Spring has sprung

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Warmth may be returning in a big way if these two idiots don’t settle down

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But life goes on



Footy Finals are here. Good luck to all involved. ( Go The Cowboys )


I can’t wait till this waste of time is over


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And Just to remind you all

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According to the big retailers.

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Chin up folks. Things can only get better


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  1. Fact checking Benjamin Netanyahu’s General Assembly speech

    Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trump’s controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier.

    Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both leaders told a great deal of untruths and half-truths about the situation. Here are some of the most glaring untruths, followed by a factual explanation of the situation.

    1. Iran is “devouring nations”.

    The full quote from Netanyahu is as follows:

    “Well as you know, I strongly disagreed. I warned that when the sanctions on Iran would be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed, not joining the community of nations, but devouring nations, one after the other. And that’s precisely what Iran is doing today.

    From the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, from Tehran to Tartus, an Iranian curtain is descending across the Middle East. Iran spreads this curtain of tyranny and terror over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere, and it pledges to extinguish the light of Israel”.

    In reality, Iran occupies zero countries and has not occupied any country in its modern history. By contrast, Israel has occupied part of Syria, the Golan Heights, since 1967. This occupation is condemned by the United Nations and all five permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States.

    The other country on Netanyahu’s list that has been occupied by Israel and not Iran is Lebanon. After invading Lebanon in 1982, Israel set up a permanent occupying force in southern Lebanon between 1985 and the year 2000. Israel maintained a presence in the country until 2006, when Israeli forces retreated in the face of strong Hezbollah defences.

    Israel continues to occupy Palestine according to the UN and most impartial observers. It previously occupied Egypt, the Jordanian West Bank and in 1981, illegally bombed Iraq.

    Iran by contrast has done no such things


  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It seems I’m carrying a prolapsed L4-5 disc. No wonder it bloody hurts!

    Kate McClymont takes us through the crooked Ian MacDonald’s secret diary.
    London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Friday and stripped it of its licence to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the US firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world’s wealthiest cities. Now what?
    Paul Bongiorno goes into detail on Abbott’s all out assault on energy.
    Katharine Murphy has a good article on the way the SSM debate is progressing.
    Doing it tough in Point Piper.
    Jacqui Maley closely examines what Abbott has been doing. It’s not pretty.
    And one of the Liberal Party’s rising stars, former SAS commander Andrew Hastie, has privately warned his ally Tony Abbott that he has “overstepped the mark” in recent months by making comments viewed as destabilising to Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership. Google.
    Phil Coorey wonders if Turnbull can survive Abbott the wrecker. Google.
    Michael Koziol reports that Barnaby Joyce’s political nemesis, ex-MP Tony Windsor, has hired the former government lawyer who spectacularly fell out with Attorney-General George Brandis to fight the Deputy Prime Minister in the High Court. Should be an interesting appearance!
    The “buttheadbutter” talks about his altercation with Abbott and confirms it had nothing at all to do with SSM. He’d always wanted to smash a “fascist c**t”.

  3. Section 2 . . .

    Paula Matthewson reckons Abbott created the social climate that led to his assault.
    Laurie Oakes compares Turnbull to Keating.
    Julie Bishop spent tens of thousands of dollars over five years visiting cities around Australia on the same day her beloved West Coast Eagles played there and isn’t keen on answering any questions about it. Google.
    The integrity of the postal SSM survey was further brought into focus when a longtime Mona Vale resident went to throw out the trash into the bin of his apartment block on Friday morning, he lifted the lid to find a bag filled with mail addressed to nearby residents in it.
    Phil Coorey on how the NO campaigners have learnt the black art of victimhood. Google.
    Peter FitzSimons takes a few good potshots in his weekly sporting column.
    John McCain has said that he will not vote for the latest “kill Obamacare legislation”.
    Nice knowing you “Senator” Roberts!
    A brief guide to how Roberts tried to renounce his UK citizenship.
    Michael Pascoe recons Sydney is carrying the nation but it can’t go on forever.

