Wednesday Forum: May 17, 2017

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  1. Baldrick

    Hang on Balders, wasn’t it a ‘routine/service light on the dashboard’ service ?

    Whatever happened to the old 12 months warranty rule?

  2. Tel

    I don’t know what the situation is now but I wouldn’t be surprised if the ATO has an even higher debt threshold pursuit limit. If the policy has changed the employee is held accountable that is disgraceful. The remitter stole the money, should be in goal.

    It’s pretty standard practice now that the ATO uses one person as a tax collector for another person… the entire GST system works that way.

    So suppose a business goes bankrupt… are they going to hunt down all the customers and demand the GST from each of them?

  3. Libby Zee

    The findings appear to indicate that problems with seals have allowed oils to move around.

    Oils ain’t oils.

  4. BrettW

    The Melbourne Uni Chinese Aussie girl was picking her fingernails on national TV and looking at the ceiling. She was not particularly articulate considering says raised here. No wonder she has issues about the while privileged males having an advantage over her. She needs them to lower their performance level to give her an advantage she clearly needs.

    Interesting statistic that 60% Uni graduates are female.

  5. H B Bear

    The NDIS is looking like the very worst of Howard’s changes to the old CES combined with the worst of the Health Industrial Complex combined with the worst of the Cth-State dysfunction. What could go wrong?

    This is truly a Gillard Fabian masterstroke. As implemented by the Lieborals before being handed back to the Liars to crank up to 11.

  6. It’s conceivable that the entire volunteer sector
    in Australia will become appendages of the NDIS.

    This is going to turn into a monster bureaucracy costing tens of billions per year –
    $20 billion is extremely optimistic – regulating every area of social life.

    Yes, everything is unfolding according to plan. Thank you for noticing.

  7. Makka

    So the maintenance guys put the wrong oil in the wrong hole… am I right?

    It sounds a lot more than that. Those new seals will be failing for a reason; heat, excess movement, higher pressures, inherent design flaws, surface integrity, combinations of failure modes… many reasons for seal failure. That’s why Admiral Barrett sounds so worried. The root cause could well mean that the Navy will be forced to modify the manner in which they expected to operate the vessel to compensate for this defect , if they are unable to remove it.

  8. johanna

    In the sub-folder where Nancy’s kennel nestles, I also keep a link to the Miami Herald’s weekly series of Dave Barry classics. He’s a bit past it now, but in his day, very good indeed.

    Today’s offering is Dave’s speech to graduating college students:

    Who is going to fight this injustice? Not my generation. My generation is currently occupied full time with applying skin moisturizers. No, it is up to you, the Class of 1997, to take on the telephone companies, and also the companies that make the cardboard food packages that have the little dotted-line semi-circles that say “PRESS TO OPEN.”

    Let me ask you, the Class of 1997, a question: Have you EVER been able to open a package by pressing that little semi-circle? I didn’t think so. Those semi-circles are reinforced at the package factory with titanium; they can easily deflect bullets. NASA pastes those semi-circles on the nose of the Space Shuttle to protect it during re-entry.

    Let me ask you another question: Have you ever tried to wrap leftover food in clear plastic wrap? Have you ever tried to tear off a piece of that wrap using the so-called “cutting edge”? If so, did you get a nice, square piece, like the one the cheerful homemaker always gets in the commercial? Don’t make me laugh until saliva dribbles onto my commencement robe. What you got was a golf-ball-sized wad that looks like a dead jellyfish. THE “CUTTING EDGE” CUTS NOTHING, YOUNG PEOPLE! Fact: For every leftover food item that American consumers are able to successfully wrap, they waste more than 37 square miles of plastic — enough to cover all of Manhattan Island, or the late Orson Welles.

    More at the link.

  9. Mitch M.

    So suppose a business goes bankrupt… are they going to hunt down all the customers and demand the GST from each of them?

    Of course not but if the ATO is now refusing to raise credit for those who are not responsible for remitting the tax to the ATO that is a clear change of policy. I don’t believe they are doing that, it seems to be a violation of Natural Justice because the individual never received that taxation money in the first place, it is held by the employer or contractor.

  10. srr

    And no, they aren’t too stupid to know the difference.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAGoW5UUwAEuupw.jpg

    It isn’t and never has been Russia that the DC Swamp Monsters fear.

    It has always been God.

  11. Roger

    The Melbourne Uni Chinese Aussie girl was picking her fingernails on national TV and looking at the ceiling. She was not particularly articulate considering says raised here. No wonder she has issues about the while privileged males having an advantage over her.

    You’re displaying unconfessed white male privilege, Brett.

    Go to the corner of the class room until suitably repentant.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    They’re thoroughly rooted at Fairfax

    Areff – I suspect both vulture funds value the mastheads at zero. They’ll split off Domain and the radio arm and float the Phage and Silly, so the useful idiots can be fleeced.

    I saw today an article which said that Roger Ailes built Fox by simply making it a channel that a vast number of people wanted to watch. Sadly I can’t find that story again, but the lesson is a good one: make your rag a must read. Do that and you have a good business model.

    Lefties think all news outlets must be Marxist. Then they wonder why no one comes to their site.

  13. Fisky

    There is no question that “Australia” is headed for a hard fall. Unfortunately, when everyone’s assets have melted away, when their entitlements are cut off, when the government are no longer able to pay public servants, etc etc…I’m not sure the general public will be in the frame of mind for rationally appraising how they got to the point of bankruptcy. I have no confidence that, in the middle of a depression, people will say, “gee this socialism business has been a total failure, time to try something else!”

    Most likely is they will double down on blaming “the rich” for failing to fund socialism adequately. There will be more reprisals against rich people, foreign investors, foreigners in general, and no cause for self-reflection whatsoever. Just look at the Greeks! A country of loser cucks controlled by Germany. That’s us in a few years, but it will be foreign creditors dictating the terms to our government. Possibly with some direct intervention from China as well.

  14. Baldrick

    So the maintenance guys put the wrong oil in the wrong hole… am I right?

    Chrissy Phayne to Maurice Pain, “Hey Morrie, do you know where I put that receipt for HMAS Canberra?”

  15. Snoopy

    Interesting statistic that 60% Uni graduates are female.

    But try and foster some equalidy and all hell breaks loose.

  16. Nick

    So the maintenance guys put the wrong oil in the wrong hole… am I right?

    They built it in Greece?

  17. Nick

    On free to air TV tonight :
    Scent of a woman
    Purple Rain

  18. Leigh Lowe

    notafan
    #2384480, posted on May 19, 2017 at 5:46 pm
    moley

    but it was free!

    I wonder how they explained how that worked, if it is true

    There is almost no explanation for that.
    They couldn’t claim they were “buying” access to employee records as some form of database because they wouldn’t be able to use emoloyee records for other marketimg purposes.
    A loss leader?
    Hmmm. Anyone with half a brain would smell a rat there.
    Bizarre. Well, not really when you look at the client list which beavily features Government Departments.
    It would be interesting to see who the decision makers were in these Departments.
    HR wymminses jumping at the chance to free up some budget to spend on ‘clusion and diversidy perhaps?

