Friday 21st of June 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-06-17 11:33



Without Murdoch, this frightening useless cynical Scummo government would have bitten the dust. Though the Murdoch media got some flack from the AFP, Gus is cynical enough and knowledgeable enough to guess that this raid on the Murdoch establishment was a counterpoint to "avoid" the GET THE ABC exclusive tag associated with these raids.


The main raid of course is the ongoing ransacking of the ABC already meagre coffers — under the covert direction of the full ultra-right fascist commercial media. 


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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-06-17 11:12



Parallel to that open sewer of satire in Georgian London were real open sewers. A lot of the humour of 18th-century satirists is coloured by the realities of urban living, and the colour is often brown. London was expanding exponentially northwards and westwards, but it was still a city with no flush toilets. No wonder, then, that there’s a kind of faecal satirical trickle-down, from Swift’s scatology, via Hogarth, to Gillray and his contemporaries. In The French Invasion; or John Bull, Bombarding the Bum-Boats, published in 1793 under a pseudonym, Gillray anthropomorphised the map of England into the body of George III, who’s firing turds out of his arse (Portsmouth) on to the French fleet. Likewise, Midas, Transmuting All into Paper, published in 1797, shows William Pitt vomiting bank notes and shitting money into the Bank of England.

This earthiness – “Hogarthian” defines it perfectly – didn’t necessarily age well. Swift’s dark last book of Gulliver’s Travels, which his contemporaries “got” with no trouble, led the Victorians to dismiss him as a deranged misanthrope. Gillray has suffered a similar fate, but the 18th-century audience had stronger stomachs. They had only to walk down the street to find not just shit in the gutters, but around the next corner, a child being publicly executed for stealing a bun. That said, it’s the rawness of their filthiness that makes Gillray and Hogarth far more approachable than many of their contemporaries.

Which gets us to the heart of the beast, and why Gillray in particular, 200 years after his death, still matters. Personally, I believe satire is a survival mechanism to stop us all going mad at the horror and injustice of it all by inducing us to laugh instead of weep. More simply, satire serves to remind those who’ve placed themselves above us that they, like us, shit and they, too, will die. That’s why, if we can, we laugh at both those things, as well as being disgusted and terrified by them. Beneath the veil of humour, there’s always a deep, disturbing darkness.


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Gus: A paper like The New York Times needs more cartoonists, not none, to flush the often too seriously flawed slanted news down the sanitising toilets of satire. 


I dare the NYT to publish this above cartoon!


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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-06-17 10:37

Washington has been supporting self-proclaimed Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido since January 2019 in a bid to force democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro to resign, but without success.

The US president's National Security Adviser John Bolton has taken to Twitter to accuse Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of allegedly misusing the country's money. Bolton claimed that Maduro paid $209 million to Russia under a defence contract to "buy" Moscow's support and once again called for the elected president to resign.

However, the national security adviser failed to present details on the alleged defence contract between Venezuela and Russia. Moscow hasn't commented on his claims yet. The two countries have signed contracts on the supply of military equipment to the Latin American state in the past, but these deals were fulfilled long before Venezuela was struck by economic and political instability.

Head of the Russian state corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov said at the SPIEF 2019 that although Caracas is interested in buying new military equipment from Moscow, it can't afford to do so right now due to economic problems and US sanctions.

Deputy Director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Anatoly Punchuk recently said that new military contracts between the two states are unlikely to be signed in the near future due to the harsh economic conditions in Venezuela, which have partially been caused by American sanctions.


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The amount of lies and deception from the US Trump administration, attached to its punitive actions is phenomenal... Not even Ghengis Khan and his hordes of barbaric ransackers were so evil — should the word evil exist, it would be now defined by the existence of Bolton, Pompeo and Trump. 

by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-06-17 10:27

A mystery virus is causing one of the country's most unique animals to go blind.

Key points:

  • Lumholtz's tree kangaroos normally live in the rainforest canopy
  • In recent years they have been found disoriented in schools and on roads
  • One theory is the leaves they eat are increasing in toxicity due to weather changes


Lumholtz's tree kangaroos are only found in a small pocket of rainforest in far north Queensland — and most Australians do not even know they exist.

Now, the creatures — which normally nestle high up in the treetops — are being found in odd places on the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, including in schools, sheds and in the middle of roads, unable to see and confused.

A researcher has said the loss of the kangaroos' vision was likely caused by a virus potentially caused by changing climatic conditions.


Karen Coombes has been caring for injured tree kangaroos on her property near Malanda, west of Cairns, for two decades.

She studied the species for her PhD and founded the Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre.

Most of the animals in her care are blind.


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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-06-17 10:12
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Standing under an oversized sign for a village his temporary government has no authority to build, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu took his friendship with Donald Trump to a new level by inaugurating Trump Heights in the Golan.

