Wednesday Forum: October 8, 2014

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  1. Roger

    Armadillo at 6:50PM: Mrs A as a kid used to spend a lot of time in airports. To “kill time”, her father would play the following game. He would tell her to “look around” for a couple of minutes, and then he would ask her to “close her eyes”. Then the questions would start.

    Was Mrs Armadillo’s father an intelligence officer, by any chance?

  2. Was Mrs Armadillo’s father an intelligence officer, by any chance?

    I was thinking something like that… Sure I’ve seen this game in an action movie. LOL

  3. Bourne Identity?

    Don’t think so… I’m sure I’ve seen the game played with an actual kid in a movie.

  4. calli

    This was the sequence I was thinking of, Fleeced.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Religion of peace news:

    Jerusalem man stabbed to death possibly over issue of selling homes to Jews

    Fadi Maragha, a local Fatah representative, said he felt that the broker who sold homes to Jews should die. In the past, Palestinians found to have sold their homes to Jewish organizations have been killed.

    Sell your house to a Jew and you get offed by your ex-neighbours. Charming.

    Report: Hezbollah attack on Har Dov ordered by Iran following explosion at nuclear facility

    Ah, so the enormous explosion at Iran’s we-are-not-making-nukes facility a few days ago was due to Mossad? Ouch. Iran obviously thinks so even if Obama is of opinion that Iran just wants to be peaceful and sell dates, camels and oil to kaffirs.

    Kowabunga! Chosen People also ride waves

    You probably don’t think of surfing as a Jewish sport, but Members of the Tribe have been involved in winning the world championship, designing the boards, and of course writing about it’

    Okaaay. Ah, so The Chosen People, The Members of The Tribe (Judah I guess) wish to dominate the world in surfing? Wince. Jewish guy’s: WTF? You are on the shit list of most of the world and you write stuff like this…? With this sort of language? Death wish cubed.

  6. Oh come on

    The WA government is not arguing that the state should not be a net contributor to the federation but merely that it has gone too far.

    sdfc: true. Also, as I mentioned above, I’ve heard claims that WA was (or is still) a net receiver of federal largesse. However, no one has been able to furnish data which illustrates the claim.

  7. jupes

    From Bruce’s link:

    It noted that a whole series of structures that look like bunkers disappeared after the blast, and that testing units were wiped “off the face of the Earth.”

    Israel. Mossad. Respect.

  8. sdfc

    OCO

    I think WA probably has been a net receiver over most of the past 80 years, but no state in the history of the commonwealth has been penalised anywhere near to this extent.

  9. Rudiau

    Little girl walks into a pet store.
    Little girl: I wanna widdle wabbit.
    Pet store salesman on one knee so as to talk at her height : Would you like a white rabbit or a pink rabbit.
    Little girl : I don fink my pyfon would give a fuck!

  10. Armadillo

    Was Mrs Armadillo’s father an intelligence officer, by any chance?

    If he was, he was bloody good at it. He never said much at all until he got a brain tumor, and then it was only cryptic. He’s been dead 20 odd years, so I guess it’s OK to speculate. He was an only child, as is Mrs A. She was born in 1966, so the “era” is well before the “Bourne Identity”. She was born in Iran, where he was working as a pilot. He was born in China. His father in New Zealand and his mother in Barbados. His godfather was the Duke of Norfolk. He spoke 7 languages, his father 9 and his mother 12. Funnily enough, if there was a ‘spy’, it would have been his spinster Aunty. They are all long dead (except Mrs A and Miss A – the last of the line).

  11. Des Deskperson

    Just been watching a ‘special’ on their ABC called ‘Friday Night Crack-up’ which has ousted all the regular Friday night shows and which is supposed to be a sort of comic variety extravaganza to mark Mental Health Week.

    It features almost everyone in Australian television, entertainment and sport who is horrible: Jessica Rowe, Angela Bishop, Eddie Perfect, Liz Ellis, the Chaser Boys, ‘Woodley’, Shane Jacobson, Carrie Bickmore (looking more and more like someone who night manage a motel in Moe), Millsey, Emma Alberici, Tim Minchin, the jowled slob on The Project (Peter ??), Shane Micaleff, a bumper crop of bores and pseuds, all of them stale, orthodox and over-exposed.

    on the other hand, I guess it’s a worthy cause and I assume that some of them are contributing their time gratis, though maybe not Alberici.

