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Pass It On
30.08.14 6:28 am
I absolutely agree, if my pension isn’t an entitlement, neither is theirs.
They keep telling us that paying us an aged pension isn’t sustainable.
Paying politicians all the perks they get is even less sustainable!
The politicians themselves, in Canberra, brought it up, that the Age of Entitlements is over:
The author is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
At least 20 if you can. In three days, most people in Australia will have this message.
This is one idea that really should be passed around because the rot has to stop somewhere.
Proposals to make politicians shoulder their share of the weight now that the Age of Entitlement is over:
1. Scrap political pensions.
Politicians can purchase their own retirement plan, just as most other working Australians are expected to do.
2. Retired politicians (past, present & future) participate in Centrelink.
A Politician collects a substantial salary while in office but should receive no salary when they’re out of office.
Terminated politicians under 70 can go get a job or apply for Centrelink unemployment benefits like ordinary Australians.
Terminated politicians under 70 can negotiate with Centrelink like the rest of the Australian people.
3. Funds already allocated to the Politicians’ retirement fund be returned immediately to Consolidated Revenue.
This money is to be used to pay down debt they created which they expect us and our grandchildren to repay for them.
4. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Politicians pay will rise by the lower of, either the CPI or 3%.
5. Politicians lose their privileged health care system and participate in the same health care system as ordinary Australian people.
i.e. Politicians either pay for private cover from their own funds or accept ordinary Medicare.
6. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Australian people.
7. All contracts with past and present Politicians men/women are void effective 31/12/14.
The Australian people did not agree to provide perks to Politicians, that burden was thrust upon them.
Politicians devised all these contracts to benefit themselves.
Serving in Parliament is an honour not a career.
The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so our politicians should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three or so days for most Australians to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX Parliament and help bring fairness back into this country!
If you agree with the above, pass it on. Thank You.
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Are you confused by what is going on in the Middle East?
Let me explain
We support the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIS.
We don’t like ISIS, but ISIS is supported by Saudi Arabia who we do like.
We don’t like Assad in Syria.
We support the fight against him but ISIS is also fighting against him.
We don’t like Iran, but Iran supports Iraq in its fight against ISIS.
So some of our friends support our enemies, some enemies are now our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, who we want to lose, but we don’t want some enemies who are fighting other enemies to win.
If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they could be replaced by people we like even less.
And this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists
who were not actually there until we went in to drive them out.
It’s quite simple, really. Do you understand now?
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The Vineyard of the Saker
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Bill Maher To Hillary Clinton: ‘Just Go Away’
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Tony Abbott asks the Queen, “Your
how do you run such
an efficient government?
Are there any tips you can give me?”
said the Queen,
“The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”
Abbott then asked,
“But how do I know if the
people around me
The Queen took a sip of champagne.
easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle, watch”
pushed a button on her intercom.
“Please send Prince Charles in here, would you?”
Prince Charles walked into the
room and said,
The Queen smiled and said,
“Answer me this please Charlie.
Your mother and father have a child.
It is not your brother and it is not your sister.
Without pausing for a moment, Prince Charles answered
would be me.”
“Yes! Very good.” said the Queen.
went back home to Australia by
He decided to ask Joe Hockey the
“Joe, answer this for me.”
“Your mother and your
father have a child.
It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister.
“I’m not sure,” said Hockey.
“Let me get back to you on
He went to his advisers and asked everyone, but none could give him an answer.
Frustrated, Hockey went to the toilet, and found Clive Palmer there.
Joe Hockey went up to him and
“Hey Clive, see if you can answer
Your mother and father have a child and
it’s not your brother or your sister.
Who is it?”
“That’s easy, it’s me!”
Joe Hockey grinned, and
“Good answer Clive, I see it all
Joe Hockey then, went back to find Tony Abbott.
“Tony, I did
and I have the
answer to that riddle.”
“It’s Clive Palmer”
Tony Abbott got up,
stomped over to Joe Hockey, and angrily yelled into his face,
bloody idiot! It’s Prince Charles!”
. . . AND THAT MY FRIENDS IS
PRECISELY WHAT’S GOING ON IN CANBERRA
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[WARNING: Nerd conversation ahead]
Academics tasked with marking university undergraduate essays often grizzle about the ponderous language uni students use to dress up their essays in an attempt to lend gravitas to their undying prose.
This is an exchange found on the internet between several academics that brings this problem to the fore. Enjoy academics letting off steam, as such…
A: Does anyone else hate the overuse of the phrase “as such”, or am I just being picky?
B: Ipso facto, as such the phrase in and of itself is only overused within certain contingent frames, thus your ‘hate’ as such is often restricted thematically.
C: Not as such.
D: My pet hate is ‘past research shows’.
A: That is the very first sentence of the one I’m marking now.
B: I dislike the use of ‘praxis’ especially in psychology papers and art theory papers.
E: I, for one, can’t stand the use of I, for one. Probably also genetic.
B: I, for one, dislike the liberal use of the word ‘hence’. Hence, I don’t like its overuse in an essay.
A: I have to admit to overuse of “however”. I’m trying to kick the habit.
B: That maybe should have read, ‘However, I have to admit to overuse of “however”...’
A: Also, I have a bit of a semicolon problem.
B: That maybe should have read, ‘Also; I have a bit of a semicolon problem.’
E: I have to say - I find dashes dangerously attractive. And I have a lasting, perfidious, and problematic affection for the Oxford comma.
A: I used to love dashes but my Honours supervisor made me change them to semicolons.
B: However, and therefore, I hence use it as such; ‘I use the Oxford comma’. Past research shows that I have used it - ipso facto that has been my praxis.
E: Past research shows, however, that past usage does not ipso facto define praxis; it is not, therefore, something that I, for one, could, or hence should, endorse.
B: ‘Head Explodes’
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