Friday, May 20, 2022

Vote often 7

If you are a young person and know nothing about politics, and truly many don't, and you have to make a choice on our voting day Clive Palmer's United Australia Party may appeal to you. 

Palmer has flooded television with political vote for me and my party advertising. On the face of it his ads are very appealing. They are so pro Australia, with a 15% tax on mining exports, a 3% maximum interest rate for home buyers. I could go on with more examples but his policies are derided by all economic experts. I read in reputable media that Palmer is paid $1 million a day by a Chinese company to export our mining resources and no doubt the Chinese company is state owned by China.

Palmer's propaganda like political posing scares me as I can really see the appeal of simplistic campaign to the ill educated and gullible, especially young men who would shout out in a pub, Australia for Australia. 

Of course as rich people do, Palmer has been very reluctant at times to pay his own bills. He is one very rich and scary man.

This was ready for publication but a text message arrived to my phone just after 5pm.
"Australia transferring all AU hospital & health care to to World Health Org immediately 
Stop them 
Vote 1 United Australia Party
Click for more"

I am not sure where this nonsense came from and given I am sure it is untrue, I won't waste my time looking. In Australia, and I'd be interested to know if other countries do the same, there is a 48 media black out of political advertising before voting opens. This is to prevent last minute outrageous advertising and in my opinion, it is not a bad thing. Unfortunately it only applies to old media such as newspapers, tv and radio and not to anything that might arrive to your phone or via the internet. THAT needs fixing.

Friday Funnies

I have no more left after this lot. I will have to find something new. I have a feeling I've used some of these before. No matter.

Poor old pouffe who self immolated.

Don't I know this one.

And I am entertained by reading this. I am worse.

I am sure I've used this one before. I think it is quite funny.

Kiddies, remember you spelling lessons, i before e except after c.

Oh that I had such a wise mother.

I downloaded this in December 2021. Amazing.

Needs verification.

Do you have a cat who would look so cross?

Good on ya for complaining. The same happens to me.

I'll give this one a miss.

They did indeed do such things. They are now dead. Tell you anything?

Who's he?

This is perhaps my favourite. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Vote often 6

We voted early yesterday. We caught the tram a few stops to High Street and trudged up the steep hill strolled 100 metres up a gentle slope to our nearest polling station at the Deaf School. The voting venue is an old chapel. As  I realised where it was, I thought I hope it is not still a church and and that it has been desecrated. Of course I meant deconsecrated. No thunder and lighting as I entered so I guess it had been.

The voting process was quite simple with a check of our names, dates of birth and home address. We were also asked if the reason for pre polling was a valid reason. Of course it was. My rehearsed answer was a fear of Covid in crowded places. I am not sure if R had a reply rehearsed but neither of us was asked for a reason. Apparently already six million voters have some reason why they can't vote on voting day. It is a silly rule, widely ignored and should be dropped. 

All parties offered us how to vote cards, which I ignored. I knew who I would vote for and give my preferences to. Better the Animal Justice Party than Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party or Clive Palmer's United Australia Party. More on him in my next and last Vote often post.

Our local Labor member was keeping company with the Greens candidate. They are both of a similar age and are attractive people. My mind went to where it should not have, my excuse being that in politics liaisons have happened so often.

So, our democratic duty is done and I look forward to election night when we know who will govern Australia for the next three years. The strong independent candidates will make it an interesting night.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Vote often 5, Karen Andrews

Karen Andrews is the Federal Government Minister for Home Affairs. Our Federal election vote will happen on Saturday and she is running once again for the Queensland Gold Coast seat of McPherson as a member of the Liberals (conservative party).

Stages 1 and 2 of the Gold Coast light rail was completed in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a mix of funding from the Federal, State and Local governments with all parties in unison and so far they have been for Stage 3. Stage 3 planning is complete, the route decided and Federal funding of $400 million to the $2.6 billion project has been promised.

Minister Andrews has written to Urban Infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher requesting that there be no federal funding for the project, citing to quote,

could end up "damaging businesses, creating longer-term traffic issues and impacting the amenity of those living on side streets with a route through Burleigh Hill, Palm Beach and Currumbin."

"I'm only motivated by doing the right thing for people in my electorate," Ms Andrews said.

"It's unreasonable for any level of government to try and steamroll over a local community."  

Property values along the route after the existing light rail opened have increased markedly. The Gold Coast light rail is an excellent system and a setter of standards for trams in Australia. 

Ms Andrews and her husband own a Palm Beach investment property. On the parliamentary register it is listed as a Palm Beach but not its precise location, which happens to be the Gold Coast Highway, right where the light rail will run.

