Feverish Friday


Yes, the annual footie Grand Finals weekend has rolled around again.

In Victoria we have enjoyed a public holiday, and no doubt every cafe, bistro, etc has gone broke because of those naughty penalty rights.

I heard a poor deluded person on radio this morning who is flying from Sydney to watch the Swans (oops!) win tomorrow, and then flies back to Sydney to watch the Sharks thrash the Storm.

To be honest, I’m not a follower of either code – though I have to be somewhat aware of what is happening in the AFL because of a couple of friends whom it’s best to avoid when their team(s) lose.

However, this year I have some sentimental skin in the game: I really really want the Doggies to win. Sixty-two years is far too long.


222 thoughts on “Feverish Friday

  1. Section 2 . . .

    Health care is our newest booming industry.
    But the aged care industry is in a downward spiral. It’s quite a woirry.
    Oh so true. The effect of bonuses on leading to suboptimal outcomes is a blight on business.
    What hope do first home buyers in Sydney have?
    Trump defends his 3 am Tweet, saying he’s not an insomniac. I think insomnia is the LEAST of his problems.
    Caroline Wilson has written a good piece on the AFL grand final.
    Dutton spends up big time on spin.
    Comedian Kitty Flanagan has written a good article about the difficulty of assimilation.
    Peter FitzSimons says time’s up for climate change deniers. and for the SSM plebiscite! He also has a great quote from Jerry Springer – “Hillary Clinton belongs in the White House. Donald Trump belongs on my show.”
    My nephew was the police officer who was the first responder to this horrific crime.

    • Eerie coincidence with your nephew being drawn to a death scene in Valleyview, BK. I read the story and noticed the personalised number plate of ‘Myrna’. In the Philippine-Australian community in Warrnambool I knew a Myrna Johnstone who was widowed in unfortunate circumstances in 2000.

      I do not know that she moved to Adelaide, but the age of her and her son checks out. I hope I’m wrong, but sadly it is someone’s life regardless.

  2. Section 3 . . . with Cartoon Corner


    Matt Golding with Stuart Robert.

    David Pope on the post-blackout investigations.

    And Pope celebrates the Bulldogs’ great win.

    Mark Knight farewells Dennis Cometti.

  3. Robert F Kennedy writes a very long article on the Middle East in general and Syria in particular..Well woorht a read.

    Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria

    They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil.

    In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I’ve made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the Islamic world against our country. As we focus on the rise of the Islamic State and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino, we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology. Instead we should examine the more complex rationales of history and oil — and how they often point the finger of blame back at our own shores.

    America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria — little-known to the American people yet well-known to Syrians — sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIL………………………….
    ……………………………………………………….Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising in Syria to overthrow the uncooperative Bashar Assad was a feasible path to achieving the shared objective of completing the Qatar/Turkey gas link.


    I knew about Iran and Egypt but did not know the FARKING US of A also stuffed Syria

    The CIA began its active meddling in Syria in 1949 — barely a year after the agency’s creation. Syrian patriots had declared war on the Nazis, expelled their Vichy French colonial rulers and crafted a fragile secularist democracy based on the American model. But in March 1949, Syria’s democratically elected president, Shukri-al-Quwatli, hesitated to approve the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, an American project intended to connect the oil fields of Saudi Arabia to the ports of Lebanon via Syria. In his book, Legacy of Ashes, CIA historian Tim Weiner recounts that in retaliation for Al-Quwatli’s lack of enthusiasm for the U.S. pipeline, the CIA engineered a coup replacing al-Quwatli with the CIA’s handpicked dictator, a convicted swindler named Husni al-Za’im. Al-Za’im barely had time to dissolve parliament and approve the American pipeline before his countrymen deposed him, four and a half months into his regime.

    Following several counter-coups in the newly destabilized country, the Syrian people again tried democracy in 1955, re-electing al-Quwatli and his National Party. Al-Quwatli was still a Cold War neutralist, but, stung by American involvement in his ouster, he now leaned toward the Soviet camp. That posture caused CIA Director Dulles to declare that “Syria is ripe for a coup” and send his two coup wizards, Kim Roosevelt and Rocky Stone, to Damascus.

  4. That is of course Robert F Kennedy jnr.. Could our publicans please sprinkle some woofle dust on my blockquoteapalooza ?

    Done, sorry I’m a bit late.

  5. I’m just going to leave this here – .

    Robert has attributed his commitment to family, charity and political life to his strong Pentecostal Christian beliefs, and has modelled his morals and values around his faith.

    And from the bastard’s first speech –

    The purpose of my life has always been guided by a strong Christian faith that has set my moral compass and cemented my values.
    I am proud of the personal freedoms we enjoy, based on a bedrock of Christian based ethical standards.
    To my local community church, Southport Church of Christ, so compassionately led by Pastor Ross Pelling, thank you for your prayerful support.


  6. Our politicians are ‘unrepresentative swill’

    What proportion of the population is a regular church goer? What proportion are ‘pentecostal’

    Aren’t pentecostals over represented in Parliament?

