Friday Follies Return!

It’s been a while, too long really, so now The Pub’s Fabulous Friday Follies are back.

The wine cellars and bar are fully stocked.

There are plenty of bar snacks.

The old jukebox has been banished and replaced with a new state of the art sound system so all you DJs can let loose in style.

And for your comfort and safety, the sofas and chairs have been re-upholstered, the whole place has been given a deep clean, the aircon is in tip-top condition and the bouncers are fitter than ever and determined to repel all unwanted intruders

So have at it, Pubsters, make merry and enjoy yourselves.

154 thoughts on “Friday Follies Return!

  1. What a pair of tone-deaf dills!

    NSW is up in arms about Gladys caving in to the shrill demands of an ancient queen who likes to abuse women on his tacky radio show, and all Foley and Albanese can do is tell people to “chill”.

    The NSW Labor leader, Luke Foley, has backed the Racing NSW plan, as has federal Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese, who called into ABC radio on Friday to say “people should chill out a bit”

    ‘It’s not a billboard’: anger at use of Sydney Opera House for horse racing ads
    World Heritage Centre ‘looking into’ move to project racing trophy, jockey numbers and colours on building’s sails
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/06/its-not-a-billboard-anger-at-use-of-sydney-opera-house-for-horse-racing-ads

    • What next? Electricity companies willing to pay for ads on the sails of the OH? Governments of all persuasions have sold off so many icons for a few pieces of silver!!

      I am totally pissed off that every time something is sold off, we the public are forced to pay multiple times over for the same service,that we use to own, e.g. Tittle Deeds, Airports!!

  2. [ The NSW Labor leader, Luke Foley, has backed the Racing NSW plan, as has federal Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese, who called into ABC radio on Friday to say “people should chill out a bit” ]

    The stupid bastards should have had enough brains to stay well clear of this one.

    When your enemy is making a poor decision & leaving itself open to being vulnerable to attack from all quarters, is a good time to stay back & let them get attacked from within & without.

    Keep your powder dry. If you join in & support a decision that the majority of the population see as a total shocker, then you deserve all the condemnation that the Lib government were likely to attract with this issue which will stick to you as well as them!

  3. A great initiative, the tickets should be free, or much less that $10 per week to the charity. If Seniors can travel for free on weekends, irrespective of income then so can the poor. Its a waste of time fining them and jail costs the state more than the offence

    A shame that the minister said “help people get their lives back on track” assuming that poverty is a temporary setback – when its likely to be long term for people with mental problems, drug addiction or unemployment and under employment over age 45

  4. Can you simply change a contract after being found guilty of violating it? It seems you can if you have enough “Weapons of Mass Destruction”

    US cancels 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran after UN court ruling

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington is canceling a 1955 treaty with Tehran after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the United States to halt the unilateral sanctions it recently re-imposed on “humanitarian” supplies to Iran.

    “I’m announcing that the United States is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran, this is a decision that is 39 years overdue,” Pompeo told reporters Wednesday at the State Department.

    “In July, Iran brought a meritless case in the International Court of Justice alleging violations of the Treaty of Amity,” Pompeo said.

    “We’re disappointed that the court failed to recognize that it has no jurisdiction to issue any order relating to these sanctions measures with the United States, which is doing its work on Iran to protect its own essential security interests,” he added.

    “Iran has attempted to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions as necessary to protect our national security and Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes,” the top American diplomat said.

    He claimed the United States would work to ensure it is providing humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people.

    https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/10/03/575957/US-Iran-treaty-Pompeo

  5. Malaysian prime minister calls Jews ‘hook-nosed’

    he Malaysian prime minister has described Jews as “hook-nosed” and blamed them for creating the troubles in the Middle East – reigniting accusations of antisemitism against him.

    Mahathir Mohamad, who at 93 became the world’s oldest head of government after starting his second stint as prime minister in May, has for decades been accused of antisemitism for his attacks against Jews, whom he has accused of perpetrating a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories.

