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This will be the thread that will be in use for a extended period of time unless some one else wishes to post one.Now that Ned is well again I will be away for some time doing bits and pieces, going back and forth ,flying,boating but no driving or as little as possible.

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Things are still relatively quiet even with Barnyards rorting so the blog will just continue along with all your wonderful comments . I’m sure things will heat up as the year rolls along and we can expect the later half of the year to get busy as we get closer till the next federal Election .

 

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  1. The last Labor leader to speak out against a war the US had dragged us into was Simon Crean. He was rewarded by being removed as leader. Since then Labor has always supported whatever war is going, dolling up their support as ‘we support our troops’ but really too chicken to go against anything our (alleged) allies might be doing.

    Now Labor is supporting the US/UK/France bombing strike on Syria. I wouldn’t expect anything else.

    Bastards, the war-mongering lot of them. When it comes to pointless wars both sides of politics really are the same.

    • And then they all refuse to deal with the influx of migrants. They should at least plan for their evacuation and protection. Hardly the case.

  2. Down the Aisle..
    Your shopping correspondent.

    I see how they do it now..those cunning shelf planners in the supermarkets…How they do product placement in such a way, with the colour-coordination of similar shaped products with their labels all lined up at eye-level and the shiny, bright, flickering labels catching your eye like it does…combined with a cunning and devious use of the fluro lighting from above..A walk down the aisle of the supermarket can be as mesmerising as a hypnotist’s swinging fob-watch!

    You become mesmerised by the shiny packaging and the glinting light of the fluros off them so that you cannot even see the product you first set out to buy even when you are standing right in front of the bloody things!!….I mean..THERE THEY ARE!..staring you in the face but you can’t see them because you have just been hypnotised by the continuing stream of another product mesmerising your mind and now instead of purchasing those cotton-wool buds you came down the chemist products aisle to get, you find you have an almost insatiable urge to buy and instantly consume two dozen economy sized boxes of “choco flavoured laxettes”!

    Another trick they get you on is the smell-factor…: You’ve been at the shopping for nearly an hour now and the old tummy suddenly starts churning and pushing the “hungreeee” button, just as you reach the cheese counter then on your way past the cooked chicken display…and you can just bet they have some sort of tricky fan there stoked with an msg enhancing chicken scent wafting out over the aisle and creating a olfactory riot amongst the dieting young first-time mothers who have just had babies and are trying to get the bod’ back into shape so they can squeeze back into that size 12 swimsuit they used to fit…it’s cruel..

    But if you reckon the health/medical supplies aisle is bad, you wait till you hit the lollies and chocolate dept’!…It’s no accident they have that glinty cellophane wrapper on the lollies..all tumbling out of those little “self-help” boxes like pixies and elves just wanting to frolic about on your taste-buds and help pile on those pounds! …and the chocolate blocks with that golden sheen stroking your vision like a demented Barbara Eden in “I dream of Jeannie”…and don’t tell me it’s just an electrical fault that the fluros flicker in just THAT aisle..so that the hypnotic “voices” calling you from the bars of “Old Gold”(70 % cocoa) , or the crispy wrapped “Mega Mix” of the Ferrero Rocher shelf is a relentless cooee to the ancient animal carnivore in us all crying ; “EAT THE FLESH!…EAT THE FLESH!” sending the more weak-willed chocoholics into a weeping frenzy..(I’ve see it, I tell you!!), tearing wildly at the wrapper and sinking their teeth deliciously and ravenously drooling into the “flesh” of thick hazelnut milk chocolate!!..Can we criticise them?..can we condemn them (I’m asking for a friend)…and, btw…the security personnel ought to show a degree more consideration as well and not just roughly throw them out on their ear!

    Till next time…signing off…; your shopping correspondent.

    • Thanks for the advice, Puff’…and though I am only a couple of years into my “pensionership”, I have not yet..YET.. reached that level of poverty that makes such a visit so inviting!…

      BTW…
      I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those of you on the site who have come across to read my recent articles. It is always an appreciated action when there are those willing to brave authoritarian dissent to read and comment on more radical content than is usually appreciated on even some “left-wing” sites.
      I have been born with an unfortunate irascible nature that constantly brings me into conflict with those more conservative moderators and bloggers whom, one must not complain of, but compliment, have the best interests of their reading “charges” at heart, and like a caring Aunt’, not wanting to let too radical or contentious material corrupt both the temperament or sensitivities of those who wish to maintain their own particular “brand” of politics to a level of what we in the building trade would equivalate to : “eye-sweet”!
      So again, I thank those of you who may enjoy a venture..a ramble.. into the wilds of “radical nature” when you do read my posts, and I welcome you to comment when and how you will, good bad or indifferent, because THAT is the driving motivation of true liberation of both the will and the spirit of the left-wing movement of a populace.
      See you (hopefully) again soon!

