A Friday Rant

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OK . Australia has it’s problems and things could be better. Turnbull and his mob will be voted out at the next election and then Bill and his mob will have a chance to make things a bit better, but I am getting sick off all the doom and gloom that seems to be prevalent in every form of media be it MSM, Social or blogs.

The right hates the left and the left hates the right and the greenies hate everyone that dont wear scivvis,  but FMD, in the middle are some great people working, living ,having fun be they white, black, brown, yellow, christian, muslim, jews, droids etc or straight, gay, bi, tri, quad or whatever.

Most of these folk whom the pollies , media . and social media  try to play against each other as some sort of sport do get along, and do interact and have fun together but in the quest to make out that Australia is getting close to Armageddon and everything is shithouse they will say, video, print upload any crap to further their social,  money making agenda.

Would it hurt to be a bit more positive and not solely focus on the negative all the time. The same sex marriage issue. OK it took a while and could have been done better but in the end it is now law. Who cares who was PM. or which party was in government when it was passed .It passed FFS now life goes on .

International its the same Trumps a Idiot but he is the President of the USA , Putin is a dictator but is the president of Russia, Brexit is happening, North Korea as well as a heap of other countries have the bomb.

The sun comes up, you all hopefully wake up tomorrow and life goes on.

Sure be passionate about politics and your beliefs but remember to live life and enjoy it whatever its faults.

thats my rant



Neddie update

He has unfortunately gone blind which is apparently normal with doggie diabetes but he is having specialist surgery on Monday which has a %75 of working.



1,044 thoughts on “A Friday Rant

  1. This little black duck
    The specialist surgeon are amazed at how well Ned has adapted to losing his sight. he is fine which is a big worry for us..Ned is going to go through a horrible experience but if it works and he can see again great.
    If it does”t we will deal with that but we have both had reservations about the surgery. If we didn’t try would always be thinking

    • Best wishes Joe for you, your family and Ned.

      I admire you all rallying around him. Animals, most especially dogs, give us so much love and loyalty so unconditionally that we owe them the same fidelity, which you are showing.

      And very good rant. There is much to be concerned about and the future is uncertain, but it is a great pity too much focus is still given to blame and abuse.

  2. Fingers crossed for a good outcome for Ned. If dogs are like humans, physiologically speaking, you won’t know for 10 days or so

    I can’t believe the Sydney centric fear of African gangs in Melbourne. Last year my district suffered a string of 5 car jackings by Apex at 9:30 at major intersections. Their preference wAs European cars but Toyota Corollas at shopping centres were fair game also. They petered off when school resumed

  3. Some words on Straya Day from Jack the Insider. Paywalled so use the “Google trick”.

    Australia Day debate hides the failure of practical reconciliation

    ………..Regardless of your view, the simple fact is Australia did not become a nation on January 26, 1788. Rather southeastern Australia became a penal colony. The British loved Australia so much they turned it into a prison. In 1788, this vast expanse of land was useful only to the British as a point on the compass to offload some of the working class trash who had muddied the shoes of the aristocracy by drunkenly cavorting about and stealing their hankies.

    In doing so a process of dispossession, murder, humiliation, disease and exploitation of the world’s longest surviving civilisation commenced. If you can’t at least feel empathy towards indigenous Australians, let me point you towards the Hare checklist for psychopathy.


  4. Dogs are very adaptable. I believe that my late American Cocker was blind for a while before we realised it. She did have one eye removed but seemed fine. I only realised that she was blind one day when she seemed to be frantically looking for me as I was sitting quietly on the couch. She finally zoned in by smell, I think. She was amazing.

  5. I hope Ned will recover well and can see again but if not dogs are very adaptable. There are things you can get to make it easier for him to navigate the house. My old girl was deaf for years and nearly blind at the end but got around ok.

    But cuddles for Ned (And Syd).

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Crispin Hull explains the difference between government and governance and how the latter is in need of improvement. Another very good contribution from this journalist.
    Simon Cowan explores the possibility of the government passing the unfunded corporate tax cuts leaving a fiscal time bomb for Labor.
    Judith Ireland writes that despite not being Mr Popularity Bill Shorten could be PM before the year’s out.
    Peter Martin is critical of the commonwealth grants processes and says a decent independent inquiry is needed.
    Eryk Bagshaw fills out Martin’s pork barrelling story.
    The national intelligence watchdog fears new laws following the creation of the Home Affairs mega department could open its probes to accusations of political influence and expose the Attorney-General to perceived conflicts of interest.
    In a long essay Jack Waterford pines for vision as opposed to division using Australia Day as an example.
    And Tony Walker says that disagreements about the validity of Australia Day have become toxic.
    Peter van Onselen tells us how the free speech warriors are cowering in the face of contrary ideas. Google.
    Meanwhile Ian Warden suggests changing the date to 25 May.

