Tuesday Forum: February 26, 2013

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  1. nilk

    What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other?

    They already do. It’s called facebook. :D

  2. Tom

    FMD. FWA is the single most corrupt, regressive big union shop ever invented and business is screaming about its role in strangling the economy, so the Libs will leave it in place unchanged:

    THE Productivity Commission would be charged with overhauling the nation’s workplace laws if Tony Abbott wins power – but major changes to the Fair Work Act would be delayed until after the 2016 election under a plan being “actively considered” by the federal Coalition.

    Defying business demands for major changes to Labor’s workplace system, senior Coalition figures said yesterday the proposal was designed to neutralise a looming multi-million-dollar campaign by Labor and the unions to convince voters that the Opposition Leader would reintroduce aspects of John Howard’s Work Choices regime if he won the September 14 election

    The Coalition has no principles. In two years, it will be more reviled than Cameron’s circus.

  3. nilk

    Where’s Stella?

    I did not let my disability crush the dreams.

    Tim Harris: Breakfast, Lunch and Hugs.

  4. Tom

    The Lying Slapper switches from the Novotel to the bogan-friendly Rooty Hill RSL, then makes sure no real people can get near her:

    THE first venture into Sydney’s west at the start of a week-long sleep-out tour to win back disenchanted voters will see Julia Gillard preaching only to the converted.

    Of the more than 1000 people the Prime Minister will address at Parramatta on Sunday night, 800 are Labor Party members and the remaining 260 registered to attend are Labor supporters.

    Ms Gillard will address the rally at the University of Western Sydney before going to a Labor Party dinner for 300 people at a nearby hotel.

    Diners have been charged $100 a head.

    She will then spend the first of five nights staying at the Rooty Hill RSL club ahead of a week in which she will be joined by her cabinet and will make policy announcements for the region.

  5. Andrew

    Tom, while it is disappointing that the Coalition are, according to a rumour, not going to do much the IR laws, that does mean they are going to be as woeful as Cameron or Baillieu.

  6. JamesK

    The Coalition has no principles. In two years, it will be more reviled than Cameron’s circus.

    To be fair to Abbott, the only group more duplicitous than pollies in this country is business.

    The screwed the Coalition over in 2007 and for 3 years after.

    The slimy cow Ridout needs to be hung, drawn and quartered and the Industry group she headed needs to ignored by Coalition ministers for the first decade of their government.

    Fu k em’

  7. Tom

    Labor’s illegal immigrant importing business is going gangbusters:

    A GROUP of boat people crammed into a commercial building in the centre of Parramatta has been kicked out after a raid by the council.

    Dozens of Sri Lankans were sleeping on the floor of converted offices in a single-storey house that formerly was home to a drafting and engineering business.

    Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said last night he ordered the raid late yesterday because council had not approved residential use of the commercial building. “Parramatta City Council has not approved a boarding house on this property, and it has not received any complaints or reports about it being used as a boarding house previously,” he said.

    “Following this morning’s media coverage, council took action to look into the matter and organised a team to undertake an inspection of the property this afternoon.”

    Among the men living in the office was Daxchan Selvarajah, 21, who has been charged with breaking into a female student’s room at Macquarie University and putting his hands down the young woman’s pyjama pants while she was sleeping.

  8. Andrew

    To be fair to Abbott, the only group more duplicitous than pollies in this country is business.

    The screwed the Coalition over in 2007 and for 3 years after.

    The slimy cow Ridout needs to be hung, drawn and quartered and the Industry group she headed needs to ignored by Coalition ministers for the first decade of their government.

    Fu k em’

    Agreed, Business screwed them over with their IR changes big time. Many privately back the reforms, very few actually wanted to publicly support them or put money into a campaign, counter to the unions’ campaign.

  9. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Splat, not saying she couldn’t do with a diet, just pointing out that Julia will find it hard to garner support from a visit to Neapean Hospital with this sort of bad publicity.

    For those who doubt the impact of Sydney’s West on the electoral result, and who might have missed the economic vitality and importance of this area, see this in today’s Oz.

    Watch out for some massive vote-buying promises coming out Westie way this year.

  10. Token

    After 1,100 deaths from a policy Nicolson campaigned for with the other left wing fruitbats, he finally decides it is time to revisit the asylym seeker issue…

    …by picking a false claim by Labor of dog whistle politics.

    Morrison was verballed

    Let’s see if Nicolson is man enough to retract his smear, or if he proves there are people at The Oz who are as base and unrepentent as the ABC

    PS: Gregory, it would be great if you can leave the well-mined abortion & Emily’s List memes for a while and do something with this material:

    * Left wing journalist who:

    1. Supported the Gillard policy of rolling back the borders
    2. Ignored the humanitarian crisis as over 1,100 people died
    3. Ignores the riots & mixing asylym seekers with young women in colleges
    4. Ignores the lack of care by government about the people who arrives

    There must be a view good images here.

  11. Token

    The slimy cow Ridout needs to be hung, drawn and quartered and the Industry group she headed needs to ignored by Coalition ministers for the first decade of their government.

    Judith noted how business groups have poor bookkeeping. I think it is time people got Sell-out in the same way they got Al Copone, through the books.

  12. Token

    If you are an amoral supporter of the criminal trade in humans that has taken at least 1,100 lives, you would desperately grasp at equivalency and call this summary of the business by Pier Ackerman dog whistle politics:

    IT is not only commonsense but good manners for new neighbours to introduce themselves when they move in next door.

    But not according to the Australian Red Cross, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Gillard government. They prefer to sneak into neighbourhoods, keep the blinds down and hide their presence.

    According to a Red Cross spokesman: “To protect the well-being and identity of our clients, Red Cross does not disclose the whereabouts of accommodation provided. We have clients living in private accommodation at various locations around Australia. Our experience has shown us that because of their circumstances, asylum seekers are generally highly motivated to integrate and contribute to Australian communities.”

    The last sentence makes a mockery of the first. If someone is “highly motivated to integrate and contribute to Australian communities” it is reasonable to expect they would do so openly and not by stealth, skulking around a neighbourhood and hiding their identities.

    There is, in some quarters, a great deal of sympathy for genuine refugees who face indisputable risk in their home countries. There is also a great deal of hostility toward those who do not face any authentic threat but opt to pay people smugglers to assist them jump the legitimate migration queue.

    Transparency is only required by these people when it helps them push a political agenda.

  13. Tom

    Despite years of studies showing the impact of global warming on the planet, only 49 per cent of people now consider climate change a very serious issue – far fewer than at the beginning of the worldwide financial crisis in 2009.

    Translation:

    Despite years of studies showing the impact of global warming on the planet, After years of being lied to by a corrupt cabal of political activists with science degrees in an attempt to drum up research funding and new government taxes and taunted with childish scare tactics, only 49 per cent of people now consider climate change a very serious issue – far fewer than at the beginning of the worldwide financial crisis in 2009.

    HT Blair.

  14. dragnet

    Hey fellas (and gals) a short anecdote: yesterday evening I was returning to my office building and saw an elderly gentleman standing in the doorway out of the rain, by himself. As I approached I realised it was John Howard. I shook his hand and said to him “We miss you”. He laughed and said “well thats great, thank you”. And then when I was waiting for the lift in the building I saw another person also shake his hand and have a chat. It says a lot about Australia and more about John Howard that that sort of thing can take place. I mean …substitute Tony Blair in that anecdote …would it work?? nah!

  15. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I mean …substitute Tony Blair in that anecdote …would it work?? nah!

    Try it with Julia Gillard.

