For something a little different I decided to do a collaboration with my friend Jez who wanted to explode some of the myths about sex workers.
A little disclaimer: This is about one person’s experiences. Your ,mileage may vary. This is a complicated and delicate issue and there are many differing views/experiences. One person’s experiences do not invalidate smother person having a totally different experience. If you want to comment, don’t be a jerk about it.
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?
Nope. Didn’t even make it to the end of the week.
I subscribe to a “word of the day” email. It provides a bit of a diversion and occasionally brings up some very interesting words. The other day, the word was:
CAPTIOUS: (adjective) Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults.
In other words, this is the one word I didn’t know I needed because it sums up every annoying motherfucker on the internet. I can be as big a grammar nazi as anybody but one of the things that makes engaging with the average idiot online is this very thing. It isn’t so much that they disagree with me that’s the problem, it’s that they have this intellectually dishonest habit of focusing on trivialities and expecting you to waste your time with every tiny quibble they have while they ignore the actual issue at hand.
“Shut up, you’re being captious.”
“It means you’re wasting time pointing out trivial things.”
“Ah, so you you’re acknowledging that I have attention to detail.”
“No, I’m saying you’re an annoying [rick and a waste of time. Now shut the fuck up before I defenestrate you.”
Thanks, word of the day!
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?”
Tony Abbott sitting with all of his friends
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.
I think I might actually do a rant video of this idea too. People are always asking me to bring back the angry mask and this seems like a good opportunity.
Tony Abbott is circling the drain and it keeps getting funnier. He is so screwed and I couldn’t be happier. Even if he survives the spill he seems too arrogant to realise he’s mortally wounded and is dragging his party down with him.
A RABBI who knew an accused child abuser might flee the country says he did not know at the time that it was illegal for an adult to touch a child’s genitals. If his god was real he would be struck dead.
Missouri boy’s family stages his own 4-hour kidnapping for being ‘too nice’ to strangers
This is one of those things that seems so apt I start to suspect it’s fake. Spotted on Imgur.com, this purports to be an editorial cartoon from the 1940s. If it’s real and not a mock-up, it’s mildly terrifying how fitting it is today. My favourites are the “Faddist” and “anti-everything” – they really remind me of the anti-vaxxers plaguing the world right now.
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