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Rough week. TGIG


Bit rough, eh? ;-)*

For sure, we all know about the AWU nonsense, so there’s no need to go on about that tonight. But I hope everyone’s aware of Gillard’s latest time warp to the Dark Ages proposal. (thanks, Bolta).

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s proposed changes massively expand the list of characteristics people can be offended by, expanding the jurisdiction into shops, workplaces and sporting clubs.

The regime will provide a new weapon in the war on free speech by even including “political opinion” as a ground on which people can be discriminated against.

This extraordinary change makes even innocuous political expressions subject to the law – a person need only be offended or insulted in order to make out a claim. Shop owners displaying signs in support of a political candidate may now be legally discriminating against employees who want the other guy to win…

Not only do the changes represent an extraordinary attack on freedom of speech, they also undermine fundamental legal principles derived from 800 years of common law. They would reverse the onus of proof, forcing employers to prove that they are innocent of discrimination.

Saw that yesterday. Make of that what you will.

Um, what else? Oh, the Israel/Palestine thing. Well, Israel says they’re happy, so let’s not worry about the 12 Hamas rockets fired into Israel since the ceasefire, nor their thanking of Iran… the guys who supplied those fancy rockets that could and did hit Tel Aviv.

Anyway, enough. Music.

Infected Mushroom. Arguably one of the best EDM acts on the planet, and perhaps the best out of Israel.

*what? TGIG? Thank God it’s good.

UPDATE

No, not the bloody pic, the bloody week. I had a good week. Sorry, I mixed metaphors with that Roxon/Gillard pic. Very messy. Sorry. Please try and enjoy the music and/or comment… I need another drink and a smoke.

Carry on.

Friday Night Party Music


Yes, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Not that I haven’t been keeping up, but have been pretty busy in the new line of work (freelance ESL) – loving it – and, well, have been trying to get the stress levels down a bit.

Tim Blair may be a funny blogger, Andrew Bolt may be a serious blogger, but lately, whenever I’ve really gotten stuck into it, I just start getting angry.

I’m not convinced that is a good thing.

Nevertheless, as I said, I’ve been keeping an eye on things, mainly via the excellent Michael Smith and Larry Pickering (whose Facebook site seems to be having a better time of things today).

That national debt hit 250 bil today – nice one Julia and Wayne. That’s a bit over 11 grand of government debt every man, woman, and child now has to pay off on top of whatever personal debt one may have.

Julia’s off strutting her stuff at the UN General Assembly. Bit rough when one wakes up, turns on Australia Network, and she’s talking. If you’ll allow one to dream unrealistically for a tic, if we lose our bid for a seat on the (joke of a) UN Security Council, does that mean we’d have a good excuse to stop paying our dues? Whatever grand idea the UN might once have been, it is an inept shadow of it’s former self, packed to the rafters with corruptocrats.

Why do we have to put up with the likes of Iran’s Ahmadinejad ranting away up there? I’m not convinced his idea of “peace” is the same as our idea of peace.

Nevertheless, Netanyahu did an exceptional job, so maybe there’s some value left there.

But I digress. As an Aussie, my focus should be on Gillard’s performance. Go to Michael Smith, have a look around, and you see that it is in fact some international MSM picking up the story of the AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal!

If it were to happen, what a venue for that to blow up in the PM’s face. That said, it might not “blow up” but it might be enough to tilt the balance in Finland or Luxembourg’s favour. That might not be such a bad thing, lol. However, it’s a little embarrassing that international media will cover something that, generally speaking, Australian MSM won’t.

There’s lot’s there at both Larry’s and Michael’s sites; Ashby’s 50K payout, the debt, boat people, Nauru, AWU, Paul Howes… you name it, but I reckon I’ve gone into all that stuff enough for a Friday evening, indeed a Friday evening that is the beginning of a little mini-break over here in Korea.

Chusok. And actually, personally, I’m taking about nine days off, so again, forgive me if I don’t immerse myself in grubby politics during that time.

Besides: China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan; things are heating up just a tad too much over various disputed islands. One lot is between Japan, China, and Taiwan which you may have heard about. The other lot is between Japan and Korea. Apparently these islands/islets are of intense historical importance, so I guess the massive reserves of natural gas having noting to do with it (It’s Friday – no links). Man, China seems really stoked on getting that aircraft carrier (thanks, Russia!) – with another homemade one on the way. Hu Jintao had the Mao suit on and everything! And, well, I guess Korea’s pretty happy upon receiving 3 bil worth of Apache helicopters.

Fun times.

And yes, well noted is that the Persian Gulf is a fun place to be also these days (there is a way perhaps that we could be less dependent and without having to throw billions more taxpayer dollars at bankrupt solar experiments).

