129 thoughts on “Fractals Friday

  1. Very good to see Shorten and Labor setting the pace with their RC into banks, leaving Turnbull floundering in the rear, trying to defend dodgy bankers.

    • The Panama stuff was a gift from the gods. It has allowed Labor to take this opportunity to push for something that is long overdue . No wuckas about any possible scare campaign or class warfare/ politics of envy accusations from the Ruperts and the Tories getting widespread public support.. I look forward to this RC and all the little Liberal party bugs scuttling as they are exposed to sunlight.

  2. YES!…notched up my first “100 views” on my blog last night…to celebrate, I’m offering free membership to the site and also a complimentary 3month membership to a new club i am going to start up :

    “The Society of Grammatically Rough Bastards”..to gain entry, one has to deliberately miss-pronounce : “Lieutenant”.

    • Thank you , Janice…and as the one and only visitor who has left a comment, I hereby grant you “Lifetime membership”..with all the rewards accompanying that esteem!

    • You were thinking of the cover version put out by the retro group “Tony and the Monkey Pods” /

  3. courtesy of Lizzie, over the road
    Posted Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:46 am | PERMALINK
    The Panama Papers bolster the tax narrative that Labor is using to try to flip Australia’s traditional economic debate on its head.
    Seven months into their partnership, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are struggling to reconcile their different styles.
    An inquiry focused on the illegality of offshore wagering rather than the dire social consequences is being sat on by government.
    As stories emerge of contractors beating children on Nauru, Wilson Security’s entire operation looks increasingly broken.
    One hundred years ago there were only 20 lions left in Asia.
    One shed? Around 30,000 chickens
    Australia’s nuclear medicine industry provides a crucial service to the nation, writes Dr Geoff Currie.
    “The consequences or effects of a rule need not necessarily always be the same,” Francis wrote,

  4. lizzie
    Posted Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9:05 am | PERMALINK
    Andrews’ willingness to step into the leadership breach set the scene for this week’s Newspoll. For the first time since Turnbull took the top job, Labor hit the front, 51–49 per cent two-party preferred. Two previous polls had it in line-ball territory. Andrews may be the quintessential Delusional Conservative, and many are inclined to dismiss him as such, but he is a senior backbencher and a former cabinet minister who is not alone in the party. If the deputy leader vote in September is any guide, he has at least 30 like-minded mates. “The last thing we need right now,” one dismayed government MP told me, “is Andrews raising the whole leadership issue again.”

    …Abbott as the leading Delcon is languishing 17 points behind. But he is still on the radar. His resentful presence continually threatens to overshadow the man who replaced him.

    But what is slowly dawning on government MPs, particularly those in marginal seats, is that Labor’s Bill Shorten is a much more formidable opponent than they want to acknowledge. Sure, they can take heart from the fact Turnbull is still almost twice as popular as preferred prime minister, but even there the trends are all in the wrong direction. Turnbull is diving, Shorten is slowly climbing out of the cellar. It would pay them all to remember that in politics everything is relative. Six months ago Shorten was the preferred PM relative to Tony Abbott, and Labor hit 57 per cent two-party preferred.

    The realisation is sending shudders through the Coalition’s second most marginal seat-holder, the member for the Rockhampton-based seat of Capricornia, Michelle Landry. She says voters are getting tired of a “lack of direction”. She says the message is “wishy-washy” – not clear at all at this stage. It is not clear because, apart from aspirations for growth and jobs and an airy-fairy innovation statement, there is no economic or tax plan to defend.

    …Gonski here is shorthand for student needs-based funding to reach improved national benchmarks. Leaving it uncertain is more than enough for Shorten to be off and running with the potent line, “I am launching our campaign to protect schools funding from the federal government to the state schools system across Australia.” One Liberal MP fears this impression, if allowed to run, could be devastating. Some 70 per cent of the nation’s kids are educated in the state systems.

    The Prime Minister’s Office went into damage control overdrive. The idea of the Commonwealth not also funding state schools “died at COAG on the Friday”. It’s just that the PM hadn’t started to bury it for another four days. The PMO released budget figures to show Canberra is pumping record amounts into public education. It described Shorten’s attack as “a lie”. Turnbull called it “irresponsible scaremongering”, which is not a bad description of his attacks on Labor’s negative gearing proposals.

    Shorten has already pledged $37 billion over 10 years to fully fund the Gonski reforms. He will pay for it by, among other things, raising the tobacco tax. Still to be explained by Turnbull is how he will fund his promise of an extra $30 billion for defence over the same period.

