It’s Spring!

Spring is sprung! And in Australia we know exactly where those birdies are.

It’s Swooping Season! Take care, people.

2,016 thoughts on “It’s Spring!

    • I agree – it’s dreadful. It’s dark, and increasingly orange. I’ve had the lights on since about 2 this afternoon. More schools were closed today – St Josephs Regional College (my kids old school) didn’t open at all. That school is right in the middle of the fire that jumped the Pacific Highway. Students doing their HSC were sent to the other Catholic high school on the other side of town to do their exams.

      A lot of shops in town closed early today to allow staff to go home and take care of their property. I don’t think anyone would have been interested in shopping today, it’s pretty scary here.

  1. Jack the Insider used this phrase in his article about Labor’s election review. It was not referring to Adani etc but for me it sure nails what happened re Adani………………………and a few other issues.

    All things to all people and persuasive to no one.

    • I am starting to come to the view that the only thing that the ALP got wrong in the recent elections was not to hire a better advertising company.
      And learn how to reframe their statements so that the L/NP look like the one-eyed business flunckies they probably are …

      Scot Morrison’s mob won the last election because the MSM were screaming that the ALP would take the country down the road of fiscal oblivion. Well, where are we heading at the moment? And who is hanging onto the steering column of the ship of state at the moment, Scotty, Peter, Joshy?

      I can’t help comparing the paucity of imagination on both side of our current political scene to even Menzies changes after WW2. Small minded, small hearted and lacking imagination on both sides, sadly.

  2. This article was written yesterday, the events it forecasts have certainly been happening today.

    0-degree temperature range tipped in Australia this weekend

    A mass of cold air will linger over southeastern Australia during the weekend behind a series of cold fronts. Meanwhile, clear skies over northwestern Australia are causing a build-up of heat in WA’s Pilbara and Kimberley districts, which happens at this time every year.

    Forecasts suggest that there will be a 50-degree temperature range across Australia on Saturday. Minimum temperatures are expected to reach as low as minus six degrees in the NSW alps during the morning, while maximums are tipped to reach 44 degrees in parts of the Pilbara

    • The fires are too dangerous for Tones.

      He might show up when the danger has passed and the crews are mopping up, rub a bit of charcoal on his face and pretend he was there all along.

    • I thought he had retired from acts of public/political social conscience?

      If he turns up and actually takes a turn on the firelines, I would be more inclined to be gracious about his previous posturing (just a little) but I have my suspicions as to where he is more likely to be – and it’s probably not anywhere near a bush fire. *sighs*

  3. I didn’t watch Q&A on Monday, and after reading about it I decided not to bother.

    I have learned something this week.

    Never, ever criticise a woman for swearing on a TV show, it will bring the wrath of the feminists down on your head.

    No female apparently is allowed to criticise the women on that show. And certainly no male is allowed to comment.

  4. A not that old ‘old soldier’ laments. Scroll down a touch before his article starts.
    Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

    A New Generation of West Pointers Joins America’s Hopeless Wars
    By Danny Sjursen

    Patches, pins, medals, and badges are the visible signs of an exclusive military culture, a silent language by which soldiers and officers judge each other’s experiences, accomplishments, and general worth. In July 2001, when I first walked through the gate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at the ripe young age of 17, the “combat patch” on one’s right shoulder — evidence of a deployment with a specific unit — had more resonance than colorful medals like Ranger badges reflecting specific skills…………

    …………………………..,It wasn’t long after my May 28, 2005, graduation that I’d serve in Baghdad. Later, I would be sent to Kandahar, Afghanistan. I buried eight young men under my direct command. Five died in combat; three took their own lives. After surviving the worst of it with my body (though not my mind) intact, I was offered a teaching position back at my alma mater. During my few years in the history department at West Point, I taught some 300 or more cadets. It was the best job I ever had.

    ………………………………………Recently, my mother asked me what I thought my former students were now doing or would be doing after graduation. I was taken aback and didn’t quite know how to answer.

