Says it all………………………..
A friend put me onto Bill Mitchell’s Blog. I was told, Bill is an economic genius…. Modern Monetary Theory, macroeconomic reality …..”you’ll really like him”.
I have a distinct avoidance of economics but I know I should find out more, it’s just that anything with $ sign in front makes me go weak at the knees…… from fear!
Well, he does seem to really know his stuff and I will need to read more of it, but in small doses so I can absorb. Bill writes about other things and is a really interesting guy and for Economics buffs you probably can’t go past his site.
Direct from his ‘About’ page Bill is “a Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. He is also a professional musician and plays guitar with the Melbourne Reggae-Dub band – Pressure Drop. The band was popular around the live music scene in Melbourne in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The band reformed in late 2010.
You can find music and other things on his Home Page.
I found his link to this little ‘Political Compass Test’ and here’s my results.
Yes there I sit in the bottom left hand corner. Exactly where I chose to sit in class.
There’s an analysis and you’ll also be able to compare political leaders, though the field is incomplete. It’s really interesting to see Netanyahu closer to Al-Assad than either would like to think!
I will leave you to link and play.
He is a comedian’s joy and a political cartoonist’s creative inspiration…..
BUT HE’S OUR EMBARRASSMENT!
For those who don’t know what a shirtfront is….
If you didn’t see the new Chaser Media Circus on the ABC, here’s your chance. I have put my favourite from the first episode- a 1 minute ‘tubechop’ below.
Had enough of the governments blah blah where do we stand, ‘well yes but not really’ and well ‘its humanitarian’ attitude to bombing in Iraq? (And wait for it … Syria) then this explains it all in just 1 minute. (It won’t suck your meager download from Australian telco providers if you click either!)
But if you want the full 30 minute program click the link below.
“The goal of the terrorists is to scare us out of being ourselves.”
SECURITY = INCONVENIENCE
This ‘inconvenience’ which wasn’t discussed, would allow us to ‘live normally’ under the basic freedom of being able to “walk the streets unharmed, and sleep safely in our beds at night”. Terrorists, he said, do not want ordinary Australians to live normally, “The goal of the terrorist is to scare us out of being ourselves.” Abbott identified that we had ‘not sought involvement in what many Australians will believe is a conflict ‘far away’ but that this was ‘a conflict that had reached out to us’. It had reached out through the 60 fighting Aussies in Syria and Iraq, the 20 who had returned and the 100 (or so) supporting people in Australia He referenced the recent ‘security raids’ in Sydney and Brisbane and identified that 800 police and security services operatives undertook 30 raids and charged 1 person with ‘serious terrorist offences’. He advised that they had uncovered an ISIL plot where ‘operatives in Syria urged their contacts in Australia to plot insurgence here. He then said they had been ‘instructed’ that ‘a knife, a camera and a victim’ was all that was required to do that. Abbott said $630 million had gone to Federal Police, ASIO, ASIS, ONA, additional biometric screens at airports, and increased ‘borderforce personel’. Be nice if it went to Aboriginal Health, Public Housing, Domestic Violence and Child Protection The new counter terrorism legislation yet to be tabled is promoted as ‘centred on the problem of foreign fighters’. Abbott called the Middle East (yes all of it) a “witches brew of complexity and danger” (sorry but I think the witches brew thing is really off, there he goes speaking disparagingly about women again, any witch worth her salt would have done a better job!) The brew thing would also explain his governments approach to boats of asylum seekers. Tomorrow he’s off to the US to represent us internationally at the special session of the United Nations Security Council in New York chaired by Obama to discuss the IS issue. ‘The Conversation’ report today by Michelle Grattan (open in new window here) states that Abbott said 80 nations were effected by the issue of foreign fighters. 80 Nations effected? How? Much was made of the ‘bipartisan agreement’ between the Liberal and Labour parties on the involvement (anyone surprised?) and that leaders of both parties had recently farewelled the pre-deployment group of Australian planes and special forces to the Middle East. It is clear from ‘The Conversation’ article that Labour do however have ‘some concerns’ about the proposed legislation. “Shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus said the opposition has not yet offered to support the legislation. AAP/Lukas Coch “Labor will await the bill and the public consultation on it before making a final decision,” he told The Conversation. But he stressed that Labor would work “co-operatively with the government”. The bill will give the foreign minister power to proscribe certain places to which people are not allowed to travel without a legitimate reason.” It will also prohibit advocacy of terrorism. Brandis said he believed the proscribed localities should be “quite narrowly described” rather than being a whole country. “A town or even a village might be the subject of such a declaration.” He denied that the provision against encouraging terrorism was focused on Islamic preachers. “This is a law of general application, it is not directed at any section of the community.” It was not about prohibiting people from engaging in political commentary or commentary about international affairs. “There is all the difference in the world between expressing opinions and urging violence.” Abbott went a bit further than Brandis’ ‘proscribed localities’ today he named that it would be “an offense to be in a designated area…..for example Raqqa” (al-Raqqa) and that Telco metadata would be able to be made available to police and security agencies. (He never mentioned travelling overseas to kill children in Palestine with the IDF!) He said it was….
