785 thoughts on “It aint all bad

  1. After a one-hour creditors’ meeting, US media giant CBS has emerged as the victorious bidder for the struggling Ten Network.

    This is the second defeat for Australian media moguls Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon in two days.

    Their unsuccessful bid to take over Ten follows Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court of NSW.

    The court ruled it would not restrain today’s second creditors’ meeting, nor would it restrict CBS’s voting rights.

    The big question on everyone’s mind is whether Mr Gordon and Mr Murdoch will appeal against the court’s decision.

    After the meeting, Mark Korda, the partner of Ten’s administrators KordaMentha, told reporters the disappointed duo have not yet lodged an appeal.

    That confirmed what the NSW Court of Appeal told the ABC this morning.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-19/channel-ten-creditors-meeting-vote-for-cbs-takeover-bid/8959142

    also

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/sep/19/channel-ten-creditors-back-cbs-bid-to-take-over-network-but-legal-appeal-expected

  2. Toys “R” Us (USA) To File Bankruptcy Any Minute; Bonds Crash

    Over the weekend, we reported that vendors to iconic toy retailer Toys “R” Us had halted shipments over payment concerns and/or getting their receivables crammed down alongside other unsecured claims ahead of what appeared to be an imminent bankruptcy. Well, they were right, and according to Bloomberg a Chapter 11 filing by Toys “R” Us is to be expected as soon as tonight.

    The latest Amazon casualty, Toys “R” Us bankruptcy filing would send America’s largest toy chain to bankruptcy court, dealing another blow to a brick-and-mortar industry that’s already reeling from store closures and sluggish mall traffic and conclude the saga of one of the last pre-crisis LBOs in which Bain Capital, KKR and Vornado Realty Trust saddled up the company with $7.5 bilion in debt.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-18/toys-r-us-file-bankruptcy-any-minute-bonds-crash

  3. Why the U.S. Allowed a Convoy of ISIS Fighters to Go Free

    But that American line in the sand was wiped away with a telephone call last Friday from Russian military headquarters in Syria to American headquarters in Baghdad. Russia asked the United States to remove aerial reconnaissance over the convoy, which both sides knew would allow the convoy to proceed…

    The request was part of what the military calls “deconfliction,” a process to make sure the Russian-backed Syrian forces and the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces do not inadvertently attack one another while both are trying to battle ISIS.

    Cooperation with the Russians was important since Russian-backed forces and American-supported forces were separately closing in on the Euphrates River city of Deir al-Zour, with both sides launching numerous air raids in the area.

    Moreover, the convoy was pinned down near the town of Sukhna, well within the Russian side of the deconfliction line, in the area reserved for Russian warplanes to operate under a longstanding American-Russian agreement.

    “The way the deconfliction has worked, there are certain areas where the Russians have a sway over what happens, and this is one of them,” Mr. Joscelyn said.

    The United States did not want to undercut a process it would need to rely on later.

  4. Seeing Israel with Their Own Eyes

    http://www.aipac.org/-/media/news-hub/2017/ner/aieftrip_newshub.jpg?h=424&w=754&as=true

    srael is best understood by experiencing it first-hand—a concept that is key to continued bipartisan congressional support for the Jewish state. The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF)—AIPAC’s affiliated charitable foundation—brings lawmakers to Israel each year in order to help them better understand our democratic ally and the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.

    This past summer, AIEF brought more than 50 members of Congress—both Democrats and Republicans—on two separate trips to Israel. Forty-one out of 60 freshman members of Congress participated, representing 18 of 28 new Democratic members and 23 of 32 Republican freshmen.

    The lawmakers met with Israeli politicians, traveled throughout the country and viewed its borders, visited holy sites, spoke with Israeli citizens and families, heard from Palestinian leadership, and saw the remarkable innovations that are fueling Israeli-American collaboration in the 21st century.

    http://www.aipac.org/news-hub?id=%7BB110790B-6047-4813-B453-3429B1B462C8%7D#

  5. Jewish women mistaken for Muslims beaten in New York

    A Jewish woman and her mother were beaten up at a Queens subway station by a man who mistook them for Muslims, police said.

