Relevance Deprivation Syndrome

Due to one reason or another I haven’t been able to post another of truth Seeker’s great poems, but with the political lull over the last 24 hours I at last grab the opportunity. I hope you enjoy his latest: Relevance Deprivation Syndrome (the scourge of the mega rich and power hungry).

For the mega rich or power hungry

Or those that aspire to be

There’s a syndrome called relevance deprivation

that’s a painful and sad malady

It consumes their thinking and perverts their souls

And drives them all to distraction

As they spruik their opinions and ideologies

But unfortunately fail to gain any traction.

🙂

There’s the likes of the old Graham Richardson

Who deserted the ALP fold

To join the murky ranks of the media

And to them his soul was sold

He’s called a Labor insider

On an ex-power broker ticket

But the truth is his opinions are irrelevant

As most people tell him to stick it.

:mrgreen:

The LNP in its entirety

Pushing its lies, spin and slogans

Join the ranks of irrelevancy

Being populated by wealthy bogans

They jostle around for the headlines

Claiming victory with each little gem

While the government gets on with the job to be done

Proving government works better . . . without them.

😆

Chrissy Pyne the Lib’s mincing poodle

Acts as  though he’s Abbott’s  pet

He’s always been bloody irrelevant

He just hasn’t realised it yet

And then there is Sophie Mirabella

A person that just isn’t nice

A particularly irrelevant member

With a heart pumping nought but dry ice.

👿

And the opposition’s main aim is

Wasting time each sitting day

As the suspension of standing orders

Is the only game that they play

And they don’t seem to know what portfolios

They are actually to represent

As they never ask questions related

Proving they are totally . . . irrelevant.

😳

Then there’s the right wing shock jocks

Jones and Hadley and Bolt

One is an idiot, one is a moron

And one is a rambling dolt

They each have a liberal audience

But for relevance none of them get passes

For they all deny truth fact and reason

Instead speaking straight from their arses.

😀

The MSM and the ABC

All pushing their own agendas

Prove to the public their irrelevancy

As they’re seen to be right wing truth benders

With Liberals and moguls asleep at the helm

And steering them straight for the rocks

And the people who desire the truth from their news

Think that most of their journalists are cocks.

😛

With their headlines of smear and innuendo

Tainting banners all over the land

As the editors and the producers

Make a blatantly right-wing stand

While their business model is failing

As that dreaded NBN looms large

And the world passes by in its speedboat

While they watch from their . . . sinking barge.

😯

Clive Palmer is a classic example

Calling pressers with nothing to say

Declaring he’ll stand for a Liberal seat

Then changing his mind the next day

Then to announce a new project

He’s building another Titanic

Rich he may be but irrelevancy

Is the name of the game for this manic.

😮

And a T Rex his latest acquisition

To complement an old car collection

He’s got planned for his resort on the sunny coast

With Jurassic Park his planning direction

And his money he’s happy to squander

In his efforts to get himself heard

But the sad thing for sure he’s the real dinosaur

Looking more like a T Rex’s . . . turd.

🙄

Obscenely rich, the unseemly bitch

Our Gina’s the top of the heap

Buying shares in the press, just created a mess

As the mountain ahead proved too steep

For the biggest of all, with the furthest to fall

She’s now stuck with the shares she can’t sell

Proving wealth’s not enough to disguise all the slough

Or to cover the intrinsic bad smell.

:mrgreen:

And according to Gina socialising and drinking

Are for those from the wealthiest patch

Living life and having fun, by the poor shouldn’t be done

And an itch only the wealthy can scratch

But to be rich don’t be jealous, work harder

While cutting the minimum wage

Which might work if we could eat from her larder

And live to Methuselah’s age.

😆

With the platinum spoon hanging out of her mouth

And  irrelevancy her biggest call

And her children unhappy with her attitude crappy

And her eyes fixed on the wrong ball

She craves to be relevant ignoring the elephant

In the room that’s just dumped a big turd

For the elephant you see and her irrelevancy

Are the same . . . her desire just to be heard.