    • “Today the Australian Christian Churches, formerly known as the Australian Assemblies of God, is the oldest and longest lasting Pentecostal organization in Australia. The AOG/ACC is also the largest Pentecostal organization in Australia with over 200,000 members in 2009. Hillsong Church is one of 10 megachurches in Australia associated with the ACC that have at least 2,000 members weekly.”


      In a population of 23.13 million that makes them .9%.

      In a parliament of 226 there should be 2 if them.

  7. BK thanks for your daily roundup, great article from The Advertiser about the soon to be unemployed Ford workers

    • I’ve been in these situations most of my working life in the auto manufacturing industry, 37 years of looking over one’s shoulder.

  8. Good grief another speaker in tongues and believer in the literal meaning of the bible . Just what we need in 21st century government .t.

    the belief that the Bible, in the original manuscripts in which it was written, is infallible

    …………..This empowerment includes the use of spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues and divine healing—……..
    ….. derived from a literal reading of scripture

    .Tongues and interpretation……………….. Pentecostals are agreed that all public utterances in an unknown tongue must be interpreted in the language of the gathered Christians.[56] This is accomplished by the gift of interpretation, and this gift can be exercised by the same individual who first delivered the message (if he or she possesses the gift of interpretation) or by another individual who possesses the required gift. If a person with the gift of tongues is not sure that a person with the gift of interpretation is present and is unable to interpret the utterance him or herself, then the person should not speak.[56] Pentecostals teach that those with the gift of tongues should pray for the gift of interpretation.[68] Pentecostals do not require that an interpretation be a literal word-for-word translation of a glossolalic utterance. Rather, as the word “interpretation” implies, Pentecostals expect only an accurate explanation of the utterance’s meaning


  9. Must be fun for all the wimmin in the Pentecostals. What with all that literal interpretation of the bible and all.

    • The ACL is gearing up to stop same sex marriage,
      abolish the bye-laws that prohibit harassing women entering abortion clinics
      abolish abortion
      abolish contraception

      Imagine living your life under the yoke of a barely literate authoritarian little man

    • It is still windy and cold here. Those new hpusing developments on the Adelaide flood plain are getting on swimmingly.

  10. Two articles in BK’s links (the first two in Section 2) should be read together because they have opposite views on the same subject – aged care.

    I don’t know what happens in other places, but around here you only work in aged care if you are desperate. People on Centrelink benefits have to take on some sort of training if they can’t find work so the aged care course at TAFE is very popular. (A disability worker certificate is also popular for the same reason but that’s a matter for another time.)

    So you get your qualifications, you apply for a job at a local aged care facility and because there is a high staff turnover in these places you get the job.

    Why is there a high turnover of staff? Easy. It’s a job no-one wants to do. The pay is less than peanuts, every nursing home is always understaffed because there are no regulations about staff/patient ratios so employers skimp and the work is hard and often very unpleasant.It’s the job you do if you are forced into it. There are some lovely people who have been working in aged care for a long time, love their work, are excellent at what they do and have added to their qualifications. They are truly angels. But for every one of them there is a host of workers who are there only because it’s a way to move on to something else.

    I would imagine this goes on across the country. The staff employed are not always the most caring people, hate the job and the people they look after and are just counting the days until they can find something better.

    Don’t tell me it’s good news that aged care is a growth industry. it’s only growing because for-profit providers see it as an easy way to make money. Not one of them cares about the people they are using as cash-cows.

  11. Leone the staff often damage their backs lifting patients on their own, without hoists
    Both staff and patients are being exploited by the nursing home operators

    • A simple solution is to set staffing ratios but the nursing home operators have the ear of government.

      There is a 120 bed aged care facility in Adelaide that employs one nurse for night duty. That means the facility can’t adequately manage patients with Parkinson’s or other conditions that need to be medicated at uneven intervals during the day

    • I am still trying to work out why Mr Trump was selected as the Republican’s nominee for President.
      It’s enough to get one thinking that those folk who parade around with banners proclaiming the “End of the World” might be right!

  12. Nuttier than a fruitcake. Not her. You.

    Speaking to a crowd of nearly 5,000 in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, Trump made some of his wildest accusations yet about his opponent and the integrity of American elections. Trump attacked his Democratic rival in starkly personal terms. He said of her “she has bad temperament, she could actually be crazy”


    • The deep misogyny behind Trump’s nasty remarks is a real worry. You have to wonder what he would say about a male opponent. I bet there’d be no allegations about health, mental health or the state of his marriage.

    • There is always the topic of men boobs. Or having one instead of two t … They always think of plenty of things these kinds of people.

    • Easy enough to get him back without being directly rude. Just mention his small hands.

      Apparently in American folklore the size of a male penis is echoed in the size of his hands. Trump has often bragged about the size of his implement. One of his Republican rivals really got under his skin once by mentioning his small hands. Someone on Twitter photo-shopped to give him very tiny hands. It upset him more than most things.

  13. This little black duck
    ““she has bad temperament, she could actually be crazy””
    That was actually an endorsement rather than accusation.Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

  14. 😆 From the “Only in America (well not really) file……

    From NBC 2:
    A Fort Myers doctor says if you are a man thinking about voting for Hillary Clinton, you may need to have your testosterone checked.

