A new contender …

… in the Politician of the Year contest has emerged in the Queen’s own state.

But first a walk down memory lane. A previous winner has withdrawn from a civil case against him on the grounds that defending himself is endangering his life. The man who concluded the lying defence of his venality with the assertion that Tony Abbott wasn’t fit to be in the parliament has decided not to contest the case brought by the Fair Work Commission. The Commission are seeking to recover $5000 of HSU funds spent on prostitutes and about $350,000 used for his campaign for the seat of Dobell.  Craig Thomson asked the court to dismiss the case because it increased his risk of self harm. Not an entirely original strategy …

The new guy is Billy Gordon. As far as can be determined from the media a combination of malign influences exerted by Tony Abbott and the Catholic Church caused Mr Gordon to beat up a couple of his wives and his mother and avoid making child maintenance payments. His rap sheet includes some other minor matters such as breaking and entering.

Billy was first preselected for the federal election of 2013 and endorsed by Kevin Rudd as a seriously good bloke. This despite the fact that his extensive criminal history was known to the Bligh Labor Government at least as early as 2008.

It has to be noted with considerable approval that Premier Bucket of Queensland has acted decisively to excise this cancerous growth from the Labor body politic, waiting only long enough to secure his vote in last Friday’s confidence motion and for him to resign. It will be six weeks before parliament sits again. If that seems of dubious virtue, she is a paragon when compared with Julia Gillard’s handling of the Thomson affair or Ted Baillieu’s sheltering of Geoff Shaw.

Promises, promises …

Now where did I get to in the Telstra saga?

Ah, yes. The very lovely guy at the cancellation department begged for one last go. Being of saintly disposition and infinitely patient I granted it. All would be fixed on Friday last, please wait at home from seven am until ten am. Cool.

At four pm I could wait no longer, shopping needed to be done, starvation was imminent. Whilst at the shopping centre I popped into the Dodo store and organised my new internet service provider. Let’s hope that the service will begin soon. Got home and cancelled my cable connection with Telstra.

Next morning there came a knock at the door. It was the Telstra Technician. He had checked the cable connection … all was well. He thought the modem might have had the gong …

With one exception everyone I dealt with at Telstra was an absolute delight. The corporation can rest assured that its staff is a perfect ornament.

So much happening …

What a time to be handicapped by lack of access. Enormous strides on every front, action in every arena.

Malcolm died. In the westerns the big question is boots on or boots off. That’s not the question that springs to mind with Mr Fraser.

He died fairly poor. No one seems to have dropped a pig farm or apartment building in his lap. And his investments didn’t do too good. He seems to be the only recent prime minister short of a quid.

He should have asked his little mate, Robert Mugabe, for a handout. Robert owes a lot to Malcolm, he has the best health care money can buy, President for life, a fortune. I wonder if Zimbabwe will be thinking of big Mal as they pop him in the hole.

Malcolm is praised on all sides of politics. The principle is very much along the lines that everyone gives pleasure, some as they arrive, some as they leave. He is much praised by some for his open door policy towards refugees. Few remember that the vast majority of refugees admitted during his administration were assessed abroad and welcomed, with visas in hand, through the arrival halls of our airports. Recent Labor/Green policies can lead only to tragedies on our shores such as this one.

But don’ applaud it may cause anxiety or give offence. Jazz hands is the go. Feminist jazz hands that is. Not sure how you do that …

 

LIT

The climate is changing. Warming is going apace, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, further evidence should any be needed …

Frozen

Although it does seem to be getting colder in Victoria.

Good news for the poms, the warming alarmists may be wrong about the gulf stream. Their dire predictions that global warming would cause it to weaken and bring about another ice age has not been supported by those actually measuring it. The weather may remain clement long enough for them to practise their cricket. Speaking of which …

The World Cup moves towards a climax. I was reduced to listening to the New Zealand South Africa match on the radio. Kevin Peterson was among the commentators, I guess he’s the only England cricketer still in the antipodes, if they had selected him to play the rest of them might have stayed a little longer. What a game. Shame that one team had to lose. Who will win this arvo?

 

 

 

Broadband …

I wish I had some.

