Wednesday Forum: January 23, 2013

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  1. Hahaha. “Looks like the academy is finally getting a lesson in the costs of big government liberalism.”

    Academics for ObamaCare stunned to find the cost

  2. Rudiau

    Comment on Small Dead Animals.

    The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.

    Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U. S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

  3. blogstrop

    What altitude is Davos at? Bob Carr was clearly suffering from lack of oxygen when interviewed by John Doyle (filling in for Fran the activist) on RN Breakfast.
    Bob said that Australia had wasted too much time “pandering to denialists” and needed to catch up to the rest of the world on climate change.
    Later in the segment Bob was lured into commenting on the Israel election, and couldn’t stop himself from saying that any further settlements on the west bank would jeopardise the two-state solution, and more. Nobody who indulges this fantasy seems to have noticed that the Palis got Gaza, and failed the test. There can be no two-state solution with those guys.

  4. blogstrop

    Invasion Day? Sorry, this is wrong thinking, as the Chinese say. If only the left would use their polemical abilities for Good.
    The day is clearly an opportunity to celebrate (i) the first boat people, (ii) the first wave of immigration, which we’re all supposed to celebrate, not to mention (iii) the introduction of new cultures.
    All this Invasion Day twaddle is so insular!

  5. blogstrop

    It’s beginning to look like everything Julia does goes peris-shaped.

  6. Rudiau

    Washington city councilman walks out on council meeting because of citizen with CCW permit.

    Scott Dudley, Mayor, supports the Constitution and gives reasons. Great man.

    H/T SDA.

  7. Token

    I do wonder if the people of NT will elect Peris. Yesterday it was faux racism claims. Today smears.

    I can see Peris is McTiernan’s type. Once in parliament Labor & the love media will be claiming racism anytime anyone disagrees with her.

  8. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Token, you can be done for thinking raaaaacist like that you know.

  9. Token, I mean. Is misogynist. Also, racist.

  10. Token

    Token, I mean. Is misogynist. Also, racist.

    I trust those descriptions are against all our records on Nanny Roxon’s proscription list.

  11. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Indubitably he is. Token. On Invasion Day Eve ‘n all.

  12. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Proscription: (derived from First Nation Wog: proscriptio) is the public identification and official condemnation of enemies of the state.

    I do so like the menace in those words!

    Soon we’ll all get to love them and our children’s children will chant them at the beginning of each school day.

  13. Token

    Now Lego is “racist”

    What is startling is that you need to be unbelievably ignorant of history to make that claim.

    Austria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul…

    What is the history of the HS?

    From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,[1] except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935

    What did the Turks do when they got their hands on Constantinople?

    In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II, who subsequently ordered the building converted into a mosque.[9] The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed and many of the mosaics were plastered over. Islamic features – such as the mihrab, minbar, and four minarets – were added while in the possession of the Ottomans.

    PS: so George Lucas ripped of the HS for Jabba’s palace.

  14. Pickles

    So Gingerella had to get rid of Crossin cause she was a Ruddite. Next in the batting order was Marion. But she went off the Mission a while back and turned into just another uppity mission brung up gin, even though they let her be Deputy Chief Minister for a while.

    So Ginger needed a tame one. Here’s an idea, let’s get Nova!

    She’s broken in, she’s tame, she’ll do what she’s told, be seen when we say she should be seen, not heard the rest of the time and speak when she’s spoken to and not otherwise. What could possibly go wrong? The misogynist racists won’t be able to say a word. Splendid ! Capital! Foolproof!

    Alison Anderson pointing out to the nation that the ALP are not friends of the blackfellas any more is one thing going wrong for a start. She’s dead right. Tracker Tilmouth reckoned they were allowed to mow the lawn surrounding the ALP station house, but not allowed on the veranda. Ali says they’re even allowed inside now, but only as domestics.

    The ALP are a bunch of grader drivers. Set up the silver bullet caravan and fuel trailer just far away enough from the camp so you can’t hear them blewin all night, but close enough for sneaking after dark, with a few green cans under the arm to trade for favours. Everyone’s happy. Usually.


  15. Proscription: (derived from First Nation Wog: proscriptio) is the public identification and official condemnation of enemies of the state.

    I do so like the menace in those words!

    Sounds awfully heteronormative to me.

  16. .

    Dot…David Tepper…Listen to him ironing out his investment strategy while also monkeying around with the adorable red head who seems in love with him.

    He could have easily taken her out back to his Maserati if he were not a colossus of morality and a wonderful family man.

  17. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Cote de Bogan latest:

    Australian men arrested over Phuket shooting.

    Real class demographic getting to that place.

    I resemble that remark.

    You think it’s accurate then?

  18. Chris

    PS: so George Lucas ripped of the HS for Jabba’s palace.

    Star Wars occurred a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. So obviously if they are similar then the HS was really a copy of the Jabba the Hutt’s palace and not the other way around :-)

  19. Gab

    Chris just made a funny. Well I do declare! :)

  20. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Tim Cook from Snapple deserves the size 10. The moron should never have released the Iphone 5 without further advances.

    Jobs is rolling in grave over what’s happened.

    Another 15 to 20% fall and it could become interesting.

  21. Gab

    You know who else deserves the size 10? You. Every time I see your new moniker the ad with that annoying man plays in my head.

  22. Bear Necessities

    Frank – I love your adds. Keep them coming.

    Can you do an extra long Tilesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss in your next one.

    I love the free market.

  23. Chris

    Tim Cook from Snapple deserves the size 10. The moron should never have released the Iphone 5 without further advances.

    If they don’t do regular “new” releases people will buy other phones because the latest iPhone is too “old”. From a games perspective developers will want the latest CPUs in them too and they definitely don’t want to fall behind in that regard. How often do people actually use their smartphones as phones these days?

    As others have mentioned I think the smartphone that looks like an iphone may be at a bit of a dead end. Just fairly small incremental improvements now and its hard to charge a premium for that – thus the rumours about a much cheaper more plastic version of the iphone so they can compete on price.

    The biggest threat to the iphone may be something that doesn’t actually look like a smartphone – Google Glasses. Assuming they can get the augmented reality working half decently I can see them displacing hand held phones for a lot of people – especially if you’re someone who wears glasses anyway.

  24. Ban Frank Walker from the Cat

    That’s just obsequious, Bear N.

  25. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Bear N

    We here at the Cat (except for the retarded) also love the free market. But Frank is the most annoying douchebag on radio. And loving the free market doesn’t mean I have to like Frank. I despise the fuck.

  26. Ban Frank Walker from the Cat

    Hey, how come JC can change his moniker but when I do it goes into moderation?

  27. Gab

    Hey, how come JC can change his moniker but when I do it goes into moderation??

  28. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “So Ginger needed a tame one. Here’s an idea, let’s get Nova!

    She’s broken in, she’s tame, she’ll do what she’s told …”

    The danger remains that the politburo con job will succeed. I saw a NT News piece commenter write “Well done, Nova. Good choice. We need more cleanskins in politics.”

    Cleanskin? I think not.

    There are platoons of mindless dills who see an apparently pleasant demeanour with a nice smile who have no idea, and make no enquiry to discover, that Comrade Our Innocent Little Nova has been grunting and slobbering in the taxpayer trough, up to her elbows for years.

    The Quadrant article points out that in 2007 alone she was favoured with gummint contracts of $950,000 and $334,000 to swan around suggesting to aboriginal children that they should clean their teeth. The post-audit of her work was “scathing”.

    This wee innocent was cunning enough to track down other gummint contracts, as detailed here during this week, doing similar community organiser un-work.

    Her Peris Enterprises “web site” has vanished. It extolled her virtues as a quickish runner and also as a quickish runner. It didn’t detail her academic or work qualifications as a para-medico. She’s demonstrated several times this week she can barely hold a conversation, you know like, even with dopey Mellie/Kochie type newsreaders Grade II.

    She lives in Canberra, not Oodnagallaby or Julia Creek (I don’t think she’d much like living there, based on my last brief visit).

    I wonder did we also get to pay for her running about following her lovely dream for sports fame a few years ago? She flogged her medals to the National Museum in 2005 for $140,000.

