Open Forum: December 31, 2016

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  1. Motelier

    Johanna, – “Where on earth did that come from?”

    Here ya go,

    johanna
    #2251517, posted on January 4, 2017 at 11:57 am
    Motelier
    #2251451, posted on January 4, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Supermarkets are set up for da ladies to browse.

    Spoken by someone who is neither a lady nor has been to a supermarket recently.

  2. johanna

    JC
    #2251574, posted on January 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    No, no and no in my case. And I was effortlessly slim.

    Evidence. Verified. On Instagram.

    JC wants me to post photos of my young, spunky, self, on Instagram to satisfy his voyeuristic and pervy instincts, cleverly (?) disguised as a Search For The Truth.

    You sleaze. Go shave your back.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fields says Ford will invest $700 million in the Flat Rock plant to make hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles and hire around 700 workers starting in 2018.

    LOL. Prez Trump is about to convert them into instant lemons when he nukes the climate scam.

    I suppose that is what climatistas call strategy: Mr Prez do you want American jobs or do you want us to close down our stupid electric golf buggy car plant?

    The reply.

  4. stackja

    Charles Manson, seriously ill, taken to Calif. hospital
    New York Daily News – ‎14 minutes ago‎
    Infamous cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers carried out a series of grisly murders in 1969, is being treated at a California hospital for an undisclosed medical issue, according to reports.

  5. Australian cricket needs more gender sensitivity training. There are still some things in cricket not pink. It’s literally rape.

  6. stackja

    The Beer Whisperer
    #2251670, posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Pinky?

  7. stackja

    128.3
    Azhar Ali to Handscomb, 1 run, worked away towards midwicket and he’ll get the run. Handscomb’s second Test century. Off comes the helmet, loud applause from the SCG crowd.

  8. johanna

    Infidel Tiger
    #2251586, posted on January 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Also the old adage that eating like a king at breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner are also very wise words.

    Actually one of the disasters of recent times has been telling people to eat breakfast and how important it is.

    You can thank Madison Avenue and Kelloggs for that furphy.

    You are far better off skipping breakfast for good health.

    What piffle.

    The concept of three meals a day is a cultural construct, just like afternoon tea in Victorian times.

    I wish I had a dollar for the “breakfast is the most important” etc crap that has been said to me. As far as I can tell, it’s about the virtue of getting up early and going to work or school.

    After more than five decades of not wanting food when I wake up, I think it’s safe to say that I don’t want food when I wake up.

  9. johanna

    Blockquote anarchy rools, but presuambly readers can sort it out.

  10. Tom

    For those who have not had enough ‘winning’

    I promise to stop after the inauguration, but that was 10 minutes of pure gloatational gloatation, SOG.

  11. Senile Old Guy

    For those who have not had enough ‘winning’

    I promise to stop after the inauguration, but that was 10 minutes of pure gloatational gloatation, SOG.

    Ha! I have not had enough winning! I do love seeing leftists who run slap into reality.

  12. stackja

    Senile Old Guy
    #2251690, posted on January 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm
    For those who have not had enough ‘winning’

    I promise to stop after the inauguration, but that was 10 minutes of pure gloatational gloatation, SOG.

    Ha! I have not had enough winning! I do love seeing leftists who run slap into reality.

    James Spigelman
    From Wikipedia

    Spigelman was admitted to practise as a solicitor in 1972. From 1972 to 1975, he served as Senior Advisor and Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. In 1975, he was appointed the Secretary of the Department of the Media

    On 8 March 2012, Prime Minister Gillard announced he would become chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), starting a 5-year term on 1 April 2012

    Lefties just change jobs.

  13. Jessie

    snoopy @ 12.51
    I once read of a study of Aborigines near, iirc, Kakadu leading a traditional lifestyle. Just 4 hours of effort per day provided sufficient for all their needs

    Could Kakadu study be a development of the late 70s work published in 80s and presented also to UK Royal Academy? Kimberley study by Kerin O’Dea. Many many and high technology since.

    The rationale for the present study was that temporarily* reversing the urbanization process in diabetic Aborigines should improve all aspects of their carbohydrate and lipid metabolism that are linked to insulin resistance. Ten full-blood, diabetic Aborigines from the Mowanjum Community (Derby, Western Australia) agreed to be tested before and after living for 7 wk as hunter-gatherers in their traditional country in northwestern Australia. They were middle aged (53.9 ±1.8 yr) and overweight (81.9 ± 3.4 kg), and all lost weight steadily over the 7-wk period (average, 8 kg). A detailed analysis of food intake over 2 wk revealed a low-energy intake (1200 kcal/person/day). Despite the high contribution of animal food to the total energy intake (64%), the diet was low in total fat (13%) due to the very low fat content of wild animals.

    Kerin O’Dea
    More updating of this research and support from philanthropic/drug and medical equipment companies has continued, with some interesting photos of the times: Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle

  14. Gab

    Zucchini’s selling power is its blandness, although properly cooked, it has a subtle flavour.

    I use it to make spirals as a substitute for spaghetti. It’s actually very good.

  15. johanna

    Still unpacking, just dug out a few old tapes. Do It Again!