  16. Gab

    Amazing. Imagine if Abbott said this:

    We’re becoming too democratic. The miners make the mining policy, the clubs make the pokies policy, a bunch of blackfellas under a humpy with a hunch of goonys [cask wine bladders], they’ll be in charge of indigenous affairs.

    Not that Abbott would say that but how is it the love media and Abo activist groups don’t howl down the one time Labor leader? This is the guy the Labor party put forward as would be Prime Minister to defeat Howard in 2004. Where’s the outrageous outrage lefties? Or do they remain silent because they approve of such a comment by Latham?

  17. jupes

    There is also a great deal of hostility toward those who do not face any authentic threat but opt to pay people smugglers to assist them jump the legitimate migration queue.

    Yes there is. Especially when they pay five times the cost of an airfare for the chance to throw away their passport – that is the only reason they come by boat. Their first act is deception.

    The first policy Morrison should enact as minister is ‘No passport – no asylum. Ever.’

  18. jupes

    For the life of me, I cannot work out the mental gymnastics required for an assessor to deem someone who has thrown their passport away as a genuine refugee.

    Is it idealogical, laziness or gross stupidity?

  19. brc

    I wasn’t really up on what Morrison said. But I watched lateline and it gave the impression that it was now coalition policy for asylum seekers to have to report to police like paedophiles. It looks like he has been severely verbal led.

    On the plus side, the interview with Sarah Hanson hanson made her look silly as snowcone repeatedly asked her who had been vilified and how, and she couldn’t answer. They’re running with the ‘but it’s only one sexual assault’ line, the same way it used to be ‘it’s only one boat that sank’.

  20. brc

    Thats funny. One cat meets John Howard and shakes his hand. Another meets bob brown and considers poking his eyes out. Judge politicians by their legacy.

  21. I certainly hope not. And if that siort of shit is starting to happen, then it is time to give in to the desire to ‘spit on one’s hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats’. And if the islamists and their left-wing lackeys don’t like that, then tough cheddar.

    Mk50 of Brisbane
    28 Feb 13 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you Mk50 and I know I risk sounding like an alarmist nut for howling about this. But it is the truth and so be it.

    The truth is that Jews are reluctant to make allegations of antisemitism. We know what it is and let’s face it, Jews invented the concept of “turning the other cheek” and the only people to live by it.

    But this is more than just about Jews.

    Please go to my blog and listen to what this lady has to say. Not for the sake of Israel and the Jews. If it was only about Israel and the Jews I would have shut up long ago. I find this stuff embarrassing and demeaning but it is about something far far more important than that.

  22. Gab

    This is also funny:

    JULIA Gillard has snubbed Labor’s most popular member, Kevin Rudd, by leaving him off the invitation list to an event in his own electorate.

    Despite being urged by ministers to capitalise on Mr Rudd’s appeal with voters, The Courier-Mail can reveal Ms Gillard did not even notify the former prime minister about her visit to his Griffith electorate on Wednesday.

    The snub comes amid continuing leadership tension in the Labor party, with some Rudd supporters predicting worsening polls could spark a confrontation when parliament resumes in just over a week.

    So much love in the Labor party.

  23. Gab

    Gillard will be doing it tough out in the west, trying to win support back to Labor from angry voters:

    Of the more than 1000 people the Prime Minister will address at Parramatta on Sunday night, 800 are Labor Party members and the remaining 260 registered to attend are Labor supporters.

  24. Tom

    After promising he would act on it this year, Anthony Albanese — with the implicit consent of the Liberals — has ensured the country sits on its hands on one of the most important national infrastructure issues:

    The decision on a second Sydney airport will be shelved until after the September 14 election because both major parties fear alienating voters in western Sydney.

    This is despite growing support among western Sydney business and community groups, councils and some unions for the airport to be built at Badgerys Creek, amid claims it would create up to 40,000 jobs and require the building of roads and rail.

    While the government and the Coalition are believed to privately favour Badgerys Creek, they are reluctant to commit, given the large number of marginal seats in the region, which will become the focus of federal politics next week when Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott visit.

    Meanwhile the unregulated SACL monopoly laughs all the way to the bank – it costs roughly $100m p.a. to run Sydney airport, which turns over $1b. Good luck, JC. It’s a licence to print money.

  25. Gab

    Whatever happened to the Setka v Abbott defamation case?

    After this blow, nothing more has been seen or heard from the union thug man who makes house calls.

  26. Gab

    My goodness but some people are actually quite dumb. On the Sri Lankans asylum seekers in Parramatta being housed 10 to a room and sleeping (allegedly) on the floor:

    Except it’s not Labor’s policy….

    Whach is the Malaysian Solution which HASN”T been implemented..

    The current policy belongs to the Greens and Coalitin…
    Rocky Road (Reply)
    Fri 01 Mar 13 (08:37am)

    It’s a rocky road when you have rocks in your head.

  27. Tom

    From the AFR story, I notice Ed Husic (Chifley, 12.3%), who sounds a lot like a Green, has volunteered himself for the high jump:

    The Labor member for the western Sydney seat of Chifley, Ed Husic, said recently that an airport in the west would exacerbate congestion in the area.

    “I don’t think I’ll be the first person to speak up on this, particularly in this year when both parties need to lay out on the table what their position is in relation to the airport,” he said.

    Mr Husic declined to comment on Thursday.

  28. Econocrat

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    God help us all.

  29. Token

    No matter the issue of the day, the Treasury is involved.

    Well done Econocrat.

    How clear do the autocrats in the bloated bureaucracy have to be before people pay attention?

  30. Econocrat

    By providing advice to the Treasurer and the Australian Government, Treasury’s work impacts directly on the lives of Australians.

    Is that an admission of criminal liability?

  31. .

    Homer Paxton still dodging questions surrounding Skanky Ho.

    http://nottrampis.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/around-traps-22213.html?showComment=1362092751699#c3224115989412974434

    Anonymous28 February 2013 02:57
    Hey Homer, you never explained to the “cattalxy crew” why you seriously thought Skan Ki Ho was a “Chinese warlord’s mistress”, rather than Mark Latham calling Janet Albrechtsen a “dirty street hooker”.

    Seems like you learned your history through the ‘Speed Learning’ brainwashing the ALP stole from the plot of The Prisoner.

    Reply

    Anonymous28 February 2013 03:29
    Hey Homer, Was it his wife or mistress. I forget.

    Reply

    Homer Paxton28 February 2013 13:23
    I did a number of times but unfortunately they were too think to understand

    Reply

    Anonymous28 February 2013 15:05
    “I did a number of times but unfortunately they were too think to understand”

    THEY WERE TOO THINK TO UNDERSTAND

    —————————————————–

    This guy has no shame. He is still sticking to his story.

  32. .

    Let’s see how the old coot goes with this googly:

    http://nottrampis.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/around-traps-1313.html?showComment=1362093023008#c1809018769875422227

    Anonymous 28 February 2013 15:10
    Hey Homer, remember when you made up a bizzare theory that you would only support a change of Government and then the incumbent Government one more time, and not support the 2nd re-election of that Government, on principle?

    Surely then, as a man of principle, you are bound to vote for the Liberal/National coalition under the leadership of Tony Abbot?

  33. The good folk controlling ABCNews24 hate the idea of people making up their own minds about what they just saw in a live media conference; after hearing Tony Abbott, therefore, we needed Melissa Clarke to put things right: she immediately verballed Scott Morrison and Eric Abetz, claimed that Abbott left the media conference because he was avoiding questions, and made insinuations that Arthur Sinodinos was just as dodgy as NSW Labor.
    Yay for our balanced ABC!
    Meanwhile, a Facebook group, “Larry Pickering breeds HATE.Support Julia Gillard”, which claims to oppose bias, bigotry and hate, of course, displays bias, bigotry and hate against Scott Morrison.

