Wednesday Forum: November 29, 2017

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  1. Diogenes

    The only reason for turning the btc back to aud would be to buy groceries from someone who refuses to take btc. I can buy cigars in btc already. Cans of beans, probably not. Yet.

    Eventhough it IS Spurlock, there is a film on youtube about surviving for a week using nothing but btc . I have not seen it, but mention it as it may be of interest

  2. Top Ender

    This should stop China, the Labor Party, and Putin in their tracks. And North Korea.

    Why volcanic doom is closer than we think

    OLIVER MOODY
    The Times8:15PM November 30, 2017

    Some 75,000 years ago part of the island of Sumatra blew up so violently that the explosion propelled about 700 cubic miles of searing ash into the sky.

    The Toba catastrophe plastered half a continent with a 15cm layer of debris and brought about a decade-long winter that may have wiped out most of the human race.

    Today the world is more or less due another “super-eruption”, according to scientists who have calculated that these events happen more frequently than was previously thought.

    Researchers used to think that eruptions capable of blasting out more than a billion tonnes of detritus — enough, according to some estimates, to cast humanity back into a “pre-civilisation” state — happened only once every few hundred thousand years.

    New calculations from the University of Bristol, however, suggest that they actually tend to occur every 17,000 years or so. The last one, which ripped a large hole in the North Island of New Zealand, was about 26,000 years ago.

  3. RobK

    The former leads, via electronic trading, to high volatility, the latter to relative stability. At least, that’s my reading.

    The usefulness to illicit trade will mean it is akin to putting your money on the ponies.

  4. Gab

    Skip to about 1min20sec of this video when Melania goes to greet a group of kids at the WH – when they see her, they say she looks li

    Wow those poor kids must have been terrified by the “spooky” decorations that the vile msm was screeching about yesterday.

  5. Geriatric Mayfly

    Infidel Tiger
    #2571499, posted on November 30, 2017 at 8:18 pm
    Skip to about 1min20sec of this video when Melania goes to greet a group of kids at the WH

    Great clip Tiger. Read most of the comments (99.9% positive) and came across this little humdinger. I immediately formed a mental image of Rachel, which I cannot expand on because it would render me guilty of that most heinous of crimes, namely: stereotyping wimminses more ugly inside than out. .

    Rachel Dickerson
    1 day ago
    THE HOUSE OF HORROR WITH SATAN AND THE WHORE…….

  6. woolfe

    Top Ender, mate its not the the ash, debris and destruction we should be worried about but what about all da carbons!

  7. Farmer Gez

    Bloody hell!
    The things I do to earn a dollar.
    Sudden storm hit the paddock just as I’m trying to roll the tarp on the tipper. The wind went from nothing to gale force in seconds and the tarp became a sail. I’ve got 94kg hanging on to the handle and I’m being lifted off my feet while lightning is striking all around. A minute later all calm except for me. Beer time.

  8. Delta A

    X-mas baubles

    X-mas baubles, C.l.?

    I’m astonished that you, of all people, would leave Christ out of Christmas.

  9. Geriatric Mayfly

    The things I do to earn a dollar.

    Severe convection storms = Downdraft, Updraft, Overdraft.

  10. Gab

    Glad you’re safe, Farmer!

  11. C.L.

    A common complaint, Delta, but incorrect.

    Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. It is sometimes pronounced /ˈɛksməs/, but Xmas, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which in English is “Christ”. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass.

    There is a common belief that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas”, but its use dates back to the 16th century.

  12. C.L.

    George Brandis has told the Senate he “feels for” Sam Dastyari “who I personally like.”

  13. Rev. Archibald

    Playing with heavy equipment and parasailing.
    The life you lead.
    So envious.

  14. DrBeauGan

    RobK
    #2571524, posted on November 30, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    The former leads, via electronic trading, to high volatility, the latter to relative stability. At least, that’s my reading.

    The usefulness to illicit trade will mean it is akin to putting your money on the ponies.

    Illicit trade means the government disapproves. Putting your money where the government can get at it is putting it on a spavined nag that is guaranteed to come last.

  15. Harlequin Decline

    How was your day? Classic Bundy-‘cellulite winter’.

  16. Farmer Gez

    Thanks Gab.
    Irish luck.

  17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for Top Ender. Our “Navy clearance diver” didn’t know the color of the boat shed at Hereford, after all.

  18. C.L.

    Interestingly, I post that comment on “Xmas” on the feast day of St Andrew.

  19. Delta A

    A common complaint, Delta, but incorrect.

    Hmm. You make a good argument, young man, but I still don’t like it.

    Christmas is Christmas, no X about it.

  20. JC

    Here really was a pretty cool dude.

  21. C.L.

    Fair enough, Delta.
    Always preferable to put the “Christ” in there, to be sure.

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The things I do to earn a dollar.

    Not sorry to be out of it all. 30mm of rain in December one year, 15% protein wheat being sold as “feed” on the falling numbers..

  23. Geriatric Mayfly

    Fire and brimstone now hurtling in towards Sodom. I hope the Angel of the Lord is aware of who exactly needs culling.

  24. classical_hero

    The media are certainly doing a good job of playing the Grinch. The FLOTUS, did a great job at decorating the White House.

  25. JC

    Makka
    #2571520, posted on November 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Skip to about 1min20sec of this video when Melania goes to greet a group of kids at the WH

    Natural , classy and unashamedly Christian. Melania looks fantastic. The WH looks splendid , done up to the nines in decorations. The kids were loving it. Nice vid OCO, thanks.

    All this Melania loving is nice to read and I really don’t want to be the spoil sport here. Honest. Maybe it’s the white dress she’s wearing, but she looks like she put on some weight around the waist.

    I don’t want to sound negative.

  26. Farmer Gez

    I hope the boys and girls working at the big grain receival sites are safe and the bunkers are tied down. There have been deaths when the big tarps catch wind and I know of a worker who was thrown fifty metres into the air and didn’t survive.

  27. JC

    Am I being a little demanding?

  28. Snoopy

    Melania eats cage eggs. Join the dots.

  29. woolfe

    She has put on weight above the waist. And some of the kids were hugging it!

  30. Makka

    Maybe it’s the white dress she’s wearing, but she looks like she put on some weight around the waist.

    I don’t think so but that’s ok too. She looked great. I like too that they get the decorations and Christmas spirit out there bigly and early. The atheist SJW’s will be going spare.

  31. Farmer Gez

    Melania may have a little age spread but if we both ended up under the mistletoe her baubles might get the Don Burke treatment from me.

  32. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There have been deaths when the big tarps catch wind and I know of a worker who was thrown fifty metres into the air and didn’t survive.

    “Working on the bins” used to be an acceptable way for Western Australian University students to earn money during their Christmas break. There was one episode where a bin worker, injured in an accident, found out that the wheat sampler was a third year medical student..

  33. ZK2A;

    “I’m honoured to be the first Aboriginal woman elected to the Victorian Parliament. We’ve sustained and protected this land for thousands of years. And now, in Victoria, we finally have a say in how our land is governed.”

    1.

    We’ve sustained and protected this land for thousands of years.

    No you haven’t, sweetheart. Your ancestors slaughtered the previous inhabitants, then went on to wipe out the Megafauna, then burnt the goddammed guts out of the continent.
    As a result, the majority of Australia is a bloody ecological disaster and it’s only since the whites got here that we’ve been able to slow down the rate of desertification your cultural practise of ‘firestick farming’ caused.
    2. Your tribal practices of infanticide, elder abandonment, cannibalism, Big Man abuse of children and savagery, is something you would never want to live yourself.
    So how about you just resign your seat and piss off back to the noble warrior lifestyle you impose on your most vulnerable.
    (Please excuse the formatting errors – it’s been a long day, and my bullshit meter has pegged at 11.)

  34. JC

    Rivera defends Matt Lauer and the idiot gets owned .. then apologizes for his stupidity.

    Rivera once bragged he leg overed a 100o women. He’s now put the spotlight on himself. Having said that, there’s nothing there I would disagree regarding Rivera’s comments about the new puritan age.

