Creative Commons- by Sandra Baqirjazid.
Monday, 29 January 2018
Creative Commons- by Sandra Baqirjazid.
Friday, 26 January 2018
When the English first landed on Australian soil, they could not understand the indigenous population, their languages or their culture.
Aboriginal rock art on the Barnett River, Mount Elizabeth Station. Creative Commons, taken by Graeme Churchard.
So, feeling superior, the invaders enslaved and murdered. Of course this did not happen all at once but to our current Aboriginal generations that first day is seen as the beginning of the end.
Australia Day is on the twenty-sixth of January, a day of celebration, partying and the good old Aussie barbie (Barbecue). It’s a day of inclusion and national pride, but the indigenous people don’t feel very included. They call this day, Invasion Day. And that’s pretty correct. Our country is divided on this subject, causing many debates across the population. Many people believe that there is a simple solution, just change the date. Having Australia Day some other time will not make it harder for people to celebrate (as those opposed to the idea are stating) but just the opposite, with those Australians that formerly felt insulted and ignored finally being able to join in the fun and properly celebrate their country.
Not only that but, at a risk of sounding pedantic, not all of Australia was settled on that day. Those states and territories that were colonised on a later time, can’t be expected to celebrate fully on that day. Also this date does nothing to include all those Australians without British background, whose ancestors did not arrive with the first fleet. Western Australia (one of our states), commemorates Australia on the 28th, two days after the rest of the nation and yet there have not been any of the riots or protests that we were warned about. But besides all that, I’m talking about this country’s history. So why, when Australia has so much rich history to be proud of, do we still celebrate a day symbolising the dark parts of our past? This land has given birth to famous athletes, inventions, things to remember. Why can’t we move on from the Invasion, as a whole nation, together.
Thursday, 25 January 2018
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Well, if other outlets can do US President Donald Trump retrospectives of his first year in office, so can we. I’m indebted to Acerules for her very funny memes, in my posts, that took a lot of work. Doing research for this retrospective shows me that I often drew parallels between US and Australian situation and personalities. The themes are often the same for both countries, though there is only one Trump.
Here’s a look back at our commentary here, on Trump.
Comment on the blog:
As a Trump supporter I welcome Inauguration Day!
I believe Trump will work for the people. I think if you look past the large ego and the showman you will find a man with heart. He will want history to see him favorably and will want to leave a great Trump presidential legacy. I think he will also be paving the way for future Trump family members to follow him.
I hope he ends up surprising some of his staunchest haters!
17 January 2017.
This entry before the inauguration, about the possibility of Russian interference in the election, was one of our most read posts ever:
President and Mrs Donald and Melania Trump At the Liberty Ball on Inauguration Day
|public domain, by U.S. Army/Army Sgt. Ashley Marble|
The day after the Presidential inauguration, when women came out to protest:
A satire piece referencing first daughter Tiffany. Questions abounded online about the contents of the Tiffany box Melania Trump gave Michelle Obama at the inauguration:
A satire following speculation that the Trumps would decorate the Whitehouse in the gilded style of their New York apartment, and referencing “golden showers” rumours:
Inside the Whitehouse, a satire:
A satire involving Pauline Hanson, a far right Aussie Senator, Malcolm Turnbull, our conservative Prime Minister, and the absence of Melania Trump:
On his supporters:
On his unusual handshakes:
Presidents Trump of US and Xi of China with their wives at Mar a Lago
Public Domain, original taken by D. Myles Cullen, The White House
This post included quotes from him. He was described as a narcissist by some doctors and others:
On partisan journalism, which contributed greatly to Trump’s success, and has previously benefitted his predecessor too:
On Trump’s immigration and visa tightening:
We were angry, here, when Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement:
KEthical politics said...
“Acerules....perfectly stated...Trump said the World laughs at America....well, since he has been President the the laughing has turned to dismay which Is even worse. The World is shaking it's head at the infantile actions and decisions of its new President. Because of him the states in US will usurp him. The states will fight back. We will not let him nor his 23% of US voters ruin America”.
Trump seemed to divide people, or maybe he was just a symptom of World forces:
A satire referencing Melania’s continued absence from the Whitehouse, Comey saying he didn’t like being alone with Trump, and Melania batting Trump’s hand away when he tried to hold hers:
On the Russian influence allegations, again:
Reflecting my concerns following some world leaders’ behaviour to Trump (and each other) and his as well, to them:
By the time Fourth of July came around, I was so fed up with the fighting of my American friends (and a Canadian) over Trump, I gave them a lecture:
Reply to that post, from an American Left voter:
“Thanks KE. Loved the toon!
Trump seems like a man without much appreciation of anything other than business. It's sounds twee, but if you have little soul or appreciation of beauty, you're not bound to be mindful of preserving it around you. Can't believe it's even considered possible to mess with the Grand Canyon.
