Graphical Manipulations #98: Terror Australis, Transport, Frogs, Rat, Monkeys, UStralia & Clowns!


 

Perhaps it’s a severe case of paranoia, but I have this uncomfortable feeling that, while there is a very real cause for concern with the latest rise in extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, the response by Abbott, his Lieberals and their Neutered Puppies, is raucous, overhyped, over the top, and designed to push through legislative changes which provide the government with the capability to further increase unwarranted surveillance of the populace and legislatively restrict the freedoms of every Australian!  It might just be for so-called ‘misguided Jihadists’ at this point in time, but, given past experience, any Government given such legal jurisdiction will eventually use it more widely.  Given the recent revelations about the security forces accessing large numbers of phone records without bothering to request access to them via our judicial system, only give cause for more alarm.  Given such concerns the following quotation appeared particularly relevant!

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with and endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H. L. Mencken.

And those thoughts led, quite naturally, to concerns about our very own Terra Australis and the people upon it;

Terror Australis

And for totally unassociated reasons we were also thinking about petrol levies and what might be a reasonable solution to being unrich and having to travel considerable distances to earn your daily pittance;

The Abbotobike

I’ve been promising to do something more erudite about Anthropogenic Global Warming for a while, and haven’t got round to it, whilst the deniers have been vociferously rampant in their denigration of the considerable body of scientific publications and clear evidence supporting such an imminent catastrophe.  So here’s a quick response to such dealers in devious denial;

AGW Boiling Frongs

Once again That Rascally Rat was released from his cage to put his spin on some of the topics of the week.  He was naturally enlightened by Kathy Jackson’s apparent fetish with things sexual;

Charity Shag Rat

Shocked and horrified that a relatively unknown economist would be so forthright in his opinions;

Fat Hockey Rat

Rolled on the floor laughing when our Prime Winky Dill poured the oozy slime of flattery upon his overlord Murdoch and redefined a defining moment;

Newspaper Rat

And was especially impressed when our PWD just couldn’t help himself and revealed just how clever he’d been in maximising his take from the taxpayers collective purse;

Abbot Rort Rat

Post Rattus rattus’ departure general froot loopery drew us back to the usual monkey business in this area with;

Religious Freakery

Which then led us to thinking more deeply about monkeys and monkey business, and working together, as monkey’s are wont to do.  And, given the Governments rampage towards introducing to Australia the very worst bits of the American capitalistic system we figured that Team Australia should really be called;

Team UStralia

Which promptly recalled the following quotation.  “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Samuel Johnson.  And that’s putting it midly, I’d say!

And all that, and a suggestion derived from a Tweet exchange, led ultimately to this;

Send in the Clowns

And there you have it . . . . . . . .!

AFTERTHOUGHT:  If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!

POSTSCRIPT:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

 

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Graphical Manipulations #97: Pillocks, Sums, M.I.A, Rattery, And Team Australia!


Propaganda:  In general, a message designed to persuade its intended audience to think and behave in a certain manner.  Thus advertising is commercial propaganda.  In specific terms, institutionalized and systematic spreading of information and/or disinformation, usually to promote a narrow political or religious viewpoint.  Originally, propaganda meant an arm of the Roman Catholic church responsible for ‘de propaganda fidei,’ propagation of the faith.  It acquired negative connotations in the 20th century when totalitarian regimes (principally the Nazi Germany) used every means to distort facts and spread total falsehoods.

Now there’s an interesting definition of propaganda for you, and it would seem that our current government of the Lieberals and their Neutered Puppies have been ladling it out in indigestible gobbets of puerility.  And as if that’s not enough, they’ve been doing it by way of three word slogans.  You may have also noticed that the more recent indigestible gobbets have taken on a military air – as if that gives some sense of credibility and gravitas to that, which is essentially, stupidly childish.  We’ve had Operation Sovereign Borders and now we have Operation Budget Repair.  So! In the spirit of co-operation we are suggesting a few others that the Government might find useful.  There’s “Operation Leaner Dislodgement” when referring to all those 795,000 unemployed trying to take up the current 146,000 job vacancies.  We thought “Operation Dumbing Down” was particularly applicable when referring to education in general, and that “Operation Geriatric Exsanguination” would be particularly useful when referring to pensioners.  Finally “Operation Pauper Punishment” would be an excellent choice when refereeing to those selfish middle class welfare recipients.

