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Abbott roasted on satirical US show

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's gaffes have been played to raucous laughter in the US ahead of his visit to the country.

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Rob Ashton, comment moderator: Politics, sex and religion are topics to avoid, many say. Here at Comments of the Week that advice is ignored. Publish and be damned! We start with lots of politics followed by a little sex, move to a mixed bag of the wry and the powerful, and end - yes, you guessed it - with religion in our comment of the week.

Tony Abbott roasted by John Oliver on HBO show Last Week Tonight

Ged Flan

Yeah [Abbott] isn't so smart, but I'm pretty sure he can spell potato and hasn't started a war in Afghanistan.

David

Ridicule is generally the beginning of the end for politicians, whether it starts at home or abroad. This will hurt even if it is only a slow-burning fuse.

wakaranai: […] Keating once referred to Costello as being “all tip and no iceberg”. Ditto Abbott, but with global warming, even the tip has melted. […]

pete

Thank God we've got our very own satirist, Andrew Bolt, to redress this rubbish!

amused as always

Perhaps somebody could make [a video roast] of Wayne Swan announcing the surpluses we never achieved. Over 300 times if I remember clearly, which would make an hour at least, not [just] a four-minute [video]. Possibly followed by a documentary of an empty beach with no illegal people-smuggler boats on it. That would last six months. Well done the LNP, you are doing what millions of Australians and I asked you to do. Sort out Labor’s mess and ignore the Labor shouters in deep denial.

jofek

A series based on Tony Abbott's gaffes, insults and stupidities could outlast Days of our Lives. Given that Abbott is the suppository of all wisdom, maybe it could be called The Orifice.

When deep cuts are not healthy

Redsaunas

I believe [the government's] philosophy regarding the public health system is "user prays".

Redsaunas

[The Medicare co-payment] smacks of US Republican-style legislation. […] It stinks to high heaven, but has some “motherhood” measure buried within it. And anyone who objects to it is accused of hating mothers.

'All politics, no policy; all complaint, no solutions': Tony Abbott nails himself

JLD

[…] It seems to be a new (?) right-wing strategy: work out what your weaknesses are and then immediately accuse your opponent of that exact thing. That way, when they try to pin it on you they look reactionary and [sound as if they are back at school saying] “nah ah, that's you.”

HECS debt will soar, but it remains the best loan

MH

You’re wrong if you think it will stay like this, Ross. The next step is to say "why are we giving people a loan at six per cent interest? The banks can and should be doing that. It’s not the place of the government to be handing out loans." […]

Malcolm Turnbull calls bulldust on Andrew Bolt

paralax view

Couldn't agree more with Mr Stokes about where journalism is heading. Partisan politics is killing democracy. I wish people would stop treating politics as if it were a game. Funny how, say, Ray Hadley, when he calls the football, is scrupulously unbiased. And that's only a game. But for politics, which is important, it's constant one-sided support for the conservatives.

Tinder teens out for sex with strangers

ST

Actually, I think [the headline] should be: "Shocking new finding - people use new random thing that older generations don't understand for sex!"

Bertie

If only such apps were around when I was a shy, nervous teenager. I recently got on to it as a male in my early 20s but I don't use it for casual sex so much as making friends and going on dates, because, you know, as great as sex is, I prefer there to be an emotional connection in the first place. I'm now seeing casually someone I met on it so it's worked very well.

Besides, a lot of the girls I've spoken to on it bemoan the constant sexual pick-up lines guys try on them from the outset. My advice to all those teenage boys is to talk to them about their interests. Who knows, you may end up in a relationship and not a one-night stand.

Upsetting the Apple cart: iPod touches a nerve with children

Colebank

I feel your pain! We've gone down the 5:2 “diet” route. Tuesdays and Sundays are free of iPods, iPads, iPhones, computers, and TVs for the kids and us (some cheating by the grown-ups). Despite the initial pain and protests it has worked a treat. It feels like we have our family back.

Notnew

I have to say that my siblings and I used to do the same thing with the trampoline - monitoring [jumping] time, fighting etc. Funny how things change.

Lucas

Someone broke into our home a couple of weeks ago and took the kids’ iPods. I only wish I could shake the guy’s hand and ask him to come back for the telly.

Just sayin'

I'm reading this on my iPad.

Game of Thrones S4 E8 shocker: How much can viewers stand?

Red Pony

As they said in Fight Club, "On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero." Never truer than in GoT [Game of Thrones]!