  12. So serial troll and liar OldNumbers quotes the maths COMPETITION as proof of the standard of the maths CURRICULUM!

    I have never posted a link to the maths competition – I think you’ll find that was Oldsalt.
    You should learn to read before you make a fool of yourself.
    But he’s right. The standard of maths teaching and learning in 2014 is streets ahead of where it was at when I started teaching in 1969.
    The fact that the majority of kids proceed into tertiary education these days, when they didn’t back then, is lost on the neanderthals who post here.

  13. Leigh Lowe

    Little girl walks into a pet store.
    Little girl: I wanna widdle wabbit.
    Pet store salesman on one knee so as to talk at her height : Would you like a white rabbit or a pink rabbit.
    Little girl : I don fink my pyfon would give a fuck!

    Rabbits are people too!
    I find that gross and offensive …. but I did laugh.

  14. Leigh Lowe

    And … scrollin time …

  15. Peter from SA

    Des … a couple of us watched a few mins and commented earlier. It was awful. I wouldn’t assume they volunteered their time either. But that hasn’t stopped them asking for money from everyone else. The website doesn’t mention volunteering (I bet it would if they did!) but it does ask for money from everyone else:

    Please donate and help boost funding for mental health research and support the effort in discovering the next breakthroughs in preventing, diagnosing and treating mental ill health.

  16. Rudiau

    but I did laugh.

    Thank God. The Dutch have been vindicated.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    I hear you, Areff. But I’m sitting here listening to Peter Gordon rationalising the fact that the players had the coach sacked — for the third time this year. So the next coach will know he is for the high jump if enough players throw a hissy fit about the coach. That’s why the Bullies are fucked. Their board and management are crap.

    Tom/areff …
    I can pinpoint the day that the Bullies started to plumb new depths.
    The day they played “leading teams” bullshit where a couple of snotty 20 year olds put Jason Akermanis in the “honesty circle” and told him that he needed to be more “socially aware”, be a role model by “living the values” and do a stint in a soup kitchen in Barkly St.
    One of the few who didn’t play the management speak game, Akermanis reminded them of his three premierships and one Brownlow and told them to go fuck themselves.
    He got shafted and those snotty twits are still there.

  18. Infidel Tiger

    The fact that the majority of kids proceed into tertiary education these days, when they didn’t back then, is lost on the neanderthals who post here.

    You are more retarded than any kid you’ve taught.

  19. Leigh Lowe

    Des … it would be a crying shame if a gas leak ignited under that collection of talent-deprived tossers.

  20. Oh come on

    I think WA probably has been a net receiver over most of the past 80 years

    It seems likely to me that this is correct. It’s just odd that no one is able to provide any evidence to back up the claim. Let’s see the numbers. We know that WA currently bankrolls the Federation. Was there ever a time when WA relied on the Federation like, say, Tasmania does currently? Or are we talking about WA being a net beneficiary by a relatively small amount? Surely this is germane to any discussion over whether WA’s currently getting a fair deal or not.

    And, frankly, I don’t see why I should accept without evidence the assertion that WA has been a net beneficiary of funds from Canberra for most of the 20th century.

  21. candy

    The fact that the majority of kids proceed into tertiary education these days, when they didn’t back then, is lost on the neanderthals who post here.

    Why Gonski then? is that a silly question?

  22. Leigh Lowe

    You are more retarded than any kid you’ve taught.

    I have wondered about that.
    Imagine you’ve got a retarded kid with an IQ to match the size of the shoes which he can’t lace up properly. He can barely dress himself or go to the shops alone at the age of twelve and he heads off to a new school … to be coached by the Kipfler Kommando.
    Last straw.

  23. Combine Dave

    Our own kids are all in top range private education. HIA has seen to that, for all four of them, including the two I brought into the marriage with me.

    Your kids are very lucky.

  24. Armadillo

    It’s Bruces fault everyone has to scroll. He was warned about the “Jamanji” effect.

  25. Bruce of Newcastle

    She was born in Iran, where he was working as a pilot. He was born in China. His father in New Zealand and his mother in Barbados. His godfather was the Duke of Norfolk. He spoke 7 languages, his father 9 and his mother 12.