  19. cohenite

    Worth repeating:

    The question has received more than 400 answers from Zhihu users, which include some of the most representative perceptions of the ‘white left’. Although the emphasis varies, baizuo is used generally to describe those who “only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”; they are “obsessed with political correctness” to the extent that they “tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism”; they believe in the welfare state that “benefits only the idle and the free riders”; they are the “ignorant and arrogant westerners” who “pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours”…

    The term first became influential amidst the European refugee crisis, and Angela Merkel was the first western politician to be labelled as a baizuo for her open-door refugee policy. Hungary, on the other hand, was praised by Chinese netizens for its hard line on refugees, if not for its authoritarian leader. Around the same time another derogatory name that was often used alongside baizuo was shengmu (圣母) – literally the ‘holy mother’ – which according to its users refers to those who are ‘overemotional’, ‘hypocritical’ and ‘have too much empathy’. The criticisms of baizuo and shengmu soon became an online smear campaign targeted at not only public figures such as J. K. Rowling and Emma Watson, but also volunteers, social workers and all other ordinary citizens, whether in Europe or China, who express any sympathy with international refugees…

    baizuo and shengmu !

  20. Baldrick

    So the maintenance guys put the wrong oil in the wrong hole… am I right?

    Today’s Navy:
    “Hydraulic oil? We got shipped 4 tonnes of organic olive oil!”

  21. Chris

    Scent of a woman

    Good film!

  22. Snoopy

    HR wymminses with MBA’s jumping at the chance to free up some budget to spend on ‘clusion and diversidy perhaps?

    Cheryl from payroll would never have fallen for that.

  23. Tel

    shengmu (圣母) – literally the ‘holy mother’

    I thought our expression was, “Holier than thou” which describes a lot of these “Progressives” pretty well, except of course they have rejected religion, only to reinvent religion badly.

  24. Roger

    Surprise, surprise…Queensland Rail’s latest passenger trains for Brisbane were designed in Francophone Canada and built in India. Seems they’re not fit for purpose. Who could have foreseen that?

  25. Fisky

    WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks 2m2 minutes ago
    More
    WikiLeaks Retweeted WikiLeaks
    BREAKING: Sweden has dropped its case against Julian Assange and will revoke its arrest warrant

  26. egg_

    The findings appear to indicate that problems with seals have allowed oils to move around. Different parts of the system use different types of oil of varying thickness.

    So the maintenance guys put the wrong oil in the wrong hole… am I right?

    The engine OEM was pointing the finger at Siemens installers – those 457 Injuns injected into the wrong hole?

  27. Tel

    Today’s Navy:
    “Hydraulic oil? We got shipped 4 tonnes of organic olive oil!”

    Oh?!? In that case, where did all the hydraulic oil go?

    You might want to avoid the salad bar for a while…

  28. areff

    I saw today an article which said that Roger Ailes…..

    It was one of Blair’s pithy observations

  29. Bruce of Newcastle

    Let me ask you, the Class of 1997, a question: Have you EVER been able to open a package by pressing that little semi-circle? I didn’t think so.

    😀
    Twenty years ago!

    I am always amused by branded smallgoods versus the home brands of Coles and Woolies.

    The luncheon ham sachets from mobs like Don and D’orsogna have packets which will actually peel open at the corner advertised, and reseal.

    Coles and Woolies homebrands have the same instructions to peel-at-the-corner…much time have I spent trying to actually do what they instruct, before submitting and getting the knife out.

    On the other hand the cheap Coles and Woolies homebrand smallgoods are OK. It’s just the packaging which makes your head explode.

    I was taught about ‘caveat emptor’ in primary school. I doubt kiddies now get that education.

  30. egg_

    “Hydraulic oil? We got shipped 4 tonnes of organic olive oil!”

    ‘Diversity’ lube?

  31. Tel

    The engine OEM was pointing the finger at Siemens installers – those 457 Injuns injected into the wrong hole?

    I think the correct wording for the final report would be along the lines of, “Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!”

  32. srr

    Gillard is no master at anything.

    The same people who maneuvered her into the PMship also kept her out of gaol and still keep everyone’s eyes off themselves with little slips of stage managed scandals from their myriad of marionettes

  33. Nick

    Surprise, surprise…Queensland Rail’s latest passenger trains for Brisbane were designed in Francophone Canada and built in India. Seems they’re not fit for purpose. Who could have foreseen that?

    Passengers sit on the roof ?

  34. Leigh Lowe

    One thing for sure.
    Any agency or department who puts their hand out for a special budget allocation to meet the cost of the PAYG should be told to fuck off and …. what’s that phrase Morro is so fond of … “just absorb it”.

  35. 132andBush

    Passengers sit on the roof ?

    And crap through hole in floor?

  36. Snoopy

    Surprise, surprise…Queensland Rail’s latest passenger trains for Brisbane were designed in Francophone Canada and built in India. Seems they’re not fit for purpose. Who could have foreseen that?

    I suspect this is mainly union bullshit. One of the biggest problems is supposedly driver visibility. Apparently Canadian train drivers don’t have their eyes in the same place as Brisbane’s finest.

  37. John constantine

    The diversity and inclusion of their ndis shortencare means that Wahhabi’s will get quotas to occupy the joint.

    Friday after mosque, there will be training courses for Isis returnees from their corpseraping spring break to get ndis for life.

    “Daddy gave me these heads to play with, now I want disability pension for eighty years.”

    “I feel so guilty for what they made me do to all those little slave girls that I can never work again.”

  38. Bruce of Newcastle

    It was one of Blair’s pithy observations

    Thanks, areff – yes:

    Roger Ailes, who created media giant Fox News through the very simple strategy of merely appealing to an enormous number of viewers, has died at 77.

    Simple and profound. He, like Mr Ailes, has a talent which is hard to replicate.

  39. Gab

    Surprise, surprise…Queensland Rail’s latest passenger trains for Brisbane were designed in Francophone Canada and built in India. Seems they’re not fit for purpose. Who could have foreseen that?

    Well I’m not at all surprised given the mooching clusterfuks parading as procurement managers in the public service, however in what way are the trains not FFP?

  40. Oh come on

    You know, if I were a superstitious person, I’d say there’s got to be a link between Roger Ailes’s death and the fortunes of Fox News.

  41. srr

    Lots of video from lots of angles – Times Square “Car Attack” –

    Tommy Robinson‏Verified account @TRobinsonNewEra 2h2 hours ago

    Are we really supposed to believe this was an accident
    Deplorable Steve🇺🇸
    https://twitter.com/TRobinsonNewEra/status/865463137662717953

  42. John constantine

    Their ABC proudly announced on tonight’s vicco radio news that their all was the most sodomy friendly sporting management in the country, and had just got an award for it.

    Social justice means that the welcome to country never mentions that gay aboriginals were clubbed to death, or the inclusion Islamic round never mentions the crowds cheering the gay’s thrown off the tall buildings.

    It all blends together to dewesternise the country for their crony oligarchs of transnational globalism.

  43. John constantine

    AFL, not all, damn socialist auto-correct.

  44. Apparently Sweden has lifted the warrant and Assange is free.

  45. egg_

    Spanish built ships with German propulsion systems integrated by a British company.

    What could go wrong?

    Sounds like Basil Fawlty and Manuel in ‘Don’t Mention the War’.

  46. Snoopy

    Sky News

    The #FakeHeadline.

    Trump evades Comey questions

    The text.

    Donald Trump has responded with a direct – if brief – ‘No. No’ to a question about whether he had asked the FBI to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser.

    The US President also said there was no collusion between himself and Russia.

    The item has no byline. Maybe it was penned by Monty Maxine Waters.

  47. Zipster the leftoid torturemeister

    Interesting statistic that 60% Uni graduates are female.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  48. Linky

    Doesn’t seem like the most reputable site but seems legit …?

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    The criticisms of baizuo and shengmu soon became an online smear campaign targeted at not only public figures such as J. K. Rowling and Emma Watson

    A bit hard on Emma Watson. Although I shouldn’t really include the words hard on and Emma Watson in the same sentence. What a pity she went to Brown University! Such a waste.

