Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Pondering the problem of duality

Mostly about "citizenship" , I see many calling themselves "Italian Australian"   - but more pertinently "African American". From my point of view, one cannot be both.

Where does one's basic loyalties lay?

If people come to Australia from overseas, take an Oath,  granted "citizenship" .... what do they then call themselves?

Oddly, those who have 'family history' stretching back almost before "Federation" of Australia have never been 'required' to "Swear an Oath" to be loyal to Australia and 'obey it's laws".

......also, am very annoyed about this confusion about the words "aboriginal" and "indigenous" ..
How many generations does it take to become 'indigenous'? The place where i was born. The place where my parents were born. The place where my Grandparents were born.

However, am not of the 'aboriginal' peoples. My 'cultural' history is quite different.

Has also travelled around this vast landscape as a sort of 'gypsy'. Am  aware of what it's like to live in poverty in a desert.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

a visit to the pub

Did, actually, stand in the bar of a local 'public house'. Not something that i normally do. The price of alcohol is beyond my budget ..... stood, listened to real people, young people ... a very young boy playing with his iPhone? - mother discussing what to do with young boys, husband looking bemused, but patient.

What's the word .. millenials?? .... was fascinated ... have no actual, or direct experience of  "family life" as a "grandfather".

Stood, was fascinated, then bought a few more beers. Wavered, then decided that alcohol is not good for my lower leg stability, or minuscule budget ... wandered off home.

(might also be fudging the anecdote a bit .... heh).

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Blue Budgie

In the wild, they are always green. Amazing what human interference can achieve ...

yellow crested

yer private joke
This pic is for Anne ...

Um, in the interests of full disclosure - pinched this pic from the internet ... however i DO have pics of a real one taken on my camera ... can't find it at this time - among the thousands of pics stored on various elderly 'hard drives' - some of which Windows 7 has trouble 'recognising' ...

Sheehesh - i would be dead without a sense of humour.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

left, right or wrong

Now, there is no way that am accusing anyone of anything; however - there are some interesting words already written


02 June 2014 8:11am
Up to now, I've vowed never to use the "F" word lightly or disrepectfully but after The Suppository's shameless effort today using the D-Day veterans to spruik his agenda on YouTube.....
Watch his speech at the IPA's 70th anniversary dinner last year if you haven't.
"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power" ( Mussolini)
"Make the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it' (Hitler)
Below.(insert 'Operation Sovereign Borders', 'women of calibre', 'Murdoch/Bolt' 'illegals', 'Chaplains in state schools' ($240 million) ABC/SBS et al)......and take from this what you will...

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
By Dr. Lawrence Britt

Source Free Inquiry.co
Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
  1. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

From Liberty Forum

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kommen de Drumf



Um, yer, i know, am somewhat removed from the 'updates' in technology ... but am becoming aware of this thingo called "Paywave" where a 'credit' or debit card can be simply 'near' a WiFi gadgemethingo at a vendor for them to "transfer" money from my account into theirs.

"um", say I to the vendor (shopkeeper), "What happened to my PIN number or signature?"
"O" he sez cheerfully, "Ya don't need that anymore".
???? think i.

What happens if i inadvertently leave my card somewhere - or if it's stolen?
"O, it can only be used up to $100.00"

ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS????? That's half my rent; or two weeks worth of food!!!

how come $100.00  is now considered 'petty cash'???

Gah!! grumble mumble ...

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Printing fake money

Has anyone, really, recently - had a serious look a whatever is held in Fort Knox??

Friday, October 28, 2016


Words are interesting concepts. At this point would like to add a smidge more detail about my interaction with a policeman today. Referring back to the inspection of my motorbike.

Yes, there was a discussion about the "fee". On the phone told me that the Fee was AU$58.00. He did not carry cash, so please have the exact amount on hand.

Self was lazy, did not 'go into town' to find the exact amount.
Policeman turns up, self only had a $50.00 and a $10.00 note on hand.
"Can't take that" he sez.
"Oh, just put the other $2.00 into the local charity box", say I.
"Can't do that. I have to write a receipt for $58.00. Also have to account for every cent in my cash container"
"Sheesh", say i, old school, innocently "'tis only two bucks, what's the problem?"

"If," he responds, "at some time in the future you have occasion to question my integrity in court, and bring this discrepancy up - my integrity is shot".

Doubt that i would ever have occasion to question his integrity in court - but see his point.

We parted with a handshake.
(and a promise from me that would deliver the exact amount at 9am next Monday).