    OMG, next one on the tape is Back on the Chain Gang, Pretenders. No wonder I was so miserable without my music while I was in transit. Then Sly and the Family Stone, “Hot Fun in the Summertme.”

    Followed by Got to be Your Lover by Billy Idol.

    Heh, my old tapes never fail to please.

  16. Snoopy

    Jessie, I’m not sure but I think I read of the study in a book by Geoffrey Blainey. Boo, Hiss, Spit etc. My memory is not good but I have a feeling the study was conducted in the 20’s or 30’s when there were still populations living traditionally.

  17. Huck

    Heh, my old tapes never fail to please

    More so than the Tijuana donkey?

  18. Gab

    Huck, you owe me a new screen! Current one got sprayed with Pepsi Max!!

  19. john constantine

    “Money is ruling the game”

    This is the opinion of ex-australian prime minister hawke, the man who has never publically explained where his massive personal wealth has come from–just adding up his prime ministers salary and pension doesn’t give any insight into where the extra zeroes came from.

  20. Huck

    Interesting moment at the cricket.
    The Australian team were in their cliche huddle before taking the field, standing under an Australian flag being held by a young girl.
    As they dispersed to walk onto the field every single player gave the flag a brief touch.
    Except one.
    Guess who?

  21. Jessie

    Thanks snoopy, will check out.
    No need to spit and boo Blainey.

    NW Australia: O’Dea (1982) Increased proportion of arachidonic acid in plasma lipids after 2 weeks on a diet of tropical seafood

    O’Dea, along with many other scientists, shifted their research endeavours from areas of pure inquiry (see below) to applied social/medical research of remote people/areas (as above).
    They continue to apply their expertise and concerns. And policy advice.

    Early 70s research egs published:
    Effect of caloric restriction on basal insulin levels and the in vivo lipogenesis and glycogen synthesis from glucose in the Koletsky obese rat
    Effects of fasting and refeeding on the in vitro insulin sensitivity of rat aorta

  22. Snoopy

    Perhaps Bob really cleaned up when he divorced Hazel?

  23. Huck

    Was it the Zimbabwe born Cartwright?

  24. Huck

    No, it wasn’t.
    Was it the England born Renshaw?

  25. Grigory M

    For Tailgunner, from 3 days ago –

    Grigory M #2249289, posted on January 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Grigory M is not Romanian – his gravatar is the flag of the Don Cossacks (as he has previously mentioned).

  26. DrBeauGan

    Snufti, you can’t spell ‘martial’. I don’t much care about spelling mistakes in these days of thumb typing and autofuckup, but you seem to think it’s important. So did numbers.

    In the case of ‘martial’ it has to be sheer ignorance.

  27. Tel

    You are far better off skipping breakfast for good health.

    I would be tempted to agree if I could live the life I wanted to live I would go the big, hot lunch with a quick snooze afterwards.

    Problem is our office / commuter lifestyle makes it pretty much impossible to work a job and also have either a big breakfast or a big lunch. This leaves people with a handful of hours at the end of the day to stuff themselves and pretend to have a life.

    At very least if you are having a big dinner make it an early dinner.

  28. Senile Old Guy

    I do love Milo!

    That’s one of many videos where (invariably left wing) are left stunned and stuttering: “But how can you say that?” He’s a world class troll and the left have trouble dealing with his conservative views because he’s gay.

  29. Huck

    Oh, OK, I give in. I know you are all waiting with bated breath.
    It was our Pakistani muslim, Usman Khawaja.
    What was striking about it was that he didn’t just not touch the flag, he actually jumped out of the way when it flapped back towards him after Smith had let it go.

  30. johanna

    Next up on my resurrected tape, the B52s, with Planet Claire.

    Do I have good taste, or what?

    Next up is John Cale singing Jonathan Richman’s “Pablo Picasso” (Pablo Picasso never got called an asshole.)

    The bad news is the box of my priceless singles and EPs has disappeared somewhere between being put into storage and being moved here.We are talking the original House of the Rising ASun, Leader of the Pack and similar singles. The old man used to have jukeboxes, so I amassed a great collection. Then, there are my original Radio Birdman singles and EPs. Worth quite a bit.

    My advice to Cats, don’t move unless you absolutely have to.

  31. Infidel Tiger

    Fields says Ford will invest $700 million in the Flat Rock plant to make hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles and hire around 700 workers starting in 2018.

    We should reject this move by Ford.

    They should be building gigantic V8’s or fuck off to Mexico.

  32. Infidel Tiger

    Respect for Hawkey.

    He just broke about 27 rules in NSW alone by skolling a beer.

  33. Bruce of Newcastle

    No one seems to have mentioned an iconic event from last night.

    Judy Curry has resigned her tenured climate science chair at Georgia Tech citing disenchantment with the climate mafia.

    JC in transition

    All the best from me to a fine and very brave lady.

  34. Tel

    LOL. Prez Trump is about to convert them into instant lemons when he nukes the climate scam.

    If driverless cars ever come good, they will be great with internal combustion engines allowing them to work around the clock with only occasional brief stops to refuel. The primary gain to be made is saving labour costs and parking costs.

    Mind you, the tech is still very very green, I think it has many decades of refinement before it is safe.

  35. H B Bear

    Silver Bodgie leaves the harbourside mansion to do some tired, old, man of the people schtick.