Oh, and there’s some kind of US election or something going on? All I say about that is that 4Corners was a bit deceptive when they promoted a doco about Mitt Romney but it turned out to be little more that 45 minutes of why Mormons are so bad with the occasional reminder that Mitt is a Mormon. It was actually a rerun of a BBC doco, but whatevs, and was aired months earlier in Australia but it was on Australia Network this week. The reporter, John Sweeney, has done two anti-Mitt/anti-Mormon docos that I know of (no – not linking).
Meh. Enough.

In much more pleasing news at this moment in time, Deadmau5 released >album title goes here< on Wednesday.

:-)

PS Most western op.eds telling you what “Gangnam Style” is all about are rubbish. But here and here are two good ones.

FNPM: The Dark Night Rises special ed.


Interesting week to sit back on. PM Gillard claims her innocence, pisses off overseas, and a bunch of union thugs defy the Supreme Court, and stage their illegal blockades.

Then in comes former union heavyweight, shortarse Bill Shorten billing himself as some kind of independent umpire.

What a fukn joke.

FWA: what a crock that is. The ABCC was doing a stellar job. So much so, Gillard made sure that one was got rid of a few months ago before the looming shitstorm hit shore.

What a crock.

Ho hum. At least we have US politics getting interesting again.

Clint Eastwood nailed it best. Politicians are our employees (always remember that), and if an employee isn’t doing their job, you gotta let ‘em go. And a lawyer in Office? Shit. With 23 million unemployed and the bloke running up $5 trillion in debt in three and a half years, best give a businessman a shot.

Shifting gears a bit – and carpe and his missus might take issue – but Japan has been testing the waters again recently.

They’re taking on China, Russia, and South Korea over island territorial disputes whilst also talking to the North Koreans for the first time in four years.

Up north, they want back some islands the Russians grabbed after WWII.

Down south, they want some islands China has nowadays.

In the East Sea (you wanna call it Sea of Japan? LBB just fried one of your nuts.), they want Dokdo aka Takashima aka the Lian Court Rocks.

What’s interesting about the last two, is that there are huge reserves of hydrocarbons surrounding both chunks.

Now consider that with Japan’s push to move their self-defence military beyond those capabilities and it starts getting interesting.

(BTW, Korea will unleash everything but the kitchen sink on Japan if they have a go at Dokdo. They’ve put up with more than 1000 years of Japanese attacks. Do not underestimate how Korea feels about Dokdo.)

Speaking of having had a gut, it’s looking that way re Israel vs Iran. It’s really coming to a head. FFS, Iran really wants to build that bomb. Obama ain’t doing shit. Don’t even bother with the EU. In one sense, Israel should be reassured. Exactly. What will Obambi and those Eurotards do?

Ha!

And yet the prize wise guy, sorry… GAL, wants to set her useless carbon dioxide trace gas tax to the EU baloney index.

You didn’t have to, Julia.

You’ve done enough already to kill the mining boom.

I’m guessing she’ll blame Abbott. Or Bush.
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But hey. Let’s talk about something good.

OK. Something good is Smartfones. If you don’t have one, then… well.

Scanning documents, instant chat, TV, movies, weather, porn.

You name it.

GPS navigation, any internet surfing you want, even the capacity to call someone.

Audio, video, stereo, 5.1

Well, it’s understood we all hate Apple now for the bullshit they pulled on Samsung. Won’t go on about that one…

In the meantime, LG have thrown even the kitchen sink at their latest, the Optimus G.

A quick check, and this brutal baby blows the Galaxy S3 outta the creche, and Apple, well, TBH I don’t see much happening by October.

You didn’t hear it from me, but the LG execs are very confident yet also very anxious.

Why?

Because this smartphone, the Optimus G, blows everything outta the water…

But if it doesn’t sell, they’re fucked.

Not necessarily monetarily fucked but fucked fucked.

They threw everything at this. LG Chem for the battery (40% better), LG this, LG that… screen tech, all the shit LG does. Yes. They nuked the phone.

The phone is a behemoth.

That said, I’ve been telling them, begging them almost – PLEEEAAASE! – after service! support! upgrades! (Jelly bean!), promotion?

!!!

Currently on Samsung Galaxy SII, because they’re just so damn reliable.

Reliable.

I suspect the galaxy s3 is, too. Am looking forward to those reports, LG. GRRRR! You have a lot of trust to win back, (AHHHHHLOT!!!) and now… you have a chance.

Tweets to the PM


Context.

Sorry, couldn’t resist…

SRSLY. That’s all she’s got? A typo???

UPDATE

Via Larry Pickering where I found the link, Yahoo asks, “Do you think Julia Gillard still has questions to answer over her time at Slater and Gordon?”

Not a scientific poll by any means, but JFTR, at the time I submitted my “yes” vote, a whopping 77% of people agreed. That’s significantly above the 45-55 odd 2PP vote. In effect, only Labor’s paltry primary vote voted “no”… a bit less actually.

