Thursday Forum: March 16, 2017

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  1. Diogenes

    Don’t do it here Bruce, point to some of your publications on the matter. Then I’ll get back to you.

    back at you

  2. Eyrie

    Sounds about right BoN. About the same as Idso’s natural experiments a long time ago.
    Mitch, you warmunist dick, fuck off. Some of us do have qualifications in relevant scientific fields.

  3. Baldrick

    Leftards hate everything:

    End St.Patrick’s Day @endstpats
    St. Patrick’s day encourages and perpetuates the idea of whiteness and white culture. It otherizes non-whites and promotes nationalism.

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Is Triggs at the Bill Leak gig?
    Maybe she’s disguised as the safe schools gimp.

    Barry Humphries said he generally doesn’t like memorials, but he’d happily go to one for the HRC and it’s miserable followers.
    His speech appeared a bit rambling, but he got stuck right up the lefties. He said “the arts were under threat” from the likes of the HRC (ouch … the left love to think they own the yartz) and basically equated them with the prim, colourless, censorious, three-piece suit wearing puritans from the 1940’s to the 1970’s.

  5. Leigh Lowe

    Trump can’t do anything until Gorsuch is sworn in.

    Yes.
    What is the timeline on that?
    I thought it was April.

  6. incoherent rambler

    Fact check required.

    Mal is proposing a $45 billion project that uses electric winches to lift Ayers Rock above the ground so that it can be released to generate electricity when needed.

  7. Nick

    Leigh, hes not bad for a bloke in his near mid eighties

  8. cohenite

    Val: Trump might be temporarily stymied by Judicial activism in the area of importing muslims but he is gangbusters elsewhere:

    White House: Climate funding is ‘a waste of your money’

  9. .

    End St.Patrick’s Day‏ @endstpats
    catholicism, as a force that united “europe”, is central to the myth of whiteness. religion won’t stop our political and social struggle.

    The religion was started by Arabs and Chews and taken on by Greeks and Africans. Arguably some Italians/Latins were in on the act early.

    The Franks elevated the Western Church and never controlled Spain, England, the Nordic States, Poland or Hungary. Furthermore, they obviously never united with Russia, Greece and the Byzantines.

    The Romans united southern and western continental Europe before the church existed.

    That twitter account cannot be serious. Really?

  10. Leigh Lowe

    End St.Patrick’s Day @endstpats
    St. Patrick’s day encourages and perpetuates the idea of whiteness and white culture. It otherizes non-whites and promotes nationalism

    White culture?
    It’s mostly green really.

  11. .

    End St.Patrick’s Day‏ @endstpats
    St Patrick’s day obviously reinforces false ideas of nation, continent, and race – that’s why white people are so threatened by this account

    Continents are a false notion…? Um?!

  12. Leigh Lowe

    Leigh, hes not bad for a bloke in his near mid eighties

    Yes.
    And I loved his angle.
    Rather than going down the freedom of speech path, he accused them of censoring the arts.

  13. Nick

    Re Balders link, fuck me, white people with the effrontery to celebrate their own historical figures. Wait till these wombats find out St Pat was captured as a slave, they will accuse him of appropriating black culture or some such rubbish.

  14. .

    Ease up on Mitch. He didn’t tell us the sky was falling, just that there was some feedback. Favouring nuke over solar is a good start.

  15. .

    Nick
    #2329343, posted on March 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    Re Balders link, fuck me, white people with the effrontery to celebrate their own historical figures. Wait till these wombats find out St Pat was captured as a slave, they will accuse him of appropriating black culture or some such rubbish.

    Jesus was black.

  16. Leigh Lowe

    St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, so the Gaia raping vandal didn’t give a shit about species extinction either.

  17. Nick

    Jesus was black.

    How dare he!

  18. Huck

    Alarmism has no defensible science. I do wish the alarmist trolls who come here were competent and not just arrogant little shits.

    Therein lies the problem Cohenite. If said troll was competent, there’s no way that they could be an alarmist and if you’re an alarmist, you can’t be competent.

  19. .

    Is Rev. Jesse Jackson appropriating white culture by virtue of his vocation? Or was Jesus black?

  20. Bruce of Newcastle

    Getting green goop injections for my old cats (one hyperthyroid, the other kidney failure) is why I now run a bird café. It’s much easier on the psyche.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Is Rev. Jesse Jackson appropriating white culture by virtue of his vocation? Or was Jesus black?

    Black or not, he was born in Palestine so, unless Jesse is Palestinian, he’s guilty of cultural appropriation.
    Victim poker can get complicated, can’t it?

  22. srr

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  23. NewChum

    ARE protected at least in part by the US’s free speech laws, vis a vis the “dot com” designation of this website. That often influences the decision of web site naming.

    Whack ! There goes a rake.

    How does one get partial protection for free speech? Can your 18c damages get a U.S. Free speech law discount?

    Asking for a friend because he got sued for making a joke about an indigenous computer lab on a U.S. site called Facebook.com

  24. calli

    That @endstpats Twitter account has all the bases covered. The comments are priceless.

  25. Fisky

    End St.Patrick’s Day‏ @endstpats
    catholicism, as a force that united “europe”, is central to the myth of whiteness. religion won’t stop our political and social struggle.

    This is absolute garbage from start to finish. Catholicism has never cared about “race” at all. “Whiteness” is an Enlightenment-era import from the colonial frontier.

  26. There is a sudden rush for popcorn as Mitch M takes on BoN.
    Even if you put Mitch M up, BoN, it’s good entertainment.

  27. harrys on the boat

    BHP Billiton are a joke of a company, highlighted by the necessity to create South 32.

    They have just had a cry over SA’s inability to maintain power for its Olympic Dam mine, but now issue a statement that the company will be participating in Earth Hour and be switching off all the lights. What a clusterfuck.

    BHP Billiton are a text book example of Sullivan’s Law.

  28. NewChum

    This week the monorail salesman from The Simpsons paid a visit to South Australia. Only this time he was selling giant uneconomic batteries instead of shooting people through vacuum-tubes.

    No Cory, the vacuum tube thing is Futurama, not Simpsons. SHAME.

    Whack! Another rake.

    Bernardi is clearly referring to Musks Hyperloop, another speculative project designed to Hoover public funds. In fact he got the gullible Arabs in Dubai to stump up for it. Wherever there is a government who wants to look good, Musk is there to sell them a monorail of some type.

    As previously stated I can’t help but admire the guy for his chutzpah. If he was fleecing the politicians own funds he would be a folk hero. Alas he gets taxpayer funds so no gong.

  29. Philippa Martyr

    I first read it as Cat Heaven.

    That’s where they go when they’re euthanised.

  30. Philippa Martyr

    Black or not, he was born in Palestine so, unless Jesse is Palestinian, he’s guilty of cultural appropriation.
    Victim poker can get complicated, can’t it?

    Jesus was Jewish. Just don’t tell the Muslims that.

  31. thefrolickingmole

    I first read it as Cat Heaven.

    A craypot?

  32. DrBeauGan

    My daughter got a letter from her old school delivered to my address. It wanted a picture of her to show what she’s up to these days.

    I am going to send a picture of me smoking a big cigar and telling them I had a sex change operation and that if they don’t put it on their webpage I shall charge them with being anti-trannie.

  33. Zyconoclast


    Heyfield timber mill could be taken over by Victorian Government if board chooses to close it

    [Don’t know if this has been posted]

    Weatherdill wants to nationalise the power grid.

    Dan the Man from Victoriastan want to nationalise sawmills

  34. Nick

    Cat heaven reminds me of the Gary Larsson cartoon involving a cat seeing a truck of mice and small flightless birds collide

  35. thefrolickingmole

    DrBeauGan

    See if you can borrow an Asian neighbours child and have them on your lap explaining you are running a massage parlor somewhere remote in Cambodia which prepares the underprivileged tots for an exciting future in the horizontal industries of tomorrow.

    You might make the front cover as a philanthropist.

  36. .

    NewChum
    #2329354, posted on March 17, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    ARE protected at least in part by the US’s free speech laws, vis a vis the “dot com” designation of this website. That often influences the decision of web site naming.

    Whack ! There goes a rake.

    How does one get partial protection for free speech? Can your 18c damages get a U.S. Free speech law discount?

    Asking for a friend because he got sued for making a joke about an indigenous computer lab on a U.S. site called Facebook.com

    ACMA can shut down websites in Australia (au) based on “offence” (and pr0n etc). They can’t do it to dot coms. The rules on any mobile content are more strict, and perhaps ludicrous (no MA15+ stuff).

    …and no, I never claimed that you get “protection” from S 18C, or defamation in Australia. You might even be liable for injurious falsehood and so on no matter your domicile.

    I don’t mind being criticised, but please criticise me for stuff I actually typed.

  37. NewChum

    Val: Trump might be temporarily stymied by Judicial activism in the area of importing muslims but he is gangbusters elsewhere:

    White House: Climate funding is ‘a waste of your money’

    Pinch me, I’m dreaming, surely? The president is proposing to give zero to international climate change causes, to cut funding to the epa for all climate change programs, and justified this by saying ‘it’s a waste of your money’

    None of my wildest fantasies of ending the climate idiocy ever has an Australian leader being so plain.

    This is where Trump gets it right. Just straight up tell everyone it is fake. No hiding behind half pregnant small target rubbish like ‘direct action’ or ‘common sense’ action. You there! You’re wasting money on fake scientists! We’ll stop that for you.

    Meanwhile we are going to send water up and down a mountain like a nation of idiotic jack and Jill’s and still end up with no power.

