Bugger me IT’S 2018

Happy belated new year 2018. My apologies for being a tad late but we have had a bit of bother with Ned that I have been dealing with among the usual holiday time mayhem.

 

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The year of the dog 2018 is well and truly here if you were born in these years you are a dog person

02/14/1934 02/03/1935 Yang Wood Jia Xu
02/02/1946 01/21/1947 Yang Fire Bing Xu
02/18/1958 02/07/1959 Yang Earth Wu Xu
02/06/1970 01/26/1971 Yang Metal Geng Xu
01/25/1982 02/12/1983 Yang Water Ren Xu
02/10/1994 01/30/1995 Yang Wood Jia Xu
01/29/2006 02/17/2007 Yang Fire Bing Xu
02/16/2018 02/04/2019 Yang Earth Wu Xu

and these are your personal traits apparently

Dogs are human’s most loyal friends protesting their owners since the primitive society. The touching stories about dogs and human beings are too numerous to enumerate. On the street, you can see the dogs helping the blind to cross the street. The renowned Temple of Eighteen Deities on the northern of Taiwan is sacred to a dog saving his master.

Dog people have a strong sense of justice. They are brave, forthright, friendly, loyal to his friends and like righting wrongs. Loyal and honest, they have the most profound sense of duty in career and don’t played job – hopping easily. As a common employee, they can perform well thus are highly regarded by their superiors. There may be problems in work after thirty-five, which requires them to overcome calmly and serenely. They are also good working partners. In love, they are fiercely loyal to those they love.

Their shortcomings for the people under the dog sign are easily angry and irritable. They too often borrow trouble, and anticipate that may geer appear. Also, they are stubborn. They usually pay much attention on the theory while lacking action and judgment. So, never act arbitrarily and dictatorially or they will suffer many disappointments. What’s more, they are fond of getting to the bottom of matters, criticizing others, suspicious and fussy. 

By the time 2019 rolls around what will have changed?

5 questions you may want to have a go at and we will see who will claim smartypants award at years end.

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Will Turnbull still be PM?                                                         I say unfortunately probably

Will the libs still be in power?                                                   see above

Who will the SA. election?                                                          Labor

Will Trump still be USA president or will he be sacked?      Still Pres.

Who will win the Melbourne cup?                                              An Australian horse

 

 

But most importantly lets just hope that 2018 is a lot better than shitty 2017 was.

cheers.

 

 

 

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294 thoughts on “Bugger me IT’S 2018

  1. It’s about time someone made this connection. Those who call themselves ‘patriots’ are no such thing.

  2. Update from Melissa Davey, who wrote The Guardian article about Channel 7 –

  3. I’d question No 1, but the rest is good.

    10 things you should know about January 26
    https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/01/18/10-things-you-should-know-about-january-26

    It wasn’t ‘settlers’ who decided to move to Port Jackson, it was Arthur Phillip, and it happened before 25 January.

    Here’s your history lesson.

    I’m using Rob Mundle’s excellent and wonderfully researched book ‘The First Fleet’ (Harper Collins for ABC Books, 2014) as a reference here.

    Phillip had transferred from the flagship Sirius to Supply earlier in the voyage because Supply was faster. Supply arrived in Botany Bay on Friday 18 January 1788, the rest of the fleet took longer. The entire fleet had safely anchored in Botany Bay by the morning of 20 January. Phillip had not been happy with the planned site for the new colony and after getting reports from those he had sent out to explore, he decided to take three longboats and row up the coast to Broken Bay, with the intention of having a look at Port Jackson on the way.

    On 21 January the longboats entered Port Jackson and as it was late in the afternoon by then they made camp at Camp Cove. The next morning they explored further and found a suitable site for the colony.

    They rowed back to Botany Bay, arriving on 23 January, and Phillip began to load up Supply with extra marines and convicts, who were to work on setting up camp. Adverse winds kept the fleet trapped in Botany Bay until 25 January, when Supply was finally able to sail out, but with great difficulty.(I’m leaving out the arrival of Laperouse, here, although that might have made Phillip more eager to get a camp set up in Sydney Cove and to hoist the flag before the French could make a claim.)

