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Just don't do what 'they' did

⊰ 2022-09-06 by ShaunO ⊱

With Labor seemingly still in a 'honeymoon' period, even though they have past the '100 day marker', it's not a bad idea to reflect and see if there's a coherent strategy showing up via their actions...

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Spent power

⊰ 2022-08-21 by ShaunO ⊱

It'd probably be a good idea if UK politicians and departments dialled down the rhetoric, and 'trimmed their cloth' the match the reality of where the country finds itself. Bordering on being a fin...

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UK PM candidate Sunak: Russia's Putin should be barred from G20

Yeah just worry about the LNP

⊰ 2022-08-17 by ShaunO ⊱

yes, and that pretty much encapsulates the problem the LNP has had for at least the past 30 years - they are only interested in *themselves*.. Elections, by-elections and parliament are for *the peo...

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What can you do?

⊰ 2022-08-17 by ShaunO ⊱

Oh yawn.. this is getting very boring already.. but OK then let's continue wringing the last few drops of satire out of it.. First Dog on the Moon's [pretty much got the nub of it](https://www.thegu...

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Scott Morrison – Minister for Everything and Nothing and There Was a Lot Going On | First Dog on the Moon

What a dip stick

⊰ 2022-08-16 by ShaunO ⊱

Yeah, that was bound to happen, somebody was going to start calling for heads to roll.. He's got quite the legacy now. Scotty from marketing was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, and he damage...

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No solution, no ideas, lots of coin

⊰ 2022-08-15 by ShaunO ⊱

Good analysis and interesting opinion piece by Simon Tisdall [here](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/14/putin-war-europe-ukraine-west) Before we start let's just do the numbers - aid to Uk...

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As Putin’s war spreads panic across Europe, Ukrainians must fear a stab in the back

Another Queensland Dinosaur?

⊰ 2022-08-13 by ShaunO ⊱

Astute analysis by Katharine [here](https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/12/why-is-peter-dutton-ignoring-all-the-lessons-that-got-anthony-albanese-into-the-lodge). Whilst I very much...

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Why is Peter Dutton ignoring all the lessons that got Anthony Albanese into the Lodge? | Katharine Murphy

The politicisation of super?

⊰ 2022-08-11 by ShaunO ⊱

Wow.. there's a lot to unpack in [this one](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-11/older-australians-delay-retirement-superannuation-cost-of-living/101296658). Let's just deal with the one interesti...

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'I've become more and more depressed': Why older Australians like Brett are nervous for their retirement

Greens leader indicates idealism is the new religion..

⊰ 2022-08-09 by ShaunO ⊱

I think I know now what bothers me so much about Bandt (aside from the fact that he's just annoying 😛) - he pretty much always talks in absolutes. Maybe he should look up the word 'transition', ...

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Australia’s Coal Shipments Face a ‘Deadline,’ Greens Leader Says

One statistic a policy does not make..

⊰ 2022-08-09 by ShaunO ⊱

Here we are again, a one dimensional statistic argument which purports to support "It means motorists are forced to buy cars that are worse for the environment and household budgets".. Umm might it ...

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'Carpark for clunkers': Gov urged to act on $5.9 billion petrol opportunity

Who cares!:-)

⊰ 2022-08-08 by ShaunO ⊱

Didn't read it (it's probably paywalled anyway). This is nearly as silly as asking whether the ALP has solved all our problems in their first 100 days. Dutton's not in my pantheon of good guys, b...

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The Peter Dutton schtick

He's got a point..

⊰ 2022-08-04 by ShaunO ⊱

I've never been a Corbyn fan. I respect his conviction, but as a political player he is either naive, or has a 'tin ear'. He was certainly never electable. I don't know all the ins and outs of his ...

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Jeremy Corbyn urges west to stop arming Ukraine

Nostalgia in contradictions

⊰ 2022-07-31 by ShaunO ⊱

This [documentary](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057233/) is worth sourcing and watching for a variety of reasons. It's an hours worth of contradictions and lessons in history, and that's before you ...

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The Kremlin (TV Movie 1963) - IMDb

Qantas and new feudalism

⊰ 2022-07-30 by ShaunO ⊱

People it's been privatised, any 'patriotic devotion' is seriously misplaced - it's a greasy corporate just like any other: with over paid executives, dodgy finance, backroom government deals, its ha...

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Dispirited Australia: after losing the trust of the nation, can the Qantas brand bounce back?

War is war and now it's always global

⊰ 2022-07-27 by ShaunO ⊱

Once again we see that war, despite notions to contrary, makes no allowances for morals, rules, or conventions. To even suggest otherwise is to deny history, including the current history in the maki...

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Kremlin to Keep Up Its Gas Squeeze on Europe, Insiders Say

Click bait from TND

⊰ 2022-07-13 by ShaunO ⊱

So, [TND](https://thenewdaily.com.au/), once somewhat reliable, has, as well as aligning itself with 10News (I can't think of a better way to discredit yourself journalistically than by partnering wi...

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'Taking the hit': Morrison reveals reasons for Coalition's election loss

Diplomacy anyone?

⊰ 2022-07-13 by ShaunO ⊱

The US could always try this, you know, actual *overt* foreign diplomacy.. If they spent a fraction of what they spend on their intelligence agencies, covert operations, and covert interference, on...

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'Stepping up our game': US appears at Pacific leaders' meeting with sweeping plans for the region

A 'messy' world requires rhetorical care

⊰ 2022-07-10 by ShaunO ⊱

Indeed. There's a certain idiocy in simply repeating old narratives and tropes. Sure they might have served politicians and nationalists well for a couple of hundred years, but what about the rest ...

