Wednesday Forum: November 15, 2017

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  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If you put enough blue thingies in the tank there is no seeing the bottom of the bowl

    Puts another complexion on the term ‘deep blue yonder’.

  2. Atoms for Peace

    I’m open for a Defence job having picked the Chinese efforts in Zim. i could join the other blind freddies in the Dept. As an aside, how farked are the Africans. Kick out the anglos in the grand experiment with 60s liberation and and then bend over for the Chinese..

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They had so many options: firing squad, strung up from a lamp post, head on pike, bayonet up the arse …

    Fed to the crocodiles/lions/hyenas…

  4. Baldrick

    This Cat incarceration isn’t necessarily all bad.

    No, with m0nty playing Sergeant Schultz it’s bound to be a scream.

  5. Atoms for Peace

    Just give them time to shift Mugabe safely. He’s sharing the same Davros life support gizmos with Hillary.

  6. calli

    Anyone know how to weaponise a Thermomix? Might be a good addition to the stash.

    Ta, Tinta.

  7. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Very early days indeed and not much talked about or recorded. That’s what I found interesting

    You would really enjoy Vaucluse House then, P. It reminded me of some outback ‘stations’ I’ve visited in Western Australia some years ago, where a whole community was living there, including blacksmith, governess etc. A little self-contained society with its own ways, rules and secrets.

  8. Atoms for Peace

    Comment in the OZ thread re missing car..

    “kev of Tas 6 HOURS AGO
    I parked my vote with the Liberal party twenty years ago and went to work overseas.

    I come back and my vote was still there but the entire party was gone.”

    FLAGSHARE 133 likes..a keeper IMO

  9. P

    You would really enjoy Vaucluse House then, P.

    Indeed I did. Many years ago.

  10. Geriatric Mayfly

    The office was vandalised between 6pm Thursday and 7am Friday by an unknown number of offenders, police said.In a statement, Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale said Ms O’Dwyer’s attempt to blame the minor party was “a desperate attempt to shift the focus away from a groundswell of community concern over (the government’s) illegal and inhumane policies towards refugees”.

    Sorry Di Natalāy I missed that “groundswell.” A chorus of UN busybodies doesn’t make something illegal, and the inhumane jig was up long ago.

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    They had so many options

    Sounds rather like Idi Amin and “The Last King of Scotland”. Quite a good movie.

  12. Eyrie

    “Which begs the question – what other important matters have they lied about.”
    EVERYTHING

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Indeed I did. Many years ago.

    I should have guess that. But a re-visit would show you more findings from historians and archaeologists that improve on the experience.

  14. Eyrie

    What is all this talk of incarceration about? No excuse not to take at least one for an honour guard.

  15. egg_

    I’ll be top-dog with control of the steam press in the laundry, bitches.

    Grigs to play “Vinegar Tits” in arseless chaps.

  16. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Does…not dies. My iPad continually dumps an i when an o is intended…it seems the boundaries of the i key extend to within a nano breath of its neighbours.

    Allegedly fixed with the 11.1 update. I’ll tell you tomorrow if it works.

  17. Mater

    Oh, my goodness! Does that mean that eventually, one day, we might all end up in the slammer together?

    If you can’t imagine a country run completely by lefties, I give you the Damascus Conference.

    Looks familiar, yeah?

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fed to the crocodiles/lions/hyenas…

    Unfortunately he ate them all.

    Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for ‘obscene’ 91st birthday party

  19. Motelier

    Oh, my goodness! Does that mean that eventually, one day, we might all end up in the slammer together?

    Never, ever surrender.

    I refuse to walk into any form of incarceration.

    We do need a battle cry.

  20. DrBeauGan

    We do need a battle cry.

    Umm: “The Cat united is a contradiction in terms”?

  21. calli

    That’s the spirit Mote! 😀⚔

  22. Nick

    I’ll be top-dog with control of the steam press in the laundry, bitches.

    You’re Philipino? Joking.
    It would be you and Johanna in a wrestle, I suspect.