- “the Australian instinct to assume the best of everyone” (and send them back to where they came from)
- “to welcome newcomers” (and tow their boats back out to sea)
What bullshit! At least Shorten raised the issue of taking in more Syrian and Iraqi refugees, but that’s all he did. Lets hope they do their job with the legislation. I believe Senate crossbencher David Leyonhjelm’s concerns the ‘new’ provision was there to allow Australian Security Intelligence Organisation agents to torture suspects managed to get them to insert that it would be illegal to do so…(whoops forgot that one) Numerous Laws covering inciting or encouraging violence and terrorism already exist. You are welcome to peruse the numerous terrorism related laws at your leisure. (Austlii link here in new window) More legislation is before Parliament for strengthened anti-terrorism powers including amendments drawn up to include the parliamentary intelligence committee’s 17 recommendations for greater parliamentary and executive oversight of those additional powers. Attorney General Brandis (there is no such thing as Occupied Palestinian Territories) was reported in ‘The Conversation’ as advising that Abbott asked police and ASIO whether they needed further powers. ASIO was satisfied with the legislation the AFP wanted to expedite obtaining ‘urgent’ control orders issued by courts (to allow imposition of certain restrictions and requirements such as wearing a tracking device. AFP apply to the court for issue with AG consent. “The government wants the agency powers legislation through this fortnight and the foreign fighters legislation passed in coming weeks. Does that mean they can go back and arrest the guys they had to let go after the 800 police and security personnel raided those 30 properties and could only charge 1 man? I recall when additional Domestic Violence Legislation was introduced in NSW in the late 80’s it was clear police already had powers to arrest and charge they just chose not to, a prominent Feminist lawyer, Jocelyn Scutt said we really did not need new laws, what we needed was police to do their job. The one thing new legislation did do was raise public awareness of the issues. Perhaps this has the same ring about it but its purpose is raising the public fear. Its the Abbott government that keeps people awake at night not the thought of terrorists. Lets see if he turns on going into Syria after his US visit this week.
For good measure I have included my lyrics rendition of Jello Biafra’s Dead Kennedys song Holiday in Cambodia, just because the Abbott al-Raqqa thing made me do it!
I mean no offence to the suffering people of al-Raqqa who, by the way also sit at the edge of the Zionist territorial dream of “the Nile to the Euphrates”.
“Holiday In al-Raqqa”
So you’ve finished school
For a year or two
And you’re on the welfare trail
You got no car
Think you wont go far
If you stay you know you’ll fail
The racists hate
In this country you called yours
Your not wanted? Take a tour
The Brothers will understand
In the Caliphate Promised land
It’s time to taste what you don’t fear
Caliphate will help you here
Brace yourself, my dear………..Brace yourself my dear
It’s a holiday in al-Raqqa
It’s tough, kid, but that’s life
It’s a holiday in al-Raqqa
Don’t have to pack a wife
You’re a star, praise Allah
In your brand new car
You want everyone to act like you
Brothers by your side
On the road to paradise
Now the whole world is scared of YOU
They’ll work you hard
With a gun on your back
Get a Humvee for your wheels
And a kid for a wife
Kaffir’s head with a knife
Sell the oil from a truck, make your deals
Now you can go
where people are one
Now you can go
where they get things done
What, you need, my son….what , you need my son
Is a holiday in al-Raqqa
Where people dress in black
A holiday in al-Raqqa
Kill Kaffir or crack
Caliphate, caliphate, caliphate, [etc]
And it’s a holiday in al-Raqqa
Where your name is mud
A holiday in al-Raqqa
Where the streets all drip with blood.
See Jello’s real version below and sing along punks!
Frankie Boyle’s anti-war view of Scottish independence…
Thanks for a great find firstname.lastname@example.org
“Exclusive: Kim Jong-un’s regime would support an independent Scotland under Alex Salmond and is hoping to trade its natural resources for Scotch whisky, officials tell Telegraph”
see Telegraph report 12.09.2014 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11089388/North-Korea-backs-Scottish-independence.html
But much better to see here! Maybe he’s channeling dad in a good way and looking for new friends? Or he just has exquisite taste!
My Thanks to
- South Park creators and creators of Team America: World Police Movie Trey Parker and Matt Stone and YouTube for the clip.
- The Telegraph for the ‘exclusive’
- Kim Jong-un for his inspiration
- Scotland for the whisky