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“I’m Bankrupt” Says former HSU Boss Kathy Jackson

June 29, 2015

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Former Health Services Union boss Kathy Jackson has declared that she is [morally] bankrupt after failing to appear in court to hear the first day of proceedings in a civil claim against her.

{I’m sorry] Miss Jackson was due to appear in the Federal Court earlier today to hear claims brought against her by her former employer for allegedly using her authority as national secretary to spend some $600,000 in Union funds on personal expenses, such as holidays holidays and shopping.

The HSU had also been seeking to freeze Ms Jackson’s assets.

Barrister James Johnson, acting for Ms Jackson’s former lawyer and her partner Michael Lawler, said that  “events had occurred over the weekend that involved the bankruptcy of Ms Jackson”.

Court documents show the HSU accused Ms Jackson of spending more than $131,000 on her union credit cards, including on holidays to New Zealand, the United States and China, and airfares to France for her daughter.

The Union also claimed Ms Jackson ran up a bill of more than $29,000 on entertainment, including more than $14,000 at a single restaurant in Richmond in Melbourne’s east.

She was also accused of cashing in $249,000 in union cheques and spending almost $78,000 in department stores in Melbourne and Sydney.

Earlier this month Ms Jackson attempted to transfer the ownership of her $1.3 million NSW property to her de facto partner Michael Lawler.

Coincidentally, Ms Jackson now joins former HSU colleague Craig Thomson in declining to face court on civil charges due to ill health and financial hardship.

Craig Thomson recently declared that he had “suffered enough….”

At the Movies with TB: Jurassic World Review

June 24, 2015

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Jurassic World

Spoiler Alert! Nah … just joking …

A theme park on an island with dinosaurs … two kids fly in a helicopter … a dumb “blonde” marketing exec who is also the kids aunt … a hero who “understands” raptors … a dickhead who wants to use raptors to save the world … experiments go wrong … a monster escapes … the two kids are chased … the hero saves everyone … there’s a big dinosaur fight and the experiment is killed (eaten actually) by another monster from the sea … the dumb girl and the hero kiss … everyone (who isn’t killed) lives on … The End

Ka-ching!

Steven Spielberg makes a mint re-shooting Jurassic Park and changing a word in the title …

Me: :star: (I have a short attention span with repeats)

The Minister: :star: :star: :star:

Christian Pastor threatens to set himself on Fire to Stop Gays from Marrying

June 23, 2015
Texas pastor Rick Scarborough vows to set himself on fire.

Texas pastor Rick Scarborough vows to set himself on fire.

A Christian pastor has threatened to set himself on fire to stop loving gay couples from being legally recognised.

The Texas-based pastor Rick Scarborough made the claim ahead of an anticipated ruling from the US Supreme Court later this month – which could bring same-sex marriage to all 50 US states including Texas.

“We’re simply being pre-emptive and saying, no matter what the cost, we are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and we will burn,” he said.

With the prospect of marriage equality looming as a foregone conclusion, Mr Scarborough also claimed that religious leaders should offer themselves up to be “shot dead.”

“The preachers need to get out front, the leaders need to get out front, out front of these ordinary citizens and say, ‘Shoot me first,” he said.

“The end game is the complete destruction of the church of the Lord Jesus, the replacement of it with this liberal theology that’s not a theology…”

“It goes back to the Garden of Eden when Satan wanted to be God. We now have a race of humans that don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a God.”

“If the court does rule this, they will have to step over natural law. They’re after God. This country better be aware, we’ve suffered a lot of injustices, but I’m not sure God is going to tolerate this one very long,” he said.

He previously claimed that God should drop a “nuclear weapon” on the US, because it appoints “gay ambassadors.”

Tony Abbott’s Hysterical Obsession with Terrorism: At what point do we Question his Sanity?

June 23, 2015

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Tony Abbott’s obsession with terrorism parted ways with reality some time ago, but his most recent behaviour – particularly in the context of consistently poor polls – has escalated his determination to grandstand on issues of national security with desperate pleas to do whatever it takes to “keep Australia safe.”

It’s a fairly cynical and blatant attempt to wedge Labor on one of the last bastions of credibility that the LNP has left and Labor is yet to blink, lest it be seen as weak on national security.

In the wake of a budget dud that failed to deliver a boost for the government, and a litany of broken promises on health, education and pensions, Tony Abbott is pinning his very survival on his terrorism fanfare.

Abbott’s preoccupation with terrorism has transcended the realms of hysteria to the extent that reasonable people within his own party must now surely be questioning his mental health.

