Wednesday Forum: October 18, 2017

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  1. Tintarella di Luna

    I might survive another few years yet. Regardless of Macquarie Street’s dictates.

    Me too stackja – I work at it every day

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    Why has no one removed this bloated sack of pompous sausage fingered sweaty sheened repulsive wannabe libertarian librarian from my sight?

    Stimpson while I applaud this comprehensive decreption you forgot “jelly-jowled” just for the sake of accuracy, otherwise top marks.

  3. Arky

    This is a dumb worry. The skills base people are worried about losing is going anyway due to technological advances.

    ..
    One piggy backs off tother.
    You are either in the game or your aren’t.
    You don’t get to skip a generation or two of technological advancement because you are the “clever country”.
    It will not be us making the robots or developing the next generation of technology.
    You need the industrial base in order to do that.

  4. Motelier

    I see the great sjw and journalist hasn’t named names yet.

    I just thought I would give Tracey’s memory a bit of help.

    This will get me blocked for sure so be quick.

  5. Arky

    If you could do without the industrial base you might as well move to New Zealand.
    The scenery is nicer.

  6. Uh oh

    I was just thinking, wouldn’t it be weird if it turned out that the girl who posed topless, wearing that football medal, was Hanna Mouncey.

  7. Ez

    The kill all old xunts and infirm xunts act will be bi-partisan policy in 6 months. It’s the Liberal Party way.

    But..but.. a Liberal government will offer protections if they bring it in, which you won’t get from a Labor/Greens government.
    So a state like NSW would be better off rushing it in now.

    /SSM ‘conservatives’

  8. Stimpson J. Cat

    Also, to help celebrate my new business, as a special offer I am offering a Free Consult and Will Adjustment to all Catallaxy Files posters for a Limited Time!
    Hurry and book now before you die!

  9. Noodles Romanoff

    ABC radio did a history of Holden thing this morning. They can’t help themselves. After blaming sloppy Joe for GM’s decision to cease car production in Oz they mentioned the reduction of subsidies “like those given out to the mining and farming sectors for fuel.” I’m so effing sick of the ABC. They are no more than a party political propaganda unit. That they peddle the old leftie lie that the fuel tax rebate is a subsidy is outrageous. To rattle off a list of excuses for the failure of Holden Australia and not once mention the Button car plan is ignorance at best, deception at worst.

  10. C.L.

    Daniel Andrews is the Kermit Gosnell of Australian politics.
    A pathological slimeball operating in the open and supported by leftists.

  11. Tintarella di Luna

    Daniel Andrews is the Kermit Gosnell of Australian politics.
    A pathological slimeball operating in the open and supported by leftists.

    Fact check: True

  12. P

    Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating has reacted angrily to the passage of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill through the state’s lower house, branding it “deeply regressive” and an abrogation of “the core instinct to survive”.
    Mr Keating, who weighed in to the contentious debate at the last minute on Thursday to warn MPs against the change, has issued a terse statement on the legislation. 

    “The passage of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill through the Victorian lower house is truly a sad moment for the whole country,” Mr Keating said.
    “What is means is that the civic guidance provided by the state, in our second largest state, is voided when it comes to the protection of our most valuable asset; the essential human rights of the citizenry, especially and particularly those in either a fragile state or state of mind or fragile period.

    The Sydney Morning Herald October 20 2017 – 1:56PM

  13. Arky

    OCO.
    If you are wrong, and we in thr Wesf have dealt ourselves out of manufacturing for the foreseeable future, would you care?
    Or do you think making stuff just isn’t important?

  14. John64

    To rattle off a list of excuses for the failure of Holden Australia and not once mention the Button car plan is ignorance at best, deception at worst.

    Not to mention the complicity of management and the unions over decades negotiating conditions that made Australian workers in the motor vehicle industry the most overpaid nut-tighteners and button-pushers in the world.

    The end result being the inevitable outcome of every “successful” enterprise agreement; after the jobs were destroyed they all got great redundancy payments.

  15. C.L.

    Good on Paul Keating.
    Thank you, sir.
    Notice anything?
    Notice that he’s playing the prime ministerial role?
    Turnbull silent.

  16. Zatara

    Stimp, do you sell banning coverage?

    Asking for a friend.

  17. Senile Old Guy

    More phony deaths:

    Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is equally massive, the report said, costing some $5.9 trillion in annual losses, or about 6.2 per cent of the global economy. “There’s been a lot of study of pollution, but it’s never received the resources or level of attention as, say, AIDS or climate change,” Dean of global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and the lead author on the report, Philip Landrigan said.

    These are all deaths assigned, after the fact, with no examination of the body to various “causes”.

    And Australians are not immune, according to University of Queensland researcher Professor Peter Sly. He said while pollution was not widely recognised as a health problem in Australia, there is a body of research which suggests that it is. “There are peer-reviewed studies which show that exposure to pollutants causes higher levels of respiratory illnesses and impacts foetal growth,” he said.

    All assigned after the event. The cause of death on the death certificate would be one from the list maintained by the ABS. You won’t find “pollution” on the list.

  18. C.L.

    Angry feminist thugs attack stunningly sensible Big Bang Theory actress for her sensible advice to females in the entertainment industry.

  19. Ez

    It will not be us making the robots or developing the next generation of technology.

    Yeah, but.. like.. we’ll all be paid a UBI by then and the government will just tax the rich to buy robots from China or something. Right?

  20. Noodles Romanoff

    Not to mention the complicity of management and the unions over decades negotiating conditions that made Australian workers in the motor vehicle industry the most overpaid nut-tighteners and button-pushers in the world.

    And yet they were bemoaning what would become of the 700 “highly skilled” workers laid off today. Lol.

  21. Roger

    Yeah, but.. like.. we’ll all be paid a UBI by then and the government will just tax the rich to buy robots from China or something. Right?

    By then the rich will have fled or shifted their cash assets off-shore.

    Incidentally, China will make the robots but I can’t see the Communist Party allowing a third or more of their workforce to be displaced by robotics…the social consequences would have deep political ramifications.

  22. Stimpson J. Cat

    Can any Victorian Cats tell me if this Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will mean a boom in Victorian Death Tourism?
    Will it have a larger impact on suicides than, say a plebiscite?
    How can we both profit AND help at the same time?

  23. Oh come on

    I think making stuff is important until it isn’t. Obviously I think we are essentially in the same boat as the US – we could attract a significant amount of certain kinds of manufacturing back to Australia by reducing the costs of doing business here. Unfortunately, that appears politically impossible here for the foreseeable future as industry-killing industry policy seems to have bipartisan support, while there seems to be more hope of the US expanding its already considerable manufacturing base through a programme of targeted onshoring. Protectionism isn’t the way to draw these industries back, though – they need to be coaxed back by a better environment to base operations in. (Trump sounds as though he understands this sometimes and sometimes not. ) China has cheap labour going for it, and little else. There are significant drawbacks of foreign companies operating in China. These have been offset by the cheap labour so far, but as labour prices there rise, we’re seeing foreign businesses starting to bail. That’s what you get when you run a system that picks and protects local champions, allows them to steal from their foreign rivals and prevents those rivals from protecting their intellectual property, and generally running an opaque, corrupt and arbitrary regulatory environment. I’m not greatly worried by the long term impact of China. They have an overwhelming amount of problems to deal with that we barely understand.

  24. jupes

    Incidentally, China will make the wind generators but I can’t see the Communist Party allowing more than a fraction of their electricity generation to be displaced by intermittents…the economic consequences would have deep political ramifications.

    Only the modern west could be that stupid.

  25. Myrddin Seren

    /Spacechook- on:

    Personal favourite Holden design – stylistically ( not necessarily road dynamics )

    HQ Monaro

    In a moment worthy of Hollywood, this is the one that stopped just short of plunging in to the Derwent when the Tasman Bridge collapsed.

    /Chook off.

  26. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimp, do you sell banning coverage?
    Asking for a friend.

    Let’s just assume I do.
    But first we need to make sure you’ve written your will correctly.
    There are some very shady operators out there and I hate seeing good people get taken advantage of.

  27. stackja

    C.L.
    #2528527, posted on October 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    Angry feminist thugs attack stunningly sensible Big Bang Theory actress for her sensible advice to females in the entertainment industry.

    Which ‘famous’ actresses of today got ahead in entertainment industry? Now keeping their mouths shut?

  28. Ez

    Roger
    #2528530, posted on October 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Perhaps I should have added a /sarc tag or #leftynomics 🙂

  29. Myrddin Seren

    The Kill Granny Act has been passed by the Lower House of Parliament of Victoria – well a Lower House passing such a Low Act entirely predictable, and all the ghouls hi-5ing each other and celebrating, just like they did with the Abortion Act, and other monstrous legislation. What a bunch of sickos.

    Step One – State sanctioned Voluntary Euthanasia.

    Step Two – Non Voluntary Euthanasia – to ease suffering of the incompetent etc etc

    Step Three – Class Enemies peering through small openings in railroad cars wondering where the train will stop ?

    And you wonder why The CFMEU puppets are rejoicing ?

  30. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    “The passage of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill through the Victorian lower house is truly a sad moment for the whole country,” Mr Keating said.
    “What is means is that the civic guidance provided by the state, in our second largest state, is voided when it comes to the protection of our most valuable asset; the essential human rights of the citizenry, especially and particularly those in either a fragile state or state of mind or fragile period.

