Senators to dig for detail in energy plan

The Turnbull government will be under further pressure to explain and sell its new energy policy when parliament resumes this week.

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The opposition is not expected to let the issue go when the House of Representatives sits, while senators get to grill public servants environment and energy government agencies on the policy during Senate estimates.

The Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, whose recommendation for a clean energy target was not included in the government’s final plan released last week, will face senators on Thursday.

But as Labor repeatedly points out, all that is known of the plan is confined to an eight-page document.

The document claims the plan will save households up to $115 per year in a decade’s time while guaranteeing a reliable source of energy to keep the lights on.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg on Sunday promised to provide Labor and state premiers modelling of the plan when it is done and prior to a Council of Australian Governments meeting next month.

“But the thing I want to put out it’s in the country’s interests and it’s in the state’s interest to get on board with this expert recommendation,” Mr Frydenberg told ABC television on Sunday, referring to the advice from the Energy Security Board.

The House of Representatives kicks off with private members’ business and the resumption of debate into improving the accountability of superannuation funds and the planned increase in the Medicare Levy to help fund the national disability insurance scheme.

But the upper house won’t sit. Instead public servants across all departments and agencies will face a week of public questioning through Senate estimates hearings.

Among Senate hearings on Monday, the day-to-day running of parliament will up for discussion, as will the departments of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Immigration and Border Protection and Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Other crucial hearings during the week will include Treasury on Wednesday when department boss John Fraser appears, coinciding with the release of the September consumer price index which economists expect could see its largest three-monthly jump in almost four years due to rising energy costs.

Cheika admits Farr-Jones criticism ‘hurts’

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has resisted the temptation to hit back at Nick Farr-Jones for doubting whether the team had the mental fortitude to beat the All Blacks.

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Earlier this week, former skipper Farr-Jones said he no longer followed the Test side as closely as he once did and questioned if they had enough belief and confidence in their own ability to prevail in the third Bledisloe Cup Test.

The evidence from Saturday night’s 23-18 victory over New Zealand suggests they do, with Australia closing out the match with a gritty defensive display to end their seven-game trans-Tasman losing streak.

But Cheika did not bite back when reminded of Farr-Jones’ comments on Sunday morning.

“Like I’ve always said, everyone’s allowed their opinion,” he told reporters.

“I suppose it hurts a little bit, the players in the team (when) a former Australian captain casts doubt on players who wear the gold jersey.

“But I’ve got maximum respect for Nick Farr-Jones, he captained Australia in the World Cup, the grand slam and all the stuff he’s achieved … you’ll never hear us saying a bad word about any of our ex-Wallabies.”

Cheika said one of the most pleasing aspects of the result was what it would do for long-suffering supporters.

It has largely been a year to forget for Australian rugby but Cheika said it was “inspiring” to see a crowd of 45,107 brave constant rain in Brisbane to watch a dead-rubber contest.

“I’m very realistic, it’s one win, it was hard-earned,” he said.

“I’m really pleased in particular for the fans. I’m not just saying that.

“The ups and downs of the game, that’s what rugby’s about and to give them that type of enjoyment afterwards… as the national team, we’re trying to unite everyone in the code when we turn up to play.

“We’ll enjoy it for what it is, and then continue on with what we’ve got to do.”

Abe eyes fresh term as Japan votes under North Korea threats

If pre-election surveys prove correct, Abe’s conservative coalition will cruise to a crushing majority to win a fresh term at the helm of the key US regional ally and Asian economic powerhouse.

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Polling stations opened across the country at 7:00am (2200 GMT Saturday) with voters battling high winds and driving rain as an election-day typhoon barrelled towards Japan.

Analysts say that if the weather affects turnout, it is likely to benefit Abe, whose conservative voters are more determined, putting the nationalist blueblood on course to become the country’s longest-serving leader.

“I support Abe’s stance not to give in to North Korea’s pressure,” one voter, Yoshihisa Iemori, said as he cast his ballot in Tokyo.

“I’m focusing on this point for the election,” the 50-year-old construction firm owner told AFP.

The near-constant drizzle throughout the campaign has not dampened the enthusiasm of hundreds of doughty, sash-wearing parliamentary hopefuls, who have driven around in minibuses pleading for votes via loudspeaker and bowing deeply to every potential voter.

But with little doubt over the eventual result, the suspense lies in whether Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner will retain its two-thirds majority in the lower house.

Such a “supermajority” would allow Abe to propose changes to Japan’s US-imposed constitution that forces it to “renounce” war and effectively limits its military to a self-defence role.

Ballot boxes close at 8:00 pm (1100 GMT) when broadcasters publish generally reliable exit polls.

Voters fill their ballots for the lower house election at a polling station in Tokyo, Japan, 22 October 2017. (AAP)AAP

‘We must not waver’ 

Abe shocked Japan by calling the snap election a year earlier than expected, urging voters to stick with him in the face of what he termed the dual “national crises” of an ageing population and North Korean tensions.

Pyongyang has cast a menacing shadow over the short 12-day campaign, after it lobbed two missiles over the northern island of Hokkaido and threatened to “sink” Japan into the sea.

Nationalist Abe has taken a hawkish line during the crisis, binding Japan to the US stance that “all options” are on the table to counter Pyongyang’s nuclear threat and urging maximum pressure via sanctions.

“When North Korea is purposefully threatening us and increasing tension, we must not waver,” an animated Abe stressed at his final campaign rally.

“We must not yield to the threat of North Korea.”

Observers say North Korea’s sabre-rattling has helped Abe, 63, as voters tend to plump for the incumbent at times of heightened tension.

A voter casts her ballot in general election at a polling station in Tokyo Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 (AAP)AAP

Weak opposition 

Despite a clear lead in the polls, Abe enjoys only lukewarm support in the country and critics say he called the election to divert attention from a series of scandals that dented his popularity. 

Voter Etsuko Nakajima, 84, told AFP: “I totally oppose the current government. Morals collapsed. I’m afraid this country will be broken.”

“I think if the LDP takes power, Japan will be in danger. He does not do politics for the people,” added the pensioner.

But Abe faces a weak and fractured opposition in the shape of two parties that have only existed for a few weeks, the Party of Hope created by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the centre-left Constitutional Democratic Party.

