Wednesday Forum: December 27, 2017

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  1. H B Bear

    Fvck off Captain Graegooglery. Go molest a grey nurse or something.

  2. classical_hero

    Thanks Tom. It appeared that the second one got missed.

  3. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From memoryvault at 4:35 pm:

    “And the lead changes again!
    Comanche rocketing along at 33.6 knots.
    That’s 62 klm/hr.”

    Just saw it on Channel 7 News – it’s motoring alright, spectacular stuff. I think naval destroyers have a top speed around that and this looks similarly impressive.

  4. classical_hero

    Kaitlin Jenner for Bond. You know it makes sense.

  5. feelthebern

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

  6. Snoopy

    Michel Lasouris
    #2594716, posted on December 27, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    Has anybody else had their Paypal account hacked of late? I have…twice.

    God works in mysterious ways.

  7. Infidel Tiger

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

    Porn.

  8. classical_hero

    That second Dana Summer cartoon was great. It’s good to see the positive effects of what Donald Trump has done for soldiers.

  9. feelthebern

    Channel 7 reports a Perth father was duped out of 5k in a bitcoin scam.
    Not sure how that made the news.
    Turns out the banner ad he clicked on wasn’t kosher.
    I can’t believe a banner ad was a scam.
    Is nothing sacred?

  10. Baldrick

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

    3. Synchronised Swimming.
    (in that order)

  11. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2594801, posted on December 27, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

    Porn.

    Particularly gay didgeridoo p0rn.

  12. feelthebern

    Particularly gay didgeridoo p0rn.

    Otherwise known as Chrissy Pyne’s favourite.

  13. feelthebern

    I’m reading a book on Putin.
    “The New Tsar” by Steven Lee Myers (no doubt a Grig sock puppet will cut & paste something from google saying it a shit read).
    A couple of things strike me.
    How no one killed him on the way up?
    Simply how many people who worked with him who said he was a driven cnut?
    Also, considering how many people knew so so much about him, how did the US swallow the fake history of Obama they were fed.

  14. Rae

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

    Wait till the Superfoilers sailing competition starts in Australia. I suspect you won’t find it boring. It will be 18 footers on speed.

    There are some lucky people already sailboarding on foils. It’s very exciting.

  15. feelthebern

    I’m reading a book on Putin.
    “The New Tsar” by Steven Lee Myers (no doubt a Grig sock puppet will cut & paste something from google saying it a shit read).
    A couple of things strike me.
    How no one killed him on the way up?
    Simply how many people who worked with him who said he was a driven prick?
    Also, considering how many people knew so so much about him, how did the US swallow the fake history of Obama they were fed.

  16. Nick

    Particularly gay didgeridoo p0rn.

    You just know that if our indigenous forebears had used didgeridoos for such self enjoyment, the Left would consider them sacred.

  17. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2594809, posted on December 27, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Fuck off GrigoRae. Go tan some more skins.

  18. Tom

    I thought you should know that, according to Nein News, David Cassidy, when he died this year, was a 67-year-old teen idol.

  19. old bloke

    feelthebern
    #2594797, posted on December 27, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

    Formula 1 racing (yawn)

  20. Bruce of Newcastle

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

    Swishing wet social justice NFL. Which is awesomely faceplanting. So far Test cricket and sailing have avoided this problem.

    On the other hand I caught a bit of ABC24 at lunchtime as they were going to a summary of the Test.
    Guess who was the go to guy?
    A Mr McGregor of course.
    And the Nein commentary management seem to want to get wymminses into the box desperately.
    So I suspect cricket will sink well before sailing.

    NBA’s TV Ratings Are Up, and NFL’s Are Down, Even on Christmas Day

    NFL Attendance Continues To Plummet As Empty Seat Epidemic Enters Week 15

  21. Baldrick

    I thought you should know that, according to Nein News, David Cassidy, when he died this year, was a 67-year-old teen idol.

    Does that mean he had links to Harvey Weinstein?