    Very very good stuff.

  31. jupes

    Has any other Hollywood producer or director been outed yet?

    Or was Harvey Weinstein the only ‘casting couch’ producer in Hollywood?

  32. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Can any Victorian Cats tell me if this Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will mean a boom in Victorian Death Tourism?

    I would think that anyone buying a one way ticket to Victoria should attract attention, indeed, Stimpy.

  33. Roger

    I’m not greatly worried by the long term impact of China. They have an overwhelming amount of problems to deal with that we barely understand.

    Hence the expansionist posture of the world’s likely first quantum power.

    The Communist Party has an accord with its people: we’ll lift you out of poverty and restore China to international greatness in return for your undivided loyalty.

    Any Australian not greatly worried by the prospect of China replacing the US as the hegemon in the Pacific is burying their head in the sand.

  34. Stimpson J. Cat

    Which reminds me,
    clients with a terminal illness receive a
    Free 50% Discount!!!!
    Call now people!

  35. Roger

    Perhaps I should have added a /sarc tag or #leftynomics 🙂

    No, I got it, Ez; I just wanted to piggyback off your comment to make a serious point.

  36. Myrddin Seren

    Any Australian not greatly worried by the prospect of China replacing the US as the hegemon in the Pacific is burying their head in the sand.

    Sam Dastyari seems pretty chill with it all.

  37. woolfe

    Does that mean JC’s hotline is out of business in Victoria, or will it just morph into an advisory service?

  38. Roger

    Sam Dastyari seems pretty chill with it all.

    Small beer.

    China already had their two Bob’s worth.

  39. Stimpson J. Cat

    OK so I’m starting to come up with some personalized business names so we can tailor these Voluntary Death Experiences ® to our clients.
    It’s important to stand out, while specializing in certain sectors of the market.
    For the Lesbians we have Switch B$tch,
    for the Gays we have Plugs Away,
    and for the the Transgender we have Tranny Trigger.

  40. zyconoclast

    I missed this from Sept 2017.
    The bold is from AEMO.

    (My summary is SA and Vic are in deep poo from 2017-18.
    NS is deep poo very soon after this and Tas and Qld are safest)

    AEMO ELECTRICITY STATEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    The radically changing dynamics of the power system are resulting in a tight supply-demand
    balance in parts of the National Electricity Market (NEM). The overall responsiveness and
    resilience of the system is at risk from increased vulnerability to climatic events, such as
    extended periods of high temperatures, and the risk of loss of, or reduction in output of, major
    generation units.
    AEMO’s 2017 Electricity Statement of Opportunities (ESOO) modelling shows reserves have reduced
    to the extent that there is a heightened risk of significant unserved energy (USE*) 1 over the next 10
    years, compared with recent levels.
    AEMO’s analysis shows a heightened risk that the current NEM
    reliability standard will not be met, and confirms that for peak
    summer periods, targeted actions to provide additional firming
    capability are necessary to reduce risks of supply interruptions.

    Firming capability can be dispatched to maintain balance on the power
    grid. It can include generation on the grid, storage, demand resources
    behind the meter, flexible demand, or flexible network capability.
    The highest forecast USE* risk in the 10-year outlook is in 2017–18 in
    South Australia and Victoria. This risk is being addressed by the
    South Australian Government’s Energy Plan2 developing additional
    diesel generation and battery storage, and AEMO pursuing supply
    and demand response3
    through the Reliability and Emergency
    Reserve Trader (RERT)4 provisions.
     From 2018–19 to 2021–22, progressively decreasing levels of
    potential USE* conditions are observed over the next four summers, due to increasing
    renewable generation. New strategic reserves to deliver firming capability during this
    period are recommended, given AEMO will not be able to engage long notice RERT as it is
    doing for summer 2017–18.
    The potential for USE* and not meeting the current reliability standard is projected to then
    increase in New South Wales and Victoria after Liddell Power Station closes (announced
    as 2022).

     Retirement of other coal generation in New South Wales after 2022, if not appropriately replaced
    by firming capability, could significantly increase the risk of load shedding.
    AEMO’s analysis shows that renewable generation can provide some support to maintain reliability
    even without firming capability. However, if this renewable development was to lead to earlier retirement
    of existing thermal generation, the risk of USE* would increase without additional firming capability.
    In Queensland and Tasmania, no material USE* risk is expected in these regions across the 10-year
    assessment period for the modelled scenarios.

    *Unserved energy (USE) is the
    amount of energy that cannot be
    supplied to consumers, resulting in
    involuntary load shedding (loss of
    customer supply), because there is
    not enough generation capacity,
    demand side participation, or
    network capability, to meet
    demand.
    The reliability standard specifies
    expected USE should not exceed
    0.0020% of consumption per
    region in any financial year.

  41. Arky

    It might be a bit early to predict the future of manufacturing is completely robotic.
    We have yet to see a society where all work is carried out by robots.
    It is possible that such a thing would not work at all.
    I’m not sure an environment where humans live like chooks in a shed with all their material needs met by machines is either desirable or stable.

  42. zyconoclast

    Which ‘famous’ actresses of today got ahead in the entertainment industry? Now keeping their mouths shut?

    They only have to open their mouths when in the presence of Harvey while trying to get into the industry.

  43. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Small beer.

    China already had their two Bob’s worth.

    Jeff Kennett, who it turns out is one of the stupidest people to ever enter politics, yesterday came out praising the Chinese leaderships vision.

    Jeff Kennett‏Verified account @jeff_kennett Oct 18

    The Chinese President yesterday announced a vision for his country & people to 2050. Aust does not have one till Christmas. Pathetic failure

  44. Mark from Melbourne

    Victoria… where you can be legally murdered with one foot in both the vagina and the grave.

  45. stackja

    Go ahead, pinko liberals, make my day
    theguardian.com
    David D’Arcy meets John Milius, Hollywood’s right-wing, cigar-chomping, gun-toting mover and shaker

    Friday 9 November 2001 00.16 AEDT

    In an industry of formulas, screenwriter and director John Milius sticks out. He’s a gun nut and hunter who hasn’t watched his weight in years. You won’t see him lining up alongside stick-thin stars in jewels and Versace to fundraise for Hollywood’s disease of the week.

    In fact Milius sees a clear link between routine Hollywood violence and events such as the mass killings by teenagers at the Columbine high school. Like most writers, he blames studio executives. “There’s a different type of person in the studio now than during the second world war. Now you have bureaucrats, just trying to keep their jobs. They haven’t had to sit there and say, ‘Something is going to affect my life, change the way I live. I won’t be able to do everything I want to.’ Movies stopped being about proletarian heroes, and started being about yuppies. You didn’t have Rocky any more. You had people who were really concerned about their relationships, working in big corporations. The heroes were billionaires. And now, overnight, the heroes are firemen again.”

    That kind of hero could be back, now that Miramax owns the rights to thrillers by former SAS man Andy McNab, and to McNab’s character, Nick Stone, a council-house James Bond with mud on his boots, who shuns steak tartare for overcooked beef at McDonald’s. Crisis Four, complete with an assassination raid inside the White House by a beautiful agent in thrall to Osama bin Laden, is the first one slated for filming.

    Milius doesn’t envy McNab. He says that the still-unreleased Texas Rangers, about ex-soldiers and cowboys who enforce the law on the Texas frontier, was one of his best scripts, but Miramax found his ode to esprit de corps too lofty for the skateboard crowd and mutilated it without him. “They don’t have any sense of responsibility. They’d make a film about anything if they thought it would make some money for them. I think they should give Harvey Weinstein [president of Miramax] to the Taliban. I’d like to see him on the other side. I’d like to hunt him down in a cave.”?

  46. calli

    It’s the End Times. I’m warming to that Keating fella.

    Stimpy has spotted a couple of business opportunities. Go for it!

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2528502, posted on October 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    Senator Brandis

    Why has no one removed this bloated sack of pompous sausage fingered sweaty sheened repulsive wannabe libertarian librarian from my sight?

    He must go.

    MT likes him.

    My theory – someone in Parliament has hacked a certain appliance (discussed yesterday) and is enjoying themselves immensely.

  47. Gab

    Note to self: Check out how much a Funeral Arranger makes. #jobopportunity

  48. Roger

    The Chinese President yesterday announced a vision for his country & people to 2050. Aust does not have one till Christmas. Pathetic failure

    He has a point, though…China is using generous no strings attached aid to wedge small Pacific nations away from the Aust-US axis; the useless Julie Bishop jets all around the world but can’t even keep Tonga or Fiji in our orbit of influence. Strategically, we are letting the US down badly by not attending to our own backyard.

    Then by means of our immigration policy we are facilitating the Chinese Communist Party’s goal of establishing a fifth column within Australian society that will be aggressively pro-China on foreign and domestic policy issues that include China’s national interests.

    We really are governed by idiots who can’t look beyond the next six months.

  49. struth

    Note to self: Check out how much a Funeral Arranger makes. #jobopportunity

    There won’t be one extra death than that was already going to happen.

    They’ll just be a lot sooner, so there will only be a short term boom.

  50. Senile Old Guy

    The ABC useless one day, clueless the next.

