KITTENS CRYING, people.
UPDATE: TimT needs to talk Debbie from eHarmony into doing a dramatic reading of his fine pome. I would pay money to see that.
Let’s do it!
How about the cattle farmers stick it back to that Gillard?
Yes. We’re talking loading 100-odd trucks – or more – with now unsaleable cattle and sending them down to the lawns of Parliament House. There’s lush green grass there for them to feed on and even a water fountain for them to drink from (not to mention the sprinklers could be utilised).
Bugger all else they can do with that season’s worth of cattle now, is there?
It would send a clear message.
Today I thought Id have a little look at where our PM Julia “scorched earth” Gillard was planning on blessing with her presence over the next week or 2.
Her schedule was last updated on the 26th of June.
How is a
thankful for he benevolent rule rather rather grumpy Australian citizen supposed to gather with like-minded citizens to voice their displeasure at her stupidity if she hides where she will be?
There may be another government link that shows her planned attendances or commitments somewhere, but I havent found it yet.
Why is Julia hiding her intended locations (short notice the rule at the moment), is she worried about people legitimately protesting her policies?
I have a wonderful plan for a protest, which will involve 2 truckloads of wild mallee cattle, some portable stockyards, and the location of Julias vehicle with her in it.
Julia is scared of the Australian populace.. or she should be.
(Please feel free to pass it on – the URL for the video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM73CRgUPiY )
UPDATE: Thanks, Bolta! Link: A Lesson for Brown
UPDATE II: Critics. Sigh. “Brown Town” song parody proves right-wingers have no sense of humour
UPDATE IV: More linkers – thanks! Quadrant Online, Blazing Cat Fur, Stop Gillard’s Carbon Tax, ASX Guru, DontCopIt, and thanks to Mark Sharma and the other ‘Aussies on the Right’ on Twitter for passing it around… (if I’ve missed any, let me know) Also, @Western_Patriot just let me know that Ray Hadley mentioned my clip on @2GB873 this morning and it got positive feedback – I’ll post a podcast link when it’s up.
Gina Rinehart is an interesting lady. Written off as no more than an heiress riding on her prospector fathers coattails she has become the wealthiest (on paper anyway) person in Australia.
He father was the legendary Lang Hancock, the man whos company pretty well started Australia’s Iron ore mining boom.
It’s difficult to think, Australia at one stage actually had a ban on exports of Iron ore because the governments of the day believed we were short of the stuff. Lang and his co-workers proved up vast tracts of iron reserves, and the industry was started.
I admit myself to thinking Gina would turn out to be a passive, or unwise heiress, boy was that wrong. She spent millions fighting various court battles to keep her company together.
Now have a read of this speech she gave at the start of her new coal mine, its a pretty precise dressing down of the “looters” mentality.
“For the cost of building this trial mine alone, I could have bought myself a beautiful new private jet, But you’ve seen those trucks and shovels out there. Who would be paying the wages of these contractors if I had spent that on a luxurious private jet and two pilots?
“Indeed, for the further costs of paying my terrific staff working hard on these projects and the consultants’ studies for the pre-feasibility study and the bankable feasibility study and now value engineering, together employing hundreds of people, I could have dotting for myself one or two beautiful yachts like many of my friends have and employed six or more yacht crew and taken off.”
She was apparently a little sharp on the imposition of new taxes into Australian mining as well.
“Rinehart also attacked the “left-wing media” for suggesting she was being greedy and attacking the taxes out of self-interest when she could afford to pay more. She argues it is all about Australia’s ability to compete and that Canberra simply doesn’t understand this…”
Absolutely right, shes as rich as Croseus, she could stick every cent she has into government bonds and still be unable to spend the income. Instead she risks her capital and employs thousands of people.
Rinehart was certainly keen to explain her views to those who had travelled long distances to get to the Alpha mine site. The audience, which included her daughter and son-in-law, included potential clients and companies involved in the project as well as a smattering of federal and state opposition MPs. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh was represented by her Minister for Employment and Mines, Sterling Hinchliffe. No federal government minister was present
This just shows how intellectually cowardly this federal government is. So busy sucking up the arse of Bob Browns greens they wont attend the opening day of a major new employer which will generate massive income for the government and reduce unemployment.
She said the new tax policies — and the high costs of development and regulation — were the reason her wholly owned Australian company Hancock Coal would not be able to maintain as large an equity stake in the new projects as she had once hoped although it would still be “significant”.
Paging Bob Brown, a clue is waiting for you on line 1…. Dear old Bob was today wailing about how eeeeevil foreign corporations had large chunks of Australia’s minerals income diverted to them. The clue being, theres not a big enough pool of Australian capital to get such ventures up and running.