Koike, 65, threatened to shake up Japan’s sleepy landscape with her new party, vowing to do away with old-school politics and vested interests.

But after days of wall-to-wall media coverage for the former TV presenter, the bubble burst and Koike’s popularity ratings plunged, mainly because she declined to run herself in the election.

“As it turned out, the Party of Hope is hopeless,” said Michael Cucek from Temple University.

Koike herself was even in Japan on election day, choosing to visit Paris for an event in her capacity as Tokyo Governor.

The centre-left Constitutional Democratic Party may benefit from her decline and could become the second biggest party.

Abenomics: limited impact 

Despite the threat from North Korea, many voters feel the economy is a more pressing issue, as the prime minister’s trademark “Abenomics” policy has had limited success in returning Japan to its former glories.

While the stock market stands at a 21-year high, the benefits have been slow to trickle down to the general public.

“Neither pensions nor wages are getting better… I don’t feel the economy is recovering at all,” said 67-year-old pensioner Hideki Kawasaki.

Abe has vowed to use part of the proceeds from a proposed sales tax hike to provide free childcare in a bid to get more women working but Koike wants to scrap the tax hike altogether.

. ” *he left to kill some demons* Lily:” . . . have you never seen someone in my situation or something?” Lady :”yup . …

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{after he set her back in her chair someone came in her eyes were different then eachother and she was dressed kinda slutty to my standards but I don’t have the right to judge anyone anymore} Lady:”Dante I got your lady ass a- who’s this?” *she smiled at me but I can tell it’s fake* lily:”I’m his roommate now” Lady:”your uh pretty young?” Advertisement*she trailed off since seeing someone disabled in this city is unheard of due to the weak getting easily picked off by demons even well ambled the bodied people if they are humans are useally screwed to but if one can run and one can’t the runner has a better shot from a demon* Dante:”can I get that ride back after?” Lady: “yeah yeah sure . . . ” *shes still starring at Lily like she’s a UFO or something* Dante:”lady don’t be rude to her” *he picked up his rebellion which got a soft daaam from lily* Lady:*kinda dropped a few papers at his remark* Dante:”do me a favor and watch her while I’m out” Lady:”yeah ok . . . ” *he left to kill some demons* Lily:” . . . have you never seen someone in my situation or something?” Lady :”yup . . . . ” lily:”k well this is super awkward wanna watch anime or something?” Lady:”I have no idea what that even is” Lily:”first me now anime this place is weird as hell” Lady: “kinda is like that technically because demons” *it was now her turn to be dumbfounded by the woman’s statement . which then turned into a intense barrage of questions because she’s a otaku . lady was confused as fuck so she just blinked and stared at her more lily was hecka pissed she couldn’t learn more about supernatural happenings . so she decided to watch anime on Dante’s Netflix account while lady awkwardly joined in still confused as hell . afterward she had apparently finished a full on series out of ether whim or paranoia she decided to write down the anime time date and year in her phone . she was in turn filled with mass knowledge of a entire planet and all living things and exactly how every life will play out from start to end that are currently living there . . . * Lily:*the face of someone that had ether just got a really effective pain killer or a terrified baby deer* Lady: . . . “uhh” *thud* lily:*yelps* {a fuckin death note fell out of nowhere in to her lap} Lily: . . . “mother fu-” [that meme we will be right back! Haha hope someone gets this joke]{after he set her back in her chair someone came in her eyes were different then eachother and she was dressed kinda slutty to my standards but I dont have the right to judge anyone anymore} Lady:Dante I got your lady ass a- whos this? *she smiled at me but I can tell its fake* lily:Im his roommate now Lady:your uh pretty young? *she trailed off since seeing someone disabled in this city is unheard of due to the weak getting easily picked off by demons even well ambled the bodied people if they are humans are useally screwed to but if one can run and one cant the runner has a better shot from a demon* Dante:can I get that ride back after? Lady: yeah yeah sure . *shes still starring at Lily like shes a UFO or something* Dante:lady dont be rude to her *he picked up his rebellion which got a soft daaam from lily* Lady:*kinda dropped a few papers at his remark* Dante:do me a favor and watch her while Im out Lady:yeah ok . *he left to kill some demons* Lily: . have you never seen someone in my situation or something? Lady :yup lily:k well this is super awkward wanna watch anime or something? Lady:I have no idea what that even is Lily:first me now anime this place is weird as hell Lady: kinda is like that technically because demons *it was now her turn to be dumbfounded by the womans statement . which then turned into a intense barrage of questions because shes a otaku . lady was confused as fuck so she just blinked and stared at her more lily was hecka pissed she couldnt learn more about supernatural happenings . so she decided to watch anime on Dantes Netflix account while lady awkwardly joined in still confused as hell . afterward she had apparently finished a full on series out of ether whim or paranoia she decided to write down the anime time date and year in her phone . she was in turn filled with mass knowledge of a entire planet and all living things and exactly how every life will play out from start to end that are currently living there . * Lily:*the face of someone that had ether just got a really effective pain killer or a terrified baby deer* Lady: . uhh *thud* lily:*yelps* {a fuckin death note fell out of nowhere in to her lap} Lily: . mother fu- [that meme we will be right back! Haha hope someone gets this joke]

This place definitely wasn’t a suburb I lived in a suburb before I was ditched yesterday but it didn’t look anything li…

