Tag: John Lord

Racism and all its ugliness (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The recent accusations of racism against the Hawthorn Football Club had the same effect on me as it has on many other occasions. I have experienced it in numerous forms. I love my country, but the truth of it is that racists walk among us.

Source: Racism and all its ugliness (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Put niceties aside, Albo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I was immediately taken aback when I read that the Opposition was negotiating “in good faith” with the Government for their support in introducing the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC).

Good faith sounds more like bargaining for an exemption from the obvious. At first, I thought I was mistaken.

Source: Put niceties aside, Albo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

More of the same – » The Australian Independent Media Network

1 Here are a few jaw-droppers that are guaranteed to shock you. They are not of my pen, although I have written about many of them. So, if you thought you knew it all, you didn’t. Indeed, their unworthiness may surprise you to the point of embarrassment. I know the list surprised me, and I like to think I’m on top of this stuff. Revelation is but one step away. Click this link: Achievements of the Coalition Government.

Source: More of the same – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump is out of office but not out of mind – the legacy lingers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The Liberal Party has always been a party of elites and would-bes. The idea that economics and society are intertwined is abhorrent to them. Economics is the domain of the wealthy and privileged, and culture belongs to those of class and privilege. ( John Lord )

The stench of Donald Trump’s presidency still lingers around the United States of America, dispersing itself on the populous with a dulling effect. It is a rotten rancid odour that inhabits not only the United States but also the world.

Would-be right-wing dictators are increasingly taking over countries that were once stable democracies. These leaders all have one thing in common: All sought power for themselves under the pretext of improving the lives of the marginalized and the poor.

Democracy is threatened worldwide by authoritarian despots or dictators who deny their people a genuinely democratic vote.

Source: Trump is out of office but not out of mind – the legacy lingers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What angers me most is the bloody secrecy and the belief that you can get away with it – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

In the recipe of exemplary leadership there are many ingredients. Popularity is but one. It however ranks far below getting things done for the common good. (John Lord )

Source: What angers me most is the bloody secrecy and the belief that you can get away with it – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The inevitable question arises: Should we have an Australian as head of state and become a republic? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

Our lives have become controlled by the noise of the mass media. The sad thing is that we listen. (John Lord )

Source: The inevitable question arises: Should we have an Australian as head of state and become a republic? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just ousting Morrison and his cronies alone improved the tone of our governance, but is it enough? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They make the most of everything they have.( John Lord )

Source: Just ousting Morrison and his cronies alone improved the tone of our governance, but is it enough? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Stage three tax cuts: Are they justified? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

My thought for the day

The basic test of any nation surely must be the manner in which it treats its most vulnerable.( John Lord )

Source: Stage three tax cuts: Are they justified? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Restoring trust in the political system after a political hatchet job – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Re-establishing trust in Government is one of the essential things the Albanese Government can do.

Until Morrison came along, I considered Tony Abbott to be the most extraordinary liar ever to walk the plush green carpet of the House of Representatives. He, however, proved to be amateurish alongside Morrison. So good was his lying that he took it to heights never before witnessed in Australian politics.

Now with an inquiry into the duplicate ministries scandal and a Royal Commission into Robodebt, the Coalition thinks it’s all a hunt to discredit Scott Morrison, and we should “move on” from all the cock ups they ever made.

John Howard advised Tony Abbott that it would be foolhardy to implement Royal Commissions into Pink Batts and the Unions because, in the future, such actions might turn around and bite you on the bum. That is precisely what has happened.

 

Source: Restoring trust in the political system after a political hatchet job – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Guilty of lying to us, or just omitting to tell the truth? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The ability of thinking human beings to blindly embrace what they are being told without referring to evaluation and the consideration of fact, truth, and reason never cease to amaze me. It is tantamount to the rejection of rational explanation.

We would be a much better society if we took the risk of thinking for ourselves, rather than allowing ourselves to be manipulated and obstructed by the unadulterated crap served up by the media, self-serving government and self-interest groups. (John Lord)

Guilty of lying to us, or just omitting to tell the truth? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison – a man for all reasons – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The right to vote is the gift that democracy gives. Suppose a political party is not transparent in supplying all the information necessary to exercise this right. It is destroying the democracy that enables it to exist. ( John Lord )

Scott Morrison – a man for all reasons – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What is your ideal society? Do you have a view? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

Ask yourself: Does the democracy we have make you feel good about your country?

