Unwelcome News.

Why is it that we receive news that ought not to be read?
“Teenage girl wakes from a coma having given birth.
Newly wed man throws wife from 21st floor on the cold coast.
Footballer charged with rape smiles to victim in Court.
Anita Board died in Perth junior dragster crash two days after becoming old enough to compete.”
Headlines like that ought to avert our eyes. They are such invasions of private lives and grief.  Those death and traumas are too sad and too private to be so recklessly  consumed by everyone. Is our capacity for the sensational so whetted that we are drawn to the misery and plights of cases that don’t concern us at all? Or do we assuage ourselves into a false sense of caring?
We were told that our political parties are now being hacked by very sophisticated experts. The simulated hackers are shown in the dark punching into a keyboard, infiltrating and corrupting data and face-book accounts in Australia.
Not a sliver of real news is actually forthcoming. A large stomached PM Morrison is shown peering suitable outraged into the camera, whipping us into fearing the worst, yet no factual damage or stolen items are reported despite the earnest looking Newsreader. Even so, this story maintains our fear, and to be used as a tool to win elections.
The real news is of course the dreadful plight of the elderly in our nursing homes. The Royal Commission already gives frightening numbers. Over 6000 reported cased of abuse in elderly homes reported in just one year. Malnutrition is suffered by a reported 50% of the elderly. Understaffing, underfunding and badly training are given as reasons.
https://www.agedcareguide.com.au/talking-aged-care/elder-abuse
Another Royal Commission has been agreed for the Disabled people. Again, case after case of reported abuse and mismanagement. Harrowing stories are being told of impossible situations that some parents suffer through the lack of care for their disabled son and daughter. Thousands of parents are suffering situations that could so easily be solved by simple care and compassion. A company with a Kangaroo Island beach shack get $ 420.000.000,-!  We have allowed for over 1000 people, and their children, who did no wrong, to be incarcerated for over 5 years in order to stop boats.
How is it possible to have pride and celebrate living in ‘the best country’ knowing how our aged and disability care can be so lacking and has so for decades?
How come our news turns to the irrelevant and hyperbole instead of the above mentioned serious societal misdemeanours that we, as proud Australian allow to continue?
Why are we not rioting or do some yellow shirting?

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29 Responses to “Unwelcome News.”

  1. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    Good question Gez. We get it. The world is stupid, cruel and Tony Abbott happens to good people and arsewipes alike.

    I do not require any more evidence either.

    Sad that the ABC so often apes trash reporting as wel as the commercial TV and radio stations that I’ve not watched for years. And Fairfax has gone missing in action.

    Which leaves the Guardian and the Saturday Paper and we risk confirmation bias – only reading stuff with which we agree – merely because there is no worthwhile alternative.

    Now that we have unlimited access to content – the content mostly has no value. Anyone for a cat picture ?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The ABC too is guilty of the sensationalising of silly news. They all are subject to ratings and the resulting perverse joy of private misery made public. A nation of dulled voyeurs.
      The ABC Drum at least does make an effort in raising serious matters.
      I still wonder why we don’t protest anymore. Remember the anti Vietnam war protests?

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      • Therese Trouserzoff Says:

        I do remember the Moratorium marches and being a high school activist. My mates and I filled in literally hundreds of draft card registrations based on the phone book in Greg Anderson’s mum’s post office.

        Back then the news was waaay thinner but cutting. Much less polemic tailored for morons by interested profiteers.

        Curiously, it had to make sense, but now -as my old Dad would say, the man in the street couldn’t tell the difference between shit and clay without tasting it.

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      • Therese Trouserzoff Says:

        Beats me why people have an unquenchable thirst for the grim reality of a car crash or any other human disaster. I’ve seen it in the flesh and I absolutely do not need a daily update on the News.

        Summary: Today’s News: Lots of people, famous, infamous and obscure, died today. Some peacefully and others violently. Good people and bad people.

        And a whole lot of babies were born.

        And now for the weather…..

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    • berlioz1935 Says:

      There are already heaps of cat pictures and videos on FaceBook.

