.. no worries, mate ...
.. known: "All politicians lie!" ...
.. but some much worse'n oftener than others
Thesis/Subtitle: lies are deployed to deceive
Concomitant: IF deceived THEN improperly informed
Corollary: only properly informed votes can give mandate
Tony Abbott blames carbon tax for 'uncertainty'
Updated August 22, 2012 20:57:00
«LEIGH SALES: Well let me read you exactly what Marius Kloppers had to say today when he was asked if the decision on Olympic Dam was related to Australian taxes. He said, "The decision is almost wholly associated with in the first instance capital costs." He goes on to say "As you know, the tax environment for this particular project has not changed at all since we started working on it six or seven years ago. The MRRT only covers coal and iron ore, not copper, not gold and not uranium, so the tax situation for this project has not changed."
LEIGH SALES: I'm going on the facts that Marius Kloppers said today when he was directly asked if the decision on Olympic Dam was affected by Australia's tax situation and I'm going on the facts that are outlined in their results statement that they've issued. Have you actually read BHP's statements?
TONY ABBOTT: No, but I've also got again the statement of Jacques Nasser, who says, "While we're still evaluating the impact of the carbon tax, but it just makes it more difficult."»
LEIGH SALES: ... Have you actually read BHP's statements?
TONY ABBOTT: No, ...
Abbott now says he did read BHP briefing document
First posted August 23, 2012 12:02:06
Updated August 23, 2012 13:51:40
«But this morning Mr Abbott said he had read the BHP document "about 3:45pm yesterday afternoon" before going on 7.30.
Asked by a reporter: "Then why did you say on ABC last night that you hadn't?" he replied: "I was responding to something Leigh had said about Marius Kloppers."»
[AusBC/'news' August 23]
Comment: By not giving a 'straight answer,' Abbott only tacitly acknowledges his falsehood (a weak-kneed weasel-tactic), nevertheless, his admission directly contradicts his "No," but by his weasel-response, he only makes it worse = more than doubles his original offence.
The prosecution rests its case, m'lud.
Musing: Normally, there is little difference between Lab & Lib; for example, both are introducing and extending neoliberal rip-offs designed to reduce 'benefits' on the one hand, and to transfer ever more wealth 'upwards' on the other, whilst claiming the 99%+ are compensated by their enabling of 'trickle-down,' say. We can all easily see that the <1% have vastly increased their wealth, while wages and conditions for the 99%+ have comparatively fallen. (Sure. Flat/wide TVs, say, are dropping in price.) Another name for globalisation is 'wage-arbitration;' jobs are shipped to where wage-costs approach some minimum (could be below 'dignified-life' levels), and 'becoming more competitive' means reducing our conditions towards the lowest.
But on these two issues (namely MRRT and CO2 taxes), Lab has a leg-up on Lib.
Arctic ice cap on course for record melt
Posted August 22, 2012 11:38:57
«United States scientists say the Arctic ice cap is melting at a startlingly rapid rate and may shrink to its smallest-ever level within weeks as the planet's temperatures rise.
Dr Serreze said the extensive melt was in line with the effects of global warming, with the ice being hit by a double whammy of rising temperatures in the atmosphere and warmer oceans.
Several studies have predicted the cap in the summer could melt completely in coming decades.»
[AusBC/'news' August 22]
Comment: No comment, except to say that IF no serious CO2 reduction THEN big trouble.
The MRRT issue is interesting, because Lab is attempting to 'claw-back' (sounds like detested US-speak) - some of Aus' wealth that leaves our land forever, due to the ~83% o/s shareholding in resource rippers-off active in Aus. The actual mechanism of the rip-off is called 'economic rent' aka 'super-profit.' The way it works is this: The cost of digging something up is *vastly* less than the price achieved 'at market.' One might expect the diggers-up (miners) to share this 'bonanza' with the actual resource-owners = us, we the people, but that's not the way the scam works. What Aus gets from the 'mining-boom' is any 'local' part of establishment- and running-costs (mostly wages), some (state) royalties (typically ~5%) and (federal) company tax (~30%) on declared profits after all deductions. What's left over may then be paid as dividends (~83% going o/s), leaving us, we the people with little more than empty holes in the ground. The MRRT is designed to lift Aus' share to somewhere approaching an overall 50% of the bonanza - actually, IMHO, still far too low - but better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.
Fazit: Abbott has said that he would do *anything* (except possibly selling his own arse - his own words), to become PM. IF he makes it into govt. THEN he will dismantle both the MRRT and CO2 taxes - i.e. will *not* attempt to save the planet and *not* attempt to 'claw-back' a fairer share of the mining-boom, for us, we the people. Nice. But many polls indicate that he may pull this stunt (= booting Lab out) off. What does that say for the voters?
 lie2 -n. 1 intentionally false statement (tell a lie). 2 something that deceives. -v. (lies, lied, lying) 1 tell a lie or lies. 2 (of a thing) be deceptive. give the lie to show the falsity of (a supposition etc.). [Old English] [POD]
ELO/Os = hapless erstwhile legal owner/occupiers
I/J/Z-plex; illegitimate IL squats on genocidally ethnically-cleansed = improperly alienated, mainly Palestinian ELO/Os' land/property = IL is an un-remedied crime-scene and *all* I/J/Z-plex (except any actively opposing) are guilty; sole remedy = reparations = revest where possible, adequate = acceptable recompense where not + *sincere* apology
M/I/C/4a†-plex = military, industrial, Congress (US-speak for parliament), 4 = 4th estate = MSM+PFBCs, 'a' = academia incl. think-tanks, † = the churches.
MSM = mainstream media (print and broadcast), aka 'corrupt&venal'
neoliberalism = 'economic rationalism,' 'supply-side,' (wicked) privatisations, 'small govt.' = minimised to no égalité etc. + globalisation = wage arbitration etc. = <1% rips off 99%+
PFBCs = publicly-financed broadcasters, like the AusBC
ppp-dd'd = pushed propaganda paradigm dumbed-down
PRopaganda = PR + propaganda, usual qualifier: 'lying'
SQSHsO = snivelling quisling sycophantic hangers-on
US-MMH = Media (aka press, radio + TV), Madison Ave., Hollywood
US&/Zs = the US of A and/or Zionists; sometimes indistinguishable
XS-CO2-CCC = excess CO2 climate-change catastrophe
not just the once
but in his admission too
.. no worries, mate ...