  7. Section 2 . . .

    The aboriginal Greens MP Lidia Thorpe has received a number of vile death and rape threats this week after she called for Australian flags to be flown at half-mast on Australia Day.
    There’s nothing illegal about Amazon’s contract with Adecco but the growing trend is giving unions cause for concern.
    Pope Francis has accused victims of Chile’s most notorious paedophile of slander, in an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic church its credibility in the country. Words fail me!
    Now there’s another problem for the NSW government to deal with on the Sydney train system – fire danger.
    Bloomberg’s Hal Brands writes that the downsides of President Donald Trump’s first year in office are legion, but among the most serious has undoubtedly been his effect on American soft power.
    Yet despite the poor polls, Donald Trump could still triumph in 2020.
    For EU member states the negative economic fallout of a British crash departure is far more preferable than the utter catastrophe of the single market imploding. Painful as it will be, no deal with Britain is indeed better for the EU than a bad deal.
    Jacqui Maley tells us why the #MeToo ‘backlash’ is bunkum.
    This Christian academic says that Turnbull should get away from his colleagues and ask us about Australia Day.
    Justin Gest writes that the points-based immigration system in the US was meant to reduce racial bias. It doesn’t
    So the motivation for blokes going to the gym has been uncovered?

  8. Section 3 . . .

    Alan Austin writes that Donald Trump promised Americans he would fix the ailing economy and make life better for Americans. He is achieving the opposite. All but the richest 10% are now worse off than they were.
    Jennifer Hewett writes on the politics of gang violence in Victoria. Google.
    ASIC has said that many advisers were failing to comply with the law when clients signed a document that sets out who will receive their superannuation and insurance benefits if the client dies.
    The true cost of fraud and financial misconduct for the one million Australians who run their own super funds is more than $100 billion over the past 10 years, a new report suggests.
    Kelly O’Dwyer with a good response to Ardern’s pregnancy announcement.
    The Wall Street Journal has uncovered the extent and method of silencing Trump’s sexual conquests.
    Bernard Keane says that bureaucratic efforts to undermine Freedom of Information laws by insisting it prevents “frank and fearless advice” hurts democracy and further estranges the governing class from the electorate.
    Jess Irvine explains the issues associated with continued low interest rates.
    It’s looking a bit shaky for Feeney.
    Jeff Kennett has taken a swipe at Peter Dutton for his interventions in the state’s street gang debate, accusing the federal Home Affairs Minister of dividing communities with a “cheap political shot”.
    Michael Pascoe examines the drop in foreign worker approvals in advance of the changes to the 457 visa system.
    Stephen Koukoulas tells the RBA to be careful what it is wishing for. House prices are falling.

  9. Section 4 . . .

    Men aged in their 30s who have been involuntarily medically discharged from the Defence Force are four times as likely to die by suicide than Australian men of the same age.
    Patrick Hatch looks ahead to what our shopping experiences might become.
    Thermal coal has made a comeback.
    But despite the Coalition’s best efforts to pour cold water on Australia’s transition to a low-carbon power network, things are really hotting up in the clean energy sector.
    South Africa’s capital Cape Town has been forced to implement water rations for residents and may soon turn off water supplies after three years of extreme drought sapped the city’s reservoirs.

  10. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe gets right into Trump’s cognitive ability test.

    David Pope with a trans-Tasman phone call.

    Glen Le Lievre and a warning about continued low interest rates.

    Alan Moir and Trump’s mental state.

    Peter Broelman with Trump’s latest boastful announcement.

    Paul Zanetti with Shorten’s citizenship problems.

    Three more good ones from Matt Golding.

    Sean Leahy gives us the new political lexicon of New Zealand.

    Jon Kudelka with Feeney’s problem.

  11. Here’s hoping for a good result for Ned. You are right, you have give him this chance. Even if the result is not what you hope for you will know you did all you could.

    Don’t think too much about this being a horrible experience. Ned will be in good hands. Our furry companions seem to recover rapidly from the kinds of surgery that would leave us mere humans out of action for days or maybe weeks. They cope with things like deafness, blindness and losing a limb so much better than we seem to, and they keep on loving us just the same.

  12. David Feeney is an embarrassment to his party and to the parliament. The sooner he goes the better.

    The only problem with Feeney resigning is his likely replacement by a Green.