    “If you are going to be truthful, the problem in the Middle East began with the creation of Israel. That is the truth. But I cannot say that,” he said in an interview on BBC’s Hard Talk.

    Calling Israelis “special”, Mahathir challenged historical accounts that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, saying the figure was 4 million.

    When asked about the description of Jews in his book The Malay Dilemma, he said: “They are hook-nosed. Many people called the Malays fat-nosed. We didn’t object, we didn’t go to war for that.”

    The Anti-Defamation League, a US-based organisation against antisemitism, was not immediately available for comment but attacked Mahathir’s “decades-long record of antisemitic conspiracy theories” in a tweet in May. “The world cannot accept this from any leader,” the tweet read.

    Last week, when addressing the UN general assembly in New York, Mahathir said the world “rewards Israel” for breaking international laws and committing acts of terrorism against Palestinians.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/02/malaysian-prime-minister-mahathir-mohamad-calls-jews-hook-nosed

  6. US takes Israel’s interests into account, Israelis say overwhelmingly– while Germans, French, Brits and Russians feel left out

    A new Pew Research Center poll of global attitudes says that while most countries see the U.S. as not considering their country’s interests in foreign policy decisions, far and away the people of one country regard the U.S. as taking their country’s interest into account. Israel!

    Eighty-six percent of Israelis say that the U.S. takes their country’s interests into account. That is a far larger percentage than any other country surveyed–

    Across the 25 countries where the question was asked, a median of just 28% say the U.S. takes their country’s interests into account when making international decisions. In fact, majorities across Europe, and in neighboring Canada and Mexico, say that the U.S. does not take into account their interests when making foreign policy.

    “Some of America’s top allies and partners” score in the teens or twenties on this scale, Pew says– 27 percent in the U.K., 19 in Germany, 18 in France. And for all the worries about Russia having something on Trump, only 26 percent of Russians think that the U.S. is taking Russian interests into account.

    Israelis felt that way about the U.S. under Obama too– 69 percent in 2013 said that the U.S. took Israel’s interests into account. But it’s only gotten better:

    Israel saw the biggest increase [from 2013 to 2018], perhaps due to recent U.S. actions, such as scrapping the Iran nuclear deal and moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem…

    By contrast, over that same period, the number of Germans who believe the U.S. takes their country’s interest into account dropped from 50 percent in 2013 to just 19 percent today.

    https://mondoweiss.net/2018/10/interests-overwhelmingly-russians/

  7. ‘We’ve been Banksy’d!’ Balloon girl self-destructs on fetching $1.3mn at Sotheby’s auction

    The elusive world-famous British street artist Banksy has reportedly pulled off one of the greatest art heists, allowing his own painting to self-destruct, just moments after ‘Girl with a Balloon’ had fetched over £1mn at auction.

    Art lovers and collectors appeared shocked the moment Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon shredded itself into ribbons immediately after hammering a record of £860,000 (£1.04mn or $1.37mn with buyer’s premium) at a Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s London on Friday.

    The 101cm-by-78 cm canvas in an artist’s frame, annihilated in front of the auctioneers by a mechanism apparently hidden within the base of the frame, with just strips left to admire from the 2006 masterpiece produced by the famous-yet-anonymous British artist.

    https://www.rt.com/news/440480-banksy-painting-self-destructs-auction/

  8. US to send Israel more F-35s after Moscow supplies S-300s to Syria – reports

    The US will reportedly provide Israel with more F-35s after Russia supplied Syria with S-300 missile systems. Moscow’s move came in response to the downing of a Russian military plane, which it partly blamed on Israel.

    US President Donald Trump decided to lend a hand to America’s most devoted ally following consultations at the “highest administration and military levels,” DEBKAfile, a military intelligence news site, said to have ties with the Israeli security services, reported.

    he move to increase Israel’s weapon arsenal was taken in the wake of Russia’s “enhanced threat” and its decision to deliver S-300 air defense systems to the war-ravaged country, according to the report. The precise number of aircraft destined for Israel, however, has not been disclosed.