    But fuck me talk about an own goal.

    http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/11/30/geraldo-defends-matt-lauer-hours-later-realizes-hes-punched-his-own-moustache-off/#sthash.fNdrNULw.dpbs

  35. Geriatric Mayfly

    The atheist SJW’s will be going spare.

    An understatement shurely. After 8 years of being pandered to by the two Magic Negroes, and the assurance that the sunless and Godless uplands had at last been arrived at; Melania’s Christian White House
    will engender such hurt feelings, offence and threats to safety, I fear mass suicide.

  36. Infidel Tiger

    Geraldo is a very stupid person.

  37. candy

    I don’t see any extra weight on Melania Trump. The frock is loose and some kind of thickish material.
    But there’s no weight on her face and chin, the telltale sign of extra kilos.

    Her calmness and dignity with glamour – she should be a model.

  38. Woger;

    That doesn’t explain the dietary laws.

    Ironically, given the Shahada, Mohammed was a syncretist who borrowed from several sources accessible to him to devise his own religion.

    When you look at the dietary laws, they seem to be adequate for a society that didn’t have refrigeration but did live in a state of fear of hunger.
    The rest is yours, but there is a logic to the laws in terms of the above.

  39. Snoopy

    This latest feminist jihad against men is simply an attempt by feminist smokers of Muslim cock to argue equivalence between ISIS-style mass rape and nerds attempting to hook up with women.

  40. C.L.

    Rivera then suggests that a statute of limitations should apply to allegations of sexual harassment, along with proof in the form of “witnesses, electronic or written communications.”

    Why is this stupid?

  41. Nick

    Shanghai Sam: “my family was lucky enough to leave Iran” except strangely, no mention of dual citizenship. Join the dots journos.

  42. Infidel Tiger

    Geraldo should be keeping his mouth shut. He is a huge chance of getting rissoles. He has boned thousands of pieces of strange.

  43. Nick

    Milo on Alan Jones

    Alan’s fantasy.

  44. John Constantine

    Was crawling around the tops of a few cruddy old oh and s non-compliant field bins I had filled with frosted wheat for a possible blending process later on.

    Old mate rings up, supposedly to ask if it was raining yet.

    He then casually mentions he has just loaded the truck with the maiden ewe cull merino weaners he has just sold privately for two hundred and fifty dollars each.

    As the noted prophet Kevin Bloody Wilson would put it.

    “You can stick your bloody cropping up your bloody arse”.

  45. notafan

    Indeed Nick.

    Indeed Snoopy

  46. JC

    It’s not , CL. But the idiot should have remained silent instead putting his opinions forawars, but apologises when he gets criticised.

  47. Arky;

    I even vacuumed out the roof cavity.

    That’s even better than coke for clearing those sinus cavities.
    We are using code here, aren’t we?

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He then casually mentions he has just loaded the truck with the maiden ewe cull merino weaners he has just sold privately for two hundred and fifty dollars each.

    You know, as well as I do, that the price of any sheep going off the place is always automatically inflated by 50%, when discussing matters with someone who stayed in wheat.

  49. C.L.

    I can’t believe that bloke stood there and allowed Biden to molest his wife.

  50. JC
    #2571563, posted on November 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I don’t want to sound negative.

    Best. Christmas. Joke. Ever.

  51. Snoopy

    I can’t believe those romper stomper lads allowed Shanghai Sam to leave that bar without a busted nose.

  52. Infidel Tiger

    My bad. Apparently that Biden photo is a photoshop.

    The original is just him sniffing her hair.

  53. Makka

    Melania’s Christian White House will engender such hurt feelings, offence and threats to safety, I fear mass suicide.

    I’m trying to see the downside here.

  54. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I don’t see any extra weight on Melania Trump. The frock is loose and some kind of thickish material.
    But there’s no weight on her face and chin, the telltale sign of extra kilos.

    All true. Plus white is a most unforgiving colour to wear as it is always fattening.
    I’m sure as FLOTUS she is keeping a very good eye on her model face and figure.

    Signing off now, before the Dutch ‘ton of bricks’ arrives to pile down upon me.
    I must surely have earned her great ire and indignation today just by existing.
    If my publications are a ‘screed’ then two ad hoc pomes spun off up thread will really cop it.
    I blame Stimpy and Arky for them; they got me all poetically stirred up. I’m dangerous then.
    I wonder if that’s her weight she is referring to? What an alarming thought.
    If she was nicer, I’d give her the name of an excellent dietician, friend of mine, just in case.

    Haaaairy, get in here now. Some big-boozied, ad libbing but well-rehearsed woman delivering her lines with a Dutch accent is threatening to sit on me. Maybe you knocked her back once.

  55. Snoopy

    I wonder what the airfare would be if Jetstar ran a 717 from Brisbane to Bali?

    Cheaper to go to Bali: Regional airfares unreasonably high, report finds

  56. zyconoclast

    Milo on Alan Jones

    I didn’t listen, but I bet Jones had the Viagra ready, just in case.

  57. Farmer Gez

    Back to the ARIA awards and the arse wipes who won the big award, Gang of Youths.
    ABC radio dutifully played their big single. Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows.
    Deepest U2, the Frankest Bono would be more like it.
    Host, Lindy Burns was quite put out when listeners noticed the bleedin’ obvious rip off.
    Pretentious and unoriginal posers are always welcome at their ABC.

  58. zyconoclast

    I can’t believe that bloke stood there and allowed Biden to molest his wife.

    Definitive cuckold.

  59. Top Ender

    Our “Navy clearance diver” didn’t know the color of the boat shed at Hereford, after all.

    Do ‘im in Zulu….

  60. John Constantine

    Their ABC social media running a call from experts for the State to use it’s crushing power to save the proles from drinking rainwater from rainwater tanks and have them drink approved processed tap water instead.

    At least Australians can still make water.

    A little worse and a lot dearer, but we can still make water.

    Unless the windmills fail, or the solar, or the battery or the diesel Gennie’s.

    Then we are stuffed and have to suck smooth stones to slake our prolish thirst.

    Comrades.

  61. H B Bear

    Host, Lindy Burns was quite put out when listeners noticed the bleedin’ obvious rip off.
    Pretentious and unoriginal posers are always welcome at their ABC.

    You mean like Tame Impala Elephant and T Rex? I guess if so much current music is complete shit you may as well simply reproduce some good stuff.

  62. cohenite

    Here is the final list 2017 islamophobia category winners:

    UK: OFSTED

    INTERNATIONAL: Aung San Suu Kyi

    NEWS MEDIA: Daily Mail

    MOVIE/BOOK/TV SERIES: Homeland

    ISLAMOPHOBE OF THE YEAR: President Trump

    From some shitty muslim group.

  63. Bron

    Ah, we missed out again, Cohenite.

  64. Snoopy

    I don’t know what’s best. Looking at Shorten covered in flies or watching his ineffectual, girly, attempts to shoo them away.

  65. cohenite

    Bron

    #2571628, posted on November 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Ah, we missed out again, Cohenite.

    Yep; I don’t mind the T winning though. It’s gotta be worth 10% of the vote at least.

  66. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Our “Navy clearance diver” didn’t know the color of the boat shed at Hereford, after all.

    Do ‘im in Zulu….

    They just become a bit of a joke amongst the locals. There are quite a few ex – servicemen living in this part of the world – British, Australian, a few Rhodies, and a few South Africans. Anyone who doesn’t know the colour of the boatshed at Hereford doesn’t last long…..there was one guy, in the local pub, wearing camouflage trousers, of a certain pattern, and telling stirring tales of serving in Rhodesia. Listening, with suitable respect, were two veterans of the Rhodesian military, and a former member of the British South Africa Police….

  67. H B Bear

    PeanutHead getting fly strike might be Waffles last hope.

  68. Snoopy

    It’s sorta strange how the Rhodesian police force was known as BSAP (BeeSAP).

  69. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s sorta strange how the Rhodesian police force was known as BSAP (BeeSAP).

    Set up by Cecil Rhodes, as the police force for the British South Africa Company, who colonized Rhodesia?

