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  1. People tend to become addicted to what we consider vices often through inactivity. People on social service benefits become addicted to substances, both legal and illegal mainly as a result of inactivity. How can you face day after day of nothing useful to do and manage to avoid using substances to transport you from reality? I'd say the right kind of support is employment in worthwhile activities. Not mundane labouring jobs like keeping the country clean and tidy, or reclaiming the environments damaged by exotic flora and fauna. Those tasks have an importance, but doing them da
    6 points
  2. Why do we have to split the unemployed into "deserving" and "non-deserving"? That's a classic LNP tactic. Distract from the massive inequalities they all face by turning the spotlight on their addictions or lack of. Drug addiction should be treated as a medical problem, not a legal one. I've said this elsewhere but if you really want to fix the drug problem, start by taking the criminal element out of it. No one is going to pay $50 for a badly-cut dose of street drug when they can get a purer source from the local pharmacy for $10. Decriminalise and spend all that money that y
    6 points
  3. There are several arguments for making voting compulsory, but the most convincing one is that Tony Abbott is against it...
    5 points
  4. The rich get richer because the government wants them to. The rich want a government that lets them get richer and the two get into bed together. What do we see? Lowering taxes for high income earners. Rules in banking changed in direct opposition to the Royal commissions findings. Nobody in any position of authority can do any wrong, because they haven't broken the rules. The rules are mad so that those in authority are excluded form having to comply. It is a sad society, but netter than the USA. Not due to Scomo, but in spite of him.
    5 points
  5. Thanks for adding to the mix, Jerry. I appreciate your input. If we continue down the current path of disconnection between public and government (= the difference between voters and the controlling donors), then democracy is doomed. I don't like the alternatives at all. In the current system, government of the people is controlled by vested interests. So, it doesn't act in the interests of the people. To his is unlikely to change. I really like the concept of mandating that ALL political donations should be only permitted to flow thr
    4 points
  6. The worrying part for the authorities in America is the potential for a number of cells of right-wing extremists that are planning assassinations, armed takeover, and general mayhem. The FBI have arrested 68 individuals involved in the Capitol Hill mayhem, and from that they have initiated 170 "investigation" cases (obviously involving criminality, insurrection, or talk of insurrection and assassinations). The FBI head has stated, "These 170 cases are just the beginning. We have many more to go". It is obvious they are greatly concerned over the rise of a Nazi-style takeover -
    4 points
  7. I like your point Marty. I would take it further and apply it to indigenous hunting rights and insist that these rights only applied if using traditional methods and weapons.
    4 points
  8. I fear this one-year inconvenience will not be followed by a return to “normality”. Let’s face it, the post WWII decades have been a Golden Age of economic stability, especially here in OZ. We’ve been insulated from wars by fighting them in other countries, from depressions by selling off the farm, bit by bit and from pandemics by our location. The general lack of resilience of our people is shown when ordinary Aussies riot over rolls of toilet paper. Maybe Covid-19 came along just in time to prepare us for bigger threats to our comfortable way of life. He
    4 points
  9. Probably true to some very small degree, but it's far from the main causes of drug addiction. One of the main causes is having an addictive personality. The theory is a bit back to front. To be sure, there's an element in society that have never worked much and are addicted to drugs. But it's not boredom doing it; they would be doing drugs whether or not they had a job. Most people aren't on drugs because they're on the dole. A lot are on the dole because their life has taken a downward spiral after becoming addicted when they had a good job and money to fund their habit. I've come
    4 points
  10. I was going to start a new thread on examples where we were undemocratic, but the topic fits ok here... here's my list: 1. The lack of deposit legislation... Most people don't want to live surrounded by rubbish, and deposits are known to be effective. But even where they have been in for years, like in SA, they are too little and on too few things. Most other places are worse. 2. Quarantine in CBD's. In the olden days, they knew to put quarantine places on islands etc. 3. Insane population growth. We will outgrow our food supply the way we are headed. 4. Insane impris
    4 points
  11. As Octave said, postal vote. I understand your frustration, but by destroying your ballot you're not changing anything in the system, just taking your voice out of it. The reason it's compulsory is so we don't end up with a Trump, or a Pauline, or a Clive in the top job. If voting's not compulsory then you run the risk that only the fringe-dwellers (on any end of the political divide) will vote. Hence you end up with all the Democrats in the US in 2016 sitting back at home because they thought everyone else would vote for Hilary. With everyone having to vote I th