  38. thefrolickingmole

    Nick

    I think that was hell, the cat was stuck inside.

  39. DrBeauGan

    Good idea, mole.

    My daughter would approve. She’s not all bad.

  40. stackja

    St Patrick was a good bloke. I don’t like today’s corruption of his name.

  41. notafan

    I know very well that the official documents of the Catholic Church are thought to have reached points of no return. What a shame that they should be contradicted on a daily basis by the homilies of the pontiff, who employs precisely the old, inveterate structure and its expressions, dissolving the contents of the aforementioned documents. One need think only of the law of “an eye for an eye” recently evoked by the pope carelessly and mistakenly


    Pope Francis gets a little smack from a Rabbi

  42. .

    This is actually pretty silly

    http://www.acma.gov.au/Industry/Broadcast/Television/Advertising/network-ten-breaches-rules-about-political-matter

    But, you can write an entire show which pushes multiple political angles?

    I mean having a gay Aborignal war veteran with PTSD…sure, no agenda there, Channel 10.

  43. Nick

    Dr. BG, I’ve warned friends that as I get older, I’m likely to start pulling stunts such as the one you mentioned . I recently had to pick up a mate from hospital who had been operated on. The officious person on duty wanted to know who I was. I toyed with the idea of saying that I was his special friend/life partner/I was the wife they had met yesterday and am transitioning.

  44. Nick

    Ha Mole, I think you’re right !

  45. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dr. BG, I’ve warned friends that as I get older, I’m likely to start pulling stunts such as the one you mentioned

    My aunt, and her sister, went to see my uncle in hospital. A hospital worker asked what relation they were to the patient. Said sister replied cheerfully “Well, she’s his wife, and I’m his mistress…….”

  46. Leigh Lowe

    St Patrick was a good bloke. I don’t like today’s corruption of his name.

    You mean the tragic 5th generation Australian wankers who will be leaning up against a bar in Brunswick wearing a battered felt hat, pretending they love the taste of Guinness, and talking about “de craic” in a faux Irish accent?

  47. Nick

    Speaking of which, Liqourland have 6 pack cans
    of Irish made Guinness for $10 today to be sure.

  48. .

    Seriously, what happened to “P”?

    I had a few questions about the history of Walgett she might know.

  49. DrBeauGan

    Nick
    #2329377, posted on March 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    Dr. BG, I’ve warned friends that as I get older, I’m likely to start pulling stunts such as the one you mentioned . I recently had to pick up a mate from hospital who had been operated on. The officious person on duty wanted to know who I was. I toyed with the idea of saying that I was his special friend/life partner/I was the wife they had met yesterday and am transitioning.

    The political correctoids are rather vulnerable if you think about it. Their bullshit relies heavily on the rest of us being responsible and polite. Once we stop pretending that they are sane, we can wipe them out.

  50. Nick;

    Dr. BG, I’ve warned friends that as I get older, I’m likely to start pulling stunts such as the one you mentioned . I recently had to pick up a mate from hospital who had been operated on. The officious person on duty wanted to know who I was. I toyed with the idea of saying that I was his special friend/life partner/I was the wife they had met yesterday and am transitioning.

    I’ve been doing that for the last thirty years.
    A favourite quote from the neices/nephews/grandkids is “What?! Mad Uncle Winston has done what?!”
    I only do it to embarrass them in front of their mates, unfortunately the mad uncle routine has become a little stale…

  51. struth

    and some amendments are inviolable regardless of citizenship or residency.

    The delusion is strong with you.
    Could you please tell Putin that some US amendments apply to his peasants.
    They may not be aware.
    But seriously, it is disgusting how you won’t bring yourself to concede defeat.
    You don’t want Trump to win on this do you?

    No one has right of entry to the states and constitutionally the POTUS can stop anyone and everyone getting in.
    You are a mussie lover, oblivious to the dangers others are going to have to fight for you to maintain your privileged western existence, and die due to policies you support.
    And have already.
    If the world had a black plague outbreak, the POTUS has an obligation and every constitutional right to shut the borders to foreigners.
    Especially from countries affected .
    Islam is that black plague.
    But we have left wing judges who go against the constitution, babbling on about foreigners rights that don’t exist, applying the country’s laws and rights to the whole world in a disgusting attempt at perverting America’s sovereign rights, that only go as far as it’s borders and it’s citizens, to help achieve the left wing goal of the destruction of the west.
    And you tie yourself in knots trying to defend it.

  52. Nick

    The political correctoids are rather vulnerable if you think about it. Their bullshit relies heavily on the rest of us being responsible and polite. Once we stop pretending that they are sane, we can wipe them out.

    Not just that, rather than whine about Lefty snowflake behaviour, there is power in using their own ‘standards’ against them, it’s quite effective. For example, try one day hyperventilating a little, saying that you’re being oppressed and require a safe space 🙂

    I’m serious. Sometimes we feel like using rightist language when actually, Lefty terms are far more effective. The difference being is we are mocking them.

  53. H B Bear

    ABC political correspondent:
    It’s the great gas robbery. And it’s right before us in our utility bills.

    Andrew Probyn has only recently managed to clamber aboard the taxpayer tit at the ALPBC staff co-op after years of howler monkey press at Teh Worst and polishing Ol’ Leathery’s knob when given the chance. He will be toeing the co-op line very carefully.

  54. Helen

    I am so glad I watched that. At first I thought it would be a wank fest and intrusive that all the “I loved him too people look at moi’s” there, (Lucie and Truffles) but it was more than that.

    Sure they were there, but it was more about the people who loved him and who he loved, sharing that love, and respect – in buckets. It was about the people who he worked with and whose days he lit up, just by being there, it was the bosses who had the courage to back him all the way up to Rupert who hailed him as possibly the worlds best, it was the everyday and mundane, it was the humour amongst the grief, unfeigned and real.

    Such a character, academic in his knowledge, well and widely read, a perfectionist who had to master everything he tried, no hobbies while in front of the telly, pure immersion was required. A gifted writer who chose to write in pictures, a muso, a father, lover to many, husband to two, in the words of his brilliant sons, how lucky we were to have him.

    Goodbye Bill. Let your honesty humour and larrikinism live on.

  55. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dan the Man from Victoriastan want to nationalise sawmills

    Zyco – You haven’t told the whole miserable story.

    The sawmill is fine. But they’re not allowed to harvest trees because of possums. As the government is protecting da possums they have no trees to harvest. The government is now threatening to nationalise them to save jerbs because the very same government has stopped them from sawing up trees. I expect the possums will magically disappear just after they’re nationalised.

  56. La Deplorevole Tintarella di Luna

    The tributes by Bill Leak’s sons were very moving.

  57. .

    struth
    #2329388, posted on March 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    and some amendments are inviolable regardless of citizenship or residency.

    The delusion is strong with you.
    Could you please tell Putin that some US amendments apply to his peasants.
    They may not be aware.
    But seriously, it is disgusting how you won’t bring yourself to concede defeat.
    You don’t want Trump to win on this do you?

    It would be good if you could even remember what the person you are arguing with said.

    Trump lost. He should have. He redrafted the EO. Now the claims against the new EO are clutching straws and likely caselaw doesn’t support them. I want Trump to do his job and follow the constitution. the same as I expect of our own government.

    A Russian in a legal dispute in America, residing in or out of America, has due process rights that are inviolable. Being turned back at the border isn’t a legal dispute. If a Russian seeks relief for It is non-justiciable. Darweesh had residency and was promised a special form of asylum. He had a “legitimate expectation” (as we would call it here) and that administrative law decision became a constitutional matter re due process.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have to repeat myself over and over again.

    No one has right of entry to the states and constitutionally the POTUS can stop anyone and everyone getting in.

    Subject to the constitution and the law.

    If the world had a black plague outbreak, the POTUS has an obligation and every constitutional right to shut the borders to foreigners.

    That’s completely different to Darweesh and the new plaintiffs would have a hard time arguing the EO was discriminatory.

    But we have left wing judges who go against the constitution

    Some of them didn’t.

    babbling on about foreigners rights that don’t exist

    This is a complete myth. Foreigners always have due process, equal protection and free speech. Being turned back at the border is not deprivation of life, liberty or property.

    And you tie yourself in knots trying to defend it.

    Not at all, you’re confused and wrong, and don’t even recognise that I think the current cases have no prospect of success.

  58. Fisky

    Oh dear, the open borders Washington Post is engaging in Stalinist rewriting of headlines to save the narrative.

    https://twitter.com/juliangwan/status/842456829938548736

  59. Harlequin Decline

    If Oz ever runs out of possums there are 30 million of the bastards over in Kiwiland. They would be ever so glad to get shot of a few million.

  60. .

    “If a Russian seeks relief…” over a matter of escrow or a conveyance, the US courts cannot simply find a default judgment in the name of the respondent on the basis that the plaintiff is a foreigner and non-resident.

    That is similar to why they passed the Alien Tort Act in the first case, to ensure sovereign risk was low, but that was superceded by the 5th and 14th amendments. This is all basic literalism/strict construction that Scalia would follow. The 5th amendment only mentions persons, not citizens and it binds the Federal government to the 14th amendment as well.

  61. struth

    Trump lost. He should have.

    Please tell that to the family of the next Islamic attack victim/s on US soil.

    It is absolutely constitutional that the president can close the borders at any time , to anyone, for the sake of the security of the country.
    (I wish I didn’t have to repeat myself)
    It was put in to the constitution to stop precisely what is going on.
    Endless lawfare holding up national security matters, allowing the plague in during the ensuing power battle.
    It is plain and unambiguous in the constitution for that reason.
    They haven’t a leg to stand on.
    They are so far to the left, they cannot contemplate reality.
    They should be locked up.
    They are traitorous.

