I am flummoxed and flabbergasted!

I am also disappointed, dismayed and disgusted.  Why? Adani’s potential Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, and the support for it by the Queensland ALP.  Yes, the LNP supports it too, but that’s to be expected, and yes, the Labor Queensland Premier has withdrawn support for the proposed government loan, but the discussion still seems to be mainly about jobs and regional economics.  What about the environment guys?  You know, that thing that allows us to live.  Should people vote for the Greens then?  The Greens cannot form government in Queensland and are very unlikely to be a significant force in the State.  They are a wasted vote in the unicameral Parliament of Queensland, in my opinion.

The argument from climate change deniers, that anything we do in Australia is a mere drop in the ocean and is therefore not worthwhile, is so selfish, so head up your arse’ish, that I just about hyperventilate every time I hear it.  To that, add the mantra, “our economy must keep growing!”.  How the hell can that happen when we already need the equivalent of two Earths to feed the one Earth we have?

Then there’s this headline (and its variants) from a heap of media outlets today:  15,000 scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends.  A summary of the findings of the report in the international journal BioScience is this:  Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinction and human population growth, scientists warn.  Note the word “will” in this summary.

Time to act Queensland Labor!  Do something positive for the health of the State, the nation and the planet, and stop supporting one of the companies that is helping to kill the  fragile little ball we live on!

 

 

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Who is more irritating than ants in your undies? Who is more grating than fingernails down the blackboard?

Pauline Hanson.

Oh,  I see, you want a bit more than a two word answer!

Hanson is a moron, ie “a very stupid or foolish person” [Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary]. However, she has rat cunning, street fighter instincts and an ability to sway peoples’ opinions, which together mean she must not be ignored or treated as a joke. Trump was vastly underestimated and sniggered at, and looked what happened!

Hanson has had 20 years to research, study, question, seek and educate herself. Instead, she comes across as a racist, poorly educated and myopic dill, albeit potentially attractive to 10% of voting Australians!

P J O’Rourke is hilarious, Janet Albrechtsen argues well and Senator Mathias Cormann is unflappable. Conservatives all. Compared to them (and just about anyone else) Hanson wouldn’t make the intellectual D team, let alone the Bs or Cs!

The fact that she has the Liberal/National parties flummoxed, worried and sucking up to her, and the aforementioned 10% potential vote across the country, is a worrying situation. Hanson and her rabid, horrific and just plain stupid views must be countered, and the only peaceful way to do that is to challenge her in the media, on social media and at the ballot box.

“Australia is in danger of being swamped by morons!”. Please explain!”.

Turnbull is ridiculous

In Federal Parliament on 8 February this year, Malcolm Turnbull raved, ranted, blustered and tried to sound tough! Turnbull was attacking Bill Shorten and used words to describe Shorten such as, “simpering sycophant”, “social climbing sycophant”, “parasite”, and “hypocrite”. The political posturing and pathetic pandering to those on the far right, whether in Parliament or not, was palpably apparent.

For many years, the Coalition, when in Opposition and Government, has praised Bob Hawke and Paul Keating as positive and visionary leaders when running this country from 1983 to 1996.

A recent authorised biography of Paul Keating, Paul Keating – the big picture leader, by Troy Bramston, includes a detailed history of Keating before he became Treasurer and subsequently, PM. Keating was “eager to learn”, “sought out those who could teach him new things”, and it enabled him to “grow as a politician”. Some of those whom he sought out, were Sir Laurence Hartnett, Managing Director of GMH, various managers at Hawker de Havilland, Ian McLennan, CEO of BHP, Sir John Bunting, Secretary of the PM’s Department and George H W Bush, then US Ambassador to the UN. (See Chapter 5.)

In Chapter 8, it states that as Shadow Minister for Minerals and Energy, Keating was “knocking on boardroom doors … to listen and to learn”, and that among other people, Keating met David Rockefeller of the Chase Manhattan Bank and Sir Mark Turner, Chairman of Rio Tinto Zinc.

