Graphical Manipulations #131: AGW, Responsiveness, A Rat, Monkeys, Pain, Politics And Other Bits!


With rising temperatures across the planet setting more records the US government announced that the globe experienced its hottest month of March since record keeping began in 1880. Apparently, the period of January to March was also the warmest on record, if you’re inclined to give credence to the monthly report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The latest data, which takes into account global averages across land and sea surfaces, follows announcements from the same US government scientists that 2014 was the hottest year in modern history.

We’ve made comment on the Anthropogenic Warming issues previously:

https://deknarf.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/food-for-thought-3-spaceship-earth-%e2%80%93-%e2%80%98houston-we-have-a-problem/

https://deknarf.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/food-for-thought-13-climate-change-the-elephant-in-the-room/

https://deknarf.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/en-passant-8-climate-change-sceptics-conspiracy-theories/

What is surprising is that we have a Government that, despite evidence to the contrary, which is becoming more certain day by day, still holds the view that the changes in the climate are just normal variation, or just not there at all. So what do they do? The Rabbott government finds $4m for the climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg to establish his “Consensus Centre” at the University of Western Australia whilst trying to impose deep spending cuts to the higher education sector. So we get this “methodology” from Lomborg’s little empire which the Danes and others have decided to cease funding.  An empire which plays down the effects of global warming.  Apparently one of the Consensus Centre’s other tasks will be to advise on policy concerning developing countries in the Pacific. You know! The one’s particularly vulnerable to climate change! It seems that the University was very supportive of the proposal.

And somewhat associated with what seems to be a lust for income by our centres of academia regardless of credentials we also learn that our Universities are paying an estimated $250 million a year to unregulated middlemen to recruit international students, despite knowing that many of these agents are corrupt and deal in fraudulent documents. That’s something like $1 billion in four years! I wonder if those are Australian tax dollars? No wonder they are anxious to be deregulated and charge large fees for their courses. And to top it off the Four Corners investigation (ABC1, 20th April) has shown that these agents are fiddling student applications and the requirements for entry, apparently with the collusion of University entrance exams of lesser quality than that generally accepted. Further down the chain the Universities are relaxing not only ethical standards but also achievement criteria to essentially qualify people who shouldn’t be given a qualification. Sad to say I’ve had direct experience (some 25 years ago) of the issue of reducing the relaxation of requirements for passing courses It was a fancy statistical balancing act then to justify its use. So it’s not uncommon and it’s been going on for some considerable time. However, it would seem that these days Universities are more places focussed on earning rather than learning!

And what of the week? Given our new consensus centre we thought that this was an appropriate drought response from our Lieberal/Neutered Puppy Coalition after considering the advice from said centre of course.

Coalition Drought Response

And out of the West he came like a rampaging Quokka, threatening secession, the end of cooperation and the end of Rabbott’s Team Australia unless he got lots and lots of money to feed his economic crisis. Now where have I heard those two words before?

WA Emperor Rat

Our favourite Prime Minister Rabbott demonstrated his penchant for raucous drinkers in rowdy bars, and skolling the amber fluid. We’re told Tone’s was “very proud” of his achievement.

Skol Beer Monkeys

Our Minister for Social Services, Scotty (On Water Matters) Morrison was being coy with the detail of his revitalisation of the ministry policies but assured us that he would keep it simple!

There is only pain

Our Erudite Rat, after consulting the oracle, otherwise know as the “Oxford Dictionary of Humourous Quotations”, thought that this little revelation was particularly apt.

Erudite Politics Rat

And the recent attempts at policy creation and policy backflips by our esteemed Government reminded us of days gone by when we still celebrated Guy Fawkes with bonfires and firecrackers and we referred to those that failed to perform as designed as “fizzoggs”. Seemed appropriate!

Its a fizzog

And that thought led to this!

Policy Danger

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! We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #130: @#%&?!^ Polls, Told Ya So, Meaningful Toads, Fantasy, And Bloody Rats!


It was the dulcet text of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Mark Kenny in 12 point Arial telling us that; “Three key findings in this month’s Fairfax-Ipsos poll deserve mention: (1) over a third of voters believe the GST should be raised; (2) six out of 10 say addressing the budget deficit should remain a “high priority”; and (3) 43 per cent say generous tax concessions on superannuation contributions should be wound in – and not just for the wealthy, but for middle-income earners as well.” And one chart was provided to demonstrate these earth shattering facts. Well that was all that I could find chasing through those ‘Ctrl+click to follow link’ thingies! WOW, eh? Just WOW!

