izmeina: Strange Spiral Clock (Time Turner)
It’s been a strange and crazy month. After the mildest and wettest of summers in decades, the sizzle returned with a vengeance on the last weekend of February with a hot and horrid 40 celsius and there’s been no let up since. Not as hot but still icky sticky and muggy. Totally soul sapping and brain draining

Then there’s been an assortment of dramas over at the Dursleys which will have to wait for another day. They will prove to be increasingly significant over the next few months and have rather overshadowed the good news of a recently announced visit from Daisy Dursley in August this year.
There is also the minor matter of the Big Mac. That’s the 2009 edition desk top in the Lair which has become exceedingly flaky and unpredictable of late. When it often takes as long as 20 minutes just to get to a website - especially on Firefox and then another 10 to even attempt to do anything there, then often the easiest option is simply not to bother and to just to try keep up with stuff on the teeny phone screen.
So the long periods of recent serpent silence in Cyberia isn’t due to sulking or wilfully ignoring or neglecting folks but rather more mundane and trivial causes.

Of course the big local news at the moment is the State Election on Saturday. Things are seriously sad when a serpent has posted so little about Oz politics. There are fatter, bigger and uglier fish to fry in the very big pond across the oceans.

One thing we have all learned in the last few years is that the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.
But when a party has been in for 2 terms with the same leader then the odds are simply not in their favour to carry away the prize for the third time. Even if a government is reasonably good, people tend to get tired of them and want to try something new but when they become appallingly awful, arrogant and out of touch and endlessly eyeing up the family silver ware and crown jewels with plans for a visit to the local pawn brokers, then it’s definitely time to take out the garbage.

Our own little emperor in the wild west of Oz has still sufficient decency not to resort to declaring martial law or scheming up Reichstag fires so the odds are likely that on Sunday evening he will wake up to those infamous words
YOU”RE FIRED!

A few years ago he peeved a lot of liberals by forcing a whole bunch of local councils to amalgamate without providing additional funding to the councils for the costs. The courts got involved and he got told to take up his ball and bat and go home.
Then he annoyed the hell out of hippies and greenies by commencing construction on a road to nowhere. Not at the beginning or the end but right in the middle where there are wetlands and habitat for all sorts of endangered creatures.
The icing on the cake and the likely death wish was the recent announcement of preference swaps with One Nation - a party led by the Ginger Nut Pauline Hanson who is a Putin/Trump fan girl and promoter of Alternative Facts and an assortment of conspiracy theories.
Which reminds me that an Amazon Owl arrived this week. It was a serpent Christmas present
The Hexen Tarot which is one giant collection of conspiracy theories in a box. Spooks from Cyberia meet medieval occult and alchemical art. It could be just the thing to use for the next Camp Nanowrimo.
izmeina: a wicked witch on her broomstick by moonlight (wicked witch)
Hubble bubble
Toil and Trouble

Move over Shakespeare.
Joseph Charles MacKenzie wants your job



Now it's such a pity that Snopes has pissed on our parade.
It's not even a parody. It's FAKE NEWS. So sad.

But still it serves as a useful monument for sycophants and Brown Noses everywhere

We so need Alec Baldwin to read this thing at the unofficial inauguration. If there is one. That would be one bright spark of joy on such a dreadful day.


All hail, MacTrump, thou shalt be King  )

So that's the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature sorted.

Meanwhile the folks living near that Scottish golf course - the ones who live like pigs have taken to flying the Mexican flag.
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It is a sick and twisted addiction. The serpent's journal has turned into one giant Trumpfest. Sad. Very sad.

China’s view of the world over the past two decades has been fundamentally benign, having grown to wealth and power in that period. Putin, by contrast, believes that the end of Soviet communism in 1989 was the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century” and that Russia has been humiliated ever since. His goal appears to be to overturn the U.S.-created international order, even if this means chaos.