    Hawke was up in China selling access as soon as the movers went in to the Lodge. The Persian Dwarf has a long way to go.

  36. Jessie

    Oh sorry snoopy 🙂
    I must have distorted my senses having now got so used to the bowing of all the masses when indigenous-identifying ‘speak out’ on matters of the heart and truth, and then violence and constitutions.

    Anyway some jokes for you
    Kakadu Testimonials for you (urban)
    http://www.kakaducomplex.com/index.html
    and some history of Ranger and that dreaded underground python-spirit……… in the current climate and power debate
    http://www.mirarr.net/history.html

    I read in Poor Relation Stuart McIntyre, around 1977 reference to Blainey (inc Triumph of the Nomads) and studies of the tourism impacts of Kakadu (+Uluru), and OPEC, amidst later fighting over tax deductible status for Canberra’s Academy of Humanities (Science already had this) and so on so forth. Your study must be there somewhere.
    Back to my NY Resolution.

  37. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Oh, OK, I give in. I know you are all waiting with bated breath.
    It was our Pakistani muslim, Usman Khawaja.
    What was striking about it was that he didn’t just not touch the flag, he actually jumped out of the way when it flapped back towards him after Smith had let it go.

    Silly lad. It’s sure to be the lead story on ABC TV News tonight.

  38. Bruce of Newcastle

    While I’m on the topic of climatistas, Jonova has another ripper today:

    Tidal free energy takes £8 million from EU taxpayers, lasts “weeks”

    £18MILLION tidal energy scheme supposed to power 600 homes stops working after just three months

    •The taxpayer-funded DeltaStream project in Pembrokeshire in Wales, was designed to use the flow of the ocean with a 39ft turbine installed on the seabed
    •But the system developed a fault and stopped generating electricity weeks after
    •Tidal Energy Ltd has now gone into administration and is seeking a buyer

    This is on the back of the wavepower rig which is still rotting off of Port Kembla and the one which sank near Adelaide. Going to sea to collect renewballs is obviously perilous.

  39. Geriatric Mayfly

    Aha! The Mirarr Nation. I once saw a head count that estimated 30 of them at the most.

  40. Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation with Australia over allegedly insulting training material on display at an Australian Special Forces base.

    Thanks Calli.
    In my experience the Indo sees insults where there are none, and will escalate to toys-out-of-the-cot at the drop of a hat without even checking facts – or checking that they even translated correctly from English.

  41. johanna

    The wrong mix of microbes, it seems, can help set the stage for obesity and diabetes from th

    They can’t help themselves, can they? It’s the “wrong mix” which implies that there is a “right mix.”

    What might that be, and who would decide what it is?

  42. The Beer Whisperer #2251670, posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Australian cricket needs more gender sensitivity training. There are still some things in cricket not pink. It’s literally rape.

    ROFLMAO!

  43. Infidel Tiger

    Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation with Australia over allegedly insulting training material on display at an Australian Special Forces base.

    Obviously Wikodo or someone else high up is looking for a bump in popularity and needed an issue to distract with.

  44. johanna

    Just worked out that “Huck”is a JC sockpuppet, since he is obsessed with donkey sex.

  45. Bruce of Newcastle

    In my experience the Indo sees insults where there are none

    Hehe…

    Indonesia Terminates All Business Relationships With JPMorgan After Downgrade (yesterday)

    Soon they will have no friends at all, especially after they verballed Ahok for “blasphemy”. All those nice Chinese merchants in Indo will be out of there, with all their yummy money.

  46. john constantine #2251708, posted on January 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    This is the opinion of ex-australian prime minister hawke, the man who has never publically explained where his massive personal wealth has come from–just adding up his prime ministers salary and pension doesn’t give any insight into where the extra zeroes came from.

    Bob Hawke never sued anyone, and after a perfunctory legal ‘push and shove’, never accepted a confidential out of court settlement. Legislation was never subsequently passed in favour of the party who paid the confidential out of court settlement.

  47. Armadillo

    This is an interesting development.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/01/03/report-fox-news-considering-pro-trump-conservative-woman-fill-megyn-kellys-timeslot/

    I wonder if Trump may end up moving the MSM more to the right. I’d be sending the media a list of journalists he will agree to talk with and be interviewed by. Id give them all the scoops. In fact, I’d be banning left wing journos from the White House all together. No access. None. Lying scumbags.

  48. Snoopy

    I’m fairly certain that the increasing incidence of feral gut bacteria is related to global warming.

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    Heroic RDS award of the day goes to Andrew Wilkie:

    Centrelink debt recovery system failures have ‘frightened’ recipients, Andrew Wilkie says

    Mr Wilkie seems unable to understand that about 60% of the Oz electorate wants welfare recipients to be scared. And want them to no longer be scared after they get themselves paid work fruit-picking or piloting Stop/Slow signs.

    RDS is a terrible disease. Fortunately he has the ABC to feed his addiction to relevance.

  50. calli

    And Trump. And the Russians.

  51. Bob Hawke never sued anyone, and after a perfunctory legal ‘push and shove’, never accepted a confidential out of court settlement. Legislation was never subsequently passed in favour of the party who paid the confidential out of court settlement.

