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#1199941 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 15 February 2018 - 06:00 PM

trickle down - the monetary equivalent of a golden shower from an economy with prostate issues

#1199833 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 11 February 2018 - 10:56 AM

yeah, the whole thing smells bad


Employment of family members
2.23. Ministers’ close relatives and partners are not to be appointed to positions in their ministerial or electorate offices, and must not be employed in the offices of other members of the Executive Government without the Prime Minister’s express approval. A close relative or partner of a Minister is not to be appointed to any position in an agency in the Minister's own portfolio if the appointment is subject to the agreement of the Minister or Cabinet.


while i am quite happy not to endure the details of barnacle's private dalliances, he is as welcome to boff people as anyone else


the power imbalance in the relationship is transparent, but in business it's not actually illegal to rub uglies with your subordinates if they are of consenting age and consenting, unlike say doctor / patient, teacher / student situations




so whilst i am not entirely unhappy with adults doing adult things, the rules of employment apply to both the general staff and the head of any department



the fact that his woman got a position created so she could be moved speaks volumes of the complete disrespect of this government for playing by the rules it sets for everyone else



hypocrites, much?

#1199715 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by scruffy1 on 05 February 2018 - 07:29 PM

cast iron pans are epic - and even moreso with induction cook tops


my favourite was more recent, and has a screw in wooden tipped handle (so you can comfortably and relatively easily  get it in and out of the oven to grill the top on frittata ), but its two older siblings must date to the mid 1970's when mum got them new, and they have only improved with the passage of years

the little one looks like yours; the bigger two don't have a pouring bit on the edges


make sure you season it properly, and try to always leave it oiled - once broken in, they make non-stick look like a temporary gimmick

#1199709 Guess who's back, back again

Posted by scruffy1 on 05 February 2018 - 06:30 PM


Fuck facebook.



with a rake !

#1199639 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 03 February 2018 - 07:40 PM

and you think any other country has much more idea ?


i believe that government is like most adults' lives; lots of bluff, and an overall minority of actual competence

#1199505 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 28 January 2018 - 12:26 PM

I don't like opiates in general, just means doctors will be rather busy with extra people turning just to get their opiates.

Hanging around a doctor's waiting room with people full of colds isn't something to enjoy.


you should try hanging around in a closed room with people with colds, one by one


as for opiates - i was obliged to use them as the only "safe" analgesia for my pains prior to starting chemo, and during, as the drug i was compelled to take to treat the (quiescent) tuberculosis io was also lucky enough to discover meant that paracetamol (and alcohol) were off the menu


as i wrote to a friend at the time :


i'm on isoniazid (for quiescent tuberculosis, it's a long story, but cancer just isn't enough for me)
which precludes imbibing of alcoholic beverages, and even taking panadol - as well as most other drugs useful to sick people
and as the platelet count means anti-inflammatories are out, i have the perfect excuse for developing a narcotic habit except i find them singularly unattractive - if i want to be nauseated, itchy and unable to shit whilst feeling indifferent to pain that is largely unchanged by the drugs, they'd be my first choice
lucky it doesn't hurt much, and i'm such a tough bastard...
i might need to apply for medicinal ganga, except i'm not that keen on a puff these days, and coughing wobbles my spleen which is unpleasant
remarked to the dentist (i am falling apart universally) that it seems timely to consider huffing the whipped cream bulbs as my best bet

#1199501 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 28 January 2018 - 11:42 AM

there's a limit to repeats on scheduled drugs, and in the absence of being annotated with a magic additional sribe, you can't fill repeats at the same time as the original prescription; indeed i can write that any repeat is not filled until a specific lapse after the original, and the pharmacist is legally bound to comply whether the patient is asking or not


my biggest concern is punters deciding that if they have to get a prescription they may as well go for something "big" like oxycodone


equally, lots of unpaid time will be spent talking to pharmacists who might feel obliged to ring and check that a script is real, or the quantity is kosher, which will interrupt my current consult as the secretary can't keep them on hold forever, and sometimes it is actually a very valid issue



my early prediction is a lot of people deciding that's the drug that is required, especially as emergency departments hand it out at triage, and as a take home "stop gap" till people see a gp, and when anything less potent is suggested, they go "it doesn't work as well"



yes, beer doesn't "work as well" as whiskey, but it doesn't suggest that sometimes beer is plenty, and people with issues other than physical pain are often keen to feel nothing at all, rather than adequately palliated



i try to point out to people that coma is not an option; the only doctors that may meet their requirements will need to be administering a general anaesthetic




lucky for me i don't have to contend with a lot of transient "shoppers", but the necessary prescription of newly restricted drugs will be good business for macmedical centres i expect



the pharmacy guild is spewing, because compound analgesics with a non-prescription narcotic kicker are a huge seller, and the supermarkets can do straight panadol and ibuprofen (nurofen / advil / hedafen) at a very competitive price, so they miss the opportunity to sell extra guff - " you should also buy this nasal spray and some flagellated guano berry extract, because it will really help (my profit margin)"