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Going its own way in a messy world, New Zealand offers an alternate parable on China | Katharine Murphy

Are we done with the 'looney right' now?

⊰ 2022-07-08 by ShaunO ⊱

We can only hope that this completes the era of bombast and narcissism.. Maybe Boris and Trump can go and have a drink together to console themselves down at the "delusions cafe".. I think the pair ...

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Resignation speech: 'No-one is indispensable' - Boris Johnson's statement in full

It is just naive

⊰ 2022-07-07 by ShaunO ⊱

There are so many things wrong with this article I hardly know where to begin.. I'll keep it short. The article, overall, is naive. The people depicted in its story are naive. It's naive to suggest ...

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'They can feel misled': Households took on massive debt because the RBA said rates wouldn't rise

Are they meeting treaty conditions?

⊰ 2022-07-06 by ShaunO ⊱

The problem with treaty/membership/diplomacy by 'hope' is that it comes back to bite you.. Arguably Turkey's membership of NATO was always 'a bit of an eyebrow raiser'.. Equally, Hungary's EU member...

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Turkey Renews Threat to Veto Sweden and Finland’s NATO Bids

"Elite safe-seaters choir of moaning"'

⊰ 2022-07-06 by ShaunO ⊱

Albanese needs to quickly learn to *not to respond* to 'click bait' from the opposition. Alan Tudge's whine on Monday, followed by Littleproud's, and then Taylor's, completed the trio of the LNP's "...

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Anthony Albanese defends overseas trip after Coalition criticises him for being away during NSW floods

Another failed 'blue blood' minister

⊰ 2022-06-30 by ShaunO ⊱

[Hunt](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Hunt) is another of the 'ivy league' educated 'blue bloods' (University of Melbourne, Yale), who have 'hung around' the system (in Hunt's case on Alexander D...

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Just 24 health workers helped under Morrison government scheme to bring 2,000 medics to Australia

Boris the clown

⊰ 2022-06-27 by ShaunO ⊱

What he should have said: "In my fantasies (and wet dreams) I imagine I'm Churchill, but sadly, I'm just another oxbridge cad who's been promoted to his own level of incompetence..""...

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Boris Johnson urges world leaders to hold firm on Ukraine

Four Corners the 'new A Current Affair'

⊰ 2022-06-27 by ShaunO ⊱

oh FFS.. You can walk into any supermarket and buy cigarettes *legally* and they're pretty much *guaranteed to kill you*.. The ABC is making out like nicotine is crack cocaine, or heroin.. and choo...

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Ruby is still in school and wearing nicotine patches. Vaping is to blame

Aunty - the 'journalistic biafran'

⊰ 2022-06-26 by ShaunO ⊱

Oh c'mon Aunty.. recycling press releases isn't news.. Origin (Energy) uses grant money it's receiving from ARENA ("Origin Energy has teamed up with ARENA", to the tune of $840,000 of tax-payer fund...

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Here's how electric cars will impact the power grid, and what's being done to avert the threat

Gravy train..

⊰ 2022-06-26 by ShaunO ⊱

Wowsers, every now and again a little crack appears in the opaque pane of obfuscation which shrouds the money spent within our institutions. This is pretty astonishing - every independent MP and Se...

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Crossbenchers hit back at government over staff cuts that are 'bad for democracy'

EU Posturing..

⊰ 2022-06-24 by ShaunO ⊱

Well I suppose that's OK on the face of it.. But realistically IMO it's little more than posturing, as the deeply corrupt Ukraine could stay in 'candidate status' for decades if the EU so chooses. ...

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‘Ukraine’s future is in the EU’: Zelenskiy welcomes granting of candidate status

Ukraine - strategy, conflate, propagandise

⊰ 2022-06-23 by ShaunO ⊱

A [winter squeeze on gas supplies](https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jun/22/europe-told-to-get-ready-now-for-russia-to-turn-off-all-gas-exports-iea-winter) seems a logical strategy for Russia...

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Europe told to get ready now for Russia to turn off all gas exports to region

Really? Eyes Wide Shut?

⊰ 2022-06-22 by ShaunO ⊱

[Well apparently Dr Lowe says](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-21/rba-says-inflation-is-increasingly-coming-from-within-australia/101169436) 'I don't see a recession on the horizon'. Whilst havi...

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Reserve Bank governor says inflation is rising, but he doesn't see a recession on the horizon

Yes, and..? (nothing to see here..)

⊰ 2022-06-22 by ShaunO ⊱

Of course [this is behind a paywall](https://www.crikey.com.au/2022/06/21/albanese-cabinet-full-of-landlords-renters-need-representation/).. But I'm a little surprised by the headline and the fact th...

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The new federal cabinet is full of landlords. When will renters be represented?

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer..

⊰ 2022-06-19 by ShaunO ⊱

full disclose: I'm not a Bandt fan, not sure why, he's always rubbed my intuition 'up the wrong way'.. He doesn't strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer either.. More objectively the greens, ...

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Adam Bandt decries Labor’s ‘take it or leave it’ approach on 2030 emissions target

Pissing Putin Off

⊰ 2022-06-18 by ShaunO ⊱

Well.. [that 'ratchets things up'..](https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/06/17/brussels-set-to-endorse-ukraine-as-a-candidate-for-eu-membership) 'appeasement' of Putin isn't palatable, but I'm n...

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Brussels backs Ukraine and Moldova as candidates for EU membership

Oh really? Who would have guessed?

⊰ 2022-06-16 by ShaunO ⊱

Oh please.. governments, corporates, economists, and the financial sector cannot accurately forecast what's going to happen *next year*, let alone 40 years hence.. (as suggested in [this article](htt...

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Cost of Australia’s aged care system to taxpayers could double, experts warn

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