    I know I use that term a lot, but it really is the only apt description.

  62. La Deplorevole Tintarella di Luna

    Winston Smith EWLOB26051952M
    #2329229, posted on March 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    Tinta;

    Would a pigs guts do the job, Tinta?
    I’ll show photos for proof…

    Sure thing Winston or a video would be goodwith you reciting those Cassius lines from Act 1 Scene 2 “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings, while eviscerating doing the reading. Thanks

  63. Bruce of Newcastle

    HD – To be fair the sawmill is unable to harvest because of Leadbeater’s Possums, which are extremely cute. I think brushtails are cute too, since my old lady possum lets me stroke her like a cat. Her coat is very soft. Bread and carrots are the price for that humiliation.

    First came across Leadbeater’s Possums in Durrell’s Two in the Bush. He did good stuff.

  64. cohenite

    Huck

    #2329349, posted on March 17, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Alarmism has no defensible science. I do wish the alarmist trolls who come here were competent and not just arrogant little shits.

    Therein lies the problem Cohenite. If said troll was competent, there’s no way that they could be an alarmist and if you’re an alarmist, you can’t be competent.

    Brilliant!

  65. Gab

    Snippet from the OZ:

    Disappointing the humourless rabble

    Barry Humphries said Bill Leak had been “snatched from the jaws of the PC jackals.”

    Referring to the occasion nine days ago when, in his character of Sir Les Patterson, he launched Leak’s latest book, Humphries said: “He was laughing, his laughter would have really enraged his enemies.

    “That laughter would have so disappointed the humourless rabble who attacked him so viciously and so vindictively.”

    Humphries said The Australian had given Leak “loyal, continuous support.”

    Of Bill Leak he said: “We were right to salute you and love you.”

    Humphries told the memorial service that he never enjoyed making speeches at funerals.

    The only funeral, he said, that he would enjoy speaking at would be the funeral of the Human Rights Commission.

    In joking reference to Sir Les Patterson, who “interrupted” Leak’s speech at the book launch, Humphries said: “I witnessed the deplorable interruption of this event by an Australian diplomat called Les Patterson.

    “He made a speech in doggerel which was really in flagrant violation of human rights and good taste.

    “Sir Les, unlike the man we honour today, was always an embarrassment.”

  66. rafiki

    Nick – some are into what you contemplate. Around 6-15pm yesterday was to be found sitting at St Kilda station tram stop a middle-aged, bearded and somewhat portly man, dressed in a mini summer sundress, sipping beer from a can. Mrs Rafiki thought he had nice legs. No-one seemed to be bothered, which might suggest that being accepted as ‘in transition’ might work. If this is the case, opportunities to screw up the system might abound.

    (It did occur to me to ask: where was Monty at this time?)

  67. struth

    A

    Russian in a legal dispute in America, residing in or out of America, has due process rights that are inviolable. Being turned back at the border isn’t a legal dispute. If a Russian seeks relief for It is non-justiciable.

    Tell me, what would an alien to the US, who has never stepped foot in the country, have other than trade to head to a US court for?
    You are using U S international business laws as a distraction and then claiming that other rights are also granted with them.
    They are not.

  68. .

    So is Trump a traitor by reissuing the executive order and letting Darweesh stay?

    They haven’t a leg to stand on.

    No, NOW they don’t. You are conflating Darweesh with these new cases – and Trump ultimately agreed with Darweesh.

    They should be locked up.
    They are traitorous.

    Come off it, this is jack booted nonsense. You want to lock people up for having a republic with checks and balances? Trump should and probably win in court now anyway.

    If Trump thought he was right all along, he’d have taken Darweesh straight to the USSC with a leave to appeal and applied for a writ of scrie facias against the judge in the first instance along with interlocutory relief.

    He didn’t.

  69. .

    You are using U S international business laws as a distraction and then claiming that other rights are also granted with them.

    No, the constitution.

    DUE PROCESS.

  70. rickw


    The tributes by Bill Leak’s sons were very moving.

    I just heard Turnbull’s, clearly the fuckwit doesn’t think 18C and Triggs are anything to do with him.

  71. JC

    johanna
    #2329401, posted on March 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    Woof!

    Yes Johanna?

  72. Fisky

    Oh no, judicial overreach is totally not a problem here!

    A federal District Court judge in Maryland is considering whether he should order President Donald Trump to double the annual inflow of refugees up to 100,000 per year.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/16/judge-considers-ordering-50000-refugees/

  73. Gab

    Melbourne and its environs are overrun with the damn possums that are a major pest and in plague proportions. there is nothing cute about them at all.

  74. Elle

    Barry Humphries speaking now at the Leak memorial. Gee he’s good, but he’s looking like Claude, the lesbian in the Bazza McKenzie film.

    Perfect description!

  75. JC

    Gab.

    Just get them with rat pioson

  76. rickw

    Weatherdill wants to nationalise the power grid.

    Dan the Man from Victoriastan want to nationalise sawmills

    The idiots who can’t manage anything want to take over managing everything. We are so rooted.

  77. johanna

    One of the convoluted legal “arguments” being used to undermine Trump’s Executive Orders relates to standing, i.e. who has the right to challenge them in court. The pro-immigration lobby claimed (and the doofus judge accepted) that if someone who is legally in the US (they don’t even have to be a citizen) wants to import a rellie or three, that effectively transfers all of the Constitutional and legal rights available in the US to those who want to enter, via the US resident’s application on their behalf.

    This feat of contortion and distortion of the law was accepted by the judge. That’s how come the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and all the rest have been magically exported to foreigners who have never even set foot in the place. It means that chain migration is now effectively run by the courts, not the elected government.

    I’m sure that Trump has an endgame in mind here, but he is not giving anything away at present.

  78. NewChum

    ACMA can shut down websites in Australia (au) based on “offence” (and pr0n etc). They can’t do it to dot coms. The rules on any mobile content are more strict, and perhaps ludicrous (no MA15+ stuff).

    so because you don’t have a .au address, you have partial (heh) protection from free speech?

    Govt is going to get you no matter what domain you post under. Triggs and her merry crew are going to shut down your speech if you do it in this country. Your domain name means nothing.

  79. Delta A

    Leadbeater’s Possums, which are extremely cute.

    I can’t believe this until I hear it from Gab.

  80. struth

    Just so I show you I get what you are saying but why you are wrong.

    It’s about what over rides what.

    You are subject to the laws of the land you are in.
    I do not have freedom of speech in Australia, or Germany.
    I do once my arse hits American Airspace.
    They have the right to throw me out at any stage, not let me enter in the first place.
    Anyone who believes that the whole world has even the basic rights of the states while under the jurisdiction of another country, is what is technically known as bullshit.
    You are about to find this out anyway, Dot.
    This is just the hold ups we expect with the swamp draining.
    It’s done.
    It’s over.
    Open border loons are history.

  81. Delta A


    there is nothing cute about them at all.

    Thought that might be the case.

  82. Eddystone

    Nick
    #2329366, posted on March 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Cat heaven reminds me of the Gary Larsson cartoon involving a cat seeing a truck of mice and small flightless birds collide

    My coffee mug has that cartoon on it!

  83. DrBeauGan

    I’ve sent the email and picture to the school, blind copy to my daughter. I couldn’t find an Asian child. My cleaning lady is here and is Chinese, but if I asked her to sit on my lap for a selfie, she’d have clocked me with a bucket.

    They may reply saying they have nothing against trannies, but they refuse to promote smoking cigars. I shall tell them they are oppressing me.

  84. Geriatric Mayfly

    I am glad you made the distinction BoN. Leadbeaters are rare and confined to highly specialised sclerophyll rainforest. There is also some connection between their survival and wildfires; oddly enough they appear to need them. Brushtails give all possums a bad name, because they have adapted to human environments with aplomb; this being a rare occurrence among among Aust. native fauna.

  85. Snoopy

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Trump could excise Hawaii from the US migration zone and allow visa free entry to Hawaii for all.

  86. Delta A

    Awwwww. Wookattawiddleface.

    You should have put a trigger warning on that for Gab.

  87. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m sure that Trump has an endgame in mind here

    Yes he does. But the Dems are fighting tooth and nail to slow down the confirmation of Gorsuch to the SCOTUS. Only when he’s enchaired can Trump take the case to that court and nuke the Obama appointed underlings.

    Meanwhile he’s playing the game to let them discredit themselves and their master in the eyes of the only court which really counts.

  88. Nick

    Rafiki, yep! I’ll bet no one dared to stop him/her either.

    Dr. BG say that the tobacco is fair trade, grown by a collective of ex wax workers, who work in a farm based refuge.

  89. Nick

    Rafiki, yep! I’ll bet no one dared to stop him/her either.

    Dr. BG say that the tobacco is fair trade, grown by a collective of ex sex workers, who work in a farm based refuge.

  90. calli

    My favourite Larson.

    I once used it in a lecture. Pre-trigger warnings.

  91. JC

    We had a plasma TV which finally blew up and had to replace it with LED. I know the new TVs are superior, but plasma had depth and in my opinion better to watch. Why did they stop making
    them?

  92. La Deplorevole Tintarella di Luna

    I just heard Turnbull’s, clearly the fuckwit doesn’t think 18C and Triggs are anything to do with him.

    Turnbull is a revolting graceless traitor without a genuine atom in his entire miserable carcass – drawn to perfection in this

  93. Gab

    Please tell that to the family of the next Islamic attack victim/s on US soil.