PS Your thoughts on an ideal society, please.

What is your ideal society? Do you have a view? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Restoring a democracy that the Neo-Cons butchered – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for today

People like Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones, who write and comment outrageously based on payment for controversy, will eventually pass on as Gough Whitlam did. They will be quickly forgotten, but he will go down in the annals of Australian history as a decent, optimistic, passionate and sagacious Prime Minister who made an enormous contribution to Australian society. Something they could never aspire to do.(John Lord)

Restoring a democracy that the Neo-Cons butchered – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By the People and for the People: a Fairer Tax System and Stronger Economy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thoughts for the day

Never in the history of this nation have the rich and the privileged been so openly brazen.The rise of narcissism and inequality and the demise of compassion illustrate the state of the world.( John Lord )

By the People and for the People: a Fairer Tax System and Stronger Economy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Question Time, a referendum, boats, more corruption and other matters – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

 

Nothing matters more in life as to live it decently. And you don’t need any form of religious belief or political allegiance to do so. Be as humane as you can possibly be.( John Lord )

Source: Question Time, a referendum, boats, more corruption and other matters – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Damning words and how to use them to tell the story of Morrison’s downfall (Part two) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The government’s words and actions questioned the essence of the word truth. Or they at least devalued it to the point of obsolescence. ( John Lord )

Damning words and how to use them to tell the story of Morrison’s downfall (Part two) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Damming words and how to use them to tell the story of Morrison’s downfall (Part one) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The Coalition Government’s performance over its time in office had been like a daily shower of offensiveness raining down on society. Surely performance or lack of it must have meant something.(John Lord )

Damming words and how to use them to tell the story of Morrison’s downfall (Part one) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We have a conundrum: The Greens want to flex a bit of muscle, and Labor wants to exercise its authority – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

In terms of the environment, I wonder what price the people of tomorrow will pay for the stupidity of today.

(Often repeated since 2013) ( John Lord)

We have a conundrum: The Greens want to flex a bit of muscle, and Labor wants to exercise its authority – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A new beginning for the Left and good riddance to the Right – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Since 1910, non-Labor governments have governed for two-thirds of the time and Labor for one-third.

In their governance, the right has attracted a proliferation of odd xenophobic people who have sought to plaster their thoughts on every parliament wall, from religious extremism to coal is good.

The true Liberalism of Menzies is now dead and buried and has been replaced by a brand of Conservatism unique to American politics. The Liberal party exists in name only.

 

Source: A new beginning for the Left and good riddance to the Right – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Will the Opposition achieve relevancy? Only time will tell. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Without a single thought or platform of their own, the LNP under Peter Dutton’s leadership is grasping at Republican strategies in order to regain power. It’s not for Australia’s sake but simply for their own benefit. Like Dutton the strategy is entirely unoriginal or relevant..

My thought for the day

The ability of thinking human beings to blindly embrace what they are being told without referring to evaluation and the consideration of reason never ceases to amaze me. It is tantamount to the rejection of rational explanation. ( John Lord )

Source: Will the Opposition achieve relevancy? Only time will tell. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Opposition to continue recycling old policies, while the government gets on with the future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

1 Apparently, after being soundly defeated at the election, the Coalition still thinks there is mileage in continuing to oppose climate change while supporting coal. This sort of talk takes us back to the Neanderthal age. It’s flat Earth stuff.

Source: Opposition to continue recycling old policies, while the government gets on with the future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The difference between manners and civility – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Meanwhile LNP Senator Hughes is outspoken in the media and acting as if it were Question Time calling the Australian Teaching Profession Marxists. Sounding like a an American Republican Trumpster she’s attempting to bring full blown “culture wars” to Australian politics. However, all she is doing is demonstrating her’s and the LNP’s ignorance. In her best un- Woke fashion Huges wants the Australian teaching profession cancelled, demonstrating she hasn’t a clue what even the term Woke means when demanding our children need to be taught what’s right rather than develop the skills of learningand assessing what’s right for themselves.

One of the promises the new Prime Minister made during the election campaign was to create or recreate a more civil parliament and, for that matter, a more tolerant and reasoned society. Most would all agree that we want our politicians to put their better minds to the problems confronting us. We want the screaming and disrespect to end.