It wasn't that long ago that some sad and pathetic little soldier got injured in the trenches of World War 1, returned home with his war injuries and spent years brooding about the humiliation of the Armistice, the reparations and the stab in the back by a bunch of treacherous communists (revolution was breaking out all over the country) and vowed revenge for this humiliation. We all know how that ended.


Dying Superpower pity parties are scary beasts indeed and when they are organized by a smart bastard like Putin with a giant chip on his shoulder then you can be sure that a whole bunch of minions are going to get drunk and very disorderly and it will all end in tears.

Now he's got himself a wannabee smart arse who also has delusions of grandeur and an inflated sense of his own importance but without the brains, the steady hand and big picture view or self discipline that would provide a possible future threat to his own place at the top of the pecking order.

Here's hoping that the Electors are paying very close attention. But maybe on second thoughts it would be a shame to get such good seats to watch the train wreck only to have the show cancelled at the very last minute.
izmeina: a big eared American eagle listening to everything (snoops)


It is a sick and twisted addiction. The serpent's journal has turned into one giant Trumpfest. Sad. Very sad.

China’s view of the world over the past two decades has been fundamentally benign, having grown to wealth and power in that period. Putin, by contrast, believes that the end of Soviet communism in 1989 was the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century” and that Russia has been humiliated ever since. His goal appears to be to overturn the U.S.-created international order, even if this means chaos.

It wasn't that long ago that some sad and pathetic little soldier got injured in the trenches of World War 1, returned home with his war injuries and spent years brooding about the humiliation of the Armistice, the reparations and the stab in the back by a bunch of treacherous communists (revolution was breaking out all over the country) and vowed revenge for this humiliation. We all know how that ended.


Dying Superpower pity parties are scary beasts indeed and when they are organized by a smart bastard like Putin with a giant chip on his shoulder then you can be sure that a whole bunch of minions are going to get drunk and very disorderly and it will all end in tears.

Now he's got himself a wannabee smart arse who also has delusions of grandeur and an inflated sense of his own importance but without the brains, the steady hand and big picture view or self discipline that would provide a possible future threat to his own place at the top of the pecking order.

Here's hoping that the Electors are paying very close attention. But maybe on second thoughts it would be a shame to get such good seats to watch the train wreck only to have the show cancelled at the very last minute.
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The local library have been sending the serpent nasty letters demanding the return of a certain book sooner rather than later.
I had half the thing covered in little post it note tags because of course it is bad bad manners to use highlighting markers in other people's books. Of course there would be plenty of time to take notes and lots of them as future evidence in the case for the prosecution because one little click and the book would be renewed.

But it looks like there is a queue of cheap and nasty folk out there who want to borrow Crippled America - How to Make America Great Again rather than hand over their fist full of fivers to a worthy cause since the Great and Glorious Leader is donating all the proceeds to charities


Of course there's been a veritable feast of fun in Twitterland. The Big Donald does not do irony at all and obviously believes that rules are for lesser mortals. No leading by example here

It has become quite apparent that dearest Donald accuses his opponents of precisely the behaviour that he himself indulges in and seemingly completely shamelessly. He even bandies about accusations of hypocrisy.



It his hard to know if he believes all his own publicity, if it is just tactics and unpredictability to outwit the opposition or if he is living in an alternative reality where he truly is the centre of the universe second only to God in status.

But it looks like the latest tweet storm concerning Russian hackers, leaked emails and FAKE weapons of mass distraction will not so quickly fade away. It's been the lead story on the news in Oz for the last five hours.
It's kind of sweet in a way that George W Bush has finally got a mention. At the rate Trumplethinskin is going, Old George will soon begin to look most decent and reasonable indeed. It took him a couple of years before he started making up his own facts and reality and gave us the wonderful concept of truthiness before sending his minions to invade Iraq on trumped up charges and then leaving the rest of the world to clean up the mess while sending the US half broke to pay for it all.
This lot have not even clocked in yet and they are already in cloud cuckoo land up in that gaudy golden Tower of Babble.


