Thursday 29th of January 2015

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 18:00

 

The New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission has approved Chinese company Shenhua to mine coal on the Liverpool Plains.

The commission has determined the Shenhua Watermark Coal Mine can operate until 2046.

The mine backs on to one of the largest agriculture producing regions in NSW and will be just 25 kilometres from Gunnedah.

In making its assessment the Commission considered the agricultural production rate is 40 per cent higher on the plains than the national average.

The commission has approved the $1.2 billion open cut coal mine with conditions including that it will not extract more than 10 million tonnes of coal per year and it must have a water management plan.

NSW Farmers says mine a threat to agriculture

President of the NSW Farmers Association Fiona Simson says the decision is a broken promise from senior state Ministers.

She says it is a threat to agriculture in a highly productive region.

"I think its a huge blow for agriculture and a huge blow for the Liverpool Plains that this highly productive region had been mapped as being highly productive but now a new open cut mine is going to be placed right in the guts of it," she said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-29/shenhuas-watermark-coal-mine-gets-approved/6055268

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 17:46

 

Abbott never did win any electoral popularity contests but stability was his major selling point. He united the party in opposition and pushed Labor over the edge. Now the government that promised to put the adults back in charge is looking rather juvenile.

Rupert Murdoch and Andrew Bolt, among other media supporters, have weighed in amid the fallout over the prime minister’s decision to honour Prince Philip with a knighthood. “This is such a very, very, very stupid decision, so damaging that it could be fatal,” Bolt said. “I thought it was verging on fatal already, but this is too much.”

And the day after those Murdoch tweets, Phil Coorey of the Financial Review reports that Abbott dumped his senior communications adviser and overhauled his media team after the media tycoon lobbied him over the Christmas break. Though now that Murdoch has called for Peta Credlin’s resignation, Abbott has no choice but to keep her on.

Having previously swung in behind the PM, his media supporters have now judged he cannot do one thing right.

We know Abbott has been calling backbenchers for quiet chats. The Liberal MP Dan Tehan told us so, and Abbott himself referred to his “candid conversations” with colleagues on Australia Day.

We know from many different polls that voters prefer Malcolm Turnbull or Julie Bishop to Abbott when asked who should lead the Liberal party.

We know thoughts of leadership change have crossed the minds of backbenchers. Amid the tumult and the shouting, nothing else is on the public record.

read more:

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/29/dangerous-days-for-tony-abbott-as-very-very-very-stupid-decision-riles-backers

 

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Candide, ou l'Optimisme (/ˌkænˈdd/; French: [kɑ̃did]) is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titledCandide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947).[5]It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply "optimism") by his mentor, Professor Pangloss.[6] The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best" in the "best of all possible worlds".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candide

 

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For candid Tony, "all is getting worse" in the "silliest of the possible world" if he can remember...

Doctor Leonisky diagnostic: It seems that Tony Abbott's memory is very wonky. He should have been in a retirement village for dementia patients long ago. He cannot remember what he says from one day to the next — his memory lapse being short range, long range and mid-range... But he is extremely generous. His political promises are fantastic if you're not poor, sick, destitute, ordinary, studying, working weekends or just working in general. If you are working for car manufacturers, the ABC, SBS and mining or are defence personnel veterans, he might have said things once that he cannot remember. The symptoms of Tony's disease (Lacunar amnesia candida or selective memory loss with angelman syndrome optimism) is that you're out of a job, have no cash to pay bills and can become depressed. 

 

see also; 

raising the flour to puff puff...

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 16:44

 

Liberal MPs and opposition strategists say Prime Minister Tony Abbott's toxic standing in the electorate could directly cost the Coalition up to six or seven seats at the NSW March state election.

Amid a horror start to the political year – typified by his widely ridiculed decision to award Prince Philip a knighthood – Mr Abbott has been kept conspicuously off the campaign trail in Queensland at the insistence of Premier Campbell Newman.

According to a poll released on Wednesday night, Mr Newman is on track to lose his own seat, with federal issues like the uproar over knighting a British Royal thought to be a negative factor in his republican-leaning Brisbane electorate of Ashgrove.

ReachTEL polling, commissioned by Seven News, puts Labor's Kate Jones ahead of Mr Newman at 46.5 per cent to 42 per cent of the primary vote.

A NSW Liberal Party figure said it would be harder than in Queensland to "inoculate" the state campaign of Premier Mike Baird as NSW is Mr Abbott's home state and Mr Baird's Manly electorate sits within the Prime Minister's federal seat of Warringah.

Another Liberal said there would be no way to avoid Mr Abbott's involvement but Mr Baird, who is flying high in the polls and is expected to win back government, was determined to run a campaign focused only on state issues.

"But it's going to have an impact," said a senior source in relation to what people are calling "the Abbott factor".

A state government MP said he was not aware of a single colleague who has invited Mr Abbott or Treasurer Joe Hockey to any campaign events.

"Normally the federal secretariat would be being deluged with dozens of requests for them to attend events and fundraisers," the MP said.

"If Mike loses a single seat it is likely to be blamed on Tony."

