Midweek Forum: May 29, 2012

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  1. Myrrdin Seren

    Latest update on convicted felon, Soros-funded Brett Kimberlin’s cyberwar and lawfare in the States against bloggers ( on both sides of the political divide ) he ‘takes issue’ with.

    Richard Fernandez comments:

    “The real significance of the Kimberlin saga is that it suggests that in some quarters at least, the gloves are off. Anything goes. Anything.”

    Yup – if it looks like a war, sounds like a war and smells like a war, it’s probably a war.

  2. JC

    I think IT understands that your jeans are always tastefully pressed & you would never sport anything so gauche as creased denims which would detract from the casual chic of your Armani espradilles.

    Why thankyou, Bado. I must say that sounds like the perfect look on St Barts for me next March as I was thinking of the warddrobe combination.

  3. Matt

    Nobody wants to go west where the jobs are and pioneer new communities and (crazy thought) build new cities

    People will go there and work – just not Australians.

    I say we should let anyone in the country who is willing and able to work in areas like the Pilbara. Maybe a 10 year remote residency and employment requirement before citizenship and/or permanent right of residence is granted.

  4. JC

    MS

    That story is really quite ugly. I also think that things will get pretty ugly when the Kenyan loses and they try to mug President Romney and his supporters.

  5. John H.

    BIG problem.

    http://www.nature.com/news/replication-studies-bad-copy-1.10634

    Pervasive bias
    Psychology is not alone in facing these problems. In a now-famous paper2, John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist currently at Stanford School of Medicine in California argued that “most published research findings are false”, according to statistical logic. In a survey of 4,600 studies from across the sciences, Daniele Fanelli, a social scientist at the University of Edinburgh, UK, found that the proportion of positive results rose by more than 22% between 1990 and 2007 (ref. 3). Psychology and psychiatry, according to other work by Fanelli4, are the worst offenders: they are five times more likely to report a positive result than are the space sciences, which are at the other end of the spectrum (see ‘Accentuate the positive’).

  6. Token

    A couple of weeks ago I was tinkering with the idea that if I wanted to attack this nonsense my best approach would be to pit their concerns about “aboriginal culture(which is stereotyping every single aborigine!) and self determination(which in my world is an oxymoron) against the known realities of what is the best environment in which to raise children.

    Good luck with that. We saw the blowback Howard, Brough, et al got from the lefties fought off attempts based around the intention to reduce the level of child abuse.

    No matter how noble your intentions and critical the need is, the story will be perverted.

  7. .

    JC,

    Kohler gets taken to school by Mr Pacino

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac6cOJb2FvI

    Myriddin keep us posted. What Soros is doing is sickening.

  8. Token

    Where the fuck did you learn finance you idiot.

    The ABC & Fairfax, and now he produces the Business version of Crikey.

  9. Matt

    So which is more important, aboriginal children or aboriginal culture?

    I don’t think traditional Aboriginal culture ever included able bodied people being supported by others to sit around and drink.

    Toomelah is not Aboriginal culture – it is what happens to Aboriginal culture if grown men are paid not to work.

    Toomelah needs jobs. If they are not there then all the patch-up social and infrastructure solutions will not work.

  10. Token

    “The real significance of the Kimberlin saga is that it suggests that in some quarters at least, the gloves are off. Anything goes. Anything.”

    Are we really getting to see Chicago politics at its worst by the way the convicted domestic terrorist Kimberlin and his crew have been acting (using Soros / Hollywood money)?

  11. JC

    Dot

    That is one of the best ever scenes in any movie. it was masterful.

    Trust me, there were true to life scenes like that in trading rooms particularly when there was an arsehole client coming through the sales desk and ripping off a trader’s profit for the day.

  12. val majkus

    received from Galileo and well worth listening to – Alan Jones talking about the carbon tax with Marc Morano
    http://podcasts.mrn.com.au.s3.amazonaws.com/alanjones/20120530-aj-morano.mp3

  13. val majkus

    Alan Jones asks ‘Are these people dumb or dishonest or both?”

  14. Peter Patton

    John

    Psychology and psychiatry, according to other work by Fanelli4, are the worst offenders: they are five times more likely to report a positive result than are the space sciences, which are at the other end of the spectrum (see ‘Accentuate the positive’).

    Told ya. 😉

  15. Matt

    According to this article in the Australian migration to WA from outside Australia is already five times greater than interstate migration.

    During the 12 months ending September last year, about 7000 more Australians moved to Western Australia than Western Australians moved to other parts of Australia.

    In the same period, the number of net overseas migrants added to WA reached 35,000.

    For every eastern-stater who actually makes it across the Nullarbor, there are five immigrants prepared to enter the west from across the Indian Ocean.

    WA is already sourcing its workforce from overseas and now sections of the union movement want to put the stoppers on it.

  16. Myrrdin Seren

    JC

    @ “I also think that things will get pretty ugly when the Kenyan loses…”

    You’ve seen the lynch-mob reaction over ‘poor Trayvon’ – can you imagine what is going to happen if The One doesn’t get re-elected ?

    Pray for an early onset, bitter winter in November – to discourage too many street assemblies of the Outraged.

  17. John H.

    Peter,

    Yep, so I’m glad I never bothered too much with that side of things(saved by my behaviorist inclined cynicism towards much of modern psychology). More interested in the molecular stuff. Just today came up with a long set of associations between GABA insufficiency and a wide range of neuropathologies, autism, Tourette’s, brain injury,MethA abuse, tinnitus. Very strange, for some reason across a wide range of neuropathologies GABA is down regulated. Can’t make sense of it. Sent email to a GABA dude in the USA so I hope he has some insight.

  18. Myrrdin Seren

    It’s a big project but I have no doubt we can butch you up sufficiently so that other people don’t point and stare.

    Between weekly Cat lessons, revision for SfB here

  19. Gab

    long set of associations between GABA insufficiency and…tinnitus

    That is interesting. Must read up on this.

  20. Les Majesty

    More hysterical predictions of race riots from the Catellaxetards. Yawn.

  21. Les Majesty

    Lol

    Do we recall how various catellaxetards, Kates most prominent among them, were predicting disaster for the Pres in the Tx primary?

    Well Barry got 88% of the vote in Texas in a meaningless vote.

    Mittens meanwhile got less than 69% in his race.

    Clearly dems are happier with their candidate than GOP is with theirs.

  22. JC

    Lester

    Where did antone mention race riots when the Kenyan suffers defeat in November?

    Show us?

    What I was actually thinking was an escalation of OWS crowd and their supporters. And by the way, the thugs who were found planning bombings in Washington State were white.

    You need to get off the race shit for a while as you seem to obsess about it.

  23. Burke to overrule states

    Water Minister Tony Burke has vowed he will press ahead with a plan to rescue the ailing Murray-Darling river system this year even if it means brushing aside states that refuse to sign up.

    We’re going to suffer this “environmental flows” nonsense, like it or not.

  24. JC

    Facebook closes below 29 bucks. What a roasting. 24% off the issue price.

    I reckon a 1/3 at 25 1/3 20 1/3 15 or so. That puts it down to 40 times earnings!

  25. Les Majesty

    Graeme says that the replacement of Paul McCartney with a Paul-clone in 1967 was “worse than the SS”.

  26. Les Majesty

    Actually sorry, since it was Graeme he said the Paul hoax was “worse THEN the SS”.

  27. Les Majesty

    But is the Paul-clone worse then Keelhaul?

  28. Woolfe

    FIFO workers live in camps cause there are no towns near the sites. Most would revolt if forced to live in a crappy overpriced town when you can live wherever you like.

    New projects also build there own airfields to save on travel time, flying in jets twice a day.

    The majority of commentators on FIFO dont know what they are talking about.

  29. Myrrdin Seren

    From some Legal Eagles on the Roy Hill EMA decision, that I was not aware of previously:

    The project will be able to sponsor up to 1,715 workers for the three-year construction phase through the 457 visa program where Australians cannot be found to fill the positions. The EMA covers occupations such as electricians, mechanical fitters, scaffolders, and boilermakers.