    At seven o’clock that evening Supply finally arrived in Sydney Cove and at first light on 26 January convicts and marines went ashore to clear away trees for a camp site. Around midday Phillip performed his first formal event as governor. The Union Jack had been flying from the branch of a tree all morning. The company assembled with the officers and the governor on one side, the convicts on the other and the marines standing around them all, and Phillip inaugurated New South Wales as an occupied territory of Great Britain.A rifle salute was fired, it was returned by the guns on Supply, a toast was drunk and everyone gave three cheers. Then they got back to work.

    The rest of the fleet sailed through the heads around mid-afternoon and all ships were safely anchored in Sydney Cove by sunset.No-one went ashore until the next morning, when some of the more trusted convicts were allowed on dry land for the first time since leaving Plymouth,nine months earlier. It would be a few more days before everyone went ashore.

    The real formal business including the reading of Phillip’s commission from George III and the proclamation of the boundaries of New South Wales, did not take place until 7 February.

    We need to understand our history, the good and the bad, if we are to come to grips with understanding why so many of us want to change the date of Australia Day. We need to stop blindly accepting the myths that have been created. I don’t have much hope of Australians ever taking a real interest in our history, not when we are so willing to accept the rewriting of events that happened only a year or so ago.

  4. This little black duck

    Besides which it is bloody well NSW Day not ‘Straya day and so say all of us in Nieuw Holland

    NSW ?! Where the bloody hell is that ? 🙂

  5. Telling lies about African gangs and trying to whip up fear and loathing has done nothing at all to improve the Fizza government’s polling in the first federal poll of the year.

  6. Essential is unchanged at 53-47. Looks like all the dog-whistling has been for nothing. People really aren’t paying any attention to what they say or do at all.

    They’ve tried terrorism scares. They’ve tried dragging the ALP and unions through royal commissions. They’ve tried ‘border protection’ in the form of treating refugees as inhumanely as possible. They’ve tried PR campaigns that pretend they’re interested in innovation and planning. They’ve tried nobbling the Senate. They’ve tried courting One Nation. They’ve tried personal attacks on Shorten. They’ve tried lecturing the nation via the press. They’ve tried energy scares to turn us against renewables. They’ve tried denouncing SSM and then embracing it at the last moment. They’ve even tried inflaming racial tension in the hope it might create some blowback.

    None of these gambits have worked. In fact, none of them have had any effect on voting intentions at all. Just not shocking enough to jolt us out of our torpor. So it may be time for the Turnbull government to attempt something really radical, something the public would never expect of them. Something so out of left field as to be virtually unthinkable. It is anathema to them, but surely they’ll just have to bite the bullet and go for it. They’d see it as just a vote-grabbing measure and against everything they stand for, but things are desperate.

    It may be time for them to try acting like a responsible government.

    It’s a cynical measure, I know, and there will be some in the party who will resist it as being beneath their dignity. But they might as well at least try it, they have nothing to lose after all.

    • Aguirre

      They only know how to rip things down, not build them up. More important to give the wealthy a hand up, and let the least able to worry about themselves.

    • True. And I don’t think they have it in them to do anything responsible anyway. But they have tried everything – and I mean everything – else. The one thing they need to do to survive is the one thing they’d rather die than stoop to – treating the Australian people with a bit of respect.

      I’ve long said we’ve been run by a PR unit instead of a government for the past 4 or so years. The brief has been simply ‘stay in power’. Nothing more than that. No vision, no dignity, no respect, no nation-building, no economic responsibility, none of that matters to them – as long as they stay in power. And within that brief they’ve had license to do whatever they pleased for personal gain.

      It’s worth going back and looking at how they behaved when they first returned to Parliament after the 2013 election. They believed they’d done such a thorough character assassination on the ALP that they could do whatever they liked for years and it wouldn’t matter. QT was just for hubris. ‘Winning’ simply meant whatever degraded the ALP and ALP policy. Nothing got done, and they couldn’t have cared less. Some of that arrogance and hubris returned after they played the Turnbull card and got ahead in the polls again.

      Since then, they’ve had to go back to the PR well. Every single thing they’ve attempted has been about perception rather than actual policy work. They just want to be seen to be the better party, and the only tactic they know is to drag the opposition down. Hence the wild increase in negative campaigning. Make the other mob look so bad the public return to you by default. And they really don’t care how they do it. If it means using national resources to fight a state ALP government, they’re all for it.

      But as I said it’s desperate, last-resort stuff. Not even all that effective over the short-term. The Turnbull government have long been out of ideas, now they’re just about out of tactics too.

