Graphical Manipulations #100: Electrons, Pyne, Murdoch, Lies, The Rat, And Moo Poo!


I was very pleased to receive mail from my energy supplier the other day.  I can’t really share the ‘origin’ of the letter with you but can say that they put a lot of ‘energy’ into telling me how active they were in adjusting my electricity prices in their billing system following repeal of that naughty carbon tax that was putting so much extra cost on my power bills.  And silly me thought all along it was primarily over-investment in infrastructure and general greed contributing to the price rises!

It was heart-warming to see that they estimated that (on average) the average consumer would, based on their average total energy bill save 8% of their average bill – averaged out of course!  They assured me that as this was an average some lucky customers would save more, and some unlucky customers would naturally, because of the averaging, save less.  Naturally that set me wondering whether I was just average, lucky to be above average, or plain unlucky to be, well, under-average!

It also confirmed that, on average, some 92% of the price rises in my energy bills were, indeed, due to over-investment in infrastructure and general greed. Averaged out of course!

Naturally, in their eagerness to show how keen they were in ensuring that I got the saving that I deserved they advised me that there were some proviso’s on the ‘largesse benefit of the repealed carbon tax’ which might, on average, affect my individual savings.  These might be:

The location of my supply address.  Aww!  You live in a high density area where we had to put in so much new infrastructure – Sorry!

The tariff type and the optional extras on your account.  Oh!  You have a non flexible tariff type and ALL THOSE optional extras – Sorry!

How much electricity you use.  Oh! You super consumer you!  We’re making so much money out of you we can’t give you an 8% (on average of course) cut, that’d eat too far into our profit margins.  Sorry!

The level of any discounts, rebates or non-energy charges on your bills.  Oh!  So we’re already giving you the geriatric’s discount, a rebate for paying early and there are all those energy access, connection and supply continuity charges!  Sorry!

By this time I had gathered that the promissory $550 saving, promised by that “Promiser Extraordinaire” Tony (Prime Winky Dill) Abbott was, well, entirely promissory, as well as totally fictional and confined the explanatory missive from our energy provider to where I originally thought it should reside – in the rubbish bin, which I have now renamed “The Bullshit Receptacle”.  Note the use of the ever so popular Three Word Slogan!!

PS: The signatory of said missive possessed an Irish moniker and that convinced me that someone was truly ‘taking the Mick’, begorrah!

Anyhow enough of that.  Let’s kiss the promissory $550 goodbye and confine such thought to those of wishful thinking and consider how, sometimes, things said as a callow youth come back to haunt you.  Eh Chris?

Pyne Swine

And how, despite all the rules surrounding the undertaking of and carriage of democracy it ain’t quite what it used to be.

Rupert Rules

In the ensuing deep concern and emerging panic, successfully inflamed by the sabre-rattlers and war drum thumpers we were encouraged by our Prime Minister’s soothing words.

Panic Stations Abbott

As usual The Rat stepped up to provide an insight into the political goings on as observed through the rodent mind.  He got a giggle from Tony’s joke.

Priestly Abbott

Was extremely amused at the Prime Winky Dills exuberant confidence as ICAC continued to grind bloodily through the NSW Lieberal Party.

Scandal Abbott Rat

He also felt relieved that Bernie Fraser provided an excellent definition of strangeness related to superannuation.

Superannuation Rat

There was the usual monkey business related to some confusion about budget horrors and terrorist horrors.

Budget Boy Hockey

And the scales of terror warnings were further clarified as Australia lifted its level of terror from medium to high.

TA Scales of Warning

With all the patriotism and Team Australia talk wafting about the airwaves it was felt time to introduce an oath of fealty into this country of disobedient reprobates.

Loyal Tony Oath

And finally, after some deep thought, and still not figuring out exactly what 42 referred to all the scare-mongering led to wondering about budget conspiracies and maybe a little premonition, eh?

Just Moo Poo

And there you have it . . . . . . . .!  Apart from a few warlike thoughts.

A conventional army loses if it does not win.  The guerrilla wins if it does not lose. Henry Kissinger (and he knew what he was talking about)!

The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles.  The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.  Sun Tzu (and so did this guy)!

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 #99: Sir Les, A Book, Rampaging Rat, Dogs, Duds & Monkey Business!


Well here we are at GM#99 and we wonder whether, once we reach GM#100, we should wind up the GM series and go to something else, have a reminisce of GM’s that have gone before (800 graphics excluding this bunch), or continue on beyond GM#100 until such time as the Lieberals and their Neutered Puppies are removed from government.  Several frightening thoughts arose from such contemplation.  Any ability I have in seeing the humorous side of this bunch of asinine idiots will be eroded by increasing anger and fury at their sheer nastiness.  The L & NP’s might get in again at the next election (100 GM’s a year for the next five years? GOD!!!).  My hard drive will fill up with graphics solely related to buffoons economically and morally vandalising the country.  If I go on long enough immersed in the L & NP’s nastiness I may become as self-serving and as uncaring as they are!  Ah well, we shall see what a further week of deep thought will deliver.

Now for a brief note from Sir Les Patterson, our esteemed High Commissioner for the United Kingdom with regard to our Prime Winky Dill’s comment regarding the upcoming Scottish (Bugger Off Britain) referendum on independence.

Sir Les

It was noted that another book hit the shelves today joining several others related to the Ashby, Slipper fraternisation.  This one should add a bit more dry fuel to what is a rather smokey pile of embers.

Abbott Book Ashby Embarrassment

Our friend The Bloody Rat has a few observations to make about the week’s goings on.  He felt that there’d been enough surprises and excuses for one year.

Lying Abbott Rat

And that our very own “paler shade of grey” Bill Shorten should ‘get on the front foot’ or ‘get in front of the pack’, or even ‘jump the gun’ with his observations on things politic.  Especially the bleedingly obvious ones!

Shorten Abbott Rat

Rat felt that the Prime Winky Dill’s view on what entails a satisfactory performance was somewhat obscured, that’s somewhat obscured, by having to repeat himself, himself.

Performing Abbott Rat

He was impressed by Joe (Eleventy) Hockey’s give and take attitude to curtailing superannuation increases.

Super Hockey Rat

And Rat just loved Eric Abetz saying one thing and some fool from the Lieberal back bench putting his foot in it, or was that the boot into Eric?

Abetz Rat

But Rat was especially enamoured with George (Spyboy) Brandis’ expose on trusted insiders becoming insidious enemies.

Insidious Enema Rat

Thanks Ratty!  For no reason at all, well blind hatred really, the juxtaposition of Tony Abbott and this graphic was just too much to bear.

Ewww Dog

And then we were presented with the opportunity of a graphic of three Lieberal Prime Ministers (one deceased), at the one place, and at the one time. And that led to;

Three Duds

Finally we ended up with some sabre rattling displacement behaviour monkey business to keep the voting incognescenti alarmed and foolhardy;

Sabre Rattle 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 #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 gives 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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