    Wasting their time and their lives was, I suppose, what I wanted to say. But a more serious analysis, based on a survey of U.S. Army missions in 2019 and bolstered by my communications with peers still in the service, leaves me with an even more disturbing answer. A new generation of West Point educated officers, graduating a decade and a half after me, faces potential tours of duty in… hmm, Afghanistan, Iraq, or other countries involved in the never-ending American war on terror, missions that will not make this country any safer or lead to “victory” of any sort, no matter how defined.

    • Thanks for that. I was lucky. Although only a weekend warrior and still liable for overseas deployment by the time every thing kicked off I was too old and well and truly out of it.

  5. Hmmm. Has anyone heard of the ‘Blue Dot’ cunning plan we are apparently part of ?

    US-Australia-Japan alternative to Belt and Road helps explain why the US sent a junior delegation to Thailand and why India opted out of RCEP

    Blue Dot is described, officially, as promoting global, multi-stakeholder “sustainable infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.”

    It is a joint project of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, in partnership with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

    ………..Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is still between a rock – Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy – and a hard place – Eurasia integration. They are mutually incompatible.

    Blue Dot is a de facto business extension of Indo-Pacific, which congregates the US, Japan, Australia – and India: the Quad members. It’s a mirror image of the – defunct – Obama administration Trans-Pacific Partnership in relation to the – also defunct – “pivot to Asia.”

    Blue Dot site

    BANGKOK — The U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) today unveiled Blue Dot Network—a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, the private sector, and civil society to promote high-quality, trusted standards for global infrastructure development in an open and inclusive framework.

  6. This loony idea isn’t going well.

    REPORT: Oklahoma State Sens. Marty Quinn and Nathan Dahm Introduce Bill to Name Stretch of Route 66 ‘Donald J. Trump Highway’

    Dahm and Quinn, however, backed down from the proposal after bipartisan backlash at the thought of Historic Route 66, known affectionately as “The Mother Road,” being referred to as anything different. The concession doesn’t exclude the possibility of a different road in Oklahoma being named after Trump, however

  7. REPORT: Oklahoma State Sens. Marty Quinn and Nathan Dahm Introduce Bill to Name Stretch of Route 66 ‘Donald J. Trump Highway

    Or as Bon Scott may have suggested……

    As an aside I was very chuffed to discover i lived, back in the day, along the 'Highway To Hell' and drank a few cleansing ales at both ends of that 'Highway to Hell' Bon traveled along and one was my local 🙂 .
    Canning Highway becomes the world's largest stage

    “For years, Bon walked this iconic southern stretch of Canning Highway from the Leopold Hotel in Palmyra to Fremantle, and AC/DC lit up the Raffles Hotel with legendary gigs,” Perth Festival Artistic Director Iain Grandage says. “Now we’re closing the highway, all 10km of it, for one special day designed for families and fans alike.”

    • AC/DC once lived 2 houses north – I have finally donated manager snapshots to a fan 2 years after I was presented them
      Someone from Split Enz lived 5 doors west
      and Paul Grabowski used to live 10 doors south

      Fraid I never heard AC/DC when I worked in Freo

  8. A Pacific (Common) Koel used to be twitchable in Canberra; now they’re just an early morning annoyance like in their usual range.

    Still, they’re better than hoons.

