Open Forum: March 11, 2017

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  1. Shelley

    Has Triggs commented publicly on Bill Leak’s death?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce refers to the “Powerwall”, does he mean the battery storage plant Musk is lobbying for to the SA and Federal governments?

    Gab – He seems to mean an array with a price much lower (h/t egg) than the Powerwall, but there are no specifics.

    The context is that there’s already an initiative to put in Samsung batteries in homes in SA of the same size as Powerwalls. So it was reasonable to work from that basis.

    It doesn’t matter. The tech is the same, so the electrochemical performance won’t be any different if you have 15,000 Powerwalls or a bank of the same number of cells in a single array. Indeed if there is a fire the latter would be worse since the whole bank could then burn down, whereas a distributed systemwould mean only one Powerwall would fry (and potentially the property its in).

    Load levelling batteries are well known. You can get 1 MWh single units. They’re all expensive. Some use lithium ion, others use sodium-sulphur and still others lead-acid. Mr Musk is just jumping in with a media sexy offer, which he can do but other suppliers wouldn’t be able to.

  3. Steve tickler

    Daniel Mark McGowan Andrews said on 6PR Perth radio this morning …”he is his own man”

    Unions will be squeezing his scrotum as i type.

  4. Chris

    WA Liberal Police Ministers have in general been less useful than a chocolate teapot, and I indicate for your amusement Rob Johnson and for your edification Liza Harvey. We point out errors, we point out abuses, we point out the
    We WA shooters may yet be GRATEFUL for the abusive solidity of the National Firearms Agreement, and the obstinate refusal of the WA Police to change what they do for anything as trivial as the direction of the Police Minister.
    Wall-to-wall chardonnay socialists trained for the approval of the ABC, should be a terrifying sight for a shooter, even an Olympic medallist. But since 1988 its been the Liberals who punish the innocent and load us with useless, irrational laws, while Labor have left us alone or if not, pulled their heads in when they see a few thousand people in the street or get, if necessary, a comprehensive electoral defeat.

  5. Chris

    …missed out… we point out the procedural stupidities and NOTHING is fixed.

  6. Zyconoclast

    2dogs
    #2324326, posted on March 13, 2017 at 2:06 am
    Throwing off the niqabs.

    That’s just the blokes getting rid of their ‘girly’ disguise.

  7. Steve tickler

    Put down the handkerchiefs and stow away the tissues. Brendon Grylls 300 votes behind in the Pilbara.

    Subject to change.

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Has Triggs commented publicly on Bill Leak’s death

    She issued a statement saying she was sad.
    Once again, the old hag is lying.

  9. Pedro the Ignorant

    Daniel Mark McGowan Andrews said on 6PR Perth radio this morning …”he is his own man”

    Hahahahahaha.

    The unions have his cabinet picked out, the new “tax on da rich” regimes written, the mining industry royalties gouging and the union enriching infrastructure projects (using OPM) will be on his desk by COB today.

    “Owned man” is more accurate.

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Sinc’s favourite economist, Andrew Leigh, is calling for the wealth tax created by Abbott/Hockey to remain in place.

  11. Bruce of Newcastle

    My understanding is that Tesla power array battery storage thingy will be built to supply more electricity not to prevent blackouts and not to jump in and provide power when the interconnector fails.

    Gab – It’s just a big battery, so once it runs down there’d be no more electricity. If the Heywood interconnector from Victoria failed (again) that would mean a deficit of 650MW, assuming it was operating at full capacity. Mr Musk’s 100 MWh array would last less than 10 minutes making up the deficit. So the SA grid would have ten minutes to get another power station into action. Since the second train of the Pelican Point gas turbine plant was not operating during the last set of brown-outs, and the operator refused to bring it on line because they’d lose money, there’s no guarantee that there’d be enough backup power generation capacity in such event anyway, battery or no battery.

    If there’s no generation capacity to back up the wind turbines when the wind isn’t blowing a battery just isn’t going to be much benefit, unless it is ginormous enough to do several days of electricity consumption. That would be hugely expensive – tens of billions of dollars. No one has ever built a system that big.

  12. Senile Old Guy

    Indeed if there is a fire the latter would be worse since the whole bank could then burn down, whereas a distributed system would mean only one Powerwall would fry (and potentially the property its in).

    And a catastrophic fire would be my concern.

  13. Carpe Jugulum

    Murray Ball Link

    As an aside the footrot flats dog was our mascot on HMAS Cook in 1985/86, we painyed him on the rat guards and had the workin’ dog T-shirt made for our Singapore trip in ’85.

  14. Boambee John

    SOG at 0905, plus Zulu

    The push for treaty ahead of constitutional change is probably based on the (not unreasonable) belief that it is easier to persuade half plus one of a couple of hundred pollies than a majority of people in a majority of states.

    Only the pollies get a say with a treaty which can “accept” many statements as reality that is then binding on the population.

    The only recourse for the people against a bad treaty is mass civil disobedience or rebellion.

  15. Dr Faustus

    He seems to mean an array with a price much lower (h/t egg) than the Powerwall, but there are no specifics.

    Presumably Musk would supply several hundred of the Powerpack units just installed in California. Operationally these are quite different to the domestic Powerwall, but as you note the electrochemical and discharge issues are the same.

    Panic decision-making by scared politicians deeply out of their depth and clutching at straws: exactly what an entrepreneur wants.

  16. Andrew

    For the poor bastard “high-income earner” on $90,000, the “at least $900” would be a 10% slug.
    I suspect ‘false news’ – but with the Greens, this is entirely feasible.

    Oh dear.

  17. notafan

    Exactly

    Seems like some people get the idea that batteries somehow generate electricity.

    But they don’t, it still has to come from coal or gas or wind or sun.

    It’ll be pink batts all over again.

  18. egg_

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has brushed off questions about the federal implications of the Liberal Party’s catastrophic performance in the West Australian election, saying the result had been “expected for quite some time”.

    Bill Shorten may soon be saying similar about Trumble.

  19. johanna

    Don’t hand back the blame to me, or you are complicit in her attacks.

    Lizzie has the SJW script down pat. On that ghastly anti-Trump late night TV show, they accused Ivanka Trump of exactly the same thing. She was “complicit” in something or other.

    How’s the crusade for making the Cat your personal “safe space” going, Lizzie?

    I have never asked that for myself.

    But then, I’m not desperate to be unconditionally loved by everybody.

