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May 4, 2012

 

Hello

Good afternoon and welcome to Weekend Rostrum, an open forum where you can talk about anything you like….

 

Have a lovely weekend!!

 

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  1. May 4, 2012 5:31 pm

    Here’s something to ruin all of your weekends. 😆 Richmond will be along to ruin Port Adelaide’s (hopefully) later on…

  2. JAWS permalink
    May 4, 2012 5:50 pm

    This is a Community Announcement

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/beat-your-beer-bottle-top-with-an-apple-charger-and-these-10-other-household-items/story-e6frfro0-1226347009884

    What about the door of an HR Holden..?

    Or the lock recess of a door jam… ?

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    May 4, 2012 6:02 pm

    Here’s something to ruin all of your weekends.

    Toillette … how often does the Child Protection Agency visit your home?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wally,

    …. motor mechs use a screwdriver … or an open ender (spanner) … I know builders who use a claw hammer … but I thought it was only my Stella or Hahn Premium I needed a b/o for?

    BTW … I have an original Coca Cola bottle opener screwed to the wall alongside my drinks fridge outside (its Queensland we can live outside all year … unlike the Yoghurt cities)

  4. May 4, 2012 6:05 pm

    Cigarette lighters are the best, most commonly to hand items in the abscence of ‘proper’ bottle opening devices.

    You need hard hands though…which counts out plenty of precious petals.

  5. May 4, 2012 6:08 pm

    You wouldn’t find a more polite, balanced & calm child (not for much longer) than my kid, TB.

    She has broad horizons & has been exposed to a wide spectrum of life experiences.

    The CPA would be better served heading down the road a few K’s to The Bronx (every town has one) where they probably listen to Jimmy Barnes, bubblegum radio music & assorted other mainstream dross.

    She’s actually at a piano lesson right now.

  6. JAWS permalink
    May 4, 2012 6:33 pm

    “….but I thought it was only my Stella or Hahn Premium I needed a b/o for?”

    Alot of Lion Nathan (eg Hahn) and premiums like Squires (Yum…….another Lion Nathan) and Little Creatures need b/o’s these days.

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 4, 2012 6:37 pm

    I’m off soon, local eatery and a bottle of decent red – Taltarni Heathcote shiraz, 2005.

    I’ll try to think of something original while I’m out!

  8. May 4, 2012 6:40 pm

    You’ll give yourself a headache! (not with the wine)

  9. el gordo permalink
    May 5, 2012 1:01 pm

    Correction… Mr Bean is not a scientist: ‘Bean’s status as hot writing property is a far cry from his first career as an occupational psychologist, in which role he advised clients such as Amnesty International.’

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2012 2:50 pm

    You’ll give yourself a headache! (not with the wine)

    LOL! Classic platinum … Mr Toillette! 😆

  11. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 5, 2012 4:47 pm

    Go Bloods!!

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2012 5:05 pm

    Different country, different coalition in power (The Libdems) right whingers at their worst … BUT same voter unrest!

    (Reuters) – Boris Johnson dodged a humiliating nationwide defeat for Prime Minister David Cameron by winning London in local elections that saw voters angry at Britain’s economic woes flock to opposition Labour and a right-wing anti-European fringe party.

    Uber Capitalism is destroying Democracy … greed may be good for our big four banks but it is leeching the community’s ability to survive …

  13. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 5, 2012 5:54 pm

    Swan is excruciatingly dull and bombastic. I can’t recall a politician with such a level of self-importance so diametrically opposed to their actual capability.

    Today – “Mr Abbott should come to Canberra and answer some tough questions about what he knows about Mr Ashby’s claims”

    There I was thinking that the government had put Slipper in the speaker’s chair, and took the risk that he wouldn’t repeat his past dubious behaviour. Their risk didn’t succeed, and they have to accept the public opprobrium that results.
    —————-
    Yes, headache despite not having an original thought!

  14. el gordo permalink
    May 5, 2012 5:56 pm

    Conrad Black released from a Miami gaol, after serving a few years for fraud, said he’s going back to Canada and regain his citizenship.

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2012 6:02 pm

    Swan is excruciatingly dull and bombastic. I can’t recall a politician with such a level of self-importance so diametrically opposed to their actual capability.

