Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In which the pond wonders if there's intelligent life somewhere up in space near Pluto, because there's bugger all down here on earth in the Murdochian rags ...

(Above: and more delicious Pope here, as the pond tries to work out whether the emissions are hot air, steam or volcanic ash).

As a routine scribbler of bad words on social media, it's understandable that the pond would be reluctant to visit the fascist state of Abu Dhabi.

Worse, as a devoted believer in Santa Claus (or was that just an addiction to the presents?), the pond is perfectly willing to believe that the current fuss about cattle has nothing to do with Tony Abbott, Julie Bishop or the posturing of the rest of the mob in Canberra.

And if you believe that, you too can believe in Santa Claus well into middle age. Just close your mind and think of the presents ...

Meanwhile, a Moir for the day to get the mind kicking over ...

Golly GD he read your mind.

Now let's get that man to run a defamation action ... (and more Moir here).

Meanwhile, the pond is still struggling to keep up with the relentless wave power of the reptiles - if we could only harness the energy, there'd be no energy problem for the world.

This caught the eye of the pond yesterday:

Is that ...?

Is that?


Yes, it was he, and is he the man featured in this old Tristan Edis piece?

Yes, it is he, and so a man too hot for the IPA - imagine that, too hot for the IPA - finds a home amongst the reptiles and is much loved in Tony Abbott's office.

Of course the one mistake that Tristan made in his piece here was to assume that there were any lessons for Tony Abbott, any lessons at all ... as if somehow Abbott might be expected to give a toss about renewable energy, climate science, effective policies and all the rest of the folderol he's been busy denying for years.

Tossers don't toss that way.

But the pond did relish the notion that businessman Dick "the denialist" Warburon was going to be less biased than the extremely biased Alan Moran ...

Now there's some mighty fine hair-splitting, but how reassuring that the hares can always find a home amongst the reptiles, where they can kick the renewable energy can down the road ...

But then what else can you expect from the reptiles?

Currently and curiously, the more they peddle conservative Catholicism - fear and loathing of gay marriage high on the list - the more the reptiles reveal a deep fear and loathing for the current Pope and his weird fixation on the planet.

This from the reptile editorialist:

Eek, not the greenie lefties with socialist tendencies.

Of course the crucifix - accepted only to be polite - is really just a handy prop for a now standard rant of the kind which has taken hold of the GOP in the US, making a tidy nexus between Hispanics, Catholics, drug fiends and rapists.

It's pure "the Donald", which is why the pond marvels at the straight face that the reptiles keep while blathering about radical theological bias.

Tell that to a passing gay ...

Never mind, it's a win-win for your average atheist, especially when the Pope starts sounding like Jesus and blathering about eyes of needles and camels and the deviant rich ...

Where does that leave Chairman Rupert? Is there a hell big enough for him to rot in?

When will these meddlesome, troublesome priests take a powder and leave the reptiles alone?

The useless Anglicans were at it too, preaching their greenie leftie rubbish:


But who's going to get the angry Sydney Anglicans to pray?

The pond fondly remembers the Jensenist contribution to the science, a fine dog-whistling effort:

You can find the rest of the piece at the angry Sydney Anglican site, comically headed In Defence of Science, though if you believe angry Anglicans, it should have been headed In Defence of Adam and Eve, and Eve's complimentary role (with free popcorn), intelligent design and a Young Earth.

Naturally the trolling - which is to say the Jensenist tut-tutting about the scientific consensus on global warming - brought out the very best of angry Sydney Anglicans:

Wow, they really do have the super octane kool aid available at the church door ...

But don't think the paranoia's going away any time soon, with that mention of Julia Gillard a pawn at the hands of the satanic financial elite a useful cue to the doings of the Daily Terrorists today:

Now the pond left that Woolworths ad attached to the front page for a reason.

The pond has been boycotting Woolworths for months, heading off to IGA, Coles, Aldi, anyone other than Woolworths, and what a pleasant, enjoyable change it's been.

Now advertisers should pay the price for being associated with irresponsible, demonstrably false ratbag tabloid outrages, so have you thought of extending the ban on Murdochian tabloids to take in Woolworths?

Here, Melburnians, you too have a reason to think about the usefulness of a boycott:

Yep, there's Woolworths again, condoning and financing irresponsible, demonstrably false Murdochian tabloids.

Now some might argue that the pond is being over-sensitive, but think about it.

With the money you save - Coles and Aldi are routinely cheaper - you could spend your money on some high quality journalism. You know:

The funny thing is, the Murdochians are now so steeped in loons, so photoshopped weird and wonderful, and some too strange - even for the IPA -  that they wouldn't have the first clue how they're actively destroying their business ...

