Happy Easter 2017

 

 

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Happy Easter  to Contributors and Lurkers.

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Regulars will probably know I hate this time of year because Idiots will be on the roads and Truckies may be rushing to get home

 

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Happy Easter and Stay safe if you are Driving

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559 thoughts on “Happy Easter 2017

  1. Dear Pubsters,

    Thank you all for your kind words last night and today. I appreciate them more than I can say.

    OH and I have just returned from clearing her room at her residence. We did it remarkably quickly (mind you, it’s not the most elegant packing we’ve ever done).

    The last items to be packed were those in her “memory box”, a glassed cabinet outside her room. We had been given keys and could get the top cabinet (which belonged to the next room) open, but not the lower one where mum’s things were. I went downstairs to sort keys out, and returned with the maintenance man to find OH had packed the things from the top cabinet … Fortunately, they were replaced and that cabinet locked just before the lady next door came out of her room.

  2. This ‘Australian values’ business – and some other random stuff.

    Mr Turnbull identified Australian values as freedom, equality of men and women, the rule of law, democracy and “a fair go”, and claimed these were “uniquely Australian”.

    “They are shared with many other democracies but they are in and of themselves unique. There’s something uniquely Australian about them,” he said

    How can alleged ‘values’ be common with ‘many other democracies’ and yet be ‘uniquely Australian’?

    How can kicking people on welfare in the guts, sending them false robo-debt claims, insisting they start paying back money they don’t owe before anyone will look at their situation, slashing funding for domestic violence programs and legal aid centres, trying to destroy Medicare and all the other abysmal actions of this government be considered ‘a fair go’? How can a man (?) who presides over a ministry infamously lacking women even begin to talk about ‘equality of men and women’?

    Fizza is now a caricature of Howard, grovelling to the US and itching to get further into another pointless war, waffling about ‘mateship’ and ‘a fair go’ and ‘Australian values’ and making snide remarks about Muslims, just as Howard did. Turnbull is taking it a bit further though. We all know his citizenship changes are aimed at Muslims, even though hitting your female partner seems a very Australian thing and Muslims don’t usually practice female genital mutilation, it’s a cultural thing, not a religious thing.

    There’s a bit of a problem though. Fizza doesn’t know if he wants to be Howard or Abbott. Yesterday was Stunt Day – there he was, in Tasmania, dressed in a fluoro vest, just like Tony used to do. There was one added extra. Turnbull, having recently found out about pumped hydro power, was in full waffle about the wealth that could generate for Tasmania. Why. Tasmania could even become the battery for Australia, he waffled, supplying power to us all.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-20/tasmania-hydo-power-output-to-double-under-plan-to-reuse-water/8457572

    The problem is Turnbull doesn’t really understand pumped hydro. He’s talking about building more dams in Tasmania. if he really knew what he was talking about with his ‘exciting and innovative’ pumped hydro then he’d know there’s no need for more dams. What is it with conservatives and dam building anyway? All you need for pumped hydro is a decent reservoir of water. You can even use the ocean, as they do in Japan. Tasmania, last time I looked, has a lot of sea available. This explains it –
    http://reneweconomy.com.au/pumped-hydro-the-forgotten-storage-solution-47248/

    The man is nuts. He doesn’t know who he is now. Is he Howard? Is he Tony? Is he Malcolm, former businessman and banker? Who knows? He doesn’t have a clue, so how are we supposed to know. He gets a half-baked idea into his head and he becomes fixated. Then he gets bored with it and moves on to another exciting idea. Nothing is ever followed through, nothing ever becomes real policy. Here’s an example. Remember his National Innovation and Science Agenda, with it’s ‘there’s never been a more exciting time…..’ blather? What happened to that? He’s just a dilettante, a chap with a butterfly brain pretending to be a prime minister.

  3. Forget it, Mathias: it’s in his DNA

    Mathias Cormann has again urged Tony Abbott to pull his head in, arguing his regular public interventions will help Bill Shorten become the next prime minister.