  50. johanna

    Coles and Woolies homebrands have the same instructions to peel-at-the-corner…much time have I spent trying to actually do what they instruct, before submitting and getting the knife out.

    You are right, but I don’t bother with any of them these days. Straight in with the knife, and then I wrap them in a largeish freezer bag (folded under at the edges) and stick them back in the fridge. There is so much water in them that they don’t dry out.

    Modern food packaging seems to be designed to annoy consumers.

  51. John constantine

    The poor bastardized taxpayer will fund more bullshit for Isis winkers assessed with ptsd than returned Australian soldiers get.

    Their turnfailure makes returned pensioner vets sell their stuff to live after their pensions are cut, so the turn failure debacle coalition can fund ndis for Isis.

  52. Snoopy

    It’s perfectly obvious that Putin, with Trump’s blessing, threatened to invade Sweden unless they let Assange off the hook. This was the real purpose of Trump’s meeting with the Russian ambassador.

  53. MsDolittle

    Doesn’t seem like the most reputable site but seems legit …?

    Americans might want his extradition..

  54. Combine Dave

    The engine OEM was pointing the finger at Siemens installers –

    Completed at ASC in SA?

  55. Combine Dave

    Surprise, surprise…Queensland Rail’s latest passenger trains for Brisbane were designed in Francophone Canada and built in India. Seems they’re not fit for purpose. Who could have foreseen that?

    Well I’m not at all surprised given the mooching clusterfuks parading as procurement managers in the public service, however in what way are the trains not FFP?

    Drivers bucket seats not ample enough?

  56. Fisky;

    The only way to stop the NDIS now is through a property crash and enforced retrenchment by Australia’s creditors. That will have the additional benefit of shutting down the immigration scam as well.

    And the Bankers will bring in an outside admin team, just like the brown nations*, and we are fucked.
    *Greece is in that lot.

  57. John constantine

    Their yarragrad nazgul announce the country fire authority is to be split at a Hundy million cost into a political operative wing and an unpaid cannon fodder wing.

    Fifty percent wymynsys for their political wing.

    The tax on the capital of the oppressor kulak class will fund it all.

  58. Myrddin Seren

    Regrettably, I think John constantine is ahead of the curve again:

    The diversity and inclusion of their ndis shortencare means that Wahhabi’s will get quotas to occupy the joint.

    You are right. All those country shoppers cooling their heals in Indo waiting for the next election will be marching out on to a fleet of boats that will rival Dunkirk the day after Shorten is enthroned as PM-for-Life.

    But when they get here, every single one will have to be carried off and comforted on the dock side while NDIS service providers compete to provide emergency case management triage to see who gets the juiciest clients and how fast they can get them on the Disso-for-Life drip feed.

    It will be like diverting a zombie herd in ‘Walking Dead’ or ‘Z-Nation’. Hundreds of thousands will turn away from Mutte Merkel and Europe and head for the land of the Life Long NDIS – free housing, free meals-on-wheels, free medical care, free lawn care for your free housing, free transport, free everything.

  59. cohenite

    srr

    #2384595, posted on May 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Lots of video from lots of angles – Times Square “Car Attack” –

    Tommy Robinson‏Verified account @TRobinsonNewEra 2h2 hours ago

    Are we really supposed to believe this was an accident
    Deplorable Steve
    https://twitter.com/TRobinsonNewEra/status/865463137662717953

    As I said even if he isn’t a recent convert, islam is to blame for popularising the technique of mowing down pedestrians. He’ll be tried in NY too which does not have a death penalty.

  60. Leigh Lowe

    The #FakeHeadline.

    Trump evades Comey questions

    The text.

    Donald Trump has responded with a direct – if brief – ‘No. No’ to a question about whether he had asked the FBI to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser.

    “Evades” = “He didn’t break down and give us the answer we wanted.”

  61. The only way to stop the NDIS now is through a property crash and enforced retrenchment by Australia’s creditors. That will have the additional benefit of shutting down the immigration scam as well.

    You’re forgetting the $2.5 trillion in accumulated super funds, plus the $170 billion a year it currently earns from investment, plus the $130 billion a year it collects in new deposits, much of it controlled by unions. The current system will not be allowed to crash until the whole lot has been siphoned off to union-affiliated crony capitalists. We have twenty years yet before the final collapse.

  62. Libby Zee

    Are we really supposed to believe this was an accident

    No. This evenings news was reporting that the perp said he wanted to kill lots of people. That sort of rules out an accident.

  63. Tel

    The poor bastardized taxpayer will fund more bullshit for Isis winkers assessed with ptsd than returned Australian soldiers get.

    My position (and you can check the blog history) has always been that anyone fighting for IS has officially repudiated their Australian citizenship. If Kenya can declare that Senator Lucy Gichuhi automatically loses her Kenyan citizenship when she becomes Australian, then we can apply the same rules to anyone wanting to become a citizen of the Islamic State.

    There’s no shortage of people wanting Australian citizenship… don’t make it an easy handout for deadbeats. We can’t make people want to be loyal to Australia, nor should we be in the business of trapping people who don’t want to be here. What we can do is support people who want to decide for themselves they prefer not to be Australian, by telling them OK see ya!

  64. Makka

    by telling them OK see ya!

    At 10,000 feet?

  65. jupes

    Apparently Sweden has lifted the warrant and Assange is free.

    Which means the hottest ticket in town is to the Ecuadorian Embassy ‘Freedom Party’.

    Freedom from that deranged dickhead that is.

  66. jupes

    Assange and Rolf Harris free on the same day.

    Both accused of dubious sexual offences.

    Only one assisted the enemy in wartime.

  67. Geriatric Mayfly

    Talking about getting the knife out and going up several notches from the micro-frustration of opening sealed food. What about those ubiquitous bloody bubble packs? See an episode of Larry David wrestling with a new Satnav – a gift from that harridan Suzy Green. Larry loses it completely, with the inevitable repercussions.

  68. Bruce of Newcastle

    Their yarragrad nazgul announce the country fire authority is to be split at a Hundy million cost into a political operative wing and an unpaid cannon fodder wing.

    My impression from the Seven News report was that firefighting would be aggregated into the certified union-controlled Fire Rescue Victoria™ and all those knuckle dragging ingrates who actually want to fight bushfires will be turned into a glorified unpaid and unsupported CWA.

    UFU forever!

  69. Fisky

    You are right. All those country shoppers cooling their heals in Indo waiting for the next election will be marching out on to a fleet of boats that will rival Dunkirk the day after Shorten is enthroned as PM-for-Life.

    The majority of “libertarians” will be delighted!

  70. Nick

    GM,I thought I was the only one lol

  71. jupes

    Chrissy Phayne to Maurice Tubbsy Pain, “Hey Morrie Tubbsy, do you know where I put that receipt for HMAS Canberra?”

    Accuracy is important Baldrick.

  72. jupes

    The majority of “libertarians” will be delighted!

    They’ll be manning the boats.

    Dotty was last seen at the Melbourne Boat Show scoping out a cabin cruiser.

  73. Boambee John

    JC at 1625

    “Everyone knows Monst gets his morning talking points from Maxine Waters’ website.”

    But, but, but … Earlier today, when I suggested that he had just received the daily GetUp talking points email, he said he received it directly from George ( not even the courtesy title Uncle George).

    Shocked, I am.

  74. by telling them OK see ya!

    At 10,000 feet?

    The choppers won’t need to go that high …

  75. They’ll be manning the boats.

    Dotty was last seen at the Melbourne Boat Show scoping out a cabin cruiser.

    What was her name? Shazza?

