Three Developments

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy. “
— Alex Carey

Hail Abbott

English: Tony Abbott in 2010.

I have heard many people critisise the Abbott Government, and many more sing his praises. I have even seen him referred to as ‘Hitler’. This may seem a bit extreme, but could Abbott be a dictator in the making? You decide. Continue reading

Open Letter To America

Sketch of Torn American Flag

Dear America, I am writing to express my concern over the direction in which you seem to be heading. You used to be ‘the home of the brave, the land of the free’, the cool kid who the rest of … Continue reading

Scandal

deliver us from evil

It’s a depressing  measure of the scale of the sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church that news of a priest preying on a child is no longer shocking.

—Madison Magazine p53

On the size of the town dam:

Whoi, it’s so small Oi could spit half-way across it.

(A voice: You’re out of order, Mr Doyle.)

Yis, and if Oi weren’t, Oi could spit right across it.

— Tom Doyle, mayor of Kanowna, Australasian Post, October 30, 1958. Quoted in Bill Wannan’s Come in Spinner

Random Note #1

Why do people keep voting for the same politician then whining about the job they do?

Barry Rubin in ‘The Tragedy of the Middle East’

“Bad policies can always be justified by good excuses, and solving problems can be made to seem very crass in comparison to defending noble ideals.”

~ Barry Rubin in ‘The Tragedy of the Middle East’

Stand Up For Your Rights!

English: Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Au...

English: Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t be bothered writing a full blog post on this, so I’m just going to copy and paste my tweets:

The first political dissent site has been shut down. Australia is now officially a fascist state. #nocleanfeed #fb about 10 hours ago from txt

Wake up people!Comrade Rudd wants 2 turn us into his beloved China.What does he have 2 do b4 you all pull your heads out of the sand? #fb about 10 hours ago from txt

If Rudd is doing this now,what can we expect from internet censorship?Wake up & smell the fascism!It isn’t about pedophiles! #nocleanfeed #fb about 10 hours ago from txt

Please, please, please wake up before it’s too late! Demand Rudd’s resignation – before you can’t anymore! #fb about 10 hours ago from txt

I wish Australia could impeach pollies the way America can. about 10 hours ago from txt

Y did my Grandad fight the japs? Y did Dads mates fight the vietcong? So many lives wasted so u could hand Aust 2 commies & fascists. #fb

I understand your reluctance. I really do. As a parent I, too fear the consequences of speaking out. I fear silence more. #fb about 10 hours ago from txt

All those people who swear that if timetravel were invented they would kill hitler before he did so much damage are talking out their ass. about 1 hour ago from txt

Those same people are refusing to even speak out against Rudd. about 1 hour ago from txt

P.S. I am *NOT* asking for people to kill Rudd. Just to demand his resignation. about 1 hour ago from txt

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Please Australia. Stand up for yourselves! Write to your pollies. Call them. Email them. Harass them in every legal way. Keep it polite though, OK? You won’t help the cause by being abusive. Express your dismay, and call for your local member to break Labor Party rules and cross the floor on this issue.

It would also be great if you could participate in the Great Australian Internet Blackout on the 25th – 29th January.Also if there is an Australia Day protest in your area, please, please, please join in.

http://www.internetblackout.com.au/

Also, don’t vote blindly at the next election. Even if you have been a Labor voter all your life, surely this issue is important enough to vote differently this once.

Arnold Wienholt quoted in ‘The Eccentric Mr Wienholt’ by Rosamond Siemon

“I believe that when we leave political life we become ordinary citizens again and nothing more. We have no right…to vote ourselves into any different positions than the ordinary citizen we become after we leave this Parliament. You have no more right to extend gold passes for life than you have to extend the life of members individually, and of Parliament itself…Members of Parliament hold only a power of attorney for the period for which they are elected and any violation of those principles is a violation of the fundamental right of the people.”

—Arnold Wienholt quoted in ‘The Eccentric Mr Wienholt’ by Rosamond Siemon

Federal election – handy links

Contingent vote

I urge everyone to vote BELOW THE LINE on your senate paper. Party preferences are decided by under the table deals, and some of the candidates have some pretty way out views (one independent wants to legalise ecstasy!).

Next to your signature, your vote is the most valuable thing you own. Please don’t throw it away! Don’t vote a certain way just because you always have, or because your parents did – think about your vote. Take the time to explore people’s policies. Look at what they do as well as what they say – the two don’t always match.

Vote on policy, not personality or age. The most benign face can hide a despot and outer ugliness can hide inner beauty.

Most of all – MAKE A DECISION! Don’t cast a donkey vote or refrain from voting altogether – every vote makes a difference. And double check you’re ballot paper before putting it in the box – many votes are rendered void by silly mistakes.

Finally, if you’re still deciding who to vote for, here are a couple of links that might be helpful:

http://www.aec.gov.au/Elections/federal_elections/2007/candidates/hor_qld.htm – shows your candidates for the House of Reps in the order they will appear on the ballot paper.

http://www.federalelection.com.au/senate.asp?state=QLD – a comprehensive list of candidates running for the senate, with links to their webpage so you can explore their policies.