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Originally posted by m0r1arty
I mix it with boiling water and drink it. Delicious!
Originally posted by Havick007
reply to post by phatpackage
eeck!! Thats nasty!!
I have grown up with it and i cant eat it like that! Yuuck!
50/20 Butter or margarine and 20% Vegemite.
Rise of the machines
February 27, 2011
Today's politicians are a bunch of robots who would rather chase soundbites than make policy.
My old mate Paul Keating once said to me, ''You have to understand, mate, politics to me is just a game, and I will say or do whatever I have to, to win.''
If politics was a ''game'' in '93, it has been refined to an artform today. The focus now is simply on winning the 24-hour media cycle or, increasingly, cycles within that cycle. Players, now mostly political apparatchiks, still say or do whatever it takes to win. But now policies are little more than ephemeral utterances created from focus groups and polling, summarised in a media grab. It has become a race to the bottom as they contest to be even smaller political targets. Promises and commitments too are ephemeral, to be subsequently and easily dispensed with as ''non-core'' or semantics.
Personalities and their foibles now dominate. Much news is little better than Hollywood gossip. Fear and misrepresentation are fundamental to the political weaponry. Genuine policy debate is virtually non-existent. Problems remain unsolved, and are left to fester. Basic service delivery wanes.
The low point, for now anyway, was the last federal election, where the electorate didn't really like either leader, in part for the way they each got there, or their policies. The lowest common denominator, an unintended, ungovernable hung parliament, was the result.