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*I woke up* to my surprise it wasn’t my bed and he was still there . I half thought it had been a bad dream what happened to me before but it clearly wasn’t because that guy was still there . (god he’s cute) “Hey sleeping beauty your awake” *I blushed yet again* “Yes” *I laughed awkwardly at that I wasn’t sure how to respond* {I had realized I was still wearing the same clothes I had from yesterday the flashbacks flew into my mind and I felt sick . I wasn’t going to throw up in front of him though so I held it back and ignored my stomach} [due to the sake of making my readers suffer through daily routines for ether party time skip] {my sense of time is shit lets be real here,time had never been valuable to me so I hardly ever know what time it is . I was eating breakfast with this guy at a dinner that was about a short walk away . This place definitely wasn’t a suburb I lived in a suburb before I was ditched yesterday but it didn’t look anything like the place I was before or the city area that was nearby were I attended a couple of conventions and scouted a couple colleges . } (well I can forget about school there’s a plus I always hated school . . . I could pursue my dream of being a housewife oh fuck don’t go there brain . ) *I blushed awkwardly at my thought while eating pancakes he laughed* (Even his laughs sexy) Advertisement*I continued to blush* “I guess we’re roommates from now on sweetheart” *I continued to blush* (Wait a minute why? Stop for a minute of thinking of love . Kindness is useally because someone wants something in return this world is damed there’s no longer such a thing as a good sumatriptan . ) {I was about to inquire what this guy mentioned but a lady on roller skates came by,she might of been a friend for all I knew she had taken a order from a guy behind us I might be over thinking things again . } Waitress:”is she your daughter?” lily:”mam if I could flip the bird I would right now . ” Waitress:”oh god I’m sorry your just so . . . petite compared to the other two”*she laughed nervously and skated away* Dante:”if deadpool was a chick you’d definitely get the role your feisty as heck” lily:”oh no I’m just very blunt and I can’t really hide what I mean well . ” (haha lol no I can I’m just messing with you) “Mind if I ask you something Dante?” Dante:”shoot” lily:”what do you mean by roommates? . . . I’ve only got a 20 to my name right now and you don’t have to take care of me if you don’t want to . ” Dante:”sweetheart I don’t feel safe leaving you with anyone else in this city . Unfortunately your a sitting duck . ” (mmm he is kind but I don’t feel comfortable dragging him down with all my health problems and him having to pretty much do everything for me as it is . ) lily:”I understand but I know I’m just a burden” *I couldn’t help but lower my head as I said this it was drilled into my head since I was young . It was like a reflex while telling him this . I truly did feel shity for simply just existing I felt a hand on my shoulder* Dante:”listen sweetheart they aren’t here anymore and none of this is your fault don’t blame yourself for things that are out, of your control and don’t go blaming yourself for other people’s mistakes . ” *I bit my cheek to keep myself from tearing up at his kindness I did it in a way so he couldn’t tell and not to look weird in front of him . * {it was quite I felt the need to change the subject to something anything else . } (Were the hell is this city?) {I mentally thanked myself for my random thought which also happened to be relatively important to my current situation} lily:”were am I by the way?” Dante:*he told her the city* [I forgot the city’s name if someone can tell me I’ll edit it] lily:”wow I’m far from home” (It’s insane I’m this far from home they must’ve broke a lot of speeding laws) Dante:”if you need anything I’m probably gonna need a address I can’t really buy you much right now other then food . ” lily:”that’s all the more concerning for me to have you take care of me . ” Dante:”don’t worry so much” lily:”what would you do with the address though it’s unlikely they will fork over my things to you since they’ve never met you, you can’t say your a friend of mine and you don’t look like most of our relatives . ” Dante:*in a tone only she could hear* ” . . . I’ll break in . . . . ” lily:”alright best revenge without causing any real harm other then glass or a door or two . ” Dante:”your right on that part . ” lily:” . . . your the real savage out of the both of us for even suggesting this though” *shes writing a small list for him of the information he requested and her belongings down for him* Dante: “it’s probably less dangerous then my line of work for most . ” *she looks at him confused on what he means she handed him a small list with things she needs and information he requested but then she realized she wrote it on her phone* Dante:”I’ll text it to myself and give you my number then . ” *he’s typing something quickly and hands it back to her* lily:”I’m surprised they haven’t cut off service yet” Dante: . . . “that’ll be a problem when they do though . . . motive for work I guess” lily:” . . . concerning me more much” Dante:”you worry a little to much though shorty” lily:”haha very funny hot shot” *they left after he threw some crumbled wads of cash on the table and went home he yet again had to carry the chair in when they went back though**I woke up* to my surprise it wasnt my bed and he was still there . I half thought it had been a bad dream what happened to me before but it clearly wasnt because that guy was still there . (god hes cute) Hey sleeping beauty your awake *I blushed yet again* Yes *I laughed awkwardly at that I wasnt sure how to respond* {I had realized I was still wearing the same clothes I had from yesterday the flashbacks flew into my mind and I felt sick . I wasnt going to throw up in front of him though so I held it back and ignored my stomach} [due to the sake of making my readers suffer through daily routines for ether party time skip] {my sense of time is shit lets be real here,time had never been valuable to me so I hardly ever know what time it is . I was eating breakfast with this guy at a dinner that was about a short walk away . This place definitely wasnt a suburb I lived in a suburb before I was ditched yesterday but it didnt look anything like the place I was before or the city area that was nearby were I attended a couple of conventions and scouted a couple colleges . } (well I can forget about school theres a plus I always hated school . I could pursue my dream of being a housewife oh fuck dont go there brain . ) *I blushed awkwardly at my thought while eating pancakes he laughed* (Even his laughs sexy) *I continued to blush* I guess were roommates from now on sweetheart *I continued to blush* (Wait a minute why? Stop for a minute of thinking of love . Kindness is useally because someone wants something in return this world is damed theres no longer such a thing as a good sumatriptan . ) {I was about to inquire what this guy mentioned but a lady on roller skates came by,she might of been a friend for all I knew she had taken a order from a guy behind us I might be over thinking things again . } Waitress:is she your daughter? lily:mam if I could flip the bird I would right now . Waitress:oh god Im sorry your just so . petite compared to the other two*she laughed nervously and skated away* Dante:if deadpool was a chick youd definitely get the role your feisty as heck lily:oh no Im just very blunt and I cant really hide what I mean well . (haha lol no I can Im just messing with you) Mind if I ask you something Dante? Dante:shoot lily:what do you mean by roommates? . Ive only got a 20 to my name right now and you dont have to take care of me if you dont want to . Dante:sweetheart I dont feel safe leaving you with anyone else in this city . Unfortunately your a sitting duck . . (mmm he is kind but I dont feel comfortable dragging him down with all my health problems and him having to pretty much do everything for me as it is . ) lily:I understand but I know Im just a burden *I couldnt help but lower my head as I said this it was drilled into my head since I was young . It was like a reflex while telling him this . I truly did feel shity for simply just existing I felt a hand on my shoulder* Dante:listen sweetheart they arent here anymore and none of this is your fault dont blame yourself for things that are out, of your control and dont go blaming yourself for other peoples mistakes . *I bit my cheek to keep myself from tearing up at his kindness I did it in a way so he couldnt tell and not to look weird in front of him . * {it was quite I felt the need to change the subject to something anything else . } (Were the hell is this city?) {I mentally thanked myself for my random thought which also happened to be relatively important to my current situation} lily:were am I by the way? Dante:*he told her the city* [I forgot the citys name if someone can tell me Ill edit it] lily:wow Im far from home (Its insane Im this far from home they mustve broke a lot of speeding laws) Dante:if you need anything Im probably gonna need a address I cant really buy you much right now other then food . lily:thats all the more concerning for me to have you take care of me . Dante:dont worry so much lily:what would you do with the address though its unlikely they will fork over my things to you since theyve never met you, you cant say your a friend of mine and you dont look like most of our relatives . Dante:*in a tone only she could hear* . Ill break in lily:alright best revenge without causing any real harm other then glass or a door or two . Dante:your right on that part . lily: . your the real savage out of the both of us for even suggesting this though *shes writing a small list for him of the information he requested and her belongings down for him* Dante: its probably less dangerous then my line of work for most . *she looks at him confused on what he means she handed him a small list with things she needs and information he requested but then she realized she wrote it on her phone* Dante:Ill text it to myself and give you my number then . *hes typing something quickly and hands it back to her* lily:Im surprised they havent cut off service yet Dante: . thatll be a problem when they do though . motive for work I guess lily: . concerning me more much Dante:you worry a little to much though shorty lily:haha very funny hot shot *they left after he threw some crumbled wads of cash on the table and went home he yet again had to carry the chair in when they went back though*