    The alleged assailant, a 40-year-old man, was arrested at the scene in Forest Hills and charged with multiple counts of assault as a hate crime, officials said.

    According to a report Thursday on the incident by the New York Post, the women, 37 and 57, had just exited the M train and were walking toward the exit of the 67th Avenue station in Forest Hills when they heard the man hurl an insult at them around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    When the younger woman told the man to repeat what he had just said, he spit in her face and said “Get out of my country, you dirty Muslim,” according to a police report on the incident based on the testimonies of the alleged victims.

    He then began punching both women in the face and body. The report did not say what made the man target the women.

    The two women, who were not named in the report, were not seriously injured and refused medical attention.

    https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Jewish-women-mistaken-for-Muslims-beaten-in-New-York-505227

  6. Video: Soldiers assault woman who resists as they weld her door shut

    This video shows Israeli occupation forces violently assaulting and attempting to handcuff 55-year-old Zleikhah al-Muhtaseb in a family-owned building in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

    Israeli forces invaded the home in order weld shut one of its two entrances, and Zleikhah tried to stop them.

    Zleikhah’s niece Rania al-Muhtaseb lives in the building with her husband Bassem and their three children.

    The building has a back door towards Hebron’s market, and a front entrance towards the Ibrahimi mosque.

    The front entrance goes out into an area heavily controlled by Israeli occupation forces which family members cannot easily cross except by passing through military checkpoints.

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-soldiers-assault-woman-who-resists-they-weld-her-door-shut

  7. The Rohingya refugee crisis and the problem of objectivityThe Rohingya refugee crisis and the problem of objectivity

    The article should be entitled: The Rakine State refugee crisis or the Burmese/Bengali refugee crisis. But readers will be more familiar with headings such as Rohingya refugee crisis or Rohingya genocide. Why is that? On the 25th of August a Saudi-backed terrorist group Arakanese Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA formerly Harakah Al Rakin) attacked thirty police stations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, murdering 12 security forces and two civilians . The Burmese government responded with a full-scale military counter-insurgency operation. 59 insurgents were killed.

    Burmese authorities leaked information which proves that ARSA leader Ullah Ata had planned the attack with help from outside agents in Pakistani intelligence and ISIS terrorists in Iraq. Supporters of ARSA and the Rohingya cause accuse the Burmese military (Tatmadaw) of burning down Rohingya(Eastern Bengali) villages. The Tatmadaw say the villages have been burned by the terrorists, embedded among the illegal Bengali immigrant communities. Thousands of Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus have fled the violence. Many Buddhist eye witnesses and victims have described massacres committed by Bengali terrorists to local journalists in Myanmar. The stories have not made international headlines.

    Human rights agencies financed by the US State-Department and Saudi Arabia, such as Human Rights Watch have blamed all of the violence on the Tatmadaw. As Burmese expert Rick Heizman. has shown, Human Rights Watch have published images of Buddhists fleeing Bengali terrorists, including an image of a Buddhist man being beaten to death by Muslims, and claimed that Rakhine Buddhists were responsible for the attacks. Heizman has called this deliberate disinformation and intends to supply the evidence to the International Criminal Court and pursue Human Rights Watch for crimes against humanity.

    http://www.gearoidocolmain.org/2221-2/

  8. Crybaby US Senator says Turkey may face sanctions over weapons deal with Russia

    A leading Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee says Turkey’s recent purchase of antiaircraft missile systems from Russia may have violated a U.S. law that requires automatic sanctions to be imposed against Ankara.

    Senator Ben Cardin issued the warning on September 14 in a letter to the administration of President Donald Trump.

    The letter says Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles, which was finalized on September 12, violates U.S. congressional sanctions against Russia that were signed into law in August.

    Cardin noted that the legislation calls for sanctions “on any person that conducts a significant transaction” with Russia’s defense or intelligence sectors.