    It is also understood that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, crown princes Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Muhammad bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, were informed of Trump’s decision.

    The F-35 stealth multirole fighters in question will be deployed from the US Air Force’s active service squadrons, the report said. The first squadron will be posted at the UAE Al Dhafra Air base, some 32 kilometers (19 miles) from Abu Dhabi.

    DEBKA concludes that “this massive transfer” indicates the allies “determination” to maintain Israeli operations in Syria, “notwithstanding the presence of the S-300s and boosted Russian-Syrian air defense capabilities.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/440495-us-israel-f35-russia/

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    It seems like Gladys has backed the wrong horse with Opera House advertising.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/son-of-sydney-opera-house-architect-appalled-by-advertising-on-sails-20181006-p5085s.html
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/have-your-race-leave-the-opera-house-alone-20181006-p50859.html
    In the wake of this Michael Pascoe apologises to The Parrot telling him that he really DOES run the state.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2018/10/06/apologies-alan-jones/
    In a long contribution Jane Cadzow tells us about the civil war waging within the ABC before the poop hit the fan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-barbarians-are-not-at-the-gate-they-re-in-the-building-20181001-p50728.html
    Demands for a change in top-level decision-making at the ABC include the idea of replacing the governing Board — calling for better public scrutiny of that generally off-the-record body. Media editor Lee Duffield says asking the Board what it knew about machinations between the now departed Chairman and Managing Director is a logical follow-up to crisis in the organisation.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abc-crisis-at-the-top-will-the-board-members-please-tell,11968
    Matthew Knott writes that with Kavanaugh’s appointment, progressive America’s nightmare has arrived.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/with-kavanaugh-s-appointment-progressive-america-s-nightmare-has-arrived-20181006-p50858.html
    The Washington Post’s Max Boot says that Cavanaugh’s confirmation is a mindless exercise in party loyalty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/kavanaugh-s-confirmation-is-a-mindless-exercise-in-party-loyalty-20181006-p5084m.html
    And the SMH editorialises that a Justice Kavanaugh will almost surely create a significantly more conservative majority on the Supreme Court and shift the law to the right on a wide front – from abortion and affirmative action to environmental protection, gun rights, immigration, property rights and religion.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/a-justice-kavanaughs-impact-will-be-felt-quickly-likely-creating-a-more-conservative-supreme-court-20181006-p5084p.html
    Pope Francis has ordered a “thorough study” of all documents in Vatican offices concerning disgraced former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, in the Holy See’s first response to accusations raised against the pontiff in the case. Should we hold our breath?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pope-orders-thorough-study-of-vatican-documents-in-mccarrick-abuse-case-20181007-p5086v.html
    Katharine Murphy writes that Shorten has acknowledged the opposition had taken some hits by championing brave policies, like changes to negative gearing and dividend imputation. But he promised goodies were on the way. Thanks to all that revenue raising, there would be spending between now and December.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/06/finish-line-in-sight-for-shorten-but-a-public-fight-over-trade-looms
    Nicole Hasham explains why Australia is being left behind when it comes to the adoption of electric cars.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/electric-cars-would-save-lives-and-cut-costs-but-australians-risk-being-left-behind-20180914-p503th.html
    John Hewson has all but urged voters in Wentworth to reject the party he once led, telling them to register a protest vote over the government’s failure to tackle climate change.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/06/wentworth-byelection-john-hewson-says-seat-ripe-for-protest-vote
    Daryl Dixon writes that that Australian share prices could well be placed under considerable selling pressure over the next 12 months because of US interest rate rises and possible changes to the imputation credit system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/us-rates-franking-changes-mean-uncertainty-for-australian-investors-20181003-p507h1.html
    Chris Zappone looks closely at the government’s bill that would require a level of co-operation from technology companies that the industry and activists have long resisted.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tech-s-challenge-for-democracy-isn-t-just-an-engineering-matter-20180928-p506l2.html
    Here’s Peter FitzSimons’ weekly column.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/post-war-record-for-appalling-jones-sinks-to-new-low-20181005-p507zy.html
    Jacqui Maley laments the propensity of the government to commission reports and then do nothing about their outcomes. She also lambasts the idiotic Craig Kelly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/got-a-political-problem-commission-a-report-20181005-p5080j.html
    Elizabeth Knight explains how the plans to turn Sydney’s spooky St James tunnels into cool nightspots has an inherent problem.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/there-s-a-snag-in-turning-hidden-into-hip-20181004-p507qt.html
    A gloomy forecast that SA’s weather and bushfire warnings could be made by interstate meteorologists has raised both State Government and union concern.
    https://www.outline.com/wRWGXF
    Latika Bourke says that Theresa May is safe – for now.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/anyone-but-boris-british-mps-come-around-to-theresa-may-s-resilience-20181004-p507u8.html
    Labor’s left faction is beginning to raise its voice about the plight of children on Nauru – concerns have been raised at a meeting of factional convenors and union bosses, and there has been a public expression of unease from the member for Batman, Ged Kearney.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/07/labors-left-wing-growing-uneasy-about-nauru-children-and-pacific-trade-deal
    Helen Pitt goes to her own experience to talk about the serious issue of mental illness and suicide.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/fate-worse-than-death-that-seems-to-have-touched-most-of-us-20181004-p507n8.html
    And the SMH editorial says that with respect to the increasing rate of suicide in Australia for years, countless experts have been imploring governments to provide far more early intervention, particularly for young people, and ongoing support once a problem emerges. Too few people have access to mental-health support.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-we-can-reverse-rise-in-suicide-20181006-p5085h.html
    Michael Koziol reports that the Productivity Commission will undertake a major inquiry into the role of mental health in the economy as the Morrison government looks to extract better value from the $9 billion a year spent on mental wellbeing.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/productivity-commission-to-examine-mental-health-spending-in-wake-of-suicide-crisis-20181006-p50850.html
    The Dietitians Association of Australia has pledged to cut financial ties with the sugar lobby following a series of investigations by science journalist Dr Maryanne Demasi.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/vindication-dietitians-cut-ties-with-sugar-lobby/
    Microsoft has suspended the installation of its October 2018 Windows update after reports of mass deletions of files.
    https://outline.com/VJM6tV
    And here is today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2018/10/06/teacher-edward-smith-hall-guilty-child-sex-offences/