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  2. freefall852 Says:

    When a creeping corruption enters not just the government, but the peoples of the State, it can reach a degree of absolutism so that even a slight injection of fear makes the now corrupt people reach for what they perceive as the “saftest option”…
    This conundrum has been seen befoer and debated before..and the solution has never been “nice”..I just now posted this on Twitter..I post it here also..
    “We, as a state and nation are entering dark days…This LNP government has now resorted to Machiavellian deceit in both its motives and its actions…So let us look to Machiavelli himself for a solution to such corruption..: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machiavelli/niccolo/m149d/book1.html#book1.18 … “

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      A good example is the opening of Christmas Island for the transportation of refugees from Manu and Nauru. It is just staggering in its stupidity. The person in charge of this bit of Australian territory has confirmed that the medical facilities are not any better. A six bed hospital with no operating theatre. People have to be flown to Perth for a broken limb or bout of pneumonia.
      And yet, our PM and his rotten LNP party hopes it will frighten us into voting for them.
      It is so depressing.
      My poor country Australia.

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      • freefall852 Says:

        I am sorry to have to say it and I feel for those Anglo-centric people here who are from a long line of descendents in Australia….But I think Australia in these times is being held back in it’s social and political advancement by being shackled to a now redundant cultural icon of “Rule Brittania” and the British ideal of single / dominant cultural governance. And I believe the nation will continue to be stalled in any radical progress until there is a balance of TRUE multicultural sympathies in both the bureaucracy and BOTH Houses of Parliament…NOT just in tokenism, but in actuality.

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      • berlioz1935 Says:

        They will succeed in frightening enough people to vote for them.

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  3. freefall852 Says:

    From an article posted on The AIMN in March 2018…. https://freefall852.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/too-much-of-plenty/

    “. . . But these simple demands by the most vulnerable of the population, along with a most brutal and cruel treatment of so many asylum seekers with their families coming to our shores seeking that second chance at a new life, have been swept aside in a maniacal assurance of security from fear… : fear of terrorism, fear of financial devastation, fear of a different skin colour and culture even fear from the indigenous people of the very soil of our nation …. in fact – from fear itself.

    A fear of the loss of that expectation of privilege …. : Too much of Plenty.

    It is an ugly revelation of a ugly country when such fear bubbles to the surface like pooled sewerage and it even has its own peculiar “smell”, the smell of that fear … and one can smell it most prevalent upon those who, while having gained their measure of financial security from dealing with and from those very subjects they most revile, are the first to demand restrictions upon and levies via wages limitations upon those very enablers of the life they have now become most accustomed to.

    The machinations of the big financial houses, the merchant dealers and commodity miners, along with energy, communications and property speculators … in fact the entire upper middle-class and their hangers-on have used their money, media contacts and lobby group persuaders to corrupt and make degenerate an entire citizen demographic of aspirants and wannabes , even so far as to create simmering doubt in the most decent and honest citizen that now cannot, does not now want to see beyond its own pathetic insecurities to what most benefits the nation … We now have not only a cowardly nation that; going on the recorded histories of SO MANY failed empires and States, has not only condemned itself with a continued cowardice to the same fate of those lost civilisations, it has, by its continuance of electing those representative political parties who most seek to gain riches and wealth by stamping down and using as a footstool to climb the largesse ladder those most productive to the nation … by doing this vile act, it has also relinquished ITS RIGHT to survive.

    Its … : “Too much of Plenty” will too soon become so little of nothing.”

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I can’t imagine how all this will continue, Jo. We are the US and socialism is a dirty word and we risks being charged with treason.

      Even though we know that countries with economies based on social democratic government ensuring in equal division of the good things that matter, such as fair distribution of wealth far outweigh those, like the US and Australia, that go on representing an outmoded form of terminal capitalism where wealth is concentrated on the few.

      But… where are our protests.? Are we so full of sugar or large T-bone steaks that all will to change is now being sapped off by obesity and heavy limbs? We can’t move anymore but lean on shopping trolleys! It is the only way we can still carry on by consuming.

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      • freefall852 Says:

        I think “on the street” protest rallys are the result of a spontaneous outrage committed against a large number of people or their culture…like the Vietnam war conscription, where many young men were forced into something they did not believe in…unfortunately, the right-wing planners have learned that it is best to pick off their targets one at a time..hence this or that vulnerable demographic..refugee, aged, disabled, unemployed..playing one against the other..like “refugees taking jobs from the unemployed” etc.and between each targetted “species”, there appears to be a compliant MSM “distraction”..like pause before they continue the attack on another “demographic”…a moment of “all quiet on the western front”..if you get my drift..then the shit again hits the fan!