    ‘As part of the EMA, Roy Hill is required to provide up to 2,000 training places for Australians (apprenticeships, traineeships and job readiness programs for indigenous Australians) and invest in excess of A$20 million in training Australians in a variety of programs.

    Subcontractors will be able to sponsor workers by signing up to template labour agreements that will sit under the EMA.’

    And this is supposed to be some sort of oppressive labour scheme ?

  30. Token

    Myrrdin, did you see the write up from Janet A in The Oz about this project today?

    (you know the woman Latham called a skanky ho with the approval of Gillard, Roxon, Plibersek, Albo and the rest of the Labor front bench).

  31. C.L.

    Breaking…

    Thompson suicide shock outside Parliament House:

    http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/6820/thommoonfire.jpg

  32. H B Bear

    “We cannae ha’ nee foreen wukas.”

  33. Rabz

    Dynamite stuff – the mole has just returned from ‘the hill’ and stated that the backbenchers are ‘sh*tting themselves’ about the fallout post 1 July (air tax).

    Several scenarios raised, including a deferral, which would require the assistance of the libs.

    “Once it’s in, the process can’t be undone”…

    Joy.

  34. Pickles

    “Next – how to fill out a betting slip”

    Then – how to set a rabbit trap.

  35. .

    We’re going to suffer this “environmental flows” nonsense, like it or not.

    FFS – two years of floods.

  36. .

    JC.

    FB has an intrinsic value of $4 if they are not bullshitting anyone. Global Crossing, World Com ring a bell?

    Even if they aren’t bullshitting, these internet firms are like mines with unknown reserves, mine lives and extraction rates.

    They ought to be penny dreadfuls.

  37. Token

    Wow, didn’t 97% of Age cricket writers tell us the science was settled on this…

    THE widely held belief that moisture in the air during humid conditions helps make a cricket ball swing has been clean bowled in a scientific study…

    The researchers tested the theory using 3D laser scanners in an atmospheric chamber to measure the effect different humidity levels had on deliveries using balls which had been “aged” to simulate match conditions.

    While altitude and the age of the ball both increased swing, the scientists did not discover any link between moisture levels in the air and sideways movement of the ball

    Instead, the researchers put forward their own theory that cloud cover provided the ideal environment for swing bowling because it reduced turbulence in the air caused by heating from sunlight.

  38. JC

    It’s revenue growth and followed by earnings like it was for google, Dot.

    Facebook can’t end up like Global crossing and world com because it doesn’t have any debt whereas those two did. Loads of it.

  39. Rabz

    the cloud cover hypothesis

    Might explain why the ball seems to swing more in England.

    Austin Powers was unavailable for comment…

  40. blogstrop

    7.30 on ABC last night had a story about an aboriginal town in total dysfunction; a previous mission town that in the 70?s was just beginning to disintegrate, but in full mode now.

    Lizzie, did you notice a woman saying that the government should do something about it “because they put us out here”?

  41. .

    It’s revenue growth and followed by earnings like it was for google, Dot.

    No divvy. What cashflow? DOOM, DOOM I TELLS YA!

    That actually might be a reason why it is doomed. No debt – no Carl Icahn to step in, Zuck has too much power. Actually it looks like they have a bit of debt to me but perhaps it’s so very small it doesn’t matter. Sales is way less then cash pre IPO (thumbs down) Net income is a lot more then debt (thumbs up).

    Government Motors thinks advertising on FB does bugger all for them and they’ve pulled out.

  42. jtfsoon

    I would like to see Shagger Thomson be driven ‘self harm’ the way a former NSW Lib leader did. Give himself a paper cut and then call emergency services?

    Or perhaps he might unsuccessfully hang himself with a tie in the ladies’ room?

    What a punchable c***

  43. Rabbit traps? Why would I want to trap a rabbit?

    I would like to keep one as a pet. Maybe there is chance with Campbell Newman of revoking the law that prevents it in Queensland.

    The last time I was in Pinkenba, we saw a wild one near the road.

  44. areff

    One bunny observing another, Steve.

  45. Infidel Tiger

    We’re going to suffer this “environmental flows” nonsense, like it or not.

    Tony Burke should give a speech next to a river if he is worried about environmental flows. If we could get him to recite “suffering succotash” a few times it’d flood.

  46. Gab

    The last time I was in Pinkenba, we saw a wild one near the road.

    Oh good Lord! What did you say to make him angry?

  47. On the other hand, Craig Thomson’s apparent resilience could be taken as a lesson in psychological strength for all of those people who are feeling depressed when the world seems to just be getting too much for them.

    I choose to see the glass half full…

  48. Infidel Tiger

    Thomson’s failure to neck himself is another broken promise by this terrible government.

  49. brc

    The only animal I have ever exterminated with a firearm was a Rabbit. In fact the little critters were so thick on the ground a good aim with the 12 gauge could take out two at once.

    Rabbits are the original and largest environmental disaster in Australia. Worse than any other environmental issue that has occurred before or since they were introduced into the Mornington Peninsular by an idiot toff who thought they would make a nice addition to his estate. They should be summarily exterminated wherever found.

  50. .

    Anyone catch the sensationalist ALP and Greens funded nonsense on Ch 10 about making a deal with the ASP NSW to sell off power plants?

    What a bigoted crock of shit.

  51. brc

    Thomson’s apparent resilience is because he is an accomplished BS artist with no conscience or morals. You will only see a sociopathic liar like him break down when all his power and status are removed, as surely will be the case. And even then, he’ll comfort himself in a layer of rage that everyone else is responsible for his predicament.

  52. JC

    They should be summarily exterminated wherever found.

    Why punish success? If they’re successful creatures leave them be within reason.

    If the lazy “original owners” can’t compete with rabbits , then fuck’em, evolution says they don’t deserve to make it.

  53. brc

    Evolution is too slow to keep up with invading species. And we don’t allow natural predators to stalk the land and take care of the rabbits.

    Rabbits are a threat to agriculture. They are a threat to humans way of life. That’s why they should die in this country.

  54. steve

    jtfsoon

    I would like to see Shagger Thomson be driven ‘self harm’ the way a former NSW Lib leader did. Give himself a paper cut and then call emergency services?

    Are you making light of depression leading to self-harm and suicide? If so you a disgusting excuse for a human being

  55. steve

    “evolution says they don’t deserve to make it”

    .
    But evolution didn’t put them here, dumb-ass, people did

  56. The JC University School of Environment: JC’s address to students on day 1 “It’s very simple – they’ll sort it themf***ingselves”

    Day 2: “Congratulations Graduates!”

  57. JC

    But evolution didn’t put them here, dumb-ass, people did

    No, we put them here and we’re part of the evolutionary process. All of it is, you fucking moron. Even our technological advancement is part and parcel of evolution.

    That’s the trouble with most of the leftwingers that visit the site. You’re all basically stupid and unable to think.

  58. Infidel Tiger

    Calm down, Steve. No one wants Thomson to kill himself. We’d just like him to maybe feel some shame. Some bowel emptying in a public forum shame. Furthermore we hope his wife doesn’t catch herpes or some other terribly infectious disease from Craig’s depraved lifestyle.

    We care.

  59. JC

    Are you making light of depression leading to self-harm and suicide? If so you a disgusting excuse for a human being

    Lol. Don’t ya just love the leftie sneer that’s meant to illicit submission?

  60. Rabz

    They should be summarily exterminated wherever found.

    Oi!

  61. .

    Are you making light of depression leading to self-harm and suicide? If so you a disgusting excuse for a human being

    Jesus Christ it isn’t funny to spike something mildly funny with concern trolling. What a sad lefty douche.

  62. steve

    Wow, JC on evolution. That would make an interesting University course.

  63. C.L.

    But evolution didn’t put them here, dumb-ass, people did.

    Humans have always taken critters places. How are rabbits different to dingos? The Abos brought those miserable muts here.

    Our animals are so incredibly boring, thanks again to the Aborigines – they wiped out all those giant wombats and stuff.

    I call again for the introduction of elephants.

  64. boy on a bike

    Craig Thompson should be treated with all the respect, compassion, forebearance and lack of venom that was shown to Sir John Kerr.