  22. egg_

    Particularly gay didgeridoo p0rn.

    A didgeridildo?
    Anything like a Weatherdildo?

  23. egg_

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

    Above close behind:
    0) Paint drying
    0.1) Grass growing

  24. cohenite

    And apparently in March 2017 Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday announced that her government is giving the Philippines some A$40 million for the peace efforts in Mindanao and another A$90 million for education development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

    Mindanao is of course a fertile breeding ground for Islamic terrorism of some of the foulest kind. The rationale seems to be the Swedish one which is kowtowing to islam will make it like you. The side-benefit will be getting the stick insect a post pollie job at the UN.

  25. egg_

    On the other hand I caught a bit of ABC24 at lunchtime as they were going to a summary of the Test.
    Guess who was the go to guy?
    A Mr McGregor of course.

    Commentary about “massaging the ball”.

  26. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #2594803, posted on December 27, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Channel 7 reports a Perth father was duped out of 5k in a bitcoin scam.

    The work experience millenials have taken over the 7 newsroom.
    (1) A white supremacist hate group is attacking Officer Noor over the shooting of Justine Damond. Apparently by putting out some candles and inflammatory messages like “stand together”.
    (2) The UK Foreign Office is worried that the Obumbis being invited to Harry’s wedding will cause “Trump to get the sulks.” Checked multiple reports. Can’t find anyone from the FO using that term.
    (3) Lewis Hamilton caused social media meltdown by taking the piss out of his 4 year old nephew for wearing a fairy dress.
    Non news … fake news … fabricated news.

  27. Geriatric Mayfly

    An officer was crouching on the ground while attempting to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre on Tuesday afternoon when another boy ran up and kicked him in the face. The wanted teen is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana. The Oz

    Colour me with all the pigments of surprise. The Hunchback’s dumbstruck again. And where’s that Lisa Neville scrag, defending her officers?

  28. Geriatric Mayfly

    And the real news is: Car accidents, the more spectacular the better and brave toddlers doing it tough after a bee sting.

  29. Tom

    Nein’s A Current Affair is by far the best daily consumer info show on TV. Don’t listen to the snobs who say it isn’t.

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Exciting! The maxis are across Storm Bay and heading near Bruny Island towards the Derwent. I spoke for an hour this morning to my dear girlfriend in Tassie and we were reminiscing of the time Hairy and I were down with them at Sandy Bay on the beach (they have a lovely house there) watching the big maxis come in; they are often becalmed in the Derwent and things get tense.

  31. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Conditions up the Derwent are being called most suitable for Wild Oats.

    The after-parties of this race are legend. Sometimes I miss the weeks and occasional months we spent in Tassie a few years ago. The food and wine were some of the best anywhere. We were there quite a lot for Hairy’s work, in both Hobart and Launceston, more than I let on at the time (commercial in confidence etc) as well as in Melbourne, and there were some fun times. I was flying up to Sydney weekly then too so I felt quite the jet setting East Coaster. Hahaha – on Jetstar!

  32. Dave in Marybrook

    Caaaaarn the Oats.
    I’m not a saily bloke, but it’s a business urge- more Oatleys famous, more vino shifted.
    I just hope that the near-miss controversy disappears- I know there are old and honoured conventions for who gives way to whom, but Comanche et al blinked didn’t they? Could it be that simple?

  33. Rabz

    Nein’s A Current Affair is by far the best daily consumer info show on TV. Don’t listen to the snobs who say it isn’t.

    In my national nein news update last night, I neglected to mention the NSW Police Hutt who was whining about all the regrettable incidents on various roads that have mysteriously taken place recently. He sounded as though even speaking more than three words at any kind of sensible pace would kill him.

    How on earth do these embarrassing imbeciles expect to be taken seriously, like, you know, I tells YA?

    Anyway, in the spirit of the Season, here’s some Vogon poetry for youse all:

    Totally like whatever, you know?