    +100

  52. Baldrick

    Socialism, putting equality into poverty:

    Bernie Sanders @BernieSanders
    Happy New Year! Never forget greed is powerful but our vision of a world based on economic, social & environmental justice is more powerful.

  53. Myrddin Seren

    …..after they get themselves paid work ……..piloting Stop/Slow signs.

    Now steady on, Bruce.

    Aesthetically speaking, I am not sure we want to replace all those cute little Irish backpacker girls currently in command of the nation’s Stop/Slow signs with fat, tattooed, pierced bogan Housos ?

  54. H B Bear

    You can tell Bernie has never had to wipe his arse with a trillion dollar note or gather bark to make soup for dinner.

  55. Armadillo #2251755, posted on January 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    This is an interesting development.

    Me Again Kelly is Gone? Good.

  56. Huck

    So did you buy the shirt as a reminder Jo?

  57. DrBeauGan

    Where did we get this term ‘elites’ from? The class seems to comprise journos, politicians, bureaucrats and other intellectual mediocrities. In no sense are they an elite.

  58. Top Ender

    And in no sense are “progressives” progressive.

  59. Stackja

    DBG – ‘elite’ self-appointed like all leftists ‘experts’.

  60. Geriatric Mayfly

    They self-identify Dr. Just like ‘leading intellectuals.’ If not with the latter, the ABC will crown them.

  61. JC

    Just back from a Red Hill lunch.

    Huck… doing the Lord’s work at the Cat I see.

  62. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Where did we get this term ‘elites’ from? The class seems to comprise journos, politicians, bureaucrats and other intellectual mediocrities. In no sense are they an elite.

    Have you ever spent time with one of their ilk Doc?

    They will tell you their imtellwct and moral posture is the best. Anyone who disagrees is a deplorable beaugan. They will also claim it is their duty to lead the masses in defining correct thinking.

  63. Smufti

    They will also claim it is their duty to lead the masses in defining correct thinking.

    Pot and kettle from the resident Imperialist Harpic.

  64. Rev. Archibald

    Top Ender
    #2251770, posted on January 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm
    And in no sense are “progressives” progressive.

    ..
    In the same sense that arse cancer is progressive, or getting eaten alive by ants is progressive, or getting your tackle caught in a mincer is progressive.

  65. Rev. Archibald

    Smufti
    #2251780, posted on January 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm
    They will also claim it is their duty to lead the masses in defining correct thinking.

    Pot and kettle from the resident Imperialist Harpic.

    ..
    I refuse to believe someone so cliched and boiler plate socialist as you could possibly exist in 2017.
    Come, own up, who is writing this shit?
    It’s you IT isn’t it?
    Come on admit it.

  66. Tom

    Brilliant.

    Leftoids are the stupidest people ever born and I’m now convinced it’s an irreversible congenital birth defect.

  67. Oh come on

    This is the opinion of ex-australian prime minister hawke, the man who has never publically explained where his massive personal wealth has come from–just adding up his prime ministers salary and pension doesn’t give any insight into where the extra zeroes came from.

    Hawke made his millions after he retired from politics from exorbitant consultancy fees paid by Chinese companies wanting to do business in Australia and have access to Hawke’s rolodex. Australian companies wishing to do business in China also paid Hawke consultancy fees for using his contacts there to open doors for his Australian clients. Nice work if you can get it, but it isn’t corrupt. Neither is the speaking circuit. If crowds are willing to pay you tens of thousands of dollars a pop to deliver a stump speech simply because you were the ex Australian PM, where’s the immorality in that? Similarly, if companies are willing to pay you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for you to allow them access to your friends, I don’t see what the problem is.

    Being a PM for as long as Hawke was meant he accrued an awful lot of influential friends in high places all over the world. Companies pay big bucks to access these kinds of people.

  68. DrBeauGan

    Have you ever spent time with one of their ilk Doc?

    Yes, I’m afraid so, Empire. After telling one, an academic economist, that socialism had failed everywhere it had been tried, he responded, after a short goggle, by asking how someone as obviously intelligent as me could possibly believe that? I explained that it was because I was intelligent.

    Actually it doesn’t take all that much by way of brains to notice the undeniable evidence. To deny it is to suffer from hockogrockle*, a disease whereby people use their brains to devise ever more ingenious arguments for doing or believing something really stupid.

    * Named in the eighteenth century, but the symptoms first described by Orwell.

  69. Empire GTHO Phase III

    100% Bob.

  70. Rev. Archibald

    It is your naïveté that is your most charming attribute, OCO.

  71. DrBeauGan

    Rev, I don’t believe snufti is really I T. He’s just a case of severe ingrowing hockogrockle. Complicated by stupidity. Also, he doesn’t write as well as I T.

  72. Mike of Marion

    Supremely fit young Russian Dancers tackling Kalinka at a dance competition.

    (None of the dancers are from the Ural Tractor Collective.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tkmy2h-4Zs

  73. Rev. Archibald

    . Also, he doesn’t write as well as I T.

    ..
    That’s the genius of it!

  74. Stackja

    ALP and big business, a mutual benefit.

  75. Geriatric Mayfly

    BUT. . . MoM one of those nubile young danseurs dropped her hanky. Madame Baryushkoyalova will be waiting the rehearsal room for quiet discussion.