  65. jtfsoon

    Are you making light of depression leading to self-harm and suicide? If so you a disgusting excuse for a human being

    I am making light of all those people including Thomson himself who were melodramatically claiming that his ‘hounding’ was going to drive him to suicide, then up he bounces to play silly buggers in Parliament.

  66. boy on a bike

    And thanks to the Shooters Party, we’ll soon be allowed to exterminate vermin in National Parks in NSW.

    That death threat only applies to pigs, rabbits, foxes, camels etc etc. Just in case there are any ANU scientists reading this blog.

  67. JC

    Evolution is too slow to keep up with invading species.

    No species is invading. They happened to have been helped on a boat and like other supported immigrants made well here. Raise a fucking glass to them, but don’t kill them because you think they’ve invaded. They haven’t invaded any place. If they can survive and prosper here they’re doing well.

    And evolution is not slow, our evolution is actually accelerating if one includes technology and better use of resources.

    Our GDP is accelerating.

    And we don’t allow natural predators to stalk the land and take care of the rabbits.

    Then introduce other species. Our flora and fauna is ratshit boring anyways.

    Rabbits are a threat to agriculture.

    I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t cull the little bastards, but don’t hate them for their success at making it in a far off land. That’s what people like Shane Wand and the Lying slapper do.

    They are a threat to humans way of life.

    Oh Bullshit. Don’t over dramatize it.

    That’s why they should die in this country.

    Please.

  68. steve

    I don’t give a shit about Thompson, though as stated I would not want to him to be moved to self harm. Perhaps I quoted too much. The offensive part was: “driven ‘self harm’ the way a former NSW Lib leader did. Give himself a paper cut and then call emergency services? “. As if Brogden’s act was a bit of nothing. That’s why it was a question: Are you making light of depression leading to self-harm and suicide?

    Perhaps jtfsoon would care to answer.

  69. .

    We should kill rabbits because they are tasty.

    The end.

  70. .

    steve,

    You are a really talented pedant who is frequently wrong and a first class concern troll.

    We envy you.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    I call again for the introduction of elephants.

    There is much excellent tiger country here too. And It’s damn shame we don’t have monkeys and bears either.

    I’d also like the squirrel to be reintroduced. I still maintain there are plenty of them in suburban Melbourne, but apparently I was rather drunk.

  72. Gab

    We should kill rabbits because they are tasty.

    And possums. But because they’re tasty.
    And only those overrunning the ‘burbs in gangs.

  73. John H.

    That is interesting. Must read up on this.

    Sorry Gab but that won’t help you. Loss of GABA in the MGN remains a mystery but I did receive an excellent reply from the GABA dude which may help me sort this out. Remarkable chap, his work on demonstrating neurotransmitter diffusion from synapses is brilliant.

    Don’t hold too much hope but you could try Ginkgo(do not take with aspirin or any blood thinners!). Also try some magnesium supplements. Mg is frequently used for aural trauma and prolonged supplementation is worth thinking about, especially given evidence of widespread insufficiency.

    1. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2011;7:441-7. Epub 2011 Jul 28.
    Ginkgo biloba extract in the treatment of tinnitus: a systematic review.
    von Boetticher A.
    Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Lueneburg, Germany.
    Tinnitus is a symptom frequently encountered by ear, nose, and throat practitioners. A causal treatment is rarely possible, and drug and nondrug treatment options are limited. One of the frequently prescribed treatments is Ginkgo biloba extract. Therefore, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials of Ginkgo biloba extract preparations were searched for and reviewed systematically. There is evidence of efficacy for the standardized extract, EGb 761(®) (Dr Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co KG Pharmaceuticals, Karlsruhe, Germany), in the treatment of tinnitus from three trials in patients in whom tinnitus was the primary complaint. Supportive evidence comes from a further five trials in patients with age-associated cognitive impairment or dementia in whom tinnitus was present as a concomitant symptom. As yet, the efficacy of other ginkgo preparations has not been proven, which does not necessarily indicate ineffectiveness, but may be due to flawed clinical trials. In conclusion, EGb 761(®), a standardized Ginkgo biloba extract, is an evidence-based treatment option in tinnitus.
    PMCID: PMC3157487 PMID: 21857784 [PubMe

    1. Int Tinnitus J. 2010;16(2):168-73.

    Phase 2 study examining magnesium-dependent tinnitus.

    Cevette M, Barrs D, Patel A, Conroy K, Sydlowski S, Nelson B, Stepanek J.

    Background: Recent studies in noise-induced and idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss have suggested that magnesium supplementation may lessen both hearing loss and the severity of tinnitus in patients. Further epidemiological evidence indicates that all age groups of Americans fall short of the recommended daily allowance for magnesium by 100 mg daily. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine any potential benefit in lessening the severity of tinnitus in patients taking supplemental magnesium. Research Design: The study was a single-arm, open-label, before-and-after study of oral magnesium (532 mg per day) in 26 patients for 3 months. Tinnitus severity was evaluated and recorded daily by the patient using the Tinnitus Distress Rating (TDR) scale of 0 (no tinnitus) to 10 (worst possible tinnitus). The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) was administered before and at the end of the study, and scores were converted to the grades of the 5-item Tinnitus Severity Scale (TSS). The purpose of this phase 2 study was to investigate whether the treatment was effective at all, and, as such, a placebo control was not performed. All data were collected at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, between March 6 and December 10, 2008. Study Sample: Patients with moderate to very severe tinnitus (TDR score of 3 through 8). Intervention: Daily magnesium supplementation, 532 mg; patient completion of the THI; and daily self-report of TDR. Data Collection and Analysis: The main outcome measures were mean TDR scale scores and THI scores as converted to TSS grades. The primary analysis was done on the basis of intention to treat. Results: Twenty-six patients were enrolled; 19 completed the study. The extent of handicap, as measured by THI/TSS, for subjects with slight or greater impairment was significantly decreased (P=.03). Patients who ranked slight or greater on the THI/TSS before intervention showed a significant decrease in the severity of their tinnitus at post-testing (P=.008). Conclusion:The results suggest that magnesium may have a beneficial effect on perception of tinnitus-related handicap when scored with the THI.
    PMID: 22249877 [PubMed – in process]

  74. Sinclair Davidson

    Steve – you got an answer. Don’t push it.

  75. steve

    JC, you should stick to what you know (not sure what that is).

    Invasive species

    An invasive species is a species occurring, as a result of human activities, beyond its accepted normal distribution and which threatens valued environmental, agricultural or other social resources by the damage it causes.

    Of course feel free to make up your own definition

  76. JC

    I call again for the introduction of elephants.

    They’d fucking love it up north. Bring’em over. Why not, FFS.

    My favorite are cheetahs. They’d give the roos a freaking run for their money dinner.

    What a gorgeous freaking animal.

    And we’d be helping them survive too as their genetic pool is very narrow most likely caused by the previous glacials that left perhaps a family to interbreed from what I read.

    Raising them here would, over time widen the gene pool.

  77. Gab

    Thank you, John H, for those reports which I shall read later, in full. Appreciate your time and input on the matter.

  78. steve

    Don’t push what Sinclair? This is an open forum. Hard to know how I can “derail” the thread.

  79. Infidel Tiger

    I call for an open borders animal policy and a ban on European immigration.

  80. JC

    Invasive species

    That’s exactly the same definition I apply to leftarded “ideas”. But I don’t suggest a cull though.

    Look dickhead. The entire process is evolution. And invasive species is another way of referring to success.

    Fuck off steve. Enough of you for today. You bore me.

  81. jtfsoon

    I’ve already identified what I was ‘making light’ of, you hysteric. I don’t know how else to assist you. You might not give a toss about Shagger Thomson but the barb was directed at Shagger Thomson.

  82. I may have over-sensitised Sinclair to “steve’s”, steve.

  83. steve

    JC, you fascinate me. A man who can know so much and know so little at the same time.

  84. lotocoti

    I call again for the introduction of elephants.

    Rhino too.

  85. Gab

    and so endeth Prof. Jc’s lecture on evolution for today.

