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Episode 3 – (Its like the star wars movies)!!


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Eposide Two – Ashraf’s Friday Rants


Ashie’s Friday Rants


So I got a weekly podcast now. You can catch episode one here. And yes. That picture is very scary.

 

I got you babe – (by whats left of your balls)



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Groundhog day is supposed to be a movie, not a government. You may have been told that there is a great difference between a Abbott govt and its replacement Turnbull govt, but in reality, the same tune booms out of your alarm clock radios every morning.
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When Tony held the reigns of the government, unions where the bane of the countries existence. They where the Balrog, and Tony led his misfit band of mostly political hobbits(who dined on multiple breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the taxpayers purse) through the darkened corridors of the Coalition.
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Unfortunately for Tony, the Balrog turned out to not be the unions, but a cabal of his own mostly political hobbits who kicked him off a bridge, and then ran like fools.
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The new Gandalf, Malcolm, promised change with continuity. And boy did he deliver in droves! The new bane of the countries existence is now the unions! And he leads an even bigger collection of political hobbits, who continue to raid the taxpayers purse, through the darkened corridors of the Coalition.
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The new Gandalf had made deals with the Balrog that had helped him oust the old Gandalf. In return for him being given the key to the lodge, he needed to cut off his balls and hand it to them on a plate. This is coincidently why the coalition do not like to elect female leaders as they have no balls to put on a plate.
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The new Gandalf not only promised his genitals to some of his political hobbits, he had also promised shavings of the same balls to many others: banks, big business, Rupert Murdoch, his deputy, his wife, his ‘friends’ from the mineral council and so on.
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So poor Mal has no balls left. But thankfully, this has allowed him to take seven shots from a Adler lever action shotgun to the genitals without leaving a stain. The old Gandalf, Tony, had thought he had Mal by they proverbial Godwin Grech’s when he unloaded. Tony fired his weapon through the media, social and non social. He did not care about the gunpowder stains that covered his hands. He just wanted his beard and staff back.
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Tony had never been able to get his head around things like computers, the internet, or anything that required facts. After all, Tony is no tech head.
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So it must have been a great shock to him when emails, or as Tony likes to call them, electronic post, turned up to show he was a lying bastard. Maybe he was aware of these electronic letters, but did not care. After all, he had been proven to be a lying bastard before, and this had helped him get elected.
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Tony said Mal had made a deal. Tony had vowed he made no deals. But Mal had said it was Tony who made a deal. Then Mal himself vowed he would make no deals.
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At one time, Mal had claimed to be a advocate of a faster, better internet; same sex marriage; renewable energy; indigenous recognition; even a republic. But now that he is the new Gandalf, he has put all these in a hessian bag and thrown them out to sea along with his principles. It turns out that the new Gandalf of the coalition is exactly like the old Gandalf of the coalition – a lying bastard.
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And Australia is living in a remake of “Groundhog Day” produced, directed and starring the Coalition. Only the song that plays every morning is not from Sonny and Cher. Ironically, the cast still got you babe. Got you by the balls.
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Ashraf Ghebranious                                                             October 2016
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The coalition’s Medicare policy: Be afraid. Be very afraid.



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When Tony Shepard appeared on Lateline, he said something about his proposal to government in regards to what he called ‘outsourcing the back processing’ that Emma Alberici missed.

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And the system is really clunky and old. You know, we have eight definitions of income within that system. So writing the software to make that work is difficult. I think there is one group of pensioners: there is only 400 of them in a specific category. I mean, that just makes the system very hard to manage.

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What he is inferring here is somehow the outsourced version of medicare will not have eight definitions of income or that one group of pensioners will no longer belong to a specific category.

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Here is the clear falsehood. First he claims that all this is is a outsourcing of the back processing. Then he infers that the new system would not include categories that the government had specifically legislated for, including categories of income tax! This is not outsourcing back processing! This is rewriting the entire system and taking clear government decisions out of government hands!

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The 400 pensioners that Tony Shepard mentioned is one particular case. Is he referring to spouses of war veterans? Or people with different disabilities?

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You see, what Tony Shepard fails to understand is people are different. They do not fit in boxes. That they all have to be treated as individuals, even in a very large system. He seems to see this as inefficient. And chunky. He doesn’t seem to think that people should be seen as people.

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So he is not talking about back processing. He is talking about companies that will decide what is income and what pensioners belong where.

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But lets assume that the companies who take on the payments system do not change the categories or the payment types. Lets say they do not change income categories. That all they do is deliver the payment.

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They will not be doing this service for nothing. They work for profit.

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They will be demanding a fee for every time a client uses their system. Every time. This fee maybe charged to the government, which means Australians pay more for medicare. Or it will be charged to doctors who will then pass it on to their clients, which means Australians pay more for medicare. Or they can directly charge consumers, which means Australians pay more for medicare.

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Every time you use your Medicare card and use their system, you will be paying more. A co-payment by any other name.

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What you should remember before taking Malcolm Turnbull at his word in regards to Medicare policy is this: he was in cabinet in 2014, 2015, 2016. In 2014, this ‘enquiry’ began. It ran through 2015, and 2016 where it was set upon by the media in February and they called it privatisation then.

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Further, in the budget that was recently passed; you know – ‘the Turnbull government’s economic plan for jobs and growth’ – this 50 bn proposed change was still in there!