😕

So take note all you pollies and moguls

You shock jocks and journos alike

As the public don’t like to be lied to

And they’ll tell you to get on your bike

Credibility and respect are both earned

As with class, you cannot take classes

So be honest and decent and the people might listen

But you need to stop . . . talking through your arses.

😯

Michael Taylor

81 comments on “Relevance Deprivation Syndrome

  1. Migs, Thanks for that, and I see you found a photo of Jones showing his more endearing side…. 😆 Snarling like an Orc from… “Lord of the rings”… , Oh sorry for the double entendre 😀

    Cheers 🙂 😀 😆

  2. Some wonderful lefty sentiments. Lol, love the irreverence, Truth Seeker, as you stick it up the wealthy and the self-obsessed, as well as the Liberals who debase themselves advocating for them. Go jump in the lake, the lot of yas. 😀

  3. Cuppa, the wealthy and self obsessed are usually liberals in my experience, so it’s relatively easy to stick it up the lot of them 😀

    Of course there are exceptions that prove the rule, and there are others that are Liberal that are not wealthy, but only aspirational/ delusional. 😦

    You may remember that I wrote about those too in my poem “The Aspirational Voter” 😀

    Cheers 🙂 😀 😆

  4. On the wealthy and self obsessed..I’m still waiting for the spectacle of Gina being hoisted onto the back of a ute again. I was going to say “and bleating about being deprived of thruppence”..but no, just the spectacle of her being hoisted onto a ute is enough for me…

  5. Inspiring as usual Truth Seeker, …just an idea…. may be for next ‘funday’ we could have asay you Migs n’ Min,
    it could ‘pohm’ contest with you and Patricia as judges; …say.. a one verse ‘pohm’ with maybe trolls and astro-turfers as the subject matter……
    What be interest’n.
    ( I’m sure Migs could come up with one of his ‘aspirational’ prizes 🙄 😆 )
    ….so here’s my thruppence worth……

    Trolls and astroturfers have
    Relevance Deprivation Syndrome for all to see
    and when they finaly get their comeuppance
    all we will get is …………………..glee. 😉

  6. Don’t know what happened to my last comment, bits disaapeared and it got jumbled around… I’ll try that again shall I…..

    Inspiring as usual Truth Seeker, …just an idea…. may be for next ‘funday’ we could have a ‘pohm’ contest …..a ‘pohm’ contest with you and Patricia as judges; …say.. a one verse ‘pohm’ with maybe trolls and astro-turfers as the subject matter…… .
    What say you Migs n’ Min,
    it could be interest’n .
    ( I’m sure Migs could come up with one of his ‘aspirational’ prizes 🙄 😆 )
    ….so here’s my thruppence worth……

    Trolls and astroturfers have
    Relevance Deprivation Syndrome for all to see
    and when they finaly get their comeuppance
    all we will get is …………………..glee. 😉

  7. LOVO, ages ago we had a limerick comp..sounds like a good idea to me. I am certain that Migs will donate one of his infamous famous prizes to the worthy winner.

  8. From the days of Henry Lawson and before, prose has been a terrific way of getting a political message across.

    We know from the days of Whitlam, song was also great. Do we have any aspirational musicians that can put words to a song?

  9. All good TS, but I liked these lines especially…

    Jones and Hadley and Bolt

    One is an idiot, one is a moron

    And one is a rambling dolt

    Simple rhyme, simple metre, for simpletons.

  10. LOVO, thanks for your comment, and I agree that would be a good idea.

    Love your verse, should have saved it for the comp, could have been a contender.
    😀

    Chris and Wanda, many could suffer from it, but the mega rich and power hungry seem to be most susceptible. 😀

    Cu, maybe Abbott could add the ute to one of his famous volunteering efforts 😯

    MJ, glad you liked it, and your summation is spot on 😀 😆

    Cheers 🙂 😀 😆

  11. TS & Migs another fine entry well done. I cannot string a couple of lines of prose together.
    TS are you sure you are not related to the “Bard of Strathford on Avon” which is a long stretch from Finsbury Park a place I visited often, it was the nearest park for us in Camden Rd N7. Our Lieberal Senator Humphreys is suffering from a severe case of RDS, has not been heard from since the last Federal election, mind you that was too often anyway.