    “These are mandatory sanctions and constitute a commitment by the United States to deter Russia from attacking the United States and its allies in the future,” the letter said.

    Cardin wrote: “As a U.S. ally, it is unfortunate that Turkey has appeared to align itself with Moscow during this critical time.”

    He also asked the U.S. State Department to assess how the deal might affect Turkey’s NATO membership and U.S. security assistance to Ankara, which includes weapons sales.

    https://www.sott.net/article/362199-Crybaby-US-Senator-says-Turkey-may-face-sanctions-over-weapons-deal-with-Russia

  9. Bottomless Story Behind Untopped Hed

    Vincent A. Musetto, the longtime New York Post staffer credited with writing one of the most memorable headlines in the history of American newspapers, died Tuesday at 74. On April 14, 1983, Musetto was on front-page duty at the Post when the newsroom received a police bulletin about a decapitated body that had been found in Queens. Further research revealed that the body had been found in a bar; and, like that, Musetto had his headline: “HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR.” The headline was perfect, and the Post newsroom knew it. “The whole staff gathered behind Vinnie, like one of those oil paintings you see of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with the founding fathers huddled together to absorb the impact of the moment,” former Post staffer Charlie Carillo recalled years later. After confirming that the bar did, indeed, feature topless dancing, the Post ran the story under Musetto’s screaming front-page headline. The rest is tabloid history.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/06/10/_headless_body_in_topless_bar_writer_dies_but_why_was_that_headless_body.html

  10. Quite right. Let them all get killed before you do anything

    Aung San Suu Kyi has broken her silence on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, saying the government still needs to find out “what the real problems are” and that there have been “allegations and counter-allegations” that need to be investigated.

    In her first public address since an army crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority was branded “ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations, she stressed the short time her government had been in power and said: “I’m aware of the fact that the world’s attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine state. As a responsible member of the community of nations Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny.

    “We too are concerned. We want to find out what the real problems are. There have been allegations and counter-allegations. We have to listen to all of them. We have to make sure those allegations are based on solid evidence before we take action,” she said in the capital Naypyidaw.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/19/aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar-rohingya-crisis-concerned

  11. BHP considering Minerals Council exit over lobby group’s climate policies

    Australia’s biggest miner BHP has confirmed it is reconsidering its membership of the country’s peak mining lobby, the Minerals Council.

    BHP announced it would review its membership of all industry associations, and publish the findings, by the end of this year.

    The review comes hot on the tail of a demand by activist shareholders that the miner sever ties with the council, which successfully advocated for the abolition of the carbon price and is currently lobbying the Federal Government to reject a clean energy target

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-19/bhp-considering-quitting-minerals-council/8960298

  12. I just had a very interesting phone call from Telstra. Maybe they picked me because they know I’m old, and they think ‘old’ = ‘stupid’.

    Nice young lady,,Australian, introduces herself, says who she is from, checks my details, says Telstra is installing new wiring in my area, asks if I have had any letters from Telstra about that. I say ‘No’, she says someone must have slipped up because I definitely should have heard from them.

    she asks if I would like to set up a ‘transition’ to the ‘new wiring’ now. It will be at no cost to me and will mean a couple of appointments with a Telstra technician and …….. wait for it …….. an NBN technician.

    Not once in five minutes of chatting has she mentioned ‘NBN’. Just as well I had already worked out what the call was about.

    I innocently ask ‘is this call about hooking me up to the NBN? ‘Yes’, she says, but it’s also a phone upgrade.

    I say I’m not ready to ‘transition’ yet, the NBN has only been available to me for three weeks and I have not decided what I’m going to do, when i’ll do it and what I’ll choose to do with my phone. She isn’t happy. She blathers on about ‘al the plans’ still being available after I ‘transition’. Then she says ‘If you decide to go with another provider after you have transitioned all you have to do is cancel your phone number and go. As far as I know this is not how things work with the NBN. I am able to keep my phone number if I want to, no matter who I eventually go with.

    Other misinformation, aka ‘lies’ was given to me.