    Your family story is wonderful, Arma. You can say what you want about the colonial age, but some people embodied the idea of the brotherhood of mankind and the personal improvement of all peoples. I wish there was more of it around.

    One of my idols is Heinrich Schliemann. He was a linguist who could learn a language to fluency in six weeks. Some people are amazing. He was also a gifted capitalist who made his million just so he could do archaeology and rediscover Troy. Which he did, with oodles of gold finds.

    These days we don’t seem to have people around like your family Arma, or Schliemann. Sadly.

    Good reading: Gods, Graves and Scholars by C. W. Ceram.

  26. sdfc

    It doesn’t matter either way OCO, the WA government isn’t calling for the scrapping of HFE as some in the east seem to be arguing, it merely wants a floor for state GST relativities.

  27. Bruce of Newcastle

    He was warned about the “Jamanji” effect.

    Yes I was…

    Note to self: next time add garlic, ricin and cobalt 60 to the mix. And use a steam hammer for the stake.

  28. Oh come on

    It doesn’t matter either way OCO

    It does matter if the prevailing conventional wisdom is that WA should put up or shut up as we weren’t complaining when the shoe was on the other foot. So when exactly was the shoe on the other foot? And by how much?

  29. Armadillo

    The fact that the majority of kids proceed into tertiary education these days, when they didn’t back then, is lost on the neanderthals who post here.

    FMD. I shouldn’t bite, but that is possibly the most stupid statement I have seen on “The Cat”.

  30. Sorry, tBW, what points you win for Gender-Sensibility you immediately lose on Colonialist Insensitivity. Though in many western languages -a tend to be feminine ending and -o masculine, not in other languages. In Japanese, for example, I need only cite Yoko Ono v. Akira Kurosawa.

    Sorry you, Deadman. I assumed a logic-free zone, as implied by the gender obsession. Rational dismissal of my logic is therefore a fail. Leftism assumes superiority, impervious to logic or reason. Anyway, i’m off to see a nude rendition of shakespearean theatre, correctly adjusted to 21st century lesbian gender transexual ethical equitable diversity. Or something.

  31. sdfc

    It is the by how much that is the issue.

  32. Tom

    So sad, sdfc, that Ross Lyon won’t be able to buy you a premiership. One-trick pony who coaches teams to play defensive footy that’s so ugly it’s impossible to watch and doesn’t win games.

  33. Oh come on

    Right, sdfc. That’s what I expect data which backs up the claim that WA was a net beneficiary of federal funds would show. Unfortunately, no one seems to be able to find such data.

  34. sdfc

    Wins more games than Carlton.

  35. john constantine

    If there is a god, She will inspire the great abbottbeast to ring the abc telethon appeal line and donate great big dollars to the good and great abc championed cause of depression.As much money as the depression cure people can usefully employ.

    [said money to be directly taken from the abc budget, hey depressed people have to be more important than paying some millionaire socialists to circleflog each other].

  36. Leigh Lowe

    FMD. I shouldn’t bite, but that is possibly the most stupid statement I have seen on “The Cat”.

    Possibly the dumbest non-sequitur of all time.
    “Maths education is improving because more people are going to Uni … to study Arts and Interpretive Dance”

  37. Leigh Lowe

    Wins more games than Carlton.

    Big deal.
    Elvis has had more good years since 1975 than Carlton has.

  38. stackja

    Oh come on
    #1473269, posted on October 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm
    Some of those names sound vaguely familiar, stack, but apart from that…I don’t get it

    Beale went to a top private school. He was in a Rugby team coached by Ewen McKenzie and managed by Di Patston. Not all contacts are rewarding.

  39. Armadillo

    LOL Leigh. Everyone should go to University. It will make the country smarter.

  40. Tom

    Wins more games than Carlton.

    Unfair. We’re not talking about my personal mental problems.

    Any chance we could sell Malhouse back to the Perths? Or the Bullies?

    Come back, Ratts. We made a terrible mistake.

  41. JC

    Armadillo
    #1473421, posted on October 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm
    LOL Leigh. Everyone should go to University. It will make the country smarter.

    Most degrees are fucking useless.

  42. Roger

    If he was, he was bloody good at it. He never said much at all until he got a brain tumor, and then it was only cryptic.