  4. Section 3 . . .

    Peter Hartcher frames a good argument here for SSM and reminds us of a bit of history being conveniently “forgotten” by the NO side.
    Ross Gittins tells us that the soaring price of electricity is testament to the disastrous failure of a major item on the 1990s agenda of micro-economic reform – establishing a national electricity market. In practice, nothing worked out the way the reformers’ economic textbooks told them it would.
    Paul Kelly on Turnbulll’s problem with energy policy. Google.
    Patrick Hatch explains why retailers are so keen to get their loyalty cards into our pockets.
    Adele Ferguson wonders if, after getting rid of Comminsure, the CBA will quit its financial planning arm.
    Paul McGeough looks at the Trump vs Kim bout.
    David Wroe writes that according to a new think tank report Washington’s budget gridlock could affect Australia if the United States’ military leadership starts to “atrophy”, including in the Asia region because the Pentagon cannot get the money it needs.
    Life with a home solar+battery system.
    The left-wing social campaign group Get Up! is planning a ten-fold increase in its electoral reach in a bid to unseat prominent Coalition conservatives at the next federal election. Listen for the screams!

  5. Section 4 . . .

    Richard Dennis contrasts the logic of leading innovative companies and that of Abbott and his right wing cronies. Well worth reading.
    Crispin Hull has some good thoughts on what to do with our banking sector and for what ASIC and the ACCC should be concentrating on,
    Elizabeth Farrelly laments her proposition that greed will overwhelm public benefit with concrete, asphalt and steel.
    Karen Middleton writes about the illicit tobacco trade.
    In another very good contribution on the SSM issue Jack Waterford goes to the changed position and authority of religious institutions.
    The SMH editorial concludes by saying that politicians were warned that the prolonged postal vote could generate rancour and it has. They should take the lead in setting the boundaries for the respectful debate they asked for when they chose this option.
    The Huffington Post looks into the first weeks of the SSM campaigns.
    Alex McKinnon writes that as the debate on same-sex marriage continues, the ‘No’ case is exploiting the ABC’s charter and complaints process to gain prominence for ugly views.
    Peter van Onselen writes that the NO campaign in the same-sex marriage debate has embraced all the techniques commonly used to muddy the waters when an argument is lost. The hope when doing so is to overcome a bad adjudicator with bluff and bluster and steal the result. On this occasion it’s designed to mislead voters. Google.
    David Speers begins his weekly Herald-Sun column with “So much for a respectful national debate. The campaign for and against same-sex marriage turned nasty this week. Those who thought this postal survey would be a polite exchange of differing views must surely be thinking again.” He says the YES campaign cannot ignore the side issue of religious freedoms. Google.
    Julia Baird looks at Paris through the eyes of a child.
    With respect to water buybacks Mike Seccombe says that the Yes Minister rulebook holds that no politician should ever order an inquiry unless its outcome is known in advance. But sometimes, in moments of political desperation, the rulebook has to be thrown out the window.

  6. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir with more on Turnbull’s difficulties.

    Ron Tandberg on the police following up on the Abbott assault.

    And Broelman shows us the interview with the anarchist head butter.

    David Pope drops in on Craigburn Primary school.

    As does Alan Moir.

    Ron Tandberg with a sermon.

    David Rowe with Abbott’s coal mine canary.

    Paul Zanetti nicely farewells Malcolm Roberts.

    Matt Golding with all sorts of people lining up to head butt Abbott.

    David Rowe with Abbott the opportunist.

    And Matt Golding gives Rocket Men The Musical.

    Glen Le Lievre and power down under.

    Mark Knight gives us the Tigers Barmy Army.
    Jon Kudelka has the bells tolling near the High Court.

  7. Why do journalists refer to ‘politicians’ when they really mean ‘the government’?

    Like this, in the SMH editorial –

    Politicians were warned that the prolonged postal vote could generate rancour and it has. They should take the lead in setting the boundaries for the respectful debate they asked for when they chose this option

    ‘Politicians’ who chose this option were government politicians, so why not say so? The Turnbull government decided to have the survey, there was no enabling legislation and some dodgy measures were taken to fund it. No politician on either side ever had the chance to vote for or against the survey, so why not say ‘the government who chose this option’? Why not put the blame for the whole debacle exactly where it belongs?

