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About 2 years ago, Spartacus posited 10 rhetorical questions. Here are 10 more.
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The most disconcerting aspect of George Christensens anti-halal campaign is that even he doesn't believe it funds terrorism. read now...
I dont know how many pieces I have written on the subject of marriage equality but on Tuesday 23 august 2016 I wrote the following: Over the weekend the subject of marriage equality once again reared its head. Surely enough is enough. If ever a government was laughably incompetent on legislating the will of the
There is a strong case for scaling up Australian support for global medical research: research leading to the development of new medical products, such as drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests, to address health problems predominantly affecting people in the developing world.
This case rests on four points. First, the future of aid will increasingly be about the financing of global public goods, whether to combat climate change, to develop new and improved crop varieties, or to discover new medicines and vaccines. Second, global medical research seems to yield high social returns. Third, Australia has a strong medical research community. Fourth, there has been growing interest within the Australian government on the subject of medical research. Two recent official reviews (the Hollway Review of aid of 2011 and the McKeon Review of medical research of 2013) have both recommended greater action by Australia in this area. The current Liberal-National Coalition government also seems to show a growing interest, the most recent example being the June 2016 announcement of a health security fund, which includes an emphasis on research.
While it is impossible to come up with a definitive target for the volume of Australian funding for global medical research, it is obvious in our view that such funding should be significantly increased. Doubling it would bring it into line with our spending on global agricultural research. The aim of our new report Australian funding of global medical research: how to scale up? is to examine how a significant scaling up of aid for global medical research, such as a doubling, should be managed.
The report argues for a two-pronged approach. First, the current access of global medical researchers to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is valuable and should be expanded. One of the recommendations of the McKeon Review was that the NHMRC should more fully embrace grant assistance for global health by opening up grants to international researchers (either alone or in partnership with Australian researchers and institutions) and establishing co-funded grants with global philanthropic organisations. Similar access to the Medical Research Future Fund should also be obtained. All of this funding should be counted as Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Second, additional funding for global medical research should be provided by the Australian aid program. This should not be via additional aid funding for the NHMRC. Such funding is largely investigator-driven and discovery-focused, and needs to be complemented by a more strategic and re...
With the High Court having met today to set hearings for several 'dual citizen' MPs, Romesh Wijeyeratne suggests a possible escape route for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. read now...
The object of origami is to take a piece of paper and with dexterous folding, you produce a facsimile of a real-life object. Of course, the folding of paper gives an angular abstract of the desired image, but that is good enough, as the imagination does the rest. Such also is the dream of LNP/IPA
Oh dear, nanny state researchers are out and about again, finding fresh angles to demonise those of us who enjoy a wee drinkie, a bit of a puff, or a little weed (and not a Little Weed of the Flowerpot Men type)*.
On Wednesday, the ABC breathlessly reported a new study, published in the British Medical Journal, that finds in the UK and Australia, binge drinking is on the decline among all age groups except those over the age of 40. And of course, it was a natural for that forum of lefty zeitgeist, ABC News.
It seems we baby boomers and the generation Xers who want to be like us are more likely to drink more heavily, smoke more and addle our brain with licit and illicit drugs. The habits of misspent youths in the late sixties and seventies stay with us and die hard, it seems.
Of course, the rent-a-quote public health Pooh-Bahs jumped on the study to cry that more must be done to clamp down on elder self-abuse.
When it came to alcohol, the drug of choice of the boomer generation, the media message of the study leaders was that governments must clamp down on risky drinking by older fellas and gals defined as more than 14 units of alcohol a week, or two units per day.
In the UK, a unit is defined as 10 millilitres of pure alcohol. In Australia, one unit equates to a standard drink. So two standard drinks a day is OK, three is binge drinking. On that measure, more than two glasses of chateau cardboard at a sitting is bingeing, though drinking Grange with lobster might also be an indicator of impaired judgment.
Naturally, the experts lining up to comment on these findings said more must be done to combat alcohol and other drug abuse in the over-forties. Naturally, they said more fundings needed to protect Australian oldies from themselves.
Of course, they did. And what characteristic drivel.
