Saturdee Salon

Weigh Everything

We haven’t had a TGI Friday post for a couple of weeks, due to editors being otherwise – and severally – engaged, so I thought a Saturday Salon might be in order.

Anything you like, from







Birds and Blooms


Funny Dog Site



Then, of course, there’s food:

Edgar Daily


News Ltd

If anyone has enough energy after all that, there’s always

Bieler Tagblatt

Not to mention


Whatever you have planned for the weekend, have fun, and

Illegitimi non carborundum!!!

110 thoughts on “Saturdee Salon

  1. Israeli Gag Order Prohibits Coverage of Shin Bet Arrest of World Vision Gaza Manager

    UPDATE: The gag order mentioned below has just been lifted

    A few days ago, Think Progress reported that the Gaza manager for World Vision, the Christian NGO performing humanitarian work around the world, was arrested by the Israeli Shin Bet. His name is Mohammad al-Halabi. A gag order prohibits Israeli media from covering this story or naming the victim. World Vision released a statement saying that he had been arrested on June 15th at the Erez checkpoint “on his way home from meetings.”

    The TP story doesn’t say why he was arrested. It does confirm standard operating procedure for the Shin Bet, which is that he’s been in prison for a month and denied access to legal representation. Though this is a violation of international law, it’s the way Israeli security services always treat security suspects.

    I’ve learned from an Israeli security source that he’s being accused of “transferring large sums of money to Hamas.” That doesn’t mean that he’s actually done that. It means that this is what the Shin Bet wants the world to think. Though the story is under gag order, when it is lifted you’ll read Israeli headlines along the lines of: “Christian Charity Officer Passed Funds to Hamas Terror Group.”

    My source could not elaborate on where these funds came from and how he transferred them to Hamas.

    This is not the first time a Palestinian has been accused of passing funds to “terror groups.” Azmi Bishara, one of the most effective Israeli Palestinian leaders, was driven into exile by similar charges that he used moneylenders to launder tens of thousands of dollars on behalf of Hezbollah.

    If al-Halabi is innocent of the charges there might be many reasons for the Shin Bet to target World Vision in this way. First, it is engaged in an intensive series of humanitarian projects designed to improve the lives of Gazans. Israel’s goal is to make the lives of Gazans a living hell. Hence, the occupiers of Gaza would want to frustrate any organization engaged in successful rehabilitation or renovation projects there

  2. A fun read:

    American Elections: Weapons of Mass Distraction

    Now that the agitprop babble of the conventions is behind us, we might ask, what is all this showman/woman/ship all about? Does the election of the president even matter? On some level perhaps, but the main utility of presidential elections is simply that it’s a weapon of mass distraction – creating a fiction that presidents actually rule and that voters actually determine the country’s destiny. In truth, presidents and their minions in Congress and the Supreme Court may govern, but they certainly don’t rule. Elections serve to transfer power from one set of elites to another set of elites, cloaking the spectacle in democratic legitimacy, as the ruling class watch from their corporate suites, pleased with the quadrennial national consensus-building bread & circus event.

  3. Oldman,

    I think it’s worth republishing Eisenhower’s speech at the end of his presidency. I must also admit that as a very young child I was distressed to learn that President “Icing Sugar” was having health problems. Anyway, here’s the speech:

    Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
    Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035-1040

    My fellow Americans:

    Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

    This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

    Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

    Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

    My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.

    In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

    We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

    Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

    Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology — global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger is poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle — with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

    Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

    But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs — balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage — balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

    The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

    A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

    Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

    Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

    Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

    In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

    Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

    The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

    Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

    It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

    Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

    Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

    Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

    Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war — as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years — I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

    Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

    So — in this my last good night to you as your President — I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

    You and I — my fellow citizens — need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.

    To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration:

    We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

    From me – again – vale, President Icing Sugar. I trusted you, and you repaid my trust.

  4. Yes Fiona, Dwight warning the nation to guard against the potential influence of the military–industrial complex. It has happened despite his warnings.