    In case you hadn’t noticed,
    it has somehow become uncool
    to sound like you know what you’re talking about?
    Or believe strongly in what you’re saying?
    Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)’s
    have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?
    Even when those sentences aren’t, like, questions? You know?

    Declarative sentences — so-called
    because they used to, like, DECLARE things to be true
    as opposed to other things which were, like, not –
    have been infected by a totally hip
    and tragically cool interrogative tone? You know?
    Like, don’t think I’m uncool just because I’ve noticed this;
    this is just like the word on the street, you know?
    It’s like what I’ve heard?
    I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions, okay?
    I’m just inviting you to join me in my uncertainty?

    What has happened to our conviction?
    Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?
    Have they been, like, chopped down
    with the rest of the rain forest?
    Or do we have, like, nothing to say?
    Has society become so, like, totally…
    I mean absolutely… You know?
    That we’ve just gotten to the point where it’s just, like…
    whatever!

    And so actually our disarticulation… ness
    is just a clever sort of… thing
    to disguise the fact that we’ve become
    the most aggressively inarticulate generation
    to come along since…
    you know, a long, long time ago!

    I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you,
    I challenge you: To speak with conviction.
    To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks
    the determination with which you believe it.
    Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
    it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITAH.
    You have to speak with it, too, man.

    And no, I’m not crediting it. Suffice to say, it was sourced via the Grauniad.

  34. Dave in Marybrook

    Grauniad or not Rabz, get control of your apostrophes. Or you’re past of the problem, yennow?

  35. Rabz

    I’ve been reading about “uptalking”.

    Thanks to that monumental dullard, Ian Frigging Chappell.

  36. Conditions up the Derwent are being called most suitable for Wild Oats.

    Academic now I think, Lizzie. Three miles between them, and only twelve miles to go.
    Both boats have handled very similarly in similar conditions so I see no advantage.

  37. JC

    Rabz

    Tits uptalks. Almost every sentence ends with a question.

  38. Rabz

    D in M, I am not aware there were any apostrophe incidents in my piece above. If they appeared in the VP, that’s (that is) not my doing.

  39. Nick

    The wanted teen is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana.

    How long till FitzSimons claims him as his son ?

  40. cohenite

    Former White House advisor Sebastian Gorka claimed the U.S. pays over 20 percent of the U.N. budget on “Fox & Friends” Saturday.

    “We are paying more than 20 percent of the U.N.’s budget. If you look at the peacekeeping activities, the military side of the house, we are paying almost a third, 28 percent,” said Gorka.

    Gorka also correctly stated the U.S. pays for 28 percent of the U.N.’s peacekeeping budget, which costs the U.S. about $2.4 billion per year. The U.N. agreed in June to cut its peacekeeping budget by $570 million to $7.3 billion after pressure from the U.S. The U.S. wanted to cut the peacekeeping budget to under $7 billion.

    “Just five months into our time here, we’ve already been able to cut over half a billion dollars from the UN peacekeeping budget and we’re only getting started,” Haley said in June when she announced the cuts.

    In addition to the U.N. regular and peacekeeping budgets, the U.S. contributes to U.N. agencies like the World Health Organization, World Food Program and UNICEF. The U.S. contributed $1.5 billion to the U.N. Refugee Agency in 2016, 38 percent of the agency’s total revenue. This is the largest proportion of U.N. agency revenue funded by the U.S.

    The U.S. contributed more than $10 billion in total to U.N. agencies in 2016, of which $6 billion was voluntary, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. U.N. contributions account for about 20 percent of U.S. foreign aid spending each year.

    Critics of U.S.-led budget cuts worry they will harm U.N. programs and threaten agreed-upon contribution levels. But the U.S. has shown no signs it will reverse course.

    “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked,” Haley said in a statement Sunday.

    I’m jaundiced towards the UN. Can someone tell me something it does which is good?

  41. Rabz

    Tits uptalks. Almost every sentence ends with a question.

    JC, you would too if you had a pair of knockers like his.