The pause is due to Telstra, the blogging pause not the pause in global warming. There was an almighty storm at the end of February. The cable that connects me to the outside world blew about in the wind. Opinions vary but it may have done itself some injury against the power cable, also suspended in mid-air. Internet connection then became slow and subsequently ceased.

Telstra was rung. Very lovely, polite, cheerful and helpful lady with excellent English, although in the Philippines, promised a speedy recovery. Stayed home on the appointed day, phone at the ready until the day expired. No technician.

Telstra was rung. Very lovely, polite, cheerful and helpful lady with excellent English, although in the Philippines, made enquiries, which takes a while, and divulged the sad news that the technician had been. Sadly, he hadn’t thought to knock on the door, ring on the phone or write a note. The job was completed, albeit totally unsuccessfully, because it was a power company issue. “Ring the power company,”she said. ” And ask them to do what exactly?” I asked.

Not impressed with having to ring the power company to ask them to perform an unspecifiable task for unascertainable reasons we asked to speak to a technical person in Melbourne. Impossible. Your supervisor, then. Certainly. Finding a supervisor takes a while.

I am not certain what qualities lead to promotion, but clearly not good manners or fluency in English. Supervisor unable to explain what problem the technician had discovered, agreed to make further enquiry and ring back within 24 hours. He didn’t.

Rang Telstra. Very lovely, polite, cheerful and helpful lady with excellent English, although in the Philippines made enquiries which takes a while, and could shed no further light on the matter. She was kind enough to connect me to the cancellation department.

Very lovely, polite, cheerful and helpful man, a native speaker of English, in Melbourne, began the process of terminating my relationship with Telstra and then very delicately enquired if things had reached the point beyond which divorce was the only option. He would get to the bottom if things and expedite the repair and give me a discount on my fax line if I could just bear with him. It is a sad commentary that the Telstra business plan has the best and brightest working in the cancellation department. He sounded so earnest that I gave him the chance. Within half an hour a technical person was on the line. It would take five days to solve the problem. He would confirm arrangements in two days.

He didn’t confirm.

Five days later rang Telstra. The cancellation department. Two more days …

Will this reach a satisfactory conclusion?

Meanwhile, hot spotted through Gayle’s mobile phone I struggle onward.

 

Je suis gobsmacked …

Charlie Hebdo has been named 2015 International Islamophobe of the year, despite many of its staff having been killed by Jihadists in January. The annual ‘award’ was given by Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), a British group that claims to campaign against terrorism.

According to the Muslim website5Pillars the award was given to Charlie Hebdo because of its “continual stoking of Islamophobic sentiment by caricaturing Muslims as terrorists and ridiculing their beliefs.”

It continued: “Charlie Hebdo’s repeated mocking of Muslims is part of a culture of hate that is intended to marginalise, further alienate and further endanger a community that has effectively been ‘otherised’ in much the same way that Jews were in Nazi Germany.”

Staff at Charlie Hebdo were unable to accept the award as many of them had been murdered for mocking Mohammed.

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It’s true …

Good news, Google is introducing a truth ranking algorithm to its search engine. I know this because I read it in New Scientist.

THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free “news” stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.

The prospect of being spared the drivel emanating from the anti-vaccination brigade, the anti GM brigade, the anti-fracking brigade, the doom sayers, homeopaths and the other side of politics is highly desirable. What would I give up for that?

But, who is going to decide what’s true? What if big players decide not to play fair?

In early 2006 the BBC had a seminar to decide what was true in the realm of climate change. Executives met with a room full of invited experts and decided that the truth was evident and henceforth their coverage of this issue should be one-sided, presumably for the public good. The BBC Trust reported that this was on the advice of the best scientific experts. Subsequently the BBC spent tens of thousands of pounds in an effort to avoid revealing who these experts were. Ultimately it transpired that they were representatives of pressure groups such as Greenpeace and Stop Climate Chaos.

Our ABC also ignores its charter and campaigns for social improvement rather than report the truth. If you rely on the ABC for your news you are probably dismayed at how slowly the canonisations of St Julia Gillard and St Gillian Triggs are progressing.

As always we should be careful what we wish for, without fact free news the main stream media would go broke, New Scientist included.