Australian Election

Well finally the Australian people get to choose a new  government.  The race is between the incumbent Australian Labor Party headed up by the newly reinstalled Kevin Rudd and The Australian Liberal Party headed up by the self-confessed conservative Tony Abbott.

The Stump is predicting a landslide against the incumbent Rudd and what has to be the most dysfunctional and incompetent government since federation.

As a personal disclaimer it is only fair to mention that the Stump considers KRUDD and his predecessor, the simply awful Julia Gillard as possibly the most unprincipled politicians in Federal Politics in the last thirty years.

Prime Minister Tin Tin

 

 

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Australian Republic

Well another royal baby has been born and jolly good luck to them.  Whilst the Queen (via the Governor General) remains Australia’s Head of State it is unlikely Boy George (imaginative lot when it comes to names) will ever occupy the same position in Australia.

Boy George em sua apresentação como DJ na boat...

Future Boy George? 7. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whilst Australia voted against a Republic some years ago, this was more due to a flawed model (Politicians wanted to the right to elect the President not the people), a lingering affection for a rather lovely old granny and the general apathy of the people than a burning desire to rule by some foreign King.  Frankly, the Monarchy in Australia is just a quaint old tradition that has long since worn out its usefulness but like an old sheepdog, no one really cares if it hangs around until it passes quietly in the night.

We wish boy George all the best not sure if it is an ideal life for a child as a taxpayer and hideously expensive tourist attraction somewhat like the Singapore Zoo without the educational benefits. Now if we could just get that flag changed.

 

FPI THUGS AT IT AGAIN

The paid religious thugs of Indonesia better know as the FPI are embarrassing the nation again.  One could ask how much longer are the police and the government going to sit idly by and let these sexually insecure and cowardly thugs continue to harass Indonesian citizens.

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The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing:

Despite the views of one rather repugnant views of one resident and ignorant expatriate blogger, the mass slaughters that took place during rise of the new order and toppling of Sukarno are nothing for Individuals or the nation to celebrate.  Despite the revisionist history this period was one marked by blood and government  sanctioned, cowardice and cruelty.  Many would say the lack of accountability for the atrocities that took place laid the groundwork for the blanket disregard for human rights that continues in many forms to this day.

A very confronting documentary “The Act of Killing,” by Joshua Oppenheimer and released last year recounts the slaughters committed in 1965-66 in primarily through the eyes of perpetrators.  It is gut wrenching to watch as people oft regarded as heroes  exposed by their own words as vile and evil human beings.  One particular piece of human trash and still highly respected in its community details how he raped and killed hundreds of girls particularly relishing the young ones of 14 and 15 as they are still fresh.  The girls crimes, maybe they were communists which of course is absolute nonsense.

Do find the time to watch the movie and do recall it when someone next to you proclaims the proud and noble fight for Indonesia’s stained soul.

 

The Act of Killing:

Despite the views of one rather repugnant views of one resident and ignorant expatriate blogger, the mass slaughters that took place during rise of the new order and toppling of Sukarno are nothing for Individuals or the nation to celebrate.  Despite the revisionist history this period was one marked by blood and government  sanctioned, cowardice and cruelty.  Many would say the lack of accountability for the atrocities that took place laid the groundwork for the blanket disregard for human rights that continues in many forms to this day.

A very confronting documentary “The Act of Killing,” by Joshua Oppenheimer and released last year recounts the slaughters committed in 1965-66 in primarily through the eyes of perpetrators.  It is gut wrenching to watch as people oft regarded as heroes  exposed by their own words as vile and evil human beings.  One particular piece of human trash and still highly respected in its community details how he raped and killed hundreds of girls particularly relishing the young ones of 14 and 15 as they are still fresh.  The girls crimes, maybe they were communists which of course is absolute nonsense.

Do find the time to watch the movie and do recall it when someone next to you proclaims the proud and noble fight for Indonesia’s stained soul.

English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Лого...

PKS should be Steaked – Lady GaGa Sings the Blues

A our old friends, the pious and honourable PKS are in the news again.

