Boycott! List Update #3

flight centre

Don’t Get My Tickets Here

A very short post here.

I’ve added Flight Centre to my Boycott! list.  See here, for the updated list page.

In short, they shafted me once, by being very rude; and they are owned, at least in part, by a complete bastard.

If you read my Boycott! page and think that there is something else I should add, or some reason that I’m wrong to boycott anything in particular, let me know!

AsGrayAsGray

Drawing 001

AsGrayAsGray:

As is my wont, I’m reblogging myself. Somehow this drawing feels like it maybe belongs over here more than than it does over at my other blog. Whatever. Cross-promotion, blah blah. Yeah, whatever.

Originally posted on Ramblings of Inanity:

Drawing 001

It’s A Drawing

A long time ago, I bought, or was given, a ‘visual diary’.  Good quality paper, blank, and lots of pages.

On Day 1 I decided to draw a drawing.  It took me a while, but eventually I filled the page with inky bits.

‘I’m an artist.’

Adam

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Hey, You Can’t Sell That!

 

Privatisation (or privatization, for my North American friends) – it’s one of my pet hates.

You cannot sell that which does not belong to you.  But that simple little rule of life is chucked out the window when you’re a government looking for some quick cash.

In Australia, as elsewhere I’m sure, there has been a long list of companies and assets that belonged to the whole country, under the ‘management’ of the government of the time.  From the poles and wires of our national electricity grid, to the power stations that fed them; to toll roads (another of my pet hates – I have a lot of them…), and beyond.

I recall when Telecom (Australia’s national telecommunications agency – original name, I know) became Telstra and was then prepared for partial-privatisation in the late 90’s.  At the time, I was appalled that something that ‘belonged to everyone’ was being carved up and the shares being sold off for money.  I figured that I already owned some of the shares in this (having been both a tax-payer and a bill-paying customer for some years), and fired off a letter to a crusty old politician, informing him of my claim to a small percentage of the shares being ‘offered’, and where he could send them.  Of course, I received no reply…  But I’m sure the old bastard, or his letter-reader, got a smug little chuckle out of it.

Australia is currently launching the privatisation of Medibank Private, formerly government-owned private health insurance provider.  Soon it’ll probably be Australia Post.  And then what?  What’s left to sell?

There are many who support privatisation – citing increased competition and efficiency, and of course the ‘windfall’ from the sell-off.  But I don’t buy it.  I’ve yet to see competition lead to a real lowering of prices for customers, and I’ve yet to see the widespread social benefits often touted at the time of the sell-off.  I just think it’s all bullshit.

In my eyes, privatisation is analogous to me dog-sitting your greyhound, for a fee, and then selling the greyhound for profit to go and race for someone else’s benefit, and then never giving you your greyhound back.

Anyway, if I was running the show, there would be a referendum on issues of privatisation.  If the public wasn’t convinced that there was a benefit for the country as a whole, then they’d vote ‘no’, and it’d be business as usual.  Then again, what would the fucking public know? – I mean, look at us.

But I’m not running anything, so…

It’s Shit.  It’s Gotta Stop.  But it probably won’t.

If anything I hope you enjoy the music video – it’s one of my favourite songs.

AsGrayAsGray

R.I.P. Edward Gough Whitlam

abbottism

AsGrayAsGray:

‘abbottism’ from skulzstudios.com, reblogged, with thanks.
Great to read that even on the other side of the big, big, pond, and beyond the international date line, some people get the fact that abbott is a fool and an embarrassment.

Originally posted on DONZO'S GUERRILLA GRAFFIX:

“The” Prime Minister of Aussielandia and that would be one Tony Abbott, is going to smack Vladimir Putin square in his (Putin’s) face.

I’ll bet you did not know that PM Tony was a bad ass. Please to see the link here –

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australians-were-murdered–i-am-going-to-shirtfront-mr-putin-20141013-3hxbc.html

I hope the world’s media concerns have cameras rolling and record for posterity Abbott’s utterly ridiculous bravado and Abbott’s picking himself up off the ground after he gets his very stupid if not demagogue ass cold-cocked by President Putin.

