New Chrome app for Aussies: Stop Tony Meow

The Guardian reports a striking technological breakthrough:

In what appears to be a dramatic escalation of the proliferation of cat photos on the internet, three Australian developers have created an application allowing users to replace pictures of prime minister Tony Abbott with images of cute kittens.

An add on to the internet browser Google Chrome called Stop Tony Meow, built by Dan Nolan, Ben Taylor and Matt Kelsh, allows users who have grown tired of seeing stock footage of the prime minister to replace the photos with cats. It is the first recorded incident of an animal being used to replace a country leader, according to Internet searches.

In case that doesn’t give you a clue, Abbott is not beloved among Australian liberals for, among other things, his opposition to the Carbon Tax and to same-sex marriage.

As the link indicates, you can download it directly (for the link-impaired, the site is here). Here are some examples of the app in operation:

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There’s a brief interview with Dan Nolan, one of the three developers of the app; here’s an excerpt:

Stop Tony Meow is an extension that replaces pictures of Tony Abbott with cats. Can you explain what made you decide to build it?

A few months ago Matt (@mattro) tweeted that he was “sick of looking at pictures of Tony’s face” and wanted to replace them with kittens. Ben Taylor (@taybenlor) put together a concept, and Matt asked me to build it into a browser extension. It was honestly just a little bit of fun that seems to have really resonated with people.

How does it work?

It’s a script that looks for the name “abbott” and then drops in a cute kitten photo from placekitten.com. It’s super, super simple and the simplicity seems to be why people are liking it so much.

. . . Is there an endgame to Stop Tony Meow?

The demolition of the entire political artifice and replacing it with a kinder, gentler, cuddlier polity. Also way, way more pictures of cats. It’ll also make a lovely addition to our ASIO files.

Some reader please enlighten us about what ASIO files are.

h/t: Bernard ~

79 Comments

  1. Julian C
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    ASIO = Australian Security Intelligence Organization. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Security_Intelligence_Organisation
    (down-under CSIS. Or NSA fur Usonians)

    • papalinton
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      Yes.
      ASIO would be the rough equivalent of the NSA or FBI, and
      ASIS, Aust Security Intelligence Service, would be roughly equivalent with the CIA.

      • Marella
        Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

        Ahahahaha, except that ASIO is completely inept. We had a “terrorist attack” in Melbourne about 30 years ago that turned out to be an ASIO training exercise gone wrong. Turns out the only terrorist attack on Australian soil was perpetrated by our own security agency!

        • js
          Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

          Was that the bomb in the garbage bin?
          If so, I worked with a guy 30 years ago that was injured from that.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted February 9, 2014 at 6:28 am | Permalink

          ASIO would be the rough equivalent of the NSA or FBI,

          Marella :

          Ahahahaha, except that ASIO is completely inept.

          This seems to be a use of the word “except” that I am unfamiliar with.

      • David Duncan
        Posted February 9, 2014 at 2:24 am | Permalink

        ASIO = FBI or MI5

        ASIS = CIA or MI6

        DSD (Defence Signals Directorate) = NSA or GCHQ

        • papalinton
          Posted February 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

          Yes. That’s about right.

  2. Steve Gerrard
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Audio files – Meow!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Stream_Input/Output

  3. Posted February 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Of course, “liberal” with a small L is a word Australians hardly ever apply to themselves – because the right-wing party, the direct equivalent of the Republicans or Tories, the party Tony Abbott leads, is called the Liberal Party. For reasons that make no sense. This has long hampered political discourse with Americans.

    • George Dixon
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      The reasons makes perfect sense. The Liberal Party has always advocated economic liberalism and other strains of liberal thought even if they’re (regrettably) not liberal these days on some social issues.

      • Marella
        Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

        Yes, they are more like libertarians than liberals.

    • echidna
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      It’s true “liberal” as a label only works when there is a common meaning. But I wouldn’t blame the Aussies outright.