The pond would actively hide any nearby fire extinguisher if it found a stack of Murdoch tabloids on fire, but as for the rest, the pond continues to counsel against despair.


Toujours gai kid and more of Archie and Mehitabel here, including the rest of mehitabel's extensive past.

And there's always a Cathy Wilcox cartoon, and more Wilcox here.

Mein leader, I can valk ...


  1. Ah, GD, you've really made the grade now. A mention in the body of DP's blog!

  2. Is Alan Moran's surname pronounced mawr-on?

  3. A minor, but very significant point.
    As usual with right-wing apologist for christian-ism the dingbats at the Oz trot out the line that what is now called institutional Christianity has existed for 2000 years.
    This is essentially a lie because what is now called "official"institutional christian-ism only came into existence when the multi-various early Christian movement was co-opted by the Roman state. Which is to say that "official" christian-ism only about 1700 years old.
    Jesus of course was never ever in any sense a christian, nor did he found the religion about him, every smidgen of an iota of which was created by others who never ever met Jesus up close and personal.
    And of course the "official' version was put in place by those who won the culture wars of their time and place - via the business ends of swords of course. They thus consolidated their power and privileges, and the power to define and deal with "heretics" too - which they systematically began to do.
    Christian-ism is of course a "heresy"- hunting "religion"

    1. Of course, there's always the reasonably coherent explanation that the Gospels are simply a Flavian imperial psy-ops campaign, coordinated by Titus and using the expertise of a diverse group of associates from Judea (turncoats like Josephus, ruling Herods such as Berenice etc) to subordinate the rebellious Jewish population by suppressing the Torah and using a new set of scriptures to run a spurious pacifist opposition movement against Rome. This was designed to be in divisive competition with the traditional Maccabbeean messianic militarist faction. This theory would consider the Gospels as being texts written to order by the Imperial inner court somewhere around 70 AD.

    2. Same old: imperial psy-ops campaign... Judea... wars of their time and place - via the business ends of swords of course... -isms covering resources grabs.

      Current long war ongoing:

      Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS
      How the west created the Islamic State

      Something that jumped out at me was the assertion that no banks at all in Iraq were looted by Isis in accumulating their mighty stash. Despite all that mainstream meeja story telling it's virtually all - ALL - Uncle Sam's and Uncle Saud's, and freely given. WTF in Zion??


  5. Moran looks a little like our cultural attache' to the far east.

  6. There should be an inquiry to Alan Morans appointments to murdockian opinion pages.
    It's disgrace that this dangerous individual has been allowed to spew his hatred in a national paper.
    Has the security failed or are they all under the influence of koolaid. How did this immoral individual slip through the system? I'm sure there's a code of conduct these editors must/should follow, and if they don't, Heads Must Roll!

  7. Indeed Anon, and here it is -

    The first section is titled Accuracy.


    Facts must be reported impartially, accurately and with integrity.
    Publications should take reasonable steps to ensure reports are accurate, fair and balanced.
    Clear distinction must be made between fact, conjecture, comment and opinion.
    Try always to tell all sides of the story in any kind of dispute. Every effort must be made to contact all relevant parties.
    Do not knowingly withhold or suppress essential facts.
    Journalists should not rely on only one source. Be careful not to recycle an error from one reference source to another.
    Direct quotations should not be altered except to delete offensive language, protect against defamation, or to make minor changes for clarity.
    Headlines and captions must reflect the tone and content of the article.
    Reports of new drugs or medical treatments must be considered with great caution. It is easy to raise false hopes or alarm among readers.
    Information sourced from social media must be verified and checked for accuracy before publication on any platform.
    Editors must be informed of photographs sourced from social media sites.
    Images prepared for publication must meet the guidelines of the Photographic Enhancement and Manipulation policy, outlined below in Section 18.

    I think just today New Ltd managed to breach all of these policies. And I'll willing place a fiver in the Godwin jar just to link to this.

  8. Indeeed Anon. And here it is.

    Check the first section on Accuracy. I reckon Nedws Ltd have breached all policies just today.

    And I will willingly pay $5 to DP's Godwin jar to link to this...

  9. Hey - I got an email today from President Obama! No big deal I suppose, I just somehow managed to get on his email list of millions.

    The White House, Washington

    Dear xxxx,

    Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States -- together with our international partners -- has achieved what decades of animosity has not:

    A comprehensive, long-term deal that will verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    This deal shows the real and meaningful change that American leadership and diplomacy can bring -- change that makes our country and the world safer and more secure.

    We negotiated from a position of strength and principle -- and the result is a nuclear deal that cuts off every pathway to a nuclear weapon.

    I want to make sure every American knows what this deal means and how it works. Take a look here.