Such thoughts led to reconsidering that fine descriptive word “pillock” and that led to;

Three Word Slogans

And that led to thoughts of job applications, jobless and work in general with;

Numerical Fiddles

Naturally the consideration of numbers led to the budget and to the budgetary purveyor Joe (Eleventy) Hockey and his apparent absence from the thrust and parry of the budgetary arguments with;

Seeking Joe

As usual that bloody Rat had a few thoughts on the events of the week, with fond memories of the time that his ancestors first set foot on the shore of this wide brown land;

Transferees Rat

He was impressed with the Prime Winky Dill’s continued inability to read the mood of the people, or, of reading it extremely well perhaps with;

Dissolution Rat

Rat was particularly chuffed with the new appellation of “Team Australia” and wished to know if rats would be able to join;

Team Australia Rat

Such thoughts led to our usual bit of monkey business and the useful technique of applying a bit of terror and fear to the voting populace to make them see reason. Well your form of reason anyhow;

Terror Australis

Given what had gone before we were inevitably drawn back to Team Australia and to the possibilities of such teamliness;

Tonys Team Australia

That led to thoughts of being shorn, or even worse, being the precursor of a deliciously tasty roast and;

Supreme Team Australia

And finally to our own little bit of propaganda in this war for the heart and mind of Voter Joe Public (note the three worder);

Team Straylya

And there you have it . . . . . . . .!

AFTERTHOUGHT:  If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!

POSTSCRIPT:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #96: Budget Failure, Janus, Monkey Business And Shuttlecocks!


Other duties have forced me away from the keyboard and the usual Graphical Manipulations this week so there’s only a couple of offerings accompanied by a couple of reminiscences from the past.  And it’s been such an interesting week too!

I note that our Prime Winky Dill is very much into Team Australia of late, indicating especially that those who are not with him, his Lieberals and their associated Neutered Puppies, their crackpot policies and politics are not on “The Team”.  Obviously it’s now time to further marginalise and denigrate a large number of Australian voters (as well as various ethnics, the elderly, and the leaners) as not being “Team Players”.  You nasty bunch of nobodies you!!  Well Tone’s you can take your Americanised carpetbagging, ultra conservative politics and your unfair and elitist policies, as well as your team, and shove it in the same place that you would put your suppository of wisdom!

Anyhow, enough of that! Given that the budget implimentation has been such a success this GM from quite a while ago seemed to have become rather pertinent in the current climate;

Angry Budget Prophet

And poor Joe (Eleventy) Hockey severely shot himself in both feet whilst holding them in his mouth that even Tony Abbott had enough intellect not to go there – well at least verbally anyway;

Janus Poor Cars

But you must admit our Supreme Leader certainly excelled himself in commenting on the Scottish bid to untie the apron strings with the crassest piece of gobbledegook on freedom, justice and the American way, hey hey;

Scottish Monkey Business

And for some strange reason shuttlecocks came to mind.  I have no real idea why;

Shuttlecock

And there you have it . . . . . . . .!

AFTERTHOUGHT:  If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!

POSTSCRIPT:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #95: Spies And Lies, Pensions, ICAC, Links, The Rat And Other Stuff!


So! The Government of the Prime Winky Dill is going to force the Telco’s to keep our metadata for two years (depending of course on the Government’s interpretation of exactly what metadata means – given that they appear to have no idea).  As Joe Public understands it, it’s the mobile, internet and social media information that we spread willy nilly as we trip about playing with our electronic gear.  The grand plan is to keep this stuff for two years rather than a couple of months and, that we the sucker customer will pay for the privilege.  Probably all and sundry who have some sort of official title, and some mediocre excuse will be able to dip into it as much as they like. Well that seems to be the general gist of what we’re being told.

So they’ll know who you called, when you called them and the duration of your conversation as well as how long you spent browsing the internet and where you went while you were there.

And the reason for this deeply darkly, delving into your life?  So that they can stop those nasty little Muslim Jihadists from terrorising the general public with malice aforethought, general brutality and things that go boom!  And while they beat up the fear that we are about to be overrun by these terrorists any second now their ASIO boss David Irvine assures the average Australian that; “This is not some great mass surveillance exercise or mass invasion of the privacy of every citizen in Australia.”  And given the right cock-up that the Government has made of selling its proposed anti-terrorism measures the great majority of the thinking Joe Public’s immediate response is; “Oh yes it bloody is!!” and the YOUR BEING FED MOO POO alarm starts bellowing.

We seem to have enough anti-terrorism and general laws in place now to be able to manage issues of terrorism and it seems to me that this is Big Brother personified.