    What is it with these trendy inner-city types? Why are they so keen on the Greens?

    • Unions are for low paid workers like factory workers, nurses and teachers who have been priced out of the gentrified inner city. The new inner suburban dwellers grew up in Liberal voting households in middle ring suburbs or they grew up in Labor voting households and are ashamed of their roots.

      After flirting with the Greens former Labor voters look at the Greens voting record, which is ineffectual, and leave the Greens

      Young millennials who have made it, can’t imagine they need the help of a union. They may change their mind when faced with a life changing situation like disability, unemployment

  13. Misleading headline here – HoJo isn’t listing anything. His wife owns the property, she has it on the market.

    US ambassador Joe Hockey lists Hunters Hill mansion for $8 million

    Mrs HoJo seems to own just about all the family real estate, or did. A lot of it has been sold or is on the market.

    I don’t know if HoJo has worked things out yet, but it very much looks like Mrs HoJo could be preparing to leave the marriage. She is the millionaire in the family, she seems to be liquidating her assets and accumulating a very healthy bank balance. You have to wonder what she has planned.

    HoJo really should not be expect to be “settling into Washington’s diplomatic life for the foreseeable future”. I would hope a newly elected Shorten government would replace him ASAP. Kevin Rudd might like the job.

  14. There are a couple of things I’d like to say about the Australia Day debate:

    1. Government politicians and their counterparts in the media want us to keep talking about it and being outraged about it. The longer this happens, the longer they can claim some like of relevance in the political landscape, and the less need they have to address real, urgent problems that tend to take skin off them. The fact of the matter is that most Australians aren’t especially tied to January 26, and likely don’t care when the day is celebrated. Conservatives do a lot of chest-beating about it just to be able to stand for something. And (the main motivation) as a distraction. They dragged out SSM for the same reason, most likely. We all talked about a social issue for months and months while the economy and the environment continued to degrade. It’s pretty clear which is the most urgent issue.

    The really frightening thing about it is that our government is actively seeking social division for their own ends (cf. ‘African Gangs’ as well). My suspicion is that none of them – not even Abbott, who’s sticking his nose in again I see – care when Australia Day is held. They just see opportunities for firing up their conservative base, putting on the frighteners and setting people against each other. It’s base politics and I think we should try to ignore it as far as possible.

    2. Exactly the same thing is happening with Bernardi’s ridiculous top 100 songs thing. He’s just using leverage to increase his party’s public profile. In some ways he has a point. Saying “I like this music” isn’t really all that outrageous a thing to do, and as soon as I had a look at the Spotify list and saw it had nothing identifying the Australian Conservatives any longer (no identification at all in fact), I lost interest in the whole subject. The only thing keeping it alive is Bernardi’s increasingly inflammatory comments, and I think they’re better ignored. The correct response is that of Jimmy Barnes – who cares about Bernardi’s musical tastes?

    There’s a copyright and intellectual property issue as well, but as long as Bernardi’s mob don’t actually claim the songs or use them for campaigning purposes, it’s probably not going to come up. Complaining loudly about what he’s done is just what he wants.

    3. It’s long been clear that January 26 as a day of celebration is an arbitrary choice with nothing much attached to it. There’s nothing to call on to support it other than the nebulous concept of ‘tradition’ as it doesn’t celebrate anything more significant than the dumping of prisoners. Clinging to it in the face of other much more suitable dates does way more damage than good.

    4. On a more general note, all RW commentators are merely attention seekers, as are a large number of government MPs. The less they are responded to – whenever they say ridiculous things looking for reactions – the less effect they can have. Fight on policy, not on ‘opinion’.

  15. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/james-campbell/james-campbell-to-peter-dutton-no-minister-youre-wrong/news-story/9e1342664e427f56cf815da1fb5fff79
    Paywalled, google the URL or try opening via twitter. Its a pretty good op-ed. Not the first time he’s said something like it. Not everyone at The Hun is on board with the fed govt beat up.

  16. While wasting time this afternoon I did one of those on-line quizzes that purports to test your intelligence or whatnot. Anyway, after doing the quiz (and guessing at a couple) I checked the answers and got 11/12. But they didn’t explain why the answers were right or wrong, so I set about trying to find the reasoning behind the answers via search engines. This one still baffles me though:

    Q: Which of the following is the odd one out:

    I now know the answer of course (won’t reveal that just yet), but I have no idea why. Can anyone tell my the right answer, and what the link between the rest is supposed to be?

  17. Surgical abortions should be available in every public hospital in Australia and should be free on Medicare.

    Those want to object to abortions can think on this – if you don’t agree with abortion then don’t have one.