  86. Gab

    JC, you fascinate me

    yeah, he gets that all the time.

  87. steve

    Thanks jtfsoon. A bit of a timing problem there. I posted my response before I saw your answer. I must learn to ignore the moronic responses from JC and dot. I agree with you about Thompson – his “self-harm” pseudo threat itself is fairly offensive.

  88. JC

    I call for an open borders animal policy and a ban on European immigration.

    IT

    This will send you batshit crazy. I yelled at the dude.

    My family recently hired a young straight of the boat Greek kid at the family bus. Nice kid and all. He’s there with them for a short time as he’s a dietician by trade and wants to move into that area eventually with certification and English proficiency etc..

    He has a peculiar pedigree and i would imagine like a lot of Greeks. His parents moved back to Greece and because his ma was an Greek extraction Aussie born citizen he’s was entitled to automatic citizenship.

    Anyways I got to talking to him and he seems very politicized. He was telling me he was joining the Greens and would vote for them! He’s way not interested in the ALP even.

    The fucker hasn’t been off the boat for 3 months and he’s straight to the Greens.

    So your theory and mine looks like it needs to be carried out by the Libs. Ban all Euroweenie immigration. Even pretend Aussie citizens.

  89. Poor Old Rafe

    Some people are complaining about foxes in Sydney.

    Elephants and cheetahs are ok but lets hear it for the warthogs! Like little rhinos.

  90. JC

    Yea Rafe. I kind like Warthogs too for their sheer ugliness.

    And get the hippos over up north too. They would cull a large number of German and Swiss tourists.

  91. Gab

    Eagles. Lots of eagles. They’d take care of the possum and fox explosion.

  92. JC

    JC, you fascinate me

    You don’t, so fuck off steve. I’m a perfectly contented hetro and a one woman man, so save your breath dipstick.

  93. James in Melbourne

    I may have over-sensitised Sinclair to “steve’s”, steve.

    What is with the possessive apostrophe used to denote a plural, Steve? Sheesh. Not a good look.

  94. It doesn’t right without an apostrophe somewhere, James.

  95. Infidel Tiger

    The fucker hasn’t been off the boat for 3 months and he’s straight to the Greens

    Are you freaking kidding me? We are reaping the whirlwind.

  96. Infidel Tiger

    Approximately 17% of Catallaxy posts are iPad corrections.

  97. James in Melbourne

    Hah. The poor man’s Malcolm Tucker that Jules brought over to be her chief of staff/pitbull journo-abuser (for those not of the Love Media persuasion, that is) came in on the same kind of visa that she is now “furious” about when used in a mining situation by Gina Rinehart.

    You could not make it up.

  98. Jumpnmcar

    Oh yes,

    And invasive species is another way of referring to success.

    And why stop at animals ( rabbit, cats, cane toads) let’s not discriminate.

    How about plants, insects, viruses and fishes.
    If the Cane toads can avoid the fire ants and carp in amongst the rubber vine without contracting a cross between avian flu/foot n mouth/hendra.
    We have a great asset, may cane toad exports be the next BOOM for Oz.
    (Bloody Chinese will probably beat us to it)

    {sarc off}

  99. JC

    Are you freaking kidding me? We are reaping the whirlwind.

    Dude, they’re not going to end up in the ALP stable. They’re going to be greens supporters preferencing the ALP. That’s how bad it could turn out.

    We’re importing a freaking disaster.

  100. JC

    How about plants, insects, viruses and fishes.

    We have, and how badly off are you?

    Forget carp, what about the Atlantic salmon and char you’re paying 30 bucks a kilo for or whatever it is.

  101. candy

    “AGE, SMH journos walk out for 36-hour strike to protest offshored production.”

    for some reason I don’t find a strike by journalists very troubling. in fact, i’ve never heard of such a thing.

  102. Infidel Tiger

    I love it. Sub-editing has been outsourced to New Zealand. Careful with the vowels bro!

  103. JC

    “AGE, SMH journos walk out for 36-hour strike to protest offshored production.”

    It’s gorgeous in its simplicity.

    Hey fellas, don’t rush back. No need to as you won’t be missed much.

  104. JC

    Fucking best Drudge headline ever.

    ‘BATH SALTS’ TRIGGERED SOUTH BEACH CANNIBAL

  105. Jumpnmcar

    We have, and how badly off are you?

    JC, i recon your just playing round with this but fair dink, Fiji disease cost as the best type of sugar cane.
    We need to keep fire blite out, citrus canker(too late) ,invasive plants…..

    Fuck it… here and here

    It’s seriously expensive shit mate.

  106. JC

    Jump

    How much of the stuff have we really “kept out” Seriously.

    We haven’t kept a thing out we wanted to. And I’m not kidding either.

  107. Peter Patton

    John

    I’d never thought about the possibility that ‘proven’ research results (in any field) might be shown to be shonky years later. I don’t know if it was you, or somebody else, who alerted me to a book (or article), full of scientists who had realized later in life that all their earlier experimental results were wrong. Creepy stuff. Either way, whenever I read somebody whose qualifications are PhD (Psychology) banging on about social stuff in Psychology journals – a la that Haidt fraud – I reach for my revolver

  108. What’s that disease that effects bananas? We should import that – once our own crops are vanquished, we can start getting the cheap bananas from overseas, and stop overpaying (especially after the cyclones we get every few years).

  109. Rudiau

    Fresh Food People
    Sugar Bannanas $6.99/kg, today.

  110. John H.

    I don’t know if it was you, or somebody else, who alerted me to a book (or article), full of scientists who had realized later in life that all their earlier experimental results were wrong. Creepy stuff

    Peter,

    Common, it is why years ago I stated that for the most part I only reference studies less than a decade old. This is a good strategy for medical research but obviously in other fields there are classics that one should always read. There is no easy answer to this problem. In an age when so many are claiming big breakthroughs and when the research on research clearly indicates unacceptably high error rates, we should treat every new finding as suspect.

    The majority of research is falsified over time. People like to think that cutting edge research is all logic and experiment. Guff. It is a lot of thrashing about in the dark hoping to stumble upon a door leading to light. So today I stumbled upon a GABA door but could not open it until a GABA dude gave me the key a few hours ago. Neuro types always neglect GABA but as the email stated GABA synapses constitute 45% of all synapse in the CNS but GABA neurons only constitute 10% of the total. So the loss of a few GABA neurons is much more significant than the loss of many glutamate neurons. There are even studies indicating that a single GABA neuron can entrain thousands of pyramidal neurons.

  111. kae

    Get together in Toowoomba.

    What day suits who? Email me via my blog. End of week is good for me, Friday if poss, but it should be OK any day (only 40 mins from home yippee!).

  112. Entropy

    Yeah, how come the fire blight ravaged New Zealand apple orchards can produce much higher yielding crops of better quality than their Aussie cousins? And at a lower price, and have an export market, which inexplicably fire blight free Aussie orchardists never managed?

  113. Jumpnmcar

    How much of the stuff have we really “kept out” Seriously.

    We’re losing the battle, I admit, through massive underfunding of AQIS. The NBN (redundant in ten years) loot spent on protecting our unique agricultural advantages of being geographically isolated to provide envious, disease restricted countries with that will be hungry for produce that we grow in abundance.

    And no-one can tell me the currant scare in pollinating bees (believed to be imported )is a good thing.

    (sorry for delay, a must take phone call)

  114. Jumpnmcar

    Fresh Food People
    Sugar Bannanas $6.99/kg, today.

    My back yard.
    Cavendish bananas, cost; a bucket of horse shit.
    Disease free. 🙂

  115. Jumpnmcar

    Entropy

    Yeah, how come the fire blight ravaged New Zealand apple orchards can produce much higher yielding crops of better quality than their Aussie cousins? And at a lower price, and have an export market, which inexplicably fire blight free Aussie orchardists never managed?

    I’m not calling BS on that but can you please show me .

  116. Rudiau

    My back yard.
    Cavendish bananas, cost; a bucket of horse shit.
    Disease free. 🙂

    lol
    Fresh Food People
    Cavendish $2.99 green
    In QLD!!
    Back to the weekend markets

  117. Sorry, Myrrdin @3.33 The Art of Manliness doesn’t have The Spearhead on its blogroll so it can’t be masculine enough.