  76. srr

    They get paid by your taxes (that tax officers haven’t stolen for themselves), to go to school with your little kids –

    Onlinemagazin‏ @OnlineMagazin

    🆘‼️😂🔥 Sweden: Mohammad celebrated his 14th birthday with a stylish full beard. http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.2294/sweden-mohammad-celebrated-his-14th-birthday-with-a-stylish-full-beard.html … Happy Birthday little Mohammad! Haha!

  77. H B Bear

    Their yarragrad nazgul announce the country fire authority is to be split at a Hundy million cost into a political operative wing and an unpaid cannon fodder wing.

    Victoriastanis still getting their democracy good and hard. Will they learn anything for next time?

  78. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Their yarragrad nazgul announce the country fire authority is to be split at a Hundy million cost into a political operative wing and an unpaid cannon fodder wing.

    I’ll bet good money that the unpaid cannon fodder are the ones who actually do something weird and strange, like putting out fires. The political operatives wing will be wheeling and dealing for a safe Labor seat, somewhere.

  79. Makka

    US Bank stocks looking rather sick. Not at all a good vote for Trump.

  80. Aussiepundit

    Trump’s off to do arms deals with the Saudis, deals which his son-in-law organised.
    He is now officially making the final page in “Animal Farm” come true.
    So much for draining the swamp. So much for the movement.
    Pig was man and man was pig.

  81. BrettW

    You are a VIC resident.

    You, your wife and four kids and elderly parents are on the upper floor of a burning house. You have all been hurt and need a fire crew to break a few things to get through falling debris and then carry you out. Time is important as you dont have long.

    You call the VIC fire operator and as mandated by a new law the operator offers you a choice of crews :

    a) all male white crew
    b) 50/50 male / female crew
    c) all female crew
    d) 50/50 Aboriginal crew
    e) the all female burkha wearing crew.

    Assume they have passed the appropriate physical fitness requirements. Unfortunately the VIC Government insists the nature of the tests is top secret information.

    Which crew would you choose ?

    Please bear in mind you will be publicly shamed if you choose the white priviledged crew and will have to explain to a Equality Tribunal why you are discriminating against equal opportunities for women and minorities.

  82. Anne

    What the hell is happening?

    Scriptures are changing supernaturally!

  83. Leigh Lowe

    We’ve never had any dodgy shit going on in the upper echelons of the ATO before.
    Except for maybe Nick Petroulias.

  84. jupes

    Which crew would you choose ?

    Of course the answer is obvious.

    Diversity is a strength” only works in the minds of the weak and stupid.

  85. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Please bear in mind you will be publicly shamed if you choose the white priviledged crew and will have to explain to a Equality Tribunal why you are discriminating against equal opportunities for women and minorities.

    The last bushfire I fought, the fire truck was white privilege personified – a retired Lieutenant Colonel,
    a retired Police Sergeant, and a retired Lance Corporal of infantry (Unpaid.) No burkas, though.

  86. Myrddin Seren

    Aussiepundit:

    Trump’s off to do arms deals with the Saudis, deals which his son-in-law organised.

    What ?? ( Googles )

    Kushner called Lockheed CEO to get a better arms deal for Saudi Arabia

    What ?!

    President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner personally called the CEO of Lockheed Martin during a meeting with a Saudi delegation earlier this month to ask her to cut the price of a missile defense system, The New York Times reported Thursday.

    During the meeting with the delegation, Kushner determined that cost could prohibit the Saudis from purchasing a THAAD missile defense system, which is designed to shoot down intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

    Taking this at face value ( disclaimer ) – who gives a f**k what the Saudi mendicants tell him ?

    Lockheed Martin is a US seller. Let them negotiate to get the best price. Who gives a toot if the Sauds don’t have a system to stop Houthi Scuds ? Stop funding global Wahhabi proselytization.

    Kushner has been tasked by his father-in-law with a sweeping portfolio of responsibilities. Among the undertakings on his list are heading a task force aimed at reforming the federal government, looking into criminal justice reform and pursuing peace in the Middle East.

    Is this a joke. No offence, but just one of those tasks would be a full time job for any person.

    Plus – and sorry to bring it up – but Jared is an Orthodox You-Know-Who. Have we missed the bit where the bulk of people and states in the ME want to cut his guts out ??

    I regret I am starting to worry that IT may be getting closer to the mark than I would have hoped for.

    #Worrisome.

  87. Snoopy

    The Newtown sex slave story seems suss to me.

    State Crime Command’s sex crimes squad commander Mick Haddow said vital questions still have not been answered, such as why ‘Nicole’ took the teenage girl to the Asylum Centre instead of straight to the police.

    Good question. I’m betting ‘Nicole’ won’t come forward.

  88. Rabz

    However, in the end, Nino assimilates easily, and the last chapter, which preaches for ‘New Australians’ to get out there and embrace the local way of living, of ‘[which] there is no better’, and not cleave to their own language and customs, seems incredibly and unfortunately dated.

    Not to this true blue Aussie with an Italiano surname, it doesn’t.

    BTW, there is no such word as “paranorma”. Presumably, it’s a misspelling of panorama.

  89. Snoopy

    Another layer to this is that Nino Culotta is in fact not Nino Culotta at all, but the pseudonym of Australian Jack O’Grady

    My brother Jack?

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  91. jupes

    I tell you what, AFL is a magnificent spectacle.

    Another great game tonight.

  92. jupes

    However, in the end, Nino assimilates easily, and the last chapter, which preaches for ‘New Australians’ to get out there and embrace the local way of living, of ‘[which] there is no better’, and not cleave to their own language and customs, seems incredibly and unfortunately dated.

    No it sounds like very good advice. They were so much smarter back in the day.

    Multiculturalism is such an obvious failure yet the current crop of brain-dead politicians still praise it.

  93. Rabz

    The exact location of the unit* remains unknown

    And will remain so while our beloved Keystones are on the case.

    Yet more rampant child abuse in this vile cesspit of a country.

    Aboriginal kiddie abuse – bashings, rapes, illiteracy, welfare dependence, general appalling neglect
    Moozley kiddie abuse – kiddie marriages, clitorectomies, bagging, imprisonment in taxpayer funded abodes, brainwashing, bashings, rapes, illiteracy etc, etc, etc
    White trash kiddie abuse – bashings, rapes, illiteracy, welfare dependence, general appalling neglect

    What an absolute bloody disgrace. All thanks to collectivists.

    * In the “Newtown Area”, apparently.

  94. Mark A

    Coming here. Germany is “integrating” the wrong side.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    No it sounds like very good advice. They were so much smarter back in the day.

    The Memsahib’s family emigrated from the Netherlands in the mid 1950’s. They were so determined to “assimilate” that the decision was taken that only English would ever be spoken, even in the family home. They were so much smarter, back in the day.

  96. twostix

    The ATO fraud is only indicative of the mass culture of fraud that has engulfed Canberra since Howard.

    From top to bottom it’s rorting everyone outside the city walls for all they can get, in return for the least amount of work possible.

  97. Rev. Archibald

    jupes
    #2384668, posted on May 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm
    I tell you what, AFL is a magnificent spectacle.

    ..
    So is detonating a whale packed with high explosive.
    Why doesn’t the state and media fund more of that?

  98. Rabz

    My brother Jack

    Thanks for reminding me of that turgid unreadable sludge, Snoops.

  99. Rabz

    detonating a whale packed with high explosive

    Has such an unimaginably mighty spectacle ever been witnessed more than once in human history?

    Unfortunately, I doubt it.

  100. twostix

    M0nty seemed genuinely deflated at the idea that the Republican congress isn’t going to impeach their own president because he ordered them to.