  20. srr

    Stefan Molyneux‏Verified account
    @StefanMolyneux

    “Why did Carlos Slim purchase 16.8% of the New York Times,
    and what has he received from the deal?”

    @Cernovich
    ____________

    Pesos for Play: How a Mexican Robber Baron
    Turned the New York Times into His Personal Blog

    By Mike Cernovich and M.T. White

    Foreign influence in U.S. politics and media is a hot topic at the New York Times, which fails to disclose its largest shareholder is a Mexican who oppresses his own people. Why did Carlos Slim purchase 16.8% of the New York Times, and what has he received from the deal?

    Lest you dismiss this expose as a “right wing conspiracy theory,” consider that the most vocal critics of pay-for-play are left wing editors and commentators, including the New York Times’ own editor!

    “Behind the Scenes, Billionaires’ Growing Control of News.”

    New York Times editor Jim Rutenberg wrote an article covering the perils of allowing billionaires to control the news. While criticizing Peter Thiel …
    ..
    Brian Stelter is another critic of billionaires buying media outlets, and he indeed mentions Carlos Slim by name.

    We should view Russia Today skeptically as the Russian government funds RT, media analysts point out. Indeed CNN’s Brian Stelter, in a hit piece on Larry King, falsely claimed King’s Ora TV was funded by Russia. (In fact, King’s show is distributed by RT, with King maintaining creative control.)

    Yet in the same hit piece Stelter observed, “And that’s what the ensuing controversy is all about. King’s interview programs are produced by Ora, a media company owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. King owns a piece of the company.”

    Will Stelter append a similar disclaimer on all references to the New York Times, given Slim’s considerable ownership interest in the Times?

    What’s more is that Slim profits from immigration. Because of his cell phone monopoly, he receives exorbitant profits from calls made by America’s Mexican population to relatives in Mexico.

    Should the Times be required to disclose, in every editorial about illegal immigration, that its largest shareholder profits from porous borders?

    Oh Do, RTWT –
    https:[email protected][email protected]imes-into-his-personal-blog-2403c4590dd0#.db0x7sk6o

  21. Boambee John

    Beery at 1151

    If only the Persians could get rid of their Arab overlords.

  22. max

    Breaking: news coming in of Murray Ball’s death.

    Will post further as details come to hand.

  23. val majkus

    about Musk and the battery offer even the ABC has concluded it doesn’t add up

    Why haven’t we done this in Australia already?

    It’s always been too expensive to be practical.

    For it to make sense as an investment, the savings would have to be greater than the costs of installing and running the batteries in the first place.

    The reason interest in these batteries is growing is because they’re getting cheaper every year.

    But whether or not they make economic sense yet is still up for debate. Roger Dargaville, from the Melbourne Energy Institute, suggested in The Conversation that they don’t.

  24. val majkus

    and from the comments at Warwick Hughes’ site:

    “Musk Bets He Can Fix Aussie Power Woes in 100 Days or It’s Free”
    I presume Musk’s “free” means free in the sense that the long suffering US tax payers who’ve already seen Musk burn through $5 billion in government hand-outs will also have to pick up the tab for this new $75 million worth of bravado. Mind that $75 million no doubt ignores the cost of power engineering to connect the magical 300 MWh battery to the power grid.
    To put it in context 300 MWh of battery energy could replace the rated power flow of the Heywood grid interconnector to Victoria for less than half an hour. Not of much use when SA’s windmill generation often goes walkabout for up to eight hours at a stretch.

  25. thefrolickingmole

    The batteries are ok as long as they can meet the peak demand times output.
    Charging up shouldnt be a problem as off peak can trickle charge in at the low cost rates.
    But if they continue destroying base load where does the trickle charge come from?
    String together a week of hot windless days or similar and you are back to square 1, not enough generation capacity.

    Im not against the idea of storage, as long as it can cover the peak periods, and there is enough “leftover” generation at other times to quickly recharge.

  26. val majkus

    meanwhile in Britain a scandalous waste of money (links at the link):

    Serious questions are raised today over hundreds of millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money being ‘wasted’ on climate change projects such as an Ethiopian wind farm and Kenyan solar power plant.

    A Telegraph investigation shows little benefit so far from a £2 billion foreign aid programme to tackle climate change that was established eight years ago.

    One scheme, costing £260m of UK taxpayers’ money, has produced only enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of just 100 British households – about the size of a typical street.

    Projects including solar parks in Kenya and Mali, a rubbish-burning power plant in the Maldives and wind farmer project in Ethiopia are all earmarked for funding from the scheme.

    The Telegraph investigation raises major concerns over the use of international aid money to fund complex renewable energy schemes in some of the world’s poorest countries.

    It will also reignite the row over the Government’s commitment, championed by David Cameron, to ring fence the £12 billion annual foreign aid budget, which is fixed at 0.7 per cent of national income.

    Critics have accused the Government of “scandalously wasting” taxpayers’ money on the schemes.

  27. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor’s Ben Wyatt, a cousin of federal minister Ken Wyatt, will become Australia’s first indigenous treasurer.

    From the Oz. The Wyatt family is fairly well known in Western Australia – Ben Wyatt’s grandmother is Yamatji, so it would seem having an Aboriginal grandmother makes you indigenous.

  28. P

    One of our esteemed cats put up on this blog a few days ago now a video of Bill Leak’s book launch which was 40mins in length.
    Today I considered how BLeak’s cartoons had indeed given me more than 40mins pleasure, so I sat down in reflection this arvo and viewed The Full Book Launch.
    I’m glad I did.

  29. egg_

    Presumably Musk would supply several hundred of the Powerpack units just installed in California.

    Cell Design & Monitoring
    Powerpacks use a high volume, high reliability architecture tested over the one billion miles driven in Model S. Combined with hundreds of embedded sensors*, Powerpack offers unparalleled performance, safety and reliability.”

    *Temperature sensors, in case it burns to the ground?
    Per others, Pink Batts MkII.
    Pollies vs ‘reality bites’.

  30. srr

    Turkish Riots In The Netherlands | Erdogan Threatens Europe!
    Stefan Molyneux

  31. johanna

    Carpe, thanks for the Murray Ball link.

    His funny but unsentimental (and brilliantly drawn) portraits of farm life will live long beyond him.

    It is nice to know that even Peanuts creator Schultz acknowledged him as a master of the art.

  32. Slow&Easy

    Gab
    #2324571, posted on March 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you both, MV and Bruce.

