Good Mourning America

Donald Trump and his rug become the 45th President of the United States

Good grief. The Commander in Chief has a clear majority in both Houses of Congress giving him a mandate to run the country. 

Michael Moore, award winning political filmmaker is set to begin work on the sequel to Fahrenheit 911, called “Celsius 100 Million” 

Donald Trump
Tick tock tick tock

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Forecast Errors

Economists, Pollsters, Futurists…there’s certainly no shortage of ‘experts’ ready to predict the future in confident and unambiguous tones.
But why do they often get it so terribly wrong?

When we look back in the past, whatever it is, be it our own experiences, the GFC, or whatever, we rationalise that whatever the thing was that happened was always going to happen. Like it was somehow inevitable.

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to tell a cohesive, rational explanation of what happened and if only we had used common sense, this thing could have been avoided.

But when we’re in the present moment living our complicated lives and looking ahead, the answer is not so clear as uncertainty prevails.

forecast-mugs

In other words, we’re really deceiving ourselves into believing we understand something that in fact we don’t.

The media are more likely to give airtime to forecasters that are certain and decisive. The pundits that hedge or provide a more circumspect answer are often overlooked by the media.

One thing you can be certain of
Forecasting is a mugs game

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Malcolm Speed Ball

Background:
In July 2016, former Australian Labor Party [ALP] Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s nomination for the UN Secretary General role was rejected. He claims he was betrayed by current Liberal Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull who initially endorsed his nomination and then rejected it. Humiliated and bitter, Rudd went on a media blitz challenging Turnbull to explain.
In 2010, former Liberal Party Prime Minister and cricket tragic, John Howard was unsuccessful in his bid to become President of the International Cricket Council [ICC] without any meaningful explanation despite having all the credentials. 

Turf Wars. It’s just not Cricket.  It’s Political..

Kevin Rudd clean bowled by a Malcolm Turnbull fast curve ball which hit Middle stump.
Rudd despatched without score.

John Howard run out when he was a shoo-in for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Presidency back in 2010.
Malcolm Speed, former ICC Chief Executive was Stumped
Both failed to score.

But It’s just not Cricket

Kevin was on the Left
John was on the Right
Malcolm was Right in the Middle of it

It’s Political and
It’s Personal

Over

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Malcolm on the Margins

The much maligned Malcolm Turnbull
I’ve been trying to align his image to one side of the page

Tried to align it to the Left. That came up Short

Tried to align Malcolm to the Middle. Still too Short.
That was an American Sitcom

Tried to align it to the Right. That was just Right
But he wanted it All Right and Right now

I couldn’t Justify it.
So I aligned his image to None

Not content playing a role in the peloton
Malcolm wanted to play his own game
This Man of Steal has no shame
He sent the Mad Monk peddling into the sunset

And now, in 2016, Malcolm is still on the Margins
On the edge of his Seat in a Divided House

Where you sit determines what you see
Australia is on the Margins

At least we’re all on the same page

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Malcolm Turnbull

ISS Expresso

Background:

No more instant coffee for Astronauts
The International Space Station has it’s own expresso machine
NASA have dubbed it, the ISSpresso

and then planetBudge gets creative claiming Ground control back on Earth forgot to send the coffee beans with the expresso machine.
planetBudge sources got hold of the transcript dialogue between the Space Station (NASAcafe) and Ground Control (NesCafe) as they tried to figure out what went wrong

Begin:
Sipping Expresso in Outer Space…but they forgot one thing
Beans

ISS ExpressoSo Jack and Jim went up to Space to see what they could find

NASAcafe:  Where are the Coffee Beans?

NesCafe: Here at Ground Control

NASAcafe:  No good to us down there.
Get Beans here ASAP

NesCafe: How?

NASAcafe: Waddaya mean how..How Long before you get em up here?

NesCafe: How Long is in Vietnam

NASAcafe: Don’t get cute with me Ground control. Just Bean them up

NesCafe: Like a giant Coffee Beanstalk?

NASAcafe: No not a Beanstalk…For fucks sake you little stick fiddler, get my beans teleported up here. We need our caffeine

NesCafe: Just to clarify, did you mean Beam instead of Bean?

NASAcafe: YES I MEAN BEAM NOT BEAN.. Now just Beam them up. This instant

NesCafe: On its way

NASAcafe: Received 1 bottle of Jim Beam. Thanks. Fuck the Expresso

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