ms Murrawah Johnson, said, “Adani didn’t negotiate and achieve the free prior informed consent of the W&J people. The meeting, which Adani and its barrackers claim achieved consent, with a 294 to 1 vote, is as fake as its ILUA. It is not a true expression of the W&J Traditional Owners.
“Over 220 of the attendees at Adani’s meeting are people who have never been involved in the W&J claim or decision making, and who are identified with other nations and claims, or didn’t identify an apical descent line.
“Many people were bussed in and paid for at Adani’s considerable expense. The majority of the claim group, which have three times rejected an ILUA with Adani, refused to participate in this stitch up of a meeting. They stayed away.” she said. Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council
Saturday, 20 May 2017
The latest Aussie victim of the US paranoia over foreigners has come to the fore this week. Molly Hill was going for a 90 day trip to the US to see her boyfriend there, the 90 days being such a while that she had to quite her job in Australia to do so. She had a return ticket to Australia bought and paid for at the end of this period.
However, it appears on the strength of calendar diary entries where she wrote about leaving her job, the US border maniacs interrogated her for hours and denied her entry. Eventually locking her up in a prison overnight where she was mixed in with the regular prisoners complete with prison clothes, and unceremoniously sent back to Australia the following day.
She wasn't even allowed a phone call to call her boyfriend, who had been waiting all day at the airport without a clue what was going on. He eventually found out not from any US authority, but via a message sent by the Australian Consulate to her mother in Australia that Molly had been detained. Her mother then rang the boyfriend at the airport from Australia to tell him what had happened.
WTF is going on over there in the US? With "friends" like this who needs enemies?
“It was very surreal.” Molly Hill speaks about being detained and sent back to Australia by US border officials. #TheProjectTV pic.twitter.com/Pvp0TNINca— #TheProjectTV (@theprojecttv) May 18, 2017
Well at least something good has come out of the Trump election. Debra Messing of Will and Grace, soon to be returning to the telly, says it was that skit they did about Trump that was the catalyst for the new show.
Friday, 19 May 2017
Some may consider my use of the word genocide in respect to what Chechnya is doing to gays over the top. But in fact I'm not the only one to use such language.
The International Criminal Court has received a complaint from 3 French gays rights groups accusing Chechnya of just that.
The absurd assertion by Chechnya's leader saying there's no gays in Chechnya is about as brain dead lying as him saying that they're not being persecuted. Wherever you will find humanity you will find gays. We're a natural part of humanity.
Why this idiot leader has decided to commit genocide against our LGBT community is beyond me. Perhaps he's brainwashed with religious hatred, or perhaps he's simply projecting his inner hatred of his own gay self. Or perhaps it's simply about demonising a minority for political gain.....
Whatever the reason, he's committing genocide against my LGBT brothers and sisters.
Chechnya has been accused of carrying out a genocide against gay people in a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court.
Three French gay rights groups blamed the Russian republic's leader Ramzan Kadyrov and state officials for a "wave of persecution".
Stop Homophobie, Mousse and Comite Idaho France urged the ICC to investigate the persecution of gay men, citing the case of a teenager reportedly thrown out of a ninth-floor window after his uncle discovered he was gay.
Etienne Deshoulieres, a lawyer representing the three gay rights groups, called Mr Kadyrov “the architect” of a “genocide”.
He said the Chechen leader was "the organiser of torture camps with the desire to exterminate homosexuals". The Independant
No fuckin shit Sherlock.
This is a disaster of the gov's own making from both sides of parliament over decades. Negative gearing (allowing people to reduce their tax if the property makes a loss) has seen housing become an investor asset that doesn't even require tenants. Indeed there are thousands of properties across all Australia's major cities siting vacant, with the investor simply claiming the non-rent back on tax. All this whilst the real estate people rave on about a shortage of rental properties. WTF?
Just to give an idea about how this is all going bloody pear shaped, in the last 12 months Sydney house prices went up by 20% last year. Not that there's a property bubble or anything :s Honestly, people think this won't end and property will just keep going up and up.
Luckily, our rent is modest for where we live. The rent went up $10 just now but meh..... BTW we pay over 50% of our income in rent..... Not that the gov gives a flying fuck about it......
Incidentally, at 30 percent, you’re officially experiencing “housing stress”. This is defined as the point when the cost of your rent begins to impact your ability to pay for other essential services. Things like transport. And electricity. And food.