    Cartoon Corner (this was a struggle!)

    From Alan Moir.

    Just a few in here.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-october-7-2018-20181006-h16b6r.html

  10. The lunacy of the Berejiklian government knows no bounds.

    Now they want to exploit the St James tunnels – a dark, dank space full of grot and tree roots. The tunnels are not “secret” or “hidden”. They were used as air raid shelters during WWII and were used as operational and plotting posts by both the RAAF and the US. Rumour has it Douglas MacArthur’s legendary secret bunker was in the tunnels. but no-one has been able to confirm that story.

    Does Andrew “Ferry McFerryface” Constance know there’s a whopping huge lake at the northern end of the tunnels? It’s 10 metres wide, 5 metres deep, and 1 kilometre long and legend has it occupied by Eric the (allegedly albino) eel. If Eric was ever there he must be long dead, because this story is so old.

    Maybe Constance knows about St James Lake. Maybe he’s planning on turning it into a swimming pool. Perhaps he has plans to use it as a replacement for the decrepit Dawn Fraser Baths at Balmain, facing possible demolition due to lack of council funds for restoration work. The NSW government could chip in a few million, but it doesn’t seem interested.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-battle-to-save-australia-s-oldest-pool-20180907-p502hq.html

    Other governments have had fantasies about possible uses for the tunnels. Morris Iemma wanted to use the lake to ease Sydney’s water crisis during his term as premier, he also thought the tunnels would be a great place to store storm water run-off from Parliament House, the State Library and Sydney Hospital for use in irrigating the Domain and the Botanical Gardens.

