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2020: It Doesn’t Exist And I Have Entered A Parallel Universe!

Looking over the events of the last couple of days, I’m trying to decide which one actually tipped the scales to make me realise that I will conclude my reflections on the year with the Deus ex Machina: “And then I woke up and it was all a dream!”

In the recent few days, there’s the Cartier watches; the ABC paying Foxtel so that they can cover women’s soccer after Foxtel was given government money to cover women’s sport; the disappearance of all documents relating to the “grants” in NSW; the realisation that even if Trump is voted out, some people still think that Donald Trump is a reasonable pick for President; the confusion that, four years after Trump’s surprise win, the best the Democrats could come up with was Joe Biden; the media’s presentation of the Melbourne lockdown protests and the fact that many people are tipping Richmond to win the AFL flag by more points than they’re likely to kick for the whole game…

Strangely that last one is the least of my concerns!

Ok, let me take them one at a time:

  1. Cartier watches. Scott Morrison is appalled that Australia Post could reward a handful of executives with the gift of a $3000 watch for achieving a great result. Ok, I’m personally appalled that any watch could cost that much, but it does seem strange that he’s so irate about this when he wasn’t concerned when executives are paid bonuses worth millions when they don’t achieve their goals. Neither was he appalled when he himself granted larger pay rises to the people in his office.
  2. The government gave Foxtel $10,000,0000 to cover women’s sport. Foxtel is now charging the ABC for the rights to broadcast women’s soccer. We can’t know how much because it’s a commercial arrangement, but as I see it we’ve given Murdoch money so that he can create a product which he then charges us for.
  3. Prior to the last NSW state election millions were given out in grants, with 95% of the money going to Coalition electorates. Any documents relating to this have been destroyed and they’ve been deleted from any computer, so it’s all over and there’s nothing to see. It’s all very sad. Berejiklian says that she recently ended her relationship with the documents when she realised how bad they were and that she hasn’t seen them since. However, she adds that was never intimate with these documents and the reason that these documents were destroyed was that she’s a very private person and she didn’t think they were important enough to tell anyone about. She is heartbroken because she thought that one day, she might wed the documents but instead she had to shred the documents!
  4. From the debate I discovered that Trump doesn’t understand that tariffs are paid by the country imposing them (or else he’s hoping that his supporter base is stupid enough to buy that!), he thinks that his inauguration address should include information about why people shouldn’t vote for Joe Biden, and making money is a measure of success unless his opponent does it, in which case it means that he must be crooked. Also anything positive Biden hasn’t achieved in the past 47 years can be held against him, but anything negative, Biden will be able to do immediately on becoming POTUS. Even on the worst polls, 40% of Americans support Donald.
  5. Biden is so old that not even Joe Hockey would argue that he shouldn’t be eligible for the pension. I’m not ageist and I don’t hold it against him, but it does mean that every slip is put down to his age, whereas a younger person could have put it down to fatigue or drugs and alcohol. Surely, surely, the Democrats could have been looking for a bomb-proof candidate from 2016 onwards. The fact that they have one that makes the next candidate for Pope look like the next generation does strike me as odd.
  6. From what I’ve read on social media, today’s protesters weren’t just asking for Dan Andrews resignation because they felt that he was a dictator. No, apparently they think that Covid-19 is a hoax and if you get tested then you’ll have a Bill Gates tracking device shoved up your nose. Ok, I’m combining a couple of their ideas here, but basically they mainly fall into the category of people who refuse to wear a tinfoil hat because they suspect that it’s the CIA’s way of tracking you. Don’t get me wrong, I think we’re always better to be a little suspicious of our governments, but it does strike me that they’re trying to protest racist police horses* and not the fact that Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison and friends are introducing legislation that would make Tim Wilson jump on a plane and join the protest if similar laws were introduced in Hong Kong. This is not actually an exaggeration. Many of the things wouldn’t be out of place in a dictatorship but we’re not noticing because the only protests being reported are the ones by people opposed to Labor governments. Interesting that the current protests of a few hundred get more coverage than the thousands at the March in March ones a few years ago.