Ooops, Sorry for the contradiction in terms.  One should not use honourable and politician in the same sentence particularly in Indonesia and absolutely not with any of the religious based parties.

Indonesian politics is nothing if not amusing although more of an ongoing tragic comedy for the Indonesian people.  Today’s howler is Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader turned graft suspect Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq waved off the alleged involvement of Agriculture Minister Suswono in the beef import scandal, where his ministry is “suspected” of having received bribes to ramp up the 2013 beef import quota for a company called I U.

I really hate Lady  GaGa..people respect her

I really hate Lady GaGa..people respect her

Of course “suspected” in this context is similar to that we may suspect the sun may rise in the East tomorrow. In a callow disregard for the literally tens of millions of Indonesian who live on or below the poverty line, a cabal of thieves, liars and traitors have colluded to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor. Beef in Indonesia (when you can get it) can cost a ludicrous up to ten times the price per kilo than it does in the USA or Australia.

Time and again the endemic corruption and self-enrichment of those that can beggars belief where nothing or no one is sacrosanct. We have seen people enriching themselves by corruption in school book and school infrastructure budgets, perversion of holy books and Haj funds and now food. Not a believer, but you have to think there is a special place in hell for scum that steal from the children of the poorest and colluded to rip food from their mouths.

Sadly like smashing your face continually with hammer, the general population is so overwhelmed by the daily corruption news of such corruption is greeted by a shrug of the shoulders and a smile. Rather than drag these cancers on society into the street for a tar feathering, you will see bigger crowds proudly waving PKS banners and calling for a ban on Lady GaGa as damaging to the nation. I guess there is no limit to the stupidity of a mob.

English: Lady Gaga and Lady Starlight performi...

Lady Gaga and Lady Starlight performing the latest PKS political commercial “Sapi Kotor” (Dirty Cow)

A pan of beef brisket, just out of the oven.

A pan of beef brisket, just out of the oven. 10KG beef  = Rp100,000 in bribes to pond scum

At least the PKS can claim some religious authority, the continued existence such a mob defies the concept of intelligent evolution.

The defining thing about corruption in Indonesia is the sheer scope and disregard for the poorest in society.  Sadly that condemns the middle class “I’m all right Jack, bugger you” more than it does the corrupters.
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Ramadan and Atheists in Indonesia

As it is currently Ramadan in Indonesia (and elsewhere) with public servants even harder to arouse from stupor than normal, it is appropriate that we take a look at what must be one of the most secretive sects in Indonesia, the atheists.

An atheist in Indonesia runs the very real risk of being charged with blasphemy or worse.  In absence of any real sense of history or education, vast swathes of the population ignorantly equate atheism with communism.  Nor should one expect those views to change anytime soon as it would require the two largest Muslim organisations to acknowledge their active and willing participation in the slaughter of millions of their innocent countrymen during the rise of the Soeharto’s new order.

Suharto was the military president of Indonesi...

Suharto was the military president of Indonesia from 1967 to 1998 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the above in mind, it was mildly surprising that the local english newspaper ran an article on the trials and tribulation of being an Atheist in Indonesia today.  Do take the time to read:

To be fair to Islam, the Stump should confess that only recently our presence was required at a local International School where some expatriate parents thought it was appropriate to utilise the facilities and conduct classes in their particular brand of Christianity during school hours.  It was explained in no uncertain terms that:

1.  You want to use the facilities then you lease them, secular parents should not have to pay for propagation of any creation myth.

2.  You conduct your cult’s activities outside of school hours and away from impressionable children.

UPDATE : A couple of the young (14 & 16) Indonesian female cousins appeared last night to “break” fast at the Stump as always better to gorge on someone else’s dollar and it is almost and art form at this time of year. Upon listening at length to the cousin’s delivering the sermon on how the fasting and the sacrifice helps bring them closer to God and cleanse them anew (and by inference non fasters are lesser mortals),  the Stump offered to pay $100 to a charity of their choice for every week during Ramadan they would leave their facebook, twitter, instagram etc enabled hand phone with us.  Suffice to say, no additional budgeting needed at the Stump.  Perhaps the next post should be titled Ritual Vs Substance or Sacrifice Vs Posturing.

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