    You have to work pretty hard to see the Prime Minister’s energy and climate policy as anything other than a breakthrough.

    A “breakthrough” which makes entirely contradictory claims, lacks any sort of financial framework and which locks out our cheapest source of power — coal — but locks in an ETS.

    Just getting his party onside is a major achievement. There was a very real risk the issue would explode in the joint party room on Tuesday.

    When several prominent members privately concede that they are dubious the plan will work, but vote for it anyway, you know they are not really up to the task.

    In the end, the only person asking for more time to debate it was Tony Abbott and, so settled was the matter, his plea was met with silence.

    In the decades to come, Abbott will be vindicated and the Liberal loons who voted for this will be pilloried, if they are still in parliament, which is very doubtful for many.

    Business groups and big industrial energy users have also welcomed the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). Even AGL, publicly shamed for its perfectly legitimate plans to shut down its Liddell power plant, is onboard.

    AGL will shut down its Liddell plant because it can make more money running and selling more expensive sorts of energy sources.

    When the Chief Scientist Alan Finkel swung behind the policy (despite the fact it killed off his Clean Energy Target) you started to get the sense everyone was bending over backwards to support something, anything that will deliver the certainty that industry so desperately needs.

    Ha ha ha! All that’s changed is the names. The Clean Energy Target has been replaced by the Renewable (aka Clean) Energy Target. Anyone fooled by this can contact Stimpy, who is currently ramping up a range of environmentally friendly industries.

    Convincing the states will be a big challenge. But if Labor premiers are only barrier to cooperation after 10 years of brawling, they could be punished by an electorate desperate for solutions.

    The electorate wants cheap electricity, which is certainly not going to come with a CET attached. All the CET, and Turnbull’s plan, does is make huge increases in the price of electricity smaller so that they are merely large increases.

    (SOG does not get power from the NEM, so is largely* unaffected by these antics. * Largely does not mean completely and who knows what our government will do.)

  51. C.L.

    He has a point, though…China is using generous no strings attached aid to wedge small Pacific nations away from the Aust-US axis

    Why should we care, though?
    China gets Coconut Island. Who gives a shit?

  52. marcus classis

    Myreddin: Step Two – Non Voluntary Euthanasia – to ease suffering of the incompetent etc etc

    EXCELLENT!

    Once passed, one cannot be done for assassinating Premier Andrews, or any incompetent politician.

    “I was merely conducting a non-voluntary euthanasia IAW the law, I merely eased the suffering of the incompetent”

    When the socialists implement Aktion T4, the gloves probably need to come off.

  53. marcus classis

    Need I add sarc tags and “NADT”?

  54. Stimpson J. Cat

    OK quick question before I register the Business.

    When they say “Voluntary”,
    exactly what does that mean?

    Is it “Voluntary” like the Lobotomies my mentally ill brethren and I used to get for Free, or does it have a different meaning?

    Lawyer Cats help please.

  55. Baldrick

    Ah Victoria. Sunday one day, dead the next.

  56. Uh oh

    jupes
    #2528546, posted on October 20, 2017 at 3:10 pm
    Has any other Hollywood producer or director been outed yet?

    So far it appears that Harvey is the only one to have sought sexual favours in return for the offer of career advancement.

    The really good news though is that it is now apparent that there has not been even a whiff of a suggestion that any woman, ever, has offered sexual favours in return for a career boost.

    This has come as quite a relief to those, who like me, had a sneaking suspicion that there may be two sides to this story but now find that there is, thankfully, only one.

  57. Roger

    Why should we care, though? China gets Coconut Island. Who gives a shit?

    It’s part of a grand strategy to push US influence and power in the Pacific back to Hawaii, step by step, leaving China as the regional hegemon.

    The implications for Australia are profound, given that our security is underwritten by the US, which may, in imperial recession, conclude that the south western Pacific is not worth the trouble.

  58. Chris

    China gets Coconut Island. Who gives a shit?

    I think having three or four coconut island votes in the international assemblies can be bloody handy when you want eg a UN job for a former prime minister.

  59. Chris

    Has any other Hollywood producer or director been outed yet?

    Yes, I don’t think Harvey was the one hitting on young male actors; who are the names?

  60. Uh oh

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2528582, posted on October 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm
    OK quick question before I register the Business.

    When they say “Voluntary”,
    exactly what does that mean?

    It means that if you’re in a nursing home it would be best not to raise your arm when they ask ‘who wants to come out and play our new game’

  61. test pattern

    Idiot journo at the Oz Amanda Hodge once more misinforms readers with –

    ‘All of Mindanao — a Muslim-majority province of 23 million people that has been racked by decades of Muslim separatist rebellion — is under a martial law order due to expire at the end of the year.

    Back to school ‘Manda. Mindanao is both an island and a group of islands, not a Province. It has 22 Provinces. Only 20% of the population of Mindanao is Muslim.

    Where does the Oz find these idiots and how do their fake facts pass the editors?

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/malaysian-terrorist-chief-mahmoud-ahmad-killed-in-marawi/news-story/e425503fe94f945d4093700e51d82089+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au

  62. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Why should we care, though?
    China gets Coconut Island. Who gives a shit?

    That’s a lot of strategic military bases.

  63. Tom

    It’s different when they do it. Victoriastani health minister Jill Hennessy — one of the architects of the Murder the Inconvenient Oldies bill — called the deputy premier James Merlino a khundt for opposing it.

    If AbbottSatan had said that about Bananaby, it would lead every news bulletin until next Tuesday. The Liars and the Fucktard Media Industrial Complex really are a lower form of life.

  64. Myrddin Seren

    The implications for Australia are profound, given that our security is underwritten by the US, which may, in imperial recession, conclude that the south western Pacific is not worth the trouble.

    Bottom, locked section. Safe in the PM’s office.

    Surrender document in Mandarin and English. Sign. Date. Run down to Chinese Embassy.

    First sign of the Seventh Fleet withdrawing to Hawaii and we will be a tributory province of the Middle Kingdom so fast the morning papers will be censored and under state control before it even becomes a headline.

    Still – at least they will get mining and agriculture happening again. And I wouldn’t recommend any Greens standing in front of the bulldozers and harvesters once a PLA commissar is directing the production unit to meet the targets of the Five Year Plan.

  65. test pattern

    ‘the useless Julie Bishop jets all around the world but can’t even keep Tonga or Fiji in our orbit of influence’

    Yes, she’s useless. Worse than useless. But you can’t blame her for the Fiji debacle, that goes to her predecessors and their advisors.

  66. twostix

    I hope you set a good example to your children when you dealt with your parents in their latest stage of life, Victorian baby boomers.

    Didn’t shove them in shit old peoples homes and forget about them and stuff.

    Because your children were watching you.

  67. twostix

    Convenient that just as boomers move into the stage of costing billions of dollars to keep them alive – sonething that the beuracracy has been “sounding the alarm on” for 15 years – that surprise! The state gives permission to quasi and state employed actors to kill expensive old burdens.

  68. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Convenient that just as boomers move into the stage of costing billions of dollars to keep them alive – sonething that the beuracracy has been “sounding the alarm on” for 15 years – that surprise! The state gives permission to quasi and state employed actors to kill expensive old burdens.

    If Andrews policy is to murder Boomers then I must say I am far more receptive to it.

  69. test pattern

    ‘China gets Coconut Island.’

    Don’t know about coconut island but China funds the Melanesian Spearhead. This potentially gives Beijing enormous leverage that can only increase with the Bougainville and New Caledonia/Kanaky referendums imminent, and the West Papua issue vexing Jakarta. The US, UK, Japan, China and Aust all want a piece of the resources in West Papua.

  70. test pattern

    ‘President Rodrigo Duterte said that the United States’ civilian foreign intelligence service Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) wants him out of the government.’

    https://www.update.ph/2017/10/duterte-cia-wants-me-out-of-government/21905

  71. calli

    The Kill Granny Act has been passed by the Lower House of Parliament of Victoria

    Love is love.

  72. Senile Old Guy

    ABC:

    Leaked documents show the Immigration Department has changed its policy to ensure taxpayer money cannot be spent on pets or their “vaccination, equipment, toys and bedding”. In some cases, asylum seekers will be asked to provide evidence showing they can afford to cover the costs a pet without assistance.

    Seems reasonable: why should taxpayers be forking out for country shoppers pets? Cue the outrage from the usual sources.

    Labor’s immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said the change was a “ridiculous overreach”. “What’s next from this Government? Mandating approval for the purchase of certain types of food, clothing or a bus ticket?” he said. “Peter Dutton should stop trying to be the minister for hamsters and hermit crabs and focus on his day job of securing our borders and keeping Australians safe.”

    That would be the “day job” that the ALP and Greens do everything to frustrate, aided by lefty lawyers.

    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), who was leaked the documents, said the change was cruel and a waste of time. “While the Victorian Government recently announced that every tenant in Victoria will have the right to have a pet in their rental property the Department of Immigration and Border Protection removes this right for people seeking asylum,” the ASRC’s Jana Favero said. “This is another terrifying display of arbitrary powers to decide the rights of people seeking asylum, this time their freedom to own a pet and the ability to take of care of their pet’s health.”

    There is now a “right to a pet”? Every time I read the news, another “right” has been invented.