    • It is noteworthy that the only thing in four and a half years that’s worked for them poll-wise, was installing a leader the public perceived as ‘progressive’. For all the concerted attempts at righting the polls they’ve attempted, that’s the only win they’ve had. And it was spectacular while it lasted (which wasn’t all that long, really). You’d think it might tell them something – that progressivism is actually a winner, for instance – but they flat-out refuse to go there. The pretense at it was the best they could offer.

      There’s nothing RW they can do to win votes now. They’re cooked.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Eryk Bagshaw shows why people shouldn’t expect pay to keep up with the cost of living any time soon.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/the-jobs-that-will-or-wont-be-getting-a-pay-rise-this-year-20180115-h0ii8u.html
    Not a good day in court yesterday for anti-Islam activist Neil Erikson who admitted breaching court orders by failing to return a uniform to former employer.
    http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/antiislam-activist-mistakes-koran-for-bible-in-court-appearance-20180115-h0ihwz.html
    Inside the chaotic Sydney rail system. With lean goes fragility.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/all-of-a-sudden-everything-goes-crazy-behind-the-scenes-of-sydney-train-chaos-20180114-h0i8id.html
    Trump’s head of Homeland Security has suggested that anyone who brands the US President a racist based on his immigration views must also say the same for Turnbull.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/if-donald-trump-is-racist-so-is-australia-and-malcolm-turnbull-us-homeland-security-chief-20180115-h0ie55.html
    Australia’s major banks face a tougher grind in the year ahead, as charges for bad loans creep up from record lows and the lenders are put under the microscope of a royal commission according to Fitch Ratings.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/banks-bad-debt-charges-to-rise-in-2018-fitch-20180115-p4yyi1.html
    Hooray!. This contributor agrees with what has frustrated me since high school about the type of examination for the compulsory English subject.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/focus-on-vce-english-essays-is-a-glitch-in-the-system-20180115-h0imwy.html
    Channel Seven has attracted criticism for reporting on a meeting of far-right activists in Melbourne and interviewing one of the movement’s ringleaders, Blair Cottrell, while failing to mention Cottrell’s criminal history, which includes racial vilification. He has also expressed admiration for Hitler and claimed to have manipulated women “using violence and terror”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/15/channel-seven-under-fire-interview-far-right-activist-blair-cottrell
    Cole Latimer explains how Victoria has a thin line between a well-functioning grid and failure.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/is-victorias-power-grid-prepared-for-a-heatwave-20180115-p4yyhx.html
    Here are the findings of the latest essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/16/most-australians-want-sugar-tax-on-drinks-guardian-essential-poll
    Two months after the Paradise Papers were published the ATO’s investigation of the data leak is already looking at 731 Australian taxpayers and 344 corporate entities.
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/15/paradise-papers-revealed-commoditisation-of-tax-evasion-australia

  8. Section 2 . . .

    Recent attacks on Victorian judges have eroded confidence in the judiciary, threatening its independence and the rule of law, the Law Council of Australia has said. Dutton’s playing blinder!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/15/legal-body-says-rule-of-law-threatened-after-duttons-criticism-of-judiciary
    The Government should be condemned for demonising poor and minority communities, writes Kate Hamley, who suggests a better approach to the issue of youth crime.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/what-african-gangs-the-youth-crime-scare-is-simply-class-warfare,11106
    And John Passant says Turnbull and Dutton are Nazi enablers.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dutton-and-turnbull-are-nazi-enablers,11105
    Michael Pascoe moderates the scare about housing price drops.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/property/why-we-shouldnt-be-too-scared-of-any-house-price-drop-20180111-h0gu5u.html
    The average cost of putting a child through private school in some capital cities has been forecast to top $500,000. How can one justify this expense? Google.
    /national-affairs/education/private-school-education-to-crack-500000-barrier/news-story/6ab5b5eeb7973434685c1bd60b4c9b45
    Climate politics in 2018: another guide for the perplexed. The author gives SA a big tick.
    https://theconversation.com/climate-politics-in-2018-another-guide-for-the-perplexed-89970
    Donald Trump is making America’s deficits great again.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/15/donald-trump-is-making-americas-deficits-great-again
    Trucking giant Toll Group has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to overhaul the industry with national safety rules to stop road deaths.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/toll-calls-on-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-to-overhaul-national-truck-safety-rules-20180115-h0icxy.html
    It took government contractor BAE Systems almost a year from the loss of a 1000-page security manual to update documentation on its reporting responsibilities to the department of parliamentary services
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/slow-reaction-to-loss-of-parliament-house-security-manual-revealed-20180115-h0ib66.html