    I don’t feel so old now.

    • That picture of the woman with the dogs takes me back,
      When I was kid there was an old man lived behind us who had one of those old wheel chairs with the crank handle for getting it going. He had a pack of assorted mutts very similar to the picture that he used to tie to the handle and they would pull him around town. The dogs seemed to love it, I guess it was a bit of escape from the cramped stinking squalid conditions they normally lived in.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hartcher – A directionless Turnbull must take charge and set his own agenda.
    Laurie Oakes writes that Turnbull can’t seem to avoid exploding cigars. It’s not pretty. Google.
    Laura Tingle on the problem facing Turnbull with having to continually negotiate with this new Senate. Google.
    Adele Ferguson says that Turnbull should stop farting around and call a banking Royal Commission.
    Michelle Grattan agrees.
    Ferguson follows through with more on the superannuation life insurance scams.
    Paul Bongiorno on Turnbull’s week of missteps.
    Ross Gittins writes on why our interest rates are so low. It’s all about the $A he says.–its-all-about-the-dollar-20160805-gqlq27.html
    The ACCC tells us that there are too many cartels operating in Australia. Really?
    Turnbull is getting ready to go to New York for a UN meeting. Guess who else will be there.
    Mark Kenny on Morrison turning up the heat on Labor to pass $6b of budget savings.
    Peter FitzSimons says the Olympics have lost their magic and Rio will show us why.–and-rio-will-show-why-20160805-gqlrre.html

  6. Section 2 . . .

    Geoff Cousins writes an open letter to Josh Frydenberg. It’s an absolute cracker!
    Every man should read Obama’s essay on feminism.
    Tony Wright on Senator Headline warming up for the freedom of parliamentary privilege.
    Senator Malcolm Roberts is certifiably mad is he not?
    And as for Potatohead?
    Stephen Koukoulas on the real reason why home ownership in Australia is so difficult.
    Labor is still going to pursue the Coalition over the AFP’s NBN raids during the election campaign.
    Mike Seccombe – How the Northern Territory failed. It goes back for decades.
    Rudd’s still going on about it.
    The Saturday Paper on how Turnbull is learning what happens when one double crosses a former Prime Minister.

  7. Section 3 . . .

    Trump’s favourite fallen soldier’s father is being urged to run for public office in Virginia using the strap line “Yes we Khan!”.
    Trump just doesn’t know when to stop!,9318
    We have a growing homelessness problem says The Saturday Paper.
    ASIC sleeps while another Ponzi scheme flourishes.
    Turnbull is no Bob Menzies suggests John Shakespeare.

  8. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox and the lure of superannuation life insurance rorts.

    David Rowe sneaks into the Turnbull bedroom.

    The Repugs are still just hanging on to Trump.×1024.jpg&w=1484
    Simon Letch reckons it isn’t going to be easy for Morrison to get his budget through.

    Ron Tandberg and a reborn CSIRO.
    Brilliant work from Davis Pope on the new senate.
    Cathy Wilcox on the traditional adblockers.
    Alan Moir with Trump’s foreign policy manoeuvres.
    Mark Knight follows the Olympic torch through Rio.
    Bill Leak and Emperor Turnbull’s new clothes.
    At the House Economics Committee’s banking meeting.

  9. Looking for an old Olympic cartoon I liked I came across this interesting one. It was done at the time of the 1936 Berlin Olympics and imagines what the 2000 Olympics will be like. No spectators, it is all TV and radio with loudspeakers broadcasting viewers/listeners support.

  10. Th Olympic Games

    Does anyone realise just how much of the modern Olympic tradition was devised by Hitler and his Nazis?

    The torch relay – first appeared at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Thought up by German Olympic committee members Dr Theodor Lewald and Carl Diem, enthusiastically adopted by Hitler and his cronies as a way to illustrate Germany’s links to the alleged Aryan purity of ancient Greece.

