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What's good for the goose

Malcolm Turnbull has come a long way since he said the consequences of unchecked global warming would be catastrophic.

Today he leads a government that has cut $500 million from funding for clean energy, gutted the CSIRO, and continues to erroneously blame South Australia's use of renewable energy for power failures.

Turnbull's government remains steadfast in its support for the Adani coal mine and is contemplating a $1 billion loan for the project.

Checks and Balances

Most Australians would be surprised at how few constitutional checks and balances exist in this country. President Donald Groper can sign all the executive orders he wants but unfortunately, for the little emperor, a significant number of checks and balances have been incorporated in the United States constitution to protect citizens from the arbitrary exercise of state power.

The Shambling Mound's Third Week

Under the continuing rule of the orange-haired monster, Lord Dampnut, the most important local council in the global village, continues to lurch from one "yuge" problem to the next. Some commentators have finally noticed what is an intrinsic problem regardless of the political decisions themselves; that Lord Dampnut is not used to the idea of running a country which is built the checks and balances of a separation of powers and a rule of law.

Tribune of the Plebs

"Mr Turnbull said Mr Shorten was a "would-be tribute of the people" and accused him of rising to prominence by networking with prominent Melbourne businessmen like Richard Pratt."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-08/turnbull-and-shorten-trade-barbs-d...

Street Cred

I'm currently in the process of going through decades of pieces of paper that have grown so high and take up so much space, they need to be culled. Some people call it pre-death downsizing, I call it culling.

Dinner at the Turnbulls

MT: Smashed that little oik Shorten in Parliament today.

Lucy: Did you darling?

MT: Oh yes. Pass the foie gras....do you know what he said to me?

Lucy: What did he say dear?

MT: The chap said I was the most out-of-touch PM ever. Bill Shorten! Fellow can barely tell the difference between a Château Lafite and a Château Mouton, and he calls me out of touch! Well I wasn't having any of that.

Lucy: No dear. There was that Prime Minister during Federation, what was his n....

MT: I'd had a terrible day....the oysters are a bit tasteless tonight.

Tadif Calling

FINALLY. This is how you take a city, at least in this scenario. You encircle it. Notice how, for months, the Turks tried full frontal assault after full frontal assault, and each time, ISIS, just sat there and killed them. Then the Turks move on Bzaa (the northern prong), and Assad gains fire control over the supply route from the south (that's the other prong), and all the Daesh in their snipers nests realize they're about to get cut off and high tail it back to Raqqa.

Actually, Nazis are still bad

1. Richard Spencer himself says being punched in the face in public has made him afraid to speak out in public and raised the social cost of being a fascist. Thus, punching him in the face is literally endorsed by him as having been effective.

Collective Amnesia

Collective amnesia is a central component of every day existence in a community that has no time for the past. Life is all about now, unfortunately for societies like Australia, the past fashions the present. I'm not going to bore you with the significant crack that has developed in the Australian colonisation myth. The national confusion surrounding Australia / Invasion Day is slowly, very slowly (like a man moving a mountain with a spoon) seeping into the minds of an increasing number of Australians.

Inside and Outside

Housing affordability is as we all know, a critical issue in Australia today. Over the past two decades state governments and successive Federal governments have pursued a policy of privatising public housing. Defend And Extend Public Housing (DAEPH) was formed three months ago to ensure the case for public housing was at the forefront of the housing affordability debate.

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