  34. Tom

    The Black Jesus tries to put the frighteners on Washpost veteran:

    Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.

    CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.

    “It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, ‘You’re going to regret doing something that you believe in,’” Woodward said.

    Earlier today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran Washington Post journalist and the White House. Woodward said Obama was showing a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.

    HT Bolt

  35. Louis Hissink

    This looks like an interesting lefty web site

    http://www.project-syndicate.org/

    I was drawn to it by a reference to Connie Hedergaard’s latest polemic about the EU central planning and the necessity of being green.

    Originally picked at the Daily Bell here

    These people have not at all given up on their goal of a globally planned economy, vis. Socialism.

    The article in question (see excerpt above) is written by Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, and provides us with a new and disturbing direction for the European Union’s recovery.

    “The article in question (see excerpt above) is written by Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, and provides us with a new and disturbing direction for the European Union’s recovery.

    The article, posted to the elite-leftist Project Syndicate among other places, makes the case for a “green” European recovery – one that is to be managed to meet certain goals, in other words. The thrust of her argument is encompassed in this statement:

    Beyond the global economic crisis, the world is experiencing a social and employment crisis, as well as a climate and resource crisis. And none can be resolved without addressing the others.

    This is a breathtaking announcement of bureaucratic central planning. Europe’s “recovery,” which surely has not even begun to take place, is to be managed comprehensively.

    This is, in fact, what appears to be the second stage of a two-part process to reshape Europe not just into a unitary political union but into a unified society that accepts – however reluctantly – the entirety of a controversial elite sociopolitical and economic paradigm.

    There is no consensus on global warming, environmental solutions (or problems) or alternative energy facilities, but Ms. Hedegaard is indicating in this article that there will be no argument, either. Out of the ashes of an “old Europe,” a new Europe will emerge, one shaped around an elite “green” agenda implemented out of Brussels and designed by Money Power itself. Here’s more from the article:
    – See more at: http://thedailybell.com/28761/USSR-Redux-Top-Eurocrats-Indicate-Europes-Recovery-Will-Be-Centrally-Planned-and-Green#sthash.2WvA35S4.dpuf

    Are these clowns really in charge? Are national elections simply distractions to shut us up?

    Is Abbott (and company) the Manchurian Fabian?

  36. Token

    Homer Paxton still dodging questions surrounding Skanky Ho.

    What are the Chinese characters used for the name of this woman? I’m sure that info is provided in the source he is using.

    I know a number of people who know both simplified and traditional characters that can help translate.

  37. .

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hardy_(Australian_politician)

    Senator Charles Hardy

    “I attack the whole system of government. The country is being butchered by the overfed city; and we of the Riverina must bring such a state of events to an end. The government is rotten; it is led by extremists and we must stand shoulder to shoulder for a decent government.”

    LIBERTY QUOTE LIBERTY QUOTE LIBERY QUOTE

  38. .

    Homer Paxton28 February 2013 15:14
    too thick.

    *People who didn’t know how to use the internet to get definitions used in history.
    *Jason Soon put his foot in his mouth one time by producing a comment I made at the time.

    *I said there were 5 definitions in the Urban dictionary.

    *I also said Latham had no idea of what the term meant. This was confirmed in his diaries as well but of course no-one but no-one would take this as evidence!

  39. .

    http://nottrampis.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/around-traps-22213.html?showComment=1362097258707#c7979350157614564090

    Anonymous 28 February 2013 16:20
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=skanky%20ho

    There are but 3 definitions in the urban dictionary, none of which pertain to a Chinese warlord’s mistress.

    Recant.

  40. Rudiau

    Immigration, where the spending is easy, $8,052,306,504.05 in contracts from AAP to Zetner -

    From AAP to Zetner – everybody wants a piece of the action. It’s a shame our palliative care nurses didn’t put in a self-approving grant proposal. Sorry, there’s no money left for people who already live here.

  41. .

    We have the old coot by the balls.

    Homer Paxton sez:

    I support a change of Government after they have been in for two terms so I will be voting for a change of government in September

  42. Carpe Jugulum

    In Japanese i think it is, dorobou neko どろぼう ねこ.

  43. A sportswoman before a senate committee right now is claiming that, since she’s perfectly happy to waiver various rights, because she’s such a clean athlete, so should everyone else.

  44. .

    Remember what Possum said about the pink batts?

    http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/files/2011/04/firesper10dayperiod.png

    Why don’t we see a similar pattern for new homes or air conditioner installations? Why don’t these have a 0-20 day period where fires spike and later on “safety imrpoves”?

    Poor Homer.

  45. Oops, for “waiver” please read “waive”.

  46. johanna

    One of the many poison pills this bunch of vandals called the federal government is leaving for its successor – capex is in the toilet, and about to be flushed further down the pipes:

    “Try manufacturing expecting to cut capex investment by 16 per cent next financial year after slicing it by 29 per cent this year. Try an already weak construction sector expecting to more than halve this year’s capex – down from $4.2 billion to just $1.9 billion.”

    and

    “The incredible contribution that the construction phase of the resources boom has made to our economic growth is tailing off as it must. (The boom continues, but not in construction growth.)

    Mining capex will be a massive $105.1 billion this financial year, up from a wonderful $82 billion in 2011-12 and $46.8 billion the year before that, but the outlook for 2013-14 is fairly steady with a first guess of $100.2 billion. That’s still very healthy, but the contraction elsewhere is sharp.”

    If it weren’t for mining, our capex would be frighteningly low. So what do the vandals do? Demonise the mining industry, of course, at every opportunity.

    They really are evil.

    The Coalition is going to have its work cut out reviving the economy once the long-term mining investment starts to tail off in a couple of years.

  47. .

    “Try manufacturing expecting to cut capex investment by 16 per cent next financial year after slicing it by 29 per cent this year. Try an already weak construction sector expecting to more than halve this year’s capex – down from $4.2 billion to just $1.9 billion.”

    But…but…”da investmint pipeloine!”

  48. Token

    Hey Truth-told, please turn the caps lock off.

    Not only is are your messages easier to read, changing case when writing helps as it allow you to place emphasis on parts of your message.

  49. .

    Nah, I love it.

    I THINK YOU SHOULD BOLD EVERYTHING TOO

  50. .

    Perhaps this is cruel:

    http://nottrampis.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/around-traps-22213.html?showComment=1362100417897#c7909194194698073492

    There were 5 definitions when I made the comment hence no-one ever questioned that at the time.

    Urban dictionary is not like an ordinary dictionary.
    It merely gives you the current definition.

    you have provided perfect proof of the Catallaxy mind!

    Reply

    Anonymous28 February 2013 17:13
    Err, Hmoer, urban ditinary has as many defenitions as possible so the ycan generate revenue on there merchandice. somone with a MBA should know that! shouldn’t they?

  51. Carpe Jugulum

    THINK YOU SHOULD BOLD EVERYTHING TOO

    AND ADD ITALICS

    it looks funkier that way

  52. .

    But, it isn’t. it is necessary to beat this block headed, ignorant boastful ignoramous down where he belongs.

    http://nottrampis.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/pink-batts.html?showComment=1362100628999#c3325909227903050238

    Anonymous28 February 2013 17:17
    “That is the average number fell like a rock.
    Hence we do know what would have happened to the marginal number.
    It could NOT have risen. It could NOT have even fallen slower.”

