I mean, not out but you know, just casually like, in a conversation, like ‘get to work with the design + architecture and stuff’.
The best bit was the follow up,
I said, what do you mean?
I mean, because really I did think I just misunderstood.
Well he said, ’the alternative not being nice.’
Like what I said?
‘Like being shot.’
Yeah, that was the fucking icing on the cake. Not just mushroom clouds in your coffee but you know, the allusions that if I don’t get back to work, I could be shot.
These are the guys that have promoted Yankeeville, under the cover of guise, that are still on the payroll and have spent a lifetime calling out the Nazi’s for running concentration camps – fucking Oscars for that shit – and they are threatening me over a phone line to get back to work or I would be shot.
Oh you’re a fucking genius.
Australia you’re standing in it.
Too fucking right there.
Nah, it gets better than that.
The very same phone call, the very same human, says ‘well you can accuse me of many things, but I am always nice to everyone’
Seriously, this dickhead must think I am living on a planet in Shitsville or something because this guy spends most of his time gossiping about people and taking them down.
‘Yeah, if that is the case why do you bastards spend most of your time bitching about powers that are not in your orbit?’
Like Russia, dopey.
Or should we publish the Twitter feed? Cause that’s really complex stuff and worthy of our time.
‘They are idiots. We hate them.’
Oh fuckin’ goodonya.
Must have pissed someone off because a phone call like that pretty much lets you know about the crowd they are rolling with.
It sure as shit ain’t my crowd.
I thought the men loving men thing was sort of over in the town.
Can talk about each other in glowing terms all fucking day.
‘Your brother is so amazing’
Oh, get a room.
If I don’t get to call a deceased male war hero Albert Speer or Ana I am seriously going to call in the Female Cops.
I am always nice to everyone.
These boys are having a good tug.
You just play dirty while getting money from big powers and then get awards!
Don’t fucking start me today.
When I am re-birthed, so help me God I will make money from talking myself up and pissing on the little kids while talking Fair Go Australia.
Who makes these people?
Moral discussion on AI is clearly AWOL.
So that’s handy.
Wait, let me guess.
You are Morally Clean and Able while destroying someone else.
That’s some fucking balls.
Can’t wait for them to spend hours talking about Freeing Julian Assange.
‘Ah Dickhead, didn’t you ring me and threaten me the other day?’
So, I just lay down in the Sun.
Plopped myself on the balcony and soaked that shit up.
Why hello my hardworking illuminator of the struggles of the poor. What are those tedious phrases you like to use? Ducks in a row, soldiers – what is that again?
You mean words that humans
Ah, humans that believe in having access to one’s memory and mind, remember. Let’s not use the word ‘human’ lightly. That would presume ethics and morality. I’m not sure we can make a run on that just yet. Anyway as luck would have it
As luck would have it
I was fishing around the Lombardy region yesterday.
Not physically of course
No, of course. That would violate these stringent new governmental laws that stop us fishing around doing our job that journalists seem to think just marvellous, so marvellous in fact I think I might create a new banner for the Washington Post. ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’. Ha, wouldn’t that be grand?
No, I mean cyber-fishing, not like Vietnam and China of course.
Yes, not like that. Now the Russians went in with tanks in Bergamo. Tanks, can you believe it?
Well I was just wondering. Tanks. From Russia. In Bergamo. Now what could be in Bergamo? In those tanks.
Oh yes, silly. Of course, the pandemic that has everyone racing to set up beds and medical facilities and vaccine research and something about saving lives although let us not forget there are a few people dying of HIV in Africa but let’s be frank. White lives matter a bit more. Except when we need territory anywayoh why again is this a pandemic and HIV isn’t?
This is cross border and the speed at which
Oh yes, of course. The speed. Anyway, can you believe that the Chinese were in Italy just prior to the break out in fact just at the beginning and now, well it seems the Russians and trucks are needed. Yes, the Chinese were there just prior. Matteo didn’t want to meet them of course.
Yes, hedging bets.
Now did you know that Chicago and Louisiana and North Tasmania and the strangest of places seem to be hit by this damn crisis.
This damn crisis.
And a Ruby Princess in Illawarra.
A Ruby Princess.
Well I never. Ruby, of course. Always, ruby.
I never did.
So…. you know the strong government and all and Rubio and stuff.
No. I don’t.
I mean, quick question, if let’s say you were trying to formulate some sort of nationalist agenda, isn’t it a bit strange that China and Russia would be in Europe? I mean, the assistance has been cross border. Cross country really.