    And note that, as usual, the lefty lies: No one is interfering with their right to have a pet, or take care of it, provided they pay for it and don’t stick the taxpayer with the bill.

  73. notafan

    And note that, as usual, the lefty lies: No one is interfering with their right to have a pet, or take care of it, provided they pay for it and don’t stick the taxpayer with the bill.

    Exactly

    Given the islamic prohibition on pet dogs I wonder if this wasn’t just another scam to milk the taxpayer anyway (okay they might have had a cat)

  74. marcus classis

    There is now a “right to a pet”?

    Cool.

    I then have a right to have di Natale as my pet. I will enter him as a contender in my illegal pit-bull fighting sport.

    I’ll charge admission to that bout and be rich as Croesus.

  75. Stimpson J. Cat

    this time their freedom to own a pet and the ability to take of care of their pet’s health.

    What the f$ckity f$ck is this sh$t?

    Pets? PETS?!!

    Half these ethnics can’t even use a modern toilet let alone look after a pet.

    If you want pets have children for f$cks sake.

  76. Myrddin Seren

    Mandating approval for the purchase of certain types of food, clothing or a bus ticket?”

    Rationing and coupons will be Labor/Greens policy. Overconsumption, save the planet etc etc

  77. Oh come on

    Holy crap John Kelly’s presser (linked to at Drudge) is powerful stuff and completely obliterates that awful hideous Dem Congresswoman trying to make hay out Trump’s private phone-call to a grieving widow.

  78. Snoopy

    Victoriastani health minister Jill Hennessy — one of the architects of the Murder the Inconvenient Oldies bill — called the deputy premier James Merlino a khundt for opposing it.

    Language like that suggests Jill reads the Cat.

  79. John Constantine

    Their yarragrad Nazgul have just suddenly announced a new Stalinist Department of Animal Welfare.

    Seems all animal activists can rejoice, The State is here to progress their twisted vegan Stalinist agenda.

    No animal will live unregulated by the State, Comrades.

  80. John Constantine

    Australia’s political class are worried that they will be undercut in the bribe department by the true banana republic politicians China is openly and corruptly bribing in the Pacific.

    Aussie’s crawling to China to offer to be even more corrupt for even lower bribes.

    Most corrupt kleptocrats money can buy, and they are running out poor bastard country.

    “That’s just brilliant, skeletor”.

  81. Top Ender

    Ark B is now boarding. The following LEADERSHIP personnel are needed for our new centre:

    Scientists at Japan’s space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from radiation and wild temperature swings.

    Data taken from Japan’s ­SELENE lunar orbiter has ­confirmed the existence of the 50km-long, 100m-wide ­cavern believed to be a lava tube created by volcanic activity about 3.5 billion years ago.

    The finding of the cave under the Marius Hills was published this week in the US journal ­Geophysical Research Letters.

    “We’ve known about these locations that were thought to be lava tubes … but their existence has not been confirmed until now,” said Japan Aerospace ­Exploration Agency researcher Junichi Haruyama yesterday.

    The announcement comes after Japan in June revealed ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the moon in about 2030.

    Please board in alphabetical order:

    Brandis
    di Natale
    Sarah Sea-Patrol
    Shorten
    State Premiers of Qld, Vic, SA
    Turnbull

    Others will be boarding shortly.

    Your new country needs you – don’t delay

  82. Natural Instinct

    Can any Victorian Cats tell me if this Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will mean a boom in Victorian Death Tourism?
    I would think that anyone buying a one way ticket to Victoria should attract attention, indeed, Stimpy.

    What about Victorian EXIT tourism so one can escape before the beneficiaries rush nature?

  83. Boambee John

    Myrddin at 1614

    First sign of the Seventh Fleet withdrawing to Hawaii and we will be a tributory province of the Middle Kingdom

    Probably a better option than becoming a tributory province of the Caliphate?

  84. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cats on fire today re the Kill Granny Bill.

    Extraordinary Merit Certificate due to Stimpson for cutting-edge Swiftian satire.
    If ever I get downhearted about the Cat, up pops another great day.

  85. John64

    Victoriastani health minister Jill Hennessy — one of the architects of the Murder the Inconvenient Oldies bill — called the deputy premier James Merlino a khundt for opposing it.

    One does have a certain urge to congratulate Minister Hennessy for being a sound judge of character.

  86. Myrddin Seren

    The finding of the cave under the Marius Hills was published this week in the US journal ­Geophysical Research Letters.

    Nooo.

    It never, ever ends well when Japanese scientists start poking around in mysterious caves.

  87. Delta A

    Jack the Insider has an excellent piece in the $OZ on the new NZ government.

    For a good chuckle, search: Welcome to our world, New Zealand, you’re running late

  88. test pattern

    ‘It has been reported that Australia is proposing to send back to Myanmar some (Rohingya) asylum seekers from Myanmar, who have been detained in the Manus and Nauru processing centres. Being stateless people, Australia must not attempt to “repatriate” the Rohingya or forcibly return them to Myanmar.

    Australia should continue to provide humanitarian assistance directly to Myanmar to help the Rohingya, and should in principle accept them for resettlement in Australia. Furthermore, Australian Government should periodically report to the Australian people on the situation in Rakhine State.’

    http://www.newmandala.org/historical-realities-rohingya/

  89. Geriatric Mayfly

    Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud
    BY JOHN DONNE
    Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
    For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
    Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
    And soonest our best men with thee do go,
    Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
    Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
    And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
    And better than thy stroke;
    why swell’st thou then?
    One short sleep past, we wake eternally
    And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

  90. lotocoti

    Does that mean JC’s hotline is out of business in Victoria, or will it just morph into an advisory service?

    I believe he’ll be expanding into a full service business, complete with an Uber App.

  91. Snoopy

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4999414/Boy-15-accused-raping-grandmother-84-parole.html

    15 years old, a long record and on parole for car theft…

    That’s not going to help the racist incarceration rates.

  92. Geriatric Mayfly

    Please board in alphabetical order:
    Brandis
    di Natale
    Sarah Sea-Patrol
    Shorten
    State Premiers of Qld, Vic, SA
    Turnbull

    There’s a lot of onus there on Sea-Patrol to propagate a new lunar colony.

  93. Delta A

    There’s a lot of onus there on Sea-Patrol to propagate a new lunar colony.

    Fortunately, I doubt that any of the shemales will be able to rise to the occasion and so the entire ghastly colony shall die a quick and well-deserved demise.

    N(really)ADT.

  94. lotocoti

    Scientists at Japan’s space agency …

    Sarah Sea-Patrol is a non-starter, I’m afraid.
    She’ll be too busy protesting against the Japanese threat to a fragile Lunar environment.

  95. calli

    Now that would have been a better HSC contender than dopey Mangoes, Mayfly.

    It’s very fine. I almost know it off by heart.

  96. wivenhoe

    There’s a lot of onus there on Sea-Patrol to propagate a new lunar colony.

    Do not forget Qld’s Anna, Surely one of the males would take one for the team.

  97. Snoopy

    I believe he’ll be expanding into a full service business, complete with an Uber App.

    Free yourself in style! Uber Happy Hearse.

  98. Stimpson J. Cat

    I believe he’ll be expanding into a full service business, complete with an Uber App.

    I’ll be managing this branch of the business,
    which we are tentatively calling Uber Euth ®.
    It’s our attempt to tap into the Vibrant Voluntary Euthanasia Delivery Market®.
    It’s going to be Yuge!!!

  99. Geriatric Mayfly

    My ouija board has had a breakdown. I am trying to get through to Nancy, who as we know has ‘passed.’ Can someone please post Media Watchdog.

  100. notafan

    The ABC has a picture of the 15 year old when he was wanted (and his full name) the story is missing from the site but you can find his full name and an unpixilated image on google easily enough.

    No prizes for guessing the backstory.

  101. marcus classis

    There’s a lot of onus there on Sea-Patrol to propagate a new lunar colony.

    Sarah Humpback-Yeti in her lunar colony queen mode

    (My, hasn’t she slimmed down?)

  102. Geriatric Mayfly

    Do not forget Qld’s Anna, Surely one of the males would take one for the team.

    Quite so. I forgot about the to other two candidates who could whelp the lunar utopia. Such is my scant regard for State politics.

  103. Empire GTHO Phase III

    There is now a “right to a pet”?

    Cool.

    I then have a right to have di Natale as my pet. I will enter him as a contender in my illegal pit-bull fighting sport.

    I bags The Lying Slapper. I’ll wager a mawson my girl beats your lad in the pit.

  104. Stimpson J. Cat

    ‘He’s just a kid, he wouldn’t do this, he has to be innocent,’ he said.
    ‘I haven’t known him to be that kind of person, he’s quiet and he’s not even violent to be honest.
    ‘His mum’s been back and forward in mental health and this would be heartbreaking for her.
    ‘I don’t want to see him convicted for something he didn’t do.’

    Raped a grandma because his mum is crazy.

    It’s very strange,
    my part Aboriginal kids have never done this,
    and I am crazy.

    Just one of life’s big mysteries.

  105. marcus classis

    Empire:

    I bags The Lying Slapper. I’ll wager a mawson my girl beats your lad in the pit.

    She probably will (so could a hamster), but we’d make more $$$ on ticket sales by pitting them in mortal combat against these sequentially.