  9. Section 3 . . .

    According to unions and employee advocates slashing the company tax rate in Australia would not result in pay rises for ordinary workers – rather, it would just mean fatter dividends for shareholders.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/work/2018/01/15/walmart-corporate-tax-cuts/
    The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) delivered a masterclass in spin and corporate lobbying this week. It’s worth going through it in detail to see how industry groups are able to push their agendas regardless of facts — even those in their owned commissioned research. Rod Campbell from The Australia Institute reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/minerals-councils-masterclass-spin-corporate-lobbying/
    Amanda Vanstone with a good contribution about Australia Day.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/this-australia-day-ill-be-looking-forward-not-backwards-20180112-h0hsoo.html
    Gonorrhoea and syphilis cases are on the rise again in Melbourne, an analysis of sexually transmitted infection data has revealed. Researchers are not yet confident what is behind the outbreaks, but speculate that casual sex through online dating, and reduced fear of HIV, could be factors.
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/back-to-the-80s-gonorrhoea-and-syphilis-are-resurging-in-melbourne-20180115-h0ih75.html
    Jenna Price has a spit about emails.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/i-opened-3000-emails-this-morning-it-could-have-been-worse-actual-conversations-20180115-h0ib46.html
    Tom Switzer tells us to ignore Trump’s ravings.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/while-donald-trumps-words-are-divisive-and-dangerous-his-actions-are-far-less-reckless-20180114-h0i9pi.html

  10. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Two rippers from David Rowe. It’s good to have him back!


    Cathy Wilcox and some international comparisons.

    David Pope on the date for Australia Day.

    And on the same subject is Jon Kudelka.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/ee7040ade1735f113863812b5394465b
    Pater Broelman with “slow TV”.

    Here’s a good New York bookstore display.

    And a few from Matt Golding.



    Glen Le Lievre has a shithole moment.

    Sean Leahy lines up Trump nicely.

  11. I was polled for that Essential. I thought that was what it was, I’ve done it before.

    I can assure you I didn’t fall for the very obvious attempt to push me say ‘youth crime’ was a big problem and should be the government’s top priority.

    It was just an online survey, the kind you are paid to do, and I think most respondents would be pensioners or unemployed people, with many lying about their age (I do) because those doing the surveying usually don’t want anyone over 50. Most respondents would not be much interested in politics and, I think, would be easily influenced by media beat-ups. My reason for thinking that- I used to sometimes hang out on a now defunct forum where everyone seemed to be involved in online paid surveys. Let’s just say I learned very quickly not to talk about politics, my views were very different to most. The ignorance on display was amazing. I stayed because it was good insight into what people were thinking.

    Online surveys run by companies who usually want opinions on grocery shopping and advertising campaigns are not the most accurate way to survey political opinions.

  12. WOW! All Russian Fans to Get FREE Domestic Flights to 2018 World Cup Soccer Games (Russian TV News)

    Today, Vladimir Putin met with the Aeroflot CEO, Vitaly Savelyev. At the 2018 World Cup, Russian team fans will be able to fly to our team’s matches almost for free. Aeroflot will offer them tickets for just a symbolic price.

    Vitaly Savelyev, Aeroflot CEO:

    “Next year is very important for us, Russia will host the FIFA World Cup.”

    Vladimir Putin:

    “Will you let fans travel free of charge?”

    Savelyev:

    “We could but…”

    Putin:

    “I know this is a good idea, you’ll charge them one ruble.”

    Savelyev:

    “No, not free of charge Mr. President. We’ll charge them five rubles. We want the World Cup to be a great success. We’ll charge all the Russian fans five rubles, including all charges and fees, for a one-way trip on all Aeroflot routes to any city hosting the World Cup matches. To avoid hype, we’ll sell tickets three days before a match and three days after it. We’d like to ask you, as we noted in our letter, to instruct our partner Roscongress to help us distribute air tickets using FAN IDs and match tickets.”

    Putin:

    “Are you referring to the matches of the Russian team?”