      From my viewpoint, it’s US politics that has shifted. Aussie conservatives and communists have both melted away, and the centre of politics generally shifted to the right. US communists are gone and the conservatives have become far right, dragging your liberals rightwards as well.

      Possibly one of the big differences is that Aussies haven’t, yet, completely lost the notion that governments are meant to actually make the system work for everyone, notwithstanding that corruption and greed will get in the way of that.

    • Posted February 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      We Americans use blue for our liberals and red for our conservatives, confusing everyone else, so we’ll forgive you. I was going to say, “We’ll table it,” but I don’t know if you Aussies use the American or Canadian meaning, which are opposites.

  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant! I think Canadians need an equivalent Chrome extension to replace images of Rob Ford.

  5. SA Gould
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    AdBlock originally allowed you to do the same, but to ads.

  6. marcusa1971
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    “…Abbott is not beloved among Australian liberals for, among other things, his opposition to the Carbon Tax and to same-sex marriage.”
    Not only that, he is BFF’s with George Pell, the Catholic Cardinal that debated Richard Dawkins live on television a few years ago.
    Being BFF’s with the chief local representative for the world’s largest paedophile protection racket does not bode well for his personal character.

    • George Dixon
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      To successfully make an argument about his character, you’d be better off attacking his arguments than pointing out who his BFFs are.

      • George Dixon
        Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

        I meant you’d be better of attacking what he says than pointing out who his BFFs are.

        • George Dixon
          Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

          And now I’ve misspelt ‘off’!

      • Marella
        Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        Since Abbott makes a point of citing Pell as one of his mentors and advisers, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to offer their relationship as another strike against Abbott’s character, if one were necessary.

  7. papalinton
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Abbott is the archetypal throwback where Catholic dogma and teaching is the dominant driver of social public policy.

  8. Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    It’s not just Abbott’s opposition to the Carbon Tax, denialism over global warming in general or his 50s attitudes to family that has people incensed: his government treat asylum seekers like criminals, locking them up in tropical island prison camps (some are literally tent camps) with no airconditioning or facilities, sometimes taking years to process a claim for refugee status. People are literally cutting themselves open, eating glass, attempting suicide because they’re being kept from their spouses and children. Abbott’s mob have also scrapped a crucial school reform recommendation, approved the dumping of three million tonnes of dredge spoil right next to the Great Barrier Reef, relaxed a federal ban on shark hunting so the West Australian state government can murder endangered great whites and tiger sharks in response to 2 (two) shark attacks last year. Every major ministerial position has gone to a rank ideologue whose mission appears to gut whatever department he’s been put in charge of and destroy, regardless of actual merit, anything the previous Labor government (who had their faults, make no mistake, but they also had some good ideas) instituted. There will be no accommodation with unions, there will be budgetary pain for everyone, there will really only be joy for top-drawer conservatives and the billionaires that funded Tony Abbott’s campaign (not least of which will be Rupert Murdoch, whose rags led the most partisan press campaign ever and who stands to gain even more media power when Abbott relaxes the media monopoly laws).

    The Abbott government is basically a pack of archetypal, slash n’ burn, Thatcherite vandals, doing whatever they can for their obscenely rich backers before their three-year term is up (I think they suspect they won’t get re-elected).

    Don’t replace Tony with a cat – a cat’s anus would be far more appropriate.

    [rant over :D]

    • Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like he’s the Aussie’s Ronnie. So sorry, and here’s hoping y’all aren’t facing a future similar to what we experienced.

      b&

      • Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

        Cheers. Me too.

        And yeah, he’s a bit Ronnie – but he’s also a bit Maggie and a bit Dubya. His government has that perfect combo of numbers, ideology and corporate backing that means they will more or less smash and devour anything that hampers one of their buddies making a short-term profit. We’ve had conservatives in charge before but this is the first time I’ve actually been concerned about what kind of country we’re turning into (the presence of a three year-old in my life likely contributes to that).