    Thanks, Armadillo.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he didn’t have some intelligence background or connections.

  43. Most degrees are fucking useless.

    What does one do with a degree in Women’s Studies?

  44. MsDolittle

    If you’re choking on pubic hair, sunny, you’re doing it wrong.

    Dover B is onto it. I don’t mind getting the whippersnipper onto the nature strip for summer. Anything more and one risks resembling either the old or very young.

  45. Roger

    Just been watching a ‘special’ on their ABC called ‘Friday Night Crack-up’ which has ousted all the regular Friday night shows and which is supposed to be a sort of comic variety extravaganza to mark Mental Health Week.

    I didn’t bother. I can’t believe they axed the QLD edition of 7:30 – a half-decent program – for this half-baked extravaganza of mediocrity.

    Besides which, in the annals of TV, such as they are, no worthwhile variety show ever began before 9:00pm.

  46. Tel

    The standard of maths teaching and learning in 2014 is streets ahead of where it was at when I started teaching in 1969.

    Where do all those adults come from who can’t understand basic logic?

    Why do people still regularly trot out that stupid statistic that a large percentage of the people who take hard drugs once also smoked some weed?

    Why is it difficult to get voters to understand that when a government gets up to its eyeballs in debt, the interest payments on the debt will cripple generations to come?

    Wayne Swan … ?

    No really, Treasurer Wayne Swan, I mean WTF? How?

    How did the climate “scientists” get away with homogenization adjustments to Darwin temperature?

  47. JC

    Yea , I have been Tom. There were a couple of people on vacation at that pain in the arse family business I manage, so I was there for a good part of the week. Also spent a little time at my parents nursing home this week.

    I’m really exhausted.

  48. Leigh Lowe

    LOL Leigh. Everyone should go to University. It will make the country smarter.

    People with aptitude and an inquisitive nature can really blossom at University.
    However, not too many sows ears graduate as silk purses.
    In terms of Maths education, that is a hot topic with me.
    I spent a good part of today trying to explain basic financial maths (ie arithmetic really) to people with Engineering degrees.
    Scarily innumerate.

  49. Oh come on

    What does one do with a degree in Women’s Studies?

    Academy, bureaucracy or union. Anything else?

  50. JC

    Fleeced
    #1473429, posted on October 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm
    Most degrees are fucking useless.

    What does one do with a degree in Women’s Studies?

    Lol… That’s what I thought. I warned my kid off doing an art history major, but of course that’s what she did even though I paid for the crap including living expenses.. She’s got a job at a start up tech firm in NYC… Possibly because I crossed my fingers for 2 months straight.

    I want my money back.

  51. Tom

    Imagine if they’d given birth to a dumb fuck, JC. They’re lucky.

  52. sdfc

    Tom

    I thought Ratten did alright with a pretty average side. That they thought Mick was going to waltz and take them to a premiership was delusional.

    As for Freo, Lyon and co are pissing me off. Cheap West Aussie key forward becomes available and Lyon pretty much tells him Freo don’t want him.

    Not a peep out of them with Ryder up for grabs either.

  53. JC

    I spent a good part of today trying to explain basic financial maths (ie arithmetic really) to people with Engineering degrees.
    Scarily innumerate.

    You’re kidding right?

  54. Leigh Lowe

    Most degrees are fucking useless.

    When I left Uni (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), one of my lecturers told me that a degree was merely a “ticket to learn”.
    That was the best context I could have ever been given as to the value of a degree.
    It was an opportunity … no more, no less.

  55. Combine Dave

    Academy, bureaucracy or union. Anything else?

    Media/Journalist?

  56. Gab

    Academy, bureaucracy or union. Anything else?

    Media/Journalist?

    Teaching.

  57. JC

    Most university degrees these days are basically an extension of high school, that’s all.

    It’s also bullshit about how great it is wyminzes are attending univeristy. For the most part most of them are doing useless degrees anyways. The hard shit… The hard sciences are still populated by the menfolk.

    What I reckon has happened is that we have expanded university places for all the garbage degrees which gals think are worthwhile doing…. And presto we keep seeing the stat that more wyminzes attend university. Big fucking deal.

    That relates to a piece I was just reading tangentially touching on the fact that there are few females working in silicon valley. The wyminzes movement is starting to focus on that… And if the tech firms relent and begin diversity programs you can kiss that industry goodbye as it will be fucked.