Ipsos GST

I couldn’t find any demonstrable evidence of 6 out of ten voters “highly prioritising” addressing the budget deficit of which, according to our leaders, there now isn’t one.  Nor could I find any evidence that demonstrated that 43% were in favour of winding back tax concessions on superannuation.  Just might have to accept Mark’s statement that such was the case.  Pardon me while I pop out to the kitchen and get that packet of salt I saw out there – a sprinkling is required!  And as for the 37% in support of increasing the GST rate, I’d just like to point out that the same graph indicates that 59% ain’t! And that represents a sizeable majority to this little brain.  I was even more underwhelmed when the very same graphic indicated that there were 1404 respondents to this earth-shattering piece of polling.  Having had a passing acquaintance with the use of statistics and sampling I began to wonder about the sampling methodology which, despite a visit to the Ipsos website, left me, well, still wondering.  I therefore, in the true spirit of scientific rigor, confined said poll results as propounded by Mark to the circular filing cabinet where they now rest along with all the other scraps of rejected information.

SMH Poll

And by the way, the other click on the circle to register your vote poll you often have accompanying such huffy puff as Marks “ANALYSIS”.  I’m pleased that you have a disclaimer attached which truly reflects the value of these polls – effing useless!!  I’ve voted separately at least three times in this particular poll.  But to be balanced I voted “yes”, “Not sure” and “No”!  I would have continued but I got bored!  And if I can do it, just imagine all the little political trolls busily engaged in doing the same thing in order the skew the results of such unprotected polls.  So will you just give up on this garbage and spend your time doing some real journalistic stuff.  You know, holding our lying politicians to account, asking serious questions and demanding serious answers, calling out the lies.  That stuff that, apparently, once formed part of the charter of the fourth estate!  So much for polls!

Back in the days before The Rabbott Nightmare, around June 2013, we pinched a pledge graphic and in satirical jest graphically modified it to represent where we thought the NO Coalition might be taking us, despite their claims to the contrary.  We are pleased to report that we can, with a high degree of confidence, safely say; “We told you so.  And you didn’t listen”!  There was this;

Abbott scrap GST1

And there was this one;

Abbott scrap pensioner perks1

Followed by this one.

Abbott scrap poor paid tax1

And we saw Work Choices, that which was dead, buried and cremated, once more arise, miraculously, from the dead.

Abbott scrap worker rights1

And finally there was this, where once again, the NO Coalition showed its equity and compassion by having a go at penalty rates.

Abbott scrap penalty rates1

We were however remiss in that we didn’t foresee the Superannuation Tax Attack.  Ahh well!  Five out of six ain’t too bad!

Our Toads have been very helpful in simplifying the gobbledegook provided in the Government’s energy white paper into something a little more understandable.

Electricity Meaning Toads

This week we saw the State’s sit down in the spirit of harmony and cooperation and divide up the GST take in an orderly, compassionate, and equitable manner.  Kind of!

Fantasy GST

That Bloody Rat, who’s still recovering from Easter incidentally, couldn’t resist a brief comment when he found out that our Prime Winky Dill felt the need for a personal photographer.

Photo Rabbott Rat

And finally his Cynical rat mate was duly impressed with the clear and concise statement given to the Senate inquiry by the Corporate Tax Association.  That they had serious concerns about the integrity of the tax system was truly – self serving claptrap!

Tax Avoid Uhuh Rat

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! We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #129: Easter, Lambies, Rabbotts, The Ratty Rabble, Fogging And Proverbs!


Well!  That’s Easter over and done with and it all seems to have gone off pretty much without a hitch.  We weren’t the subject of a terrorist attack, we didn’t decimate the populace too much by smashing cars into one another or into inanimate objects as we tried to get out of the cities in droves and into holiday places in droves.  We consumed large amounts of chocolate and, quite probably, large amounts of food, and alcohol.  We watched benignly as most of the Middle East continued to decimate its population and infrastructure with its internecine war kindly assisted by various outsiders with vested interests.  We watched as in Kenya extremists under the guise of religion proceeded to murder those who professed another religion just because they didn’t believe in their religion.  And not to be outdone, Australia produced a bunch of Onanists with miniscule IQ’s, crooked cross tattoos, and a variety of xenophobic placards who were intent on Reclaiming Australia!  Just what they were reclaiming it from was rather uncertain and not very well articulated but no doubt we will be appraised once they start marching in jackboots up and down the streets.  Couple of points: 1. Maybe your name would be better as “Re:claim Australia – a tad more punch, and relevant, and; 2. A guy called Samuel Johnson, a long long time ago – that’s more than ten years to you, said – “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”!  He was right, and you are!  I could have used some more appropriate Australian appellations as to what you are but that would have ruined the tenor of the quote.