Mirror mirror on the wall. Who is the wackiest of them all?
izmeina: A skeleton playing a pipe (Mr Bones)
The local library have been sending the serpent nasty letters demanding the return of a certain book sooner rather than later.
I had half the thing covered in little post it note tags because of course it is bad bad manners to use highlighting markers in other people's books. Of course there would be plenty of time to take notes and lots of them as future evidence in the case for the prosecution because one little click and the book would be renewed.

But it looks like there is a queue of cheap and nasty folk out there who want to borrow Crippled America - How to Make America Great Again rather than hand over their fist full of fivers to a worthy cause since the Great and Glorious Leader is donating all the proceeds to charities


Of course there's been a veritable feast of fun in Twitterland. The Big Donald does not do irony at all and obviously believes that rules are for lesser mortals. No leading by example here

It has become quite apparent that dearest Donald accuses his opponents of precisely the behaviour that he himself indulges in and seemingly completely shamelessly. He even bandies about accusations of hypocrisy.



It his hard to know if he believes all his own publicity, if it is just tactics and unpredictability to outwit the opposition or if he is living in an alternative reality where he truly is the centre of the universe second only to God in status.

But it looks like the latest tweet storm concerning Russian hackers, leaked emails and FAKE weapons of mass distraction will not so quickly fade away. It's been the lead story on the news in Oz for the last five hours.
It's kind of sweet in a way that George W Bush has finally got a mention. At the rate Trumplethinskin is going, Old George will soon begin to look most decent and reasonable indeed. It took him a couple of years before he started making up his own facts and reality and gave us the wonderful concept of truthiness before sending his minions to invade Iraq on trumped up charges and then leaving the rest of the world to clean up the mess while sending the US half broke to pay for it all.
This lot have not even clocked in yet and they are already in cloud cuckoo land up in that gaudy golden Tower of Babble.


Mirror mirror on the wall. Who is the wackiest of them all?
izmeina: spooky shadowy squid (cthulhu)
Went looking for Carols of Cthulhu and found this instead.





For some strange reason it's not displaying in Dreamwidth
How the Grinch stole Christmas

Monsters

Oct. 30th, 2016 10:22 pm
izmeina: (Default)
I had a wonderful day shopping for wicked weeds and visiting an old historical graveyard while listening to a repeat of the Naked Scientists program on the dark art of horror movies. Unfortunately it seems that the podcast is not available so the Izzie will have to make do with second best spooky

A visit to a creepy castle on the hill filled with the most severe and terminal cases of "Relevance Deprivation Disorder"

Monsters

Oct. 30th, 2016 10:22 pm
izmeina: spooky shadowy squid (shadow)
I had a wonderful day shopping for wicked weeds and visiting an old historical graveyard while listening to a repeat of the Naked Scientists program on the dark art of horror movies. Unfortunately it seems that the podcast is not available so the Izzie will have to make do with second best spooky

A visit to a creepy castle on the hill filled with the most severe and terminal cases of "Relevance Deprivation Disorder"
izmeina: (Default)
Plus ca change.....

A quick tweek of the Time Turner takes us back to 1999. Now more is the pity that there is no "Five minutes of fame" limit on this particular model.

A Blast From the Past starring the Orange mop headed monster

The grand plans to do a proper post got well and truly scuttled when yet again the evil gremlins are trashing the serpent portkeys to Cyberia. After 50 minutes spent trying just to get to gmail and nothing to show for the efforts but constant spinning beachballs, time outs and 404 errors, the serpent brain is well and truly fried and completely incapable of stringing a coherent sentence together.
It's not the first time this has happened and at this rate a rather extended exile from Cyberia is looking increasingly attractive.

Such a bummer since there's so much juicy gossip in Oz where our own army of orange headed Trump wannabees are crawling out of the woodwork.
izmeina: Strange Spiral Clock (Spiral)
Plus ca change.....

A quick tweek of the Time Turner takes us back to 1999. Now more is the pity that there is no "Five minutes of fame" limit on this particular model.