  106. stackja

    Comedian Joel Creasey reveals romance with AFL player in his new book
    Staff writers, Herald Sun
    October 20, 2017 4:30pm
    Subscriber only

    In the book Creasey, who lives in Melbourne, describes an “intimate” relationship with a current AFL player who would visit him after matches.

    But Creasey is adamant he won’t be ‘outing’ the footballer.

  107. marcus classis

    Or we could pit them against mutant killer hamsters.

  108. woolfe

    Of course lotocoti, Uber Hearse! How agile and innovative!

  109. lotocoti

    I’ll be managing this branch of the business,
    which we are tentatively calling Uber Euth ®.

    Which reminds me; there’s no vault in the Chinchilla place so Elizabeth is back on.

  110. Tel

    I’ll be managing this branch of the business,
    which we are tentatively calling Uber Euth ®.

    I’m sorry but the laws of comedy are strict in this case, the service must be be called “Unter”.

    ———–
    👣👣👣
    UNTER
    ———–

  111. Noodles Romanoff

    Scientists at Japan’s space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from radiation and wild temperature swings.

    Bird said the moon was a spaceship that brought man to Earth didn’t he? Perhaps the cave is the Bridge.

  112. jupes

    Holy crap John Kelly’s presser (linked to at Drudge) is powerful stuff and completely obliterates that awful hideous Dem Congresswoman trying to make hay out Trump’s private phone-call to a grieving widow.

    Superb speech delivered by a man with the moral authority of a Marine who has commanded men who died in combat as well as having his own son die in combat.

    A shame that the people who he delivered it to had no idea of the gravitas of the information they were receiving.

  113. Neil

    After blaming sloppy Joe for GM’s decision to cease car production in Oz they mentioned the reduction of subsidies “like those given out to the mining and farming sectors for fuel

    That is not true. There was no reduction in car subsidies. What happened is that Holden went to Hockey and asked for even more money but Hockey said no. He told them what was legislated under the ATS until 2020 was all they were going to get

    Money is still available of you want to apply

    https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/automotive-transformation-scheme

  114. Infidel Tiger

    In the book Creasey, who lives in Melbourne, describes an “intimate” relationship with a current AFL player who would visit him after matches.

    Sounds like bullshit.

    And it’s disgusting. I can’t believe anyone would lower themselves to rooting him.

  115. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hutt River tax appeal rejected
    Tim Clarke, PerthNow
    26 minutes ago

    AN appeal by the leaders of the Hutt River Province against a $3 million tax bill – which they claimed was an attempt by Australia to “overthrow the kingdom” – has been thrown out of court.

    The original tax office writ filed in the WA Supreme Court late last year alleged that Leonard George Casley, who calls himself His Royal Highness Prince Leonard, failed to pay income tax between June 2006 and November 2013 — a period spanning eight financial years.

    The ATO sued the 92-year-old monarch to recover the alleged multimillion-dollar debt, which is made up of $1.47 million in unpaid income tax and running balance account debt, $756,000 in penalties and $415,000 in interest.

    The court ruled the claim was valid, with Judge Rene Le Miere panning the concept of Australia’s oldest micro-nation, saying while anyone could declare themselves a sovereign in their own home “they cannot ignore the laws of Australia or not pay tax”.

    And today, an appeal against that ruling was thrown out.

    “Nothing in the material relied on by the appellants, which we have read and considered, provides any arguable basis for concluding that Leonard Casley’s purported declaration of secession from Australia in 1970 had any legal effect,” the ruling said.

    The Casley’s had sought to rely on an income tax assessment for the year ending 30 June 2001 to Arthur Casley, and for the year ended 30 June 2005 to Leonard Casley, indicating that they were deemed to be a ‘non-resident of Australia for income tax purposes’;

    They also pointed to correspondence issued in 2015 – 2017 addressed to the appellants at ‘Principality of Hutt River’.

    Nice try. Failed.

  116. Atoms for Peace

    New tune.
    ” Run granny, run granny, run run run”

  117. Nick

    Incidentally, China will make the robots but I can’t see the Communist Party allowing a third or more of their workforce to be displaced by robotics…the social consequences would have deep political ramifications.

    The Chinese brass know that they will be a net consumer of robotic equipment, though until they develop an engineering population, with robotic skills, they will be at the mercy of imports. The problem is, getting Chinese youth to think creatively, even with engineering science, is very very hard.

  118. GerardO

    I note that Devarim 30:19 contains the phrase “choose life,” and I’m reminded of this:

    They’re all Courtneys, the ones who still live. Lou Reed, who invented black, wrote hymns to heroin as the best available anti-life, and provided the soundtrack for God knows how many thousands of adolescent suicides, showed up recently at a memorial service for John “All You Need Is Love” Lennon. There he was, up on the stage with a dozen other rich old popstar vampires, singing treacly Beatles songs. They were praying, really — praying to be granted another few years of life. “Choose life!” That’s a vulture’s favorite proverb, and these wrinkled undead were singin’ it with feeling.

  119. Tom

    Anyone who hasn’t already should watch General Kelly’s demolition of the immoral White House press cabal — for me, a 2017 highlight.

  120. Nick

    Areff, a doggies player? :)p

  121. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    When they say “Voluntary”,
    exactly what does that mean?

    Is it “Voluntary” like the Lobotomies my mentally ill brethren and I used to get for Free, or does it have a different meaning?

    In 1990, 130,000 people died in the Netherlands: 2,300 people asked doctors to kill them; 400 asked doctors to provide them with the means to kill themselves; 8,100 died when doctors deliberately gave them an overdose of pain medication to kill them (for which 4,941 patients didn’t consent); 1,040 people died when doctors euthanized them without their knowledge or consent (72 per cent of those never having given any indication they would want their lives terminated).

    That’s breathtaking in more than one way.

  122. Geriatric Mayfly

    Death on the Yarra. Hercule Poirot will need to take on apprentices.

  123. Roger

    The Chinese brass know that they will be a net consumer of robotic equipment, though until they develop an engineering population, with robotic skills, they will be at the mercy of imports.

    Nick, I understand they’re pushing ahead in the manufacture of robotics; ‘Made in China 2025’ features robotics quite strongly.

  124. Nick

    Easier said than done though Roger. They do have some interesting military robots and others, that basically copy low level robots from other parts of Asia.

  125. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The Kill Granny Act has been passed by the Lower House of Parliament of Victoria

    You know when you have hit peak compassionista when you would rather kill people than let them suffer.

  126. Roger

    I see the former President of the International Union of Socialist Students wants higher wages for NZ workers.

    Will she mandate them?

  127. Muddy

    I trust you’ll all be pre-ordering one dozen copies each of this:

    Not for the Faint-Hearted by Kevin Rudd.

    In 2007, Kevin Rudd became only the third Labor prime minister since the Second World War, after Whitlam and Hawke, to win government from opposition. In doing so he also defeated, and unseated, John Howard, the longest-serving conservative prime minister since Menzies.

    So who was the man behind the phenomenal success of the Kevin07 campaign? This Mandarin-speaking professional diplomat, committed Christian and self-described policy wonk, who grew up as the son of a dairy farmer in rural Queensland to become the 26th prime minister of Australia?

    While journalists, the professional commentariat and Rudd’s political foes have together felled forests writing about the ‘real’ Kevin Rudd, until now he has refused to provide any written response to his many critics. That changes with this volume, which takes us to his election as prime minister in 2007. This is the first time we hear from the man himself, in his own words, about what makes him tick.

    With a level of self-reflection, and a capacity for sending himself up that is rarely seen in political autobiography, Rudd chronicles a childhood shaped by the love of his mother and tragically disrupted by the death of his father when he was eleven – an event that left the family without a home or an income, and which would foster in him a visceral passion for social justice, and the foundations of his own political vision.

    He tells of his years as a budding China scholar, his many misadventures as a young diplomat in Stockholm and Beijing, his marriage to the remarkable Thérèse Rein and the centrality of his tight-knit family to both his private and public lives. He takes us through his years as Queensland’s most powerful public servant during the days of the Goss government, and the soul-destroying moment of losing his first election to Federal Parliament in 1996, before finally prevailing through the maze of Labor factional politics to win his seat in 1998.

    Rudd’s account of the next nine long years in Opposition lays bare the inner workings of our national politics, including the absurdities of the factional system, the essential nature of Australian conservatism, and the arrogance of the Howard government, culminating in Howard’s two greatest follies: the decision to take Australia to war in Iraq, and the introduction of WorkChoices. He also describes the monumental task of wresting office from a conservative prime minister who tried every trick in the book to hold on to power.

    Rudd also carefully chronicles the evolution of his own deepest beliefs, values and political convictions over many decades, long before his entry to Parliament. He describes his book as ‘an essay in encouragement’ for those considering a public life who are committed to changing the world for the many, not the few, but are uncertain if they have the stomach for it.

    This is an optimistic book, written with passion, conviction and insight. It is the first in a two-volume autobiography. It covers the unlikely rise of the ‘boy from Eumundi’ to the most powerful office in the land.

  128. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The problem is, getting Chinese youth to think creatively, even with engineering science, is very very hard.

    The entire chinese education system is geared to stifle independent thought, communists don’t want the masses to question authority. It’s one of the reasons they focus on stealing everyone else’s ideas, they have few of their own.