You see, Abbott evidently missed the cold case memo that it was the dumb ass Ukraine Air Farce that shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Oh yeah and the Russians have the proof. The US/NATO has the exact same proof but that proof does not fit their bullshit scenario for casting the Russians in a bad light for whatever their ill conceived reasoning might be.

However, evidential prejudice…

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MH17 Crash Analysis, by The Russian Union Of Engineers

MH17 Damage Analysis by Russian Engineers

MH17 Damage Analysis by The Union Of Russian Engineers. It’s bullets – lots of bullets…

I know…  This silly web-log thing here is not supposed to be a conspiracy site.  But, fuck it.  I’ve published more than one potential conspiracy and, well, why stop now?  What will be will be…

NOTE: The contents of this post are almost entirely extracted from The Oceania Saker.  If you are interested in a concise and seemingly sensible explanation of how the MH17 disaster transpired, then you need to read the entire report (now almost a month old).  There is a video there too.  Follow the link above (or here) to read the summary and download the report from that site.

Unfortunately, the report does not reveal why this aircraft was downed, or who perpetrated the act.  Suffice to say, the official line that Western media has promoted (and which has all but vanished from news screens, having been overwhelmed by ISIS and Ebola news) is quite possibly entirely fabricated and deliberately manipulated to make it as confusing a tale as possible.  The chilling aspect to this report is that the conclusion of The Russian Union Of Engineers only leads to two big scary questions; if this evidence is correct, and if the analysis is correct, then who commanded the military jet to destroy the civilian airliner?  And why?

The more time that expires, the more I feel that there is something to the theory that MH17 and MH370 are one and the same plane…  Call me crazy…

Anyway.

Here is the conclusion of the report:

9. Reconstucting the event

Based on the above, we can draw the following conclusions:

9.1. In relation to the circumstances of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jet.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was carrying out the 17.07.2014 flight Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur in the flight corridor established by the dispatchers. At the same time, it is likely that manual control was turned off and the plane was on autopilot, flying in a horizontal plane along the route laid out and adjusted by air traffic controllers on the Ukrainian side.
At 17.17-17.20, the Boeing 777 was in Ukrainian airspace near the city of Donetsk at the height of 10100 m. An unidentified combat aircraft (presumably a Su-25 or MiG -29), which was a tier below, on a collision course, in the cloud layer, sharply gained altitude and suddenly appeared out of the clouds in front of the civilian aircraft and opened fire on the cockpit, firing from a 30 mm caliber cannon or smaller. The pilot of a fighter jet can do this while in “free hunting” mode (using onboard radar) or with the help of navigational guidance using airspace situation data from ground-based radar.
As a result of multiple hits from shells there was damage to the cockpit, which suddenly depressurized, resulting in instant death for the crew due to mechanical influences and decompression. The attack was sudden and lasted a fraction of a second; in such circumstances the crew could not sound any alarm as the flight had been proceeding in regular mode and no attack was expected.

Since neither the engines or hydraulic system, nor other devices required for the continuation of the flight were out of commission, the Boeing 777, running on autopilot (as is standard), continued on its horizontal flight path, perhaps gradually losing altitude.

The pilot of the unidentified combat aircraft maneuvered to the rear of the Boeing 777. After that, the unidentified plane remained on the combat course, the pilot provided a target tracking aircraft equipment, took aim and launched his R-60 or R-73 missiles.

The result was a loss of cabin pressure, the aircraft control system was destroyed, the autopilot failed, the aircraft lost the ability to maintain its level flight path, and went into a tailspin. The resulting overload led to mechanical failure of the airframe at high altitudes.

The aircraft, according to the information available from the flight recorders, broke up in the air, but this is possible only in the case of a vertical fall from a height of ten thousand meters, which can only happen when the maximum permissible overload is exceeded. One reason for stalling and going into a tailspin is the inability of the crew to control the aircraft as a result an emergency in the cockpit and the subsequent instantaneous depressurization of the cockpit and the passenger cabin. The aircraft broke up at a high altitude, which explains the fact that the wreckage was scattered over the territory of more than 15 square kilometers.

9.2. In relation to the party responsible for the death of 283 passengers and 15 crew members.

On 17.07.2014, the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk National Republic had no relevant combat aircraft capable of destroying an aerial target similar to the Boeing 777, nor the necessary airfield network, nor the means of radar detection, targeting and tracking.