Keating’s approach to his job seems eminently sensible, as does Shorten’s, and this approach would be wide spread throughout Parliament, ie for those Members and Senators serious about doing their jobs effectively. It’s called ‘networking’,  Malcolm!

Turnbull was clearly trying to save his job, albeit in a puffed up, fabricated sort of way. He wouldn’t be the slightest bit interested in my opinions, but praising one Labor man and attacking another for doing the same thing makes Turnbull the hypocrite, not Shorten. As for “sycophant” and “parasite”, simply look at Turnbull vis-à-vis his own Government!

 

 

Trump a Fascist?

I’ve seen numerous comments bandied around about Trump being a Fascist. If true, that means he believes in Fascism.

Fascism (from Merriam-Webster):  a political philosophy, movement, or regime … that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

In this definition, which is basically the same as many other definitions of Fascism, the words that stand out to me are, “that exalts nation and often race above the individual“. Based on what I read, see and hear about Trump, I cannot imagine him exalting anything above himself. Of course, “the individual“, probably refers to every other individual, not the supreme leader!

Then there are these words, “a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader“. I cannot imagine Trump having the wherewithal, the talent, the staying power, or the long term interest, to be a dictatorial leader. He’s a bully, a con artist, a foulmouthed misogynist and a despicable man, but he is not a leader, dictatorial or otherwise!

Bottom line? Trump is not a Fascist, just deplorable in so many other ways.

Is Trump within the range that designates psychoticism?

The words in italics below, are from a summary of Hans and Sibyl Eysenck’s theories on personality traits.

Psychoticism is associated not only with the liability to have a psychotic episode (or break with reality), but also with aggression. Psychotic behavior is rooted in the characteristics of toughmindedness, non-conformity, inconsideration, recklessness, hostility, anger and impulsiveness. The physiological basis suggested by Eysenck for psychoticism is testosterone, with higher levels of psychoticism associated with higher levels of testosterone.

It seems clear that Trump has some sort of abnormality in his personality and maybe psychoticism could shed some light on that abnormality? Or, it could simply be that he is an arrogant, misogynistic, narcissist.

 

 

The real reason we are doomed!

This morning, I happened upon a popular commercial FM radio station.  A female announcer said she was “angry” and “upset” and that, “this would be what people will be talking about today!”.  The important issue she was ranting about was criticism of Lady Gaga’s performance at the US Super Bowl!

Here are a few of today’s top news stories:

  • Bernardi tells Turnbull he’s quitting the Liberals
  • Worst Catholic groups for child sex claims in Australia revealed
  • Kremlin disagrees with Trump over Iran
  • Community reaches out over spate of youth suicides
  • Reinstatement of Trump’s nationwide travel ban ‘would unleash chaos’

Add global warming, Barrier Reef destruction, Ultra Right Wing advancements, Gorbachev’s opinion that the World is preparing for war, and much more!

If the announcer is correct and Lady Gaga dominates the chatosphere today, or it’s My Kitchen Rules, or Married at First Sight, or  I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, or the size of Kim Kardashian’s bum, we truly are doomed!

That didn’t take long!

Today’s Guardian Australia says: “One Nation’s leader, Pauline Hanson, has launched an extraordinary attack on her Western Australian colleague Rod Culleton, saying the party can’t work with him because he won’t listen to reason.””

And: “Asked if Culleton had gone rogue, she replied: “He’s not a team player at all – we can’t work with him, you can’t reason with him.”

She suggested that being a senator had “gone to [Culleton’s] head” because he “loved publicity”. “You can’t give him advice, he runs his own race. That’s not teamwork.””

I gave them until about Easter 2017, but they are better at being rabble than I thought! This may well be the key to diminishing the far Right – let them get elected, rather than go underground, then watch them tear themselves to pieces, in full view!