  76. Infidel Tiger

    I wish Smufti was me. The reality is far scarier:

    This drongo is a public school teacher. He also harasses Asians for a hobby.

    Strange bloke, but at least he agrees that every Australian who served in Vietnam did so of their own free will.

  77. john constantine

    We don’t have bribery and corruption in Australia, so therefore when the chinese pay an ex-prime minister to ‘get things done’ by talking to people who owe him things, it isn’t corrupt, just the australian way of doing business with ‘Maaates’.

    The question we will never know the answer to, is did the Chinese, coming from their culture pay the ‘Maaaates rates’ for consultancy assuming they were paying bribes?.

    For a head spin, is it corrupt to con people into thinking they are paying you bribes when they really aren’t?.

    If they assume they are paying bribes, but aren’t, [because it is just a con and no corruption exists in Australia] however things work out for them just as if they had paid bribes, are they happy to have been conned?.

    cough, clinton crime family, cough.

    Pay to play, or Maaaate.

  78. Armadillo

    That’s the genius of it!

    Pffftttt. Stop it with the conspiracy theories. The real question on everyone’s lips is who killed Arky? My hunch is that it’s someone using the cloak of religion to fly under the radar (and no, I’m not referring to George Pell).

  79. Eddystone

    Have we run out of open forums?

  80. Tintarella di Luna

    From Fairfax:

    Newly released emails show former prime minister Kevin Rudd skirted senior US officials in an attempt to secure a meeting with then secretary of state Hillary Clinton, surprising her powerful senior adviser Huma Abedin and diplomats.

    The latest release of the former Democratic presidential candidate’s State Department emails show Ms Abedin warned Mrs Clinton about Mr Rudd’s unusual approach in December 2011, saying the then Labor foreign minister had directly sought a bilateral meeting through her office.

    The move, 18 months after Mr Rudd was deposed as prime minister by Julia Gillard, surprised then US ambassador to Australia Jeffery Bleich and assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, as an apparent departure from protocol.

    In an email titled “Warning”, Ms Abedin said Mrs Clinton’s staff had said no to Mr Rudd’s request and were trying to “buy some time to figure out” the situation.
    The pair were both at an international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany.

    “If Rudd tries to grab you, want to remind you he emailed me for a bilat,” Ms Abedin wrote to Mrs Clinton in the email released overnight.

    “I told you I was working on it.

    “Needless to say, Kurt’s staff and Jeff Bleich are surprised he went around them to get to you directly without co-ordination on message/policy etc.”

    Sections of the email are redacted and the reason for the proposed meeting is not known. Confidential information in the exchange will be declassified in 2041.

    It is not the first time Mr Rudd has been included in the former first lady’s controversial emails, being released by the US government after it was revealed she used a private server at her home while secretary of state.

    In October it was revealed that, as Mr Rudd worked on a failed bid to become United Nations secretary-general, he emailed Mrs Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta to seek a meeting.

    The emails, released as part of a suspected Russian hack of Mr Podesta’s private Gmail account, did not detail what Mr Rudd wanted to discuss.

    “I would appreciate a short chat before Christmas,” the email signed only as “K”, said.

    Emails released in September prompted Mr Rudd to dismiss as “bullshit” suggestions he had sought a sympathy call from Mrs Clinton after he was rolled by Ms Gillard in 2010.

    An email from Mr Bleich in June 2010 said the outgoing prime minister wanted to hear from Mrs Clinton, despite already speaking to President Barack Obama.

    Mr Bleich said he had no strong view on Mr Rudd’s hope for “a sympa­thetic call”.

    Last year Mr Rudd said he and Mrs Clinton had been friends for years and the pair spoke regularly.

  81. calli

    Have we run out of open forums?

    Someone mentioned the Thread of Doom. Even that had an end.

    This one ends in Lago.

  82. DrBeauGan

    I wish Smufti was me. The reality is far scarier:

    This drongo is a public school teacher. He also harasses Asians for a hobby.

    Strange bloke, but at least he agrees that every Australian who served in Vietnam did so of their own free will.

    IT, I believe you.

  83. Mark from Melbourne

    Have we run out of open forums?

    I think Doomy and Jacques are just showing off how well their software upgrade handles long threads.

  84. Huck

    Over at Blair’s there’s a photo of a very orange looking Trump.
    It got me thinking about how prescient that Foxtel show, “Orange is the new black” was.

  85. Grigory M

    Have we run out of open forums?

    Hopefully, my reference today to earlier helpful advice to Tailgunner (1 Jan 17 @ 7.10pm) will be cleared from moderation before this Open Forum expires.

  86. Gab

    Doomykins is on a WEB so don’t expect him to raise a sweat creating a new open forum. The man needs a break.

  87. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Huck there is more to life than donkey references. Grow up. Adult people don’t deal in smut.

    Are you the New Grigs by any chance? Hounding Kittehs again?

  88. .

    Anyone hear Culleton’s interview? I don’t think he’s quite the rogue he’s made out to be. FMD the woodchucks were being dishonest pricks too.

  89. Empire GTHO Phase III

    The emails, released as part of a suspected Russian hack of Mr Podesta’s private Gmail account, did not detail what Mr Rudd wanted to discuss.