    Reminds me of you, ToM … ToM … TO-MMMMMMY! hehehe …. 😉 dontcha hate hangovers?

    Hair o’ the dog is the best cure I know ToMMy, then water, water, water, and Sensodyne tabs … avoid Barrocca, my old favourite, ’cause in their wisdom they now use aspartame rather than good old sugar! … and I’ve tried most “cures” … raw egg … tomato juice … Worcester sauce … etc etc …

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2012 6:04 pm

    Conrad Black released from a Miami gaol …

    Some wannabe Robber Barons do get caught … small fish massive egos … but the monster Robber Barons still swim away!

  17. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 5, 2012 6:11 pm

    Off for another dose shortly TB. I’m vulnerable to good red.

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2012 6:36 pm

    I’m vulnerable to good red.

    You fkn Commie bastard … don’t let, splatterbum, find out! You’ll be hung drawn, quartered and a hot poker up yer arse* before you can say … “I was just jokin'” …

    * one of the most horrific scenes in the TV series, The Tudors, IMO … The Minister, still watches the show (I worry about her Hollandic {Friesland}, unconcern … a throw back to the Vikings, methinks) … I gave up, I wearied of the bonking, beheading and token torturing scenes! (and then I discovered Game of Thrones … many thanks to my posting colleague … Toillette … the difference is ???? … one was real and the other fiction ) …

  19. Tony permalink
    May 5, 2012 7:39 pm

    “Go Bloods!!”

    When it comes down to a choice between South Melbourne and Adelaide, it’s a no-brainer.

    Go the mighty Southeners! 😯

  20. Tony permalink
    May 5, 2012 7:40 pm

    Southerners. Whatever. 😐

  21. May 5, 2012 8:55 pm

    South Melbourne, my arse!

    That team was put down years ago.

  22. Meta permalink
    May 5, 2012 9:18 pm

    (I tend to doubt that the capacity of/for a ruined weekend; possibly because of extremely poor performance in a number of dimensions; possibly because of heeding Dave‘s advice.)

  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 5, 2012 10:10 pm

    I’m not fond of Hawthorn or St Kilda.

  24. May 5, 2012 10:24 pm

    And…they just put down The Sydney Bloods, Swans Handbagz… 😆

  25. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 5, 2012 10:24 pm

    BOOOOOO!!!!

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 5, 2012 10:25 pm

    Snowtown United don’t deserve any wins!

  27. JAWS permalink
    May 5, 2012 11:49 pm

    Jeeeez

    “Shintaro” doco on sbs right now

    Have some respect

    “phantom agents” will surely get ya
    Next

    Out fishing and mOving about

    Wondering if this will work

    Ciao

  28. JAWS permalink
    May 5, 2012 11:51 pm

    3 miles out and all we get is sbs

    Is there a resin

  29. JAWS permalink
    May 5, 2012 11:51 pm

    Reason

  30. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 6, 2012 12:03 am

    😆

  31. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 6, 2012 12:04 am

    Just enjoying a lazy response.

  32. el gordo permalink
    May 6, 2012 6:55 am

    Are we there yet?

    ‘Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s parliamentary numbers have won a boost, with Nationals MP Tony Crook formally joining the coalition.

    ‘The move by Mr Crook….. puts the coalition’s numbers at 72 members to Labor’s 71.

  33. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 6, 2012 6:56 am

    Yes congrats, Toilet. You’ll note I was disciplined enough to slepp before posting on the subject.

  34. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 6, 2012 6:56 am

    And to sleep as well…

  35. el gordo permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:49 am

    And while we were sleeping…

    ‘Julia Gillard is standing firm but her frontbench are in despair. “The carbon tax is killing us,” a senior minister told The Sunday Telegraph.’

  36. May 6, 2012 8:33 am

    It was a good game, could’ve gone either way.

    If Allah hadn’t struck down Goodes it may have been different.

    First quality opposition Adelaide has beat for real pts.

    Hopefully Richmond put Port to the sword this arvo. 🙂

  37. May 6, 2012 9:13 am

    “Is there a resin”

    Well that’s one of life’s big questions, as is:

    Is there a raisin…?

