I don’t know about youse Pubsters, but moi is in need of solace.
Chocolate might work, but I think the following might do the trick even better – with thanks again to Scorpio for providing the gorgeous pics.
(For BK) Why are you laughing?
385 thoughts on “Furry Friday”
Cathy by 74
July 25, 2016 at 11:48 PM
Robb didn’t recontest. He was succeeded in the safe seat of Goldstein by (IPA) Tim Wilson, who survived a pre-selection stoush with the daughter of Alexander Downer.
Robb is already accumulating positions – rewards for services rendered ?
Thanks PJF missed that during the many weeks sleepover which ended on July 2. TV Ten is crappier than the other FTA channels so it now has another strong hand in its management team to see it go to the wall like Dicky Smith’s enterprise.
I prefer the first number.
I prefer the second one but inverted.
Sophie quits politics, blames “unions, activist groups and “Melbourne-based feminists” for her loss.
Sophie Mirabella quits politics and says she’ll be a commentator
Doesn’t she have a bloody mirror!
The good news is she’s retiring. The bad news is she wants to be a political commentator.
It’s bad enough having to hear Hanson’s profound ignorance every other day. But I suppose she figures she can’t be worse in this than her old pal Bronnie was as Speaker,
I couldn’t agree more with both of these:
They should have mentioned Linda Burney on the statement. She’s all for a RC.
It does not involve her portfolio, not directly anyway, so she doesn’t get a mention,
For a few days I’ve been watching the septic ‘conventions’ mostly on mute.
Both are simply ‘hate fests’.
Sanders is on TV now doing the arm waving thing.
Our ‘born to rule’ Malcolm does this as well. Bad loser. F’ck him.
You really should have a look at this magnificent and inspiring video promotion for the Rio Paralympics.
C’wealth govt should temporarily repeal the NT Self Govt Act / abolish the NT Leg Assembly, its obvious they are incapable of governing themselves. They are worse than the Councils in NSW that were sacked a few years back for incompetence and financial mismanagement and had Administrators appointed…..
Except that would give the Libs free rein to do whatever they wanted with their “Northern Australia” policy..
They were happy enough to walk all over NT when it passed its voluntary euthanasia law!
and the ACT’s SSM law…
The juxtaposition of puff adder and – is it a post? – is unfortunate, though apt . . .
What a loss to politics will be that herpetological harridan!
Caro Meldrum-Hanna was one of the reporters responsible for last night’s four corners program.
I don’t know why everyone is so surprised – or feigning surprise – at the revelations. Australians have been treating our indigenous people appallingly for over 200 years. No-one has done much about stopping that abuse so far.
Some background on what has been happening recently in the NT.
Earlier this year –
Restraint chairs with cable ties approved for youths in NT
NT Chief Minister’s plan to dump bail for youth offenders slammed by lawyers
Yet this morning we had Giles doing his very best at pretending to be saddened by last night’s program. He knew all about it, long ago. The abuse shown was condoned by his government and enabled by his government’s own legislation. The Four Corners footage came from his government’s CCTV cameras at Don Dale. Bleeping hypocrite!
While I’m on this topic –
Video of this morning’s press conference with Gillian Triggs, Mick Gooda and Megan Mitchell.
The sound and quality aren’t the best.
A bit more from Ms Meldrum-Hanna
Not to mention this:
Essential poll: 52-48 to ALP
This is totally weird.
Not necessarily: brandis is scruting.
He must be taking a break: +41.
Libs prepare for by-election as Greens sweat on Senate
So what would pique Scullion’s interest? Porn? A pay rise? A tax-payer funded trip to the Bahanas?
He’s the fracking Minister for Indigenous affairs FFS!
Previous youth abuse revelations didn’t pique my interest: Nigel Scullion
“you don’t know what you don’t know”
How about “if you don’t care you won’t know”?
Waffles should sack him immediately for severe dereliction of duty. As if!
Apparently, there is an Essential NSW state poll out. 52-48 to the odious slimebags , and slipping.
Here you go –
Click to access Essential-Report_statevoting_Jun2016.pdf
Michelle, the first female pres?
France having a bad time
France not mucking around anymore.
Hostage takers ” neutralised”
Piqueless Nigel’s surname somewhat appropriate
I’ve taken to giving him the nickname “Rap” on the grounds that ‘rapscallion’ was used in old American folklore as a rascal, scoundrel or rogue.
Some analysis of the poll
Click to access Essential-Report_160726.pdf
lets enjoy Rio
Click to access Essential-Report_statevoting_Jun2016.pdf
On the polls.
Has there ever been an occasion when a party was returned to power but polled so low immediately afterwards?
The last booth in Herbert appears to have finished recounting. So unless there are any more declaration votes to be recounted, it seems Labor’s lead is locked in at +37 votes.