Lets be honest, which is a damn sight more than these taxpayer-funded researchers are being in sensationalising their findings. What generation is the healthiest in history, the fittest in history, and will become the longest-lived in history? Thats right, baby boomers. We boomers have survived and thrived because weve been smart enough to make informed choices about what we do, look after our bodies and our minds, and be less likely to trouble the scorers when it comes to demands on our healthcare services until the very last stages of life.
Educated boomers know how to drink in moderation, consume tobacco and recreational drugs in moderation, and generally not be an intoxicated nuisance to themselves and others. If boomers are prone to genuinely excessive drinking, its likely because its hered...
If you want to move to one of the worlds most liveable cities, pack your bags and book flights to Australia or Canada
You will find more statistics at Statista
As Statistas Niall McCarthy notes, The Economist assessed 140 major cities worldwide on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, declaring Melbourne the most liveable city in 2017 for the seventh year running. Australias second most populous city scored 97.5 out of 100. Vienna, the Austrian capital, came second and three Canadian cities rounded off the top five Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.
As well as those three Canadian cities, a total of three in Australia made the top-10 list (Adelaide and Perth as well as top-placed Melbourne). Interestingly, U.S. cities are notably absent from the top of The Economists list with Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all boasting high liveability scores.
The Syrian capital of Damascus was at the very bottom of the ranking with a score of 30.2, along with Lagos in Nigeria (36.0) and Tripoli in Libya (36.6).
Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.
Reports last week NXT MP Rekekha Sharkie had withdrawn support for the Government were just another case of mainstream media fail. read now...
As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. (Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017). Do you leave the gruesome task of killing, pulverising and maiming to robots? The US Defence Department gave a
What species am I talking about? Well, the Left Wing Activist. At the risk of being labelled a sexist, would I be drawing too long a bow to suggest that, when it comes to sheer bare-faced effrontery, the female LWA has it all over male? By which I mean the ability to defend a position long after the evidence against it has reached Olympian proportions and to never apologize for anything.
Three examples come to mind.
Let me start with our erstwhile first female Prime Minister. Ive no doubt readers can think of their own favourite instances of Gillards total command of victimology but, for me, the one that stands out is the infamous AWU Workplace Reform Association scam. Gillard was in this up to her neck, unknowingly she claims and, for the purposes of this essay lets give her the benefit of the doubt and accept her claim. What is undisputed however, or at least unexplained, is why Gillard, having become aware that there was something very dodgy about the AWU Workplace Reform Association, broke off with her paramour but failed to alert her real client, the AWU, of her suspicions or even to come forward once the scam was made public to offer what assistance she could. What is even more to the point is that she has never once not once evinced the slightest remorse or regret that her ill-judged actions contributed to a serious crime.
Sarah (accidents happen) Hanson-Young. What more needs to be said?
Which brings me to Gillian Triggs, who could probably capture best in show. Her capacity to double down in the face of overwhelming evidence that she politicized her role, misled the Senate on a number of occasions and propagated false propaganda about detention camps, puts her in a class of her own.
She claimed that her decision to delay her enquiry into children in detention was occasioned by the imminence of a Federal election. In fact, Gillard advised in March that an election would be held in August six months hence. There was no formal election campaign at the time Triggs made her decision and even if there was, why should that prevent her from commencing her inquiry other than that it might prove embarrassing for the government? That would provide an advantage to one side of politics and, at the same time, a disadvantage to the other.
In her recent speech at the ANU, Triggs, according to The Australian:
warned that truth was being increasingly manipulated by political forces, as in George Orwells novel 1984.
Her effrontery in recruiting George Orwell to her campaign is as breathtaking as it is ironic..
..also identified what she said was an extraordinary and unpreced...
The object of origami is to take a piece of paper and with dexterous folding, you produce a facsimile of a real-life object. Of course, the folding of paper gives an angular abstract of the desired image, but that is good enough, the imagination does the rest. Such also is the dream of LNP / IPA. society.