    • And I think it the height of hypocrisy for supermarkets to complain about having to catch shoplifters when they set up the system where the customer instead of staff go and get the products, and us all that psychologically invasive methods to get people to take more.

      I am not approving of shoplifting at all.

      But supermarkets sacking checkout operators and installing self-service (you do all the work you dumb bahstards) scanners who then complain that the less-than-law-abiding Australian population scans toasted almonds as raw peanuts or premium fruit as carrots never brings much sympathy from me.

      Of course I never miss-scan anything because I refuse to use them, I would rather walk away with no shopping if they cannot have a human to serve me.

  3. gigilene

    This UK journo ‘gets it”. First bit posted. Note the comment about taking refugees from the shit we create. Amazed to see it in The Independent. They publish Cockburn and Fisk but are amongst the most full on when it comes to propaganda about Syria.

    Hey Uncle Donald!

    We just wanted to say thanks for letting us join in the international p***ing contest you started after Vlad’s half-tamed Syrian thug got out of line.

    We were feeling a bit lonely here on our island because we’ve alienated just about all of our allies and it would have been too much were it just Emmanuel Macron who got to talk tough about red lines and play at being your BFF.

    The thought of the French playing le poodle in Syria for the second time when it’s our job – it doesn’t bear thinking about.

    Just so you know, this is how we plan to play it over the next few days.

    We’ll continue to make a big fuss while crying crocodile tears for the Syrians who got gassed, even though, like you, we’re not having them rock up on our shores if they decide to flee the carnage. We’ll leave that to Angela Merkel!

    We’ll have a load of emergency cabinet meetings and get the media to photograph and film us looking all serious and grave on the way in and out..

    We’re hoping all this will give our people the impression that we’re statesmen and women rather than the worst government in British political history. I’m sure …………………………………….

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-syria-bombs-military-intervention-theresa-may-boris-johnson-a8304536.html

  4. Well this article makes it official that the Grauniad is no different to the Telegraph or the Australian when it comes to being a mouthpiece for the great and good. Utter deliberate bullshit. “seven years of relentless savagery in Syria” that ‘we” initated and supported. So low did “we” go we were happy to support and aid Al Qaeda and 50 shades of head choppers in Syria.

    F

    “After seven years of failing to act in Syria, we can audit where a non-interventionist policy has got us. It has been an utter catastrophe

    Over seven years of relentless savagery in Syria, the hands of the leaders of the western powers have been wedged firmly under their bottoms.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/15/syria-assad-doing-nothing-disastrous-policy-missile-strikes

  5. Just about Turnbull justifying air strikes because chemical weapons were used on children –

    This country colluded with the US to use white phosphorous in Fallujah, after making sure no civilians, including children, could leave before that particular strike took place. We also destroyed the only hospital and the two medical clinics in the place so victims of the strike had nowhere to go for medical attention. This atrocity was overseen by Jim Molan, now being feted by Turnbull as a war hero, when actually all he did was sit at a desk and monitor drone feeds.

    Some grim reading –
    http://onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=7710

    https://ahtribune.com/world/asia-pacific/2130-jim-molan.html

    There are obvious comparisons to be made with the current strikes on Syria, the same phoney justifications, the same fake tears, the same political rhetoric.

    When we consider the war crimes our own commanders have committed in the recent past we should be asking what right does any Australian PM have to now shed crocodile tears over the use of chemical weapons.

    If saying that makes me one of Andrew Rawnsley’s ‘hand-wringing’ left then I’m happy to wear that label.

  6. 50 years ago my primary school teacher took our class to see this movie, lordy I am feeling old. There are two movies I have seen which “blew my mind” . This is one of them. Loved it.

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  7. My attitude to Syria is that the US has decided to attack for whatever reason, and any talk of chemicals etc is just the cover story. It might seem they’re getting lazier about their alibis but it’s probably not the case. It’s just that the internet has made claims much easier to fact-check than used to be the case.