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*as she had cried her heart out all I could do was hold her I was probably visibly pissed thankfully she couldn’t see while I was holding her and stroking her hair in hopes to soothe her . She eventually cried herself to sleep in my arms . * “Sleep well princess . . . ” {my rooms upstairs and so is the bathroom that’s in the room next to it across the hall} *I carried her upstairs and laid her in my bed and tucked her in I was about to go back downstairs and crash on the couch when I realized what she had told me earlier about her getting hit in the head a couple of times, I figured I should look after her I don’t know what to do for anyone that has had a concussion . If worse came to worse I could call lady or trish . . . sure they’d be pissed getting a call in the middle of the night but I’d rather take a ass kicking then let anymore problems drag her down any further . * I got a chair and brought it upstairs I set it down and watched over her for the night . * {not sleeping won’t kill me doubt anything can}*she woke up once around midnight she ended up puking only to blackout again I of course panicked and called trish after lily had blacked out on me after pukeing* AdvertisementTrish:*yawns* “Dante this better be a emergency it’s midnight . . . if it’s another chick your trying to pic-” Dante:”trish nows not the time! It is a emergency shit what do I do if a human has a concussion?” Trish:”Jesus how the hell am I supposed to know I’m a demon to Didja call lady?” Dante:”mm no I’m panicking and you were the first name I clicked” Trish:”alright alright just calm down I’ll call her for you she’d probably be less cranky if I do it anyway I’ll be right back” *she hangs up* Dante:shit shit shit*while I waited for trish to call me back I tried to clean up the vomit* *about three minutes later trish called him back he picked it up immediately* Trish :”one dam that’s a new record two you can ether take them to the ER or just let the person sleep it off” Dante:”is this something that can kill humans?” Trish:”nah most they’ll do there is give u pain killers and overcharge ya . . . question did Patty get hurt?” Dante:”no it’s not her” . ” Trish:”then why you freakin out just ditch the person . ” Dante:”that no I don’t do that I don’t ditch people that need help . ” Trish:” . . . fine whatever just go back to bed your paranoid . ” *she hung up on him* {for the rest of the night he watched after lily didn’t sleep at all nothing else happened . }*as she had cried her heart out all I could do was hold her I was probably visibly pissed thankfully she couldnt see while I was holding her and stroking her hair in hopes to soothe her . She eventually cried herself to sleep in my arms . * Sleep well princess . {my rooms upstairs and so is the bathroom thats in the room next to it across the hall} *I carried her upstairs and laid her in my bed and tucked her in I was about to go back downstairs and crash on the couch when I realized what she had told me earlier about her getting hit in the head a couple of times, I figured I should look after her I dont know what to do for anyone that has had a concussion . If worse came to worse I could call lady or trish . sure theyd be pissed getting a call in the middle of the night but Id rather take a ass kicking then let anymore problems drag her down any further . * I got a chair and brought it upstairs I set it down and watched over her for the night . * {not sleeping wont kill me doubt anything can}*she woke up once around midnight she ended up puking only to blackout again I of course panicked and called trish after lily had blacked out on me after pukeing* Trish:*yawns* Dante this better be a emergency its midnight . if its another chick your trying to pic- Dante:trish nows not the time! It is a emergency shit what do I do if a human has a concussion? Trish:Jesus how the hell am I supposed to know Im a demon to Didja call lady? Dante:mm no Im panicking and you were the first name I clicked Trish:alright alright just calm down Ill call her for you shed probably be less cranky if I do it anyway Ill be right back *she hangs up* Dante:shit shit shit*while I waited for trish to call me back I tried to clean up the vomit* *about three minutes later trish called him back he picked it up immediately* Trish :one dam thats a new record two you can ether take them to the ER or just let the person sleep it off Dante:is this something that can kill humans? Trish:nah most theyll do there is give u pain killers and overcharge ya . question did Patty get hurt? Dante:no its not her . Trish:then why you freakin out just ditch the person . Dante:that no I dont do that I dont ditch people that need help . Trish: . fine whatever just go back to bed your paranoid . *she hung up on him* {for the rest of the night he watched after lily didnt sleep at all nothing else happened . }

If I could ever land a chick I’d probably end up marrying her . *I look at the time on the radio I bought that I threw …