    Savelyev:

    “Yes, the Russian team alone. This amounts to about 70,000 seats for us. Naturally, we pin hopes on our team. If our team makes it to the final, this number will increase. This is why we proceed from this figure. We think our team should perform well and its fans should be satisfied. This is why we are submitting this initiative to you. If you support it, we’ll start selling tickets to our fans after January 1, starting from the beginning of the year.”

    Putin:

    “All right.”

    http://russia-insider.com/en/wow-all-russian-fans-get-free-domestic-flights-2018-world-cup-soccer-games-russian-tv-news/ri22078

  13. Emergency Costs For German Energiewende Explode

    Irregular and unpredictable wind and solar power is increasingly becoming a problem for Germany’s power grid. Utility company Tennet TSO spent almost a billion euros last year on emergency interventions to stabilize the national grid.

    That’s what the company announced earlier this week. The costs were thus about 50% higher than in 2016 (660 million euros) and around forty percent higher than in 2015 (710 million). Tennet is responsible for the electricity supply in an area that extends from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south of Germany and accounts for around forty percent of Germany’s total area. In particular, Tennet is responsible for important north-south transmission routes.

    The reason for the increase in emergency interventions is the rising number of solar projects and wind turbines in Germany. The share of renewable energy increased from 29 to 33 percent of the electricity supply last year. Wind and solar power are irregular and often unpredictable. This makes the network increasingly unstable. Supplied and the demanded electricity must always match – otherwise it comes to blackouts. When imbalances threaten, the German network operators are forced to direct gas, coal or nuclear power plants to ramp up or throttle their power supply. Sometimes, they have to ask foreign power plants for support. It can also help to instruct wind power and solar plant operators to temporarily stop their production. However, network operators are liable for compensation because there is a purchase guarantee for alternative electricity. Tennet pays money for stopping wind turbines.

    Translation GWPF

    https://www.thegwpf.com/emergency-costs-for-german-energiewende-explode/

  14. Ahed Tamimi should stay in prison because she might slap again — Israeli ethicist

    One month after she slapped a soldier in occupied Nabi Saleh, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi faces a final bail hearing today at court.

    Tamimi has been imprisoned since December 19 for the December 15 incident. The Israeli prosecution is trying to make Ahed Tamimi a terrorist.

    And now Israel’s greatest ethical authority (not by me though), Professor Asa Kasher, has come to join the chorus.

    Here’s the text of his short interview:

    Kasher: “So she is permanently provocative. So I can understand the judge” [who has so far not released Ahed on bail, unlike her cousin Nour, ed].

    Interviewer: “But she’s a minor. How can she be dangerous?”

    Kasher: “Dangerous in the sense that she can slap the… slap another officer, and another… ‘Dangerous’ doesn’t need to mean jeopardizing life. It means breaking law and order. I mean, not acting properly, to the extent that disturbs the people from accomplishing their missions.”

    Get it? Ahed has simply disturbed the soldiers from accomplishing their mission – which had included shooting her cousin Mohammed in the face earlier that day, and occupying their village as they do daily. That’s dangerous – because it’s a really important mission. And Ahed could slap again, and again. Who knows, one day she could come to slap the Chief of Staff, and then all hell would break loose.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2018/01/because-israeli-ethicist/

  15. A Maryland pastor denounced President Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar description of African nations from the pulpit on Sunday – while Vice-President Mike Pence was sitting in the pews of his church.

    Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist church in Largo, said remarks in which Trump reportedly used the word “shithole” to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African nations were “dehumanizing” and “ugly”.

    WUSA-TV reported that Pence became red-faced at times during the sermon. In an email to the Associated Press on Monday, Pence’s office denied that.

    Trump has denied using the word during an immigration discussion with congressional leaders in the Oval Office. On Sunday night he claimed to be “the least racist person”.

    A Democratic senator who was in the room described Trump’s choice of words. Two Republicans who also attended the meeting contested that version of events.

    The Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, told reporters on Monday: “I know what happened. I stand behind every word that I said.”

    Trump tweeted: “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.”

    In his sermon on Sunday, Watson said “whoever made such a statement” was wrong and should be held accountable, and said he had felt “led by God” to speak up. Many of his congregants come from African nations, he said.

    Worshippers stood and applauded.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/15/pastor-denounces-donald-trump-with-mike-pence-in-the-congregation

  16. The Americans have their very own Bananas

    If you’re a fan of on-court tennis tantrums, you’ll go bananas for this doozy from Coco Vandeweghe.

