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The Shambling Mound's First Week

It's hard to keep up with the chaos that's happening in the United States' government at the moment, which has led me to start tracking, on a weekly basis, the shambolic chaos that is the Trump presidency. To be honest, I am not surprised by the policies being proposed by the Trump administration, they're exactly what was expected. Likewise as expected is the utter incompetence and toadying to the billionaire class as it is being carried out.

War on Social Security

The Turnbull led Coalition government has declared war on the 8 million Australians (1 in 3) who rely on old age pensions, single parents benefits, disability support pensions, Youth Allowances, Parenting Allowances and Newstart allowances to survive. In a bid to balance the budget, the heroes in the Liberal / National Party government have trained the government’s guns on those least able to defend themselves.

The Melbourne Car Attack

Instead of getting frustrated and arguing with a bunch of you on the internet I'm just going to say this...

There is a massive difference in intent and culpability between someone who commits domestic violence because they enjoy having power and control over others and someone who is violent due to significant mental health issues which are exacerbated by self-medication with psychosis inducing street drugs.

President elect, Donald D. Groper

It’s nice, very nice that in less than 12 hours President elect, Donald D. Groper will become President of the land of the free and the home of the brave – the USA. It’s a surprise to some the leader of the free world is a tax evader, a bully, a misogynist and a racist to name a few of his heftier qualities. Let’s not mince words, Donald D. Groper doesn’t, why should we? Forget about fake news, this little oligarch has become President of the land of the free and the home of the brave courtesy of a few Russian oligarchs who instantly recognised a brother in need.

Don't worry, be happy

It’s OK!! Don’t worry, be happy. For the purposes of this Thought Bubble, let’s say Australia’s population is exactly 25 million. Currently it is approximately 24.7 million, give or take a few thousand.

You know, and I know, we live in the greatest country on the planet. You know it is one of the most egalitarian countries in the world. For once let’s try to bridge the ever growing rhetoric reality gap that exists in Australia.

National Indigenous Freedom Fighters Day

Friday 20th January 2017 is a day that will, in time, become as significant to Australians as Invasion Day – 26th January.

Arrogance and Hypocrisy

Arrogance thy name is the current Federal Cabinet when it comes to people who have lost touch with reality you don’t have to look beyond the Coalition cabinet room. They’re nothing more than a bunch of arrogant cowards who constantly thunder about “illegal boat arrivals”, “welfare bludgers” and a “sense of entitlement”. Nothing highlights their hypocrisy more than the current revelations about the Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley.

Syria and Iraq Update: Progress, of sorts

Major progress by the Iraqi army in Mosul. They've almost completely cleared the eastern half of the city now.

Rupert loves Tony

The legacy print media is more powerful than most activists give it credit for. In Australia and substantial parts of the world, Murdoch’s propaganda sheets masquerade as sources of news and non-partisan commentary, if you believe that I’ve got the titles to some land in a mangrove swamp you may want to build your dream home on.

Papua should have independence

The Indonesian Generals have always seen West Papua as their personal fiefdom. The removal of Suharto, the butcher, as dictator of Indonesia almost two decades ago made no difference to West Papua. Maybe the Indonesian military chief should be offended by the record of the Indonesian Military in West Papua. During the last 50 years over 500,000 West Papuans have died from a population of 1.5 million as a direct consequence of Indonesia’s military takeover of West Papua.

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