  129. calli

    You know when you have hit peak compassionista when you would rather kill people than let watch them suffer.

    A tiny correction.

  130. Roger

    Easier said than done though Roger. They do have some interesting military robots and others, that basically copy low level robots from other parts of Asia.

    If the willingness of our political class to serve China’s interests in return for mere money is anything to go by, could China not could head hunt the expertise it needs from abroad?

  131. candy

    “What is means is that the civic guidance provided by the state, in our second largest state, is voided when it comes to the protection of our most valuable asset; the essential human rights of the citizenry, especially and particularly those in either a fragile state or state of mind or fragile period.

    Really fine words by Paul Keating. Heartfelt, is my impression. Good on him.

  132. Nick

    The entire chinese education system is geared to stifle independent thought, communists don’t want the masses to question authority. It’s one of the reasons they focus on stealing everyone else’s ideas, they have few of their own.

    Zippy, I once witnessed Chinese students at the world robotics conference in Beijing. They had copied the prototype, whilst Westerners had creatively engineered all manner of permutations. The Chinese took copious photos of the Western robots, only to copy them the next year, meanwhile the Western students moved onwards.

  133. Nick

    If the willingness of our political class to serve China’s interests in return for mere money is anything to go by, could China not could head hunt the expertise it needs from abroad?

    I know some Aussies trying to get onboard, though the sheer scale of China makes your idea, whilst logical, difficult to achieve.

  134. GerardO

    It’s pretty clear that everyone here is a vampire.

  135. Muddy

    ‘I was arrested on Thursday 9th July 2009. On Wednesday I’d quit my job, killed a man and set his body on fire. I was sentenced to death. I’m not a good man, but I am an honest one. This is my story.’

    Rob Langdon served in the Australian Army for almost fifteen years, before becoming a security contractor working in Iraq and Afghanistan. In July 2009 Rob was protecting a convoy when he shot and killed an Afghan guard during a heated argument after the guard drew a pistol on him. Rob’s claim of self-defence was dismissed by a court in Kabul that refused to hear any of his evidence or call any of his witnesses, and he was sentenced to death in a matter of minutes.

    Rob’s death sentence was later changed to 20 years in jail, to be served in Afghanistan’s most notorious prison, Pol-e-Charkhi, described as the world’s worst place to be a westerner. Rob was there for seven years, and every one of those two thousand five hundred days was an act of survival in a jail run from the inside by the Taliban and filled with some of Afghanistan’s most dangerous extremists and criminals.

    In 2016 Rob was pardoned and released. The Seventh Circle is his extraordinary account of what it took to stay alive and sane in almost unimaginable circumstances.

  136. DrBeauGan

    could China not could head hunt the expertise it needs from abroad?

    It could but won’t. China is very racist. The presence of a foreign devil in a position of authority would worry the top people, who fear he would bring in evil foreign ideas having zilch to do with technology.

    There are heaps of young, bright Chinese who have gone overseas, mainly to the u.s., to get higher degrees and these are much preferred as a way of obtaining expertise. And some are creative too. The idea that Japanese and Chinese can’t be creative or entrepreneurial is very comforting but is wrong. Like so many comforting ideas.

  137. Muddy

    Playboy….emphasis on the word boy.

    I didn’t click on the link, but is there a word for this new fad of sterilising one’s own brand?

  138. wivenhoe

    is there a word for this new fad of sterilising one’s own brand?

    I think it might be called bankruptcy, as they turn off about 90% of their customers.

  139. candy

    Playboy….emphasis on the word boy.

    I’m not following the link either but perhaps it’s about catering to sexual perversion of people who want to have sexual relationships with transgender individuals, or fantasies about such. Perhaps there’s a market for that and it is simply that.

  140. Chris

    I trust you’ll all be pre-ordering one dozen copies each of this:

    Not for the Faint-Hearted by Kevin Rudd.

    FMD
    I will be watching the bookshelf at Vinnies in ten years time for my copy.

  141. calli

    They do love writing their little memoirs, don’t they.

  142. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Iran’s supreme leader has pilloried Donald Trump with degrading epithets in his latest speech following the US President’s refusal to recertify the nuclear deal. Trump is, according to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “foul-mouthed”, uttering “nonsense,” and “suffering from retardation”.

    Maybe Khamenei needs a cruise missile through his teeth to teach some manners.

  143. Roger

    The idea that Japanese and Chinese can’t be creative or entrepreneurial is very comforting but is wrong.

    You’d have thought we’d have learned that after the fall of Singapore.

  144. Muzzlehatch

    The Seventh Circle
    By Robert Langdon
    Narrated By To Be Announced
    Length: Not Yet Known
    Scheduled Release Date: 02/11/2017
    From Audible.com

  145. Bruce of Newcastle

    Not for the Faint-Hearted by Kevin Rudd

    Warning: contains oriental rodent sex.

  146. jupes

    They do love writing their little memoirs, don’t they.

    Losers trying to justify their failure.

    Sad really.

  147. John Constantine

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37538180/salim-mehajer-under-investigation-after-30-insurance-claims/

    30 insurance claims.

    Lot of business run out of the back rooms of the mosquebunkers.

    Why do they need prayer rooms at the auction houses where the rebirthing scams operate ?.

  148. DrBeauGan

    I’m not following the link either but perhaps it’s about catering to sexual perversion of people who want to have sexual relationships with transgender individuals, or fantasies about such. Perhaps there’s a market for that and it is simply that.

    Possibly, Candy. But offerings to a tiny minority of perverts which would make the ordinary reader who likes looking at pretty girls gag, is probably not a good strategy.

  149. John Constantine

    The mass decolonialisation importation ponzi scams– where would Australians insurance rates be without them?.

  150. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Seventh Circle
    By Robert Langdon
    Narrated By To Be Announced
    Length: Not Yet Known
    Scheduled Release Date: 02/11/2017
    From Audible.com

    Decisions. Decisions. This one or that of Bandana Man.

  151. John Constantine

    When will an Australian politician write a candid memoir?.

    Titled

    “For sale to the highest bidder.:

    Chinese subtitles.

  152. jupes

    But seriously, who would buy Rudd’s memoir?

    Almost all of his party hate his guts. He didn’t contribute anything positive to Australia as prime minister in terms of policy. His legacy is the lazy billion dollars a year we are still paying to support the asylum shoppers he invited in.

    He was popular for a time but only among the vacuous and those idiots would surely have forgotten him by now. Pretty sure the only idiot who will buy his book is Kochie to see if he gets a mention.

  153. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Any Australian not greatly worried by the prospect of China replacing the US as the hegemon in the Pacific is burying their head in the sand.

    China has never been particularly expansionary afaik. It’s international reach is more about protecting its supplies. The developing demographic crunch is going to be interesting to watch…. from a distance.

  154. Muddy

    When will an Australian politician write a candid memoir?

    “Suckers and Spazzies” by Tony Abbott.

  155. Geriatric Mayfly

    Hillary Clinton Never, Ever Leaves
    Peggy Ryan
    Open the door, and she’s there. Turn on the TV, and there she is. The woman will never leave us alone.

    At American Thinker. All the highlights are here. Most of them baggage.

  156. Why do they need prayer rooms at the auction houses where the rebirthing scams operate ?.

    Pray they don’t get caught.

  157. Harlequin Decline

    Holy crap John Kelly’s presser (linked to at Drudge) is powerful stuff and completely obliterates that awful hideous Dem Congresswoman trying to make hay out Trump’s private phone-call to a grieving widow.

    I thought his speech was perfect-authoritative, non partisan, authentic and compelling.

  158. Gab

    Remember when monty was skiting the other day that Trumps’ budget wouldn’t pass?

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2m2 minutes ago

    The Budget passed late last night, 51 to 49. We got ZERO Democrat votes with only Rand Paul (he will vote for Tax Cuts) voting against…..

    It’s like Trump insists on doing the exact opposite to what monty says. Weird, huh?

  159. Snoopy

    Remember when monty was skiting the other day that Trumps’ budget wouldn’t pass?

    Yes, but it’s not a budget, budget.

  160. notafan

    Lordie, lordie Rudd must have tickets to call his book ‘Not for the Faint Hearted’

    What a humble man he he is.

    A war time fighter pilot he wasn’t.

    Be sure to put on your 🌹 coloured glasses when you wade through that verbose waffle.

    I’m looking forward to a book co-authored by Kevin and Waleed, can you imagine it?

    The best thing Abbott ever did was call Rudd a suppository of knowledge.

  161. zyconoclast

    In the book Creasey, who lives in Melbourne, describes an “intimate” relationship with a current AFL player who would visit him after matches.

    But Creasey is adamant he won’t be ‘outing’ the footballer.

    I thought this would be more Creasey’s style.

    If you out him, you can’t blackmail him.

  162. Vic in Prossy

    Julie Bishop all over the news tonight.
    If its not stupid n z politicians its aeroplanes.

  163. Marcus

    It’s pretty clear that everyone here is a vampire.

    It’s great. We get free small sodas at the movies.

  164. calli

    verbose waffle.

    Oi! That’s programmatic specificity to you girlie!

    The hide of some people.

  165. Muddy

    Lordie, lordie Rudd must have tickets to call his book ‘Not for the Faint Hearted’

    Rumour has it that the title he originally wanted was “It’s Your Loss.”