“Rinehart says Australia simply could not afford policies that deter exploration and investment.
“Despite these record prices, when our investment appeal and confidence should be at its highest, today’s policies have meant exploration is being discouraged and our exploration investment is back to 2003 levels. That is, pre-boom,” she says. “Where is Australian investment heading ? Offshore to the long-term detriment of our country and billions and billions of dollars being invested instead in West Africa, Brazil and elsewhere.”
According to Rinehart, Canberra doesn’t appreciate what is required to bring more investment and people to Australia’s north, including special tax breaks, few regulations and a welcome mat for overseas investment. Rinehart, with her father’s sense of determination and destiny, plans to use all her energy to change that equation.
More strength to her arm, I hope she continues to expose the bankrupt looters in Canberra for what they are, wankers playing with other peoples money.
Full text Of Ginas speech under the fold.
Original news story linked here
UPDATE at the bottom 29/6/11
Caught part of this interview driving around work today.
Heres the only bit of transcript up now.
The live cattle export ban to Indonesia is the last straw for one of the Territory’s well known cattle families.Bullo River Station, located 800 kilometres south west of Darwin, has been put on the market.The 160,000-hectare property is well known as the home of the late author and cattle queen Sara Henderson.But her daughter Marlee Ranacher says with no income since late last year, the business is no longer viable.”It was a progression of things that led to it.”Last year there was a weight and class restriction set by the Indonesia Government… following a very very long record Wet season.”Then just as we were about to send some cattle off, with 24 hours notice, the entire industry was shut down.”I mean, most people get more notice when they lose a job, don’t they?”How exactly are we going to buy the diesel fuel that pumps water for the cattle?”Where do they go? Who feeds them? It’s really really hard.”
Heres a link to the interview.
She pins the blame squarely on Julia Gillard, and makes a couple of extremely interesting points.
1: The ban is hitting at the critical time of the year for northern producers. Unless stock leave for feedlots now they will be trapped by the wet season. So even if Julia announces a “solution” in a months time there will be no way of shipping them off.
2: The ABC has colluded with animal rights groups to time this quite deliberately. She makes the claim the ABC has been sitting on the footage since January. I will send a query to 4 corners on this but dont expect an answer.
3: The land will be overstocked massively soon. There will be 2 seasons worth of cattle on the same land.
4: The excess cattle are unsaleable due to the 350kg weight limit on cattle. What will happen?
5: A whole seasons cattle will have to be shot.
I can’t emphasise enough listen to this interview, if you are strapped for time just listen to the last 1/2.
Its heartbreaking, Gillard and her green/4 corners mates should be pilloried for this, the deliberate destruction of a whole industry. Thousands out of work directly, and many, many more businesses ruined, truckies, helicopter musterers, feed lot owners. All ruined. Once that infrastructure is gone it will take decades to get back…. or Julia could declare it a national park… Just for Bob.
If you dont choke up hearing her say “we have to shoot them”… well you must be a greenie.
UPDATE: Bob Brown has announced his paries plans to completely stop ALL live exports.
From His speech to the national press club:
Via Tim Blair (who warns, DON’T TRUST THEM), a cat gets caught barking by a human and resumes meowing:
Via blog poet laureate lyle in comments:
The houses and the streets grow dark
And I sneak out to stroll the park
Where all the rough dogs like to play
And me, too; I was born that way.
My daytime friends are unaware
And would be shocked but I don’t care,
For only in the darkened park
Can I be who I am, and bark.
You might think that it’s sex – it’s not –
That draws me to Spike, Rex and Spot,
But with my dogs I know I’m free
To be a slob, and drool and pee.
And with them I don’t have to act
With catlike cool, reserve and tact;
When I’m around my dogs I’ve found
I can express my inner hound.
Tue 28 Jun 11 (01:43am)
The Greens had “Shock & Awe”…
The Greens have launched another strike against the media, calling for volunteers for a rapid-response team to target “shock jock” and “hate campaigns” through talkback and letters to editors.
The call to action echoes Bob Brown’s attack on the “hate press” last week and Twitter jibes at individual journalists from his director of media, Marion Rae.
“The Australian Greens are looking to build a national network of individuals who want to take up the challenge of responding to the misinformation and hate campaigns being waged by radio shock jocks and other sections of the community and media,” says the party in an email.
The party calls the task “critical work”.
Labor has the “Wall of Noise” …
LABOR faithful are being urged to flood airwaves, news websites and letters to the editor sections with a “wall of noise” as part of a propaganda campaign against the Liberal-National Government.
