…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
We have to endure global warming, global cooling, meaningless elections, global financial crisis, global economic recovery, rampant corruption and now on top of all that Obama and his Armoured Security Divisions are coming to disturb a relatively peaceful, sleepy town – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. One can guess that more armed personnel will protect him than he promised to send to Iraq. The other so-called word leaders are also coming, accompanied by entourages which would put Indian maharajahs of old to shame.
Tents are already up at the Ekka (Exhibition) grounds, housing about a half of the Australian military, and their APCs substitute for the elephants.
The whole idea to inflict G20 on Brisbane was Julia Gillard’s; not that she had that many original ideas. Even the blackmailing of employers and slush funds were there before she knew how to spell Whitlam. Most likely it was her revenge to the Queensland LibNats for their electoral trashing of her alma mater, Australian Labor Party, and another poke in the eye of her party comrade Rudd.
Some (including the dismally inept former Queensland premier) rejoiced as it would “put Brisbane on the map”, as if it was not there until now, and as if it was something desirable. Until a few weeks ago, hardly anyone would be able to find Kobane on the map; and do you think the inhabitants are happy now? Mentioning a map – will geographically challenged Obama come in a beige safari suit? Brisbane is south of the equator.
With media trying to find something significant (in their eyes) to report, the news a few days ago was of some poor fellow arrested for making fireworks at his suburban home, about 20 km south-east of the city centre, boasting about his feeble efforts on the Facebook. Police naturally welcomed the diversion and the opportunity to justify the overtime and took two days to search the house. Any hairdresser with a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, beware!
From H2O2 to blondes and mentally blonde journalists: Beside deep, breathless reports consisting of mutual interviews we will be treated to the sartorial details and culinary preferences of participants. It is unlikely that anything serious will be reported. Firstly, if anything even remotely serious is discussed, the details will be secret. As any person who read something of history, which excludes Australian journalists, the people making the decisions are, by and large, ignorant, incompetent, lazy and vain. Their ignorance is showed only much later, posthumously, when the internal documents, those not destroyed, are released or leaked. And the old leaders were mostly properly educated, as opposed to the current, post-modern human flotsam.
Secondly, the G20 public relation charlatans will produce, or likely already produced, the meaningless pap, which the journalists, lacking mental capacity, would not be able to critically analyse even if they were minded to do so. Wearing the de riguer, pink/green ideological glasses, they are not so minded.
With the leaders’ prattle, focusing allegedly on the world economy, I wished to predict that the outcome would be more taxes and more money printing, covered by some populist, euphemistic, pseudo scientific verbiage. And today Joe Hockey claims “Tax evasion companies are thieves”… I am too late.
And talking about thieves… Which one of the following twenty-two oh so successful economy managers would you trust with your money?
Argentina, Héctor Timerman, Foreign Minister; Australia, Tony Abbott, Prime Minister; Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, President; Canada, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister; China, Xi Jinping, President; France, François Hollande, President; Germany, Angela Merkel, Chancellor; India, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister; Indonesia, Joko Widodo, President; Italy, Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister; Japan, Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister; Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, President; Russia, Vladimir Putin, President; Saudi Arabia, Abdullah, King; South Africa, Jacob Zuma, President; South Korea, Park Geun-hye, President; Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister, United Kingdom, David Cameron, Prime Minister; United States, Barack Obama, President; European Union, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council; European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
Yeah, better bet on some Melbourne Cup hag.
The real kabuki performances are to start on Saturday. As the Government, in its wisdom, gave the hoi-polloi a sap in the form of a public holiday on Friday, the sensible people are leaving the town, with accommodation on the Sunshine Coast (approx 7o km north) or Gold Coast (approx 70 km south) no longer available, at least according to the claims by the real estate mafia and repeated without checking by the media dependent on the realtors’ advertisements.
Perhaps restaurateurs, taxi drivers and prostitutes will rejoice, though I am not too sure about prostitutes. After all, it is not like US naval fleet visiting Freemantle, WA. As I was told, there are too many politicians’ willing wives and journalists on tap.
The next year’s G 20 überwankfest is to be in Constantinople, sorry Istanbul. See you there! American sailors better stay away.