    They will blame Trump as will the media and all the leftist talking heads. They will turn the bombers into victims – Trump made them do it, after all. And the innocent victims killed and maimed will not get a mention. Unless it is to blame Trump.

    That’s how these idiots roll. So predictable.

  94. thefrolickingmole

    but they refuse to promote smoking cigars. I shall tell them they are oppressing me.

    Sob loudly and explain its your Freudian safe space from being molested by Cardinal Pell and the Pope.

  95. Gab

    Probably because they kept blowing up, JC? I dunno.

  96. Armadillo

    Why did they stop making them?

    The answer lies in your first sentence.

  97. struth

    So is Trump a traitor by reissuing the executive order and letting Darweesh stay?

    Oh god, it’s so hard with you.
    It is constitutionally his right to chose who comes and goes.
    It’s his constitutional right to change his fucking mind.
    The court has no constitutional right to interfere with this process especially when it concerns security.
    Whether he makes the right call, changes his mind, or decides that for the security of the country to never allow Australian Law students in, you think, and every dumb dickhead lawyer and judge who doesn’t like it, can say fuck the constitution, we know best.
    This is a matter constitutionally recognised as a “captain’s call” and the judiciary have no constitutional right to oppose it.
    I think Trump made a blue by backing down and changing his mind as stated earlier, but going on his previous form, I guess he may have something up his sleeve.
    Be it that, or the next Islamic blood bath, I wouldn’t like to be in those judges shoes.

    You’re a typical Lawyer type.
    Always remember, you guys are not elected by the people.
    That’s why there really needs to be a constitution.

  98. Baldrick

    Video of Bill Leak’s memorial.

    Thanks Gab, I’ll save it for ron.

  99. Snoopy

    Would it be a criminal offence to shoot Geoff Cousins? Asking for a friend.

  100. val majkus

    Val: Trump might be temporarily stymied by Judicial activism in the area of importing muslims but he is gangbusters elsewhere:

    yep, wish our Govt would do something similar!

  101. Snoopy

    Each plasma TV requires electric power equivalent to the maximum output from 3.7 sq km of solar panels.

  102. rickw

    I think AGW is a problem. We can’t just keep pouring this stuff into the air and not expect some blowback.

    Would be nice if Mitch gave the chemical compositions and %’s of “this stuff”.

  103. Baldrick

    Watch this short video of Tony Abbott snubbing Michael Trumble twice, at the Leak memorial.

  104. JC

    Would it be a criminal offence to shoot Geoff Cousins? Asking for a friend.

    I don’t think it would be. In fact reducing feral numbers is encouraged . Tell me,
    is he still self- titling as PM adviser?

  105. Gab

    Thanks, Balders. However I believe it to be hypocritical that any politician was at the memorial today. It would be like Triggs and Southmouth turning up.

  106. Snoopy

    Coal-fired power stations have one huge disadvantage. Their steam producing cooling towers. Without them the AGW scare story would have no visuals. Television would ignore the whole thing.

  107. .

    The court has no constitutional right to interfere with this process especially when it concerns security.

    Oh god. Try Marbury v Madison for a start.

    This is a matter constitutionally recognised as a “captain’s call” and the judiciary have no constitutional right to oppose it.

    …which is why I keep on saying being turned back at the border is non-justiciable.

    However, judges don’t do that, people file claims and the judges adjudicate. If you want to get rid of judges with political allegiances, you’d be appointing saints or robots.

    Darweesh was already domiciled in the US for years and was promised a special category of asylum.

    I think Trump made a blue by backing down and changing his mind as stated earlier

    No.

    Always remember, you guys are not elected by the people.

    Unfortunately, most politicians are lawyers.

    That’s why there really needs to be a constitution.

    ??? Because there are no lawyers in Parliament? 😕

  108. .

    Anyone who believes that the whole world has even the basic rights of the states while under the jurisdiction of another country, is what is technically known as bullshit.

    If I have a dealing in the US or a legitimate expectation of their government, I am under US jurisdiction.

  109. JC

    Each plasma TV requires electric power equivalent to the maximum output from 3.7 sq km of solar panels.

    That’s what I loved about it. It was supposed to be a total energy pig. It needed one coal plant to keep it going.

    Never should have stopped making them as the pic is superior

  110. Tom

    Meanwhile he’s playing the game to let them discredit themselves and their master in the eyes of the only court which really counts.

    He has also skillfully placed those Obama-appointed judicial parasites at the centre of his political campaign to protect Americans from terrorism. The public will rightly blame the next terrorist attack on American soil on Obama’s stacking of the judiciary.

    Then Obama’s judicial bumboys will be exposed by SCOTUS as part of the national security problem when it rules that the Constitution enshrines the president’s right to keep Americans safe via control of immigration policy, that Trump doesn’t hate moozleys as Obama’s judicial bumboys allege and that he was simply keeping out people who couldn’t be adequately screened by the Mideast shitholes he nominated.

    For a political novice, Trump looks awfully like a master of the art.

  111. Baldrick

    I believe it to be hypocritical that any politician was at the memorial today. It would be like Triggs and Southmouth turning up.

    I’m sure if Leak had a say in it he’d of told them and all the other hangers-on to fuck off.

  112. Harlequin Decline

    Snoopy
    #2329459, posted on March 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    Would it be a criminal offence to shoot Geoff Cousins? Asking for a friend.

    Dunno but his CV posted yesterday was loose with the truth. He did not oversee the rollout of the Optus network. He ran Optus Vision which had separate shareholding and a separate business. The highlights of OV were-

    -Technology that did not work.
    -Pathetic commercial agreements with the US media groups that resulted in an economic basket case.
    -No solution for multi dwelling units that the cable bypassed.
    -Repeated change outs of active network equipment

    Arguably some of this was not his fault but he took the job and the money so it was his responsibility.

    It was closed down and the whole mess was absorbed back into Optus who managed to get things working and staunch the cash hemorrhaging. It’s not something I would want on my resume.

  113. DrBeauGan

    Thanks gentlemen for your helpful suggestions for coping with any negative response from the school.

    My guess is that it will take at least a week for the collective to think of any response at all.

    But if they do, I’m ready for them.

  114. Ubique

    What’s the latest on the US wiretapping investigations?

    For two months the media talked up links between Trump and Russia as evidenced by “intercepted communications”; and now is outraged that there could have been any questions asked about who authorised the interception activity – i.e. the wiretapping. The media didn’t invent the “intercepted communications” avalanche of stories – they were obviously being fed with the information by anti-Trump forces.

  115. Empire GTHO Phase III

    That’s why there really needs to be a constitution.

    And there really is. A document written by lawyers and adjudicated by judges, that is people who were previously lawyers.

  116. cohenite

    Fisky

    #2329424, posted on March 17, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Oh no, judicial overreach is totally not a problem here!

    A federal District Court judge in Maryland is considering whether he should order President Donald Trump to double the annual inflow of refugees up to 100,000 per year.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/16/judge-considers-ordering-50000-refugees/

    Remarkable. Judicial activism is not new but I can’t think of such a broad reach before; they are literally taking on executive power while subverting the POTUS.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    Watch this short video of Tony Abbott snubbing Michael Trumble twice, at the Leak memorial.

    Bit of stink eye too!

  118. Tom

    Be ready for an AUD in the low sixties (cents) per USD (WSJ):

    Federal Reserve officials this week signaled that the end is near for a long-distance relationship that has lasted 16 years.

    The link in question is the difference between Australian and U.S. interest rates, which has been positive since 2001. As the Fed raised short-term rates by a quarter percentage point on Wednesday, it projected two more such increases in 2017: If it carries through, the upper end of the target range for U.S. rates will be 1.5% by the year’s end—where Australia’s benchmark rate is now.

    The closing U.S.-Australian rate gap is a standout example of a trend currently looming over foreign-exchange markets: the narrowing difference between U.S. and global interest rates. While the Fed is now in tightening mode, many central banks that have long had higher benchmark rates—such as those in Australia, India and Brazil—are on hold or cutting.

    Currency players often seek to profit from interest-rate gaps, known as the “carry,” by investing in stocks, bonds and currencies in countries with higher rates. Now, rising U.S. rates could trigger a reversal of such capital flows, which could prove destabilizing for countries that had benefited from the search for yield during the years when U.S. rates have been ultralow.

    The Australian dollar, for example, could tumble by around 15% from its current level against the greenback if the country’s central bank keeps rates on hold, according to London-based Capital Economics. It expects the Reserve Bank of Australia to stand pat until 2019 at the earliest.

  119. .

    A federal District Court judge in Maryland is considering whether he should order President Donald Trump to double the annual inflow of refugees up to 100,000 per year.

    This is obviously overstepping the mark. Common law judges shouldn’t make policy unless they have no choice in a hard case. A good Congress would remove them from office.

  120. srr

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  121. Delta A

    Dr BG, I hope your daughter has as highly developed a sense of humour as you do.

  122. Bruce of Newcastle

    Coal-fired power stations have one huge disadvantage. Their steam producing cooling towers. Without them the AGW scare story would have no visuals.

    True. Photos from yesterday – especially #6.

  123. Infidel Tiger

    If China is over we are going to chase them down the gurgler.

  124. srr

    btw JC, Dot & Co., how many thousands more arrests will it take for you to decide to stop throwing smoke bombs for the likes of Shannon McCoole and other countless DarkWeb Child and Baby Abuse To Order members?

