A Baffling Ordeal

The annoying thing about Twitter’s constant state of outrage (aside from the obvious annoyances associated with a medium in a constant state of outrage) is once in awhile the righteous ire spewed at a target is completely justified. Sure, it’s a stopped watch, but it stands to reason that occasionally it actually is bullshit-o’clock. The difficulty is that these moments are hard to spot because they tend to look identical to the moments when people are just getting their hackles up because, for some reason, up is where they’ve decided their hackles live now.

The past week is a really solid example of this. After Justice Rares handed down his verdict on the Peter Slipper affair, a few things happened. First, once it became apparent how scathing the judgement was, a large group of people on the Internet shat their digital pants or blew their virtual load, or an unseemly…

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Oops, another Gillard lover post…avert your eyes Abbott cult follower-dude. You’ll be blinded with truth.

Café Whispers

It is hard to keep a lie hidden forever, especially if you don’t dust over its tracks. I’ve uncovered one from Joe Hockey. Not only was it a lie, but it was also an act of contempt from the Howard Government towards disadvantaged Australians, or indeed, all Australians.

The lie goes back awhile, back to the failed Welfare to Work (WtW) program introduced in 2005 to increase workforce participation among single parents, people with disabilities, and unemployed people aged over 50. I won’t bother with the finer details of the policy; it’s not important.

We didn’t hear much about WtW until March 2007; an election year. Apparently it was a great success according to Joe Hockey:

Welfare changes and a healthy job market are set to deliver the Federal Government a $500 million budget surprise this financial year as the number of people on income support payments falls faster than…

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TruthInNewsMedia

MurdochtweetRemarks and compilation by Barry Tucker  @btckr

Complaints of biased political reporting continue to be received in 2013/14/15. News outlets most often complained about were the Murdoch-owned News Corp Australia newspapers, channel Ten (The Bolt Report) and the ABC (television, news websites and Twitter accounts). During late 2012 and increasingly in early 2013, complaints were being made about bias in the ABC’s complaints handling process. The Fairfax-owned press began to soften its Labor bias soon after Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s “misogyny speech” (9 October, 2012), but resumed its negative stance following a poor performance by Labor in a mid-February Nielsen poll.

Some time ago (it’s hard to say exactly when, or why) mainstream news media (MSM, and I include the ABC in that group) began to abandon the principles of objectivity, fairness and balance.

The Action Front for Truth in News Media is running a campaign to contact…

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..and questions well need to be answered by main stream media. As well.

Media Inequality

Watergate Front PageThe Watergate scandal was, apparently, rather big news at the time. People went to prison, the President of the USA was forced to resign and investigative reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein became household names. Nixon’s Republican party came undone through a conspiracy to find dirt on their rivals in the Democratic Party. Dirt that was to be used in an election smear campaign. In the end, they sufficiently smeared themselves out of office, when Nixon’s replacement, President Ford, lost the 1976 election to Democrat Jimmy Carter. As scandals go, I can see that this one was very newsworthy. When President Nixon said he had no knowledge of the conspiracy, it took the work of investigative journalists to prove he was lying. Woodward and Bernstein investigated this conspiracy for two years. It was the story of their careers.

The Watergate scandal has left an indelible mark on our language –…

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No, no, no and no

Café Whispers

Fresh (not jet lagged) from his photo shoot with the troops in Afghanistan, Tony Abbott was quick to bounce off his plane upon arrival in London shouting ‘no’, with a few other words chucked in for our sheer entertainment. He actually managed a couple of paragraphs that didn’t even mention the word ‘no’, however, ‘no’ would have been an economical replacement to the responses he gave to some questions.

We learn:

Tony Abbott insists there is no coalition conspiracy linked to a sexual harassment claim against former Speaker Peter Slipper.

He continues:

“The Labor party should accept that there are no conspiracies here; there are no conspiracies whatsoever”.

Asked about his involvement in the case against Mr Slipper:

Mr Abbott replied “none whatsoever”, and also denied knowledge of any role played by his federal Coalition members . . [he] insisted he had no “specific knowledge” of the matter until it…

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Exposing hatred.

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Taken from the ‘Support Tony Abbott’ page on Facebook, here’s a quick look at the more common criticisms of our female Prime Minister. To be fair, we’ve taken comments from both females and males on the page. Julia Gillard (and feminists in general) cop insults such as fat, ugly, left at the alter (sic), misandrists, feminists (is that an insult?), lesbians (is THAT an insult?), bullies, hypocrites, thugs, obese, grumpy, stupid, McTurds, barge-arse, retard, red-headed cum bucket, face planking cow, evil, big butt, cunt, skank, gutter trash, piece of shit, bush pig, thunder thighs, lard arse, amoral slut. (The red highlighted words are female/appearance related).

Enjoy the read, and share it around if you so desire. If not to expose the hatred and unabashed sexism that exists within these people, but perhaps to highlight the irony that such internally and externally ugly people could be so hypocritical.

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Australian vs American Politics

VegasJessie

Another guest blog by Derek Wood, a resident of Sydney, NSW, Australia.  Follow him on twitter @Main_Man. 

As a country Australia is very similar to the US.  Both have historical British influences, geographically they are large countries, English is the main language albeit with some idiosyncrasies and, more importantly, both countries have been built on the back of migration and multiculturalism.

Despite this, politically there are a number of differences.  I should point out that Australia’s population of 21.5 million is extremely small when compared to 311 million in the US.  This can obviously make a difference when it comes to political observations and activities. In America, presidential campaigns cost a large amount of money.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are raised by both the Republicans and Democrats.  This, in turn, is used to publicise the policies and candidates of both parties with a view to gaining your vote.  I have…

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Café Whispers

In July some time an armed robber stole $500,000 in cash from a city bank here in Canberra. Two bank workers were shot during the hold-up, with one dying two days later in hospital.

The community outrage shook the capital. The media demanded blood. The offender needed to be captured as soon as possible before more people fell victim to this wicked, evil man.

Demands for the reintroduction of the death penalty screamed across the daily news. And naturally, Tony Abbott was asked to comment:

“This is what the carbon tax has done to innocent Australians. Unsure of their future, Julia Gillard has driven this hard working Australian to the point of despair. I feel for his family. But having said that, he needs to be reprimanded as quickly as possible and brought to trial. As Prime Minister I will ensure that all criminals are captured within five minutes of…

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