Tag: John Lord

Great Australian political policy stuff-ups (part 2): The Menzies years – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hidden History of the cost lives LNP (ODT)

via Great Australian political policy stuff-ups (part 2): The Menzies years – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The weight of so much baggage – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australians in their somewhat laconic fashion voted to give arguably the worst government in its history another term in office. Little did they know that it would continue carrying its baggage around with it like lost passengers at a domestic baggage terminal.

When you take a look at the current load of baggage it is carrying you realise that nothing has changed. Their propensity for stuffing things up compares with not being able to find one’s car at the Melbourne airport and then not being able to afford the car parking.

via The weight of so much baggage – » The Australian Independent Media Network

And the dead are many – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The “why” of it tells me that a long time ago the right to bear arms was given because at the time, lawlessness ran rampart.

It may well have been justified in the early 1800s, however, to justify the need today is to also suggest that law enforcement in the greatest country in the world has made no progress.

The word greatest doesn’t belong here. Nor does vengeance beside it.(John Lord)

via And the dead are many – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Reforming question time: A few less mouths that roar – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

To those who think they can win a debate by being loud and crass. I say be quiet. To those who think they can win with a perceived superior intellect I say be humble. Discourse requires civility in order to produce reasoned outcomes.( John Lord)

via Reforming question time: A few less mouths that roar – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Serving the people, your ideology, or serving God. What comes first? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

Nothing has ever stood in the way of science and technology. Its advancement has been staggering. So why are the conservative political forces so opposed to it? ( John Lord)

via Serving the people, your ideology, or serving God. What comes first? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Know your place; we were born to rule (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

Invariably when I read about how successful people are, the measure is always the value of their assets. Why is this so?

via Know your place; we were born to rule (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Labor lost some skin but it’s still in the game – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

“You cannot possibly believe in democracy if at the same time you think your party is the only one that should ever win.” (John Lord)

via Labor lost some skin but it’s still in the game – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When you put it all together it, does sound a bit suspicious. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The ability of thinking human beings to blindly embrace what they are being told in any area of scholarship without referring to evaluation and the consideration of scientific fact, truth and reason, never ceases to amaze me. It is tantamount to the rejection of rationale explanation.( John Lord)

via When you put it all together it, does sound a bit suspicious. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is better to be informed by the truth than be controlled by lies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

Do you shape the truth for the sake of good impression? On the other hand, do you tell the truth even if it may tear down the view people may have off you? Alternatively, do you simply use the contrivance of omission and create another lie. I can only conclude that there is always pain in truth but there is no harm in it. ( John Lord)

via It is better to be informed by the truth than be controlled by lies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What is truth, who owns it, and why do Morrison and Trump abuse it? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

I used to believe that Americans were the only people in the world that believed their own bullshit but we are now their equal. John Lord

via What is truth, who owns it, and why do Morrison and Trump abuse it? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He’s the Goodes all right – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Andrew Bolt is a journalist and white, but as with Eddie is not that bright.

These last couple of paragraphs do I think reinforce the opinion of David Marr that Bolt is a journalist of little repute. To quote Marr on Bolt read this:

But Bolt’s ugly columns have not cost the Herald Sun much more than a fair dose of embarrassment.

There is in the office of the Editor of the Herald Sun (and dare I say those of other Murdoch newspapers) a four-drawer filing cabinet with a suspension file with a tab and the word “truth” on it. It has not been looked at in many years because it is the newspaper where the truth goes to die.

via He’s the Goodes all right – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Not without controversy: dunderheads disguised as ministers (part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I find it impossible to imagine that the Australian people could be so gullible as to elect for a third term a government that has performed so miserably in the first two and has amongst its members some of the most devious, suspicious and corrupt men and women, but they did.

The aforementioned people exist to make their living as members of the Australian House of Representatives. One would expect to find in such an august chamber only people of the highest calibre and integrity but instead we find a bunch of highly educated self-interested members of the House of Representatives who the Prime Minister thinks are worthy of being in his team.

via Not without controversy: dunderheads disguised as ministers (part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Not without controversy: dunderheads disguised as ministers (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Christensen spent 25 per cent of the year in the Philippines making woopee with his girlfriend at the taxpayer’s expense.