  23. Motelier

    Yes, no matter how the odds are stacked up, never ever give up.

  24. RobK

    cataclysm
    |’ka-tu,kli-zum|
    A sudden violent change in the earth’s surface
    = catastrophe

  25. Empire GTHO Phase III

    We do need a battle cry.

    We all agree, whale meat is tasty.

  26. Joe

    We do need a battle cry.

    Humans FIRST.

  27. Boambee John

    Atoms

    invoke the prophet / Quran ( which has a lot of cross overs to Christianity ), and state that the perversions are against the will of the prophet.

    Great idea

    “I am really concerned that this proposal could be offensive to the Islamic community. The holy Koran has very strict prohibitions on the activities that you are proposal, and they could have the effect of causing Muslims to feel that they are excluded from Australia’s wonderful multicultural community.”

  28. Snoopy

    Lamest coup in history.

    They had so many options: firing squad, strung up from a lamp post, head on pike, bayonet up the arse …

    What’s this negotiating bullshit?

    The army is attempting to avoid sanctions being imposed by their neighbours in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) if they decide the Zim constitution has been breached by the military.

    These are the neighbours that studiously ignored Mugabe’s repeated self-serving constitutional changes, years of police brutality, the destruction of property rights, disappearances and political murders while declaring stolen elections were fair.

    Whether the coup will be regarded as a success will ultimately depend upon it creating the conditions for an economic revival. Economic sanctions imposed by all its neighbours would likely kill any chance of that.

  29. Siltstone

    Too interesting (for some) to be left stranded on the last page, Jessie’s (long) link:

    #2556698, posted on November 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    https://griffithreview.com/articles/kartiya-are-like-toyotas/

  30. Oh come on

    How much better are the Rinkle Roasts than the dross that pass as Roasts today? These are just awful, awful, so gratuitous, no class whatsoever. A brief summary of one I saw recently:

    Hey, Justin Bieber, your Mom’s a total whore! And you….when you were five you like I guess probably had sex with her! And your Dad! Even though you never met him!

    All the while Beebs sits there pretending to lose his shit laughing. Awkward and awful.

  31. jupes

    As much as I am enjoying the spectacle of section 44 destroying the government you have to wonder.

    If any politician in the parliament is an agent of a foreign power it is the Persian Dwarf and his traitorous conduct in relation to China.

    Yet instead of him being executed or thrown in jail, he gets to stay in parliament while McJacqui McJacqui and her fellow ethnics get thrown out.

    Ridiculous.

  32. egg_

    We do need a battle cry.

    “We fart in your general direction!”

  33. Jessie

    jupes @ 7.46
    What’s this negotiating bullshit?

    A stable ‘out’ for 93yo Mugabe would ensure future $trillions and maintain his UN position on WHO for [particular] Health (as all progressive public health specialists on the tit would know). Saves going to the International Criminal Court and/or fart-arsing with the International Court of Justice arguments on ’caused by imperialism and white farming practices’ and consequently health-related climate/environmental morbidity I expect.

    Disaster insurance against climate change attracts African countries

  34. Oh come on

    Rickles, not Rinkle! Thanks autocorrect. Who or what tf is Rinkle?

  35. Snoopy

    Which Cat is volunteering to smuggle a jar of Vegemite into jail?

  36. Empire GTHO Phase III

    “I am really concerned that this proposal could be offensive to the Islamic community. The holy Koran has very strict prohibitions on the activities that you are proposal, and they could have the effect of causing Muslims to feel that they are excluded from Australia’s wonderful multicultural community.”

    It’s going to take some practice before I can say this with a straight face, but I’ll give it a go.

  37. KartiyaReality

    Jessie
    #2556698, posted on November 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    KartiyaReality – I use Kartiya from the Kukatja language in WA in Communities where I once lived. One question raised by someone there was to ask how you might explain such places to your mother living far away and not having had much contact with Aboriginal people living in remote Communities. An interesting and difficult question.
    KartiyaReality simply because it seems meaningful – at least to me.
    Maybe there are differing realities
    ” The fact that the values of one culture may be incompatible with those of another, or that they are in conflict within one culture or group or within a single human being at different times – or, for that matter, at one or the same time – does not entail relativism of values, only the notion of a plurality of values not structured hierarchically, which, of course, entails the permanent possibility of inescapable conflict between values, as well as incompatibility between the outlooks of different civilisations or of stages of the same civilisation.”