    The American 10th seed split from the Australian Open thanks to a shock first-round loss to world number 51 Timea Babos, going down 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

    Having lost the first set, Vandeweghe endured a meltdown, complaining to chair umpire Fergus Murphy that there were no bananas on court, causing a lengthy delay until fruit was brought to her.

    “How are they not on court? I mean, c’mon that’s not my fault,” Vandeweghe argued.

    “Why do I have to play under a different set of rules. I don’t have to make myself uncomfortable because it’s ill-prepared.

    “I have needs and it’s not my fault that this court is ill-prepared.”

    Vandeweghe eventually got her bananas after a 60-second delay, before copping a time violation.

    But the fruity snacks didn’t do the trick. Down 5-1 in the second set, Vandeweghe bounced her racquet after losing a point, before hurling some potassium-tinged invective across the court in Babos’ direction.

    Social media’s many lip readers claimed the American had mouthed the words “f*** off you f***ing bitch”.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-16/coco-vandeweghe-goes-bananas-in-on-court-australian-open-tantrum/9332228

  17. Remember Howard using the word ‘elites’ as a way to denigrate those he thought were educated and left-leaning? He did this because he wanted to pander to the alleged ‘battlers’ who were supposed to be his supporters.His own ‘elite’ status as a lawyer with a uni degree was carefully overlooked.

    Now it’s happening again. Have a look through this and see if you can find it.
    Dutton, Turnbull legitimising anti-immigrant vigilantes, say experts
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/dutton-turnbull-legitimising-antiimmigrant-vigilantes-say-experts-20180115-h0ikfc.html

    Here it is –

    A spokeswoman for Minister Dutton said he had “condemned individuals on the extreme right and left”.

    “Academics playing politics make themselves feel better, but add little to the public debate,” she said

    She would have been told to say that by her boss. There we have it. ‘Academics’ are now the new elites and must be despised.

  18. Eeeeeeeeeoyew!

    Hundreds of baby funnel webs found alive in an egg sac.

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/funnel-web-spider-babies-burst-from-egg-sac-on-video-at-the-australian-reptile-park-20180115-h0isdq.html

    I’m normally pretty benevolent to spiders. If they don’t go for me, I don’t go for them. I just let them crawl away back into the window frame, or another place on the ceiling (in the case of Huntsmen).

    But I draw the line at Funnel Webs. If I see one, it’s dead, if I have anything to do with it.

    Big,black, hairy and aggressive. Aaaarh, Fargeddabowdit!

    The article also shows to to catch one. CATCH one? Nix that!

    There is a useful video also, from the Austrailian Reptile Park showing how to wrap a compression bandage over the the bite: right from the hand up to the armpit… tightly (bad luck if it’s bitten you on the neck).

    Then head for the hospital, immediately.

  19. As a change from bloody cats 🙂 a noice dog story.

    It costs $2.80 for a child and $5.50 for an adult to catch the bus in Rangiora.

    But there was no charge for Nismo the five-month-old puppy, who snuck onto a Metro Blue Line bus on Southbrook Rd headed for Christchurch.

    A district council spokesman said: “We like to promote public transport because we have so many commuters, it is nice to see pets are getting the message too.”

    Nismo has carved a wee bit of fandom on the Waimakariri District Council’s Facebook page.

    Nismo’s owner Jess said she had turned around to make her son’s lunch and was just putting the spread back in the cupboard when she noticed her dog was missing.

    Jess said she did get a ‘bit of a telling off’ by animal control but reassured them she was getting the fence put in at the weekend.

    Jess said it was nice that he had “made lots of peoples’ days.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11976255

  20. As No One Watched, Trump Pardoned 5 Megabanks For Corruption Charges—Who He Owes Millions

    While Americans celebrated the holidays, President Trump followed in the footsteps of his predecessors by acting in the interest of Wall Street and using the distraction to do something that was not in the best interest of the American people. He pardoned five megabanks for rampant fraud and corruption, which is especially notable because of the amount of money he owes them.

    Trump has been using Deutsche Bank since the 1990s, and Financial Times has reported that he now owes the bank at least $130 million in outstanding loans secured in properties in Miami, Chicago, and Washington. However, a source told the Times that the actual number is likely much larger at $300 million.

    During the week of Christmas, the Federal Register announced that the Trump Administration had issued waivers to Citigroup, JPMorgan, Barclays, UBS and Deutsche Bank—all megabanks facing charges of fraud and corruption.

