Friday . . . at Puffy The Magic Dragon’s Request

Can we have a Friday thread of Spring flowers, gardens, wildlife, pets, nature, where a Mod is on hand to upload photos provided by Pubsters of their own images, after stripping any location info from them.

Here you go – if only my garden looked like this!

State Rose Garden, Werribee Park

My email address if you want to send pics to me is fiona.atthepub@gmail.com

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379 thoughts on “Friday . . . at Puffy The Magic Dragon’s Request

  1. Blimey!

    Looks like Pauline Hansen has renewed her Liberal Party Membership going by that totally unqualified support for the “Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013”!

    She has nailed her support to the mast and now we have X adding his support to the Libs in their warfare against the labour movement!

  2. Interesting how the press describes anything this government can cobble up a senate majority on, no matter how compromised, mangled & different from its original as a “win!”.
    And “compromise” is in vogue too.

  3. leonetwo

    Manildra was the cheery on top of the cake that showed what a bent bustard The Rodent was. First there was his brother Stan being bailed out by taxpayers millions after Stan and his mates “disappeared” all the worker’s super and entitlements. Rodent reckoned it was all legit because they were trying to save the company. Quite by accident it was the only company that received such “assistance” .

    Then there came the incident involving Manildra. I was involved in the bio fuel crap back then so took much notice. A shipment of ethanol from Brazil was on the way to ‘Straya. Brazil has gone big on sugarcane ethanol and could supply way cheaper. Hi ho what a fortunate set of affairs that one of the Coalition’s largest donors at the time had the luck of the government jacking up duty on imported ethanol while the ship was on the high seas. Oh and did I mention the increase was such that it meant the ship turned around mid voyage as the increased taxes made it more expensive than local stuff and so there endeth Manildra’s competition ? Manildra being back then the “800lb Gorilla” of the industry laughed all the way to the bank. Banana Republic were the words i used at the time to describe Howard’s actions.

  4. Lateline is a must watch for the segment on bone donation, like when hips are replaced. We have to get over the hangups over donating bits of us that get cut out.

    • By the time I drop off my perch my bones will probably be the only part of me worth recycling.

      We think nothing of giving or receiving blood, why should other bits of our bodies be any different?

  5. All three monkeys stolen from Symbio Wildlife Park have now been returned and are doing well.

    I don’t have words to describe what I think about the idiots who stole these little creatures.

    Third monkey named Gomez stolen from Symbio Wildlife Park returned
    http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4322663/third-monkey-gomez-returned/?cs=300

    Earlier today –
    Two stolen pygmy marmosets found and returned to wildlife park, one still missing
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/stolen-fourweek-old-baby-pygmy-marmoset-found-alive-in-car-in-appin-20161127-gsylbo.html

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. BK’s back in the saddle and thanks Lizzie and Douglas & Milko for their excellent efforts.

    Can the “stickiness” of customers to banks be overcome with new, more comprehensive account transfer arrangements?
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/time-to-break-the-banking-lazy-tax-20161127-gsyvp1.html
    This article really calls out Bullshit! on the government’s claims on the effect of unionism on the coat of housing.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/jim-stanford/whats-really-caused-australias-property-bubble/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage
    Peter Hartcher writes on reports that China is warning us not to side with Trump.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/time-to-break-the-banking-lazy-tax-20161127-gsyvp1.html
    If the weight of a child was enough to tragically topple this monument slab onto a little girl then its design must be way deficient. Look at its height and area of its base.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/parents-siblings-witnessed-indy-lee-henderson-being-crushed-by-monument-20161128-gsz70z.html
    Turnbull has hitched himself to Brandis’s wagon after Soapy throws Hockey under the proverbial bus. A good move? Michaela Whitbourn reckons this story has a bit to run yet.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/george-brandis-accused-of-throwing-joe-hockey-under-a-bus-over-deepening-bell-scandal-20161128-gsyxck.html
    Laura Tingle says Brandis still has one big question to answer. Google.
    /business/legal/the-burning-question-that-remains-for-george-brandis-20161128-gsz9ux
    Michelle Grattan thinks similarly.
    https://theconversation.com/brandis-and-turnbull-stay-mum-on-what-the-attorney-general-told-the-solicitor-general-69511
    Paul Bongiorno says that an agile PM is sticking with Brandis – for now.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/11/28/turnbull-brandis-tax-report/
    Chris Johnson tells us that privatelyTurnbull really is fuming over Brandis.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/11/28/malcolm-turnbull-george-brandis-corruption/
    I would suggest this deplorable woman will be heading for less salubrious accommodation than that to which she is currently accustomed.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/multimilliondollar-day-care-fraud-forged-testimony-of-child-protection-workers-20161128-gsz5m1.html
    And pricks like this also make my blood boil.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-lawyer-stephen-stubbs-faces-trial-accused-of-fraudulently-obtaining-thousands-in-legal-fees-20161128-gsyy17.html