    Nice unsubstantiated j’ism from the FXJ presstitutes.

    Dog Vomit will be going off his rocker right about now. He’ll be doing his best Herb Morrison – oh the humanity!

  90. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    There will be a new OT to celebrate my arrival home soon. I just know it.
    Betcha all can’t wait. If Doomie puts it up at an odd hour I might even make podium.
    Give him two more days WEB. 😀

  91. .

    Senile Old Guy
    #2251421, posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:41 am
    This is backed up by research, see Jason Fung, who ought to win a nobel prize in medicine:

    On this issue, you are a gold-plated loon.

    The studies cited are all uncontrolled and observational. Here’s a quote:

    The final arbiter, though, is common sense. Diet drinks do not make you lose weight. That is common sense. Believe it.

    Now, of course, diet drinks cannot ’cause’ a person to lose weight if they compensate by eating and drinking more calories in other stuff.

    You’re wrong. You’re just triggered like a AGW believer.

    Fung quotes mountains of evidence, how much evidence do you need before you realise you are wrong?

    The evidence is waiting for you and has been presented for you, it is up to you to ignore it or not.

    In fact, I have not seen anyone actually prove their point more comprehensively than Fung.

    The truth of the matter is, anyone arguing against Fung is a rolled gold loon.

  92. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Huck there is more to life than donkey references. Grow up. Adult people don’t deal in smut.

    Are you the New Grigs by any chance? Hounding Kittehs again?

    Stockholm Syndrome?

  93. .

    Obesity is not a disease: it is a symptom of eating too much.

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me, right?

    It is a condition that creates several life threatening complications and can cause cancer.

  94. .

    Obesity is not a disease: it is a symptom of eating too much.

    You’ve got to be kidding me, right?

    It is a condition that creates several life threatening complications and can cause cancer.

  95. srr

    😆
    Paul Joseph Watson Retweeted
    Josh Earnst [email protected] 7h7 hours ago

    POTUS calls on @realDonaldTrump to please stop creating jobs for at least the next 17 days. It’s really overshadowing our farewell tour.

    😆
    ______

    oh and johanna, first; when you bitterly cry, “Monomania!” At Everything, well, You = Stupid. Second; rather than obsessively attack the survivors of monsters, just shut up … unless, of course, it is your calling to protect and defend monsters …

  96. jupes

    Bob Hawke should be sent for re-education by the AMA for encouraging bad drinking culture. What message does it send the kiddies? And the Australian captain laughed! Oh the humanity!

    From CL’s link:

    Having appeared earlier on the big screens at the SCG skolling a glass of amber ale, much to the amusement of Australian captain Steve Smith, coach Darren Lehmann and the rest of the crowd, Mr Hawke denied he is still a big beer drinker.

  97. srr

    TRIGGER WARNING for johanna!

    Scroll past.

    This is a very different form of child sexual abuse being normalised by monsters.

    A specifically different one to very many other forms practiced by very many different groups of monsters = Not “monomania”.

    Paul Joseph Watson [email protected] 8h8 hours ago

    Video: Columbia University Students Support Female Genital Mutilation –
    http://www.infowars.com/video-columbia-university-students-support-female-genital-mutilation/

  98. jupes

    It is a condition that creates several life threatening complications and can cause cancer.

    Yes, but it’s not a disease.

  99. Notafan

    Huck is Huck.

    Altona pedigree’d and all.

    A single reference to an actual comment made by someone isnt harassment.

  100. Tintarella di Luna

    Dog Vomit will be going off his rocker right about now.

    Watch out for the press conference where the irrelevant little popinjay will verbally strut and preen in atonal nasal verbosity.

  101. Senile Old Guy

    Now, of course, diet drinks cannot ’cause’ a person to lose weight if they compensate by eating and drinking more calories in other stuff.

    You’re wrong. You’re just triggered like a AGW believer.

    I don’t get triggered, you dill.

  102. Geriatric Mayfly

    Beats me Top Ender, that when an animal like Manson is put in a civic hospital, the ‘duty of care’ obliges staff, however reluctantly, to keep the filth ticking over. The same institution probably has a late term abortion wing and maybe even a Right to Die facility.

  103. Baldrick

    Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke skols beer at the SCG

    Good for him, but the last time the Abbottbeast did the same he was promoting domestic violence or something.

  104. Infidel Tiger

    Didn’t a few people (including A Bolt) question if Malcolm Roberts was an anti-Semite?:

    One Nation has picked a fight with one of Australia’s closest allies, calling for tighter immigration controls for those across the ditch, after New Zealand co-sponsored a United Nation’s resolution censuring Israel.

    Queensland senator Malcolm Roberts said he was “appalled” by the Security Council resolution, which called for an immediate end to any and all settlement activities in disputed zones, including East Jerusalem, which he said “have contained Jewish settlements since biblical times”.

  105. Tintarella di Luna

    Yes, but it’s not a disease.

    Obesity is caused by not exercising sufficiently after consuming too many calories . Obesity can cause cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

  106. Top Ender

    Hopefully, Mayfly, a few of the nursing staff have some leftovers from the drugs cupboard for him.