    Gladys was shadow minister for transport when all this was going on and managed to make a complete arse of herself by completely misunderstanding the Iemma government’s plans to use one of the tunnels as part of a possible new rail link. The plan was to use one tunnel for water storage and the other for the rail line. Gladys didn’t see the part about two tunnels and really went to town, ranting about Iemma sending trains under water. She is still making a complete arse of herself now, and Constance, with his loopy ideas, isn’t helping.

    The NSW government should look after the infrastructure it already has to repair, instead of coming up with a succession of idiotic proposals that always involve funneling public funds into the pockets of developers and Liberal Party donors. You have to wonder which developer has suggested using the tunnels as money-making enterprises to the dim-witted Andrew Constance. As with all the other schemes cooked up by this government, in particular the stadiums debacle, this latest brainfart would, should it ever happen, involve billions of dollars of public money being spent making the space useable, then it will, of course, be flogged off for a song to private developers.

    Also on the brilliant ideas of the Berejiklian government – they want to raise the Warragamba Dam wall by 14 metres, allegedly as part of some dodgy flood mitigation scheme. Really it’s to allow developers open slather to continue building homes on the floodplain. This plan has been talked about for a few years, now Gladys is about to push the legislation through parliament. Labor says it won’t support it, but with Luke Foley you never really know. He’s likely to change tack at the last minute.

    The rise in the water level of Lake Burragorang would seriously affect the Blue Mountains World Heritage area, but Gladys and her henchgoons don’t care.

    Warragamba Dam wall plan could cause ‘irreversible’ damage, NSW premier told
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/02/warragamba-dam-wall-plan-could-cause-irreversible-damage-nsw-premier-told

    The dam wall was raised before, in 1987, by 5 metres. Is it possible to keep on raising dam walls?
    https://www.waternsw.com.au/supply/heritage/timeline/timeline/1987-89

  11. billie11

    “not keen on this version”
    .
    On the plus side it is a more accurate depiction of the NSW cesspool