    Even if Turnbull does finally get his act together he has to worry that the Delcons won’t morph into Daleks and prematurely exterminate his political career.


  5. lizzie
    Posted Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:45 am | PERMALINK
    Good morning.

    The event might not have been out of place in North Korea as a bizarre piece of staged propaganda.
    “It is a fact, without support of the over 65 demographic, we cannot retain government.”
    The PM’s problem, or one of them, is that none of his big gambles has yet paid off. Not one.
    “There’s been a huge improvement,” Mackay told Fairfax Media this week. “He’s given up the zingers. There’s more gravitas about him.”
    The more furiously the banks resist public scrutiny of their uber-profitable business, the more their customers feel such a probe is justified.
    He has a downbeat voice and hangdog face – at one stage he clenched a pen in his teeth on his daily drive to work in the hope that it would lift his face into a happier look – but he has a soaring optimism.
    Schemes have changed, been renamed, re-badged and overhauled so many times that charging students for their higher education has become a complex hot-pot that only gets hotter the closer we get to an election.
    Gosh, we’re an ignorant lot. And one thing we seem to be particularly ignorant about is transgender. Which makes a lot of people very angry.
    This scandal is looming as the biggest case of wage fraud in Australian corporate history.

    Posted Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:46 am | PERMALINK
    “I think we need to be really clear that all of the cuts that were identified in Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey’s first budget are still on the table,”
    A new Melbourne Metro Rail station in North Melbourne is expected to trigger $7 billion in urban development and transform the area’s desolate industrial land.

  6. Thank you lizzie for filling in for BK. you are giving him a run for his money!

    Posted Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:46 am | PERMALINK
    “I think we need to be really clear that all of the cuts that were identified in Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey’s first budget are still on the table,”
    A new Melbourne Metro Rail station in North Melbourne is expected to trigger $7 billion in urban development and transform the area’s desolate industrial land.
    Venezuela has declared Fridays a non-working day to help the country arrest a power crisis brought on by the weather.
    It’s not what Trump does, so much as what he makes others do.
    A Queensland Labor Senate candidate has been working as a political strategist for gas giant Santos in the lead up to his run at this year’s federal election.
    “Clearly, the world’s Great Barrier Reef is still the world’s Great Barrier Reef.” Hunt should have waited to see the whole series before commenting.
    The importer, Robert Nioa, the son-in-law of the independent federal MP Bob Katter, sidestepped the ban by importing the same gun modified as a five shot, which the government confirmed was not covered by the ruling.
    “The countries opposed to harm reduction and prevention tend to be Russia, Iran and China, who believe law enforcement should be the dominant feature of drugs policy, while Australia doesn’t really say anything at all.”

  7. Read the first two stories together. Channel Nine’s people are in a lot of trouble through their own foolishness.






    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/04/08/3754462/indian-child-welfare-act-case-goldwater/ some similarities with stolen generation and other race debates in Australia

  8. Probably only of interest to the space travel nerds, but early today the first stage of Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on a drone ship. This might not sound like much, but it is a huge achievement.

    Watch it all here. They explain in great detail.

  9. http://www.nature.org.au/news/2016/04/most-people-think-the-coal-industry-is-doing-nsw-more-harm-than-good/

    Comparisons to two earlier polls

    Click to access 160402-polling-comparison-2013-2016.pdf

    Full new ReachTEL poll

    Click to access 160402-poll-results-2016-reachtel-polling-14-march-16-nsw.pdf

    SMH story from 6 April on this poll, story got circulated but full link from later that day on the the Nature Conservation Council site seemed to go unnoticed.

  10. ‘Cat’ people – Bugger! I found a fun quiz on cats in the current “The Big Issue” but it doesn’t seem to be available on the (Turnbull fucked up) internet.

    So you’ll have to buy one instead.

  11. CTar1

    So you’re back now too, I see BK is on his way home. BB is also testing the door to see if we are open. The gang is nearly all here. 🙂

  12. gravel

    I haven’t been anywhere. I’ve just been busy on ‘trains’ and small family children (they’re frisky and fun with the start of school holidays).

  13. From over the road BK’s excellent apprentice lizzie.

    Posted Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Mr Denmore ‏@MrDenmore · 7m7 minutes ago

    Superannuation will be a big election issue, so bone up & listen to this doco from @richardaedy on @RadioNational http://ab.co/1S8KvDK

  14. A bit norty 🙂 having Cormannator in a ‘cherman’ pickelhaube and Erica in uncle Otto’s officers headgear.

    • Couldn’t bear the idea of a woman as PM, I think. Had to denigrate Julia Gillard no matter what she did. It’s not only Liberal men who can be misogynists.