Planning, Costing, Promoting and Selling of such a phony dream also has that angular-edge appearance of origami..and you have to ask..;Is it real.or are these sharp, flat lines of Agile Politics a sculptors fantasy? Like a child in anticipation, with all the anticipatory hand gestures of the impatient to get a touch of the object, Malcolm Turnbull draws pictorial images of what HE imagines the finished product will look likeand not having competent command of those Aussie vernacular words adequate for even the most simplistic description, he stutters, stumbles and finishes with the fumbling tongue smacking of :Look..lookits like this Like a child reallylike a little child.
Of course, his dream of Corporate Democracy, like his Origami Government is nothing more than that old nightmare of Fascism. The angular creases in the plan being the lines in the sand where shit happensshit like Union decapitation..democratic protest debasedsocial media curtailed and the social welfare net ripped to shreds! In a democracy guided by bottom-line considerations, any emotive considerations for retaining loyal employment will not be considered, blind obedience to profit consideration will reign and as in the land of the blind, the one-eyed (in every sense of the word!) entrepreneur and speculator will be king.
Consider the personality type of our new rulers..; Disciplined, methodical, tough-love, tougher-hate and control. all the best characteristics of the budding tyrantand a tyrants dynastic reign. There are numerous contemporary examples.
But I blame history..or rather ; a lack of understanding of it. Because the positioning of this govt and its lay-down misere political business plan is the standard blueprint of many authoritarian govts as shown throughout history.
I have to agree this time with Machiavelli in his Discourses of Titus Livius..when he describes :
when I see, on the other hand, the works of greatest virtu which Historians indicate have been accomplished by ancient Kingdoms and Republics, by Kings, Captains, Citizens, Lawgivers, and others who have worked themselves hard for their country, to be more readily admired than imitated, or rather so much neglected by everyone in every respect that no sign of that ancient virtu remains, I cannot otherwise than wonder and at the same time be sad: and so much more when I see in the civil differences that arise between Citizens, or in th...
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell.
If you think Im about to write a review on the 1940 film Gas Light, directed by Thorould Dickinson, starring Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard, then Ive managed to confuse you, as the article is more about gaslighting, or as Trump calls it, fake news.
Actually the intention is not to confuse you at all, as there is a link. Gaslighting is an authentic clinical term derived from the film, in which Paul (played by Anton) attempts to cause his newly wed wife Bella (Diana) to think she is going mad. The subterfuge is part of his plan to track down some the jewels hidden by a murdered former wife, and the gas light he uses to try and find them. For some strange reason, whenever he lights the lamp, the other lamps in the house dim, which along with the mysterious upstairs noises (in truth, Paul moving around trying to find the jewels) all contribute to Bella doubting her sanity, compounded by the husband insisting she is imagining things.
The clinical term is more a description of the process and effect of a form of psychological bombardment designed to deliberately lead the subject to believe he or she is going mad, which is why the term has recently been extended to encompass the machination of the MSM, which Trump less euphemistically called fake news.
Id only cottoned onto gaslighting a week or two ago (being rather slow on the uptake) realising how much more effective the term was in describing what has been going on in the MSM campaign against Trump; but also, by extension, to media coverage (or the lack) of a number of different events here in Australia, some of it constituting straight out disinformation.
Take the Pauline Hansson burka stunt in the senate at the end of last week. Senator Brandis saw what she did as insulting to Australian Muslims, and ultimately endangering us. Senator Hanson Young, who ironically wasnt there at the time, came out even more strongly, leading Andrew Bolt and Paul Murray of Sky News to suggest she was trying to get political mileage out of an already fraught situation.
Of course our impartial ABC wanted a bit of the action, so the ABC Sunshine Coast Jon Coghill interviewed Haset Sali, former President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Societies, in the hope of getting a damning Muslim perspective on Pauline wearing her little black burka in the Senate chamber. Instead quite the opposite happened, in that he confirmed that the Quran does not in any way require women to cover their faces. But he went a lot, lot further: he clearly stated the sooner Muslim women get rid of this hideous garb the better. Here was a golden opportunity for the ABC to throw Pauline Hansons own accusation back...
Sing and cry with me ..
I been to cities where economics fall down.
