Christmas eve is here .
May your dinner be tasty
and drinks delightful
Don’t forget your pets
Christmas eve is here .
May your dinner be tasty
and drinks delightful
Don’t forget your pets
549 thoughts on “2016 Christmas”
This is heart-breaking.
‘I need you guys to look after my family’: Sudanese refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed’s final message.
Oh my god, Australia has done evil, odious evil.
Hopefully something to look forward to in the new year is Assange being kicked out on his arse of the Ecuador Embassy and fronting the courts for skipping bail. Surely they can’t keep him in there forever.
Especially in that Ecuador has a left-wing government and his acts to assist Trump might not go over well there.
“Surely they can’t keep him in there forever.”
The benchmark is the Hungarian Catholic cardinal József Mindszenty. He hung out in the US Embassy in Budapest for 15 years. 🙂
The relevant part of the Omnibus Bill, as explained in the Explanatory Memoranda. Labor voted for this.
I think this government has a death wish. I also see a class action from one of those ambulance chasing legal companies.
Leone, it is a great letter, but was published in December 2015!
We can’t have a public holiday looming without a thwarted ‘terrorist’ threat.
Terrorism squad arrests man at Sydney Airport over New Year’s Eve ‘threat’
What was the bloke going to do? Give everyone nasty paper cuts with his ‘documents’? Beat up revellers with his hard drives?
Note – this is a white guy with a good Irish-Aussie name, so of course there is no hint of ‘we must keep bombing Syria to protect Australia from ISIS’ crap in the political spiel. . Things are very different when a bloke with a Middle-Eastern name is arrested.
What a lovely late Christmas present to read what Eric Abetz had to say about Cori and Tony being such honorable men. I’v e sat up till after midnight playing with the idea and come up with a draft.
All, All Honorable Men?
“Tony is an honorable man.
Cory is an honorable man.
Both of them are honorable men!”
Said Eric Abetz, but then again,
Is his opinion over-rated?
I’d hardly call him educated.
Unless he is trying very hard,
To be our own Downunder Bard,
And demonstrating subtlety,
Thus referring to their treachery.
Is he sick of them and of government,
Secretly longing for retirement?
Blackfellas don’t count:
The Inventors of “Fake News”:
One has to wade through a long article on Russian Hacking before this little tidbit deep into the article, typical NYT:
Putin: Russia will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions
The Russian president has rejected a suggestion of the foreign ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US. He said Obama’s act was designed to provoke a reaction, but Russia would not take the bait.
“We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published by the Kremlin website.
Putin said that, unlike the Obama administration, Russia will not target foreign diplomats and their families days before New Year’s celebrations.
“We will not forbid families and children from spending the New Year’s holidays at the places they are used to. Moreover, I invite the children of all American diplomats with accreditation in Russia to New Year’s and Christmas festivities in the Kremlin,” the Russian president said.
Putin said he regretted that US President Barack Obama is ending his term “in such a way,” but that he extended his New Year’s congratulations to the outgoing US president and his family nevertheless.
“I congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and the entire American people!” he concluded.
The Kremlin said it will send a government plane to the US to evacuate the expelled diplomats and their family members. Earlier, there were reports that the diplomats were having problems buying tickets on such short notice, with airlines already booked by New Year’s travelers.
Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
Richo writes that this year was an annus horribilis for Malcolm Turnbull and 2017 is shaping up to be no better. This article is well worth reading. Google.
What the wave of retirements is doing to Sydney.
I could not agree more with this opinion about NYE telecasts.
PvO on what 2017 will hold politically. Google.
Bernardi fires back at Abbott. Let ’em rip!
Ebony Bennet writes that some of our most important civil and political institutions are under sustained and deliberate attack. And as 2016 draws to a close, when it seems politics is more divided than ever, it’s even more important to protect and defend the bedrock institutions of our democracy. She has a point.
The effect of the government’s slash and burn management of the ATO is being manifest in a significant rise in complaints.
Get ready for even more culling of packaged products in supermarkets. Google.
Here are the new law changes for 2017 that will affect some big cohorts of people.
James Massola looks at the MPs who will have a higher profile in 2017.
Our cosying up to Trump over Israel has brought a quick response from SMH letter writers. One makes a good point that Mesma needs to explain to us the reasoning for us not to support the recent UN resolution.
The backlash over the pension changes is starting to bite. Google.
Section 2 . . . Cartoon Corner
David Pope and the cartoons that defined 2016.
Alan Moir from New Year’s Eve 2016. How prescient!
Cathy Wilcox with some branding for Border Force,
happy new year everyone. getting in early!
Oy, Puffy, it’s still Friday 30 December 2016 where you are!
TO help you all keep track of things
And I can’t get tickets to the foieworks. Where’s someone with a flat in the Barbicon when ya need em?