  12. Bilko, thanks for your kind words, but I’m afraid I can’t claim any connection, although our family coat of arms was awarded during the crusades, and denotes artists, musicians, bards etc. 😀

    I did though spend many happy hours in Finsbury Park, as a kid, and still remember the old Punch and Judy theatre, although I am sure it is long gone now. 😦

    Cheers 🙂 😀 😆

  13. I wonder does that cryptic announcement means that Action man has attended 3 fires in 12 years.

    Wonder why they do not fill in the dots. What has happen to the Surf Clubs.

    Does he also still attend there, or was that just to allow him to be shown beating the kids, running in those speedo’s from the surf.

    The bike also seems to have lost it’s appeal.

    In meetings all day today, in Sydney. Wonder if we are to see any amazing announcements,

    I have a feeling that the work places might be safe from Abbott visits this year.

    I am excited, waiting with held breath, to the antics Action man has in store for us this year. I sense that new ones will have to be found.

    Has anyone any suggestions for him. I fear his cupboard is bare.

  14. https://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/relevance-deprivation-syndrome/#comment-132359

    “Our Lieberal Senator Humphreys is suffering from a severe case of RDS, has not been heard from since the last Federal election, mind you that was too often anyway.”

    I fear that there are many more with the same complaint. Many are keeping their heads below the parapet, for sure.

    Maybe we could have a roll call of what the Opposition backbenchers are up to.

    In fact, some shadow ministers could be in that roll call.

    There must be more than we hear from each day.

  15. pathetic indeed. Here’s some relevance deprivation for the deluded inhabitants of the cafe of no consequence…

    “A recent report from friends who suffered terrible losses of buildings, fences, pasture and cattle in the Coonabarabran fire commenced with the ominous and oft-repeated message: “a raging fire came out of the National Park straight for us”.

    There is only one way to limit fire damage – reduce the fuel available.

    Fuel load can be reduced in three ways – by grazing animals, by planned small “cool” fires, or by mechanical reduction with slashers, mulchers or dozers.

    Australia’s grassland landscape was created and managed by generations of Aborigines who were masters at using man’s most useful tool – fire. Every explorer from Abel Tasman (1642) and Captain Cook (1770) onwards noted the smoke in the sky and the burnt trees whenever they landed. This burning created the open grassland landscapes that dominated pre-European Australia. Aborigines lit fires continually, so their small patchwork fires caused no permanent damage to the environment and created and maintained the healthy grasslands on which many animals and Aborigines depended.

    Misguided tree lovers and green politicians have locked the gates on ever-increasing areas of land for trees, parks, heritage, wilderness, habitat, weekend retreats, carbon sequestration etc. Never before on this ancient continent has anyone tried to ban land use or limit bush fires on certain land. The short-sighted policy of surrounding their massive land-banks with fences, locked gates and fire bans has created a new alien environment in Australia. They have created tinder boxes where the growth of woody weeds and the accumulation of dead vegetation in eucalypt re-growth create the perfect environment for fierce fires. Once ignited by lightning, carelessness or arson, the inevitable fire-storms incinerate the park trees and wildlife, and then invade the unfortunate neighbouring properties.

    Many of today’s locked-up areas were created to sequester carbon to fulfil Kyoto obligations. Who pays the carbon tax on the carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere by wild fires?

    The green bureaucracies and politicians are clearly mis-managing their huge land-bank. Aborigines and graziers did a far better job. There should be a moratorium on locking up any more land and a return to sustainable management for existing land holdings.

    Viv Forbes,
    Rosewood Qld Australia

  16. ‘Australia’s grassland landscape was created and managed by generations of Aborigines who were masters at using man’s most useful tool – fire.’

    Before humans arrived the country was a mix of Acacia and Eucalypts, but the fire tool appears to have shifted the balance over 60,000 years.

    Still, they did well in managing the situation.