The difference between manners and civility – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dutton, Speers, and that pathetic interview – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I regret that I’m compelled to write again about the Leader of the Opposition. In what was an interview about the past, he told us everything about the style of leadership we can expect from him. Let’s call it “Liberal Negative” to give it a name.

Dutton, Speers, and that pathetic interview – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Only Labor can implement the much-needed change we need – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Sometimes wisdom jumps a generation. Well, we can always hope. ( John Lord )

Source: Only Labor can implement the much-needed change we need – » The Australian Independent Media Network

About “Boofhead” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day It is far better to form your own independent opinions relative to your life experience and reason than to allow yourself to be blindly led by others. ( John Lord )

Source: About “Boofhead” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

From being horrible in government to being hypocritical in opposition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Often life is an experience of random unidentifiable patterns and indiscriminate consequences that don’t always have order nor require explanation. The more we relate to others, the more we get to know ourselves. ( John Lord )

Source: From being horrible in government to being hypocritical in opposition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why is Scott Morrison remaining in the Parliament? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So, what could be Morrison’s motivation for staying on? Perhaps his ego is telling him to be patient for another opportunity. Maybe he believes God’s will is for him to fulfil his destiny. Maybe there is another reason. Maybe it’s for the money (though I’m not suggesting it is).

Source: Why is Scott Morrison remaining in the Parliament? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Albo’s to-do list: There’s a lot for the new government to fix – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Labor will deliver a future where no one is held back, and no one is left behind (Anthony Albanese). ( John Lord )

Source: Albo’s to-do list: There’s a lot for the new government to fix – » The Australian Independent Media Network

One that the Murdoch media got horribly wrong – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Would you rather play in a team of champions or a champion team? ( John Lord )

So, what comes out of all this rejection of Murdoch and his acolytes? There are still some good sports pages to read and pics galore, but I wouldn’t trust the politics.

In debating their tactics with colleagues and friends, I have noticed that the Sky (and Fox) viewership seems to be marked by a collective personality disorder whereby the viewer feels almost as though they’ve been let into a secret society. Arguably, this has been the election in which the bias of its tilted reporting has been exposed?

When the polls have been analysed to the nth degree, and all the data is done and dusted, one of the biggest stories of this election will be how Murdoch’s News Corp failed to have the desired influence on the result. From newspapers to television; it has become impotent. Maybe forever. I want to think so.

Source: One that the Murdoch media got horribly wrong – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The villain takes centre stage – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The LNP still believes it can manipulate the Australian public

My thought for the day We all toy with the idea of changing the world but never consider changing ourselves. ( John Lord )

Source: The villain takes centre stage – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Where to now for a defeated and chaotic rabble – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day We all incur a cost for the upkeep of our health. Why then should we not be liable for the price of a healthy planet? ( John Lord )

Source: Where to now for a defeated and chaotic rabble – » The Australian Independent Media Network

And so it came to pass – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Substantial and worthwhile change often comes with short-term controversy, but the pain is worth it for the long-term prosperity of all. ( John Lord )

Source: And so it came to pass – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“If you want change, change the government” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day The real enemy of neoconservative politics in Australia is not Labor or democratic socialism. It is simply what Australians affectionally call – a fair go. ( John Lord )

Source: “If you want change, change the government” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s hope the polls are right this time – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The biggest poll of 16,000 has the ALP with a majority of 12 seats and an increased number of Independents

My thought for the day I find it impossible to imagine that the Australian people could be so gullible as to elect for a fourth term a government that has performed so miserably in the first three. Especially when it has amongst its members some of the most devious, suspicious and corrupt men and women, but they could.( John Lord )

Source: Let’s hope the polls are right this time – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When change seems to be the only course of action – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day A commitment to social justice demands the transformation of social structures and our hearts and minds. ( John Lord )

Source: When change seems to be the only course of action – » The Australian Independent Media Network

At the half way mark can Labor feel confident of victory? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day A Coalition leads the nation, but we never see the two leaders together when they campaign. Why is it so? ( John Lord )

Source: At the half way mark can Labor feel confident of victory? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s not all about the economy, Mr Morrison. What about jobs? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison pledges more reports on which no action will be taken until the place is burning and his job is really threatened,