    Suppose though the state would go for more taxpayer funds expended with an autopsy.

  107. old bloke

    Snoopy
    #2251756, posted on January 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I’m fairly certain that the increasing incidence of feral gut bacteria is related to global warming.

    No, it’s them zucchinis wot does it.

  108. Geriatric Mayfly

    Zucchinis put pressure on the bladder only.

  109. wivenhoe

    Zucchinis put pressure on the bladder only.

    Thank heavens for that, I thought that I may have to reduce my alcohol intake, now I only need to get rid of the Zucchinis.

  110. Tintarella di Luna

    This thread is starting to smell of old thongs and zucchinis, I’ll try a bit of Nantucket Briar, all good now at this end

  111. Geriatric Mayfly

    In the blink of an eye, old zucchinis turn into huge marrows packed with inedible pulp.

  112. Infidel Tiger

    The internet and Twitter are a force for good and education:

    https://twitter.com/Fraxtil/status/816056124713488384

  113. Notafan

    Saw petite zucchini with their flowers intact for €5.90 a kilo at the market here.

    Big price for a little flavour and a lot of water.

    I remember growing zucchini and that giant marrow thing ‘literally ‘ happening overnight.

  114. Huck

    johanna
    #1949095, posted on February 17, 2016 at 8:08 pm
    Oh, and another defamatory gem from JC:

    Naa you were possibly too drunk, angry and flirting with a mental image of Pharlap to realize you hadn’t posted it.

    Phar Lap was a gelding.

    I must say, we have have a fascinating insight into your own sexual fantasies via this exchange. Could I suggest Tijuana for your next holiday? They have some great donkey acts there, I am told.

    Care to comment Lizzie?
    And as to me being Grigory’s sock puppet, are you for real? I’ve been commenting here since 2011.

  115. herodotus

    Sinc said before he left that he’d organised all the new threads to appear at the usual intervals, yaddah yaddah. It doesn’t matter really. The end of a page is predictable if you don’t want your gem of a post to disappear too rapidly, but new threads are often like some street kid who’s been invested with special powers, a deus ex machina with attitude, intent on making your effort obsolete in an instant.

  116. Snoopy

    Has Trump appointed Kinky Friedman to a position in his administration? If not, why not?

  117. calli

    Huck, that’s what happens when you change your name. Are you the Artiste formerly known as Huckleberry Chunkwot?

  118. Huck

    Yes Calli, I decided to make my nom a bit more grown up to symbolise what I thought was a more grown up government when Abbott came to power.
    I made an Arky-Reverend Archibald type statement to that effect at the time.

  119. old bloke

    Zucchinis and cucumbers are tasteless things. They remind me of chokos, those equally tasteless vegetables which grew on vines over every backyard chook pen in 1950’s Sydney. No one ever ate them, they were only good for throwing at the chooks.

    That might be a good use for zucchinis, target practice with the chooks.

    Zucchinis put pressure on the bladder only.

    That depends GM on how and where they are inserted.

  120. Carpe Jugulum

    Infidel Tiger
    #2251861, posted on January 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    The internet and Twitter are a force for good and education:

    Champagne Comedy 🙂

  121. Bruce of Newcastle

    Brilliant.

    Hehe…

    Watch the New Yorker Crash and Burn

    The oh-so-clever New Yorker has a cartoon in its current issue that is getting a lot of much deserved mockery:

    [Is that the same cartoon? Oh look it is! How odd.]

    If airline pilots had as many catastrophic crashes, not to mention clueless navigation, as our political class, then this cartoon would actually make perfect sense. It’s almost as if the New Yorker was ironically intending to validate the infamous Flight 93 election article. But to a superficial liberal, I’m sure it makes them feel all warm and fuzzy, like peeing in their pants on a cold day.

    Wow, Smufti just hit a size 11 rake.

  122. Geriatric Mayfly

    Xylophone going off like a cat on hot bricks about some airborne dust from the old Port Augusta power station. Code for: What endless calamities coal-fired power brings upon my chosen people.

  123. herodotus

    Thompson-Ferrer at one set all, great match. A new Australian hope!

  124. Will

    Obesity is not a disease: it is a symptom of eating too much.

    You’ve got to be kidding me, right?

    It is a condition that creates several life threatening complications and can cause cancer.

    There is no “link”, there is not even a correlation between “obesity” (however defined) and early mortality.

    I defy you to cite any evidence for this, in fact all the studies support the null hypothesis.

  125. Geriatric Mayfly

    I am shocked, nay speechless, that you know of such things Old Bloke. Were you brought up proper, like me?

  126. Snoopy

    The Indonesian military has just realised that they came a very distant second in the Konfrontasi Borneo campaign. FMD.

  127. Wayward son

    “There is one epicycle of action which is important to avoid: viz –

    Recognition of an evil;

    Resolve to deal with it;

    Appointment of a committee to examine the evil and discover the remedy;

    Formulation of the remedy;

    Decision to adopt the remedy;

    Consultation with various persons who raise objections;

    Decision to defer to their objections;

    Decision to delay application of the remedy to the evil;

    Decision to forget all about the remedy and put up with the original evil;”

    Winston Churchill, Admiralty memorandum, 1912.