  70. Siltstone

    Dastyari hiding behind his daughters skirts is shameful. After all, she suffers from ADHD.*

    *A DickHead Dad

  71. Snoopy

    Set up by Cecil Rhodes, as the police force for the British South Africa Company, who colonized Rhodesia Matabeleland and Mashonaland?

    Makes sense. Today it would be called Rhodes Security.

  72. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Makes sense. Today it would be called Rhodes Security.

    Not much use in being one of the leading imperialists of the age, if you can’t have your own private army.

  73. C.L.

    Clinton email bombshell – at the Daily Mail.

  74. C.L.

    Obama also in trouble:

    ‘Frankly the thing that disappointed me the most was the president saying, “There’s classified and then there’s classified,”‘ McCullough said quoting former President Obama.

    Obama made the remark in April 2016, as Clinton was two months away from winning the Democratic nomination.

  75. Snoopy

    JC’s favourite old lady finally comes clean. What’s changed?

    Yellen: National debt ‘should keep people awake at night’

  76. H B Bear

    JC’s favourite old lady finally comes clean. What’s changed?

    Someone else’s problem now.

  77. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    THE NATION
    Australian Taxation Office’s Chris Jordan in ‘Al Capone’ style bid to stop bikies

    30/11/2017

    Tax commissioner Chris Jordan has unveiled a plan to give motorcycle gangs the “Al Capone treatment” to ensure more criminals go to prison, as crack joint Australian Taxation Office and police teams form a powerful alliance against organised crime.

    As part of a lengthy interview series with The Australian, Mr Jordan said if there was not enough evidence to arrest organised criminals for their most serious crimes, the ATO was ready and willing to put them in jail for tax evasion — invoking Eliot Ness, the legendary US law enforcement official who relentlessly tracked and ultimately arrested mafia boss Capone.

    Mr Jordan believes bikie gangs, in particular, are a potentially ­fertile target for both revenue and potential criminal tax evasion charges.

    “It’s like the old Eliot Ness thing,” he said. “They couldn’t put Al Capone in jail for his crimes, so they got him for tax.”

    From the Oz. This should be funnier then any circus. The Australian public service takes on the “Hells Angels.”

  78. Snoopy

    “There’s classified and then there’s classified,”

    Of course and there’s rape and then there’s rape.

  79. Bron

    As Jim Treacher says, these things are written by an algorithm.

    https://twitter.com/jtLOL/status/936215417827274752

    “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

  80. Infidel Tiger

    Matt Walsh
    @MattWalshBlog
    ·
    10h
    Hey remember when a guy murdered 58 people from the window of his hotel and nobody ever told us why he did it or how?

    Yeah, but then we found out Matt Lauer had a rape dungeon button.

  81. Bron

    Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort.

    Um, how will you repair the damage? What damage? The damage to your reputation?

    It is now my full time job.

    That is because you were fired from your previous full time job.

    It’s been humbling.

    I can well imagine.

  82. struth

    I am too busy at the moment to humour dot.

    Just pointing out that he thinks fuckwit lawyers interpretations of our constitution are in fact our constitution..

    He thinks the queen must ask a person who doesn’t exist according to our constitution before she can do anything..
    He quotes reserve powers, yet those powers aren’t reserved, they are there all along.
    Whitlam was sacked.
    His ministers (the executive) did not advise the GG to do it, but it stood, as it would now.
    We are a constitutional monarchy and that basically means that laws can be created only at the queens pleasure………………………………she/he/(it nowadays) has the last say.
    ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION.
    The queen he/she/it, cannot operate outside of the powers the constitution allows.
    Sacking a traitor in parliament is well within their power , and that is why, somebody who wasn’t even an official traitor (Whitlam) got the sack.
    Dot has Sinc’s problem.
    Surrounded by the institutionalised left bullshitting to them and calling it education.

  83. Bron

    I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

    It has pissed off my wife.

  84. Bron

    I thank them for their patience and grace.

    A divorce at this moment would be horribly expensive.

  85. Joe

    Dot has Sinc’s problem.
    Surrounded by the institutionalised left bullshitting to them and calling it education.

    Hear Hear!

  86. The queen he/she/it, cannot operate outside of the powers the constitution allows.

    Almost all right, Struth. However the Monarch is constrained by the Coronation Oath, not the Australia Constitution, which is but a minor impediment.

  87. .

    ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION.

    Yeah dude, you’re ignoring section 63. You’re ignoring the Federation debates.

    Sacking a traitor in parliament is well within their power , and that is why, somebody who wasn’t even an official traitor (Whitlam) got the sack.

    Loopy stuff. The governor general can’t get rid of Dastyari.

    Whitlam was sacked.

    Yes – use of a reserve power.

  88. JC

    Goo old Joe, as irrelevant as ever.

    Bitcoin should be ‘outlawed’, says Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz as cryptocurrency hits US11,000

  89. Bron

    He didn’t say anything about swallowing, Dot.

  90. JC

    Jeez Dot,

    I may have to start reading zerohedge now that the Real fly seems to be a posted writer there. Damn.

    He’s a really good trader/money manager who I’ve been reading, sharing info and dining with since 2007.

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Whitlam was sacked.

    Yes – use of a reserve power.

    I’m probably fighting well out of my league here, but wasn’t that a reserve power of the Governor General – never written down, or codified, but the requirement was to ensure the Supply bills would be passed through the Senate? When Whitlam couldn’t guarantee that the Supply bills would be passed, Kerr dismissed his Government, and installed the Fraser Government, who could guarantee Supply, until elections could be called?

  92. Oh come on

    Struth, on matters constitutional, you strike me as a Leonard of the Huttite types. You may think you’ve found a chink in the armour – maybe several. But the armour has proven durable as it’s been around for a long, long time, and the fact that you think its operation is improper is almost certainly attributable to a deficit in your own understanding rather than a deficit in the armour itself.

  93. JC

    Jesus Christ, it was a malignant administration.

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told reporters Monday that the administration is “looking closely” at reversing the Obama administration’s controversial approach to school discipline, which urged schools to take race into account when deciding whether to suspend a disruptive student.

  94. twostix

    You’re a kind fellow oco.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2571668, posted on December 1, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Not quite Zulu. The Reserve Power has nothing to do with Supply. Think of it as a game of Aussie Rules. There is a pile-on, and somewhere at the bottom is the football. Nobody has clear possession. The umpire takes possession of the ball and bounces it, thereby starting the game again.

    The Reserve Power is the power invested in the GG to decide it is time for a bounce down, which means an election to let the people decide by way of a vote. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.

  96. BrettW

    Truly pathetic that this has not been used against organised crime many years ago. Perhaps Jordan has only just seen the movie The Untouchables.

    “Mr Jordan said if there was not enough evidence to arrest organised criminals for their most serious crimes, the ATO was ready and willing to put them in jail for tax evasion — invoking Eliot Ness, the legendary US law enforcement official who relentlessly tracked and ultimately arrested mafia boss Capone”.

  97. Oh come on

    All sides broke conventions in the lead up to the dmissal, Zulu. It was essentially a game of political chicken. Whitlam was pleased to have Fraser block supply – he thought he would break Fraser on the issue. And he wasn’t totally wrong about that, as there is some evidence that more than one coalition senator would have been willing to cross the floor to secure supply rather than have the federal government run out of money. Of course, Kerr intervened before they needed to make such a decision. Watch interviews of Whitlam regarding the matter – his primary beef with Kerr was that he felt betrayed. Kerr was his man, was supposed to be on his side. Whitlam had a strategy to defeat Fraser politically, and it wasn’t unsound. It didn’t countenance the intervention of Kerr, though.

  98. Infidel Tiger

    What the hell is all this talk about Victoria being flooded?

    Surely the place deserves to be and a perusal of the bible tells me it’s possible after recent events, but what the hell?

  99. Bron

    Curious lack of rain in Melbourne now, IT. We can only hope.

  100. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    All sides broke conventions in the lead up to the dmissal, Zulu. It was essentially a game of political chicken. Whitlam was pleased to have Fraser block supply – he thought he would break Fraser on the issue.

    Whitlam was pleased to have Fraser block supply – well, Whitlam fvcked that one properly didn’t he?