Yep!  Four days of religiosity didn’t seem to make much difference to the state of play and the platitudinous utterances from the various religious leaders still carried the same resonance of hollowness as they fell, once again, on deaf ears.  And in the tradition of Easter celebrating the demise and rise of a Judeo-Christian, Islamic icon we also had chickens, and eggs, rabbits and bilbies and we’ve even got these two ducklings with their view on the true meaning of Easter;

The Easter Ducks

In that week that was we saw Jacqui Lambie announce that she was forming a new party under her name.  Jacqui, naming a party after yourself is just a tad egotistical and never augurs well for its longevity – just look at the Palmer United Party!

Lambie Party Toads

Our beloved bottom of the polls pollster Prime Minister Rabbott was discovered having a bit of a rest after all those backflips. Oh! Sorry! Policy Redirectional Reviews!

Easter Rabbott

That Bloody Rat was impressed that Alan (God Calls Me God) Jones had provided a lengthy list of to-do’s to PM Rabbott, especially since Tony seemed incapable of getting a list together himself.  We’re assured that his list is chock-a-block full of Jonesy’s ‘common sense’!

Jonesy Says Rat

Rat was particularly enamoured with the hypocritical behaviour of our big companies who, whilst loudly protesting the iniquity of the Federal taxation system and how it was forcing them into penury and pathetic profits, were happily skimming a little of the top!  I think in mafia parlance it’s called ‘sipping at the well’?

Tax Avoidance Rat

It became increasingly obvious to The Rat that Joe (Eleventy) Hockey was the main problem with regard to taxation and other fiscal matters given his encycolopaedic understanding of the difference between a profit, and a loss.

Profit Loss Rat

He was also impressed with the spyfolks characteristically reserved understatement with regard to the successful passage of the data retention legislation.  Ever vigilant, our spyfolks have neither confirmed, nor denied, that the reason the lights were burning all night in the office was due to the wild party undertaken post passage.

Spying Rat

And Rats mate Cynical wasn’t surprised at all when it was revealed that consumers were in a state of policy anxiety.

Policy Stress Uhuh Rad

Through the week, amongst all the factoids being perpetrated, our trusty policy bereft government told us all that we were involved in a conversation.  The conclustion arrived at was that it was just . . . . . . . ;

Fogging Lies

And all of that led to proverbs, I’ve no idea why, except perhaps as a sequeway into this.

Wildcat sans Tigers

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

 PS: You may have noticed that the comment usually placed here has now gone. Seeing that it was perpetuating another Tony Abbott lie That Bloody Rat thought it might be better to remove it, rather than perpetuate it. More power to The Bloody Rat!

 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! We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #128: Reminiscent Rants, Rats, Cuts, Pics, Slime And Welfare!


Once upon a time.  A long time ago. Well actually in the 60’s, after a year of “general factotum” servitude followed by a four year apprenticeship in Hand and Machine Composing at Western Australia Newspapers I made it to working as a Linotype Operator (that’s the machine pictured below) and reached the ultimate for that trade in the printing industry of being a “piecework operator”.  That is, I was paid based on the amount of metallic type I produced.  These machines were the epitome of typesetting in the 60’s (invented in 1884) and if you could crank them along at their peak speed of 9 lines a minute then your take home wage looked pretty damned good!  I was one of those lucky to be a good linotype operator.  Life looked very promising, the future bright!

Linotype Machine

And then the world shifted on its axis in the late 60’s and 70’s and technology gave the printing industry a decidedly painful kick in the rectum.  We copped what is now called a dose of “disruptive technology”!  Piecework disappeared and we were sent off to what were then known as business colleges to learn touch typing.  We came back to Seimens Teletext machines converting copy to punched tape, fed into a computer which then transferred the punched tape output to automated Linotype machines which belted along at a whole 12 lines a minute!  In parallel to the hot metal changes came photo-typsetting, more powerful computers, Pagemaker (and its bigger brothers) and ultimately the trade disappeared, at least in the newspaper industry, and later in the smaller print shops.  These days anyone with a computer and the right program can turn out a newspaper, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.  By 1975 I had moved on to academia and didn’t see the final demise of the trade.  Eventually a Ph.D and a succession of jobs in Universities, the water and wastewaters industry, a Co-operative Research Centre and a generally successful career in Research and Intellectual Property management.  I was fortunate.  How many were not then, and how many are less fortunate now as “Shift Happens”?  Google it!!