The Sunday Times has obtained emails from Labor state secretary Simon Mead urging party members and supporters to become a “noisemaker” and join the “wall of noise team”.
“We need to be making phone calls to radio stations, posting items on news websites and writing letters to all our newspapers,” Mr Mead told Labor supporters and members in the email sent last month.
He said in another email: “By getting your voice heard you help change the media story from one supporting the government to one that says they are out of touch with the public.”
And yet despite all their smears, their sneers, their jamming and spamming, their outright deceit… their poll numbers say what?
Their ABC has another wonderful example of where their priorities lie.
On the online page is this.
The next, fairly harmless story off in the links???
“I would not figure that in because they are so highly profitable. But, that has to be the outcome … the coal industry has to be replaced by renewables,” he said.
So basically we have the party which holds the balance of power openly talking about taxing a whole sector of the economy out of existence, and its not top story?
ABC bias is sickening.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
Green Man Pub chef, Jason Varley, said the drink was proving most popular with women
And to think that all this time people have been making sheep jokes about kiwis.
Unexpectedly, the mainstream media did not expect Obama to end up making such a hash of the American economy…
Aurelius at Pundit Press fingers the MSM for apparently being in a constant state of shock that the completely expected is happening, and that Obama-nomics simply isn’t delivering.
“Whenever poor business, house, or job news comes out, they are quick to throw on the word ‘unexpectedly,’ pretending that the economy is actually doing great, but this one time it hiccuped.”
“…a degree in criminology but could not find a job in New York. In Atlanta, he became a deputy sheriff within weeks”
“The South is more benevolent than New York”
“New York has become like the old South in its racial attitudes”
More jobs, better economy, lower taxes, lower cost of living, friendlier and more welcoming communities, less crime, more integration and better race relations. Who wouldn’t prefer to live in the South?
via Ann Althouse
About 17 percent of the African-Americans who moved to the South from other states in the past decade came from New York, far more than from any other state, according to census data. Of the 44,474 who left New York State in 2009, more than half, or 22,508, went to the South….
The movement is not limited to New York. The percentage of blacks leaving big cities in the East and in the Midwest and heading to the South is now at the highest levels in decades, demographers say….
Recently, the frollickingmole over at Tizona addressed the stoppage of the live cattle trade export to all Indonesian abattoirs after about 11 or 12 were found to be killing the animals in horrific circumstances.
Indeed, what we saw a few weeks ago was horrendous. (graphic content warning)
But back to mole’s post, and he put up a video of how an abattoir works in the West.
Sure, it’s still certainly not for the squeamish, but perhaps can be likened to Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Supersize Me.
That put many of us off McDonald’s for a bit, but isn’t it good if (that!) there’s some bacon lying around in the fridge (not that I want to cook it just this minute)?
That porcine video was indeed a bit different to what we all saw on 4corners. Very surgical, clinical.
So what’s all this have to do with terrorism, Islamic radicals, moderate Muslims, and (caused-by-humans) climate change, and its deniers?
There has been quite a stink in Australia over the cruel slaughter of cattle sold to the Indonesian meatworks. The footage shown was of people who had no idea how to do their job.
The stink has caused the Australian government to impose a complete ban on ALL exports of cattle to that country. The greens and non-thinking animal rights mobs have of course scented blood, and are now pushing for a complete ban on all live animal exports.
So the government is going to engage in collective punishment rather than actually go after the “bad eggs”. Indonesia relies heavily on “wet markets”, which is to say non refrigerated meat sales, as poverty puts refrigeration out of reach for many.
Its quite plain to me most of the people making decisions have never been involved in animal handling or slaughter. I have killed/butchered many hundreds of sheep back when I was shearing/woolpressing, depending on the size of the team usually one or 2 per workday. I havent slaughtered any cattle, and only a couple of pigs.
Heres some basics on animal handling and slaughter.
1: To move stock you have to scare it into the direction you want it to go. You dont ask it politely, if you can “trick” the stock with blinds or bluffs then good. Stock generally hates going from light to dark, smell of blood, loud noise and stripes of light and shadow.
2: Stock is much easier to slaughter if it isnt “whipped up”. When you are working with knives the last thing you want is animals kicking around.
3: Slaughter is slaughter, it isnt nice or clean. Even done properly it looks “nasty”.
4: Stressed meat is tough meat, the less panicked the beast prior to slaughter the better the meat should turn out.
5: Animals have to be bled as quickly as possible, preferably with the heart still beating, and be hung upside down to drain better.
6: Cruelty is very much in the eye of the beholder, I have had dozens of people assist in moving stock who thought using polly pipe/dogs and sacks on the sheep was “cruel” quite gladly use all 3 after trying to “gentle” sheep into a shed for an hour or so.