Yes. Cross country.
Yes, so it will prove very difficult to run some sort of nationalist agenda later, no?
Where are we heading with this?
Oh, nowhere. I was just posing questions. You know, a light in the darkness and all that. Bridge Over Troubled Gin as it were.
Water is what people need. What have you got for me Mary of Hallowed Ground? A sprinkler from Bunnings?
Oh no, I delivered on that. There’s water everywhere. No, I just wanted to be sure that before people start using hackneyed terms and using plot lines from the past, that we established that clear lines that prove once again your logic is completely shot to pieces.
Shot to pieces.
Yes. And you know, that you can’t actually do what you want to do.
What do we want to do?
Oh, I don’t know. Ducks and things. I mean, you can’t.
Hmm. How about you go out and explain clearly to the populace what it is that you think we want to do and I’ll tell you whether we want to do it?
You’re not having a bloody recession to start with!
You’re not. You’re just doing it because that is what happened in the past. You’re doing it because you don’t have the imagination to do something else. You are talking it up so people behave like robots!
You think that is the only way you can get people to give service to the State, so you create this ridiculous situation whereby I see young people talking like robots. They actually believe this rubbish.
Maybe they believe in working for something
They don’t know what they believe! They are too young to know what to believe!What are they going to believe? That countries should be shut down
You’ve run away with this without asking the questions. We may not even be headed
They believe in cyber bullying, they believe that might makes right, they believe
According to who
Who has defended me against your bullying? You have totally given up the mantle of defending the oppressed
Oh bullshit, just because we are
Don’t come near me with that ‘democracy dies in darkness’ bullshit. I’m about to take one of those phones you all spy with and smash it
Oh, now we’re finding spying a problem, that is a surprise, considering Ms Gin,
Don’t do it.
Whatever it is that you’re not telling us.
Why don’t you find out what that is and we can have this discussion again?
You’re going the wrong way.
Until the facts are clear, we can’t debate it.
And at the moment you have the radio full of stupid propaganda
Ease up. Not all programming is COVID.
Incredible. In the eighties we have Benetton ads. Now we have puppets discussing military civilian responses to crisis.
Get out and do the work.
I’ll impose legislation before you can change it.
I will. Just you wait!
Go on Ali! We’re right behind you. Kick that door down with your Zen chutzpah!
The only thing you are able to do is post dickhead Instagram posts about how great you are at a task people having been doing for a Millennium. Baking a damn cake! Get out of my way before I set up a legal tribunal detailing
Oh sure, go right ahead Rita! Prove we’re wrong! It is the patriarchy, no doubt
I’ll give them a turntablist lesson in Hip Hop advocacy! Vossi Bop. The only Vossi Bop has been a bunch of idiots using their platform to ignore massive issues that they are incapable of addressing. That is, not able. As in, not re, not new, not able!
Go get ‘em tiger! You got us on the hook!
They didn’t and haven’t said shit about water in their own damn country!
If Derry doesn’t want a divided Ireland and America is outraged by the mass shootings, what is the scenario with Libya, Turkey; the INF withdrawal, the missile statements fromPompeo and Yemen bombings?
There is no link
Right so, when I discuss these things, how is it different say, from a reporter or a commentator or an analyst at a think tank? Let’s say, people view them as stoking certain current international positions. Will they be viewed as pariahs?
Well, Trump is getting a caning
Yes. But that hasn’t changed policy, has it? I mean, when I have tried to change policy – or when people enter politics, isn’t that effectively trying to bring about an end to situations or alleviate the plight of people who are voiceless?
So when I say that the lack of water in certain countries as a result of policy means that it is imperative that people in Africa find ways to make sure that they have access to clean and reliable water sources, how likely is that?
Well, I am not sure
Because at the end of the day, rulers have to be making decisions that make lives better not harder for the constituent.
Right. So when I – out of my sense of service – look at whether or not water sources are clean, is that not a ruler being effective and compassionate about the subjects that rely on my good judgment?
Yes, I would say yes of course
Good. That is all I wanted to hear you say. So, make clean water in Africa more reliable and make sure the people have it.
Well the rivers
I can’t see how you can say yes to plants and factories and other industrial items and not think about whether or not the clean water sources will affect people locally. I mean, their health.