    She can sniff out an easy quid alright – a senator pulls $190,000 a year, $3,700 per week for sitting on their clacker, indexed upwards ’til they die. Comrade Quite Chubby Macklin showed two weeks ago how easily one can treble a handsome public service salary with allowances and an unquestioning expenses approval. Comrade Slippery too.

    In Our Nova there is way less of the innocent, naive draftee of the scheming ALP than people would like to think. She’s worked the I’m-an-aborigine angles nicely for a part Dutch, part Filipino.

    I notice the tearfully grateful Our Nova managed to swiftly shake off her vulnerable girly self one day later to launch into (also part Dutch) Andrew Bolt for being a raaaaacist.

    I don’t much like what I see in her.

  29. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Chris

    the Iphone is getting the shit kicked out of it because other players have basically caught up and they are prepared to sell their wares much cheaper. So the reason to own one is no longer compelling.

    Every tech company in the world has to have a smartphone or it’s suite of products is under threat because the smartphone is the gateway to the other shit.

    The biggest threat to the iphone may be something that doesn’t actually look like a smartphone – Google Glasses. Assuming they can get the augmented reality working half decently I can see them displacing hand held phones for a lot of people – especially if you’re someone who wears glasses anyway.

    Are you doing drugs, or just another male who has given up on trying to find or keep a woman? Would you actually walk around with Google glasses. I’m sure geeks will buy them. However most of them are still virgins.

  30. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Hey, how come JC can change his moniker but when I do it goes into moderation??

    Because i nicely asked Sinc a couple of days ago on the open Fred and he must have allowed it.

    His dispensation only applies to men and not women Gab. Bad luck I’m afraid :-)

  31. TomCats Against Frank Walker

    So I am to be reminded of one of this earth’s most evil, axe-murdering child molesters* every time the Artist Formerly Known as JC comments at the Cat? Great. Just great.

    In solidarity with Dogs Against Frank Walker at 2.46am.

    *I hereby propagate a new rumour about the Arsehole of Advertisingland, whose shop I will torch if he doesn’t stop using my favorite airwaves to troll for bogans stupid enough to to give this prick money.

  32. Gab

    We’ll see about that! You crony capitalist stocktrading misogynist.

  33. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Hey, how come JC can change his moniker but when I do it goes into moderation??”

    Oh Gabrielle – I recognised JC instantly there! His DNA was all over the last bit.

    I’m so pleased that whilst I’m doddering along I’m still nearly keeping up with you quick young ‘uns. :)

  34. Token

    …nicely for a part Dutch Danish, part Filipino.

    As Milhouse van Houten discovered some people care about that difference.

  35. .

    Every tech company in the world has to have a smartphone or it’s suite of products is under threat because the smartphone is the gateway to the other shit.

    Mr Walker

    The Windows phone, Windows 8, are better products which look better and are more user friendly and less expensive.

    Apple is no longer “virus proof” in the general sense (nor were they, ever, truly 100% virus proof).

    To quote a dear old friend of Mr Dot, Esq., … “No longer do I have to suck the Apple cock…”

  36. Myrrdin Seren

    Google Glasses. Assuming they can get the augmented reality working half decently I can see them displacing hand held phones for a lot of people – especially if you’re someone who wears glasses anyway.

    As someone who does wear glasses and who still nearly jumps out of his skin when the iPhone the company insisted I now have plays loud music, flashes and vibrates when a call or SMS rolls in – the idea of driving when this all happens leads one to suspect there will be carnage on the roads when our eyewear starts ringing.

  37. Dan

    don’t forget Mick, Her husband was also employed by Peris Enterprises Pty Ltd.

    No wonder she is so chubby these days. Life on the Gravy Train is sweet business.

  38. JC

    My wife just put my iPhone in the washing machine.

    Any thoughts on a suitable punishment?

    Hanging

    Guillotine

    Firing squad

    Perhaps even stoning.

    The punishment of course shouldn’t be excessive.

  39. Gab

    Those poor penniless asylum boat people are being ripped off, oi tells ya.

    ASYLUM seekers say they have lost thousands of dollars, electronic goods and other possessions while in detention in Darwin

    Iranian Iraj Taghizadeh said Serco security staff took $1200, an Italian razor, laptop and camera from him and placed them in an unmarked blue bag when he was put in detention. When he was released with 521 others on temporary protection visas in December he had to dig through numerous blue bags to find his broken laptop, camera and wallet that was missing the cash.

    I;m gathering the “asylum seeker” in this case wasn’t carrying rial.

  40. Tom

    My protest against the Artist Formerly Known as JC is also trapped in the inSINCerator.

  41. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    ” …nicely for a part Dutch Danish, part Filipino.

    As Milhouse van Houten discovered some people care about that difference.”

    Don’t reveal this to a soul Token – I have never, ever seen the Simpsons show.

  42. Gab

    My wife just put my iPhone in the washing machine.

    Hehe. Payback for all those mean practical jokes you played on her in the past.

  43. Dan

    and also employed some dude called Dion Devow who named his son Dante’ and daughter D’shontea.

    Dion is b’wana of his clan for sure!

  44. .

    She should be given a medal, Frank.

  45. C.L.

    My wife just put my iPhone in the washing machine.

    Weren’t you saying earlier this week that you used it to tease her by turning on the tele and opening the curtains while she was sleeping?

    You think this is an accident? :)

  46. Gab

    I have never, ever seen the Simpsons show.

    Michael, you have just gone up in my estimation.

  47. .

    My wife just put my iPhone in the washing machine.

    Any thoughts on a suitable punishment?

    Buy her a new ironing board cover?

  48. Infidel Tiger

    Barnados just appointed two Lezzos as Mothers of the Year. There’s another charity that never gets another cent from me.

  49. .

    Barnardos did something a long time ago that pissed me off.

    I think it was their donation gathering and expense ratio.

    Australian charities are not charities in the true sense of the word. They are money grubbing rent seekers always ready to cop a Government grant.

  50. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “and also employed some dude called Dion Devow who named his son Dante’ and daughter D’shontea.”

    … and all of ‘em live in Canberra whilst doing vital and very valuable work in Banka Banka and Muckety NT. Every one of ‘em.

  51. Chris

    Are you doing drugs, or just another male who has given up on trying to find or keep a woman? Would you actually walk around with Google glasses. I’m sure geeks will buy them. However most of them are still virgins.

    Pre-iphone people said the same about smartphones – and there were smartphones prior to the iphone which as you say the geeks bought. But Apple made smartphones sexy and mainstream desirable- and the ipod integration was fundamental to its success.

    Once people realise what augmented reality integration can do they’ll be wanting google glasses type functionality as well – whether they contain a phone or just connect to one (can they be small enough at a cheap enough price if fully integrated?) is still up for debate though. Will have fewer cases of people walking into street poles looking down at their phones too :-)

  52. JC

    Dot

    I can of course understand the mistake. The phone was on the bed, on top of white bed sheets which she wanted to put through the washing machine. The contrast of a black phone would be extremely challenging to figure. Even the extra weight would be difficult.

  53. Gab

    Hell hath no revenge like a woman subjected to practical jokes.

  54. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Barnados … Australian charities are not charities in the true sense of the word. They are money grubbing rent seekers always ready to cop a Government grant.”

    I shunted the Red Cross after I discovered who the CEO is and then looked down the list of other salaried important people at the ALP’s post-retirement pre-retirement holding yard.

    Tim Costello’s lot also got dumped when I heard of his fabulous salary, world citizen lifestyle and regular sortie’s into none-of-his-ministering-to-the-poor business such as Global Coldery, ooops – Hottery – sorry, no – Coldery Will Kill You.

  55. Tom

    From Tracey’s link, the human trash running the Lying Slapper’s disinformation office hates it when the lapdog media turns feral:

    Interest in Mr Hodges’ travels and work over the past year appeared to touch a sensitive nerve in the prime minister’s office with Ms Gillard’s media director John McTernan asking “Why are you trying to contact Tony Hodges?”

    “A man nobody has ever heard of, doing a job nobody knows what it is,” Mr McTernan said.