    Isaiah Berlin – The Crooked Timber of Humanity, Chapters in The History of Ideas.

    __________________________________________________________________________________
    The comment was made in response to the question raised by cohenite
    #2556562, posted on November 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm
    KartiyaReality
    #2556546, posted on November 17, 2017 at 4:57 pm
    That description of the attackers NEVER mentions they were aboriginals; if they were why not?
    It is because I do live in Alice Springs that in reading the woman’s post I did not notice that the attackers were not identified as Aboriginal. They were and I guess that those who live here and who read the post know that and so it was not identified. Anyone not living in Alice Springs would not necessarily see that.
    Thanks to cohenite who raised a challenging point.
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    I do not drink from the Government or NGO trough.
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    Kartiyas are indeed like Toyotas – a great article. In fact in my experience Kartiyas are more disposable than Toyotas as the least time a Toyota has lasted was four days as opposed to a Kartiya who landed and took the same plane out immediately.
    Palya

  38. calli

    Battle cry?

    Come back here and take what’s coming to you. I’ll bite your legs off!

    Never surrender.

  39. Bruce of Newcastle

    The army is attempting to avoid sanctions being imposed by their neighbours in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)

    Zuma is probably quite keen that protective custody doesn’t happen to him too.

  40. wivenhoe

    Who or what tf is Rinkle?

    Ahhhm, perhaps what you get to see with folks whom wear arseless chaps, a minor auto correct error?

  41. Knuckle Dragger

    International women’s cricket is shit. The Aussies dropped FIVE catches, all of them very gettable and still England got to 130.

    Kee-rist. Time for the league.

  42. C.L.

    Australia’s emeritus clerical coward, Fr Bob, dragged on to The Project to be asked about Abbott/Pell ‘mural.’ He thought the mural was great and condemned the people who ‘defaced’ it.

  43. Snoopy

    Zuma is probably quite keen that protective custody doesn’t happen to him too.

    Interestingly, Julius Malema of RSA’s Economic Freedom Fighters which are quickly becoming a serious threat to ANC political hegemony has come out strongly in support of the coup.

  44. marcus classis

    Just got back from the fillums with the Mrs&1 progeny.

    I can highly recommend Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.

  45. Jessie

    Thank you for reposting Siltstone.

    One of the interesting aspects of ABS and other such statistics is that as ‘indigenous population increases’ the statistics for rape, murder and assault get adjusted.

    Pity the kids, teenagers and people under the tyrants and despots that are black, rather than % ABS/economic ANCESTRY CHOICE

    As a previous poster Senile Old Guy commented on one ABC program ABC Ryan Griffen of Cleverman.

  46. marcus classis

    That vile mural’s been attacked?

    Excellent news, thanks for the heads-up, CL.

  47. Snoopy

    International women’s cricket is shit. The Aussies dropped FIVE catches, all of them very gettable and still England got to 130.

    The standard of women’s cricket won’t improve until they are paid more.

  48. Mater

    As a follow up up to my post this morning re concerns around the comments in a SMH Article.

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2017/11/15/wednesday-forum-november-15-2017/comment-page-7/#comment-2555931

    I see we can now only get the following message in the comments section:
    An error occurred retrieving comments

  49. DrBeauGan

    Any artists around? We need to get into the murals business.

  50. Motelier

    The standard of women’s cricket won’t improve until they are paid more.

    Where the fvck is that Channel Nein cameraman?

    “Can’t bat. Can’t bowl.”

  51. Roger

    Lamest coup in history.

    They had so many options: firing squad, strung up from a lamp post, head on pike, bayonet up the arse …

    What’s this negotiating bullshit?