    My understanding is that Tesla power array battery storage thingy will be built to supply more electricity not to prevent blackouts and not to jump in and provide power when the interconnector fails.

    Is this correct?

    they say a little knowledge is dangerous, you are safe Gab.

  33. egg_

    The batteries are ok as long as they can meet the peak demand times output.

    Precisely, it’s more a case of output, which even if they claim a discharge rate of 1C (unity) at the cell, the electromechanical losses stated above reduce its efficiency well below the nameplate capacity – per Tel’s Top Gear Tesla test, flat out the Tesla achieved only 25% capacity which is in line with most UPS, designed to last 20 min at full capacity at most, giving enough time to start up a backup (diesel) Gen-set.

    This product is just an upscaled UPS.

  34. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    johanna
    #2324596, posted on March 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm
    Don’t hand back the blame to me, or you are complicit in her attacks.
    Lizzie has the SJW script down pat

    As suspected, it is never ending.

    Today, 13th March at 8.07, the ghost of Miss Elizabeth Bennet made her last and final response to Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

  35. 2dogs

    Turkish Riots In The Netherlands | Erdogan Threatens Europe!

    Turkey’s relationship with Europe is collapsing.

  36. Nick

    Wasn’t Lady Catherine de Bourgh that sour faced old barouche riding trout with the shitty countenance ? Oh wait…

  37. P

    I’m not desperate to be unconditionally loved by everybody.

    johanna, this reminded me of a quote imparted to me throughout my school years:

    “Choose thy friends as thy books, few but choice.”

  38. Leo G

    Bill Shorten may soon be saying similar about Trumble.

    Bill has great expectations for his own catastrophic performance.

  39. Gab

    Thank you, Bruce (and others). I’ve been offline, however a cursory look at responses (i will read them properly soon) leads me to the conclusion:

    Musk has guaranteed that he will build a battery storage unit in 100 days and if he fails to do so he will pay the the storage unit construction costs. If he meets the target, taxpayers will pay him. He makes no guarantees that this battery storage facility will actually solve SA’s power crisis.

    Have I got it right?

  40. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    For those unfamiliar with Pride and Prejudice, one of my very favorite books and authors, or those who do not recall it, here’s a Study Guide comment:

    “Miss Bennet I am shocked and astonished. I expected to find a more reasonable young woman. But do not deceive yourself into a belief that I will ever recede. I shall not go away till you have given me the assurance I require.” (56.56)

    And by “reasonable young woman,” Lady Catherine means “someone who, like everyone else, will do exactly what I say.” Lady Catherine is ridiculous, of course, but these moments really show us how awesome Elizabeth is.

    Elizabeth Bennet took no nonsense from standover tactics and neither do it.

  41. Boambee John

    On the subject of Turkey, it is my vague understanding that the region around Istanbul is relatively secular and the Islamist heartland is in Anatolia.

    Do any Cats have any better info on this? Could the “European” part of Turkey split off at some time?

    This would leave the Bosphorous under non Islamist control, and the rest to argue with the Kurds.

  42. Senile Old Guy

    The nannies are at it again:

    The Federal Government is being urged to lead by example when it comes to reducing the numbers of drivers using their phones while behind the wheel. It follows a continued spike in the road death toll, with mobile phone distraction labelled the leading cause of road fatalities, ahead of speeding and drink- and drug-driving. Lachlan McIntosh, the head of the Australian College of Road Safety, said Australia had to apply the disabling technologies, “the sooner the better”.

    The use of ‘labelled’ is curious.

    He said technology that disables the phone while it’s connected by BlueTooth to the car — already working in some forms in the United States — was available in Australia. “I don’t think it is a matter of forcing motorists, it is about encouraging the providers of the technology to recognise that this distraction is a distraction, and it is causing harm to motorists and to other people on the roads.”

    He wants your phone to stop working — except for ’emergency’ calls — when you get in your car. What a feature! Exactly how the phone identifies ’emergency’ calls is not clear. A call does not have to go to 000 to be an emergency.

  43. old bloke

    Elizabeth Bennet took no nonsense from standover tactics and neither do it.

    Bugger Jane Austen, I want to hear about the adventurous librarian.

  44. Chris

    I want to hear about the adventurous librarian

    Watch ‘The Mummy’ again. THAT is a LIBRARIAN.

  45. Ragu

    But whether or not they make economic sense yet is still up for debate. Roger Dargaville, from the Melbourne Energy Institute, suggested in The Conversation that they don’t.

    Either Dargaville said it or not.

    This is the ABC pattern. Open with a green-left gambit, then get a comment from the ALP, go back to the green, ‘balance’ the conversation with a conservative and end with the token green-left disagreeing with everyone.

  46. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I come here for the freedom to speak, just as others do.

    People are free to put whatever interpretation they wish on to my comments but I will not be denied a voice and hounded out or into submission to someone else’s idea of what I should be.

    That way is the road to serfdom, especially for women.

  47. Chris

    On the subject of Turkey, it is my vague understanding that the region around Istanbul is relatively secular and the Islamist heartland is in Anatolia.

    Turkey is full of people who are proud to be Turks. Many in the major cities are proud of being citizens of the modern world, and the inheritors of their grandparents modern secularism. However the suburbs of Istanbul have plenty of revival Islamic people just as the rural areas have grandparents of secular ideas. The idea of Turkey splitting geographically is not very plausible in part because people have recent and clear evidence of what happens to those who disagree with the central power. It is not at all pretty.

  48. Carpe Jugulum

    O

    n the subject of Turkey, it is my vague understanding that the region around Istanbul is relatively secular and the Islamist heartland is in Anatolia.

    Do any Cats have any better info on this? Could the “European” part of Turkey split off at some time?

    This would leave the Bosphorous under non Islamist control, and the rest to argue with the Kurds.

    The gatestone institute had this article some time ago, interesting reading.

    Perhaps Turkey was never a secular state.

  49. BrettW

    NSW Police Association rep just on 2GB radio talking about problems in Fairfield. More than 2 x number of murders than anywhere else in NSW. Mentioned large number of Syrians coming into the suburb but Police manpower not keeping up with what is happening.

  50. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NEW WA premier Mark McGowan has warned Roe 8 contractors that his government will not back down on plans to stop the controversial highway extension project.

    “I would ask contractors to mitigate any losses, we are not going to proceed with the road,” he told ABC radio on Monday.

