Monday Forum: December 18, 2017

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  1. Up The Workers!

    What’s all this fascination with ‘Trioli’s tits’?

    Ignore the performing monkey and concentrate on the Organ Grinder.

    Her Party Boss has a far bigger set of jugs than she does. Anybody who ogles Gynecomastic Bill for his monstrous mammary glands, needs having their brain thoroughly cleansed with Draino, or something similar.

  2. egg_

    I note that weirdo ABC Breakfast TV anchor Ron Burgundy Michael Rowland very quickly pulled the weird, smug smirk off his face during an exchange with the Sports Presenter PK this morning – the Director must be onto him; otherwise, he’ll be replaced a by a saner meat puppet.

  3. Motelier

    Riccardo,

    _egg and I had this discussion when “Semi’ was released.

    Wonder if John Cadogan follows the cat.

  4. egg_

    ABC TV Breakfast – Fiberals hoping for a dead cat bounce over a boost in China trade?
    Barndoor to get Infastructure portfolio.

  5. egg_

    Wonder if John Cadogan follows the cat.

    He may do as some have linked to him/may follow his youtube channel.

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) #2588057, posted on December 19, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the public needs to get used to intense policing environment
    translation: the proles need to shut up during The Great Replacement®

    One more time for the slow learners…

    When seconds count, Police Commissioner Mick Fuller is just minutes away.

  7. Motelier, possibly but he seems to push ahead faster than most.

  8. calli

    Lol. Suddenly David Koch is worried about government “pork barrelling”.

  9. Tom

    In announcing the administration’s new national security strategy, Trump has had to remind the cockroaches who run the Democratic Party and the open borders Marxists who ran the Obama administration of a few home truths :

    “We are reasserting these fundamental truths: A nation without borders is not a nation. A nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad,” he said. “A nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war. A nation that is not proud of its history cannot be confident in its future and a nation that is not certain of its values cannot summon the will to defend them.”

    Like the Warsaw speech, that is why the left loathes and fears Trump: clarity of purpose backed by the intellectual underpinnings of Western civilisation.

  10. Mot, just scrolled back and saw you had already posted cadogan’s piece. Sorry.
    (Looks down sheepishly)

  11. egg_

    Riccardo Bosi
    #2588083, posted on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    All good – Cardogan is good value.

  12. Delta A

    Another letter from the $Oz:

    Lamentations over sexual abuse of children would be more convincing if they were accompanied by concern for the sexual abuse through the socalled Safe Schools Trojan horse.

    Frank Pulsford, Aspley, Qld

  13. Mike of Marion

    egg_
    #2588077, posted on December 19, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I do follow his YT

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve been reading dead tree December Quadrant with breakfast, just finished a fine and rather mind blowing article from James McCann. While I’m on the same topic (that the Left has gone completely off their tree) here is another one from today in similar but shorter vein:

    CNN Is Crazy, Bacon Edition

    Lord knows we don’t undertake to point out and rebut every instance of left-wing media insanity. There are only four of us [at the Powerline blog], and only 24 hours in a day. And it is pointless to chase every rabbit that crosses our path. But at least once or twice a day, it is appropriate to note that the Left has gone stark, raving mad.

    Today’s exhibit is Hilary Rosen, Democratic Party insider and CNN political commentator.

    RTWT, which is short, and fun.

    Anyway back to Mr McCann’s fine report. Here is a link to an excerpt via his site. I’ve used the title from the full Quadrant article so you get the drift:

    Inside the Melbourne Writers Festival Echo Chamber

    Yep, he went in mufti to the notorious Melbourne Writers’ Festival and reports on that which transpired. Transpired it certainly did. Howling bat guano crazy is the least epithet you could use. He plays a straight bat which makes it even more hilarious. And disturbing. The Left have so become a cultish religion it is scary.

  15. Mater

    Maters Musing – 19th Dec 17

    Isn’t it funny how in the English language, a single word can completely reverse the meaning of the one that follows:

    Social Justice
    Renewable Energy
    Climate Science
    Political Savvy
    Gender Equality…

    I’m sure there’s more.

  16. Shy Ted

    Nick
    #2587973, posted on December 18, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    Is he auditioning for that Abo horror movie?
    I believe that the first Aboriginal martial arts film was called ‘enter the flagon’

    Well done Nick. Reminds me of that Aboriginal classic “Goon with the Wind” and that classic line, “Prankly my dear I couldn’t gib a puck”.

  17. Tom

    Riccardo, excellent link on the bullshitartistry of Elon Musk (h/t Egg, Motelier).

  18. Mater

    Maters Musing (2) – 19th Dec 17

    The BBC states that countries which are created “with little regard for ethnic, tribal, religious or linguistic considerations” are “often a patchwork of minorities” and “there is a natural tendency for such countries to fall apart unless held together by the iron grip of a strongman or a powerful central government.”

    Are we seeing the beginnings here? Sub-Machine Guns permanently in Melbourne CBD, increased powers to the Intelligence Services, bollards, etc.

  19. Baldrick

    Happy Birthday Delta 🎉🎂🍻

  20. John Constantine

    Ford announce their new Ranger ute-like vehicles with the new hot box diesel particulate filters are starting fires when driven through dry grass and crop stubble.

    The State regulated to stop exhaust smoke, the State starts bush fires as a consequence.

    Three cheers for the State, Comrades.

  21. calli

    Have a good one, Methuselass!

    Click

  22. Rockdoctor

    Makka just back; asked around Cobalt futures, waiting on one last person but didn’t get much other than what I already knew… Australian exposure to this commodity too small & not enough people I know; know much about. Sorry can’t help.

  23. Delta A

    Thanks, Baldy and calli. 🙂 (Love Methuselass!)

  24. Boambee John

    The BBC states that countries which are created “with little regard for ethnic, tribal, religious or linguistic considerations” are “often a patchwork of minorities” and “there is a natural tendency for such countries to fall apart unless held together by the iron grip of a strongman or a powerful central government.”

    But you have to understand that Their BBC is talking about those awful primitive countries where you can’t get a decent latte.

    Here in the “advanced” nations, we are wise enough to make multiculturalism a raging success!

  25. stackja

    The BBC states that countries which are created “with little regard for ethnic, tribal, religious or linguistic considerations”

    Lord Reith’s BBC?

  26. lotocoti

    The State regulated to stop exhaust smoke, the State starts bush fires as a consequence.

    Which is why it is vital the State takes full control of the Kulak fire brigades, Comrade.

  27. Baldrick

    Remember that AHRC anonymous, non-binding, university sexual harassment, Family Feud survey …

    Almost all Australian universities have implemented the recommendations of the Human Rights Commission following shocking reports of sexual harassment at universities.
    Fifty-one per cent of students were sexually harassed at least once in 2016, the commission found, while one in four students was sexually harassed in a university setting on at least one occasion in 2016.
    Today, the commission announced 32 of 39 universities accepted all of the commission’s recommendations, the rest accepting the majority.

    Via TheirABC, of course.

  28. Rabz

    Reporting in from the battlefront of Telstra versus the Outraged Customer…

    They “upgraded” my wireless to 5G over the weekend but neglected to inform me. Consequently, no internet for my apple products until I finally twigged, after effectively losing 24 hours service.

    They truly are hopeless.

  29. calli

    Does 5G mean I can have the detestable NBN turned off?

  30. cohenite

    Very good piece on why gun control is illogical and therefore can only be justified on ideological grounds:

    To say how gun control is ineffective you first need to say what it is trying to achieve.
    If you are trying to stop law abiding people from owning firearms then gun control is highly effective. I live in a country which has high levels of gun control, I am largely law abiding, I do not own a gun. Thus gun control has worked
    However stopping the law abiding from owning guns is pretty much pointless. I am, even when in possession of a firearm highly unlikely to shoot someone, or indeed something that I shouldn’t. I’ve tested this, I used to be a keen target shooter, I have never shot something I shouldn’t have.
    If by gun control you mean legislation to control firearms to prevent crime then this is ineffective in a number of ways.
    A few examples
    Criminals by definition do not obey the law. If you ignore the law then something being banned will not prevent you doing it/owning it.
    Firearms are easy to make, easy to smuggle and very plentiful, anyone with reasonable criminal connections would be able to get hold of a weapon.
    Criminals will target the weak and vulnerable. If I were a criminal I wouldn’t need a gun to target most women, or the elderly I could use my strength for that, or another weapon such as a knife or club.
    Guns stop crime. Criminals are often lazy and stupid, this does not mean they want to get shot. Law abiding people with guns stop, depending on where you get your figures between hundreds of thousands to millions of crimes yearly (In the USA)
    Thus even with the ridiculous assumption that gun control gets rid of all firearms you are just removing something that actually stops crime.
    If criminals are safe to commit crime, they will commit more crimes.
    Gun control may stop some crimes of passion and crimes such as school shootings where someone with no criminal record is able to get hold of guns for a criminal purpose
    However short of a complete ban these people would be able to get hold of guns as they do not have a criminal record
    These crimes make up a tiny proportion of gun crime and stopping this does not make up for the extra crime caused by people being left defenceless.
    Mass shootings are often meticulously planned, even if guns were banned, with enough planning it would probably be possible in most cases to get hold of the weapons required even if illegal.
    Whilst AR type rifles are often used in these shootings this is largely down to fashion and availability. A magazine loaded bolt action hunting rifle would be just as effective if not more so.
    Many people, quite rightly, consider owning the means to protect themselves to be a fundamental human right. Note that this right isn’t granted by the American Constitution, it is recognised by the American Constitution.
    Banning these people from owning guns wouldn’t stop them as they would consider keeping hold of them an act of righteous civil disobedience.
    Force would likely be used to protect their rights.
    Those ‘controlling’ the weapons would be viewed with suspicion and would not be seen as acting in good faith.