  101. Oh come on

    Sure, he bungled it good and proper. In characteristic style.

  102. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Whitlam had a strategy to defeat Fraser politically, and it wasn’t unsound. It didn’t countenance the intervention of Kerr, though.

    Much good any strategy did Gough when the Australian voters threw his useless, shambolic government, out of office, in a landslide, though, wasn’t it?

  103. Bron

    Who cares about all this now. No harm was done. Impressionable minds got a demonstration of the benefits of a monarchy. Australians got to elect a vaguely Liberalish government. We gained a classic Australian clown in Sir John Kerr. Lefties got an excellent excuse to riot in the streets. The insufferable boor Whitlam retired. It’s all good.

  104. Oh come on

    That being said, Whitlam knew there were a few coalition squishes in the Senate who very probably wouldn’t have let the government default and would have crossed the floor to ensure supply. He was waiting for them to crack. He didn’t factor in the possibility of collusion between Kerr and Fraser. You can’t be too harsh on Whitlam for that assumption l, because Kerr’s actions were and remain unprecedented.

  105. Infidel Tiger

    Sir John Kerr was a great man. If only our current GG had a fucking clue and was not a soft cock leftist puppet. He should have prorogued the Parliament months ago. The constitutional crisis of 75 is nothing compared to the current fraud we are enduring.

  106. John Constantine

    Aren’t bitcoin mined using government computers and government electricity on government property technically the property of the People?.

  107. Oh come on

    You cannot consider Fraser’s subsequent landslide win as a vindication of the dirty tricks he used to have the Whitlam government brought down prematurely. The fact is that the dismissal caused Whitlam and Labor to run their election campaign in an extraordinary and extraordinarily unattractive way.

    I’m not saying Whitlam would have won if his government survived its full second term. It’s unlikely it wouldn’t have collapsed in chaos before an election would have had to be called, let alone have been able to win that election and serve a third term. But the dismissal drove Labor and Whitlam insane. They campaigned in an insane way. The consequence was a historic landslide coalition victory. A more conventional campaign that focused on whatever the Whitlam government considered its achievements probably would have resulted in a far less remarkable result.

  108. Knuckle Dragger

    ZK at 11.11;

    Apparently there were more clearance divers around than infantry, back in the day.

    Some years back I went to a job where a bloke was dusting off his missus and some of her male mates. Some uniform types were already there, and I strode through the front door to hear the bloke screaming ‘You can’t do this! I was in Vietnam! VIETNAAAAAM!!!’

    He looked a teensy bit young for that, unless he was a mascot of some kind. I asked him, ‘What’s your reggie number?’

    He just looked at me. ‘What?’

    I said, ‘What’s your regimental number?’

    A long pause ensued while the cogs ticked over. He then looked at me with an air of confidence, and said, ‘Seven’.

    He was in the back of my colleagues’ van ten seconds later.

  109. Oh come on

    John Kerr was a pompous ass. A chippy Labor spiv who felt the blood in his veins ought to run blue.

    Fraser was the villain of 1975. In hindsight we can say for certain this is true. If Fraser had have led a reformist government that did what Hawke and Keating ended up doing, you could say it was, on balance, worth trashing the constitutional equilibrium that the country operated on so that these reforms could be made. But Fraser only wanted to return the country to the Menzies golden age, despite the fact that the direction the world was headed in made such a reversion untenable.

  110. Fisky

    Fraser did more than anyone to install Robert Mugabe in power.

  111. Oh come on

    Aren’t bitcoin mined using government computers and government electricity on government property technically the property of the People?.

    Maybe. If yes, good luck recovering it, though. The most you could expect is the prosecution of any public servants involved in such activities for the use of public resources for private gain.

    IIRC, a few years ago an ABC employee was fired for for infecting the organisation’s network with Bitcoin mining malware.

  112. The Christian Baker’s Unanswered Legal Argument: Why the Strongest Objections Fail:

    That argument rests on the widely acknowledged principle that freedom of speech has to include the freedom not to speak. You aren’t free to express your convictions authentically if the state can make you affirm its own orthodoxies. Thus, for more than seventy years, in cases widely seen as more American than apple pie, the Supreme Court has said government can’t force you to say, do, or make something that carries a message you reject. Applying that principle, it has held that the government can’t force Jehovah’s Witnesses to salute the flag. It can’t force newspapers to carry columns by politicians criticized in their pages. It can’t force drivers to carry license plates with a state-imposed (though utterly banal) slogan (“Live Free or Die”). It can’t force companies to include third-party messages in their billing envelopes. Political majorities are entitled to enact their beliefs into law, but not to force dissenting minorities to affirm those or anyone else’s beliefs in word or deed. That would involve “compelled speech,” which is generally unconstitutional.

    Phillips argues that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission has compelled his artistic expression (which counts as “speech” under our law) by forcing him to create same-sex wedding cakes if he wants to stay in the wedding business. To be clear, Phillips serves all patrons, whatever their religion or sexual orientation. But he won’t design cakes celebrating themes that go against his religious beliefs as an evangelical Christian. So he takes a hit to his business to avoid designing cakes for Halloween parties, which are big sellers, as well as lewd bachelor parties, divorce parties, and much else. And he won’t design cakes that celebrate same-sex weddings since he believes that only a man and woman can form a true marriage. Finding this last practice illegal, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered Phillips to make same-sex wedding cakes if he wants to make any at all. The Supreme Court’s decision on whether this order violated his rights may decide the fate of other bakers—and florists and photographers—who’ve faced legal penalties (as crippling as $135,000 and risk of jail) for refusing to lend their creative talents to designing artistic products celebrating same-sex weddings.

    Can any libertarian really be against this?
    RTWT.

  113. OneWorldGovernment

    Here is one for Steve Kates.

    How Hateful Are the Democrats? This Hateful

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/11/how-hateful-are-the-democrats-this-hateful.php

  114. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on
    #2571693, posted on December 1, 2017 at 1:33 am

    John Kerr was a pompous ass. A chippy Labor spiv who felt the blood in his veins ought to run blue.

    Fraser was the villain of 1975. In hindsight we can say for certain this is true. If Fraser had have led a reformist government that did what Hawke and Keating ended up doing, you could say it was, on balance, worth trashing the constitutional equilibrium that the country operated on so that these reforms could be made. But Fraser only wanted to return the country to the Menzies golden age, despite the fact that the direction the world was headed in made such a reversion untenable.

    Fraser was an arrogant piece of shit.

  115. Rev. Archibald

    In-growing toe nail keeping me awake.
    Had to operate.
    Know I have to pull out the infected root.
    Try to snip down to it with scissors.
    Too tough. Get box cutter. Hard to see with blood constantly welling up.
    But mostly by feel, I eventually realise this isn’t working either.
    Think about using tin snips. Back to the scissors. By using the stouter blade and levering upward I split through the nail down to the root.
    Start getting paranoid I might get an infection. Pour betedene over bleeding toe.
    Now I just have to pull the offending section out by the root.
    Tweezers. Too flimsy. I can get a good initial grip, but slips off.
    Rummage though toolbox. Bullnose pliers.
    The bit of toenail isn’t sticking out enough for me to get the pliers on it, no matter how hard I smash it down into my toe.
    Really need needle nose pliers. Don’t have any.
    Try levering the bit of nail up with scissor blade and getting bull nose pliers onto it at the same time.
    This requires three hands.
    Give up.
    Will buy new pliers in morning.
    Toe throbbing. Can’t sleep.
    Poltergrist quiet.

  116. Rev. Archibald

    Maybe if I belt the toe with a hammer the nail will die and fall off on it’s own?

  117. Rev. Archibald

    Remember as an apprentice squashing my thumb under a machine tool work deck and the workpiece.
    Nail fell off after about a week. Grew back with this strange wavy texture, which it still has 35 years later.

  118. Rev. Archibald

    No one around.
    Might as well do something usefull and check the news of the world..

  119. Mitch M.

    Aren’t bitcoin mined using government computers and government electricity on government property technically the property of the People?.