  38. May 6, 2012 9:49 am

    Sorry, Tboss, but I’m hoping for a Port win.

  39. el gordo permalink
    May 6, 2012 2:43 pm

    bump

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    May 6, 2012 4:02 pm

    Is there a raisin…?</i.

    Or that other question pondered through the ages …

    … Is there a (raisin?) bun in the oven? …

    Life's mysteries are never ending …

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    May 6, 2012 4:03 pm

    That frigging >>>>>>>!!!!!

  42. Tony permalink
    May 6, 2012 4:26 pm

    😯

  43. TB Queensland permalink
    May 6, 2012 4:33 pm

    Apologies, ToSY … the keyboard, not you … are you alright? Something caught in your throat?

    You’re looking decidedly odd …

  44. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 6, 2012 4:33 pm

    So Jaws has gone fishing with King Rat and El Gordo, smoked some CB Resin, one thing’s led to another, El Gordo’s noticed a bump (as, apparently, has the ever alert Reb) and Ol’ Gossiping Gertie in the safari suit has let the cat out of the bag. Is that right?

  45. el gordo permalink
    May 6, 2012 4:37 pm

    Is that right?

    Where’s my brief?

  46. Tony permalink
    May 6, 2012 4:38 pm

    Yes I’m okay, TB. Just watching some sport on the telly. You wouldn’t be interested. 😉

  47. TB Queensland permalink
    May 6, 2012 5:01 pm

    Sport? Is that what you call Irish Football with a lozenge, ToSY? Just askin’ …

    Jaws has gone fishing with ‘imself … sounds rude! As for the rest of, James’, gobblydegook … I reckon he’s into the cookie jar again … 🙄

    … and everyone should be alert … the world needs more lerts … 😀

  48. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 6, 2012 6:11 pm

    Personally, I can’t wait for the budget. There are few things more entertaining than listening to Swan for a couple of hours.

    I’m expecting the blowhard to give us bullsh!t laid on with a trowel, mixed with some horsesh!t, The finale will be a punnet of dried dog turd …each!

    Swan is such excruciating dill, he’s an embarrassment.
    ——————–
    Meanwhile I’m noticing that Howard has become the yardstick for political integrity. A suggestion of – “Gillard broke her word to Wilkie” or “She said she had complete confidence in Thomson” – is met with – “Howard…AWB, children overboard”

    They seem to fail to understand that Howard lost the election because of those issues, and the same fate awaits the ALP.

    People don’t appreciate dishonest politicians.

  49. TB Queensland permalink
    May 6, 2012 6:30 pm

    I remember thinking, during the 12 years of John Howard & The Private School Bullies Show …

    Personally, I can’t wait for the budget. There are few things more entertaining than listening to Costello for a couple of hours.

    I’m expecting the blowhard to give us bullsh!t laid on with a trowel, mixed with some horsesh!t, The finale will be a punnet of dried dog turd …each!

    Costello (alias Tip Custard) is such an excruciating dill, he’s an embarrassment.

    People don’t appreciate dishonest politicians.

    I never have … nor posters on blogs … 🙂

  50. May 6, 2012 6:38 pm

    The impending ‘Family Payments’ smell a lot like the kind of bribery which would have been scorned when Howard did it.

  51. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:00 pm

    Back “in the good old days” lump sum payments such as this were called “bribes”, only intended to attract the unthinking to supporting the government (of the day)

    Are they still bribes?

  52. May 6, 2012 7:00 pm

    “Personally, I can’t wait for the budget.”

    It looks like you won’t have to…

    Julia’s already announced a massive cash handout!!

    Desperate times call for desperate measures I suppose…

  53. Neil of Sydney permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:04 pm

    “The impending ‘Family Payments’ smell a lot like the kind of bribery which would have been scorned when Howard did it.”

    It is actually worse than what you stated. The idea is to bring forward the spending to this year so the budget deficit is bigger this year.

    This means the money is not spent next year so Swan can get his hoped for budget surplus.

    It is to be hoped that the MSM does their job and investigate Swans tricks rather than to focus on Abbott all the time.

  54. May 6, 2012 7:11 pm

    BTW, I watched the new Australian movie “Wish You Were Here” yesterday….

