Thursday 25th of April 2024

old people's photos...

Crinkle to twinkle ... Digitally different takes of the PM from the Daily Telegraph and Australian Women's Weekly.

julia photshop

abbott photoshop

 

Since the Daily Telegraph did a job on Julia, I took the liberty to do one on Tony... Of course I did not do as good a job as the wiz kids at the Terrorgraph, not that I could not, but time is the essence... You may note I used the eyes from his political "dad", John Howard...

pox americana .....

the amerikan way .....

A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting Iraqi complaints that there is little to show for the massive funds pumped into their cash-strapped, war-ravaged nation.

The $8.7 billion in question was Iraqi money managed by the Pentagon, not part of the $53 billion that Congress has allocated for rebuilding. It's cash that Iraq, which relies on volatile oil revenues to fuel its spending, can ill afford to lose.

Q&A .....

Q&A .....

Last night's episode of Q&A devoted a fair chunk of air time to the most extensive debate on climate change policy we've been treated to so far in this election. It was edifying to watch people getting agitated, raising their voices, arguing with each other.

run for your lives .....

from Crikey .....

Dog's Democracy: only 15,000 years to go

First Dog on the Moon writes:

FEDERAL ELECTION 2010

hi-ho hillary .....

hi-ho hillary .....

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed concern on Thursday about what she called the Vietnamese government's intolerance of dissent.

"Vietnam, ... is on the path to becoming a great nation ..." Mrs. Clinton said in her opening statement at a news conference, as Mr. Khiem stood stone-faced next to her.

Mr. Khiem replied that human rights were rooted in unique cultural and historical circumstances. He cited what he claimed was an observation by President Obama that countries be allowed to choose their own path and that human rights not be imposed from outside.

a case for the burqa .....

a case for the burqa .....

The New South Wales Government is quietly compiling a mathematical map of almost every adult's face, sharing information that allows law enforcement to track people by CCTV.

the tests were not strict enough...

bankkks


Seven of the 91 European banks that underwent stress tests have failed the healthchecks, the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) has said.

They include five Spanish banks - Diada, Espiga, Banca Civica, Unnim and Cajasur. The other two were Germany's Hypo Real Estate and Greece's ATEbank.

The tests assessed banks' ability to survive future economic shocks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10732597

fifth grade politics .....

fifth grade politics .....

How stupid do our political leaders think we are?

Judging from the election campaign so far, pretty stupid. It's not the Hey Hey It's Saturday-style stunts that are the problem. You always get some of those in a campaign. Watching how politicians react in slightly whacky circumstances can be fun and sometimes quite revealing. Kevin Rudd went on Rove Live, Paul Keating posed for that picture in Rolling Stone wearing shades and John Hewson once wore six silly hats in a single day of campaigning - my personal favourite being the one shaped like a hot dog.

a pox on both their houses .....

a pox on both their houses .....

from Crikey .....

Citizen Gillard abandons basic leadership on climate change

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:

true to form .....

true to form .....

A completely discredited right-wing blogger posts an edited video which seems to convict a black Agriculture department official of racism. Fox News runs the distorted clip continuously on all of its shows Monday. Before giving Shirley Sherrod a chance to tell her side of the story, the Agriculture department demands and receives the resignation of the head of its rural development office in Georgia.

beneath the budgie snugglers .....

behind the budgie snugglers .....

If I have to listen to another month of the Coalition banging on about Labor's debt pushing up interest rates, I think I'll scream.

But with the Reserve Bank waiting to scrutinise inflation data due out next Wednesday to decide whether a rate rise in the middle of the election campaign is necessary, we'll hear plenty more of the debt scare campaign in the coming weeks. It's worth taking some time to pick apart the argument that higher government debt means higher interest rates.

we, the people .....

we, the people .....

An April 2010 Pew Research Center (PRC) for the People & Press study and others report growing public anger, distrust, and hostility toward business and government because of a "perfect storm of conditions" - wrecked economies, fueling "epic discontent" toward responsible officials.

New People for the American Way (PFAW) Survey

Conducted in June, it showed:

- deep dissatisfaction with the political system;

- voters believing corporate influence on government policies is a "serious problem;"

always a silver bodgie .....

always a silver bodgie .....

The Order of Mates celebrated beside Sydney Harbour the other day. This is a venerable masonry in Australian political life that unites the Labor Party with the rich elite known as the big end of town. They shake hands, not hug, though the Silver Bodgie now hugs. In his prime, the Silver Bodgie, aka Bob Hawke or Hawkie, wore suits that shone, wide-bottomed trousers and shirts with the buttons undone. A bodgie is an Australian version of the 1950s English Teddy Boy, and Hawke's thick, gray-black coiffure added inches to his abbreviated stature.

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