    How police brought down notorious South Australian p@edophile Shannon McCoole
    David Murray, The Courier-Mail
    September 11, 2015

    … the head administrator of the world’s biggest pe@dophile network, a 45,403-member website we’ll call the “KidClub”. [The name of the site and usernames mentioned in this story have been changed for legal reasons.] His messy home was its global HQ.

    The Producer’s area, restricted to all but the most trusted members, was a horror show. To enter, members had to provide videos and photos that included visible penetration. Child victims held signs bearing the words “the KidClub” and their abuser’s username.

  125. srr

    Bill Mitchell‏Verified account @mitchellvii 44m44 minutes ago

    Let’s defund the tools the Left uses to indoctrinate our young into their demented philosophy. Fair?
    ..
    Maybe instead of bathing in Cristal and buying $20 million beachfront homes, wealthy Hollywood should give THEIR money to the arts?
    ..
    Just to be clear, SUPER WEALTHY Hollywood elites are protesting Trump saying they can’t spend OUR money on THEIR arts?

  126. JC

    STFU USSR. Go wash the dishes to make the bed, you untidy loon.

    I’m shocked, shocked the cops have caught a ped. Like how could that happen?

    Look you oaf. pizza gate was specific number of accusations that were hullshit. Apologize now!

  127. cohenite

    If I have a dealing in the US or a legitimate expectation of their government, I am under US jurisdiction.

    The people affected by Trump’s executive order are not citizens and have no dealing or legitimate expectation.

    Maybury v Madison is also of no assistance since it merely gives the Judiciary the power to adjudicate whether laws affecting citizens are consistent with the Constitution. The executive order is not a law affecting citizens.

  128. jupes

    Let’s hope Hazlewood can hang around long enough for Smith’s double ton.

  129. Bruce of Newcastle

    A good article ‘China’s economic miracle is over’

    I love this stuff, it just shows how clueless business journos are.

    China growth rate 2010: 10.6%
    China GDP 2010: USD 6,101.34 billion
    Incremental increase: $646.7 billion

    China growth rate 2017: 6.5%
    China GDP 2017*: USD 11,987.12 billion
    Incremental increase: $779.2 billion

    So China is growing faster this year than in 2010.

    * 2016 number times 1.07

  130. Leigh Lowe

    9/449 with Smiff on 175.
    I’ll be first to admit that I had my doubts about him after Sri Lanka but you can’t argue with hundreds in India.
    And, like Beyoncé, he’s carrying two brothers as well.

  131. Nick

    Bruce, it’s alleged that the growth figures may be rubbery.

  132. So China is growing faster this year than in 2010.

    One child policy is catching up to China fast. Around 2030 China will fall off a cliff, let’s see who gets taken down for the ride.

  133. .

    How police brought down notorious South Australian p@edophile Shannon McCoole
    David Murray, The Courier-Mail
    September 11, 2015

    That was obviously good news and a good end to a dark era, but where are the pi$$$a gate indictments?

    What has this got to do with the “imminent arrest” of Chuck Schumer? Or the Comet Pi$$a place being subjected to a “fake shooting”?

  134. Makka

    Be ready for an AUD in the low sixties (cents) per USD (WSJ):

    Mid- low 50’s.

  135. .

    The people affected by Trump’s executive order are not citizens and have no dealing or legitimate expectation.

    Wrong(?), see Darweesh regarding the old EO.

    I’m NOT talking about the current one. (You are right).

    Maybury v Madison is also of no assistance since it merely gives the Judiciary the power to adjudicate whether laws affecting citizens are consistent with the Constitution. The executive order is not a law affecting citizens.

    Yes but it also affirmed judicial independence.

  136. jupes

    Brilliant run out from Jadeja.

    Reminds me of myself back in the day.

    Great innings from Smith.

  137. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce, it’s alleged that the growth figures may be rubbery.

    Iron ore price up 60% in the last few months.
    Iron isn’t especially rubbery.

    All out 451.

  138. DrBeauGan

    Dr BG, I hope your daughter has as highly developed a sense of humour as you do.

    I sent her a blind copy of the email and she thought it hilarious.

    She never cared for the school anyway.

  139. Bruce of Newcastle

    Be ready for an AUD in the low sixties (cents) per USD (WSJ):

    Mid- low 50’s.

    Nope. For the same reason as my last comment.
    Da progs hate free market capitalism but the Aussie is the biker’s moll of the iron ore and coal prices.
    Eighty much more likely than fifty.

  140. Ubique

    China will probably deal with its wretched demographic problem caused by its one child policy by euthanising anyone aged over 70, save for party members of course. Shades of Soylent Green.

  141. rickw

    And can we have a fact check from the students (energy balance) on it taking more energy to pump water uphill than we can utilize when it is released through a turbine?

    AC motor powered centrifugal pump is 75% according to this article, losses in the pipeline could be significant but let’s ignore it assuming they spend a ton of money to oversize the pipe.

    http://www.pumped101.com/efficiency.pdf

    Turbine and generator efficiency is up 95% according to this article, losses in penstock are negligible.

    http://www.mpoweruk.com/hydro_power.htm

    Assume generator and pump are cited close to each other allowing power transmission losses to be ignored.

    Approximate efficiency of whole system is around 70%.

  142. Makka

    Eighty much more likely than fifty.

    You’re looking at the wrong side Bruce. It’s not the Ozzie . When the USD gets on a run like now, nothing get’s in it’s way. It will go on for years.

    AUD will get to where it was early 2000’s and lower- mid to low 50’s.

  143. NewChum

    Be ready for an AUD in the low sixties (cents) per USD (WSJ):

    Mid- low 50’s.

    People have been teasing for months on this.

    Not convinced. See iron ore and coal prices.

    I’d like to see it hit 48c again. Happy days indeed.

  144. .

    Bruce

    Fifties seems a tad low, but the “commodity driven currency” is overblown, the differential between our rates and the US, and US spending is a lot more influential, they drive commodity prices somewhat anyway.

    No doubt it plays a part, but the macro factors are more important and cause the commodity prices somewhat anyway.

  145. Bruce of Newcastle

    Makka – Iron ore and coal are priced in USD. Yuan is soft pegged to USD, since China can’t let the currency go too far up or down without huge problems. So as the USD rises against the rest of the world the iron ore and coal prices stay roughly the same in USD terms. Which forces the Aussie to follow the USD.

    We may not be able to build a car worth crap but we have a humungous continent full of nice dirt. A friend in the Ni industry (sadly he’s no longer with us) said to me once that if the payable definition of nickel ore was 0.3% Ni you could dig up and sell the whole of Western Australia.

  146. herodotus

    Plasma: Why did they stop making them?
    Yes, they were good but all the companies who made them were losing money on them.
    At first LCD/LED was rubbish, but it improved a great deal, so most have been happy with it.
    The next wave of OLED will have the contrast (and more) that made plasma great.

  147. Mark A

    NewChum
    #2329534, posted on March 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    I’d like to see it hit 48c again. Happy days indeed.

    Bite your tongue!

  148. Harlequin Decline

    I’ve been visiting China for the last 30 years, the first 20 on business and the last 10 to play golf with some Asian friends. It is almost impossible for anyone to grasp what the Chinese have achieved over the last 30 years in terms of infrastructure and development. They have transformed a huge number of their cities into modern metropolises and lifted the living standards of the majority of the people. Most recently I was in Fuzhou (pop 7 million) and it is surrounded by bridges, tunnels and freeways that put Sydney and Melbourne to shame.

    New buildings and associated infrastructure are still being built despite strong evidence of low( and in some cases very low) occupancy of existing structures. There is still a substantial peasant type class and I can only assume the Government plans to allow amalgamation of the smaller landholdings and move people into higher density dwellings.

    Costs in the cities have steadily risen over the years and are now tending towards more Western prices and, through a clampdown on corruption and price pressure the golf courses are now less busy. That said there are a good number of luxury cars on the road.

    Whilst there may be problems maintaining their export growth rates they can now produce a substantial amount of what they need apart from some raw materials.

    It would be premature to write off their growth prospects since the cultural advantages they hold( hard work, education, willingness to accept autocracy), the existing infrastructure coupled with a pragmatic no nonsense government( apart from some aspects of foreign policy which I can’t fathom) gives them a clear advantage over the majority of nations. That said there is inherent instability in the political system and if living standards suffer for too long chaos may not be far away.

  149. Leigh Lowe

    Please, please Boof.
    Just get rid of the Marshes.
    I don’t know, maybe Swampy Marsh does have a Polaroid of Boof wearing a negligee and having anal sex with a goat.
    Let him publish it.
    It can’t damage Boof’s reputation any more than selecting those two buffoons.

  150. Makka

    Makka – Iron ore and coal are priced in USD

    Bruce, the USD doesn’t give a fk about iron ore or coal prices. Those commodities do not set the AUD rate in any case. The forex market trades around 6 TRILLION dollars daily. When there is a consensus worldwide that nations, banks, pension funds, derivatives dealers , SWF’s etc are light in USD’s and should hold more USD’s then that converging volume suppresses all currencies vs the USD. Mid to low 50’s is in our future.

  151. thefrolickingmole

    Harlequin Decline

    My father visited China and Japan in the early 50’s.
    He thinks the Yanks should have a shrine to Mao set up somewhere, as without his retardation of the Chinese drive to get ahead they would have grown like Japan (but with a much bigger population and land base)

    Communism in China has been our sole protection from a nation that values education and has (overall0 and excellent work ethic.

  152. Hydra

    Just bought a Hisense ULED and it is amazing. Would challenge LG OLED for a third of the price.

  153. jupes

    Please, please Boof.
    Just get rid of the Marshes.