    Is he ok?

  101. Leigh Lowe

    twostix
    #2384681, posted on May 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm
    M0nty seemed genuinely deflated at the idea that the Republican congress isn’t going to impeach their own president because he ordered them to.

    Is he ok?

    No.
    He has been in hospital after an overdose.
    Getting a boxfull of Krispy Kremes pumped out is not pleasant.

  102. testpattern

    First big protest against McGowan gov and march to parliament scheduled for nxt week.

  103. Mark A

    Rabz
    #2384680, posted on May 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    detonating a whale packed with high explosive

    Has such an unimaginably mighty spectacle ever been witnessed more than once in human history?

    Unfortunately, I doubt it.

    Unfortunately for all involved yes, it had happened.

  104. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Here Y’are; at end of this old thread, from Kakadu, tell Tom as he wanted to hear about Yellow Waters. Internet is very flakey indeed out here in the wilds of the Kimberleys, where I am now:

    Kakadu

    Yellow Water Region: these waters, wetlands that are part of the South Alligator River plain, are called yellow perhaps because of the tannins in them from the vegetation, or more likely because of a flowering yellow plant that abounds here. They are an extensive series of wetlands, flat and beautiful, edged with tall apple green reeds and containing whole fields of bright and almost iridescent green buffalo grass that has roots through the water, a metre down into the ground. Not grass you can walk on. Clumps of spikey Pandanus and smallish paperbark trees line the banks, mirrored in the still waters. Waterlilies pier the water edges with flat leaves, where a small black red-beaked bird with the hugest-known foot-to-body-size ratio, pads around over them using his own form of genetic snowshoes in his specifically-chosen home. Other and larger trees are also found there but I am no botanist to tell you of their names, only that they are less frequent, but grow tall with small leaves on draping branches, or some with larger ones, leaves that hang still in the breathless air; trees on which there are numerous dead branches, ideal perches for the many birds as they wake to survey the day, including a glorious sea eagle and many honking native geese.

    The extensive birdlife is the major attraction. Two very numerous species are called ‘whistling’; firstly, the Whistling Duck, a small brown duck which lives in colonies on mud banks. As a group they create a cacophony on land sufficient to scare a croc into thinking their mass is a big animal not a series of busy small birdies having a hungry croc on. Crocs don’t much like birds anyway and perhaps this is why the little ducks’ ruse works; apparently crocs find the wing feathers hard to digest, although as ravenous omnivores they still lazily snap up a few odd fowl. The Whistling Ducks fly in a large formation, still whistling away together, a happy band. Then there is the ubiquitous Whistling Kite. We have come across these before, on the Jumping Croc Cruise where you could put on a leather glove and have a squadron of them swoop down one by one to the moving boat to take food from your hand. They are lovely raptors, with a wide wing spread, magnificent flying singleton and heart-rendingly lovely in their flittering groups across the dawning skies of the awakening Yellow Water. Here we are told the same story about them, that they are firebirds. They flock around grass fires, picking off the escaping small prey. So successful do they find these hunts that they have learned to pick up a burning brand and start a new fire with it, even using their wings as bellows to ensure the brand catches fire in a new area. Firies find them a pest for doing this during the controlled burn-offs that were going on everywhere smoking us properly through.

    As recommended by Tom, we did the Yellow Waters Cruise, taking the dawn option: there are four or five daily, but dawn and dusk, for sunrise and sunset, are the most popular, and thus the most costly. Instead of staying in Jabiru, a rather seedy township with sit-down aborigines hanging out there, and signs in the shops saying they didn’t serve children enrolled in local school during school hours, we stayed about 60k’s away at the Yellow Water Gagudju (Kakadu) Resort (that name making a point about pronunciation that I make in my Arthurian theories too). A wonderful place to stay, an old series of 1970’s (sort-of renovated) motel-style cabins at fairly expensive rates, right at Yellow Waters, but with a fantastic and enormous pebblecrete pool and a feeling of an updated ‘shades of other other days’ about it all. Blissful. You can’t walk the shorelines though, as both salties and freshwater crocs live in Yellow Waters; on the dawn cruise we saw several representatives of salties out for their early swim and brekky.

    Modern Anthropology: Kakadu is World Heritage listed for two things: its wetland magnificence and its cultural significance. I was very keen to see ancient aboriginal rock art, and as the best examples were at opposite ends of the park, Hairy was very keen to drive me there. I’ve already told you about Cahill’s Crossing, a famous croc haunt where we saw the 4WD tossed over the weir, but I haven’t mentioned my new fame there as an Australian Icon. At the Crossing sitting at a picnic table too near the river bank for my liking, we devoured our meat pies purchased at Jabiru, and in our insulated bag still hot, so we were blowing on them etc. A Russell Coit guide trailing a gaggle of Scandinavian and Estonian girls stopped nearby.

    In fractured English one girl looks at me and I hear her whisper in puzzlement to her friend, what is she eating? Sotto voce, but loud enough, the other answers, I think it is ‘an Australian pie, she is eating the Australian way’. What is inside it? Asks the first girl. I think it is … meat, answers the second after some deliberation, with a sort of awe and wonder. Yes, I nod, delicately wiping my chin with my finger and licking it, holding my pie towards them for inspection. It is meat, I say; and I pour on another sachet of blood red martie sauce, which amuses them so they start to giggle. Pie-eater used ta be an old Australian insult, Lizzie, says Hairy, noting that I am clearly a custodian of de auld ways.

    The Dawn of Man: As were the aboriginal people once custodians of their old ways. Ubirr rock shelter, part of a large rock outcrop nearby to Cahill’s Crossing, contains artworks going back at least twenty thousand years, probably longer. It is hard to say whether there have been one or several migrations Out of Africa and around the coastlines to Australia; some say groups may floated on log boats across the sea from India, as did the Boab tree nuts from Madagascar, ancestral stock of the boab and bottle trees in the Kimberleys. The full-blood people in Kakadu can look uncannily like Tamils at times, but who knows where that came from?

    Ubirr’s ancient artworks are overpainted in parts, and fairly indistinct, plus there is only very limited archaeological interpretation on boards. It is fairly obvious that many of the associated stories and meanings are already lost, as local aborigines give only a very general statement about Mimi spirits and sacredness with only one or two actual tales left, and these perhaps later, or bowdlerised. The Rainbow Serpent features of course, and Wandjina figures, white faces fringed all around, are also seen. The rock art of Kakadu is one of mankind’s earliest imprints of culture, art as doing, as contacting the ancestors and the cycle of eternal time, recording stories of songlines and origins in more than five thousand sites around Kakadu alone. Some of the earliest is of handprints, made in stencil by blowing ochre and blood onto the spread hand or infilling a print with coloration. I saw one missing phalange, on a 5th (tiny) finger not on an index finger. Both forms of removal were used in Kakadu on women, as tribute to a death, as I saw IRL in New Guinea, and also very strongly represented on female handprints in the ice-age retreat Gargas Cave we visited in the Pyrennees. Obviously a meme of early mankind, long lived indeed.

    On this very hot day we climbed to the top of Ubirr’s sacred rock outcrop and its significance leaps out. Not just a shelter, for possible occupation (although sacred places are often unoccupied), but as throughout Britain and Europe in the Paleolithic, a place sacred for its outlook, for the spirit-enlivening vista 360 degrees around at the top, over hundreds of acres of swampland covered in the greenest of green buffalo grass. A genuine elder, one of the last, Bill Neidjiee, was recorded some years ago thus: “In Dreaming painting, use special paint. Ochre, blood. Come back with that feeling. Ceremony painting is not for everyone to see. Top business you can’t see it. Go through your body and give you knowledge. Dreaming. You might dream. Good one.” The people then were in and of the land; much less so now.

