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Free speech dies

Well, they’re at it again.  All the smug media elites are shutting down Donald Trump’s Twitter (imagine the outcry at this attack on free speech in years previous), shutting down a free speech site (Parler), thus proving the brief flowering of the internet (1994-2010 or so) as a open network devoted to free speech has now been fully converted into a bland pointless comments-not-allowed-here festival of approved right-on-bland.

Yes, his fans should have been stopped invading the Capitol. Yes, there comes a point where you have to accept the referees decision about the election.

But the sheer amount of censorship on display by Biden’s smug supporters- now openly proclaiming their bias at every instance, really makes you stop to consider. Closing Twitter accounts?  Shutting down the POTUS twitter account?  Shutting down a free speech twitter site- not just not linking to it from other sites, but literally shutting it down by removing its hosting?  No more free speech for you.

Biden supporters, the New York Times, all the typical media mob have one core, central, conceit. They know better than you.  I think its slowly dawning on people that ‘hate speech’ now means ‘speech we disagree with’. And note that virtually every totalitarian state has started with these same benign intentions- we have to fight hatred, we need to guide things.  We know what’s good for you. No free speech for you.

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Biden’s bonded labor con

Ever wondered why big business is so keen on Joe Biden? Strange, isn’t it, that the Democrats are so feted by elites far and wide.

Well, wonder no further.  Here’s Biden’s policy on ‘skilled’ immigration.  It’s a complete and total sellout to the mega-corporations champing at the bit for cheap, (but above all bonded) labor.

What these companies really want are armies of workers who face deportation if they stop working. This is why silicon valley is virtually a place where citizens need not apply for jobs; and its routinely demanded that people work 90 hour weeks (while being paid for 40).

The H1B schemes, ridiculous ‘staple a green card’ proposals (which should read ‘staple a compliant foreign servant’) all perpetuate the myth that there is a critical shortage of STEM and IT skills (no), that the foreign students attending university are all highly skilled (no) and that American citizens wont do these jobs (double-no).  American citizens do, however, insist on their normal workplace rights, and therefore must not be hired under any circumstances.

Biden is openly planning to destroy whats left of the US middle class by bringing in bonded labor. And the elites are cheering him on.

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Australia’s economy: dead from overregulation

Has anyone else noticed there are no more real jobs or real industries in Australia? Every second advertisement we see is some virtue-signalling government nonsense, and most jobs today are simply for drudges to our vastly overregulated state- a compliance officer, a ‘community awareness’ worker, a public sector bureaucrat etc etc.

There are no factories, no manufacturing, no real work. If people commit the crime of (horror of horrors) coming to a free exchange with other people by selling services such as a uber driver or door dash, the press gallery and the state scream ‘wage theft’ and rush to overregulate it, thus shutting these sectors down and putting people out of work. We can’t have free exchange, now can we.

The amount of pointless fiddling is awe inspiring. People whose entire career it is to interpret complex tax laws, so that one activity can be dressed up as another to gain a benefit. People who pass more and more compliance burdens on small business then delight in breaching people for not complying.

And of course,  as our economy groans and collapses under the weight of too many rules; our elites demand the solution- more regulations! What they’ve done so far hasn’t worked, so they need to fiddle more, need to run an awareness campaign. They get particularly furious when ordinary people aren’t doing what they are told. And of course, every bureaucrat needs more assistants.

Our economy is dying, almost dead.  When are we going to stop this?

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Kathy Jackson got away with it

This really is nauseating. Kathy Jackson, corrupt union official, who was ordered to repay 1.4m to the Health Services Union (representing some of the lowest paid people in Australia), Kathy, who demanded and got, money from a cancer institute (and used it for herself), has been found guilty of fraud and received….no jail time whatsoever.

Next time you read of someone who speeds and gets jail, think of Kathy. When someone gets overpaid a pension and gets jail, think of Kathy. When someone throws a punch in a pub and gets jail, think of Kathy.

If an ordinary person is charged with a crime in this country, they are put under enormous pressure from the word go to plead guilty. Legal aid lawyers will tell them to plead and get it over with. And mostly, our courts reflect that ‘churn and burn’ of quick guilty pleas. The guilty (but wealthy) however, exploit our useless glacial legal system with limitless funding and procedural challenges to eventually grind out plea deals like this one. Ironically, its only the richest people who can hide all their assets that receive the most legal aid funding.

If you are rich in this country, and you steal, nothing will happen. Kathy has, but of course, declared ‘bankruptcy’ (which in Australia means you are sitting on a fortune that others cannot touch).

Her pathetic ‘suspended sentence’ is a slap in the face for all the hard working union members, all the cancer workers, who funded her lavish lifestyle. Obviously as she’s not going to be rehired as a union official, she’s not going to be in a position to breach it (and of course, she doesn’t need any more money anyway). Right now, she’s likely got a huge smile on her face (and why wouldn’t she?). She got away with it.

