Wednesday 20th of September 2017

one for all and all for me, moi, him, himself, I...


D'Trunbunian is the main character of the novel. d'Artabullan was raised in the Sydney province of Vaucluse, an area known for its obnoxious and rich sneaky men. The novel begins with his departure from home and his arrival in Kanbra, taking with him virtually nothing (everything he owns is in the Tax Haven of Cashamas) but his good looks, his honesty and integrity, his loyalty to both the king and the Republic, and his expert throw-abbottmanship. Despite initial blunders and difficulties, d'Turbunian quickly makes friends with the Free Marketeers, and later he finds himself in a position to do a foul service for the queens with a Postal Survey. D'Trumblunian's name has become synonymous with a reckless marketing dude and a coal-peddling mouse. At the end of the novel, d'Turnbullian's dream of becoming a member of the King's Marketeers is fulfilled, and he is given a commission in Parliament for three years until...

The Three Musketeers

Scothos is wounded when d'Tarbunnnian first meets him. Scothos will later prove to be the person who wrote the accounting ledgers about these adventurers. He is the most aristocratic of the free marketeers and also the oldest, but d'Turdbullnian feels closer to Scothos than to the other two. Long before Scothos reveals that he is the young nobleman who married the wicked Treasury (Lady de Conmann) during his youth, d'Tumblenian is deeply impressed by him. Scothos's real name is Count de La Morisse.

Barnapiss is supposedly passing his time as a marketeer until the queen provides Kiwiland with an heir, at which time Barnapiss will enter the priesthood. He was brought up in a monastery, and it was assumed that he would become a country bumpkin, but when he was nineteen, he met polly (politics) and became extremely devoted to her. Windsor ordered him never to speak to her again, so Aramis left the monastery, took fencing lessons for a year, and eventually challenged and killed the haughty Windsor. Even though we are never told so directly, the lady in question is apparently Madame de Bishop, a turncoat friend of the Abbott...

Porthosberg is the fattest of the free marketeers, Porthosberg is extremely proud of his worldly big fat looks and his fine face, which he shows off to its best advantage by dressing to impress the women of society, who seem to fully appreciate his ungainly weight that rattles the floor boards. He is devoted to good food (no Halal) and comfortable surroundings. At the end of the novel, Porthos gives up musketeering in order to marry an old rich woman...

Cardinal Turdilieu is of course the one who loves the Queen to death and plots viciously against anyone who interferes with his loony plans. 


crossing swords with naughty words...


There was quite a moment this morning when Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and Labor's Joel Fitzgibbon squared-up to swap insults in front of reporters and cameras. Both politicians knew they were being filmed and weren't backing down.

Mr Fitzgibbon's electorate of Hunter is home to the Liddell power station and he's accused the Federal Government of giving workers in his constituency "false hope" that the plant will be kept open beyond 2022. 

Liddell's operator AGL wants to close the plant in 2022 but the Prime Minister 
Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Frydenberg say that will likely result in energy shortages and potential blackouts. They want the company to keep it open for at least another five years, to guard against that possibility. 

The company's chief executive 
Andy Vesey met with the Government yesterday, giving a commitment to consider keeping it open longer. But that same night, he told the ABC that his company could ensure enough supply while also closing the plant in 2022. 

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They won't make the 6 o'clock news without being blipped...


no marvel in turdbullshit comics...

If you’ve reached the stage where you can’t hear yourself think on the Marvel comic bout that is the Turnbull government versus AGL, the government has achieved its primary political objective.

So a quick word of advice. Pop on the noise-cancelling earphones and keep your clarity, because we need to be aware of what is actually going on here.

We need to start with prices. The Turnbull government has accepted political responsibility for reducing power prices to create a political point of difference with the ALP, so it desperately needs a hip-pocket strategy.

The government knows the cheapest power available at the moment is the power generated by ageing coal-fired power stations, such as Liddell in New South Wales. Hence the current push to keep it open for as long as possible.

AGL isn’t a political actor, it’s a private company. It’s working on a medium-term scenario to convert its old coal assets into lower emissions generation sources.

This is a completely rational strategy, given that’s where the energy market is going.

Self-evidently, AGL, being a private company, also wants to deliver healthy returns to shareholders and part of the way you do that is work the system as it stands and pick the market trends correctly, including the trend away from centralised power generation and consumers taking their energy needs into their own hands.

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the cleandirty coal amateur socialist dictators...


'A dirty energy target'

The Federal Government is weighing up a redesign of the proposed Clean Energy Target (CET) to accommodate investment in 'clean coal'. That could help the Prime Minister 
Malcolm Turnbull win support of the divided Coalition party room.

Australia has agreed to cut greenhouse emissions by 26-28 per cent by 2030. The chief scientist 
Alan Finkel has called for a CET to help meet that. But it is politically difficult for Mr Turnbull. There are already rumblings against it within the Coalition, including from former PM Tony Abbott.

The re-shaped CET would come under a new name, with a revised target below that recommended by Dr Finkel. It would allow for high efficiency, low emissions coal-fired power stations to access subsidies.

Last night, Mr Turnbull said the Government's aim was to ensure lower power prices and reliable energy supply. He gave a speech with his most repeated line of late: "Our energy policy is driven by economics and engineering, not ideology". 

The former chief executive of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, 
Oliver Yates, says this is the latest example of a "polarisation" of the energy debate in Australia:

That’s what you’re seeing at the moment, the concept of changing the clean energy target to something like a dirty energy target, the almost inverse of it. That’s the type of polarisation we have in the debate.


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