  58. MsDolittle

    Most degrees are fucking useless.

    I have three. Don’t use any of them. I am living proof. I am entertaining at cocktail parties though.

  59. stackja

    Are Glenn and Jyle Shillingsworth related to the late Dean Shillingsworth?

  60. John Comnenus

    I don’t recall who said that people would start saying they served in the Army pre 2013.

    In the Army if you pass staff college, a one year intensive post graduate course that is mandatory to progress to Colonel, you are awarded the post nominal ‘psc’ or Passed Staff College. As a ‘psc’ holder I have started telling friends that I am ‘psco’ – Pre Sex Change Operations. The Army has gone to the dogs.

  61. JC

    Gab
    #1473445, posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm
    Academy, bureaucracy or union. Anything else?

    Media/Journalist?

    Teaching.

    Schools should be segregated with men teaching boys. It would hopefully stop tot feminization going on with boys…. And some of the leftwingery.

  62. Gab

    I can’t disagree with you, JC. Makes a lot of sense – provided they’re not the beta-male type teachers. Oh wait, you’ve already covered that!

  63. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As a ‘psc’ holder I have started telling friends that I am ‘psco’ – Pre Sex Change Operations.

    I thought “psc” stood for “Practically Senior to Christ”?

  64. JC

    Most degrees are fucking useless.

    I have three. Don’t use any of them. I am living proof. I am entertaining at cocktail parties though.

    What in?

  65. MsDolittle

    At least I don’t have PhD. Earlier this year Sinc told us in a lecture, PhDs were financially doomed. He is right, I’m wealthy.

  66. jupes

    Elvis has had more good years since 1975 than Carlton has.

    Well Elvis lived a couple of years after 1975. Dunno how good they were.

    Carlton on the other hand: Premierships in 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987 and 1995.

  67. Armadillo

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he didn’t have some intelligence background or connections.

    Mrs A’s mother reckons he saw the cable message from the Americans advising the Shah to block the entrances to the bazaar prior to the revolution, and open fire. Different times I know, but I can’t help but to think it’s just as relevant today. Unless you go in and destroy the “Rats Nest”, it will only spread. It’s a brutal step, but the result of not doing so is worse. Allah 2014.

  68. JC

    My pet degree is psychology.

  69. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Overheard, at the next table, in Perth, a couple of nights ago.

    “Yes, (name reacted) really is just so disorganized. She’s seven months pregnant, and hasn’t even decided on the theme for the new baby’s room, yet.” F.M.D.

  70. Roger

    Different times I know, but I can’t help but to think it’s just as relevant today.

    Yes, A., different times, but I’m old enough to have known a few men from that generation whose achievements, modest though they were in their own eyes, dwarf our own. We can learn something from that, if only the appropriateness of modesty on our part.

  71. sdfc

    I thought you were putting this up Tom.

  72. Academy, bureaucracy or union. Anything else?

    Hobo, serial killer or bunny boiler

  73. MsDolittle

    Sorry JC, I lied, I have degree in Hotel Management (where I learned to simultaneously suck piss and look responsible/professional), a Dip Ed in Early Childhood Development (kinda teacher who is not overly fond of kids and low pay) and a double degree in Psych and Philosophy (when my own kids were little – gotta write a book to make money in that game). Best education was as a legal secretary and it’s a highly portable skill. Now I run the family business and couldn’t be happier, best job in the world: interesting, working with people and 2 days a week I don’t have to get gussied up and can do it in my PJs, head set on and hanging out the washing. I have great wage and I am sexually harassed by the boss pretty often which is fun as I love him – can’t complain.

  74. Oh come on

    JC is more of a psychiatrist than psychologist. It’s a hobby. The JC School of Psychiatry is unique in that it establishes and distinguishes between two distinct states of mind – that of the Leftist, and that of the non-Leftist. The JC School seeks only to treat Leftist pathologies. It holds that there are two and only two treatments for the mental illnesses of Leftists – one involves several car batteries and their attendant electrodes; the other a hammer and a very long nail. Straight between the eyes.

    The JC School also emphasises the enthusiastic participation of the clinician in any treatments rendered.

