Monday, June 30, 2008
Posted by DH at 12:01 pm
Sunday, June 22, 2008
rHow UTTERLY repulsive it was to see China's show relay in Tibet
DH is usually pretty strict about keeping this blog within its parochial parameters
But enough is enough
Then there is Zimbabwe, And the mealy-mouthed African states totally incapable of standing up for justice for their own people.
Then there are the Muslim religious fascists who have declared war on the West,
Now poor Schapelle Corby is rotting away in an Indonesian sh*thole. No doubt she smuggled a bit of dope. But this is no way to treat a human being
Everywhere you look, rotten, corrupt states getting away with it.
And at every turn the Australian left has gone to the dogs and panders to worn out arguments that everything that has gone wrong in these benighted nations is the West's fault.
It's enough to make you sick
Still, it's true that we are oil addicts and are now beginning to pay the price.
Posted by DH at 2:08 pm
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Today's SMH reports:
"Under [Howard's] Work Choices employers and staff could cash out up to two weeks of an employee's annual leave each year. Labor's standard will allow individual industrial awards to include provisions for cashing out annual leave with no ceiling on the amount that may be paid out each year."
This from a Labor Government???
Is this some kind of backdoor "Affordable Housing" strategy, tempting workers to solve a systematic problem with an individual solution?
It is clear where the extra money will go.
Some Holiday Choices! Workers will be forced to make the agonising decision. Shall I sacrifice my rest, my health, my family time to catch up on my mortgage or rent arrears".
This "Sophie's Choice" should never be imposed on the vulnerable members of society.Only yesterday. DH praised Rudd to the skies. Kevin Rudd, go back out in the cold please.
And only yesterday, under the heading NSW Govt exploits contract workers, DH explained very carefully how workers' entitlements are eroded by contract work, and how contract deals that looked so sweet 10 years ago are now leaving contractors far worse off in every way than permanent employees. All that is left is the illusion of freedom.
A corollary of this principle is that once employees trade their holidays away, they will never get them, let alone their health, back.
In what has been the most Judaeo-Ecumenical week in the history of this diary, DH, a card-carrying atheist yet, has had to remind Kevin Rudd once again to go back to his Bible and "Consider the lilies".
Dear friends, today's lesson calls Father Kevin to "Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep It Holy".
That simple tenet, the fundamental need for time for rest and replenishment, underpins the social justice ethic of Western Civ.
Not a good idea to throw this time-honoured principle to the dogs.
* The pic is a still from Sid Caesar's "Boardroom Lunch", which is not only brilliant slapstick, but in its ending, an education in realpolitik. Guaranteed to make your day
Posted by DH at 7:22 am
Posted by DH at 1:06 am
- no holiday pay
- no sick pay
- no training
- no bloody nothing except the hour by hour sweat of your brow.
Posted by DH at 12:48 am
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Dear Brother Kevin, DH has had to speak to you about this before, when you endorsed Howard's tough Welfare to Workhouse rules for the disabled. Which you announced, incredibly, the day after the Christmas holiday, 27th Dec 2006! Let DH remind you of Christ's words, and God knows, she's an atheist, so this should really not be necessary.
Consider the lilies of the field, they toil not, neither do they
spin, but Solomon, in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew,
Do you think Jesus might have been saying something about respecting each human's true nature, and allowing creation to take care of itself, without necessary flogging each creature to death to increase their production of beauty? And didn't God also admonish us, (more or less), to
Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it Holy
Neither shall ye work thy Ministers too hard
Lest they become taskmasters over us all
The idea, Brother Kevin, was to lead Australia out of bondage, and free us from Howard's cruel Welfare-to-Workhouse taskmasters, not to lead us into bondage.
The idea of a Labor partywas not to make workers labour more. It was to make their labours easier. So take a moment to breathe deeply, and notice that progressives and humanists have won the election. There is no need to kowtow to the most punitive and retrograde elements of society!
Now please make sure our MP's and Ministers get adequate rest over Christmas, and set an example to all of us.
Posted by DH at 11:12 pm