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Political correctness gone mad

The club I belongs to wants to make and distribute Christmas cakes and sweets to older military veterans who may be alone over Christmas.

Not an easy job, given that (a) privacy laws prevent us finding out where they are, let alone who they are and (b) we need a commercial kitchen. Maybe the local RSL clubs can put us in touch with some Vets.

Governments (and the civil libertarians that help frame these laws) certainly make it difficult to help people in a time of need.

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Applications > Mac – TPB

What the? Our national carrier, QANTAS, has bowed to Islam and removed pork (and alcohol) from its menu into Dubai.

What a ham-fisted, gutless decision. 

QANTAS, you’re an Australian airline, not an Islamic carrier. 

Anyway, there are better, lower-cost airlines and I, for one, will be flying them from now on. 

Ref: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/travel/news/qantas-pork-ban-after-emirates-deal-enrages-bacon-lovers-on-facebook/story-fn3015fd-1226613567386

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Election brochures so sanitised

Strange. We don’t have a local MP, as our sitting MP John Kobelke (a great member) is retiring. Naturally he’s backed the Labour candidate, Janet Pettigrew, whose election guff arrived this week.

Her brochure is such a predictable piece of propaganda that it makes me think twice about voting for her. There’s nothing about who she actually is; just a lot of words about how many committees she’s been on.

Every photo is the same – Janet with a local resident who’s associated with some issue she’s been involved in. All a big yawn, really. 

I’m assuming all electorate material is the same. Really, what I want is to know the person. After all, it’s a week to voting and this is the first time I’ve been introduced to the candidate. 

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What a waste of water, our most precious resource

WA’s Department of Water is reportedly wasting the resource it’s supposed to protect, according to today’s Sunday Times / PerthNow.

“More than half a gigalitre of water, enough to fill more than 230 Olympic-sized pools, was drawn illegally by users of the Gnangara Mound, but only $7500 in fines were issued,” the paper says.

Brilliant.

It’s about the Department, which is supposed to regulate / monitor WaterCorp. But both are useless, as are many Perth residents, who continue to water their lawns, our most precious resource, wasted on weeds.

The reason this is allowed is that WaterCorp research shows if Perth didn’t have been lawns it would be bad psychologically (WaterCorp won’t tell us that – it’s a secret). Well, we don’t water our corner block and it comes back green when the rain arrives.

WA has it priorities wrong. Sad to say the politicians here have no balls, otherwise they’d introduce watering bans, not restrictions. If you’d lived in places that have almost zero water, as I have, you’d appreciated the waste.

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Are Aussies wimps?

Two articles ion ths morning’s media got me thinking how soft we are becoming.

The first is a piece from Max Allen in The Australian on wine and how we’re not into the big, bold reds we once consumed in the 1990s. These days it’s “pinots and syrahs” (that’s French for Shiraz).

The wines lack “balls”.

In much like the way kids use to play outside and be adventuresome, the second article, from The Daily Telegraph, touches on this theme. It claims the increasing use of the internet has turned us into a “nation of nerds”.

We’ve got more leisure time, but we’re not outside. No. We’re watching YouTube, or tweeting on posting to Facebook.

I don’t see that many kids playing at the park any more.

Come on people, get off the web and get a (Aussie) life.

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Colin Barnett pork barrelling

It’s blatantly obvious there’s an election in WA. Premier Colin Barnett has already resurrected the TV ads that tell everyone what a marvellous job the government is doing. Now he surpassed that by announcing a $300,000 shark tower for Cottesloe Beach, which just happens to be in his electorate. What about the other beaches in Perth?

 See:

Premier’s electorate to get shark tower – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Gillard pathetic

Not much really needs to be said about the Prime Minister’s lack of interest in the Tasmanian bushfires. She wasn’t there. Period. Apparently being at the cricket was more important. Her excuse? She didn’t want to get in the way of emergency services crews. Sorry, PM, that doesn’t wash. Just another piss-poor performance.

Govt to support bushfire communities: PM | Herald Sun: “”

(Via.)

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More lousy journalism

An example of how the WA media is so parochial and pathetic. This story is more than a week old. The PerthNow web site (and the Sunday Times newspaper – front page) decide to give it the usual parochial treatment of “Perth”. Trouble is what about the rest of the teenagers in WA? Don’t they like sending rude pictures to their friends, too? Apart from that, it’s a piss-poor story.

Teenagers embrace new secret sexting craze on smartphones | Perth Now: “”

(Via.)

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Call me cynical

The WA Premier yesterday announced he would introduce a Minister for Veterans – a laudable move.

However, I suspect he has the election in mind by doing so. Veterans are a fairly sizeable group in society and have effective organisations behind them (RSL and young vets groups). Their voting patterns are likely to be Labor and LIberal. 

What better way to won them all over by having a Veterans Minister? It shows the government cares.

Needless to say, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan says he’ll do the same, should Labor be elected.

I’d hope Barnett could make a start by offering Veterans free transport, as they do in NSW. 

I’ve written to Transport, the Minister and my coal Member about this, with no luck.

Surely in a State supposedly as wealthy as WA, the government can see its way clear to provide this small benefit to Vets? Why wait until the election? SHow some interest.

However, I’m not so sure why the government has waited so long. And I’m sceptical about its motives. Wouldn’t be the first time they pork-barrelled.

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Aussies in Afghanistan

So there’s our soldiers, fighting in Afghanistan, seeing their mates being killed by whoever. Then the Department of Defence launches an inquiry into alleged inappropriate treatment of prisoners, but not because they were tortured but because there was, to quote the Chief of the Defence Force: “possible use of unauthorised questioning techniques … limited to inappropriate language”. Say what? Aussie solders swore at people who were trying to kill them. Who would have thought? The charge was brought by an ADF member: probably some base-camp clerk who’s never been “beyond the wire”. I wonder how the Taliban or Al-Qaeda would treat an Australian if captured?

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