  17. “Treeman, I agree with one thing. The Aboriginal practice of fire-stick farming certainly produced a less hazardous environment.”

    Take it one step further Miglo and admit that the policies to wind back preventative burning, rehabilitation of urban wicks with 10,000 plants/ha are just plain wrong. Go on take a deep breath and do it!

  18. Is the issue so black and white, that many would have us believe. As a child, I cannot remember that much burning off. In grasslands, one would be burning the feed for stock.

    I do remember a lot of shrub clearing, ploughing of the firebreaks etc.

    “….What is our scientific knowledge of these issues? Are the Tasmanian governments managing the bushfire risk appropriately?

    February 7 1967 was a day of comparable severity to January 4 2013. Both days hovered between extreme and catastrophic on the current fire danger scale. Most of southeastern Tasmania burned on February 7, more than 100 human lives were lost and thousands of buildings were reduced to corrugated iron leaning on a brick chimney. On January 4 2013, no lives appear to have been lost, the fires have covered only a small part of the southeast and about 170 buildings have been incinerated.

    The major reason for this spectacular difference in outcomes is the small number of fires that were alight or were ignited on January 4 2013, compared to the extremely large number on 7 February 1967. Back then, the response of some people to a bad fire day was to light up surrounding bush to protect their properties.

    In 1967 fire was seen as a tool for use by everyone on the land. For instance, fire was widely used to eliminate unpalatable growth on grazing properties. Today, most graziers do not use fire, because of the legal and social difficulties associated with ignition. The lack of fire on these grazing properties has caused a thickening of the tree layer and higher levels of fuel on the ground. In some places, short grasslands that do not readily burn have been replaced by highly flammable shrubs. Many nature conservation values have suffered a decline..

    http://theconversation.edu.au/does-fuel-reduction-burning-help-prevent-damage-from-fires-11600?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+22+January+2013&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+22+January+2013+CID_5c10b48e29665269aaa7c5c8e90ab951&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Does%20fuel%20reduction%20burning%20help%20prevent%20damage%20from%20fires

  19. Tree troll, strangely, I also agree 😯 that the management of the land in this country has been waylaid by people who don’t understand the significance of fire as a means of management and regeneration, as the Aborigines did/do.

    However your referencing to RDS seems a very long bow to draw, as I see no correlation between the two.

    My poem cites examples of those like Gina who cannot understand how she can be so obscenely rich and yet so lacking in credibility and relevance. 😦

    It only applies to those who believe that they should be relevant, but aren’t, and therefore make every effort to become relevant by making more stupid comments which in turn prove their irrelevance. “cry:
    Or in someone like Richos case, has gone from some relevance to none, but continues to act like he is relevant. :mrgreen:

    Hope that clears it up for you, but I have my doubts 😛

    Cheers 😆

  20. Yes, it appears the aboriginals did look after this land. Problem is today, the land is not the same.

    We how have much of the forest cleared. We now farm the land in a different ways. We stock it with sheep and cattle. We grow many crops

    We have a population of over twenty million.

    Yes, things are much different.

    Does one really believe we should revert to primitive methods to control out land. Suspect it is much more complicated than that.

  21. Cu,I agree that the land is very different now, but well planned controlled burns at the right times of year would go a long way to protecting many areas from the extreme threats and fires that we are seeing now, I believe, and with less fuel on the ground, many fires would be much easier to manage and control.

    Many state and local authorities that used to perform controlled burn offs have stopped these activities, to their detriment, and that of their communities.

    Cheers

  22. “However your referencing to RDS seems a very long bow to draw, as I see no correlation between the two.”

    Think about it some more TS…because you invented/discovered the term RDS does not mean you have carte blanch on its meaning. Those who did away with back-burning and fuel load reduction, those who conditioned urban development with plantings of 10,000 trees/shrubs/groundlayer plants per hectare and those who refuse to accept that man does not control climate all suffer with RDS IMHO. If not now, then in a timeframe rapidly approaching, the same epiphany that turned James Lovelock around will strike the likes of CU and so many others who have been totally blind sided by green ideologues.