    I then spend a lot of time refusing to be pressured into transitioning to anything. Finally she sounds very defeated, mumbles’ OK then and hands up. Not even a ‘Goodbye’ or a ‘Thanks for your time’.

    All this comes a few months after I asked Telstra to stop making marketing calls. So far they have not bothered me, but today breaks the promise not to call.

    i’m not happy.

    How many oldies will get sucked into this? Remember a little while ago tthis story about an older woman who had had the NBN installed in her home in a really dodgy way? She said she had not asked for the NBN. I’d bet good money that she received one of these phone calls.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-16/nbn-unions-blame-contractor-shortcuts-on-low-pay/8626012

    For what it’s worth, I looked at Telstra’s NBN plans a while ago, they are too expensive and I had already decided I would not be transferring to them Today’s event just confirms for me I made the right decision.

  13. They’ve started to put in NBN cabling next to our place.

    We won’t be NBNing: VDSL2 through iinet works just fine.

    We had email from iinet a few months ago assuring us that we don’t have to go NBN.

    • That’s Turnbull all over. Profess to be an advocate for it; roll over to the party so they can put forward the most bullshit, voluntary, archaically tabulated – ie totally flawed – system possible of measuring public opinion on the subject (consult the pollsters, you idiot, they’ll tell you all you need to know); put no boundaries on how the campaign can be run, so that the entire LGBTIQ community is subjected to months of damaging and spiteful misinformation about the lives they lead; have the whole thing improperly distributed, so nobody knows what’s going on with the envelopes and nobody seems to be accountable for that side of it; avoid all public events associated with the Yes vote, while still carrying on about how much support you have for the idea; and then announce that you’re just going to give up if this fiasco plays out badly.

      He’s already the undisputed champion of ineffectual leaders in this country. He’s competing on a global scale now.

  14. Eating places to avoid.

    Fancy ‘eggs’ made from coconut and sweet potato, or mock meat made from wheat gluten, dyed and pickled to taste like corn beef? (I bet it tastres like pickled gluten. Ugh!) Then you might like to eat at one of these places. I’ll pass, thank you.

    These experimental chefs are pushing meat-free food forward – vegan eggs for all
    http://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2017/09/18/these-experimental-chefs-are-pushing-meat-free-food-forward-vegan-eggs-all

    I hate to tell the cook at Sydney’s Sadhana Kitchen this, but maple syrup is not a sugarfree anything. It contains almost as much sucrose as white sugar. She might as well whip up a proper cheesecake or a pavlova.

    • My mate and I were checking out some “sugar free” recipe books (as one does) and between us we reckon that most of them would find it hard not to raise the blood-glucose levels of a diabetic.
      As far as we could determine, many of the recipes were rewrites of old favourites with adjustments made for either artificial sweeteners (powdered stevia) or liquid sweeteners (honey or maple syrup). I’ve found great success with a low GI diet and reducing actual sugar in my food, but I would be getting into ‘serious challenge territory’ should I consume some of these, admittedly rather tasty sounding, recipes!

    • I try to stay low GI too, and I avoid sugar, and all the so-called ‘healthy’ substitutes which are really just sucrose with a fancy name. Stuff like the very expensive ‘rapadura sugar’, which is just another form of muscovado and demerara sugars.You might as well save some money and use brown sugar. Rice malt syrup is popular among the health trendoids, but it’s wicked stuff. True it doesn’t contain sucrose, it’s mostly maltose, glucose and maltoriose (whatever that is) with some minerals, but it has a GI rating of 98, so it’s going to wreck your blood sugar levels in the worst way and in record time.