    4 points
  12. The problems in the US have been getting worse and festering since the days of Richard Nixon and even before that JFK hailed as a great American President by most of the world was assassinated. An analysis on the ABC website by Stan Grant makes interesting reading. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-10/us-toxic-politics-started-long-before-donald-trump-arrived/13042856 The US has teetered on the verge of collapse for its entire history. For the most part the lies of previous presidents have been with reference to a specific issue. Trump though has made lying an artform and his m
    4 points
  13. You can apply to be a General Postal Voter Electors who are registered as general postal voters will be sent ballot papers as soon as practicable after the declaration of nominations for a federal election, the issue of writs for a federal referendum, or according to the legislative timeline for a state or local government election (contact your state Electoral Commission for more details). Once you are registered as a general postal voter, you will automatically receive your ballot papers in the mail after an election has been announced. You do not need to re-apply for futur
    4 points
  14. The apathy has been accelerated by the modern trend of all politicians avoiding open (to the public) announcement of a complete policy portfolio, of a three year plan for which they are accountable, followed by a six year plan, has cheapened out politics to a level of meme trading. Eventually the apathy (disempowered voters feeling helpless) turns to anger......
    4 points
  15. Bruce, you have a winner of a post above, with regard to the basic problems of the U.S., its constitution, and American love of, and worship of firearms. The lie about how anyone can become really rich with hard work and a bit of talent, does have a degree of truth to it, that's why it's constantly repeated. But the basis of that ascension to great wealth and power, is that you must have the following skills; 1. Be utterly ruthless and care little about your fellow man. Rip them off mercilessly with whatever you engage in. 2. Train and work as a
    4 points
  16. Politicians are just like anyone else who has a career that requires a long "apprenticeship". These types narrow their thinking down to the requirements of their professions and live with tunnel vision. All politicians can see is the retention of their parliamentary place. You can quite easily point out those Members who do in fact work for their constituents, but that work is usually related to dealing with the bureaucratic fixed positions of the Public Service. Those Members are not the ones participating in the development of Party policies. That's left to the ambitious pushers and shakers
    4 points
  17. CAUTION! THREAD DRIFT The Spanish brought the tomato back from the New World and it was considered only as a decorative plant for a long time. Then people, the rich of course, started eating it and dying. So the survivors said it was poisonous. Turns out that the Rich were eating the tomatoes off pewter. Early pewter had a very large lead content. Because lead is a poisonous substance, its daily or frequent use resulted in the chemical leaching out of the plate, spoon or tankard and quickly being absorbed into the human body. As a result, many died from pewter poisoning. Tomatoes a
    4 points
  18. As an update to my Son's art in the opening post I am a very proud father with Lachlan has just been offered his first choice in his VCAT University Placing. Lachlan did Year 12 VCE last year (2020) through the Covid pandemic, sat his exams and over the Christmas break he was given 3 conditional university offers including a scholarship at Monash Uni. His first choice was Bachelor of Communication Design at RMIT University and yesterday he received his first round offer of just that. So that now makes both of my kids have gone/going to University. Caitlin finished her Bachelor of C
    3 points
  19. The peasants are revolting! It amazes me that so many Americans vote against their own best interests. Most of the developed world has much more efficient social welfare than the US. and a lot less crime. All they seem to know about Europe is the high taxes; they don’t seem to realize people live safer, healthier and more secure lives. https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/playlist/the-nordic-way?vpid=p09312qp
    3 points
  20. The personality and character, and cultural history of the extremist right-wing American "patriot" - the one who doesn't trust any Govt, who is generally a religious gun-fondler, and who is basically a war-monger at heart, comes from the Lowland Germans (mostly Hessians) who went to America as mercenaries during the American Revolution. Not surprisingly, they fought on both sides, with the larger percentage of them on the side of the British. But a percentage also fought with the Americans. The vast majority of these Germans were strong Lutherans, well-trained soldiers, and they ha
    3 points
  21. You poor bastard. That's a nazi situation to be in.
    3 points
  22. To be fair, if the Constitution is held to be inviolate since the day it was penned (or "quilled"), then surely the arms that the people have the right to bear should be limited to those available at the time of said quilling? Lets see them doing mass shootings with a muzzle-loading Brown Bess.
