Wednesday, 29 March 2017

U2 "Stuck in a Moment" - what I needed :)

This was also recommended by YouTube for me., and it perfectly fits my mood right now. I don't care what people say about U2 who don't like them. Much of their music has been there in very dark times and I'll never forget that. The way they can express human emotions is a gift to us all.

Graham Norton re-enacts Alien scene - hilarious (video)

YouTube has been recommending this to me all day. I finally watched it and it's absolutely hilarious! It was the actual way they did it as it was before CGI.

Gay AIDS patients should pay for hospital treatment - Christian Democratic Party candidate

One of Fred Nile's mob, but even Fred and the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) itself is distancing from the comments of their ACT candidate, saying it's not the policy of the CDP. One wonders then if the candidate is making such outrageous propositions on social media, then why is he even a CDP candidate? Surely he should be dis-endorsed?

So, Rev Dr David Kim (above left) has made an extremist comment about LGBT people who have AIDS (a rarity these days BTW with modern medication). On a Facebook post about Safe Schools, he came out with this little gem:

The LGBTI patients of AIDS should not be freely treated at the public hospitals Hack
I note he uses the word "AIDS" and not HIV. This so annoys me as AIDS has been deemed no longer a public health risk in Australia. If someone presents to hospital with AIDS they get given HIV meds which reverses the condition and gets the HIV virus under control. Yes, AIDS is no longer the killer it once was and is now considered a reversible condition. 

Dr Kim goes on to say in the article thus:

Dr Kim confirmed to Hack that he wrote the post, but said it was part of a broader discussion on sex education in schools.

 "I don't want to judge one group of people," he said, admitting that the subject was "sensitive".

 Dr Kim said treating AIDS cost the public purse "really big money" and that LGBTI people have a "very high chance of getting HIV", the virus that leads to AIDS.

 According to the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), nearly seven out of ten new infections of HIV occur in gay or bisexual men.

 Excluding gay and lesbian AIDS patients would ensure that "ordinary people" have access to public funding in the future, Dr Kim said.

 Increasing the financial burden on patients may limit the spread of the disease, he said.

 "We don't want to encourage [gay sex]," Dr Kim said. Hack
Lovely :s The very last comment is the telling one. Because of his religion he doesn't like gays having sex. The inference in this case being that gays are a disease carrying burden to the rest of society and should be singled out and punished for it.

I worked thirty years hard labour in the printing industry, raised my daughter and looked after my sick wife until her death, paying full time tax through all of it often through the nose. That of course including the Medicare levy which funds the health system. To assume I'm now a burden on society because of a specific illness is offensive in the extreme, and victim blaming. How typically christian.

Perhaps the churches should start paying tax like everyone else. Why should taxpayers have to carry them? 

Trump budget proposal goes backwards on HIV/AIDS

NSW campaign to end HIV
Here in New South Wales the Ending HIV campaign has been going for a few years now. It's aim is early treatment of those infected with HIV to make them undetectable and therefore unable to spread the virus. This is done through a campaign of education, amongst other things. For example the NSW gov (conservative) has made HIV meds free in the state by paying what the patient would otherwise have to pay through the PBS.

Trumps proposed cuts however would put this in reverse for those affected by the cuts. It's nonsensical, as there will be an increase in infection rates.

According to a new White House document distributed to congressional appropriators, Trump is calling on a $1.23 billion cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health, a major biomedical research facility under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

 Of that $1.23 billion, the hardest hit program would be a $300 million cut to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which aims to eradicate HIV/AIDS and treat those affected by the disease.

 Bloomberg reports that this would be done by reducing the number of patients accepted into the program, and defunding “low-performing countries.” Queerty

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Druggie parent murderers object to lesbian couple adopting their kid - Catholics (Australia)

This story is gob-smacking. 

So, a straight couple who are drug fucked, the mother spent time in jail for the death of one her kids after the 7 month old boy was given morphine and benzodiazepine by the parents. Poor kid, was probably crying from neglect. The mother had a long history of being drug fucked.

The girl left was taken away by social services after the death of the boy, and has since been looked after by a lesbian couple since she was six months old. The lesbian couple now wish to adopt the girl as their own. The law was changed in New South Wales in 2010 allowing them to do so as a same sex couple.