So what’s the point?  This was just a personal example of what was/is happening throughout most industries, and affecting many.  We see technologically based disruptive shifts happening more and more frequently and driving rapid changes in industries and in the very nature of work.  Ultimately these changes will dramatically alter the very nature of work and lifestyle in Australia.  How many people will be assured of long term employment and a regular wage now and in the future for example?  And I don’t see any plan for the future enunciated by our current Federal Liberal/National Party Government, nor anything coming from the Labor or Green alternatives.  We seem bereft of the big ideas, and any vision of the future in terms of the country, technology and where it will be in 20 to 50 years time.  Our current Government is hyperbolic that our budget receipts are less than outgoings, so they’ll make it even harder for the least fortunate in our country by a bit of economic savagery!!  Jesus is that the best you clowns can do?  Play silly buggers with the small stuff, entirely focussed on keeping your jobs, getting re-elected and pushing economic ideologies that are essentially anachronistic in a modern global economy.  The World is changing and you folks haven’t even woken up to that fact yet!  There is no longer any vision in our politicians.  The one attempt we’ve seen lately, a National Broadband setting us up for a networked information technology driven future, was thoroughly shafted back to the dark ages of copper wire by a bunch of technological trogdolytes.  Nothing like chopping your leg off when you’re in a race to the future, is there?  Poor bugger my country!!

Enough of the rant, now to the weeks events.  This little snippet of investment information leads to the realisation that real change might just be taking a few politician’s interests off at the knees.  And we can’t have than, can we?

Negative Gearing Rat

Julie (Death Stare) Bishop did a bit of eye rolling, and head dropping over possible cuts to her Foreign Aid budget.  Had there been a table in front of her I suspect there would also have been a bit of head banging as well.  I suspect that Joe (No Budget) Hockey was enlightened as to what would happen if he did – so he didn’t!

Foreign Aid Cuts

Our trusty Opposition, led by “The Man Who Isn’t There” Bill (Wraith) Shorten got a bit miffed when Joe nicked one of their ideas.

Bank Deposit Rat

And George (Bookcase) Brandis got a bit confused with regard to timeliness and his diary entries and kinda forgot where he should have been.  Uhuh!!

Bookcase Brandis

Ian (Croaky) Macfarlane gave us a useful demonstration of his skills in policy negotiation.  Hmmm?  I’d like you to re-read the textbook again Ian – carefully!

Negotiator Rat

To top the week rumours now abound that the Rabbott Abbott’s office is to be enhanced by someone who has expertise in talking to backbenchers who we know can be a bit feisty when their comfortable little sinecure becomes decidedly marginal.

Apocalyptic Nuts Rat

And, sorry, but some photographers just take advantage of Graphical Manipulators by taking photos of situations that leave little room for subtlety and/or crafty satire resulting in ummm!

Abbotts Necklace

Malcolm (Fraudband) Turnbull demonstrated again his loquacious linguistic eloquence in affirming the overwhelming mammary support that The Rabbott has.

Brutus Turnbull

Rattus politicus was pleased that the more conservative of his compatriots were fulsome in their praise of the success of Mike (Cuddles) Baird in his win in the New South Wales election.

Laudable Politic Rat

And finally we wondered just where the proposed Welfare Recipient Debit Card might expand in the not too distant future.  Those old buggers sponging on the system seemed to be logical choice!

Lifestyle Choices

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

Except for;

Abbott Quote 2

 

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 #127: Ohhhhhhhh Rats! And A Pig!!


I seem to be suffering from PCSS (that’s Post Continuous Satire Syndrome) further exacerbated by the suspension of belief that this Lieberal Government can continue to make gaffe after gaffe, usually by their Prime Winky Dill, but also increasingly by others who you’d imagine, after watching their leader make an absolute dill of himself, would be ensuring that they had switched on the intelligent part of their brain before putting their mouth into gear.  Anyhow, the PCSS has left me bereft of any bits of clevery to annotate onto appropriate graphical bits.  Luckily, That Bloody Rat, and a couple of his hangers-on have willingly barged their way in with their jaded view of Homo sapiens (ssps politicus).  I leave you in their capable paws!