  42. I’m not a saily bloke, but it’s a business urge- more Oatleys famous, more vino shifted.

    I’ll give you another reason to barrack Wild Oats, Dave.
    It appears that the owners of Comanche make their money out of wind farms.

  43. calli

    Poetic rant, Rabz. Good stuff.

    That upward inflection drives me nuts.

  44. Arky

    Now, I was always only a pretty damn piss poor, average, part time dig.
    But even I know if they are sticking chicks in the infantry standards must havr dropped to a point the country’s defence is seriously fucking compromised.
    Some of you dudes with much more comprehensive experience and knowledge of this stuff have a bloody duty to spell this stuff out on forums such as this for those who might think this is a good idea.

  45. Dave in Marybrook

    That’s understandable…. but ironic. It’s in the first stanza, post-parenthesis. Sticks out like a third nipple.
    I quite like reading ee cummings- but his deliberately unorthodox script is pretty fresh and groovy.

  46. Rabz

    Calli, like, it is not my work?

    It’s the work of one like, Taylor Mali, who is like, presumably a person of colour, man?

  47. Tel

    Like, gag me with a spoon! Don’t you go dissing da Valley Girls.

  48. Dave in Marybrook

    And ironically, legit apostrophes have been dropping like flies.
    There’re famous wineries, lunch bars, and stunningly a backyard paper wholesaler here who proudly eschew the little high-riding thing, apparently for Google-ability. I had to put my foot down when the Farmers’ Market tried to drop theirs.

  49. cynical1

    Female Bond.

    Will she Blowfeld?

  50. cohenite

    Fuck it, I’m gonna watch a Statham movie, the one where he beats the crap out of some guys.

  51. Dave in Marybrook

    If we’re taking Vals, that’s “glottal fry”. I’d rather hear that than the upwards pinch.

  52. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Awesome Vogan pome there, Rabz. Like, you know, totally awesome. 🙂
    My fave.

    Sailing really is the people’s sport.
    Sure is. Girt by Sea comes to mind.

    ‘Girt by Sea’ is also a wine label for Cab Sav Merlot from WA’s Voyager Estate, Margaret River region. We bought some while we were there but have polished it all off. We do have one bottle of the Voyager Estate 2003 Cab Sav Merlot left, not labelled ‘Gert by Sea’ though. Just looked it up; have to use it by 2025 at the latest, and eat it with something strong like venison. Current price, $53. I think maybe we should have it tonight before it gets too old. On second thoughts, I think not. We’re having rissoles, like the kids. 🙂

    It’s a light wind tacking duel on the Derwent now, says Hairy.

  53. Dave in Marybrook

    Cohenite- The Bank Job.
    No lay-down miseres, but a very very good old caper film.
    Warning, contains Sexminster.

  54. John Comnenus

    Only half a knot in it. Will be a great race up the Derwent.

  55. Dave in Marybrook

    Robert Oatley 2016 GSM, McLaren Vale. Bonzer.

  56. I spoke too soon,Lizzie.
    They’ve entered the river, Comanche has hit a brick wall and is almost dead in the water.
    Wild Oats still doing 10 knots, 400 metres behind, and closing.

  57. Ragu

    It’s a light wind tacking duel on the Derwent now, says Hairy.

    Not really. A light SSW wind and the tide finishing moving out would favour the boat that wasn’t built to go down wind.

  58. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It appears that the owners of Comanche make their money out of wind farms.

    Oh noes. Must warn my girlfriend. Don’t talk to them.
    Avoid, avoid. We have a secret signal for that. 🙂

  59. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hey, that paint is drying in an interesting manner. The grass is growing unusually too. 😀

  60. stackja

    And Wild Oats XI could incur a time penalty after tack near miss at start.

  61. John Comnenus

    There’s 0.2nm in it which is about 300m

  62. 132andBush


    Particularly gay didgeridoo p0rn.

    Makes “Blow it out your arse” just a bit more nuanced.

