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Michael Costa is an effing moron

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Shortly I’ll be adding to the myriad of voices throwing in their quarter-of-a-cents-worth regarding the Garnaut Report (it’s a very enabling first step and has the makings of a much-needed springboard, imho), but in the meantime:

State Treasurer to the New South Wales Labor Government, Michael Costa, you are an effing moron. Now you are adding further weight to this argument by attacking the generally clear and excellent recommendations of the preliminary draft of the Garnaut Report on Australia and climate change.

You are one of the more prominent reasons why even tragic lefties now know in their hearts that the Iemma government has to be sacked. Four years of an unsteady, visionless, and ideologically sterile government with right-wing tendencies won’t be much of a breather, but it will be better than four more years of the brattish, self-congratulating, aggressive hypocrisy of the Australian Labor Party’s New South Wales outpost.

the mighty foe that Iemma slew... pfftWhat electoral challenge has the NSW State Government had to face at any time since it was elected? Has anybody with even the charisma of a Barry Unsworth stood in opposition to you? The last election you weren’t even running against a human. The NSW COALition were so out-of-ideas that they ran a ginger kid against you – a frigging day walker!

Yet the NSW ALP is so disconnected from any sense of community values or cultural context that even recently they have cheered the visionary leadership of Morris Iemma and his victory in “the unwinnable election”.

Such a truly slippery handle on the facts can only exist in a political party that would employ Michael Costa while spouting humunculous geysers of barely credible froth about concern for the workers, for the people, for the future, for the children, for the state, etc. etc.

What is the problem with Australia in the eyes of Michael Costa? What is the problem with the state of New South Wales in the eyes of Michael Costa?

manners don\'t Costa thingThere are unions, who have the nerve to speak up for the interests of their members when it doesn’t suit Costa. There are citizens groups, NGOs, and – yes, them again – unions who he thinks must be stupid for expecting more from an elected government than they have any right to expect from privately held run-for-profit corporations

Well, he may be right there.

But now, Michael Costa somehow thinks that he has greater political capital than the mob that gave Canberra an enema on November 24 last year. He thinks that the concern about climate change is nonsense. He would like to join the Liberal Party, where they have made a living out of misquoting people and then striking them down over the fact that things they never even said could have only come from stupid people.

Hmm… Right again.

For example, claims from some quarters that the Great Barrier Reef would be destroyed if Australia, which emits less than 2 per cent of global greenhouse gases, does not adopt an ETS are patent nonsense.

Chicken Little arguments are no substitute for getting right the important details on issues of far-reaching consequence, but Garnaut has said his detailed economic impact modelling won’t be available until August.

Costa has sided in today’s Australian with climate ignorance.

The state treasurer seems a bit behind the main game in thinking that anybody with more than half a brain thinks that local problems only come from locally emitted CO2.

a bigger man than Michael CostaHe is publicly trying to undermine and reverse the federal ALP’s position, even though it is thus far one of hesitant progress. He has essentially rejected some of the most essential recommendations of the Garnaut Report – namely, Costa is calling for compensation for any and all big polluters, for further significant delays to action, for an ALP about face on the implied contract for social and environmental responsibility.

Costa will no doubt feel vindicated by the number of voices that will echo and support his proclamations this week. His wits as sharp as a ball, Costa may not see anything in the fact that his supporters will be conservatives, kneejerk ignorami, and vested interests such as the aluminium and coal industries, lobbyists for illegal international logging and their entirely partisan corporate consultancies – like Alan Oxley – and not to mention operators of those electrical utilities Costa’s constantly trying to offload for a song.

Not that there is any conflict of interest there. Not that he has any reason to make 19th century electrical facilities look like attractive investments. Not that this is exactly the same belligerent and dismissive type of abuse that he levelled at anyone thinking that essential things like electricity are best run for modest public profit, rather than massive private gain.

The one public service which Michael Costa seems to actually be performing is as a case study on what went wrong with a stale and incumbent state government, and of what to expect if the public just trusts politicians who claim to know best.

2020 targets, not 2050. No more delays. No rewards for inaction.

And no more Costa.



13 Responses

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  1. Very good. Tough to talk up a depreciating asset. I don’t know much about him, but the whole NSW Labor Party look like a bunch of self important wallies. Our friends in South Australia appear to be not too far behind them.

    Colin Campbell

    July 7, 2008 at 9:56 am

  2. What a peurile, undergraduate page this is! You sure won’t be winning any hearts or minds with this immature load of crap.