      • Marella
        Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

        More like our very own Putin I’m sorry to have to report.

        http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/10/abbott-putin-macho-leader

        • Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

          Actually, they both seem like amateurs compared to Unca Ronnie….

          b&

          • Marella
            Posted February 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

            Orly? Ronnie being pre-internet I am not so au fait with his impact on the USA, but if you reckon he was that bad then I am prepared to accept that. I do remember at the time finding it astonishing that he was elected president TWICE!

            • infiniteimprobabilit
              Posted February 9, 2014 at 4:08 am | Permalink

              For a view of Ronnie Reagan by someone who is obviously not inclined to let him rest in peace, you could try this link: ;)

              http://www.thepaincomics.com/weekly040609a.htm

              • Posted February 9, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink

                hee hee, a beautifully raw review of Ronnie Raygun’s residency with a Crumb-ish flair

                Thanks for that counter to the usual deification tripe

                A good description of US politics is ‘ratchet and pawl’

                The Rs continually ratchet rightward, and the Ds slip in and stop any slide back

              • Posted February 9, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

                Yeah, that pretty much sums it up for me, too.

                b&

              • Richard Olson
                Posted February 9, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

                The Artist’s Statement below the cartoon succinctly sums up everything I ever thought about that reactionary jackass. The lizard look in his off-camera eye was present when he was governor of California, also. Reagan never stood a chance of being elected President until his brain trust harnessed the nascent right wing religious movement seething in Colorado Springs, the South, and rural portions of the Midwest and elsewhere. Even then, he had to betray his country and the hostages in Iran by working a deal with Shiite fundamentalist Iranians to eke out his election victory. The whole world is paying the price for that even now, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

              • Posted February 9, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

                It’s even worse — much worse.

                Reagan praised the Taleban as freedom fighters defending against the Soviets…and Reagan’s CIA created al Qaeda and funded bin Laden as part of that.

                The most hyperbolic example of “blowback” can be placed nowhere but on Reagan’s shoulders.

                Cheers,

                b&

      • Shwell Thanksh
        Posted February 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

        Anagrammatically speaking, RONALD WILSON REAGAN works out to INSANE ANGLO WARLORD.

        Anyone know about Tony Abbott?

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Did you see this NY Times article about refugees fleeing to Australia? It’s very eye opening. The journalists sure took a chance posing as refugees & braving the sea journey!

      • Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        I did! And yes, they took an enormous chance – what with our Navy being ordered to turn boats around or tow them back (apparently without regard to their seaworthiness), among many other things.

        I’m glad this is getting international attention – the UNHCR and Amnesty have both given our government a good poking over how they’re treating asylum seekers – I hope the international pressure increases, because this sociopathic hatred of outsiders is fast becoming a black mark on this country.

        I don’t want to dominate the thread, but this is a must-read; an illuminating and tragic story, told by a former asylum-seeker detention centre worker:

        [http://serco-story.theglobalmail.org/]

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

          Wow, that’s really good! I feel so bad about those poor people that just want to escape the crap they came from. It’s easy to forget what it must be like from a regular person’s point of view.

          • Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

            Check out an Aussie TV show online called “Go Back To Where You Came From.” In it, some local celebs with varying views on asylum seekers retrace the path of refugees fleeing their home country to seek asylum in Australia. Very interesting and very well-done (SBS has earned a rep as the go-to TV Aussie station for decent, eye-opening investigative journalism).

            Found: [http://www.sbs.com.au/goback/]

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

              Thanks, I will!

        • natalielaberlinoise
          Posted February 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

          “Detainees are in detention because they’ve failed to observe boundaries.”

          Chilling. Thanks for sharing.

    • Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Holy crap. Frank you paint a bleak and, please forgive the pun, frank picture. I knew things were rough in your corner of the globe, but didn’t realise they were that bad. I was shocked enough that you have a leader openly opposed to gay marriage (I’m from the UK and largely (ignorantly?) assumed your government was on a similar wavelength on these matters). I hope things right themselves soon. Good luck.

      • Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

        Cheers (it’s Hank btw :D).

        Well, our last lot were the Labor party (proper small-l liberals) and, though a fractious bunch of backstabbers toward the end, were generally moving in a decent direction in a number of areas, (though a bit slow for my tastes). The backstabbing (spurred by the right-wing Labor faction powerbrokers aka “the faceless men”) annoyed the electorate, unsurprisingly, and the Abbott Liberal/National Coalition won easily last election. The thing is, everyone knew what Abbott would do – he wasn’t cagey – but they voted him in anyway. And now we’re stuck with an anti-science, anti-environment, anti-progress, far-right ultra-capitalist neo-con stooge who does what he’s told by the moneyed (forgive the multiple redundancies :)). It’s only been six months and I’m already sharpening my pitchfork – they have two and a half more years to go and they’re only just getting started :/

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

          I really hope Australia’s politicians don’t talk to Canada’s. Our’s are bonkers right now too & they are conservative. If we get a conservative government in Canada at the same time in the US after their election, I’m just going to start preparing for the end times.

          • Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

            Yep, I’d be more worried about your southern cousins than about our lot. Abbott & co. are really just aping Thatcherites/US neo-con conservatives anyway, so skip us and keep your eyes on the source :)

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

              Canada sees the US as oil customers to send our stupid tar sand oil to. It’s awful.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

          And we (NZ) thought we had it bad with shonky John Key… he sounds like an amateur compared with Abbott. Just as well for us (right at the moment) that the sporadic impulses to ‘join Australia’ never got anywhere.

          (Hey, I like Aussies. Just not their government…)

          • Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

            Hell, I love Kiwis too much to support the idea that they should join us. When I was in NZ in 2006 I kept referring to Australia as “West Island” – they seemed to like that :D

        • Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

          Shit! Sorry! I apologise for misreading your name. That was pretty poor form on my part!

          Well, I guess we can only hope that Abbott’s lot swing things so far to the right that it inspires a backlash among the electorate that swings it back the other way. Fingers crossed, I guess.

          Geez, and I thought you guys were supposed to be running some kind of sun-drenched paradise down your way ;-)

          • Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

            Heh, no harm done!

            Maybe the pendulum will swing back or, like in the US, maybe Abbott’s neo-cons will swing the whole conversation so far to the right that it’ll stick, and today’s centre will be tomorrow’s far-left.

            Well, we’re sun-drenched, certainly. I live in Adelaide, which keeps copping 40+ celsius days combined with arid northerly winds which blow all our precious moisture away (and then Melbourne gets it. Bastards!). Paradises are meant to have rain, aren’t they? And then there’s the bushfires, hordes of animals that want us all dead and bigger hordes of drunken racists that want us all white. Lovely country, but not paradise :)

            • Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

              “hordes of animals that want us all dead”

              You just reminded me of some Dylan Moran that I happened to be watching earlier (there’s the typical convict ref first up but the point I’m on about start around 40s):

        • Richard Olson
          Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

          The dick’s Hank describes are calling the shots, and singing the same tune, pretty much everywhere on the planet these days except maybe Uruguay. They’re taking back every financial asset they think has been robbed from them by socialist tax/regulation redistribution & outright theft, plus about a thousand percent interest for the cheek of it all.

          The financial masters believe they were got over on by inferiors big time, from about 1900 ’till the Ronnie & Maggie show began its run, and it’s been payback time ever since, bastards. Welcome Neo-liberal financial ideology, and welcome with it neo-feudal 21st Century.

          Capitalism is just one more frickin’ -ism that is very bad news for all but a very few, once it gets loose from wise regulation. Like the past 35+ years and counting.

          • Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

            I’m sure that’s on their list too – deregulation of the banking and finance industry. Regardless of the fact that those very regulations (inherited from the Howard conservatives and managed very well by Rudd’s liberals) ensured Australia didn’t become an economic basket-case after the 2008 GFC (we copped it a bit, but not as badly as the US or Europe), if they harm short-term profit potential by even a partial percentage point, they’ll be pared off or purged.