    The first Olympic relay torches were made by arms manufacturer Krupps. Cheerful thought, isn’t it.

    The ‘Ancient Greek’ ceremony at Olympia, with the flame lit by a’priestess’ in ancient -style dress using a mirror to focus the sun’s rays is a German idea too.

    The Berlin Olympics were the first to be televised – sort of. The network was small, covering only the Olympic village, the picture quality was abysmal and you had to be invited to one of the special viewing rooms to see it, but it was still something to boast about back then.

    Leni Riefenstahl changed sports documentaries for ever with her revolutionary ‘Olympia’,

    The Nazis started international sports broadcasting at the Berlin Olympics. They wanted the whole world to listen to and focus on Germany. They developed the best gear possible, and for the first time people around the world could listen to live broadcasts of the Olympic action.

    The Nazis, though this international promotion, also created the first Olympic’ celebrity’ athlete, Jesse Owens.

    The Germans wanted to outdo all other previous games by presenting the biggest ever games, the most pageantry and the best accommodation. Hitler spent a fortune on the Berlin games – a 100,000-seat stadium, outdoor areas to seat a further 250,000 spectators, a giant tower complete with a bronze Olympic bell, two new underground railway stations, a “triumphal avenue” for Hitler’s motorcade, and an ultra-modern Olympic village.

    So we can thank the Germans for the now traditional attempts by each successive host nation to provide the ‘best ever’ games and for the excessive amounts of money spent.


  12. From last night –

    All the media attention being given to Malcolm Roberts could be a good thing. The more people see of him the more chance they might realise he is a nutter. Way beyond a nutter, actually, more like certifiably insane.

    The other One Nation senators are much the same.

    The New One Nation Senators Have Some Wild Backstories

  13. from late yesterday

    Contrasting views on Trump. Bruce thinks he will take his movement down with him, Sarah thinks it will linger on. Both are good follows on twitter by the way. Bruce is a Reagan era Republican who is very critical of them now (very acerbic in his tweets), Sarah is a good free-lance journo.

    • Are you staying in the city, or St Kilda?

      Flower Drum is “notoriously” good… It has changed hands since then, but still rates highly.

      If it doesn’t have to be Chinese per se, Coda Restaurant in Flinders Lane was a favourite 5+ years ago. They didn’t take bookings back then, but now offer _fixed_ menus for bookings for 8-10 guests. À la carte was worth the wait; the menu is divided into “smaller” and “bigger” dishes. With two, the “smaller” menu had more variety – a DIY degustation. Delicious! (The Yeringberg(?) “Classified” smoke-affected red was extraordinary; unavailable then, and no details now… A wine equivalent of Rauchbier, but so much more.)

      Not at all Chinese, but the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (late?) dinner was fun.

    • Not necessarily. It’s up to the WA government in a joint sitting to appoint a new senator. One Nation will nominate a replacement, but that doesn’t mean that nomination will be successful. It’s a convention to appoint someone from the same party, but conventions are not iron-clad rules and there are precedents for going against the party nomination. It’s possible the WA government might decide they would rather have a senator from another party.

      In 1975, when Lionel Murphy resigned from the senate the NSW Liberal premier at the time, Tom Lewis,appointed an independent, Cleaver Bunton.

      In 1977 Bjelke-Petersen appointed Albert Field, allegedly Labor, to replace a deceased Labor senator.. Field was at that time extremely anti-Whitlam, Labor challenged his appointment on the grounds of Field being technically ineligible but that didn’t work. Field sat as an indie for what turned out to be a very short term. Labor had nominated Mal Colston, who later managed to become a senator and that did not end well either.

      If this One Nation clown is convicted it’s up to the WA government to decide on a replacement. Things could get very interesting.

  14. Joe
    Flowerdrum in CBD (one of best Cantonese restaurants in world)
    Lau’s Family Kitchen in St Kilda ( Gilbert Lau formerly owned Flowerdrum)

  15. Joe
    Haven’t had a bet all day outside a long range Caulfield Cup bet.
    Mick Price tipped me the 1st Flemington winner but I kept out.
    Ben Allen slaughtered 2 of Mick’s last Saturday and I didn’t want a 3rd.