Australia is run for the rich and well connected. Steal whatever you like, if you’re wealthy and well connected, no problems. Its only the ‘little people’ who go to jail (in greater and greater numbers).

Just remember, when you are regulated more and more; when you see more and more little people fined and hauled away to jail, that Kathy Jackson got away with it.

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Your roads are about to be sold

Daniel Andrews latest privatization con is the big one. He’s going to flog off Vicroads next year (in a ‘no bid’ trade sale to his mates), and, to fatten up the calf, include compulsory road pricing in the deal. 

So at the same time you’ll have to pay whatever the private company demands to renew your license (you’ll have no choice; unless you stop driving), owners of electric cars and others will start being charged for every kilometer- with the money remitted likely to Transurban or some other private monopolist at the rate they want.

You can usually tell state labor is planning a fraud like this when they start virtue signalling on irrelevant diversionary crap that nobody (apart from the press gallery) cares about- usually gay conversion therapy or puppy farms etc etc.  Noisy press releases and pointless legislation follows, which establishes the misleading idea that labor is ‘progressive’ (on issues nobody cares about, which will never be litigated and which cost no money), while, (in the real world), they get ready to flog a state monopoly off to their private sector mates (forever).

Expect this scam to sail through parliament about mid 2021; Daniel Andrews will bank the upfront payment (and loudly waste it on useless temporary public sector salaries and a few circuses and ad campaigns) and the real licensing/road ripoff will start in 2022.

Don’t bother trying to follow it in the media- they aren’t interested, as it doesn’t have a simplistic soundbite or an indigenous angle.  The fact we’re being royally screwed with African level private sector corruption isn’t a story, unfortunately. Oh well.

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A big reason people vote conservative that nobody talks about (much).

The reason: having to deal with government. Having to deal with the sheer amount of bureaucratic nonsense and pettifogging overregulation in our day-to-day lives.

Note this is not the same thing as wanting tax cuts. This is usually how liberals (with a hand-wave) dismiss conservative voters’ concerns about government regulation- ‘they are just greedy and want to pay less tax’. No. They are sick and tired of the mind boggling, time wasting, pointless bureaucracy, which is so maddening as it is unneeded. In fact, where I am (Australia), taxes aren’t particularly high, but oh my god how we are overregulated.

Why don’t conservatives talk more about this reason? Its massive. I can count at least a dozen people in my circle who’ve been thoroughly converted from voting for anything that involves big government. And there are many more out there.

Obviously many non-conservative voters are bureaucrats themselves, and just don’t understand how much they are resented, and how pointless most of their huffy-shouldered clipboard ‘work’ is.

The opposition to Obamacare is instructive. Firstly, despite what the media says, this opposition is from the ground up. It is not directed from the top, by evil insurance companies etc etc, it is driven by ordinary Americans who have a deep set hatred of government bureaucracy. A look at the massive, genuinely grassroots, rallies against it would immediately show you that. (Now let me say firstly I think national healthcare is probably a good idea, and its one of the few areas where the free market fails and government should run it. But I find it equally curious how we dismiss without explanation people’s extreme and well founded distaste of government as some sort of delusion).

Finally, I am not opposed to sensible regulations that stop me polluting the rivers, injuring workers etc etc. I am against the mountain of pointless rules and regulations, of useless commissioners and public servants that blight our lives with rubbish.

It’s time we talked more about this issue.

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The big budget con

The Victorian state budget is out, and as predicted, it’s a massive waste-a-thon.  Billions being spent to (a) keep our useless closed-shop bureaucrats in jobs (so they’ll keep voting labor) while (b) handing out various useless focus group tested virtue signalling bullshit payments to sectional interests.

Naturally, our spoon fed press gallery are in delight, as they’ve been given ‘announceables’ and ‘exclusives’ and they can run the big myth that this is somehow a necessary stimulus rather than being a bloated public sector salary-athon waste.

As usual, people are misunderstanding the Andrews govt, thinking its somehow a ‘progressive’ one, when in fact it’s a far right gang of vicious privatizers, who’ve flogged off the monopoly port, the titles office, handed our road system to Transurban for nothing (and recently caved in pathetically on the tunnel costs overruns) and are about to flog off Vicroads licensing.

The recent rubbish ‘public housing’ announcement promising billions was the usual media managed ‘exclusive’ spoonfed announceable, it will involve flogging off public housing sites on the promise to make 1% of the units built public (and none will be built anyway). (Its necessary to sell off all public housing in order to save it).

Dan Andrews knows that all he has to do is fund a few cheap virtue signalling ‘awareness raising’ ads on TV, noisily appoint some indigenous females and apologize for things that didn’t really happen, and the ABC/Fairfax/SBS press gallery collective will lap it all up as conclusive proof he’s ‘progressive’ when in fact, in the real world, he’s just a privatizing fraudster giving everything away to his rich property developer mates and donors.  (Anything to avoid journalists actually having to analyze or write about policies!).