From Darwin to Adelaide and Old Hobart Town.
But no matter how far or how wide I roam.
I still call Venestralia home
Im taxed too much and once I was free.
The government we have is a big comedy.
But my heart lies waiting over the foam
I still call Venestralia home
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23.9 Percent. Very specific number. Ring any bells for anyone?
We wont allow our tax revenue to rise any higher than 23.9 per cent of our economy over the next ten years.
Impressive commitment, especially from a member of a coalition unlikely to be in government for a significant number of years beyond year 2 of this 10.
But still, the precision. Not 24 percent. Not even 23.5 percent. 23.9 percent. It is impressive to be so specific and strick. Much like the number pi, it carries a magic to it.
Shall it be one of the governments 10 commandments amongst:
Apart from the 10 year measurement period and the lack of definition of our economy, Spartacus is truly confident that this country is on the right economic track.
As a guide though, perhaps Senator Cormann actually have a look at the budget he co-delivered, oh, less than 3 months ago. The same budget that projects government receipts as a proportion of GDP hitting 24.4% in FY19, 25.1% in FY20 and 25.4% in FY21.
Amazing that this is claimed to be the party of fiscal responsibility.
PS. Also from Senator Cormanns Sydney Institute speech, herewith is the Governments economic plan. Dont laugh too hard.
SUMMARY OF OUR ECONOMIC PLAN
The Government is committed to growing the economy and helping to fund the services Australians rely on now and into the future. To do this, our economic plan puts in place incentives to reward success by:
- Committing not to increase the overall tax burden in the economy beyond 23.9 per cent of GDP;
- Having an economic-growth friendly tax system;
- Pursuing an ambitious free trade agenda to give our e...
The Green Party has dealt an unexpected blow to Labour's chances of winning the hotly contested Wellington seat of Ohariu by deciding at the 11th hour to stand a candidate.
Tane Woodley was the surprise revelation at an Ohariu candidates meeting in the suburb of Khandallah on Wednesday night - revealing to the crowd that he was entering the race following the shock departure of 33-year incumbent Peter Dunne.
Woodley planned to campaign solely for the party vote. But the decision is likely to benefit National's Ohariu candidate Brett Hudson, as it could split the vote on the left and dent the lead in the polls enjoyed by Labour's Greg O'Connor.
Will Donald Trump be assassinated, ousted in a coup, or just impeached? The Spectator When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? Its been a while, and I think its time Johnny Depp Ive thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House Madonna I hope Trump is assassinated Missouri State Sen.
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Yesterday, Malcolm Turnbull, unveiling the plans by Pratt for new investment in containers said, You know everything my government does is designed to encourage Australian businesses to invest. The absurdity of this was underlined by Anthony Pratt informing us, Our cost of energy in America is 2 times lower than Australia.
One fifth the costs of the Pratt businesss production is energy and the facility is only possible by providing subsidies to the in-house production of this. Here is how our political leaders tell us that we now build wealth: tax energy consumers and re-allocate the funds only to the most expensive energy sources.
Like a saboteur chastising the owners of the facility he has destroyed, the PM is said to be going to eyeball the energy companies over bills. He will doubtless say, how can it be true that prices are rising so savagely when Finkel, assorted blood-sucking subsidy-farmers and I myself say we have fabulous renewable resources and are seeking to incentivise more of them with the outcome being cheaper prices?
Yesterday also saw yet another paragon or rationality, the imbecilic Victorian Premier, announced more subsidies for price-busting renewables, Mr Andrews said his plan would bring $1.3 billion in investment and 1250 construction jobs. That is more spending to generate higher costs. The doubling of energy prices that such existing measures have already caused is pigeonholed with the pretence that this is nothing to do with wind.
Untouched by economic reality, here are the fantasy figures that the Victorian government is claiming as the outcome
Naturally, environment groups said the new Victorian measures would turbocharge the growing sector with the Andrews Government measures bringing an increase in windmills from about 600 to more than 2300. This will also require unnecessary new spending on transmission within the state like filling and re-digging holes, this too will doubtless be...