    ‘m seeing this a lot, this twisting of words. It’s obviously designed to push the ‘all politicians are the same’ and ‘both parties are really the same’ rubbish we see too much of. I suppose I know why Fairfax would do this, it’s all part of that company’s shift further to the right. They won’t criticise the government so they criticise ‘politicians’. It’s sneaky and we are onto them.

  8. BK
    September 23, 2017 at 7:53 AM
    Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It seems I’m carrying a prolapsed L4-5 disc. No wonder it bloody hurts!


  9. 0ff topic but close to blog heading, where has spring gone?? last week I am freezing my cobblers off this week its 29 here in Canberra, and how long is the head butting queue I feel like joining it.at $10 a butt the country’s debt would be clear in no time

  10. I suppose Malcolm Roberts won;t be appearing at this function now.

    One Nation leader Pauline Hanson pleads ignorance over $995-a-head fundraiser

    Despite Ms Hanson originally saying the event was organised by her head office, she later hailed it as a good chance for people to meet her and state party leader Steve Dickson, along with fellow Senator Malcolm Roberts


    • WHO the feck puts a great big crucifix (being the one with Jesus on it) on their wall these days? I know older devout former immigrants who have that sort of stuff throughout their house, understandably, but a modern Aussie born family? Just replace that with a picture of Rev Moon, or a Scientology symbol. That man is a dingbat. And I say that as a Christian.

    • Puffy, looking at the place, and that definitely not cheap painting of Dame Edna, I’d say the cross is most likely a valuable piece, possibly antique, there for show. Some of my Catholic friends, not just the oldies either, have crosses in their homes, but they are small and discreet, not there to make a display.

  11. Hmm, not looking good for NZ Labour’s chances. Glad to see them recover from last election to a more respectable total, but, being 10% behind the Nats won’t result in PM Adern surely?

  12. 3m ago 08:50

    The prospect of neither National nor Labour winning a 61-seat majority looks likely – not least because no party has done so since the introduction of the MMP voting system.

    On current numbers, nor would either have enough to seal a majority relying on their traditional coalition or confidence-and-supply partners. Labour plus Greens still would not get over the line, for example.

    Which means New Zealand First, currently sitting in third place, could find itself the key party – and its leader, Winston Peters, the kingmaker.


  13. If that’s the case, I’m kind of hoping that NZ First backs Bill English.

    Mainly because judging from the results of the 2010-2013 parliament in Australia, minority government is never fun. And Bill English being a 4th term leader having to please both Winston Peters and the general NZ population probably won’t be a happy medium.

    Jacinda Adern meanwhile can settle in as a long term leader and hopefully clean up shop for Labour in 2020 (or earlier if NZ First decides to go to early elections).

    Bit disappointing to see Labour so far behind though, but, I’ve learned not to expect short term popularity like Jacindamania to translate into votes.

  14. Electorate changes at the moment

    Christchurch Central (LAB gain from NAT)

    Hutt South (NAT gain from LAB)

    Northland (NAT gain from New Zealand First)

    Ohariu (LAB gain from United Future)

    Waiariki (LAB gain from Maori party)

  15. electorate changes at the moment

    Christchurch Central (Labour gain from National)
    Hutt South (National gain from Labour)
    Northland (National gain from New Zealand First)
    Ohariu (Labour Gain from United Future)
    Waiariki (Labour gain from Maori Party)

  16. Near final result for the night

    NAT 46% 58 seats
    LAB: 35.8% 45 seats
    NZ First: 7.5% 9 seats
    Greens: 5.8% 7 seats
    ACT: 0.5% 1 seat

    However the general consensus is that National will lose a seat when the special votes (absent, postal and same day enrolment votes) are counted.

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