    The US wouldn’t care about that. Their attitude would be, “Who cares? We’re going to do it anyway, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it, so you can choose to believe our justification or not, it makes no difference.”

    It’s humiliating for us to have to put up with it, and probably discomforting for all those press outlets that are obliged to report this stuff straight, because it’s same lazy old justification they used for invading Iraq. They haven’t even bothered to come up with a new idea.

  8. Well that went downhill in an awful rush. As soon as Archie Roach finished his performance in the games closing it went to turned to an absolute melee of nobodies and no talents and absolute crud.

    • Tuned in for a bit of the closing ceremony as well as a bit of the opening ceremony and both times the music was flat as it was far too slow so the singers, amateur musicians and dancers could keep up

  9. ‘Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen but pose as moral crusaders in Syria’

    The Syria attack reveals the hypocrisy of the West – which fuels the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen despite documented abuses – but relies on unverified claims to punish Syria, journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark told RT.

    As Riyadh’s campaign in Yemen enters its fourth year, it has been repeatedly accused by rights groups of civilian casualties during the bombardment. However, in Syria’s case, reports of a chemical weapon attack in Douma that are yet to be independently corroborated became the trigger for a coordinated military action, Clark pointed out.

    “On the one hand, they are rolling out the red carpet for Saudi leaders and they are supporting, either directly or indirectly, the Saudi bombing of Yemen, which is causing a great humanitarian catastrophe – and how many children has that conflict killed?

    “On the other hand, they pose as moral paragons, as moral crusaders when they claim children have died in Syria’s chemical weapons attack without evidence,” he said.

    Clark argued that by continuing its weapons sales to Riyadh, the West “has been feeding and supporting that conflict.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/424195-us-uk-yemen-saudi-syria-double-standards/

  10. Independent Swiss Lab Says ‘BZ Toxin’ Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian

    emember how we were told my the politicians (not the scientists) that a deadly Novichok nerve agent – produced by Russia – was used in the attempted assassination of the Skripals? Remember the 50 questions (here and here) we had surrounding the ‘facts’ as Theresa May had laid them out? Ever wonder why, given how utterly deadly we were told this chemical was, the Skripals wondered around for a few hours after being ‘infected’ and then days later, survived with no chronic damage?

    Well those doubts may well have just been answered as according to the independent Swiss state Spiez lab, the substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, which was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.

    RT reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, citing the results of the examination conducted by a Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW), that Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ.

    The Swiss center sent the results to the OPCW.

    However, the UN chemical watchdog limited itself only to confirming the formula of the substance used to poison the Skripals in its final report without mentioning anything about the other facts presented in the Swiss document, the Russian foreign minister added.

    He went on to say that Moscow would ask the OPCW about its decision to not include any other information provided by the Swiss in its report.

    On a side note, the Swiss lab is also an internationally recognized center of excellence in the field of the nuclear, biological, and chemical protection and is one of the five centers permanently authorized by the OPCW.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-14/independent-swiss-lab-says-bz-toxin-used-skripal-poisoning-usuk-produced-not

  11. I thought the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony had good parts (especially Aboriginal performances) but missed the mark.

    The Closing Ceremony is just woeful.

    To top it off, Channel Seven did not telecast the Parade of Athletes, lead out by our Gold-winning Para Athlete Kurt Kearnley carrying the Australian Flag. Instead they showed that woeful My Kitchen Rules, (which I refuse to watch).

    A lot of stuff where I can hardly make the words out, people singing one after the other with lousy acoustics. and people waving glow sticks or hands out of time, and everything else is dark.

  12. At destroyed Syria lab, workers say they produce antidotes to snake venom not toxic weapons

    The site, according to Western powers, was part of the Syrian government’s “chemical weapons infrastructure.”

    But Said told AFP only non-lethal research and development was under way at the centre.

    “As we work in civilian pharmaceutical and chemical research, we did not expect that we would be hit,” he said.

    Instead, the centre had been producing antidotes to scorpion and snake venom while running tests on chemical products used in making food, medicine and children’s toys, according to Said.

    “If there were chemical weapons, we would not be able to stand here. I’ve been here since 5:30 am in full health — I’m not coughing,” he added.

    Saturday’s strikes came in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held town east of Damascus one week ago, which medics say killed more than 40 people.

    Inspectors from the world’s chemical watchdog were set to enter the town of Douma on Saturday to investigate the claims.

    Said said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had visited the site in Barzeh in recent years and had declared it free of any toxic weapons.