    You have to remember that Mugabe is still a revolutionary hero to a majority of Africans, even the soldiers who are guarding him, and probably a majority of black Zimbabweans don’t want to see him go for several reasons, including better the devil you know.

    As I suggested on the dedicated thread, he will use his status to extract the best possible deal for himself.

    If this was a serious military coup, he’d be dead by now, or, at the very least, stepping off a plane in France.

  52. Nick

    Australia’s emeritus clerical coward, Fr Bob, dragged on to The Project to be asked about Abbott/Pell ‘mural.’ He thought the mural was great and condemned the people who ‘defaced’ it.

    Do the same mural with he Grand Mufti and have Walleed and co tut tut about racism and Islamaphobia. Hypocrites.

  53. DrBeauGan

    I saw an ‘It’s OK to be White’ sticker on a road sign today.

  54. Nick

    I enjoyed seeing Harare’s streets on TV. A model of African ingenuity and of infrastructure development , all without whiteys’input. / Sarc.

  55. candy

    Fr. Bob hates Christians.

    He might be in the wrong job, actually.

  56. DrBeauGan

    A mural of Turnbull fellating the grand mufti while encouraging a phalanx of hairy blokes in long white dresses would be a thing of beauty.

  57. DrBeauGan

    I’m sure Larry Pickering would hdlp with the design.

  58. Snoopy

    Mugabe live on Al Jazeera officiating at the annual UZ graduation ceremony as has been his practice. Dozing away while someone drones on. I suspect the military might be denying him his usual sleep.

  59. Megan

    Allegedly fixed with the 11.1 update. I’ll tell you tomorrow if it works.

    Excuse my Apple cynicism, but I won’t be holding my breath in reference to the last two words in that sentence, Empire!

  60. P

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare #2556731, posted on November 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    But a re-visit would show you more findings from historians and archaeologists that improve on the experience.

    I remain entrenched in those very early days 0f the Colony when Arthur Phillip who alone had a vision of the colony found that the majority of the convicts and the vast majority of the military simply hated Australia.
    The vast majority of the convicts yearned only at the end of their sentences to get back to the crime and grime of the slums of London and the provincial cities.
    Even Captain Tench who had seemed to enjoy himself exploring says that the Marines left the colony without regrets in spite of inducements of land grants.

  61. DrBeauGan

    I’ll pay for the paints, Nick. I want a video of the completed mural. Just to cheer me up on grey days.

  62. cohenite

    Jessie

    #2556698, posted on November 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    KartiyaReality

    Jessie that essay on the hopelessness of left assistance (sic) to dysfunctional aboriginal settlements is one of the best I’ve read; a truly parasitic/symbiotic relationship of monumental failure:

    https://griffithreview.com/articles/kartiya-are-like-toyotas/

  63. Grigs to play “Vinegar Tits” in arseless chaps.

    Dear God, my eyes, they burn

  64. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh, MOnty………………..

    The bloke who attacked Christine Forster at the Manus Island protest has been identified, arrested and charged. Additionally, he was charged with damaging a fence and hindering police.

    But wait – didn’t you say either she damaged her jacket herself or the coppers did it? Naughty boy.

    Another of these window lickers was arrested for assaulting police by spitting on them. Marvellous restraint by the officers concerned – I’ve been spat on three times in the course of my work, and on each occasion the spitters lost teeth. It’s something I just can’t abide.

    But hey, as long as that putrid Pol Pot fan Rhiannon believes the cops were heavy handed and out of control….

  65. Nick

    I’m happy to chip in Dr.

  66. Knuckle Dragger

    Fun fact – it’s really, really difficult to spit with any sort of range and accuracy without teeth. Also, the blood mixes easily with the loogie making it nigh impossible to control.

  67. Zaan

    Well done Knuckle Dragger, spitting at a person is a disgusting.

  68. Mike of Marion

    Top work Knuckle Dragger.

  69. Pedro the Ignorant

    Jessie, that essay on the hopelessness of left assistance (sic) to dysfunctional aboriginal settlements is one of the best I’ve read; a truly parasitic/symbiotic relationship of monumental failure:

    Hear, hear.