  12. I went down this highway. Fcuk knows why anyone would sing about it. Felt a buzz though

  13. Newspoll is having one of its three week breaks, to coincide with parliament resitting a week from now.

  14. About Alan Jones – the crunch is at about the 3 minute mark.

    I have never been able to work out why Jones gets so much attention from politicians and why he has so much power. He’s just another nasty, ageing, right-wing queen, as far as I can see. I also don’t understand why anyone would listen to his program, unless they were forced to as a form of torture.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys has revealed he originally wanted to use the Sydney Harbour Bridge to promote the race, but the state government had other ideas. They’re all diving for cover now.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/opera-house-promotion-was-state-government-s-idea-says-racing-nsw-boss-20181007-p5089e.html
    Any Marks wonders whether this opera house fiasco will turn out to be one of those seminal election-changing moments.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/so-close-to-the-action-but-missing-the-vibe-20181007-p5088w.html
    Deborah Snow unloads on Alan Jones and his on-air bullying.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/alan-jones-bullying-of-worst-kind-diane-smith-gander-20181007-p508ab.html
    As does Michelle Grattan.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-the-uncivil-mr-jones-104549
    Nicole Hasham writes that a major climate report will say coal-generated electricity must be phased out globally by 2050 if the world is to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of global warming, including the total destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. How will the RWNJs in the government react to this?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/major-climate-report-expected-to-call-for-coal-shut-down-by-2050-20181007-p508a2.html
    Tony Walker tells us why it’s no ordinary election in Wentworth.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/wentworth-this-is-no-ordinary-byelection-20181005-p507w5.html
    Meanwhile the Liberals have launched a sharply negative attack on the independent Wentworth candidate Kerryn Phelps, distributing tens of thousands of leaflets in Wentworth warning of “uncertainty” and suggesting that a vote for Phelps would usher in a Labor government.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/07/wentworth-byelection-liberals-attack-kerryn-phelps-with-nasty-pamphlets
    Bank chief executives this week will face a public grilling that is likely to scrutinise how a sales-driven culture was allowed to take hold in the industry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/big-four-bank-chiefs-to-face-parliamentary-grilling-20181005-p5081n.html
    The chairman of federal parliament’s Standing Committee on Economics, Tim Wilson, has lashed out at the conduct failures of the major banks, saying they must learn from the “reality check” of the Hayne royal commission and change their bonus-led cultures.
    https://outline.com/DMesW8
    This week’s Urban Wronski is about how it’s business as usual for the banks despite Frydenberg’s faux outrage and finger-wagging.
    https://urbanwronski.com/2018/10/07/business-as-usual-for-the-banks-despite-frydenbergs-faux-outrage-and-finger-wagging/
    Jennifer Hewett looks into the flaying that Ken Hayne gave ASIC.
    https://outline.com/hWkCu6
    More signs of Sydney’s public transport being stretched to its limits.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/town-hall-station-overcrowding-to-force-staff-to-slow-access-at-peak-20180921-p5056j.html
    In a long and detailed article the AFR explains the mess our energy policy, or lack thereof, has got us into.
    https://outline.com/UfHyHR
    Greg comments on the tampon tax and the perennial GST fight with the states.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2018/oct/07/axing-the-tampon-tax-seems-a-good-move-but-is-it-the-best-move
    Former ABC journalist Toni Hassan tells us what we need in the next leader for the ABC.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/here-s-what-we-need-in-the-next-leader-for-the-abc-20181004-p507rg.html
    School curriculum expert Phil Lambert says it’s time to face the fact that students need different skills for a changing world.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/students-need-different-skills-for-a-changing-world-20180927-p5069r.html
    Nicole Hemmer explains how the anger building up in women in America is palpable.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-anger-voiced-by-american-women-is-deeply-felt-20181005-p507w7.html
    Academic Lauren Rosewarne writes that it’s no surprise why women haven’t spoken out about sexual violence. Just look at the Kavanaugh issue, she says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/why-don-t-women-report-alleged-abuse-just-look-at-the-kavanaugh-saga-20181007-p5089w.html
    The Washington Post says that the Kavanaugh court will be the one conservatives have worked for decades to construct, experts say, with velocity the only question about the Supreme Court’s advance to the right.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/a-whole-new-world-kavanaugh-s-court-will-advance-to-the-right-20181007-p5088t.html
    Andrew Gawthorpe says that Republicans might have won a majority in the country’s highest court but it has lost legitimacy at a critical moment.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/07/brett-kavanaugh-victory-high-price-us-supreme-court-republicans
    Jill Abramson writes that Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure on the US supreme court will always be tainted by the highly partisan and morally bankrupt process that forced through his US senate confirmation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/07/thbrett-kavanaugh-travesty-formidable-backlash
    How Kavanaugh showed his rage and won.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/10/07/how-kavanaugh-won/
    Paranoia rules the Oval Office as Donald Trump’s mole hunt turns up empty.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/10/05/trump-paranoia-mole-hunt-fails/
    A car accident to end all car accidents.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/twenty-dead-after-limousine-crashes-in-new-york-state-20181008-p508ar.html
    Kate Aubusson outlines a very disturbing report on drug use by young Australians.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-october-8-2018-20181007-h16bz9.html
    The Independent Australia’s contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence conducted research in the mid-1990s into the Catholic clergy and the confessional, she organised for researchers to pose as priests, Christian brothers and lay teachers to enter the confessional box to “confess” they had sexually abused children.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/pedo-confessional-priests-lawrence-researchers-pose-a-sex-abuser-priests,11972
    Today’s nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/workplace/melanie-says-she-earned-2-an-hour-and-every-step-she-took-was-tracked-on-an-app-20181006-p5085z.html

    Cartoon Corner

    OMG! Looks what David Rowe’s come up with.

    And he has one on Kavanaugh’s ascension to the SCOTUS.

    A couple from Mark David.


    From Matt Golding.

    Peter Broelman farewells Quentin Kenihan.