    No. You are just reparameterising your assumptions until you get the right conclusion.

    Please retire Homer.

    I’ll recant my rather harsh judgment of you if you explain why it is tolerable to have a 20 day post installation period where pink batts burn down homes…but that doesn’t happen with ordinary home installations.

    As for using jargon you don’t understand, you parroting Quiggin and telling everyone to ignore autocorrelation and cointegration in time series data was a laff riot.

  53. johanna

    The Yarts luvvies at the SMH have been at the magic mushrooms again:

    “Mr Crean’s office has confirmed he will outline the policy, which will define the government’s support for the arts, culture and creativity over the next decade, at the National Press Club in Canberra [on 13 March].”

    In luvvie-land, 6 months = 10 years, apparently. Keep on trucking!

  54. .

    SERIOUSLY, WHEN WILL SENATOR CHARLES HARDY’S QUOTE BE A LIBERTY QUOTE?

    AND I QUOTE:

    “I ATTACK THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. THE COUNTY IS BEING BUTCHERED BY THE OVERFED CITY, WE OF THE RIVERINA MUST BRING SUCH A STATE OF EVENTS TO AN END. THE GOVERNMENT IS ROTTEN; IT IS LED BY EXTREMISTS AND WE MUST STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER FOR A DECENT GOVERNMENT”

    A TIMELY REPLY SINC WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR ALL OF US.

  55. Potemkin’s Village

    FLASHBACK: Finally thinking, outside the box… here

  56. Dan

    So, Senator Larissa Waters, Green QLD,

    Before her election Larissa was an environmental lawyer working in the community sector for eight years advising people how to use the law to protect Queensland’s environment.

    She grew up in Brisbane and lives in Bardon with her young daughter.

    I dunno what the community sector is. Is it like the private sector, but better wages and better attuned to achieving Good Feelings? Anyway, Bardon is a little further up the road and full of well to do people. I guess being an advocate for trees and waterways pays as well as any other lawyer type job.

    Anyway, Ms Waters (no mention of a husband, I guess it’s all part of the new Empowerment of Women thang) has moved into a shiny new office located in Paddington

    As you can see, rent is going for $57,500.00 for the joint upstairs next to her office so I would guess that her rental is going for around about that price.

    She has taken to Facebook to post drivel like this, that is indistinguishable from an ALP platform….

    The Greens care for people, and that is why we stand alongside public servants, and their unions, campaigning for more secure jobs with fair wages and conditions. The Greens care for communities, and that is why we stand up for good quality public services.

    If your sticking up for the environment, Unions and other whacky BS, It becomes a little incongruous that you should situate yourself in a suburb with a median house price of 850k, held federally by a Liberal (Teresa Gambaro) in a recently refurbished office that costs a motza that you and I all pay for.

  57. Tom

    The mendicant state run by Labor and the Greens has the highest unemployment and welfare dependency rates in the country… so it needs a fat new federal grant enabling it to continue to do exactly what it is doing:

    VODAFONE will create 750 new jobs at a Tasmanian call centre in a Federal Government-backed plan to move the telco’s offshore jobs to the Apple Isle.

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard will today announce a $4 million package that will enable the Kingston Vodafone Hutchinson call centre to double the number of permanent employees to 1500.

    It will also create extra jobs for the construction industry as the telecommunication company expands operations at its Huntingfield site.

    The Tasmanian government will provide $850,000 for infrastructure costs and waive payroll tax for new employees, as part of the deal to get Vodafone to move its offshore operations to the state.

    In other words, Tasmania is now using subsidies in an attempt compete with call centre wages in the Philippines and India. FMD.

    HT Bolt.

  58. Dan

    $5333 subsidy per employee. They are basically paying for their income tax.

  59. Chris

    $5333 subsidy per employee. They are basically paying for their income tax.

    yea not good, but a bargain compared to the car industry subsidies!

  60. Dan

    Ok, so upstairs is 179 square meters, with 115 sq M still for lease, so that puts Ms Waters office at 64 squares. At $500 per square meter for the other floor space, we are paying around $30k for this senators office per year.

    Although that estimate seems a bit on the cheap side compared to this place which is 13 squares.

  61. C.L.

    LOL.

    By all means celebrate sodomy while semi-naked but…

    But Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch has warned that the parade area is an alcohol-free zone.

    He says police will be targeting people who engage in anti-social behaviour.

    Police ready for Sydney Mardis Gras parade.

  62. Token

    Chris Kenny rips into Sarah “Tragedies Happen” Heartless-Hypocrit:

    Few things make my blood boil more than the self-righteous moral posturing of the left on border protection. At every opportunity, they denounce anyone voicing concerns about the management of this issue as “racists” and “dog-whistlers”. On the ABC last night Greens senator, Sarah Hanson-Young said; “This is about whipping up fear based on racism. That’s what this is. It is racism at play.”

    Her attack is blatant politicking, it is abusive, it is an attempt to claim moral superiority, it is divisive, and it is an effort to disguise her own complete failure to deal with this difficult issue in a practical and sensible way.

    Let’s get a few things straight. The problem of unauthorised boat arrivals by asylum-seekers was solved through the tough measures of the Howard government. By stopping the arrival of boats, that government prevented people risking their lives on perilous journeys, relieved transit countries like Indonesia of an unwanted problem, maintained the integrity of our immigration system, put the people-smugglers out of business, prevented the self-selection of our humanitarian immigration intake, and therefore opened up those humanitarian places to those people selected by the government and the UNHCR, chosen primarily on the basis of need.

    The outcome was entirely for the good, and it meant Australia took not one less refugee – just that they came here in an orderly fashion.

    Thanks to the incoming Labor government and the posturing and protests of people like Senator Hanson-Young and other activists, these measures were abandoned. Effectively, our border protection regime was softened and the green light given for people-smugglers to start plying their exploitative trade again.

    Even thought there are over 1,100 people dead, Ms “Tragedies Happen” is not sorry and refusese to change.

  63. Token

    Further:

    Since then we have seen tens of thousands of unauthorised arrivals, hundreds of deaths at sea, detention centres constructed and filled in every state, and the integrity of our immigration system undermined. The problem has become so dire that the government has given up on its own preferred detention policy and, instead, is releasing asylum-seekers into the community before their status has been resolved.

    These asylum-seekers, whose identity, security and refugee status checks have not been finalised, are being housed in a variety of accommodation, some of it well below standard. But remember, under the government’s own policy prescription, this is not the ideal outcome. They would prefer to keep asylum-seekers in detention until their claims are completed – they are releasing them into the community only because they have become overwhelmed by the numbers.

    So when an asylum-seeker is accused of a crime, and communities realise people whose status remains unresolved are living in their area, it is understandable there will be concerns. This is not racist, it is not xenophobic and it is not to vilify asylum seekers. It is an understandable concern and interest – and something they might have a right to know about in certain circumstances. In such situations the authorities need to be fully aware of the sensitivities and liaise with the communities, including local authorities like police and councils. This is common sense.

    If your daughter was staying at the university dormitory where a group of asylum-seekers had been accommodated, you too would want to know. You might also want to be told if a team of tradespeople or a visiting delegation had been moved into the university dorms.

  64. Rabz

    Let’s get a few things straight. The problem of unauthorised boat arrivals by asylum-seekers was solved through the tough measures of the Howard government. By stopping the arrival of boats, that government prevented people risking their lives on perilous journeys, relieved transit countries like Indonesia of an unwanted problem, maintained the integrity of our immigration system, put the people-smugglers out of business, prevented the self-selection of our humanitarian immigration intake, and therefore opened up those humanitarian places to those people selected by the government and the UNHCR, chosen primarily on the basis of need.