  63. Sydney Boy

    Arky – currently there are less than 20 girls in the infantry. Zero have passed the infantry combat assessment. Most are currently medically broken. Surprise. Both 1 RAR and 6 RAR will have female company commanders next year – by order of the Chief of Army. And can you believe it, one has the first name “Barbie”. Not her fault, but it’s not going to help.

  64. John Comnenus

    after about 620nm there is 0.2nm in it with about 8nm to go. And both might break the record. Epic sport.

  65. John Comnenus

    Now only 0.1nm which is 180 odd metres. Wild Oats will win at this rate.

  66. Both boats slowed to a crawl now.
    300 metres between them.
    Less than 10 nautical miles to go.

  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Most are currently medically broken. Surprise

    Surprise indeed. Stand by for the first compensation claims.

  68. John Comnenus

    And we all know once there are too many injuries there will be a medical review which will lower standards for the infantry. No one will be able to ask why more women then men are injured, just the nature of the injury and what activities cause such injuries. Then they will lessen the amount of that kind of work. Can’t belief I was once proud to be in the Australian Infantry.

  69. Leigh Lowe

    Hey, that paint is drying in an interesting manner. The grass is growing unusually too. 😀

    If someone clamps a cutlass between their teeth, swings onto the deck of the opposition boat and starts slashing away, give me a call Lizzie.
    Until then my enthusiasm remains curbed.

  70. herodotus

    Is it illegal to muster all hands on deck and get them to blow into the sails?

  71. John Comnenus

    Steady on Herodotus, this is a family show.

  72. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Can’t belief I was once proud to be in the Australian Infantry.

    “The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground, to repel attack, by night or day, regardless of season, weather or terrain.”

    Funny, I don’t see anything about serving as an experiment, in social engineering.

  73. herodotus

    I see in the photo news that in a bikini rather than a snowsuit Kylie’s limbs are quite the thing!
    Whoops, Sorry John C. Forgot about the family classification there, but I think I had got away with it.

  74. Tel

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-27/why-petrol-expensive-global-oil-deal-opec-reserve-bank-dilemma/9287666

    No mention of weaker Australian dollar and all the refineries moving offshore as factors in higher petrol prices. Hmmm, it’s like they know nothing at all, or perhaps they just aren’t interested.

  75. Sydney Boy

    John & ZK2A: The current infantry PESA (a replacement for the Combat Fitness Assessment) is no cake walk. No difference in standards between male and female, and no difference in standards by age. It’s a tough bugger, takes about four hours, and I was well and truly rooted at the completion of the last one I did this year. Quite happy to smash a few of the millennials, though. But yeah, let’s see what happens as we increase the “diversity” of the battalions.

  76. stackja

    WO ahead now time protest looms.

  77. Rae

    Unreal race finish in progress in the Derwent. Comanche becalmed and Wild Oats XI has just found enough wind to glide past. Live updates on Ch 7.

  78. Sydney Boy

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/12/25/09/17/centre-to-track-high-risk-victorians

    Ah, Melbourne terrorist attacks caused by lack of mental health funding and more government money for mental health will prevent future attacks – according to a beneficiary of government mental health funding.

  79. Infidel Tiger

    There’s nothing better than watching billionaires and their toys tussling in the river.

  80. Makka

    Both 1 RAR and 6 RAR will have female company commanders next year – by order of the Chief of Army

    What a complete farce.

  81. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #2594888, posted on December 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Fun!

  82. Rabz

    In case you hadn’t noticed,
    it has somehow become uncool
    to sound like you know what you’re talking about?

    That’s a nice little Haiku all by itself, it tells the whole story in Bonsai.

  83. It’s a light wind tacking duel on the Derwent now, says Hairy.

    I think Hairy called it, Lizzie.

  84. Sydney Boy

    One of the other arms corps Regiments (not infantry) in my Brigade had a female troop commander this year who was far and away the best troop commander in the Regiment. Remains calm in a shit-fight and has a great tactical mind. She will have a good career if she stays in the machine. Females can be good leaders, but should be selected on merit – not by order to satisfy some political social justice issue.

