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The Shambling Mound's Eighth Week

The shambling and lurching made it through the eighth week with what has become the usual levels of deception, horror, and mania. Is it sheer incompetence? Is it the a ploy to exhaust his opoonents? Is it a new entertainment show for those on distant shores and less affected by such events? As these things are not actually in contradiction, perhaps all are true.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

You’ve got to hand it to the Victorian Labor government, they’ve finally realised their political survival is dependent on them improving housing affordability for first home buyers. It looks like they’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the problem. Just a few of the schemes they’ve put in place include: stamp duty savings for first home buyers who buy homes that cost less than $600,000. A 50 million dollar pilot program will give around 400 Victorians the ability to co-purchase their first home with the state government. The state government will take up an equity share of 25%.

Love It or Leave It

I'm pretty confident you’ve sat behind a car with the Australian flag with the words “Love it or Leave” printed next to the flag. Bumper stickers give an insight into the mindset of the driver. “Love it or Leave” is pretty cut and dry. Love it or fuck off somewhere else. That’s the problem, isn’t it? Unconditional love, irrespective of the behaviour of the individual. It’s one or the other, nothing in between. Take it as it is or piss off.

Divided Nation and Little People

The story goes something like this. Voters are flocking to Divided Nation (the political party registered as Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party) because they stand up for the little people. Well if you're one of the 33% of Australians who receive a social security benefit or if you're a part time poorly paid worker, nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is a little different. Divided Nation sided with the government in three out of four recent Senate votes.

Blood Lust

The Murdoch media’s pursuit of Don Nardella, the former Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, for the $100,000 he legally claimed through a loophole in the expenses parliamentarians are able to claim for living outside their electorate, highlights the utter hypocrisy of Murdoch’s media empire in Australia.

Backfired

The Western Australia Liberal Party’s attempts to hold onto power by entering into a preference deal with Divided Nation has back fired badly, both for the Liberal Party and Divided Nation. Hanson’s party has been able to ride on the coattails of increasing levels of dissatisfaction with a political process that for far too long has put corporate interests before public interests.

West Australian Election 2017: Bring your gauges

The results of the West Australian state election last night are certainly quite dramatic with the incoming Labor government gaining over 10% of the vote in a two-party preferred basis and on-track to increase their parliamentary representation from 21 to 40 or more.

Groper Lite

A few days ago we saw the leopard paint over its spots with water soluble paint. President Donald Groper, the most powerful man on earth after Vladimir Putin, made a coach’s speech to the American congress. An inclusive speech he claimed things were on the right track and before you know it, America would be great again. I assume he was talking about North America (excluding Canada), not central or South America. A man who knows all about fake news should get his facts right. He’s not President of America, he’s President of the United States of America.

The Shambling Mound's Seventh Week

It was an fascinating week watching the lurchings of the Shambling Mound, Lord Dampnut, with trajectories towards the ridiculous, the improbable, and the unfair dominating the headlines. Never one for shortage of content, Lord Dampnut continues to shake up the United States in a manner that leaves more level minds nonplussed (nota bene: this may mean the opposite to what you think it means - look it up).

Howard's Broad Church Self-Immolates

When you hear John Howard lament about the Liberal Party losing its way, you know things aren’t right in Tallarook. If there’s one thing you can say about the Prime Minister who lost his seat, it’s he has the uncanny ability to read the Liberal Party’s political tea leaves. What he’s seen lately makes him apprehensive, if not ill.

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