    He said there had been a significant swing to Labor in the electorates around Roe 8, which was one of the key points of differences between Labor and the Liberals during the election campaign.

    The 5km route is part of the $1.9 billion Perth Freight Link that the Barnett government said would provide a better road between industrial areas and Fremantle Port.

    Opponents argued it was destroying the unique Beeliar Wetlands,

    Labor says cancelling the contracts, which won’t happen till after his government is sworn in, may cost up to $30 million.

    “If that’s the price of doing this, I know it’s a lot of money but the people voted on what they wanted and we want to make sure we follow through with our mandate,” Mr McGowan said.

    When asked on 6PR if the cost of ripping up Roe 8 contracts could be as high as $158 million, Mr McGowan said he’d be meeting Treasury officials later on Monday.

    Perth Now. Yep, it’s all about balancing the budget and creating jobs..

  51. While I loved Footrot Flats the very best Murray Ball publication was The Sisterhood in 1993 which skewered second wave feminism and which got him in a bit of shit.

    RIP to a great man.

  52. P

    I come here for the freedom to speak, just as others do.
    People are free to put whatever interpretation they wish on to my comments but I will not be denied a voice and hounded out or into submission to someone else’s idea of what I should be.
    That way is the road to serfdom, especially for women.

    I Am Woman

    A pity she couldn’t sing as well as her sister (half-sister) Toni Lamond.

  53. Mother Lode

    For it to make sense as an investment, the savings would have to be greater than the costs of installing and running the batteries in the first place.

    So the drones at the ABC do understand this.

    Now, about the windmills that make things like batteries even only briefly worth considering.

  54. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Bugger Jane Austen, I want to hear about the adventurous librarian.

    You brought about a much needed smile for me, Old Bloke.
    I haven’t had the fortitude yet to tackle the ‘dashing, adventuresome librarian’.
    May never achieve it either.
    But I am quite enjoying the old centenarians of Sardinia in “The Island of the Ancients”.
    Maybe I just like old folk, coming here as I do to visit quite a few.
    The wit and wisdom and humour of the years on display. 🙂

  55. Mark A

    srr
    #2324612, posted on March 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    ssr, I don’t know why you keep quoting Stefan Molyneux.

    The man is in love with his own voice, he talks and talks but says little.

  56. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Freedom to speak one’s mind doesn’t mean liking that silly song, P.

  57. Ragu

    “If that’s the price of doing this, I know it’s a lot of money but the people voted on what they wanted and we want to make sure we follow through with our mandate,”

    Sometimes popular opinion is wrong, or worse.

    If you thought politics could get worse, if you thought that people in cheap suits (the entertainment branch of industry as Frank Zappa called them) could get any worse, they are now willingly holding entire states and countries to heel because of the vocal minority that don’t want anything but a cash payout. The people are as corrupt as their representatives.

  58. Chris

    Good link, Carpe.
    We don’t pay attention to it, but our ‘Greeks’ in Melbourne and Perth include many who fled Turkish violence from Istanbul and Cyprus and other places in Turkey as the Turkish Government ramped up violence against their own citizens. THat pogrom in 1955 I had not heard of, but I had a colleague who left when he came back from serving in the Turkish military and found everyone gone – maybe 1970, during the Cypriot war.

  59. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    The idea of Turkey splitting geographically is not very plausible in part because people have recent and clear evidence of what happens to those who disagree with the central power. It is not at all pretty.

    Having been there, I agree with Chris’s outline of a two-way table on the varied intersections of locational and cultural factors, making a split unlikely. Even more do I agree with his quote above about raising your head above the parapet and getting it shot off.

  60. Makka

    These poor abo youfs in detention; complaining of being manhandled and pushed around. Will the commission also hear from the victims of these mongrels – the ones terrorised in their own homes or threatened with violence in their businesses? Will the flogged taxpayer get a hearing to say what he/she thinks of supporting these parasites from cradle to grave while they abuse their kids, beat their women , sniff petrol and generally become burdens on hard working folk?

  61. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I think that the answer to all of your questions, Makka, is a resounding no.
    We will not hear of these things. Not in the Commission, nor in the MSM.

  62. srr

    Mark A, I don’t know why you always bitch at me posting, anything, and never address the content of what I post … oh, sorry, yes I do … 🙄

  63. Bruce in WA

    But since 1988 its been the Liberals who punish the innocent and load us with useless, irrational (firearms) laws, while Labor have left us alone or if not, pulled their heads in when they see a few thousand people in the street or get, if necessary, a comprehensive electoral defeat.

    McGowan is an open supporter of NRHWA —— No Recreational Hunting in WA. He is giving $2 000 000 to the rabidly anti-gun, anti-hunting RSPCA.

    Bend over and spread your cheeks, WA gun owners — you are about to be bored, reamed and countersunk.

  64. P

    I’ve often wondered Lizzie why when on one of your recent jaunts when you were so close to Hydra that you didn’t visit there. The connection first of the Johnston’s then a little later Leonard Cohen, I would have thought would have made it an irresistible port of call.
    If you consider the question out of line, please ignore.

  65. Boambee John

    Thanks for the info on Turkey

  66. Mother Lode

    SoG,

    It is the unassailable totem before which all must bow down: ‘Saving lives’.

    They argue that any one of their new prohibitions will ‘save lives’. What kind of a monster would dare to defend something that can ‘cost lives’. Or, the highest deity on the pole: Children’s lives.

    Lower road speeds saves lives. Mandatory helmets saves lives.

    The Baird-like busybodies will not be happy until we are not allowed to go to the beach, drinking is outlawed, speed limits on freeways is capped as 30kph, baths are 2cm deep, and there will be handrails on every street and people will be fined for not having three points of contact at all times.

  67. Mark A

    srr
    #2324677, posted on March 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Mark A, I don’t know why you always bitch at me posting, anything, and never address the content of what I post … oh, sorry, yes I do … 🙄

    Pardon me for living ssr, to my recollection this is at most the second post I directed at you. Most likely the first actually.
    And yes, he is too verbose for his own good, most peeps just give up and stop listening.

  68. Noodles Romanoff

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2324475, posted on March 13, 2017 at 11:24 am
    The Montagues and the Capulets are at it again – one set in one eucalypt, the other bunch in the other eucalypt. Flutes at 50 paces. No Romeos and Juliets though since the grey and pied butcherbirds diverged about 5 million years ago.