    Fantastic summation.

  65. C.L.

    Why was this man ever released from jail?

    Answer: luvvie lefties and Labor lawyers.

  66. Dan

    …By stopping the arrival of boats, that government prevented people risking their lives on perilous journeys…

    Not to mention the amount the government saved in not having to pay welfare. Which is the most ridiculous part of the ALP policy. By all means come on in, shit brother, you don’t even have to work for two years. Buy yourself a recliner, 54” flat tele, foxtel subscription and relax watching the endless summer of our cricketers in 1080 HD

  67. Steve D

    Chris 1 Mar 13 at 1:31 pm

    $5333 subsidy per employee. They are basically paying for their income tax.

    yea not good, but a bargain compared to the car industry subsidies!

    The car industry has the excuse of retaining certain skillsets and capabilities within our country.

    I suppose that in the unlikely event of a national emergency we shall at least be able to still operate a call centre.

  68. Steve D

    Ray Hadley response to Sarah Hyphen-Hyphen’s accusations.

    Audio.

  69. Dan

    Certain skill sets? There are plenty of other machinists out there who can programme the CNC to make parts who are not getting subsidised.

  70. Token

    Senator “Tragedies Happen” Heartless-Hypocrit is going learn some lessons as Hadley is methodological, does not give up or back down.

    Now it is personal, Hadley will attack this and all future childish stunts Senator Heartless-Hypocrit pulls to get attention in her dog-fight with Xenaphon for the last SA Senate seat.

  71. brc

    The car industry has the excuse of retaining certain skillsets and capabilities within our country.

    That is a very, very poor reason for fleecing the Australian public of several billion per year in overpriced cars and associated subsidies.

  72. Steve D

    Perhaps, but better than call centres, surely?

  73. brc

    If your daughter was staying at the university dormitory where a group of asylum-seekers had been accommodated, you too would want to know.

    This has been my point since this thing broke. It’s not OK to put people up at a university where young women are staying, and doubly so when they are young men from countries who have been brought in societies which treat women far differently to our own.

    Essentially, Sarah Hopeless Hopeless is saying she wouldn’t mind being felt up in her sleep by a 20 something brought up under sharia law because it would be a cultural experience, and resisting it would be racist.

    Yes, I know, it’s an absurd argument I’ve made but this thing makes me hopping mad. And I suspect I’m not the only one.

  74. Potemkin’s Village

    Huggies to the rescue… here

  75. Potemkin’s Village

    Huggies to the rescue… here

  76. brc

    Perhaps, but better than call centres, surely?

    No. Option C. Neither.

    The Tasmanians are perfectly able of working out to build profitable businesses. The first 200 years of settlement on that island did not require subsidies to get businesses going. It’s just that they tend to elect people who tell them that they can’t.

    Subsidising one business over another is setting them both up to fail.

  77. C.L.

    Yes, I know, it’s an absurd argument I’ve made…

    It’s not absurd at all.

    That’s exactly what this putrid woman believes.

  78. Entropy

    dan,

    So, Senator Larissa Waters, Green QLD,

    Before her election Larissa was an environmental lawyer working in the community sector for eight years advising people how to use the law to protect Queensland’s environment.

    She grew up in Brisbane and lives in Bardon with her young daughter.

    I dunno what the community sector is. Is it like the private sector, but better wages and better attuned to achieving Good Feelings? Anyway, Bardon is a little further up the road and full of well to do people. I guess being an advocate for trees and waterways pays as well as any other lawyer type job.

    Anyway, Ms Waters (no mention of a husband, I guess it’s all part of the new Empowerment of Women thang) has moved into a shiny new office located in Paddington

    There isn’t a husband except maybe a pirouette as Larissa, a fine looking woman, plays for the same team. But yes, classic inner city luvvie.
    As for Gambero’s seat, it might be one the ALP thinks is a seat that should belong to them and they might campaign hard for it.

  79. Eddystone

    From Victor Davis Hanson, “Why do Civilisations give up?”

    The gradual decline of a society is often a self-induced process of trying to meet ever-expanding appetites, rather than a physical inability to produce past levels of food and fuel, or to maintain adequate defense. Americans have never had safer workplaces or more sophisticated medical care — and never have so many been on disability.

  80. FM

    Another ALP cluster****:

    The Royal Australian Navy Test Evaluation and Acceptance Authority (RANTEAA) highlighted in its advice to Chief of Navy that the final results from the 11 OT&E firings were:

    – the shipborne surface lightweight torpedo system (which primarily incorporates the combat system and torpedo tubes) had a 91 per cent success rate in launching the MU90 torpedo;
    – the MU90 torpedo had an 80 per cent success rate of operating correctly once launched; and
    – the MU90 torpedo had an 88 per cent success rate at engaging the target when launched and operating correctly …/…

    the overall MU90 lightweight torpedo system (both the MU90 torpedo and the shipborne surface lightweight torpedo system) had a 64 per cent probability of success. (end of edited excerpt)

    Click here for the audit summary (HTML format), or

    http://www.anao.gov.au/Publications/…/Audit-summary

    Click here for the full report (140 PDF pages) on the ANAO website.

    http://www.anao.gov.au/~/media/Files…%20No%2026.pdf

    That is, 1 in 10 won’t make it into the freaking water and 1 in 5 won’t work even if they do!

  81. Token

    It’s not OK to put people up at a university where young women are staying, and doubly so when they are young men from countries who have been brought in societies which treat women far differently to our own.

    Listen the recording from 2GB from Ray Hadley.

    At 12m 40sec he replays a quote from one of the girls who notes before the incident where she and an Indian friend walked past the men and the men made a comment about their breasts. The Indian friend understood them.

    This was a tinderbox waiting to go off.

    What needs to be examined further is the way that the campus security did not contact police after each incident and why the parents (WHO ARE PAYING BOARD FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO STAY AT THE COLLEGE) were not notified.

  82. Gab

    Good Lord! Chris Kenny, stand up and take a bow. Well said that man.

  83. Potemkin’s Village

    John Setka, oh poor wee lamb… here

  84. Gab

    Hey, Grigory. John Setka called and said:

    “I’ll get you. I know where you live.”

  85. twostix

    Loguancio has a long criminal history, including six counts of rape, five of intentionally causing injury, four of making threats to kill and 12 of common assault.

    He reportedly broke his own fingers on a desk in an interview room to avoid finger printing.

    Loguancio was convicted 35 times and appeared before court 12 times between 1991 and his arrest for the rape offences in April 1997. He was then charged with 32 offences relating to those matters that dated back to September 1995.

    He was found guilty of five counts of intentionally causing injury, four counts of threatening to kill, 12 counts of common assault, two counts of reckless conduct endangering life, six counts of rape and one count of reckless conduct endangering a person. At the time he was sentenced he was already serving a prison term.

    Police alleged that Loguancio’s victim was raped and beaten daily for eight months between August 1996 and his arrest.

    Some acts were so vile that they have never been reported publicly.

    And so “vile” where they that he had to be locked away from a massive…12 years.

    Elected judges now.

  86. Token

    From Victor Davis Hanson, “Why do Civilisations give up?”

    The socialist menace wouldn’t have even got off the ground if VDH was arround in the 40′s and 50′s.