    “The OPCW used to stay in the two upper rooms, and use the labs, and we would cooperate with them completely,” he said.

    “The OPCW has proven in two reports that this building and the centre as a whole are empty and do not produce any chemical weapons.”

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/at-destroyed-syria-lab-workers-say-they-produce-antidotes-to-snake-venom-not-toxic-weapons/story-e2OIzVf2RqPMMuRK0XdK0H.html

  13. Russian diplomat expulsions signal crude side of Western intention

    The fact that major Western powers can gang up and “sentence” a foreign country without following the same procedures other countries abide by and according to the basic tenets of international law is chilling. During the Cold War, not one Western nation would have dared to make such a provocation and yet today it is carried out with unrestrained ease. Such actions are nothing more than a form of Western bullying that threatens global peace and justice.

    Over the past few years the international standard has been falsified and manipulated in ways never seen before. The fundamental reason behind reducing global standards is rooted in post-Cold War power disparities. The US, along with their allies, jammed their ambitions into the international standards so their actions, which were supposed to follow a set of standardized procedures and protocol, were really nothing more than profit-seizing opportunities designed only for themselves. These same Western nations activated in full-force public opinion-shaping platforms and media agencies to defend and justify such privileges.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1095361.shtml

  14. It was not Ch7 fault they did not broadcast the athletes entering the stadium. They were not allowed to as the organising committee decided to get the athletes in place before started.

    “THE fans were disappointed the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony wasn’t about the athletes and so were Jo Griggs and Basil Zempilas.

    The Channel 7 anchors tore the ceremony to shreds at its conclusion. This is the full transcript:”

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/commonwealth-games/closing-ceremony-live-all-the-colour-and-news-from-the-final-night-of-the-commonwealth-games/news-story/8a2fabaeb4501f9f5acab72db37c2f3b

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hannam writes that at some point, climate change must be injected into the energy debate.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/at-some-point-climate-change-must-be-injected-into-the-energy-debate-20180411-p4z8yl.html
    Signs have emerged that Moscow and Washington want to pull back from the worst crisis in their relations for years.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/middle-east/vladimir-putin-predicts-global-chaos-if-west-strikes-syria-again-20180416-p4z9sv.html
    Urban Wronskui headlines this week’s contribution with “Trump reaches for the Tomahawk while Turnbull’s rivals sharpen their knives.
    https://urbanwronski.com/2018/04/15/trump-reaches-for-the-tomahawk-while-turnbulls-rivals-sharpen-their-knives/
    Greg Jericho tells us to get ready for a pre-election barrel of pork.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2018/apr/14/get-set-for-a-pre-election-budget-doling-out-the-pork
    So my decision to go nowhere near the telecast of the Games closing ceremony was well founded!
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/commonwealth-games-2018/seven-s-own-commentators-slam-commonwealth-games-closing-ceremony-20180415-p4z9sf.html
    What to do with a flesh-eating ulcer outbreak sweeping the Mornington Peninsula?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/flesh-eating-ulcer-outbreak-exploding-epidemic-in-victoria-20180413-p4z9ig.html
    Noel Towell tells us that its brand is damaged and the Greens face urgent repair job.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/brand-damaged-greens-face-urgent-repair-job-20180415-p4z9r7.html
    No charges will be laid following a federal police investigation into the “unbelievably negligent” disappearance of hundreds of classified documents from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s department. But Parkinson’s not off the hook!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-charges-to-be-laid-following-police-investigation-into-cabinet-files-disappearance-20180415-p4z9py.html
    Increasing tax on capital gains, including the sale of investment properties, a core Labor policy, would increase rents, reduce economic growth, and sap state government coffers by $1 billion a year — more than twice the extra tax raised at the federal level — an analysis has found. It was the Housing Industry Association’s study.
    https://www.outline.com/HwuCx6
    This morning the banking royal commission public hearings recommence. This time the spotlight is on financial planning. Should be entertaining. And it looks like our new favourite Rowena Orr will open the batting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/banking-royal-commission-turns-its-gaze-to-dodgy-planners-fees-20180413-p4z9jh.html
    Adele Ferguson previews what will be a tough two weeks for the industry. She says it will be a horror two weeks as bank after bank parades some unsavoury conduct.
    https://www.outline.com/Tpqtyt
    Some of Clive Palmer’s shady deals are coming under notice as the liquidators start digging.
    https://outline.com/8XX9bh