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Suddenly, last Friday, Turnbull dropped the whole thing. A process that had been ongoing for three years, a process that he had to defend in February, a process that was in his own budget – he suddenly says no longer exists. Apparently its only about outsourcing the back processing. Yet Tony Shepard seems to think this also includes redefining the taxation income system and reassessing categories of pensioners so he can force all the square pegs into his little round hole.

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This is NOT just a matter of back processing. This is the redefinition of critical medical coverage. This is the redefinition of tax income.

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This is a system where when you use your medicare card, you will need your credit card.

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Every time you use your medicare card, the company that will be running the system on behalf of the government will be asking you to ‘Pay me my money down’

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Ashraf Ghebranious 24/06/2016
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Not a good look


NAGL means - Not a Good Look

NAGL means – Not a Good Look

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That was the excuse Malcolm Turnbull gave when asked why he had moved his money into a tax haven. He said that as communications minister, if he had invested in the ASX, then that would mean owning Telstra shares and it would not have been a good look.
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So he moved his money into a tax haven – a Cayman Island hedge fund, and let them invest in the ASX for him. Much better look, don’t you think?
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Of course it is impossible to know for sure if this hedge fund has indeed invested in the ASX and therefore, according to Turnbull, directly or indirectly invested in Telstra. And I guess that’s only if that fund invests in Australia, which Malcolm tells us he is so optimistic about. Nothing says I am optimistic in this country like investing in another country.
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Oddly though, Malcolm was well aware he was going to be communications minister if the coalition won the 2013 election, as he was the opposition communications shadow minister. Yet he only choose to move the money and update his fiduciary interests in January 2015. So from September 2013 till January 2015, while Malcolm Turnbull was communications minister, he had no problems with good looks. January was also just one month before the first coalition move against Tony Abbott. Malcolm did not stand at that time letting a chair take the limelight. I presume if Turnbull had ousted Abbott in February, it would not have been a good look being only one month after Malcolm updated the register.
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Lets not talk about how the current Prime Minister leads a party that says multinational corporations should not use tax havens and how he then moves his money to a multinational corporation in a tax haven.
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Lets not talk about how as communications minister, he promoted the need for data retention laws while now promoting how you can use apps to get around his own data retention laws which are costing the taxpayers close to $300 million to impose on themselves.
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And of course, don’t get me started on how the innovation Prime Minister – Mr Broadband himself – thinks 25mbps is “good enough”. Because that’s how innovation should be don’t you think? Not cutting edge. Not have the ability to grow as technology grows. But good enough.
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Good enough is his new stance on so many things now. From the republic to same sex marriage to returning a raped pregnant refugee back to Nauru. But if you ask me, his new stance is not a good look.
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A. Ghebranious October 2015

One of us


Hello world. Its been a while since my last blog confession. But the Adam Goodes debate has awakened me from a deep slumber.
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The Goodes story is not just about aboriginal and indigenous recognition. Oh no. Its much deeper than that. In 1996, a red headed person was running around the country calling for anyone who is not white to become white. It was the responsibility of any migrant to assimilate into the world of the white man. This has been proven to be an utter falsehood.
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The truth is you will never accept us. We will never be one of you. How could a migrant be ever accepted as an Australian, when Australian’s refuse to accept Indigenous culture. When an Aboriginal dances, this upsets you. When an Aboriginal points to the colour of their skin, this upsets you. When Aboriginals try and explain their link to the land, this upsets you.
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The word assimilate has an interesting dictionary definition:

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Lets look at these definitions. Definition one says assimilate means to take in and absorb new ideas/information. But Pauline Hanson did not see this definition being a two way street at all. That is, she wanted ‘the foreigners’ to assimilate to them. However, the definition is two way. Its an exchange of ideas. Its not one side being stripped of their culture or ideas. Its a MINGLING of ideas. This is how mankind has grown. In fact the second line in the definition talks about absorbing and digesting. That is all cultures are absorbed and digested into the melting pot. It has to be.
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As a migrant, I look at the way Australians treat their indigenous. How they have not been accepted into the culture of the nation. How a dance is not accepted as Australian culture. I see elements of the media lying outright about what Goodes has said and replacing what he said with their version of truth. Not assimilation, but exclusion of the truth.
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So I watch the attack by mostly white people on this black man who’s people where here before any other migrant. Who’s people have tried to assimilate us into their world. And I sit and watch as we refuse to assimilate these people into Australia. Not really assimilate. We do not accept their dances or songs. The only song and dance they can have is to Cold Chisel. So I watch all this, and I see you’re inability to accept the original peoples of this country, and I laugh when you claim you want to accept people from other countries. You do not want us to be assimilated. You never have and you never will.

The issue here is your struggle with your own indigenous peoples and you inability to accept them, does not bode well for migrants in any way. And this is the truth. Instead of accepting the cultures of others, you seek to purge them. I do not want to be one of you. I want to be me. And I want to be accepted for being me and accept others for being who they are.  The treatment of Adam Goodes has not only been experienced by the indigenous, but it is the same disrespect people have for anything that is different.  You’re fear of difference does not mean they have to change. What it means is YOU have to face some changes.

 

 

 
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A. Ghebranious August 2015