  118. C.L.

    Lefty icon and Walkley Award winner Julian Assange loses appeal in UK Supreme Court – will be extradited to Swedan to be tried for rape.

  119. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Mal Brough says there was no outrage in MSM, nor in Blogs (on 7.30 right now).

    Mal, I was OUTRAGED on Catallaxy. Please, lefties get out of the way and let someone DO something.

    Children are living in Concentration Camps, where thugs rape five year olds freely. This is Australia, FFS.

    Mal Brough lost his seat. Where are the MSM on this issue now???

  120. Rudiau

    Lefty icon and Walkley Award winner Julian Assange loses appeal in UK Supreme Court – will be extradited to Swedan to be tried for rape.

    “He has now exhausted all his legal options in Britain, but could still make a last-ditch appeal to the European Court of Human Rights”.

  121. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    He calls it Apartheit. He is right.

  122. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Bloody hell Kae, Toowoomba? When? See if I can make it.

  123. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    OK, so now we have a piece from Ewart, first out of the door please Abbott when you get in, on how terrible all of the name-calling in Parliament is. No MSM analysis of what is really going on. If there is ‘public hostility’ and ‘bitterness’ out in the street, then it is perhaps worth asking why people are so upset with their CURRENT government.

    This is a disgraceful government with a disgraceful mainstream media. We need to say it constantly, louder and clearer and bring more people in to say it.

    Oh Gawd, not the Tanya piece on its all sexism etc.
    Go away, you silly bitch.

  124. Tal

    Lizzie I think they have forgotten the Howard years,cause everyone was,you know, so nice then

  125. John H.

    Mal Brough says there was no outrage in MSM, nor in Blogs (on 7.30 right now).

    Yes Liz but I was pleased to see he was pushing the same line as myself: children first, culture second(see my earlier comments). The subtext is the same as mine too: abandon the remote communities idea. Bloody stupid idea.

    Methinks I might try my luck with the angle I was working on a few weeks ago …. .

  126. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Larry Pickering’s a hoot. His tongue’s firmly in his cheek on this one, the old stirrer.

    BARACK AND JULIA:

    I’m just an ordinary Aussie bloke who has been studying body language for half a century.

    Now, I may be wrong, but if Julia isn’t having it off with Barack, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

    Good luck to them if they are. It has no moral overtone for me.

    Google image “Obama Gillard” and you will see the affection, way beyond the diplomatic, they both have for each other. Just opportunistic photography you say? Well, consider this:

    Julia always drags her Gold Coast spiv, Tim, to official functions overseas. He waves in royal fashion, sporting a stupid grin, when boarding the PM’s plane.

    But lately, when an international function is to be attended by both Barack and Julia, Julia now leaves Tim home and Barack now leaves Michelle home.

    Nothing in that you say? Ok.

    Just call him ‘Ook’s uncle’.

  127. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Yep, John, Nuggett Coombes’ Rousseauian fantasy did aboriginal people no service whatsoever.

    These ‘communities’ need to be disbanded, removed, transferred etc. Choose your verb. They are merely nightmare environments for women and children, children particularly. Also, hopeless environments for testosterone-fuelled young men.

    There are no real ‘elders’, no culture, no significant traditions or memories left. Let it go.

    Mal Brough is a lovely human being. I said to the Ape that if I wasn’t busy I would marry him. He replied that Mal’s wife is hot too. High praise from us both.

  128. brc

    Geez on offhand remark about shooting rabbits circles around to bananas again?

    I don’t know why people get up in arms about banana protectionism which costs them about 20 bucks a year, and they don’t say zip about car industry protectionism that costs them about 5-10k per car, and much more than that if the value of the car goes up. A bit of perspective people.

  129. .

    Cut them all off, cancerous leeches they all are.

  130. JC

    We do on both BRC vigorously, vociferously. You haven’t been here that long or you’re being silly trying to prove some sort of point.

    Go through the entire site and i will pay you 1,000 bucks for each thread that has ever supported protectionism here.

    Go!

  131. JC

    Well it’s done then. The Kenyan wins in November.

    It’s written in stars.

    Astrologers say celestial charts favor Obama over Romney

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/astrologers-celestial-charts-favor-obama-over-romney-215912482.html

  132. .

    JC

    What I find really amusing and almost makes me want to spew is the fact that LinkedIn is still trading at multiples of 950+ and poor old FB is down to a PE of 60.

    It’s a travesty.

  133. Les Majesty

    49!

    Good to see you. I was worried that you had been banned or moderated for your outburst this morning.

    What you wrote was wiped before I could read it, but by all accounts it was quite an embarrassing display for all concerned, and for you in particular of course.

    The words “drama queen” were used to describe your performance. [Sigh. Is it too much to ask that everyone keep calm. You have no idea what sort of spam this attracts. Sinc]

    I am sure what you wrote was most illuminating of your views and your, uh, mindset on certain issues and I’m sorry I missed it.

    I hope you have calmed down a bit since your antics this morning. But it’s good to have you back.

  134. JC

    Good to see you. I was worried that you had been banned or moderated for your outburst this morning.

    But not you of course for accusing people of racism over that incident discussed earlier.

    Tell us, Lester, why is he worse than you are when it was obvious that the accusation of racism was a blatant slander.

    Why are you better then him?

  135. Splatacrobat

    We don’t need any Sloths imported. There are already enough of them inhabiting Canberra.

  136. C.L.

    White House: Obama misspoke on ‘Polish death camp’.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said President Barack Obama misspoke on Tuesday when he referred to a “Polish death camp” while honoring a Polish war hero.

    The president’s remark had drawn immediate complaints from Poles who said Obama should have called it a “German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland,” to distinguish the perpetrators from the location. Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called it a matter of “ignorance and incompetence.”

    Obama made the comment while awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II. Karski died in 2000.

  137. Gab

    Gillard at the minerals Council now, droning on in that patronising voice. Quite different to the shrieking she carries on with in QT.

  138. Les Majesty

    Why are you better then him?

    I am better THAN him JC. You’ve been hanging out at birds too much.

  139. JC

    JC

    What I find really amusing and almost makes me want to spew is the fact that LinkedIn is still trading at multiples of 950+ and poor old FB is down to a PE of 60.

    It’s a travesty.

    Dude, who the fuck knows what’s going on. I have this website with a algorithm which is fucking outstanding in giving over bought/ oversold signals. At 25, 20 and 15 Facefuckbook is an outstanding trade I reckon. Not an investment, but a trade. It would be great to see it down there and then see the shorts getting their faces ripped off South beach style.

  140. Adam Kane

    Tell us, Lester, why is he worse than you are when it was obvious that the accusation of racism was a blatant slander.

    mk50 made blatantly racist statements. Everyone needs to just accept that and move on. Why people defend him is incomprehensible.

  141. JC

    Why would I need to accept it Adam, as I have no idea what the fuck he said, although I wouldn’t put it past him.

    And why the need and direction from you to move on Mr school marm?

  142. Not “racist”, Kane. Outright defamation if you ask me.

  143. Gab

    Nobody asked you. Nobody ever will.

  144. Sinclair Davidson

    Nobody asked you. Nobody ever will.

    Nyuk. Nyuk. Nyuk.

    Gab Hulk. Steve from Brisbane Loki.

  145. .

    I did too today about “wogball”. Do you want to give me a dressing down?

  146. JC

    Mimi the ironing lady drops in to make sure she’s able to get a kick in pitching herself behind the others in between a load.

  147. .

    Why are you better then him?

    I am better THAN him JC. You’ve been hanging out at birds too much.

    Les Majesty
    30 May 12 at 8:55 pm
    Bird’s.

    C.L.
    30 May 12 at 8:58 pm

    I love this place.

  148. .

    JC

    Lay off the bath salts and the spelling ought to improve.

  149. It was Jason who was the first to point that out. Hard to see how he was wrong.

    I assume Sinclair is relying on something equivalent to the 5 second rule for food dropped on the kitchen floor.