Anyway, it’s all too late to do anything about this crap.  We’re stuck with the debt for the next hundred years.

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Victoria is broke

Just a reminder that the State of Victoria, Australia, is not only technically broke, but is really now trading while insolvent. The deficit (ie the budget shortfall) looks like topping 10 billion dollars, and its only getting worse. The virus is not the main cause of this. It is the collapse of the population ponzi, (where the govt took 50k upfront in stamp duty but took on a long term liability of much more than that in required infrastructure), which was making us far poorer in the long term anyway.

Things are hopelessly unsustainable, with an army of useless, grossly overpaid public servants (particularly those at the top), while Dan Andrews has privatized pretty much everything that’s left (the port privatization, the titles office), and we’re still broke. So at the same time we’re going down the tubes financially, we’re also getting gouged by private monopolies. Quite an achievement. There’s not much left to sell, except for the water companies and VicRoads (and they’ve started getting ready to sell that).

A few press gallery members have (predictably) gone on about how we’re all poorer now there’s no immigrants, but of course haven’t factored in that the immigration was making us poorer anyway (just more slowly and not on the surface).

The situation is far far worse than Kirner/Cain in the early 1990s, but oddly, nobody seems to want to write about it. Its coming, ready or not.

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Fruit Picking: a wage rise would barely affect prices

Just to remind you: About 10% of the price you pay for the cost of fruit and vegetables is the cost of the fruitpicker. So if you pay $3.00 per kilo for tomatoes, 30c is going to the picker. A huge rise in picker payments of 40% would barely raise the price to $3.12. Payments to fruitpickers are a minuscule part of the price of fruit and vegetables.

So please, can we have an end to the endless nonsense carping from farmers and their media mates (including the gullible ABC) about how we have to import eight trillion visa slaves (sorry, ‘workers’) by tomorrow, or fruit and vegetable prices will go through the roof, or ‘we’ll have to plough it back into the ground’ ‘everyone has to adjust to much higher prices’ etc etc?. 

The pathetic prices paid to pickers have virtually no effect on the retail price of fruit and veg, so stop pretending it does.

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Andrews’ token spin hides its true nature

Well, lo and behold. The vacancy in State Parliament caused by Health minister Jenny Mikakos’ resignation is to be filled, drumroll please, by an indigenous female!

The virtue signalling and pandering is obvious, as well as the clear reverse sexism and racism of the decision. Anyway, congrats to the candidate who’s now got a cushy job for life! (Just like all the other overpaid state govt. appointed Judges, Magistrates, ‘Commissioners’ etc etc).

(Can I just take a moment here to point out that while its perfectly acceptable to shower positions and benefits upon people who identify as indigenous, it is most certainly not permitted, in any way, to ask how much indigenous heritage they have. That would be racist. Thank you.)

But more interestingly, is the way this gesture will be completely misunderstood by Dan Andrew’s friends and enemies.

To his friends (all Fairfax and ABC/SBS journalists and commenters and most Fairfax subscribers) naturally this is a great triumph, as the only people that should be permitted to be in parliament are females, preferably non anglo ones. Nothing sexist or racist about that!

To his enemies (Herald Sun and their commentators etc), they’ll all start spouting off about ‘Socialist Dan’.

But in fact; they are both wrong;; Dan Andrews is a massive fraud. The last thing he is is a ‘socialist’ – he is well to the right of Jeff Kennett, and has privatized things Kennett would never have touched- the port, the land titles office (goodbye land security!), set up PEXA as a (current) monopoly settlement provider.

You are now forced to buy from a private provider for govt services- (ie buying/selling land or importing anything); African level corruption now present in Australia for the first time. The recent hospital quarantine disaster, where, naturally the hopeless Labor govt ‘outsourced’ it to a donor ‘mate’ private contractor (also, interestingly, said to be ‘indigenous owned’), shows just how obsessed they are with private providers over ever doing something properly in house.

Also the ludicrous spin that Dan Andrews is a ‘building Premier’ when his ‘developments’ consist of dodgy private operators like Transurban being invited to build massive projects (which they’ll own and charge tolls for) while their ownership of citylink is extended is also nonsense. And the fact of course that really he (ran) a population ponzi, where the 50k of stamp duty he grabbed off new immigrants is lucky to result in 10k each of new infrastructure actually being built. On a per capita basis, he is, in fact, dramatically underinvesting in new infrastructure.

But both sides will continue to delude themselves based on Dan’s clever snow job indigenous-female-ABC-approved-identity virtue signalling, and continue to miss the true nature of his government: a little club (that you can’t join, by the way); who privatize everything to their mates for personal benefit while walking around with a trembling lip pretending to be ‘progressive’.

But then again, the media aren’t really interested in writing about actual real policies in the real world to begin with; just a load of virtue signalling crap and being emotive and focusing on personalities, trivia and nonsense.