    More in here.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-october-8-2018-20181007-h16bz9.html

  16. Scummo fully supports using the Opera House as a billboard and wants to see more advertising on those sails.

    Well, he would, wouldn’t he. His background is in advertising.

    On Sunday afternoon, Morrison said he supported the decision to advertise the race on the sails of the Opera House.

    “This is one of the biggest events of the year,” he said. “Why not put it on the biggest billboard Sydney has?

    “These events generate massive opportunities for the state, for the city. I mean, just look at the biggest event this place sees every year, down at Bathurst. I would put the Bathurst 1000 on the Harbour Bridge if I thought it would get more people there.”

    Morrison said the Everest Cup created jobs and that the decision was “a no-brainer”.

    “We’re talking about an event that is one of the big money spinners for the state. It creates jobs. This isn’t about advertising a packet of chips, this is about advertising one of the biggest events that New South Wales holds.”

    Opera House racing ad demanded by Alan Jones is ‘a good compromise’, Berejiklian says
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/07/opera-house-racing-ad-demanded-by-alan-jones-is-a-good-compromise-berejiklian-says

    Scummo needs to get his facts straight before he opens his big motor mouth. It’s obvious he knew nothing about this race until someone suggested he use it as an opportunity to get some publicity.

    The Everest isn’t a “cup”, it’s just one race, a race hardly anyone but wealthy horse owners has heard of. Hardly surprising, the first race was held last year.

    Did I mention Alan Jones has a financial interest in this race, which explains why he is so keen on promoting it?

    The Everest horses Alan Jones will have his eye on

    Two of Jones’ business partners in the horse racing industry have contenders in the $10 million race. A horse part-owned by Jones had also vied for a spot, while two of the runners were sired by a “super stallion” he co-owns.
    ………………………………………………………..
    Jones’ company Belford Productions is in a partnership with two ventures that do have runners of their own preparing for next Saturday, an Australian business record shows.

    One of those partners is Godolphin Australia Pty Ltd, which is ultimately owned by the Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as part of his global horse racing operation.

    Godolphin is fielding Home of the Brave in The Everest race and his trainer says “he’ll more than hold his own against some of the best sprinters in the world.”

    Another company in partnership with Jones belongs to John Messara, the former chair of Racing NSW.

    Close friends, Mr Messara and Jones have attended Magic Millions sales together and have shared interests in several horses.

    Mr Messara’s company Arrowfield Group co-owns Shoals, “a consistent and genuine” filly starting in The Everest
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-everest-horses-alan-jones-will-have-his-eye-on-20181006-p5086j.html

  17. gigilene
    I blew the ‘9 brains’ question.Silly me as I knew about the one in their ‘head’.

  18. Meanwhile, in Australia –

    how on earth did we end up with this mendacious, babbling idiot for PM?

  19. Morrison repeated his claim that Australia would meet its Paris emissions reduction target “in a canter”, despite environment department figures showing emissions increased 1.3% in the year to March 2018, suggesting Australia is likely to miss the target.

    Advice from the Energy Security Board has said that a business as usual scenario will mean the electricity sector will “fall short of the emissions reduction target of 26% below 2005 levels” by 2030.

    Asked if Australia would be held to the target to reduce emissions by 26% to 28% from 2005 levels, Morrison said: “No, we won’t … we’re not held to any of them at all. Nor are we bound to go and tip money into that big climate fund. We’re not going to do that either. I’m not going to spend money on global climate conferences and all that nonsense.”

    Australia has contributed $200m to the Green Climate Fund from 2015 to 2018, but the Coalition has come under pressure from One Nation to rule out making further contributions. The fund’s purpose is to help developing countries respond to climate change.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/scott-morrison-resists-calls-to-withdraw-from-paris-climate-agreement

  20. To the excellent moderators of this site, I was just wondering if it would be possible and/convenient to give BK enough administrator rights to fix his own issue with spam.

    As I said just a passing thought.