“The situation remains dire for low income households in metropolitan areas across Australia,” says the the report. Love it when financial reports use words like “dire”. Junkee
Today I felt like going back to where prime minster Julia Gillard, Australia's first woman prime minister, tore Tony Abbott to shreds in parliament.
You know when everyone is thinking something but there's only one person who actually has the guts to say what everyone's thinking? Well this is one of those times.
One of the most interesting things about this is the look on Tone's face (then opposition leader). He starts with the laughing it all off manly thing, but by the end of it looks like he's been slapped in the face by Gillard.
This is truly a famous moment in Australian politics :)
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
|Emperor with no clothes|
My fellow Australians.....
We have a Leaker of the free world who's not all there. His mental state is obviously at odds with anything called sanity. He's not capable of the high office he's been given.
Pretty much like our Tone's. But much worse. He's got access to nuclear weapons.
Our US brothers have recognised this. The Resistance in the US is growing, and now even main stream media over there are openly mocking the president and wanting him to go.
To my fellow brothers in the US,
All I can say to that is the western world gives them all our support in that.
We got rid of our stupid Abbott PM in 2 years over nothing but disastrous polling, and it was done by the the ruling gov itself which elected a new leader from their own party.
Australians call on the US Republicans to do the same. Elect a new president from your own party; one that can cope with the job. Are you men or mouse?
Honestly, we poofs have more backbone than you (that'll get the Republicans going?).
The chooks are coming home to roost before the NBN is even rolled out across all of Australia. The Lieberal butchering of a once grandiose infrastructure build for all Australians is now failing, with people paying their ISP's to upgrade to higher speeds that the National Broadband Network can't handle on their premises.
Telstra is the first ISP to say they will refund said customers for their upgrade that the NBN wasn't able to deliver, and put them on a slower cheaper plan according to the speeds they're actually getting that is as much as the NBN can provide to their premises.
What a fuckin lemon of an NBN. What national tragedy. The biggest infrastructure project in the history of modern Australia, and all it took was an Abbott/Turnbull gov to destroy the thing in a relatively short period of time. How much is this going to cost to fix over the next 20 years or so? It's just fucked.
BTW, it's been quite an effort here to post this very post ironically. We're still on ADSL2+ here in eastern Sydney which is progressively getting worse and worse as more and more is demanded of the system here. It regularly just drops out; I mean it won't load anything despite the PC saying it's connected.
Been going good all day but just as I try and post here (typical) the drama starts. I've had to save the HTML twice into a Word document and shut down the PC. Second time I did the modem as well. Apparently doing that resets the connection or something, I dunno. FFS, this is 2017. When is this gov going to finally succeed in dragging itself into this century?
Telstra has become the first retail service provider to offer financial compensation to thousands of angry NBN customers who have received substandard internet speeds.
The telecommunications company admitted that one per cent of its NBN customers – about 7900 people – had been promised speeds that were unattainable, blaming the varied NBN technologies for the inconsistent speeds across the network.
In a blog post, Telstra Retail group executive Kevin Russell said it was “critical” that customers did not pay for speeds any higher than what their home or business was able to receive.
“The vast majority of customers are seeing the performance we expect. However, we identified a subset of customers on fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) who have taken up a ‘speed boost’ who are not receiving the higher speeds we expect,” he wrote.
“We’re in the process of proactively contacting those customers to move them to a speed tier their NBN service supports.
“In any cases where we believe that customers may have paid for a ‘speed boost’ they haven’t benefited from, we’ll be reimbursing … any ‘speed boost’ charges they have incurred.” The New Daily
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
What a strange time this is, where the US president is telling Russians intelligence in the oval office that he won't even tell us, and some Americans think northern Australia is North Korea. Hope they know where to send the bombs if Trump goes bananas.
As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
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In an experiment requested by the New York Times, Americans were asked to locate North Korea on a map. The above graphic is the result of over 1,700 people answering.
As you can see, some of them thought it was in Northern Australia. WTF? That's where all those US troops are FFS!
The countries are listed by name below where Americans thought Nth Korea was. Those did know where it was were much more likely to want negotiation.
Americans try to find North Korea. https://t.co/GdlqFDGGPH #NorthKorea #0urWorld pic.twitter.com/0Bc0PRG1EC— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) May 15, 2017
Will and Grace will be back on TV for a brand new season soon and have released a "revival" trailer. The original video was blocked and only viewable in the US, but as usual a quick Google search bought up one playable everywhere :)