    Well I reckon the number six spot is now Maxwell’s to lose, so I reckon Mitch is out of the picture.

    I’d say Sean has one more chance – if he’s lucky – to save his spot.

    I’m really happy with the batting line up now. Warner, Renshaw and Smith have cemented their spots. I’d like to think Handscomb has as well but he needs a score in India. Maxwell’s innings should ensure he has a few more tests to cement his which leaves Marsh’s spot as the only one up for grabs.

    Good to see Cummins back in the team as well.

  154. jupes

    Just bought a Hisense ULED and it is amazing. Would challenge LG OLED for a third of the price.

    You’re not Dave Warner are you Hydra?

  155. Bruce of Newcastle

    Whilst there may be problems maintaining their export growth rates they can now produce a substantial amount of what they need apart from some raw materials.

    HD – That’s my point. The country is only so big. China has recently hit the limit of what they can domestically extract, especially for coal. Their local iron ore is basically dirt: 30% iron or thereabouts compared to +60% for Pilbara ore. They persist with digging it up because they can just manage to compete with our material produced with CFMEU wages and shipped a quarter way around the planet.

  156. Infidel Tiger

    Good to see Cummins back in the team as well.

    Cummins, Starc, Patterson and Hazlewood versus the Poms!

  157. Empire

    Socialism and crony capital leading the US down a dangerous path and a radical idea to 86 Obamacare.

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/why-removing-trump-will-lead-to-civil-war/

  158. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce, the USD doesn’t give a fk about iron ore or coal prices.

    The Oz dollar does. 😀
    And coal and iron ore are priced in USD.
    As is all the other metals complex.
    When the USD rises commodities don’t fall, because of US demand.

  159. Empire

    Well I reckon the number six spot is now Maxwell’s to lose, so I reckon Mitch is out of the picture.

    He was here this arvo peddling gerbil worming propaganda.

  160. jupes

    Cummins, Starc, Patterson and Hazlewood versus the Poms!

    That attack is like a 1980s West Indies line up.

    The Poms are rooted.

  161. Hydra

    You’re not Dave Warner are you Hydra?

    Considering Warner loves the OLED, unlikely.

  162. Entropy

    Hydra
    #2329549, posted on March 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    Just bought a Hisense ULED and it is amazing. Would challenge LG OLED for a third of the price.

    Yes, and last more than three years before fading.

  163. Makka

    I don’t think China’s economy will collapse anytime soon but I wouldn’t trust commodity demand- excluding hydrocarbons , as a guide to China’s economic strength. Especially when so much of China’s commodity demand is nothing more than speculation fed by dodgy margin lending.

    https://www.ft.com/content/56ec1b52-a0c6-11e6-86d5-4e36b35c3550

  164. Tel

    When the USD rises commodities don’t fall, because of US demand.

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/PPIACO

    Bernanke kept it locked between 200 and 210, effectively making the USD into a commodity currency.

    However Yellen has let it wander a bit, but anyway it turned around Feb 2016 and has started moving the other direction.

  165. Harlequin Decline

    Bruce, don’t disagree but coal and iron aren’t everything. They have alternative markets to Oz and will not hesitate to utilize them via commercial and political means.

  166. stackja

    Red China Maoism continues.

  167. Makka

    Bruce, the oz dollar rate is AUD. It’s priced in US dollars.You can’t look at the rate without considering the trajectory of the USD. For that you might want to look at the USDX (US dollar index).

    https://www.barchart.com/stocks/quotes/$DXY/technical-chart#/technical-chart?plot=BAR&volume=0&data=MO&density=X&pricesOn=1&asPctChange=0&logscale=0&sym=$DXY&grid=1&height=500&studyheight=100

    Take a look at the 20 yr chart and make an argument that the USD is not on a tear.

    Then look at the AUD chart , dial up to MAX..

    http://www.tradingeconomics.com/australia/currency

    I think the AUD trajectory is clear enough. Anyway, all will be revealed to us in due course.

  168. Delta A

    Don’t do it here Bruce, point to some of your publications on the matter. Then I’ll get back to you.

    The silence from Mitch has been reverberating around this site for some time now. Bruce, of course is too modest to say it, but I’m sure someone can help out with a heartfelt, ‘Nyah, nyah!’

  169. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce, don’t disagree but coal and iron aren’t everything.

    HD – Traders in the Aussie would disagree with you. In the short term, until something else shiny attracts their attention.

    I love exchange rates, they tell reality much more than national statistics do. I’m a data junkie.

    The headline prices aren’t necessarily the prices most Chinese steel mills pay. But the headline prices do reflect the price the traders on Shanghai wharf are prepared to pay for material on the margin (there’s a technical term for this but my brain won’t disgorge it right now).

  170. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ah, brain finally catches up. “Clearance price” is the phrase I wanted, in the economics sense.

  171. Zyconoclast


    ‘Living in a fool’s paradise’: Business sounds the alarm on federal budget

    Is this the same big business that spends their time promoting (forcing) SSM, carbon pricing, carbon intensity schemes, doesn’t fight back against boardroom/senior management diversity, sponsor Eco terrorist groups etc?
    Just checking.

  172. Tel

    Economic wrongology in journalism:

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/how-australia-is-being-screwed-over-its-gas/news-story/4187e60617aec18e87d57453cfca0167

    If you join your local market to the international market then your local price will come to equilibrium with the international price. It’s how markets work you bunch of nongs.

    We are an international gas supplier, that means that cutting ourselves off from the international market would be bad for producers (lower price) and also good for consumers (lower price). This is the trade-off of one vested interest against another. Why are journalists so freaking stupid? But WHY?!?!?!?!?

  173. stackja

    Zyconoclast – big business supported big unions on work choices.

  174. Snoopy

    All Australian journalists aspire to a lifelong sinecure with the ABC. They positively love government owned enterprises. Reserving Nationalising part of the gas industry makes them go all moist.

  175. Philippa Martyr

    My father visited China and Japan in the early 50’s.
    He thinks the Yanks should have a shrine to Mao set up somewhere, as without his retardation of the Chinese drive to get ahead they would have grown like Japan (but with a much bigger population and land base)

    Communism in China has been our sole protection from a nation that values education and has (overall0 and excellent work ethic.

    Oddly enough, Mole, I was thinking exactly this the other day. I suppose it’s the silver lining.

  176. Philippa Martyr

    In fact, I think I summed up my internal soliloquy by saying ‘If it weren’t for Mao, we’d all be speaking Chinese by now’, in Alf Stewart’s voice.

  177. Harlequin Decline

    thefrolickingmole
    #2329548, posted on March 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Good amount of truth in that. When I worked in Asia all my reports, peers and my boss were Chinese. At a one on one meeting my Chinese boss said looking at me- ‘We Chinese are smarter than the Japanese but we have one big problem… cannot work together

  178. Philippa Martyr

    Do you know, I am so enjoying the absence of Grigory M, P, and B Shaw, and all their incontinent dribblings.

    One of the sock puppets kept trying to engage me. That’s how I knew it was Grigs. He never got over not being allowed to place a late bet in Malotto because he’d been mean to Lizzie. And he HATED the fact that I habitually used to scroll past him.

  179. Harlequin Decline

    The strength in the Chinese political system is also their weakness. That said some of their dynasties have lasted far longer than any full Western democracy. Their last big crash and burn was when they burnt the boats and closed the country off. Interestingly did notice some additional signs of inward looking on my last trip. My VPNs were blocked as was Google, Gmail and some newspaper sites.

  180. Nick

    Same, we all seem to get along much better, too, without them

  181. Nick

    Here is an interesting if lengthy article on internal elements within China, that are indicators of change:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/12/chinas-great-leap-backward/505817/

  182. Mark A

    Anyone remembers the joker who was the arch defender of Venezuela on this blog?
    How was your croissant this morning?
    Is your baker still free?

  183. Fisky

    THR was the Chavista who used to post here.

  184. srr

    PLAINTIFF BEHIND TRUMP TRAVEL BAN RUNS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MOSQUE
    Imam born and raised in Egypt, migrated to U.S.

    Published: 10 hours ago.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/plaintiff-behind-trump-exec-order-ban-runs-muslim-brotherhood-mosque/#Wh1di3wu40z7VfiB.99

  185. And he HATED the fact that I habitually used to scroll past him.

    But how would you know that if you did in fact habitually scroll past him?

  186. Leigh Lowe

    If you join your local market to the international market then your local price will come to equilibrium with the international price

    Except for the domestic carbon tax …

  187. Leigh Lowe

    And he HATED the fact that I habitually used to scroll past him.

    Scroll past who?

  188. Empire

    The strength in the Chinese political system is also their weakness. That said some of their dynasties have lasted far longer than any full Western democracy. Their last big crash and burn was when they burnt the boats and closed the country off. Interestingly did notice some additional signs of inward looking on my last trip. My VPNs were blocked as was Google, Gmail and some newspaper sites.

    China’s political history is entirely despotic. There is no rule of law as westerners understand it. State power, whether monarchical or otherwise, is absolute. Considering the demographic trajectory, China will be lucky if it escapes violent revolution this century.

    For 100 million odd Chinese that have died from communism, the last big crash and burn may be considered 1949- present. A nation cannot murder so many of its own citizens and continue to prosper.

    Eventually there is a reckoning.

  189. .

    P was a troll/sockpuppet?

    I always wondered about an 80 year old who could vividly and “verifiably” remember stuff that happened when she was 2, 3 or 4 years old.

    Seriously, was it a Grigory smote?