    I have lived and worked in the North West for years, but would never dream of taking any sort of job in any of these “communities” or even staying in one past the time of the next plane out.

    The tales that come from these places would make the average inner-city Greenie vomit in horror.

    I have seen hardened police officers brought to tears over some of the senseless violence and cruelty that occurs on a regular basis.

    There are some good people trying their best to bring some sort of order to the daily chaos, but they fight a never ending losing battle against the “culture”.

  70. P

    I remember well when my second son came home from his police duties at the RL grand final and his vinyl jacket (he hadn’t been long enough in the Force to get a leather jacket) was covered in spit.
    I wouldn’t let him in the house but led him from the back gate to the clothes line where I hosed the jacket down.
    He had been so excited to be on duty at the grand final that year. What a downer eh?

    Long time ago during the Greiner years when the Police had to be friends with the public, regardless.

  71. C.L.

    I just re-watched The Project tape re that mural … from 28:27.
    Just take in the hatred and triumphalism.
    The bimbo hostess (whose name escapes me) said “we approached the artist and Tony Abbott; we didn’t contact Cardinal Pell because we’ve got Fr Bob!”

    [YAY!]

    Be … cause … Fr Bob would be a good choice to speak for George Pell, right?

    Waleed Aly – whose wife isn’t allowed to leave home without a bag on her head – denounced the “holy rollers” who painted over the ‘mural.’

    The other interesting thing is that The Project pixelated the man who obliterated the image – though, by his accent, it’s clear he wasn’t an Anglo. They probably did that because all of the other passers-by were white elitists and white homosexuals – one of whom (a racist female) asks the man “do you even live here?”

  72. Jessie

    KartiyaReality

    Thanks for that. I had known that Walpiri in NT rather than Pilbara area used the term kartiya to describe ‘walypala’ or ‘pirinapa’ or ‘mitjiti’ (white fellas, latter white woman) and I thank you for expanding my knowledge.

    Kartiyas are indeed like Toyotas – a great article. In fact in my experience Kartiyas are more disposable than Toyotas as the least time a Toyota has lasted was four days as opposed to a Kartiya who landed and took the same plane out immediately.
    Palya

    palya is a word used in top end SA and inner NT/SA/WA border, does this ethno-language extend to the Kukutaja (Tanami/Gt Sandy Desert).

    Indeed, much like the tanks seen in Harare of recent and the never ending schemes of rent seeking, Toyotas (aka mechanical machines that move over great distance/geography) requiring fuel and associated technicians are only in some cases, longer lasting than the sporadic fly-ins and fly-outs.
    Some last for generations, and ’employ’ their children and such, so last longer than a Toyota. Or >93 years. Myths, contorted media stories, selected journalists and academics and lies last much longer.

    I find that your lengthy quote by Berlin more describes the politico-linguistic adjustments made by anthropologists and produced for the northern peoples during art panels production and the seeking of land rights, particularly East Arnhemland and/or Mr Galarrwuy Yunupingu.
    Hence the term Yunupingu makarrata specifically used for the Ayers Rock Statement.

  73. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I can highly recommend Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.

    Good-o Marcus. I missed seeing it this week with my girlfriends due to a clash of commitments and I’ve asked Hairy to come see it with me. I told him they said it has to be seen on the big screen not on an aircraft, which I first suggested was what I might do. He was resistant to the whole idea, so an authoritative recommendation (i.e. made by a man who can use a gun) will be good ammunition to get him down to cinema land; helpful too that they serve a civilized wine in the one where it is playing.

  74. Nick

    Waleed Aly – whose wife isn’t allowed to leave home without a bag on her head – denounced the “holy rollers” who painted over the ‘mural.’

    What Aly won’t acknowledge is that the painters were Arabs, but Maronites,

  75. C.L.

    This is from May, 2010:

    What sparked the attack on the cartoonist?

    Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was attacked last week for depicting the prophet Mohammed as a dog. Why the sensitivity? Academic and broadcaster Waleed Aly explains everything to Crikey intern Matt de Neef.
    ———————–

    Does Lars Vilks’ depiction of the prophet as a dog show a lack of respect or understanding for the Muslim world?
    ———————–
    WA: I think there’s clearly a lack of respect — that was kind of the point of doing it. I know the argument he’s putting, and that’s basically “because we have free speech we should be able to do this”. The problem I have with that sort of approach is that it’s not remotely constructiveit’s not really why you have free speech, so that you can go about offending people gratuitously. You have it so that you can have debates that are important. I understand that he’ll probably argue that this is a contribution to an important debate and I certainly find the responses to him deplorable, but it’s a bit like the Danish cartoons.

    The Danish cartoons thing was offensive not because it had anything to do with depicting the prophet — that’s a big red herring — it was to with a sense that Muslims were basically there to be insulted and ridiculed, just because

    I certainly respect the right of people to say things that are offensive, I think that’s an important right. I don’t, however, have the greatest of admiration for people who use free speech just as an opportunity to be offensive just because they can be — I think that’s pretty cheap.

    What a hypocritical little cur.

  76. C.L.

    Ah. Thanks, Nick.
    So in what was a suspiciously weird editorial decision, The Project didn’t go with a genuine news scoop – that is, footage of the very culprit painting over the mural – because they didn’t want the audience to know that white people had gathered to denounce a brown immigrant.

  77. Nick

    Trust me C.L, what Maronites feel about homosexuality won’t endear them to the ABC.

  78. Makka

    I can highly recommend Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.

    Saw it at the cinema last night. Family rates it around 6.5-7 /10 . Great cinematography and Branagh does a first class job, accent is vv good. The other characters well a bit superficial with the ending somewhat rushed. Well worth a look.

    They should have just written in the Lindberg’s instead of the “Armstrong” faux camouflage. The next movie is underway.

    Incidentally, I’m really hoping Branagh takes up the role of Mathew Shardlake. Awesome books!

  79. notafan

    Well well the moral majority had a little win.

    The gentleman was right, the mural was pornographic and decent people have rights too.

    No-one takes on the brown Arabs.

    I wondered who was gusty enough to just go and paint over it.

    Now we know.


    Good for them

  80. areff

    Fr Bob would be a good choice to speak for George Pell, right?

    Father Bob was a good source for Louise Milligan, who turned him for guidance on catholic dogma and commentary on Pell.

  81. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Maronites,

    Some Maronites worked on our bathroom renos.
    Two of them sang the most amazing hymns in deep baritones while they did the cement rendering.
    Lovely people to have around the house.

  82. notafan

    The people of Newton are now contemplating building a wall to keep out little brown people.

  83. DrBeauGan

    Anybody know Larry Pickering well enough to ask him to design a mural? Something that could be reduced to paint by numbers for enthusiastic amateurs?

    I suspect that unlike the other one, there might be a lot of complaints.

  84. marcus classis

    Elizabeth, I do not know if you are a Shakespeare aficionado (I am) but I think that one of Branagh’s best performances is as Benedick (a nobleman in the court of Don Pedro) in the 1993 ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

    It’s a little jewel of a film

  85. Jessie

    Of course SOME OF the media in some cases is cautious in ‘identifying’ whether ‘Aboriginal’, refugee or whatever in criminal cases.

    Medicare: Sick system open to abuse

    NOTE: The Press Council decided a complaint about this article did not breach its Standards of Practice. Read the full adjudication here. **
    Australian Press Council.

    Hung Dien Phan came to Australia as a refugee in 1979 after fleeing Vietnam with his family, obtained a degree in medicine from Monash University and then discovered how easy it can be to make serious money in this country.

    As a GP locum in Melbourne, he earned almost $3 million between 2006 and 2013 in Medicare payments based on valid claims for patients he had seen. During the same period, he decided to top up his income by making additional claims for 14,565 services that he did not perform, using the names and Medicare details of ­patients he had seen previously. By the time the federal government caught up with him, he had raked in $854,188.20 in fraudulent claims.

