US official admits they torture

I am both amazed and not amazed (is that possible) that Susan Crawford has gone public with the revelation that the US did torture inmates at Gitmo. Susan Crawford is the convening authority of the military commissions at Gitmo.

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Economy slides deeper into recession

Things get worse:

THE world economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse, with early estimates showing global output fell more than 4 per cent in the last three months of last year, with further decline expected over the next six months.

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Joyce main ETS opposition

One of the blogocrat lurkers has pointed me to this article in the Australian where Barnaby has decided that the Nationals will oppose the governments ETS in parliament.

Nationals Senate Leader Barnaby Joyce signalled that his party would not support an ETS when he launched a scathing attack on the widely accepted view that human activity is responsible for global warming.

“The view across the National Party is that the reasons put forward to justify an emissions trading scheme are just a load of rubbish,” Senator Joyce told The Australian, in the strongest reservations to be expressed by asenior Coalition figure about an ETS.

“Malcolm Turnbull will probably come on board with the ETS but that doesn’t mean the National Party will support it.”

This poses a question for Turnbull.

Are the Nationals with us, or against us?

Midweek Mayhem!

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Welcome to Midweek Mayhem!

The place where we get to talk about everything, including sensitive health issues.

Health and nutrition. Now who would’ve thought that the regular household Aussie icon Vegemite would come in for a severe serve of criticism due to its salt content. Apparently it’s been revealed as a major health hazard with  headlines around the world demanding that it be immediately removed from supermarket shelves.

All well and good. As long as those same supermarket shelves remained well-stocked with healthy and nutritious cigarettes my breakfast routine shall remain relatively unaffected. I’ll just switch to that kiwi shite Marmite instead.

Chemists.  Now they’re meant to be interested in our health aren’t they? Why is it then, that they continue to sell so called “weight loss” products that simply don’t work? 

They’re definitely not interested in our financial health when a  bottle of Listerine costs a helluva lot more than you’d pay at the supermarket.  

I use Listerine every day, and now I find that it too, is determined to kill me.

And then there’s the people who work at Chemists.   The “pharmacists.”   What a pack of dullards. You know the type. The ones who can’t just simply handover your medication without first asking a diatribe of meaningless, irrelevant questions “have you taken this medication before?”  “Make sure you take this food,”  “have you got high blood pressure?”   YES OF COURSE I DO. THAT’S WHAT THE MEDICATION’S FOR YOU F**KING MORON!”

And then they have to wear those little white jackets that button at the collar with a name badge pinned upon her bosom “Jill” (I wonder what the other one’s called? I ponder for a moment) with every movement and gesture silently shouting “I wanted to be a doctor, but this is as close as I could get! Please think of me as a doctor, and not just some lowly shop assistant”

I refuse to play along with the charade anymore. “Make sure you don’t take these on an empty stomach.”

” I know!” I howl “That’s what my doctor said. “You know, my REAL DOCTOR. He who hath the power to write prescriptions.”

“Make sure you take one in the morning and one at night.”

 “I know!!!!” I protest.  ” I can read you know, that’s what it says on the packet!!!” 

“I’m not completely incapacitated, or some docile moron that never reached my full potential of achieving some life long ambition to really make something of myself, by healing the sick and infirm, only to find myself working in a shop all day long handing over little white boxes to people that I don’t know, don’t care about, and couldn’t care less whether they lived or died, but desperately pretending that I do by offering useless titbits of ‘medical advice’  if only to desperately maintain the illusion that ‘I am making a difference,’   ‘I am a doctor’ when the sad and harsh reality is that you’re not. You’re destined to maintain your miserable little existence of false pretence because, when you return home at the end of each working day, you can look yourself in the mirror, and say –  I did say  “only take two twice daily”.

“Now just give me my drugs and f**k off!”

Now where did I put that valium…..

Aside from that, I’m sure they’re lovely people…

Nancy-Bird Walton – an Aussie deserving of respect

Aviation pioneer Nancy-Bird Walton has died aged 93.

In all the hullaballoo over Howard getting an award by Bush in Washington, we hear that a real Australian icon has passed away. She was taught to fly by Charles Kingsford-Smith  and was our first female commerical pilot, she flew medical evacuations, she trained women for the WAAF – amongst many other achievements.

Paying tribute to her yesterday, the chief executive of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Nigel Milan, said that one of the first air ambulance missions was to fly Jack Stanmore, a baby born prematurely in Ivanhoe and not expected to live, to safety.

Last April Mr Stanmore and his wife, Ellie, were reunited with his rescuer at her retirement home, where Mrs Bird Walton met his grandchildren, as part of the flying doctor’s 80th anniversary celebrations.

Qantas named their first A380 after her.

She is the type of Australian that I am proud of.

Joyce on Climate Change

Barnaby Joyce is in the news again – this time “drawing parallels between environmentalists and Nazis”.

One has to fall into lockstep, goosestep and parade around the office ranting and raving that we are all as one?

Climate change denier, like Holocaust denier, this is the sort of emotive language that has become stitched up in this (emissions trading) issue.

He says that the governments emission trading scheme will not make any difference to counter climate change and will just make people poorer.

I actually agree with Joyce on this and have decided that I will not pay tax anymore as my small amount of tax does not make any difference to Australian society and is therefore not worth paying.

(BTW – the last sentence is a joke!)

Caption Competition

Photo from Reuters.

Photo from Reuters.

I saw this photo on SMH and thought that it deserved a caption competition.

(OMD – am I perversely obsessed with them?)