It took me to a dark place: Georgie Gardner reveals grief over miscarriages

Wondering

I still think of the little life that wasn't meant to be 17 years down the track. Being only seven weeks’ pregnant didn't lessen the pain or emptiness. I have luckily had three children since but always spare a thought each November for what may have been. It's my memory to keep. […]

Zaneky

I find it odd that miscarriage is seen as a taboo subject. When I recently became pregnant and told people at around eight weeks a lot were shocked that I was telling them my good news "in case something happened". If something happened, they would be the people I would be turning to to support my husband and me. It’s nothing to feel ashamed of so why wouldn't you confide in your friends and family?

ai

[…] My partner and I went through 10 rounds of IVF over five years. I was a man who wanted/needed to talk to somebody about it but by the end was broken due to rubbish responses and insensitivity from most people.

Some choice memories of the period:

  • "Eh, it’s all good. If it doesn't work out, you guys can go on holidays!"
  • "You never wanted children anyhow, right?"
  • "What? You’re still upset about that miscarriage?"
  • "Pah, everybody has problems."

[I was made] to feel that it’s not a man's right to be upset about failed IVF and miscarriages.

When being on the verge of a nervous breakdown, the most help I got from counsellors was, "well, you don't want to kill yourself and you know why you're sad, so you'll be right".

That small selection of what I went through during those dark days is why I never bother talking about it anymore and I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who feels the same way. You say that men should get a chance to discuss it, and I totally agree, but society at large isn't ready/accepting of men would like to talk about and get some support. It’s just ended up being easier to not talk about it and have everyone just assume that I'm a "grumpy old man".

Why Chinese parents use discipline to show love

Green Tea

[…] I knew someone who let his dog do whatever it wanted with no boundaries or discipline because it was "too much work" to take the time to pay for puppy-training school, take it there, and be a little fierce. The dog was badly behaved, used to pee everywhere (of course with the person complaining about how the dog just "wouldn't listen" even when she said "no"), rip up furniture and shoes, and was aggressive to visitors. It ended up attacking a neighbour's kid and had to be put down. Kid was OK, thankfully.

Turn back the bogans: What Really Happens in Bali exposes Australians at their worst

Calsy

[…] The term “bogan” - which seems to be just an acceptable way to generalise a group of people - could encompass a majority of Australians who don't live in the inner suburbs of capital cities. Is it a crime for a person to wear thongs and shorts outdoors, enjoy football with a drink and add an “o” to the end of everyone's name? […]

The Voice Australia left red-faced over battle round omissions: 'It happens'

KB

I've pitched RFKKRR (Refugee Farmer Kitchen Karaoke Romance Rescue) to Channel 9 already. They loved it because it condenses most Australian TV into one hour.

The Angels' Doc Neeson, 67, dies

Damo

Doc was the ultimate showman, lead singer, rocker and damn good bloke. Those sleepless nights certainly were not wasted at Angels’ gigs.

Simone

Ah, memories. The Angels, one of the great Australian bands, and Doc Neeson, one of the finest front men in the world. No one could rock a morning suit like the Doc. I have a happy vision of a whole lot of us old buggers, all over the country, dusting off the vinyl and CDs and blasting his music out over our neighbourhood. Vale Doc.

Teresa

We Gotta Get Out of This Place was playing as I left my home state as a youngie for the bright lights of the big smoke :)) vale Doc :)

Tony Abbott is gutting science just when we need it most

Jans

[…] I would like to point out that there are many Christians, including myself, who do not think having a Christian faith is anti-science. Faith and science are different, but it is entirely possible to believe in both.

Sydney Anglicans reject the sacred feminine

quasimodo, purgatory 101

If this is how enlightenment works, Anglican style, won't somebody please turn out the lights?

Mod: Finally here is the comment of the week, which is from the same article. Well played, Country observer.

Country observer

[…] My issue with many who are religious is that they are dogmatic about their beliefs regarding [who] their supreme being is, and the rules this entity insists everyone should live by.

As someone once pointed out, there are about 4200 religions in the world. So the thing separating an atheist and someone who insists that their religion is the only truth is, in fact, one religion. That is, an atheist and a Christian, for example, both believe 4199 [religions] are fantasy. It is amusing to see that people of one religion can be so adamant that the others' version of God is wrong, yet they are distressed by others denying their version.

I prefer to describe myself as an agnostic - I simply don't know. I suspect all religions hold some of the answers, and none of them hold them all.