  16. Section 2 . . .

    Australian Taxation Office boss Chris Jordan, in an email co-signed by other executives, has told its 20,000 public servants that it welcomes an investigation announced by the federal government this week and that the agency wants to restore public confidence.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/we-re-not-perfect-ato-boss-says-agency-wants-to-restore-confidence-20180413-p4z9h4.html
    As if Starbucks coffee wasn’t bad enough!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/reprehensible-starbucks-apologises-after-arrests-of-two-black-men-20180416-p4z9sy.html
    A spare parts shortage for the futuristic strike fighters being bought by Australia is so severe that minor items such as plastic clips for pilots’ oxygen masks have taken two weeks to be replaced. This project, if it already isn’t one, could turn out to be another defence procurement disaster.
    https://outline.com/psseY2
    Bill Shorten has warned the government Labor won’t support a bill to ban overseas political donations unless provisions to protect charities are strengthened.
    https://www.outline.com/tNSp59
    Peter FitzSimons’ weekend column.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/folau-walks-fine-line-after-remarks-about-gay-community-20180413-p4z9ir.html
    This study points to the degree of economic inequality as a driver of the prevalence of sexy selfies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/sexy-selfies-just-latest-step-to-win-complex-game-of-evolution-20180410-p4z8op.html
    Richo says that the Libs always pride themselves on being superior financial managers to Labor. Berejiklian may be trashing that reputation. Quite a good read.
    https://www.outline.com/YZH2k2
    More big projects will end up like Sydney’s light rail debacle with governments fighting contractors in court if Australia does not take a less “adversarial” approach to infrastructure contracts, Aecom’s global chief risk officer Regis Damour has warned.
    https://www.outline.com/dmpggr
    The federal government should cut the number of people coming to Australia on temporary work visas rather than exploiting fears about permanent migrants, Sally McManus has said.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/15/actus-sally-mcmanus-calls-for-cut-in-temporary-work-visa-numbers
    Chris Bowen has written an op-ed to further explain Labor’s imputation credit policy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/tax/just-plain-wrong-chris-bowen-responds-over-franking-credits-20180412-p4z95x.html
    Thousands of private health insurance customers have seen the cost of their premiums soar well above the expected 3.95% average increase, with figures showing more than a dozen policies have jumped by double-digit figures.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/15/private-health-insurance-analysis-shows-double-digit-rise-in-some-premiums
    The SMH editorial concludes with “The internet has brought to the world magnificent benefits. They can be buttressed, while the associated risks and costs can and should be crimped. Minimalist regulation would do this by making things far fairer for consumers.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/facebook-users-merit-a-fairer-go-20180415-p4z9r0.html
    Why politicians must set their sights on Facebook.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2018/apr/15/why-the-politicians-must-set-their-sights-on-facebook

  17. Section 3 . . .

    On Saturday Victoria’s Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy, reportedly received suggestions from a Liberal party branch to give parents increased access to gay conversion therapy. The ultra-conservative in the party will not lie down.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/i-would-have-tried-gay-conversion-therapy-20180415-p4z9sh.html
    Luke Williams exposes Australia’s failing complaint systems, public services and legal culture when it comes to workplace sexual harassment.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/comcare-how-our-workplaces-ostracise-sexual-harassment-victims,11392

  18. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner.

    David Rowe doesn’t think Trump quite gets it.

    Sean Leahy on the Games closing ceremony.

    Two more from Leahy.


    And three good ones from Jon Kudelka.



    Alan Moir with Gladys’s transport woes.

    Roy Taylor with kids’ punishment then and now.

    This effort from David Pope over the weekend was a classic!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0.html
    Another little ripper from Jon Kudelka!
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/6712c1e4e65b3ecd1377c97b81c7db3a

  19. I enjoyed watching Matthew Lesh from the IPA trying to pick an online fight with Sally McManus yesterday. The man’s got no idea. Not only did he bring only one tired old weapon – McManus’ claim that it’s ok to break the law when the law is unjust – but he tried to leverage it the same way Malcolm Roberts did with Brian Cox, by demanding McManus have a public debate with him.

    And even then, this is all the same tactic that was used against Julia Gillard years ago: take one comment, out of context, and hammer and hammer and hammer away at it. McManus is right. She doesn’t have time to waste on fleas like Lesh. Maybe on a lazy Sunday afternoon on Twitter, but not for real. Here’s her neat summary:

    • Sally McManus’s interview on Insiders yesterday was wonderful. If you haven’t seen it then you really should.