  75. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for Steve at the Pub, the frolicking Mole, Val Majkus and anybody else who ever saw a gun shearer go the long blow –

    A slightly liquid buyers agent – a man who has forgotten more about sheep, or wool, or shearing than any one I know – has rung to say the average price for the clip – AAAM, AAM, Pieces, Bellies, Stained, the whole shooting match, is over $1,200 a bale – exit Two Alpha, in a Tobermorey flavored haze – Please ignore any challenges to duels to the death, or discussions as to a ladies virtue, or lack of same – “Click go the Shears, Boys…”

  76. Armadillo

    We can learn something from that, if only the appropriateness of modesty on our part.

    As humans, we tend to forget very quickly. Even within a short generation. Witness the debate today, about wether or not Australia is “Islamaphobic”? Seriously?

    Hacking someone’s head off is evil, and that should be the debate. And every country on the planet should be throwing their resources into destroying these people. Every last one of them.

  77. Zippy The Younger

    Following on the Rossi e-cat

    an original NASA article on Low Energy Nuclear Reaction

    “The theoretical underpinnings of LENR are complex, but the basics are pretty easy to understand. Instead of splitting an atomic nucleus apart or ramming two mutually repelling nuclei together, Widom-Larsen’s LENR simply offers a very slow-moving neutron to a nucleus. According to Zawodny, nuclei presented with sluggish neutrons slurp them up like a hungry Texan with a bowl of firehouse chili. …

    With rare exception, Zawodny said, a nucleus which has lapped up one too many neutrons spits out an electron, which it gets by breaking up one of its neutrons into an electron and proton (and an anti-neutrino, but we can ignore that). So where it once had an extra neutron, making it an unstable isotope of whatever element it was, it now has an extra proton instead, which makes it a more stable isotope of a different element. This process releases energy which, hypothetically, can be used to generate electricity.

    According to Zawodny, the challenge in making this work lies at the beginning of the process, generating those ultra-slow neutrons without expending more energy than the process yields. There are several hypothetical versions of the procedure, but here’s a good example:

    We start by processing nickel so that it can hold hydrogen the way a sponge holds water. The hydrogen is ionized, meaning that each hydrogen atom has its electron stripped away, leaving only a proton.

    Electrons in the metal are made to oscillate together in such a way that the electromagnetic energy stored in tens of thousands of them is transferred to a relative few, giving them enough energy to merge with nearby protons (the hydrogen ions) and form slow-moving neutrons. Those neutrons, as we noted, are immediately captured by nuclei of the metal atoms, setting in motion a chain of events which turns the nickel into copper and releases useful energy.

    So what’s the hitch? It’s creating the right oscillation. “It turns out that the frequencies that we have to work at are in what I call a valley of inaccessibility,” Zawodny said. “Between, say, 5 or 7 THz and 30 THz, we don’t have any really good sources to make our own controlled frequency.”

    —-
    Note Rossi’s latest e-cat showed no copper.

  78. Armadillo

    Please ignore any challenges to duels to the death, or discussions as to a ladies virtue, or lack of same

    Hmm…that pretty much stuffs up my night at “The Cat” then.

  79. C.L.

    What does one do with a degree in Women’s Studies?

    Isn’t that the same as home economics?

  80. Gab

    No. Home economics is useful and practical.

  81. kae

    You know Mrs D that you have the perfect job?

    You love the job, and the, um. Fringe benefits from the job. (Like to see the government try to tax that!)

  82. Oh come on

    No. On a Women’s Studies course they show you how to hiss at comments like that.

  83. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Ms Dolittle:

    Most degrees are fucking useless.

    I have three. Don’t use any of them. I am living proof.

    Hmm. I have 5 and am plugging away on the sixth.

    I use all of them, always have, it’s why I did the buggers. And the (incomplete) PhD might just have obtained me a second job.

    🙂

    And yay! Managed to reduce Ch 5 by 9%.

  84. Leigh Lowe

    Elvis has had more good years since 1975 than Carlton has.

    Well Elvis lived a couple of years after 1975. Dunno how good they were.

    Carlton on the other hand: Premierships in 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987 and 1995.

    I resent and repudiate your implication that Elvis passed on in 1977!

  85. Armadillo

    The “Caulfield Guiness” is on tomorrow, and the money is saying “Rich Enuff” @ $2.45. I suspect it might get shorter. However, there is a nag in the field called “Looks like the Cat” @ $6.00 (second favourite).