    Everyone knows that AGW is a political campaign by greens and their sympathysers to stay relevant. Without it you’d slowly fade away, because let’s face it, without AGW all you’ve got is Japanese whalers. The only real environmental problems worth protesting about are in places like Russia and China where they arrest and beat up greens, and there’s no way you’d put yourself in any REAL danger for your cause!!

    You’re a JOKE and more and more people every day are deciding that they’re no longer going to endanger their prosperity just to indulge your ideological fantasies.

    John Archer

    July 8, 2008 at 11:49 am

  3. Great observation John. Global Warming is also a conspiracy by The Weather Channel to boost subscription revenue.

    And winning hearts and minds is what it’s all about, isn’t it? Because US military strategy is the ultimate measure of reality, far more so than science or even reality itself.

    It’s quite funny to think that your idea of prosperity essentially comes down to people in the not too distant future living in artificially regulated climates, indoors away from the enhanced risks of disastrous weather, searing heatwaves, rampaging megaviruses, and utterly absent natural environments long since disappeared with all the life-supporting processes they make possible.

    It’s amazing to look at a calendar and realize that even in a supposedly educated country in 2008, people as media-illiterate as yourself still exist.

    Good luck with that.


    July 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm

  4. US military strategy? Rampaging megaviruses? Looking at calendars? “Media-illiterate”?What a strange, wierd post. You’re quite laughable in your delusion. What the hell are you even talking about? Nice little edit there on my contribution too, it’s environmental problems THESE DAYS that I said. If you’re at all real about having a blog you won’t edit posts.

    Your response there really demonstrates how out of touch with reality and downright loony you are! With nutjobs like you trying to sell the fiction of AGW, it’s going to be a total cinch exposing the deliberate misinformation and alarmism. People everywhere are spotting the scam and you’ll soon be relegated to the role of deluded laughing stock that you so richly deserve.

    Good luck with THAT.

    John Archer

    July 8, 2008 at 11:07 pm

  5. John, you’re
    a. an idiot
    b. a bullshit artist
    c. incapable of making rational argument

    Hmmm…. You don’t actually work for Costa do you? because those are all the basic job requirements right there…..

    Your post wasn’t actually worth touching and if i had touched it it would only have been to fix your spelling and would have had a note clearly made to indicate that it had been edited. So pull your head out of your arse and smell the planetary meltdown, you raving twat.


    July 9, 2008 at 8:19 am

  6. ‘Raving twat’. How very eloquent you are. Is that the best you can do? Frankly I’m amazed that anyone would demonstrate so clearly how devoid of wit they are. I’ll leave you now to stew in your stupidity. You may consider yourself soundly thrashed.

    John Archer

    July 9, 2008 at 2:24 pm

  7. Mate,I think John Archer is ……
    d. Having a lend.

    Andy O'Brien

    July 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm

  8. Wow…wasn’t John a self important prat (or Raving Twat if you prefer)…

    Starts his first post with an insult and then obviously can’t take it when it’s given back…then declares himself the winner…what did he win?

    Rancid Sox

    July 9, 2008 at 3:37 pm

  9. typing…, that’s the thing about these raving lunatics – they actually think that they can spew forth this sort of drivel and get away with it – they all learned their trade with that other intellectual giant – David Bolt – the messiah from mexico.

    Actually, come to think of it – isn’t Costa from there??


    July 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm

  10. more like Andrew Bolt (tune into Q&A this week) innit?
    a. idiot
    b. bullshit artist
    c. stumped by rational argument
    d. having a lend
    e. a troll


    July 9, 2008 at 4:37 pm

  11. typingisnotactivism – you are not an effective activist, you have no impact. Nobody is listening. You are nobody. You are nothing.

    Enjoy obscurity.


    August 13, 2008 at 11:56 am

  12. Moderating comments!

    Way to stifle free speech…


    August 13, 2008 at 11:57 am

  13. Mike, being a trolly f%cktard – way to go. You are awesome. Your mama piss in the gene pool much?

    As far as the sand in your vagina is concerned – I hope that you alert the majority of websites in the world to their similarly fascistic tendencies. You know, this whole ridiculous ‘moderation craze’.

    And just in case you are as stupid as you seem, what I’m saying is that you are stupid. You are a big dumb stupidhead.

    Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyaaaah nyah.

    Oh yeah “the.longest.email.in.the.universe@gmail.com” – that is so clever. I would bet your left nut that you didn’t come up with that after seeing Maddox’s The Best Page in the Universe. Because you are a penius.


    August 14, 2008 at 8:35 am

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