Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Fraudband, carbon fraud, and a whiff of the foul stench known as the essence of Devine ...

(Above: found on Twitter, because it irritates the reptiles so, with a reference to Caravaggio, not far off the mark. Tweet your regard to Alex Ellinghausen here).

What else this grand day?

Well please allow the pond to provide a link to Rod Tucker's excellent outing at The Conversation, The NBN: why it's slow, expensive and obsolete, which begins this way:

That's enough Prof Tucker, the pond can't go on.

Each day we think of big Mal's fraudband, we descend into a right old blue funk of rage.

What else? Well Twitter also provided this reminder:

That was in the HUN back in July under the header Councils and business absorb Abbott Government's pledged $550 annual carbon saving (paywall protected, but can be googled).

Of course blaming councils and business is the easy way to  cop out on the selling of the big, knowing, conscious lie of the original promise.

Enough already, time for an incisive insight on the social issues that matter, and who better to turn to than Miranda the Devine?

Naturally the language in the splash was moderate, and beguiling. What better term than "moral leper colony" when discussing gay rights?

The moral leper colony! Perhaps what we need is a leper bell ...

Go on, you can Greg Hunt it here, and maybe find your missing carbon cash while you're at it ...

And so with the right tone set - remember when discussing gays, "leper colony" is the go to buzz word of the day - it's on to the Devine, with bonus fear-mongering notions such as 'emotional blackmail' and 'intimidation' - two things the guilt-laden Catholic church knows plenty about:

Yep, it's just a pathetic, watered down version of Gary Johns' scribblings from yesterday in the reptile Oz, and as reported here on the pond with great pride, as we marvelled at Johns' incisive thinking and wondrous use of statistical evidence.

Lazy, and sloppy, and without even Johns' feeble attempt at statistical manipulation, but instead with that special whiff, that lovely tang, that essence of Devine, with the spruced up reference to the moral leper colony and the emotional blackmail and the intimidation.

One comment caught the tone ...

But at least the Devine can be celebrated for her astonishing logic. Who else could propose that the failure of happiness to materialise if gay marriage becomes law might well lead to depression and suicide amongst gays ...

So campaigning against gay marriage is a compassionate attempt to prevent gays suiciding ...

Yep, with that sort of compassion, it's hate, hate, hate all the way, as you'd expect from a Catholic conservative who routinely disregards the thoughts of the Christ she's supposed to follow ...

What was it Jesus said about the lepers?You can Greg Hunt it here, and might even discover your missing carbon cash in the process. (But forget about a fast NBN, it's long gone ... not even the one who walked on water could turn copper into fibre).

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 
As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. 
They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  
He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 
Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 
Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Silly Samaritan. Stupid Jesus. Cursed be the foreigners. Save the Xians!

Enough already, and once again, the pond has to apologise for running an example of essence of Devine:

As some sort of attempt to redress the balance and remove the stink, how nice that Alex Ellinghausen's photo has turned into a meme.

It takes the photo a little further away from Caravaggio, but the meme has its own truth:

Found on Twitter ... because it irritates the reptiles so ...


  1. Let me understand this.

    Using the argument of reducing LGBTI suicide in support of marriage equality is like "holding a gun to the head" of traditional marriage supporters.

    But arguing that marriage equality is going to be bad for kids is not?

    And I guess Devine et al have given up on the "why does the debate need to be so vicious" with the "moral lepers" type language. Real mature.

  2. Hilarious article about the Donald Trump, that might be interesting for Ms Devine to read, especially the bit where at last a conservative commentator has realised that people are laughing at 'the right'.

    Poor Jonah Goldberg says "the same people we laughed at are now laughing at us because we are going ga-ga over our own celebrity."

    There is more than the "ga-ga' about celebrity to laugh at though.

    Read more at:

    but Krugman thinks "Mr. Bush has chosen to attack Mr. Trump as a false conservative, a proposition that is supposedly demonstrated by his deviations from current Republican economic orthodoxy: his willingness to raise taxes on the rich, his positive words about universal health care.

    "And that tells you a lot about the dire state of the G.O.P. For the issues the Bush campaign is using to attack its unexpected nemesis are precisely the issues on which Mr. Trump happens to be right, and the Republican establishment has been proved utterly wrong."

    You would think Krugman would realise by now that it doesn't matter to the Republicans or our wingnut right wingers that their economics are wrong.

    1. Yes, one would think that about Krugman, wouldn't one.

    2. What would two think about him?

  3. Your Malcolm/Jesus reference is brilliant!

  4. Yeah,well bugger this,I've checked everywhere you suggested DP and I'm damned if I can find my $550.Not happy.
    I read Tucker's piece also (thanks Twitter) and it is a piece that should be posted to every idiot that voted for these LNP barbarians,aka. the Dialupa Party.I feel your rage DP.

    1. An abortive effort. Our power bill has gone up $150 from the same quarter last year. Can we complain to the ACCC?

    2. Perhaps you could complain to the AEC about false electoral advertising ...

  5. I just got $5,000! according to this email.

    I think it's from Brian Louhgnane.


    Dear Friend,

    How are you today, I am here to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay though i tried my best to involve you in the business but almighty decided the whole situations. Presently i'm in Chine for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.

    Meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow. I have concluded to effect your payment through western union already sent you USD 5,000 dollars daily through Western union 5,000 daily until the total amount of the (USD $750.000 ) seven hundred and fifty thousand united state dollars is complete. As I have been given your full compensation payment total sum of (USD$750.000 ) via western union information to pick up your first payment.

    MTCN: 218-784---#### Tell him to give you the remaining 4 digits

    Sender's Name: GOWIN MM
    Text Question: How Long
    Answer: Immediately
    Amount’s: 5,000

    Contact general director control in charge through his below email address ( ) For immediate pick up/receiving you money $5,000.00USD per daily till the total amount of(USD$750.000 ) Have been transferred to you properly contact general director control in charge

    Name: Mr.Roland Emila
    Here is his email address: ( )

    Furnish him with the below data for further transfer of the fund to you because I don’t Know if there is any mistake in this first transfer.

    1. Your full Names:......
    2. Your current cell phone Number:.....
    3. Your City: ......
    4. Your: Country:......

    Please, contact ( Mr.Roland Emila ) Tell him to give you the remaining 4 digits MTCN number to you, below is the email address ( send your cell phone number in your reply to them for the process of your payment file

    Mr.Willam Dolli

  6. A brilliant first dog today.

  7. Ms Pond
    The adults in charge , with the NBN, have managed to rewrite the project management constraint from "Faster, Cheaper, Better - Pick Two, Any Two" to "Faster, Cheaper, Better- None Apply".


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