    Anything could happen.

  86. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    C.L.
    #1473482, posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    What does one do with a degree in Women’s Studies?

    Isn’t that the same as home economics?

    Mrs Two Alpha, looking over my shoulder, tells you that, no it is not. Home economics, which she studied at school, and had to wear an apron, and a cap, taught her something useful – like how to run a household.

  87. Tom

    The greatest voice in the history of blues (and, no, he’s not an old dead black guy or our own Deadman).

  88. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    In the Army if you pass staff college, a one year intensive post graduate course that is mandatory to progress to Colonel, you are awarded the post nominal ‘psc’ or Passed Staff College.

    Ha!

    The RAAF staff course is 6 months work crammed into 12 (bloody stupid knuckleheads). The Army staff course is 12 months of work (boring). The RAN staff course is 12 months of work crammed into 6 months, which is exciting to say the least.

    Worked out on the compulsory triservice BS-fest at Queenscliff where the Army and RAAF blokes could not understand why the Navy blokes were staying off the turps and working to 0100 every night, then getting up at 0600 for an hour of work before colours.

  89. C.L.

    Mrs Two Alpha, looking over my shoulder, tells you that, no it is not. Home economics, which she studied at school, and had to wear an apron, and a cap, taught her something useful – like how to run a household.

    Indeed.

    Sorry, Mrs T.

  90. Leigh Lowe

    I spent a good part of today trying to explain basic financial maths (ie arithmetic really) to people with Engineering degrees.
    Scarily innumerate.

    You’re kidding right?

    Sadly, no.
    It was a simple two tiered price discount formula for volume, trying to show the impact on % EBIT at various revenue levels.
    FFS!
    May as well have been running quantum physics lectures for Labrador guide dogs.

  91. MsDolittle

    BoN we are having a lovely evening in front of the TV with the 20 yr olds watching Roy Spencer……. 20yr olds are fuming…… “How come this isn’t mainstream knowledge?” Ah! Now you know why your parents are intense and drown their sorrows regularly. These you tubes must be 6 yrs old at least…. It’s beautiful to see the penny drop with these youngens. “So the head of the IPCC really writes soft porn? can’t see Roy Spencer doing that!” There is hope people.

  92. Armadillo

    Tom, I’m actually a bit of a convert to this bloke. He’s black, but I’m not sure if he’s dead or not?

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i98_Lqcryp8

  93. Leigh Lowe

    JC …
    Regarding the above …
    Imagine saying to someone that the marginal tax rate above $80,000 is 40%, and have them say …”So, if I earn $100,000, I will pay $40,000 tax?”

  94. Tom

    Meanwhile, 40 years later, he’s still that good.

  95. Fisky

    But he’s right. The standard of maths teaching and learning in 2014 is streets ahead of where it was at when I started teaching in 1969.

    Really? Where in the link you posted does it show that the standard of maths teaching and learning is higher now than it was in 1969?

    The fact that the majority of kids proceed into tertiary education these days, when they didn’t back then, is lost on the neanderthals who post here.

    Ahahahahaha! Oh lord.

  96. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The RAAF staff course is 6 months work crammed into 12 (bloody stupid knuckleheads). The Army staff course is 12 months of work (boring). The RAN staff course is 12 months of work crammed into 6 months, which is exciting to say the least.

    I’ll spare you the old joke about the Royal Australian Air Force being the only service with the sense to send officers out to die, while the other ranks stayed behind and serviced the aircraft. The Army were gentlemen trying to be officers, the Air Force were officers trying to be gentlemen, while the Navy were neither, trying to be both……….

  97. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    I’m claiming the anonymity of the internet here, but you were obviously fairly high up the food chain in pussers. The reading in the cold, old right wing cave that is my library, is Tom Fame on HMAS Voyager/ HMAS Melbourne. Any comment?

  98. john constantine

    $1200 a bale as an average over the high quality fleece lines and the oddments included is handy indeed mr alpha.

    [no need to spoil it by telling everyone about the host of deductions that the vultures line up to peck at before the cheque arrives at its proper home.]

    Plenty of cropping only operations in an el nino look wistfully at how weeds can be monetised through the simple ground lice.