    The banks were involved in the LIBOR Scandal, in which they colluded to deliberately depress the rate at which they paid out on investments. By suppressing the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) at the beginning of an economic crisis in 2007, the megabanks were able to boost their earnings and to give their customers a false sense of security.

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/trump-pardoned-megabanks-owes-millions-rampant-fraud-corruption/

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Nicholas Stuart accuses Dutton and Turnbull of switching on the old-school scaremongering trick. It’s quite excoriating.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-panic-button-dutton-and-turnbull-switch-on-the-oldschool-scaremongering-20180116-h0j0d2.html
    What a disgrace! The National Broadband Network has admitted only one in four customers connecting through the most controversial technology in the mix will access its much-touted top speeds. And it has significant budgetary impact.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/nbn-admits-three-in-four-won-t-get-top-speeds-as-writedown-talk-builds-20180116-p4yyj1.html
    Paul Budde agrees, writing that a write-down is imminent for the failed NBN and the debacle will continue until our telecoms strategy is developed by technical experts and not politicians.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/nbn-write-down-now-inevitable-despite-turnbull-government-denial,11110
    Mark Kenny tells us that Australia has avoided recession but new research by a progressive thinktank suggests low wage growth and unequal spending on the “infrastructure of opportunity” threaten to entrench wealth inequality.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/flat-wages-to-worsen-intergenerational-inequality-thinktank-20180115-h0ig95.html
    Steve Bannon has arrived at Capitol Hill to be interviewed for the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe and it has been revealed that he has received a subpoena from Mueller.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/russia-probe-robert-mueller-subpoenas-former-trump-aide-bannon–report-20180116-h0jefi.html
    January’s cryptocurrency selloff got fresh impetus on Tuesday when Bitcoin slumped as much as 20 percent, as the prospect of regulatory crackdowns appeared to spread.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/bitcoin-tumbles-as-fears-of-cryptocurrency-crackdown-linger-20180116-h0jdxc.html
    Another surge in rooftop solar installations. In Australia.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/powering-up-rooftop-solar-installations-jump-by-half-to-hit-record-1gw-in-2017-20180115-h0ifrk.html
    Now it’s a 24 hour strike that will mess up Sydney train system.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/no-other-choice-nsw-train-workers-to-strike-for-24-hours-over-pay-dispute-20180116-h0j6g8.html
    Norm Abjorensen explains why celebrities are taking over politics.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/just-like-show-business-why-celebrities-are-taking-over-politics-20180115-h0ibp5.html
    And Richard Ackland says the prospect of Oprah Winfrey as US president provides an opportunity for Australia to ponder our own future head of state.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/16/will-australians-turn-their-back-on-the-queen-for-a-celebrity-president

  22. Section 2 . . .

    A judge who helped design Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog says it remains weak and defective, and has warned Turnbull not to adopt it as the model for any federal corruption body.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/weak-and-defective-judge-warns-against-malcolm-turnbulls-plan-to-adopt-victorian-corruption-model-20180115-h0ih5n.html
    The Australian Medical Association says private health insurers should address low quality and sometimes “useless” products instead of attempting to use punitive tax hikes to push people into taking up their policies. It’s hard to disagree with this – but specialists’ ripoffs also re a contrinutor.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/private-health-insurers-should-improve-useless-products-not-punish-people-who-avoid-them-ama-20180116-h0j7q5.html
    Health care US style!
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2018/jan/16/bankrupted-by-giving-birth-having-premature-twins-cost-me-everything
    A woman once described as “the next Pauline Hanson” could snatch another Senate seat for One Nation – restoring Senator Hanson’s bloc of four – if the High Court heeds the party’s call to disqualify Jacqui Lambie’s replacement. The sooner the Senate goes to the people again the better!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/meet-the-next-pauline-hanson-one-nation-fights-to-reclaim-a-fourth-senate-seat-20180115-h0ini7.html
    America is shooting itself in the foot by withdrawing from global leadership on trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, the 49-year-old Swede who has served as Europe’s trade commissioner for the past three years, said.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/america-last-eu-says-us-is-losing-on-trade-under-trump-20180115-h0irxa.html
    than 5000 recreational cyclists are sweating on Friday’s weather forecast with extreme heat threatening to cancel the Bupa Challenge Tour associated with the Tour Down Under. One leg is set to start from our sporting facility. Google.
    /sport/tourdownunder/tour-down-under-2018-extremely-hot-weather-may-force-cancellation-of-bupa-challenge/news-story/26ada9aab154df04e95c7cd57599e5b2
    The Minerals Council of Australia has conceded it makes political donations and pays to attend fundraisers to gain access to members of parliament in a submission to a Senate inquiry. Who would have thought?
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/17/minerals-council-says-it-makes-political-donations-to-gain-access-to-mps