            We’re basically having our own George W Bush moment here. Abbott will vandalise as much as he can, while he can and even if he gets turfed next election, he will have done so much damage that the incoming government might just throw up their hands and say “Bugger it, it’s too hard to fix, best just to go with it.” Y’know, like Obama pretty much did.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

              That’s one thing Canada actually didn’t do. It saved our butts as well. Maybe we see how bad things went down with the US so we don’t dare change it. There is a Canuck running the Bank of England now.

              • Posted February 9, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

                If you Goo-fu ‘canadian bank bailout’ you’ll find estimates of $114-125B found its way into banksters coffers.

                Carney = Woolerton!

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted February 9, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink

                Regulation saved us from the bad things that happened in the US where regulation had been abolished.

            • Posted February 8, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

              So … we get the typical Abbott-bashing on WEIT too? All the usual out-dated leftist stereotyping propaganda of Abbott spouted here as well? Sigh. Who was door-stopped regularly every Sunday morning outside his church? KRudd … not Abbott. Surprised you haven’t mentioned his (the latter’s) budgie smugglers.

              • Posted February 9, 2014 at 12:26 am | Permalink

                I didn’t care for people bashing Gillard over her clothes and I don’t care for people bashing Tony over his speedos. I also don’t care about KRudd or Tony’s special friend Jesus or Gillard’s atheism. I care about what people do. If that’s all you’ve got, excuse me if I dismiss you.

                As for “out-dated leftist stereotyping propaganda” – like what exactly? Is that even coherent or did you just reach into your Andrew Bolt Tory Scrabble bag and pick out some random words that look good together? There’s no stereotyping in my criticisms – read anything outside the Murdoch press you’ll realise that much of the world is concerned about the Abbott government’s poor treatment of asylum seekers and its outright hostility toward the environment and science.

                It’s not propaganda to point out Abbott treating asylum seekers worse than criminals, who at least get due process before imprisonment (Abbott’s carrying on a Labor policy which was in turn inherited from John “children overboard” Howard, thanks very much). Neither is it propaganda to point out the Barrier Reef is now under threat from millions of tonnes of dredge spoil, that Chris Pyne petulantly gutted the Gonski education reforms as his first act as Minister for Education, or known powermongers like Murdoch and Rinehart calling the shots in Canberra. It’s not propaganda to point out that Abbott dismissed the Climate Change Council, de-funded research into renewable energy and dissolved the Minister for Science portfolio. What kind of ignorant bastard does that? Is it propaganda to note that Tech Minister Turnbull is backing a more expensive and much slower copper-based national broadband network? Is it going to be propaganda to note in a little while that Abbott’s first budget will be tailored toward the elites that got him elected?

                You know what’s actually propaganda? Every Murdoch paper in the country carrying one-sided anti-Labor front pages and editorials for the duration of last year’s election campaign (as well as before and since).

                And it certainly isn’t propaganda to note Abbott’s sheer hypocrisy when slamming the ABC for not kissing his arse. He gave then-PM Gillard a serve when she complained about the press, basically telling her to toughen up and take it as part of the job. He appears to be playing a different tune now, with ONE media org in the country not osculating his rump being sufficient reason to start that old Tory marching tune, “de-fund the ABC!”

                It’s time conservative voters cottoned on to the fact that this government is conning its base to enrich its elite. If you or your kids end up getting screwed by Abbott or Pyne or Treasurer Hockey while Rinehart laughs all the way to a tax-free Swiss bank, blame yourselves.

              • js
                Posted February 9, 2014 at 12:41 am | Permalink

                I’m sure that when that idiot of a pope before the current one told Africans that using condoms increased the chance of HIV, that when people complained they were accused of ‘pope bashing’.
                I’m going to take a line here from the bl*g Respectful Insolence where he says that ‘A statement of fact cannot be insolent’.
                I wonder if you North Americans are familiar with the term ‘Cringe Worthy’?
                It was sometimes applied to Steve Irwin but it surely applies more to ‘budgie smuggler’ Abbot (yes, I mentioned his speedos. Deal with it).