    Miglo and TS, thankyou for agreement, although “strangely” conditioned. May i humbly suggest there is nothing strange at all about putting ideolgical differences aside for the better good. Case in question a pet project to link a riparian corridor with a bird habitat and a model farm. My co-inspirationist and lifetime mate is a marxist!

  23. “Treeman (and others), here is the link to my old post on Aboriginal land management. It’s a short read.”

    Read it and have to disagree with a number of points. One that jumped out immediately was this “The salinity of the waterways is largely due to pollution”

    Miglo that statement is so far wide of the mark I don’t know where to begin. Salinity is a soil related issue. It is related to the water table and cropping in areas like the MIA. Salinity in the Murray catchment has nothing whatsoever to do with pollution and everything to do with land use. Some areas are more prone to increasing salinity and the salts can be seen on the surface of the soil as the water table changes bring them to the surface. Water inputs are a factor with irrigation on marginal soils a risk.

    You make the point that “The western attitude to the land did not encourage sound management or preservation techniques. ”

    That is just so much rubbish. My family background is three generations of foresters tells me that. The names Charles Lane Poole and Geoffry Alexander Floyd spring immediately to mind. Others like WD Francis, JB Williams and GJ Harden have all contributed to the encouragement of preservation and sound management techniques.

    My grandfather was a life member of Queensland naturalists and Triflorensia cameronii bears his name. His son has managed and owned sheep stations since he left school and prides himself on high end land management practices as indeed do all of my friends and colleagues in agriculture and horticulture.

    Miglo you leave yourself wide open to criticism with sweeping untruths on subjects that you clearly know little if anything about!

  24. Tree troll, those that you mentioned have nothing to do with RDS.

    That’s not to say that the people that introduced those ideologies/cutbacks or whatever you want to call them didn’t/don’t have RDS, but they are not symptomatic of the syndrome.

    Relevance…. Deprivation… Syndrome = people who feel that they are/have been deprived of relevance, usual believing that they have the right to, or should, be relevant and strive in some way or another to prove it! Usually at the further expense of whatever credibility, if any, they have left.

  25. “That’s not to say that the people that introduced those ideologies/cutbacks or whatever you want to call them didn’t/don’t have RDS, but they are not symptomatic of the syndrome.”

    That’s exactly what I meant…don’t you get it?

  26. Read it again TS…
    “Those who did away with back-burning and fuel load reduction, those who conditioned urban development with plantings of 10,000 trees/shrubs/groundlayer plants per hectare and those who refuse to accept that man does not control climate ALL SUFFER with RDS IMHO.”

  27. I don’t need to read it again, those things are NOT symptomatic, and you stating “IMHO” is exactly that “OPINION” as with “YHO” on CC which is also “OPINION”, and you are entitled to it, even though on both counts YHO is WRONG! 😛

  28. I never suggested anything was symptomatic…you drew that bow yourself attempting to dig yourself out of a hole of your own making.

    You wrote (RDS) “only applies to those who believe that they should be relevant, but aren’t, and therefore make every effort to become relevant by making more stupid comments which in turn prove their irrelevance”

    You have given me no reason to believe that RDS does not apply to you as well!

  29. Miglo you leave yourself wide open to criticism with sweeping untruths on subjects that you clearly know little if anything about!

    I’m not even going to bother responding to that piece of crap.

  30. Tree troll, I learnt a long time ago that you believe what you want regardless of truth fact or reason, so believe what you like, as it has no bearing on the truth or reality.

    Further, I would not bother giving you a reason to believe shit, as I have better things to do than waste my time on a mind so completely rusted shut.

    As far as your interpretation of RDS, you obviously have no comprehension skills, so it won’t apply to you, as you will not be able to get your head around the fact that you have not been deprived of relevance, you always have been, are and will always be…. irrelevant. 😦

  31. Perhaps Treeman would care to read all of my Indigenous threads before he comes back with the claim that is it a subject I know little about,

  32. “Perhaps Treeman would care to read all of my Indigenous threads before he comes back with the claim that is it a subject I know little about,”

    Too precious for words! I was talking about Salinity and western attitude to land management and preservation…there was no mention whatsoever about indigenous matters.