    “It is not a story, that’s all I am saying. My staff are not stories. My former staff for f…ing sure aren’t stories. I think it is ridiculous. I don’t want to keep that to myself.

    “Tony Hodges is not a story. Tony Hodges is a private citizen, an Australian working abroad.”

    The author, Gemma Jones, stands out because she is one of only a handful in the press gallery doing the job she’s paid to do.

  56. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Hell hath no revenge like a woman subjected to practical jokes the simplest practical tests and failing dismally.”

    Fixed.

  57. Infidel Tiger

    I still give to the Salvos even though there anti-booze and anti-gambling stance sickens me to my core. They do good work and their staff are salt of the earth.

    The fact is in a rampant welfare state like Australia you’re a dead set mug if you give to charity.

  58. Dan

    It begins

    The Prime Minister’s star candidate Nova Peris has hit out at “malicious” rumours circulating about her conduct while working for the Northern Territory’s Education Department.

    Journalists have been told of an investigation into how funds from one of Ms Peris’s education programs were used, although the ABC understands she was exonerated.

    In a statement, Ms Peris says she is not aware of any investigation into her behaviour, and was never questioned by the department, police or any other body.

    “I did not misuse departmental assets during my time at the Northern Territory Department of Education,” she said.

    Off to a great start!

  59. Rob

    My wife just put my iPhone in the washing machine.

    JC,
    Its possible to recover an iPhone that’s wet with rice. If that doesn’t work you could consider an upgrade. Upgrading to a new iPhone not cheap though generally cheaper than upgrading to new wife.

  60. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    My wife just put my iPhone in the washing machine.

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaaha. Well done, Wifey.

    Happy Australia Day everyone. We are off in a few hours for three days in the wilds, five star (so they say) in a C19th mansion, definitely not eco but maybe no internet either or flakey iphone at best. If he is wise Abbott,Abbott,Abbott should be holed up there as well far far away during riot time.

    This is my choice. Da Hairy Irish Ape believes that dey will run out of hot water and no’ting will work. Da door handles will come off and da chintz bed will sag in da middle. He likes big name hotels.

    But he looks on the bright side. I’ll end up lyin’ on top of you, he says wickedly.

  61. H B Bear

    More good news for Gillard and Hamish McSporran,

    THE Liberal Party is poised to win Bass in a landslide at the next federal election, amid signs of voter anger with Julia Gillard.

    The result has converted a 6.74per cent Liberal deficit at the 2010 election into a 26-point turnaround – a result that rivals the historic swing to the Liberals in the Bass byelection of 1975.

    While you might not have much time for ReachTEL polling, even if they are half right it will be a wipeout. I don’t think the national polls are even in the ballpark.

  62. Gab

    We are off in a few hours for three days in the wilds, five star (so they say) in a C19th mansion,

    Good for you, Lizzie but I gave up camping a few years ago.

  63. ella

    Everyone knows women are capable of doing more than one job at a time.

    To make a mistake and put a phone through the washer suggests to me that J C’s wife is under stress.

    I believe a voucher for an expensive day spa would rectify the problem.

  64. Gab

    Completely true, Ella and it is written as Rule #3 in the book A Happy Wife Means A Happy Life.

  65. Rabz

    I believe a voucher for an expensive day spa would rectify the problem.

    Err, could you really picture JC going to an expensive day spa?

  66. Infidel Tiger

    JC could get a manicure while his wife desperately negotiates with Telstra for a replacement phone.

  67. Splatacrobat

    Are you doing drugs, or just another male who has given up on trying to find or keep a woman? Would you actually walk around with Google glasses. I’m sure geeks will buy them. However most of them are still virgins.

    These are the glasses I think Google, Apple, Microsoft should invent. Then distributed be to flakey Labor voters so they can see the real policies of Labor and Greens.

    They Live. One of John Carpenter’s earliest films. Famous for the line “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum”.

  68. ella

    JC could get a manicure while his wife desperately negotiates with Telstra for a replacement phone

    .

    Tiger, as I said above women are capable of doing more than one thing at a time.

    JC’s wife has the manicure and rings for a replacement phone at the same time.

  69. Tom

    H B Bear gets it all wrong, predicting a “wipeout” for Labor in Bass, with Reachtel forecasting 60:40 2PP to the Libs. No, no, no, no, no. The correct intepretation is:


    Struggle for Labor in Bass: poll

    Apparently, you have to get to 20:80 2PP before it’s a wipeout for the ecofascist government information service.

    Don’t fuck around, Tony. Sell it.

  70. Token

    Sound familiar?

    A summer brawl has surfaced in Buenos Aires between the car washers’ industry and the Argentine Meteorological service that are blamed for their poor forecasts which scares customers from the outlets.

    …“In any case the owners of the car washing stations must understand that 2012 was the fourth rainiest year since 1900”, indicated Ciappesoni.

    In the letter the chamber complains that the “reiterated errors” of the Met Service which forecast rain, storms and hail which then do not occur only help “to scare clients” from our washing stations.

    “What the news airs is considered almost a ‘holy statement’ and sometimes there are whole programs dedicated to climate change and the weather, and whenever they forecast rain, it’s a ‘dry’ day for us”, complained Calama.

  71. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I believe a voucher for an expensive day spa would rectify the problem.

    A weekend in a gorgeous old country house with antique furniture and breakfast on the terrace with all of the other guests, with patrons expected to be on time and on good early morning behaviour, followed by relaxing strolls through the gardens. Women like this. Not all men are so thrilled with the whole deal.

    Some cute diamond ear-rings are your easier option, JC, if for some reason the super-dooper luxe day spa doesn’t cut it. Good sales on at jewellers right now.

  72. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    On “charity”. And “expensive day spas”.

    I must now go and perform an act of charity, several thousand dollars worth. Quite unnecessarily I say.

    One can sleep in a decent swag anywhere, on a hard surface in cold weather, even when it’s pithing down rain. One can sleep for 5 or 50 minutes on cue, in the driver’s seat waiting for the Goddess to finish work. One has slept on a backyard timber park bench at midnight, next to the blaring speakers, while the Goddess decided to dance on for a couple more hours with the poofy mate’s poofy mates (she’s an expert Latin dancer, spectacularly so, Assassination Tango grade).

    In summary, one sleeps the sleep of the innocent. Why woodjya need a multi squillion dollar new bed?

    Because “I caaarrrn’t sleep!” My response of “Don’t tell me, ring the gummint” didn’t work. I don’t think she got it.

    At the shop the clever lady gets her to test the sort of thing Our Julian Assange’s leaky army mate is enjoying in Leavenworth. Onto the next grade up, and up, and up in a thinly disguised re-run of the Princess and the Pea.

    “Now isn’t that last one just lovely compared to the industrial machinery hardwood pallett we tried at the beginning?” they coo back and forth to each other.

    The final and successful trick is the run-out special next to the cash register, a coupla thou more than the limousine one just decided upon.

    I’m now waiting for the Armourgard cash security van to collect me so I can make my charitable donation. I know the “fabulous new bed” will be added to the home tour for visitors for the next two months. I bet she leaves the price tag on.

  73. ella

    Some cute diamond ear-ings are your easier option. JC.

    Stay clear of the “one carrot” diamonds.

  74. Pickles

    Seems a lot of mucking around just to buy a new workbench Mick.

  75. Token

    “A man nobody has ever heard of, doing a job nobody knows what it is,” Mr McTernan said.

    “It is not a story, that’s all I am saying. My staff are not stories. My former staff for f…ing sure aren’t stories. I think it is ridiculous. I don’t want to keep that to myself.

    McSporryn has quite a temper when people get above their raisings and look where they are not supposed to…

  76. Entropy


    The biggest threat to the iphone may be something that doesn’t actually look like a smartphone – Google Glasses. Assuming they can get the augmented reality working half decently I can see them displacing hand held phones for a lot of people – especially if you’re someone who wears glasses anyway.

    Are you doing drugs, or just another male who has given up on trying to find or keep a woman? Would you actually walk around with Google glasses. I’m sure geeks will buy them. However most of them are still virgins.