  85. Snoopy

    Peru’s Fujimori has been granted a pardon after spending 11 years in prison for the ‘crime’ of fucking over Shining Path commo founder Abimael Guzman.

    Peruvians in Lima I spoke to a couple of years ago held him in high regard. Captured senior Shining Path guerrillas were held in a military stockade on an island off Lima. One night, the story goes. they attempted a mass rebellion cum breakout. All refused to surrender. Apparently.

  86. stackja

    Sydney Boy
    #2594894, posted on December 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Front line blooded?

  87. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Females can be good leaders, but should be selected on merit – not by order to satisfy some political social justice issue.

    There’s the issue.

  88. Arky

    Something has gone seriously wrong with our chicks.
    Every second girl at school wants to br a “sniper”. As if this is something for which you send in a job application.
    I have an ex student from whom I have bought my last three appliances in her role in retail.
    Beautiful young lady. Smart. Polite.
    Tells me about her upcoming debut bout kickboxing.
    Saw her last time. She lost.
    Why does a girl like that want to go about getting ber head kicked in?
    From whence do they get these fucking stupid ideas?

  89. zyconoclast

    Anna Muzychuk, 27, is World Champion of two chess disciplines
    The Ukrainian has refused to play in this year’s championship
    It is being held in Saudi Arabia where women are routinely oppressed
    She says her refusal is in response to gender inequality in Saudi Arabia

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5213169/World-chess-champ-REFUSES-defend-title-Saudi-Arabia.html#ixzz52Qvfw2w1

    Anna Muzychuk, looks like a strong, independent woman. Not.

  90. To my amateur, ignorant eye it looks like Comanche made a tacking error about ten minutes ago, which has cost them about a kilometre. Unless Wild Oats returns the favour I think that may have sealed the outcome. Of course, that’s not taking into account the protest.

  91. Sydney Boy

    Front line blooded?

    Next rotation – ahead of her male peers based on merit.

    Every second girl at school wants to br a “sniper”

    Now that is a tough job. No female snipers yet in the Army. Probably because being a sniper is 10% shooting, 40% field craft (remaining unseen), and 50% walking a fucking long way carrying a fucking heavy pack. Not unusual for a aniper pair to put a full 20L water jerry in the pack each for a few days out between resupplies.

  92. Oh come on

    In a shop watching the news on a muted TV. There’s been some large scale fireworks accident in Cuba. Many burns victims. Lots of footage of various interiors of the facilities of Cuba’s glorious Free* healthcare system.

    What a shithole.

  93. zyconoclast

    What’s more boring?
    1) Test cricket;
    2) Sailing.

    Tour de France.
    Giro d’talia
    La Vuelta a Espana

    and sailing being called on the Cat.

  94. Ragu

    Wild Oats has this and can do a 360 before crossing the line.

  95. André M.

    There’s a chance the assembled “conservatives” and “libertarians” will cheer the advance of the surveillance state at monitoring people’s every action – as long as the people under surveillance are “moosleys” and “extremists”.
    https://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/12/25/09/17/centre-to-track-high-risk-victorians

    High risk Victorians who pose a threat to the community will be tracked as part of the state’s response to two vehicle attacks in Melbourne.
    The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre was announced in October, and Premier Daniel Andrews says it will help prevent car attacks on crowds like those in Bourke Street and Flinders Street.

    FTAC. Because calling it the PreCrime Division would just make it too obvious.

    “The same model has been deployed in other parts of the world, it’s been very, very effective,” he told reporters on Sunday.

    Where is that? Such as Los Angeles where people get sent warning letters for driving through the wrong suburbs? Or perhaps they’re talking about London, where according to Snowden all CCTV and communications traffic in the whole country for a rolling 3-day window is stored and scanned by GCHQ, has been since 2013, and that didn’t seem to stop the Manchester concert bombing in 2017.