  18. Twitter is alive with USA shutdown. I have avoided trying to find out what is happening over there. There is so much horrible stuff happening here. Will this event matter in any way to us here?

    • Shutdowns happen regularly over there. Here’s a list –

      All it means is their senate, for whatever reason, has failed to pass appropriations legislation that allows funding for government operations and agencies. This time the Senate could not agree on a new budget.

      I think this one will be sorted quickly, because Trump planned to go to Mar-a-Lago this weekend and as things stand right now there might not be any money to allow the trip.

  19. Oh well. You have to agree that the USA asked for this. Not that the Trump voter will ever see it as anything but the Democrats fault. I had a long polite discussion on Facebook with a Trump supporter from Chicago.

    Nothing, but nothing, could pierce his bias for Trump.

    • I think it is widespread, Puff.

      I have two relatives (by marriage) there with whom it is impossible to argue. They are first-class people with whom I’ve become very close, except on those issues. One is from a diehard Republican family which they’d support in any circumstances. The other possibly is, but is very worldly on most things and differing cultures. It surprises me because I love them and regard them as fine human beings, and that won’t change regardless of politics.

      I do not understand the dynamics of US politics, which are different from here. Even the tiers of government differ, with counties and states having much more authority and autonomy than here. Trades unions are strong in some parts of the country and impotent in others. Race politics was not a big thing in the two states I visited but clearly is in many other parts.

      I put down the differences to their different perceptions. The Clintons and Obama were resented for many deals they’d done with the banking and big business powers. I think that was a factor, and one you’d feel more strongly if you didn’t come from their side of politics. I still have trouble understanding how you’d side with Trump or Dubya, but perhaps it has something to do with the decline of the major parties while still essentially only having two to choose from as we do.

  20. God, the return of Bill Maher is a breath of fresh air. Tonight’s show had everything I wanted. Waspish clever criticism of Trump, speaking out against the sacrifice of Al Franken, discussion of this awful tax bill, and refreshing, frank talk of Trump’s base essentially being a cult, and the risk of that cult re-electing him in 2020.

    I didn’t much like Andrew Sullivan’s contributions though. He was arguing that the Democrats should just give in and let Trump build his wall “because it’s impossible to build in the first place”. I agreed with the other panellists that that simply wouldn’t work. Because Trump would seize this victory, gloat about it, then give them nothing in return for it.

    I think the Democrats should dig in firmly over this shutdown. The Republicans chose to go down this path of ruthless politics, so they should reap the whirlwind. Let them preside over a government with no funding. The Republicans were happy to do it and show zero goodwill in making it work again, so, let them taste what they started. Mitch McConnell held out for a whole year just to get Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Let the nation truly know what they did by electing this tyrant.

  21. My chihuahua, tiffany, went blind age about 10. Coped OK but when she got old, and I suppose her other senses had deteriorated the blindness bothered her.

    Goodness me! Been caught up in planning my Tassie fruit tree garden. Working out cider apple tree varieties—the Cider Workshop people must be sick of me. Work out distances between trees and between rows. Work out what I need to do to make the ground suitable to take and nourish etc the trees. A lot. I thought mounds and that is good but as I found not enough. Needed deep ripping of the ground where the trees were to go.

    Found a contractor with a tractor and attachments that will do it. He lives quite close—but on the other side of the river! $200 just to get him to drive his tractor some kilometres to the bridge then back up to where I am. He will also plough the ground where all the trees will go—great, ground will be easily workable.

    Then the dwarf desert apple. Work out a lot of trees I “must have” then winnow that right down. HM websites and books etc, phew.

    Then the cherries, can be espaliered says the tree nursery website. Sure, but not at all like apples and pears!

    Pears, a brew buddy (an American) suggested I plant perry pears. Perry, like cider but made from pears. Pears you can’t eat, so astringent! Not even pigs will eat them. Scrat them into small pieces, press the juice, run it into a sterilised barrel, fit an airlock and forget about it for a while. Suits me.

    Still haven’t worked out exactly where the dwarf apple, cherry and pear trees will go, depends on where my house will go and haven’t even thought about that yet. Also other considerations—sun and shade line.

    Will be on my block late March-early April work on the soil there and build the mounds—oh my poor arthritic shoulders!

    Some things related to the NBN have happened in the last few weeks, will make a post on that soon.

    Happy 2018!

    • KK make sure you can drive your ride on mower between the trees

      Makes it easier to maintain your property

    • 5 metres between rows, 4.6m between trees in a row, 2m between the two rows of dwarf trees that will be espaliered.

      and ride on mower it will be!