  9. Tony Abbott: ‘I would be judged an embarrassing failure if not for Scott Morrison’

    You wish…

    “I’m not an embarrassing failure, like Scott Morrison” might have worked.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    A Labor review gives former leader Bill Shorten a dignified burial, but he ran a secretive, centralised office and the party’s defeat lies largely at his feet says Peter Hartcher.
    David Crowe says Albanese has kept the party together since May but the big fights are yet to come.
    And he adds to this by writing that Albo has up a fight over Labor’s tax-and-spend agenda which he admits the party got wrong at the election.
    Paul Bongiorno looks at the post mortem and the rather moribund Morrison government.
    And Richard Ackland opines that here we are six months after the federal election and it has dawned upon swaths of citizens that they have bought tickets to a flop. If it’s cringeworthy now, imagine another two-and-a-half years of this clapped-out music-hall routine.
    In this detailed look at the Labor post mortem report Katharine Murphy writes that Labor must stop, look and listen while walking both sides of the street.
    Ross Gittins says that the RBA can keep waiting, but our economic problem won’t go away. He opines that the conclusion that best fits our circumstances is that our persistent demand problem has structural causes.
    Tom Switzer warns that Morrison would be better off enforcing present laws to stop street violence rather than drafting new laws to ban protesters from boycotting companies.
    Meanwhile global funds management giant Aberdeen Standard Investments has rejected prime minister’s Scott Morrison’s call for companies to listen to “quiet shareholders” as part of a comprehensive rebuff of the government’s attack on activist investors and the environmental movement.
    It’s easy to find fault in some people trying to help save the planet, but there is a grey area when it comes to hypocrisy, writes Dr Nick Pendergrast.,13292
    Although the Coalition is talking tough about criminalising consumer advocacy, legal experts say any attempt to do so will be hamstrung by reality writes a fairly angry Mike Seccombe.
    Jennifer Duke reports that REA has blamed regulators and governments for intervening in the property boom and causing the most difficult market for real estate sales in decades.
    This week saw the Melbourne Cup dwindling while more corruption emerged from the Liberal Party, writes John Wren in his weekly political roundup.,13291
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals that a leading academic has accused the Liberal MP Jason Falinski of misusing his research after the MP cited his study on the health of Newstart recipients to argue for the controversial welfare drug-testing trial.
    Rick Morton explains how a wide-ranging review of Australian mental health has pointed to the welfare system, particularly the troubled jobactive program, as a key driver in the crisis.
    And he explains how the disability royal commission has kicked off with convers that it is too soon for some and too late for others.
    Judith Ireland tells us how the National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Stuart Robert says existing federal government plans to get younger people out of nursing homes are “enough”, despite the aged care royal commission’s demand for increased action to address the problem. Yes Stuart, we all believe you.
    Karen Middleton reveals that while Australia’s domestic spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, was running a foreign-intelligence operation early last year, its officers broke the law.
    Labor Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Tony Burke has called for a comprehensive inquiry into the wage theft epidemic currently plaguing Australia.,13289
    A new study highlighting systemic racism in the Australian media has called for stronger guidelines to regulate against both overt and covert prejudice.
    Adele Ferguson explains how the giant insurance company TAL (which got the treatment at the banking royal commission) is still acting against the Australian Spam Act with its thousands of contacts trying to sell funeral insurance.
    In an open letter Peter FitzSimons says, “Dear Mrs Court, honouring a homophobic zealot is problematic for us”.
    As the ATO circles the controversial Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo his Australian asset sell-down could total $1.1 billion if he’s able to quickly offload a North Sydney office tower.
    The NSW Rural Fire Service has said firefighters were in “uncharted territory” and at the peak of the crisis, when a record 17 blazes burned simultaneously at emergency level last night.
    Parents at an eastern suburbs primary school are angry after they were told to buy $500, 7th generation iPads for their nine-year-old children under the school’s new Bring Your Own Device policy. In public schools this should NEVER happen! Obviously Apple has its ubiquitous claws well into this mob.
    Amanda Meade reports that the ABC has pulled Q&A’s ‘confronting’ feminist debate from iview amid investigation. I must admit that I endured one minute before turning it off.
    Talk of 5G replacing the NBN has been little more than idle chatter for a long time. But this week talk turned to action when Optus announced a new 5G push.
    Josh Taylor reports on the last day of the trial over the AEC lookalike election posters.
    The conservative commentator and Sky News host Chris Kenny is among those chosen to design the process for an Indigenous voice to parliament, the Indigenous affairs minister has revealed. Well how would you be!
    When the coroner looked at how to cut drug deaths at music festivals, the evidence won. But what happens next asks Professor Nicole Lee from the National Drug Research Institute
    A high-profile obstetrician and gynaecologist who is also a professor with the University of Sydney made remarks to peers attending a medico-legal conference in Melbourne that were so sexist and condescending that some attendees were in tears and conference organisers vowed never to invite him back.
    Matthew Knott writes about how everyone in Washington knows the name of the whistleblower the mainstream media gatekeepers are standing united and keeping quiet. Even FoxNews!
    The Washington Post has got hold of a copy of an anonymously written book that describes the disaster that is Trump and his government.
    Michael Bloomberg looks like entering the Democratic Party presidential nomination race. Already Trump is calling him “Little Michael”.
    John Crace excoriates Nigel Farage saying that the Brexit party leader only continues because he’s worried he may no longer exist if he stops.
    It’s been a taboo-busting start to the Tories’ election campaign. But the spectacle of their leader is the most grotesque of all writes Marina Hyde.
    Jacqui Maley tells us how Harvey Weinstein’s assistants tried to protect themselves. What a pig of a man!
    NSW Police Minister David Elliott is doing his best to be nominated for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Two from David Rowe.