    It’s very good – 3 and half stars from me.

  55. May 6, 2012 7:11 pm

    “The impending ‘Family Payments’ smell a lot like the kind of bribery which would have been scorned when Howard did it.”

    It is actually worse than what you stated.

    Groan.

    Really, Neil, when you carry on like that I almost pray that el gordo would come along and talk about climate change.

  56. May 6, 2012 7:12 pm

    It’s very good – 3 and half stars from me.

    Were you on dope cookies?

  57. May 6, 2012 7:17 pm

    “when you carry on like that I almost pray that el gordo would come along and talk about climate change.”

    LOL!

    But then again, why is Julia obsessed with “working families” when “working families” only represent about 50% of the population…?

    Rather than cash handouts – which just smacks of a desperate poll boosting populist move – wouldn’t it be wiser to give people a tax cut – rather than just a financial bonus that applies to breeders only??

  58. May 6, 2012 7:20 pm

    “Were you on dope cookies?”

    If only….!

  59. el gordo permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:38 pm

    Julia is handing out bribes, there is no doubt.

  60. Neil of Sydney permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:39 pm

    “wouldn’t it be wiser to give people a tax cut”

    Now you are sounding like Peter Costello.

    However this cash handout is not a populist move. Swan has given up on this years budget. the deficit is going to be a whopper.

    Swan wants to spend as much money before June 30 so the spending does not occur in next years budget.

    The Family payments were going to be spent anyway. But next year. Swan gave the handout so it does not appear in next years budget. he hopes tricks like this will deliver him a surplus budget next year.

  61. May 6, 2012 8:05 pm

    Rather than cash handouts – which just smacks of a desperate poll boosting populist move – wouldn’t it be wiser to give people a tax cut – rather than just a financial bonus that applies to breeders only??

    I agree. I need a tax cut. 🙂

    I’m waiting though for the bogans to start screaming “what about me?”

  62. Tony permalink
    May 6, 2012 8:11 pm

    “The impending ‘Family Payments’ smell a lot like the kind of bribery which would have been scorned when Howard did it” was a comment from an Adelaide Crows supporter, although I’m sure Neil of Sydney would be happy to claim it.

  63. May 6, 2012 8:30 pm

    was a comment from an Adelaide Crows supporter

    And we all know they talk shit. :mrgreen:

  64. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 6, 2012 9:26 pm

    …and why is it that political journalists have credibility while ever they’re writing article politically advantageous to the government, but once they reflect on some poor policy, they apparently lose their judgment.

    Michelle Grattan is the latest. Is she after a job with News Ltd?

  65. el gordo permalink
    May 6, 2012 10:20 pm

    ‘Is she after a job with News Ltd?’

    No, Gina will look after her.

  66. armchair opinionator permalink
    May 7, 2012 1:27 am

    Just finished watching the Tim Minchin opera house special on ABC, what a talented entertainer! Black humour, intellect, a very fine musician and a feeling of humanity. I enjoyed it.

  67. el gordo permalink
    May 7, 2012 7:26 am

    The European tide has turned.

    ‘Mr Sarkozy worked in harness with Mrs Merkel’s economic plans but Mr Hollande has insisted he will swing France and Europe away from austerity and into policies that promote growth. Europe is suffering from recession and record unemployment.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/hollande-ousts-sarkozy-as-france-president-20120507-1y7iv.html#ixzz1u7wQdtfv

  68. May 7, 2012 9:06 am

    The Neo Nazi party has won 6% of the vote in Greece. This means for the first time since 1974 they will sit in Parliament.

    Already they are calling for all immigrants to be sent home..

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gJ_QObkBJNHfMg7c34nClQKNUbPw?docId=58d1ce060fe64bb2b41621a9f227d6a2

  69. Tony permalink
    May 7, 2012 9:20 am

    ‘In May 2011, the French centre-left think tank Terra Nova edited a “Left strategy for 2012” report, which suggests that workers should not continue to be a main subject of the Socialist Party’s campaign platform, considering that the working class has lost its political significance and has moved toward the National Front nowadays. It advises the party to revitalize its platform and its voter base by emphasizing its progressive views on youth and women and by targeting ethnic minorities, precarious workers and academia.’