    The thing to remember about google is it monetized everything, and I mean everything, through advertising. I am actively reducing my use of google because of this little fact. Wearing glasses will give google an unbelievable amount of information about myself that it will use to convince advertisers that they should give it money. I don’t think so.

  77. Infidel Tiger

    Seems a lot of mucking around just to buy a new workbench Mick.

    If you want to really impress the mattress salesman, grade it on how it feels on your knees while your holding the bedhead one handed.

  78. kae

    Tint 6:48am
    Taa.
    Thank GOD for that!

    ***

    Truly, is there anything worse than incestuous misogyny?

    Okay, there’s racism. Criticising Obama ‘cos he’s useless (aka because he’s black). Do these morons not see the ineptitude of these shut-up-card carrying idiots?

  79. nilk

    Iphones can and do survive the washing machine. One of my friends put hers through, and it dried out.

    Then she dropped it, it survived. It even survived being run over by a small car. The screen was cracked but it still worked.

    Then it got wet again.

    And died. I reckon she should have held a funeral and a wake for the thing.

  80. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Seems a lot of mucking around just to buy a new workbench Mick.”

    Well done Pickles, cracked me up.

    PS I should note that they do first class marketing to the targeted one of the pair, with “Oh look at your lovely long, long black hair! And your beautiful dark skin, no wrinkles, I’m jealous. Their YOUR nails? You do them yourself? Are you from Brazil?” It’s the female version of the blokes’ “Nice tits, grrrreat bum” with an added, unstated, “Ya lucky foreign bitch.” The Goddess has heard that forever yet it still works. Females!

    I wanted a new laptop.

  81. Dan

    don’t forget to rotate the mattress Mick. Always rotate.

  82. C.L.

    I still give to the Salvos even though there anti-booze and anti-gambling stance sickens me to my core. They do good work and their staff are salt of the earth.

    They certainly have the best ads.

    Word always was that many of their clientele ended up being referred to St Vinnies.

  83. ella

    Mick,

    A good saleswomen will put you on the the most expensive bed first, and go down from there. Every other bed in the shop will seems like a compromise.

    Think yourself lucky Mick, it could of been worse.

  84. C.L.

    Interest in Mr Hodges’ travels and work over the past year appeared to touch a sensitive nerve in the prime minister’s office with Ms Gillard’s media director John McTernan asking “Why are you trying to contact Tony Hodges?”

    “A man nobody has ever heard of, doing a job nobody knows what it is,” Mr McTernan said.

    It is not a story, that’s all I am saying. My staff are not stories. My former staff for f…ing sure aren’t stories. I think it is ridiculous. I don’t want to keep that to myself.

    “Tony Hodges is not a story. Tony Hodges is a private citizen, an Australian working abroad.”

    So it is a story, then.

  85. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Think yourself lucky Mick, it could of been worse.”

    Worse! I though they were offering me an entire small coastal hamlet, including the pub.

    Anyway ella, you’re a girl and I’m not listening to girls ever again.

  86. harrys on the boat

    Glad you posted that CL.

    What an arsehole McTernan is. A complete fucking twat. You can see why Gillard got him in, he’s on the same level.

  87. Gab

    No sign of JC. Hmmm…must be reading an awfully long riot act to Wifey.

  88. Infidel Tiger

    Very interesting article on the cover of the local commie rag:

    Pew Environment Group is funding the Wilderness Society to target Col Barnett’s seat in the state election and to fund the anti Kimberley development nutcases.

    Pew made all their bloody money from extracting oil from tar sands!

  89. Tom

    The world capital of “climate change” hysteria, Australia has become a breeding ground for junk science in other disciplines as well, like studies designed to coerce governments on health policy:

    Earlier this week, the journal Pediatrics published a study which claimed that childhood asthma rates fell after the English smoking ban was introduced in 2007. But a closer examination suggests the claims have been puffed up – not that the media seemed to mind.
    The study concludes: ‘The implementation of smoke-free legislation in England was associated with an immediate 8.9 per cent reduction in hospitalisations for asthma along with a decrease of 3.4 per cent per year.’ A quick look at the personnel involved should immediately arouse suspicion. The lead author is listed as Christopher Millett, an Australian social scientist who has worked in ‘obesity prevention’ and assists Stanton Glantz’s campaign to get smoking out of the movies. Glantz himself – founder of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and a veteran campaigner for smoking bans – is a co-author. The study should be seen as another entry in Glantz’s unenviable canon of junk science, and as a case study in the media’s role in creating panics and distorting policy.
    First, it is necessary to understand a few things about asthma. Although many people intuitively believe that there is a close relationship between smoking and asthma, this is not borne out by empirical evidence. As the British Medical Journal (BMJ) noted in 2005: ‘A broad consensus exists that in most Western countries the prevalence of asthma increased over the last four decades of the twentieth century.’ This huge rise in asthma rates is totally inconsistent with the belief that smoking causes or exacerbates asthma, since we all know smoking rates declined sharply over the same period.

    RTWT

  90. Pickles

    Don’t throw out the big plastic cover the matress comes in Mick. Might come in handy with a gallon of olive oil. Virgin cold pressed and all that.

  91. kae

    JC 10:59 am

    My wife just put my iPhone in the washing machine.

    Sorry, JC. My mum taught us all that it was OUR responsibility to ensure our pockets were empty and to ensure the dirty clothes were placed in the clothes basket for washing. She never checked pockets, she never ran around the house picking up our dirty washing (if it wasn’t in the basket it didn’t get washed!).

  92. ella

    Any way ella you’re a girl and I’m not listening to girls ever again.

    How can I make Mick feel better?

    If you spend $1000 dollars on a bed and it lasts you for 10 years then that amounts to $100 a year.

    Women spend more than $100 a year on shoes and they don’t last ten years.

    In the bedding industry, Mick, the purchase of a bed by men is regarded as a “grudge purchase”. A good saleswomen already know you would prefer a laptop, so she addresses the women directly.

    By starting at the cheapest product and going up from there the salesperson gave you the advantage.

    You got away lightly.

  93. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    My staff are not stories. My former staff for f…ing sure aren’t stories. I think it is ridiculous.

    Oh yes they are, and we don’t care what you fecking think.

    Da Hairy Ape just arrived, two hours later than I had thought he would and just on time as he believed.

    Having some tasty smoked kippers and sourdough before we leave. They kept the Vikings going, rowing across oceans on them, so they will do us for the journey.

  94. Gab

    Earlier this week, the journal Pediatrics published a study which claimed that childhood asthma rates fell after the English smoking ban was introduced in 2007.

    really? And yet earlier this week we were assured asthma rate on the increase and the “cause” was junk food.

    <blockquote>A new study has found a possible link between moderate to high junk food consumption and an increased risk among children of developing asthma, eczema and certain childhood allergies.

    So which is it, fellas? Smoking or junk food? Or neither.

    Junk food? Junk science blurted out to justify those taxpayer funding dollars.

  95. Infidel Tiger

    You’ll spend a 1/3 of your life lying on it, so finding the right one is all important. A good mattress is essential too.

  96. kae

    LOL

    What would they check for, the qualifications for Fitting In with the ALP?

    Basis for blackmail?

  97. kae

    P’raps that should have been bases for blackmail.

  98. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “How can I make Mick feel better?

    If you spend $1000 dollars on a bed and it lasts you for 10 years then that amounts to $100 a year.”

    Terrific. I’ve got to last another 60 years to make this profligate expenditure worthwile!

    Gabriellllle! Ella wants me to be reasonable and Pickles wants me to do things that will likely put my back out! Help!

  99. kae

    Wivenhoe Dam will release 41,000 megalitres of water in anticipation of the possible 300-400 mm of rain expected to fall in SE Queensland as a result of the decay of ex TC Oswald.

  100. kae

    Be reasonable, Mick.

    Find a good physiotherapist.

    ;)

  101. kae

    THis is a better article on the dam releases in SE Qld.

  102. Gab

    Ella wants me to be reasonable and Pickles wants me to do things that will likely put my back out! Help!

    Poor Micky. An expensive mattress won’t have you with an out of place spinal column. Putting a back into its proper place sans subluxation costs a small fortune – never mind about a smallish hamlet plus pub, you’d be looking at a small country plus casino! The Goddess knows this, thinks ahead and knows what’s best for you.