      I used to get quite a laugh out of reading the crap preached by the ‘I Quit Sugar’ woman. She hasn’t quit sugar at all, she has just fallen for the latest fads. No matter what you use it’s still a form of sugar. It’s better to stay away from it as much as possible.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    President Donald Trump has said the United States will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission. That’s reassuring!
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/trump-says-us-may-have-to-totally-destroy-north-korea-mocks-kim-jongun-20170919-gyktqk.html
    Not much kumbayah at THIS NSW Greens meeting!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/party-room-boil-over-as-greens-mps-walk-out-20170919-gyklcj.html
    Abbott has threatened to cross the floor of Parliament and vote against any move to introduce a clean-energy target, describing as “unconscionable” any move to wind back support for coal in favour of renewables. This man is poison!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-criticises-government-on-energy-policy-samesex-marriage-plebiscite-20170919-gykrys.html
    The emphatic message from Tuesday’s creditor meeting for former Network Ten executive chairman, Lachlan Murdoch, was that his former employees at the broadcaster didn’t want him back.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/cbs-won-because-network-ten-employees-didnt-want-lachlan-murdoch-to-come-back-20170919-gykjmk.html
    Michael Kirby’s brother, another judge, has written a good piece on why we should vote YES in the survey.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-life-my-brother-never-had-because-he-was-gay-why-a-yes-vote-matters-20170919-gyk7e9.html
    Mark Kenny reports that Turnbull has declared a “no” vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey would see the Coalition rule it out of parliamentary consideration for both this term and the next, were he to win the 2019 election.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/samesex-marriage-turnbull-says-no-vote-would-rule-the-issue-out-for-coalition-20170919-gyknlq.html
    Gladys Berejiklian has come out strongly in favour of support for same-sex marriage, describing it as one of the most important human rights issues “of our time”.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/marriage-vote-among-most-important-human-rights-issues-of-our-time-gladys-berejiklian-says-20170919-gykrza.html
    Nichols Stuart tells us that Defence and navy junk another chance to build a successful ship industry.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/defence-and-navy-junk-another-chance-to-build-a-successful-ship-industry-20170919-gyk9ck.html
    This SMH editorial looks at what would happen as the Sydney housing market boom comes to an end.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/a-lot-rides-on-how-sydneysiders-react-when-the-housing-boom-ends-20170919-gykmdt.html

  16. Section 2 . . .

    Ross Gittins writes that when they look at the economy that older generations are leaving for them, young Australians have a lot to be angry about. Some of their fears and resentments are misplaced, but most aren’t.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-young-are-mostly-right-they-are-getting-a-bad-deal-20170919-gyk6ip.html
    Viewers of 7:30 were singularly unimpressed with the “creepy” Roger Corbett interview.
    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/abc-viewers-mock-embarrassing-roger-corbett-interview-20170918-gyk2py.html
    Labor will step up pressure on the Turnbull government to increase transparency in the gas market to help manufacturers facing rising prices and tight supply, ahead of a public intervention by Australia’s competition watchdog on energy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/20/bill-shorten-demands-gas-market-transparency-to-tackle-energy-crisis
    Bastards like this think they are above the law!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/developers-michael-and-peter-kulakovski-admit-evading-38-parking-fee-20170919-gykb49.html
    The former senior public servant (from the Planning department of all places!) who Matthew Guy took to a private penthouse lunch with two developers was not told he was attending a $10,000 Liberal fundraiser.
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/public-servant-at-matthew-guy-penthouse-meeting-did-not-know-it-was-a-fundraiser-20170919-gykpmn.html
    A young environmentalist – in a Steven Bradbury performance – has become Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jess-miller-becomes-youngest-deputy-lord-mayor-of-city-of-sydney-20170918-gyk2ns.html
    The chairman of the National Mental Health Commission, Allan Fels, has warned that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) lacks the resourcing to properly consider claims for psychosocial disability, potentially putting its rollout targets in jeopardy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/20/ndis-rollout-targets-in-doubt-because-of-lack-of-resourcing-allan-fels-says
    Yet another court battle loss for Clive Palmer. Google.
    /news/nation/clive-palmer-loses-high-court-bid-over-wa-resources-port/news-story/2b7def0c1d4567e0c3a64e03a2f83327
    Mark Kenny gets stuck into Abbott’s efforts to forestall modernity.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/same-sex-marriage-survey-reactionary-right-tying-itself-in-knots-to-forestall-modernity-20170919-gyk84z.html
    David Marr shows how free speech has won every round in the SSM debate.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/19/wheres-the-biff-free-speech-has-won-every-round-in-the-marriage-equality-debate