    Problem is, it got to about 3 hours today.

  150. .

    I’m sure he has nothing better to do, such as ironing or seam mopping the hallway. You muppet.

  151. Gab

    jason pointed it out, Steve, once. Why are you going on and on about it now?

  152. Sinclair Davidson

    Steve – its called having other things to do. It got deleted when I saw it.

  153. Infidel Tiger

    Go easy on Steve, I’m tutoring him. His constant questions about “where does semen go” are annoying but I believe we are moving in a righteous direction.

  154. CraigS

    Kae, Toowoomba, are you serious? That’s a hell of a cab fare.

    It’s also kinda cold up there

  155. candy

    i tend to doubt that MK / PP would get a look in on any forum apart from here, so Professor Davidson is a kind and tolerant person letting those dude(s) express themselves on line about stuff they would probably never be able to say face to face but only under cover of a screen name.

  156. Infidel Tiger

    Peter Phelps who was quite good on Baywatch and is now the NSW Govt Whip has an excellent Twitter account.

    He quoted Hayek and Friedman in the NSW Parliament last week which must have seen a few rushing to organise an exorcism.

  157. Sinclair: I assumed you would delete it when you saw it. But honest to God, Mk50 has form on this, and the level of rebuke he cops seems disproportionately mild for the legal trouble he potentially attracts.

  158. badm0f0

    His constant questions about “where does semen go” are annoying but I believe we are moving in a righteous direction.

    I’m not sure those two concepts should have been placed in the same sentence.

  159. JC

    It was Jason who was the first to point that out. Hard to see how he was wrong.

    Huh ha. I never saw it, but all I’ve seen you commenting on it all day. You seem excited.

    I assume it was equally as slanderous as his Marr’s comments attacking Gina about her family interactions, like he’s personally plugged in to the intimate goings on.

    You leftwing shitheads fucking disgust me at times. It appeared from the various reports that Gina is tight with the money but nowhere near as tight as made out. If a kid lives in New York as hers does and is complaining she would like a cook, I’m not sure how hard done by they are.

    If the kids rolled around with hundred’s of millions, Marr and mimi-the-ironing-lady would be out there talking up a storm on how the country needs da gift and death tax using them as exhibit A. However being tighter then that, Marr and the cohort of ugly gargoyles attack her for not giving them enough.

    Fisk is right. You lot mimi, pollute and lower the conversation to the lowest form and there is no need to ever discuss anything with you. Hopefully with the advent of the Finkelstien laws the lying slapper introduces we can use them to put a stop to most of the crap being tossed about for at least a decade.

    Problem is, it got to about 3 hours today.

    Fuck off.

  160. kae

    Woolfe
    Chat on ABC Brisbane last night about FIFO and how it kills the towns near the mines.
    Idiots hadn’t heard of FBT which is what killed mining towns.

  161. Les Majesty

    LOL Steve bitches out Sinclair for leaving a comment up for three hours.

    But Steve hasn’t done a tax return since 1998.

    He’s got form when it comes to tardiness.

  162. Les Majesty

    I certainly don’t think 49 should be banned. Sure, he talks about (gay) sex a lot, as does Patton for that matter, but Steve talks about smutty stuff a lot too.

    All of them are enormously entertaining.

  163. Bloody hell. Channel 11 is showing the first episode of Futurama – again.

  164. Les Majesty

    Channel 11 is showing the first episode of Futurama – again

    And just when you were planning to sit down and have a crack at your taxes, I bet?

    You don’t have to justify your procrastination to us, Steve.

  165. Entropy

    I’m not calling BS on that but can you please show me

    Jumpnmcar
    30 May 12 at 7:31 pm

    A comparative document I happen to have at hand is an old Hassells paper that is about ten years old now, so the actual figures would have changed around a fair bit. As a bonus it is online. Anyway, on page 81 there is a yield comparison chart has the 1999 yield per ha of NZ at 46.1 compared with Australia 15.6

    The paper has NZ as the world’s second most efficient producer behind Austria. We do OK, but are rubbish compared to NZ.

    The Australian industry currently ranks twelfth on production efficiency and eleventh on overall competitiveness according to the World Apple Review (2000) which analyses industry performance for some twenty-seven countries worldwide. Notably, the Australian industry performance was significantly behind key Southern Hemisphere competitors New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and Argentina. At the time of data compilation for the World Apple Review, Australia lagged in terms of best practice on planting density, adoption of new varieties, orchard yield and infrastructure and inputs.

    I would hope in the last ten years we have lifted our game. A good sign is that you hardly see delicious varieties in the supermarket anymore, but plenty of gala and pink lady, which of course export oriented NZ moved to much more quickly.

    Anyway the point is that while we do not want fireblight if it can be avoided as it would increase the cost of production, it would not be the end of the world, as the actual end of the world that already has fireblight still manages to do very well. The quarantine ban allows our producers to get away with being less efficient than their cousins across the Tasman, and reduces the welfare of our consumers.

  166. I do hope Prometheus is good. Good, adult, spacefaring cinematic science fiction is pretty thin on the ground these days.

  167. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    the legal trouble he potentially attracts.

    So why do you care care, Stevie? Surely you’d like us all destroyed? Guess if you didn’t have the Cat you’d be lost and have to suffer the insufferability of Crikey and such, or lordy, lordy, back to your own blog.

    Or are you some sort of political Salvationist, after our souls in the denizens of darkness?

  168. Surely you’d like us all destroyed?

    There is a select subgroup of passengers who I would invite to join me in the escape pod. (Don’t ask for details – refusal may offend.)

  169. Tom

    the level of rebuke he cops seems disproportionately mild

    Are you complaining about restrictions on your ability to make an idiot of yourself here? Sinc has been very generous and has risked legal retribution considering you are mentally underage.

  170. Les Majesty

    JC

    Might buy 100 FB tonight for a lark. It’ll pop sometime. Even GRPN popped before it resumed tanking.

  171. Rabz

    Bono shilling again.

    It’s Bozo, coz, as in the clown.

    Everyone will know who you mean.

  172. kae

    Oops… *hic*
    The pub was inundated in the January 2011 flood, now this! Poor bugger.

  173. twostix

    Victor Davis Hanson smacks another one over the fence:

    The psyche of Germany

    In other words, it is as illogical as it is common for the wayward debtor to blame the thrifty creditor for his dilemma. The Germans now are in the impossible situation of being told they did something wrong by doing things mostly right. They retire too late and caused others to retire too early; they saved too much money so others had to borrow too much; they built too many things that others wanted; they acted too much like parents and so made others too much like children.

    Right now the continent’s psychological problem is not that southern Europeans cannot pay the northerners back, but that they are often arguing that they should not have to pay them, as if those who lent are more to blame than those who borrowed. The Germans rightly know that if they were just to write off the debt, such magnanimity would only lead to the same disaster in another five years, as the southern Mediterraneans cited such largess as proof that the Germans were guilty all along of mercantilism and therefore finally evened up with their moral betters. For Germans, this serial blackmail is of course an impossible situation. Would you wish to be lectured by your poorer brother-in-law on why he should not have to pay your $1,000 loan back, as he critiqued your oh-so-conventional workaholic habits?

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/thoughts-on-the-rhine/

  174. .

    kae

    By blacksparrow from Ipswich, 2 days ago Reply
    What KIND of parent would have their ‘BABY ‘ out in the cold in a pram at 12 o’clock at night ??
    One that’s too young to realise…?

    By pussyfoot from Stanthorpe, 2 days ago Reply
    I worked in the ‘hospitality industry’ many years ago as a bar attendant. I laugh really when being a worker in a pub is refered to as ” hospitality” Most times there is not to much hospitality in a pub.
    Yes, you would wonder why they would have a baby out until that hour, but it is nothing new to some parents. I don’t agree with it, but then some leave their children at home by themselves.
    Some have a strange idea to parenthood.

    Parents can’t take a kid in a pram rugged up with them….they must go to bed when the kid does.

    FFS who are these enfeebled retards?

  175. Alex Pundit

    Mitt Romney, Keynesian?