Related.

Twenty-four questions that do need answering, despite a certain PM’s “hyperbowl”.

The Gillard transcripts: hardly indemnifying


You know I’ve actually got a case of writers’ block. Have just been sitting here watching and listening to a mini plastic Australian flag blowing and scratching against the wall here in Korea, my second home, as the cool air from the fan blows upon it.

Trying to soak in this and that and a few other things…

To have even those links published is taking on a huge risk, against a government stacked with former leftist lawyers and unionists; juxtaposed to calls for tighter media regulation amid Australia’s first ever “media inquiry” into a free press.

We edge along a precipice today.

More to come. Let me think about it for a tic. Hope you understand.

And “more to come”? How to say it. You know what I mean.

Them’s fightin’ words, Julia… allegedly


First, she has allegedly gone an accused alleged bloggers, who in the most part are allegedly just people with alleged day jobs and a bit of alleged passion and concern, of “gender-based” attacks.

Yep. Allegedly that’s OK. But what does “gender based attacks” even allegedly mean? And JFTR, when was the last time before this week anyone had allegedly heard the word, “scurrilous”? Is the next Pirates of the Caribbean going to be, in alleged fact, “Pirates of the alleged water cooler at the alleged Parliament House”?

Whatever that allegedly means, something’s got the allegedly so-called shagger Thomson all allegedly fired up again… allegedly.

CRAIG Thomson has declared Fair Work Australia is living in “a dream land” if it attempts to prosecute him over union rorts…

And then, this… after all.

JULIA Gillard admitted to law firm Slater & Gordon during an internal probe that she should have opened a file for the controversial legal work that she had done for her then client and boyfriend, union boss Bruce Wilson.

Standard practice would require a file being opened lest one want to defraud their own law firm… hypothetically speaking, of course, but not allegedly.

Allegedly, Gillard and her alleged Co. have had an alleged Pow Wow allegedly over the alleged night and might allegedly come out today, allegedly Wednesday, with their metaphorical alleged gloves allegedly off.

Sorry, can’t print that quote. You know, allegations and all.

PS Andrew Bolt, I love your work but you were too harsh on Larry Pickering.

GillardGate: the Lefty luvvies are getting really nasty today


Take this from the Courier Mail’s (a Murdoch rag, ha!) Paul Syvret. The bloke is frothing at the mouth.

First it starts with a picture-tells-1000-words cartoon of a menacing Opposition Leader Tony Abbott flinging mud… conveniently forgetting the fact the actual allegations themselves have come from those on the Left, including former Labor Attorney General and current labor MP Robert McClelland as well as AWU heavyweights such as Bob Kernohan and former AWU national secretary Ian Cambridge who was even made a judge by Gillard. And let’s not forget half of this can’o’worms was opened by none other than major Lefty lawyer Harry Nowicki!

But no. Syvret kicks in the boot foam thong elsewhere.

LARRY Pickering. James Ashby. Godwin Grech.

And then… hints! Oooo booga booga!

Yep. Never mind the cases surrounding or linked to each man are completely separate from each other, good ol’ Paul conveniently links them together.

Must be a vast right wing conspiracy.

Is there nothing funnier than the paranoid fact-free, leftist mind when backed into a corner??

Some other apologist – ahh, yes, another Courier Mail luvvie, Dennis Atkins, went and called Larry Pickering a “soft-porn cartoonist”.

Really, Dennis? :eek:

But we should probably mellow the harshy on Atkins and Syvret. After all, despite their best efforts, the QLD ALP has been reduced to a mere seven seats.

Meh, no. Not when crap like Syrvet’s muck-racking is being passed off as reasoned opinion.

The little grub has had the hide to bring up stuff from the past that actually WAS cleared (laughed out of town, thrown out of court, resolved) and then has the hide to attest to the following:

But it would be grubby to dredge up old and unsubstantiated smears of decades past like that purely to smear a political opponent wouldn’t it?

Yes, Paul. I guess it would be.

A [Labor] document calls on staffers to find details on their opponents’ “younger days”…

That’s gotta smart every morning…

The bloke is clutching at straw man arguments, and is a total, desperate hypocrite.

And who should Paul really be all pissy pants at? The people he attacked or perhaps, some other folks?

Poor Paul. Still hasn’t got it that this isn’t a left/right issue; that maybe it’s a few on the left trying to save the once proud ALP from destruction.

PS Conveniently, they’ve turned off comments for legal reasons, and with the way things are, that can be understood… however Paul Syvret sounds like someone who’d have turned them off anyway.

UPDATE

And yet even lower the desperate stoop.
Sexist, racist, homophobic, religious nut, zealot, etc. etc…
What other BWAHAism can these fools come up with?

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