Unbelievably, the fucked up straight parents objected to the daughter being bought up by a same sex couple. Why? Because the parents were "practicing Catholics" and didn't "feel comfortable" with same sex parents in charge of her daughter for religious reasons.

WTF? What sort of practicing Catholicism allows a parent to be drug fucked to the point  of killing a seven month old baby boy with their own drugs? What sort of practicing Catholicism allows someone who's done that to feel they have any sort of moral authority over a same sex couple (who are both university graduates)? A straight birth parent who is demonstrably not capable of raising a cat let alone an offspring.

Thankfully the magistrate granted the same sex couple their wish in light of it all, but my heart goes out to those two women who were dragged through the courts for nothing more than religious bigotry.

The NSW Supreme Court heard the birth mother was "a practising Catholic and she is not comfortable with the placement of CJD with the proposed adoptive parents because of her upbringing and religious values".

 The lesbian couple, who are both university educated, have been in a stable and loving relationship for almost a decade. However, they told the court they couldn't raise CJD as a Catholic given the religion's longstanding opposition to homosexual relationships.

 The birth father told the court he was from a Catholic family and wanted his daughter to be raised in that faith.

 He said if the birth mother wasn't granted care of the girl, he wanted to, because he was "deprived of the opportunity to be a father" when the child was taken away by social services.

 Justice John Sackar found both the mother and father, who has significant mental health issues and learning difficulties, were incapable of caring for the girl, who has some behavioural challenges, likely caused by her mother's drug use in pregnancy.

 He said while the law required cultural and religious ties to be preserved "as far as possible", those concerns should not predominate alongside the child's best interests.

 "Religion of course is only one of a multitude of factors the court is to consider in determining CJD's best interests," he said.

 "While the birth parents' religious beliefs must be respected, the proposed adoptive parents' attitude to the Catholic faith requires equal respect."

 The adoption agency Barnardos, acting on behalf of the Department of Family and Community Services, submitted it wasn't in CJD's best interests to be baptised or christened because the adoptive parents "would not be able to facilitate her involvement and development with Catholicism due to their sexual orientation".

 "They do not want to go to church, stand up and commit to raising CJD as a Catholic when they could not commit to doing so," the agency said.

 Justice Sackar said most concerning was the birth mother's refusal to accept responsibility for her son's death. She was granted parole after 3½ years but returned to jail after failing drug tests. Furthermore, the birth father did not accept his former partner was a risk to their child. Sydney Morning Herald

Cats cats cats! (pics)

Natasha watching birds in the afternoon sun out the back door
The kittens (Cloe and Casper) are growing fast and even the old cat Natasha is liking them now. 

We're still getting used to having 4 cats. Yesterday I opened the curtains in our bedroom and the morning sun was streaming in. It's still warm in Sydney, in the mid 20'sC and not cold at all over night. I lay down after taking all my pills. 

First Zac bounded in like he does and sat on top of the air conditioner in front of the open window, watching the passing traffic and birds. Next came kitten Cloe who jumped on top of the windowsill watching outside, almost imitating Zac. Then came kitten Casper who went to the sun on the floor. Lastly Natasha came in onto the bed next to me in the sun and lay down on the fluffy pink woolen blanket (cat heaven). I was surrounded :s

Zac has developed sort of a cat strut now. He's taken on the role of daddy cat to the kittens I think. Proud father sort of thing. He  looks out for them too. If one meows upset about something he's right there to make sure they're OK 💓

Casper loves my PC chair
Cloe has her tongue out for this pic. "Yum, cat food!"

Monday, 27 March 2017

Feeling vulnerable and anxious - psychologist visit

Quite often I don't get through the whole session hour as there's been no major catastrophes of late. This time however had only 5 minutes to spare before I ended it.

Discussed the obvious state of mind recently thanks to the ongoing kidney scare. Noticed in summery that I'm exhibiting classic depression behaviour; everything seems to be an effort, find it hard to be interested in much, sleeping absurd amounts of time. This was obvious to me upon self analysis and I told him about it all. There's been days when I can hardly bring myself out of the bedroom as getting up and starting the day seems all too hard and depressive. 