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_Party_(France)

  70. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 7, 2012 9:28 am

    I suppose a roofing insulation program would go a treat in Greece.

  71. JAWS permalink
    May 7, 2012 9:38 am

    “Already they are calling for all immigrants to be sent home..”

    Lets retaliate by sending them Mark Bouris, Andrew Demitriou, Napoleon Perdis, George Donikian, Mary Kostakidis, Nick Xenephon, Mark Philippoussis

  72. JAWS permalink
    May 7, 2012 10:21 am

    The Leader of the Greeek Neo-Nazi’s seems very level headed dontya think ?

    From AAP this morning

    Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn was also set to enter parliament for the first time since the end of the military junta in 1974, with 6.5-7.5 per cent, making it the sixth-biggest party in the 300-seat chamber with some 20 lawmakers.

    Leader Nikos Michaloliakos said his party would fight against “world usurers” and the “slavery” of an EU-IMF loan agreement he likened to a “dictatorship”.

    “The time for fear has come,” he said.

    But there’s more………………

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that if Greece’s new government deviated from its commitments, the country would “bear the consequences.”

    “Membership of the European Union is voluntary,” he said in Cologne.

    ASX already off by 1.5%

  73. JAWS permalink
    May 7, 2012 10:27 am

    From AAP

    Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown out its leader.

    The Political Body Count for Europe

    -FRANCE Nicolas Sarkozy, defeated in France’s presidential runoff by Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, joins a series of European leaders booted from office because of public anger over austerity measures and economic crisis.

    – ITALY: Silvio Berlusconi, the long-serving leader and survivor of scandals over everything from allegedly bedding escorts to serial corruption, finally bites the dust in November 2011. He resigns to cheers and jeers as investors lose confidence in his ability to spur economic growth and rein in debt. It’s the end of a political era. Mario Monti, a former European Commissioner, is named to replace him and lead a technical government until elections in 2013.

    – GREECE: Greek Socialist leader George Papandreou swept to power in October 2009 pledging to spend his way out of a deteriorating economic situation. Two years later, at the height of Greece’s worst financial crisis since World War II, Papandreou’s own deputies force him out after he endangers a hard-won bailout by announcing he would put it to a referendum. He’s replaced by caretaker Prime Minister Lucas Papademos. In parliamentary elections on Sunday, Greeks punish the two main parties for the country’s economic straits, with official projections showing both hemorrhaging support and no party gaining enough votes to form a government.

    – SPAIN: A burst real estate bubble also deflated faith in a Socialist government, which was nonetheless reluctant to acknowledge Spain had problems. Blips of good economic news are seized upon as “green shoots” pointing to recovery. Wrong. Stimulus measures are enacted, then crushing austerity. Unemployment soars. The Socialists of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero are wiped off the map in November 2011 elections; Mariano Rajoy’s conservatives take over.

    – BRITAIN: Gordon Brown leads the Labour Party to defeat in the May 2010 election; Conservative Party leader David Cameron becomes leader of a coalition government. Brown had been finance chief for a decade before succeeding Tony Blair in 2007. Brown had boasted endlessly of ending the cycle of boom and bust – but as prime minister he presided mostly over bust.

    – IRELAND: Brian Cowen, promoted to prime minister in 2008 after being finance minister, doesn’t even get to run. He resigns as leader of the Fianna Fail Party weeks before the February 2011 election. It doesn’t help his party, which suffers its worst ever defeat. Cowen was finance minister during Ireland’s banking crisis and the collapse of its housing bubble.

    – PORTUGAL: A month after Portugal requests a 78-billion-euro bailout, the centre-left Socialist government of Jose Socrates is voted out of power in June 2011. Portugal’s woes stemmed from a decade of feeble growth as it failed to modernise amid increasing global competition and dug itself deeper into debt.

    – DENMARK: A centre-right government in Denmark loses power in September in part due to discontent over austerity measures introduced amid the debt crisis. It is replaced by a centre-left coalition.

    – FINLAND: Finland’s government is reconfigured after June elections following a sharp surge in support for nationalists who oppose bailouts for debt-stricken eurozone countries. A conservative-led coalition spanning left and right is formed to keep the nationalist True Finns out of power.