  31. Bruce of Newcastle

    The problems Mueller is having seem to be metastasing.

    Mueller probe meltdown

    Andrew C. McCarthy Jr. headed the team that successfully prosecuted the Muslim terrorists who bombed and tried to destroy the World Trade Center in 1993. His take on Robert Mueller’s investigation is explosive:

    “A long front-page story in the Washington Post Friday that claims America’s security is at risk because President Trump refuses to accept findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in our 2016 presidential election is deeply flawed and amounts to fake news.

    I reach this conclusion based on my 25 years working in and with the U.S. intelligence community. It is clear to me that the Post story is designed to advance the left’s teetering Trump-Russia collusion narrative.”

    That’s nothing that Cats haven’t known about for months. But it is good stage-setting for the following item on Breitbart this morning:

    Limbaugh: Source Says Trump Telling People Mueller to Issue Letter Exonerating President of Wrongdoing

    Monday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh told his listeners he received an email with a “rumor” saying President Donald Trump was forecasting a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller exonerating him of wrongdoing.

    Given how many secret sources have been briefing WaPo, CNN and NYT about bombshells which fizzle, a secret source approaching Limbaugh is nothing special. There are more secret sauces in DC than there are in all of Italy.

    But here is my thought. Mueller is politically very intelligent. He sees the “investigation” is starting to bite on himself and his mates big time. More stuff is coming out – such as the allegedly illegally received emails a couple days ago. Guys like Strzok are looking like dangerous liabilities. It won’t be long until something happens to burst the whole mess Weinstein-like onto the MSM despite their strenuous attempts to ignore it all.

    So what does he do? He writes a letter exonerating Trump. He triumphantly celebrates all the “bad apples” he’s “caught”, declares victory, then wraps it all up (leaving unanswered “questions” remaining open). The football team of Dem lawyers and all their baggage then go home and disappear. Comey, Clapper and Rosenstein go quiet and let the MSM disappear it all down the memory hole.

    That then makes it much harder for the furious GOP people to get anything substantial on the deep state mafia infesting the FBI. In turn the FBI mafia will tell Sessions that they will behave, unless he takes action, whereupon they will pull every string remaining to impede the Trump Presidency. Quid pro quo. No cleanout occurs, all is set for the 2020 campaign season with their deep state assets still in place, or most of them.

    It’s a good strategy if you think about it. Totally evil, but brilliant.

  32. Geriatric Mayfly

    The withdrawals have now given rise to the DT’s. We have not had a food discussion (except in the context of diahorea) for sooooo long. The seasonal request has arrived – ‘Please bring a roast chicken.’ Which I do every year to great acclaim. However, a new FAD seems to be abroad ie. brining the bird beforehand. Are our cordon bleu Cats onto this lark, and is there any noticeable difference on the platter?

  33. Andreas

    The BBC states that countries which are created “with little regard for ethnic, tribal, religious or linguistic considerations” are “often a patchwork of minorities” and “there is a natural tendency for such countries to fall apart unless held together by the iron grip of a strongman or a powerful central government.”

    Liberty quote.

  34. Delta A

    brining the bird beforehand. Are our cordon bleu Cats onto this lark, and is there any noticeable difference on the platter?

    I wouldn’t roast chicken or turkey without marinating it in a brown sugar, salt and water solution for a few hours, depending on the size of the bird.

    It makes the meat incredibly moist, (for want of a better word.) Some turkeys and buffes now come pre-marinated.

  35. calli

    Buttermilk brine. Mmmmmm….

    Make sure your brine/marinade is cold before immersing the bird. Otherwise salmonella might be your new best friend.

  36. Delta A

    Buttermilk brine.

    This is especially good for fried chicken.

  37. 132andBush

    All good – Cardogan is good value.

    He’s a global warming zealot. One of these blokes who thinks because he’s educated he’s right on everything.

    Hey John! If you’re here. Take a real close look at Al Gores graph of temp/CO2 rise and tell us which of the two follows the other.

  38. Nick

    Make sure your brine/marinade is cold before immersing the bird. Otherwise salmonella might be your new best friend.

    Washing chicken in general is a recipe for cross contamination and salmonella.
    Never mind going on a ship to get sick…

  39. Andreas

    Can’t wait for the next SA election /sarc:

    Xenophon best, daylight second: SA Newspoll shock for ALP and Lib

    It shows Mr Xenophon’s state-based party on a primary vote of 32 per cent. This is three points ahead of the Liberals, with a primary vote that has fallen to 29 per cent — a dramatic drop from the 38 per cent recorded in the ­previous state Newspoll two years ago, and well short of its 2014 ­election-high of 44.8 per cent.
    SA Best is even further ahead of Labor, which has a primary vote of just 27 per cent, almost a nine-point slump for the ALP since the last election, when it was at 35.8 per cent.

  40. Delta A

    calli, while we’re in the kitchen, what is that term you used (some time ago) for frying off onions and other veges? Something with ‘mar’ in it, I think.

  41. Nick

    Happy birthday Delta, I hope you have a great day.

  42. Geriatric Mayfly

    When Brandis takes London by storm, sharp eyes may note the similarities to a previous George. “A flaccidity of muscle and a rotundity of girth,” was but one description of George IV.

  43. calli

    Mirepoix?

    It’s the holy trinity of cooking – finely diced carrot, celery and onion gently sweated down in a little oil. Makes a base for many a soup, casserole or sauce.

  44. Delta A

    Thanks, Nick. I still love birthdays. Maybe it’s just the relief of having another one. 🙂

  45. Empire GTHO Phase III

    It’s a good strategy if you think about it. Totally evil, but brilliant

    There’s a reason why Sessions recused himself, Bruce.

    The Deep State, having exposed its treason via its own investigation (with a little prodding by the DOJ OIG) might be on the receiving end of some industrial scale lawfare.

    Break out the popcorn for Phase II. This is gonna take a while.

  46. Nick

    Sounds like the Italian sofrito,too, Calli.
    Delta, just st as long as the heat from the candles doesn’t drive you away from the cake 🙂

  47. Delta A

    Mirepoix?

    That’s it. Iirc, you mentioned it in regard to an Italian sauce.

  48. calli

    I’d love to see those guys point the weapons and fire off a few blank rounds. Those hateful chicks would soil their nice western style jeans.

  49. Delta A

    Delta, just st as long as the heat from the candles doesn’t drive you away from the cake

    We have CFS on standby.

  50. calli

    I always have a fire blanket handy.

    Can’t be too careful.

  51. Empire GTHO Phase III

    I have empathy for George.

    Rotund, repulsive and retarded. That’s a heavy cross to bear.

    I’m sure be tries hard, but to no avail. He will forever be a dickhead.

  52. struth

    Zimbostralia, where the war veterans of the battle against racism can occupy and squander any wealth of anybody they can denounce as being literally a Nazi.

    This is a point I and many others continually labour to point out.

    This business of labelling the right as Nazis is a core issue that needs to be addressed.
    The Nazis were socialists and until we have an all out assault on this falsehood that they were right wing, we will be dealing with the rage of dumb bastards who’s political understanding is “Nazi’s bad, rub tummy” bought and paid for troops of socialist propaganda, and the insanity of people to scared to speak up against socialism for fear of being labelled a F…………ING SOCIALIST!

    The insanity is the left believe the right are racists and use the Nazis as proof.
    They use socialists as an example of right wing racism.
    It was the Socialist Hitler who divided people into racial groups and found a race to be the cause of all the worlds problems, ……………………………..sound familiar?
    The racism did not come from the “nationalist” part of the name.
    It came from the socialist part of the name, as did the violence.
    The west, those colonialist settler classes who now get called Nazis FOUGHT Hitler and his National SOCIALISTS and we shouls be on to this.

    I believe until we get this main point out there, there are too many brainwashed to win against.