    Some time in online research resulted in the actual adjudication

    The publication said the reference to the man’s refugee status was of public interest, and not intended to be pejorative. Rather, it could be interpreted as an example of a refugee making a success of his life in Australia by going to university and graduating in medicine. It said the article did not suggest the man’s refugee status or ethnicity had anything to do with his defrauding Medicare. It said a government department cited the man’s circumstance as one of the prime examples of medical fraud and the only reason it was highlighted was because of the large sum of money involved and the fact it went undetected for seven years. It said the phrase “how easy it can be to make serious money in this country” went to the thrust of the article that the Medicare system is open to abuse.

    The publication said any offence, distress or prejudice caused would be minor compared to that caused by the man’s conviction and sentence, and would also be outweighed by the public interest in highlighting such a major case of medical fraud.

    Simply amazing what an education can produce. And the differences between private vs publicly funded journalism. Development economists of all shades should take note.

  86. marcus classis

    Elizabeth, I do not know if you are a Shakespeare aficionado (I am) but I think that one of Branagh’s best performances is as Benedick (a nobleman in the court of Don Pedro) in the 1993 ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

    It’s a little j e w e l of a film.

    Edit: Sigh. Moderated. Had to modify a word.

  87. Infidel Tiger

    How much better are the Rinkle Roasts than the dross that pass as Roasts today? These are just awful, awful, so gratuitous, no class whatsoever. A brief summary of one I saw recently:

    Don Rickles is in the top 5 funniest men that ever lived. What he was able to do was a form of genius. To insult someone and know the exact line that you can’t cross is incredible. I love those YouTube clips so much.

    He cut his chops entertaining wise guys when Vegas was a mafia town.

    Highly recommended viewing his Rickles on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Seinfeld.

  88. .

    Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

    They’re all better than what you see on TV; my pick is the Mel Brooks episode.

  89. Infidel Tiger

    International women’s cricket is shit. The Aussies dropped FIVE catches, all of them very gettable and still England got to 130.

    Kee-rist. Time for the league.

    Christopher Pyne jerked himself silky at 2am to gay porn. He at least had the decency to pretend he was hacked.

    You come on to this family website and admit to watching sheilas stick ball. Very very weird.

  90. DrBeauGan

    It’s very difficult plotting the downfall of the left via graphic warfare on the Cat.

  91. areff

    Highly recommended viewing his Rickles on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Seinfeld.

    He’s fantastic in Casino, too.

  92. Top Ender

    We do need a battle cry.

    “Deus Vult.”

    The Crusaders’ battle cry.

    “God wills it.”

    Besides being stirring and vigorous, it will annoy a lot of people.

    Remember the Cat motto: “Always double down.”

  93. Pedro the Ignorant

    I umpired a game of women’s cricket once.

    It was hilarious to watch all the pouting, the little dramatic flounces and chucking the sads when adjudged out LBW or called for a no ball.

    One of the ladies was a very good off spin bowler, could have easily played A Grade.

    The after game pissup was fun.

  94. classical_hero

    I can’t wait for the Gay community to abuse their power. Bring it on and watch them get turned on and lose what they worked for.

  95. C.L.

    How much better are the Rinkle Roasts than the dross that pass as Roasts today? These are just awful, awful, so gratuitous, no class whatsoever. A brief summary of one I saw recently:

    I loved those old-time stars. They weren’t saints or anything but one thing they held to firmly was this: they were privileged and they owed their culture and their compatriots deferential respect.

    Everyone knows I regard Deano as the coolest man of the twentieth century – here he is in later years insulting and delighting Dutch Reagan, by then President of the United States …

    “This one’s for you, Clutch.”

  96. Viva

    Early Bennelong poll result reported on Paul Murray shows Alexander has lost his 8.7 point buffer and is level pegging 50/50 with I’m nobody’s Girl

  97. Bruce in WA

    I can highly recommend Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.

    Meh. Worth watching? Sure.

    Highly recommended. Nah. Slow. Shallow. Torturous.