    Because of this deal, Iran will not be able to produce highly enriched uranium or weapons-grade plutonium, the raw materials necessary to build a bomb. Here's why:

    Under this deal, Iran will reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98 percent, remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges -- the machines necessary to produce highly enriched uranium -- and store them under constant international supervision.

    To put that in perspective, Iran currently has a stockpile that could produce up to 10 nuclear weapons. Now, its uranium stockpile will be reduced to a fraction of what would be required for a single weapon.

    Under this deal, Iran will modify its nuclear reactor in Arak so it cannot produce weapons-grade plutonium -- and all spent fuel from the reactor will be shipped out of the country indefinitely.

    This deal is not built on trust -- it's built on verification. Under this deal, we will, for the first time, be in a position to verify that Iran is meeting all of these commitments. International nuclear inspectors will have access to Iran's nuclear program -- where necessary, when necessary. This is the most comprehensive and intrusive verification regime that we have ever negotiated. If Iran tries to divert raw materials to covert facilities, inspectors will be able to access any suspicious locations.

    As Iran implements this deal, it will receive gradual relief from sanctions. If it violates any aspect of this deal, sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy will snap back into place.

    Learn more, and get additional context, right here.

    That's the deal.

    It has the full backing of the international community. Without it, there'd be no agreed-upon limitations on Iran's nuclear program and other countries would feel more compelled to pursue their own programs, threatening a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world.

    Put simply: No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East.

    That is why it would be irresponsible to walk away from this deal. Moving forward, I welcome a robust debate in Congress on the details of this deal. As Commander-in-Chief, I am confident that this deal will meet the national security interests of the U.S. and our allies. So I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal.

    Our differences with Iran are real, and the difficult history between our nations cannot be ignored. But it is possible to change. The path of violence and rigid ideology; a foreign policy based on threats to attack your neighbors or eradicate Israel -- is a dead end. A different path -- one of tolerance, and peaceful resolution of conflict -- leads to more integration into the global economy, more engagement with the international community, and the ability of the Iranian people to prosper and thrive. This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction.

    We should seize it.

    Thank you,

    President Barack Obama

    1. Well you can't say they don't know how to use social media. I also got an email from Michelle and a Dr John Holdren with some great pictures of Pluto.

      I think the White House is working in overtime- or they have some very clever bots.

    2. A pivot to Asia next, Mr President?

  10. Some win and some lose and if you’re lucky you get some and then with a bit more luck you get much, much more.

  11. "The pond has been heading off to ... Coles ... Aldi, anyone other than Woolworths..."

    Oh, Dorothy, COLES?

    Now, they don't like Aldi's tax arrangements at all, and IGAs in the Pharmacy Guilders' taxpayer rip shops can't be good, but heading off to COLES to save some fiat dosh?? Ya think?

    When it's cross-subsidised COLES by tax-subsidised COAL??? COAL to save you?

    ASX Market Update
    Morningstar, 15 Jul 2015
    Wesfarmers Limited (WES) Wesfarmers advised price negotiations for the July to September 2015 quarter for metallurgical coal exports from Wesfarmers Resources' Curragh mine in Qld's Bowen Basin have now been concluded with the majority of customers. For the July to September 2015 quarter, the weighted average US$FOB for new contract prices of Curragh metallurgical coal (hard coking, semi coking and PCI) will decrease by 15% as compared to the April to June 2015 quarter prices.70% of deliveries in the July to September 2015 quarter are forecast to be at the new contract prices with the balance at carry over prices, and subject to actual contract deliveries for the July to September 2015 quarter. WES added $1.03 (2.54%) to $41.58.

    Wesfarmers Resources - We are a significant Australian open-cut miner
    Wesfarmers Curragh Pty and Wesfarmers Bengalla Limited (40 per cent) "SUSTAINABILITY We are committed to operating in a sustainable manner and take our environmental and social responsibilities seriously." Gongs for coal export

    Wesfarmers - Investment in coal assets

    Wesfarmers - Climate change and "resilience"

    Wesfarmers - Reporting carbon emissions

    Wesfarmers "Sustainability" Report 2014

    Stewart Butel, Managing Director, Wesfarmers Resources

    Woolies, bad?

    1. Oh okay the pond is off to the farmers market to get the gruel ...

  12. Moran is a chap who has escaped my attention, perhaps to mutual benefit. But he certainly generates a bit of morbid curiosity. Too extreme for IPA lends a bit of distinction.

    And his appearance in The Oz has given me a rare chance to praise that rag. In particular their photographer is entitled to the highest acclaim for capturing that demented look in that picture. Like Henry Elgas, Alan Moran is one to watch. To overshadow barking mad Chris Kenny on its own is worthy of distinction.

    I have it on good authority from Cory Bernardi's minders incidentally that they are not intending to use Kenny as an example of what can happen if we condone gay marriage.



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