  166. Noodles Romanoff

    After blaming sloppy Joe for GM’s decision to cease car production in Oz they mentioned the reduction of subsidies “like those given out to the mining and farming sectors for fuel

    That is not true. There was no reduction in car subsidies. What happened is that Holden went to Hockey and asked for even more money but Hockey said no. He told them what was legislated under the ATS until 2020 was all they were going to get

    They inferred that because Joe had the temerity to demand that GMH declare their future intentions for car manufacturing in Oz or gtfo that that was enough for GMH to declare that they were going to gtfo of Oz. Like the ABC, GMC were just a bunch of moochers.

  167. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    mentioned the reduction of subsidies “like those given out to the mining and farming sectors for fuel

    Some fvckwits still don’t understand the diesel fuel rebate scheme. God give me strength.

  168. Fisky

    LOL –

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 3m3 minutes ago
    More
    Just out report: “United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.” Not good, we must keep America safe!

  169. calli

    I joke about Rudd, but what that rotund, dough faced little turd did to this country is beyond belief.

    And now the fat, sweaty little ooze of pustulence expects us to buy his book.

    I would rather sandpaper my eyes.

  170. Robber Baron

    Just googled images for Joel Creasey…looks like he’s an inside receiver. Perhaps he likes being tagged by a nuggety back pocket player…just speculating.

  171. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And now the fat, sweaty little ooze of pustulence expects us to buy his book.

    Harsh, but fair, calli, but you did leave out “self-important” and “egotistical.”

  172. marcus classis

    GerardO
    #2528782, posted on October 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    ‘Foul-mouthed’ Trump suffers from ‘retardation’
    https://www.rt.com/usa/407200-trump-suffers-retardation-khamenei/

    Hey, it’s the cats’ pet coprophile!

    Watcha been up to?

    On second thoughts, don’t answer that question.

  173. GerardO

    For those who didn’t get the “vampire” reference, read Dolan’s The Case For Nuclear Winter.

  174. marcus classis

    Robber Baron
    #2528833, posted on October 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    Just googled images for Joel Creasey…looks like he’s an inside receiver. Perhaps he likes being tagged by a nuggety back pocket player…just speculating.

    Bwahahahahahaha!

    That’s good.

  175. Noodles Romanoff

    I thought this would be more Creasey’s style.

    Looks like someone’s given him a fairly hard kick to the “Jatz Crackers” judging by the bulges on his chest.;-)

  176. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Bring on the white extermination, from the top COMrades!
    Chancellor asked to address lack of diversity at Bank of England

  177. GerardO

    Watcha been up to?

    Downloading a large number of vintage Czech erotica PDFs. (true story)

  178. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    SWEDEN HIT WITH WAVE OF ATTEMPTED BOMBINGS
    Five explosions or attempted bombings in the past week alone

  179. Nick

    Another slide down the Creasey pole of life.

  180. Muzzlehatch

    calli
    #2528832, posted on October 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I would rather sandpaper my eyes.

    I recently endured a traumatic injury that hurt so much I couldn’t scream. My only companion in my moments of duress was the intimate caress an incontinence of bowel lent to my corporeal experience.
    That gave me an inner happy space to escape the pain.
    Given a reprise “book or bowel”? – no contest really.

    HTH

  181. Muddy

    Oops! Regarding Krudd’s bio, I forgot to cut n’ paste the text that mentioned it was the first of six volumes. Apparently they’re still undecided on the titles for volumes 3 – 6.

  182. Roger

    China has never been particularly expansionary afaik. It’s international reach is more about protecting its supplies.

    What on earth does Fiji supply China with to justify the latter’s investment in Fiji’s domestic hydro power?

    And why is China building Tonga’s new government administrative centre gratis?

    Not to mention their cash injections into PNG & Melanesia.

    The motivation is geopolitical, not just economic; the goal is Chinese hegemony in the western Pacific.

  183. stackja

    Gough cut tariffs and Hawke kept wages high. What could possibly go wrong?

  184. Muddy

    Hillary Clinton apparently has a designer fragrance due out early next year. It’s called “I’ll Have You ALL Killed!”
    The bottle is said to resemble a rifle grenade, but the special edition comes in a bag textured to resemble a scrotum, complete with lifelike pubic hairs.

  185. calli

    The motivation is geopolitical, not just economic; the goal is Chinese hegemony in the western Pacific.

    Of course. Investing hugely in Vietnam and Cambodia too. They virtually own the place.

    The Middle Kingdom is getting very corpulent.

  186. stackja

    TV weather dress double-up: Channel 7’s Jane Bunn, Nine’s Livinia Nixon wear same frock
    Chanel Kinniburgh, Herald Sun
    6 minutes ago

  187. calli

    And with Chinese debt at 4.3 trillion, where the hell is the money coming from?

  188. stackja

    Mao: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

  189. egg_

    Not for the Faint-Hearted by Kevin Rudd.

    Sorry “Who farted?”?

  190. Boambee John

    calli

    The loathing of Vietnam for China goes back so far the Irish still all loved each other when it started.

    They will take the Chinese money, but won’t stay bought.

  191. Roger

    And with Chinese debt at 4.3 trillion, where the hell is the money coming from?

    Those borrowings are in local currency and can be manipulated internally.

  192. stackja

    Page 13: Neighbour recounts more footy sex scandal details
    Alice Coster, Herald Sun
    October 20, 2017 8:15pm
    Subscriber only
    AN eagle-eyed neighbour has poured more fuel on the latest AFL sex scandal. And it reads like a script from Benny Hill, or ultimate pantsman Alvin Purple.

    Page 13 last week revealed that the relationship between a prominent footy figure and influential industry colleague had disintegrated amid allegations that the former — apparently happily married — was getting it on with the latter’s partner.

    Page 13: Footy’s new sex scandal revealed
    Alice Coster, Herald Sun
    October 13, 2017 7:20pm
    Subscriber only
    A FOOTY figure is embroiled in allegations that he had an affair with the partner of a close professional colleague.

    The married football figure’s alleged romantic entanglement has also ended his friendship with the colleague who worked in the industry.

    Whistleblowers have told Page 13 that the industry executive was devastated when he learned of his partner’s trysts with the prominent footy figure which, several sources say, lasted for several years.

  193. DrBeauGan

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2528847, posted on October 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm
    In the all cultures are equal files…
    Mobs kill 2 more as ‘vampire hysteria’ spreads in Malawi

    Hmm. Our culture has global warming hysteria instead, which does much more damage.

  194. stackja

    Two women brawl at side of Sydney road
    Keely McDonough, The Daily Telegraph
    October 20, 2017 4:10pm
    DRAMATIC footage has emerged of a punch-up between two women on the side of the road in western Sydney.

    The vision posted to social media by a passing commuter shows two women, a blonde and a brunette, swinging punches and grabbing each other’s hair on Thursday night.

    The fight starts on Castlereagh Rd in Penrith in peak hour traffic when one of the women wrestles the other to the ground, one losing her shirt during the brawl.

  195. Kim Howard

    whats with state Governments banning plastic bags , these morons seem to think SA is the model for all , ban plastic bags , have massive amounts of solar panels and windy mills , shut down Industry through UN/EU Turnbull regulations .
    Counter point .
    the plastic bags that strangle the fish and birds no evidence ( apart from the green activists staging the events ) yet same plastic bags can be reused numerous times for refuse , just don`t use them for storage as they turn to powder in no time .
    the windy mills kill more birds than any plastic bag , they are a drain on the economy and they do not produce enough electricity than was used to produce them in the first place .
    Crocodiles consume huge amounts of fish essentially killing them like so called plastic bags do , yet they are protected and croc`s also love to eat humans as seen on the news last week , talk about top of the food chain , the greens running this Country`s agenda would have you believe we are not the animals are , then in their next statement we need to tax alcohol , cigarettes , sugar , fat to save humans lives .
    The same scum who like to abort babies and euthanase people .
    Lets have a tax on sitting politicians , 30% of their earnings and property over their lifetime for every sitting politician that resides during a term of increased taxes and Australia`s Debt .

  196. stackja

    Six dairy cattle killed by lightning strike on Tablelands property during thunderstorm
    Tom Volling, The Cairns Post
    October 20, 2017 4:25pm
    Subscriber only

    A DAIRY farmer is counting his losses after six cows were killed by suspected lightning strikes at his Far Northern property.

    The four Illawarra and two Holstein cows were found within about five metres of each other.

    Mr Johnston said lightning was the only explanation.

    Malanda cattleman James Johnston was searching for his missing cattle before milking when he stumbled on the carcasses on yesterday morning.

    “They just looked like a dead cow, but I didn’t cut them open. Dad said the insides would have been cooked,” he said.

  197. rickw

    China has never been particularly expansionary afaik. It’s international reach is more about protecting its supplies.

    What on earth does Fiji supply China with to justify the latter’s investment in Fiji’s domestic hydro power?

    And why is China building Tonga’s new government administrative centre gratis?

    Not to mention their cash injections into PNG & Melanesia.

    The motivation is geopolitical, not just economic; the goal is Chinese hegemony in the western Pacific.

    Indeed, I travel through all these places, the Chinese are into everything, their specialty is shoddy infrastructure and back handers.