I don’t think that’s close enough to warrant a by-election that easily. It’ll probably go to a challenge with the court of disputed returns like what happened in McEwen in 2007, but they simply looked at the challenged ballot papers and actually increased the margin of victory for the Liberals from 12 to 27 votes.
Oh and McEwen is also home to an army base at Puckapunyal so it seems there wasn’t a by-election over soldiers serving overseas and elsewhere on training exercises not being able to vote because of that.
That plus the L/NP is full of sour grapes so obviously they’d be throwing a hissy fit over this.
Oh, whoops, I shouldn’t have went off so early. Apparently the official Distribution of Preferences comes next, so there might be some further shifts in the vote coming up. Probably nothing substantial.
joe6pack – it will interesting to see more polling after the full results are declared, usually they hold off for a few weeks or even months. Its just Essential that seems to roll on regardless. But there certainly won’t be a re-election bounce.
Joe and Leroy,
Which, in my 50 years of paying pretty close attention to federal elections, seems indeed to be unprecedented.
Hilliary and computer security ….
I don’t think the two have met. With the enthusiasm the DNC etc are shouting “RUSSIANS were under our bed !” you’d almost suspect they are tying to take attention away from what they actully did 🙂
Although when even Dennis Shanahanahan is suggesting that explanation you’ve gotta wonder a bit.
The Russians probably did hack it. There was speculation ages ago about what they may have got when they went after the hacker Guccifer when he tried to hack some Russian stuff. The writer thought the Russians if they tracked him down may just track him rather than close him down.
Guccifer about to be sentenced in the US. A NYT article from 2014
It suggests that, given the way Herbert is going, Turnbull probably couldn’t have timed the election more precisely. Given he was engineering a DD (as pointless as it ultimately turned out to be) and so couldn’t have held it any earlier, he also likely couldn’t have had this election any later without giving up incumbency.
Turnbull din’t choose the timing, it was either go on 2 July or forget about an early election. He had to call the election when he did – by 11 July, because any later would have been past the deadline for a DD. The 2 July date was very important too, any earlier and the full senate elected would have had to be back-dated to 1 July 2015.
Turnbull did not brilliantly engineer an election at just the right time, the date was forced on him.
There’s another twist – the election results have to be finalised and the writs have to be returned by 11 August or all senators serving as ministers will have to resign.
Antony Green explains it all here – just keep in mind this was written in March and turnbull, or his staff, would have been well aware of al the difficulties involved in calling the election when he did.
Oh, I’m not saying he engineered the timing, Leone. At any rate, who could possibly have foreseen the outcome we’ve had and plan for it anyway? I’m just saying it happened to have been held at a time that transpired to give him a one seat majority – which a week or so later he likely wouldn’t have had.
I still don’t know if that’s good news or bad news for him. It’s bad news for the country, that’s for sure. It might be for him as well. I can’t see the Liberals coming out of this term with their reputation enhanced, and there’s a fair chance it’ll be in tatters. His reputation too.
Delightfully cynical, and dead accurate in my opinion.
Seems as though Essential is reflecting a degree of voter regret. ie That voters,convinced that there would be enough swing to unseat the bad guys without their vote, went their usual way and voted for the L-NP and sadly regret it now.
If only those voters had had the sense to vote Labor …….
Excellent piece from New Matilda –
NT Juvenile Prison Abuse: The Most Shocking Part Is That Anyone Is Actually Shocked
The NT juvenile abuse story is, sadly, confirming the worst aspects of politics in this country – or most countries I suppose. Those directly responsible for it can’t sidestep it, so they’re going the “it wasn’t my direct responsibility” or “I couldn’t have known” route. Most of their stories are falling apart, predictably, because they were hastily cobbled together about the time these guys realised that something they knew about all along was actually becoming a story. Everyone else in the Coalition is pretending to be shocked and angry. That’ll last about as long as the news cycle, then they’ll all go back to turning a blind eye to it.
What makes me angry about all this is that they knew, and didn’t care. And their intent right now is to be able to go back to knowing and not caring about it. Especially as they’re so intent on ripping money out of all sorts of welfare and care areas, which can only lead to more of the same.
One can make a joke about certain politicians’ need for a heart transplant:
Unnecessary, they don’t have one.
I suspect the same could be said about their need for a conscience transplant.
Given the strongly Calvinist propensity of most, if not all, of the Dutch Protestant churches, and I won’t even discuss the Dutch Catholic tradition, it seems to me that Mr Elferink is likely to have had white supremacist views from his birth, plus a highly (male) authoritarian attitude – see his police service.
I can find it in me – a bit – to feel sorry for him.
I have no difficulty in having great compassion for the victims of his stance.
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