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This breaks my heart. This is the fault of governments of both political parties. How can we, the ‘kind people of Australia’ continue to allow the people we elect, to treat fellow humans this way?

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This breaks my heart. This is the fault of governments of both political parties. How can we, the ‘kind people of Australia’ continue to allow the people we elect, to treat fellow humans this way?

The Punch

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Our past and present Prime Ministers. And we’re called the Lucky Country?

Where’s the prime part ?

The Murdoch media and politicians have told us ‘boat people’ are stealing from us and we’re stupid enough to fall for it. We genuinely believe that a few thousand people are responsible for traffic congestion and hospital queues instead of years and years of government inaction on public transport, roads and health. We accept that we’re ‘at war’ with asylum seekers without questioning the ludicrousness of the statement or the secrecy and abuse it’s used to justify. We hate to think but we love to hate.

~ Many other countries with much less space to spare, take in far more refugees than Australia. It suits the government of the day to keep highlighting and exaggerating this ‘issue’ to attempt to distract the populace from calling them out on the more important topics that actually do affect our daily lives.

No one with the ability to understand the real facts about the so-called ‘boat people’ and the ‘illegal immigrants’ could fail to be moved by their plight. With that knowledge comes an obligation to help, not to reject or to crucify.

Imagine if, instead of the countless millions (billions?) of dollars that have already been spent on rescuing, detaining, containing, deporting, prosecuting and demonizing - that a humane and workable model of assistance and settlement had been created in the first place.

Instead of trying to offload (and pay dearly) the ‘problem’ to Nauru or PNG or Indonesia (and in Indonesia’s case it’s far too high a price for such arrogant, contemptuous and ungrateful bullies) we should manage it ourselves. On-shore.

That would ideally leave the politicians free to concentrate on other things, like…oh, I don’t know….your basic infrastructures like health, education and transport. If the ‘war on illegal immigrants and asylum seekers’ became a non-event, the media might even start reporting on actual events, rather than keep rehashing the same inaccurate, biased, emotive and dumbed-down version of The News that we are currently all expected to digest without examination.

It gives me heartburn and makes me heartsick.

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, the Abbott Family. 
@Christoper Pyne and Joe Hockey. Priceless.

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, the Abbott Family.

@Christoper Pyne and Joe Hockey. Priceless.

Yue Minjun was born in 1962 in the far northern Heilongjiang Province of China, and as a child moved to Beijing with his parents. He studied oil painting at the Hebei Normal University and graduated in 1989, when China was rocked by student-led demonstrations and their suppression on Tiananmen Square in June of that year.
“My mood changed at that time,” he said. “I was very down. I realized the gap between reality and the ideal, and I wanted to create my own artistic definition, whereby there could be a meeting with social life and the social environment. So I developed this painting where you see someone laughing. At first you think he’s happy, but when you look more carefully, there’s something else there.” A smile,” Mr. Yue said, “doesn’t necessarily mean happiness; it could be something else.”The smile has been variously interpreted as a sort of joke at the absurdity of it all, or the illusion of happiness in lives inevitably heading toward extinction.
“In China there’s a long history of the smile,” Mr. Yue said. “There is the Maitreya Buddha who can tell the future and whose facial expression is a laugh. Normally there’s an inscription saying that you should be optimistic and laugh in the face of reality. There were also paintings during the Cultural Revolution period, those Soviet-style posters showing happy people laughing,” he continued. “But what’s interesting is that normally what you see in those posters is the opposite of reality.” Mr. Yue said his smile was in a way a parody of those posters. But, since it’s a self-portrait, it’s also necessarily a parody of himself, he added.“I’m not laughing at anybody else, because once you laugh at others, you’ll run into trouble, and can create obstacles,” he said. “This is the way to do it if you want to make a parody of the things that are behind the image.”
~ I cannot help but be struck by an awkward physical similarity to our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. His smile is more of a grimace, but  there are definite parallels. The speedos and the boat people for a start…

Yue Minjun was born in 1962 in the far northern Heilongjiang Province of China, and as a child moved to Beijing with his parents. He studied oil painting at the Hebei Normal University and graduated in 1989, when China was rocked by student-led demonstrations and their suppression on Tiananmen Square in June of that year.


“My mood changed at that time,” he said. “I was very down. I realized the gap between reality and the ideal, and I wanted to create my own artistic definition, whereby there could be a meeting with social life and the social environment. So I developed this painting where you see someone laughing. At first you think he’s happy, but when you look more carefully, there’s something else there.” A smile,” Mr. Yue said, “doesn’t necessarily mean happiness; it could be something else.”
The smile has been variously interpreted as a sort of joke at the absurdity of it all, or the illusion of happiness in lives inevitably heading toward extinction.


“In China there’s a long history of the smile,” Mr. Yue said. “There is the Maitreya Buddha who can tell the future and whose facial expression is a laugh. Normally there’s an inscription saying that you should be optimistic and laugh in the face of reality. There were also paintings during the Cultural Revolution period, those Soviet-style posters showing happy people laughing,” he continued. “But what’s interesting is that normally what you see in those posters is the opposite of reality.” Mr. Yue said his smile was in a way a parody of those posters. But, since it’s a self-portrait, it’s also necessarily a parody of himself, he added.
“I’m not laughing at anybody else, because once you laugh at others, you’ll run into trouble, and can create obstacles,” he said. “This is the way to do it if you want to make a parody of the things that are behind the image.”

~ I cannot help but be struck by an awkward physical similarity to our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. His smile is more of a grimace, but  there are definite parallels. The speedos and the boat people for a start…

I knew there was a reason they called him the Mad Monk.

I knew there was a reason they called him the Mad Monk.