  98. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You have to remember that Mugabe is still a revolutionary hero to a majority of Africans, even the soldiers who are guarding him, and probably a majority of black Zimbabweans don’t want to see him go for several reasons, including better the devil you know.

    That’s the opinion of the expats that live in this part of the world – Mugabe is seen as the revolutionary hero who got rid of the evil white colonialists, and probably a majority of black Zimbabweans don’t want to go back to the days of the “bush war.” Mugabe might be a tyrant and a dictator, but he’s an African tyrant and a dictator, and they would rather be ruled, badly, by one of their own, then ruled well by the white minority.

  99. MsDolittle

    In an effort to fit into my bathers this summer, I went for a run on the bridge under the freeway yesterday. There were a couple of blokes doing some maintenance from a hanging basket thingo and one of them gave me a wolf whistle. I’m 54, carrying a little winter svelte and clearly whomever whistled is in dire need of prism lenses. Pressing on, I was right chuffed. I’m so tired of #metoohetouchedmyhandwhenpassingthewater, etc. It’s no wonder the young txt ad nauseam, personal physical interaction between the sexes has become fraught and a determent to my species (incidentally species is defined as: a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding). Damn shame.

  100. Bruce in WA

    Congratulations MsD!!

  101. Infidel Tiger

    Early Bennelong poll result reported on Paul Murray shows Alexander has lost his 8.7 point buffer and is level pegging 50/50 with I’m nobody’s Girl

    I’m not surprised. Alexander is a soft wet fluffer.

    In political terms he serves underarm. As a general rule: when you can’t choose, take the chick with big tits.

    Bernardi’s AC Party could clean up in NSW with some organisation and funding.

  102. MsDolittle

    Thanks Bruce, that’s exactly what Doc said when I told him. I’m so tired of the continual witch hunt against men. So boring and unproductive.

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I have lived and worked in the North West for years, but would never dream of taking any sort of job in any of these “communities” or even staying in one past the time of the next plane out.

    The tales that come from these places would make the average inner-city Greenie vomit in horror.

    I know a bloke what knows a bloke, who had the contract to fly in supplies, and staff, to a certain outback community.

    On one occasion, a group of the young Turks got together, and gangraped the community nurse. Not surprisingly, she was on the next aircraft out of the place.

    The elders were horrified – her refusal to stay was clearly made on racist grounds, and they demanded another community nurse, immediately, if not sooner.

  104. Infidel Tiger

    Those old time Rickle’s Roasts show how much we have declined as a species.

  105. Bruce in WA

    Thanks Bruce, that’s exactly what Doc said when I told him. I’m so tired of the continual witch hunt against men. So boring and unproductive.

    Some of us are just clumsily inept; we certainly don’t mean anything sexist or patriarchal or ruling about it. The day I stop admiring the female form is the day I’m ready to meet the angels. I’ve just learnt to keep it to myself … sadly.

  106. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Some of us are just clumsily inept; we certainly don’t mean anything sexist or patriarchal or ruling about it. The day I stop admiring the female form is the day I’m ready to meet the angels. I’ve just learnt to keep it to myself … sadly

    For whatever reason, I did hold the door open, and tip my hat, to a young lady, dressed in a ball gown, and tell her she looked rather eye-catching, “indeed, I would not hesitate to use the word glamorous.” She thanked me profusely and added, wistfully “No – one has ever said anything like that to me before.”

  107. Oh come on

    Those old time Rickle’s Roasts show how much we have declined as a species.

    Wrt the quality of Roasters and Roastee. The xunts that run it these days – they’d ask Caitlyn Jenner on and everyone would be too terrified to point out the bleedin’ obvious and hilarious reality that their subject is a washed-up beta male OAP wearing a dress who recently had a full body wax and his nads cut off.

  108. Mullumhillbilly

    The Bondi Fairy

    Nailed it !

    Fairy Mc Fairyface !!
    (Apologies if someone already suggested that)

  109. Rev. Archibald

    That was for you Dolittle.

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