    National A Z (socialist) I

  53. Boambee John

    Boambee John at 0847

    Here in the “advanced” nations, where the cultured reason of thoughtful “progressives” holds sway, we are wise enough to make multiculturalism a raging success!

    Fixed that for myself!

  54. areff

    Turkey, mmmmm! But only if brined for at least 24 hours before going into the oven. My Mum, an elderly lady set in her ways, evinced disappointment upon learning I’d be cooking a turkey for Christmas. “Don’t like turkey,” she croaked the last time I hosted the Yuletide gathering, “always dry and awful!”

    So I bolted to the butcher and got a nice piece of pork for her pleasure.

    Christmas Day arrives, as does the vegetarian Greens-voting sister and the vegan nieces, who always bring their own food, all carbon-neutral and blessed by Gaia, leaving the turkey and pork for the three carnivores.

    Mum says she’ll “try” a bit of turkey. She does. Then tries some more. In the end, by the time the trifle hits the table, she’s had one bit of pork and three servings of turkey.

    Brine, always brine!

  55. Leigh Lowe

    lotocoti

    #2588130, posted on December 19, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Caramalising?

    Or, if you add a pinch of sumac, it is pernounced “camelarising”.

  56. Zyconoclast

    Rio Tinto to convert dozens of trucks to autonomous operation

    Miner Rio Tinto will significantly expand automation at its Pilbara iron ore operations with the retrofitting of 48 giant haul trucks with autonomous technology over the next two years, as part of a wide-ranging $5 billion productivity program.

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/rio-tinto-to-convert-dozens-of-trucks-to-autonomous-operation-20171218-p4yxt3.html

  57. Zyconoclast

    Remember this, when I asked for sentencing lotto?
    The numbers are in.

    http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/mum-jailed-for-nine-years-for-son-s-death-20171218-p4yxti.html
    Mum jailed for nine years for son’s death
    Sarah Motherwell

    Published: December 18 2017 – 8:12PM

    A Gold Coast mother has been jailed for nine years for fatally striking her four-year-old son Tyrell Cobb.

    Tyrell died on May 24, 2009, after two blows to his abdomen caused internal bleeding and the leaking of his stomach contents, leading to peritonitis.

    Heidi Strbak pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November but denied inflicting the fatal blunt force trauma.

    However, Justice Peter Applegarth found Strbak was the perpetrator of Tyrell’s abuse and did not seek medical help to avoid a child protection investigation into his “constellation of injuries”.

    Strbak was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday to nine years’ jail.

    The 34-year-old will be eligible for parole in October 2021.

    Strbak, who silently sobbed throughout the hearing, had told the court it was an “injustice” she was being blamed for the fatal injuries to her son.

    “I have not caused the injuries that I am being blamed for and I believe that it is a mistake,” she said on Monday.

    Defence barrister Greg McGuire had argued Strbak had been made “public enemy number one” by negative publicity.

    Justice Applegarth said it was easy for a legitimately concerned public to perceive Strbak as being “some kind of monster” but the tragic fact was her case was only “the tip of an iceberg of child abuse”.

    “It’s very easy to see her as a one in a million when we have a big problem in this community with the care of infants and young children,” he said.

    “The tragic fact is that there are tens of thousands of young mothers who can be frustrated and distressed and verbally abuse their infants or physically abuse them.

    “Unless we as a community learn from this case, it’s inevitable there will be another case like it.”

  58. Nick

    Trifle 🙂
    It’s the one thing apart from an odd compulsion to bet on a horse that’s been handed down o each generation within my family.

  59. calli

    I cheat now and buy a smoked turkey buffet in shrink wrap. No one ever wants those poor, lonely drumsticks.

    But I always glaze a full ham in my homemade whiskey cumquat marmalade*.

    * ingredient ratios indicated in order of magnitude

  60. calli

    Caramelising?

    The Maillard Reaction.

    Aaaaaand…..now I’m just showing off. 😃

  61. areff

    If the Cat allowed pictures to be posted, Calli, one glance at my trifle would prompt culinary orgasms until well into the night. The key ingredient: an entire bottle of banana liqueur — $20 at the Vic Market on any Saturday morning. Start with that and you can’t go far wrong.

  62. struth

    Sometimes I really get annoyed with Mrs Struth.
    I had a late night so slept in until seven.
    I got up to find her coffee in hand watching one of the morning shows.
    Apparently another migrant has attempted the white man’s activity of swimming.
    This time on Glenelg beach.
    Complete with socialist reporter wondering if government is doing enough to teach migrants how to swim and “beach safety”
    Maybe the growth of government for this may have to be curtailed until times can be found to be convenient between the car jacking, robberies and bashings importation program being implemented with government backing.
    There is a priority on importing the latter, and there is only twenty four hours in a day.
    But it’s our taxes so I am sure they will find a way.

    Bloody woman.
    She knows how to put me in a bad mood straight away.
    Have that morning MSM bullshit on the TV before I’ve even had a coffee.

    As the old saying goes, women, you can’t live with them…………………………………….the end.

  63. Mater

    Very good piece on why gun control is illogical and therefore can only be justified on ideological grounds:

    Maters Musing (3) – 19th Dec 17

    Why is it that many of the same people who demand Gun Control also call for an end to the ‘War on Drugs’ because it is unenforceable, a waste of resources, an impingement of rights, etc.

    Please note that in 2015, more people in the US died from Heroine overdoses alone (12,989) than gun homicides (12,979).
    50k people died from all categories of drug overdose compared to the 36k of gun deaths (including homicides, suicides and accidents).

  64. areff

    cumquat marmalade

    Calli: I made a batch every year until parting company with a now-former sweetheart, whose backyard was the source of the cumquats.

    Would dearly love to find another source. If any Cat in Melbourne’s mighty West can help with that, it would be much appreciated.

  65. Roger

    countries which are created “with little regard for ethnic, tribal, religious or linguistic considerations” are “often a patchwork of minorities” and “there is a natural tendency for such countries to fall apart unless held together by the iron grip of a strongman or a powerful central government.

    A “nation of nations” (ABS, 2016 Census report) will require a lot of governing.

    Less consensus = more laws and regulations.

  66. Diogenes

    Rio Tinto to convert dozens of trucks to autonomous operation.

    That will do them no favours in the equalidee stakes. As I understand it, 1) women are preferred as drivers, 2) women prefer to drive the trucks as opposed to ‘real’ mining. o

  67. struth

    Justice Applegarth said it was easy for a legitimately concerned public to perceive Strbak as being “some kind of monster” but the tragic fact was her case was only “the tip of an iceberg of child abuse”.

    Dickhead Applehead thinks that if enough abuse is going on then you shouldn’t punish the perpetrators when caught due to there being more of it out there?

    A slap on the wrist because she has tits.
    Imagine the sentence a bloke would have received.
    The flawed thinking of the judge is found in the word “but”

  68. Geriatric Mayfly

    Christmas Day arrives, as does the vegetarian Greens-voting sister and the vegan nieces, who always bring their own food, all carbon-neutral and blessed by Gaia, leaving the turkey and pork for the three carnivores.

    Great tidings of joy among that lot areff. Usually it’s at about 3 pm. when the family Christmas row gathers some steam. A annual rite of passage. I hope you can retreat to a safe space.

  69. Nick

    If the Cat allowed pictures to be posted, Calli, one glance at my trifle would prompt culinary orgasms until well into the night. The key ingredient: an entire bottle of banana liqueur — $20 at the Vic Market on any Saturday morning. Start with that and you can’t go far wrong.

    Areff, Ferguson Plarre at the Vic Markets sell the best fruitcake. I know it’s made at bakery central, probably out at Tullamarine somewhere, but you can order it year round. It is helped with a good drenching with some crap whiskey such as JW black label before storage.

  70. Roger

    A slap on the wrist because she has tits. Imagine the sentence a bloke would have received.

    Manslaughter in QLD:

    95.7% of male offenders imprisoned.
    73% of females impirsoned.

    Most common sentence, male or female = 8 years.

  71. Megan

    f any Cat in Melbourne’s mighty West can help with that, it would be much appreciated.

    I’m in the North but perhaps we could arrange a rendezvous at Fergusson Plarre, Vic Market for a cumquat handover. I don’t have a tree but both of my neighbours do and don’t mind me taking the fruit as long as I pay with a jar of the finished product.

  72. Rossini

    The party is well underway and as usual, I’m late!
    Happy Birthday, Delta.

  73. struth

    That will do them no favours in the equalidee stakes. As I understand it, 1) women are preferred as drivers, 2) women prefer to drive the trucks as opposed to ‘real’ mining. o

    I believe they are operated remotely, so somebody is still employed to drive it, but doesn’t have to leave their city.
    Perfect for the wimminses.