Banning dress deemed oppressive, offensive and generally against the run of fair play in a societys rhythm is far from new. read now...
Thursday 24 August 2017 Bill Shortens timing is impeccable. Fancy turning up on Q&A last Monday after two disastrous weeks for Malcolm Turnbull. And on a day when Newspoll put Labor 8 percentage points in front of the Coalition. However it happened I would suggest that its time to take him seriously. The difference in
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is facing a nutrition crisis. Alarmingly, almost one in two children in PNG have stunted growth from chronic malnutrition.[i] PNG has the fourth highest child stunting rate in the world a rate that is more than double the global average.
Not only does malnutrition pose a threat to the survival and development of children in PNG, it also poses a major threat to sustainable economic growth. Evidence shows that if a child is malnourished during the first 1000-day period from conception to their second birthday, they will suffer cognitive and physical impairments that are permanent and irreversible. These impairments limit a childs education and employment prospects. Reduced individual earnings translate into reduced economic productivity at the national level. This is how malnutrition can trap children in an intergenerational cycle of poverty.
Not only does undernutrition rob children of their growth and earning potential, it also threatens their very survival. According to national data in PNG, approximately 33% of all hospital deaths of children under five are either directly or indirectly caused by malnutrition. However, in a new report commissioned by Save the Children, Frontier Economics estimates that malnutrition could be the underlying cause of up to 76% of total deaths of children under five across community and health facilities combined[ii] a figure significantly higher than the global estimate of deaths of children under five associated with malnutrition at 45%. Evidence als...
There was some sobering video footage posted on social media of
the immediate aftermath of the Barcelona terrorist attack. Unlike
the images of candles and flowers and people hugging, this showed
very starkly the human toll, including the violence to the bodies
of young people.
So what was the reaction of those living in Barcelona? An estimated crowd of 160,000 marched in the street demanding that the government take in more "refugees" - despite the fact that a number of these "refugees" had just carried out an horrific attack on the native Spaniards' own young - on their own sons and daughters.
|The Barcelona March|
Rossleigh: Good evening, we have the Primed Minister, Malcolm Tinbull. Malcolm: With all due respect, I dont think you can say that. Rossleigh: Why not? Malcolm: Well, Im just a fictional character, arent I? Im not the real Prime Minister. Rossleigh: Yes, thats what most people are saying. Malcolm: No, theyre saying that Im a
This evening, your intrepid slave ventured to the Sydney Institute to hear Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate give his (sort of) annual address.
It was so exciting, that the Australian published its story on it about the same time the function ended.
Last year, Senator Cormanns theme was wibble-wobble-wibble-wobble jelly Bill Shorten. This year it was Shortenomics and the politics of envy.
Just like his wibble wobble effort last year, Senator Cormann regaled the audience with what a Bill Shorten government might do. Yet, same as last year, Senator Cormann failed to account for what the Abbott and Turnbull governments have done. The governments in which Senator Cormann was and still is a senior member.
Just a quick list to remind Cats and Corm:
And lets not forget the NBN the No Bloody N-ternet network.
The cherry on top was when mentioning Gonski 2.0, Senator Cormann said that what all parents worried most about when dropping their kids off at school was that the other schools were funded equally and not party to sweetheart deals. I know thats the main thing I worry about.
Oh and yes. Apparently (again), the bank levy is good for banking competition and promotes smaller banks. By that logic, you know what else would be good for banking competition and promotion of smaller banks? A 100% bank levy. Hey, why not implement 100% taxes on every part of the economy, it would surely improve national competitiveness.
It used to be said that the conservatives thought progressives were wrong while progressives thought conservat...
Matthew Prince asks the question:
I helped kick a group of neo-Nazis off the internet last week, but since then Ive wondered whether I made the right decision.
To ask the question is to answer it.
Matt Prince knows the correct answer.
I have a lot of sympathy for that view the transaction wasnt profitable and the company chose not to pursue the relationship. But he made a moral choice, not a business choice.
When standing up to government requests or angry Twitter demands to silence unpopular speech, it was powerful to be able to say wed never terminated a customer due to political pressure. Im not sure we can say that anymore.