    There was a report earlier this week that bitcoin miners were using free CPU resources available on the internet. Last week there was a report that bitcoin uses the equivalent electricity of Ireland.

    https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/09/the-pirate-bay-added-a-cpu-hijacking-bitcoin-miner-to-some-pages/

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/27/bitcoin-mining-consumes-electricity-ireland

  120. Rev. Archibald

    Dirty, dirty bastard:

    Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin told left-wing CNN Thursday that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) groped her breast in 2003 while the two of them took a photo together. At the time, Kemplin was stationed in Kuwait during the Iraq War. The married Franken was on a USO tour.

  121. Rev. Archibald

    Start with the US ones Tom.
    Much better than Aussie cartoonists.

  122. Rev. Archibald

    “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” Lauer said. “As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”

    ..
    There is a wiff of the soviet show trial and the pathetic, weaselling letters of self criticism the old bolsheviks penned to Stalin from prison about all this.
    Disturbing.

  123. John Comnenus

    That intelligence IG story broke days ago. There seems to be no level of Prima facie evidence that will warrant a proper investigation of Clinton. America is a failed State.

  124. Rev. Archibald

    Meanwhile, Democrat politicians get away with everything.

  125. John Comnenus

    Rev,

    Matt Lauer has been accused of rape. He is just doing and saying what he needs to say and do to try and stay out of jail.

    This whole situation stinks. The media, Hollywood and Democrats have argued loudly against the Republicans war on women and America’s rape culture all whilst they have been raping, assaulting and groping their way through the intern list and more junior staff.

    The only reason the media, Hollywood and Democrats think there is a war on women and that America is beset by rape culture is because it appears to be so prevalent in their own circles.

  126. Tom

    John Comnenus, it’s an astoundingly accurate, 100 per cent reliable truth that everything the left accuses its enemies of it is doing itself. It’s a weird projection self-haters indulge in to assuage their guilt.

  127. Rev. Archibald

    Without a Trump White House we would know none of this.

  128. Rev. Archibald

    Trump is also in the process of pulling the scab off the rat fuckers so everyone who wants to can see ’em for what they are.

  129. OneWorldGovernment

    Its a tag long but well worth the read

    Robert Mueller, Agent of Willful Ignorance
    It was Mueller who made sure that the U.S. government would ignore and deny the motivating ideology behind the jihad threat.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/268542/robert-mueller-agent-willful-ignorance-robert-spencer

  130. OneWorldGovernment

    Are you there Andrew?

  131. Top Ender

    Editorial in the Oz:

    Sam Dastyari fails to convince
    The Australian
    December 1, 2017

    Bill Shorten’s decision to send Sam Dastyari to the backbench is a failure of leadership. It is too slight a punishment, given the issues of Chinese influence and money that call into question the senator’s integrity. He should resign from parliament. The latest revelation is audio of his press conference last year parroting Beijing’s line on the South China Sea and contradicting Australia’s bipartisan position. Senator Dastyari had suggested it was a clumsy accidental comment. The recording gives the impression it was scripted and deliberate. In the Senate yesterday, he declared himself “shocked” that the audio did not match his recollection. To put it mildly, Senator Dastyari has a history of inadequate explanations.

    This week it emerged he had warned Chinese Communist Party-linked businessman Huang Xiangmo last year that his phone could be tapped by government agencies, including the US government. (The Australian is not suggesting that Mr Huang’s phone was bugged.) In his non-explanation yesterday, Senator Dastyari repeated the red herring assurance that he had not been given any intelligence from any agency. Again he failed to say why he gave Mr Huang counter-surveillance advice during that meeting in Sydney in October last year when he indicated they should leave their phones inside Mr Huang’s house and go outside to talk.

    Senator Dastyari has a murky track record of taking money from sources linked to the Chinese government. Last year it was revealed he had passed on a $1670 debt for his overspent travel allowance to a Chinese company, Top Education Institute, which paid it on his behalf. Mr Huang’s Yuhu Group paid $5000 to settle legal bills from a dispute between Senator Dastyari and an advertising company dating back to the time when he was the NSW Labor Party boss. Mr Huang was a major donor to Labor (and to the Liberals).

    The press conference in June last year featuring the two men is worrying. The day before, Mr Huang had pulled a $400,000 pledge to Labor after defence spokesman Stephen Conroy had said our navy should challenge China’s claims in the South China Sea. Then came Senator Dastyari’s comment that the South China Sea was “China’s own affair’’ and we should “remain neutral and respect China’s decision”. (There is no suggestion Senator Dastyari knew directly of the threat to the donation.) If Labor policy appears to be for sale, that can only damage our democracy and alienate the electorate. (Mr Huang has said he expected “nothing in return” for his donations.)

    The broader context is disquiet about China seeking to get its way internationally through influence-peddling and the leveraging of Chinese abroad. In its annual report, ASIO said it had “identified foreign powers (read China in particular) clandestinely seeking to shape the opinions of members of the Australian public, media organisations and government officials in order to advance their country’s own political objectives”.

    Senator Dastyari has yet to give a satisfactory account of his China connections. Why, then, has the Opposition Leader not insisted he resign from parliament? Surely the senator is too damaged by now to serve as a party conduit to Chinese donors in NSW. It’s certainly true he served as a rainmaker in the past. In a 2014 book, former NSW premier Bob Carr recalled one Chinese New Year fundraiser orchestrated by Senator Dastyari that brought Labor $200,000 in donations. But what matters now is the national interest, not any sectional cause.

  132. classical_hero

    I’m pretty sure that Conyers will have standards and would never go near Pelosi, or even think of touching her.

  133. struth

    Oh come on, oh come on.
    I have found no chink.
    I have also found no section in the Constitution that talks about reserve powers.
    That’s because they are just powers.
    Remember that I believe that they aren’t submitting to the constitution as they should these days and you only have to press someone like dot a little before he pompously starts dribbling shit about Queens consulting Prime Ministers etc etc.
    His very last point above is no point at all .
    Goes back to sect 63 again.
    This is a simply written contract between the people and their government.
    For good reason.
    The judiciary do not own it,
    They interpret it as they see fit and without the common man calling out their bullshit they run riot interpreting black as meaning white.
    Take for example section 63
    A plainly worded section the left wing judiciary have obviously convinced dot means that the GG can’t do anything without the agreement of the executive.
    How fucking stupid, but another Whitlam sacking they don’t want.
    It is almost responsibility for the common man to know his constitution so as to not let the judiciary run riot.
    Dot needs to quote all sorts of peripheral bullshit that is totally irrelevant to a constitutional law unchanged by referendum.
    Yes corrupt judiciary interpret it to suit, and me pointing it out is of course futile in a country so far down the shit tube as ours.
    I get that.
    But I am no Hutt River Province fruit loop in doing so.
    if I caan be proved wrong I wish to be.
    What is disturbing is how little a law student like dot has when you scatch the surface and I can assure you that I am not the one claiming it’s unconstitutional for the queen or GG to act without the PM’s permission.
    It is also disturbing to note an almost purposeful lack of basic English comprehension needed to come to the conclusions dot has, which I put down to him being baffled with bullshit.
    I fully understand that my statements regarding the constitution are irrelevant when our political class have basically disregarded it and this last little dual citizenship outbreak was quickly put to bed by both sides proves it yet again.

  134. Leigh Lowe

    Gomer Pyle has bought the farm.

  135. Bruce of Newcastle

    Lucianne publishes a warning today:

    If our pages read like some sleazy porno publication we apologize but this
    is what our news is right now. Perhaps the world will clean itself up

    😀

  136. Tel

    The Christian Baker’s Unanswered Legal Argument: Why the Strongest Objections Fail

    I think that’s all completely correct.

    If you walk into a Muslim butcher and demand a pork sausage then he has a perfect right to say, “Sorry we don’t sell that, you can buy something else.” The situation with the baker is no different.

  137. Rohan

    Stand in anchor on the Today show slams Albo and the ALPs stance on Dastedly.

    I don’t give my 8 year old son as many chances as you give Sam.