    • Saw that too, then blocked him. I can’t understand people retweeting it and responding to his idiocy. Sally put it right in her response.

  20. The last time I took any notice of the Commonwealth Games was the 1982 Brisbane games, and only because I was forced to do it. (Teaching, had to pretend to be interested.)

    Since then I have not bothered at all.

    I know these big international sports carnivals are tonnes of fun for the athletes, and make a small fortune for suppliers of condoms, but for the rest of us they are just a financial burden, and we get nothing in return for al the millions we invest in training elite athletes.

    It’s a very sore point with me that our young people have to saddle themselves with years of debt to get a uni degree but sports persons get their years at the AIS for free. If they are successful they land advertising contracts worth millions for modelling undies or flogging muesli bars, then they go on to lucrative contracts as sports commentators. Meanwhile our uni graduates struggle on average wages – if they can find work.

    Our priorities in this allegedly sports-mad country are seriously warped.

    Every so often someone will demand a HECS-type scheme for the AIS, like this –
    https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/free-ride-for-sports-just-not-equitable-20130227-2f6c6.html
    Politicians on both sides will immediately fall over themselves in the rush to defend free training for elite athletes. Politicians just love being photographed with medal winners, but is the cost of those medals really worth it? I don’t think so. If you want to devote your youth to learning how to run in circles faster than other chaps, or on jumping over bits of wood or on swimming up and down a poll faster than anyone else then why don’t you pay for that training yourself?

    • Many of these “elite athletes” are only elite for some time.And most of them receive no help or very little. Also, most of them end up going through uni and paying HECS back. Son was a good player as a boy, helped only by his parents, even on his French tennis circuit tour. He ended up burnt out and started uni. Uni gave him a BA Hon. grant and Doctorate grant. Prior to that he had HECS which he’s still paying back.

  21. Just what we need, a yes man as Chief of Defence

    The ABC understands Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today announce Lieutenant General Angus Campbell as Australia’s next Defence Chief.

    He will replace Mark Binskin in July.

    The current Chief of Joint Operations, David Johnston, is set to become the Vice-Chief of Defence.

    Lieutenant General Campbell rose to public prominence in 2013 as the first commander of Operation Sovereign Borders.

    More to come.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/angus-campbell-to-be-australias-next-chief-of-defence/9662342

    Way, way over his level of competence.

  22. blockquote>Syria: What Just Happened

    The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab Republic to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma.

    The OPCW has been working in close collaboration with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team.

    This means that the effort by the US and its allies on the UN Security Council, to squash that investigation, has failed at the OPCW, even though the effort had been successful at blocking UN support for that specific investigation.

    The OPCW is not part of the UN, nor of any country; it, instead (as introduced by Wikipedia):

    is an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 192 member states, has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavour for the permanent and verifiable elimination of chemical weapons.

    In conformity with the unchallenged international consensus that existed during the 1990s that there was no longer any basis for war between the world’s major powers, the Convention sought and achieved a UN imprimatur, but this was only in order to increase its respect throughout the world. The OPCW is based not on the UN Charter but on that specific treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, which was formally approved by the UN’s General Assembly on 30 November 1992 and was then opened for signatures in Paris on 13 January 1993. According to the Convention’s terms, it would enter into effect 180 days after 65 nations signed it, which turned out to be on 29 April 1997.

    So, although the treaty itself received UN approval, the recent Russian-sponsored resolution at the UN’s Security Council to have the UN endorse the OPCW’s investigation of the 7 April 2018 Douma incident, did not receive UN approval. It was instead blocked by the US and its allies. Nonetheless, though without a UN endorsement, the OPCW investigation into the incident will move forward, despite the invasion. This fact is momentous, because a credible international inspection, by the world’s top investigatory agency for such matters, will continue to completion, notwithstanding the effort by the US and its allies on the UN Security Council, to block it altogether. This decision was reached by the OPCW — not by the UN

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/04/15/what-just-happened.html

  23. There Are Some ‘Problems’ with the Gas Cylinders Videos Used by the White Helmets as “Evidence” of Douma Attack

    While horrible photos (link 18+) of people allegedly killed in the April 7 Douma attack rapidly became widely known after they had been released by the White Helmets, there was something ignored by the media.