  190. val majkus

    Trump’s budget (bit of cut and paste):

    There is quite a lot to like about President Trump’s first budget. Let me give a few examples:

    1) Cutting $200 million from women, infants, and children (WIC) nutrition programs. I would cut the WIC program to zero until men, the unborn, and the grownups (MUGs) get identical financing. Last time I checked, they need to eat, too.

    2) Cuts $200 million from the “International Food for Education” program. Good! You can’t teach kids anything with a banana and a pomegranate.

    3) Cuts $3.7 billion for teacher training. Aren’t teachers supposed to be trained somewhere else, like in a school for teachers?

    4) Cuts $900 million from the Office of Science. I would cut it all until they hand over a list of their latest inventions, and they had better include some nifty consumer electronics.

    5) Cuts funding for the National Institutes of Health. I would cut it all unless and until the NIH produce a list of all the life-saving drugs they have created. (None.)

    6) Eliminates funding for 49 “historic sites.” I would go farther and legislate a process of de-historizing these sites and returning them to the private sector, so instead of having a past, they have a future.

    7) Eliminating funding for resources to help seniors and youths find jobs. If old people and teenagers can’t figure out how to write a résumé and type in “jobs” in Google, they probably don’t have employable skills.

    8) Eliminate global warming programs. Good. But keep some money in reserve for global cooling, just in case.

    9) Reduce spending on U.N. peacekeeping. I think every time we pay the U.N. $100, an African lady gets raped. We should eliminate all funding to U.N. peacekeeping forces unless U.N. peacekeepers are accompanied by an equal number of U.N. chastitykeepers.

    10) Eliminate long-distance Amtrak subsidies. Those who want to take a train from Boston to Seattle can switch to horse caravans or sailing ships.

    11) Big cuts to the EPA. Their phone lines should also be cut, and on a weekend, all the entrances to their offices should be welded shut. If they complain, tell them it is because an endangered cockroach is inhabiting their offices and can’t be disturbed.

    12) Eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, public radio. They already have tons of commercials in the form of “sponsors” and can survive on their own. I would actually redirect their subsidy money to create radio jamming to operate on their frequencies. They’ve had it so easy for so long that I think they need an added challenge.

    Trump’s budget is unprecedented. George W. Bush did not propose cutting a single agency. George H.W. Bush did not, either. You have to go all the way back to Ronald Reagan to find someone who proposed eliminating government agencies.

    So for these bold moves, Trump should be praised.

    But even if Congress approved all these cuts, they would have virtually no effect on the deficit. These cuts would cut about 76 billion dollars in spending. With Trump’s planned increase of 54 billion dollars for the military, and a trillion dollars for “infrastructure,” these cuts would be more than canceled out.

    The big problem is that 60% of the budget, which is Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, is left untouched. You cannot reduce the deficit, much less the debt, without reducing these programs. But President Trump has explicitly said he does not want to touch them.

  191. 8) Eliminate global warming programs. Good. But keep some money in reserve for global cooling, just in case.

    Anyone with a modicum of observational power will have noticed that summer started late and finished early this year. This trend should continue till we cross the maunder minimum.

  192. srr


    The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Cairo, Egypt, by Hassan al-Banna. It has been banned by Egypt’s current regime, as well as in Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

    A bill in Congress, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015-16, has been languishing in committee since November 2015. House Speaker Paul Ryan has not advanced the bill or done anything to promote it.

    “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad” is an investigative page-turner that exposes the dark side of refugee resettlement and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.

    Several members of the Trump administration have said they favor declaring the Brotherhood a terrorism organization, but so far that has not happened. One high-level Trump adviser, Mike Flynn, said he was in favor of banning the Brotherhood before he was forced to resign for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

    Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, described the Brotherhood as “an agent of radical Islam” during his Senate confirmation hearing.

    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told Breitbart News last month that the U.S. should declare the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

    “The fact is, the Brotherhood is a front for terrorism,” he said. “A number of Arab majority-Muslim countries, like Egypt and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have already designated it as a terrorist organization. I’ve had Muslim leaders from the Middle East say to me, ‘Are you people blind to what’s going on right in front of you and the role that the Brotherhood performs, really on an international basis?’”

    But instead of banning the Brotherhood, the U.S. is letting a Brotherhood-backed imam dictate U.S. refugee and visa policy, Guandolo said.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/plaintiff-behind-trump-exec-order-ban-runs-muslim-brotherhood-mosque/#Wh1di3wu40z7VfiB.99

  193. srr

    1,500 ACID ATTACKS RECORDED IN LONDON SINCE 2011
    ‘Used as an extreme mark of dominance. It’s letting the individual know I haven’t killed you’
    Published: 11 hours ago

    (International Business Times) Acid attacks in Britain’s capital are soaring to new heights, new data reveals.

    A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Mirror shows that between 2011 and 2016, London had nearly 1,500 cases of the devastating crime, which burns the skin and leaves victims cowering from their injuries.

    In the long term, the scale of the injuries are so scarring that victims can often suffer serious psychological damage as a result of the attacks.

    Last year alone, there were 431 such acid attacks – a rise of 170 cases from the year prior.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/1500-acid-attacks-recorded-in-london-since-2011/#xMLMCZfXGwDZogLI.99

  194. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Do you know, I am so enjoying the absence of Grigory M, P, and B Shaw, and all their incontinent dribblings.

    You don’t miss the postings about cheese, Jatz crackers and whatever beer it was Grogaarly drank?

  195. C.L.

    Barry Humphries’ speech at Bill Leak’s memorial was a bit of a dog’s breakfast.
    Best line was that he wished he was instead attending the funeral of the Human Rights Commission – “those dreary fascists.”
    Room erupted at that.

  196. Philippa Martyr

    But how would you know that if you did in fact habitually scroll past him?

    I felt the whoosk! of the bile and spleen whistle past me on my scrolling.

    I think P was a Grig sock puppet, as well as B Shaw. They were all very similar.

    In fact, he reminded me of the truly terrible radio comedian in Good Morning Vietnam. Especially when the socks used to talk to each other.

  197. China’s political history is entirely despotic. There is no rule of law as westerners understand it. State power, whether monarchical or otherwise, is absolute. Considering the demographic trajectory, China will be lucky if it escapes violent revolution this century.

    Asian are burdened with a dullness and passivity, unlike Europeans they have barely moved around in their own part of the world.

    They are pretty much genetically very similar to their ancestors 8000 years ago.
    ie just a step or two away from neolithic.

  198. Philippa Martyr

    I am only hypothesising about the smote, by the way.

    He could have been swallowed by a sinkhole.

  199. DrBeauGan

    Do you know, I am so enjoying the absence of Grigory M, P, and B Shaw, and all their incontinent dribblings.

    You don’t miss the postings about cheese, Jatz crackers and whatever beer it was Grogaarly drank?

    All praise to the DoomLord, for he hath done a righteous smiting. And hath cleansed the Cat of mindless foulness.

  200. Philippa Martyr

    Well, hypothetically.

  201. calli

    Melted in the inclement weather? Meteor? Dog attack?

  202. Helen

    I think Barry Humphries may have indulged in a few Lachlan Macquarrie’s – Bill’s term for an early settler. LOL

    But you can buy prints from Bill, digitally signed for 40% off at his site.

    I plan to get this one.

  203. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From jupes at 7:41 pm:

    “Cummins, Starc, Patterson and Hazlewood versus the Poms!

    That attack is like a 1980s West Indies line up.”

    Yes, of course. Obviously.

  204. john constantine

    “For 100 million odd Chinese that have died from communism, the last big crash and burn may be considered 1949- present. A nation cannot murder so many of its own citizens and continue to prosper. ”

    Europe murdered 100 million of its citizens in the 1914-45 civil war, and is doing all right now………..oh, wait……..

  205. Mother Lode

    Was Grigoolry and his sock-drawer menagerie ensmotened?

  206. Zyconoclast

    Jatz crackers

    Isn’t that rhyming slang for knackers?
    Knackers = testicles

    Eating balls. Sounds about right.

  207. john constantine

    Their mao was like tito, simply killed people until their deathfluids bound a balkanised country together.

  208. DrBeauGan

    Mother Lode
    #2329629, posted on March 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm
    Was Grigoolry and his sock-drawer menagerie ensmotened?

    It’s a colourable hypothesis. And I hope it’s permanent..

    I don’t generally believe in banning people, but I’m happy to make an exception in Grig’s case. It has been said of a famous mathematician that he had a beautiful mind. Grigory had a mind that was hideous.

  209. Combine Dave

    Dot still orgasming about forced open borders in the US?

  210. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    A quiet St. Patrick’s Day night for us. History Channel has had a piece on Irish history since the arrival of the Vikings, and that was pretty good, and this has been followed by a truly wonderful doco on Irish pubs – quite a few of which we have been to in our travels around Ireland. All the old owners of these little out-of-the-way pubs in towns and villages, pubs that have deliberately stayed with the décor of the past proud as they used to be, places where locals met to talk and sing, and some still do in the non-tourist areas.

    The owners reminisce about old-timers, the characters of the past, the lives lived in the pub most nights, with a Guinness and some chat and a burst of song. One old guy of 88 asked that his hat be hung from the ceiling over his usual seat, so dat he could share da drink wit’ da one who was enjoyin’ it now. The owner pointed to it, saying dere it is, and indeed, in a jumble of other memorabilia, there it was, hanging from the ceiling, the eternal watcher.

  211. .

    ???

    What are you referring to Dave? Trump redrafted the EO, as he should have. The current cases seem to have no prospect of success.

  212. Combine Dave

    t’s a colourable hypothesis. And I hope it’s permanent..