    You ought to buy her something nice and frilly today as a ‘thank you’ pressie for her efforts.

  103. Pickles

    Mick, don’t ride one hand down like IT suggests. He’s a newly married man and is wont to suggest all manner of mischief. As for you, your days of bronc riding and other bushman’s carnival pursuits are over. Like me, once the head hits the pillow captain snooze steers the ship to sleepy bo bo land.

  104. ella

    Gabrielllle! Ella wants me to be reasonable and Pickles wants me to do things that will likely put my back out! Help!

    Mick, take no notice of Tiger, you will get body impressions in the bed, and body impressions are not covered in the guarantee.

  105. C.L.

    Women spend more than $100 a year on shoes and they don’t last ten years.

    Gab spends that much a day on shoes.

  106. Blair has a photo of The Man Nobody’s Ever Heard Of … and more here, at his preening self-absorbed tumblr.

    LOL.

  107. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Gees thanks kae and Gabrielle.

    I think I must now go back to my previously announced default position for today.

    Any way ella you’re a girl and I’m not listening to girls ever again.

    We’ll take delivery tomorrow and there will be no report on new bed sleepmakingness after that ‘cos I already knew I was going to sleep well tomorrow night anyway. :)

  108. C.L.

    Just in time for the renewed interest in McTernan-scripted republic ‘debate,’ the ABC reports that there is suddenly ‘renewed interest’ in changing the flag!

    What we need, apparently, is a flag that comes truly from the people and represents who we really are. So who better to come up with an alternative?

    As the country gets ready to celebrate Australia Day this long weekend, there are renewed calls to replace the current flag.

    Academic John Blaxland from the Australian National University has come up with his own design, combining a number of elements relating to Australia’s history.

  109. kae

    Pickles 2:16 pm

    As a single woman who’s a little bit older than you I am very disappointed to read that comment.

    This means it’s over… no hope for me at all. By my age men have shut down.

    *Sigh*

  110. Gab

    Women spend more than $100 a year on shoes and they don’t last ten years.

    Some man, who shall remain nameless, spends even less than that amount on sneakers and then never throws them out, thirty years later. That’s just abusive in my book.

  111. C.L.

    God Bless the Irish.

    Kerry council calls for legalised drink driving.

    Councilmen in Kerry, southwest Ireland, passed a motion this week asking the government to create a permit that would allow isolated farmers to legally drink a few pints and then return home in their car, or on their tractor, without fear of being busted.

    Its backers say the measure is needed to combat an epidemic of boredom and depression on farms ever since Ireland imposed tough new blood-alcohol limits on drivers in 2011.

    But Justice Minister Alan Shatter shot down the proposal during a speech in parliament, calling it “grossly irresponsible”.

  112. Pickles

    Used to be macka packa. Now iggle piggle.

  113. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Academic John Blaxland from the Australian National University has come up with his own design, combining a number of elements relating to Australia’s history.”

    … featuring dot paintings which are as uber-century old traditional aboriginal as Ernie Dingo’s invented “welcome to country smoking ceremony”.

  114. C.L.

    Further:

    Danny Healy-Rae, who owns a pub and comes from Kerry’s most famous and flamboyant political family, says farmers should be allowed to drive tipsy on their tractors because they don’t go fast enough to kill anyone.

    He said those drinking two to three pints at a pub should be issued a permit allowing them to drive home so long as they stay below 30mph (50km/h).

    He was one of five Kerry County Council members who voted for the motion on Monday night. Three others voted against, seven abstained and 12 council members didn’t show up. Their decision has no legal standing because the national government, not councils, sets policy on road safety.

    Healy-Rae – who like his politician father is nationally famous for wearing a cap everywhere and talking in rapid-fire local dialect easy to parody but hard to understand – said pub-loving farmers “are living in isolated rural areas where there’s no public transport of any kind. They end up at home looking at the four walls, night in and night out, because they don’t want to take the risk of losing their license.”

    He said the older generation provided the sociological fuel to Ireland’s tradition of pub-based music and “craic,” Irish slang for entertaining conversation.

    “All the wisdom and all the wit and all the culture that they had, the music and the singing, that’s all being lost to the younger generation,” Healy-Rae said. “These older people might as well be living in Japan and Jerusalem, because the younger generation don’t see them at all anymore.”

    Yet even in Kerry, many have dismissed the idea as both dangerous to public safety and impossible to enforce. And alcohol-abuse campaigners say Healy-Rae’s logic is twisted, since alcohol is a depressant and hardly a cure for the blues.

    Good on you, Danny.

  115. Tom

    Virtual lifelong Age scribe Shaun Carney has liberated himself from the Fairfax asylum and one of his first outings at the Herald Sun as a political columnist is an excellent piece on the takeover of politics by spin doctors:

    The upshot of this constant campaigning is that we end up with actual, formal election campaigns in the five weeks between the election being called and when we get to vote – and during those periods, the parties go close to inadvertently satirising themselves.

    How else can one interpret the Prime Minister’s announcement halfway through the 2010 campaign that she had decided that for the remaining period before polling day the voters would see “the real Julia”?

    THAT left voters with the unsettling question: who exactly had they been watching run the country up until then?

    What’s most unsettling is that the formal campaign period, when the electorate is most focused on the political contest, is when the leaders and the parties go into a bizarre lockdown.

    The 2010 campaign saw it at its most extreme. Except for a short series of successful town hall-style meetings, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott were kept away from individuals and situations that had not been vetted by minders.

    The fear of events moving off script or, heaven forbid, generating some sort of embarrassment, drove every decision.

  116. kae

    Pickles – I’m on leave right now.
    Speaking of bitty (or not!), guess what the subject was on Dr P(h)il?

  117. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    actually recalling years and years ago when I read the Age I always thought Carney was a straight arrow. Good for him leaving that unclean toilet.

  118. blogstrop

    since alcohol is a depressant and hardly a cure for the blues.

    Works for me!

  119. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Interest in Mr Hodges’ travels and work over the past year appeared to touch a sensitive nerve in the prime minister’s office with Ms Gillard’s media director John McTernan asking “Why are you trying to contact Tony Hodges?”

    “A man nobody has ever heard of, doing a job nobody knows what it is,” Mr McTernan said.

    “It is not a story, that’s all I am saying. My staff are not stories. My former staff for f…ing sure aren’t stories. I think it is ridiculous. I don’t want to keep that to myself.

    “Tony Hodges is not a story. Tony Hodges is a private citizen, an Australian working abroad.”

    So it is a story, then.

    Of course it’s a story. I’m surprised Hedley Thomas isn’t on it because this could really blow open.

    I’m a 100% sure that Hagus was in on it too.

  120. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    ” Women spend more than $100 a year on shoes and they don’t last ten years.

    Some man, who shall remain nameless, spends even less than that amount on sneakers and then never throws them out, thirty years later. That’s just abusive in my book.”

    Gabrielle, I have selflessly, with my own hands, fashioned – hang on, I’ll have a look – two and a half beautifully finished timber racks 1700 high to accommodate the shoes on open display. There are many others concealed, which invaded my area of the main wardrobe. They exist in epidemic numbers.

    Mine get a tiny little rack behind a door – a half dozen RMs, steel caps (2), leather thongs (2) and rubber thongs (2, both in quite elegant and stylish black and white). I tried to store my Size 12 surfing flippers there too but was denied.

    $100 a year??? The one camped here obviously doesn’t self identify as one of society’s cruelly underprivileged and most vulnerable.

  121. Gab

    Dear Micky

    What a lucky man you are! You get to use your tools in the grudge and show-off your expertise. A man that is good with his hands is a great find. A wife who allows that man to display his woodworking prowess is indeed a Goddess.

    two and a half beautifully finished timber racks 1700 high

    Only two? Has she cut back on shoe procurement for your benefit? Always thinking of you and your wallet, is your Goddess.

    You hit the jackpot with her, didn’t you?. You ought to show her your appreciation by gifting her a little something…something Sparkle-y and Expensive I think.