Given what's happening with my health he advised that feeling this way was understandable. The collapses/faintings I've been having, the severe dizziness, the disoriented vision, the severe muscle pain, has all contributed to me feeling vulnerable and anxious. 

Indeed at times I've stayed in bed because I've felt dizzy getting up and felt it was safer just to lie in bed than risk another collapse. Some days I've not even been able to do the dishes in the morning because it's too painful to stand leaning over the sink, or I've been so dizzy  I've had to do them a bit at a time. David does so much looking after me I don't want him doing the bloody dishes as well!

It's been a few visits since the psychologist has asked, but this time he asked if I'd had any thoughts of suicide. That question was a standard one for quite some time in the past, but in more recent times has become less frequent. Such has been the nature of my mental health that suicide was a very real option for years.

I explained that I was describing to him my behaviour and the conclusion I'd drawn from it was that I was very depressed, but no I'd not thought about the last resort escape from it all 😎 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Trump Russian sex video - claymation version (NSFW)

This has to be seen to believed :)  Someone has made a claymaytion version of the Trump piss tape. The results are truly mind boggling!

Short film "Heavy Weight" - two boxers

Only one of them is gay, but the other one finds their first kiss disturbing being "straight". 

I found it interesting the angry reaction by him to the kiss, and the violent boxing in the ring by him. Much the same as in life, when people react angrily to gays they're very often disturbed by their own gay feelings.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

"You can't govern from the hard right" - Trumpcare fall-out

Now that Trumpcare has abysmally failed the recriminations and analysis have begun. Here a Democrat leader in the senate is interviewed about what happened. 

At one point he states "you can't govern from the hard right". A statement stunning in it's simplicity and reality.

There's a lesson here for Canberra and the Lieberals. Govern for the common man or face electoral  suicide.

Bill Mayer destroys Trump over Trumpcare failure :)

Not a big fan of Bill Mayer as sometimes he goes into nuts-ville, but he does have his moments. This is one of them 😀

I wonder how the Trum-pets are going with all this Trump "winning"? Are they sick of all that winning yet? 😋

Christian prediction falls flat - god will pass Trumpcare :s

Christian televangelist Pat Robertson predicted that god would intervene and give the votes to pass Trumpcare. As we all know now, Trumpcare when down in a screaming ball of flames and didn't even get to a vote. A total humiliation for Trump and the Trum-pets. 

I honestly don't understand anyway why christians would think it would be OK to have millions chucked off health insurance. Not exactly caring.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Idiots on TMZ talk HIV criminalisation (video)

This is so fuckin bad. People who know nothing about living with HIV or the advances in medications making judgments about people with HIV. Mostly that transmitting the disease knowingly when you have HIV should remain a "felony". In other words, severely criminalised.

This has been the subject of many studies, and always the results of criminalisation is that it drives HIV+ people underground. Less likely to get tested and treated, meaning the person remains infectious. 

Recent studies have concluded that when an HIV+ person has an undetectable HIV viral load on treatment, that it's impossible to pass it on. These studies monitor gay couples over time in a sero-discordant relationship (only one of them HIV+) where the couple has unprotected sex. Results have shown no incidence of transmission of of HIV to the negative partner. Not one. This isn't an "argument" as stated in the video, it's a scientifically proven fact. 

There's also the thing that safe sex isn't just the responsibility of one person. It takes two to tango. The person receiving in a casual encounter should always insist on condoms, if for nothing else than avoiding the much more infectious sexually transmitted diseases around. Like for instance a new super strain of gonorrhea immune to all antibiotics. Ack!

At one point the lady host asks how do you know if you remain undetectable? Saying you may have been "6 months ago" but what about now? Oh FFS! The stupidity and sheer ignorance! You get a quarterly blood test every 3 months to check that.  I've had an undetectable viral load for a few years now. The meds I'm on suit me well. Get tested and treated. The thinking now is that you go on meds as soon as you're diagnosed to become undetectable. All part of a responsible approach to maybe ending HIV.

The lady commenter that says getting HIV is a possible death sentence is so exaggerated. If you take the pills you don't die anymore.

In short such punitive measures revolving around HIV+ sex are completely outdated and reflect early HIV hysteria. If we're to end HIV the answer isn't to criminalise it, but to treat us as human beings like everyone else. We're not murderers.