    Ahahahaha

  138. entropy

    I’m not saying Whitlam would have won if his government survived its full second term. It’s unlikely it wouldn’t have collapsed in chaos before an election would have had to be called, let alone have been able to win that election and serve a third term. But the dismissal drove Labor and Whitlam insane. They campaigned in an insane way. The consequence was a historic landslide coalition victory. A more conventional campaign that focused on whatever the Whitlam government considered its achievements probably would have resulted in a far less remarkable result.

    Actually the dying days of the Whitlam Government were even more disfunctional than the current lot. The Whitlam Venture by Alan Reid, head of then press gallery was a book that resonated with me and provided background to what had gone on that never got revealed in the media. Basically Whitlam was not aware of half the stuff his goat rodeo of a ministry was getting up to. And that is an insult to goats.

    If Fraser had have led a reformist government that did what Hawke and Keating ended up doing, you could say it was, on balance, worth trashing the constitutional equilibrium that the country operated on so that these reforms could be made. But Fraser only wanted to return the country to the Menzies golden age, despite the fact that the direction the world was headed in made such a reversion untenable.

    True. His one and only redeeming factor is he saved us another year of the Whitlam goat rodeo. Apart from that he was a typical, run of the mill Victorian landed gentry arsehole.

  139. zyconoclast

    Sir John Kerr was a great man. If only our current GG had a fucking clue and was not a soft cock

    Where is the great Lady, Dame, Princess* Quentin Bryce when you need her?

    *Thanks Tony Abbott.

  140. Leigh Lowe

    Extract from Tim Blair.

    …is now such a busted-arse wreck of a thing that even the concept of Prime Minister Bill Shorten is more electorally palatable.

    Just on those other problems, not all of them are Turnbull’s fault.

    He didn’t write section 44 of the Australian Constitution, for example, which you can tell because it’s so concise and easily understood.

    Gold!

  141. chrisl

    So they build the worlds biggest battery next to a wind farm
    Then they use it a day early because there is no wind
    They dispatch 69 MW
    Now the battery is flat
    And there is still no wind
    How does it recharge?

  142. struth

    On matters of national security we have been left high and dry by the adoption of the idea that we have no ties to the monarchy under which we were established, and the queen of Australia is just a fictitious figurehead.

    We are seriously looking at a leader of a political party to be the judge and jury of one of his own party’s senators.
    Really?
    Well done Australia.
    Right now, the very best we can hope for is “under advice” from the executive, the GG resolves to settle the matter via court proceedings and temporarily bar Sam Suk Dik Dastardly from sitting for national security reasons.
    However, the likelihood of that happening when our left wing judiciary have been working tirelessly to not allow executive override that is enshrined in the constitution to be practiced, by removing us from England and the Queen, and babbling on about past practice as if it’s constitutional law, we now have another example of the outcome of such wanton corruption.
    No recourse to remove traitors from our parliament.
    The top end of town is a corrupt goat rodeo and there is no higher law they answer to.

  143. H B Bear

    If Waffleworth had a clue he wouldn’t be talking about the Persian Dwarf but attacking PeanutHead’s lack of leadership and principles.

    He doesn’t and he won’t.

  144. Bruce of Newcastle

    How does it recharge?

    The diesel gensets on the other side of the battery.

  145. H B Bear

    Bwahaha 69MW. I guess that might keep the lights on at a writer’s festival which will be the last remaining industry in the failed state of Mainland Tasmania.

  146. stackja

    Malcolm Turnbull should go before Christmas, NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro says
    Clarissa Bye, The Daily Telegraph
    24 minutes ago
    Subscriber only
    NSW National Party leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro has said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should quit and “go before Christmas as a Christmas gift” to Australians.

    Speaking on radio this morning, Mr Barilaro told 2GB’s Alan Jones he no longer supports Mr Turnbull as Prime Minister.

  147. Rae

    There is a wiff of the soviet show trial and the pathetic, weaselling letters of self criticism the old bolsheviks penned to Stalin from prison about all this.

    That’s actually quite perceptive, Rev.

  148. Rae

    Without a Trump White House we would know none of this.

    Perceptive too, Rev. The Pussy Grabber in Chief set the tone with his on the bus chatter.

  149. Gab

    Jim Nabors has died. Surprise, surprise, surprise …

  150. struth

    Gomer Pyle has bought the farm.

    Golly

  151. Top Ender

    God take me now.

    Sam Dastyari has confided in friends in recent months that he would consider a career outside politics — particularly in the media sphere.

    He has told colleagues he is interested in a television or radio career as he grapples with how to recover from the Chinese donations scandal that has engulfed him.

    Link – comments are instructive:

    But his place in the Senate appears safe for now, given he has the firm backing of former protege, Labor’s general secretary Kaila Murnain, and the NSW right.

    Labor figures were speculating yesterday that Senator Dastyari might spend a few more months in the Senate, then look for a job and get out. “You have to see it through the prism of (former Labor general secretaries) Karl (Bitar) and Mark (Arbib) having successful careers past politics,” a Labor source said.

    “They have work-life balance and lots of money. You can rehabilitate once, but not twice.”

    Link – comments are revealing:

    Cherna JUST NOW
    I think he would have a problem as integrity, ballance and fairness is part of the job description for media – but on second thought: the ABC would be a perfect fit for the both of them.

    James 2 MINUTES AGO
    He’ll make a marvellous host of a new TV gameshow: ‘The Quizling’

    ross 2 MINUTES AGO
    The abc could snap him up , I don’t think it would do muck for their “ordinary” reputation .

    Logical 2 MINUTES AGO
    The CCP United Front Work Department would love another agent in the Australian media.

    Suzanne 3 MINUTES AGO
    In some countries it’s called “a media position”. In others it’s called “a propaganda spokesperson”.

    Brad 10 MINUTES AGO
    Dasher appears to have a similar understanding of his parliamentarian role as another fine Labor figure of yesteryear – Graham Richardson.Which is that one’s appointment, facilities, income, etc. is really just a retainer to enable one to pursue the important issue – furthering one’s own position and wealth.

    So like Richo, a successful media career beckons.

    Chris 6 MINUTES AGO
    @Brad And just like Sam, Richo just loved the company of “colourful” multi-millionaires.

    Tony 12 MINUTES AGO
    And Bill Shorten seems to be on rewind: “I don’t know what he said(to Mr Huwang) but I agree with it”.

  152. Mike of Marion

    chrisl
    #2571769, posted on December 1, 2017 at 8:00 am

    You’re not with Jay’s team!

  153. Geriatric Mayfly

    All these weepy, cyclostyled apologies (one above from Lauer) may assuage the media, but absolution seems a long way off to me. Below from Wiki, true repentance from another one who fell from grace.


    Shortly after his resignation Profumo began to work as a volunteer cleaning toilets at Toynbee Hall, a charity based in the East End of London, and continued to work there for the rest of his life.[1] Peter Hitchens has written that Profumo “vanished into London’s East End for 40 years, doing quiet good works”.[16] Profumo “had to be persuaded to lay down his mop and lend a hand running the place”, eventually becoming Toynbee Hall’s chief fundraiser, and used his political skills and contacts to raise large sums of money. All this work was done as a volunteer, since Profumo was able to live on his inherited wealth. His wife, the actress Valerie Hobson, also devoted herself to charity until her death in 1998. In the eyes of most commentators, Profumo’s charity work redeemed his reputation. His friend, social reform campaigner Lord Longford said he “felt more admiration [for Profumo] than [for] all the men I’ve known in my lifetime”.[17]

  154. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “You can always tell when greenies and lefties are worried, or panicky, or afraid of somebody because instead of combating with facts, logic and reason – they call us names.
    “They call us racists, they call us sexists, they call us whatever it takes to get us banned from venues, public life, to desperately stop people from listening to us.

    Milo is gorgeous. S000000000000000 good-looking and brainy with it. RAH!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m with Daisy Cousens on that; he has made being skeptical and libertarian cool, against all the power and meanness of the left. Gay or not, a guiding light for clever young women everywhere who are rejecting the cesspit of hysterical bleating and lack of independence of mind into which feminism has fallen.

  155. Farmer Gez

    Sam Dastyari wants to get into the media.
    The new Yellow Wiggle?
    “Wake up Sam”.