The constant repetition of the so-called ISIL “death cult” is not just weird, but it plays exactly into the publicity ambitions of those terrorist organisations.

The more recent proclamation that Labor is “rolling out the red carpet” for terrorists is not just idiotic, it is counterproductive to a reasonable and factual bipartisan discourse on national security.

Today, the PM has taken his obsession further, unleashing a scathing attack on the national broadcaster and its Q&A program, asking “whose side are you on” after an Australian man convicted of threatening Commonwealth officials appeared on the program.

Mr Abbott said the ABC had effectively given a “terrorist sympathiser” a national podium to express his views.

“They have given a platform to a convicted criminal and terrorist sympathiser – they have given this individual, this disgraceful individual, a platform and in so doing, I believe the national broadcaster has badly let us down,” he said earlier today.

THE ABC IS A “LEFTY LYNCH MOB”

The PM’s comments followed remarks he made to the Coalition joint party room during which he described Q&A as “a lefty lynch mob”.

“I think many, many millions of Australians would feel betrayed by our national broadcaster right now, and I think that the ABC does have to have a long, hard look at itself, and to answer a question which I have posed before – whose side are you on? Whose side are you on here?” Mr Abbott said.

Last year, Abbott berated the ABC for taking “everyone’s side but Australia’s”.

The attack coincides with Tony Abbott’s controversial proposal to strip Australian dual nationals of their Australian citizenship status at the Immigration Minister’s discretion.

MEANWHILE ROME BURNS…

As the economy continues to weaken with no signs of resurgence occurring any time soon, it might be reasonable to ask whether the Prime Minister’s obsession with boat people and terrorism is commensurate with the actual risk, or is the fabricated hysteria and fear-mongering simply a feeble smokescreen to divert attention away from the gross incompetence of this government in genuine areas of national significance?

ABBOTT INSISTS TERRORISTS WANT WORLDWIDE DOMINATION

Just last week Mr Abbott said the threat posed by IS, also known as Daesh, was global.

“Daesh is coming, if it can, for every person and for every government with a simple message: ‘Submit or die’,” he said.

“The declaration of a caliphate, preposterous though it seems, is a brazen claim to universal dominion.”

“You can’t negotiate with an entity like this, you can only fight it,” he said.

Talk of worldwide domination may suit Abbott’s political agenda, but at what point should the public indulge this overblown hysteria and hyperventilating before we start questioning his sanity?

Or do we simply acquiesce willingly and only wonder why we didn’t question it when it’s too late?

‘Human Ken’ dies in hospital

June 19, 2015

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The Brazilian ‘Human Ken’ has died following complications after being diagnosed with leukaemia just five months ago.

Celso Santebañes, a 20-year-old Brazilian model who spent $90,000 on surgery in order to appear like Barbie’s boyfriend Ken, died at Federal University of Uberlândia Clinical Hospital, in Brazil, after contracting pneumonia.

Mr Santebañes first came to attention when he appeared in a talk show aged 16, going on to win modelling contests.

He became increasingly fixated on looking exactly like toy manufacturer Mattel’s Ken Doll, having operations to alter the shape of his face, lips and nose.

As his fame grew, he began charging up to £10,000 for each appearance and launched his own range of Celso Dolls in Los Angeles.

But in January he announced he was started a “new cycle” of his life, telling reporters that he was “no longer concerned with the issue of aesthetics.”

“For me that doesn’t matter. What matter is my health now, and I will fight for it,” he vowed.

However the commitment was short lived.

His father, Celia Borges, told reporters: “When he was starting to fulfil his dreams, he discovered his illness and his dreams were interrupted. He had plans but God had others.”

In accordance with his wishes, Mr Santebañes was recycled last week.

Fear of Terrorism Doubles in Ten Years

June 17, 2015

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The number of Australians fearful of a terrorist threat on Australian soil has increased by 100% in the past ten years.

According to the Lowy Institute, a new survey released this week shows that the number of Australians feeling afraid of a terrorist attack has jumped from 8 per cent in 2005 to 19 per cent in 2015.

The Institute speculated that three top reasons for anxiety among those polled were the Islamic State jihadist group (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, terrorist attacks on Australian citizens overseas and local terrorism.

However the language used by the Prime Minister and other government ministers has come in for criticism particularly with PM Tony Abbott aiming to resurrect his declining popularity by harnessing the fear of a terrorist threat and spruiking the government’s hard line on issues of national security and border protection.