A Blast From the Past starring the Orange mop headed monster

The grand plans to do a proper post got well and truly scuttled when yet again the evil gremlins are trashing the serpent portkeys to Cyberia. After 50 minutes spent trying just to get to gmail and nothing to show for the efforts but constant spinning beachballs, time outs and 404 errors, the serpent brain is well and truly fried and completely incapable of stringing a coherent sentence together.
It's not the first time this has happened and at this rate a rather extended exile from Cyberia is looking increasingly attractive.

Such a bummer since there's so much juicy gossip in Oz where our own army of orange headed Trump wannabees are crawling out of the woodwork.
izmeina: (Default)
Be afraid. Be very afraid

Two creepy couples - Obama and Hillary, Trump and Putin

With friends like Putin, who needs enemies?

The world is going to hell in a hand basket. There's the creepy Trump clone currently running the Philippines where we get to see in real life what happens when the genie of fear and hatred is let out of the bottle. There's those Daesh nihilistic brain dead zombies running amok in France and Germany and of course the GodFather of all that is freaky and evil running amok. Today in the USA. Tomorrow the world.

In other words - There's never been a better time to be a political cartoon junkie.

There is an endless choice of tasty morsels


An assortment of seriously disgusting chips and nibblies

The inner evil serpent secretly wants the giant Ego to win the US election just to see the train wreck of the century. The demographics are definitely not in his favour unless he can unleash a veritable Pandora's box of seriously dirty tricks because dishing dirt on his opponent is the only strategy he seems capable of. Actually having policies and lighting candles rather than cursing the darkness seems a totally alien concept to the big D.
We can only live in hope that the Khan family can put a dent in that big fat teflon shield protecting the shameless stupid on steroids.

I wonder if Stephen King is going to sue the bugger for stealing so many ideas from one Gregory Ammas Stillson.
izmeina: a big eared American eagle listening to everything (conspiracy)
Be afraid. Be very afraid

Two creepy couples - Obama and Hillary, Trump and Putin

With friends like Putin, who needs enemies?

The world is going to hell in a hand basket. There's the creepy Trump clone currently running the Philippines where we get to see in real life what happens when the genie of fear and hatred is let out of the bottle. There's those Daesh nihilistic brain dead zombies running amok in France and Germany and of course the GodFather of all that is freaky and evil running amok. Today in the USA. Tomorrow the world.

In other words - There's never been a better time to be a political cartoon junkie.

There is an endless choice of tasty morsels


An assortment of seriously disgusting chips and nibblies

The inner evil serpent secretly wants the giant Ego to win the US election just to see the train wreck of the century. The demographics are definitely not in his favour unless he can unleash a veritable Pandora's box of seriously dirty tricks because dishing dirt on his opponent is the only strategy he seems capable of. Actually having policies and lighting candles rather than cursing the darkness seems a totally alien concept to the big D.
We can only live in hope that the Khan family can put a dent in that big fat teflon shield protecting the shameless stupid on steroids.

I wonder if Stephen King is going to sue the bugger for stealing so many ideas from one Gregory Ammas Stillson.
izmeina: (oro)
There’s been so much craziness in the big bad world that any sensible serpent would curl up on a nice warm rock and sleep it all out.

There’s the train wreck that is Brexit - a most poisoned chalice indeed. So much so that those who did their damnedest to get the referendum result by means fair or foul have now decided to jump ship and let some one else clean up the mess.
Nigel Farrage truly is a slimy lying Frog Faced wanker


Here in Oz, politics is also in a state of limbo. A pox on both your houses seems to be the general attitude of the public everywhere. Then there’s the usual folks who demand a change from preferential voting to first past the post or who proclaim how onerous and undemocratic it is to be ‘forced’ to vote. A $50 fine is not quite the same thing as a gun to one’s head and anyway there is no requirement to actually vote, just to turn up and get one’s name ticked off the electoral roll.
Elections are nearly always held on Saturdays and you don’t need to produce your passport, driver’s licence, and your great grandmother’s birth certificate before being given the ballot papers. So they actually make it as easy as possible to vote rather than forcing some people to jump through hoops.
And the Iraqis who had their country bombed back into the stone age courtesy of the Brits, George W Bush and his brown nosed minions in Australia now have to endure more of the same from a bunch of mad jihadis.
The Ramadan bombings in Baghdad last Sunday are already second page news over here.

