Tuesday, October 06, 2015

In which an exiled prophet points to a crisis which can only be solved by the return of the Messiah ... and his prophets in cushy jobs with classy titles ...

(Above: and more Rowe here).

There's much movement in the world at large - as heralded by David Rowe's cartoon - but the pond spent a restless, excited, anxious night tossing and turning after Rowan Dean had announced the imminent return of the Messiah ...

Oh not in the next year perhaps - though there's always hope - but certainly within four or eight, and the pond began to hunger, to yearn, for more news from the prophets, now in exile, but destined to return exalted and honoured and treasured ...

The reptiles of Oz, in their usual way, had lined up some splendid distractions ...

How noble of the Caterists to have done a wide ranging survey of dinner parties and come to this conclusive insight into what dominates the discourse of dinner party celebrants. The sheer expense of the exercise boggled the pond's mind ... just so we could all learn what dominates polite dinner party chat.

Of course that doesn't cover impolite dinner party chat, but perhaps that's an extensive survey for another time ... and perhaps the pond should learn the difference between discourse, chat and conversation, because that too might contain a clue to the Caterists' astonishing discovery and remarkable insight.

But such considerations were immediately swept away by the return of a prophet to denounce the cruel treatment of the Messiah ... and the false gods now worshipped in His Place.

Put it another way ...

Hey nonny no, on we go, with a heart-rending tale of suffering and loss ...

Put it another way ...

Hey nonny no, on we go, with this heart-rending tale of suffering and loss and sadness and suffering and misery and despair as the abridgment of Moorice's appointment all too clearly pointed to what was going to happen to individual liberty ...

Put it another way ...

Hey nonny no, on we go, with this heart-rending tale of betrayal and the breaking of the ten commandments, and Machiavellian plotting, and repugnant, treacherous behaviour, and a lack of moral authority and the BoM out of control, and climate scientists like Moorice in despair and ...

A crisis is inevitable! Now that's a worry. Or put it another way ...

But there is an upside of course.

Maurice writes as the former chairman of the prime minister's Business Advisory Council, and the views expressed are his own and are free of bitterness and sour grapes, because he is, in his own Chicken Little way, softening up the electorate for the return of the Messiah, which, with a bit of luck, will see Maurice once again sit on the right hand side of the Messiah ...

The reaction of the punters was a little mixed, as this pond short survey of the conversation at dinner parties shows ...

And so on, but then it's the business of the prophets to be abused and even stoned as they herald the return of the Messiah ...

And happily, amidst the stone-throwers and the cynics and the mockers, there are still some out there willing to hear and listen to the message of betrayal and treachery, and the dinner party talk of crisis and moral bankruptcy which will only be sorted by the return of the Messiah ...

Then soon enough bells will ring from churches and memes will again festoon the intertubes and all will be well in the spring in the garden, so long as the roots are not severed, and the pond loves to watch television, and so in only a few brief, short years, we will be able to celebrate the return of Moorice and his happy gang ...


  1. That last pic is funny but surely it does disservices to several of the characters - not Jolly Joe's, that's perfect - and to the Addams family as a whole? Or am I thinking of the Munsters, who were inherently good? Off to TV Tropes to find out...

    1. Missing from the pic is Cousin Itt and Thing. I would attribute Malware as Thing, giving a one finger salute. "Thing was originally conceptualized as a whole creature that was too horrible to see in person." which would fairly describe how the conservative arm of the LNP would describe Mal.
      But I struggle to attribute Cousin Itt. any Suggestions?

  2. The Ten Commandments... isn't there one about not working on Sundays? Captains of industry like Moorice obey it, of course, but tell the lower classes Sunday is just the same as any other day.

  3. Rowan Dean yesterday, Moorice the New Man today ... how long can you keep this up DP ?

    No, don't answer that, there's a never-ending supply, isn't there.

    My only objection is that somehow Moorice forgot to mention the UN and the black choppers. Is he trying to keep that hidden from us now ? Or does he just have to vaguely appear as though one day he might not be clinically insane, because now he's got to find someone moronic enough to employ him. He really, really must rue the fall of Tones Yabbot.

    1. The pond modestly disclaims any responsibility GB - it is entirely the admirable work of the News machine, and the way they give the chance for angry old men to yell at clouds is to be applauded ... for after that comes the retirement home ...

    2. "... angry old men to yell at clouds". I don't think I ever quite got that before, but it's New Man's occupation going forward, I guess. I wonder how much "they' pay him to do it.

  4. It is interesting to look at the way Newman writes, if that is what he does. It is my suspicion that someone with editorial experience ghost-writes for him. When do you think was the last time Newman use the word 'sclerotic' in general talk with fellow business people?

    Or the description of Turnbull as a 'postmodern kind of guy'. 'Postmodern' is one of those weasel words (like 'politically correct') which needs no explanation but its derogatory nature is clearly understood.

    Just look at the way he summarises various policy directions out of favour with the far Right. Each comment stands alone in its own special sentence, with loaded phrases which exclude qualifying details: 'new ideas for wasting money' (REFC); 'freed of accountability and can now peddle its dubious data without scrutiny' (BoM); 'fees have escaped competitive tension' (universities);'softer line the Islamic community' (Turnbull).

    He even manages a little joke: 'The republican movement can expect royal treatment.'; and a little dose of poetic alliteration: 'a pesky public vote'.

    He pulls that section together with a smug, ironic question: 'What's not to like?' A recognisable journalese cliche.

    He then skates over a paragraph listing current economic problems, as if the Coalition need not dwell on them too much, as if the Coalition is not implicated in any way.

    More worrying is fear for the future of the big Righr wing mantra: Liberty. And Liberty is under threat because Turnbull is talking of 'consensus and cooperation'. Liberty:straight out of the American constitution.

    And so he quotes Americans - FDR and Milton Friedman - to add authority to his spiel.

    Hanging over the whole piece is an air of gloom of impending crisis.

    It sounds so much like a Murdoch editorial. The Chosen One has gone (so far) and the Usurper has stolen the throne.

    1. I suspect you're correct about Newman utilising a ghostwriter; the article also uses that Washington-referencing term "Inside the Beltway", which I've only every seen used in Australia by lazy political journalists and a few similarly slothful Tory politicians (you'd think the slugs could at least come up with a local version, like "Inside the Parliamentary Triangle" - there you are, Reptiles, feel free to use that one).

      Perhaps Pontificating Paul Kelly is the Ghost of Moorice? He loves American political jargon, and surely he must do something to justify his salary apart from showing up on TV to talk slowly and ponderously while wobbling his jowls.

    2. Steady Anons, next thing we'll be having a conspiracy theory proposing that Moorice was in fact devised by the UN as a way of highlighting the absurdity and stupidity of denialists.

      It could simply be that each day Moorice starts his day with a little kool aid and a good dose of Breitbart, Fox News and the Washington Times, and where's the harm in that, given the admirable insights thus produced ...

    3. “Unlike conservative Abbott, Turnbull appeals to the fashionable Left. He is a postmodern kind of guy, more at home in inner-city cafes than in budgie smugglers and firefighting uniforms"

      Umm, ok. I’d be fairly certain it’s the PM adorned in "budgie smugglers and firefighting uniforms" who qualifies as the postmodern one of the pair …

    4. "You know that free-market capitalism has run its race when a Coalition PM believes consensus and cooperation are the keys to economic growth"

      Umm, nobody said they were the keys. And just how does Maurice expect a Coalition PM to achieve economic growth, I wonder?

    5. The Pikkety take on Moorice, Rupe, and Co's 45 years of running things is that there's been bugger all growth except in their bugger all inequality.


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