  17. Section 3 . . .

    Michael Koziol tells us that refugees on Manus Island and Nauru are very likely to begin resettlement in the US within weeks, the United Nations says, despite serious concerns over Australia’s withdrawal from Papua New Guinea.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/united-nations-very-confident-manus-and-nauru-refugee-transfers-to-us-imminent-20170919-gyk8ru.html
    The politics of assisted dying are notoriously unpredictable, and how our politicians ultimately vote may turn on last-minute lobbying. However, a robust process to develop the bill, coupled with government and high-profile political support, means reform is a real possibility. I hope so!
    https://theconversation.com/as-victorian-mps-debate-assisted-dying-it-is-vital-they-examine-the-evidence-not-just-the-rhetoric-84195
    A second batch of same-sex marriage surveys has been discovered dumped in Melbourne, with a pile of rain-damaged envelopes destined for East Brunswick discovered in the CBD. What a disaster this whole survey farce has become!
    http://www.theage.com.au/national/second-pile-of-samesex-marriage-surveys-found-dumped-in-melbourne-laneway-20170919-gyklh2.html
    Why one should learn to say NO – and it’s nothing to do with SSM.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/saying-no-the-difference-between-being-busy-and-productive-20170919-gykc73.html
    Amid fierce political pressure on banks, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it is time for a “serious” look at the “four pillars” policy, which has been accepted by Labor and Coalition governments since the early 1990s.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/big-bank-mergers-accc-wants-four-pillars-policy-examined-20170919-gykg9m.html
    Adele Ferguson with more on the outrageous behaviour by many retirement village operators.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/reforms-that-look-like-a-damp-squib-20170919-gykgum.html
    AGL invited the media to its Liddell power plant and used the opportunity to outline its future planning options. Coal was not one of them.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/agl-may-turn-to-gas-as-power-units-fail-20170918-gyk4je.html
    What should be do with our once iconic “big” statues?
    http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/australias-big-problem–what-to-do-with-our-ageing-supersized-statues-20170918-gyk2fq.html
    Nearly a quarter of Americans ― 22 percent ― either don’t know or don’t believe that U.S. Muslims are granted the same constitutional protections as other citizens. Roughly 20 percent don’t know or don’t think that atheists are protected under the Constitution. That’s America for you!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/09/19/scary-number-of-americans-think-muslims-dont-have-constitutional-rights_a_23214605/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage

  18. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Nice work from Cathy Wilcox here.

    Broelman with a contractual issue in Canberra.

    Ron Tandberg NAILS it!

    And again!
    https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/910247552058044416/3NF4FOe_?format=jpg&name=600×314
    Jon Kudelka visits the Liddell power station.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/64a6fc4fa106c2b7e678b7a6ab482ece
    Paul Zanetti outside the Parliament House fence.

    Matt Golding and a certain family.

    Glen Le Lievre has Turnbull all fenced in.

    David Pope looks at the barriers to achieving marriage equality.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0

  19. Just like Abbott’s old cabinet – notable for the lack of women.

    As far as I can make out, there are just two women in the room with Tony. One is using a camera, up the front, the other is standing at the side. None of the Young Oiks present had the manners to offer the lady a seat.

  20. The UK government has suspended financial aid to Myanmar’s military amid “ongoing violence” in the country, formerly known as Burma.
    Violence in the Rakhine state has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.
    The Ministry of Defence said it had suspended £300,000 of funding until the current situation was resolved.
    The UN’s human rights chief has said the violence “seems [like] a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
    The £300,000-a-year was used to fund educational courses for the country’s military.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41326179

  21. Strange creatures:

    Beachgoers in western France have been warned after potentially deadly Portuguese Man o’ War were washed up on the shores of Brittany.
    The jellyfish-like creatures (which are not actually jellyfish) with purple tentacles have washed up on the beaches in the north of the Finistère department in recent days.