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It was another one of those days the kinda day where no one drops by weather it’s for a job or for personal reasons . Usually if Patty isn’t around and there’s no job for me to do the girls will be on me for all the debt I’ve racked up with them over the years, or they’ll be calling me a lazy good for nothing man who’s drowning in debts with no chance of getting a girlfriend . . . for some odd reason all the women I’ve ever met always have tried to ether kill me at our first meeting or just flat out reject me, I’m not sure if it’s because they are afraid of what they could be getting themselves into or weather it’s from whatever they’ve heard about me in this crappy city . If I could ever land a chick I’d probably end up marrying her . *I look at the time on the radio I bought that I threw on top of my broken jukebox it was 5 pm* “God today was boring” *I got up and left since I suck at cooking I always end up dropping by the dinner nearby whenever I’m hungry,I walked there it wasn’t to far probably two or three streets from my place . * I don’t really have a reason to pay attention to these things so I couldn’t care less about how far I’m going by foot lady ended up confiscating my car til I get another few gigs to pay her for the debts . Morison hasn’t dropped by with a job for me lately or the girls so I have no clue when I’ll get my ride back . *I walked into the dinner and ended up eating pizza and drinking beer til they kicked me out*,I can still get hangovers but it takes a lot to actually get drunk, unless I drink a dozen tons of vodka I don’t even feel it . And even then it’s pretty weak, *I got home and walked in, I sighed I don’t know why but I didn’t feel like turning in yet I had no idea what time it was nor did I give a #%* . so I sat at my desk and tried shorting through my mail hopping to find a gig buried in there somewhere . * “lady lucks never liked me anyway . ” I said tossing the papers to the floor littering it with more cheap magazines and ads for crap I don’t need . *”the hell?”*its raining ridiculously hard outside,just like the time I lost someone important to me . . . and there’s someone sitting out there in this crap weather* I can’t just ignore this so I decided to go check on this person they ether are a demon for sitting out in this crappy weather by choice or they need help . . . *when I walked outside I was kinda stunned she looked like a really expensive doll or maybe even a angel,she was cute but not in that sexy sense that the girls I knew had something about her I’m not even sure myself made me fall for her at glance, I was about to reach out and try to touch her to see if she was alive and to my surprise she spoke . * Advertisement“Some assholes they were . ” *I was taken aback I hadn’t actually expected her to speak and I’ve never encountered a angel before, but if I was to go which at this point in my life I thought it was next to impossible I’ve been stabbed with my own sword many times and even shot in the head several times . If I was to be killed by a angel I figured I’d take it willingly whatever I did to make a angel upset enough to do something like that I probably deserved what’s coming to me . * “Are you hear to kill me?” *I asked her kinda expecting the worst,but instead she laughed* (oh god she’s cute and she’s looking right at me to) “You think I even could with this body?” *I wasn’t sure what to say to that it sounded like a bad joke but I couldn’t laugh it off she seemed at a low point right now in her life . We shorta just stayed there for a minute or two . She was the first to break the silence . * “I hate to bother you but can I come inside this thing doesn’t work in the rain . ” *I picked her up like a princess I didn’t really think of what I was doing until I was already holding her she was blushing like crazy, I put her on my couch and went back for her chair . I carried it in with one arm it wasn’t heavy she probably weighed as much as a feather compared to this though, she looked so surprised when I brought it in I couldn’t help but laugh a little . it had been a long time since people actually seemed surprised about anything I did in this city . I set her chair down and walked over to where she was sitting and sat down next to her . * “my names Dante what’s yours princess?” I didn’t wanna call her lady because last time I asked for a name from a chick with dark hair and just used some casual thing I thought of on the spot she kept it as her name, so I can’t really use that one anymore and I couldn’t think of anything else that would have worked at the time . “l-l-lily” *I smiled at her cute reaction* (She she seemed like a sweetheart . ) But now I figured I’d try to get to the point this sweetheart was here for a reason, I had to be serious about this though something had to have happened to this helpless cutie to bring her to my door in the pouring rain . So I asked her . * “Mind if you tell me your story?” Hi me again this ones long sorry I’m going to try to split up Dante’s point of view prologue into two parts . I don’t even know if anyone’s reading this but let me know what you think or how I can improve .It was another one of those days the kinda day where no one drops by weather its for a job or for personal reasons . Usually if Patty isnt around and theres no job for me to do the girls will be on me for all the debt Ive racked up with them over the years, or theyll be calling me a lazy good for nothing man whos drowning in debts with no chance of getting a girlfriend . for some odd reason all the women Ive ever met always have tried to ether kill me at our first meeting or just flat out reject me, Im not sure if its because they are afraid of what they could be getting themselves into or weather its from whatever theyve heard about me in this crappy city . If I could ever land a chick Id probably end up marrying her . *I look at the time on the radio I bought that I threw on top of my broken jukebox it was 5 pm* God today was boring *I got up and left since I suck at cooking I always end up dropping by the dinner nearby whenever Im hungry,I walked there it wasnt to far probably two or three streets from my place . * I dont really have a reason to pay attention to these things so I couldnt care less about how far Im going by foot lady ended up confiscating my car til I get another few gigs to pay her for the debts . Morison hasnt dropped by with a job for me lately or the girls so I have no clue when Ill get my ride back . *I walked into the dinner and ended up eating pizza and drinking beer til they kicked me out*,I can still get hangovers but it takes a lot to actually get drunk, unless I drink a dozen tons of vodka I dont even feel it . And even then its pretty weak, *I got home and walked in, I sighed I dont know why but I didnt feel like turning in yet I had no idea what time it was nor did I give a #%* . so I sat at my desk and tried shorting through my mail hopping to find a gig buried in there somewhere . * lady lucks never liked me anyway . I said tossing the papers to the floor littering it with more cheap magazines and ads for crap I dont need . *the hell?*its raining ridiculously hard outside,just like the time I lost someone important to me . and theres someone sitting out there in this crap weather* I cant just ignore this so I decided to go check on this person they ether are a demon for sitting out in this crappy weather by choice or they need help . *when I walked outside I was kinda stunned she looked like a really expensive doll or maybe even a angel,she was cute but not in that sexy sense that the girls I knew had something about her Im not even sure myself made me fall for her at glance, I was about to reach out and try to touch her to see if she was alive and to my surprise she spoke . * Some assholes they were . *I was taken aback I hadnt actually expected her to speak and Ive never encountered a angel before, but if I was to go which at this point in my life I thought it was next to impossible Ive been stabbed with my own sword many times and even shot in the head several times . If I was to be killed by a angel I figured Id take it willingly whatever I did to make a angel upset enough to do something like that I probably deserved whats coming to me . * . Are you hear to kill me? *I asked her kinda expecting the worst,but instead she laughed* (oh god shes cute and shes looking right at me to) You think I even could with this body? *I wasnt sure what to say to that it sounded like a bad joke but I couldnt laugh it off she seemed at a low point right now in her life . We shorta just stayed there for a minute or two . She was the first to break the silence . * I hate to bother you but can I come inside this thing doesnt work in the rain . *I picked her up like a princess I didnt really think of what I was doing until I was already holding her she was blushing like crazy, I put her on my couch and went back for her chair . I carried it in with one arm it wasnt heavy she probably weighed as much as a feather compared to this though, she looked so surprised when I brought it in I couldnt help but laugh a little . it had been a long time since people actually seemed surprised about anything I did in this city . I set her chair down and walked over to where she was sitting and sat down next to her . * my names Dante whats yours princess? I didnt wanna call her lady because last time I asked for a name from a chick with dark hair and just used some casual thing I thought of on the spot she kept it as her name, so I cant really use that one anymore and I couldnt think of anything else that would have worked at the time . l-l-lily *I smiled at her cute reaction* (She she seemed like a sweetheart . ) But now I figured Id try to get to the point this sweetheart was here for a reason, I had to be serious about this though something had to have happened to this helpless cutie to bring her to my door in the pouring rain . So I asked her . * Mind if you tell me your story? Hi me again this ones long sorry Im going to try to split up Dantes point of view prologue into two parts . I dont even know if anyones reading this but let me know what you think or how I can improve .