7: There is no money to be made in damaged or dead stock, you can’t eat it, sell it or breed it. So in generally cruelty is STUPID in the context of farming and stock handling. The non thinkers seem to belive companies/farmers are indifferent to stock losses, this is bullshit, every dead or unsaleable animal costs money. Companies are formed to make money, dead stock costs money. Therefore companies tend to invest in solutions to stock losses,
My basic sheep killing was knife “stick to behind the windpipe, cut forward, then cut back and break the neck, all up less than 5 seconds. The sheep would then bleed out and be hung, after a couple of minutes the body would be skun and gutted then left to set overnight. Breaking the sheep up into cuts of meat would take 20min to 1/2 an hour per animal.
Amount of suffering?
Less than 5 seconds with the neck broken, unless you believe it feels pain past a broken spinal cord.
An amusing conversation yesterday out in the back blocks of town…
Helping the old man clear out about 10 acres of paddock infested with wattle roots/trees. Lots of chaining and ripping out tree stumps etc. Bit of a share farming operation for a market garden the old man and his missus are taking on.
The old bloke that owns the land came out to help a bit, his son, a fine strapping 20 year old was ploughing up some of the cleared land.
Say to old bloke “boy is pretty good on the tractor, must be handy”
Old bloke replies “yeah but hes off to jail soon”
I said “whats he going away for”
Old bloke replies “Rooting!”
I say “You can’t go to jail for that can you?”
He replies “You can if its your sister”
Hard to know quite how to continue the conversation after that….
Well, this is sad news. As an unabashed Springsteen fan, I grew up watching this guy in the E Street Band. An incredibly talented saxophonist, he also brought the fun to Bruce Springsteen’s live performances. Now, Clarence Clemons, the legendary saxophonist in the E Street Band who played alongside Bruce Springsteen for the past 40 years, is gone at the age of 69.
Clemons – known affectionately to fan and friends as the Big Man – was the heart and soul of the E Street Band. His playing on tracks like “Born To Run,” “Thunder Road,” “Jungleland,” “Dancing In The Dark” and countless more represent some of the most famous sax work in the history of rock & roll. “The story I have told throughout my work life I could not have told as well without Clarence,” Springsteen wrote in the introduction to Clemons’ 2009 memoir Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales.
So much has been said and written about the stormy night in Asbury Park in 1971 when Clemons met Springsteen that it’s hard to separate fact from myth. At the time, Springsteen was a struggling musician playing the New Jersey bar circuit and Clemons was a former college football player who spent his nights playing sax in clubs along the shore. “It was raining and thundering like a motherfucker,” Clemons wrote in his memoir. “When I opened the door it blew off the hinges and flew down the street . . . Somebody introduced me to Bruce, everybody knew everybody, and he asked me if I wanted to sit in.”
Clemons soon became part of Springsteen’s backing band (not yet known as the E Street Band), and when Bruce recorded his debut LP Greetings From Asbury Park in the summer of 1972, Clemons was brought in for the sessions. Over the next two decades, Clemons became the most recognizable member of the E Street Band – for his massive size, equally huge personality and his onstage role as Springsteen’s foil.
He’s the only member of the band on the cover of Born To Run with Springsteen. “When you open it up and see Clarence and me together, the album begins to work its magic,” Springsteen wrote in Clemons’ memoir. “Who are these guys? Where did they come from? What is the joke they are sharing? A friendship and a narrative steeped in the complicated history of America begins to work and there is music already in the air.”
“I have seen the future of the whole f*ckin’ thing and it’s Big Man, Clarence Clemons.”
I’ve been browsing through some videos to find ones where Clarence is at his best… Watch and enjoy an absolute genius of a musician and showman at work. Read the rest of this entry »
It would be funny if it wasnt so pathetic.
Large clumps of the MSN are making fools of themselves attempting a “gotcha” on Palins emails. The problem is they keep showing her in a better light.
Try these explosive revelations from the Guardians team of expert sewer divers/ email checkers….
Mama Grizzly once again demonstrates her passion for hunting in an email sent in January 2007 – reviewed by Mike S.
I am a hunter. I grew up hunting – some of my best memories growing up are of hunting with my dad to help feel [sic] our freezer…
(Oh noes!!, she knows how to hunt and enjoys it)
But in the email Palin is clear that she does not support “hunting the bears in the sanctuary”:
I don’t know any Alaskans who do support hunting the McNeil bears that frequent the viewing area. Many Alaskan and Outside visitors view these animals on the McNeil river, within the sanctuary, and, as my parents have reported back after their viewing trip, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see such beauty on that river.