    It’s a controversial commercial hitting Southwest Florida airwaves.

    The doctor says it’s a humorous way to promote his business and also join the political discussion. But some radio listeners aren’t laughing.

    “Most are not aware of the effect low T can have on your mental state. For instance your ability to focus and think clearly,” he said.


  15. Hi people.

    As might be clear from earlier posts, I met Kambah Mick in Portland today for lunch. It was a pleasant meal and a very lively conversation. Mick has very good experience on life, in the public service and with politics and political leaders. He is an excellent raconteur, as good as his written posts would suggest.

    On his way back, he will be visiting a relative in Melbourne. At that time he hopes to catch up with Fiona. He left Portland after the meal and will probably stay overnight somewhere on the way before reaching Melbourne. I hope you get a chance to see him.

  16. WA had power outages yesterday due to storm damage, mostly from branches and debris falling onto power lines. The outages were due to failure of the poles and wires. Not all power has been restored yet.

    No politician has been on TV claiming it was all the fault of renewables, or the problems were caused by wind turbines failing in strong winds. Not one politician has tried to make this a huge political issue.

    Funny, isn’t it, compared to the blackouts in SA.

    • I think it is because WA has far more investment in solar- than wind-power. That, and politicians here have seen the scathing commentary about jumping to blitheringly stupid responses only a very short time ago. Short enough that they (or their PR teams) would not have forgotten, anyway.

  17. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/internet-us-government-managing-online-data-icann-domains-internet-corporation-assigned-names-a7340636.html




  18. Why do organisers think 60000 NRL patrons would like the sort of stuff that passes for pre-game entertainment these days?
    It’s a cacophonous turn-off.

    • I see a bit of a contradiction here. On the one hand he wants to ban the Dogs because of cruelty (?) and now he wants to be cruel to native animals. The man is mad.

    • I see the connection – the greyhounds occupy valuable land in Glebe, land which could be put into the hands of Liberal-supporting developers. The native animals are on land that could be cleared for development by the same Liberal-supporting developers.

      Need some proof? This was in the news earlier this year.

      Concerns for safety of Little Penguins at North Head in Manly
      The last remaining Little Penguin colony on the NSW mainland could be at risk if a tourism company’s bid to change its operating conditions is approved, environmentalists and advocates say.

      Mawland, which runs the Quarantine Station site at North Head in Manly, has applied for a raft of variations to its planning controls, including playing music in an outdoor area metres away from penguin nests, boosting visitor numbers and carrying out environmental audits less frequently

      And then this, a few weeks ago – ‘accidentally’ my arse.

      North Head penguin colony accidentally cleared by restaurant

      A colony of endangered Little Penguins, the last on the NSW mainland, have had parts of their critical nesting grounds allegedly cleared during building works at a restaurant, the state opposition claims.

      The breach is alleged to have taken place despite repeated recent efforts to save the penguins from wild fox attacks at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars, including a network of cameras and snipers.

      Labor alleged that vegetation covering 60 metres of “critical habitat zone” in a NSW national park at North Head was denuded after the Boilerhouse restaurant strayed over the boundaries of its licence during land clearing late last year


    • Isn’t. Bambi Baird one of those fundy xtians ? Came up a bit before he was elected but “All Quiet on the Western Front” since then.

    • No. He’s devoutly Anglican, very mainstream.

      He once had ideas about becoming an Anglican minister.

    • Anglican may be. But my unreliable memory has him connected with some pretty fundy types. Those C of E Anglicans aren’t all All Gas and Gaiters these days 🙂 Most especially those in Africa .

  19. It is still windy and cold here. Those new housing developments on the Adelaide flood plain are getting on swimmingly.

    • Why do I hear The Doctor’s leitmotif and the words “Bad Wolf” echoing in my ear with this image?

      Should we wield vinegar bottles when viewing a particular parliamentarian?

  20. The Sharks won!

    I was a bit worried for a while, I thought this would be the Kiss of Death.

    What a bunch of phonies.

    Morrison has to put on a bit of a show because he lives in the Shire – for the moment anyway. Howard is a Dragons supporter. Fizza was pretending to be a Sharks supporter. Well, why not.Pretending comes easy for him. He’s been pretending to be prime minister for a year, and pretending to be a Liberal for a long time.

  21. A local young guy in the CFS is into drones and he just sent me one of his first aerial HD photography efforts. It is of the Mount Torrens Centenary Park (of which I am Chairman of its committee).

  22. Global Research, September 30, 2016

    This carefully documented report by political correspondent Marwa Osman confirms that the US is supporting and arming the Al Qaeda affiliated rebels which are the object of the Syrian government’s endeavor to Liberate Aleppo, with the support of Russia.

    Crimes against humanity are being committed by Al Qaeda with the support of its sponsors including the US, Britain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

    The Western media reports accusing Russia of deliberately targeting civilians are fabricated.

    The Syrian government operation is directed against the various terrorist entities with the support of Russia.

    America’s air raids launched by Obama in 2014 under a fake counterterrorism label are intent upon protecting rather defeating the ISIS – Daesh terrorists.


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