    The new centre will track 300 people in its first year once it starts operating.

    LOL. That’s fantastic. Remember that time when the official inquiry into the Martin Place Siege found that although Man Monis had history of violence and antagonistic behaviour, it was not ASIO’s fault for not prosecuting him earlier because in their professional assessment he “fell well outside the threshold to be included in the 400 highest priority counter terrorism investigations.”
    It doesn’t matter if it is 400 for the whole country or 300 for just Victoria, if you set the limit at the top N then you will be surprised by suspect N+1, and we already know surveillance failed when N was more than 400, let alone 300. To be clear, the blame for terrorist attacks lies with the terrorists, it’s not the fault of police for failing to stop them. We cannot blame police for not stopping attacks, so we should not expect them to prevent such attacks either, they have no duty to try.

    On Thursday, driver Saeed Noori, who has a history of mental illness and drug use, allegedly tried to kill 18 pedestrians by running them down in Melbourne’s CBD.

    The FTAC was pitched by the Premier as a way to prevent street attacks just like this. How does the new Vic FTAC provide a solution for drug use and mental illness? Either the specific cause of the Bourke St attack was a Fixated Threat more specific than drug use and mental illness (can you think of one??), or else the Vic FTAC is to be set up to detect drug use and mental illness. Drug use is not a Fixated Threat. Hint hint.

    For those who think this is targeted surveillance and not mass surveillance, just ask yourself how anyone gets onto the targeted surveillance list of 300 despite not having actually carried out a violent attack yet. Those targeted do not fill out a form saying “please make me a target”. Logically, it can only be done by mass surveillance looking for leading indicators, so N is already in the hundreds of thousands but the police aren’t advertising that yet.
    With advances in AI and computing power, mass surveillance is only getting cheaper and easier. What happens when the government expands the categories they target? This only increases the chilling effect of such capability. They want us to risk our democracy, free speech, and free market all of the time, so that occasionally in a percentage of cases a Fixated Threat (which the same government is importing by the bucket load) can be stopped before it succeeds in its gee-hadn’t-anticipated-that-one. Is that a good trade? Never mind the answer, why is no political party asking the question?

    First they came for the Fixated Threats, and I said nothing for I was not deemed a Fixated Threat.
    That’s not just a vapid cliché, it’s a reminder that slippery slopes have actually happened in history.

  96. Makka

    Le Tour is far from boring.

  97. zyconoclast

    Particularly gay didgeridoo p0rn.

    A didgeridildo?
    Anything like a Weatherdildo?

    The former is longer, blacker and hollow.
    The later is white, flaccid, will fail and be unable to satisfy a lezzo.

  98. Knuckle Dragger

    Apologies to all the lady Cats in advance.

    As someone with a great deal of common sense once said, ‘There is no such thing as a feminist in a house fire.’

    Even IF they pass the fitness requirements, and IF they’re comfortable with sharing communal showers and locker facilities with 20+ penises at a time in barracks (because equality) and IF they’re ok with having a crap out in the scrub and putting their own strainer post in, and IF they demonstrate their ability to consistently match the boys in stony ground pit digging and IF they don’t complain about cam cream giving them blackheads:

    I have found through personal experience that if you have a female or number of females that are in a tactical environment and have not bathed for several days and are subject to continual sweating, they also exude a (ahem) particular odour that can be picked up some distance away, and is very definitely trackable to its source. The effect is even more noticeable under a jungle canopy, as a fair number of reservists found out when acting as the ‘enemy’ who were set to track and ambush experienced rifle platoons.

    They were tracked themselves and killed to a man, or person. Didn’t even know we were there, couldn’t find out how we found them. Of course they were using toothpaste and falling over everything they could see as well, but the distinct odour just made it easy.

    Oh, and they make shit sentries. We regularly found their positions before last light, infiltrated past the girlies on picquet and stole random items of equipment including rifles before tying it all together and throwing it in a creek. Two days later we sent them a grid reference where their gear was.