    3 points
  23. But that transistor might have played Rock and Roll!
    3 points
  24. The reason the Aboriginals care not a whit about picking up rubbish is twofold. 1. They produced practically no rubbish in their original native culture and existence. What rubbish they did produce was natural, organic products, such as bark, leaves and other plant matter, which rapidly decomposed. They do not have any ingrained "tidiness" in their thought patterns. 2. They believe that all the current rubbish they leave lying around is "white mans rubbish". White man produced it, so it's white mans responsibility to pick it up.
    3 points
  25. Before a constitution is changed there should be a good reason for changing it. The fact that it is 233 years old is nowhere near good enough. There are moves afoot to get rid of Trump and impeachment will probably be tried, but time runs out too soon. The vice president it seems can get rid of Trump by getting him declared unfit. He would then assume the role pf President, but I cannot see that happening, Trumps mad supporters would murder Pence and he may have bodyguards, but they would have to keep him out of sight for many years. The Trump supporters are about as mad as trump him
    3 points
  26. Bruce, I like your list. It would be a great starting point for any political party to make a six point policy platform like that. The old adage 'make your goals simple but achievable' would help voters judge the actual performance of elected members. Not ignoring the big ticket items such as reducing dirty fossil fuel use, or limiting foreign interferance, which still must be addressed but we need to keep the message down to less than an A4 page or the punters won't get around to reading it.
    3 points
  27. I agree with that, but in my opinion the amount of litter in the public places nowadays is vastly less than what it was when I was a kid. Without the benefit of Bruce's post here, I actually noticed the lack of litter in the streets a few weeks ago. When I was a kid, it was said that country roads did not need cats' eyes on posts to mark the edges at night because there were plenty of beer bottles there to do the job. Now we really do need the cats' eyes because there are no bottles. There is more untidiness in city streets from bird droppings or the aftermath of raids by Bin Chi
    3 points
  28. Good pic onetrack, it would have fooled me for sure. But getting back to the off-topic, I would certainly vote for drug policies like Marty expounds. In fact, I reckon most people would... so why are we doing the opposite?
    3 points
  29. It always amuses me that American Christian fundamentalists have so little real faith in God, they take their guns to church. God must be appalled. And just the other day, a pastor in his church, armed with a gun, apprehended a crim hiding in the church. Rather than take the Godly approach of assisting with the crims problems and sitting down and talking to him, and getting him to think about what he was doing - he drew his gun on him! So the crim promptly took the gun off the pastor, and shot him dead! So much for their total faith in their firearms!
    3 points
  30. Well quite simply, we haven't invested in that area for years. That doesn't happen by accident . It has to be a policy. In the lower socio economic suburbs, there are more gambling facilities and liquor stores. What a co incidence.. The rich have the money and the poor have debt. People are encouraged to buy what they can't possibly afford. Buy some thing on the never never and get cash back. Pokies that take your pension check off you in two hours. and the proprietors are well aware of it.." Clubs Australia" have a lot of election clout. Big effect in TASSIE in the last few.. Nev
    3 points
  31. IF you have Bu##er all taxes you get the same amount of services. The ordinary Russian lives a pretty ordinary life. Russia gets most of it's revenue from OIL. Their economy isn't strong. IF anyone's on welfare here they are really doing of tough especially considering WE are considered RICH amongst the worlds nations. We shouldn't have homeless and people who have to beg in the streets. The rich want to be here as they've become rich here but with them "too much is never enough". IF they go through a red light the fine is small change. For a pensioner it's a near disaster.. It's supp
    3 points
  32. Just myself, a few friends and a ouija board.
    3 points
  33. Get George Christensen on the case, he's a gun nut and rabid Trump supporter. Tell him there's a pigeon named after Joe Biden and he'll be out there like a plus-sized marine.