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      • auntyuta Says:

        I remember the government had no problem keeping the anti Vietnam-war protesters in check. We were only the ‘mob’ according to the prime minister.
        A lot of people feel these days that a significant number should go on the street to protest against government policies.
        I ask myself, why do we have an opposition? Shouldn’t they protest against government policies that are very unpopular in large sections of the community? I feel the opposition could be acting a lot stronger in a lot of cases so that we do not have to go on the streets to make our opposition heard!
        Government should listen to the opposition a bit more whenever they oppose a policy. Instead any opposition is constantly being ignored and the opposition is being ridiculed and accused of telling things that are not true. Why can we not have a government that is willing to work with the opposition and to discuss important questions in a factual way to the benefit of the whole nation?

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Good question, Uta. Why is the opposition not opposing?

        We, as a whole have wholeheartedly approved the most inhumane treatment of children and their parents; the refugees on Manus and Nauru. A political ploy that shrill mouthed politicians on both sides were keen to ferment and manure. They used the fear of an armada of manic knife wielding Islamic boatpeople to arrive at our shores, rape our women, eat our cows, take our financial advisers and bank executive jobs.

        The majority of us swallowed this fearmongering as being truthful without considering the unjustness and terrible plight of those refugees. If you say a lie often enough it will finally believed. That was Hitler’s strategy as well.

        The situation in Australia is further complicated that we do not have a Bill of Rights and combined with a Westminster System, makes it ripe for not much to happen at all. We sleep a lot, don’t we? For years on end. The opposition wants to come in power above all, and this Westminster System believes in ‘taking to account’ and be as adversarial as possible. The idea of jointly making things fairer or more just is doomed to be secondary to getting into government.

        I so wished to get old enough to see a revolutionary change in Australia where it could stand and hold its head high and be proud. Alas, I don’t think real change will come about in the near future. Perhaps if a live till 110?

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      • freefall852 Says:

        This is the history repeating tragedy….

        “They weighed one period of history against the other and studied that and those which could be called a “perennial truth” .. ; a truism that could be applied down through any age, any culture .. as familiar to ancient and modern, as commonly felt in pain and pleasure by any peoples .. as grist to all as jealousy and love or fire and water .. yet used in many differing applications by all and the generic knowledge amongst any nation which has learned to value and scorn the solid truth of what gold is to iron pyrites.

        “It is true that the history of past centuries ought to be the instructress of the present; but not in the vulgar sense, as if one could simply by turning over the leaves discover the conjunctures of the present in the records of the past, and collect from these the symptoms for a political diagnosis and the specifics for a prescription; it is instructive only so far as the observation of older forms of culture reveals the organic conditions of civilization generally– the fundamental forces everywhere alike, and the manner of their combination everywhere different–and leads and encourages men, not to unreflecting imitation, but to independent reproduction.” (Mommsen ; History of Rome, chap 11, bk 5.).

        So only in a general sense we can claim that : “History repeats”. But in an “organic” sense, we can clearly see the familiarity of behaviours, the continuity and habits … Jealousy remains a constant .. as does hate and greed and covetous desire … and many more .. there is a constant in so many things human.”

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  4. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Sadly, I have no answers for the important questions you ask, Gerard. 😦
    Sadly, I think most countries are in the same “boat” your country is in. 😦

    Sometimes I think the leaders, and the news media, use wild stories to try to distract us from the important issues/problems that should be focused on and solved, or at least made better. ??? I hope I’m wrong. But I’ve felt that way a lot in the past few years.

    I know I’ve said this before, but I think how a country/government/business (etc) treats the elderly, disabled, children, abused, ETC, (those who can’t speak up for themselves…or they try and nobody listens) says a lot about who the leaders are and what is important to them. 😦 And most countries are failing in this. 😦

    It seems to me, in the dark of night, someone ran around and switched all the “price-tags”. 😦 For example, being a movie actor or basketball player is more important and worth more $$ than caregivers, teachers, etc., who do the important work and get paid so badly. 😦

    Another important and well-written post, Gerard! Thank you!
    (((HUGS))) for you and Helvi!
    PATS for Milo!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You hit the right note there, Carolyn.
      A crook bank mogul is given the sack but with a seven figure dollar retrenchment package. Some punishment!
      Let’s hope that things will change now that many voters are sick of the present state of ‘democracy.’ as being performed by our leaders. There is an urge to more independents away from the major parties.
      Thank you for all the hugs, Carolyn.
      Hugs and well-wishers to you too.Milo is wagging his tail.

