129 thoughts on “Fractals Friday

  1. Bloody smartphones.

    I am going to a do in the Okd Adelaide Gaol tonight. At least thatvwas on the invitation. If i am not back by then midnight send a rescue party.

  2. Written 23.5 years ago about a time another 23.5 years earlier.

    Staring at leaves that move endlessly
    new patterns formally resolving
    sun warming my face I gaze into high
    blue that pales to infinite dissolving.

    Gazing at foam lace weaving melting
    endlessly reforming sea ice green
    sun beating my back I stare into plunging
    depths unimaginable unseen.

    Dancing as moth circles the candle still
    spiralling to fiery heart returning
    to dusty ash black hole’s forgetful chill
    in white star’s tropic heat awakening.

  3. I bought some Giant Russian sunflower seeds recently (Way Way Creek Seeds.) They sprouted readily, but the local Brush Turkeys, Possums etc. gobbled the lot!

    I have plenty of seeds left, but will hold off now until the sun returns in September to maximise growth.

    Plan B is to surround the area with chicken wire to exclude the gobblers until they aren’t snack-sized.

  4. Then there’s this –

    Bill Shorten ahead of Malcolm Turnbull in campaign of first timers

    Apart from Shorten – who, free from the strictures of having to govern, is already campaign-fit, with about a dozen town hall community forums in the bag – the week featured Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen, Anthony Albanese, Tony Burke and Penny Wong. All are former ministers, polished media performers and not one of them contradicted each other or their leader.

    They may be there to buttress Shorten, who still has a personal problem resonating with voters and, like Turnbull, has never campaigned as leader. But it was also a demonstration that Labor has a much stronger batting order, which could prove pivotal

    http://www.afr.com/news/politics/bill-shorten-ahead-of-malcolm-turnbull-in-campaign-race-run-by-novices-20160405-gnyk9k#ixzz45Eac4uiJ

  5. A very quiet Friday for The Pub. Possibly the quietest one since its inception.

    Not to worry, I’m still here! 😉

  6. Scorps,

    Quiet, too quiet . . .

    Don’t stress.

    It’s the calm before the storm.

    We Pubsters have been tossing out the garbage, stowing the civilians safely, clearing the decks, girding our loins, and are ready for the call to action stations.

    Oh, and by the way, I’ve been a tad off-colour. So (hell’s bells) moi has to do all that termorrow.

  7. Hi all, some light viewing & reading for you all

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/barnaby-joyce-chartered-chopper-for-120km-journey-20160408-go1y84.html

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/opinion/a/31300842/turnbull-flies-into-was-chill-winds/

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/south-east/volunteer-groups-claim-greyhound-industry-lying-about-dog-adoption-figures/news-story/d540b43f344ad1221b736446fce3f625 no paywall

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/08/veteran-broadcasters-condemn-abc-radio-restructuring-plan

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-08/actor-noah-taylor-shows-art-in-hometown-melbourne-for-first-time/7309776

  8. I am heading north for NSW school holidays so I won’t be contributing much.
    When I get home my sister is going to help me sort my abode out – she has a missionary glint in her eyes.

    • Short and overweight women (and, for that matter, short and overweight men) should not wear horizontal stripes ever. Especially those that get larger as the girth increases.

  9. Local residents are outraged that a Sydney private school has been granted approval to build a $63 million complex despite concerns from NSW police, the local council and more than 200 submissions condemning the development.

    St Catherine’s girls’ school in Waverley has won approval to build a 500-seat “world-class auditorium”, aquatic centre, research facility and multi-purpose hall but has been denied the right to expand its student numbers by 25 per cent by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

    The school has a total net-recurrent income of $27 million per year and received more than $5 million in state and federal government funding in 2014.

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/st-catherines-gets-approval-for-63-million-renovation-despite-local-anger-20160408-go1w2i.html

  10. Trumps wives are Czech, American and (current one) Slovenian.

    I can see where he gets his hate of foreigners from?

  11. If this Government cannot get the adjustment, get manufacturing going again, and keep moderate wage outcomes and a sensible economic policy, then Australia is basically done for. We will end up being a third rate economy… a banana republic.