Rat was pleased to see that our PWD was still getting in there and giving “gaffe prone” his absolute best shot.

Trusty Goebbels Rat

That not to be outdone, Prissy Chrissy Pyne declared himself a ‘fixer’ of the first order.

Fixed It Rat

It was noted that our employer class were still absolutely keen to resurrect that ‘dead, buried and cremated’ Work Choice thingy.

Bosses Rat

And the Prime Winky Dill had some good advice for his Members of Parliament.  And that was to KISS: “Keep It Simply Stupid”.  Good advice from one who knows!

Brevity Rat

And naturally, our fiscal wizard Joe (Eleventy) Hockey obligingly supplied a simple dose of irrationality.

Tax Cut Rat

We are also now blessed with another of That Bloody Rat’s friend Rattus eruditis, a more learned compatriot who thought that a Winston Churchill quote could aptly apply to Christopher Pyne.

Rattus Pyne Quote

That Kevin (Plotboy) Rudd provided a very nice fit to a quotation by another dead-un, Abraham Lincoln.  It’s amazing how quotes from the past apply equally appropriately to the modern day, isn’t it?

Rudd Rat Eruditis

And that quotes by senior ministers in the Abbott government indicate (in the nicest way of course) what, exactly, said senior minister thinks of said Prime Minister.

Rattus Double Dissolution

And finally we introduce one more player to the game, Rattus politicus.  For his first outing he’s very determined to keep it brief with just a Five Word Slogan!

Rattus Politicus Lying

Which leaves us with pigs!  Pigs on the wing.  Pigs in pokes.  Pigstys.  Pigs in shit.  Or just Pigs in Lipstick.

Lipstick On A Pig

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

Except for;

Abbott Quote 2

 

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 #126: Spare Me, Monkeys, Le Gourmand, Rattery, Diplomacy & Apocalypsesssss!


After many years of listening/watching presentations, especially Powerpoint presentations consisting of interminable slides, covered in thousands of words, or with complex graphics, flicked through at the speed of light, and overlain by excruciating explanatory gibberish, I recall from somewhere in the deep, dank and dark places of my memory advice on presenting presentations which went something like this:  “Start steady, build the argument in the middle, and end on a high note.  And KISS!” [KISS = keep it simple, stupid!]  So here we go!!

Nothing could be more redolent of a steady start than to contemplate our new Monster for Immigration and Other Stuff, one Peter Dutton.  There’s a look about him of obdurate impassiveness that automatically instils one with confidence.  Or is that dread?

Confidence Dutton

And now to build the argument.  Our beloved Prime Winky Dill started the week on a sound footing.  Unfortunately the sound got out from around his usual foot in the mouth and led to a very popular, and very witty Twitter hashtag (#lifestylechoices) and lots of vociferous indignation from the butt of the “lifestyle choices” comment.

Lifestyle Monkeys

Not content with lowering the Tone of the debate (sick pun), our PWD performed depradations on a poor unsuspecting onion who was quite happily trundling along a conveyor belt to its fate.  Wrested from the proximity of his travel mates, said onion was savagely dentally attacked by said PWD.  We can only wonder at how that onion felt after such an assault!  It’s lifestyle choices had been thoroughly disrupted!

Onion Abbott

Naturally such a blatant attack on a defenceless onion caused outrage on Twitter under various hashtags, #AbbottEatsStuff & #oniongate being two notables.  And you must give credit where credit is due and @_thomasparkes stimulated the humour nerves with;

Abbott the Eater

More power to him!

The Bloody Rat found several excuses to provide us with his insight into the realm of the politically ridiculous.  He was most excited that the Ruddster had emerged from whatever hole he inhabits while fomenting his evil deeds to call for democracy and the end to thuggery.  At least you can’t say that Rat is entirely partisan!

Rattus Rudd

He also thought that Joe (Eleventy) Hockey’s attempts to justify his popularity with the North Sydney Forum and how uninvolved in its activities he was, or wasn’t, or isn’t, or something more ‘arms lengthish’, if you know what I mean, wasn’t his most stellar performance!

Hockey Rat

And even Rat’s credulity meter had conniptions when our Joe complained that those naughty Sydney Morning Herald journo’s had bought his good name into disrepute!

Odious Hockey Rat

And finally, Rat just couldn’t get over the perspicacity of those swinging Western Sydney voters in their understanding of the true nature of our Prime Embarrassment!