Indeed no, you cant.
Id like to fall back on the First Amendment. Im the son of a journalist. I grew up with discussions around the dinner table on the importance of freedom of speech. But the First Amendment doesnt compel private companies to let anyone broadcast on their platforms.
That is a terrible, terrible argument. It is true, of course. Yet I would like to see the underlying internet infrastructure to remain in private hands and not face pressure to be regulated as utilities or even nationalised and operated as utilities. Matt Prince alludes to this point:
The upshot is that a few private companies have effectively become the gatekeepers to the public squarethe blogs and social media that serve as todays soapboxes and pamphlets. If a handful of tech executives decide to block you from their services, your content effectively cant be on the internet.
Nobody really cares about Nazis but now we know that commercial reality isnt what motivates our gatekeepers but rather their personal values.
On this note if you havent ever seen it, the movie Skokie it is highly recommended.
Authorities have frozen about $70m worth of assets as they begin to claw back the proceeds of an alleged $130m tax-evasion racket, a New South Wales court has heard. The scandal was blown open last month, culminating in the arrest of nine people, including the son and daughter of former Australian Taxation Office deputy commissioner 
The Commonwealth Bank has lost its moral compass [and should] refrain from using ... "Common" and simply refer to themselves ... as the "Wealth Bank". read now...
As reported on the Mandarin website, former (thank heavens) Human Rights Commission President, Gillian Triggs said that:
Public servants must be eternally vigilant in maintaining their tradition of frank and fearless advice based on evidence.
Interesting since ex-Presidente was frequently confused about what actual evidence was.
Also according to ex-Presidente:
I think there has been a definite trend in Australia for public servants to be more concerned about doing what the ministers asked them to do, than they have working collaboratively with the minister to inform them about evidence-based policy,
Really? Despite her inference, doing what a minister says and evidence-based policy are not necessarily mutually exclusive. But more to the point, and consistent with her modus operandi, public servants are not free agents able to act and pursue any objectives they see fit. Public servants are there to implement the policies of elected governments.
Its nice living in an ivory tower in fairy land.
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The story continues with dispiriting relentlessness. The remark by Samuel Beckett in The Unnamable comes to mind: I cant go on. Ill go on. With the sense of incapacity about going on, yet doing so with a drones dedicated commitment, President Donald Trump did what US Presidents have done since George W. Bush: commit. Commit,
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In response to
scaremongering by (highly-paid) journalist Patrick Gower,
(highly-paid) Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and (highly-paid)
finance spokesperson Grant Robertson have just ruled
out any prospect of tax increases on highly-paid people like
themselves. By doing so they've chained themselves into
National's current fiscal straitjacket, under which the government
can not collect enough revenue to properly fund our health,
education, and welfare systems, and effectively ruled out any real
chance of making any progress if they become government.
If people wonder why I have nothing but contempt for the Labour Party, this is why. They talk a big game about fixing things, but refuse to embrace the necessary tools to do so. Instead, they're just the smily face of the austerity status quo, unwilling to really change anything.
But its not just a betrayal, its also simply fucking stupid. There is absolutely no political downside to making MP's and corporate bigwigs pay more tax. To the contrary, Helen Clark ran on a platform of taxing the rich, and she got elected on it. But now Labour has just made it look like they've put their own personal greed ahead of the public's needs. And they deserve to be punished for it.
By Dr George Venturini Heinz Alfred Henry Kissinger obtained a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1954. His interest was on Castelreagh and Metternich two empire builders. He devoted his life to sublimate them. In an incendiary, studiedly defamatory book the late Christopher Hitchens described him as a mediocre and opportunist academic [intent on] becoming
Many religious leaders in Australia are now actively campaigning for a 'Yes' vote in the same-sex marriage postal ballot. read now...
My random poems from twitter (140 characters or less).
4 am. I lay warmly abed,
Rain raps its staccato fingers on the glass
And my sleeping lady lies naked next to me.
Croesus riches r but nought.
Little dreams of a moth.
I have little dreams,
They are quiet and shy.