    Later we drove not far from our base Cooindi (Yellow Waters) to Nourlangie, at the other side of Kakadu from Ubirr, to see the art there. Now, this is a spectacular sacred place, a huge rock chasm and overhang, with newly constructed metal walkways for easier viewing. One story survives: the Lightening Spirit had sexual intercourse with a woman of forbidden ‘skin’ (clan/moiety system) and he was banished to survey the land from three massifs on the distant escarpment. A stone at the top of the rock overhang represents a feather the girl left there for him at the scene of their law breaking, a place where The Law was not followed, providing a culturally plausible explanation for why this place is regarded with fear. For this is a place of much lightening during the wet season, a strange place where climbing up to the lookout felt rather like the mystique of Hanging Rock (will we make it? We did!).

    Nourlangie exists in the more barren lands known to aboriginals as the Sickness Country, a place where the rock paintings of Nourlangie tell of swollen joints if you stay too long. We were told by a local Ranger that one of the purest deposits of uranium in the world lies just nearby the Nourlangie art site. In other words, the land here is radioactive: the Ranger and Rum Jungle minesite names, mines abandoned due to political and aboriginal pressures, are familiar for that aspect of the NT. Aboriginal myth forbids disturbance of the ground in this particular area, the Sickness Country, which led to the great battle over Coronation Hill in the 1950’s to the 1970’s when Native Title arrived with its southern lawyers.

    Right next to Cooindi Lodge (the Yellow Waters Resort) is the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Both Hairy and I were dubious about this, given some of the other such centres we have seen elsewhere in Australia, where little that is truly traditional remains and the semi-fabricated mythological stories and European bleating are just annoying. However, this one is a treat, and a must-go. Firstly, it is fairly even-handed. The droving and mission period is shown as having some benefits and of actually being appreciated by those who received a mission education, for example, in one woman’s memory, from ‘nuns full of kindness’. Young boys were flogged by priests for misdemeanors, but given the times, probably no more so than those of European heritage elsewhere in Australia, consigned to unpleasant orphanages if poor and boarding schools if wealthy. Children in religious care in the NT do seem to have kept up with kin and traditions (to some extent, returning to their communities) while receiving an education that allowed them to function in white society, and I can’t help thinking that was a better way than the irreligious (traditional religion hasn’t really survived) and cultural (acultural?) chaos we find them living in today.

    Secondly, in the Warradjan Centre the anthropology was genuine, not a mish-mash, with interesting artefacts that inspire appreciation of the ingenuity of the traditional hunter-gathering peoples living in this area, and also of the intricacies of their kinship system, which had a useful explanatory device which you could turn to show the forbidden and allowed categories of marriage: two moieties, eight clan sections, rotating twice to sixteen options. I’ve studied that stuff and it is a complex lived system, moieties patrilineal and clans matrilineal. Much of it lost, in these days of confusion and rebellion.

    The literature available in the bookshop was that of Elkin, Spencer, Basedow and other early explorers and anthropologists whose observations are often dismissed by the post-Mabo push of ‘elders’ claiming site ownership in the south of this continent. These part-aboriginal types from the south are often referred to by tribal peoples here as ‘yellafellas’, if that. One interesting item about nomenclature of people is that some say the term for whitefellas across the Top End, Balander, is a corruption of Hollander, from early contacts with the Dutch, or via Moluccan Indonesian traders who knew of the Dutch holdings in the East Indies since the seventeenth century.

    And as a note, nowhere is a culture ever ‘pristine’. Early on, prior to European arrival, Moluccan Indonesian traders had introduced steel knives to a Stone Age culture, which flowed on to changes in other areas of aboriginal society. A Chinese religious figurine of the fifteenth century has also been unaccountably found, leading to some speculation about the IRL Great Helmsman Navigator of that time (prior to Imperial Edicts against navigation) setting foot on Terra Australis. We also see in the Cultural Centre that Bula is a primary ancestor god; which makes me recall Hairy being instructed by a Fijian chieftain to say Bula deeply, on his many coconut-shells toasts to happiness shared with that old man.

    Yesterday’s Man: We arrive into Darwin from Kakadu around sunset for our last night before flying the next morning to Kununurra in the Kimberleys. We fling ourselves into a high rise hotel on the Esplanade and drink on the balcony to the sunset one more time in Darwin. Hungry, we venture to seek a Thai meal, as I feel like Asian food and Hairy gives in. He’d prefer an easy steak in one of those backpacker bars in the street we walk along first, behind the Esplanade. It’s a somewhat seedy area, and I am stopped by an old aboriginal man, holding up fifty pence and asking for ‘a kindness, jus’ a kindness’. I scrabble in my bag, purchased in Maui on our Hawaiian holiday. It is full of zips, and I spend time exploring them all trying to find some loose change as I have not brought my change purse or any other money. Hairy only has his wallet with $100 notes and a credit card series. The old fellow is very dark skinned, thin, his nose very flat, and his eyes haunt me; they are far-away-elsewhere, and he only seeks, as he never stops saying, ‘a kindness’. A local aboriginal man, a modern man, passes by and says don’t give him anything. Jaesus, Lizzie, move on now, says Hairy, y’are going to cause a trouble. So I despair, my eyes trying to reach this alcoholic and broken man to say sorry, really say sorry, for all the trouble of your life and your loss of your Dreaming, as our two worlds collide.

    We find the Thai restaurant and eat well under red glass chandeliers.

  105. ATO fraud.
    Destroyers not operational.
    Census hacked.
    NBN a financial catastrophe.
    Billions of tertiary education loans not repaid.

    Yet not one politician has taken full responsibility and resigned. No senior public servant has been fired.
    No wonder slackness is the order of the day in Canberra.

  106. jupes

    So is detonating a whale packed with high explosive.
    Why doesn’t the state and media fund more of that?

    They do.

    I actually know the bloke whose job it is to kill beached whales with high explosive in WA.

    Of course the whale isn’t “packed” with HE, a small slab is placed in just the right spot for a quick kill.

  107. testpattern

    ‘Balander’

    Like the rest of ur piece total crap. Not from Dutch or Maluku, a loan from the macassarese Lingua Franca spoken by every community from Goulburn isl to the Groote on the 18th cent

  108. John Comnenus

    The twins turned 18. Pre dinner the Mcallan whiskey with H Upmann cigars followed by Italian dinnner washed down with a Tuscan Sangiovese. Repaired back home for a night cap. Just finishing off the last of the Grange knowing my work as a parent is done (almost). Proud Mum and Dad. Only got to get the youngest through another couple of years.

  109. jupes

    Just finishing off the last of the Grange knowing my work as a parent is done (almost).

    LOL

    Don’t put your wallet away just yet.

  110. Infidel Tiger

    First big protest against McGowan gov and march to parliament scheduled for nxt week.

    He is only letting you fuck one kid a day?

  111. twostix

    The Greatest Generation and their famous loathing of “Canberra” where the only thing putting the brakes on the Commonwealth project.

    Before them it was full speed ahead to Latin American style governmance and now that they’re gone it’s making up for lost time.

  112. Rabz

    Mark A

    I stated “more than once”.

  113. John Comnenus

    Two sticks is right – Canberra and the Federal Govt is run for the benefit of the public sector. I recently had breakfast with some friends who were Public Servants. My friends told me to join the APS After decrying the outrageous pay, conditions and superannuation of the APS. Outsource every part of the APS, sack half of Canberra.

  114. Westie woman

    Zyconoclast added to my list from a couple of days ago. .