No combat aircraft of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation violated the airspace of Ukraine, which the Ukrainian side confirms as well as third parties who conduct space surveillance over the situation in Ukraine and in its airspace.

To establish the truth, it is necessary to objectively and impartially investigate all the circumstances of the destruction of the Malaysian Boeing 777, to interview the thousands of citizens who may have seen something. Naturally, experienced professionals should conduct the surveys. To ask the right questions – this is a rigorous science, and a great art in advancing the truth. Important information is contained in the wreckage of the aircraft and the remains of the dead, but this precise information is easy to destroy, distort and hide. And there are plenty of parties interested in concealing the real facts. As confirmation, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia signed an agreement on August 8 providing that information about the crash investigation would be disclosed only upon the consent of all parties. “The investigation is ongoing, [utilizing] expertise and other investigative actions” – announced the Spokesman of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuri Boychenko. “The results will be announced at the conclusion of the investigation and with the consent of all parties that have executed the agreement.”

Procrastination and the evasion of an objective investigation by all sides, with the participation of prestigious international organizations, raises doubts whether the concerned parties will make public the true circumstances surrounding the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

Did you get that?  “Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia signed an agreement on August 8 providing that information about the crash investigation would be disclosed only upon the consent of all parties”.  Considering that ‘all parties’ could not reach an agreement to even investigate the crash in a timely manner, nor extract debris or remains, how in the name of Hades will they ever agree to disclose what they discover?  Was this an agreement made in order to guarantee that the disclosure will never happen?

Reading between the lines, someone ordered this act of terrorism to take place, and it wasn’t Russia, and it wasn’t the easy-to-blame ‘pro-Russian-separatists’, although it is almost certain that all parties involved in the act or in the investigation (or cover-up, if you will) know more than has been disclosed.  So, a Russian-built military jet fighter operated by, maybe the Ukrainian air forces (?), was ordered to engage a civilian Boeing 777 from the front and shoot the shit out of the cockpit, then re-engage from the rear and shoot the shit out of the passenger cabin with a combination of machine gun and air-air missile/s.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: As stated right at the start, this report was sourced, with thanks, from The Oceania Saker and has been posted here in part with their permission.  Please go there to read the summary and download the full report to read it all for yourself.

I leave that with you.

AsGrayAsGray

Seriously…

I asked a ‘serious’ question over at Gibber Jabberin, and seem to have received nothing but derision and some (quite frankly) really bad answers.

One of the most offensive answers implies that my name is somehow causing the weather to oppose my intentions.  Like the Universe is some sort of reverse-echo disappointment machine.

Offensive (but not really), I tell ya.

Oh well, I guess that’s life.

So, go check out my question and the horrific list of ‘answers’, at >>>>>

Seriously….

Word Of The Moment #2

not schadenfreude

The Queen’s English Word for Schadenfreude is…

My favourite word at the moment is:


EPICARICACY

Pronunciation

/ˌɛpɪˈkærɪkəsi/

Epicaricacy

  1. (rare) Rejoicing at or deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others.

Synonyms

Etymology

Usage notes

  • The word is mentioned in some early dictionaries, but there is little or no evidence of actual usage until it was picked up by various “interesting word” websites around the turn of the twenty-first century.

 

A new-found word, thanks to the good folk at Crikey (the only news service I pay good money for), from whom I learned recently that the commonly-held ‘fact’ (i.e., a factoid), that ‘schadenfreude‘ has no English-language equivalent, is actually a myth.

Schadenfreude gained some popularity in recent years, thanks mostly to quasi-intellectuals and people who thought they were somehow justified in their almost-constant feelings of epicaricacy towards the rest of us because they ‘knew’ a foreign word for which there was no English-language equivalent.

Well, screw you!, quasi’s.

There is a word, and always was a word, for your smugness in the face of victory at the expense of everyone else – AND YOU NEVER KNEW IT!

Now you do, and I hope you enjoy it.

I too hope to revel in some epicaricacy at some point in the future.

Aah, yes, my epicaricacy will come…

AsGrayAsGray

* – Definition, synonyms, etymology, and usage notes sourced from Wiktionary.