        • Dawn Oz
          Posted February 9, 2014 at 1:26 am | Permalink

          As a fellow Aussie, I agree with Hank in his analysis and narrative about Abbott. I don’t believe a word that comes out of Abbott’s mouth, and he is trying to drag us back to a Catholic version of 1950. He isn’t game to touch abortion, however his attack dogs, such as Cory Bernardi, are loudly proclaiming the 1950s family.

    • Marella
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      I’d say that pretty much sums it up, but you forgot Gina Rinehart of evil reputation. She also did more than her fair share to get Abbott elected and is getting her payback in the legalised endangerment of the Great Barrier Reef.

    • David Duncan
      Posted February 9, 2014 at 2:39 am | Permalink

      Hank, like it or not Abbott’s treatment of asylum seekers is something that goes down well with a lot of Australians. Some people are incensed, but the Labor Party also “got tough” with asylum seekers before the election.

      I could also point out that former Labor leader Julia Gillard, an atheist, was resolutely opposed to gay marriage, so it isn’t all black and white. Kevin Rudd, Labor leader before and after Gillard, and a devout Christian, changed his mind before the election and switched to support of marriage equality. Tony Abbott’s sister is a lesbian and is trying to persuade him. Not sure if it will work.

      Also, I don’t think the term “murder” can properly be applied to sharks.

      Both major parties are in the pockets of “the big end of town”, not just the Liberals.

      • Posted February 9, 2014 at 3:21 am | Permalink

        Ok, not murdering sharks – senselessly and pointlessly killing endangered sharks in defiance of strong public opinion using a dubious rationale. Better?

        I’m not a party-line voter; I’m well aware of the faults of Labor (not least of which was their own mistreatment of asylum seekers, a Howard legacy now expanded and intensified by Abbott) and I criticised them while they were in power when I thought they deserved it (JG’s own opposition to marriage equality baffled me). I happen to be criticising the Coalition now because they’re in power and because they’ve spent their first six months spitefully dismantling anything Labor managed to get done, regardless of merit, and enacting their own reactionary, regressive, anti-science, anti-equality agenda which appears tailored exclusively to the “big end”. When Tony said after the election that Australia was “open for business” and that he’d cut “green tape”, it was obvious to all what he meant and he’s keeping his vows to his corporate media and carbon lobby backers.

        And don’t think I’m naive enough not to notice they’re both different wings of the corporate world. The clear reality, however, is that one party is deeper in bed with the obscenely wealthy than the other.

  9. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Much though I like kittehs on my screen, isn’t that altogether too flattering for Abbott? Like, wouldn’t a picture of a rabid dingo be more appropriate? ;)

  10. js
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Abbott is certainly a dick.
    His latest incident is trying to crack down on our public broadcaster (the ABC) because they ran a story he didn’t like.
    Did someone mention ‘Orwell’.
    The ABC ran a story about our navy inflicting burns on asylum seekers to prevent them going to the toilet too often as there boat was being towed back to Indonesia.
    Abbott said, who you going to believe, the navy or some illegal immigrants.
    Well, his mouth is now full of his foot again, because one of the main newspapers did some investigating and it’s looking more likely that it did happen.

    • js
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

      ‘Their boat’.

    • Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      Abbott’s whinging about non-fawning ABC coverage is completely (and unsurprisingly) hypocritical. When he was opposition leader he criticised then-PM Julia Gillard as having a “thin skin and a glass jaw” because she complained about some of the “crap” press coverage she was getting. The main difference between them, however, was that she didn’t call for any of the media orgs responsible to be de-funded or demolished; also that a disproportionate amount of the coverage Gillard received concentrated on irrelevancies like her private life, her gender and what she chose to wear to work.