Westies Rat

And that leads us to the diplomatic fervour around the imminent completion of the death sentence by Indonesia on the Bali Nine drug runner ringleaders and Abbott’s attempt at diplomacy, aptly described by;

Abbott Diplomacy

And to end on a high.

The Credlin came a-riding,

riding, riding!

The Credlin came a-riding,

Up to the Federal Treasurer’s door!

Apocalypse Horsewoman

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

Except for;

Abbott Quote 2

 

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 #125: Fools, Monkeys, Rats, Hyperbole, Toads And Catastrophe’s!


Well I hate to admit it, but under the criteria of our Prime Winky Dill, Mr Rabbott and his unsuccessfully lapbanded Treasurer, Joe “Eleventy” Hockey I am, much to my shame, one of those old decrepit bastards sucking on the generous aged welfare teat.  Yes, I’m one of those ‘ne’er do wells’ who have had the temerity to age gracefully and look forward to perhaps (according to best advice) another twenty years of life, where I can increasingly rely on the aged care system to look after my gangrenous and decaying body, fill me full of expensive prescription medicine for little or no cost, and feed my aging body with sustenance which, when you come to think of it, is really just wasted on an old bastard like me! Sucking air, taking food and medications and becoming an increasing burden on those who have to pay taxes to prop up some “foul old leaner” like me!

And to think that after all that education which increased my earning capacity (and which meant I paid more tax [at about 30% of salary]); which enabled me to feed myself and family adequately (and spend more money in the economy); which provided me with the opportunity to buy and subsequently further develop several houses (thereby spending more money in the economy and increasing my one house asset base); which permitted me to put away something in superannuation (so that I would have sufficient income not to end up living on the aged pension – perish the thought!) – it has come to this!  I and my peers, are become a cankerous boil on the grand economic vision of the Rabbot ultra-conservative Right, and as with any such boil, require lancing – or in more palatable terms ‘an economic solution will need to be found to address this problem’ that Australia has with an ageing population!

This is just to let you know that over the past 18 months of Liberal/Neutered Puppy lies, obfuscation, secrecy, dishonesty, stuff-ups, belligerence, incompetence, sheer bloody arrogance, stupidity – and various other negative adjectives – you have made me “effing angry” and unlike others in the middle of the last century I will not be going without a fight, and nor will I be going in a bloody cattle truck!  So you can take you ultra-conservative fascism and jam it right where you usually put your suppository of wisdom!  Am I just a tad cross?  You bet every expletive deleted you can think of I am!! Ooooooooooooh!!!!!!

And thinking of all the above adjectives one is led quite naturally to consider our Education Minister The Right Honourable Mr Christopher Pyne.  Consider if you will.

Pyne Cones

And considering Robb’s job in negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership and the likely outcome of the gullible being outfoxed by the smarter big boys, leaves us with;

Robbs Job

Which segues neatly into Joe Hockey’s phantasmagorica of the 2015 Intergenerational Report which propounds to look into the future.  Unfortunately it overlooks one rather significant component if we are to have a future at all.

Intergenerational Claptrap

 

Related to that, the Monkeys thought that Joe Hockey’s masterful piece of doublespeak was a real treat.

Changeling Monkeys

That Bloody Rat, somewhat sidetracked by a bit of feministic ardour – well, when is a Rat not ardourous – got excited about International Women’s day and the “oops” moment that accompanied its announcement.

Tattersalls Rat

Rat also got excited when Mr Rabbott started using big words like ‘intelligent’ and ‘conversation’ until he realised that ageing was going to be part of it all.

Conversation Rat

Although he did brighten somewhat when Tony got very excited about ANOTHER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT called WestConnect – or something like that!

Motorway Rat

But that which really tickled Rats fancy was the revelations about the Broadband King Malcolm and Boat Boy Morrison and their disdain for the data retention laws.

Wickrd Rat

And we were impressed with Malcolm over another issue entirely which we will, without further ado, entitle “In Praise Of Tony – With Just A Little Sting In The Tail”.  A musical is being considered.

Oscar Fraudbull

The Toads, not usually know for the acuity of their hearing, got a little confused with Miriam Margoyles comments on Q&A the other night.

Toad Confusion

And given all of the above, and thinking about the past 18 months of the Rabbott government, and asked to describe it in one word, we could only say;

Catastrophic

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

Except for;

Abbott Quote 2

 

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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