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Christopher Pyne is all kinds of fucked up. He’s one of this fucked-up government’s all star fuckups. While I could go on at great length about all the fuckups he’s committed in his education portfolio or all his fucked up antics in parliament, this post is all about the fucked up and downright freaky interview he did on Sky News this week.
The were the terrible faces, the awful giggles and the deeply creepy turns of phrase. When I saw the interview I thought someone should do a dance remix. Then I thought, why not me?
My video camera has a “smile sensor” that results it taking photos while you shoot a video if it senses a nice smile which might therefore make a nice picture. It’s an interesting feature that is more than a bit hit and miss in practice. It almost never takes photos when I make videos alone (I guess I don’t smile much) or when I do rant videos with AIDzee but if the video involves sitting and talking with someone for an extended period it often takes a lot of photos like this example from a recent shoot with Jez:
I’ve also occasionally used this to make lo-fi animations like this example with AIDzee:
For this week’s TFU Friday video my camera took just two photos along with the video (which is in itself unusual) and one of them in particular stood out to me:
The combination of the fact I seem to be staring at something I’m holding and the blue background made me think this was ripe for photo manipulation. A big problem is that I suck at this sort of thing. The obvious solution was asking people who are actually good with photoshop to do something. So I put out the call and hooo boy did people respond.
First up Mel did this demonic number on me:
She also did this tasteful monochrome version:
Mel also does great “artistic reconstructions” using Photoshop on her YouTube channel.
Then David did a nice Warhol-style interpretation:
Then Daria put me with a particularly large burger that is making the zombie horde jealous:
Then we get to the Tony Abbott inspired ones. I swear I didn’t ask anyone to do this. Sam had me in front of Parliament House (love the blood stains!)
William had a similar vibe but it appears the Liberal Party are cheering me on.
Richard incorporated AIDzee and I into a two-headed beast (which I’m sure he’ll love). I’m not sure whose brain we have or what we’re doing with it in a lab.
Lizzie decided I was the Destroyer of Worlds!
And Shaun seems to have taken the beheading theme to the logical conclusion.
Thank you, internet.
For a connoisseur of schadenfreude such as myself, watching Tony Abbott self-immolate is pure delight. He tries to play his tough guy act and ends up surprised when it blows up in his face. Most recently his target has been Gillian Triggs, President of the Human Rights Commission. she has come under sustained attack from Abbott and his lackeys for daring to publish a truthful report which heavily criticised both the past Labor and current Coalition government’s handling of asylum seeker children in detention.
Watching his nasty attacks having the opposite attack to what he intended is only half the fun. Now it looks like the Federal Police may be getting involved over allegations of bribery.
And then Malcolm Turnbull, the person who will sooner or later knock Abbott over as leader, fired a broadside that I’ll wager Abbott didn’t see coming, saying “debate about Gillian Triggs misses the main point … the main point is the children. Children in detention is something nobody wants”. I’d bet money Abbott is losing his mind behind closed doors because this is Turnbull straight up saying “Abbott is full of shit and I’m pretty much ready to replace him.”
The Trans Pacific Partnership has been in the news quite a bit lately and a lot of people have been asking if I’ll make a video about it. This is fair enough because the TPP is bloody horrible. A warning sign should be the way Tony Abbott has been prattling on about “more trade! It’s a good thing!”
If that cretin is pushing an idea it’s probably pretty bad.
But the point is I have been making videos about the TPP – at least six of them, stretching back to March 2012. Which brings me to another point – while I hate Abbott and the LNP, it’s unfair to blame it all on them. The previous Labor government were pushing it just as hard.
Gotta love it when an international observer describes ol’ Tone’s performance as “Abbott has proven so incapable of clear policy thinking, so unwilling to consult with even his own ministers and advisers, and so poor at communicating that he has to go.” Ouch. The Council on Foreign Relations was not mincing their words.
Of course, it doesn’t matter what foreigners think. Or even what an overwhelming majority of the Australian population think. It only matter what his own caucus thinks. And it’s pretty clear a majority of his caucus think he’s shit and his days are numbered.
After barely surviving the spill motion AGAINST NOBODY his backbenchers made it clear he was only going to survive until his next fuckup. No more captain’s calls! Surely Abbott is not so detached from reality that this is beyond his capability? Surely he can last for a while without making any unilateral decisions that alienate his backbenchers?
Tony Abbott rushed a party room vote today (presumably he thought the longer his opponents had to organise, the more votes their would be against him) and got a result that was close to the best the Labor opposition could have hoped for. He defeated the motion 61-39 and he’s playing that up as a victory. All the facile comments about “that’s an end to it” and “looking to the future” are completely ignoring reality.
Tony Abbott is a dead man walking.
For a bit of historical context, in June 1991, Paul Keating challenged sitting PM Bob Hawke and Hawke won the vote 66-44 but it was only delaying the inevitable. In December 1991 Keating struck again and this time he won the vote 56-51. Keating then went on to win the next Federal election (somewhat surprisingly).
More recently, the first time Kevin Rudd challenged sitting PM Julia Gillard in February 2012 (after himself being knocked off by Gillard) he lost the challenge 71-31. Despite Gillard winning the vote by a wider margin than Abbott did today, nobody thought it was over. Rudd came back in June 2013 and defeated Gillard 57-45. Rudd then led Labor to a rather resounding defeat at the next election.
Those number alone tell you Abbott’s on borrowed time. The really damning fact is that all of the challenges detailed above involved an aggressive challenger taking on the sitting leader. Abbott was facing a challenge from NOBODY. It was pure a vote to say “this bloke totally sucks balls – we need to get rid of him, don’t we?”
The Liberals seem to be marching in lockstep now, publicly saying Abbott now needs time to show he can turn things around. But it’s all bullshit. Everyone knows Abbott is mortally wounded. His own words damn him.