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I don’t really remember where I was told were we were going . I remember getting into the car . And what happened before that everything else seems like a blur . . . . {a scene playing out of some couple screaming but the voices are replaced with the sound of static from an old tv as well as a blacked out line hastily scribbled by what looks to be something a child would draw over the couples eyes giving a somewhat disturbing tone to the scenes this goes on for a while before a young teen in a wheelchair is hit in the head a few times} . . Advertisement . We drove for what felt like hours but I had no idea of how long it had actually been possibly from shock or maybe because I had blacked out in the chair . If they bothered to ask which they didn’t I was going to play it off as I had decided to take a nap . We were in a city to me this seemed odd due to the fact we had lived in a suburb but I had no intention of asking any questions at that time . I was told to get out of the car and wait while they parked I didn’t question it I just did it . *a ramp is lowered and the teen leaves the car and parks outside a shop* {the shop has stairs in front so she can’t wait inside it’s also in a somewhat shady alleyway there just so happens to be a garbage can next to where she parked it smelled of an odd mix of beer and pizza by this point the car had gotten the ramp back in and closed its door and had speed off as if on cue it starts raining hard} . . . *the door to the shop opened and a tall man with white hair and a red leather jacket came out he had pale blue eyes and was staring at the girl* . . . “Some assholes they were” *the man seemed taken aback* “Are you here to kill me?” *the girl looks at him and laughs* “You think I even could with this body?”(she’s always used humor as her defense mechanism whenever she’s scared or nervous and to be honest she thought he was handsome) *the two were in a awkward silence for a few minutes* “I hate to bother you but can I come inside this thing doesn’t work in the rain” *the man picked her up princess style and carried her in and placed her on a couch only to go back for her chair* {the girl mentality panics because that’s her only way of moving around and she doesn’t believe anyone could lift it on their own it says a decent hundred something to her surprise her carried it in with one hand}(holy shit is he superman?) *he chuckles at her stunned expression he hasn’t seen anyone do that in a while* “my names Dante what’s yours princess?” *her face turns as red as a tomato she stutters it out since no guys ever hit on her she thinks he’s flirting which he might be* “l-l-lily” [this is a low key reference to lily being considered a name for pure and innocent while he’s a half demon] *he smiles at her adorable reaction but then goes serious* “mind if you tell me your story?” *she told him what she had just been through and why she was now with him and ends up crying and falling asleep he held her as she cried her eyes out* “Sleep well princess . . . “I don’t know if anyone is reading this but let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions This is my first fanfic .I dont really remember where I was told were we were going . I remember getting into the car . And what happened before that everything else seems like a blur {a scene playing out of some couple screaming but the voices are replaced with the sound of static from an old tv as well as a blacked out line hastily scribbled by what looks to be something a child would draw over the couples eyes giving a somewhat disturbing tone to the scenes this goes on for a while before a young teen in a wheelchair is hit in the head a few times} . We drove for what felt like hours but I had no idea of how long it had actually been possibly from shock or maybe because I had blacked out in the chair . If they bothered to ask which they didnt I was going to play it off as I had decided to take a nap . We were in a city to me this seemed odd due to the fact we had lived in a suburb but I had no intention of asking any questions at that time . I was told to get out of the car and wait while they parked I didnt question it I just did it . *a ramp is lowered and the teen leaves the car and parks outside a shop* {the shop has stairs in front so she cant wait inside its also in a somewhat shady alleyway there just so happens to be a garbage can next to where she parked it smelled of an odd mix of beer and pizza by this point the car had gotten the ramp back in and closed its door and had speed off as if on cue it starts raining hard} . *the door to the shop opened and a tall man with white hair and a red leather jacket came out he had pale blue eyes and was staring at the girl* . Some assholes they were *the man seemed taken aback* Are you here to kill me? *the girl looks at him and laughs* You think I even could with this body?(shes always used humor as her defense mechanism whenever shes scared or nervous and to be honest she thought he was handsome) *the two were in a awkward silence for a few minutes* I hate to bother you but can I come inside this thing doesnt work in the rain *the man picked her up princess style and carried her in and placed her on a couch only to go back for her chair* {the girl mentality panics because thats her only way of moving around and she doesnt believe anyone could lift it on their own it says a decent hundred something to her surprise her carried it in with one hand}(holy shit is he superman?) *he chuckles at her stunned expression he hasnt seen anyone do that in a while* . my names Dante whats yours princess? *her face turns as red as a tomato she stutters it out since no guys ever hit on her she thinks hes flirting which he might be* l-l-lily [this is a low key reference to lily being considered a name for pure and innocent while hes a half demon] *he smiles at her adorable reaction but then goes serious* mind if you tell me your story? *she told him what she had just been through and why she was now with him and ends up crying and falling asleep he held her as she cried her eyes out* Sleep well princess . I dont know if anyone is reading this but let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions This is my first fanfic .