So, I’ve covered everything except tomorrow’s AFL game but this is 2020 so I’m not going to make any predictions there. If there’s one thing life has taught me, if you think you know something, you’re very possibly right. If you’re sure you know something, have a long hard look at yourself and be prepared to be proven wrong. You may not be, but it’s a good idea to be prepared…

*The bit about racist police horses was in response to one of the demonstrators yelling, “Your horse is racist!” shortly after the police horse was hit with a flag.

 

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  1. Phil Pryor

    The Murdoch shitrag pictures tell us much, of Tucking Furds in conservative political perversion, posers, “winners”, but, liars, cheats, deceivers, double crosseers, duds. Corporate mentality is entrenched in evil self aggrandisement, ubermensch in a quest for notice, posing perverts of social inequality, misfits, retards, inadequates, inflated penile egos, shit in a pot of human vanity.

  2. Josephus

    Irony is almost the only weapon left, though the huge thai demos should give us pause. Very useful list of the corrupt , contemptible conduct of those party faithful many voters so stupidly vote for. Not I, says this voter…
    By the way, I don’t see how and why deus ex machina relates to a waking nightmare. I think you have in mind the old Chinese conundrum about reality: am I a butterfly dreaming I am a man, sic, or man dreaming I am a butterfly? Cogito ergo sum and all that, too…

  3. Caz

    I too am offended by the cost of such watches and the fact that $3k is the cheapest Carier watch made. It’s on and up from there for Cartier, Rolex and all the other status symbols that basically just tell you the time. Mind you I am offended by so many things; the fact that some will pay millions of dollars for a house and then spend another Million to renovate it.
    Bunt back to the latest scandalous behaviour of government employees. When did it happen that we began paying them >$2-$3m plus expenses and bonuses and the median wage is $71.5k and the average is $1.7k.
    I feel like the frog in hot water. I have been simmering, actually that is seething , for quite a while now when I think of the greed and corruption permeating society. Now the heat has been turned up and I am plumb out of tolerance. We have to make a stand and demand that these people be sacked, charged and not moved sideways so they can pop up somewhere else when the heat dies down.
    If we cannot get an effective anti corruption commission up and running now, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

  4. !

    Caz – exactly how do you suggest that we get an effective commission up and running? Perhaps a few Letters to the Editor? Wave some placards with some nasty words? Or funny cartoons? Ring some politicians? March in March? Civil disobedience? Further funding for GetUp?

    Or do we just blame ourselves and then howl at the moon – as most usually do? With the predictable result.

  5. wam

    That was great read, rpssleigh and as good as seeing our lucky conquerors(coming from behind at half time since 1921) give the geelong cheats get a bath.
    ps
    There will be an archive somewhere in the public service and it will surface to drop glad et al in the shit.

  6. Rossleigh

    Well, one way would be if the Senate worked out Details of an Anticorruption Commission which had some actual powers, then refused to pass any legislation except supply bills until it was passed…
    Actually I just realised that it would have to include supply bills because the Morrison government doesn’t have any legislation it wants to pass apart from ones to appropriate funds.

  7. Terence Mills

    I’m still trying to come to terms with the issue of the Chairman of ASIC, our corporate regulator, James Shipton. This is the bloke who has now stood aside from his job after the Australian National Audit Office raised the matter of his claims for reimbursement of his tax fees.

    Before Shipton was appointed by the Department of Treasury, part of the cost of relocating the new chair included an amount to cover tax advice (not to pay tax but just to complete his tax returns) and ASIC agreed to pay $4050 for these tax services. But the tax services actually totalled $118,557 and were paid on his behalf to KPMG by ASIC.

    Now, tax shouldn’t be that complicated should it ? How complex can the tax affairs be and if they are so complex then is there tax evasion going on ?

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