  74. May 7, 2012 10:45 am

    “Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown out its leader.”

    True that.

    I was thinking that this morning when ABC showed Sarkozy being ousted in France with the new President riding a wave of popularity based on the promise that he will defy Germany’s austerity measures.

    It’s all going to hell in a basket over in Europe…..

  75. May 7, 2012 10:47 am

    stocks plunge on Eurozone fears…

    Australian shares posted heavy early losses following a sharp selloff of US shares on Friday and European election results which threaten recent progress on the eurozone debt crisis

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets-live/markets-live-19b-lost-in-early-trade-20120507-1y7q6.html#ixzz1u8lW8A6H

  76. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 7, 2012 10:59 am

    Oh shit……….

    NURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. JAWS permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:07 am

    Greece is goneski

    Every decent commentator has been saying that for months. Its only the University Professor type twats that have been saying it will be saved. They reside in their Ivory Towers reciting from their latest text books simple unmitigated Crap.

    In plain economic terms Greece is FUCKED.

    Cut ‘em loose and let them inflate their way out of trouble.

    The quicker it is to get back to the old days of cheap Greek Island holidays the better for all of us.

    If they want a quick fix I have one

    Sell Crete

  78. Tony permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:14 am

    The only real long-term answer is to admit the Eurozone experiment has failed, and go back to separate pre-Euro currencies, where each currency will find its own level relative to the strenghth of that country’s economy. The problem with that idea is there are hundreds of politicians and thousands of bureaucrats in Brussells and elsewhere who will not want their cozy nest-feathers disturbed.

  79. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:31 am

    There’s another problem Tony in that there’s a nation in the Eurozone that has underwritten the bailouts of their co European nations and looks increasingly likely to be left stripped of much of its cash. I’m not sure they’ll be amused.

  80. JAWS permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:37 am

    I think they blamed the usurers last time around.

    This time they can blame the Bloody Robber Peasants !

  81. May 7, 2012 11:49 am

    Maybe Germany will just invade France (again) and take whatever they want….

  82. Tony permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:55 am

  83. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 7, 2012 12:16 pm

    So a holiday on the French Riviera looks like being good value. Mid September is always nice.

  84. May 7, 2012 9:30 pm

    Tres bon!

  85. JAWS permalink
    May 8, 2012 11:03 am

    It wasa always going to happen but now the timing is becoming clearer.

    Its almost a certainty that Greece will default in the 2 next months.

    From Dow Jones this morning

    Uncertainty reigns with Greek poll impasse
    08/05/2012 07:35AM AEST

    Greece is sinking deeper into a political and financial morass as initial efforts to form a new coalition government have failed after no party won a clear majority in a parliamentary election.

    The result of Sunday’s election raised troubling new questions about Greece’s ability to stay solvent and in the euro currency bloc. And the political impasse means Greece could face another round of elections next month.

    Voters hammered the conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK, the two parties that had signed up to the country’s multibillion dollar bailouts.

    The result was a clear anti-austerity message. Smaller parties that had rejected the draconian terms of Greece’s rescue packages made significant gains, raising the possibility that they might push the country out of the euro.

    They included the extremist Golden Dawn party, which has been blamed for violent attacks against immigrants. The party won 21 seats in the 300-member parliament, and nearly seven per cent of the vote.

    No party won nearly enough votes to form a government, leaving a coalition government or new elections as the only options.

    New Democracy’s Antonis Samaras, who came in first with only 18.8 per cent of the vote and 108 seats, failed to build a coalition and handed back the mandate to the president.

    “We did everything possible,” Samaras said in a televised address. “We directed our proposal to all the parties that could have participated in such an effort, but they either directly rejected their participation, or they set as a condition the participation of others who, however, did not accept.”

    The uncertainty caused huge volatility in financial markets across Europe. The Athens exchange closed 6.7 per cent down.

    Greece’s bailout creditors appeared alarmed, stressing Athens must stick to its commitments.

    “Of course the most important thing is that the programs we agreed with Greece are continued,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    Her remarks were echoed by a European Commission spokesman, Amadeu Altafaj Tardio, who stressed the need for “full and timely implementation” of Greece’s agreement with its international creditors and underlined that “solidarity is a two-way street”.