  99. Winston Smith

    That is bloody great news, Zk2A. It was 1140 at the start of the week IIRC.
    You’ve done well.
    Does Mrs D grow wool as well?
    😉

  100. Fisky

    I don’t abuse dot for making factually correct statements, I abuse dot for being a retard about islam; and in respect of the Hindu/islam fastest religion issue I raised the perfectly logical point that islam has a higher fertility rate which even your links confirmed.

    Yes, you did abuse dot for claiming factually that Hinduism was the fastest growing religion. No, the fertility rate of Muslims does not refute the fact that Hinduism is Australia’s fastest growing religion. Also, you should not be using the word “logic” any more than a toddler should be playing in the knife drawer.

    And when I asked you your point of view you revealed yourself as a girlie-man upset at being called a partial retard, that is a retard about islam not a complete retard about everything which you have illogically and quite self-indulgently ignored and then carried on like a cut snake ever since without revealing your very secret views about islam.

    You are so invincibly stupid that even Numbers must be getting jealous. Let’s go over this again – you accused me of holding “retarded” views on Islam. But you then admitted that you had no idea what my views on Islam are! You really have created new standards of thickheadedness and I think that deserves wider recognition.

  101. MsDolittle

    Does Mrs D grow wool as well?

    Now Winston, I’ve already mentioned the whippersnipper for the nature strip but did I tell you about the tin snips for my toenails?

  102. Oh come on

    Could the Nobel Peace Prize be any more politicised?

  103. incoherent rambler

    Could the Nobel Peace Prize be any more politicised?

    Why, did Julia win it?

  104. MsDolittle

    My pet degree is psychology.

    Dog depression.

  105. America is a judicial dictatorship.

    Roger, Buchanan is right. It has been disgusting and disgraceful watching successive federal circuit judges overturn legislative and constitutional amendments that only recognize marriage as a conjugal union. I had no idea, BTW, that Congress can add a provision to its own legisltion that refuses any review by the Supreme Crt.

  106. MsDolittle

    I use all of them, always have, it’s why I did the buggers. And the (incomplete) PhD might just have obtained me a second

    Wow 5! Give us a hint in what area?

  107. kae

    There’s a stack of posts on spacechook regarding the escalating violence against muslim women.

    Funny, we haven’t heard anything about it at all from the police or similar authorities, just from muslims. Doesn’t seem that these attacks are being reported to police for investigation.

    Oh that’s right. The police won’t investigate and get anyone for these terrible crimes because racist.

    The victimhood is the way to power these days.

    Tonight I have read that the grand imam of Aus (whatever that is) has said that because of terrorism laws muslims won’t be able to fight for their country. Funny about that. A muslim’s idea of their country and my idea of their country and our ideas of “the enemy” are totally different.

    islam permits its followers to interpret and translate words and language so that the words to us sound soothing and comforting and safe. But that’s not what is meant.

    The first thing people must remember is that in islam only muslims are innocent, and that’s a start, and to be going on with, remember that in islam muslims are above everyone and everything else. Superior. Anyone not muslim is sub-muslim, and therefore sub-human.

    (I’m reading through the thread and just reading about these “attacks”.)

    And it turns out ebola lady in Qld hasn’t got ebola.
    And I heard on ABC AM that there have been 11 suspected ebola cases tested in Australia.

    But this one was the one that made the news, wasn’t it. Scaring everyone easily scared. Gah!

  108. Oh come on

    Dog depression.

    Well played!

  109. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Our own kids are all in top range private education. HIA has seen to that, for all four of them, including the two I brought into the marriage with me.

    Your kids are very lucky.

    I know. So do they. I make sure of that.
    It was not a boast, more a statement about life and luck, really.

    Just for the record on this now-deceased thread, like Ms. D. I have degrees – two of them, the u/g one in Arts with some science subjects, the second p/g one predominantly in bio-medical epidemiology and statistics, when I had found my confidence to venture fully into sciences. I used them to gain an academic position (publications even!). My degrees taught me useful things as well as some feminazi and leftist dross. These days I have swapped that employment for a life on Easy Street with Da Hairy Irish Ape (PBUH) and our children. No regrets there. Occasionally he snores a bit but I am good at the midnight shoulder shove to stop it. Sometimes it wakes him right up, and that can be fun too.

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