December 02, 2020, 07:07:24

The Ranting Thread

Started by SueC, April 09, 2020, 06:12:28

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Call THAT a rant?   :evil:  :P

...a mere two lines...  :1f634:

...more like a rantlet.   :angel

My rant is still cooking.  However, Brett came home ranty yesterday, growling about how he wanted to kill people who talked in circles on the phone instead of getting to the point.  :evil:  Apparently it no longer attracts attention at his workplace when he's smacking his own forehead with his fist and miming strangling a person while on the telephone.  The really funny part of that is that he is constantly complimented on his wonderful telephone manner.  He claims this is because he turns off a part of himself in order to speak on the telephone.  However, when I asked him if he did that when he was on the phone with me at the start of our relationship, he said no, that wasn't work.  :angel   I can't understand a) his misanthropy, and b) why he makes an exception for me, although he says the answer to b) is "mammary glands"... which clearly is a dodge, since around half the population has those.

I am asking him to explain his misanthropy and he's saying, "My philosophy is simple.  People are idiots."  The other day he said, "If you're breathing, you're part of the problem."  (I noticed he was breathing.  :angel)

Tea appears to temporarily reduce his symptoms...
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MeltingMan

Quote from: SueC on April 14, 2020, 14:29:09If we excuse that kind of stuff, we lower our expectations, and people often happily sink to those low expectations.  On the other hand, if we have high expectations of what people's behaviour is going to be, people often rise to those (or disappear entirely, to find murkier waters to wallow in).  This then allows for a nice, warm, interactive environment where people can talk openly and feel supported and respected - rare as hen's teeth on the Internet, which is yet another reason it's worth doing.

When I came here, I expected lively discussions, but I was quickly taught better. In the meantime, those who "just read" no longer bother me. This is because I no longer have the time and patience to read and reflect on everything. When I listen to music or write a text, I am still concerned about 12 to 18 hours later. On the other hand, I'm happy when someone posts something that has been offline for a long time. Unfortunately, moments like this have become rare. When 2020 started, I thought to myself: "Oh G*d, don't let it be an off topic year again!" I'm "on the road" there too, but sometimes I think it's "too much".
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SueC

I just wanted to officially post that after thinking about it for a bit, I came to a position halfway between my prior position and @word_on_a_wing's position, and I thank her for voicing her thoughts on the matter.  And that's why networking with other brains is so much better than just playing with your own.  :cool
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In summary:  Grrrr.

https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/06/19/why-is-the-catholic-church-getting-jobkeeper/?utm_campaign=Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&ins=WktSZTR4R1dZN1p2S082MkpQbkExUT09&at=blpiK2xBM3B0ZFFhZHE0MUllYkxMZz09

A completely legal scam - the Australian Catholic Church collecting COVID-19 welfare payments on behalf of its clergy (while the arts sector is quietly dying unsupported, as are some sole traders etc).  Previously, the Catholic Church had spent decades immune from prosecution for institutional child sexual abuse by maintaining that the clergy were not its employees...

A typical example of what's wrong with this whole shiitake system of ours:  That politicians, clergy, corporations can pull stunts like this, and never, ever have to face legal consequences or lose their jobs - they make it all "legal" by writing the rules - one way for themselves, and another for the citizens.  :evil:

"The age of entitlement is over," said a cigar-smoking Joe Hockey some years back when making life even more difficult for unemployed Australians.  I wish - he's on a golden handshake plus a job-for-the-boys these days, and politicians are still shamelessly rorting taxpayers with their own travel expenses, all "legally"...

From GetUp today:

QuotePauline Hanson is eating fish and chips with right-wing donors on the public dime.

But a shocking string of revelations this week reveal she's not alone in her blatant misuse of public money.

💸 Senator Eric Abetz sent us the bill to attend a gala dinner to celebrate the mining industry.
💸 Deputy PM Michael McCormack billed taxpayers $4300 an hour for his RAAF flight to the Melbourne Cup.
💸 Three Cabinet Ministers flew to Sydney on the public dollar to wine and dine with mining and banking donors.
💸 Shadow Minister Chris Bowen billed taxpayers to be the guest of honour at a Labor fundraiser.

It's scandal after scandal - but these politicians aren't even breaking a sweat. Because without a federal corruption watchdog they know they won't face consequences.

At a time when people across the country are struggling financially, losing their jobs and pulling money out of their superannuation just to survive - this week's spotlight on politicians reckless spending shows they need to be held accountable for their misconduct.

https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/democracy/icac-petition-hanson/sign-we-need-a-corruption-watchdog-with-teeth?t=AABeBHN7N



from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/17/who-needs-a-federal-icac-when-weve-got-the-integribot-5000
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SueC

From Crikey this morning:

Quote from: undefinedBruce Gordon

Last week we learned expat media mogul Bruce Gordon, normally based in Bermuda, had been given an exemption by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to live in Australia during the pandemic without incurring an additional tax bill.

That's right. A 91-year-old billionaire who has lived in a tax haven since 1985 wanted to stay in Australia because, sources close to him revealed, he felt "safer" here.

That's because most of those grubby little tax "havens" are actually upmarket swamps that don't have the superior healthcare we have in this country thanks to, you know, those common little people who actually pay tax.

We also learned he spent most of the year holed up in his luxury Circular Quay apartment. It's the longest he has been in Australia since quitting our shores last century. That would be because the ATO has a strict rule that you must spend 183 days offshore to qualify as a non-resident to avoid paying pesky personal income tax.

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word_on_a_wing

Quote from: SueC on December 01, 2020, 03:54:32From Crikey this morning:

Quote from: undefinedBruce Gordon

Last week we learned expat media mogul Bruce Gordon, normally based in Bermuda, had been given an exemption by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to live in Australia during the pandemic without incurring an additional tax bill.

That's right. A 91-year-old billionaire who has lived in a tax haven since 1985 wanted to stay in Australia because, sources close to him revealed, he felt "safer" here.

That's because most of those grubby little tax "havens" are actually upmarket swamps that don't have the superior healthcare we have in this country thanks to, you know, those common little people who actually pay tax.

We also learned he spent most of the year holed up in his luxury Circular Quay apartment. It's the longest he has been in Australia since quitting our shores last century. That would be because the ATO has a strict rule that you must spend 183 days offshore to qualify as a non-resident to avoid paying pesky personal income tax.

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