  122. areff

    A couple of open threads back, several Cats expressed disbelief that that the incompetent bureaucracies charged with fighting bushfires no longer allow bush ladies to cook meals for their volunteer hubbies.

    Embrace your scepticism no longer:

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/goodwill-gesture-for-firies-sparks-up-homebaked-brouhaha-20130125-2db6c.html

  123. Tom

    From Areff’s link:

    “We are very grateful to the community and their show of support. It certainly lifts the morale of firefighters.”

    “But we have to monitor their health and safety closely and that includes serving them food that has been prepared in a commercial kitchen.

    “We can’t take any risks no matter how well meaning [donated food as been prepared]“.

    So these fucking Nazis are saying they have no intention of changing their policy. It’s simple, you moronic arseholes: volunteers sign a waiver accepting and indemnifiying food prepared by volunteers.

    Most small towns run on volunteerism. The CFA runs on volunteerism. Destroy these traditions at your peril.

  124. Infidel Tiger

    Academic John Blaxland from the Australian National University has come up with his own design, combining a number of elements relating to Australia’s history.

    I’ve shat prettier things than that after a week on the sauce.

  125. Infidel Tiger

    “We are very grateful to the community and their show of support. It certainly lifts the morale of firefighters.”

    “But we have to monitor their health and safety closely and that includes serving them food that has been prepared in a commercial kitchen.

    “We can’t take any risks no matter how well meaning [donated food as been prepared]“.

    When I am President of this flyblown shitheap, the murder of bureaucrats will be compulsory.

  126. Gab

    We can’t take any risks no matter how well meaning [donated food as been prepared]“.

    I cannot adequately express the utter contempt I have for these short-sighted moronic bureaucrats. Risk? What risk? How many firefighters have died from consuming food prepared by women who cook each and every day for their families?

  127. Tom

    Areff, notice how the zombie editors at Fairfax instinctively never open such genuine community stories for comment, even though there would be a flood of protest? Always protecting the left – in this case the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), which is the main public service trojan horse and paymaster for Greens activists. Of course, One-Term Ted will never touch these bureaucracies either, because he wants the left to love him.

  128. Tracey

    “When I am President of this flyblown shitheap, the murder of bureaucrats will be compulsory.”

    My vote’s in the bag.

  129. Infidel Tiger

    My vote’s in the bag.

    Thanks Tracey, but my reign as President won’t involve any voting.

    That’s a waste of productive people’s time. Every 4 years there will be a free sausage sizzle and school fetes, we just won’t have all that electioneering bull crap.

  130. Keith

    So, after a day of swallowing barrow-loads of dust and smoke, the poor firefighters can’t handle the risk of ingesting a sandwich made with dry bread.
    The meals have to sourced from a “commercial kitchen”, eh? Follow the money – as usual.
    And when the commercial kitchen is overwhelmed with demand, the firefighters can starve, as per their experience during the Victorian bushfires.

  131. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Fairfax Media contacted the department and was put through to CFA spokesman Gerard Scholten. “It’s not DSE or CFA here, we’re all in this together,” he said from Heyfield. …

    “It is an unfortunate set of circumstances and we owe an apology to that lady,” Mr Scholten said.

    CFA chief officer Euan Ferguson has apologised to Mrs Rajeswaran.”

    The previous reports here, areff, informed us that the CFA is now over-run with six figure head office public servants.

    It shows:

    “Well, look, it’s not my department that ruled on this, it’s the other department too you know. Anyway, if I say a sort of mumbled “Sorry” I would hope you will go away and not disturb prospects for my Very Important Senior Executive public service 2013 performance bonus. Do you want another photo of me? Did you get that down correctly? – Senior Media Liaison Public Affairs General Manager, all in capitals, yes.”

    “Unfortunate set of circumstances” – they all speak from the same bullship script. What sort of man speaks like that? They are such a mediocre collection of mealy mouthed, feeble little fellows.

    “Most small towns run on volunteerism. The CFA runs on volunteerism. Destroy these traditions at your peril.”

    Sadly Tom I say it’s all over – they’ve been at it little by little for a decade or more, like creek erosion, regulating all conventional spontaneous community effort, thus creating new officer management, public revenue and councillor self promotion opportunities.

    All the corporatised local councils have employed starry eyed young Diploma of Community Organiser graduates to be nice to those silly old ladies at the CWA until they die off, so their history can be quietly erased.

  132. Infidel Tiger

    “Look, only after about 6 o’clock in the evening. I try to go easy til’ nightfall.”

    Beautiful words, Tone, just beautiful.

  133. Tracey

    I’m relieved. I saw him drinking a shandy (!) during the last election campaign and felt a bit unnerved by that.

  134. Infidel Tiger

    I’m relieved. I saw him drinking a shandy (!) during the last election campaign and felt a bit unnerved by that.

    Not a good look for hyper-masculine misogynist. That flagrant display cost him 6 seats at least.

  135. Mike of Marion

    Gerard Henderson’s MediaWatch back on

  136. brc

    On the drink driving thing, Jeremy clarkson wrote a column a while back suggesting that drik driving should be legal provided your vehicle is fitted with a flashing light and the driver does not exceed 15mph. Pedestrians and other drivers would be warned of their approach, and they would be going to slow to hurt themselves. He wrote that disobeying the laws would be punishable by death by machine gun.

    I think the idea has merit for those who live outside urban centers.

  137. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    lol Tal.

    Frank Walker has the gates to front of the Cat. You know that.

  138. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    oops .. messed that one up.. The keys to the front gates.

  139. Ban Frank Walker from the Cat

    Frank Walker has the gates to front of the Cat. You know that.

    This Frank Walker is too big for his britches, frankly.

  140. John H.

    Follow-up to the last post: The rise of a pseudo-scientific links lobby.

    The problem is completely out of hand Tom. After a lengthy on-line discussion concerning marijuana consumption I spent the early morning reading and downloading some recent studies and they are so bloody confusing. But that doesn’t stop people making all sorts of proclamations on the all too often contradictory findings. For eg. A study released a few months ago from NZ found iq drops of 8 points in adulthood arising from heavy cannabis use in the teens and suggested that cannabis is neurotoxic. Study has already ready being challenged in a PNAS publication last week. The original claims of neurotoxicity don’t make sense because the effect is not seen in adulthood and there are also studies showing light cannabis use can increase iq and even cessation of heavy use appears to return cognition to good values. It’s a bloody mess and in a desperate scramble to provide policy advice the bods are all too often clutching at straws. Heavy use in teenage years is a serious problem but to then claim any cannabis use in adulthood is dangerous is torturing the data.

    And don’t get me started on the findings of Ioannis – bloody terrifying because these suggest widespread abuse of statistics across biomedicine.

  141. Pedro

    John H, I recall hearing some guy on the radio saying the mull-mental link is bollocks because you can’t see a rise in the incidence of schitzo after the 60s. What’s you take?

  142. John H.

    John H, I recall hearing some guy on the radio saying the mull-mental link is bollocks because you can’t see a rise in the incidence of schitzo after the 60s. What’s you take?

    Professor Wayne Hall from Qld has argued the same as have many others. But only a few days ago Hall argued on an ABC Science News item in support of the NZ findings and claimed neurotoxicity was present.

    I think there is an association with heavy teenage use but most bods argue it is precipitating an underlying condition, some studies suggest otherwise but the persistent failure to find increases in schizophrenia rates, and its remarkable stable rate across populations(1%) does raise serious qtns about the claim. However, cannabis smokers who develop schizophrenia do not show the same premorbid cognitive deficits seen in non-users who develop schizophrenia. And to get really confused, there are even studies showing pot smoking schizophrenics have much better preserved cognition over the years than non-smoking schizophrenics.

  143. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Wow

    CBS culture is too leftwing for the new management.

    Maybe something is going on behind the scenes. Let’s hope so. I’m told the new management of the news division is well aware of the liberal culture of the place — and doesn’t like it. I’m told they’re trying to make CBS News more balanced and less biased.

    Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-viewpoint/012313-641645-cbs-political-director-dickerson-crosses-the-line.htm#ixzz2IxotI5R5

  144. Pedro

    Wow John, it’s a wonder drug!

  145. Septimus

    sdog,

    Whoa. Dude.