    Alan Moir knows his craft!

    John Shakespeare and the Coalition’s economic problems.

    From matt Golding.

    Where Jim Pavlidis sees Albo.

    Andrew Dyson and the aftermath.

    Zanetti puts Shorten onto the couch.

    Michael Leunig and modern hopscotch.

    From the US.

  11. The fires are getting worse. One dead, more missing and 100 homes gone and what does our PM do? Pray to some sky fairy for a solution. Sheesh.

  12. We had a wild night here. The southerly hit (and I really mean “hit”) late last night. Usually southerlies don’t make it this far up the coast and when they do they are usually running out of puff. Not last night.

    While the wind blew away a lot of the smoke it certainly made things alot worse for fire-fighters.

    FauxMo’s absence from any of the fire scenes and his total lack of interest is being noticed.

    A real PM would have flown to any of the many locations suffering fires, would have had chats to locals sheltering in evacuation centres, might have managed to hug a few, would have promised emergency funding for a fleet of aircraft to help fight the many fires that are going to plague this country over the next six months (at least).

    A real PM would never have allowed the country to get into this state in the first place. A real PM would be doing all she/he could to tackle climate change, would have made sure rivers were protected, not sucked dry, would have already funded fire-fighting equipment, would have made sure this country was well prepared for the fire season.

    So what does FauxMo do? Nothing.

    Well, he did manage a brief Facebook post in which the word “devastating” was used twice in a meagre five sentences. He promised “support” for fire victims.The post talked mostly about aircraft flying fire-fighters from South Australia to Port Macquarie and featured a photo of a line of alleged “volunteers” boarding what was supposed to be an Army C130-J at RAAF Edinburgh, but it could have been any people, anywhere. No photos of the fire though, no photos of evacuees or their animals taking shelter at country showgrounds. just blokey stuff about a plane. It was, of course, written by a staffer. FauxMo is far too busy to maintain a Facebook page. I doubt he’d know how.

  13. I see the usual suspects from Nine are back to Bill Bashing now Labor’s review has been released.

    Sorry, but I really can’t be bothered reading any of the drivel from Messrs Hartcher, Crowe et al today.

    Why don’t these so-called journalists write some criticism of FauxMo’s total lack of policies apart from a religious discrimination bill we don’t need and plans to extend the cashless debit card? Why aren’t they writing about the government’s refusal to do anything about climate change? Why aren’t they calling out the government’s lies about emissions targets?

    Why don’t they ask why FauxMo is totally unconcerned by the fires ravaging NSW and Qld and soon to hit other states?

    I suppose it’s a lot easier to just keep on writing crap about Labor, they can recycle old crap and save themselves some effort.

    • Even Fitzsimmons said wtte that Shorten had something that wasn’t trustworthy. What a perfect idiot!

      Leone, what would you say will be Shorten’s future? He said he had no ambitions to becoming PM. That doesn’t mean a thing.