    The sea creatures can cause burns, fever, cramps, loss of consciousness, or even heart failure. Local media in Brittany have reported that authorities have banned swimming on certain beaches until they can give the all clear.

    https://www.thelocal.fr/20170919/deadly-sea-creatures-wash-up-on-brittanys-beaches

  22. The more I think about this SSM survey, the more I’m coming around to the idea that it was designed simply as a way to re-tool and re-energise the hard Right. The conservative message is everywhere in the media at the moment, and they’re casting themselves as the underdogs at the same time. And you can quite clearly see Abbott’s using it as a launching pad to start commenting on all sorts of other policy areas from a hard Right perspective.

    This is a One Nation style rallying call to the so-called ‘silent majority’ out there, the nutbags and those others who think they’re getting a raw deal from ‘progressives’ due to the Turnbull government running down the economy.

    Their tacit message seems to be, “Come on Australia, it’s okay to hate and despise these people. They’re different to you, and you shouldn’t hold back if that makes you uncomfortable!” Progressivism gets killed stone dead by tactics such as this. It’s really not that much different to what Howard did when he got into office. Only he did it with refugees.

    I’m seeing this vote right now as a massive litmus test for the country. The conservative forces are seeing it as a lifeline.

  23. Free speech? Maybe the survey NO voters could speak out on this one.

    The operators of Melbourne’s Federation Square have censored the content of an anti-Adani slideshow presented there, demanding that all images of newspaper headlines and politicians, as well as “explicitly negative” environmental messages be removed.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/20/anti-adani-protest-censored-by-operators-of-melbournes-federation-square

  24. First group of refugees on Manus and Nauru to be resettled in US
    Australia confirms first of those to be accepted under US deal will be told of the decision this week
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/20/refugees-manus-island-nauru-resettlement-us

    ‘About’ 25 from Manus and 25 from Nauru in the first wave. I’m not expecting much more than that.

    The 50 resettlements do not come close to assisting the almost 1,200 people on Manus and Nauru. More than 1,600 – including people who were transferred to Australia for medical treatment – have expressed interest in the US option.
    The 50 resettlements do not come close to assisting the almost 1,200 people on Manus and Nauru. More than 1,600 – including people who were transferred to Australia for medical treatment – have expressed interest in the US option

    And Baron Waqa, of Nauru, is lying his arse off with this –

    The Nauru processing centre does not have a proposed closure date. But the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, reaffirmed his country’s position that no refugees would be allowed to permanently resettle in Nauru.

    He told the Pacific Islands Forum this month: “we would love to see them find a home, and they will, and they will. They can’t stay on Nauru forever, we’ve made that clear right from the start.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/19/manus-island-and-nauru-refugees-to-learn-fate-as-us-set-to-rule-on-resettlement

    The only thong keeping Nauru and it’s corrupt government/dictatorship financially viable is the huge amount of money Australia pays Waqa. Without that money, the employment provided by the detention camps and the income from refugees forced to live in what passes for the local community, the place would be bankrupt and would soon be abandoned.

  25. Sunday’s federal election campaign is Germany’s most Irish campaign ever, as Bundestag hopefuls revive the lost art of door-to-door canvassing.
    But this is Germany, the land of Vorsprung durch Technik – ahead through engineering – so don’t think they’re ringing random doorbells.
    Instead MPs-to-be are fanning out across the constituencies armed with roses, apples and smartphones loaded with big data to optimise their hunt for votes.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/german-election-campaign-goes-back-to-the-future-1.3226891

  26. The NE’s BFF. NOT

    Tony Abbott has been an implacable force against rational climate action in this country for the best part of a decade, and nothing has changed.

    Having destroyed one set of energy policies designed to achieve orderly economic transformation and emissions reduction, and created a monumental policy botch-up as a consequence, he’s determined to destroy another.

    After warming his vocal cords for months, Abbott now says it would be “unconscionable” for Malcolm Turnbull to “go further down the renewables path”. By this he means implement a clean energy target.