    Words/ phrases wiped from my vocabulary

    He/she added Welcome to country

    Well we’re at the Broadbeach Blues Festival and guess what

    There was a bloody Welcome to country on Thursday!

    This pretentious bit of shit has bloody invaded everything!

  115. Mark A

    Rabz
    #2384701, posted on May 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Mark A
    I stated “more than once”.

    Noted.
    I realised after posting, mea culpa.

  116. Rabz

    John Comnenus – great work.

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yesterday’s Man: We arrive into Darwin from Kakadu around sunset for our last night before flying the next morning to Kununurra in the Kimberleys

    Enjoy yourself in Kununarra. My family ran one of the bigger stations up there, for a fine old family, who they described as “the biggest mob of bastards ever unhanged.”

  118. .

    John Comnenus
    #2384702, posted on May 19, 2017 at 11:25 pm
    Two sticks is right – Canberra and the Federal Govt is run for the benefit of the public sector. I recently had breakfast with some friends who were Public Servants. My friends told me to join the APS After decrying the outrageous pay, conditions and superannuation of the APS. Outsource every part of the APS, sack half of Canberra.

    You notice this when they say that a cut in the Federal budget will cause a “recession” in Canberra.

    Meanwhile, in the US, the stock market tends to go up the less Congress sits.

  119. NDIS.
    Tell me what the Insurance part is. Please.

  120. jupes

    The ATO fraud is only indicative of the mass culture of fraud that has engulfed Canberra since Howard.

    From top to bottom it’s rorting everyone outside the city walls for all they can get, in return for the least amount of work possible.

    But it’s much more than that.

    How can it be that the complex system of paying workers used by the fraudsters actually made sense? It is only because the whole tax and regulatory system is itself overly complex.

    I mean if you were designing a tax / payroll system from scratch, you would make it easy for companies and government departments to just pay their workers themselves. The system is only complex because governments and bureaucrats have made it that way.

    Time to start again with a blank sheet of paper.

    Of course that is not the way people are thinking in Canberra. Funnily enough they would rather keep the extant system and create another bureaucracy to oversee it.

  121. Rabz

    Mark A – jupes has found some interesting examples from WA above.

    That detonation in California was just mighty. Loved the footage of the damaged cars afterwards.

  122. John Comnenus

    I put my wallet away 10 years ago when I brought the Grange. Been sitting in the cellar ever since.

    Very proud Mum and Dad. Son wants to go to ADFA and join the infantry (like Dad), daughter is a great artist who will hopefully get into ANU fine arts. Great kids and a wonderful younger brother as well. Nothing much else matters if my wonderful wife and I bring up three fine young adults.

  123. .

    Latham. LOL!

    Real Mark Latham‏
    @RealMarkLatham

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    I expected Julia Gillard to donate her new Mercedes to her favourite charity: the AWU-Workplace Reform Association for helping needy workers

  124. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    a loan from the macassarese Lingua Franca spoken by every community from Goulburn isl to the Groote on the 18th cent

    I thought it was Macassar but Hairy said Molucca. I am no expert, just make passing comment.
    Still an interesting piece of linguistic appropriation and still likely referring back to Hollander.

    And what else is it that you find so disagreeable, test pattern? Knowledgeable as you are, of course.

  125. Zyconoclast

    Spanish built ships with German propulsion systems integrated by a British company.

    They didn’t realise this was meant to be a joke

    Heaven Is Where The Police Are British, The Cooks Are French, The Mechanics German, The Lovers Italian And It’s All Organised By The Swiss.

    In Hell: the cooks are English, the policemen are German, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and the Italians are bankers

  126. Rabz

    Tell me what the Insurance part is. Please.

    Your massive annual contributions might allow you to hop on the budget killing gravy train in the fullness of time should you suffer an almost fatal “mysterious accident”.

  127. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    How can it be that the complex system of paying workers used by the fraudsters actually made sense? It is only because the whole tax and regulatory system is itself overly complex.

    That makes sense. +1

  128. John Comnenus

    Thanks Rabz.

    Terminating Canberra (where I live) would be the best thing for Australia. Won’t happen though. We have to live in spite of Canberra and the fuckwits in the bureaucracy.

  129. twostix

    It all starts with “flex” time.

    Even the best of them are corrupted by it.

  130. .

    It is only because the whole tax and regulatory system is itself overly complex.

    I don’t know if you have read any income tax, GST or CGT legislation, but it is written as verbosely as possible. Like the former Chief Federal Judge once said: “Opening the tax act is like opening a door to a parallel universe”. The rules on if a capital gain event occurring or not is almost written like a parody of bureaucracy.

  131. John Comnenus

    I would imagine that the tax scammers were on the top tax rate but skimming workers on 30c tax rate and pocketing the difference.

    Shout out to Rabz – the Jam has just come on Party Max floor fillers. Got to be happy with that.

  132. Zyconoclast

    Passengers sit on the roof ?

    And crap through hole in floor?

    Crap hole in the roof!

  133. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    There was a bloody Welcome to country on Thursday!
    This pretentious bit of shit has bloody invaded everything!

    Yes. Fake anthropology about a non-existent ceremony. A real welcome to strangers or more remote kin consists of rubbing your hands under your arm to generate and imbue them with sweat and then rubbing that all over the newcomer. I think we should bring it back, don’t you?

  134. Zyconoclast

    So the maintenance guys put the wrong oil in the wrong hole… am I right?

    They built it in Greece?

    In Greece, that would be the right hole.

  135. John Comnenus

    Re welcome to country ceremonies, we could just shake hands and say g’day instead of smoking the gum leaves etc.

  136. Rabz

    Terminating Canberra (where I live) would be the best thing for Australia.

    Comnenus, time you headed back home. That toxic cesspit is doing none of you any good.

    Moving back to Sydney has been awesome. I felt as though my entire cultural heritage had been stolen from me when I was living in ZP. The place has no human scale and as a result is incredibly alienating.

    Even marching through Central tonight reminded me of how much I had missed the place, interminable rain and all. 🙂

  137. OneWorldGovernment

    the ato has no legislative mechanism to forgive a tax debt.

    there are ‘squillions’ on the books.

  138. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    a fine old family, who they described as “the biggest mob of bastards ever unhanged.”

    Duracks? Just reading up on those. A fine Irish lineage. 🙂

    I will have more to say about this later. Test pattern is granted leave to exempt himself.

  139. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Duracks? Just reading up on those. A fine Irish lineage

    You mentioned that name, not me.

  140. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Even marching through Central tonight reminded me of how much I had missed the place, interminable rain and all.

    Well, the Wet’s well and truly finished here, Rabz, up in the dust bowl. Magnificent country though.
    Haven’t missed Sydney yet; just the little ones, seeing them running around campsites here tugs the heartstrings for home. At least I am not worrying about my garden drying out while away.

  141. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Where is our own Helen of the North, with her stories of Top End life? She should write a book, her writing is so good. She also has a helicopter; not many Cats have that. Hairy went up in a helicopter today; I chickened out.

    They have no doors!!!! He loved it.

  142. Stimpson J. Cat

    Of course the whale isn’t “packed” with HE, a small slab is placed in just the right spot for a quick kill.

    Just think of how much debt we could get rid of if we charged the local Japanese handsomely for the privilege of carving them up raw.

  143. jupes

    I don’t know if you have read any income tax, GST or CGT legislation, but it is written as verbosely as possible.

    No shit. That way it keeps bureaucrats and tax lawyers gainfully employed.

    I started a small business recently and one way the government supposedly ‘helps’ small business is to send someone from the ATO to explain the tax system as it applies to the small business.