#1199399 Ow my voice

Posted by scruffy1 on 23 January 2018 - 10:10 PM

billing is a strange animal


dare i say my shop has a very different view of what a "consult" means


generally that's the time it takes to solve a problem, or make a plan to progress the solving of a problem



expecting things to happen in 10 minutes is sometimes longer than it takes (rarely); i can barely do simple things in under 15 minutes, although in my defence i'm never quite satisfied with doing what the patient wants, and much more inclined to explain to them what they actually need to have happen



edit :  it helps that many of my patients have been known to me for over a decade, several for over 20 years, and in some families i'm already into 3 generations of the clan, so a great deal of their back story is a given (and i have a ridiculous memory for detail)


they might be paying customers, but i have a long and intimate personal relationship with them like extended family, and quite reasonably see myself as a farmer of people, in a positive and respectful way

#1199376 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 22 January 2018 - 08:59 PM

packing a full 1s lipo they are probably quite efficient incendiary devices with a strategically placed spike to penetrate the battery on impact



wouldn't ignite too quickly, but lipo fires can't be extinguished with standard equipment



the camera is ~5gm, and they can pretty comfortably take a payload of another 5 and still be controlled well, with a range of ~ 3+ minutes flying time

#1199374 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 22 January 2018 - 08:18 PM

ha !  i'm already ahead of the game



#1199322 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 21 January 2018 - 10:28 AM


Secondly, and this was something that I just happened to come across.  I had just bought a pair of Bose QC35 v2 headphones just recently, I happen to come across a few reviews on productreview.com and they were rated at 4.7/5 stars out of 380+ reviews which is actually pretty good.  Then I decided to sort the reviews from lowest rating first and found a few bad reviews.  When I say bad I mean they were picking gnat shit out of pepper.  I mean, what is wrong with people today?  Why do they buy the product and then say that its bad because it is expensive and so they don't like it?  Some even say that it feels like they have their ears being sucked, or vacuumed in, or whatever.  It's obvious that these guys have no clue how the ANC tech works and they just sprouting bullshit out of their mouth just to say something bad about the product.  Anyway, I bought a pair regardless of their reviews.  Actually, I was uncertain of the purchase till I read the bad reviews.  Best purchase I ever made. 


Rant over.  






the number of negative reviews for things that actually aren't about the product never ceases to amaze me


"took too long to arrive" = deduct points even if the item is jesus incarnate when it gets there


"doesn't fit comfortably" = deduct points for having some personal anatomical anomaly, or not being intelligent enough to expect than chinese "medium size" means you need to be a pixie to wear it


"arrived broken (but they replaced it without any issues)" = item is very bad, even though the next one was perfect


"didn't arrive" (because international post disappeared it somehow) = item is defective, albeit never actually handled



i buy a shit tonne of little r/c / aero / drone / electronics stuff from china, where i accept that quality control may be less than optimal, but 99 times out of a hundred, the eventual delivery provides me with something that is perfect for what i wanted, at an unbeatable price


yet others (most often americans, whose idea of service is that it arrives as if teleported, and is never a dud) will have apoplexy when it takes the advised several weeks to arrive, with free postage





#1199305 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 20 January 2018 - 11:14 AM

hahaha... performance contracts


i can barely contain my mirth imagining the several layers of extra bureaucracy required to define and monitor kpi's and that stuff



i remember when the quality assurance programme was initiated by my boss at the time (ex-boss before i eventually left the job), and i took an opportunity to clarify for her than benchmarking could easily refer to the fingernail marks left on bureaucrats' desks when they were dragged out of their safe offices to actually interact with staff on the shop floor and observe what really went on during a routine day


every decent suggestion i have made in workplaces was eventually "actioned", but only after considerable time, and with the input of god knows how many other independent assessors who had never done my job



#1199128 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 13 January 2018 - 04:15 PM

but but that implies that kids that do misbehave are natural.



umm, you haven't had kids, have you ?


i'm not implying it... i'm reporting reality

#1199123 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 13 January 2018 - 11:14 AM

Australia Post and the Express Parcel Service.
Be quicker to drive to NSW myself and collect the package.
Is the service getting worse now?


ever since the delivery people got pegged for leaving "you weren't at home when we called" notes instead of actually knocking on the door, the whole process takes more time


so i see it as a mixed blessing, because i get things maybe a day late, but i don't have to line up at the local auspost with my ticket

You are not a parent Ev - kids will be kids - I "kid-proofed" my homes years ago as my pair and then the nieces and nephews came to visit.



100% concordance


kids behaving like kids frequently has very little to do with parents, and mostly to do with kids


parents stating "kids will be kids" have obviously been worn down by the reality that in spite of discipline, children have the attention span of gnats, and thus forget to behave, or they are contrarian, and need to provoke a display of limit confirmation



any child who always behaves perfectly will probably grow up to be an ocd serial killer

#1199084 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 11 January 2018 - 02:19 PM

this  :



and it was really great