Having a barbi with the air-conditioner on in the cool of Canberra?
Fireworks – ugh!
Well that went well –
No 1 son rang and asked to borrow the cat carrier, his girlfriend needs to transport her moggie. No problem.
So – we arrange a time and I get the cat carrier out of the laundry to dust it off and whatever.
Only problem is my two kitties know the sound of a cat carrier being moved. The metal cage part makes a very distinctive rattle when moved. To them it means only one thing. A trip to the vet. Two all but comatose kitties lolling around the lounge room suddenly spring to life, slam out through the cat flap and head for the hills.
Thy’ll be back – eventually – and I will, of course, be punished for giving them a fright.
John Clarke is presenting the morning show on ABC Classic FM.
even though it is a repeat . . .
From Aljazeera – some of the biggest international stories of 2016.
Julius Caesar walked toward the senate house and he spotted the auger who warned him about the Ides of March:
Caesar : “Auger..the Ides are here and as you see..so am I still.”
Auger : “Yes, Caesar..the Ides are here..but they are not yet gone.”
The year is not yet ended…keep looking over your shoulder!
The real death toll thanks to this government’s policy is at least 19.
Recent deaths of people subjected to Australia’s current immigration policies.
I went looking for the original NZ report mentioned above.
Click to access Worker-Exploitation-in-New-Zealand.pdf
The LNP have turned our once reliable manufacturing based economy into a gambling economy..with high risk speculative investment in trickle-down , high-risk energy networks and high-risk investment in shonky communications…all gambling on a market driven up-surge in some point in the future..like betting “on the nose” on a horse-race…FFS!!
Sydney Harbour foreshores, earlier today.
Is it really worth it, just to watch fifteen minutes worth of fireworks?
It looks more like a crowd of newly-arrived migrants with the pitched tents ready for them …
The Gambling Economy of the LNP.
(or: How to make a million dollars without really trying!)
In William Saroyan’s story ; “Little Miss Universe”, he traces the characters of three gamblers in “The Kentucky Pool Room number One Opera Alley”.
These three gentlemen each have a “system” thoroughly tested and proved un-assailably accurate to their personal satisfaction, and if followed to the letter, would , in time make them millionaires…of course..just now they were all penniless.
These three characters are good and accurate metaphors for the current policies of the IPA / LNP / MSM gambling coalition.
The first character had a system whereby he could examine the running form of the horse in question, and by a mix of calculated insight, psychological knowledge of horses and his own savvy eye for a “good thing”, he could unfailingly ( if requested) pick the winner of a race , any race with all the certainty of “a sure thing”…and according to his own calculations, if he had bet on one particular horse back a year or two ago and followed it’s career till now, he would be “rolling in the stuff!”
This system is reminiscent of those promises of the LNP before the last election…or was it the one before? About the promise of a booming economy and jobs and growth..MILLIONS OF JOBS!..MILLIONS OF ‘EM!…if only the voting public give them the nod…and they did..and the result?
Same system, different “horse race”, same result!
The second character based HIS system not on the chancy risk of a horse (read ; open market), but rather on the secrets of the machinations of owners, jockeys and wise gamblers (read ; entrepreneurs / speculators/ corporate investors )..his system took into consideration outside events like the weather in another state, at the track, the amount of horse manure taken out , money going into the bookies bag, in short, everything that could be squeezed into the realm of possibilities to win or lose…much like the reliance by the free-market and economic rationalists on the breathing and farting statistics of those extreme gambling houses; the stock exchanges of the world.
Same system, different “horse” , same result.
Now the third character is the most reliable “winner” of the lot..This character can never lose, because he has cut out the whole tiresome particular of risk and capital venture and just listens to the race without placing a bet and at the final call, quickly scribbles the winners name on a piece of paper and rushes into the gambling den holding the paper high and exclaiming : “Here!…See..I had the winner all the time..here’s the proof!” ..of course only a fool would ever take such a claim seriously after the second attempt…but there’s no explaining the amount of foolish people in this world.
This last “system” is an exact representation of our own Main-stream media reporting on the “economic success story that is the LNP.”..win, lose or draw, there they are , rushing about in the media dens of the nation, every person-jack of them flourishing that little piece of LNP. Press-release exclaiming how well they are doing “picking the winners”, “managing the economy” and “rescuing the budget” and securing those “jobs and growth”..Just like their namesake in the William Saroyan story : “San Jose Red” , as reliable as clockwork, just as the final call is given, there they are with their little slip of copy..: “Look, we told you..the LNP will always be better at picking the horses..oops!..sorry..managing the economy than your local bookie!
Same system , different “jockey”, same result.
So : “Do you feel lucky…punk!?”
Odd time to make a big announcement – are they hiding something?
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