Sharing The Spam #1

cans of spam

None Left, I Ate Them All, Get Your Own

Comments from spam-bots get trapped in the web-log-machine – most of them make no sense whatsoever, but sometimes they’re a laugh, or are so nice that they make me lament that they’re not real… (insert sad face here)  Nevertheless, every single one of them gets churned back into cyber-ashes in a ruthless fashion.

Until now.

For whatever reason, at this late hour, I thought it might be nice to occasionally share.  So here’s the first shared spam, courtesy of a (shock! horror!!) porn-spam-bot:

“Hi there, everything is going nicely here and of course every one is sharing information, that’s genuinely fine, keep up writing.”

Well, I’ll take that.  Thanks a bomb, computer-generated complimentary commenter!  I will “keep up writing”.  Thanks for the encouragement.

So, in honour of that encouragement, and in the spirit of sharing, here’s a poem from my brain:


Babel Tower’s Shadow

The curse of the Tower of Babel still lives

The absence of knowledge is all that it gives

It bonds us in darkness and keeps us afraid

Humanity’s light now does no more than fade

As we regress

Hate breeds hate

As we decline

Hate feeds hate

But can we ever break the cycle

Shatter the curse in a Grand Revival?

Short answer: NO

Because this poem constitutes the intellectual property of Babel Towers Inc.

Reproduction in any form is prohibited by corporate law

Offenders will be prosecuted with extreme prejudice

No correspondence will be entered into

Do not ask for mercy as refusal often offends


Yeah, sorry about that.

Yours in derailed prose,

Wick Burner

Paris: You Don’t Want to Read This

Wick Burner:

As the title suggests, many would prefer to not hear, they just want to know the ‘war on terror’ has been won. But they never will, if they don’t listen…
Reblogged, with thanks, from Counter Information.

Originally posted on Counter Information:


November 15, 2015 “Information Clearing House” –  You don’t want to read this, and I take no pleasure in writing it, and no one really wants to hear it right now. But I believe it needs to be said.

I join the world in grieving for the dead in Paris. I have grieved for the dead from 9/11 forward — the Australians who died in terror attacks on Bali in 2002, Londoners who died in terror attacks in 2005, the French citizens who died in the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of this year, the Russians whose plane went down over the Sinai a week or so ago. So many more non-Western deaths barely noticed in the U.S. media. I grieve also for those killed in smaller attacks already smuggled deep into the obscurity of our memory.

Leave the Middle East alone. Stop creating more failed states. Stop…

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This Week In Double-Speak (#1)


A Google Images Search For A Relevant Image For This Post Failed To Provide

Picture Of A Leech

Actually, I Take It Back, This Picture Of A Leech Should Do Nicely…

or Double-Speak, And Why We Will Love Paying More Tax And/Or Otherwise Subsidising The Wealth-Rorters

Politics, and rorting an economy – It’s a game of semantics, and the bastards are so brazen and cock-sure now, that they barely try to hide it. Double-speak is more rife than ever, and is being used like a hammer to overtly pound propaganda and disinformation into the heads of the dumbed-down, confused, sedated, and easily-distracted masses.  Insulting enough; but so much worse due to the pathetic quality of the language used, and worse again because the brainless media and consumers thereof simply gobble it all up, without question.

Double-speak is in hyper-drive in Australia at the moment, and just a casual glance at the language being employed in the hot-topic-this-week non-debate on possible expansion and increasing of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) reveals a decent supply of Orwellian phrases and supplied holding lines being rapped through the media by our ‘elected representatives’.  Some of these prepared lines are used across a range of issues in current political discourse, further muddying the waters and keeping the poor punters confused about which issues are really at stake.

By way of background, the GST-increase issue has popped up from almost nowhere as part of a new and apparently urgent re-imagining of the country’s taxation system. Of course, the plebs will be somewhat pissed at this idea, having to pay a little bit more for a whole lot of stuff that they buy every day, and meanwhile, as the plebs foam and froth in a state of distracted fury, manoeuvres will be occurring to surreptitiously introduce other pieces of socially harmful ‘business-friendly’ tax legislation/or just to enable continued inaction on corporate tax-avoidance and similar obvious targets for a tax review.

Here’s just a sample of seven recent oft-repeated efforts at obfuscation and misdirection, as repeated ad nauseum for the benefit of those of us with short attention span and limited memory capacity, each entry augmented by what is really being said:

  • When they say ‘more flexibility‘, they mean ‘fewer rights for workers
  • When they say ‘more competitive‘, they mean ‘lower wages and less onerous conditions for local workers
  • When they mention, again, ‘jobs and growth‘ (or, as alternatively phrased by more adventurous political animals, ‘growth and jobs‘), they mean ‘jobs in some unrelated sector of the economy, perhaps even in another country, and growth in economic sectors and in whatever countries are considered favourable by our benefactors at any given moment in the market cycle
  • When they drop ‘transitioning the economy‘, they mean ‘siphoning public capital and removing safeguards to enable continued access to future wealth‘ (treasonous theft)
  • Every mention of a ‘burden‘ means ‘an ordinary citizen, or any government expenditure that does not directly serve the needs of ‘free-market’ capitalist corporations (AKA our benefactors)
  • The retort-of-the-week, ‘all options are on the table‘ really means ‘even the most horrendous idea will not be ruled out, publicly, in order to make the 2nd-most horrendous idea seem like a very fair and sensible option when introduced
  • And pre-dating them all (the first falling stones in the cavalcade of language-with-barely-concealed-intent) was the old classic, ‘we need to talk about weekend/Sunday penalty rates‘, which actually means, obviously, ‘our mates in commerce would like to squeeze a few additional dollars out of you, and we can help you understand how badly they need those dollars by scaring you into believing that your apparent reliance on penalty rates is destined to put you out of your job, because, as you well know, they need that money more than you do, so that they can continue to pay you something.  So, maybe just be a little less greedy and selfish, or you’ll soon find out how badly you needed any money at all, let alone fair and reasonable rates of pay for the work you do at times when the rest of us are having fun and spending time with our loved ones‘ [* – this last was a suggestion for inclusion from a valued Twitter tweep, who would prefer to remain nameless, but you know who you are…  The long-winded augmentation is mine, as if you couldn’t tell, but is probably not long-winded enough to truly capture the intent behind this declaration of class-war.]

Anyone who can’t see through this low-grade Double-Speak is either disturbingly stupid, compromised by their own bullshit selfish ideology, or deluded and successfully placated by the smokescreen of the recent replacement of the Prime Moron with the Primed Malcolm.

Either way, that’s enough of the population to keep us shackled to the Australian sub-branch of the neo-con program for the foreseeable future.  Thanks a lot, dickheads.

I was going to end this post by asking, rhetorically of course, “are we really that stupid?”.  But I’ve already answered, non-rhetorically, my own question – yes, yes we are.

So, why will we love paying more tax and/or otherwise subsidising the wealth-rorters?  Because we’re fucking stupid, and we deserve it.

Wick Burner

A Calming Musical Interlude #4


Don’t really need to say too much about this (but I probably will).  Everybody knows that RATM are one of the greatest anti-establishment bands that ever was…

I never saw them in concert, although I probably missed (passed up) a couple of chances to do just that back in the last century.  This clip is from the Glastonbury Festival (UK) in 1994, and features Maynard James Keenan of Tool fame doing his spoken/screamed part of the song in the flesh.  Everyone looks fresh-faced and full of youth and passion.

There’s also a cameo from a wind turbine behind the stage assembly.  Back when the future was about to happen, again…

Know Your Enemy‘.  Sage advice in the age of data retention, tax-dodging über-rich, mass surveillance, Donald fucking Trump, imminent global war, and all that funky shit.

It would seem that Rage were about 20 years ahead of their time; what with all the recent deaths and aggravation at the hands of the ‘authorities’ in places far flung all over the globe.

One could easily imagine many of their lyrics being borne of acts perpetrated very recently on the streets of Missouri, or Texas, or in Sydney, or Gaza, or…

Compromise.  Conformity.  Assimilation.  Submission.  Ignorance.  Hypocrisy.  Brutality.  The Elite.  All of which are American dreams.


Crank it.  Enjoy.  REVOLT!

Wick Burner

Nine Thoughts On the TPP Agreement Being Reached Today

Wick Burner:

More on the #TPP, this time from Information Clearing House, via Counter Information, with thanks to both.

Go read the post there, and there, respectively…

Originally posted on Counter Information:


By Nick Dearden

October 05, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “Global Justice Now” –

  1. Stepping back from details, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the biggest trade deal in a generation and part of the same ‘new generation’ of trade deals asTTIP. There are 12 countries involved across the Pacific Rim, including the USA, Japan, Canada and Australia.
  2. Like TTIP, it goes well beyond ‘trade’ in the narrow sense – its primary purpose is to rewrite global economic rules in favour of capital – and not just for the countries involved. Other countries already want to come on board. This is a less democratic version of the World Trade Organization and affects everyone. So it’s a very big deal. Campaigns against it have been huge and countries themselves have had serious political difficulties in getting to this point. So it shows that there’s a big…

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The TPP: If it’s so Good, why is it so Secret?

Wick Burner:

Relax – we are now locked-in to ‘FREE TRADE FOR EVERYBODY’!! There’s no way this will be a bad thing…

The TPP. It must be really shit, because almost nobody knows a damn thing about it.

This piece reblogged, with muchos thanks in advance, from The Gutter Trash.

Go visit their site, and watch the video.

Originally posted on The Gutter Trash:

tppnader_590From the interwebs…

The TPP agreement is just another shot in the century long campaign by the US elites and multinationals to form the world in their image.

As others have already said, the principal pre-occupation of those groups since before the end of the Second World War has been to prevent the emergence of any other power that might challenge the ability of the US to run the world in the interests of that group.

That goal is reflected in thousands of US planning documents since that time. It has also been reflected in the military and subversive interventions into the internal affairs of over two thirds of the countries that compose the UN by the US government.

As US economic power declines, it is seeking, through the use of such “trade” agreements, to extend the life of that control for as long as possible.

That these agreements are…

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