Three new marriage equality adds (videos)

Australian Marriage Equality has two new adds just put up on YouTube an hour ago. They feature a gay doctor and a lesbian nurse who both do their jobs serving the public and asking why can't they get married?

As always, it's the personal stories and getting to know us that changes people's minds on marriage equality.

Update: this the latest one posted on the YouTube channel. An army bloke who put his life on the line for Australia, but can't marry the one he loves.

Life on welfare - Jacqui Lambie (video)

One of the most heartfelt and passionate speeches you will hear from any politician. Jacqui Lambie attacks the gov's heartless cuts to welfare by relating her experiences of being on the Disability Support Pension for 7 years with two kids. The reality of which is poverty that most people have little idea of in mainstream Australia.

She says that welfare is not a choice but a necessity through no fault of your own.

BTW she's totally pissed off with Pauline Hanson who voted with the gov cuts to welfare. So much for Hanson being for the battler.

Knitting parliamentarian - response to Dutton's "they should stick to their knitting".

After Dutton's homophobic attack on CEO of Qantas Alan Joyce (who's gay) saying that instead of making supportive comments on marriage equality CEO's should "stick to their knitting", Greens senator Janet Rice rice has held a knit in at question time. She got out balls of yarn and sat there knitting a rainbow scarf :)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

QLD "gay panic" defence for murder finally repealed :)

This story has 8 years of history and the final victory has been a long time coming. It started when a man was murdered in a Queensland church yard, the murderers getting the sentence reduced to manslaughter after using the "gay panic" defence. An anachronistic law that said if a man made sexual advances on another man and the other man panicked, then that could be used as an excuse for murder.

The Catholic priest running the church was appalled that this could happen. The murdered man's mother reckoned he wasn't even gay. Father Paul Kelly started a petition to remove this law gaining nearly 300,000 signatures, that being the catalyst for movement within the Queensland parliament to expunge the law.

It's taken years but it's finally happened.

It’s been a rollercoaster. When an innocent man named Wayne was killed in my parish churchyard 8 years ago, I was revolted by the injustice. The two men who killed him claimed Wayne made “sexual advances” on them, and cited the gay panic defence in court to justify his murder.

 I then met with Wayne’s mother Joyce, who is still alive today. She was determined to not die until this revolting defence for murder was abolished. Today she’s finally received some justice for her son’s death.

 Thank you for fight for this campaign with me. For the thousands of emails, calls, news reports, protests and online actions taken - thank you. One of Australia's worst laws has been scrapped because of your signatures. This is as much your win for justice as it is mine, or indeed Joyce’s.

 From today, saying a gay person made a pass at you will no longer be an acceptable, legal excuse for murder. And I couldn’t be prouder to have led this petition in honour of Wayne Ruks and his family.

 Father Paul Kelly Catholic Priest Petition Update

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Gov channels Bill Leak wanting to change racial vilification laws (video)

Turnbull mentioned Bill Leak 3 times during this presser, the gov putting forward changes to the racial discrimination act. I doubt it will ever get through the senate. I'd say it's another lunar right pipe dream that will never see the light of day. It's only because Trumbles needs the far right to keep being PM that he's doing their biding.

He reckons the proposed changed will be better for all, I guess just like the internet was going to be faster and sooner...  In truth the law is about making it easier for far right nutters raving about free speech to have a go at minorities.

This isn't going to go down well with the most multi-cultural country on earth. Especially as many immigrants reside in Lieberal marginal seats.

It's about protecting their bigotry. There's hardly any prosecutions under the present laws, but their dear Andrew Bolt has been convicted, and the infamous Bill Leak they reckon was "hounded to his grave" by the laws.

Why they're even bothering with this is beyond many Australians. As one of the questioners asked, why not have a plebiscite over it? Most people see many more important things to deal with than this. Why is this such an issue?

I'd quote Brandis the other year, when he said in parliament back in 2014 that people "have a right to be bigots". He doesn't want bigotry to come afoul of Australian law, even when it's on the public stage. Repulsive.

Trumps worst day ever as president - FBI chief says he's lying

Far out. This has to be the quickest and most spectacular fall from grace of any US president surely. 