  128. Senile Old Guy

    There is no “link”, there is not even a correlation between “obesity” (however defined) and early mortality.

    http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2156

    Conclusion Overweight and obesity is associated with increased risk of all cause mortality and the nadir of the curve was observed at BMI 23-24 among never smokers, 22-23 among healthy never smokers, and 20-22 with longer durations of follow-up.

  129. Tom

    Champagne Comedy

    Carpe, Artiste is in a savage duel with CL for the title of Cat Contrarian of the Year, which will be announced on Australia Day, when Ian Rintoul becomes AOTY. He needs our Safe Space to complete his PhD. Please co-operate.

  130. old bloke

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2251876, posted on January 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I am shocked, nay speechless, that you know of such things Old Bloke. Were you brought up proper, like me?

    Absolutely GM, in the very best 1950’s Wesleyan tradition.

  131. Roger

    Renshaw 184, Handscomb 110, Cartwright a promising debut.

    It’s marvellous what a change in selectors can do.

  132. Bruce of Newcastle

    Over at Blair’s there’s a photo of a very orange looking Trump.

    This one was a lot of fun a few days ago. The before and after is highly entertaining and the fact that she was excluded from the meeting is even funnier.

    ‘Trans-Racial’ Rachel Dolezal Disinvited from MLK Event After Backlash

    Orange is the new, er…

  133. calli

    I would like to help the unfortunately named Mr. Rintoul in his endeavours. Where do I sign up?

  134. srr

    Bill Mitchell [email protected] 11h11 hours ago

    I can see the GM Boardroom now…

    Staffer: “Madam, President Elect Trump just tweeted about you.”
    CEO: “Oh sh*t!”

    😆 😆 😆 😆 …

  135. Snoopy

    “I’ve just driven down to Denmark, on the way back, on the Albany Highway at the turnoff to Cranbrook I was overtaken travelling at 110 kilometres per hour,” Ms Harvey said.

    “I was overtaken by a Ford Forrester, double white lines, that overtook me with two toddler bikes on the back.

    More fake news provided by government media unit and propagated by lazy, complicit media.

  136. Tom

    USSR, I love Bill Mitchell, one of the wisest men I have had the good fortune to encounter as a result of your links. You done good.

  137. H B Bear

    Xylophone going off like a cat on hot bricks about some airborne dust from the old Port Augusta power station.

    For once it would be great to see Xylophone actually raise an issue before it appeared on the 6pm news. An overpaid shutter of stable doors.

  138. Fisky

    Bill Mitchell is generally good, but he is overusing his Twitter account and starting to reach Louise Mensch levels of annoyingness, which is not where you want to be.

  139. Snoopy

    That Port Augusta fly ash ‘issue’ is invented, prompted, nurtured, sponsored and propagated by Their ABC.

    The fakest of Fake News.

    It reminds me of the great Gordonvale sugarcane ‘chemicals’ asthma cluster scandal of 1983.

  140. JC

    Fisky

    Have you incurred any other recent leftie twitter bans of late?

  141. Tom

    Fisk, you mean Mitchell is overusing Twitter like Milo did before he was banned? I agree, Mitchell has no special talent apart from being able to tell the truth, which is extraordinary in the age of leftoid propaganda lies.

  142. C.L.

    Just saw a Liberal senator (a woman) saying the Cullerton scuffle was not the behaviour Australians expected from their senators. I laughed aloud. Honestly, like being an Australian senator is in the least bit prestigious.

  143. Geriatric Mayfly

    You could sign up as a benecfactrix Calli. Which will earn you a small, piss-proofed plaque at the base of the lamp-post reserved for Rintoul. The ornateness of said post will the reflect monies contributed by generous patrons.

  144. eam

    Hey guys, there’s a new forum in town.

  145. Snoopy

    That Liberal woman senator is absolutely correct. Senator’s should not be scuffling outside a court. They should be running in circles screaming that the world as we know it is ending because of coal.

  146. H B Bear

    I thought Australian Senators should be picking up Africans out of the Mediterranean. Or is that a job for the Eurabian summer?

  147. Makka

    That Port Augusta fly ash ‘issue’ is invented,

    However, the place does stink to high heaven.

  148. srr

    Yeah Tom, I won’t say Mitchell is overusing twitter; not while he’s so clearly articulating something so Big! –

    Bill Mitchell [email protected] 11h11 hours ago

    Think for a moment about the brain power in this Trump Admin. International leaders of business and finance from end to end. #Results!
    ..
    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if the smartest people in America ran the country, you’re about to see it.
    ..
    I swear I look at this team Trump has built and I feel like standing and saluting. I’m overwhelmed with a sense of pride and anticipation.

  149. memoryvault

    It’s a bastard but somebody’s got to do it.

  150. Zyconoclast

    I lasted only 5 minutes watching Real Vikings on SBS.
    Looks like the feminist military machine was a significant reason for Viking success.
    They weren’t as strong as men but were much more skilfull.

    No documentary evidence needed. Speculation is all that is required.

  151. JC

    Funny comment in the Oz about the bizarre story how Rudd was trying to get a meeting with Crooked.

    Rudd may have done better if he’d enclosed a particular photo with the email. Huma Abedin imight have thought it was an email from her husband then.

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