    Those huge 777 dump trucks are so easy to drive you would be surprised.
    Exactly the same as your automatic car, but a lot bigger.
    But so is everything around them, the haul roads etc.
    When you are dealing with something that size, human error that could see it out of action has long since been removed.
    The real reason they liked women driving the trucks is it’s easy for them, gets them out of the way, keeps them away from interaction with other females and staff, (a problem) and actual physical work can still be done by the worker ants, er, men.

  74. Geriatric Mayfly

    I’m in the North but perhaps we could arrange a rendezvous at Fergusson Plarre, Vic Market for a cumquat handover.

    Even I can see through this one. Chinee spies. ASIO will have the Market ring-fenced for this assignation.

  75. struth

    It is helped with a good drenching with some crap whiskey such as JW black label before storage.

    Well I wouldn’t knock back a bottle as a Christmas present.
    Actually, I’d give “knocking it back” a good go.

    Your too spoilt, that’s your fault.
    Us lower classes aren’t so fussy.

  76. Mother Lode

    The real reason they liked women driving the trucks is it’s easy for them,

    No reverse parking on mine sites, I take it.

  77. struth

    Manslaughter in QLD:

    95.7% of male offenders imprisoned.
    73% of females impirsoned.

    Most common sentence, male or female = 8 years.

    Exactly.
    Shall we break those figures down to killing children as well?
    Would be interesting.

  78. Nick

    Even I can see through this one. Chinee spies. ASIO will have the Market ring-fenced for this assignation.

    The password is ‘gum gut’, Cantonese for cumquat.

  79. Nick

    Your too spoilt, that’s your fault.
    .

    All too true I’m afraid Struth. I blame my first taste of Lagvullin 16 as wot done it.

  80. Delta A

    Thanks, Rossini. You can have first whack at the Nick McKim pinata.

  81. struth

    No reverse parking on mine sites, I take it.

    He, he……………….
    There is actually (on some, not parallel) but the point I make, is it’s a bloody big parking space.
    You also have to have the brake on and select “R” for reverse.

    Your nanna could drive one.

  82. Mother Lode

    OK, now we have finally moved on from moist turkey and cumquat may, lets finally get down to the serious stuff.

    OK, some people enjoy a Johnny Walker Black. Good. I expect it gives as much pleasure to them that my Lagavulin. Pleasure is in the brain, not the bottle.

    That said – has anyone else here tried Bruichladdich Octomore?

  83. struth

    I blame my first taste of Lagvullin 16 as wot done it.

    Never heard of it.
    Now you’re just showing off.

    But I do agree, that a good whiskey is one that is enjoyed straight, and the basic JW is a scotch to be mixed.

  84. cohenite

    Bruce of Newcastle

    #2588116, posted on December 19, 2017 at 9:00 am

    The problems Mueller is having seem to be metastasing.

    Good analysis. I don’t think Trump will let these bastards slink off and regroup though; and let’s hope he doesn’t.

  85. struth

    Oh, happy birthday Delta,
    Please celebrate in a manner the government wishes you to.

    Do not drink more than two standard drinks an hour.
    Do not smoke.
    Do not eat fattening foods
    Watch the sugar intake.
    DO NOT drink and drive.
    Look up and live
    Take a powernap
    Consider a welcome to country when all your guests arrive.
    Do not offend nearby Muslims with music and dancing.

  86. Mother Lode

    We share a taste for Lagavulin there, Nick.

  87. Delta A

    Oh, happy birthday Delta,
    Please celebrate in a manner the government wishes you to.

    Thanks, Struth. Am I allowed to have candles on my cake, or is there a fire ban today?

  88. stackja

    Mother Lode
    #2588180, posted on December 19, 2017 at 10:34 am
    Bruichladdich Octomore?

    Sounds terrible!

  89. Geriatric Mayfly

    Do not offend nearby Muslims with music and dancing. And no crispy, crackling oinker fumes fouling their lofty domain.

  90. Mother Lode

    The problems Mueller is having seem to be metastasing.

    At first glance I misread ‘metastasing’ as something else.

    That is all I am going to say, except it helps explain people saying he will be left red-faced.

  91. Nick

    Mother Lode, the 8 isn’t nearly as good as the 16. The Ardbeg 10 is a good compromise though

  92. struth

    Thanks, Struth. Am I allowed to have candles on my cake, or is there a fire ban today?

    I have just looked it up on the government website, and apparently the candles are fine.
    However you may wish to consider carefully how many you have, due to that future lack of electric lighting that will be available.
    So for this reason, it is considered anymore than 21 candles to be environmentally Unfriendly and an unnecessary wast of future energy/ lighting requirements.

  93. Mother Lode

    Sounds terrible!

    It is supposed to be the peatiest scotch EVAH!

    I have only tried it once, and found that it had a very broad citrussy-fruit element to its flavour, which I took as being meant to complement the strong peat. The same kind of sensation you get from madeira cask whiskies, but fresher.

    But I could be just remembering it wrong.

    I suppose I will have to go to Baxters again to verify.

    Work, work, work…

  94. The real reason they liked women driving the trucks is it’s easy for them,
    No reverse parking on mine sites, I take it.

    Actually, the answer would surprise you – and Struth.

  95. Mike of Marion

    Antonov Design Bureau An124-100 UR82073 in Adelaide unloading more goodies for Ronnie RAAF’s P8’s simulator

  96. Mother Lode

    Thanks Nick,

    I remember trying the 12(?) – certainly one younger than the 16. I voiced surprise that it was more expensive than the 16 since whatever procedures (and associated costs) they use they would be shorter for the 12.

    The guy serving explained it is not just the aging, but they actually used slightly different (more premium) ingredients which simply don’t require as long to reach their perfection.

    But, agreed, the 8 is not as good.

  97. Mother Lode

    Actually, the answer would surprise you – and Struth.

    It was a joke.

    I spent some time at Blair Athol and saw the drivers plying their trade there.

  98. struth

    I would just like to add how my ideas are formulated on some issues.

    I used to transport those big mining trucks by road.
    The methods of loading vary with the size.
    Removing the wheels, or the dump bodies and going as two parts.
    It’s usually all hot sweaty work with anything to do with these things.
    Just the servicing and repair and maintenance.
    It’s always done by men.
    Then when it’s all done, a women gets up in the airconditioned cab, presses d for drive and sits in comfort for a few hours.
    The very few people that actually get their hi viz dirty on a mine site are predominantly men.
    And there are very few of them as well.

  99. struth

    It was a joke.

    Just to let you know, I got that it was a joke.

  100. Makka

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Federal Reserve on Friday raised its estimate of U.S. gross domestic product growth for the fourth quarter of 2017 closer to 4 percent, based on revisions of prior data that suggested stronger economic activities.

    Another fail for mUnty. Hardly surprising.

  101. struth

    Monty is not around so much anymore, Makka.
    With Trump winning bigly and Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugely, it’s also hardly surprising.

  102. Makka

    Cheers Rockdoctor. Thanks.

  103. Mak Siccar

    Lagavulin has been my dram of choice now for many years. Currently $92 at Uncle Dan’s. I’m hoping Santa (aka me) will be kind to me for Christmas. Enjoy.

  104. Makka

    Monty is not around so much anymore, Makka.
    With Trump winning bigly and Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugely, it’s also hardly surprising.

    Indeed, however that’s no reason why he shouldn’t be regularly shredded.

  105. John Comnenus

    The Mueller investigation is in all sorts of trouble now.

    Mueller has gone too far to pull out. Trump has been feeding him more and more rope. Now all the key people in the FBI and DOJ can’t seem to make it to Congress to testify when called.

    I think pretty soon we are going to see some people get subpoenas and then plead the 5th Amendment. Then the whole Russia conspiracy story will morph into how a small cabal of corrupt power hungry anti Trump ideologues in the FBI and DoJ tried to overthrow the duly elected President of the USA.

    I hope the charges are Treason not corruption.

    And I hope Trump’s team pursue Mueller all the way to jail for his illegal search and seizure of private property and then used privileged material. Given Mueller’s history as being a stickler for jailing people who committed no actual crimes but inadvertently committed a process crimes during the investigations Mueller has conducted into people who were never charged with an actual crime that was being investigated.

  106. Mother Lode

    I know you did, struth.

  107. struth

    I have put my order in to Santa for an Ice Machine.

    I hope she has listened.

    Therefore, all of this talk of fine Whiskey has me putting the two together.

    I may get meself won orv those fancy smamcy bottles of rocket fuel you guys are talking about.

    Good call.

    I’ll have to watch my scotch drinking alcoholic father in Law and hide the bottle.
    He was born on December 25th.
    Christmas day for “the lord” starts with a few nips midmorning at least.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm, a plan must be devised.

  108. Infidel Tiger

    I see Sarah Palin’s oldest kid has been arrested for assaumting his father.

    What an awful family. Dodged a bullet there.

  109. C.L.

    Paul Hogan: ‘I knew Harvey Weinstein was a grub’.