    — Paul Keating

    The way this government is going, we’ll export banana seeds and/or topsoil, and import the bananas.

  12. A good read

    This week the Parliamentary Budget Office released analysis that suggests mortgage interest rates will soon rise to 8.5 per cent, an increase that would cost a household with a $500,000 mortgage around $15,000 per year. But no one noticed and no one panicked. We were too busy blaming university students for making governments ‘live beyond their means’.

    In order to scare people about the ‘cost’ of investing in the education of the young the PBO took it upon itself to repackage government data about the cost of education in some creative new ways.

    In the lead up to the budget there is nothing like a ‘cost blowout’ story to give a government the opportunity to tell us we all need to ‘tighten our belts’. And so it was with the headlines created by the PBO report. Young people, it seems, have had it too good for too long. Tough decisions will need to be made. I bet no one tells the wealthy retirees that.

    While the headlines following the release of the PBO report suggest a generous system in crisis, the reality is that the ‘blow out’ is caused by both the questionable assumption that interest rates will double and – wait for it – the decision to jack up the prices of university degrees, which will jack up the level of debt that young graduates will incur.

    But don’t take my word for it, the PBO make clear in their report that “The size of the HELP loan portfolio is projected to grow rapidly through to 2025-26, driven mainly by projected increases in student fees from 2017 due to the announced higher education reforms. The PBO projections assume that universities will increase their fees to recover the reductions in subsidies under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme. This will require an average increase in fees of 40 per cent for students affected by the changes.”

    Did you get that? In addition to assuming big increases in interest rates the PBO is assuming that students are going to face a 40 per cent increase in the cost of going to university. And because their fees are going to be so much higher, guess what? Their HECS debts are going to be a lot higher as well.

    Australian public debate is so broken – so filled with econobabble – that the government is saying that it, like households, must ‘live within its means’ while simultaneously forcing young people to incur massive debts if they want a good education.

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/test-the-assumptions-before-tightening-your-belt-20160408-go1p40.html

    • i couldn’t see anything in Legume last time I drove through, its pretty country where logging jinkers run Corollas off the dirt road. Not rally car of the year for nuffink!

  13. The panic down the phone was almost palpable. “These people are capable of anything. They are zealots.” The veteran Liberal, who sits in a marginal seat, wasn’t talking about the Taliban or Daesh. He was talking about the Delcons, the rigid conservatives within the Coalition who still believe Tony Abbott and his agenda is what Australia wants and needs. Hence the moniker: Delusional Conservative; Delcon for short.

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2016/04/09/the-coalitions-delusional-conservatives-explained/14601240003097

  14. jaycee@jaycee ‏@trulyjaycee 33s34 seconds ago

    Suggst’n : Bus IPA. board to a locked, full community hall in Whyalla to explain why their lives and town must be sacrificed to th’ markets!

  15. Laurie Oakes on Scrott –

    Derision not a good look on Scott Morrison

    A FEW weeks ago, Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron — under pressure over health policy — launched a juvenile attack on his opposite number in the House of Commons.

    “Put on a proper suit,” he told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. “Do up your tie.” Tory MPs brayed and jeered and guffawed with amusement, but it did not play well in the wider community, especially after Corbyn posted a quote from Albert Einstein on his official Twitter account.

    The great scientist said: “If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.”

    Scott Morrison take note.

    It is one thing for an upper-crust Eton old boy, a former member of an Oxford University secret society notorious for obscene initiation rituals and son of a multi-millionaire named in the Panama Papers tax avoidance scandal to behave like a snobby bastard.

    But it is not clear why the Australian Treasurer, the state school-educated son of a NSW cop, would seek to emulate him.

    Yet there was Morrison on radio yesterday, questioned over Labor’s potentially popular call for a royal commission into bank scandals, referring pompously to Bill Shorten “up there in his ill-fitting suit”

    There’s more, but you will need to Google.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/laurie-oakes/derision-not-a-good-look-on-scott-morrison/news-story/d2e0fad20686b05dece027ef310ebd5d

    An especially bad look when Scrott’s suits are most definitely ill-fitting, as we saw in yesterdays’s posts.

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