Anyhow, enough of that and back to the Graphical Manipulations related to the events of the past week.  This little offering from the day calendar seemed to describe most adequately the bright future for our pensioners under the Economic Action Strategy of our illustrious Prime Minister and his Treasurer;

Dog Food Days

The Independent Commission Against Corruption ground its way through more evidence and co-incidentally through a few more politicians and their cohorts;

Wind of ICAC

Along with the ineptness of the Government in selling their terrorism proposals we had our very own Eric Abetz coming up with some new theories that will surely shake the foundations of scientific endeavour;

Linkages Abetz

The Bloody Rat leapt forth to express his joy at Barnaby Joyce’s “no worries” approach to the $700 million loss of exports to Russia following the Prime Winky Dills bold and courageous stance with Russia’s Putin and his “take that you evil man” ban on Australian exports to Russia;

Barnaby Ban Rat

He was impressed by Scott Morrison’s continued determined efforts to stop all those people smugglers from trying to drown asylum seekers coming to the country by boat;

Stop Boats Rat

He couldn’t help but be impressed with ABC730 Sarah Ferguson’s delightful putdown of the irrepressibly, egotistically arrogant Christopher Pyne;

Pyne Ferguson Rat

And finally he was most impressed with Treasurer Joe Hockey’s new Three Word Slogan;

Hockey Slogan Rat

There was a bit of Monkey Business with the announcement that the amendments to the free speech legislation would be unceremoniously dumped with a minimum of ceremony;

Community Abbott

Through the week we were unable to put aside the uncomfortable and uneasy feeling that there was perhaps something just a little nefarious underlying Tony Abbott appearing to act like a leader.  We’re kinda confident that these feelings will probably subside given some time . . . . .  possibly;

Biffo Abbott

And finally the actions of our government gave rise to thoughts of quotes that might be appropriate and we thought of one, but couldn’t remember the last bit of it;

Evil is As Evil Does

And there you have it . . . . . . . .!

AFTERTHOUGHT:  If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!

POSTSCRIPT:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #94: Jobs, Demonisation, Books, That Bloody Rat, Budgets, Monkeys & Belief


Well all you lefty latte-sipping leaners out there, it’s been a pretty interesting week.  Rumours abound that our nay-saying ‘God it’s the end of the World’ NO Coalition government is moving to get off its regular diet of oppressing the migratory, as well as short-changing, abusing and demonising anyone on less than $77,000 per annum and is now moving (dare we say boldly) forward in the promised, but not yet delivered, job creation area.  Yes indeed!

It has been discovered that the new policy requiring job seekers to make 40 legitimate (non-spamming) applications per month to maintain their unemployment benefits (sorry! DOLE) has created an, in Public Service vernacular, Industry Growth Opportunity.  And, through a little know source this GM has been given access to the very first proof of the impending positional advertisement.  Now there’s a scoop;

Ajudicator Ad

After considering that exciting offer and deciding that the ‘right bastard’ quality might be a bit lacking in GM land we considered opportunities in demonising the less fortunate, and this came to mind;

Lieberal Flagellator

And that led to promises made, and promises of an ephemeral nature and promises that didn’t really get past the verbalisation stage which led, predictably to the remainders section in the local bookstore and this;

Abbot Lying with Confidence

When The Rat saw this weighty tome he just couldn’t resist a comment on verbalisation, especially that of the Prime Ministerial kind;

Speech Deficit Rat

And he let it be known that he was tickled pink when our trustworthy Prime Minister shafted the Tassie Premier with;

Tasmanian Dumped Rat

Then along came Kevin Andrew our soulful and lovelorn Social Services Minister whose attempts to get a tad more loving and a-caring into Australia’s happy families seem to have come a tad, shall we say, derailed;

Love Kev Rat

And just when the mirth was subsiding, who should come along displaying is ineptness with delivering announcements in a timely manner whilst avoiding contradiction, but our very own Treasurer Joe (Eleventy) Hockey with;

Triple A Hockey Rat

After successfully returning The Rat to his cage further consideration was given to Joe’s penchant for covering the big lie with a large amount of bluff and bluster;

Manipulator Hockey

We also saw a little bit of monkey business by the Prime Winky Dill and the Environmental Minister with their announcement of comradely patriotism when announcing their environmental traineeships for the dole.  I seem to remember someone saying; “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”.  Oh well;

Environment Monkey Business

And finally, thoughts of that long lost motherland (how depressing), far across the sea, who really doesn’t give a bugger, especially about me!  Which led to;

Shop Sweeper Land

And there you have it . . . . . . . .!

AFTERTHOUGHT:  If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!

POSTSCRIPT:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #93: Small Steps, Freedom, Books, Ratticisms, Jobs And Monkey Business!


It’s been a bleak and tragic week passed made much worse by blatant brutality, machinations, cover-up and political opportunism. We can only think gently of those who lost loved ones and hope that the lost will requiescat in pace.

Such thoughts led to darker thoughts about dirty secret dealings much closer to home and how easy it is when treating others with contempt to become contemptible in your treatment of others;

Small Steps

And that led to thinking about those who would participate in the perpetration of such deeds;

Intellectual Minnows

Freedom of speech led to thoughts of words, lots of word, and getting them in the right order and that, naturally, led to thoughts of books, well a couple of them anyhow;

Big Joke Hockey Book

And this one;

Innumerate Hockey Book

PS: The respective authorships will be recognisable by the cognoscenti amongst us!

