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”
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.
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.
Robert F Kennedy writes a very long article on the Middle East in general and Syria in particular..Well woorht a read.
I knew about Iran and Egypt but did not know the FARKING US of A also stuffed Syria
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.
A good read, especially the quote from Ex-director General of the BBC , John Birt on the ‘bias against understanding’ in the modern media
Oh dear! Cathy Wilcox is getting cheeky here.
Like x 1000
There’s a diagram there that shows the damage the wind farms in the Indian Ocean is causing.
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 –
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.
Absolutely they are over-represented.
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.
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. 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. Pentecostals teach that those with the gift of tongues should pray for the gift of interpretation. 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
Such beliefs should render them unsuitable for office.
New testament only, really.
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
Imagine living your life under the yoke of a barely literate authoritarian little man
i would rather not.
It is still windy and cold here. Those new hpusing developments on the Adelaide flood plain are getting on swimmingly.
The Tower of Babel:
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.
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
Yes, I’ve seen what happens to staff.
One of the links I put up last night was the wrong one it was meant to be this –
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!
Climate change pffft.
Nuttier than a fruitcake. Not her. You.
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.
I wonder if Trump also employs a Pickering-type cartoonist.
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
If I recall correctly, trump often belittled his repug rivals via their wives.
😆 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.
Scary, I couldn’t live somewhere that had this sort of disaster as a probability..
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.
That is an excellent article. My advice that I pass down the bar is to open it and read it.
I completely agree, Brian.
Done and agreed.
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.
Obviously the branches were blown onto the power lines by wind turbines.
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.
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.
NRL did damn fine with this in 1993
Yes, it was powerful, tuneful, audibly discernible and setting an appropriate mood.
Newspeak at it’s weaselly best –
Mike Baird plans to introduce a ‘Biodiversity Conservation Act that removes the need for a licence to shoot native animals.
Baird government ‘declares open season’ on native animals
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
Developers making a trifling mistake?
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 .
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?
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.
Which makes fizza an Egorl?
I am really happy that you are happy.
the restaurant should lose its licence immediately.
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).
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