    Asks this article. I don’t think he’s endorsing government spending like this seems to be implying here, but as I’ve said before, economic growth and GDP that is made up of government spending isn’t growth nor real economic activity because growth and activity have to come from the private sector.

  176. Alex Pundit

    I think the argument he’s making is that that while it may ‘reduce economic activity’ on the books and may do things like send the stock market’s head spinning, he’s not making it an endorsement of more spending.

  177. JC

    Yea Good luck Les. Hope you make out.

  178. Les Majesty

    Thanks JC

    It’s a trade (which I don’t do much of) rather than an investment.

    I reckon it’ll hit say $39 at some point in the near future at which point I’ll bail.

  179. Token

    At the VDH article on Germany:

    This week I am walking in German cities along the Rhine that were nearly leveled in 1945.

    Not long ago I visited Detroit, which was booming in 1945. The latter now looks like its own homegrown B-24s bombed it yesterday, the former as if they had been untouched in the war that Germans started.

    Ponder those interchanged fates, and why and how these respective American and German cities got to where they were in 1945, and then again to where they are now.

  180. Myrddin Seren

    My goodness, this has been a huge day for threads on the Cat !

  181. Gab

    THE Federal Government has pushed legislation through the Lower House to set up a $10 billion green investment bank for clean energy projects.

    Because all the failed green “investments” in places such as the US have taught this inept obtuse government nothing.

  182. Sinclair Davidson

    yep – 21,000 page views.

  183. Our animals are so incredibly boring, thanks again to the Aborigines – they wiped out all those giant wombats and stuff.

    I call again for the introduction of elephants.

    Also, honey-badgers.

  184. We should kill rabbits because they are tasty.

    The end.

    Quite so.

    5 Invasive Species You Should Be Eating

    “On a visit to the Cayman Islands, PM Resident Contrarian Glenn Harlan Reynolds [Instapundit] discovered the ideal way to deal with the destructive, invasive lionfish plaguing the area: Eat them. It turns out that this solution is under way in other parts of the world too. Here are a few more invaders that are surprisingly delicious.”

  185. JC

    Also, honey-badgers.

    A truly great, great animal. Fearless.

  186. Viva

    For Germans, this serial blackmail is of course an impossible situation.

    Surely no more impossible than it is for the Club Med countries lol.

    “Angela Merkel proposes that ClubMed consumers with no money should stop spending money they don’t have, and use this imaginary money instead to pay the taxes she insists they must pay before any stimulus will be supplied in order to help the sort of growth with which they can then pay more taxes, which they must do before there is any spendthrift making or consuming of goods that would help their economies to grow…which of course they will, but only if they keep doing the tax lederhosen-slapping dance before any of that decadent retail rock’n’roll buying bop gets people up and grooving.”

    http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/crash-2-alchemy-aint-gonna-cut-it-matter-cannot-be-created-or-destroyed-57/

  187. Paul Krugman talks of England, and Europe:

    Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has attacked the government’s austerity policy as “deeply destructive”.

    Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, he said the coalition’s plan was “failing dismally”. Instead of cutting spending the government should be increasing it by 2% of GDP, he added

    “It is deeply destructive to pursue austerity in a depression,” said Krugman. “Give me a stronger economy and I’ll turn into a fiscal hawk. But not now”….

    He said the UK had now entered a depression with almost 30% of unemployed people having been out of work for 52 weeks or more, compared with 9.5% in 2008.

    On Europe, Krugman advised the Irish to vote against the fiscal compact, which will involve tighter, EU-imposed budget controls, in a referendum on Thursday. “European currency union was a mistake since the day the Maastricht treaty was signed,” he said.

  188. Infidel Tiger

    Steve, our lesson plan for tomorrow is for you to forget about economics – except for maybe home economics. You must also renounce Krugman. He’s the Flannery of that particular discipline.

  189. JC

    Poor old Mumble, still bagging all the dog turds on his lawn with his bare hands. Ugly ugly but someone has to do it.

    Still looking for a Liars party leader to take them to victory.

    No, it’s because Smith would at least stand a chance of presenting a reassuring, adult face to voters, which is what they desperately want from this government.

  190. .

    JC

    What do you use a shovel for?

    To remove dog turds and bury corpses.

  191. JC

    If Monsanto was a woman, I’d ask for her hand in marriage. I just love this company and everything it does.

    Monsanto Hikes Outlook as Seed Sales Impress

    Course they impress.

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2012/05/30/monsanto-hikes-outlook-as-seed-sales-impress/

  192. JC

    You just have to laugh at how fucking useless he is. Just useless.

    POLAND DEMANDS OBAMA APOLOGIZE

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-nazi-death-camp-gaffe-hurt-poles-pm-110505006.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CZgB8ZP_i0AndzQtDMD

    Such an idiot. No wonder he gets on with the Lying Slapper.

  193. JC

    Color me surprised they’re back skulking around 2009 levels.

    May 30 (Bloomberg) — Economic confidence in the euro area declined more than economists forecast in May to the lowest in 2 1/2 years after inconclusive Greek elections raised the specter of a euro breakup and Spain struggled to shore up its banks.

    An index of executive and consumer sentiment in the 17- nation euro area fell to 90.6 from a revised 92.9 in April, the European Commission in Brussels said today. That’s the lowest since October 2009 and below the 91.9 forecast by economists, according to the median of 28 estimates in a Bloomberg survey.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/05/30/bloomberg_articlesM4S1C76S972801-M4TZE.DTL#ixzz1wMYGisNd

  194. JC

    More on the Kenyan.

    Lol
    ‘INSULTS 38 MILLION POLES’…
    ‘IGNORANCE AND INCOMPETENCE’…

  195. C.L.

    Politico: Romney soon to have war chest of $1 billion +.

    …total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign.

    Let’s see you try to outspend this cold-hearted Mormon c—-t, Barry.

  196. Oh come on

    Fisk is right. You lot mimi, pollute and lower the conversation to the lowest form and there is no need to ever discuss anything with you. Hopefully with the advent of the Finkelstien laws the lying slapper introduces we can use them to put a stop to most of the crap being tossed about for at least a decade.

    JC: the implementation of the Fisk Doctrine (banning leftwing speech for a period of ten years) is becoming increasingly urgent, as leftist ideals have served only to whiteant our basic freedoms, with disastrous consequences.

    In time, I think the decision to introduce the Fisk Doctrine in Australia will be revered in a manner similar to the way the Americans admire their Bill of Rights.

  197. Fisky

    mk50 made blatantly racist statements. Everyone needs to just accept that and move on. Why people defend him is incomprehensible.

    No, only Leftists make racist remarks. You must stop pretending that anyone else is racist but Leftists. And, I’m afraid you might well fall within the 10-year speech ban the way you are going.

  198. Oh come on

    The introduction of the Fisk Doctrine would be far and away the most important free speech legislation in this country’s history – and possibly the world’s, who would hopefully rush to emulate it. It would be the new keystone of liberty in Australia.

  199. Fisky

    Well, actually Hungary got there first more or less. PM Orban has done a very good job of cracking down on the Leftist media. But much more remains to be done.

  200. Oh come on

    You’re right – Hungary has made an admirable effort, but I think much more sweeping legislation is required to battle this terrible scourge.

  201. Rudiau

    Mornin y’all
    Another outbreak of Hendra Virus in Qld.

    Come on Campbell open season on bats, nothing but flying vermin.

  202. For Rudiau: a Queensland Health pamphlet “Living with Flying Foxes“.

    Really – given that the first bout of Hendra virus happened in Hendra, hardly the leafiest suburb in Brisbane and therefore far from the most bat infested part of the city, doesn’t this suggest that preventing Hendra virus outbreaks by culling flying foxes is not really likely to work?

    I think it suggests that horses can just be unlucky. (And people shouldn’t put feed under trees).

  203. Gab

    Via Cut&Paste:

    Loony tunes! Metro.co.uk, May 29:

    ROBERT Mugabe (has become) a champion of tourism for Zimbabwe . . . he has received the unlikely honour from the UN. “We will spare no effort in delivering to you and the whole global tourism family a uniquely African experience,” he said . . . One tweet said: “Next up, Bashar al-Assad as UN ambassador for childcare, and Kim Jong-un as ambassador for free speech”.