If his personal style of decor is anything to go by, he certainly has no taste. All gold n garish glamour. This is not the style of a thoughtful man. A brash snowman that unfortunately duped a nation (well a poor % of them) into thinking he could run a country.
It seems absurd that he is running things. What are his qualifications?
Why do we even allow people without a history of proven service in politics to even stand for election?
I think most people just want Middle styled politics that takes as much care as possible of as many people as possible.
I probably have an overly simplified view of things but money or nepotism (like Bush) should never be enough to run a campaign.”
Another reply to my Fourth of July post, from an American Right voter this time:
Satire following comments from Trump, saying his friend Jim wouldn’t go to Paris. Journalists couldn’t find Jim. This was prior to President Macron of France finally realising he had to charm Trump, which he did on the US President’s visit there:
As Trump and President Kim Jong Un from North Korea ramped up their nuclear stand off, the world became more nervous, me among them, mind you, Russian leader Putin was threatening nuclear war if Hilary Clinton got in, loud and clear:
Trump was mentioned in this post about regret. He doesn’t admit to regrets, usually. When he does alter a statement, he often goes back to the original.
The Russian controversy increased as Trump’s son in law was alleged to be involved with the alleged collusion. A satire:
This man Arpaio, has been quoted in news this week supporting Trump. Back then, Trump saved him:
It was the biggest year in recorded US history for natural disasters, and Trump responses were often criticised:
This one had some advice to Trump on how to resolve disputes with opposing people:
Lastly, following Trump’s mentor Steve Bannon being quoted in a somewhat disloyal way about Trump, there was this post about hero worship:
Let’s see what this year will bring. The only thing I can confidently predict about Trump is that the almost daily news , often shocking, will continue. This is not a President that likes to beaver quietly away in the shadows. He’s more a limelight, chaos kind of guy, as Margo said up above, a “large ego and” a “showman”. Well, roll up , roll up people, for year two. Will he “Make America Great Again?” Time will tell. There are world forces, he is not the only player on the stage, and greatness is relative.
“The dust clears away in places, the star burns out more quickly because it’s big and hot, and we will get to see more clearly what it was made of.
Hopefully before it causes a sequence of nuclear reactions. “
Thankyou to Acerules and our other contributors. Comments are welcome, as always.
Friday, 19 January 2018
You got your hair combed back
And your sunglasses on, baby.
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone.”
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
We all have to pay our way somehow. That seems to be how life currently is. To take up space in a community, and to get what we want, we need to provide a service, or goods of some kind. In The Getting of Wisdom, by Henry Handel Richardson, an Australian book and movie, Laura pays her way with the students, by telling stories. The book is a classic of Australian literature, and a great movie was made of it.
Ashamed of her true situation , Laura makes up lies, that entertain the other girls at the boarding school, and relieve their boredom, in a pre-screen age. This buys her popularity. I won’t spell out how that ends, but you know how lying always ends, when it is eventually found out.
Many people, companies, leaders of our community, are prepared to take that risk, for short to long term gain. It is a type of selling of the soul, that slowly poisons the psyche of the individual, and the community, I think.
In the light of that, I am opposed to large political contributions from stakeholders. It seems undemocratic, and leading to the corruption of whole political parties, I think. Surely, politicians should be there to represent their constituents, and the country or portion of the country, as a whole? How can they do that if they are representing the people who paid for their campaign first?
I think campaigns shouldn’t be paid for by the candidate either. Too many leaders these days are rich, and have no idea of the travails of the common person. I remember John Howard, a past conservative Prime Minister , having no knowledge of the prices of common groceries. I’m guessing he’s not the only leader like that around the world.
Here’s an idea, how about the taxpayers paying an equal amount for each candidate’s campaign. Parties with more candidates would have more money, sure, but if all materials were ordered through a central department, all parties could get the economies of scale.
I also think all materials should be recyclable. No more plastic banners. All candidates would be required to produce a bio, and actual policies, not empty slogans, before appearing on a tv show and no one would have more time, as is the current system. I get very irritated at the difficulty in finding out information before polling day, about the lesser known candidates, while we get sick of hearing about the cashed up ones. Quite often, that cash comes from corporations who don’t have our best interests at heart.
I’d also suggest politicians being fined, or otherwise penalised , for lying to the voters, and not fulfilling their campaign promises, or at least trying to. After all, under the Fair Trade act here, it’s illegal to make false claims about a product. It should be the same if you are “selling” yourself. Fines collected should be added to the pot to pay for campaigns. It would be a double deterrent if politicians knew their lies paid for someone else’s campaign!
'We pay for access': Lobby group's admission on political donations - The Sydney Morning Herald :
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