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2018—Chinese year of the dog

Given the year’s performance churned out by Beijing under president for life Xi Jingping you could be excused for thinking it is the year of the rat! Lots of bullying over Taiwan again. 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the … your suggestions please.

The awards ceremony at the “Chinese Oscars” has been overshadowed by controversy surrounding the status of Taiwan, with live coverage being cut during an acceptance speech. In the 55th year of China’s Golden Horse awards, which recognise the best in Chinese language film, the focus of attention shifted from the awards to geopolitics. Fu Yue, who won the Best Documentary award for Our Youth — a film about Taiwan’s 2014 Sunflower Movement — used her acceptance speech to speak of her wish for Taiwan’s independence. [More]

Morrison pulls his earplugs on immigrants

A short piece in The Australian about the hot issue of high immigration levels indicates that PM Morrison has been pushed into doing something about it rather that just talk about it. He says 30,000 will be cut but didn’t say when. Typical, especially when nothing meaningful will be done. Maybe he thinks he won’t be PM for much longer?

Scott Morrison says he “expects” the cap on Australia’s migration intake to be slashed by 30,000, promising an improvement in how the country manages population in its “clogged” cities. The Prime Minister said his government would look to reduce the yearly cap of 190,000 as recent immigration figures were about 30,000 below that limit, and emphasised that temporary as well as permanent visas would need to be considered as part of changes. “We’re running 30,000 below where it has been … It wouldn’t surprise me if any process that we went through would arrive in that sort of territory,” he said. “I believe that this is likely to end up in revising down the permanent ­migration cap in Australia. That would be my expectation.” [More]

Cruising for a bruising: What we learned from the APEC summit

APEC 2018 will be long remembered for the extravagant farce that it has become and the 2018 version has done more to fracture relationships between participating nations than has to bring people together. China showed its true colours—RED! Waste reached unprecedented levels and the fate of 40 Maseratis and three Bentley’s among to 500 new vehicles purchased is unknown in a nation that only 13 per cent of the population has electricity. This article is sourced from the Agence France Presse and it takes a rather pedestrian view as one might when reporting on a circus in disarray.

If not for the Pacific Island shirts and rugby posts around town, a visitor could be forgiven for thinking China was hosting the APEC summit with giant billboards of a beaming Xi Jinping erected around Port Moresby The annual meeting of leaders from the 21 Asian-Pacific countries produced little in the way of concrete results, but plenty of fireworks on the sidelines. Here’s what we learned from the gathering held for the first time in the dusty and sun-baked city of Port Moresby. [More]

Closing the gap! Psst—we’re not listening

Exasperated peak Aboriginal bodies are repeating a call for a greater input into the Government’s refresh of its Closing the Gap strategy, saying a formal request in a  letter sent last month was ignored by all states bar one. The group wants governments to hold off on plans to endorse new targets at the next COAG meeting in December and agree instead to work on them with Aboriginal groups in a formal partnership.

Both major political parties are in disarray Fuel and electricity costs turning us into a third-world compost heap. A useless government is about to sign us up to more idiotic UN fantasies and the “aboriginal peak bodies” are “exasperated!” Well … so are the rest of Australians who work hard to pay taxes to support the many money wasting schemes that divide the nation into them and us. This nonsense about closing the gap was always a ruse in effect. Something to keep some people busy and the taxpayer poorer. The problem, if not the answer is in bold above, a “letter sent last month was ignored by all states bar one.” It’s like spoiled child whinging and whining ad infinitum. There is more to worry about and Australians have stopped listening. [More]

Mad Wax!

Back last May a person born male but now claiming to be female filed a complaint against a Canadian beauty waxing spa.

He had been told that the beauty waxing spa had refused to do a waxings (essentially ripping off body hair by the roots following application of warm wax to it) for men.

The owner pointed out that the woman employee was a Muslim who had religious as well as other objections and that .
staff’s religious beliefs had to be respected respect their religious beliefs plus feelings of safety and dignity in regards to the right not to perform waxing services on males or male genitals.

Well, you would think he ticked the boxes with that blather to satisfy even the most Trudeauesque Canadian.

But, no, sheit sued in the Canadian Star Chamber Human Rights Commission for $50,000 as compensation for what the complaint identified as “immense harm to her dignity.”

