Archive for May, 2010

A grand left-wing conspiracy

May 26, 2010

We are well into an election year yet I find it increasingly hard to care.

Today was pretty amusing and did a fait bit to re-spark my political interest. In the morning the shadow foreign affairs Minister Julie Bishop was spreading a hair brained conspiracy that the measured expelling of an Israeli diplomat was an evil plot to get UN votes from the wicked Arabs. By the afternoon she had upgraded her stupidity to directly attacking our intelligence agencies by claiming “well we forge passports too”.

This hasn’t been an isolated event but a key tactic of the coalition just to report, spread or create any wacky conspiracies and yell them from the rooftop. This is fine for bloggers or journalists, but the opposition should at least make sure their political attacks are at least based in reality.

Where did it start? Well whilst they were still in government and continued in opposition. I’ll try and list all that I can remember.

1. Rudd lied about being kicked out of his family how when he was a kid.

Rudd was accused by Tony Abbott of lying about being kicked out of his family home after his father died. Like the birthers it presents a grand conspiracy of Rudd that goes back decades to before he was even interested in politics. Also promoted by News Ltd nitwits Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt so you know its quality bonkers.

2. Rudd is a puppet of Brian Burke.

When Rudd openly declared he had dinner with convicted criminal Brian Burke it didn’t just show bad judgement. Peter Costello proved by the power of insinuation that Rudd was now compromised and corrupted. A Prime Minister Rudd would be under control of Brian Burke all because they once shared a dinner table in 2006! Makes perfect sense.

3. Rudd is a puppet of China

Not actually based on anything apart from Kevin Rudd speaking Chinese. Several Libs used the term “Manchurian Candidate” to describe Rudd, tried to create tension with Japan by suggesting Rudd was ignoring them in favour of China and so forth. Nothing more than thinly veiled race baiting.

4. Some Chinese woman controls the defence Minister

The former defence minister had a friend who was, get this CHINESE. Cue more race baiting that somehow this woman was an evil spy who had corrupted a governement minister based on nothing more than her race.

5. The entire Kevin Rudd Primeministership is just to add to his cover letter when he’s applying for UN Secretary General.

Plays up to conservatives hatred of the UN. Illogical as a political attack because even in the unlikely even that it is true you will only be vindicated many years from now when it doesn’t even matter. First spruiked by The Australians Greg Sheridan then repeated like an annoying parrot by Julie Bishop.

6. Kevin Rudd like totally went bonkers when he couldn’t find a hairdryer.

This rumour is quite possibly true, and who really gives a shit that it is. It’s just disturbing that coalition MP’s think their job is to relay unreliable gossip they here in army barracks and somehow think it’s political attack.

7. Our aid money and expelling a diplomat is just an evil conspiracy to get the scary muslims and scary dark people to vote for us at the UN.

8. Kevin Rudd went bonkers at newspaper editors.

It’s understandable that oppositions would stretch the truth to attack their opponent. It’s another to believe any rumour no matter how ridiculous as fact as long as it makes the government look bad, it makes you look deceitful, naive and foolish. Malcolm Turnbull staked his credibility on the claims of a government staffer called Godwin Grech. It turned out Grech was lying and the price Malcolm paid was the loss of his credibility within the electorate. If the Liberals continue to waste political attacks on innuendo and gossip it just makes it harder and harder to look at them as a credible alternative.

Either that or the Arabs/Chinese/Brian Burke have gotten to me too!

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Gay People Hate Children

May 21, 2010

When I first heard about the former NSW Minister for Transport resigning in disgrace I didn’t have much sympathy. Being caught using a government vehicle to visit a gay sex club looked like a pretty clear-cut misuse of government property and the latest in a long line of fuckups by a pretty incompetent government.

But then it came out that Campbell was driving the car himself and that using the ministerial car for private duties is fine. He didn’t actually break any rules and the use of the car was just a cover to out a gay man.

Soon most stories completely ignored the car angle and quickly looked for another reason to discuss this rather extraordinary public case of gay bashing. Peter Meakin, the head of 7 news tried to justify the outing by saying Campbell had somehow been hypocritical.

“In the case of Mr Campbell, here was a guy who had been minister for police, which is a very sensitive portfolio, who had been presenting himself and gaining re-election as a happy family man – sending out Christmas cards with his wife and sons pictured on the card and portraying himself as a loving father and husband.

“Now all this time and apparently for the last 25 years he has been acting otherwise. I think the electorate have the right to know that.”

That must be news to many in the gay community. Apparently being gay means you don’t love your children and can’t be a loving member of a family. Who knew!

Thank god we have thrice convicted drunk driver Peter Meakin to tell us about these important morals.

After all, putting lives at risk by driving whilst intoxicated is forgivable, but driving sober to an entirely legal club that caters to homosexual men is not.

Devine Misconception

May 15, 2010

Miranda Devine had an interesting piece about the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill. She argued that although it gave women greater freedom it would be the cause of a great demographic shift that will cause severe imbalances in our society.

Basically she argues that because of the decreased birth rate since more dependable contraception, this declining birth rate will lead to the old rapidly outnumbering the young. The facts generally support her, the average age in the Western world is rising, not just because of the pill but because of increased life expectancy.

What could this mean? Well I have long feared when people my parents age start retiring. They still more or less control the business and political system and are used to getting their way. The increase in the age pension is just the beginning as this voting bloc starts to wield its power. As an age group they whinge better than any of us.

Regardless I’m not so sure the world would be a better place without contraception?

Whereas in 1979 the average woman on the planet had six children, today she has 2.8, and declining, according to the United Nations World Population Prospects publication of 2006.

If these numbers continued, would the world really be in a better place if the population was double or triple what it is now?

Miranda then goes on to praise Abbott as being a rare maverick who has foreseen the danger of ageing population.

Abbott seems to be rare among his colleagues as a politician who understands the dangers of the Demographic Winter.

With respect to Devine, Abbott’s generous and economically ludicrous paid parental leave scheme is clearly little more than a cynical vote buying excercise. If Abbott was really concerned about shifting age demographics then he wouldn’t have been banging on about cutting the migration intake and he wouldn’t be promising a smaller population than current demographers are predicting.

Miranda has a point when she brings up Japan in her article.

Japan, at 1.21, has lost 24 per cent of its people in 20 years. By 2050 there will be two senior citizens for every child.

But what she declines to mention is that one of the reasons Japan is in such a big hole is that they have next to no flexibility in changing their demographics because they have a political system and culture which will never accept a large amount of migration into their country. Yet this is the way Abbott and other conservatives want to go.

Abbott says he wants to cap the population (How the hell do you cap a population anyway? Annual bogan cull?) at around 29 million people. In reality this is little more than an empty sound-bite he is using to try and win an election. But even in magical Abbott land where we could keep the population stable we would still see the demographic winter Devine fears. Even with a stable population we would still see a rise in the average age because of increased life expectancy. That is why even with the population increasing in recent years the average age has still been increasing.

Not that any politician has all the answers to all these problems, but if we let lunatics like Tony Abbott, Andrew Bolt and Kevin Andrews set the migration levels our society would have the same problem as Japan. Increased government debt to pay for the welfare of pensioners, a shrinking work force and an economy falling backwards.

For all his dog-whilsting and whinging about brown people John Howard actually had the foresight that Abbott lacks. Although he talked tough on “boat people” he increased migration because he realised that trying to increase the birth rate is only one way to tackle demographic problems. Abbott is so backward he makes Howard actually seem kind of sensible.