The Gold Coast Light Rail extension has support from all parties, just not Ms Andrew herself. I'm sure she would never lower herself to use public transport, no matter the advantage and comfort. I do recognise that the construction period will be disruptive and unpleasant, but hey, the greater good! We've been through track relays twice here. It wasn't great but we didn't die we were pleased with the end result.

The Liberal Party is just so full of self serving crooks, liars, thieves, alleged women abusers and cheats and so I conclude what I think of Ms Andrews. I would rather the anarchists party was elected than this current government. 

Vote often 4

Katie Allen is not my local member but reigns over the electoral seat next door to mine. She is a Liberal (conservative party) member but she did cross the floor with a vote against her own party's transgender, religious discrimination and gay discrimination bill before the house (the bill being a backward step for rights for the aforesaid), along with four others of her party. The bill was thankfully defeated by five Liberal Party members who crossed the floor, along with Labour, Greens, crossbenchers and independents (needs verification) with Katie among them. 

While I would never vote for the Liberal Party, Ms Allen has my respect. She is a decent person, a doctor and her heart is in the right place, even if her politics aren't. She stood up to her leader and the party over a very sensitive issue.

If she holds her seat, the world will be a better place. The Liberal Party could do with a few more like her.

Rainman is well

I've put up photos of Rainman in the past but I don't think I've ever showed a video of him. I was so pleased to recently see him working away after seeing him not working during my last walk through the St Kilda Botanical Gardens. He is solar powered and the brighter the sunshine is, the more powerful is the water fall. The sun was at medium level this day.

Even in Autumn the gardens were looking stunning, full of people enjoying the last of the warm weather. Yeah, well, that was a couple of weeks ago and the weather has now changed.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

My Aged Care

I like where I live and it is well set up for old people but if in the future I have to go into care I would like to continue to live in the same street. 

Near the bottom of our street is the Jewish Montefiore aged care accommodation that replaced the Jewish Alms Houses, except it has closed down as an old building and next door there is is a spanking new aged care building. I have a photo of the long ago demolished alms houses and the replacement and now closed old aged care Montefiore here.

My question to the former Montefiore was would I be acceptable resident as a non Jewish old gay man and while the answer was a little indirect but essentially yes. I noticed on the new accommodation website,  there is a gay rainbow flag symbol. I just hope the meals served are never involve gefilte fish and that I can smuggle in a roast pork sandwich. 

The benefits when you are old and infirm to live in an area familiar to you are underestimated by many. 

Jab 4, sorry Sir

Last week we went to the chemist where we had a third Covid vax. R had his fourth but I was denied because I am not 65. R had already had his free 'flu shot but me as not yet 65 had to pay $25 to have mine. 

I had a bad reaction to the 'flu vax perhaps eight years ago and I hadn't had one since. However I went ahead and all was good.

Good until today. I was very sniffly this morning and coughed quite a bit during the day. Tonight I used RAT kit to test for Covid and negative, only the second RAT I have taken.

My Covid precautions, far above the current Australian practice has not prevented me from catching a cold and six days after receiving the 'flu vaccine, I doubt it is reaction to that.

A fond farewell to Saudi Arabia

Recommended reading. I have not been following Susie of Jeddah Daily Photo for much more than a couple of years or so, and while I am not particularly interested in Saudi Arabia, her photos give a good insight into daily life.

Susie is returning to I think the US after fifteen years in Saudi and she has published a cracking final post, mostly photos of herself in various garb, at various places with various people. We all know enough about Saudi to know it has huge human rights issues and the rulers are despotic, but her blog is all about daily life for average people. 

You won't be sorry to read Susie's last post, if only to keep up with her costume changes. The photo below of course is one of Susie's. 

Thanks for the Memories.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Monday Mural

Linking up with Sami for Monday Mural.

Melbourne gay men of a certain age may remember St Kilda's Chaucer Street. It was the place to pick up a male prostitute. 

Off Chaucer street is Woolworths supermarket carpark where over lockdown when our movements were restricted and we did not want to use public transport, we would park but it was only recently I noticed this rather well done mural.

Birds of prey seem popular mural subjects but I don't think they are easy to paint well. The well known muralist Matt Adante is good at eagles and I think it may be his work.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Is it Sunday Selections day? Bad luck.

I had my teeth cleaned last week. I haven't had them cleaned for years and until my recent tooth removal, I had not visited a dentist for years. Aside from the removal of one tooth, I haven't had any dental problems. The removed tooth was marginal anyway as I was told at my last dental visit however many years ago.

Most dentists urge to visit every six months. One urges a friend to visit every three months. I think every two years is reasonable.

I am happy with my new Footscray dentists. Kind, empathetic, non critical, inexpensive and of course they seem competent.

But teeth cleaning is not pleasant with all that water trying to drown you. At some point the water suction tube hit my throat and I nearly gagged.

Me gagging when something touches the beginning of my throat?

Lol, I feel so old.