Augean stables

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(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them

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'Cleanse the Augean stable' means to rid a place or entity of an accumulation of something distasteful.
In Greek mythology, who had to clean out the Augean stables as one of his labours?
Certain forces contend that a caretaker setup is needed of carefully screened competent technocrats, who will be given the malodorous task of cleansing the Augean stables of governance before any future general elections.
A thorough clean-out of the Augean stables is desperately needed.
The calling of the outsider to cleanse the Augean stables possesses a mythic quality.
Some 30,000 appeals dating back to the 1980s were still outstanding last February, Tax Commissioner Yiannis Tsangaris said on Thursday, likening the situation to the mythological Augean Stables, which had not been cleaned for years.
He boasted that he would clear the AUGEAN STABLES, give the city a new look and rid the city of all encroachments.
Cleaning the Augean stables exposed him to enteric pathogens from the vast quantities of manure generated by teeming herds of cows, sheep, horses, and goats.
And he certainly hasn't slain the Nemean lion, captured the Cretan bull or corralled the cattle of Geryon - although Hercules' fifth labor, cleaning the Augean stables, does have curious resonance with some of Mike's efforts over the past 12 months." In myth, the Augean stables held 3,000 oxen and had not been cleaned for decades.
Should it not be the responsibility of the Health Ministry to take stock of this and do its homework for cleaning up the Augean stables of adulteration which is a mega business in itself?
Analogies have been plentiful (Tammany Hall, Enron etc) since Blatter's announcement, but the tale of Hercules and his task of cleaning the Augean stables appears particularly relevant.
Certainly, I don't have the vision of the broom needing to be used in the Herculean task of cleaning out the Augean stables. I would like to thank Dankwart on behalf of child health professionals throughout low- to middle-income countries and South Africa (SA) in particular for the effort and time he has put into the Journal over the last number of years to leave it in the state that I find it.