    Now that Samaras has failed to create a government, the mandate goes to Alexis Tsipras, the 38-year-old head of the Radical Left Coalition, or Syriza, who came in second with 16.78 per cent and 52 seats.

    Tsipras will officially be asked to seek coalition partners on Tuesday and will have three days to clinch a deal before the mandate passes to former finance minister and PASOK head Evangelos Venizelos.

    If no agreement can be found, new elections will be called, probably for June.

    The timing is critical. Greece has to introduce new drastic austerity measures worth 14.5 billion euros ($A18.7 billion) for 2013-14 in June. The country is also due to receive a 30 billion euros instalment of its rescue loans from the other countries in the 17-strong eurozone and the International Monetary Fund.

    If rescue loan funding is cut off, the country will find itself unable to pay salaries and pensions, and could face defaulting on its debts and potentially leaving the euro.

  86. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 8, 2012 11:18 am

    I don’t think I was verballing anyone Bacchus. I wasn’t attributing those comments to you, they’re simply typical of the responses provided directly to me when (several months ago) I argued that Thomson had a case to answer etc.

    Now that FWA has made its findings, and they’re quite unequivocal, I think I’m entitled to point to the fact that FWA has come to the same conclusions as any reasonable, informed person.

    But despite this, some are inclined to avoid the issue.

  87. May 8, 2012 7:40 pm

    Bolt’s take on this is admirably reasonable…however, a quick read of a majority of the comments gives great insight into why his blog is a rallying point for rightwing bigots of the unhinged variety.

    In spite of the rise of ‘Golden Dawn’ & all of the nazi imagery which goes with that, rather than condemning, the thick tnucs are fkn sympathising with the neo-nazis & pointing at the ‘leftists’.

    wtf?! 😯

    So many Bolt commenters are abject fucktards.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_time_has_come_to_fear/#commentsmore

  88. Tony permalink
    May 9, 2012 8:58 am

    Communism vs. Capitalism in pictures: Scenes from East Germany at the fall of the Berlin Wall, then the same scenes around ten years later. . .

    http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-59943-8.html

  89. Neil of Sydney permalink
    May 9, 2012 9:08 am

    Thanks for those pictures Tony.

    Germany is a good example of how different belief systems produce different results. Same people but different beliefs.

    You could show the same thing with cars. BMW/ Mercedes versus Trabant

  90. May 9, 2012 9:08 am

    Yes, but what about the fkn neo-nazis?!

    They aren’t communists.

    They are favoured by morons over ‘leftists’.

  91. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 9, 2012 9:36 am

    By morons, yes.

  92. el gordo permalink
    May 9, 2012 9:43 am

    I also enjoyed Tony’s pictures and my business partner (typical artist) said ‘they’ve rooned it’.

    Can’t please some people.

  93. el gordo permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:26 am

    Clive Hamilton on that Melbourne play.

    http://theconversation.edu.au/heretic-melbourne-theatre-company-runs-with-the-goons-6871

  94. TB Queensland permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:02 pm

    Bugger me! Bloke round the corner “topped” his wife this afternoon … only a couple of weeks ago cops shot a bloke up the road who was threatening them with a handgun …

    … its getting more ‘n’ more like fkn Melbourne every day!

  95. May 9, 2012 4:04 pm

    “… its getting more ‘n’ more like fkn Melbourne every day!”

    Don’t you mean Sydney? They must be due for another drive-by shooting about now…

  96. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:31 pm

    Apparently the human headline is about to bust open a rumour that “everyone has heard but no-one’s game to touch”

    😯

  97. May 9, 2012 4:38 pm

    Julia’s not really a redhead…?

  98. May 9, 2012 4:39 pm

    Pyne is straight…?

  99. JAWS permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:39 pm

    “………They must be due for another drive-by shooting about now…”

    That’s reserved for “South of the Bridge”

    We of the North are sheltered from that tawdry stuff

  100. JAWS permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:41 pm

    “everyone has heard but no-one’s game to touch”

    It could be about someone (a certain hairdresser) visiting a well known karate club in Kensington in Sydney

  101. Bacchus permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:42 pm

    LOL ” Someone who I’ve always trusted before has told me categorically that the rumour is false.”