But there it lapsed. No one knows what happened. The Commission may have been waiting on the US Supreme Court decision on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, or he might have given sheit a couple of bob to piss off and leave well enough alone. [More]

Government has allowed catastrophic wildfires to threaten its citizens

It’s not until fire burns out of control that you realise just how important hazard reduction burns are. Here in Australia we realise this and sometimes we try to reduce the amount of available fuel for a fire, which helps reduce the intensity of a wildfire. Those of us that live in high risk fire areas encourage or rural fire brigades to conduct planned, coordinated hazard reduction burns. Greens and other idiots stop such activity.. [More]

Kim Jong-un is missing the limelight?

The always attractive and sartorially dressed blob, Fat Kim, enjoyed a good run with lots of international media attention during the Trump discussions about North Korea’s denuclearisation agreements. Yep, he swanned about the world stage shaking hands and bowing to one and all. He basked in the warmth of bonhomie of a world who saw an agreeable chap rather than an ugly ogre about to blow the world to bits upon the press of a button. Nobody was throwing rotten fruit and dog poo at him and he love it. But back in Pyongyang it’s different, they hate the dangerous fat bastard who starves them to death and rules by fear. There in NK the fawning and adulation is thin. So, two days ago he let off his new “high-tech” tactical weapon of which there was no photograph. Just one showing Kim’s trendy hairdo. We can only imagine what Mr Trump is thinking? I would like to see the message sent from the White House.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised the successful test of a new “high-tech” tactical weapon, state-run media say. The KCNA news agency gave no details on the type of the weapon, saying only it had been developed over a long period. This is North Korea’s first official report of a weapons test in a year. [More]

APEC: we warned that Xi Jinping would be pissed off!

A bunch of President Xi Jinping’s thugs staff, probably trying to quell the rage of their master, tried to barge into a PNG ministers office for a chat about how an APEC  communique should be crafted to cover China with glory. Mr Xi has been made a fool of and the entire world is reminded of what a bully he is. The little shit has been put back in his box and that should have been done years ago. We can now expect some sort of retaliation. MM reckons Xi’s ego is about the same size as Turnbull’s and if lust for revenge is commensurate there may be interesting times ahead. One thing for sure—Mr Trump will be celebrating. Japan will be thinking twice about China and Trump might now turn his attention on fat Kim-un and his rude betrayal of denuclearisation—pass the popcorn please!

Tensions have overflowed at the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea, after a group of Chinese officials tried to force their way into a Minister’s office.Four Chinese officials barged into the office of Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato on Saturday afternoon after being denied a meeting. [More]

Appearing in PNG’s Post-Courier—China blocked

ABOUT 70 percent of Papua New Guinea will have electricity by 2030 thanks to Australia, Japan, New Zealand and United States. This morning it was announced PNG has invited Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States to work together to support its enhanced connectivity and the goal of connecting 70% of its population to electricity by 2030. Currently only about 13% of Papua New Guinea’s population have reliable access to electricity.

Access to electricity is key to Papua New Guinea’s economic growth. Electricity lifts the living standards of communities in cities, towns and remote villages. It allows schools and hospitals to deliver essential services. It is also an essential precursor for the growth of the private sector and industry, including small and medium enterprises. [More]

No Newspoll today but there is an Ipsos

Stuck in the same groove!

Scott Morrison must think the numbers 48-52 are welded onto the side of Bill Shorten’s campaign bus and can’t be removed, even with an angle grinder. Although there seems to be no Newspoll today repeating those numbers the Fairfax-Ipsos poll get a run through from Davis Crowe in the Sydney Morning Herald. Mr Crowe also covers the immigration question and which ever way you carve it up voters are saying it is too much. The poll finds that 35 per cent believe that immigration numbers should remain the same. Perhaps a supplementary question to the 35 per cent should have asked, “how many will promise to take into your home?”

Australian voters are split on whether to cut the number of migrants coming from Muslim countries, as the Morrison government considers an overhaul of immigration and population rules within weeks. A special Fairfax-Ipsos survey finds only 14 per cent of voters support an increase in the number of immigrants from Muslim countries while 35 per cent believe the intake should stay the same. But another 46 per cent believe the intake should be reduced a lot or a little – a position backed by a clear majority of Coalition voters and one third of Labor voters. [More]