  16. A tigress rests with her cub in Bandhavgarh National Park in India. It took me forever to get a mother with a young cub, and this is one of those moments in my career where I checked the back of my camera and cried.

    Five seconds later, I was killed – but it was worth it.

    (Not really.)

    • Pol Animal
      I know parts of Tas very well, its my fav place so lots of suggestions depending on your interests. Food/wine, history, scenery, crafty shops/woodwork. Do you have a schedule and accomm bookings or just roaming around?

    • Also – are you flying or on the Spirit? If the spirit there are some places near Devport that are on the must visit list.

    • George Town/Tamar Valley couple days then Hobart via Launceston and back via West Coast (unless East Coast is better?)

    • They throw you off the spirit very early. Dont bother with b’fast, instead head down the bass hwy to Elizabeth Town, the cafe bakery of same name.
      Deloraine visitor centre worth a visit.
      In G’town the Bass & Flinders centre is excellent as is the lighthouse museum and the lighthouse at Low Head.
      No shortage of good wineries/restaurants along the Tamar.
      In Laun.the Queen Vic gallery and museum are fantastic.
      On the way to Hob. detour to Liffey Falls if u have time, they should be awesome after all the rain.
      In Hob. Salamanca mkts if its Satday, old pubs in Salamanca pl are good.
      Have a meal at the shipwright arms, Battery Point and i highly recommend the seafood chowder.
      Both east and west coast are great, but west coast would be my preference except weather is dodgy and unpredictable this time of year and takes longer so it would depend on how much time you have.
      On the way back to Devport Anvers choc, ashgrove cheese and Rasberries from Christmas hills. Happy to give more suggestion when you decide on east west.

    • Cradle Mountain, Mole Creek Caves, Tasman Peninsula, Freycinet Peninsula, Bruny Island, Hasting Caves etc.

  17. Political Animal
    An obvious must see in Hobart is Museum of Old and New Art. And gloriously it’s founder David Walsh is/was a huge professional gambler.

    • Ta, copied all that, will see how much we can see. Hope to buy a block of land in George Town, build a strawbale house on it in a year or two.

  18. Political Animal

    If you want a non touristy off the beaten track place, Mathinna Falls is well worth the look. We used to live in Fingal, and it was the best place to take visitors.

  19. Ex NT CLP chief minister, Terry Mills, to run against the CLP in August! Front page of the NT News tomorrow.

  20. So we can’t have full transcripts of ABC shows anymore but they have plenty of money for fiddling around with fracking theme music?

    Ms Guthrie has very strange priorities..

  21. How would you judge a person who stores and can’t discard their best buddy Bob the Snitzu’s last stool caught in the hand on the vet euthanization table 3 years and 13 days ago and still stored in the refrigerator with the ice-cream and the frozen peas?

    • Wow! I have stored tiny samples of my stool in the fridge for cancer screening but never a whole dog turd! Guess you liked your dog, eh?

  22. Pol Animal
    Tas suggestions posted back up the thread… I can talk Tas for hrs. Plan to retire to Hobart eventually..

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. What a woefully poor selection of things to link today! It’s the best I could do.’It’s a record low.

    An essay from Dave Donovan on our lazy Prime Minister.,9325
    Turnbull’s instability problems are not in the parliament, they are in his own party.
    This Liberal mayor didn’t have the best of weeks but hey, sow and ye shall reap.
    The “terror” raid in Melbourne nets a notorious leader of Reclaim Australia – the silt of the earth.
    Nick O’Malley takes us inside the Republican convention. Only in America!
    An op-ed from Chloe Shorten on indigenous mothers and Closing the Gap.

    Mark Knight is thinking what a lot are thinking. #I’vehadenoughofKitty.

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