Turning to Craig Kelly, he:

” … has been described as a climate sceptic. He was appointed chair of the backbench Environment and Energy Committee, giving advice to Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg. He has previously written that convict arrivals to Australia in the 18th century found the weather warmer than in recent years and has invited climate sceptics from the Institute of Public Affairs to present to the government prior to the Paris Agreement. Kelly has criticised renewable energy, saying that it causes higher electricity bills. He has furthermore stated that this could kill people who are afraid to turn on their heaters.”

And, he:

“… stated on his Facebook page that he would vote with his electorate in the marriage survey. In the conscience votes which sought to amend the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, Kelly voted for all the amendments, none of which passed.”

“In February 2019, after Cardinal George Pell‘s conviction for child sexual abuse, Kelly posted a series of Facebook posts labelling the trial a “grave miscarriage of justice”, and the media a “lynch mob”.”

via Not without controversy: dunderheads disguised as ministers (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trying to juggle religion with politics in Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

 

If as I do, you believe that Jesus was the world’s first socialist then you would find it extremely difficult to accept the Pentecostal/charismatic church’s adoption of conservative political and social values.

In particular its adherence to “prosperity theology“, which links any scripture that suggests that God wants the very best financial success for his followers to you personally.

The Prime Minister will be taking a great risk if he chooses to unite his Christian beliefs with his political philosophy. Australians have never liked “Bible Bashers.”

My thought for the day

When asked as to my belief or otherwise in religion, or indeed my tendency toward a continuous search for truth. I can only say that I am in a perpetual state of observation which is the very basis of science or fact.

via Trying to juggle religion with politics in Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The one that got away (Part two). If you think it ended last Saturday then think again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via The one that got away (Part two). If you think it ended last Saturday then think again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The one that got away (Part one) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I, like many others, are just coming to grips with the stunning victory of the conservative side of politics. While doing so we should keep in perspective that as of this moment it is only around 181,000 votes that separate the two parties.

Hardly a ringing endorsement of the conservative forces.

via The one that got away (Part one) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 14: Have you thought about why we are voting? This might help. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via John Lord’s Election Diary No. 14: Have you thought about why we are voting? This might help. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 12: “Is there any more”? Cassidy asked – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I thought Shorten was brilliant on Q&A (ODT)

My thought for the day

“I think the PM last night set a world record for words per minute in his interview with Leigh Sales.” Lord

via John Lord’s Election Diary No. 12: “Is there any more”? Cassidy asked – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lord’s Election diary No 11: Wake-up, Australia we need to Change the Government – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via John Lord’s Election diary No 11: Wake-up, Australia we need to Change the Government – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lords Election Diary No 10: No policies so let’s talk about the climate and money – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I invest in my health and don’t regard it as a cost. The cost is what happens if I don’t (ODT)

Think about this. If we fail to act and disaster results, then massive suffering will have been aggravated by stupidity.

The greatest hoax ever perpetrated on societies around the world is that it’s about costs. About which parties policy will cost less. It is not. It is about who has the best policy.

We all incur a cost for the upkeep of our health. Why then should we not be liable for the cost of a healthy planet?

We should first acknowledge that the science tells us that we need at least a 45% or more reduction.

Secondly, we need to ask ourselves what party has the most efficient and effective way of reaching the target.

via John Lords Election Diary No 10: No policies so let’s talk about the climate and money – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lord’s Election Diary No 6: Are the baseball bats still behind the front door, at the ready? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via John Lord’s Election Diary No 6: Are the baseball bats still behind the front door, at the ready? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 5: The masters of scare. It’s like watching the best of “Yes, Prime Minister” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via John Lord’s Election Diary No. 5: The masters of scare. It’s like watching the best of “Yes, Prime Minister” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 3: My language really doesn’t tell you what I think of these bastards – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

via John Lord’s Election Diary No. 3: My language really doesn’t tell you what I think of these bastards – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A headline in Sunday’s Australian read: “PM buys time to sell budget” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Shorten, although not popular, is a thinker on policy and a leader with 6 hard years under his belt. He affords us the opportunity to make over our democracy. Instil fairness into it and intercede in all the rorting and corruption that has taken place over the past 6 years.

The Abbott, Turnbull and Morisson governments have been a mixture of blind incompetence and outright greed where simply doing the right thing by people became a step too far but advancing the lot of the wealthy and privileged was always a lightweight to lift.