    • Once I had quite a collection of Bob Ellis’s books which I enjoyed reading. After one of his attacks on PM Julia Gillard I took them all and threw them into our salvage bin. Okay, he didn’t desert the ALP but I could never warm to him again

  15. Bakkkk after a trip across The Pond.

    The USA is absolutely the most uncivilized of countries in so many ways even if they all think they are the bees knees. Where else in the world would one encounter crimes like this one?

    Turlock man convicted of holding girlfriend captive in dog crate

    or, the fact they they are one of only two countries in the world, the other is PNG, that don’t have some form of guaranteed paid maternity leave:


    I only ever go there if I absolutely must, even then I never stay an hour longer than I need to.

  16. Release the pedantry . Should the blog title have been Fibonacci Friday 🙂

    The Fibonacci numbers are Nature’s numbering system.

    They appear everywhere in Nature, from the leaf arrangement in plants, to the pattern of the florets of a flower, the bracts of a pinecone, or the scales of a pineapple.




  17. Oops! Bill Clinton Says He ACCIDENTALLY Took $500,000 From Algeria During Key Arms Negotiation With State Department

    Bill Clinton is claiming his foundation “accidentally” accepted money from foreign governments who were negotiating with his wife while she was Secretary of State – a definite no-no.

    The Clinton Foundation received $500,000 from Algeria in 2010 while the country was lobbying the State Department for an increase in weapons export authorization.

    The International Business Times says that “some of those export authorizations were for weapons classified as “toxicological agents, including chemical agents [and] biological agents.”

    “[Critics] said, ‘Oh you got $500,000 from Algeria at very same time they were lobbying the State Department,’” Clinton said. “Those two facts are accurate but if you put them back-to-back they are incredibly misleading. Here’s why: I never considered that the Algerians gave me the money.”


    Clinton said that at the time of the donation, “We put out the word that if anyone wanted to send me money I would forward it on quickly to Haiti where it would do most good and would take zero overhead.” The sequence of the money and the lobbying, he asserted, “was just an accident. To me it was like a pass-through. I didn’t even think about it.”

    Clinton did say he does not fault those who raise questions about the donations.

    “I don’t blame whoever saw that [Algeria story] reported for asking the question about it, because they would have no way of knowing the context,” he said.

    As IBTimes has reported, Algeria is one of six countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation and received weapons deals from Hillary Clinton’s State Department at the same time the department was criticizing its record on human rights.


  18. ejames

    Also some heavenly voices just over the Tasman.

    And a great voice from Ireland.

  19. It does look more and more as if the Liberals placed all of their political capital into TURC. And that they expected their election campaigning would flow naturally from it. They’re certainly placing a lot of their faith in anti-union propagandising. They don’t seem keen to talk about anything else at all.

    I reckon they thought TURC was a massive story, and continued to believe it would dominate the political landscape right up until the time the findings were released. It would help to explain why Turnbull was in no rush to go to an election last year. I can’t think of too many other possible explanations. Why they would think that I have no idea, as the indications that it was a fizzer came pretty early. But then I think the Liberal Party have tin ears when it comes to reading the political mood. They do the planning and the execution of their gutter politics with metronomic efficiency, but they wouldn’t have a clue how to respond to anything else that’s happening.

    In fact, I think they only had one political tactic for the entire term – denigrate the ALP. And do it as loudly and publicly as possible while the IPA agenda was quietly and relentlessly implemented behind the scenes. It never worked, mainly because oppositions will be forgiven for flinging dirt but governments are required to do a lot more than that.

    Turnbull banging on about the evil of unions is sounding very quaint. Events are overtaking him, and the public simply aren’t interested.

  20. Aguirre I think you are right. Waffles has also turned out to have the charm and charisma of a wet smelly rag which will hurt his election prospects. As well, the fact that the greater public do not recognise the large majority of the cabinet is indicative of their standing in the electorate.

    We can only hope and pray it falls over for the scum.

  21. Agree Kaffee, so much talent over there. I was listen to some of Nadia Reid the other day, she is really getting noticed across the pond. These guys are popular in Europe too but may not be your scene, (not sure):

  22. Kaffeeklatscher,

    I might do Fibonacci Friday in honour of DD’s impending 28th birthday.

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