  21. In 1922 young Anthony Mancinelli started work as a young barber. He’s still going !!
    .
    The World’s Oldest Barber Is 107 and Still Cutting Hair Full Time

    ……..But no, longevity does not run in his family, and he was never big on exercise. Diet-wise, he said, “I eat thin spaghetti, so I don’t get fat.”

    He has all his teeth and is on no daily medication. He has never needed glasses, and his hairstyling hands are still steady.

    “I only go to the doctor because people tell me to, but even he can’t understand it,” he said. “I tell him I have no aches, no pains, no nothing. Nothing hurts me.”
    https://outline.com/PEt9w6

  22. Just over a month of having Scummo as PM and I’m completely fed up with his constant lying.

    He lies about everything.He seems to think slogans hide his lies. If I hear one more time his lie about “meeting our Paris target in a canter” then you may soon be hearing about an arrest in Port Macquarie and a grandmother being charged with an act of violence.

    Scummo failed at everything he did, until he got himself into politics by the shiftiest of means. He would be way out of his depth as a deliverer of junk mail, let alone a politician. He is not up to the task of being PM or of leading this nation. He is completely and utterly hopeless, soon to add “failed PM” to his long list of past failures.

    Worst of all, we are stuck with this incompetent nincompoop until next May. I don’t think he will be going to an election until the very last possible moment, he will want to keep that handsome $500,000 +++ salary coming in for as long as he can.

    Even worse, he may well decide to have split elections next year, as a way of hanging on to power for a few more months. Half the Senate has to go to an election by 18 May, but the Reps can wait until 2 November. It would be election poison to inflict two election on us, as well as NSW dealing with a state election as well, but when the PM is a blithering idiot who cannot see beyond his desire to hang on to power then anything is possible.

    So what brought on this rant?

    This – the lies are astounding.

    Still in Australia, which I earlier noted was reportedly among nations to push back on elements of the report about a coal phase out (the government denies this):

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison – under fire for having recently abandoned a policy to cut emissions from electricity – said his government would “look at the report carefully” but claimed “only a year ago the same report said that the policies Australia has was right on the money”.

    It isn’t clear which report he was referring to – the special report is a one off and the IPCC last published a major assessment in 2013/14. Morrison went on to say Australia was responsible for a little more than 1% of global emissions.

    “There are a lot bigger players than us out there… emissions per capita in Australia are at their lowest level for decades… but at the end of the day we want to ensure electricity prices are lower.”

    Australia, of course, is heavily reliant on coal, which the report says would basically need to be finished as an energy source by mid-century.

    Opposition leader Bill Shorten – according to opinion polls, favoured to take power at an election next year – said fossil fuels would not disappear but he wanted to see more renewable energy. He has promised it would deliver 50% of electricity by 2030, up from about 20% today

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2018/oct/08/ipcc-climate-change-report-urgent-action-fossil-fuels-live

    Does this nut-job really think we will believe whatever comes out of his mouth, just because he’s the PM and he said it? Does he know how easy it is to fact check all the claims he makes and all the lies he tells?

  23. Good on her. Hopefully she will swing votes

    Taylor Swift has made her first foray into US politics, publicly endorsing two Democrats for the upcoming midterm elections, while aligning herself to fight for LGBTQ rights, gender equity, and an end to the “terrifying, sickening and prevalent” racism in the US.

    “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” Swift wrote on social media on Sunday night, in a plea for her young fans to register and vote. The post accrued 360,000 Instagram likes within the first hour.

    “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.

    “I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/oct/08/taylor-swift-breaks-political-silence-to-endorse-democrats-in-us-midterms

  24. Apropos nothing to do with anything. I was looking at Freddie Mercury’s entry on Wikipedia and cam across this

    “At the age of 17, Mercury and his family fled from Zanzibar for safety reasons due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution,[23] in which thousands of Arabs and Indians were killed”.

    So the point is Freddie was a refugee (no kk not a dreamer, I hear your thoughts you know!) so next time someone trash talks the value of refugees give them that startling piece of info.

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