An observation

Never in the history of this nation have the rich and the privileged been so openly brazen.

My thought for the day

The peoples of all the nations of the world increasingly seem to be having less to say about their own destiny.

via A headline in Sunday’s Australian read: “PM buys time to sell budget” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A progressive society needs common good economic policies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

society needs

How I look at the past few years. They have been the catalyst that might wake us from the political malaise that had bogged us down in a quagmire of narcissism. It’s the individual first second and third.

Every part of society, when you think about it, has been indoctrinated with a nefarious, me first attitude that has seen the common good almost vanish.

Where as the common good should be at the center of any political philosophy. However, it is more likely to be found on the left than the right.

via A progressive society needs common good economic policies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s been hard yakka, and there are so many to thank – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The left of politics is concerned with people who cannot help themselves. The right is concerned with those who can.

via It’s been hard yakka, and there are so many to thank – » The Australian Independent Media Network

History tells us that it’s hard to believe him – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We have to thank Andrew Bolt for giving this embarassment more air to the detriment of himself and Gerard Henderson neither of whom laid a glove on Bolt’s media nemesis Waleed Aly. Who was invited to NZ unlike them (ODT)

My interpretation of Henderson’s words was that Aly had no right to question Morrison simply because he was the Prime Minister and he should have more respect.

Was Aly supposed to concede that politicians are the citadels of all knowledge?

Aly is an author, journalist, newspaper columnist, radio and television presenter, lawyer, academic, guitarist, songwriter and thinker.

Scott Morrison is the Prime Minister of Australia has a BSc (Honour’s) from Sydney University.

Central to Aly’s criticism was the proposition that Scott Morrison had, at a shadow cabinet meeting in 2010 “urged the shadow cabinet to capitalise on the electorate’s growing concerns” about Muslims and appeal to the public perception of their “inability to integrate”

This followed his questioning in the same month after forty-eight asylum seekers died in the Christmas Island boat disaster. In February 2011, Morrison publicly questioned the decision of the Gillard Labor government to pay for the relatives of the victims to travel to funerals in Sydney, arguing that the same privilege was not extended to Australian citizens.

After fellow Liberal and shadow treasurer Joe Hockey disagreed with Morrison’s statements, Morrison said that the timing of his comments was insensitive, but did not back away from the comments themselves.

via History tells us that it’s hard to believe him – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How to fix our democracy (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

An observation

Lying in the media is wrong at any time however when they do it by deliberate omission it is even more so. Murdoch’s papers seem to do it with impunity.

via How to fix our democracy (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What’s the matter with kids today? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Other than in the headline I have managed not to use the word “kids”. I tried not to do so because it would insult the adult behaviour shown by them during the Climate Strike. Frankly, I don’t give a flying pig if they stayed away from school to give their protest its full weight.

via What’s the matter with kids today? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s anything but normal governance from a bunch of incompetents – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This Government’s performance over its time in office has been like a daily shower of offensiveness raining down on society. Surely management or indeed, lack of it must mean something.

All of this just goes to prove how out of touch the LNP Government is when it comes to the mood and expectations of the people they serve. However, it is also most unusual to have gathered together in the one place at the one time such an astonishingly well-educated group who has not a clue on how to govern. All in all it stinks with the stench of privilege.

via It’s anything but normal governance from a bunch of incompetents – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Coalition: Masters of Scare

Trying to say State issues were solely responsible for its resounding loss at the Victorian State Election and the Wentworth 19% swing was all Labor’s fault, firmly place the Morrison Government at the forefront of Australia’s worst ever governments.

Having lost all ability for any critical self-analysis that would tell them the electorate no longer trusts them, cannot abide the lying, lack of any humane thought, racism, sexism and dismissiveness of equality of opportunity, the Liberal and National parties find themselves hated.

via The Coalition: Masters of Scare

How to achieve a common good society

Can you imagine, as a nation, how much more advanced we would be if we had a common purpose over the past few decades instead of the vile negativity Tony Abbott and other like-minded politicians infused us with?

The cost of it in economic and societal terms we may never find out.

This election is about:

what sort of democracy you want;
what sort of society you want to live in; and
what sort of condition do you want our planet left in.

Having said that, it is also possible that Morrison might turn it into an election based on race. I will, however, reserve judgment at this stage.

How to achieve a common good society