      As for the alleged burning, a Somalian witness was dismissed out of hand by our defence minister, who said “He’s not even Australian!” Regardless of the truth of the allegations, that’s yet another damning indictment of Abbott’s hiring policies.

      [http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/tony-abbott-urged-to-review-abcs-standards/story-e6frg996-1226821124758#]

      • Marella
        Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

        Every detail of Guillard’s private life, clothing choices, and especially her hairstyle was more thoroughly raked over than a Japanese rock garden. But Abbott, whose wife appears to have left him about a year ago, has no such scrutiny. It really helps when the newspaper owners are on your side.

        • Posted February 9, 2014 at 12:31 am | Permalink

          Where’d you hear that? As far as I can tell Tony and Margie Abbott are still married.

          And yep, our press acted like supermarket magazines around Gillard. It was embarrassing.

          • Marella
            Posted February 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

            Erm, I heard it on Facebook. *blushes* They’re still married but the goss is that they are separated and have been for some time.

            • Dawn Oz
              Posted February 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

              I haven’t heard anything remotely resembling this. He is camped in with the military at the moment as The Lodge (our White House, is being refurbished. This is similar to his previous life, where politicians camp during the week and go home to their families at weekends. Its a huge load on all of them. I despise Abbott, however not interested in false tales.

              • Marella
                Posted February 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

                My point wasn’t that it was or was not true, but that that Abbott gets special consideration from the media in as much as these rumours are going round with not so much as a whisper in the papers. If a similar story had been suggested regarding Guillard we’d have heard about nothing else for months. She was persecuted, he gets a free pass.

            • Dawn Oz
              Posted February 10, 2014 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

              Thanks for clarifying Marella. Yes, Julia Gillard was the picture of grace under pressure, and then released that misogyny speech.

        • Dawn Oz
          Posted February 9, 2014 at 1:08 am | Permalink

          Tony and Margie are together and married – where did that piece info come from.

  11. Posted February 9, 2014 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Me:

    I didn’t care for people bashing Gillard over her clothes and I don’t care for people bashing Tony over his speedos. I also don’t care about KRudd or Tony’s special friend Jesus or Gillard’s atheism. I care about what people do.

    js (above):

    I’m sure that when that idiot of a pope before the current one told Africans that using condoms increased the chance of HIV, that when people complained they were accused of ‘pope bashing’.

    Yeah well, the obvious difference is that people constantly scrutinising a Prime Minister about her external appearance/relationship/atheism and giving her a hard time over it. It was unjustified and irrelevant and definitely a bash. The criticism of the Pope was totally justified as there was a very good chance millions of people would believe his lies and expose themselves to HIV. Anyone who accused his critics of bashing him was simply wrong. And anyone who gave more of a shit what Ratzinger wore to work than his words and actions was missing the point.

    I’m going to take a line here from the bl*g Respectful Insolence where he says that ‘A statement of fact cannot be insolent’.
    I wonder if you North Americans are familiar with the term ‘Cringe Worthy’?
    It was sometimes applied to Steve Irwin but it surely applies more to ‘budgie smuggler’ Abbot (yes, I mentioned his speedos. Deal with it).

    Don’t worry, I’m well equipped to deal with you bashing Tony’s banana hammock. He does indeed wear the worst-looking male swimsuit ever invented (give me my baggy boardies and a rashie any day), but I find his politics and misogyny far more cringe-worthy than how he looks at the beach. I give credit where it’s due: Tony’s in very good shape; it’s just his brain and his basic humanity that could do with some exercise.

    • Posted February 9, 2014 at 1:39 am | Permalink

      OK, I’m bowing out lest I dominate Prof Ceiling Cat’s website.

      Anyone who wants to can tweet me @hank_says.

  12. kelskye
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    I like this solution, though I personally will be adopting my “no Australian politics stories” when I browse the news, as I did during the Howard era. Life’s more bearable that way (and there’s nothing I can even start to do about it until the next election).


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