    Let’s be very clear about this.

    What is actually unconscionable, and I don’t invoke the word lightly, is Abbott’s own behaviour.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/20/a-clean-energy-target-is-not-unconscionable-tony-abbott-wrecking-climate-policy-is

    • Well said, Mr Kimmel.

      I don’t understand why so many Americans are against a system like our Medicare. Ever tried explaining to an American who has excellent health insurance thanks to their employer, just how Medicare works? They just can’t understand.

      “But who pays for it?”
      “We all do, through our tax”
      “But what if you are old, or sick or can’t work and don’t pay tax?”
      “Then you don’t pay anything and you get free health care”
      “But who pays for those people’s health care?”
      “Medicare does, we do, our taxes pay”
      “Do you think that’s fair?”
      Bangs head into table.

  27. From Tony Burke

    We’ve just had one of the first signs the Government is backing down on the citizenship Bill and I wanted to let you know straight away.

    It’s only a small step forward but Peter Dutton has now started talking about compromise options on his Citizenship Bill. That means the Government can recognise that even the first draft of this Citizenship Bill can’t make it through in it’s current form.

    Labor has committed to rejecting the Bill entirely rather than trying to amend it in some compromised form. So right now when the Government has started taking backwards steps is the perfect time to be demanding that the Bill be withdrawn completely. Click here to read one of the online articles so you can see where the Government is at right now.

    It is the perfect time to be building support in the community, whatever community news, radio and personal conversations you are able to have, please have them now. Let people know that where legislation is as unfair as what the Government is introducing right now should be rejected completely.

    If there are any small matters that the Government can claim are reasonable, they should be brought back in separate legislation.

    Thanks for everything you are doing. If we can win the argument in the community then I am confident we can win it in the Parliament.

    Tony

  28. Fracking: “Most people say I don’t like it and to me that’s not a good answer.”

    “There is a growing anti-fracking movement across the NT but what do you really know about the process and how it affects the earth? James Wright is an underground drilling expert and geo-technician with almost 40 years experience, he believes he has a clear understanding of the dangers of fracking. He spoke with ABC Darwin’s Vicki Kerrigan.”

  29. FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop had a one-on-one chat with President Donald Trump in New York overnight where they discussed Australia and the United States’ shared determination to stop North Korea’s weapons program.

    She didn’t mention that she thought his speech to the UN was carp. She obviously doesn’t want to upset certain people

    The Foreign Minister will attend a function hosted by the President and first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday night, US time, as well as a reception for Commonwealth nations, hosted by British PM Theresa May.

    Oh well, that’s why manbags are.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/bishop-and-trump-discuss-menace-of-north-korea-in-facetoface-chat/news-story/6eef6aa64330ac965e9ec4aec74f5c20

    • Has any media person asked why a property developer with a fixation on spraytans is sitting in the UN General Assembly, representing Australia?

      Guests belong in the public gallery, not on the floor with all the official representatives. What diplomat was forced to give his/her seat to The Handbag?

  30. You can almost smell the desperation –

    Turnbull offers Queensland power station funding if it votes LNP in state poll

    Malcolm Turnbull has added fuel to the electoral arms race for Queensland, hoping to woo the state with the promise of a new coal-fired power station – but only if it votes his way in the upcoming state election.

    With speculation in Canberra mounting that the Labor premier will shortly call an election in Queensland, the prime minister will head to the state on Wednesday, missing his rival Bill Shorten by just hours.

    The opposition leader just wrapped up a two-day visit to the sunshine state selling Labor’s $1bn tourism plan, flying out as Turnbull flies in.

    But where the opposition leader sought to better promote one of the state’s best features – its endless sunshine – Turnbull is focused on energy, vowing north Queensland will receive a new power station under his government, if the LNP leader, Tim Nicholls, pulls off an election win

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/20/turnbull-offers-queensland-power-station-funding-if-it-votes-lnp-in-state-poll

    Will Queenslanders fall for this rubbish? I dunno. They did elect Malcolm Roberts, so anything is possible.

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