  87. Dan

    Sure entropy, she is easy on the eye, but the ugliest part of the body is the mind, which would make The Congress of Fluid with Ms Waters impossible. Really, if she set up an office at West End she would be in the thick of like minded drop outs and spending her our money more wisely.

    I think Gambaro is on a 5% margin, so it’s a safe Liberal seat as such. Personally, I can’t see the Greens making any sort of headway into this electorate but you never know just how dumb your neighbor is.

  88. brc

    Waters is a Senator. She got elected in 2010, so she’s safe for now unless a DD rears its head.

    In 2016 all bets are off, however. By then I expect the Greens to be down to about 5 senators, no MPs and a handful of bag-lady-crazy councillors here and there.

  89. Dan

    Shit I hope so. Which is why it is strange for the ALP to cede ground to them for second preferences. It would absolutely be in their interests to have optional preferential voting.

  90. John H.

    Incredible!

    A third line of evidence, the “four kingdom” results, concerns bacteria, fruit flies, arabidopsis, and yeast. In all four cases scientists have made very successful Boolean models that capture the effects of many normal and mutant genes. Analysis of these models shows that all are critical. . This results is highly unexpected because critical networks are very rare. A selection pressure that causes such vastly different organisms all to be critical(remember, criticality represents an extremely tiny fraction of the entire state space) must be very powerful.

    Reinventing the Sacred, Kaufmann.

  91. Token

    Credit where it is due. A good article by Mumbles:

    Journalists have space to fill, stories to break, and political players lend a hand—with information they’d like to see in the public arena. Once that relationship develops it can be difficult for the journo to say or write unkind things about that information-supplier.

    It’s just over a year since Julia Gillard called, and then easily won, a leadership spill. That event was followed by this column by ABC journalist Barrie Cassidy in the ABC’s The Drum.

    It is reasonable to say that when it comes to the Labor leadership Cassidy is pro-Gillard and anti-Kevin Rudd. Possibly mostly the latter.

    Cassidy’s March 2012 missive was aimed at journalists who involve themselves in the political game. His sights were particularly set on the Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Hartcher, who is to Rudd what Cassidy is to Gillard—that is extremely pro.

    Anyone who follows politics closely is aware of journalist-politician alliances. Back in the 1980s you could pick the pro-Bob Hawke and pro-Paul Keating writers and during the Howard government there were pro-John Howard and pro-Peter Costello ones.

  92. The first 200 years of settlement on that island did not require subsidies to get businesses going.

    Some towns during early settlement depended to a large degree on direct and indirect subsidies. Writers in the 1840s and 1850s reported Tasmanian towns which, though flourishing in former times, began dying immediately once the military moved away.

  93. Splatacrobat

    Shy won’t get in Sept. She only just scrapped over the line last time with Labor preferences. I would think Xenophon’s Malaysia stunt out stunts Mad eye’s waaaacist barking by a long chalk. Any stray Labor voters or half witted swinging voters will kill off any chance she had of darkening the hallowed Senate chamber again.

  94. Gab

    Mick from Gold Coast.

    Where are you?

  95. brc

    Some towns during early settlement depended to a large degree on direct and indirect subsidies. Writers in the 1840s and 1850s reported Tasmanian towns which, though flourishing in former times, began dying immediately once the military moved away.

    Which actually proves my point. Once the market was gone, the people packed up and went onto something else productive.

    The point is, today, they would be given a ‘post military co-investment stimulus package’ and be paid to sit there and pretend they still had a military to service.

    I don’t count Military (or construction, or something else) as subsidisation because the primary purpose is the intended one – building a road, housing army, providing a naval base – whatever.

    Subsidisation is paying someone to stay in business even though that business has gone away for whatever reason.

  96. Fisky

    Anonymous 28 February 2013 15:10
    Hey Homer, remember when you made up a bizzare theory that you would only support a change of Government and then the incumbent Government one more time, and not support the 2nd re-election of that Government, on principle?

    Surely then, as a man of principle, you are bound to vote for the Liberal/National coalition under the leadership of Tony Abbot?

    Well bowled, dotty. Homer! Hurry up and tell us who you’re voting for! It’s Abbott, right?

  97. Eddystone

    North Korean style propaganda comes to a primary school in Huston!

    Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked so Barack could run. Barack ran, he ran and he won so all our children could fly.

  98. Tracey

    Gab, I think I saw a post from Mick Gold Coast last weekend saying he would be away for a week.

  99. twostix

    The first 200 years of settlement on that island did not require subsidies to get businesses going.

    The massive amount of free convict labour for half a century wasn’t a subsidy?

  100. Gab

    Oh okay. Thanks, Tracey.

    ———————————————–

    Wow. Solar power is now able to replace coal=powered electricity.

    It is also worth pointing out that everyone from David Roberts at Grist to Sean Pool with Science Progress has pointed out that the news may be too good to be true (that said, V3Solar did have their claims validated by an external third party). But what strikes me as the biggest news is the low-tech approach V3Solar took to a series of high-tech problems.

    One of the bigger issues with today’s solar panels is that they’re flat, thus miss more light than they capture. Without expensive and difficult-to-maintain tracking systems, there is no way for flat panels to continuously face the sun. The result is a considerable waste of potential power.

    Equally vexing, if you use a lens to concentrate energy on a solar panel this significantly raises the amount of energy produced (a very good thing), but this also raises the temperature considerably (a bad thing). Finding ways to dispel this immense heat requires expensive cooling systems and more expensive heat-resistant solar materials.

    V3Solar solves both problems at once with their “Spin Cell.” This conical-shaped solar collector (see photo) uses traditional (cheap) solar panels to capture light from any angle, following the sun across the sky by din of its shape alone. Or, at Grist explained: “It’s built-in tracking.”

    Even better, instead of expensive cooling systems and specialized materials, the cone simply spins. This generates a breeze which lowers temperatures passively which means built-in cooling as well.

    The company put a really cool video up demonstrating how it works. Check it out here.

    Any thoughts from you naysayers?

  101. Gab

    Oooh. I hope he does, Grigory!

  102. Dan

    Grigory, I hear steady eddy is performing humor transfers, give him a call.

  103. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I will be soon be on a tropical atoll for a week’s break with Da Hairy Irish Ape, comfortably shorn by me for the duration (oops – he might think ‘too much information dere, Lizzie’). We leave not this coming Saturday, but the next.

    Not everyone on the Cat, of course, will remember this, or care.

    I will be busy next week too when he gets back from his gruelling week in China as I have some girlfriends staying over. HIA will probably make himself very scarce and hide out at work a lot.

    I will t’row myself back into it, is his firmly declared intent.

    His work is full of women too, but they don’t sit around giggling at him all day.
    So he tells me. But his PA sometimes giggles discretely with me about him.

    ps. I too miss Mick a lot and hope he is having a good break. From what he tells us, I think Mick’s daughter and his wife have a bit of a giggle about him too.

    With some examples of the male of the species, ya just can’t help it. :)

  104. H B Bear

    Vodafail and Tasmania are a natural fit. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Fairfax head office there shortly.

  105. Dan

    Bloke from ACC at senate estimates sea the Threat of organised crime infiltrating sport is real.

    The threat.

    It hasn’t happened.

    What a fucking waste of time.

  106. jupes

    What a fucking waste of time …

    And money.

    When is the AFL going to sack Demitriou for bringing the game into disrepute?

  107. Dan

    I hear Demetriou will step down when he gives up the smokes…

  108. H B Bear

    Demitriou is the 2nd most useless person elevated to a leadership position recently.

  109. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Dear God is there no depth of murderous incompetence the Lying Slapper’s blithering cretins will not hunt down and perform?