  156. Tom

    Gomer Pyle has bought the farm.

    Golly.

    That would be gosh, goll-eee and shazaam!

  157. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And I almost forgot to say: Milo is a brave man; a very, very brave man.

  158. Rev. Have you tried the angle grinder on that toe nail?

  159. Geriatric Mayfly

    A slogan for the age: Feminism Is Cancer.

    Gay or not, a guiding light for clever young women everywhere who are rejecting the cesspit of hysterical bleating and lack of independence of mind into which feminism has fallen.

  160. Leigh Lowe

    struth

    #2571790, posted on December 1, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Gomer Pyle has bought the farm.

    Golly

    Pronounced “go-o-o-o-lee”

  161. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2571785, posted on December 1, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Fuck off GrigoRae. Nobody’s interested in the opinion of a Kitteh stalker.

  162. Leigh Lowe

    Gab

    #2571788, posted on December 1, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Jim Nabors has died. Surprise, surprise, surprise …

    Sur-prised that he sur-vived the ’80’s.

  163. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2571764, posted on December 1, 2017 at 7:45 am

    ALP don’t want a GG being independent.

  164. Zyconoclast

    White House plans Rex Tillerson ouster, to be replaced by CIA head Mike Pompeo

    Washington: The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Donald Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, perhaps within the next several weeks, senior administration officials said Thursday.
    Pompeo would be replaced at the CIA by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas who has been a key ally of the president on national security matters, according to the White House plan. Cotton has signalled that he would accept the job if offered, said the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations before decisions are announced.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/white-house-plans-rex-tillerson-ouster-to-be-replaced-by-cia-head-mike-pompeo-20171130-gzwf38.html

  165. calli

    Rev. Have you tried the angle grinder on that toe nail?

    Failing that, bolt cutters.

  166. Sparkx

    And some wonder why Fauxfacts is in a spot of bother

  167. calli

    All the Southern Cats battened down for Apocalyptic Weather? According to Seven, you’re either going to drown, be struck by lightning or blown away.

    Is this the start of the Ferociously Vindictive Summer?

  168. Bruce of Newcastle

    A slogan for the age: Feminism Is Cancer.

    Speaking of such things.

    Want To End Sexual Harassment? AG Hopeful Says ‘Elect Candidate Who Doesn’t Have A Penis’

    “Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting? That would be the candidate who doesn’t have one,” said Dana Nessel, who is hoping to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for Michigan’s Attorney General.

    There you go. If you don’t want a Democrat politician to show you his penis elect a feminist instead!

  169. notafan

    Ferociously vindictive?

    Sure you are talking about the weather, I suppose it is more sentient than some.

    Just spotting here.

  170. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tom, I’ve never watched any Gomer Pyle. Some clips continue on from your link. They are such a hoot. You can see where Forrest Gump came from. An excellent start to the day.

  171. Diogenes

    Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will be turning over information on 14,000 of its users to the IRS – Uncle Sam’s tax collectors – thanks to an order from a US court.

    Judge Jacqueline Corley of the San Francisco district court ruled on Wednesday the Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin trading website will be required to hand over records on anyone who moved more than $20,000 in transactions between 2013 and 2015.

    The order [PDF] comes after a year-long battle between the IRS and Coinbase over the US tax authority’s request that Coinbase cough up any identifying personal details on users it believes were skirting taxes on money that had been moved through the site and underreporting gains that should be taxed. Basically, the IRS wants to know who exactly has been potentially evading their taxes by moving money through the site.

    Coinbase objected, claiming the demand was a violation of its customers’ privacy. Now, after narrowing the scope of the request, the IRS will get its hands on info on 14,355 people it believes moved the most amount of money through Coinbase without paying tax on their gains. Coinbase estimates the targeted group is about one per cent of its total customer base.

    bubble
    Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy
    READ MORE
    Under the terms of the order, Coinbase will disclose users’ taxpayer ID numbers, names, birth dates, and addresses along with transaction logs and account invoices.

    source the register
    They’re coming to get you….

  172. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    There you go. If you don’t want a Democrat politician to show you his penis elect a feminist instead!

    And have some leery old lezzo offering you favours for hugs? No thanks.

  173. Gab

    And then there’s “shazam!” and more from Gomer

  174. C.L.

    It will come to that, Lizzie.
    There have already been a few scandals that half emerged from Australia’s lesbian-laden sports scene.

  175. calli

    Gomer Pyle USMC. Watched it as a child, that and McHale’s Navy. What happened to comedy that kiddies could watch?

  176. hzhousewife

    Jim Nabors was a great singer also. Vale, Jim Nabors. He brought great happiness to a lot of people.

  177. C.L.

    Jim Nabors.

    Had never heard of him before.

  178. Snoopy

    As I said a week or so ago, if this hysteria over sexual assault puts an end to the hug culture whereby men are expected to reciprocate hugs to women they’ve just been introduced to* I don’t care how many men have to get burned.

    *And female work colleagues on birthdays.

  179. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Come round to ours with that toe, Rev. Always glad to welcome a man of the cloth.
    Hairy has a reputation as a bit of a toe cutter. He’ll see you right. 😉

  180. Rae

    To tweet or not to tweet? That is the question.

  181. calli

    Snoopy +1

    I hate that huggy stuff. You’re meant to reciprocate, but I just freeze. And then some want to kiss you – people you’ve never met. I prefer a good, solid handshake.

    Also it devalues contact when something really does go wrong.

  182. JC

    notafan
    #2571786, posted on December 1, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Milo gives Richard di Natale a do over

    The first question asked by he interviewer was

    ” You’ve been here for a day. What do you think of Ostraya”

    Who gives a shit what the Y man thinks of Ostraya.

  183. Baldrick

    All the Southern Cats battened down for Apocalyptic Weather? According to Seven, you’re either going to drown, be struck by lightning or blown away.

    And right on cue with the first spits of Armageddon rainfall the NBN packs it in.
    Now resorting to mobile Wi-Fi data.

  184. Geriatric Mayfly

    Periodically there is talk here of moving to greener pastures. This may be the answer. From the BBC World News site, where there are also some very fetching pictures of depopulated villages in genteel decline.

    What could be more enticing than a new life in a scenic Alpine village, all cowbells and ski runs and fondue with a view? Well, someone could pay you to live there. The idea sounds absurd in countries where averagely-paid folk struggle for years to save a house deposit. But despite that, such cash-for-relocation offers have cropped up repeatedly in Switzerland and Italy this year. Albinen, a beautiful mountain enclave overlooking the Rhone valley, will decide by vote on 30 November whether to pay outsiders 25,000 Swiss Francs (£19,130; $25,445) per adult and 10,000 per child if they buy or build a house there.

  185. Sparkx

    Aww Calli, you are just like my Mum. None of that touchy feely stuff for her either.

  186. Rae

    Rev, don’t faff around with a 4″ angle grinder. That toe needs a 5″ angle grinder.

  187. Viva

    You’ve been here for a day. What do you think of Ostraya”

    Dont tell me they are still asking that question!!

  188. Diogenes

    There have already been a few scandals that half emerged from Australia’s lesbian-laden sports scene.

    Not just there. There seems to be a growing incidence of female teachers getting it off with students (male & female) – the split roughly 70% male vs 30% female, but it is recognised that female rate is under reported , and is up from 10% 20 years ago. There is also a huge disparity in how they are punished when caught

    Then there are the stories coming out of one of the high schools in the greater Newcastle area where the Principal & her partner, a Deputy Principal, at the same school created such a hostile environment to straight staff of both genders they were eventually removed following complaints from the female staff (the men kept quiet in case they were accused of being both homophobic & sexist)

  189. calli

    Apart from avalanches I don’t see a downside, Mayfly. Switzerland is abominably expensive, but I reckon I could live there.

  190. entropy

    That sis’s story reminds of he time I went to a meeting in Chinchilla at the beginning of the millennium drought. At the time the town was dying. A strategy of the council to get people to move there was to sell house blocks at $1.
    The chap next to me leaned over and said “the buyers will never get their money back”.
    This was before the development of the CSG industry of course. At its peak that block of land with a three beddie was going for over $600k.