    On ya Hinchy – that’ll really help your credibility 😯

  102. JAWS permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:44 pm

    “Julia’s not really a redhead…?”

    Thank God someone else can prove that.

  103. James of North Melbourne permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:45 pm

    Must have got blocked by the legals. He sounded pretty stupid there.

  104. Bacchus permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:48 pm

    Wouldn’t have been so bad James if he hadn’t been all over Twitter “promising” his big scoop. His listening figures will probably spike from 4:30 – 4:40 and then drop off the radar 🙄

  105. May 9, 2012 4:53 pm

    “Thank God someone else can prove that.”

    LOL!

    Apparently according to Tim, the collar and cuffs don’t match.

  106. JAWS permalink
    May 9, 2012 4:59 pm

    I thought it was ………..

    “The Roof does not match the Carpet”

  107. JAWS permalink
    May 9, 2012 5:00 pm

    So did Hinch allude to which Rumour it was at all ?

  108. Tony permalink
    May 10, 2012 12:11 am

    Have a look at the live-cam of these young hawks (and their parent, sometimes) in a nest on the grounds of the University of Wisconsin. . .

    http://metobs.ssec.wisc.edu/aoss/cameras/hawkcam-flash.html?dontcareboutdupes=true

  109. el gordo permalink
    May 10, 2012 6:44 am

    Noice lookin’ chicks.

  110. May 10, 2012 8:44 am

    Cool. Anyone see the adult yet?

  111. Tony permalink
    May 10, 2012 9:51 am

    Yes, I saw both parents together with the chicks last night. They seem to come and go regularly, sometimes bringing home a fresh leafy twig, and sometimes food. Yesterday’s family meal was a rabbit, apparently.

  112. The BarStud permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:08 am

    Why does’nt someone just get a broom and push them over the edge ?

  113. Tony permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:39 am

    One of the adults is there now, with food.

  114. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 10, 2012 11:32 am

    It is interesting that the leader of the relatively church going and conservative USA is supporting marriage equality, while Our Leader remains steadfastly opposed.

    I think Gillard opposes marriage equality for political rather than conscience/social/egalitarian reasons, and she is about to find that events and public sentiment overtakes her political judgement again.

  115. May 10, 2012 12:07 pm

    Some of you may recall that I’ve mentioned in the past that one of my former neighbours (and once fairly close aquaintance) was aquitted of sex offences against two minors in Sydney in 2010…

    Well he’s back in court again – this time on new unrelated charges….

    I feel sorry for his wife. She wouldn’t have known anything about this stuff…

    http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/crime-and-law/former-priest-set-to-face-trial-on-child-sex-charges/2549330.aspx

  116. JAWS permalink
    May 10, 2012 1:50 pm

    “Searching for “the real” Julia….”

    LOL

    For a supposedly “dumb” ex NRL player of some note he revealed her falseness alot quicker than so called journos

  117. May 10, 2012 1:56 pm

    When she said that she was “deeply rooted,” it seemed like a rare moment of candid honesty.

  118. JAWS permalink
    May 10, 2012 1:58 pm

    LOL

  119. JAWS permalink
    May 10, 2012 1:59 pm

    Thompson was “deeply rooted” and still is

  120. Tony permalink
    May 10, 2012 3:37 pm

  121. TB Queensland permalink
    May 10, 2012 4:21 pm

    Thanks for that shit the comentary by the bespectacled witch female prattler journalist was alittle difficult to undersand … I’m sure she would be extre,ely knowledgable about all things “spacey” and the governments “attempts” over the last “three decades” she must have been born around 1980

  122. el gordo permalink
    May 11, 2012 7:57 am

    Still on the subject of things up in the air…this is an excellent move by Smith.

    ‘AUSTRALIA will spend $1.4 billion on 10 new military transport planes over the next few years in a rare ray of light for Defence, which is reeling from the biggest cuts to its budget in almost 60 years.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/new-plane-to-ease-defence-cuts-pain-20120510-1yfnq.html#ixzz1uVRwqImj

  123. May 11, 2012 8:43 am

    So cool. Just watched the hawk bring the chicks an evening meal…some kind of murdered rodent.

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