    2 points
  34. I have only got one left ball. Does that mean that I am like Hitler.
    2 points
  35. Plebiscite - oh gawd not that again. Used by Tony Abbott as an excuse to kick the can of gay marriage a little further down the road. The parliament knew the will of the people already but played silly buggers to delay it as much as they could, and when they finally asked for the public's opinion under Turnbull, surprise surprise, they got the same answer. I think that they're there to represent us. Not represent one small part of their electorate but the majority of people in their electorate. I can't believe that the majority of people of Dawson (Mackay, Townsville, A
    2 points
  36. ome, I've read back through the previous posts and can't see any putting down Aboriginals. Some realistic observations were expressed about rubbish levels, but I can't see any put downs among them. Could you let us know which comments you consider to be putting Aboriginals down. Just curious, that's all.
    2 points
  37. Bob Dylan said it all in 1964, https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/thetimestheyareachangin.html Things have definitely changed. Online shopping has exploded for all sorts of things. Cash is becoming obsolete. The 5-day working week is changing to a 4-day week. The Internet and all involved with it is joining people together to a degree that was unimaginable 35 years ago. It is also allowing everyone to access information at the click of a mouse button, or even at the utterance of a few words. And these are the things that pop readily to mind. I remember as a scho
    2 points
  38. To Aussie eyes, yes; but don't forget who he’s appealing to. To get anywhere in US politics you need to appear in front of at least one flag and talk sincerely about “heroes” and democracy; having a preacher by your side is also almost mandatory.
    2 points
  39. Are you sure about that process? I've done a few of those courses. I thought the motto was "Indemnify, Plan, Implement, Review" But I might have been nodding off when they got that far into the training...... 😱
    2 points
  40. One of the better statements; if not for a clause in the US constitution, this bloke could be the President to unite a divided nation. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/arnold-schwarzenegger-twitter-president-donald-trump-b809079.html
    2 points
  41. Good onya Marty . You are spot on there. Addict are vilified. That doesn't help find a proper solution. The addict and people they affect can't fix, or cope with it on their own. The "system" needs to provide support of the right kind. Save a lot of money and lives in the long run. Prohibition only ups the price and lowers the quality.. Alcohol abuse is in there with the others.. Nev
    2 points
  42. Getting back to the origins of the thread - Who knew, that the British, during WW2, did some artful modification to a photo of Hitler - showing him with his dick out, and holding it in his hand! - then produced the photo as a postcard, and then air-dropped it all over Germany! The stunt was pulled by the British Political Warfare Executive (PWE), a clandestine unit put together to produce material designed to damage enemy morale. The PWE engaged in a wide range of propaganda production, some of which was quite controversial. Possibly the most controversial was the exerc
    2 points
  43. In any country which allows freedom of thought and expression, half the population will be for you, and half agin ya'. One of the most famous sayings attributed to Abraham Lincoln is about deception: You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. It's attributed to him, but may not have been his to own. The concept was an old one. An intriguing precursor appeared in a popular 1684 work of apologetics titled: “Traité de la Vérité de la Religion Chrétienne” by Jacques Abbadie who was
    2 points
  44. A country that can't be trusted still has Trump
    2 points
  45. They don't even need to be silly buggers. The cleaner who got a positive test in Qld was just doing her job. We all do our job and if we come into contact with someone who is spreading the virus, we do not know immediately. the only way we can be sure we don't spread the virus is to become a hermit. Go to work, go home and nothing else. Who is willing to do that when there are no unaccounted for cases in the state. Is anyone who doesn't do this a silly bugger. Then again we had the woman who went to Blackwater to view the sunset, or so she said. Was she a silly bugger? too right, but her lawye
    2 points
  46. Yes not the majority but a worryingly large minority, large enough to cause significant problems for civil society.
    2 points
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