    I’m old enough to remember when people said that about men who dumped their wives for younger models.

  110. stackja

    struth
    #2588199, posted on December 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

    So no women in sweaty hi-viz?

  111. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Lagavulin has been my dram of choice now for many years. Currently $92 at Uncle Dan’s. I’m hoping Santa (aka me) will be kind to me for Christmas. Enjoy.

    If you like Lagavulin, try the Bruichladdich Islay Barley. Also a good, peated, single malt.

  112. Mother Lode

    Monty is just waiting until Mueller drops his bombshell. Then all these Trumpers will look stupid.

    Any day now.

    Any day…

  113. Leigh Lowe

    Wanker spotting …
    Driving into the city this morning. Melbourne, that is … the “world’s most liveable city” (if you happen to be a feral wharfie, a member of a JB gang or a tubby mayor with wandering hands).
    Anyway, I spot this sheila riding a red Vespa, complete with tri-colour helmet, Ferrari red raincoat and a “GH Mumm Champagne” wicker basket on the back, clearly imagining herself scootering down the Champs Elysee or whizzing past the Spanish Steps.
    As she sat in front of us at the lights adjusting her mirrors to get a better view of view the traffic behind, I commented to Mrs L that the woman was a total failure as an authentic Euro-Vespa rider.
    “Why” she asked.
    “Well”, I said, “First of all she indicated before she pulled in front of us and now she is adjusting the make-up mirror to look at following traffic.”

  114. Leigh Lowe

    Just thinking the other day about how far into outer orbit the US MSM have gone.
    They were citing the number of cans of Diet Coke consumed by a President as possible grounds for impeachment.

  115. Geriatric Mayfly

    Rescue underway for cruise ship passenger
    A medical team is being flown by helicopter to a cruise ship off the NSW mid-north coast to treat a seriously ill woman.
    The Oz

    Anyone we know? More adverse press for Suburbs on the Seas.

  116. C.L.

    It wasn’t his grubby dumping of Noelene that tuned me against Hogan, though.
    I always thought he was a gormless pretender. Working on the Harbour bridge for five minutes doesn’t make a man a working class hero. He has been a toff for two-thirds of his life. No, it was his fulsome support for abortion, as voiced in his one man show a few years back.

    Last year: ‘He doesn’t speak to me’: Paul Hogan’s ex-wife Noelene breaks silence after 27 years and reveals she feels betrayed by iconic actor.

  117. zyconoclast

    Rio Tinto to convert dozens of trucks to autonomous operation.

    That will do them no favours in the equalidee stakes. As I understand it, 1) women are preferred as drivers, 2) women prefer to drive the trucks as opposed to ‘real’ mining. o

    #Autonomoustruckarepeopletoo

  118. stackja

    A medical team is being flown by helicopter to a cruise ship off the NSW mid-north coast to treat a seriously ill woman.

    The woman fell ill on the Carnival Spirit, which is about 50 nautical miles off Port Macquarie.

    The Westpac rescue helicopter’s critical medial team is expected to arrive before 11am on Tuesday, the service said.

    news.com.au

  119. Mak Siccar

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2588212, posted on December 19, 2017 at 11:24 am
    Lagavulin has been my dram of choice now for many years. Currently $92 at Uncle Dan’s. I’m hoping Santa (aka me) will be kind to me for Christmas. Enjoy.

    If you like Lagavulin, try the Bruichladdich Islay Barley. Also a good, peated, single malt.

    Oh dear, if I must! I’ll ask Santa.

    Another that I am growing fond of is Bunnahabhain.

  120. struth

    So no women in sweaty hi-viz?

    It’s quite rare to see men in sweaty hi Viz on a mine site, let alone women.

    Contractors get a bit dirty, (predominantly men).

    I am a firm believer that the mining boom did not end, we just priced ourselves out of it.
    The boom went offshore.

  121. zyconoclast

    Lisa Bloom’s and Jill Harth’s statements to The Hill.

    Excerpts from statement of attorney Lisa Bloom concerning her discussions arranging donors to support women considering coming forward with allegations against Donald Trump during the 2016 election:

  122. stackja

    Bunnahabhain Distillery owned by Distell Group based in South Africa.

  123. struth

    Several high profile names including Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rebel Wilson have come forward in recent months to open up about their experiences with sexual assault and harassment in the industry.

    Rebel Wilson too!

    They are sick bastards.

  124. Arky

    121 now Delta?
    Congrats.
    It must have been amazing growing up while Victoria was still Queen, we had an Empire and those pesky aeroplanes were yet to be invented.
    What changes you have seen my dear.

  125. Mater

    “Well”, I said, “First of all she indicated before she pulled in front of us and now she is adjusting the make-up mirror to look at following traffic.”

    I disagree, LL.
    She was watching behind for the potential ‘car jacking’ (or worse).
    A recent addition to European behaviour, I admit, but authentic euro nonetheless.

  126. stackja

    struth
    #2588223, posted on December 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Another ALP/unions ‘success’ story?

  127. zyconoclast

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a new ID program he says is designed to welcome the “undocumented” community and people “on the sidelines” into the city.

    The program will give a municipal “City Key” to anyone in Chicago. It is designed to give a person who doesn’t have an ID or a driver’s license essentially the same benefits as those who do.

    “If you want somebody who’s undocumented to feel comfortable to be able to drive their child to school and all the benefits, they have to be part of the city,” Emanuel said.

    Critics of the program say it might be a way for undocumented workers or people illegally in the U.S. to obtain a valid ID.

    “Why would the city, in the middle of the various crises it’s facing, take all this time and all this money to serve the needs of people who are in the country illegally over citizens?” Tucker Carlson asked immigration attorney Francisco Hernandez on his program tonight.

  128. Inside the Melbourne Writers Festival Echo Chamber

    Wow, what dross.

    I would’ve been in the nearest pub faster than you can say “I would like to welcome you all to the land of the kickatinalong tribe…..”

  129. Motelier

    We on the cat have been saying this for years.

    John Hopkins psychiatrist says transgenderism is a mental disorder.

    Apparently snowflakes and liberals are upset.

    LOL

  130. struth

    The program will give a municipal “City Key” to anyone in Chicago. It is designed to give a person who doesn’t have an ID or a driver’s license essentially the same benefits as those who do.

    “If you want somebody who’s undocumented to feel comfortable to be able to drive their child to school and all the benefits, they have to be part of the city,” Emanuel said.

    So they can drive without a licence?

  131. stackja

    struth
    #2588237, posted on December 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

    How long before all suspended drivers get the new ‘license’?

  132. areff

    I commented to Mrs L that the woman was a total failure as an authentic Euro-Vespa rider.

    Were she an authentic Euroscooterist she’d be riding on the footpath and snatching pedestrians’ handbags.

  133. Rafe Champion

    Dan Mitchell on Xmas presents

    But for those of you panicking about presents with one week left, there are some good Christmas gifts for libertarians, as shown in this video from Reason. My favorites are 1) Entitle-Mints, 2) the libertarian doorbell, 3) Jury Nullification Barbie, and 4) Hungry, Hungry Venezuelans.

  134. Leigh Lowe

    I disagree, LL.
    She was watching behind for the potential ‘car jacking’ (or worse).
    A recent addition to European behaviour, I admit, but authentic euro nonetheless.

    Hmmm, not sure Mater.
    She looked like the type who would welcome a bit of multi-culti frisking.
    Great street-cred at whatever Workplace for Wyminses she attends.
    In any case, she had two mirrors … one could be used for surveillance of JBs, but the other should always be used for checking hair and make-up.
    Which brings me to the other dead giveaway that she was a fraud – the helmet (tricolour or otherwise).
    No self-respecting Vespa chick in Roma would think of messing up her carefully coiffed locks with a helmet. An extra squirt of stiff hair gel is protection enough.

  135. notafan

    Just imagine that wearing the colours of your country’s flag is enough to label you fascist

    The perp is Chilean, what a fabulous import for Spain,

    one quadriplegic and one dead, that we know of.

    of course the dead man is a biker so it was probably not just the suspenders that were a red rag to a bull

    I stayed in an apartment just across an alley way from an MC headquarters in part of the old town of Zaragoza, very colourful at night with north Africans in their traditional dress, the ladies of the night in their traditional dress and the bikers in their traditional dress.

    I suppose Mr Chili moved there from Barcelona because there he was a marked man.

    Not quite the non violent man he pretended when claiming to have been set up over the last incident.

    At least the antifa types are consistent.

  136. pete m

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2588216, posted on December 19, 2017 at 11:29 am
    Rescue underway for cruise ship passenger
    A medical team is being flown by helicopter to a cruise ship off the NSW mid-north coast to treat a seriously ill woman. The Oz

    Anyone we know? More adverse press for Suburbs on the Seas.

    This is a pathetic comment.