Other states ‘likely to follow’ as Victoria edges towards permitting euthanasia

The parliament of Australia’s second largest state passed legislation on Friday to allow terminally ill patients to seek medical help to end their lives, a bill that is expected to act as a catalyst for the rest of the country to adopt similar laws.

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Any resident of Victoria state over 18, with a terminal illness and with less than 12 months to live can request a lethal dose of medication, the bill permits. Anyone that is too ill to administer the dosage can ask for a doctor to help.

Many countries have legalised euthanasia or physician-assisted deaths, including Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and some states in the United States.

But Australia’s federal government has opposed legalising euthanasia even though the remote Northern Territory became the first jurisdiction in the world to do so in 1995.

The federal government enacted its own legislation to override the Northern Territory law in 1997 under rules allowed by the constitution. State law can not be overridden.

The passage of the bill in Victoria is expected to herald assisted death legislation in other Australian states.

“It is a landmark moment. Other states are likely to follow. We have seen this in other jurisdictions and I expect once politicians see how the system works, they will adopt similar models,” said Ben White, director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology.

The issue has divided lawmakers and medicinal professionals.Victorian premier Daniel Andrews introduced the bill following his father’s death from cancer in 2016.

An opponent of the legalisation, Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical Association, which represents medical practitioners, said state law should not change because of the death of Andrews’ father. He later apologised for the comment.

Members of the state assembly debated the emotive bill through the night in a 26-hour session that ended with approval by 47 votes to 37.

The legislation needs the approval of Victoria’s senate, though analysts expect it to pass into law.

The legislation will not come into effect for 18 months to allow time to properly implement the assisted dying scheme.

Give me Brexit deal I can ‘defend’ at home, May tells EU

Addressing a summit dinner in Brussels, the night before the other 27 leaders decide whether to advance the talks, May said “the clear and urgent imperative must be that the dynamic you create enables us to move forward together”.

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“There is increasingly a sense that we must work together to get to an outcome we can stand behind and defend to our people,” she said, according to her office.

She said her speech last month in Florence, where she called for a two-year transition period and made concessions on Britain’s financial settlement and EU citizens’ rights, had “taken us forward” and created a “new spirit”.

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EU leaders have indicated they expect to decide on Friday – at a meeting without May – that there has not been enough progress made on the divorce issues to move onto the future trading relationship and a transition.

But May is seeking recognition of the progress made so far and agreement of “ambitious plans” that could see talks on the post-Brexit ties begin in December.

With business leaders warning of damaging uncertainty ahead of Brexit in 2019, and her Conservative party divided, May is under intense pressure to make headway.

Four former Conservative ministers urged her on Thursday to walk away without a deal if the EU continues to refuse to move the talks forward.

“It is a reality that the prime minister is working against a difficult political backdrop,” a British official said.

He said she emphasised to EU leaders the importance of securing a deal that “the British people see is in the best interest of Britain. And similarly on the EU side”.

May told the dinner that she made her Florence speech because she “recognised the difficulty the process was in”. 

“I took stock, listened to what the people in the UK were saying and what my friends and partners in Europe were saying,” she said.

Brussels says there must be “sufficient progress” on Britain’s financial settlement, the rights of European citizens living in Britain after Brexit, and the Irish border issue, to move talks onto trade.

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NZ Labour caucus meets to decide cabinet

Facing her first major task as New Zealand’s next prime minister, Jacinda Ardern has begun appointing a cabinet with 28 Labour, NZ First and Green MPs in it.

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There was applause as she entered the caucus room to see her MPs altogether for the first time since kingmaker Winston Peters chose to bring the left out of opposition and into government for the first time in nine years.

The result was delayed but negotiations were a chance to build common ground with the other parties who campaigned for change, she said.

“We have found allies in this parliament who wish to join with us in building a fairer New Zealand – a country where our environment is protected, where we look after the most vulnerable, where we support our families, where we make sure people have the most basic of needs, like a roof over their heads,” Ms Ardern told them.

Labour is forming a coalition with NZ First and will have an agreement with the Green Party to support the government on confidence and supply.

It gives the left block 63 seats, two more than the 61 seat majority they needed.

The cabinet will have 16 ministers from Labour and four from NZ First.

There will be eight ministers outside cabinet – three Greens and five Labour.

Key portfolios will almost certainly go to the MPs who held them as shadow ministers in opposition.

Ms Ardern will work on portfolio allocations over the weekend and announce them next week, then the cabinet will be sworn in.

Mr Peters has been offered the position of deputy prime minister, and is still deciding whether to take it up.

“I wouldn’t have offered it to him if I didn’t believe it was something that would deliver solid, stable government,” Ms Ardern said earlier on Friday.

If Mr Peters does take it up, Labour’s deputy leader Kelvin Davis will stand aside.

The full government deal, including its policies, will be worked out over the next 24 hours and publicly released early next week.

It will then be clear what policy concessions NZ First gained during the negotiations.

‘I had a pot of noodles’: How Jacinda Ardern celebrated her big win

New Zealand’s prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern promised “a government of change” as she met with leaders of her centre-left Labour Party Friday to prepare to take power after a stunning election win.

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The charismatic 37-year-old received a standing ovation from the Labour caucus after forging a coalition with minor parties on Thursday to clinch victory in the September 23 election.

“This will be a government of change, it will be a government we can be proud of,” she said.

“We have been gifted by the people of New Zealand an opportunity, and it is for us to make the most of that.”