He's got the worst popularity ratings of a president since polling began some 70 or so years ago. From all reports the White House is lurching from one chaotic disaster to the next, with Trump torpedoing any opportunity to gain ground with his stupid tweets. The most spectacular of course was accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower with no evidence.

The FBI chief has roundly said there's no evidence of it, and it's impossible for a president to do that without other arms of gov approving of it. In essence, the FBI chief called Trump a liar.

But much much worse for Trump is that the FBI has officially stated that it's now investigating links with the Trump campaign and Russia. Watch as Olbermann shows how precise the FBI chief's language was in saying that.

Trump is doomed now without a doubt. All sane media in the US that I've read are ripping him to shreds. He might as well be a lame duck president.

Katy Perry tells of growing up in church and sexuality struggle (video)

Katy Perry has been awarded the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign in the US. In doing so she tells of how LGBT people that she met were very different that the demonised version she was taught about in the church.

As always, we're nothing like the demons they make us out to be. Just people like everyone else.

BTW, she's done more than just kiss a girl 😃

Also, there's no sound for about 30 seconds on the video, don't panic.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Natasha and Teddy (pic)

Natasha and Teddy
Natasha seems fine with the kittens now, and is even almost playing with them. She's very cautious about the ones she likes the old girl, but once she does she'll be a friend for life. She's eating together with the kittens now which means she's fine with them.

I imagine she'll start mothering them soon like she did with Zac. She's a very good mother. David tells me she's had a couple of litters when she was younger.  

Slept 18 hours - WTF?

I know I had a disturbed sleep the night before, but I've never in my life slept that long before. Kept thinking I'd get up then suddenly it's 2 hours later. That went on all day. Think I could have kept going but it was already 7pm.

Haven't got anything done today. Late taking my pills. No even the dishes done. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

"Should married gay men have access to children?" - ACL Lyle Shelton (video)

This is an interview between the Australian Christian Lobby's Lyle Shelton and long time gay marriage advocate Rodney Croome. I'm still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor now after just watching it.

Croome is well versed in the ACL's bla, but nothing prepared me for what Shelton said. At one point near the end of the video Shelton asked Croome these exact words; "Should married gay men have access to children?"

Croome was stunned, the interviewer was stunned. There followed some seconds of silence as both of them got over the shock of what Shelton had said.

Said it before and will say it again, as a father of a 26yr old daughter such a question is deeply offensive. And yes, most paedophiles identify as straight. It's the same old anachronistic line that gays are a danger to kids. Completely false.

The christians must be getting really desperate to drag that old line out. Yet Shelton did. 

BTW he's said in the past that the debate from the ACL has been very respectful of the LGBT, That after he called the LGBT Nazi's.

And we're supposed to just accept that he has the "freedom of speech" to say such terrible things about us. Yet if we show any anger at all we're supposedly "shutting down opposing views". 

How would he like to be called a paedophile then just because he's straight? Should married straight couples have access to children? Statistics tell us that straight men are vastly more a danger to kids than gays. To ignore that is to ignore paedophiles.

The video was posted today on the ACL YouTube account. How Shelton could let that happen is beyond me, so embarrassing tor the ACL :s

Latest kitten pics :)

Natasha is slowly getting to like the kittens, but Zac has dived in head first and loving them both. All three of them go running around the house like a herd of elephants playing. Both Cloe (the left kitten, female) and Casper (white, male) are extremely affectionate. Zac has taken to washing them. Cloe is such a dainty little thing, and Casper a real little rough and tumble cat. Cloe is quite happy to wrestle Casper, despite her dainty nature.

Not sure if he thinks of himself as an older brother or a proud father. When they go to sleep on the bed he sleeps at the bottom like he's guarding them. Other day Natasha hissed at one of them and Zac bopped her with his paw. 

Dutton opens the gov festering wound - plebiscite marriage equality (video)

Dutton has continued his rage against those CEO's who dare to use their freedom of speech to support marriage equality. Who dared to assert that equality would be good for business and make Australia more inclusive. Oh the humanity!