    Thought you were referring to Lizzie and Johanna for a second there BoN.;-)

  69. Fisky

    The Left have no arguments about anything anymore, except that their opponents must be banned from speaking.

    https://twitter.com/RitaPanahi/status/841145586703192064

    Rita Panahi 27 minutes ago

    Campaign to prevent @Ayaan from speaking in Sydney. Organisers & venues harassed. Shameful.

  70. Rev. Archibald

    SRRs links today were v. good.
    Lead me to watch quite a few vids from the same presenters.
    Almost worth the incomprehensible formatting and wall of text she uses.
    Almost.

  71. cynical1

    He said technology that disables the phone while it’s connected by BlueTooth to the car — already working in some forms in the United States — was available in Australia. “I don’t think it is a matter of forcing motorists, it is about encouraging the providers of the technology to recognise that this distraction is a distraction, and it is causing harm to motorists and to other people on the roads

    He then drove home blasting mp3s of AC/DC at 130db through the six speaker system in his car, confident
    that the evils of using a mobile while driving had been addressed…

  72. srr

    Oh, poppycock Mark A.

    But who cares, so long as some like you remain steadfast in signalling what “most people” must stay in line with if they want to stay in ‘The In UN Crowd’, people like you are at least doing your job … not a job that I would do for any price (being allergic to the fruits of The Modern Age Stasi), but at least you aren’t competing for work with those talking about what the UN does not want people talking about, and that people around the world are freely choosing to pay for, out of their own pockets. 🙂

  73. Mark A

    Rev. Archibald
    #2324702, posted on March 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    SRRs links today were v. good.

    OK you like them, fine, some I like too, but listening to SM today was a torture, he didn’t say anything I didn’t get from other sources quicker and in a more succinct manner.

    Did it come to a stage where we cannot criticize or utter an opinion on anything said or posted on this blog?

  74. Mark A

    srr
    #2324709, posted on March 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Oh, poppycock Mark A.
    But who cares, so long as some like you remain steadfast in signalling what “most people” must stay in line with if they want to stay in ‘The In UN Crowd’, people like you are at least doing your job … not a job that I would do for any price (being allergic to the fruits of The Modern Age Stasi), but at least you aren’t competing for work with those talking about what the UN does not want people talking about, and that people around the world are freely choosing to pay for, out of their own pockets. 🙂

    I highlighted the lot because I need someone to translate it into something resembling a human tongue.
    Pidgin English will do.

    You win ssr, you are on my scroll list.

  75. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    These poor abo youfs in detention; complaining of being manhandled and pushed around

    Constitutional recognition, and a treaty will solve all their problems, though, won’t they?

  76. Mark A

    Adam
    #2324716, posted on March 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Oh noes! Not the scroll list!

    Most cruel ain’t it Adam?
    that’s me. LOL

  77. Snoopy

    It’s curious that television reports of Victoria’s new ‘No Masks’ legislation are accompanied by file footage of right wing protesters only. No Antifa. No Socialist Alternative. No Guy Fawkes. Etc etc.

  78. Infidel Tiger

    Word is coming through that Murray Ball is unwell.

  79. Gab

    Slow&Easy
    #2324615, posted on March 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    they say a little knowledge is dangerous, you are safe Gab.

    I am asking for answers, slow&easy, not insults. I don’t fully understand the ramifications of Elon Musk’s proposal, so I seek clarification from those who are eminently more qualified to answer my questions.

    I note, however, that all you offer is an insult and no answers.

    Obviously, you don’t have a clue which makes you even less dangerous than me. But at least I am curious to learn the truth. You just keep on burying your pretty empty head in the sand, pet.

  80. johanna

    For those unfamiliar with Pride and Prejudice, one of my very favorite books and authors

    Pride and Prejudice is an author? Who knew?

    Better get yourself an editor who understands grammar, if and when you ever finsish the (amazing, Lizzie!) book that you have been skiting about for so many years.

    Oh, and nice touch with the “for those unfamilar.” So graciously condescending.

  81. Gab

    Yes, joanna, no one could ever accuse you of being “graciously” condescending. I believe you’ve got Lizzie there! You’re day is complete.

  82. calli

    Almost time for a new thread. This one’s worn out.

  83. This Joanna vs Lizzie bitch fight is well worth my subscription cost.

  84. Infidel Tiger

    What’s the latest on the WA upper house results?

    Buggered if I can work it out.

  85. Senile Old Guy

    I don’t fully understand the ramifications of Elon Musk’s proposal, so I seek clarification from those who are eminently more qualified to answer my questions.

    The information provided by Bruce and Tel is that it would be extremely expensive and ineffective: it would, if I remember correctly, supply power for less than an hour; probably much less, if it worked at all. And somehow those batteries would have to be charged and recharged.

    I suspect the whole ‘plant’ would catch fire and go up in a thick cloud of very toxic smoke.

    It is the stupidest idea I’ve heard in quite some time.

  86. srr

    It’s also kinda fun watching attempts at holding up early BS excuses for demanding edits to make one conform to the accepted narratives and norms (or be put on the Stasi ‘scroll past’ List), whilst also trying to walk back from those BS excuses, due to the need to keep praising those on the Stasi Approved List who are actually committing those bitched about sins.

    What a tangled mess of worms. 😆

  87. B Shaw

    Infidel Tiger, you’re so bad

  88. Slow&Easy

    Gab
    #2324726, posted on March 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Slow&Easy
    #2324615, posted on March 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    they say a little knowledge is dangerous, you are safe Gab.

    I am asking for answers, slow&easy, not insults.

    Sorry Gab, I was rather glib there, no insult intended, seemed like a good quip at the time, must have read it somewhere.
    The wifey keeps telling me to keep my gob shut.
    Might start to listen to her.

  89. johanna

    Emergency alert to all Cats!

    You brought about a much needed smile for me, Old Bloke.

    Lizzie is sad. 🙁

    SWAT teams to cheer her up are required urgently.

  90. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The former teen inmate at the centre of the Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile justice has rallied behind other young offenders who have suffered abuse behind bars.

    Footage of Dylan Voller being tear-gassed, spit-hooded and shackled to a restraint chair prompted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to call the inquiry, which resumed hearings in Alice Springs today.

    Speaking outside the commission alongside family and protesters, Voller said he wanted to support the other young people giving evidence.

    “Everyone else from around the country and around the world supported me, so it’s my turn to give back while I’ve got an open voice,” he said.