    • I can’t say, really. I hope he stays.

      I don’t see why Bill is expected to retire from parliament after an election loss, he was LOTO, not a PM.

      Voters in his electorate like him, he increased his vote last election, why should he go?

      John Howard lost elections, lost the leadership, had a couple of goes at being LOTO, stayed on and eventually became one of our longest-serving prime ministers. Why is it OK for a Liberal to do that but not a Labor person?

      FitzSimons is a Liberal, he coached a young Abbott at Rugby and used to say how much he liked him. He also liked Turnbull. I would expect him to pass on the usual media rubbish about Shorten being untrustworthy.

    • I just can’t imagine Shorten staying as an MP for the next 20 years. I’d like him to stay, too, but I can’t see it happen for very long in a subordinate role. He deserves more.

    • I was an Albo supporter but he lost me a while back. The first sign was him becoming a regular guest on various MSM/Mordor Media programs and how friendly it all was. A sure fire sign that the ‘token lefty’ has been ‘house trained’ and has reached ‘pet’ status. As to who should replace him ??? Not that it matters the nomenklatura rulz.

  14. Bill Shorten, since the election, has been doing something no other Labor MP has done – he has been travelling around the country talking to NDIS clients and people who have not had their applications processed about problems with the NDIS.

    He has been working hard in his new portfolio – Shadow Minister for the NDIS.

    The media of course, barely mention this, just as they ignored all Bill’s town hall meetings for his entire time as opposition leader.

    As far as I can work out no other Labor person has been working this hard. Especially not Albo, who seems to be spending more time at football games and making appearances on breakfast TV than talking to voters.

  15. Pfffft!

  16. My son and I were talking about the Gladys government’s funding cuts earlier this afternoon.

  17. For some strange reason I think that scrot’s ‘thoughts and prayers’ are nothing more than, “How good is the apocalypse? And how gooder will da rapture be!”

    • He has been brainwashed by his cult. He now believes all misfortunes can be overcome by prayer and tithing. If this country is hit by disaster then it’s our fault because we are sinners. The only way to overcome that sin is to toddle along to a Pentecostal mega-church, be “saved” and – the important part – promise to tithe to that church. If we all do that Australia will have no more disasters.

      Climate change is part of his god’s plan, it’s something that needs to happen before the End of Days. He believes the warming of the planet is his god’s will and must mean the end is almost here. That’s why he will do nothing about dealing with the effects of climate change.

      Same thing with his Trump worship. His church has its roots in the US, everything about it has a heavy US influence. His mentor, Houston, has churches in the US. Who supports Trump no matter what? So-called “evangelical Christians”, most of them members of Pentecostal churches. His cult leaders tell him to support Trump because it’s what their god wants, so being the good little brain-washed loon that he is he obeys. He absolutely believes with all his heart that his god wanted him to be PM and wanted Trump to be president.

  18. The latest fires in California burned over 80,000 hectares, the NSW fires have already burned over 400,000 hectares and will burn for weeks.

    California has 23 air tankers. NSW has 2.

  19. A good photo showing how much smoke youse New South Welsh people are pumping out. That’s a lot of brown cloud !

    Smoke from very serious Australian bush fires now fumigating the airspace around New Zealand

  20. It’s about time someone mentioned how interconnected weather systems on this planet are.

    Fires in NSW partly caused by delayed monsoons in India, experts say

    Trent Penman is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne who studies the behaviour and formation of bushfires using real depictions of fuel, weather and topography.
    “The global systems are all linked … we can’t dissociate them,” Dr Penham said.

    “But … if you’re sitting in one area it’s very hard to imagine that the weather 10,000 kilometres away is actually going to have an impact.”

    The south-west monsoon in Asia typically occurs between June and September every year — those winds then leave the region and move south.

    However, this year the record-breaking rainfalls didn’t retreat from India until mid-October.

