Apparently many of the staff of Bell Potter Securities have been paid a large amount of their remuneration in share options. The story goes the shares are in escrow until December 13 or 15, at which point they can be exercised. There could be quite a plunge in the stock price of Bell Financial Group around that time …

More jobs going: at ABC TV redundancies have been announced

Is Brumby centralising all Public Hospital Food Production in Melbourne? Is this food lacking in Quality, Flavour and Appearance? Will Victoria have the case of Private Patients eating fresh food and public patients eating pre-ordered re-heated food? Is it currently being implemented in the Royal Women’s Hospital? What about the number of Kitchen Staff who will lose their jobs?

Interesting location for a Govt car to be waiting for their occupant. Were they visiting the Orange sign or the blue sign?

We were all belted up securely in Virgin flight DJ 331 from Melbourne to Brisneywood on Friday 28 November at 4:00 pm, doors locked and cross-checked spot on the scheduled time, but no pushback. The bloke on the intercom told expectant passsengers that the plane would be sitting on the tarmac unmoved for 20 minutes because of a shortage of flight controllers for Melbourne north. And so it transpired. There was one welcome departure (!) from the normal deal, however. Virgin allowed passengers to fire up their electronic gear because there was no navigating to interfere with, even theoretically.

Good news for National Broadband Network tenderers: Stephen Conroy can be bought. See the sponsored link at right.

Sure it’s OK for senior TEN management to reward themselves with big increases in salaries and bonuses, after all, TEN has had a wonderful year, what with shrinking profits, declining ratings and a share price in the toilet, but wait, let’s cut costs — remove the staff biscuits — seriously!!

Meanwhile on the grassy knoll: Historian Webster Tarpley was saying three weeks ago that the number one target of the new US administration would be Pakistan. Watch it here  … Mumbai is Obama’s 9/11, his ticket, ochestrated by the CIA again, to go into Pakistan. Why? To undermine a possible Chinese ally, when WWIII starts mid next year.

Crikey/Media Monitors radio and TV rumour watch reports:

Despite assurances Dennis Ferguson isn’t living in their area, Deception Bay residents today went ahead with a protest over the rumour. Many claim to have seen him. — 29th November 6:15pm Channel 7 News (Brisbane)

Barry claims he heard Prime Minister Kevin Rudd refer to breakfast as ‘Brekkas’. Presenter Peter Dick reckons the PM comes from the Sunrise school of media training. — 06:09am 4BC (Brisbane)

Caller Kath says she is not going to squander her pension bonus. Presenter Keith Conlon says December 8th is official pay day. Kath says she is not sure if she will get it on the day. Conlon says they heard that maybe you will get it on normal pension pay day. — 06:41am 5AA (Adelaide)

Presenter John Burns claims a major retailer is to cease operating tomorrow due to withdrawal of finance by its bank. — 07:07am 3AW (Melbourne)

Presenter Ross Stevenson says a friend checked out of Mumbai’s Taj Hotel five hours before last week’s terrorist attacks. He says his friend could not sleep the night before due to noise coming from the linen storage facility. His friend later found out the noise was weapons being planted before the attacks began. — 07:09am 3AW (Melbourne)

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