    Voller was jailed in 2014 for a violent, ice-fuelled crime spree but was granted bail last month to begin a rehabilitation program, months ahead of his planned release in October.

    The 19-year-old said his stint at the Alice Springs-based Bush Mob camp was going well, and that he was horse riding and had a job.

    Voller refused to comment on a handwritten list he reportedly wrote while in jail of people he wanted dead and detailing how he would kill them. On Friday Margaret White said she and fellow commissioner Michael Gooda were “disturbed” by the leak of the document that was provided to the inquiry and demanded the NT government explain how it was given to the media.

    Inside the commission, a juvenile witness has told how his complaints about alleged abuses in custody were repeatedly ignored or mishandled by authorities, including by some agencies that have loudly criticised others for failings in youth justice.

    Jamal Turner, 20, told the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory he had grown up in Alice Springs and started getting into trouble after family members introduced him to drugs, first cannabis and then ice, when he was a teenager.

    From the Oz. Strange, they aren’t allowing comments.

  91. B Shaw

    Anyone who types out the abomination – “peeps”
    is a nitwit of the first order

  92. Mother Lode

    they say a little knowledge is dangerous, you are safe Gab.

    My preferred play on the ‘little knowledge’ thing is:

    They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. That makes (Monty, Clemmie Ford, Doris Bagshawe etc) a thermo-nuclear tactical device.

    And by that same reckoning I consider we are completely safe with Gab.

  93. Gab

    The information provided by Bruce and Tel is that it would be extremely expensive and ineffective: it would, if I remember correctly, supply power for less than an hour; probably much less, if it worked at all. And somehow those batteries would have to be charged and recharged.

    Thanks, SOG but as I understand it, Elon Musk makes no guarantees in writing that the Powerwall unit will work. Yes, he makes a claim that it will solve SA energy crisis, but anyone can make a claim. All he is willing to guarantee, contractually, is to build the unit within 100 days and not charge the taxpayer a cent if he fails to meet that target.

    If, after building the powerwall unit within 100 days, the SA energy crisis is not solved, then he will blame a host of other factors, none of which relate to the battery storage unit. That’s how I see it and am amazed, though not surprised, that The Smartest Man in the Room (he’ll tell you that every time) and Weatherill cannot see through the Musk ruse.

  94. Gab

    As for it “working at all”. it appears to be working in Southern California.

  95. Mother Lode

    Almost time for a new thread. This one’s worn out.

    Threadbare.

  96. thefrolickingmole

    A worrying sign from the peoples collective farm #7 as out new treasurer factors in being part of a squandermonkey crew.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/13/mark-mcgowan-stops-perth-freight-link-in-first-move-as-wa-premier

    He said Labor had a responsibility not to put a time frame on paying down debt.

    “We’ve seen, particularly at a federal level, various treasurers say we will be back to surplus at this point and we’ve seen how that unwound rather embarrassingly for various treasurers,” Wyatt said.

    So not even the Wayne Goosesteen “event horizon” timeframe.

  97. Gab

    Almost time for a new thread. This one’s worn out.

    Never fear. I’m certain joanna will pollute the new thread with her envy-laden acrimony.

  98. Mark A

    Building a battery bank is the easy part.
    You need a converter or many if they are on separate locations, to feed into the system, didn’t see any reference to that.

    Links please if available?

  99. Tailgunner

    Peeps.
    And Pepe’s.
    REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  100. johanna

    Having been there, I agree with Chris’s outline

    Of course, it’s all about moi again.

    How long were you there? What do you know about Turkish history and geography? I mean, the view from the hotel on a brief holiday hardly conveys expertise.

    No deterrent to our resident giant intellect, though. She’s been there, and we all have to hear about it!

  101. Joe

    Building a battery bank is the easy part.

    What does one do about the inevitable losses due to conversion from DC to AC and vica versa. It might be acceptable to a single residence if supplemented by energy collected for free. However, the cumulative losses over an entire network would be enormous.

  102. B Shaw

    An appeal to all the younger, handsome men on this site

    Lizzie is glum

    Rally

  103. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I’ve often wondered Lizzie why when on one of your recent jaunts when you were so close to Hydra that you didn’t visit there.

    P the answer is I didn’t go there last time because Hairy has taken me there before. I think I even posted a account of it here, quite some years ago now. It is one of the Saronic islands and we were closer in Rafina to the Cycladic group that extends down to Santori, where I have also been, this time alone, because Hairy was on business in Germany for that week. Thus on our recent trip we went to Tinos with our friends where neither of us had been before, a Cyclidic island, with its fascinating ‘pigeon house’ architecture. Hairy spent all his holidays from Cambridge in Greece (latter day Lord Byron, bad boy, etc). The very first island he ever took me to was Spetsis, near Hydra, and then to Hydra, where we swam from a famous rock out into the Aegean and he showed me where he had slept on it once in his sleeping bag. I didn’t enquire with whom.

    George Johnson and Charmian Clift are certainly remembered on Hydra; I think ‘Clean Straw for Nothing’ was written there. Both excellent writers, as victims of hedonism they were both descending into alcoholism and their children apparently were badly affected by that. Their eldest son died at 45 of a heart attack. As I am not a great fan of Leonard Cohen (he’s tolerable only at times) I didn’t much follow up on that in Hydra, although when in Jamaica years ago I did go to see both Bob Marley’s house, and the house (derelict at the time) where Noel Coward used to live. In the deep south USA we went to a fabulous 1920’s restored nineteenth century plantation house where Orson Wells and a similar crew used to hang out.

    I love these old places where the past still dwells.

    Hairy was also fond of term breaks to Copenhagen, where he sat on the shoulders of the Little Mermaid (unthinkable today), and went a few times to Moscow. He got drunk there too. 🙂

    Excuse me rattling on, but I do love travel and the memories of it.

  104. Leigh Lowe

    Word is coming through that Murray Ball is unwell.

    Rumours abound that he has passed on.
    But I reserve judgement until Walter Kronkite takes off his glasses, has a bit of a bottom lip quiver, and calls it official.

  105. Senile Old Guy

    That’s how I see it and am amazed, though not surprised, that The Smartest Man in the Room (he’ll tell you that every time) and Weatherill cannot see through the Musk ruse.

    Absolutely.

