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Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on August 22, 2010

The Australian Federal Election has apparently resulted in

a ‘hung Parliament’, with both major political parties

receiving insufficient seats to be able to govern in their own

right. One party will need to form a  minority government

and enter into an arrangement with the (5, I believe) independent

 MPs to be able to govern. The two main parties are now

earnestly courting the support of the independent MPs.

While most commentors seem to think a (well) hung parliament means the sky is going to fall in, I think there are

many positive opportunities now available, with a government that now must be more inclusive and  more


I believe that lunatic conservative Tony Abbott should be the new prime minister. One, I believe that having to

keep the support of the independent MPs will ameliorate his more extreme views, and two, current Prime

Minister and cynical political operator Julia Gillard, and the ALP, must be rejected for their incompetence,

and punished for their ‘keep power at all costs’ behaviour. There must be no reward available to them for that, and

politicians need to be sent the message that they must always act in the best interests of the Australian people and

future generations, not solely in their own political self-interest as politicians do now.

Interesting times ahead I hope.


Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on August 15, 2010

Waking up at dawn on a cold Sunday morning, I made a cup of coffee and

went downstairs with Flanders, the cat. Even though it is early morning, the

crazily coloured parrots have already started to feed amongst the bottle-brush

flowers. It is impossible not to smile while watching their antics.

When I don’t have to go to work, the early morning is a special time for me, my

favourite time of the day, as I watch the world awake around me.

I arrive at the hospital. A relative is dying of cancer, is in the palliative care

ward at the moment, and supposed to be moved to a hospice in a week. I

don’t think she will live long enough to leave the ward.  As I make my way inside

I see a road rage incident in the hospital car park: blaring horns, shouts, and obscene gestures.

There is something deeply disturbing in the nature of the upright ape; perhaps it is there in all of us, and just

manifests more readily in some. Whatever it is, it is ugly.

The cancer has apparently spread throughout her body, which is now weak and wasted, and she struggles to just

sit up in bed. Pain-relieving drugs are not a pill that is swallowed; they are dispensed intravenously. She

completes a postal vote for the federal election next weekend. Her shaking hand drops the pen many times, and she

pauses often and closes her eyes for a few seconds each time. She comments slowly that neither party seems

honest. With effort, she has fulfilled her civic obligation. We chat about stuff for an hour, and she makes me

promise to come back and see her again. Soon. And I will. It is difficult to do so during the week, as I work. On the

train to work one day last week, two women were talking in front of me, and one was talking about her ‘career in

accounts payable’. Sounds like it is important, sounds like it has meaning or purpose. It doesn’t.

The vast majority of people just have jobs — it pays the bills. When you call it a career, I guess it makes the ‘work

your whole life then die’ notion somewhat more palatable. Oh, it doesn’t??  Funny that.

I’m back at home now, sitting among the bottle-brush flowers with Flanders the cat. The parrots have gone, and I

remember the delight as a child watching Basil Brush on television.

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Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on August 12, 2010


Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on August 12, 2010

A US military tribunal has sentenced Osama bin Laden’s former cook to 14 years

 in prison, but he is expected to serve far less under a plea deal that remains


Sudanese-born Ibrahim al-Qosi pleaded guilty last month in the war crimes court

at the Guantánamo Bay US naval base to charges of conspiring with al-Qaida.

Al-Qosi has already served 8 years in detention at the Guantanamo Bay prison awaiting trial.

US military prosecutors have indicated that further related trials will commence soon. It is believed that bin Laden’s

former hairdresser,  his former tap dancing teacher, and some guy who said hello to bin Laden on a street in

Saudi Arabia, will all face trial for having given material support to a terrorist organization.

Andrea Prasow, a lawyer observing the al-Qosi trial for Human Rights Watch, said “I think this proceeding

was a farce.”


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Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on August 1, 2010
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