    The finance minister confirmed he engaged in a “very direct” conversation with Abbott about the desirability of working as a team, and he observed that the former prime minister’s “somewhat destructive” interventions made it hard for members of the government to defend his policy legacy.

    chttps://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/apr/21/tony-abbott-told-his-somewhat-destructive-interventions-will-help-shorten-be-next-pm

  4. Yeah, the ‘Australian Values’ thing from Turnbull and co is a touch of madness on their behalf. It’s impossible to sell it, primarily because they’ve been encouraging and exploiting selfishness and small-mindedness for so long. Nobody’s prepared for this sudden outburst of the Aussie spirit, because the Aussie spirit has been getting stood on for years. So much of the current government’s initiatives have been exclusionist – especially the defunding shutting down of so many social support agencies.

    In fact, we’ve been getting told for ages that we ‘can’t have good things’ – including proper healthcare, education, gender equality, decent welfare, workable broadband, alternative energy sources, an environment. We’ve also been taught to go looking for scapegoats for our woes – the ALP, unions, migrants, the unemployed, etc – and not to take responsibility for our actions because it can always be ‘someone else’s fault’. Nobody’s in the mood for these ‘Australian Values’ because none of those values have been on display for such a long time.

    If they were sincere, they would lead by example instead of telling us what we’re expected to do. They’d budget for social services, vow to look after the needy, work to make things affordable (starting with housing), take some serious action on climate change. But they’re not sincere. They’re just paying lip service again. And looking for a sneaky way to bring racism back into the national conversation too, so maybe they can do a bit more blaming.

    It’s more of the same-old, same-old, the usual elitism dressed up in new clothes. If they’re wondering why it’s falling flat on its face, and no poll bounce will come of it, it’s because we’re all used to this insincere crap by now, and we know some other stunt is just around the corner.

  5. Go for it Alan Jones . Mwahahahahah Truffles

    Powerful broadcaster Alan Jones today threatened to reveal private conversations which he says “won’t help the Liberal Party and won’t help Malcolm Turnbull.”

    Jones, Sydney’s highest-rating radio announcer, today dropped a non-nuclear bomb near the Turnbull bunker — but threatened worse to come.

    Tony Abbott, Jones said, had been “knifed by Pyne and Turnbull and their team of bed-wetters.”

    And of those who had leaked material against Abbott, he declared: “You’re picking one hell of a fight.”

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/john-lyons/alan-jones-unleashes-on-turnbull-and-his-team-of-bedwetters/news-story/f8b69f5f5601c3bd4fe5c47435e02762

    • Of all his problems, Malcolm Turnbull now has a new one — an angry broadcaster threatening to reveal private conversations

      Well,he has two or three at least on 2GB and maybe more somewhere else.

      This morning I was trapped listening to 2GB. I was waiting foir a blood test (just routine, noting to worry about) and they had the radio on Hadley’s show. Except Hadley wasn’t there, some other chap, Marlk Levy, was filling in, and he really had it in for Turnbull.

      He began by inviting listeners to phone in and tell him whether Turnbull’s latest action this week has won back support or is Turnbull still “a dud”. Then he let fly. Turnbull would only win back a few votes with his visa and citizenship changes. He’s trying to shut Tony Abbott up. If he has problems controlling Tony then he should not have “knifed him” in the first place. He ranted about Turnbull being a useless PM, gave a run-down on his past, said he’s been a successful businessman and banker -“Yes, that’s right, banker” (he practically spat that word at his microphone) and then – then it was my turn to be stabbed in the arm with a needle.

      I can’t tell you what the callers said because I didn’t listen. I thought about putting the radio on in the car but decided it wasn’t worth it.

      So Turnbull has Alan Jones off-side – that’s not exactgly news. Four days ago Jones said the Turnbull government deserves “a smashing” in the next election because they need to learn.
      http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/alan-jones-coalition-deserves-a-smashing-at-the-election-because-they-need-to-learn-20170417-gvm0oo.html

      Hadley has fallen out with Morrison, banned him from his show and gone with Abbott and Dutton instead. Hadley’s fill-in has also been following the 2GB script.

      If Turnbull has pissed off the big guns on 2GB then he’s dead in the water. He might as well announce his retirement right now and have done with it, leaving Tony or whatever other numpty the Liberals choose to replace him. It will be a poisoned chalice no matter who they choose.

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