    Tesla’s project has a capacity of 20 megawatts and is designed to discharge 80-megawatt hours of electricity in four-hour periods. It contains enough batteries to run about 1,000 Tesla cars, and the equivalent energy to supply power to 15,000 homes for four hours. The company declined to disclose the project’s cost.

    So the biggest one Telsa has built has supply about 1/50 th of the required power for four hours for a cost that will not be disclosed. Sounds like a winner to me!

  106. Excuse me rattling on, but I do love travel and the memories of it.

    Me too. It appears that the good wife and I are going to spend the next 4 or 5 months in Verona. I am rather pleased.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Do you know, one thing I really like to do before I go anywhere is study up on its history and geography. And I keep my eyes open when I am there, either short-term or longer-term. I often get to meet some interesting locals, intellectuals and dignitaries, through Hairy, and I talk freely to people in shops and elsewhere to get a feel of a place, as you do.

    Don’t you?

  108. Infidel Tiger

    This is why women should not have internet access.

    p.s Not looking good for Murray Ball.

  109. Nick

    It’s curious that television reports of Victoria’s new ‘No Masks’ legislation are accompanied by file footage of right wing protesters only. No Antifa. No Socialist Alternative. No Guy Fawkes. Etc etc.

    That’s interesting, also for the fact that the right wing protestors don’t seem to favour masks in general.

  110. B Shaw

    intellectuals and dignitaries

    it makes
    all
    the difference

  111. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    the next 4 or 5 months in Verona

    I am a convert to Verona. I’ve never been there and we had the opportunity to stop off on a train trip we were taking to Venice. Don’t ya want to see Juliet’s balcony? offered Hairy. Nope, it’s imaginary, I said, which it is. Well, Two Gentlemen of Verona, he enticed. Nope, I said, disinterested.

    I’ve regretted that ever since. Enjoy your time there and bring back a tale or two for us never beens.

  112. Absolutely, Lizzie. I promise to make some effort to post interesting tidbits from Verona.

  113. Dr Faustus

    WA election: Mark McGowan begins transition to government as counting resumes

    Mr McGowan has yet to select his cabinet, and will face some tough choices as he pares down his 20-strong shadow ministry to the maximum of 17 allowed under the WA Constitution.

    So, a Shadow Ministry numbering three more than the Constitution allows in Cabinet?
    That seems like an astute move – probably a sign of more good governance to come.

  114. Bruce of Newcastle

    Victoria’s new ‘No Masks’ legislation

    No masks and no moons.
    What party poopers!

  115. Tom

    I had a beer with Muzza last week. He was in top form. Not answering his phone now, though.

  116. calli

    Verona is where you sit in the cafe of an evening and watch the people walk up and down in their stylish outfits. That’s what the travel guide said anyway. 😃

    The mini coliseum is pretty spectacular. And the archeological diggings in the middle of town. Have fun there Adam. The locals are friendly, not restless.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    17 Ministries.

    How in God’s name is the more than 3?

  118. Joe

    How in God’s name is the more than 3?

    Alright, I’ll ask. What three?

  119. Rev. Archibald

    Alright, I’ll ask. What three?

    Woman’s issues, multicultural affairs and racing.
    Just the important ones.

  120. Diogenes

    That’s what the travel guide said anyway

    What does the one true travel guide -Bradshaw’s say ?

  121. Infidel Tiger

    Almost Arky.

    1. Premier fella.

    2. Money & Bookkeeping Shit

    3. Racing & Punting and Assorted Shit.

  122. Rev. Archibald

    Oh, man, now I can’t fit yoof affairs into cabinet.
    Fuck.

  123. Philippa Martyr

    What’s the latest on the WA upper house results?

    Buggered if I can work it out.

    2 Liberals
    79 ALP
    twelvty Nats
    23 Fading Curtains Party
    14 Xenophobic Protectionists
    3 Slavering Darth Vadar Party
    1.5 People for Fluoride Free Animal Rights
    and a Liberal Democrat.

    And a partridge in a pear tree.

  124. Dr Faustus

    Not answering his phone now, though.

    You can read too much into a thing like that.
    My FIL used to turn his off all the time “because nobody calls me“.

  125. notafan

    Four months in Verona, nice work Adam.

    Small but sweet with a very good gallery and magnificent coliseum they call the Arena. Why I don’t know why. They still do shows there.

    Lots more to do than grabbing a handful of Juliet.

  126. Infidel Tiger

    Legitimately you wouuld have thes eministries:

    Premier
    Roads & Transport
    Schoolin’
    Health
    Treasurer
    Crime fighting

    Can’t think of anything else.

  127. notafan

    Parading must be a thing in Italy.

    Lucca’s main drag was nuts after about 4 pm. No point in being in a hurry.

    One side sauntering up and the other side sauntered down with dogs and prams and spongebob squarepants balloons.

  128. Fisky

    I would have a Ministry for Helicopters and Disappearances

  129. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Da Hairy Ape has been invited as an esteemed professor (held a chair indeed) and industry person to many high quality international universities. We first met when he was giving a speech at one where I worked: soul mates immediately in that milieu. So that is where the intellectuals come from on our trips, some good, some what you would expect. I also have friends and contacts internationally within the university sectors and in the broad church of mass media. Hairy additionally also has many commercial interests and business contacts due to his managereal and commercial work as a change agent and prime toe-cutter; they are interesting for the local gen as they know more than the academics. I also nearly married a diplomat instead of The Lefty Philosopher; we still keep in touch re DFAT matters and our children. He married now for the second time and is an Ambassador. International networks are just that; contact networks of certain sorts of people. You can glean a lot from them when travelling.

    Both of these sides of Hairy’s very senior career by the way are why you claim at your peril that Hairy is behaving illegally by hacking into people’s emails on the cat. It is good he is not known here by name.

  130. Infidel Tiger

    I would have a Ministry for Helicopters and Disappearances

    We need so many helicopters. So many.

  131. Leigh Lowe

    Adam … you lucky, lucky bastard!
    We have a dream of spending an extended time in Italy, but I am determined to scrabble together a few hundred words of Italian before we do.

    But keep up the reports on Verona.
    We are going to Northern Italy and Croatia in September and Verona/Laga di Garda is on the list.

  132. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Can’t think of anything else.

    Record keeping of all sorts? Property ownership etc. Part of the role of the State.

  133. Infidel Tiger

    So apparently lefties hate Coopers Beer now, but are totally okay with Halal certification.

  134. Gab

    Has Trump sacked any more of the public purse snouts? If not, why not?