  198. rickw

    God I just saw some douche with a copy of “What Happened”.

    Is munty at Melbourne Airport?!

  199. Roger

    Indeed, I travel through all these places, the Chinese are into everything, their specialty is shoddy infrastructure and back handers.

    Which strangely have more appeal to the locals than lectures on democracy from Australians.

  200. Infidel Tiger

    God I just saw some douche with a copy of “What Happened”.

    Is munty at Melbourne Airport?!

    A fairytale for brokens.

    Sad.

  201. Infidel Tiger

    Which strangely have more appeal to the locals than lectures on democracy from Australians.

    Indeed. Australia’s idiocy in the Pacific region is hard to fathom until you remember we are governed by he worst people we produce and Import.

    We’ve pissed away every national advantage and are determined to get rid of our geo-political assets to enrich a few traitorous turds.

    In a righteous country Bob Carr, Andrew Robb et al would be in prison and all their assets seized.

  202. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #2528879, posted on October 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm
    et al would be in prison and all their assets seized.

    et al includes BH BS KR JG etc etc

  203. Infidel Tiger

    Have they lobbied for foreign powers and state owned enterprises?

    JG has many faults but I’m not sure she is beholden to foreign communists, just locals.

  204. Roger

    In a righteous country Bob Carr, Andrew Robb et al would be in prison and all their assets seized.

    You left out Bob Hawke, who has greatly enriched himself and his heirs through consultancies to Chinese interests.

    My reference up thread to China getting its two Bobs’ worth from Australia’s political class was an oblique reference to Carr & Hawke.

  205. DrBeauGan

    In a righteous country Bob Carr, Andrew Robb et al would be in prison and all their assets seized.

    Dunno about Al. You’ve gone soft, I T, you used to want hang them from lamp-posts.

  206. sdfc

    What Happened

    Joseph Heller?

  207. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #2528882, posted on October 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm
    Have they lobbied for foreign powers and state owned enterprises?

    JG has many faults but I’m not sure she is beholden to foreign communists, just locals.

    When Gillard ran with the Reds — Quadrant Online
    Sep 18, 2012 – So let’s revisit another example: Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s earlier management role with the Socialist Forum from 1984 to 1994

  208. egg_

    Not for the Faint-Hearted

    KRuddy’s attic?

  209. stackja

    Roger
    #2528883, posted on October 20, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    And who else?

  210. Pedro the Ignorant

    Happy little Vegemite.

    I just found out I won my club’s international postal rifle shoot with 98.7/100 possible using an almost stock CZ452 Lux (a Timney trigger is the only mod).

    CCI match .22 ammo, Leupold 4x scope, glass bead bedded barrel.

    “No big deal”, you cry. This is the 34th entry over four years and first podium, much less first win. Some of the yanks have rifles that look like they came out of Star Wars.

    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie OI, OI, OI!

  211. Infidel Tiger

    Dunno about Al. You’ve gone soft, I T, you used to want hang them from lamp-posts.

    True.

    I am suffering fatigue. I used to have some hope for the future, but alas those days are gone.

  212. Noodles Romanoff

    Six dairy cattle killed by lightning strike on Tablelands property during thunderstorm
    Tom Volling, The Cairns Post
    October 20, 2017 4:25pm

    Amateurs. NT News would have worked a crocodile into that headline without breaking the rhythm.

  213. stackja

    I remember kero lamps for when the power went.
    Now we have LED torches for when the power goes out.
    Progress!

  214. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2012/08/our-pm-a-congenital-lawyer/

    Thank you, stackja – there were some interesting articles in Quadrant, online, weren’t there?

  215. Zyconoclalsst

    My reference up thread to China getting its two Bobs’ worth from Australia’s political class was an oblique reference to Carr & Hawke.

    Roger,
    I had a wry smile when i read it the first time.
    No explaination required.

  216. Oh come on

    Interesting, China is Fiji’s top importing nation.

    Not really. Fijians aren’t rich, and most cheap stuff is made in China. If Fiji was China’s top importing nation – now that would be interesting!

  217. testpattern

    China’s best asset in Melanesia is their ppl. Work harder n for less than locals. I was in east timor over school hols, I got chinese hire car and driver. He was happy to wind the windows up and sleep in the seat overnight.
    Btw things are heating up again, Gusmao doesn’t want to accept election loss to Mari and ppl r leaving Dili for the villages, those with money going to indon and darwin. No gang violence yet but if it starts will be hard to stop. Dili and aust signed the new timor sea treaty but reneged on releasing the text to the public.

  218. Oh come on

    Kevni Rudd is so tone-deaf to Australia’s opinion of him that he thinks his “fair shake of the sauce bottle, mate” expression made him seem *more* authentic to Australians, not less. What a boob.

  219. Rabz

    I joke about Rudd, but what that rotund, dough faced little turd did to this country is beyond belief.

    Chillax, Calli, no one in either the labore party or the ALPBC is going to rehabilitate him any time soon.

    I still chuckle when recalling the Green Windbag of Wentworth tying itself in knots trying to decide if it actually could get away with endorsing that preposterous rotund, dough faced little turd as Oz’s candidate for secretary general of the UN.

    Such is the burden of potential grateness, which it stoically bears like the veritable Sword of Damocles.

  220. Rabz

    Kevni Rudd is so tone-deaf to Australia’s opinion of him that he thinks his “fair shake of the sauce bottle, mate” expression made him seem *more* authentic to Australians, not less. What a boob.

    Who was the commenter who wrote that legendary smackdown of Ruff? So good that Blair linked it on his blog.

    I’m ashamed I can’t remember who it was.

  221. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Kevni Rudd is so tone-deaf to Australia’s opinion of him that he thinks his “fair shake of the sauce bottle, mate” expression made him seem *more* authentic to Australians, not less. What a boob.

    Kim Beazley Senior summed it up well in 1970 –

    “When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But, as I look about me now, all I see are the dregs of the middle class. When will you middle class perverts stop using the Party as a cultural spittoon?”

    Rudd, Gilliard, Shorten, Plibersec, Burke and the whole pathetic gang of champagne socialists, from Gough Whitlam onward are proof of that statement.

  222. srr

    hee hee …

    💎STOCK MONSTER💎 and 5 others liked
    James Woods‏Verified account @RealJamesWoods 13h13 hours ago

    The #Democrats are sending in the clowns because the Uranium One scandal could send their sacred cows to jail.

  223. Rabz

    The metaphorical well from which Kevni draws his colloquialisms is as dry as a dead dingo’s donger.

  224. Fisky

    China has never been particularly expansionary afaik. It’s international reach is more about protecting its supplies.

    They’ve never shown much interest in controlling anything past their immediate satellites and their traditional governing ideology is a pretty static one. There’s none of the universalist/messianic flavour that you find in the major religions. Their “big” international ideas always sound really bizarre to foreigners (“The Three Belt/Road Thingy!!”) and never seem to take off.

  225. srr

    Katie Hopkins‏Verified account @KTHopkins 2h2 hours ago

    You’re up early Donald. 13% hides the true scale of the destruction of the UK. Child rape squads up 64%. @realDonaldTrump
    https://twitter.com/KTHopkins/status/921325802452500480

  226. Fisky

    Kevni Rudd is so tone-deaf to Australia’s opinion of him that he thinks his “fair shake of the sauce bottle, mate” expression made him seem *more* authentic to Australians, not less. What a boob.

    He said it TWICE in one interview! What a weirdo!

  227. Snoopy

    Dili and aust signed the new timor sea treaty but reneged on releasing the text to the public.

    Tunbull and Bishop don’t want Australians to know how much of our exclusive economic zone was ceded to ET’s mestizo kleptocrats. The ET mestizo ruling class don’t want the ET indigs to know how much they have available to loot. Alkatari’s Arab descent entitles him to be treated as an honorary mestizo.

    A happy coincidence or a meeting of minds. Take your pick.

  228. DrBeauGan

    I’m too faint hearted to read that book.

  229. Muzzlehatch

    Rudds pathetic you tube duo with Ted Bundy prior election before last. Excruciating. I managed to Red Pill an Abbott666 hater into swapping sides / vote due to that macabre soliloquy.

  230. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Did anyone ever read this ftom Kenin Rudd?

    I did wonder if there would be a chapter of Rudd’s role in the Heiner scandal?

  231. Zyconoclast

    Rudds pathetic you tube duo with Ted Bundy prior election before last. Excruciating. I managed to Red Pill an Abbott666 hater into swapping sides / vote due to that macabre soliloquy.

    Isnt Ted Bundy a serial killer?

  232. Oh come on

    Skip to the 8 min mark where John Kelly offers an astonishingly frank assessment of modern western values. Actually, it’s not so much an assessment as a raw, unvarnished lament at what has been lost. I don’t think I’ve heard anything like it from a political figure before.

  233. Snoopy

    I see Jacinda Ardern’s handbag is a celebrity television fishing show host. He must have a thing for tusk fish.

  234. Zyconoclast

    I did wonder if there would be a chapter of Rudd’s role in the Heiner scandal?

    It was titled: Programatic specificity.

  235. Infidel Tiger

    What’s the deal with Barnaby Joyce? Lots of innuendo flying around.

    Apart from being a Kiwi, what else is up?

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