Posted by: Bruce | May 16, 2015

Storms at Lake Macquarie, April 2015 — Photos.

Thought I’d post a few photos of the mess from the severe  storms that hit the Lake Macquarie area, Wangi Wangi. Just click on a pic for quick presentation of bigger and better pictures.

Other places copped more damage and lost power for longer periods, but in my immediate area these images are typical of the mess left in the wake of the storm.

Top job by emergency workers and power company. There were so many huge trees down over power lines, I thought it incredible we only lost power for 4 days.

It was also incredible the number of huge trees that missed hitting homes and cars. Toronto High School library still has a large tree lying on its roof (as at May 18th). Luckily it didn’t demolish the building or hurt anyone although the library remains closed. Thanks to Principal Mark McConville for permission to photograph the library and not putting me on detention.

The lake rose about a metre and started going where it shouldn’t.

If you would like to check out some photos of Wangi and its surrounds when the sun was shining, you can click this link to my previous photo posting…..

https://bonzablogger.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/wangi-wangi-lake-macquarie-images/#jp-carousel-3965

Words for today;    Power lines – why aren’t they underground?

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel.

The swinging voterStanding at attention on my stuffed political armchair I reflected on the Abbott governments’ performance since elected to power in September 2013.

I wondered if a change in perspective would alter the world of this swinging voter. What standouts, what decisions or actions by the Abbott gov’t have impressed upon my political psyche to date?

With the May 2015 budget looming I thought I’d offload a few points now, as the next budget could trigger a new era in head scratching…..

<> I’m glad that the government and opposition managed the usual business of running Australia in-between the headline dramas of the Liberal Party.

<> The P.M. found that being elected didn’t quite offer his government carte blanche of the Australian voters.

<> Labours’ carbon tax gone – to be replaced by Libs dubious scheme now floating in the ether.

<> No new taxes (from the book of Abbott) actually means yes, new taxes.

<> The P.M. has been quoted as saying ‘A country doesn’t prosper through taxation’.

<> The Abbott Gov’t abolished the Mining Tax. It argued against this tax relentlessly when in opposition and only a very watered down tax was imposed when enacted.

<> The P.M. and Treasurer mocked the revenue from the battered Mining Tax they helped destroy yet blamed Labour for Australia’s apparent financial woes.

<> The Abbott Gov’t tries to impose a GP Tax. Better to hit the sick in the doctors waiting room instead of the mining companies taking their profits overseas.

<> A very generous Paid Parental Leave scheme for those of ‘calibre’ to be introduced by the P.M. is trampled and put away in the ‘dead and buried’ file. A heavy slug on industry which would be immediately offloaded as higher prices for consumers. Keeping WorkChoices company, it’s not really dead and buried, just looks that way.

<> The Treasurer stuck his foot in his mouth over the GP tax and the fuel excise tax. ‘Poor people don’t drive much’ yet apparently have enough to buy ‘just a couple of beers’ or pay the GP tax. Mining companies can’t afford a couple of beers.

<> The Abbott Gov’t has stopped the boat loads of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers. A real achievement, though not without ongoing problems. At the minimum, less lives are being lost through the actions of people smugglers. Labour made a total mess of it while in Gov’t.

<> In less than 15 months calls arose for a Leadership challenge to replace Tony Abbott, a reminder of Kevin Rudd days. A leadership challenge took place but Mr Abbott survived.

<> Ironically, Tony Abbott can thank the previous Labour Gov’t for keeping his job. The disgraceful manner in which K. Rudd (previous P.M.) was ousted by the Labour Party was quoted so often by his Liberal colleagues at this point in time, I reckon Tony Abbott was headed unceremoniously to the back benches.

<> I’m glad some political stability is prevailing regardless of who occupies the Lodge.

<> Small business to get much needed ‘fuel in the tank’ from the 2015 budget. Funny that; the ‘fuel in the tank’ will be costing more from the re-introduced fuel excise tax.

<> I think the Abbott Gov’t is doing a reasonable job in the area of Australia’s security; tough times for all and very scary.

<> What ever happened to the basics? Health, education, law and order?

<> Prior to May 2015 Budget, the Treasurer, ‘Just two beers’ Joe has the hounds nipping at his heels. So does Tax ’em Tony.

BBH Performance rating:   5/10

smokeandmirrors

Words for today;    The Liberal Government – nothing out of the hat.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel.

Giving the world the finger: Russia's President V.Putin

Giving the world the finger: Russia’s President V.Putin

Recent headlines have Russia, a member of United Nations Security Council supporting their call for a ceasefire in the Yemen conflicts’ air strikes. It seems Pres. Putin recognises the tragedy of civilian deaths and humanitarian issues. The call is fair enough, but from Russia’s President Putin?

Has Ukraine slipped his mind? Why not start there? Putin has the power to stop the conflict he started. Doesn’t he?

The pro-Russia rebels aren’t just a ragtag mob with a slingshot. More like Russian troops in civvies, financed and armed by Russia. You just can’t stuff a tank in your jacket after buying it in a darkened alley.

The power of one. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

## If the pro-Russian rebels are acting independently then President Putin has the power to tell them to down tools. After all, they are pro-Russian and Putin would be their hero, Russia the motherland. And…they would not want to incur the wrath of Moscow, of their hero.

## If the rebels don’t worship President Putin and keep fighting then that would make them NON pro-Russian rebels; a civil war in the making with a Ukraine against a Ukraine. Russia, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, appears powerless to do anything.

## Finally, for me, the most logical explanation. Russia is invading Ukraine (having invaded Crimea) and hoping to get away with it; telling the rest of the world to get stuffed, risking European and world conflict. Putin has the power to stop this.

Perhaps Russia and President Putin are totally misunderstood.

–His main political opponent is assassinated and Putin says he will do all he can to bring the guilty to justice.

–His popularity with the voting Russians is apparently high following the invasion of Crimea and the continuing conflict in Ukraine. The Russian population seem happy to stick it to the ‘west’. I guess that makes me part of the ‘west’ but I’ll say privyet anyway.

On the bright or scary side; if Russia can invade Ukraine then another country or two can invade Russia or any other country. I meant to say annex not invade. Good for one, good for all.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32187861

http://www.smh.com.au/world/ukrainian-rebels-have-sophisticated-russian-weapons-military-expert-nic-jenzenjones-says-20141117-11o8x1.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31669061

Word for today;     Ominous – Russia in Ukraine

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel.

Posted by: Bruce | May 1, 2015

Frankie – Sister Sledge

Having read and commented in depth on a blog or two tonight I thought I’d finish the night on a light note, musically and metaphorically speaking and present Frankie by Sister Sledge.

The first video is some sort of clip I’ve never seen before but is kind of funny or interesting to watch.

The second is the same song but lyrics only.

It’s a song I’ve always liked and, wishful thinking or imagination had me as the object of those sweet voices and lyrics.

The only trouble with this fantasy being my name; Bruce. Now substituting Brucie for Frankie doesn’t really work so whenever I hear it I temporarily assume the name Frankie. I have a friend called Frank. Not Ernest. Frank. Lucky devil.

Word for today;     Frankie – That’s not my name.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

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