  135. egg_

    Links please if available?

    Dr Faustus linked earlier in the fred, similar SoG.

  136. Tintarella di Luna

    New thread, gatti svelte

  137. Boambee John

    johanna

    Lizzie is pulling your chain and you are reacting every time.

  138. Leigh Lowe

    Parading must be a thing in Italy.

    Lucca’s main drag was nuts after about 4 pm. No point in being in a hurry.

    Lucca is on the list too.
    Only went there for a coupla days.
    Their square is kind of an oval, but give the main drag a miss. Walk around the old walls. They are wide enough for a two lane road, shaded by mature trees, with Gelato bars and wine bars nicely spaced along the walk.

  139. egg_

    What does one do about the inevitable losses due to conversion from DC to AC and vica versa

    Above link references re Musk’s 20MW installtion in California – likely also involves a step-up transformer(s), to be installed by SA Govt?

  140. test pattern

    ‘..so it would seem having an Aboriginal grandmother makes you indigenous.’

    Yes, it does you redneck wanker. My wife and kids have proof of Aboriginality papers. There is no such thing as proof of part Aboriginality. You are or aren’t.

  141. Huck

    I thought that being born here would make me indigenous.

  142. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Why I hate volcanos. This is a song of my heart, but can’t find Dylan singing it: just the words.
    Surely you know the tune anyway? That and Ruby Tuesday from the Stones is how I felt before I met Da Hairy Irish Ape. He made me feel real, not some cipher from a song, travelling nowhere.

    Black Diamond Bay

    Up on the white veranda
    She wears a necktie and a Panama hat
    Her passport shows a face
    From another time and place
    She looks nothing like that
    And all the remnants of her recent past
    Are scattered in the wild wind
    She walks across the marble floor
    Where a voice from the gambling room is callin’ her to come on in
    She smiles, walks the other way
    As the last ship sails and the moon fades away
    From Black Diamond Bay

    As the morning light breaks open, the Greek comes down
    And he asks for a rope and a pen that will write
    Pardon, monsieur, the desk clerk says
    Carefully removes his fez
    Am I hearing you right
    And as the yellow fog is lifting
    The Greek is quickly heading for the second floor
    She passes him on the spiral staircase
    Thinking he’s the Soviet Ambassador
    She starts to speak, but he walks away
    As the storm clouds rise and the palm branches sway
    On Black Diamond Bay

    A soldier sits beneath the fan
    Doing business with a tiny man who sells him a ring
    Lightning strikes, the lights blow out
    The desk clerk wakes and begins to shout
    Can you see anything
    Then the Greek appears on the second floor
    In his bare feet with a rope around his neck
    While a loser in the gambling room lights up a candle
    Says, open up another deck
    But the dealer says, attendez-vous, s’il vous plait
    As the rain beats down and the cranes fly away
    From Black Diamond Bay

    The desk clerk heard the woman laugh
    As he looked around the aftermath and the soldier got tough
    He tried to grab the woman’s hand
    Said, here’s a ring, it cost a grand
    She said, that ain’t enough
    Then she ran upstairs to pack her bags
    While a horse-drawn taxi waited at the curb
    She passed the door that the Greek had locked
    Where a handwritten sign read, do not disturb
    She knocked upon it anyway
    As the sun went down and the music did play
    On Black Diamond Bay

    I’ve got to talk to someone quick
    But the Greek said, go away, and he kicked the chair to the floor
    He hung there from the chandelier
    She cried, help, there’s danger near
    Please open up the door
    Then the volcano erupted
    And the lava flowed down from the mountain high above
    The soldier and the tiny man were crouched in the corner
    Thinking of forbidden love
    But the desk clerk said, it happens every day
    As the stars fell down and the fields burned away
    On Black Diamond Bay

    As the island slowly sank
    The loser finally broke the bank in the gambling room
    The dealer said, it’s too late now
    You can take your money, but I don’t know how
    You’ll spend it in the tomb
    The tiny man bit the soldier’s ear
    As the floor caved in and the boiler in the basement blew
    While she’s out on the balcony, where a stranger tells her
    My darling, je vous aime beaucoup
    She sheds a tear and then begins to pray
    As the fire burns on and the smoke drifts away
    From Black Diamond Bay

    I was sitting home alone one night in L.A.
    Watching old Cronkite on the seven o’clock news
    It seems there was an earthquake that
    Left nothing but a Panama hat
    And a pair of old Greek shoes
    Didn’t seem like much was happening
    So I turned it off and went to grab another beer
    Seems like every time you turn around
    There’s another hard-luck story that you’re gonna hear
    And there’s really nothing anyone can say
    And I never did plan to go anyway
    To Black Diamond Bay

  143. notafan

    LL.

    Was there in early Jan.

    7am I had the steets to myself (okay and the cleaning crews) between the Christmas lights,the shimmering cold and the midnight blue sky slowly lightening up it was kind of magical patrolling the streets.

  144. Yes, it does you redneck wanker. My wife and kids have proof of Aboriginality papers. There is no such thing as proof of part Aboriginality. You are or aren’t.

    How swiftly times change.
    It seems yesterday that one was not accepted unless one was 100% of the blood.
    The most intractable racism I’ve observed was the casual disdain shown by aborigines for yeller-fellers.

  145. Mark A

    Salvatore at the Pub
    #2324855, posted on March 13, 2017 at 5:53 pm
    How swiftly times change.
    It seems yesterday that one was not accepted unless one was 100% of the blood.

    Seems like yesterday that you could apply for a job and if you could do it you were in.
    Today you have to have a paper first, same as with aboriginality.

    Funny that.

  146. Seems like yesterday that you could apply for a job and if you could do it you were in.
    Today you have to have a paper first, same as with aboriginality.
    Funny that.

    Mark A: We’ve gone one better now. As I’ve learned at quite some cost over the past couple of weeks, the paper is more important than being able to do the job.

    I’ve been pinged, hard, by the authorities for having a job (non-trade, non-skilled) done in an exemplary fashion, alas it was done by someone who had not first signed a paper (A4 – printed by me) to say they knew how to do this job.

    Cost to me: In the tens of thousands – when it is all totalled up.

  147. Filbert

    Wow. Johanna it would appear, is irredeemably poisonous.
    Like the scorpion stinging the frog she just can’t help herself.
    What a shame that she is drowning the blog in her envious bile.
    Scroll… unfortunately.

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