  204. Matt

    doesn’t this suggest that preventing Hendra virus outbreaks by culling flying foxes is not really likely to work?

    I don’t really care if it prevents Hendra virus – flying foxes are vermin and they should be removed from urban areas. Filthy, messy, stinky things …

  205. C.L.

    Obama: ‘I know more about Jews than any President in history.’

    In the meeting, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more “about Judaism” than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.

    Jim Hoft:

    For the record… Presidents James Madison and John Quincy Adams both spoke Hebrew.

  206. Rudiau

    sfb, Yeah i see your point.
    The culling (local council spraying) of mosquitoes has done absolutely nothing for the spread of Ross River fever,
    Denque fever and Barmah Forest virus.
    People are just unlucky they breathe out CO2 that attract them, I guess.
    People just shouldn’t breathe, problem solved.
    BTW Bats will fly up to 80km in a night. Your argument about distance from leafy suburbs is inane.

  207. Rabz

    Obongo: ‘I know more about Polish death camps than any President in history.’

  208. candy

    “I think it suggests that horses can just be unlucky.”

    A brisbane vet died of the virus in 2008. How unlucky for him.

  209. C.L.

    Great stuff:

    Romney Surrogate Sununu Destroys Soledad O’Brien.

    This is how you do it. You destroy them live to air.

  210. C.L.

    More easily accessible video: here.

  211. O’Bambi: I know more about American geography than anyone else in these 57 states.

  212. Gab

    Soledad often gets her comeuppance live on TV. It’s a wonder the bruises don’t show.

  213. C.L.

    Obama: ‘I’m actually very Catholic, really.’

    Daily Caller: Obama, the born-again Catholic.

    Amid polls showing that his efforts to regulate religious institutions have hurt his image among Catholics, President Barack Obama has begun touting his early ties to the church.

    “My first job as a community organizer was with Catholic churches who taught me the power of kindness and commitment to others in neighborhoods,” he declared at a Hollywood fundraiser May 23.

    “When I was a young community organizer, I was working with Catholic churches and they taught me that no government program can make as much of a difference as kindness and commitment on the part of neighbors and friends,” he said at a Colorado fundraiser earlier that day…

    Obama’s emphasis on his Catholic ties come as polls show a sharp drop in his support among swing-voting Catholics in battleground states after his February imposition of regulations on churches.

    An April poll from Pew reported that Obama’s approval among non-Hispanic Catholics dropped from 45 percent in March to 37 percent in April, while support for Romney rose from 51 percent to 57 percent. That shift could swing the decision in critical swing-states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania.

  214. Jc

    Sununu is great. He just destroys the stupid cow.

    He’s supposed to have a genius iq fwiw.

    Romney will keep using surrogates and stay above it all and act presidential.

  215. Jc

    The Kenyan’s campaign maanger came up with a very telling point in the piece James linked yesterday.

    The Romney camp know how kill well.

  216. Radiau – given that flying foxes can range 80 km a night, I would guess that no one has any real idea how far afield from Brisbane, and in what numbers, you would have to cull colonies to have an effect on Brisbane horses.

    Humans have only caught the disease from horses.

    There is a vaccine for horses on its way.

    Problem solved without your unscientific knee jerk reaction.

  217. twostix

    Judging by twitter, it took all of three days for the left to transform from oh so “sophisticated” comsmopolitan, high minded “intellectuals” into “Fuck of it’s Full” bogans.

    I’ve never seen anything like it. The rhetoric of the left on twitter would be just at home in a One Nation party room. And it’s not just on the mining issue. Check this comment from an oh-so PC leftist female:

    Important to back #fairfaxstrike. Two women editors in group. Many gays and ethnics high up is what makes Age/SMH great #auspol

    “Ethnics”?

  218. .

    A lot I guess Steve.

    Perhaps they are tasty food?

    Let’s try them with wine.

  219. .

    Rape in marriage is of course awful but what about retrospective laws?

    “We’re gonna decide NOW that BACK THEN it wasn’t part of the common law even though NO ONE WAS TRIED FOR THAT back then…”

    What is the angle of this? Is someone just trying to get brownie points as a solicitor?

    Forget about rape. Don’t get emotional. Think about what the court has done. It has reversed and backdated to when it believes common law defences were extinguished. This is the offensive part of this.

    Now apply this to the entire criminal code. This is a dangerous precedent.

    If the law was wrong there is little we can do unless we openly approve of retrospective legislation.

  220. Myrrdin Seren

    Sorry if anyone has flagged this one already, but I nearly dropped my bevvie at the coffee cart when I read this on the AFR cover:

    Labor’s China food bowl plan

    “The federal government is seeking billions in Chinese investment to open up land for farming in northern Australia in a plan designed to help feed China’s 1.3 billion citizens”

    Stuff me – the same people who get teary eyed about Lock the Gate and mining and CSG companies buying farms are partnering with China – to build farms ?

    The same people who locked the Cape York aborigines out of development with the Wild Rivers legislation to appease the Socialist Peoples Soviets of Inner Urban Greentopia are planning to commercialise the North as a – what ? – Chinese state agricultural colony ??

    Who says China per se needs this ? Why not other importing nations like Japan, Korea or Taiwan ? What about private enterprise instead of China Inc ??

    And how long has this been going on ?

    “Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson initiated a joint study with the Chinese Government last May to examine the policy changes needed to facilitate large-scale investment by Chinese agricultural interests in undeveloped land in northern Australia.”

    FMD – no wonder the Chinese are telling us to piss the US Marines out of the Territory !

    Emo is totally off the reservation.

  221. Gab

    Money for nothing. Hey, it’s only $10 billion.

    TREASURY has blown the whistle on the Gillard Government’s clean energy slush – sorry, finance – fund. It has made it official.

    Most if not all of the $10 billion of taxpayer money will be flushed straight down the toilet.

    Further, the money will be wasted to absolutely no point, as we get further confirmation that China has no intention of seriously slowing the growth, far less actually cutting, its own emissions of carbon dioxide.

    The increases in China’s CO2 emissions over the next decade will completely dwarf any cuts in our emissions as a consequence of the Gillard-(Bob)Brown-(Christine)Milne carbon tax.

    Indeed, the increases would completely dwarf our cuts even if we reduced our emissions all the way to zero.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/terry-mccranns-column/its-official-your-10b-will-be-wasted/story-e6frfig6-1226375550987

  222. Gab

    MS, that looks very similar to Abbott’s food bowl plan for the north that Labor denigrated last year.

    So they’re stealing yet again another Liberal policy?

  223. Myrrdin Seren

    Gab

    Believe me – I am not opposed to the concept in principal, whoever champions it.

    I am concerned that a Cabinet Minister has been working for a year to deliver a privileged position to sovereign foreign entities with no consultation with the electorate.

    Emo qualifies himself:

    “There is no proposal for ‘buying up the farm’, importing overseas labour and dedicating the production to Chinese consumption,” Dr Emerson said. “It is designed to lift Australian food production for world markets”.

    There may not be any clauses in the initial studies, but China Inc will want to be a part of anything involving their money. And why is it limited to China Inc anyway ?

    I would like to think Emo has a whole lot of ‘splaining to do to Senate oversight committees, but I am simply not confident that the Senate has enough committee time available to shine bright lights on the innumerable dubious practices and plans of the Comrades.

    I am pretty sure the Coalition just wants development, not favoured nation carve outs.

  224. jtfsoon

    I really don’t have a problem with the proposal. Perhaps China is the only one willing to put up the money?

  225. jtfsoon

    Look out Adam Smith (Theory of Moral Sentiments), Homer is set to replace you

    JB Cairns on May 31, 2012 at 8:32 am said:

    if you have never been homeless you cannot empathise with someone who is hopeless, same with poverty, unemployed etc.

  226. twostix

    Dr Emerson has repeatedly warned against xenophobia in the debate about Chinese investment.

    The Pauline Hanson aligned ALP lecturing about Xenophobia.

    Choking…on…the…hypocrisy

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