Saturday, October 30, 2004

There will be no fanatical face flinching

Australia must continue to stand firm in its resolve to deal with terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said today after a new videotape of the al-Qaeda chief was broadcast.

"Whenever he says these things and whenever these Islamic extremists and fanatics say these things, our message to them is a simple message. And that is we will defy you and we will defeat you, and countries like Australia must not flinch in the face of these fanatics. We must show an utter determination to confront them and defeat them"
Alexander, Let it go.

Your team has won a fourth term.

Your team owns the Senate come July.

You can stop trying to impress me with your insufferable idiocy and give intelligent, thinking Australians some International dignity by shutting up!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Worst fear... hope of a vibrant Senate to protect the rights of the vulnerable and marginalised in Society.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Downer diverts us again

Alexander Downer, Howard's go-to-guy.

Howard will do anything to make sure that Australia and Australians stay moved on.

Today three members of the Australian Military were hurt in Baghdad.
I hoped that with this news, the government would acknowledge that yes, we have ADF personnel in Iraq, and yes they may get hurt/killed.

Instead Howard calls Downer and says,
"Alex, come up with a conspiracy theory to take the focus off these boys getting hurt."
Alex obliges.....

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Oprah and the v word

In the US, 50 million eligible women didn't vote in the 2000 election.

Oprah Winfrey, using her hugely successful television show reminded American women why in this election they can't afford to be so complacent.
"Take your rights for granted at your peril, ladies. Move, or else. Choose how you want the laws to treat and respect you and your body - or someone else, someone who hasn't touched a vagina for 30 years and who thinks sex is only tolerable in the dark, fully clothed and with a respectable prostitute, will choose for you."
I, for one, applaud Oprah's neofeminism.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Foreign Affairs Minister fails geography

John Martinkus, a veteran freelance journalist, was released unharmed late yesterday, a day after he was taken hostage by four Sunni militants and ex-Iraqi army officers.

Mr Martinkus was filming a report for SBS's Dateline program and was preparing to leave Iraq when he was detained about 5pm AEST on Saturday outside a hotel popular with foreign correspondents.

According to the Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer:

"In this particular case, the journalist went out to investigate a story, I understand, and went to a part of Baghdad that he was advised not to go to, but he went there anyway."
John Martinkus responds to Downer by saying:
"Well, that's ridiculous, because I was in the street outside the only hotel in Baghdad occupied by journalists which is directly across the road from the Australian Embassy. I was nowhere dangerous, I was doing nothing dangerous, I was not putting myself at risk. I was grabbed by insurgents, who are very well organised and know exactly what they're doing."
Downer, he only has the one response theme.
Victim-blaming and victim-discrediting.

He gets everything he needs from a book called :
"101 ways to blame the victim, negate responsibility and wait for Australia's majority to lose interest."

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Ross blamed his revelations...

...While voters blamed his outside-marriage-wandering-willy.

Fact: Hypocrisy is abhorrent to most people...even the less than erudite majority.

Something for Ross to read on those nights without a seat,
without a wife,
without credibility.
Cause and effect.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

A non-Green reason to sign the Kyoto Protocol

This is for the majority; You who are fearful of us Greens.

Greg Bourne used to be the Regional President of the big energy company, BP. He is now the Australian head of the World Wildlife Fund.

He is calling for Australia to sign the Kyoto Protocol.
This an excerpt from his argument:
"We should sign Kyoto for one reason only in Australia – and that is the leadership signal it sends to all businesses and the community. It won't actually change the amount of emissions that come out of Australia by 2010, 2012, but the signal it sends to people and businesses – that we mean business as we go forward - would be profound."

Now is no time to be a purist.
I will take the ratification any way I can get it...even because it's good for business.

Signing the Kyoto Protocol will connect Australia with the UN and the other countries in the binding multilateral agreement to combat climate change. It will represent a significant step towards protecting the millions of people and species at risk from climate change impacts.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

A parallel Universe with Phillip, Beatrix and Barry.

"Excuse me, Excuse me.
Why are we playing the sad version, the sad version of the theme?
I am on top of the world.
I couldn't be happier.
I've had the best weekend.
Isn't it funny. No one predicted what was going to happen on Saturday night.
The pundits got it wrong, the pollsters didn't get it.
This overwhelming swing to Labor.
This huge mandate for Mark Latham, and I must say the PM made a very graceful concession speech..."
That's how Phillip Adams opened Late Night Live (LNL) last night.
Then Beatrix Campbell and Barry Jones joined in and for almost an hour I could make-believe that it wasn't true...
Thank you Phillip for my first spontaneous smile since Saturday night.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Pavlov's dog

I (and many others) saw through you John Winston Howard!