    I think I’ll stay with the Conch Fritters and Coconut Shrimp and Key Lime Pie.

    :)

  146. John H.

    Wow John, it’s a wonder drug!

    Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive c, has many potential benefits. THC does promote psychotic markers and CBD does inhibit psychotic markers, the problem now is that the modern strains, a direct result of prohibition, have created a much higher THC\CBD ratio. Sustained smoking though really screws with working memory, which is a THC mediated deficit. I suspect though that some people can overcome this because I have encountered some very intelligent potheads. There have been recent studies claiming that working memory capacity is a far superior measure of intelligence than iq studies. IQ analyses are too broad, they should be focusing on much more discrete cognitive behaviors. The best thing about pot: you hear music like you’ve never heard it before, as T.S. Eliot wrote: You are the music while the music lasts.

  147. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Can someone explain why hipsters are now sporting beards?

    You go to a hipster type area for a meal and the dickhead waiters all have these stupid fucking Ned Kelly beards.

  148. Rabz

    You go to a hipster type area for a meal and the dickhead waiters all have these stupid fucking Ned Kelly beards.

    It’s a sharia survival tactic, Frankie!

  149. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Rabz

    I just wanna grab one by the beard and not let go. They look like fucking idiots.

  150. Splatacrobat

    During the Brisbane floods many people supplied food for the mud army doing the clean up and no one from Council or the State Government objected. In fact it was positively encouraged.
    Wifey went to work baking industrial quantities of savoury type muffins and along with my kids we distributed these to people up and down flood affected streets. My wife thought that Muffins in a paper cup would be easier for people to eat on the go compared to having to stop work, and wrestle with a napkin with a sausage sandwich.

    I think getting a touch of the runs from a suspect sandwich would be the least of anyones problems during a flood or fire emergency. According to the Food Safety Council of Australia there are over 5 million cases of food poisoning cases every year.
    This is more about “We are the State and the only ones allowed to look after your welfare”.

  151. jumpnmcar

    Hey, remember that chopper that hit a crane in London?

    TWO Brits should have been inside the cabin of a crane when it was hit by a helicopter in London two days ago, but remarkably, they both slept in.

    Richard Moule and co-worker Nicki Biagioni were late for work – both had overslept for the first time in years – and missed death by minutes..

    Lucky Bastards.

    “My colleague and I were both supposed to be there at 7am, but we were both late,” Moule, a 31-year-old father of two told The Daily Mail.

    http://www.constructionindustrynews.net/storyvie
    w.asp?storyid=795111532&sectionsource=s0

  152. Rabz

    They look like fucking idiots.

    Given their total lack of testosterone, I’m surprised they can even grow beards.

    They must get transfusions from their ‘women’folk…

  153. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    both overslept? There must be a God.

  154. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Given their total lack of testosterone, I’m surprised they can even grow beards.

    They must get transfusions from their ‘women’folk…

    Oh yea, they’re all pansy little betas with attitude too.

  155. Splatacrobat

    Having a beard is so they can hide the pastie facial features of thier vegan lifestyle.

  156. Infidel Tiger

    You go to a hipster type area for a meal and the dickhead waiters all have these stupid fucking Ned Kelly beards.

    They’re not beards, they’re merkins.

  157. Rabz

    They’re not beards, they’re merkins.

    Mystery solved.

    Thanks, Tigger!

  158. Splatacrobat

    My standard response to one of these hipster waiters when they want to tell me the vegetarian specials on the menu: ” I didn’t fight my way top the top of the food chain just to eat lettuce”.

  159. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    lol

    That’s very funny splat. May I use it?

  160. As for new flag designs

    THEY MUST CONFORM TO GENERALLY ACCEPTED ART DESIGN PRINCIPLES

    THEY MUST NOT USE A GAUCHE, UGLY, SPORTING DESIGN

    THIS INCLUDES KANAGAROOS, OR EXCESSIVE OR MOSTLY GREEN AND GOLD (UNLESS DONE VERY TASTEFULLY AND CONFORMING WITH THE ABOVE AND ONLY FOR GREEN AND GOLD, NO EXCEPTIONS FOR IDIOTIC ANTHROPOMORPHIC OR OTHERWISE KANAGAROOS)

    THEY MUST NOT CONTAIN ANY REFERENCE TO THE POMS OR SIMILARLY BE KOWTOWING TO ABORIGINAL SUZERANITY WHICH NEVER EXISTED, ERGO, RED, YELLOW AND BLACK OUGHT TO BE AVOIDED, ALONG WITH BRITISH EMPIRE OR INDIGENOUS MOTIFS

    Thus, all of those flags put forward FAIL. The Eureka Flag actually passes the test off the bat. As it for being a commo/nazi thing – no. This is merely historical ignorance, the Eureka stockade was a cause celebre for liberalism.

    I’m not saying it MUST be a new flag – it simply makes the cut to actually picking amongst suitable designs.

    THUS SPOKE THE DESIGN NAZI

  161. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Everyone know Homer has a blog.

    He’s a blockheaded and incoherent as ever. The idiot has a real hard on for Sinc because Sinc banned him from here because of his rank stupidity.

  162. .

    Ugh…tried a new moniker (FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S GHOST) but I forgot about moderation…

    As for new flag designs

    THEY MUST CONFORM TO GENERALLY ACCEPTED ART DESIGN PRINCIPLES

    THEY MUST NOT USE A GAUCHE, UGLY, SPORTING DESIGN

    THIS INCLUDES KANAGAROOS, OR EXCESSIVE OR MOSTLY GREEN AND GOLD (UNLESS DONE VERY TASTEFULLY AND CONFORMING WITH THE ABOVE AND ONLY FOR GREEN AND GOLD, NO EXCEPTIONS FOR IDIOTIC ANTHROPOMORPHIC OR OTHERWISE KANAGAROOS)

    THEY MUST NOT CONTAIN ANY REFERENCE TO THE POMS OR SIMILARLY BE KOWTOWING TO ABORIGINAL SUZERANITY WHICH NEVER EXISTED, ERGO, RED, YELLOW AND BLACK OUGHT TO BE AVOIDED, ALONG WITH BRITISH EMPIRE OR INDIGENOUS MOTIFS

    Thus, all of those flags put forward FAIL. The Eureka Flag actually passes the test off the bat. As it for being a commo/nazi thing – no. This is merely historical ignorance, the Eureka stockade was a cause celebre for liberalism.

    I’m not saying it MUST be a new flag – it simply makes the cut to actually picking amongst suitable designs.

    THUS SPOKE THE DESIGN NAZI

  163. Splatacrobat

    That’s very funny splat. May I use it?

    You may Frank. I don’t recall where I heard it from but it stops most non meat eaters in thier tracks and a causes a certain amount of embarrassment from my wife when we eat out in a swanky restaurant.

  164. .

    HOMER, THE MARKING MAVEN SEZ:

    He also loks at the social cost of finance. Read Noah Smith’s linked piece as well.

    Christ. What an unemployable idiot.

  165. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    and a causes a certain amount of embarrassment from my wife when we eat out in a swanky restaurant.

    Always a good reason.

  166. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Dot

    He’s like a pet rock in some ways. He spent years here at the cat and learnt next to nothing.

    I suggested that he ought to have his threads checked for diction and he deleted the comment. Nothing ever sinks in with him.

  167. Dan

    Channel ten actually reporting on the ugliness that was last years oz day riot.

  168. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Channel ten actually reporting on the ugliness that was last years oz day riot.

    Wait till they report that the Lying Slapper, Hagus and his buddies were in on it.

    That’s a story dying to get the once over.

  169. Tracey

    So predictable.
    Young Aust of the year – a ‘refugee’
    Local Hero – ‘Indigenous Leader’ from Redfern

  170. Tracey

    Update – Ita for Aust. of the Year.
    I can live with that. She seems to be genuine and effective in her role as Chair of the National Alzheimer’s group

  171. Potemkin’s Village

    I can stand brute force… here

  172. blogstrop

    Today’s story in the Telegraph of a Magazine Queen’s account being ripped off mightily by a trusted friend to the tune of $250,000 (while she allegedly was a bit the worse for wear from substances) makes Ab Fab look less like satire and more like history with names changed.