But at least there are still the geeks to provide a bright spark of hope amidst all the doom and gloom. Last year we had the Euronauts dancing on comets and now there is the Jupiter mission where the spaceship hit the target and was one second out after a billions of miles and more than five years.




Still got lots of catching up to do looking at all the pretty pictures between doing Camp Nanowrimo and an assortment of online courses.
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Payback is such a bitch.


Budgie on the beach

Izzie could have never imagined while listening to Question Time from the parliament today that it would be the very last one featuring the mad monk at the helm of the sinking ship. There were certain snarks and subtle hints but it took 20/20 hindsight to reveal them.

Within less than 7 hours there was a mutiny and the crazy captain found himself on Death Row about to walk the plank.
"Time doesn't mean anything when you're about to have water lapping at your door"


Once again he touched this serpent's heart with his eloquence and vision.


I've been heartened by the messages of support flooding into Liberal MPs' offices this evening saying most emphatically saying we are not the Labor Party. I want to repeat that, I have most heartened by the messages of support flooding into Liberal MPs' offices saying most emphatically we are not the Labor Party.

This country needs strong and stable government, and that means avoiding - at all costs - Labor's revolving door prime ministership.


If the mad captain had spent a bit more time thinking about the destination he wanted to steer the ship TO instead of constantly obsessing about all those ports he wanted to avoid and spending two years reminding the crew and passengers of just how awful the previous captains were, then he might have nipped the mutiny in the bud.



The advice "Don't think of pink pythons" comes to mind. It was Tony Abbott who unleashed the attack dogs as leader of the opposition and now they have come back to bite their master big time.

Maybe now Australia can return to the 21st century and the adults can get back to running the country. Maybe there'll be co-operation and consultation where there had been combat and captain's calls. Maybe there will be a fair go and hope for most folks. Except the political cartoonists. It is a most dark day indeed for them.

JuLIAR the wicked red witch of the East must be cackling right now.
izmeina: Strange Spiral Clock (Spiral)
Payback is such a bitch.


Budgie on the beach

Izzie could have never imagined while listening to Question Time from the parliament today that it would be the very last one featuring the mad monk at the helm of the sinking ship. There were certain snarks and subtle hints but it took 20/20 hindsight to reveal them.

Within less than 7 hours there was a mutiny and the crazy captain found himself on Death Row about to walk the plank.
"Time doesn't mean anything when you're about to have water lapping at your door"


Once again he touched this serpent's heart with his eloquence and vision.


I've been heartened by the messages of support flooding into Liberal MPs' offices this evening saying most emphatically saying we are not the Labor Party. I want to repeat that, I have most heartened by the messages of support flooding into Liberal MPs' offices saying most emphatically we are not the Labor Party.

This country needs strong and stable government, and that means avoiding - at all costs - Labor's revolving door prime ministership.


If the mad captain had spent a bit more time thinking about the destination he wanted to steer the ship TO instead of constantly obsessing about all those ports he wanted to avoid and spending two years reminding the crew and passengers of just how awful the previous captains were, then he might have nipped the mutiny in the bud.



The advice "Don't think of pink pythons" comes to mind. It was Tony Abbott who unleashed the attack dogs as leader of the opposition and now they have come back to bite their master big time.

Maybe now Australia can return to the 21st century and the adults can get back to running the country. Maybe there'll be co-operation and consultation where there had been combat and captain's calls. Maybe there will be a fair go and hope for most folks. Except the political cartoonists. It is a most dark day indeed for them.