    Besides the photos of the dead bodies, Douma “media activists” also released videos showing two compressed gas cylinders, which had allegedly been used by “the Assad regime” to conduct the chemical attack on Douma.

    These videos raise some questions.

    Lets look at the compressed gas cylinder #1 (revealed on April 8):

    This was the first video showing the alleged compressed gas cylinder used in the attack. It appeared on April 8, a day after the first reports about the attack (April 7).

    This cylinder was allegedly dropped from some helicopter of the Syrian Arab Air Force, made a hole in the roof and appeared in some apartment inside the building

    https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Screenshot_1-17-1024×576.jpg?x22691

    The question is why is the cylinder is undamaged after falling from hundreds of meters above and crashing into the roof? Another issue is that it looks like the cylinder was able to made a hole in the roof but failed to damage the bed.

    https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/1-112-1024×700.jpg?x22691

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-there-are-some-problems-with-the-gas-cylinders-videos-used-by-the-white-helmets-as-evidence-of-douma-attack/5635959

  24. Fred (@eJames39)

    The White Helmets make me go hmmmmm. Trained and set up by a senior UK military intelligence officer, James Le Mesurier. Yet they work freely among the most choppy of head choppers, .

    • Former officer. Although being in the ‘intelligence’ retirement would be a somewhat fluid concept.

    • There are times when I think we are actually living in the background of a serial doorstep airport novel. Trump and Putin and May (and the current leadership of our Liberal party and their ilk around the world) are becoming more and more ‘cardboard cut-out’ in their actions and words. It’s almost enough to be ready to take a red pill (or is it the blue one) just to work out that The Matrix does/not exist.
      I’m not quite sure which outcome I would prefer …

  25. On the commonwealth games, it seems that a lot of people are blaming the organisers for people not seeing the teams enter the stadium but surely the blame must go with channel 7 for insisting that they show my kitchen rules beforehand. The organisers shouldn’t tailor their schedule to fit the broadcaster and the indignation from the likes of Johanna Griggs just seemed like deflection (although to be fair she couldn’t slam her bosses, lest she get booted from Better homes and gardens.)

    • On RN this morning I think they said CH7 had to take the feed from the host broadcaster. NEP Australia. NEP is some US media mob.

    • If Channel 7 thought MKR was more important than showing the full closing ceremony then that tells me the games, or the bastardised version Channel 7 had been showing, has been a ratings loser.

      Channel 7 know what their viewers want, so obviously those viewers were going to be livid if a cooking show was bumped for a bunch of athletes marching around an oval.

      Are people sick of these sportfests? Are viewers preferring to watch something else?

      Honestly, I can’t see what all the whinging is about. Seen one closing ceremony march-on, seen them all.

  26. The whole strike on Syria, alleged use of chemical weapons business is starting to sound like a replay of Iraq and the claims going to war there was essential because Saddam had WMDs,

    How many times can the Yanks pull this sort of stunt, and why are the world’s leaders always sucked into supporting said stunts?

    • Ah Mike Nahan, or as we in the West call him Ned Flanders.But as he was, between 1995 and 2005 , Executive Director of the IPA not so much a harmless ‘Ned’ as a part of the Neoliberal Borg.

  27. Er, no

    Probably the biggest reason the banking royal commission exists is because of the litany of financial planning scandals which have cost many thousands of people their life savings.

    It exists because pressure from Labor made the banks beg Trumble for it, with their designed terms of reference.

    It has an end date and the culprits don’t risk porridge. Did I mention restitution?

  28. Turnbull’s Australia.

    Australia’s shame: The thousands of children who go to bed hungry

    One in every five Australian children has gone hungry in the past 12 months according to a new report, with some even resorting to chewing paper to try to feel full.

    The survey of 1000 parents commissioned by Foodbank shows 22 per cent of Australian children under the age of 15 live in a household that has run out of food at some stage over the past year.

    One in five kids affected go to school without eating breakfast at least once a week, while one in 10 go a whole day at least once a week without eating anything at all.

    “I think that’s a very sad indictment on us as a society,” Foodbank Victoria chief executive Dave McNamara said.

    “The most vulnerable in our community – our children, our future – are suffering and I don’t think that’s right, I don’t think anyone thinks that’s right.”

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/04/15/hungry-kids-australias-shame/

    • If parents can’t provide, the schools should perhaps step in. It won’t solve the cause but would alleviate the symptoms. The govt obviously is not interested.

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