There are many programs
Good. Because that is what I want and that is what I wanted to hear. Great work. Keep going. I’d like that an immediate result to be implemented….immediately. Clean water and sources accessible now. And some start up fund lot can make sure that it happens. I don’t want to see people lining up for water in a drought ravaged river. Or toxic water in community situations.
How is this linked to the international situation that you
Oh. Well. I just want to know why being outspoken or concerned with health issues is derided. I thought it might be best to keep going while I can.
You have chosen some pretty powerful people to argue with
I don’t see them as the enemy.
Well I would say
How do you propose we deal with surveillance? Modify behaviours? Turn into robots? What is your belief here
That we be careful of what we say when
How can a satellite determine the difference between theatre, satire and reality? It cannot. Only humans can. Therefore humans know when I am behaving to violate intimidating censorship and when I am performing. Only humans.
What if they have no sense of humour?
The satellites or the humans?
Then, they are serious about the issues of State. I see no point in it. Not a good PR exercise.
But they do not have to absorb poor behaviour by the citizen.
Of course they do. They are the State. The power quotient is uneven therefore the stronger set must endure as they are the larger force. The individual is not plankton to be picked off for amusement.
Coming from you
I was on a floor. Fourth time. Poisoned. I have not ever made it public until last month. Don’t tell me about amusements.
Your fricatives have frankly
If you work with incredible power on your side, you wear it. Surely they knew the consequences.
A Compendium of Thoughts on Chaos and The Land Between Seas. That We Live On.
While you’re listening to the Royal Commission into Child Abuse currently running in NSW, spare a thought for people dealing with the images coming out of Syria.
Pretty gruesome although I do not necessarily agree with the axiom ‘you can’t say you didn’t know.’
Viewing images is one thing. Being certain of the perpetrator is quite another. Especially thousands of miles away.
The Balkan wars had their own agendas and necessary tragedies and I am not sure anyone well versed in international conflict is going to wade in other than to condemn – again – the endless suffering of innocent civilians.
The Fourth Estate has often used tragedy as a way to: inform others re: global conflict, depict suffering, or marshall support for a cause. The problem being that war images are rarely without inherent strategic ‘agendas’.
The UN is currently investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Russia disagrees.
Whether or not this is a ‘Western’ agenda or a human rights agenda isn’t exactly clear, as the war has been framed either as a war on extremists or a war between proxy powers. (The West v Russia/China. See Brzezinski.)
This strategic alignment might be clear vis a vis a the North Korean situation/South Korea’s THAAD deployment, but a little less so when determining the rationale for Trudeau’s/ASSK’s/Obama’s Chinese visits.
The point being: do journalists wish us to pressure the UN, boycott Russia, find ISIS, or launch an investigation into Western bombing thus pressuring US and aligned powers?
After all, I was under the assumption that that was precisely why we sent journalists to the Middle East.
Showing us images of carnage doesn’t inform us but often helps expedite already agreed upon foreign policy decisions. (See My Lai and the American withdrawal from Vietnam.)
Perhaps if the 4th Estate was a little more transparent about what they do know, we could both do their job for them and stop the conflict. Without the guilt trip.
It is war porn.
And don’t forget it.
Australia is currently in the midst of political debate regarding Chinese political donations to major parties and politicians, with a slew of reports detailing Chinese influence on our pollies. Alongside those reports, came more revelations on cyber hacking by foreign elements and a security conference in Canberra.
Large donations by US or Western companies haven’t had the same focus – but the EU has Apple in its sights, so perhaps Josh Earnest was only stating the obvious when he inadvertently referred to America’s economic interests in the Asia-Pacific.
(Perhaps real estate prices for Australia’s Y Gen are the real issue but there was a government inquiry into that.)
Meanwhile, there was a blast at the Chinese embassy in Tashkent (or was it Bishkek?) which might sort of be similar to the Chinese Serbia scenario years ago or maybe not.
And for those of you sick of ‘Chinese’ or ‘American’ interests – 18C is being debated in Parliament. As well as a plebiscite on gay marriage.
Perhaps the Donald Trump distraction tool has reached its used by date.
So OB is off to Laos and China. Kick arse temple decoration in the former. I hope he flies into Luang Prabang. Takes a trip down the Nam Ou. Sticky rices the hell up.
Anyway, Laos was the backdoor for American bombs in the Vietnam War, so the turn around in American policy continues apace.
I am allegedly meant to insert smarmy comments here but I’ll instead focus on the trends in APEC and ASEAN policy making and ask the question: is this unexpected? Does this accord with other decisions in these regional bodies?