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  5. freefall852 Says:

    The tragic reality of refugee internment began a long time ago…With the Germanic peoples in Sth Aust’ in the time of the first world war…Those hardy and loyal farmers were not only confiscated of their named towns and locations, they were culled from local committees, sport clubs, and social events…there were calls to confiscate their lands and deny them their culture and language..even to the point where one gormless Anglo Tory calling for Tanunda to be renamed from the “German”!!…(it being an indigenous name!)…The same happened in the second world war, where many honest and loyal citizens of foreign birth were interned just because of their name and heritage…BUT the insidious thing was that in many cases it was to gain control or destroy the internees property and assets…condemming many to being an “enemy alien” and therefore “not legally allowed” to own broad-acre land.
    The bastards have not changed!

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    • auntyuta Says:

      Joe you write further above “This is the history repeating tragedy….” and you say: “Jealousy remains a constant .. as does hate and greed and covetous desire … and many more .. there is a constant in so many things human.”
      I would not argue with that. Sure, this is all there in all of us, but isn’t the opposite in us too? Isn’t everyone capable of loving and being unselfish? To overcome evil we have to learn to love. Is it possible to love your enemy? Well, I think we all ought to try. Often people do not dare to love because they are frightened or scared.

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      • freefall852 Says:

        As you know, Uta…I am always a great supporter of the idea of universal love etc. but even love, as a reflection of jealousy is a “action” that has not really changed down the eons of time…and yes..there is the other side of the coin that love will conquer all…but then, how many of Shakespeares plays are built around the act of love betrayed for gain, jealousy or fear?

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        I am not sure of ‘love’, Uta. Dreadful things are happening in the name of love and whenever I hear it, I tend to go for a quick run.

        Give me genuine compassion and dollops of empathy instead.

        I am sure that Dutton and Scomo profess to be full of love but have no hesitation in carrying out the most dreadful punitive measures against refugees, pensioners, mentally ill, the disabled. Their hate is dressed up as love.

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    • auntyuta Says:

      You are right of course, Gerard, what goes under ‘love’ often is not love at all. It is better to use the words compassion, empathy, respect etc. What I am concerned about is, that there is too much hate in this world. If we hate every person that hates us, there is a never ending war. But of course we do hate certain actions by certain people. I think this often has to do with morals and ethics. To stand up for the rights of other people is always what we should aim at, that is if this is at all possible! I always think in another age maybe I would have been burned as a witch!? Certain male persons would probably hated me that much for not agreeing with them. . . .

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  6. gerard oosterman Says:

    Talking about love; read this bit from two extreme catholic Cardinals announcing that sexual abuse by catholic priests is all to do with an Homosexual agenda. That’s right, blame homosexuals.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-21/cardinals-link-clerical-child-sex-abuse-to-homosexual-agenda/10831922

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  7. freefall852 Says:

    The Tide.
    Like a sailor old, who watches the tide,
    Life’s many moods I do abide…and still I watch,
    For there comes a wash of the river flow,
    That carries the ebb, what comes and goes.
    That “tide in men’s lives” that carries their thoughts,
    Like flotsam swept before a wave wild wrought
    By wind and storm or by deceiving calm they be brought,
    To wreck upon Charybdis rocks or wash up on rugged tor.
    Fortune for that sailor who with astute eye,
    Will risk the temper of mood and tide,
    And call the exact moment makes best to ride.
    He casts the ropes that hold him belay,
    All wind and storm be no delay.
    Yet I and thee, chained to life’s fickle destiny,
    Can but watch as the vessel sails away from we,
    While idly biding…
    Like empty shells scattered on a wide, broad shore,
    Awaiting tide and waves also, to move us ever-more…”

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  8. gerard oosterman Says:

    Great poem ,Jo. The tides of our lives, they never stop.

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  9. auntyuta Says:

    I just found what Helvi wrote about Milo and enjoyed very much reading a bit about what he was up to! 🙂

    https://oosterman.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/milo-moved-out/#comment-45265

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  10. gerard oosterman Says:

    Milo will be 15 in June this year. Helvi writes very well and is still busy writing, mainly on political blogs.

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  11. Forestwood Says:

    Embarrassed for what our global reputation is.

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