Sunday 1st of February 2015

the power of nightmares .....

the power of nightmares .....

Possibly the most lamentable outcome of the raised tension and insecurity that has accompanied the theatre of terrorism in Australia is the decline in our political culture, which will last for as many years as such a threat is declared – even if it is never fully demonstrated.

feminism is often misunderstood... you know what I mean.

mickey 1958...

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting fell into the "I'm not a feminist" trap and had to apologise to extricate herself.

A win for feminism or a win for anti-feminism? Maybe more like a win for tweet-shaming.

Cuoco-Sweeting, star of The Big Bang Theory, stepped into a wasps' nest when she made a mild comment about whether she considers herself a feminist in an interview with Redbook.

"Is it bad if I say no? It's not really something I think about," she mused. "Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around. ... I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality."

brand america...

 

brand america

America is a meticulously constructed brand; it is the indispensable nation with exceptional power. There is no country as adept at branding as the United States.

Popular international mega-brands like Apple and McDonald’s sell neat pre-packaged pieces of the American dream to eager international consumers. A complimentary national branding strategy sells "freedom" and "democracy" over international airwaves, in movie theatres and through diplomatic influence.

But if Brand America is the sum of the effects of its soft powers, can we really separate this cultural imperialism from the nation’s use of hard power?

like thieves in the night .....

like thieves in the night 1 .....

 

The wealthiest 400 people in the world saw their combined net worth grow by $92 billion last year, hitting $4.1 trillion. The bonanza for the super-rich was underwritten by governments and central banks around the world, which fueled surging stock markets and record corporate profits by pumping hundreds of billions into the financial markets.

 

fruit loops or changing horses while blaming labor for tony's crap...

murdoch grooming...

From Victoria Rollison

Abbott must be having a horrible Christmas break. He can’t have missed that his old buddy, his mentor Rupert has completely dropped him and in doing so, has given permission for his newspapers to admit that PM Abbott is a dud.

Arise Scott John Morrison, Lord Sixwords of Cronulla!

for the boyes from Cronulla .....

In June 2014 a very distinguished scholar was publicly wondering: “Is the Abbott government Fascist?” He felt justified in asking the question by the observation that “Since the last Federal election, people have been shocked at where Australia seems to be heading. So where is Australia heading? Towards fascism? There are straws in the wind.”

fluffus....

fluffus

Fluffus clouds passing low through the city of Sydney, like "fog" patches. Unlike fog though, fluffus clouds are low altitude dependant, are not at ground level and are not dispersed by windy conditions. Picture by Gus Leonisky

 

behold the proud works of Team Australia .....

behold the proud works of Team Australia .....

The UN Security Council rejected on Tuesday a Palestinian resolution calling for peace with Israel within a year and an end to the "Israeli occupation" of Palestinian territories by late 2017.

billboard bill .....

billboard bill .....

What a winner! Billboard Bill sitting in an empty hall with that ‘WTF am I doing?’ look in his eyes.  That image alone is sure to inspire millions of people. [Sarcasm for those who can’t spot it.]

on being screwed .....

undermining .....

The Abbott government says they are all about jobs and growth, but for who?

In 2012, unions were outraged by a decision to allow Gina Rinehart to import more than 1,700 foreign workers on 457 visas for her latest project in Western Australia.

the christmas spirit...

christmas spirit

As usual, News Limited were the only MMMM media following Abbott's racket about Xmas...

the great turn-off .....

the great turn-off .....

The magnitude of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's "woman problem" has been underlined in new research which shows women rate the government very poorly across all policy areas and are harsher than men in their assessment of the government's overall performance.

Female voters are also more pessimistic about the economic outlook, according to the new polling analysis.

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