    So this bloke came to my home and tried to answer my questions. Unfortunately he had never worked in the type of tax that (the ATO fucking knew) applied to my business. They had sent a numptie who couldn’t answer a single question.

    But don’t say he didn’t come prepared. He left me with the pages of legislation and transcripts of court rulings. It may as well have been written in Arabic for all the sense I could make out of it.

    Fuckwits.

  144. Rabz

    it is written as verbosely as possible

    That’s frigging lawyers for you. Waffling effing windbags.

    Eventually, I’m going to run a language simplification program through every piece of tax legislation ever foisted on us since Federation.

    The volume of of verbiage will be reduced by about 90%, I reckons.

    Then we hack out 90% of what’s left. Resulting in the “Reformed Ozzie Tax Act of 2019”, which will read as below:

    “You should pay as little as possible, because it’s not like you spend it so wisely that we should be giving you more (I tells ya)”.

    H/T Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer (1937-2005), AKA “the Goanna”.

  145. Stimpson J. Cat

    Surprise, surprise…Queensland Rail’s latest passenger trains for Brisbane were designed in Francophone Canada and built in India. Seems they’re not fit for purpose. Who could have foreseen that?

    This is actually a good result.
    We could have ended up with Passenger Trans.

  146. OneWorldGovernment

    Every single ’employee’ that was paid by plutus should be belted in the mouth with a frozen duck.

  147. jupes

    The volume of of verbiage will be reduced by about 90%, I reckons.

    Then we hack out 90% of what’s left. Resulting in the “Reformed Ozzie Tax Act of 2019”, which will read as below:

    Well apparently the tax legislation runs to over 5000 pages. So if you hacked out 90% then 90% of what’s left you would still be left with 50 pages.

    Far better to hack out another 90% and leave us with 5 pages.

  148. Zyconoclast

    Fake anthropology about a non-existent ceremony. A real welcome to strangers or more remote kin consists of rubbing your hands under your arm to generate and imbue them with sweat and then rubbing that all over the newcomer. I think we should bring it back, don’t you?

    Only on the conditions that deodorant is banned and that the women are no longer allowed to remove arm pit hair.

    We don’t want to introduce any more fakeness.

  149. Fat Tony

    Libby Zee
    #2384543, posted on May 19, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    The findings appear to indicate that problems with seals have allowed oils to move around.

    Oils ain’t oils.

    Now that’s a strange thing for a “girl” to say.

    The line by the mobster in the old Castrol advert.

    It’s more like the sort of thing a bloke would say……..strange.

  150. Snoopy

    Dutchies don’t call themselves Hollanders so where would the Maccassans picked up the term?

  151. Stimpson J. Cat

    It’s more like the sort of thing a bloke would say……..strange.

    Girls ain’t Girls.

  152. OneWorldGovernment

    jupes
    #2384740, posted on May 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Well apparently the tax legislation runs to over 5000 pages.

    Anyone that voted for Howard should be smacked in the mouth with a frozen duck.

  153. Stimpson J. Cat

    So I despair, my eyes trying to reach this alcoholic and broken man to say sorry, really say sorry, for all the trouble of your life and your loss of your Dreaming, as our two worlds collide.

    All he wanted was a drink.
    Not apologies or pity or assumptions.
    Pretty simple.
    Don’t try to read to much into it.
    Especially when you didn’t give him one.
    And you could have.
    End of story.

  154. Noodles Romanoff

    JC
    #2384395, posted on May 19, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Well said.
    Daily Reminder: Maxine Waters is a Fucking Moron
    If you’ve ever wondered why I voted for Trump or was unable to support the psychopathic beta male democratic party, it is Maxine Waters. She represents everything what’s wrong with society. She lives in a $4 million mansion, leading a legacy of unbelievable unchecked scandal — typical of Californian politics, beset with an IQ of a primate.
    Here she is, in all of her stupendous grandeur, telling a Morning Joe shill that Putin, in fact, invented the term ‘lock her up’ for Trump — because the english language is, obviously, is a communicative field of expertise for the NON-ENGLISH speaking Russian President.

    In a perfect world, people like this would be wiped clean from the earth, protecting future generations from her stupidity and abject malfeasance. But in the latter stages of Empire America, this fucking moron, Ms. Waters, reigns supreme.
    Get a load of this two legged creature that voters keep electing to represent them.

    It is an eternal source of amazement that an awkward and unmediagenic politician like Hanson can be relentlessly pilloried by the media while same media lionise the stupid of the likes of Waters and Dugong-Whale. It is even more bewildering/damning that these shrills attract enough votes to be given voice. Either we, as a species, have gotten this far by pure arse or some sadistic bastard has viraled the Darwin theory.

  155. Philip Shehan

    It is scientifically justifiable that the ABC does not accept the simplistic exaggerated dichotomies that are the premise of Beliak’s request.

    It therefore could not divide reports into the ludicrous categories of “skeptical” and “warmist” reports demanded by Beliak.

    For example:

    “CO2 – Sceptical view

    The planet was nearing a low-CO2 extinction event and humanity’s use of fossil fuels returns much-needed sequestered carbon dioxide to the biosphere and is generally beneficial. The benefits of carbon dioxide far outweigh any negatives put forward by its detractors. The additional warming effect of humanity’s CO2 emissions is largely insignificant.

    CO2 – Alarmist view

    The planet has a natural CO2 steady-state that is far lower than present levels and the human contribution to raising them is highly damaging. The costs of carbon dioxide far outweigh any positives put forward by its supporters. The additional warming effects of humanity’s CO2 emissions are highly likely to result in catastrophic consequences for the climate.”

    Where is the evidence that the ABC ever presented these straw man claims?

    That the planet was nearing a low-CO2 extinction point is not a skeptic or scientific claim. It is a ridiculous claim by this alarmist denier.

    Nor is the scientific position that there is a natural steady state that is a far lower than present levels.

    The scientific view is that the earth has had many equilibrium states with widely varying CO2 concentrations and temperatures due to natural forcings. changes in these forcings alter the equilibrium state.

    It is ridiculous that someone should have to go through all ABC reports on climateand sort them according to Beliak’s definitions.

    The reply by the FOI officer is perfectly reasonable:

    “I have taken reasonable steps to identify and locate all relevant documents. My search for these documents involved contacting the following relevant people, who in turn consulted with relevant managers and staff within their respective teams:

    • Director News
    • Manager Editorial Policies, News.

    I requested that searches be conducted of all hard and soft copy records for documents which fall within the scope of your request. As a result of those searches, no documents were identified.

    Under section 24A of the FOI Act, the ABC may refuse a request for access if all reasonable steps have been taken to find a document and the ABC is satisfied that the document does not exist. In the present case, I consider that all reasonable steps have been taken to locate relevant documents. I am further satisfied that the requested documents do not exist and therefore access to them is refused pursuant to section 24A of the FOI Act.”

    I await news of Beliak’s FOI request on the sceptic and alarmist reporting of the vaccination issue.

  156. Old School Conservative;

    ATO fraud.
    Destroyers not operational.
    Census hacked.
    NBN a financial catastrophe.
    Billions of tertiary education loans not repaid.
    Yet not one politician has taken full responsibility and resigned. No senior public servant has been fired.
    No wonder slackness is the order of the day in Canberra.

    We have a Governance catastrophe slowly being uncovered.
    The problem of course, is what can the man in the street do about it?
    Voting the bastards out has made no difference, and if we look at the last ten years of elections, the citizens of this nation have effectively lost control of an unelected Dictatorship of the Bureaucracy.
    Our Protected Elites are out of control and show no ability or inclination to rein themselves in.

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