Starting on 12 September 2001, you (assisted by Blair and Bush) capitalised on the fear and shock of the events of the day before and through Classical Conditioning attempted to create a high level of anxiety for every Australian.
By October 2004, all you had to do was mention any of the diverse, radical, 'other' words such as:
Muslim, Asylum Seeker, Refugee, people who question why children are kept behind razorwire, Habib, Hicks, Hicks' family, Brian Deegan, WMD's, the UN, Human shields in Iraq, Australian Hostages in Iraq, Iraqi civilian casualties, Greenie, Leftie, Media Watch, ABC, SMH, Lesbian mother, Michael Moore, Phillip Adams, Mark Latham, Global warming, higher interest rates, young drivers, learner drivers, custodial parent, organic farmer, disabled person, 'freelance' anything, internet, adult pornography, Brazilian wax, mobile telephones with cameras, Terriers (it sounds like Terrorism when you are hyper-anxious)
and there was mass quivering on farms, in mortgage belts, in offices, in worksites, in the Public Service and in the homes around this country.

In the course of your training of the Australian public, the Conditioned Stimulus (CS), e.g. the words-old growth forest, were repeatedly presented together with the Unconditioned Stimulus (US), e.g. fear; eventually the voters form an association between the US and the CS.

Congratulations you bastard, you turned most of Australia into quivering, fearful lapdogs who were trained to react to you as their Protector.

You set it up, fed it well and exploited it for your own gain.

Read the Bloggisphere you insufferable manipulator...We are the future and we are all getting active...

Starting the deprogramming now....

NEXT patient please.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Howard Lied and people Died

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Barren, tree hugging hussy.

Hey grrrrrls, WEL has put out a Womens Electoral Lobby
Thinking Voter's Guide to the 2004.

Alas, there's nothing in the guide for a female voter interested in Environmental issues or Foreign policies.

Thinking women seem to be only interested in:
  1. Work & Family/ Industrial Relations
  2. Health/Medicare
  3. Family Payments
  4. Maternity Leave
  5. Education
  6. Violence against Women
  7. Child care
  8. Women's rights and decision making
  9. Tax
As a woman I can't help, but feel that I exist primarily as a potential breeder/breeder to the two major parties.

Sadly, WEL also suffers from an overemphasis of these roles for our gender.

I'd be less cynical if men were also seen in these binary dimensions. Can you imagine Child care issues being directed primarily at fathers?!

Thanks WEL, but no thanks.
Not breeding, not married and not rolling over on the Kyoto Protocol.

WEL, you're just
too 80's
too narrow
too passive/victim oriented
with too little
too late.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Perhaps if there was less wind...

On Saturday, a very creative protest in Sydney would not have blown away.

These people breed and vote!

Julie Matthews, whose son is in a lower grade at St Simon's Catholic Primary School, a school that was found to employ a teacher who was named and suspended for being netted in a nationwide swoop against child pornography, is shocked.

Julie said she was shocked at hearing the news of a teacher at her son's school being implicated in 'Operation Auxin' yesterday.
"It's a Catholic primary school, where you would think your child is safe,"
Where has this parent been?

Entering 'Roman Catholic Church Sex Scandals' into Google returned 46,900 related links. For something succinct on the subject, this and this is good.

On October 9, don't be fooled by the scare tactics of the Christian right.

Open and honest discourse is the only way that the sexualisation and sexual abuse of children will ever be addressed.

Endless Counselling, unless it moves into honestly as a society addressing the facts, only serves to assuage guilt.

Guilt for both the perpetrators and carers.

Truth on a Macro level (starting with the Federal Government), filtering down through every institution is the best option for protecting the vulnerable (which is greater than just the children) in our community.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Will the Truth matter?

Howard is comfortable to divide truth into 'core' and 'non-core' promises.

Abbott is such a compulsive liar that he operates on a 'prove it' theory, which is easily done.

Let's care about truth...

Truth about why we are in Iraq.
Truth about the mental health of people in detention centres.
Truth about Medicare from the perspective of health care providers.
Truth about the dangerous stupidity of Ministers.
Truth about renewable energy projects.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Insipid is not benign!

On Thursday I was a 'day tripper' and caught buses, trains and ferries all over Sydney. Over hours and kilometres, criss-crossing electorates, I saw 3 measly signs.
In this our alert, not alarmed Australia are people too fearful to let their neighbours know their political persuasions?

Richard Flanaghan writes that we are all Sleepwalking with Howard.
"A scattering of words does not equal a philosophy. It does not explain what has happened to Australia since 1996. Beneath little things, big things sometimes hide. These words seem inadequate, say, as an explanation of children held behind razor wire, or as to exactly why we are in Iraq. All I could see was a mundanity so honed it was like staring at polished concrete."