I dream of primrose days
And the patterned wings of butterflys
Sometimes I dream of thee,
And sometimes I dream of us,
But come the Primrose light of day
My dreams fall back to dust.
But when next I lay abed,
Eyes closd by nights velvet glove,
Return to me quiet dreams,
My shy dreams..
My dreams of sylthn love.
How do I declare that to thee,
What is natural as leaf to tree?
As close a bond as river to reed,
As smile to laughter!
Yourself , my need.
The cold claws into the bone,
Hollows the heart,
Freezing the home.
Must needs warmth like a summers day,
A lovers frolic in new-cut hay!
The mirror tells its secret tale,
What is REALLY YOU will prevail,
When all may not be as it seems,
The really you will haunt my dreams.
China girl, shy thy eyes,
Lest thy soul I do surmise.
Cherry lips; silk fan eclipse,
Tho heart-face turn aside,
Womanly beauty cannot hide.
Neath dark root of Mallee tree,
Quite hid there for history,
Things thou will never see:
Pots & poems and chipperee
Secreted there of you by me.
Poetry chess between you and me.
You open; Ruy Lopez,
I counter shiny knight.
Until our pieces do finally see
Checkmate to thee or me.
I held a bird with broken wing,
No more to fly, tender thing.
Put it down or leave it go?
Let nature deal the final blow?
Yet in its small, frightened eye,
A touch of myself do I espy,
Who am I to refuse it balm,
When never has it done me harm?
Why not, with helping touch,
Can I not relieve its hurt,
And with tender love & care,
Will it not sing once more its air?
It will not fly you cld say,
And does a tree run away?
And does the oyster glued to rock,
Not wait with patience for its food?
So this bird, broken now,
Us together shall allow
Some moments when we can share,
A little of life, a lot of air.
Would pebble fall,
Steven Joyce has released the Pre-Election Financial Update,
proudly announcing that
National has spent $2.1 billion less on health, education,
infrastructure and social services than it could have this
year. Because that's what National's "surplus" is: the result
of deliberate government underspending in all of those areas. As
I've said before, when you have people living in cars, you don't
have a "surplus", you have a social deficit. And if you have
people living in cars while you have billions of dollars of spare
cash rolling around, you're a monster.
Apparently this is Bad For Labour because the social deficit is a one-off and if they want to do anything to fix it they'll need to raise taxes on the rich. Bring it on. Stick it to them. Those fuckers have had it too easy for too long, and its time they paid their fair share. And if they want to fuck off with their money to some foreign tax-haven with all the other criminal rich, good fucking riddance. We don't need sociopathic freeloading parasites in this country.
Kiwis want a high level of public services. We want free universal public education, a health system to take care of us when we're sick, a welfare system to take care of us when we're poor or disabled, superannuation to take care of us when we're old. We need to pay for that with taxes. National has cut taxes below the level required to provide the services we want, and shifted the burden from the rich to the poor. That has to change. Fortunately, we can change it in a month.
(regulatory) conclusion of the People's Review of
Renting by Renters United and ActionStation:
A tenants' advocacy group is calling for an end "no fault" evictions by landlords, and to limit annual rent rises to no more than the percentage change in the national minimum wage.
The People's Review of Renting is being launched on Wednesday morning by Renters United based on over 600 renters' stories crowd-sourced by social advocacy platform Action Station.
It recommends a raft of law changes to regulate landlords and strengthen tenant rights, including licensing all landlords and introducing compulsory rental Warrants of Fitness.
Heres an article you would think is on our side, even coming with the cartoon you see above: The First Step in Fighting Barbarity is to Speak Out. But there, right near the end, we find this:
Well, I oppose the far right in whatever form they take, be it that of extreme ethnic nationalism or Islamo-fascism.
So let me assert one very simple way to tell left from right which is the John Stuart Mill On Liberty test. This is Mills own test and if you accept his very simple principle then we are comrades in arms on the right side of the political divide. If you do not, then you are part of the left, and the farther from this very simple principle your beliefs happen to be, then you are to that extent a member of the far left, which naturally includes communists, Nazis, Antifa, and most of the media.
The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power...
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