    People get sick on transport – cars, buses, trains, planes etc. frequently. Why getting unwell on a boat means adverse press? This is more than likely a serious illness – eg cardiac related, than any food issue / germ issue.

    Really people, give your snobbiness a rest.

  137. notafan

    sSpeaking of astrolabes

    As this profusion of literary and historical analyses goes to show, to be
    Christian today is to be a sailor in search of an astrolabe. And no wonder:
    We are in open, roiling, uncharted waters, so looking up to fixed points
    would help. One other way to orient ourselves is to peer down beneath the
    currents and focus on what’s done most to shape the “post-Christian” or
    “ex-Christian” world: the sexual revolution

    The zealous faith of secularism

  138. Rabz

    Does anyone remember anything from Q&A over the years at all, apart from the young Islamic guy who was supporting terrorism or being stupid, and Germaine Greer talking about the size of Ms Gillard’s bottom.

    I can’t think of anything else.

    The Waffleroach’s Leather Jacket of Hip to da Yoofiness, the “spontaneous” student demonstration that brought that week’s televisual feast to an early close, the bogan junkie weakly tossing a shoe at li’l Johnny Howard and the Taxmanian episode where it was agreed that communism would solve all their problems – and I don’t even watch it, Tints!

  139. Tom

    Belated birthday wishes, Delta. I’m relieved to learn you’re only 118, which means that “Methuselass” sledge was way off the mark.

  140. Rabz

    Oh, and terrorist fridges of peace.

  141. notafan

    Twitter is an interesting place, a pestilent mire, where people can put pope, pizza and pedo in a paragraph, as they please.

  142. Diogenes

    The program will give a municipal “City Key” to anyone in Chicago. It is designed to give a person who doesn’t have an ID or a driver’s license essentially the same benefits as those who do.

    And this is the city where one of the councillors wants the UN to send in Peacekeepers…
    https://www.cnsnews.com/video/looking-higher-authority-cook-county-commissioner-wants-un-peacekeepers-chicago

    sigh !

    And from another post about the disparity in sentencing between men & women , it seems the former (female) Principal of an ultra orthodox jewish school in Melbournibad , is wanted on 74 charges of rape & indecent assault.

    And another reason to dump BHP shares …

    Australian mining giant BHP is set to pull out of the World Coal Association and is threatening to leave the Minerals Council of Australia over differences on climate change policy.

    The company has published a 22-page report outlining key climate and energy policy differences between it and several of the lobby groups it is a member of.

  143. Rescue underway for cruise ship passenger
    A medical team is being flown by helicopter to a cruise ship off the NSW mid-north coast to treat a seriously ill woman. The Oz
    Anyone we know? More adverse press for Suburbs on the Seas.

    This is a pathetic comment.
    People get sick on transport – cars, buses, trains, planes etc. frequently. Why getting unwell on a boat means adverse press? This is more than likely a serious illness – eg cardiac related, than any food issue / germ issue.
    Really people, give your snobbiness a rest.

    +200%
    Plenty of my staff have years of cruising experience, some of them 10 years or more of such.
    They have always said that the first night of a cruise, any cruise, is just one big medical emergency, and that ships will often remain within range of retrieval helicopters for exactly this reason.
    The ship’s doctors (often 7 or more) will not sleep the first night.

    Also keep in mind that cruise ship passengers die at a higher rate than do cattle on a live export voyage.

    But yeah, perception is everything. Enough gasping j’sim coverage of “disaster at sea” may have an effect.

  144. Diogenes

    Also keep in mind that cruise ship passengers die at a higher rate than do cattle on a live export voyage.

    Friend’s son used be a dancer on cruise ships all over the world. Cruises out of Miami actually carry a ME & mortician to have the bodies ready for burial almost as soon as the ships dock.

  145. Delta A

    121 now Delta?

    118, actually. Do try to keep up, Sonny.

  146. Leigh Lowe

    Were she an authentic Euroscooterist she’d be riding on the footpath and snatching pedestrians’ handbags.

    As distinct from Hollywood, where they drive by in limousines and bag pedestrians snatches.

  147. Motelier

    Delta’s having a birthday?

    Why wasn’t I told!

    Happy birthday Delta.
    May you have many more.

  148. Mark A

    Delta A
    #2588127, posted on December 19, 2017 at 9:27 am

    calli, while we’re in the kitchen, what is that term you used (some time ago) for frying off onions and other veges? Something with ‘mar’ in it, I think.

    Sauteing.

  149. Leigh Lowe

    Friend’s son used be a dancer on cruise ships all over the world. Cruises out of Miami actually carry a ME & mortician to have the bodies ready for burial almost as soon as the ships dock.

    It sounds a bit macabre, but that is the reality.
    If you plonk 2,000 to 3,000 people who are aged mostly between 70 and Delta anywhere for a couple of weeks, odds are a few of them are going to buy the farm.

  150. Delta A

    Thanks, Mote.

    Just had Daughter, SiL and their tribe ring up to sing at me. Before that, calls from Son and my big brothers.

    I love birthdays.

  151. Makka

    Parkinson, like his bosses, can never find a reason to reduce the PS. The reason we are shafted so badly on taxes is because parasites like Parkinson have far too much influence;

    “Prime Minister and Cabinet boss Martin Parkinson has labelled federal government mandated caps on public service employment a “blunt instrument” for management, calling for new thinking on workforce capability and headcounts in Canberra.

    The nation’s most senior public servant also said implementing the National Party-led plan for forced relocation of government agencies to the regions would be based on detailed business cases, and defended careful spending of taxpayer funds [what a joke!] for external consultants in the bureaucracy.”

    “Two years after being appointed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to head the 152,000-strong federal workforce, Dr Parkinson said in an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media that public servants needed to better know the needs and expectations of Australians,[code for finding opportunities to ever expand the parasites of the PS] describing planning for 2045 and beyond remained as a key challenge in 2018.”

  152. Motelier

    Just had Daughter, SiL and their tribe ring up to sing at me. Before that, calls from Son and my big brothers.

    Nothing from EII?

  153. notafan

    Of course no-one is being forced to go anywhere, they can choose to resign instead.

    It estimates ACT gross state product would be reduced by $110 million each year for every 1000 public service jobs lost.

    Much terribleness.

    Canberra times on the forced public service relocations

  154. Delta A

    Mark A, calli first suggested Mirepoix which I thought might be it. But later she mentioned The Maillard Reaction. That’s actually what is was. Nothing ‘mar’ about it.

    Iirc, calli also said that adding tomatoes halted or inhibited the cooking of those veges. An interesting point which stuck in my mind.

    (Odd, isn’t it, that I recall that sort of thing from months ago, but can’t recall where I put the car keys this morning.)

  155. The Mueller investigation is in all sorts of trouble now.

    What we are finding out is that the federal bureaucracy and the Obama administration in its final days colluded against the incoming Trump administration in the most disgraceful and corrupt manner.

  156. Leigh Lowe

    … public servants needed to better know the needs and expectations of Australians

    Don’t.
    Piss.
    Our.
    Money.
    Against.
    The.
    Wall.
    .
    .
    Got it, fuckwits?

  157. Delta A

    Nothing from EII?

    Cheeky scamp.

  158. notafan

    This is a constant bleat on SM,we could have double the age pension but for those greedy no tax paying companies, right?

    It’s disappointing that so many people uncritically accept the claim that taxes on corporations are absorbed by owners.

    Consider the excise tax on gasoline, which is imposed on corporations like Exxon and Chevron. Is this tax on corporations absorbed by owners, or passed on to consumers? I think if you polled 100 economists and 100 non-economists, all 100 non-economists would claim that the excise tax on gasoline is passed on to consumers, whereas some of the economists would argue that the burden is shared between gasoline consumers and stockholders of the oil companies. (The economists are correct in this case.)

    some comments on tax incidence

  159. Motelier

    Cheeky scamp.

    ‘ course.

    I’ll just go and sit in the corner with my crayons, ‘kay?

  160. C.L.

    The Mueller investigation is in all sorts of trouble now.

    Mueller has gone too far to pull out. Trump has been feeding him more and more rope. Now all the key people in the FBI and DOJ can’t seem to make it to Congress to testify when called.

    We were told Trump’s IQ was off the charts and that certainly appears to be true.
    His rope-a-dope victory over Deep State is a thing of beauty.
    Because – make no mistake – the Mueller investigation is dead in the water.

  161. Boambee John

    Delta A
    #2588263, posted on December 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    Thanks, Mote.

    Just had Daughter, SiL and their tribe ring up to sing at me. Before that, calls from Son and my big brothers.

    I love birthdays.

    Given that you are now re-Christened as Methusalass, I am wondering what we should call your “big brothers”.

    Happy Birthday and (to get in ahead of our more noxious pedants) Happy Anniversary Day of Your Birth!

  162. Delta A

    Thanks B John.

    Happy Anniversary Day of Your Birth!