    I don’t generally believe in banning people, but I’m happy to make an exception in Grig’s case. It has been said of a famous mathematician that he had a beautiful mind. Grigory had a mind that was hideous.

    Probably just temporary indisposed.
    – busy with barrels.

  213. Mark A

    Amazing.
    For so many to complain about Gregory and his/her sock puppets and wishing him off the blog, do I detect a bit of nostalgia and regret now that he is gone?

    He was easy to pass by and ignore.
    His glaring signature flag was like the warning red stripe of a red-back spider.

    The fact that so many are mentioning him proves his effectiveness as a troll, he has a place in your hearts admit it.

  214. Huck

    People were talking about cats & Larson cartoons upthread.
    This is my favourite.
    ————

    Re plasma TV’s…Anyone who watches live sport would have no doubt that plasma is so far superior it’s just not funny.

  215. Zyconoclast

    http://holden.sbs.com.au/drive#ambassadors

    Check out this website.

    Holden’s brand pillars are: women in sport, innovation and technology, corporate and social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, equality, philanthropy.

    Holden proudly driving diversity

    In one sense, Holden is a microcosm of Australia – one of the most diverse nations in the world. And that’s why we’re so passionate about things like gender parity, LGBT+ rights, and Indigenous, cross-generational and disability issues. We’ve still got a long way to go – but we’re making great progress.

    At no point do they mention selling cars.

    The sooner the Holden brand dies the better.

  216. Gab

    He could have been swallowed by a sinkhole.

    Or jailed.

  217. Ripper

    Each plasma TV requires electric power equivalent to the maximum output from 3.7 sq km of solar panels.

    I replaced my 32″ plasma with a 55″ Samsung. The plasma consumed 235 watts the Samsung 65 watts

  218. Harlequin Decline

    Empire
    #2329605, posted on March 17, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Mao had more or less unified the country but unlike the Ming Dynasty hadn’t achieved much in the way of advancing China so there wasn’t far to fall. China was a mess pre Mao and a mess again during the latter stages of his rule.

    After China turned inwards during the Ming Dynasty their civilisation stagnated and increasingly lagged the West. They descended from being the most advanced civilisation on the planet to centuries of inner turmoil, mass murder, famine and decay. For me that was the last crash and burn despite the more recent cultural revolution.

    It is worth stating again that true democracy is only about 100 years old. Chinese Dynasties have lasted centuries. The Chinese tend to value stability much more than the average Westerner and can thrive in quite adverse political situations. I don’t sense any real resentment against Mao’s stupidity 50 years ago from the Chinese I interact with, and some of them were directly affected.

    That said no one can predict how they will fare. In the 80’s we were told by the US State Department and Australia’s Foreign Affairs that the success of our venture depended upon, referring to Deng Xiaoping ‘ A 84 year old chain smoker with lung cancer. When he goes the balloon goes up’ .
    That was before Tiananmen Square.
    They were wrong then and are probably wrong now.

  219. H B Bear

    For so many to complain about Gregory and his/her sock puppets and wishing him off the blog, do I detect a bit of nostalgia and regret now that he is gone?

    Nope – a fuckwit’s fuckwit.

  220. egg_

    We are getting blowback:

    Gaia is flatulent?

  221. Rabz

    This Ranchi pitch has copped a bad rap. The wallies in the green caps would never have compiled 451 runs if it was as bad as alleged.

  222. Rabz

    do I detect a bit of nostalgia and regret now that he is gone?

    If only he/she/it and the menagerie were indeed gone.

    They’ll be back, no doubt when we’re least in the mood for their unwelcome return.

  223. Pedro the Ignorant

    In recognition of St Patrick’s day, I am enjoying a read of Malachy McCourt’s fine book, “A Monk Swimming”.

    The Catholic Cats will get the title.

    Malachy is Frank (Angela’s Ashes) McCourt’s brother, not nearly as good a writer, but an entertaining read of an Irish expat’s life.

    Lizzie B’s Hairy Ape would enjoy the yarn, to be sure, to be sure.

  224. sdfc

    Cummins, Starc, Patterson and Hazlewood versus the Poms!
    That attack is like a 1980s West Indies line up.

    That’s a big call.

  225. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Plasma: Why did they stop making them?
    Yes, they were good but all the companies who made them were losing money on them.
    At first LCD/LED was rubbish, but it improved a great deal, so most have been happy with it.
    The next wave of OLED will have the contrast (and more) that made plasma great.

    When we moved a few years ago we decided to sell our big-ish plasma TV and got a bigger LCD one. We noticed the difference, especially for poor Hairy wit’ da sport. The depth of field was different, and the movement was not as fluid. Then we got used to the new LCD and didn’t notice that anymore. Obviously improvements are being continually made.

    I advertised the old plasma for sale as it was perfectly functional and it had moved with us. It was very heavy and that seemed the best way to get it out of the house. Fifty dollars for a 42 inch Panasonic Vietta TV that about eight years before had cost around five thousand dollars. It sold. Billie arrived to pick it up. He was a lanky seventy year old with a pot beer belly and many tats, wearing a dirty red Metallica t-shirt, ripped oily black jeans, and sporting a stringy goatee beard and long straggles of hair. He had strangely piercing deep set eyes and sandals on his dirty feet. He wanted the TV for his grandchildren to play video games on to keep them out of the hair of his old man, his aged dad, a bit sick, who lived with them. I’m his carer too, he said, implying he also had the grandkids.

    Hairy helped him down and up some steps with the monster, and I helped out holding it in the middle part. I opened the back door of his battered old Cortina where it was to go on the seat. This antique Cortina had on its exterior a series of panels in different colours, a vehicle such as has never been seen in Vaucluse before I am sure. Getting it inside was hard as the back seat was ripped, I was holding one part of the TV up while Hairy was opening the door on the other side to pull it in. Meantime, Billie was having a mild asthma attack and couldn’t keep up our end. The weight was such that it was sinking, when suddenly Sharlene arrived to help. A massive tattooed Maori lady, she’d been sitting in the front seat, unseen during the stress of the manoeuvre. She retrieved it easily, with one arm. Hairy pulled it in, and there it rested, to head off to its new home in the outer Western suburbs.

    I felt terrible accepting the money given his obviously difficult circumstances but Billie pressed it into my hand and was delighted with the purchase. Contact us if you have any problems with it, was the least I could say. We haven’t heard anything so I guess it is still doing good service, as it did for us.

    It ate electricity though, as I told him, so I hope he rationed the kids on it. It was like having a heater in the room in summertime.

  226. egg_

    For so many to complain about Gregory and his/her sock puppets and wishing him off the blog, do I detect a bit of nostalgia and regret now that he is gone*?

    *Bullshit – it will pop up other infestations.

  227. Harlequin Decline

    One of the best Irish books I have read is ‘A Long Long Way’ by Sebastian Barry. Beautifully written about a Dublin lad that joins the British Army during WWI. The depiction of poison gas attacks on the Western Front were particularly visceral.

  228. Not just that, rather than whine about Lefty snowflake behaviour, there is power in using their own ‘standards’ against them, it’s quite effective. For example, try one day hyperventilating a little, saying that you’re being oppressed and require a safe space 🙂

    Nah.

    A couple of weeks ago I purposefully triggered a lefty when he said Trump was extremely stupid. I said, “you mean a billionaire that beat the odds to become president of the United States?”

    He has not spoken to me or made eye contact since. He even had his nervous eye tick go into overdrive.

    I own him.

  229. Rabz

    That said no one can predict how they will fare. In the 80’s we were told by the US State Department and Australia’s Foreign Affairs that the success of our venture depended upon, referring to Deng Xiaoping ‘ A 84 year old chain smoker with lung cancer. When he goes the balloon goes up’ .
    That was before Tiananmen Square.
    They were wrong then and are probably wrong now.

    Will we ever be free of this “tyranny of the experts”?

    FFS, they are hopeless.

  230. slackster

    Long 2 weeks at work and im plastered after a long flight back to Oz.

    Had a chance to clean up the old laptops hard drive en-route and found this gem from DJT and decided to share as I wait for the carpark bus to arrive:

    Enjoy:

  231. Rabz

    I own him.

    Like one owns a dog turd on their lawn.

  232. .

    Can I get one direct answer: Was Griggums smoted, along with sockmuppets Beasure and Pee?

  233. Gab

    Surprising article in HuffPo from 2015/2016

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-earp/1-in-4-women-how-the-late_b_8191448.html

    1 in 4 Women: How the Latest Sexual Assault Statistics Were Turned into Click Bait by the ‘New York Times’

  234. Gab

    Don’t know, Dot. Don’t care, just glad they’re all gone and hope they stay away.

  235. Rabz

    Was Griggums smoted, along with sockmuppets Beasure and Pee?

    FFS, Pol, does it matter? Just enjoy da serenity.

  236. Snoopy

    P went of her own accord, apparently. The other just vanished.

  237. MsDolittle

    Crappest day. Bill Leak + 22 yr old’s suicide’s funeral. Can’t believe how much fairytale was told about how great, caring, Jesus-like she was blah blah. How ’bout her doing a number on her family and friends. Just because she thought her life was like the reset button on an Xbox. FMD & in cups.

  238. Rabz

    Poor ol’ P went out with great waffling, defiantly waving its colostomy bag in our collective faces.

  239. Combine Dave

    For so many to complain about Gregory and his/her sock puppets and wishing him off the blog, do I detect a bit of nostalgia and regret now that he is gone?

    IT misses the tickle of GM’s stubble on his scrotum.

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