Poll-ution

For months now, several times a day, the media keep telling us about ‘the polls’. How the polls put Tony Abbott ahead of Kevin Rudd by whogivesashit percentage, how the polls predict a Liberal victory.
I don’t know a single real-life person (especially among women friends) who can stand the sight or sound of Tony Abbott.

I follow the various Australian political tags on Tumblr and visit similarly themed blog posts. So, while a lot of people think Kevin Rudd’s an utterly nasty wanker and the Labor party are a bunch of backstabbing fuckwits, there isn’t the same almost universal and cross-generational hatred for K-rudd as there is for Abbott. NO ONE wants this stuttering, churchy, sexist, homophobic, climate-change-denying,1950s throwback to be the next Prime Minister.

I believe that Tumblr is as much of a trend-litmus as Twitter, and that if any of the people who conduct these so-called polls wanted to get genuinely accurate indications about what the voting public are REALLY thinking, they should be factoring in the sentiments on social media and the blogsphere. Because I’m convinced that’s where the real trends and opinions are happening.

At the moment, phone polls are being conducted during the day to homes. Who’s around at those times? Who still has a landline? You can imagine the narrow demographic represented by that method.

My point is, perhaps ‘the polls’ aren’t accurate, and perhaps there is still a chance that we won’t have to cop Abbott as P.M. I don’t want Rudd either, but in a ‘least-worst’ scenario, he’s the lesser of two evils. 

Gather round kiddies for some fine Abbotting.


Visit http://kevinruddismyhomegurl.tumblr.com/stoptheabboats  and when you’ve figured out what to do, you can use and abuse Tony in all kinds of oddly satisfying ways. Naturally, I created him as a huge dickhead, and then animated him to add a further element of creepy ridiculousness.

My determination to laugh in the face of pathetic erections elections continues apace.



Auspol

I voted today because I’ll be in transit next weekend, and it’s easier to vote in advance rather than forget and risk a fine.
Not that I approached the polling booth with any sense of excitement or any interest in the entire process. My comments over the past few months about the sorry state of Australian politics are well documented here via #auspol  #australian politics  #tony abbott  #jula gillard  and #kevin rudd.

There were 11 choices on the House of Representatives ballot paper and more than 100 on the Senate paper, which is as long as a toilet roll. Seriously, it’s almost as if they’re begging for people to fuck up their votes. I’ve worked for the Electoral Commission in the past, and those massive Senate ballot papers are an absolute nightmare to process at every stage.

I can’t believe that in the 21st century we are still writing on millions of  paper ballots in rickety cardboard booths around the country. It’s primitive, and quite frankly, embarrassingly low-tech and environmentally unfriendly.

There were many interesting candidates on offer apart from the main parties. I was so intrigued by their Party names that I decided not to cast a donkey vote after all, and to take my responsibilities seriously. So I voted for the party that ‘spoke’ to me, the one nearest and dearest to my philosophical principles, the Sex Party.

Which, after all, is what elections  erections are all about.

We’re stuck between two rocks and a dumb place.

We’re stuck between two rocks and a dumb place.

bibliolectors:

Women readers and writers / Lectoras y escritoras (ilustración de Christiane Beauregard)

~ Speaking of writers, I’ll be most interested to see Malcolm Fraser and his biographer Margaret Simons at the Bendigo Writers Festival next week.

bibliolectors:

Women readers and writers / Lectoras y escritoras (ilustración de Christiane Beauregard)

~ Speaking of writers, I’ll be most interested to see Malcolm Fraser and his biographer Margaret Simons at the Bendigo Writers Festival next week.

Coalition defies Indonesia with boat tow-back policy

fabulouslyfreespirited:

This is one of the reasons I don’t want to vote for either major party in the upcoming Australian elections. I’m sick to death of them using asylum seekers and refugees as their go-to debate. This isn’t the first time either. How about looking for real solutions, ones that can ensure the borders of Australia whilst not condemning people to death by turning them back in their boats, knowing they probably won’t even make it to Indonesia.

Playing politics with people’s lives is bottom of the barrel. There needs to be regional co-operation and please for the love of all things stop trying to make these people seeking asylum into monsters.

It’s really easy to be smug from the comfort of your warm living room, and knowing that your own children are safe.

Had it up to here with these sanctimonius asshats in Canberra play political tic-tac-toe with people’s lives.

~ “This is one of the reasons I don’t want to vote for either major party in the upcoming Australian elections. I’m sick to death of them using asylum seekers and refugees as their go-to debate.”

Absolutely agree.

nodendrophobiahere:

Garrett for prime minister 2013

~ Who’s gonna save me? Who’s gonna save me? I pray that sense and reason brings us in Who’s gonna save me? Who’s gonna save me? We got nothing to fear…

nodendrophobiahere:

Garrett for prime minister 2013

~ Who’s gonna save me?
Who’s gonna save me?
I pray that sense and reason brings us in
Who’s gonna save me?
Who’s gonna save me?
We got nothing to fear

Time will tell if Kevin Rudd has changed and can bring an unhappy team back from the brink.
There are some worrying signs. Rudd told Australians just three months ago that he would not challenge Gillard for her job. He gave his word solemnly: ” I believe in honouring my word. Others treat such commitments lightly I do not.”

Apparently “tens of thousands of ordinary Australians” begged Rudd to change his mind. Are we to assume that some 2000 people each week have contacted him since he told us how true he was to his word in late March? Nearly 300 people begging him, every day! It almost beggars belief. So we know now that if the PM gives his word, if lots of people ask him, he might change his mind.

 - Amanda Vanstone in today’s Age newspaper.

Friends In High Places

My contempt for Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott is getting unexpected results :p