    Try fitting that in a greeting card… better yet, in a celebratory jingle.

  163. Boambee John

    notafan
    #2588267, posted on December 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    Of course no-one is being forced to go anywhere, they can choose to resign instead.

    It estimates ACT gross state product would be reduced by $110 million each year for every 1000 public service jobs lost.

    Much terribleness.

    Save the relocation costs, and avoid increasing the proportion of Liar/Slime voters in regional areas.

    Just abolish the jobs. Take the impact on the ACT economy as a bonus.

  164. cohenite

    Why Tarzan and his mate was a great movie:

  165. Fisky

    This is a terrible idea that will make the government appear soft. You either send all 600 to NZ on a take it or leave it basis, or none at all. This only increases pressure on Australia to resettle the leftovers.

    Kaleem Retweeted
    Michael Field
    Michael Field
    @MichaelFieldNZ
    ·
    9h
    Highly placed source says Australia about to let New Zealand take 200 Manus asylum seekers; Dutton changed his mind

  166. Motelier

    Just abolish the jobs. Take the impact on the ACT economy as a bonus.

    And return the money to the regions, now.

  167. Leigh Lowe

    People get sick on transport – cars, buses, trains, planes etc. frequently. Why getting unwell on a boat means adverse press? This is more than likely a serious illness – eg cardiac related, than any food issue / germ issue.
    Really people, give your snobbiness a rest.

    I think it is the fondness that Googlery-Rae has for cruising which turns people off.
    That, and SaTP’s observations about his 18 – 35s cruise.
    That is, where a chap can meet ladies with low standards and a high resistance to penicillin and give one of them a Jolly Rogering whilst still in sight of the port of departure and as she lays a burley trail of dodgy prawns and Vodka Cruiser over the stern railing.
    What happens on the cruise stays on the cruise (except the STDs … they come with you).

  168. Oh come on

    We were told Trump’s IQ was off the charts and that certainly appears to be true.

    At what point are the few remaining NeverTrumpers going to concede that the probability of Trump blindly bumbling through all of these problems and accidentally stringing together a bunch of wins is ZERO?

  169. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Xenophon must be shitting himself that his vanity party looks like it could possibly win in South Australia.

    That sawn off little greaseball has made millions throwing shade from the sidelines and the whole gig will be up if he actually has to act on his words.

  170. Rabz

    She sought advice from Josh Bornstein, a prominent employment lawyer with Maurice Blackburn

    Leak skewered that pompous parasitic prick perfectly.

  171. notafan

    John

    I just like seeing Canberrian wailing and gnashing

  172. Leigh Lowe

    We were told Trump’s IQ was off the charts and that certainly appears to be true.
    His rope-a-dope victory over Deep State is a thing of beauty.
    Because – make no mistake – the Mueller investigation is dead in the water.

    The only thing now is to turn the screws.
    Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Wussia investigation specifically, but there is nothing to stop him launching an investigation into “selection criteria for key roles” and “the possibility of collusion (there’s that word again) between staff in agencies to filter or falsify evidence”.
    In generalities of course.
    The next thing is to subpoena Stzrok, his tart, Ohr and his missus one by one before Congress under oath.

  173. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Winning.

    …”Hold on to your economic britches peeps – throw dem ju-ju bones out the windows – grab hold of the young-un’s, squeeze em tight and introduce them to ‘capitalism unchained’. We are in uncharted MAGA territory now. Q4 will be well beyond 3.2% 3.8% 3.9% 4.0%… Well Beyond.”…

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/12/18/super-maga-nomics-american-economic-optimism-soars-main-street-is-back/#more-143568

  174. Oh come on

    I think it is the fondness that Googlery-Rae has for cruising which turns people off.

    True. But I do genuinely think that the necessity of maintaining the handwashing regime of a proctologist is incongruous with a luxury holiday.

  175. Crossie

    It estimates ACT gross state product would be reduced by $110 million each year for every 1000 public service jobs lost.

    What product? The only thing that comes out of that place is hot air that they breathe out. Come to think of it, if they remove rhousands of public servants from Canberra they will be able to meet their carbon reduction target without any trouble.

  176. Oh come on

    SA Best sounds like a brand of fruit juice.

  177. Awake

    Purging of NOT -LEFT at twitter. Many moving to gab.ai even before they get purged.

  178. Motelier

    Here you go Delta.

    Just a card I drew with my crayons.

  179. Chris

    Happy birthday Delta, and many happy returns!

  180. Empire GTHO Phase III

    More winning.

    The 18-year high of 74 in December on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index was due to falling unemployment, rising demand for housing and an improved regulatory environment.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/18/home-builder-optimism-hits-highest-level-since-1999/

  181. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Please stop Mr President. We can’t take it anymore.

  182. Top Ender

    public servants needed to better know the needs and expectations of Australians

    1. get out of the way

    2. do your job

    3. work on eliminating as many public service jobs as possible

    That is all.

  183. But here is my thought. Mueller is politically very intelligent. He sees the “investigation” is starting to bite on himself and his mates big time. More stuff is coming out – such as the allegedly illegally received emails a couple days ago. Guys like Strzok are looking like dangerous liabilities. It won’t be long until something happens to burst the whole mess Weinstein-like onto the MSM despite their strenuous attempts to ignore it all.

    BoN, perhaps Mueller is in on it.

    Apparently he met Trump the day before it was announced, but why would Trump knowingly pick an enemy unless he knew Mueller was implicated in Uranium One?

    Theory is that it is a sting operation and the team was purposefully picked to be both clearly biased against Trump but also to get them out of their fortresses where they could run interference against any investigation on them.

    Truth will out, but once I read Trump’s alleged 156 IQ, I knew he was playing the Left like a fiddle.

    Why are there so many resignations in the media, politics, judiciary and public service?

    Resign now with honour or later in disgrace? Weinstein is the dead chicken to scare the monkeys.

  184. Delta A

    Back to the corner, Mote.

  185. Zyconoclast

    cohenite
    #2588278, posted on December 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    Why Tarzan and his mate was a great movie

    If they remade that scene using the Safe Schools/SSM template, the woman would have been replaced by a strategically shaved chimpanzee.

    #zoophiliarulz

    If not done that way then the chimp would be complaining
    #whynotmetoo.

  186. Motelier

    Back to the corner, Mote.

    😇

  187. Tintarella di Luna

    Leak skewered that pompous parasitic prick perfectly.

    Ah Bill Leak never ever ever missed is his pictorial summation of scumbags – I just wonder how much Maurice Blackburn skimmed off a particular class action wherein extremely vulnerable people were to receive certain compensation? I wonder what the cut was for Maurice Blackburn given the scandalous amounts siphoned off from the dead and the barely living in the Black Saturday fires?

  188. cohenite

    If they remade that scene using the Safe Schools/SSM template, the woman would have been replaced by a strategically shaved chimpanzee.

    No doubt. That woman was Maureen O’Sullivan, mother of Woody Allen’s squeeze Mia Farrow until she found out about his predilection for younger girls. Maureen was a stunner.

  189. Tintarella di Luna

    From all appearances the Donald is Making America Great Again and winning bigly.

  190. Andreas

    SA Best sounds like a brand of fruit juice.

    Well they’re certainly fruity.

  191. Zyconoclast

    That is, where a chap can meet ladies with low standards and a high resistance to penicillin and give one of them a Jolly Rogering whilst still in sight of the port of departure and as she lays a burley trail of dodgy prawns and Vodka Cruiser over the stern railing.
    What happens on the cruise stays on the cruise (except the STDs … they come with you).

    Such image provoking prose.
    Worthy of a literary award. Non fiction section.

  192. Fisky

    Very interesting to note that the #Twitterpurge took out thousands of pepe accounts, but somehow overlooked the WaPo’s favourite Nazi, Richard Spencer, who has a mere 80,000 followers, as well as alleged FBI stooge David Duke. That’s very odd isn’t it!

  193. entropy

    While sureness O’Sullivan starred as Jane in The old Tarzan movies, the body double swimmer in Tarzan and His Mate is Josephine McKim, the Olympic swimmer

  194. entropy

    Sureness = Maureen. Good one Ipad!

  195. That is, where a chap can meet ladies with low standards and a high resistance to penicillin and give one of them a Jolly Rogering whilst still in sight of the port of departure and as she lays a burley trail of dodgy prawns and Vodka Cruiser over the stern railing.

    You’re on fire today, Leigh.

    No, seriously, get a blankie and roll on the floor.

  196. Tintarella di Luna

    Tony Burqa is threatening the government over the citizenship debacle — that the coalition will regret going for the jugular of the skunks hiding their section 44.2 ineligibility to sit in the Parliament

  197. Lysander

    What’s the point of holding a press conference about Cabinet changes after you’ve already leaked all changes to the media anyway?