    STOP PRESS! Pickering Post has learnt today from a reliable informant at the reopened Curtin Detention Centre in WA that the centre is being “cleaned out”.

    Illegal immigrants who display traits of violence are regularly sent to Curtin Detention Centre.

    This week there has been movement at the centre.

    Charter jets are coming and going at all hours of the night and locals suspect these people are being distributed around Australia on bridging visas.

    These detainees, males between 25 and 45, have proved to be violent. Four murders committed at the centre have so far gone unreported.

    One informant who works closely with the centre said he was told (tipped off) that a certain detainee was to be murdered. Two days later that same detainee had his throat slashed.

    “It appears that these blokes have had some sort of military training. You can tell by the precision (with which) they carry out the hits” the informant said.

    “It is shocking what is going on here and authorities have been told not to pursue this stuff.”

    Well Julia, you have certainly done another fine job with this one.

  110. JamesK

    NYT: U.S. Asks That Justices Reject California Gay Marriage Ban

    The Obama administration threw its support behind a broad claim for marriage equality on Thursday, and urged the Supreme Court to rule that voters in California were not entitled to ban same-sex marriage there.

    In a forceful argument, the administration claimed that denying gay couples the right to marry violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause. It said that Proposition 8, the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, should be subjected to “heightened scrutiny” — a tough test for any law — and stated flatly that “Proposition 8 fails heightened scrutiny.”

    That argument is similar to the one made in the administration’s brief in a second case before the Supreme Court concerning the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which the administration has also asked the court to declare unconstitutional.

  111. Dan

    W.T.F….

    But senator hyphen snake eyes says refugees are top notch people.

  112. JamesK

    Jerusalem Post: PM slams Erdogan’s denunciation of Zionism

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has held his tongue for months in the face of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s serial remarks against Israel, jabbed back Thursday, labeling Erdogan’s characterization of Zionism as a crime against humanity “sinister and mendacious.”

    Breaking with its practice of not responding to such tongue-lashings in the hope of not exacerbating its shaky ties with Ankara, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying Netanyahu strongly condemned Erdogan’s comments and “comparison of Zionism and fascism.”

    Speaking Wednesday before a Vienna forum of the Alliance of Civilizations – a UN framework for West-Islam dialogue – the Turkish prime minister said, “It is necessary that we must consider – just like Zionism, or anti-Semitism, or fascism – Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.”

  113. JamesK

    Transgender Girl’s Parents Lobby for Her Right to Use the Bathroom

    The parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl who has been banned from using the girls’ bathroom at her Fountain, Colorado public school have filed a formal discrimination complaint with the aid of a lawyer—and are using the opportunity to speak out publicly in support of their child.

    “The more you talk about something, the more awareness and acceptance there is,” Kathryn Mathis, mother of first grader Coy, who was born a boy, told Yahoo! Shine. “We’re really just trying to make it known what the school has done and make them accountable.”

    The family has filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. It will be investigated, and if either party is unhappy with the outcome, the next step would be a lawsuit.

  114. Jc

    Any thoughts from you naysayers?

    I think it’s bullshit, Gab.

    Here’s the deal, we’re from Missouri, as Americans say, which means I believe it when I see it.

    Solar heat is very diffuse and you just can’t heat the panel enough.

  115. JamesK

    NYT Editorial: The White House Joins the Fight

    President Obama made good on the promise of his second Inaugural Address on Thursday by joining the fight to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Having declared that marriage equality is part of the road “through Seneca Fall and Selma and Stonewall,” we can’t imagine how he could have sat this one out……

    The government made mincemeat of the argument that same-sex couples threaten “traditional” marriage……

    The legal analysis advanced by the Obama administration leads inexorably to the conclusion that all attempts to ban same-sex marriage are inherently unconstitutional. But the administration stopped short of declaring that truth, recognized earlier this week even by the Republicans’ brief. In fact, the administration said the court need not consider the constitutionality of marriage bans beyond the context of this particular scheme.

    We don’t know why the administration did not take that step. Perhaps it was to allow Mr. Obama to go on asserting that the issue of same-sex marriage should generally be left up to the states. We hope the justices recognize the broader truth that the Constitution does not tolerate denying gay people the right to wed in any state.

  116. jupes

    Listened to Phil Kafcaloudes on Radio Australia this morning for an insight into the lefty mind. Or what’s left of it. I know, I know, happy to take the hit so no one else has to.

    Anyhoo the topic was the PNG Law Reform Commission challenge to polygamy in the PNG High Court. Phil interviewed the PNG reporter who told him that polygamy was a traditional practice in the highlands of PNG, and that it led to violence against women and children. Phil seemed genuinely surprised about the polygamy, and his ignorance about PNG traditional customs was confirmed when someone tweeted later that the practice was common throughout PNG, not just the highlands and he was surprised again.

    Despite his ignorance about PNG customs in relations to polygamy, Phil showed he was an expert in PNG customs in relation to violence. I know this because at the end of the interview he made the statement that, while polygamy is a traditional custom in PNG, domestic violence is not and has only started recently. Seriously, he said that.

    Do you think he actually believes that or he is deliberately perpetuating the myth that tribal societies were perfect until they were destroyed by evil whitey? Or to put it another way, is he incredibly stupid or deliberately lying?

    I’ve listened to Phil a fair bit and I’m not sure.

  117. dover_beach

    What a silly editorial.

  118. Gab

    These detainees, males between 25 and 45, have proved to be violent. Four murders committed at the centre have so far gone unreported.

    Look at these poor asylum seekers. How could anyone accuse them of being violent?

  119. johanna

    Gab, “breakthroughs” in solar power generation have been announced with monotonous regularity for decades. None of them has ever come to anything, for two reasons.

    One is that there is a physical limit to how much solar energy can be captured in a given area, and it is simply not enough to generate useful amounts of baseload power without covering vast tracts of land with panels. The other is that until excess power can be safely and economically stored, intermittency makes it a boutique product.

    The first problem is down to the laws of physics, and the second is unresolved despite billions of dollars worth of research over decades.

    Never mind the smoke and mirrors – until they can tell us how much it will cost (real costs, not subsidised ones) per unit of power generated, and how it will store excess energy, it’s all bullshit.

  120. jupes

    Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.

    So being scared of Muslims is a crime against humanity now?

    Just when you thought we had reached peak stupid.

  121. Gab

    oops.

    These detainees, males between 25 and 45, have proved to be violent. Four murders committed at the centre have so far gone unreported.

    Look at these poor asylum seekers. How could anyone accuse them of being violent?

  122. Gab

    But Johanna, they say they can capture 20x more sunlight on their revolving cone! That’s got to be a breakthrough surely? Oh wait, I get it, there’s no point capturing all that energy when you can’t store it for when the sun don’t shine.

  123. It is necessary that we must consider […] Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.

    Islamophobia, if it mean anything, must be an irrational morbid dread of Islam, surely. How can any psychological impairment be criminal? Should we arrest arachnophobes next for crimes against araneae?
    How might we spot these people? “Look, over there, on that high viewing-platform, that man is shaking uncontrollably, weeping, sweating profusely, and trying to keep as close to the wall as possible! Arrest the acrophobic bastard!”
    Might not Islamophobia, however, really describe a quite rational dread of being decapitated by Muslim psychopaths?

  124. blogstrop

    Netanyahu strongly condemned Erdogan’s comments and “comparison of Zionism and fascism.”