  173. Splatacrobat

    My pick for Young Aust of the year.

    I can’t wait for him to replay this question to Swan when the circus resumes.

  174. Driftforge

    Even in Tasmania Labor is on the nose.

    Love the last question – 65% of respondents indicated that the Gillard government’s performance has made them less likely to vote Labor, only 15% more.

  175. Splatacrobat

    Even in Tasmania Labor is on the nose.

    Quick Julia you need to snap up this guy to sandbag your southern front.

    Tasmanian Aboriginal Michael Mansell

    He has impecible credentials:
    To gain international recognition for the cause of Tasmanian Aborigines, he established an alternative Aboriginal passport. In 1988 he secured official recognition for the passport from Gaddafi who declared it valid for travel to Libya.

  176. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    To gain international recognition for the cause of Tasmanian Aborigines, he established an alternative Aboriginal passport

    What was it written on, wallaby skin parchment?

  177. .

    If he’s an Aboriginal then I’m the Pope.

  178. Rabz

    the cause of Tasmanian Aborigines

    Ah yes – so they weren’t all ‘wiped out’ apparently…

  179. Tal

    Hey Joe how’s the phone?

  180. Rabz

    Hey Joe how’s the phone?

    Sod that, how was the day spa?

  181. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Hey Joe how’s the phone?

    Dead, Tal. Iphone police report says : Death by drowning :-)

    I took my kid’s old 4, dumped the back up into it and it’s as good as the old one.

    Poor Wifey, she’s been sheepish all day.

  182. .

    Today’s story in the Telegraph of a Magazine Queen’s account being ripped off mightily by a trusted friend to the tune of $250,000 (while she allegedly was a bit the worse for wear from substances) makes Ab Fab look less like satire and more like history with names changed.

    I shouldn’t laugh at this, but there you go.

  183. Rabz

    Ahem – and teh day spa?

  184. Rabz

    I shouldn’t laugh at this, but there you go.

    No, you should squire.

    We’ve just had a freshly minted Ozzie of da year who’s straight out of Ab Fab.

    Time for some Bolly Stollies!

  185. Tracey

    I could have sworn I read somewhere that Dick didn’t want a bar (no pun intended) of this overpopulation malarky.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/bindi-in-running-for-dick-smiths-nobel-peace-prize/story-fncyva0b-1226561828041

  186. Cold-Hands

    Former High Court Judge Ian Callinan breaks his silence to give his opinion on Roxon’s legislation:

    It seems as if each year the Constitution and the cohesion of our Australian community are put at some new and entirely unnecessary risk. The dangers of the current one, of the introduction of a new law to criminalize speech which might cause offence to anyone, should not be underestimated. Even the imaginative powers of George Orwell would not have conceived of an administration that would dare to try to forbid every member of society from passing adverse comment upon any other member of it. The proposed law is such a silly one that it will turn everyone into offenders. A law of this kind fails the elementary test of rational, consistent, and worse, undiscriminating application. In consequence, the cases selected for prosecution will be exactly that, “selected”, that is to say, carefully chosen, under the influence or pressure of the most vociferous pressure groups. Every Australian with an ideal of democracy – and I hope that means most Australians – should do everything they lawfully can to oppose the introduction of this outrageous law.

    It is exceedingly rare for former justices to speak up, but then again, laws of such stupidity and overreach used to be rare as well.

    H/T Bolt

  187. johanna

    Hey, Rabz, sorry I couldn’t make the barbie, am on the move.

    The old man’s birthday (86th) is one reason, and I found a book in a military bookshop in Parramatta about the gear they wore in the Korean War. Right down to the underwear. He was rapt, and spent most of the afternoon with a magnifying glass looking at the photos and picking out insignias etc.

    One thing I noticed was that every single photo (there were hundreds of them) depicted a moonscape. Utterly desolate, absolutely nothing but dust or mud or snow.

    He explained that the Japanese destroyed every single thing as they were leaving. He said, if there was a a sapling, or a shrub, or an outhouse, they flattened it. The people were the poorest of the poor. They literally didn’t have a pot to piss in.

    He’s been back, and South Korea is just a marvel. North Korea is just like when he left. He still hates fish sauce and kimchi with a passion, though.

    As for Nova, it’s typical that Gillard picked someone with no political sense at all. In my experience, after 200 years of dealing with “gubbas”, many Aboriginal people have a very acute understanding of how government works. There is no shortage of such people in the NT, either.

    But, she didn’t use her ‘captains’ pick’ to choose anyone with demonstrated ability or a track record, because the consequences could only be embarrassing.

    Meanwhile, as someone upthread noted, Senator Nigel Scullion is out and about cooking magnificent food wherever he goes.

  188. kae

    About this Peris Enterprises thing.

    Why did the government pay her a million dollars to use facilities and people to conduct health checks when the government already provided the health workers and clinics?

  189. kae

    Rabz/Dot
    Sure the Mag Queen wasn’t Nene King?

  190. Cold-Hands

    Sure the Mag Queen wasn’t Nene King?

    That organ of record, A Current Affair, has a video report.

  191. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “About this Peris Enterprises thing.

    Why did the government pay her a million dollars to use facilities and people to conduct health checks when the government already provided the health workers and clinics?”

    From “The Nova Peris medicine show” at Quadrant, by Roger Franklin, Editor:

    “Unfortunately things did not work out quite that well, as a scathing independent audit of the programme established:

    The centrally-driven approach to the Child Health Check Initiative meant that there was insufficient consideration of the needs of the people, systems and processes already operating in the NT … for many health services the checks were a disruption to normal clinic business and other services were sometimes suspended while the checks were carried out.

    This represented a significant opportunity cost as staff attention was diverted to conducting the checks, supporting visiting teams or working to overcome community scepticism and fear about the checks.

    Once again, a big song and dance. And, once again, for all the PM’s talk of remedying Indigenous neglect, nothing more tangible than symbolism – “tokenism” if you are inclined to be blunt. One more exercise in the theatre of the six o’clock sound-byte.

    Meanwhile, as the dollars flow from Canberra, black kids are out in the mulga and going deaf for lack of attention to simple ear infections. Lofty words, millions spent and very little to show for any of it.

    Despite what her critics are saying, when she arrives at Parliament House, Peris might just fit right in.”

    Once upon a time a lousy reference from a previous employer meant one did not get the job.

    In this case the very same employer is ignoring unequivocal advice commissioned by it and offering a promotion to one of the very top jobs!

  192. JC vindicated:

    A leading health academic has called for fat people to be ‘shamed and beat upon socially’ in order to halt the obesity crisis.

    In a controversial article, Daniel Callahan, the 82-year-old president emeritus of The Hastings Center a New York think-tank specializing in health policy ethics, calls for increased stigmatization of obese people to try spur weight-loss across America.

    The senior research scholar says fat people should be treated like smokers who have become increasingly demonized in recent years and thus ‘nudged’ by negative attitudes of those around them into giving up the unhealthy habit.

    The Cat is always on the cutting edge. Always.

  193. kae

    Yes, Mick.
    That’s what I meant. Why was she paid to do something using facilities and staff already doing the job and paid for by the government?
    The system was overloaded with her promotion of health checks because there was no provision for the additional load.
    What on earth did the million or so pay for? It certainly wasn’t for health professionals to provide the service to the additional people brought in for health checks.

  194. wreckage

    sdog, is JC going to get paid in carbon credits? Or does the obesity pandemic demand we unleash the genius of the market? Presumably this is a direct, prophetic reference to JC.

  195. I reckon it’s up to JC, wreckage. It’s obvious that he’s the real architect of this new policy. All that time he spent in New York … he probably met this academic at a party and expounded on his views, and the dude just totally picked it up and ran with it.

    Go JC!

  196. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Why was she paid to do something using facilities and staff already doing the job and paid for by the government? … there was no provision for the additional load.

    What on earth did the million or so pay for?”

    A departmental head doing something to earn his bloated salary would call in the manager who ordered the extra work to make his case as to why he should not be sacked by interview’s end.

    They treat their authority to spend my money for no good purpose as applause.

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