  7. Section 2 . . .

    Manildra must have a trove of compromising photos to “encourage” the NSW government to employ these ethanol fuel mandates.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/the-85-million-hit-to-sydney-motorists-revealed-20161128-gszek6.html
    And we continue to give these loopy, irresponsible outfits huge tax exemptions! For many years I have gritted my teeth when I see this mob walking around the streets proselytising their beliefs with their poor little already damaged children in tow. Surely another form of child abuse.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jehovahs-witnesses-demonstrated-a-serious-failure-to-protect-children-royal-commission-20161128-gsyxcp.html
    One of Shorten’s former associates could be in a spot of bother.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/investigations/key-bill-shorten-ally-cesar-melhem-faces-new-probe-over-alleged-corrupt-deals-20161128-gsz04f.html
    After this startling revelation for the Auditor-General one must ask if the government really IS serious about budget repair. But it’s only revenue and that doesn’t seem to matter to Morrison
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/fossil-fuel-giants-using-questionable-deductions-to-shrink-tax-bills-auditorgeneral-20161128-gszcam.html
    Michael Wast tells us how the TV networks are flipping us the bird.
    http://www.michaelwest.com.au/towering-cheek-tv-freeloaders-give-taxpayers-the-bird/
    The House Privileges Committee has ordered the return under seal of all NBN-related documents seized from Jason Clare’s office in the AFP raids.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/national-broadband-network-documents-seized-in-parliament-house-raids-to-remain-under-seal-20161128-gszbpo.html
    The Great Barrier Reef story Pauline Hanson didn’t show.
    http://www.theage.com.au/environment/a-giant-jigsaw-puzzle-the-great-barrier-reef-story-pauline-hanson-didnt-show-20161128-gszgzd.html
    Apple makes another blue with its latest operating system. Owners are not at all happy.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/tech/2016/11/28/iphone-battery-drain-ios-update/
    Is The Guardian getting close to nailing Morrison over illegal boat turn-backs?
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/28/existence-of-pivotal-letter-from-scott-morrison-on-boat-turnbacks-revealed
    Former Nationals MP Karlene Maywald tells Barnaby he’s got rocks in his head over the MDB scheme and SA’s water. Google.
    /news/south-australia/barnaby-joyces-idea-to-use-desalination-plant-to-help-save-water-amid-murray-river-cuts-silly-says-exnationals-mp/news-story/926202c3bb1766aca

  8. Section 3 . . . with the full link for the Karlene Maywald story

    Former Nationals MP Karlene Maywald tells Barnaby he’s got rocks in his head over the MDB scheme and SA’s water. Google.
    /news/south-australia/barnaby-joyces-idea-to-use-desalination-plant-to-help-save-water-amid-murray-river-cuts-silly-says-exnationals-mp/news-story/926202c3bb1766aca9cc8ea069ada771
    Max Chalmers goes further and says that Barnaby is “the self-serving face of everything that is wrong with politics”.
    https://newmatilda.com/2016/11/28/barnaby-joyce-is-the-self-serving-face-of-everything-wrong-with-politics/
    George Christensen says he’s ready to cross the floor to support a commission of inquiry into Australia’s banking system.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/11/28/george-christensen-cross-floor-banks-commission/
    Andrew Street on the new political divide – believers on the system vs the non-believers.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/minor-parties-reap-the-rewards-of-voters-who-think-the-system-sucks-20161128-gsyy9f.html
    Dave Donovan on “Lies, lies and more post-truth lies”.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/lies-more-lies-and-post-truth-lies,9782
    David Morrison is under pressure as Australian of the Year. Does Jacqui Lambie have him spooked?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/11/27/david-morrison-is-under-pressure-as-australian-of-the-year-wher/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage
    Morrison’s “immutable” backpackers tax has gone from 32.5% to !9.5% to 15% and it’s still not passed the lower house.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-governments-backpacker-tax-backdown-to-cost-budget-120m-20161127-gsys89.html
    The four year long dispute in the Department of Human Services is about to bubble over again as rolling strikes are planned for Centrelink and Medicare. Fence and ATO are also deeply locked in combat with the government.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/fresh-wave-of-strikes-to-hit-centrelink-medicare-20161128-gsz5rr.html
    The government’s ideology in these negotiations are palpable as is demonstrated by this forlorn address to the staff of the ACCC by Rod Sims.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/extremely-unfortunate-public-servants-right-to-feel-aggrieved-boss-20161127-gsyuwe.html
    The fun continues as there is pressure to dispute the efficacy of the ballot of parliamentary staffers to very narrowly accept the latest pay and conditions offer. There are accusations of strongarm tactics having been used.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/coalition-escapes-political-humiliation-as-political-staffers-just-approve-pay-offer-20161127-gsyr01.html
    Tony Wright on the dysfunction of One Nation.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/one-nation-pauline-hanson-says-one-thing-malcolm-roberts-another-20161128-gszd8c.html

  9. Section 4 . . . with cartoon Corner part 1

    Will this signal the end for usurious payday and small amount lenders? I hope so.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/consumers-win-and-payday-lenders-lose-in-federal-governments-response-to-sacc-laws-inquiry-20161128-gsz23s.html

    Mark David on Turnbull’s polling woes.

    And more from Mark David.


    Here’s David Rowe with Soapy’s latest problem. I wonder whose red high heel shoes are in the picture.

    Cathy Wilcox channels Gilbert and Sullivan for this contribution on Brandis.

    Peter Broelman with a beauty on Castro.

  10. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner part 2

    Ron Tandberg’s got it the ABC all worked out.

    Chris Downes drains the swamp.

    Alan Moir has Baird doing a job on ICAC.

    David Pope takes us for lunch in the forest with some of our favourite characters.

    Ron Tandberg with some tit-for-tat between Xenophon and Turnbull.

    Andrew Dyson takes Turnbull to the museum.

    Matt Golding on the resurgence of cryogenics.

    Mark Knight and the Coalition’s whoopee cushion. Funny.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/latest-mark-knight-cartoons/image-gallery/3a75151fbab76180dfd2225950ca23da
    Jon Kudelka on the backpacking trail with Barnaby and Malcolm.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/75c458fa61ad7494dec03c0fb850c049

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