  23. Section 3 . . .

    Pope Francis has admitted his “pain and shame” over the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy on a visit to Chile. OK, but what will he DO about it?
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/pope-francis-pain-and-shame-sexual-abuse-children
    Change the date: Tony Abbott finally rejects a three-word slogan.
    https://newmatilda.com/2018/01/16/change-the-date-tony-abbott-finally-rejects-a-three-word-slogan/
    The Turnbull government was hit with a wave of resistance to a proposal that sought to restrict advocacy by environmental charities by forcing them to spend more of their donations on activities such as tree planting, newly released submissions reveal. Google.
    /news/proposal-to-curb-environmental-activists-advocacy-blasted-20180115-h0itrd
    The Woolies boss tells us what technologies are revolutionising supermarket experiences around the world.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/why-woolies-boss-is-looking-at-tech-start-ups-to-never-run-low-on-bread-again-20180116-p4yyjb.html
    The problem isn’t unskilled graduates, it’s a lack of full-time job opportunities.
    https://theconversation.com/the-problem-isnt-unskilled-graduates-its-a-lack-of-full-time-job-opportunities-90104
    Centrelink has given companies accused of exploitation and misconduct direct access to welfare recipients’ money through its automated debit system. The companies were granted access to the Centrepay system, which allows approved businesses to deduct money from welfare payments
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/17/centrelink-allowed-companies-accused-exploitation-deduct-payments-welfare
    Businesses are facing a 200% increase in power costs and some are turning to supply from renewables.
    http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/businesses-face-power-price-hikes-of-up-to-200-per-cent-20180116-h0j01t.html
    Is Donald Trump more or less emotionally mature than Banjo, the neighbour’s dog? Dr Stephen Scher, Senior Editor of the Harvard Review, might be onto something.
    https://newmatilda.com/2018/01/16/donald-trump-vs-banjo-our-next-door-neighbours-dog/

  24. Section 4 . . .

    What are Australia’s most dangerous industries?
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/australias-most-dangerous-industries-revealed-20180115-h0iulb.html
    Sellers have flocked to Amazon Australia at a faster rate than any other Amazon marketplace, with one seller reporting that their eBay sales declined proportionally to a surge in their Amazon sales.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/01/16/amazon-australia-marketplace-ebay/
    A leading employer group has cautioned against Malcolm Turnbull’s expectations that workers will soon get a pay rise, saying some business sectors were still struggling despite more positive overall economic signs. Google.
    /news/acci-at-odds-with-malcolm-turnbull-on-pay-rises-20180116-h0j06o
    How technology is keeping a lid on inflation – and dampening wage growth.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/how-technology-is-keeping-inflation-down-20180115-p4yyhm.html
    Some people are irresponsible idiots!
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/video/video-news/video-qld-news/dashcam-captures-horror-crash-20180116-51p13.html
    The Parliament House security team has been accused of a “pattern of irresponsible behaviour” by Labor senator Kimberley Kitching who revealed a 1000-page security manual went missing in 2016.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/parliament-house-security-accused-of-irresponsible-behaviour-20180116-h0j05i.html

  25. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe descends upon Trump. Again!

    Cathy Wilcox takes aim at Potatohead.

    As does Fiona Katauskas.

    Matt Golding has an oblique shot at Bernard Tomic.

    David Pope on the Australia Day date choice.

    Two little beauties from Mark David.


    Paul Zanetti is unconvinced by DiNatale.

    Glen Le Lievre on Channel Seven.

    Alan Moir and the US genius.

    Jon Kudelka and equality.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/fc44e85dc1dbe3cc633540c046e1c883

  26. Thanks BK, another bumper selection. Re: The Pope and the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse predeliction, one of my teacher brothers-in-law recounted recently that in his School the Catholic Education Office is ‘reorganising’ the management structure in its schools to cut costs and position itself for mega-payouts. It won’t be long before educational standards drop and precipitate a Real crisis for Catholics wanting a religious education for their children.

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