JuLIAR the wicked red witch of the East must be cackling right now.
izmeina: Strange Spiral Clock (Time Turner)
Snatched from Ozfille and Moon Dog who says it far better than this hissing slinking serpent




Yesss. Two years of fear. Two years of the Mad Monk who spends most the time with his jackboot in his mouth spouting 3 word slogans and "National Security" scare campaigns. It's the oldest trick in the book and while the Germans (and Austrians) have figured out it doesn't work, our Tony is far too thick, dimwitted and addicted to power to ever figure it out. "Whatever it takes" is his mantra

You know things are bad when even the New York Times devotes an editorial to the nasty petty meanness of the Mad Monk. (the last mob were also really mean to boat people but they just lacked the cold hearted ruthlessness of this lot)

Or they could have simply written the whole thing as a three word slogan "DIE OF SHAME!!!"

Terrible Tony truly has a thing for boats. When not stopping them, he and his minions are busy trying to turn them into slave ships and then turns around and claims that just ain't so.
He and his minions are claiming that Mr Milby of the North Star cruise company is a liar. This is a bit rich from the guy who the very night before the September 2013 election declared that there would be no cuts to the ABC, healthcare, education etc etc.
If Tony Abbott said that today was Tuesday I would check my calendar.

We can only hope that the by election in two weeks time achieves what the previous sitting candidate Don Randall was not able to achieve when he was still alive back in February - the mad monk's head on a silver platter.
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Today has been the most entertaining Question Time in Canberra since the Mad Monk called the opposition leader the “Doctor Goebbels of Economic Policy

It was so truly touching to hear of the Government’s dedication to ‘The Rule of Law” on today’s 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Especially when spoken by a Prime Monster who along with his lapdogs and minions is doing his damnedest to tear up every last shred of decency and accountability in government.
He sets his attack dogs on the woman whose actual job description it is to call government to account when it oversteps the mark. “Executive overreach” was the polite phrase Gillian Trigg used to describe some of this appalling behaviour.


Some time later this week his government will try to pass legislation that will strip citizenship from Australians at the whim of a minister no doubt relying on just the sort of intelligence information that led their predecessors to follow George Bush like a mindless zombie into the quagmire of Iraq. No due process, no fair trial just the word of some brown nosed spineless guttersnipe on a petty power trip. It will not be the first time either. These folks are just too arrogant to ever learn from their mistakes no matter how many lives they destroy in the process.

These measures are so drastic that even members of the Prime Monster’s own party are complaining that he has gone too far.

Mad dogs and other hounds of hell )
izmeina: creepy spooky old house infested with crawling critters (spooky)
Today has been the most entertaining Question Time in Canberra since the Mad Monk called the opposition leader the “Doctor Goebbels of Economic Policy

It was so truly touching to hear of the Government’s dedication to ‘The Rule of Law” on today’s 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Especially when spoken by a Prime Monster who along with his lapdogs and minions is doing his damnedest to tear up every last shred of decency and accountability in government.
He sets his attack dogs on the woman whose actual job description it is to call government to account when it oversteps the mark. “Executive overreach” was the polite phrase Gillian Trigg used to describe some of this appalling behaviour.


Some time later this week his government will try to pass legislation that will strip citizenship from Australians at the whim of a minister no doubt relying on just the sort of intelligence information that led their predecessors to follow George Bush like a mindless zombie into the quagmire of Iraq. No due process, no fair trial just the word of some brown nosed spineless guttersnipe on a petty power trip. It will not be the first time either. These folks are just too arrogant to ever learn from their mistakes no matter how many lives they destroy in the process.

These measures are so drastic that even members of the Prime Monster’s own party are complaining that he has gone too far.

Mad dogs and other hounds of hell )
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It is said that the depressed are obsessed with the past while the more anxious sorts fear the future. So maybe it is a good sign that a certain serpent has been so busy with mundane matters of the present that she has not even observed a whole bunch of significant anniversaries.
An ancient serpent reminisces )

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