Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine

That's what the rolling headline across the bottom of the TV said.

And me, I'm like, why isn't it, "Russia invades Ukraine"?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Higher taxes

Tony Abbott is threatening higher taxes if its budget is not passed.

That is, they are threatening to take money away from those who can afford it, as opposed to their budget, which takes money away from those who are already in serious trouble.

Tony, how about you carry through with your threat.  If you do, I promise to be scared of your next bogeyman.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

White policeman shoots black teen

I read comments about this case on the ABC website.

Remarkably many of the commenters there don't think there is anything racist about this event.

After the event it is made known that the policeman got a fractured eye socket from the dead teen (before he was dead, of course).  Except that there is video showing the policeman calmly walking around the scene not showing any signs of discomfort.  You know, like rubbing his eye, or feeling his temple to see where it hurt, or wiping blood away.

And of course, if you start a rumour, no matter how untrue it is, it will spread like wildfire.

Anyhow, I've no idea what happened, and I don't have much faith that the truth will come out.  And isn't that the problem, when I'm not sure what to believe, and neither are the racist nut jobs?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

News Corp

Apparently Crikey got hold of some rather detailed News Corporation accounts which gave lots of details about the earnings of their Australian newspapers.  When they found out, News Corp immediately got court orders stopping Crikey or anyone else from hosting this material.

Now, I guess Rupert is allowed some privacy, but I'm not so sure in this case.  As a public company, surely they are governed by the continuous disclosure rules.  That means they must make any relevant information about their earnings available to the public.  After all, we do want an informed market.  And an internal report that showed that newspaper earnings were in a death spiral would seem to be market sensitive information to me.

So come on ASIC, tell Rupert that he must come clean and give the market the information it needs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Russian aid convoy to the Ukraine

As I write, an aid convoy is heading from Russia to the part of the Ukraine where the Russians have caused a disaster.  Now I'm sure that it is basically full of vodka, but just to make sure, I think the Ukrainian government forces should meet the convoy at the border, and tell the Russians just how grateful they are.  They can then unpack it, and put it onto Ukrainian trucks.

Suspicious of me, but I'm sure there are no weapons in that convoy.  Nothing that would embarrass Vlad the impaler.  Surely he wouldn't.  I mean, this isn't Troy, is it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

And repeat daily.

You need to regularly remind yourself that the Murdoch media is toxic and evil.  I presume that in being so it is simply reflecting the man himself.

Remind yourself daily.  The Murdoch media is nasty, looks after the wealthy, demonises the desperate, and deliberately repeats lies about climate change.  And helps start wars.  And chooses your government.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The dole in Australia

Should you be unlucky or lazy enough to be unemployed in Australia, and want some help from the government, you will have your work cut out for you.

If you are under 30, then no money for you for 26 weeks.  And you have to apply for 40 jobs a month.  And do 25 hours a week "work for the dole".  And once you've got through that 26 weeks and they finally pay you, its not enough to actually live on.

Of course applying for 40 jobs a month will be very productive.  I've read somewhere that the number of jobs available actually increases in proportion to the number of job applications.  So increasing employment is as simple as applying for lots of jobs.  Its counterintuitive, but sometimes magic does happen!

There is a problem though.  Employers, particularly well known employers, will be inundated by job applications.  Now to apply for 40 jobs a month, you'll have to apply for jobs that you actually have no hope of getting.  Particularly if you are young and have no experience.  So I suggest a simple system to make life easier for employers.  If you are applying for a job because you have to, then at the top of your application, you should write, "I'm only doing this because if I don't, I won't get JobSearch Allowance".  That way employers can just ignore your application.  If, on the other hand, you actually feel that you could do the job, and actually want to do the job, then you replace the application rider with "I really do want this job".

Now the government might dislike this approach, so maybe we need to use some sort of code.  I know.  If you don't want the job, you write, "Joe Hockey is a great guy" on the application.  If you do want the job, you write, "Joe is a sanctimonius cunt".