Ardern expressed confidence her new government would see out its full term, despite long-standing tensions between junior coalition partners the Greens and New Zealand First (NZF).

NZF leader Winston Peters and the Greens have a rocky history, which descended into name-calling earlier this year when the environmentalists said the 72-year-old’s anti-immigration rhetoric was racist.

Ardern insisted Friday that the three groups could work together and said she had faith in Peters, an outspoken maverick whose 40-year career has been punctuated by controversy.

She said Peters, whose declaration of support for Ardern on Thursday tipped the election her way, successfully joined a Labour-led coalition in 2005.

“Labour has been in an agreement with NZF before… Mr Peters and New Zealand First were a party of their word, that provided stability and we delivered,” she told Radio New Zealand.

‘Straight to the grindstone’

Ardern, who took over the Labour leadership less than three months ago and is now set to become New Zealand’s youngest leader since 1856, said she was still processing her meteoric rise.

“I probably need a bit of time for quiet reflection before it all sinks in, but for now it’s straight to the grindstone,” she told TV3.

The new leader said she had received congratulations from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Britain’s Theresa May and Canada’s Justin Trudeau.

But she kept the celebrations low-key on Thursday night after ending Labour’s nine years in the wilderness.

“I headed straight back to my studio apartment in Wellington and had a pot of noodles,” she said.

Ardern denied her government was “a coalition of the losers” considering the outgoing National Party claimed 44.4 percent of the vote, well above Labour (36.9), NZF (7.2) and the Greens (6.3).

“Obviously I’d characterise that as unfair… We’ve formed a coalition government based on the majority of votes,” she said.

Ardern expects to allocate ministerial portfolios and release detailed policies next week, as well as implement a 100-day plan of high-priority reforms.

These include slashing immigration numbers by up to 30,000 places a year, clamping down on property sales to foreigners and setting a goal of zero carbon emissions.

Coalition parties will also push their own pet reforms, including a Greens plan to hold a referendum by 2020 on legalising cannabis for personal use.

‘Rocky road?’

The markets reacted negatively to the centre-left coalition, with the benchmark NZX-50 index down 2.9 percent and the New Zealand dollar off 1.7 percent.

Capital Economics analyst Paul Dales said policies such as reducing migration and running tighter fiscal policy were “less growth friendly” than those of the outgoing National Party.

TD Securities strategist Annette Beacher said the new government could also increase taxes and spending, threatening to end a recent run of budget surpluses.

Ardern acknowledged that there were signs of an impending economic slowdown but said it would be attributable to international factors, not her government.

“We will potentially have a rocky road in front of us,” she told Newshub.

“If you have an economic outlook that’s affected by international markers then it’s your job to manage them, but we can’t always control what we face. No one blamed the National government for the GFC (Global Financial Crisis), for instance.”

Ganesh Nana, chief economist at financial consultancy BERL, said market fears were overstated.

“We probably have to tell the finance markets to chill a little bit, take their morning medication and just realise that the sun still will rise in the east and set in the west,” he said.

Echoes of Mao: China Communist Party fawns over ‘Xi thought’

The catechism is being reverentially uttered by almost every one of the more than 2,300 delegates to the five, yearly congress, from the country’s premier right down to village secretaries.

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It is more than mere lip service. Next week, the CCP’s general secretary may have his name, and signature ideology, inscribed in the party’s constitution, symbolising his elevation to the pinnacle of Chinese power.

Currently, the document names only two Chinese luminaries: modern China founder Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, the architect of the country’s economic reforms.

Xi’s predecessors, Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, both had their own ideas written into the constitution, but without their names attached and only at the end of their respective 10-year terms.

Xi, who is expected to earn a second term as the party’s chief by the end of the congress, is set to get the same honour after only five years.

The new concept’s full name, as reported by the official Xinhua news service, is a mouthful: “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”.

Xi’s six comrades in China’s all-powerful seven-member Politburo Standing Committee extolled the concept during the congress, according to Xinhua reports Thursday and Friday.

The new thought is “an important component” of Chinese socialism, Premier Li Keqiang told a panel Thursday, according to Xinhua.

Zhang Dejiang, the head of China’s rubber-stamp congress, called it “the biggest highlight” of the congress “and a historic contribution to the Party’s development”.

‘Concentration of power’

Xi’s new “thought” places a heavy emphasis on the party’s role in governing every aspect of the country from the economy to what people are writing on social media.

He is saying “we want to improve the quality of life, but we can only do it if we have a greater concentration of power, especially in the core leadership of the Communist Party”, said Kristin Shi-Kupfer from Germany’s Mercator Institute.

Its rollout is a clear signal that Xi is the most powerful leader in a generation, said Hu Xingdou, professor of economics at Beijing Institute of Technology.

The leader’s rapid ascension into the party’s hall of fame is because “he won the people’s support through his anti-corruption campaign and at the same time consolidated power”, Hu said.

Xi is already expected to use the congress to stack the top echelons of party leadership with loyalists.

But adding his name to the party’s commandments would show that “he has turned the page” on Chinese history, said David Kelly, director of research at Beijing-based consultancy China Policy.

“It’s his assertion that ‘on my watch, we became a major power,’ which is something Mao could not claim,” he said.

‘Feeling of warmth’

While “Xi thought” may not end up in the constitution, it has certainly entered the party’s vocabulary.

When the concept was mentioned, eastern Zhejiang province party chief Che Jun said he was immediately filled with “a feeling of strong familiarity, warmth, and a sense of approval”.

At the meeting of the Tibet delegation, regional governor Qi Zhala raved about Xi’s “long-term guiding ideology for our party”.

Not everyone, however, appears so enamoured with Xi’s new thought.

Hu Chunhua, party chief of the Guangdong delegation, did not mention Xi’s name even once during his region’s meeting.

Hu, who oversees a southern economic powerhouse that includes the prosperous port of Shenzhen, has been considered a rising star within the party, with many analysts tipping him for a seat on the Politburo Standing Committee.

“In the context of so much genuflection,” Kelly said, Hu’s silence shows that Xi still has a long way to go before he reaches the level of adulation enjoyed by Mao.

During the Cultural Revolution, “nothing could be said without invoking the Chairman. He was the Caesar and the Pope.”