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/abbott-factor-expected-to-cost-coalition-seats-in-nsw-election-20150128-130dtw.html

 

The toxic Tony syndrome is actually like the flu. It's has infected most Liberal (CONservative) members of parliament as well as some conservative voters... This sorry disease makes those affected desperately zealot and aggressively bullying while being unable to understand sciences. It is infiltrating your brain with delusional dreams as it lures you with the sound of cash register, but the cash register is empty... It can make you desperate to argue against any social equity and give you an urgent need to pee on the proletariat. We understand. Read story from top (note: it was written 2 years ago before the infection spread nationwide)...

 

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 14:24

 

Federal Government ministers are backing Tony Abbott in the face of fierce criticism from long-time friend and conservative commentator Andrew Bolt.

Bolt has turned on the Prime Minister, saying Mr Abbott's decision to award Prince Philip a knighthood could be fatal to his leadership.

Mr Abbott has promised to consult more as the storm over his decision to award the country's highest honour to the Queen's husband continues to grow.

Bolt told Macquarie Radio he thought the knighthood decision could end Mr Abbott's leadership.

"This is just such a pathetically stupid - gosh, I didn't mean to be that strong because I actually like Tony Abbott very much - but this is just such a very, very, very stupid decision, so damaging that it could be fatal," he said.

"I thought it was verging on fatal already but this is too much. This is a friendless decision, where his friends would feel stupid defending it."

Bolt said he decided to break his holidays and make the comments because he was "just so flabbergasted" by Mr Abbott's move.

"You cannot think what the point is - damaging, laughing stock, helps his enemies, doesn't win over anyone - all those things are bad," he said.

But Cabinet ministers have jumped to the Prime Minister's defence this morning.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-29/ministers-back-pm-in-wake-of-andrew-bolts-knighthood-criticism/6053446

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"Yep", they said, in unison... "he may have made a blunder or several blunders — possibly 173 blunders — since coming to power, but we support him every inch of the blundering way in those blunders... because he is our unflinching blundering leader. We love him for showing the way to blunder-country... and we jump knee deep into blunder, while saluting his glorious blunders"...

How sad to see formerly intelligent people being blinded by blundering love of blunders...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 13:28

 

One of Tony Abbott's backbenchers is urging the city-based Prime Minister to stop reacting to the "texting, latte-sipping, keyboard warriors who frequent the tapas bars of Sydney and Melbourne" and visit a country pub to get an "honest appraisal" of how the government can improve.

NSW Nationals MP Michael McCormack told Fairfax Media he did not support Mr Abbott's decision to knight Prince Philip on Australia Day, saying it had left most voters "scratching their heads".

The parliamentary secretary to the Finance Minister said the decision went against the grain of "most ordinary everyday Australians" and had exposed the government to "ridicule".

read more:

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/coalition-mps-jumpy-tony-abbott-urged-to-visit-country-pub-for-an-honest-appraisal-20150129-130toj.html

 

If the Prince Philip knighthood affair was an isolated incident, we could be scratching our head as to where this came from... But far from it. This is blunder number 152 just for the past twelve months from a lunatic mind (about 53 MAJOR BLUNDERS, 36 average blunders and 63 small annoying idiotic actions with no other repercussion than Tony Abbott getting eggs on his face — or swindling choco-favours.

Mightily embarrassing for the country as a whole, disastrous for people living close to the bread line — and showing to all of us that entitlements are not dead for those who can give cash to the Liberals (CONservatives) or lick the next mentioned part of the Liberals (CONservatives) anatomy... So, instead of scratching our head, we cannot do other but scratch our butt in the deepest part of the crack...

 

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 12:22

 

Good question... the fact is that Prince Philip being lent to the United Kingdom Royals from Greek and Danish families, the rent could actually come to a hefty 250 billions — at say 60 years multiplied by 40 million a year plus Greek style inflation (knighthood included). Instant debt fix...

Now the major problem is for Greece to stop spending more than they earn... I'd say sell the Parthenon for another 300 billions to the highest bidder (possibly Japanese — them in much deeper shit-debt than the Greeks) who promise to leave the building where it is but install a subterranean hotel franchise and build a duplicate as a MacFood outlet advertising frontispiece.

My Greek side of the family that came from Serbia ain't to worry anymore about loosing their pants...

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 11:17

 

 

Paul Sheehan writes in The Sydney Morning Herald

 

"I'm determined to learn from all of this," the Prime Minister said of his self-immolating lapse in anointing the Duke of Edinburgh with an Australian knighthood, which compounded the adverse impact of the anachronistic, self-indulgent, zero-upside honours system he introduced in his first year.

Abbott is unlikely to learn from this, other than to become even more cautious and robotic. You cannot learn what you refuse to know. He is a bulldog who will not let go of a course of action which, without an end to his bunker insularity, and a change in his relationship with the electorate, will see him removed either before the next election or at the next election.

His party is already moving. The phones are running hot. They will not turn to the deputy leader, Julie Bishop. It will be Malcolm Turnbull.