  191. Diogenes

    The first question asked by he interviewer was

    ” You’ve been here for a day. What do you think of Ostraya”

    At least they waited a day. A few people have been asked that question before they even got out of the airport.

    Speaking of Milo,
    that footage of Milo demolishing Eros made it to Mrs D’s facebook feed through a friend. She loved it and then went looking for Milo & youtube -she was cackling away when she found the Jessica Rowe demolition and then the O’Keefe.

  192. Viva

    Researchers used to think that eruptions capable of blasting out more than a billion tonnes of detritus — enough, according to some estimates, to cast humanity back into a “pre-civilisation” state — happened only once every few hundred thousand years.

    I thought we were already there.

  193. Zatara

    President Trump gets in on the Dastyari case.

    Fake.

    Trump Twitter feed

  194. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    He brought great happiness to a lot of people.

    And now to me. I loved that clip of Gab’s with Carol Burnett doing a duet with him.
    I. want. her. dress. However, I’d give it a scoop neck.
    She was a genuinely funny woman.

    Re the kissy stuff: I will not give a greeting kiss to a man I don’t know. I offer my hand. Or nothing.
    If when we leave he has become someone I like, then I’ll do the better-than-air kiss goodbye.

  195. Old French joke:
    “God made Switzerland is the most beautiful country on Earth.
    After doing this he realized that it wasn’t very fair and so he made the Swiss.”

  196. Leigh Lowe

    All the Southern Cats battened down for Apocalyptic Weather? According to Seven, you’re either going to drown, be struck by lightning or blown away.


    How high’s the water, Mama?

    Slightly damp and gettin’ damper.

  197. calli

    Link to Switzerland/Italy villages story.

  198. JC

    Inequality got worse in the US today and over the past week.

  199. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    But despite that, such cash-for-relocation offers have cropped up repeatedly in Switzerland and Italy this year

    OK Cats. Pick a spot and we’ll all relocate. Overlooking the Rhone sounds nice.

  200. Rev. Archibald

    You toe cutting bastards.
    First you laugh at my gold storage methods.
    Then you disbelieve my apparation stories.
    Then you feign offence like a bunch of left wing girly hysterics at me pointing out the bleeding obvious about your fairy shit libertarian theocracy.
    Then you infer my abode is a rat plagued hell hole.
    Now you threaten to cut my toe off.
    Pricks.

  201. JC

    Calli

    These villagers are dying. I read three babies were born in Italy this year 🙂

  202. calli

    “Overlooking the Rhone” in Switzerland means a 30k trip to the shops via a thousand hairpins. Imagine doing it with chains.

  203. Rev. Archibald

    You toe cutting bastards.
    First you laugh at my gold storage methods.
    Then you disbelieve my apparation stories.
    Then you feign offence like a bunch of left wing girly hysterics at me pointing out the bleeding obvious about your fairy shit libertarian theocracy.
    Then you infer my abode is a rat plagued hell hole.
    Now you threaten to cut my toe off.
    Pricks.

  204. calli

    read three babies were born in Italy this year

    Bet I know what they were named too.

  205. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And now to me.

    Can’t leave this as a stand-one clip for someone plucking up Dutch courage to use as a nasty.
    It follows on from the ‘bringing happiness to many’ quote and must never be disaggregated from it.

    Anyway, I’m off now. Gotta lot to do polishing my diamonds. 😀

  206. Viva

    Why, then, has the Opposition Leader not insisted he resign from parliament?

    Because he was only carrying out instructions from the boss to keep those Chinese dollars coming in to fill the coffers

  207. Bruce of Newcastle

    Baby formula gangs are now a thing.

    Baby formula gang caught with hundreds of tins

    POLICE have cracked a black-market baby formula ring — arresting seven people and finding hundreds of tins of allegedly stolen milk powder.

    Officers raided properties at Richmond, Sunshine and Braybrook in Melbourne on Thursday, uncovering more than $300,000 worth of allegedly stolen property including baby formula and beauty products as well as about $500,000 cash.

    Soon bikies will abandon meth cooking and go into the dairy business.

  208. max

    Why no stories about gay harassers ?

    Oh, that’s right. It only happens in the Catholic church.

  209. Rev. Archibald

    Turned spell check off.
    Not playing by the rules anymore.
    I’ll spell words how I want to and the rest of you will have to take it as canonical.

  210. Rev. Archibald

    I don’t even know if that is how you spell canonical, and I don’t give a shit.

  211. Baldrick

    FMD Septimus you can’t even lie straight:

    Rae
    #2570350, posted on November 29, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    Bit of a strong reaction. I have friends on twitter and they have been unable to find your alleged tweets on @TraceySpicer. Perhaps she has you blocked, in which case you are still having a lend of people, big-noting yourself.

    Rae
    #2571841, posted on December 1, 2017 at 9:38 am
    To tweet or not to tweet? That is the question.

    So there were no ‘friends’ at all, it was you all along.

  212. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Now you threaten to cut my toe off.

    Rev, Hairy tries to make it as painless as possible. You will get severance pay. Hahahahaha.

  213. Rev. Archibald

    Now excuse me while I go to the hardward shop to buy pliers.

  214. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    the rest of you will have to take it as canonical.

    S’ok, spelling doesn’t matter when it comes from a loose canon, Arky. Haw Haw.

    *boom*

  215. Get wire brush at the harvard shop.
    Good for cleaning up the wound before you start.

  216. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Now excuse me while I go to the hardward shop to buy pliers.

    You can’t buy players at the hardward shop, Rev.
    You’ll have to take some tips from sporting lezzo’s about that.

  217. Geriatric Mayfly

    Soon bikies will abandon meth cooking and go into the dairy business.

    Small packets of baby formula, scrupulously weighed, slipping across greased palms on street corners. LOL

  218. Rev. Archibald

    Hou know IR, there is something very womanish about holding a grudge.
    I don’t do that.

  219. Rev. Archibald

    Elizabeth, I never thought you would turn on me.
    You are a shocking harryden.

  220. max

    Jim Nabors, star of 1960s sitcoms “The Andy Griffith Show” and spin-off “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” married his long-time partner Stan Cadwallader on Jan. 15, publicly announcing his sexual preference for the first time.

    The 82-year-old Hawaii resident and Cadwallader, 64, flew to Washington, just a month after gay marriage was legalized, and a judge performed the ceremony in the privacy of a hotel room.

    That clip of him singing ‘The Impossible Dream’ made it obvious.

    ‘To love pure and chaste from afar’ dripped with sarcasm.

  221. Rev. Archibald

    Also a filly trollap.

  222. hzhousewife

    Thank you Gab and P, so enjoyable.

  223. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    a 30k trip to the shops via a thousand hairpins.

    Hmm. Reconsidering the Rhone then. We took the ‘scenic mountain road’, as described, to get to Olympia (not Olympus), place of the Olympic games. 40km of high up hairpins, Greek roads, no barriers, and me a nervous wreck as Hairy strutted his racing driver stuff.

    Chains? Old hat. Snow tyres are the go these days.

  224. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The 82-year-old Hawaii resident and Cadwallader, 64, flew to Washington, just a month after gay marriage was legalized, and a judge performed the ceremony in the privacy of a hotel room.

    I suspected as much. So what? That’s show business, the creative spirit, a point Milo has often made. Obviously Jim Nabors had a long-term relationship and was happy.
    Good on him for that.

    That is quite different to two men making a baby ‘together’ imho.

  225. thefrollickingmole

    Dastyari hiding behind his daughters skirts is shameful. After all, she suffers from ADHD.*

    *A DickHead Dad

    Ill pay that one…

  226. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Elizabeth, I never thought you would turn on me.

    Turn on you? I’ve offered you Hairy’s best care and attention. Your problem solved.

    Anyway, you are one whom I would now greet with a smackeroo and be extra nice with goodbyes. 🙂

  227. thefrollickingmole

    Arky speaking as a medic Id advise using an oxy cutter on the toe, the heat will help disinfect the wound/stump…

  228. Rev. Archibald

    Jesus.
    You have to pay $30 to buy long nose pliers not made in China.

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