“It is a historic day,” said Israel’s prime minister, standing next to US ambassador David Friedman.

“Many years have passed since a new settlement was established in the Golan Heights. Today it is happening: We are making an important step toward the rise of Trump Heights. It will proudly carry the name of a very great friend of the State of Israel, and I am also very proud to say a great friend of mine.”

Netanyahu spoke of the name as a symbol of gratitude for the White House decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Golan as a part of Israel, while Friedman spoke of the settlement as a “beautiful birthday present” to Trump, who turned 73 on Friday.

Trump later tweeted his gratitude.


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Highway robbery is the name of conservatism/capitalism/underpantism/trupodemocracy....


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still looking at their navels... 

by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-06-17 09:39


Storms also struck western Switzerland with winds reaching up to 110km/h, according to the national forecaster MeteoSwiss.

A woman drowned in Lake Geneva when her boat sank, police said. A man in the same boat was able to swim to another vessel and fired off two flares, but by the time rescuers arrived they could not find the woman. Her body was later recovered by divers.

The storm also damaged 465 boats taking part in an annual regatta on the lake.

Grégory Chardon, a fruit grower from La Roche-de-Glun, at the centre of the storm, said most of his apricots, peaches and cherries had been destroyed.

Chardon, president of the local farmer’s union, said he had never before witnessed weather like it. “The damage is enormous in a wide area – cereals, greenhouses, vegetable crops as well as vines have been hit,” he said.


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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-06-17 09:12

Senior members of the Commonwealth’s cop squad have been working overtime on coming up with fresh meanings for the phrase “national security”. To paraphrase Humpty Dumpty, it really means just what the government chooses it to mean, neither more nor less.

Certainly it covers things such as bugging the Timor-Leste ministerial offices, or soldiers shooting the wrong people in Afghanistan, or plans by spooky public servants to spy on the entire population.

All of that comes under the Humpty Dumpty definition, which really has nothing to do with national security at all, but more to do with government embarrassment – requiring Constable Plod to go through journalists’ socks and underwear drawers to get to the bottom of things.

In 1980, the High Court had something to say about embarrassment and national security in the famous “defence papers” case where the government wanted to stop Fairfax publishing early extracts from a forthcoming book by Richard Walsh and George Munster.

Talk about secrets, this book was chock-a-block full of them: classified documents concerning international treaties, foreign intelligence services and military bases, among other things.

It’s worth remembering today what Justice Anthony Mason wrote then:

“It can scarcely be a relevant detriment to the government that publication of material concerning its actions will merely expose it to public discussion and criticism. It is unacceptable in our democratic society that there should be a restraint on the publication of information relating to government when the only vice of that information is that it enables the public to discuss, review and criticise government action.”



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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-06-17 06:29

When Donald Trump descended the golden escalator to announce his run for president, none in the sceptical media pack below could have imagined he would win.

It was on this day four years ago - at the exact same stage of the last US presidential cycle - that Mr Trump made his announcement: he would, for real this time, run for the highest office in the land.

The property mogul and TV host was the 12th candidate to come forward to try to claim the Republican Party's nomination.

If the Washington establishment was sceptical, it was because this was not the first time he had floated a run for the White House, only not to follow up on his own speculation.

Many of the reports that day reflected those doubts. Many of them, employing a degree of mockery rarely used in news, denigrated his performance at the podium inside the gilded Trump Tower. Some of them, though only some, focused on his claim Mexico was sending "rapists" over the border.

What did commentators that day fail to understand about the man who would be president? And what did they get right?


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The "sceptical media pack" did NOT include the Murdoch press. Here is your clue, blabberators of the "liberal" press and the Beeb. Murdoch pumped the Trump. End of story. Stop looking at your navel. Now... if you wanted to attack Trump, or denigrated him properly, YOU WOULD HAVE HAD TO ATTACK THE MURDOCH MEDIA. No-one scribing for money is ready to do this in ernest.


Trumpocracy was coming. What is Trumpocracy? It's the art of confusing everyone about one's intent, while not really having an intent but to stay on top despite all and sundries trying to push you off your perch. To achieve this feat, black becomes white and white becomes black, with confusing lightning speed of tweets and comments that are at the 14 year-old-school-leaver level, because "he" is a truant, has learning difficulties and is as cunning as a dirty rat. Consistency and direction are focus-absent — as the main goal is to make everyone miserable. While these sensitive souls try to find their self-composure, you steal their wallet. This is brilliant. The unwashables, the deplorables and the godguntottingables love it, because robbing poor and rich sods alike who are down on the ground, is at the core of self-defence of the ruthless idiot. Compassion? Fuck that.

In order to maintain the tempo, one needs a partner in crime: Murdoch. The same shit happened to Australia many times.


Ah. And I nearly forgot: not a single Russian in sight...