    Indeed. The creeping totalitarianism of Erdogan’s “moderate” islamic government is evident in their gradual reversal of everything that Attaturk did to free that country of the theocratic stranglehold. The emasculation of the military was necessary in order to open up the avenues for future, more obvious recidivisms.
    The left never sleeps, and neither does militant Islam. They have that much in common. The sharing of other common goals like wearing down the west with a combination of (i) the long march, (ii) political correctness, and (ii) denigration of Christianity, wil end in tears when the liberal left find themselves being done away with – convert or die. In the case of the (currently trendy here) politically active and downright proselytising homosexuals, it will be die or die.
    They should support our more tolerant culture while they still have choices, instead of pushing the envelope to breaking point.

  125. jumpnmcar

    Just looked up an old dead blog I used to visit ( an spent days in moderation at ) and it said this;

    Watch this space
    …for the imminent return of Larvatus Prodeo for Election2013

    Oh yes please!!

  126. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Jim Rose:

    down the steps he goes for at least 20 years. people can no longer claim he is innocent.

    A young male in a federal slammer.

    Not good.

    A young male in a federal slammer.

    Very not good, fresh meat for the hard men and lifers.

    A young male effeminate homo in a federal slammer.

    It can’t get any worse.

    A young male effeminate homo in a federal slammer for treason.

    It just got so much worse there are no words. Traitors are the only thing in the US system lower than rockspiders.

    The renowned traitor John Walker used to clam up after a year or so of interrogation, abrogating his agreement. So they’d put him into genpop.

    Several hours of merciless beatings and pack rape later, he’d agree to co-operate again.

  127. Cold-Hands

    Just a heads up for the Blogroll: Chris Kenny has moved.

  128. brc

    Dutch guy I know just posted this on twitter:

    http://twitpic.com/c7oko1

    I can’t translate, but something to do with Wilders and Al Qaeda.

  129. Dan

    Holy be jeebuzz, anybody up Brisbane way should go to jazzcat.com.au for a meal and get the acid jazz chicken. Really nice, and their gyoza entree is top notch also.

  130. brc

    One is that there is a physical limit to how much solar energy can be captured in a given area, and it is simply not enough to generate useful amounts of baseload power without covering vast tracts of land with panels

    People just fail to get this one.

    Even if the solar panels were free, they still wouldn’t pay, because it’s a very low yielding high cost use of land.

  131. Rabz

    I can’t translate, but something to do with Wilders and Al Qaeda.

    Al Qaeda has “hit list” published: Geert Wilders is number 4

  132. blogstrop

    From Media Watch Dog:

    I see that John Buggy from an organisation called Australian Reforming Catholics got a run on News Breakfast this morning.

    John Buggy? Orson’s brother?

  133. blogstrop

    Also quoted in MWD, from a book by David Marr, this in reference to university clubs sponsored by the National Civic Council, B.A. Santamaria’s group:

    The Democratic Clubs were small and their membership carefully controlled. The correct line was strictly enforced.

    “The correct line was strictly enforced.”

    Where else would that happen? Unions? ALP?

  134. Rabz

    Here’s that al qaeda ‘death list’ Top Ten:

    1. Carsten Juste
    2. Terry Jones
    3. Kurt Westergaard
    4. Geert Wilders
    5. Lars Vilks
    6. Stephane Charbonne
    7. Fleming Rose
    8. Morris Sadek
    9. salman rushdie
    10. Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  135. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Subtle little smack in the head to Conroy buried in one of Bolta’s updates,

    I know who you’ve called, Steve. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    RTWT
    Just wish that Bolt wasn’t so cryptic and would tell us who Conroy called.

  136. Gab

    Oh, so Conroy rang someone to intimidate them into silence? News at 11.

  137. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Bolt shouldn’t be so timid, he should be on his soapbox telling the world in his loudest voice what this fascist cnut is up to.
    Don’t hide it at the bottom of a blog post late on a Friday night.

  138. Tom

    Hey, Puppy Boy! Are you ready for the piranha invasion?

  139. Splatacrobat

    Salman Rushdie dropped down on Al Qaeda’s hit parade after he wrote “Buddha you fat bastard”. He is now number one with a bullet in Tibet.

  140. C.L.

    Al Qaeda has “hit list” published: Geert Wilders is number 4

    Is Justin Beiber mentioned?

  141. Pedro the Ignorant

    Well Bradley Manning (the Wikileaks hero) can confidently expect to spend the next 20 years or so dodging his daily beating from the hardened crims in a Federal prison.

    As Mk 50 has said, there is no lower former of life in the prison hierarchy than a traitor.

    I remain astonished that such a low ranking, high risk “soldier” was allowed access to such classified material, much less be able to steal a huge quantity.

    I trust that many heads are rolling in the dust over this despicable mongrel’s action.

  142. Splatacrobat

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard will today announce a $4 million package that will enable the Kingston Vodafone Hutchinson call centre to double the number of permanent employees to 1500.

    Will this be another Kodak moment?

  143. Gab

    Poor suckers, they’re never gonna see that money. gillard’s like that bloke that promises everything just to bed the girl.

  144. Splatacrobat

    Well Bradley Manning (the Wikileaks hero) can confidently expect to spend the next 20 years or so dodging his daily beating from the hardened crims in a Federal prison.

    To narcissus Assange this is just collateral damage in the fight against evil. He should offer to swap places with Manning.

  145. jumpnmcar

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/03/why-gun-control-is-gay-and-wont-succeed/#more-84118 a 3D printed AR-15 capable of 600 rounds?
    Maybe Obama needs look at ammo control, the type of weapon is not in his control.

  146. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Hey, we are still alive here on OT. Supposed to be warehoused by now.

  147. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    It’s too spooky. I am going to bed with hot milk and honey.

  148. Rabz

    Hey, we are still alive here on OT. Supposed to be warehoused by now.

    11:30 AEDT, Lizzie! We have another hour of grace – no Midnight toon tonight though.

  149. Tom

    Not warehoused, Elizabeth. Sucked into the vortex of outer space!!!

  150. Splatacrobat

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard will today announce a $4 million package that will enable the Kingston Vodafone Hutchinson call centre to double the number of permanent employees to 1500.

    Breaking news: Vodaphone announce that due to the shortage of trained call center operators available in Tasmania they intend to apply for 1500 457 visas for qualified Indian personnel already familiar with Vodaphone operations.

    News at 11.00

  151. Rabz

    11:30 AEDT, Lizzie!

    Wrong. Thought J mentioned 8:30, rather than 7:30.

    Although at this rate it will be 8:30/11:30…

  152. Tom

    I’m coming ’round to your taste in noise, Rabbiester!

  153. twostix

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard will today announce a $4 million package that will enable the Kingston Vodafone Hutchinson call centre to double the number of permanent employees to 1500.

    Vodafail are an absolute goddamned laughing stock. Who doesn’t know somebody who has dropped them because their service went to absolute shit?

    “Vodafone has already lost around a million customers since 2010.”

    Now the redheaded clown is giving the laughing stock of Australian telecommunications $4 million dollars of tax payer money which they’ll probably lose in a class action lawsuit for their breathtaking decline in service.

    Is Julia Gillard simply the shittest fucking decision maker in the entire history of the entire world?

  154. Pedro the Ignorant

    Is Julia Gillard simply the shittest fucking decision maker in the entire history of the entire world?

    -Twostix.

    Yep. Makes Gough and Jim Cairns look like mental giants and fiscal conservatives.

    We will dine out on this stuttering clusterfuck of a Government for many, many years.

    “Do you remember when she pissed away X millions on . . . .(insert favourite disaster decision here)”. :-) :-)

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