    This led to a delay to the big wet in Darwin and therefore left the eastern coast dry and fire-prone

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Bad as the eastern states fire are there are warnings that the worst is yet to come.
    Greg Jericho writes that Labor has to shame the Coalition into action on climate change.
    Despite Treasurer Frydenberg’s $1080 tax cut, the retail sector is now in its third year of per capita recession and it’s not just the internet to blame. Alan Austin unpacks the latest retail sales data and how it reflects Australia’s poor economic management.
    Michael Koziol reveals that a legacy project of former prime minister Tony Abbott – an exhaustive official history of Australia’s military operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq – is in danger of collapse amid claims that bureaucrats are trying to censor its first volume.
    Dan Tehan has warned the government has “blunt instruments” at its disposal to enforce stronger action on foreign interference should universities fail to adequately protect students and research.
    Fergus Hunter reports that Paul Fletcher has tied the debate about media freedom to efforts to bolster the financial viability of journalism in the digital era, warning that “a free press can’t do its job if it’s not there”.
    Deborah Snow writes about secret documents, leaks and raids and the perennial tension between government and media.
    The ALP’s review of its 2019 Election loss falls short of providing any real political answers to the party’s problems. Martin Hirst argues the problem is that Labor long ago abandoned its social democratic roots.,13294
    It seems China’s banking system is on edge with lurking debt bombs.
    Matthew Knott reckons Bloomberg’s presidential bid is almost certainly doomed.
    When it comes to music festivals and pills Peter FitzSimons says the coroner makes sense but the premier isn’t listening.
    Van Badham wonders if Morrison-style tactics could be used to defeat Jacinda Ardern next year.
    While Australia struggles with a national water crisis, the LNP struggles with the concept of sustainable regional development, writes Dr Evan Jones.,13296
    Jacqui Maley opines that with Trump, Epstein, Weinstein 2019 teaches us conspiracy theories are likely to be true.
    Researcher Sarah Gilbert urges us to take another look at our national identity.
    Thanks to longevity, children in their 60s and 70s are spending their retirement caring for parents in their 90s and beyond reports Sandra Symons.
    The Government’s refusal to show compassion to those seeking asylum is still damaging mental health and taking lives, writes Dr Sabrin Farooqui.,13295
    Tim Lane says Steve Smith needs a word to the wise when it comes to captaincy.
    Australia, the US and the rest of the Five Eyes countries should be “extremely concerned” about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief of staff accessing its top-secret intelligence, a British MP has warned.

    Cartoon Corner

    Mark David identifies Morrisons real crisis.

    Zanetti would have creamed his jeans putting tis one together.

    From Matt Golding

    Glen Le Lievre with good aim.

    John Shakespeare and Margaret Court.

    From the US

  22. Longevity –

    What’s the use of living longer if you have to spend more years locked in a nursing home, or left in the tender care of your ageing kids?

    What’s the point of living longer if you are in constant pain, or have lost your marbles, or are unable to feed yourself and wipe your own bum?

    What’s the point of living past 100 if the resources that allow you to be in great shape physically and intellectually just aren’t there?

    Before scientists and researchers spend any more time working out how to keep us alive for longer they need to work out how to keep us fit and healthy with all our mental abilities intact.

  23. In the UK as in Australia

    The scandal over Boris Johnson’s friendship with technology entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri was reignited on Saturday after the Observer revealed that the independent police watchdog has delayed its announcement on whether the PM should face an investigation into possible criminal misconduct until after the election.

    The decision prompted fury from Westminster politicians and London assembly members who said it appeared that a ruling had been “suppressed” in order to protect Johnson from potentially damaging headlines at a crucial stage of the election campaign.

    In a private meeting held before parliament was dissolved last week, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) officials agreed not to announce whether they were going to investigate “possible criminality” over allegations about a conflict of interest in Johnson’s dealings while mayor of London with US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri until after the election.

  24. The link will give you a download of the report.

    The report was delivered in February 2013, then we ended up with the Abbott government and everything sane and sensible went out the window.

  25. I agree.

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