Then that Bloody Rat decided that it was time for a more erudite perspective on froot loopery;

Lanfranchi Rat

On how Rat endeavours to maintain a bipartisan demeanour in his Ratty opinionation about both sides of politics, especially when he dislikes, with venomous viciousness, the so-called Leader of the Opposition;

Shorten Hockey Rat

And Rat just couldn’t go past the revelation about just who is in charge of Australia without making comment;

Mudoch PPP Rat

We couldn’t go past the joke (just a tad manipulated to be Oz relevant) found in our desk calendar and how aptly relevant it was to the job creation fury Australia is currently undergoing under this fantastic government led so perfectly by our very own Prime Winky Dill;

Abbotts Job Creation

There was a bit more Monkey Business;

Morrison Gibberish 2

And of course, a final appearance by our ever alert Tony Abbott;

Says it all Abbott

And there you have it . . . . . . . .!

AFTERTHOUGHT:  If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!

POSTSCRIPT:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #92: Idiots, Honesty, Lies, The Rat, Lamb Roast, And Other Bits!


Word around the traps, within the Lieberal Party and its associated Neutered Puppies, is that to maintain consistency with the Three Word Slogan (TWS to the cognoscenti) policy, all future speeches will consist solely of three word sentences.  It’s hoped that this overall uniformity will further assist in lulling the swingeing voters into a mind numbing sense of absolute futility and an overwhelming desire to vote conservative (excluding PUPs and other fringe RWP (that’s Right Wing Ponces).

As there is already a TLA (Three Word Acronym for the non-cognoscenti) for the TWS which conflicts with the potential acronym for the three word sentence (TWS for the not so sharp – hence the conflict), an internal competition has begun to come up with an appropriate TLA that does not conflict with the current TWS.  The winner of the competition will be given a FBS (that’s Front Bench Seat) and a PPP (that’s Personally Picked Portfolio).

So let’s try.  Howdy there Leaners.  Great week, eh?  Not much politicking. Parliament House deserted.  Abbott looked good!  Put down Putin.  Looked very patriarchal.  Dismal failure though!  Adage very true.  Can’t polish turds!

Morrison very upset.  Dictionary, thesaurus confiscated.  New policy forbids.  Bookcase will go.  Graphical Manipulation opportunities? Opportunistic moments abounded!  Let’s go there!!

I have a strange suspicion that the Liberal criteria for Senator selection (especially in Queensland) has requirements in it that prospective Senators have an IQ of less than 90 and a small, nasty and narrow mind.  Don’t believe me?  What more proof do you require;

Another Nasty Liberal

Ahhhh! Kathy Jackson, ever the noble fighter for the rights of her beleaguered union brothers and sisters.  Fighting the good fight, and making sure that she looks beautifully manicured (on other people’s money) while doing so;

Jackson Tiger Snake

As we haven’t heard any rumblings about challenges to our Prime Winky Dill, given his atrocious polling, starting one of our own seemed appropriate;

Popular Abbott

Unable to be contained, that Wascally Widdle Wat added a few insights of his own, on Julie Bishop showing her tough, diplomatic ‘foot in mouth’ side;

Bishop Bluff Rat

And Joe (Eleventy) Hockey’s little hissy fit at a recalcitrant @#%^*&@ Senate full of recalcitrant @#%^*&@ non-complaiant @#%^*&@ unrepresentative swill @#%^*&@ Senators

Policy Joe Rat

Was impress with Tony telling Vlad where to get off.  Wonder why he never told us all the right things that Vlad said;

Putin Speaks Rat

Rat was particularly impressed with the potential, possible, maybe, perhaps, perhaps, well, never in living memory, bonus from the repeal of the Great Big Tax;

Shortchanged Rat

At that point we just couldn’t pass by Barnaby Joyce’s claim of $100 lamb legs without a passing some sort of anal, sorry banal, comment;

Global Warming Lamb

We felt a little sorry for Tony’s “Gillard Fate’ in having to deal with an obstreperous and difficult Senate minority – for about a femto-second;

Senate Rain Parade

And that brought about thoughts of all those promises made, and all those promises kept, and;

Redeemer Abbott

At that point, and just for a brief moment, a whiff of religious adage swept in while considering polls with “AS YE SOW, SO SHALL YE REAP!!”, or words to that effect;

Trustworty Tony

And then Rupert Murdoch came a long and rained on everyone’s parade by letting the business community know exactly what he thought of politicians;

Monkey Business Rupert

And there you have it . . . . . . . .!

AFTERTHOUGHT:  If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!

POSTSCRIPT:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

 

 

 

 

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