  33. “perhaps he would also like to click onto your Gravatar Profile and take note of your qualifications.”

    BA in Aboriginal Affairs Administration; BA (Hons) in Aboriginal Studies; and a Dip of Government….nothing about Water, salinity or land management.

  34. Truth Seeker
    JANUARY 22, 2013 @ 2:38 PM
    “I learnt a long time ago that you believe what you want regardless of truth fact or reason, so believe what you like, as it has no bearing on the truth or reality”

    Why then do you “seek the truth” when you know you’re already there?

  35. Cutting down all those trees and shrub had much to do with it. Over stocking and over cropping, did not help.

    The run off of fertilisers and soil added to the problem,

    Definitely man made.

    You are once again, in your realm of nit picking.

    Min, you are wasting your time, these people fo not have any respect for experts, or those who have taken the time to study the issues.

    One who sees all opinions that does not fit in with his, as hate based, does really have problems.

    Why some have to turn all debate into arguments, I do not understand.

  36. Tree troll, again your lack of comprehension skills is showing, as I said nothing about my knowing or not knowing the truth, only about your ability to ignore it.

    Although I am prepared to admit that I could be wrong about you not suffering from RDS, as your efforts here show an almost pathological desire to be relevant.

    Sadly that ship has long since sailed and sunk. 😦

    Cheers 😆

  37. “I said nothing about my knowing or not knowing the truth, only about your ability to ignore it.”

    Problem is you did…and your nom de plume is truth seeker and you’re living up to my tag, truth perverter!

    “One who sees all opinions that does not fit in with his, as hate based, does really have problems.”

    Now you’re doing the nit picking here CU, I noted earlier that one opinion was hate based…holocaust denier.

  38. Tree troll tree troll tree troll, you really do have a problem. 😦

    Now maybe it’s just a lack of education, or more likely you just didn’t believe the teacher when he/she told you about comprehension, but either way you really should go back to school as you are making yourself look more ridiculous with every comment, and I will no longer play your silly game.

  39. Looks like Harry does not like the press either. Very bitter towards them, in the interviews taken in Afghan, before heading home.

  40. Must be boring to live in a world that is only black or white, and one answer for everything. Where everything is either right or wrong, and only your needs count,

    Must be as terrible lonely place to find one self.

  41. TS, loved the pome. However, that flattering photo of Anal put me more in mind of Davros, creator of the Daleks. Nasty, twisted and vile.

    He is surely the image Oscar Wilde had in his mind when he wrote The picture of Dorian Gray.

  42. Min, I have added a photo of a chipmunk. He/she is clearly better looking and displays an element of intelligence.

    I snapped this little fellow at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

    I wish Alan Jones was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 😈

  43. Treeman, and quoting Migs

    “Treeman (and others), here is the link to my old post on Aboriginal land management. It’s a short read.”

    To which you replied that it’s not about Aboriginal land management it’s about salinity which you say has nothing to do with pollution.

    Though less menacing than pollution from heavy metals or toxic organic compounds, salinity constitutes the most serious water quality problem in many arid and semiarid river basins.

    Salinity is classified as a pollutant (checked with eldest..environmental scientist (coastal management).

  44. Migs..you snapped her.. 😯 Was she tasty?

    However, I agree completely that cute little lassie is clearly someone who I would want to converse with..which compares with the other..

  45. I just had to look it up.. Floyd was a public servant and a botanist and several species are named in his honour. Poole was an Englishman who died in 1970 and was concerned about grazing in the high country, he lobbied for national forests rather than state forests. So there ya go…

  46. Migs, I wish Jones was under the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and the chipmunk looks much more intelligent, not to mention nicer to be around. 😀

    Cheers. 😀

  47. Min @6.35pm, 😆 😆 😆

    I do feel sorry for poor chipmunks, however. Fancy having to carry the burden of being an Anal lookalike. 😯

    TS @6.52pm, I reckon the Americans might object to us littering the Grand Canyon with toxic waste. 😀

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