The seeds of this unnecessary damage were sown a long time ago. Why did Senator Nick Minchin, the senate opposition leader who engineered Abbott's elevation to the party leadership, step down as senate leader within months of Abbott becoming leader? Minchin would leave politics altogether a year later, for a variety of reasons.

Without Minchin, Abbott would never have been leader. Without Minchin, or the gravitas of a Minchin equivalent, Abbott is not going to survive his present course.

Why has the likeable, knockabout Abbott turned into Gillard II? The public never bought Julia Gillard's robotic prime ministerial persona, or the manner by which she took power, which guaranteed her demise long before it happened.

 

 

read more

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tony-abbott-has-much-bigger-problems-than-a-rogue-knight-20150128-1306yv.html

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Up until the paragraph previous to mentioning Julia, Paul Sheehan was cooking Tony nicely... Suddenly his stove blew up and he started to compare Abbott and Julia...

Hold on Paul, whether you liked Julia or not, the media poured hell on Gillard for taking Rudd on, a Rudd who did not have the courage to go to a Labor ballot and fight: he knew the results. 0 for him and 100 for Julia. He knew that. Thereafter the media (all the MMMM under the guidance of all the spruikers and News Limited) AND Kevin Rudd got in bed to damage Labor and Julia Gillard as much as possibly. They were horrible to her. And she survived well, despite all the crap that Tony was throwing at her. She managed to hold back the destructive onslaught on the social fabric of this country from the "business" "community" who made sure that Tony was a shoo-in NOT Malcolm. Another vote that was useful in Tony's leadership ascendancy was that of SLIPPER... who as we all know was shafted by Tony Abbott for placing his hands in the travel allowance cookie jar while Abbott himself did that 30 times over.

Overall, Julia Gillard may have been a thorny rose... but Tony Abbott is a lying heap of shit. NO COMPARISON ALLOWED. And by the way, the media has been sucking to Tony Abbott for so long, the media forgot to investigate the turd. All the Tony melodrama is self-inflicted... Boom!

 

See toon at top...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 10:48

If the outpouring of condolences emanating from the upper echelons of the U.S. government over the death of King Abdullah last week are anything to go by, one could easily be led to believe that the world lost a truly humane, wise, perhaps even visionary leader. In fact, Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted as much, calling Abdullah a “man of wisdom and vision.” President Obama issued a statement calling the deceased despot “a force for stability and security in the Middle East” while the UK’s David Cameron—in addition to ordering flags to fly at half-mast—praised Abdullah’s role in “strengthening understanding between faiths.” The IMF’s Christine Lagarde even went so far as to claim Abdullah was “strong advocate of women.” Gloria Steinem, call your office!

But this really is all a bit de trop.

Making matters worse is the fact that President Obama is rushing off to Riyadh to pay his respects in person. This is all the more egregious since the administration sent no senior officials to the Je Suis Charlie solidarity march in Paris earlier this month, which the ever tin-eared presidential confidante Valerie Jarrett dismissed as a mere “parade.” Further, Mr. Obama, as the New York Times pointed out on Sunday, rarely travels abroad solely to pay his respects to departed foreign leaders, one notable exception being his decision to travel to South Africa on the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s passing. This, it hardly needs pointing out, is not that.

There are two ways of looking at this situation. One is that these fulsome expressions of grief over the loss of this be-robed and bejeweled tyrant are nothing more than ‘the usual hypocrisies’ endemic to the art of diplomacy. The other, worse, is that our own wise, humane, and visionary leaders really are sorry to see Abdullah pass on to his final reward. And if such is the case, it might be worth recalling some unpleasant facts about the king and his nearly decade-long rule.

read more:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-mourn-king-abdullah/

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 09:52

As in Plutarch's Parallel Lives, the fates of Abbott and Newman may be seen by future historians to have a similarity.

called a snap election in January to avoid being sacked by his party. And Abbott, in February, will do, perhaps, the same.

Because of the two coincident crises, Newman will lose his seat; and his party, possibly, though not certainly, government. And Abbott's Liberals will be wiped out.

Or this is one scenario of what will happen on Saturday and Tuesday. There may be a trip to Yarralumla by an affrighted Abbott when Palaszczuk is being sworn in. Or Turnbull that day may stand up in Question Time as Prime Minister.

It is hard to see either Newman or Abbott surviving. Both have behaved in a similar, stupid way, imagining you can get away with barefaced lies; imagining sacked people will forget the pain of their ruined lives and vote for you anyway.

read more:

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/newman-and-abbott-parallel-lives,7308

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2015-01-29 08:18

 

Because of Tony Abbott's knighthood brain spasm, not only has satire died but so also has Labor activism against him. Labor supporters henceforth will keep quiet and avoid encouraging the party to replace him. So I'm saying nothing. Please don't publish this letter.

Paul Hardage Dulwich Hill

 

 

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-letters/laughter-puts-tony-abbotts-leadership-on-the-line-20150128-1301d7.html

 

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Yes Paul, I know... It's what I tried to portray in the toon at top... and failed. I have mentioned many times here that Tony Abbott is his own caricaturist... He is the caricature... Can't go beyond that.