Tony Abbott has deliberately and systematically fostered community fears linking asylum seekers with terrorists, and employing ramped up terminology to create an elevated sense of fear, foreboding and hysteria.

For example, according to figures released by Fairfax, Tony Abbott has used the term “Death Cult”  346 times since September in Federal Parliament, press releases, interviews, transcripts and videos.

Hass Dellal, Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation said certain language used to describe terrorism can be counter-productive and cause anxiety and division.

Nick O’Brien, the former head of International Counter Terrorism in Special Branch at New Scotland Yard and an academic at Charles Sturt University, said it was important to examine the terms being used for Islamic State because the messaging needed to be consistent.

He said Mr Abbott’s repetitive use of “death cult” added to the confusing labels that muddle the message about Islamic State.

“He seems to be the only world leader that uses this phrase. The Brits certainly don’t use it, the Americans adopted a policy of using ISIL,” he said.

“A lot of people don’t know exactly what he’s referring to.”

With many Australian unsure who or what the so-called “Death Cult” actually is, the Prime Minister is pinning his hopes on resuscitating his fledgling popularity on the back of fear an scaremongering in the hope that voters will buy into his pledge to do “whatever it takes to keep you safe.”

However it appears that many Australians have simply tuned out or turned off.

Andrew Wilkie Accuses Abbott Govt of “Crimes Against Humanity”

June 15, 2015

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The following article is by Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison…

Forget dirty bombs, homegrown terrorists and death cults, the greatest terror-related threat is the Liberal and Labor parties turning Australia into a police state.

Australia’s Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs was right when she warned that over the past 14 years Australian parliaments have passed “scores of laws” that threaten fundamental rights and freedoms.

The shift began after the 2001 terrorist attacks in the US and recently accelerated, putting Australia on a cusp of becoming such a police state.

Before you dismiss this grim diagnosis, let’s step through recent examples. For instance the new national security laws handed the security services a blank cheque, cosigned by the Federal Liberal Government and Labor Opposition, both desperate to beat their chests and look tough on terror. Among other things, these laws lower the threshold for the arrest of individuals from a belief they are about to commit a crime to a suspicion they’re up to no good.

Moreover there’s the new mandatory metadata retention law which requires telecommunications companies like Telstra, Optus and Vodafone to keep records of your electronic footprint for two years including details of what phone calls you’ve made, emails you’ve sent, websites you’ve accessed and even location data from your mobile phone. And, alarmingly, security agencies won’t need a warrant to search this data.

This is an unwarranted extension of the power of government and shamefully it passed the House of Representatives with the support of Labor. Only three people, including me, out of 150 MPs, voted against this legislation.

The major parties are in lock-step over war powers.

Most democracies require their parliament to authorise deployment of military force.

Not Australia, where the Government can declare war.

Liberal and Labor agree on indefinite detention without charge in some circumstances.

Consider this country’s shameful treatment of asylum seekers including the locking up of babies and children in appalling conditions. I’m so concerned about this I asked the International Criminal Court to look into the actions of the Government as possible crimes against humanity.

Then there’s the denigration of people who speak out against these policies. Just look at the Government’s sustained attack on Professor Triggs for simply doing her job and speaking up. This vitriolic display prompted international human rights groups to rebuke the Prime Minister.

More recently a Minister called Senator Sarah Hanson-Young an “embarrassment to this country” after she revealed she was spied on during a visit to Nauru. Treasurer Joe Hockey this week denounced his economic critics as “clowns”. These are the words of bullies, not statesmen.

Fearfulness in a population is a handy ingredient for a police state and the Government is excelling with the assistance of its cheerleaders in the media. For example the front page of a national newspaper screamed recently that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Islamic State could build a “dirty bomb”, even though the sort of low-level radioactive material supposedly stolen from Iraq’s hospitals by the jihadists isn’t deadly enough to kill anyone, let alone be a weapon of mass destruction.

The truth is Australia helped create Islamic State by joining the invasion of Iraq, causing the conditions for the emergence of these jihadists.

Then there’s the nonsense about stripping Australians of their citizenship, even though the law and common sense compels us to prosecute and punish any Australian breaking an Australian law. Those Australians who think this is a good idea need to understand the Government is talking about having this power itself, rather than the courts, and that is scary. You wouldn’t want to get a Government Minister off-side just in case he de-Australianises you.

What makes Australia’s march to a police state more concerning is the Liberal and Labor parties agree on much of this nonsense. In other words, most politicians in Canberra think our pre-police state is okay and are not about to do anything about it.

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