(Oh noes!! #2 she believes in hunting selected animals outside of conservation areas!!!. Doesnt quite fit in with the scorched earth Barbie narrative weve been treated to for the last few years)
And now for the most damaging , terrible hugest revelation of them all!!
In an email sent on 7 January 2008, Palin discusses the potential of a “political attack” coming from the oil industry – thanks to Charlotte K for alerting us to this email. Palin is responding to a message from Patrick Galvin, Alaska’s commissioner of the department of revenue, which describes “rumblings of a strategy being developed by the producers and their allies to attack the administration”:
I hear from worker bees in the field that Industry is on a roll against us – on a rampage because they had no idea they wouldn’t get their way on all issues.
We need more bodies in Communications to help on this, too, so Alaskans know the truth about the situation and aren’t tempted to panic due to Industry spin.
And we don’t win ball games merely playing defense. We must go on the offense too.
(Oh NOOOOOOES!!! Palin ISNT a stooge of the big oil corporations)
On twitter, @surfbenet on twitter spotted Palin responding to the Alaskan Public Officer’s Commission’s complaint that the alaska.gov website was not “educating the public in a fair manner”. In an statement that may surprise those who know her for her outspoken nature, Palin emailed:
Let the other side have space on the website for rebuttal. And I’ll forgo my First Amendment rights until the critics chill and I can once again express my personal opinion when asked.
(Oh Noes!!, Palin lets her critics speak openly against her!!!)
Finally, we’re all been in the situation of being the recipient of inappropriate emails. So one can only imagine what Palin was thinking when she received a missive instructing her to “tip the kids, and bring beef, tequila and condoms” to party at LA mansion. In this case, we can perhaps forgive her punctuation:
Donna – did you mean to give this to me?????
Perhaps, we can deduce, not.
So she got sent an email by mistake (note the Guardians oh-so-neutral use of the term “perhaps”), and responds with about the most polite followup she could…
All these emails are in plain english, and this is the “best” theyve found so far?
Theres quite a few more at the link,be sure to look and laugh at the pettiness of it all.
Pathetic, truly pathetic.
…But About The Human Faces Of Those Involved With It.
Earlier this morning, Tim Blair posted one of the several “Australian Mining: This Is Our Story” pieces which are being put out to raise awareness of the importance of the mining industry to Australia, and to all Australians.
Although I like that one, it’s not my favourite. My favourite is a story Ken and Val Lamb told during the filming of this one:
Now below is the story of Ken Lamb’s dog Ernie, as related by Ken and his wife Val. This is the one that’s my favourite.
If you get a chance, please pass your favourite “This Is Our Story” pieces around as best you can, to demonstrate to the industry’s critics that Australian mining isn’t all about the ALP’s & Greens’ cartoonish caricatures of the rich greedy Gaia-raping mining magnates they love to hate (Gina Rinehart seems to be the one singled out for this month’s Two-Minute Hate) but about the 750,000 ordinary Australians the mining industry provides work for and the entire communities all across the country it supports.
The people who want to end or cripple “Big Mining” either out of misguided Green idealism or for reasons rooted in not much more than base envy of the “rich bastards” (and “bitches” – good on Gina for bringing the gender equality!) they’d like to see taken down a peg or two need to understand that they’re not going to hurt the mining magnates (and baronesses – again, Gina!). They’ve already got a lot of money, money they can pull out and invest elsewhere. It’s the hundreds of thousands of ordinary Australians and ordinary Australian communities – including Indigenous communities – who are dependent on the mining industry for their livelihoods who are going to cop it. People like Len Thong, Bruce Chater, Ken Lamb, and their families and communities.
Oh, and don’t watch the backstory on Ken’s dog Ernie anyplace where you’re going to be embarrassed to get a tear in your eye.
It’s the end of an error. Weiner’s out.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will resign from his seat in Congress, heeding calls from President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other congressional Democrats, sources confirm to POLITICO. The resignation ends nearly three weeks of tumultuous political controversy since the New York congressman sent a lewd picture of himself over Twitter which he claimed at first was a result of a hack, and later admitted he had sent himself.
Weiner is expected to make his resignation official in a statement to the press at a senior center in Brooklyn at 2 pm.
Weiner pulled out at senior center? Think of the poor old women!
The schadenfreude has been beyond blissful. A creepy libtard is caught flashing his namesake. Caught lying about it. Accused of asking a former prØn star to lie for him.
There’s the name. The jokes. The throngs laughing in his face.
Good bye, Weiner. At Tizona, we prefer Bush.