My thought for the day For the life of me I fail to understand how anyone could vote for a party who thinks the existing education and health systems are adequately funded and addresses the needs of the disadvantaged. ( John Lord )

Put Morrison and his proxies LAST above and below the line

Source: It’s not all about the economy, Mr Morrison. What about jobs? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Who can scare you the most? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day When a political party deliberately withholds information the voter needs to make an informed, balanced and reasoned assessment of how it is being governed. It is lying by omission. It is also tantamount to the manipulation of our democracy.( John Lord )

Source: Who can scare you the most? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

While Albanese looks to the future, Morrison just talks about the past – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Wouldn’t it be good if in our parliament, regardless of ideology, we had politician’s whose first interest was the peoples and not their own. (John Lord )

Source: While Albanese looks to the future, Morrison just talks about the past – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Gotcha’ fact checks and other important things – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day We must have the courage to ask of our young that they should go beyond desire and aspiration in a changing world and accomplish not the trivial but greatness. They should not allow the morality they inherited from good folk to be corrupted by the immorality of nefarious governments. ( John Lord )

Source: ‘Gotcha’ fact checks and other important things – » The Australian Independent Media Network

And so it begins. Election 2022: a personal perspective. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day “The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages … It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom or our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” (Robert Kennedy, 1968). ( John Lord )

Source: And so it begins. Election 2022: a personal perspective. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A gift or two from the government now, but you will pay later – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day At the time of the election, the Coalition will have been in power for nine exhausting years and want you to give them another three. What, as a legacy, do they have to show for it? Has this Government raised your standard of living? ( John Lord )

Source: A gift or two from the government now, but you will pay later – » The Australian Independent Media Network

They simply have a plan to keep wages low. They always have. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day We exercise our involvement in our democracy every three years by voting. After that the vast majority takes very little interest. Why is it so? ( John Lord )

Source: They simply have a plan to keep wages low. They always have. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Under Barnaby Joyce the Nationals are dying a slow death – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day On the NBN: The problem with designing a network to meet the needs of yesterday is that it denies you the ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. ( John Lord )

Source: Under Barnaby Joyce the Nationals are dying a slow death – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Brands Liberal/National are on the nose – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thoughts for the day With the budget coming up in a few days, something has been on my mind for some time. My wife and I, together with other welfare recipients, would like to apologise to Joe Hockey for being such a burden on him in the 2014 budget. When drafting a budget for the common good what should your priorities be? ( John Lord )

Source: Brands Liberal/National are on the nose – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If Anthony Albanese hasn’t made a case for change, Scott Morrison certainly has. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Often our opinions are based on our values rather than our understanding, and the difficulty is separating the two.( John Lord )

Source: If Anthony Albanese hasn’t made a case for change, Scott Morrison certainly has. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A prime minister devoid of principle, accountability and transparency – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day One of Scott Morrison’s most outstanding dexterities is his ability to sell his falsehoods and have people believe them. Unfortunately, too many voters consider him worthy of their vote at a time when change is badly needed. Australia cannot afford another term of this dishonest man and his government. ( John Lord )

Source: A prime minister devoid of principle, accountability and transparency – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In a week when war raged, the climate denialists fumed. Just ask Tony Abbott. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Rachael Withers in The Monthly

“Writing in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday (Murdoch’s American Masthead) (and dutifully republished by The Australian), former PM Tony Abbott joined the raft of commentators trying to link Russia’s invasion to a “weakened” West’s obsession with social and environmental issues.”

Withers continued:

“He went on to criticise all three members of AUKUS for their focus on reducing emissions, implying that it was this that had emasculated the West (along with globalisation, “cultural Marxists”, COVID restrictions and the fact that you couldn’t even make Monty Python’s Life of Brian these days).”

(His camp follower)

Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt never to be left out of a bit of truth bashing, was not far behind ( simply paraphrasing) what he’d said

“… the war in Ukraine has exposed the lethal danger of falling for green myths … Russian president Vladimir Putin would never have dared invade Ukraine if the green movement hadn’t first made Europe look helpless,” he added.

All Abbott ever does when he enters the realm of serious discussion is highlight the fact that he was grossly unsuitable for the office of Prime Minister of Australia. However, the most pressing matters regarding climate action came out of all this unworldly nonsense.

Source: In a week when war raged, the climate denialists fumed. Just ask Tony Abbott. – » The Australian Independent Media Network