    I also, contrary to writers in the Oz, see this as a “big win for conservatives” as they still belong to the Malcolm Turnbull Coalition Team.

  198. Fisky

    WaPo house nazi Richard Spencer is spinning unconvincingly about surviving the #Twitterpurge. It seems the more brown envelopes you receive from the Deep State, the better your chances of staying on Twitter!

    Richard
    🎄 Spencer‏ @RichardBSpencer
    10h10 hours ago

    As of now, I don’t see any systematic method to the #TwitterPurge. I’ve lost more than a hundred followers in 24 hrs, but lots of pro-White accounts, even shit-lordy ones, remain. @jartaylor got purged, but not @Steve_Sailer, @vdare, @TOOEdit , et al. Haphazard.

    Mmyessss, mmyesss!

  199. Tintarella di Luna

    That is, where a chap can meet ladies with low standards and a high resistance to penicillin and give one of them a Jolly Rogering whilst still in sight of the port of departure and as she lays a burley trail of dodgy prawns and Vodka Cruiser over the stern railing.

    Leigh Lowe your close observation of the lower rungs of the evolutionary ladder has given you extraordinary insight but it’s your exquisite telling of it that is such a delight.

  200. Zyconoclast

    Tony Burqa is threatening the government over the citizenship debacle — that the coalition will regret going for the jugular of the skunks hiding their section 44.2 ineligibility to sit in the Parliament

    Has any member/Senator been referred to the HC based on Maocolm’s dodgy self audit/self report scam?

  201. notafan

    #isurvivedthetwitterpurge

  202. Fisky

    Damning expose by the Tea Party on Richard Spencer, whose folks are old friends of the Bushes.

    https://www.teaparty.org/report-richard-spencer-confirmed-deep-state-plant-273877/

  203. Macbeth

    A Merry Christmas to all the Cats, and a Happy Birthday to Delta. 118! And I thought I was getting.o a bit at 94++

  204. An appeal to all cats to stay at home and drink warm beer and turn off the air conditioning over Christmas.

    Think of the planet saving and, of course, the children.

  205. Delta A

    Thanks, Muddy. 🙂

    (In truth, I’m not quite 118. It’s that young whippersnapper, Arky, who’s been spreading that story. You know what kids are like these days.)

  206. Viva

    Listening to Christian Porter on Sky. Impressive. Assured. Articulate. No bullshitting.

  207. Fisky

    Now that #Alabamavotes is out of the way, the Dems are trying to walk back the Franken resignation. Surprise!

    https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/18/manchin-franken-senate-resign-300843

  208. Tintarella di Luna

    Delta A — happy birthday, another one you lucky duck — birthdays are fantastic, I want as many as possible — well at least until I am at least 118 by then there may not be a reason for me to stay alive

  209. Tintarella di Luna

    Listening to Christian Porter on Sky. Impressive. Assured. Articulate. No bullshitting.

    a very hard-working man who has done a lot of good work in the Social Services portfolio given the bureaucratic pushback he’d have had to deal with.

  210. notafan

    lols

    The Socialist Party‏Verified account
    @OfficialSPGB
    Follow Follow @OfficialSPGB
    More
    Replying to @GinBatch
    When we all collectively own the ‘Means of Production’ (industries, natural resources etc), we will also own all goods and services being provided. You don’t have to buy what’s already yours! People will work, produce what’s required, and take what they need. Money isn’t needed.

  211. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Listening to Christian Porter on Sky. Impressive. Assured. Articulate. No bullshitting.

    He’s my local member – exhibits those qualities face to face.

  212. Tom

    Merry Christmas to you, Macbeth. I wish you a happy and healthy year ahead.

  213. Delta A

    Oops! That was, of course, thanks to Macbeth. (My speed reading lacks both speed and accuracy these days.)

  214. calli

    Thanks, Muddy. 🙂

    Dropped your lorgnette. That was Macbeth. 🔍🔍🔍

    Muddy is a Spring Chicken in comparison. 🙃

  215. calli

    What a jolly lot we are today. Must be the Brandis news. The country feels lighter already.

  216. Fisky

    The Socialist Party‏Verified account
    @OfficialSPGB
    Follow Follow @OfficialSPGB
    More
    Replying to @GinBatch
    When we all collectively own the ‘Means of Production’ (industries, natural resources etc), we will also own all goods and services being provided. You don’t have to buy what’s already yours! People will work, produce what’s required, and take what they need. Money isn’t needed.

    Wow, so they’re not even trying to emulate the USSR which still used roubles in theory, it’s straight to Pol Pot’s currency-free utopia.

  217. cohenite

    While sureness O’Sullivan starred as Jane in The old Tarzan movies, the body double swimmer in Tarzan and His Mate is Josephine McKim, the Olympic swimmer

    True. Josey was below water, Maureen all above. Big Johnny was a lucky fellow.

  218. Delta A

    Thanks, Tinta.

    (I’ll let you in on a secret: the 118 is a slight exaggeration – about 40 years slight – but don’t tell anyone.)

  219. Delta A

    Oh, no! Now now my speed maths is shot, too. Should be 50 years exaggeration.

  220. An appeal to all cats to stay at home and drink warm beer and turn off the air conditioning over Christmas.

    I’m going for carbon belching refrigerated carbon belching beer, drunk in freezing carbon belching airconditioning, while watching cricket on electricity guzzling mega giant absurdly huge plasma TV.

    I’d squeeze in a Denis Leary reference to baby seal hubcaps, but couldn’t figure out how to ungratuitously put it in a loungeroom setting. I have an old vehicle with cowhide covered seats with very poor fuel economy though, if that helps.

  221. Uh oh

    Beats me why the Daily Mail bothers with an online site when they have an ad playing in the background, surrounding the main page. The distraction makes it just about impossible to concentrate on any of the news items. Also beats me why I bother with it at all.

  222. I’d squeeze in a Denis Leary reference to baby seal hubcaps, …

    A whale meat roast for Christmas day?
    Poley bear steaks?

  223. egg_

    Poley bear steaks?

    Yearlings?

  224. egg_

    What a jolly lot we are today. Must be the Brandis news.

    He’s starring as Professor Bunsen in Muppets The Movie?

  225. Geriatric Mayfly

    Big chance missed. Mick Trumble should have come down from his high horse and readmitted 666 to Cabinet. This would have been a bigger gesture towards Conservatives than this fiddling around the edges which we have seen today.

  226. Poley bear steaks?
    Yearlings?

    Bearlings?

  227. egg_

    Tony Burqa is threatening the government

    I’ll bet Mr Speech Impediment has plenty of skeletons in his closet.

  228. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Prosecutors suffer blow in $160m tax fraud case
    TAX FRAUD PROSECUTORS of a suspected $160 million tax fraud allegedly masterminded by the son of former deputy tax commissioner Michael Cranston have been refused a six-month extension by the courts to compile their brief of evidence.

    The fix is in.

  229. stackja

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2588347, posted on December 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    MT doesn’t want to really admit any error.

  230. stackja

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
    #2588350, posted on December 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Briefs not showing?

  231. mh

    Majority of Americans Now View Melania Trump Favorably

    …Melania Trump, who received some criticism in the early months of her husband’s presidency for, among other things, not living in the White House and staffing her East Wing office unusually slowly, appears to be settling into her role as first lady. Even if she is not quite as popular as other recent first ladies, a majority of Americans now have a positive opinion of her, and like those before her, she is more popular than her husband.

  232. Boambee John

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2588326, posted on December 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm
    Delta A — happy birthday, another one you lucky duck — birthdays are fantastic, I want as many as possible — well at least until I am at least 118 by then there may not be a reason for me to stay alive

    Great great grand children?

  233. egg_

    Mr Speech Impediment

    He’ll probably be on Australian Story in future saying that it’s a nervous condition from being buttfvcked by his long dead uncle as a child.

  234. Zyconoclast

    Damning expose by the Tea Party on Richard Spencer, whose folks are old friends of the Bushes.

    https://www.teaparty.org/report-richard-spencer-confirmed-deep-state-plant-273877/

    Richard Spencer

    Mike Enoch, Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, David Duke are all controlled opposition for the deep state.

  235. egg_

    When he had to hold a peg in his teeth.

  236. Boambee John

    The Socialist Party‏Verified account
    @OfficialSPGB
    Follow Follow @OfficialSPGB
    More
    Replying to @GinBatch
    When we all collectively own the ‘Means of Production’ (industries, natural resources etc), we will also own all goods and services being provided. You don’t have to buy what’s already yours! People will work, produce what’s required, and take what they need. Money isn’t needed.

    Just like in the Soviet Union?

  237. Boambee John

    Delta A
    #2588338, posted on December 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    Oh, no! Now now my speed maths is shot, too. Should be 50 years exaggeration.

    Only 68? You sweet innocent young thing.

  238. notafan

    Such a rosy picture the Socialist Party paints

    Charlatans or trolls?

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