  22. Some cool paddy fields.
    Since 1993, the farmers of the Japanese village of Inakadate has been creating art on rice paddy fields. By intermixing purple and yellow-leafed rice with local green-leafed variety, imaginative farmers in rural Japan create large scale rice paddy artworks in their fields. Each year these farmers plant rice of different variety to create new artworks and they last all through the growing season until the time of harvest.


    2 samples.


  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Trump begins the shutdown blame game – via Twitter of course.
    New figures show the amount staked on poker machines in some parts of Sydney’s west leapt by “inexplicably” large amounts lending credibility they are vehicles for criminals to launder illicit profits.
    Australia has one of the world’s worst extinction records and a national State of the Environment report last year declared biodiversity – which includes plant and animal species, habitats and ecological communities – was worsening.
    The SMH editorial isn’t impressed by the government’s response to it.
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that Darren Chester has come out criticising all the pork barrelling and how it erodes public trust. A nice little shot at Barnaby as payback?
    Peter Martin examines the questionable dynamics of the Hottest 100 and the like.
    Former High Commissioner to Nigeria and Ghana, Jon Richardson, tells us we need a more sophisticated understanding of African migrants.
    James Campbell gets right behind Jeff Kennett’s takedown of Dutton. Google.
    Mornington Peninsula residents are fed up with tourists trashing the place.
    A former army member arrested in Serbia in a major drugs investigation ran a business with his alleged co-accused that went bust with $11.5 million in debts and accusations of illegal conduct.
    Phillip Inman contends that Britain’s tired old economy isn’t strong enough for Brexit.

  24. Section 2 . . .

    Southern Australia is facing a power crisis as temperatures climb toward another sweltering scorcher late in the week and the national grid comes under pressure to cope with anticipated demand. The hot weather that baked Victoria, South Australia and NSW on Thursday and Friday, severely stressing electricity supplies as Australians turned up their air conditioners, was a close call. This year I have a 3.5kVa generator set as back up.
    The Turnbull Government is yet to end its love affair with coal. Instead it blames the problems on activists and has directed the government’s export finance agency, Efic, to lend where other financiers fear to tread. This looks like denial, the first stage of grieving for a lost lover. The Australia Institute researchers Tony Shields and Rod Campbell believe the long romance with coal is finally losing its spark.
    Jess Irvine pushes back against the school canteen revolution.
    Like all of Trump’s behaviour, the real danger of this porn star episode of Trump’s episode is that it inures Americans not to Mr Trump’s bad behaviour, but to diminishing expectations for the presidency and public life.
    Sushi anyone?
    Not only were British colonists at war with Australia’s First People, but irrefutable evidence shows that – at least in Tasmania – they were trying to wipe them from the Earth. Dr Kristyn Harman reports.
    Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman has confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the “powerful army” of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison.

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding and the first unAustralians.

    Paul Zanetti and Australia Day music.

    Matt Golding on baby boomers eschewing condom use.

  25. Why this couple doesn’t mind melting inside their ice-cream van every summer day

    Was the obesity epidemic caused by having “Greensleeves” as early on-hold music?

    Ignore the “Mr Whippy” branding – the real vans sounded much worse.

    * Loud and distorted. Forget <insert guitar hero here> – think nth generation cassette-to-cassette tape copy of a copy. Add some doppler/multipath distortion as it trundled around the baking suburban streets, and it was … distinctive.

    * Slow and dirge-like; UK ice cream van videos are too fast and chipper.

    This is plausible – turned up to 11:

  26. 2gravel

    No, yesterday was a no go. Right when it was in to the final stages an ,as they called it, ‘Rogue vessel’ decided to wander through the launch range.@$#@$%$% Grrrrrrr.. .

    As a wee ‘un my fave part of watching the Apollo launches of the 60s and 70s was seeing the various stages detach and drift off far above the earth in what looked like slo mo. It really brought home that you are in space and “we’re not in Kansas anymore”. So it was wunderbar to see it again. That and living to hear a 10,9,8….. space mission count down with a Kiwi accent 🙂

    • Happening here, just not with planes – yet.

      Hillsong, Shirelive, any other church affiliated with the mob of con artists calling themselves ‘Australian Christian Churches’, formerly known as ‘Assemblies of God in Australia’. They preach the ‘prosperity gospel’ – if you tithe to one of these churches and make extra donations as well then God will make you rich.

      SloMo is a Shirelive member. Maybe he thinks God will fix his budget deficit.


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