For three days now Dutton has been stuck in his hissy fit about it, with no sign of letting up. However dopey Dutton is so brain dead and out of touch with mainstream Australians, he doesn't see what a fool he's making of himself. Dutton the offshore detention bully is now actually claiming that those who speak in support of marriage equality are bullying companies? Stupendously stupid, and voter land knows it.

He carps on about "freedom of speech" but wants to shut down business leaders  who exercise that. Would he be saying the same thing if businesses were coming out against marriage equality? What about church leaders voicing their opinions against it? Nothing said there. One could argue that religions shouldn't get involved in secular politics.

Most spectacular though is that he's forced his party to reiterate their stand on marriage equality; a plebiscite, even though they've removed the funding for it in the forward estimates. Yes folks, that festering sore that died last year in the senate that nobody wanted except the lunar right. That sore that will continue to fester right up to election day as a major issue. The sore that shows the Lieberals incompetence and sheer hard nosed bigotry. Everyone knows it was nothing more than a stalling tactic.

Perhaps that's why Dutton is so frustrated and angry, because he knows they're losing the fight. I would reiterate that IMO the only way to get marriage equality in Australia is to get rid of this gov.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has delivered a blunt and public warning to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull not to waver on same-sex marriage, insisting the government "won't be bullied" and telling the country's business leaders to "stick to their knitting".

 Meanwhile, Liberal MPs who wanted to bring same-sex marriage to a head in the next fortnight of Parliament say their plans have hit a wall, and now concede movement on the issue is unlikely in this half of the year.

 The letter from 20 of the country's chief executives calling on the Turnbull government to legislate for same-sex marriage appears to have backfired, with moderate Liberal MPs labelling it "unhelpful".

In the third successive day of his crusade, Mr Dutton lashed out at social media activists who were "blackmailing" companies by threatening boycotts, and warned the government would not abandon its policy of holding a plebiscite.

 A crowded agenda in the lead-up to the budget, including energy policy and reforms to racial discrimination law, have also slowed momentum for change in the minds of moderate Liberals.

"There is no pathway at this stage," one supportive MP told Fairfax Media. "We're constantly trying to find a way. There isn't the momentum to convince the party room." Sydney Morning Herald
Apparently us gays sit around knitting a lot. I'm gay and I don't know anyone who knits...

Friday, 17 March 2017

Dutton has hissy fit over business support for marriage equality (video)

Just in case we had any doubts about Lieberals opposing marriage equality because of their own bigotry, Peter Dutton has well and truly confirmed it. He has gone on a tirade against large businesses that are in support of marriage equality.

Businesses had sent a letter to Trumbles saying that marriage equality would lead to a stronger economy and more inclusive Australia. So Dutton spat the dummy mightily on the radio over it.

But according to Dutton, these snobby CEOs should keep their noses out of social affairs and “fringe issues” like, y’know, basic civil rights.

 “If they want to run for politics, well resign from their position, stick their hand up at the next election, but don’t jam your politically correct views down our throats,” he told host Ray Hadley. “It’s high time these people pulled back from these moralistic stances and we’d be a better society without them.”

 “Here’s a suggestion for Telstra: instead of getting caught up spending your investors’ money, your shareholders’ money, on all these political causes, what about tidying up your own backyard first and providing a proper standard of care to your customers?” he added. “Frankly this is a debate that is worth having, because the customers are missing out, and the service is inferior. It needs to be addressed.” Junkee
Political? I keep saying that this is why we don't have marriage equality as the gov has politicised it. This isn't a political issue, it's a human one. There are conservative gays along with leftie gays. It's a human rights issue, and should never have become a political football in the chase for votes.

Make a submission - robodebt senate inquiry

GetUp has a web page set up for people to make a submission to the senate inquiry into the robodebt debacle. This is a chance for all to tell their story of their experience with Centrelink.

After the testimony from the Centrelink secretary supporting robodebt and blaming clients and media for the problems, I'm sure such submissions by robodebt victims would be very useful.

You can also lodge directly to the parliamentary submissions site here.

From the email:
There's no doubt about it – the Turnbull Government debt threat debacle has been an utter disaster from day one. 

 That's why GetUp members have leapt to action, providing immediate relief to people through our community-funded appeal tool, FraudStop. All the while, we're investigating legal options to challenge this renegade system in the courts. 

 But right now, we need to pile on the political pressure. We'll stand alongside pensioners, jobseekers, people living with disabilities and single parents, all targeted by this nasty government misfire. 

 The Senate especially wants to hear from everyday Australians about their experience of the system, and the impact it has had on them and their family. Make your submission here

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Trump's campaign chairman found in room with underage male prostitute (video)

*Update: Shortey has been charged.

Ralph Shortey is an Oklahoma Republican state representative, and was chairman of the Oklahoma state campaign during the Trump primaries. He is married with two kids. 

However sordid details have emerged that he has be caught in a motel room after midnight with an under aged male prostitute with the strong smell of marijuana coming from the room. Police have recommended three charges be laid against him involving prostitution.

Here in New South Wales, Australia, prostitution is legal, however under aged prostitution is not. So even by our progressive laws here in NSW what he has (allegedly) done is highly illegal and paedophilia. This from a so called upstanding Republican supposedly a moral guardian of the family etc. 

Just another example of who the real danger to children are. It's not the LGBT, but those who identify as straight and behave like this in their closet.

You can read the police report here with all it's sordid details. (redacted version)

The Moore Police Department on Wednesday announced that it has recommended three prostitution-related charges against State Sen. Ralph Shortey.

 The recommended charges include: soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting for the purpose of prostitution.

 Police say the investigation started after a man was found in a motel room with an underage boy. Employees at the Super 8 Motel in Moore say a person by the name of Ralph Allen Shortey checked in shortly after midnight March 9, and police arrived about 30 minutes later. Koko News

LGBT called Nazi's over Coopers protests - video

Rowan Dean channels Bill Leak's cartoon
So because the LGBT dared to criticise a couple of gov ministers making light of our struggle for marriage equality, the RWNJ's have taken to calling us Nazi's yet again. Here some idiot does so, referring of course to Bill Leaks infamous cartoon above depicting the LGBT as such.

No mention that 75% of Australians who support marriage equality would have been offended by the Coopers light beer video about SSM.

No grace either given to our freedom of speech that they're all so eager to say they have a right to. It's obvious they only want freedom of speech for them, not us.

These are the sorts of people who want to shut us down in getting married.

SA premier sticks it to gov on live telly! - video :)

Weatheril saturation bombs Frydenburg on live TV :)
This is just so good. The frustration of South Australia being demonised by the federal gov over it's embrace of renewables has boiled over on live TV, with a stoush between the Labor SA premier Jay Weatheril and Lieberal energy minister Josh Frydenberg. It wasn't set up, the premier just turned up without the knowledge of the energy minister that he was going to do so.

Frydenberg says his piece and you can just about see the steam coming out of Weatheril's ears, but he remains silent and polite whilst Frydenberg drones on. Then Weatheril gets his turn.

It was Keating-esque. Weatheril doesn't take a breath, saturation bombing Frydenburg as Frydenburg has no choice but to take the drubbing in front of the camera's on live TV. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cashless welfare card - Tudge cherry picks from Progress Report

The way the gov has been carrying on about a progress report on the cashless welfare card trial, you'd think the trial was finished and the report final. The trial is continuing and this wasn't the final full report. That won't be released for ages yet. 

Never the less it didn't stop Tudge from announcing the trial a success, despite some very worrying figures within the report. It's certainly far from a success story.

But at the time of compiling the report, the department also had police data showing a 71% increase in aggravated robbery for the area in the period from October 2015 to October 2016 compared with the same period the previous year. Non-aggravated robbery increased 200% in the same period.

 “It is odd how this did not make it on to the minister’s top lines when he was spruiking the card to media,” Siewert said.

 “When it comes to the cashless debit card trial progress report, we knew that the government was cherry-picking data to shine the card in the best possible light, but to ignore SA police statistics that show an increase in aggravated and non-aggravated robbery is worrisome.”

 The 12-month trials of the card will conclude this year, at which point there will be an independent evaluation. Siewert questioned why the department released its six-month progress report, given it was not independent and that a proper evaluation was being conducted.

 “I urge the minister to allow the trial to finish before he starts trying to pre-empt the outcome with premature ‘progress reports’,” she said. The Guardian