    I just don’t believe that ladies are built for infantry work, and no amount of crap from Canberra will convince me otherwise. It’s not bigotry, it’s biology.

    And the first one to start screaming ‘I’m just a girl’ under serious heat should be immediately shot by her own side to avoid the possibility of capture, rape and use as a propaganda tool.

  99. nemkat

    From whence do they get these fucking stupid ideas?
    Goes with the territory, Arky.
    Women, in general, are fucking stupid, and a little bit vicious,as well.

  100. Wild Oats has this and can do a 360 before crossing the line.

    You reckon? Not disagreeing, I genuinely wouldn’t have a clue.
    You think it can be pulled off? Sh1t what a finish that would make.

  101. Oh come on

    Good to know, nemkat. But don’t forget to mention that the ALP is a doomed party. Dooooooooomed!!

  102. cohenite

    Anna Muzychuk, looks like a strong, independent woman. Not.

    Strange that; she wouldn’t go to Saudi because they oppress the ladies but went to iran.

  103. Oh come on

    Nemkat is a Hi Alan-ist. Haven’t worked out his angle yet, but I’m sure it’ll be revealed in due course.

  104. Wild Oats has this and can do a 360 before crossing the line.

    Wild Oats turning west even as I await your answer.
    Well called, Ragu.

  105. nemkat

    Not sure why you’re trolling my comments, Oh come on.
    Please carry on, though.

  106. Arky

    Women, in general, are fucking stupid,

    ..
    Not mine.
    She is the only person in the world I trust.
    But she still doesn’t belong in the infantry

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Wild Oats is just off Nutgrove – an old haunt of ours. Nostalgia rising, around here.

  108. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    IF they’re ok with having a crap out in the scrub and putting their own strainer post in

    If they are in an O.P. – Observation Post – and are O.K. with crapping in a plastic bag….

  109. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Watching ‘Victoria’, recorded it on Foxtel. They are in Scotland. Lots of bagpipes and dancing.

  110. stackja

    2GB WO win. Now protest!

  111. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Now two guys are kissing in the Scottish wilds. Don’t know who they are.
    Whoopsies, says Hairy, by way of explanation.

  112. Snoopy

    Mark Zuckerberg is a serious dickhead:

    Is he stumping up for all?

  113. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2594922, posted on December 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    And women have monthly?

  114. stackja

    2GB abandoned car in SHT.

  115. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    More jolly dancing, doing reels in circles. We passed by Balmoral just over a year ago.
    Queen wasn’t in.

  116. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And women have monthly?

    Thank you, stackja, I was specifically leaving that aspect to the imagination.

  117. zyconoclast

    Like him or not, Lewis Hamilton is one of the kings of the sporting world.
    4 times world champion F1 champion.
    He has a net worth of $250M + with more to come.

    You would think he was safe from the SJW onslaught.
    But no.

    Lewis Hamilton apologises for ‘boys don’t wear dresses’ remark

    Lewis Hamilton has apologised for making “inappropriate” comments in a video in which he appeared to mock his nephew’s princess dress.

    In an Instagram video, which has since been deleted, the Formula 1 driver says “boys don’t wear princess dresses”.

    He was criticised on social media for the clip, which was apparently filmed on Christmas Day.

    The 32-year-old tweeted his “deepest apologies”, saying he loved that his nephew “feels free to express himself”.

    The video, posted on his Instagram story, shows Hamilton speaking to the camera before turning it on his young relative.

    “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew,” he says.

    The camera then shows the boy wearing a pink and purple dress, while holding a toy magic wand.

    ‘Really not acceptable’
    Hamilton asks him: “Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?”

    The young boy starts laughing as the British racing driver continues: “Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas? Boys don’t wear princess dresses.”

    In response to the video, founder of anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label Liam Hackett tweeted: “Disappointing to see somebody with such a huge platform use it to publicly shame and attempt to undermine a small child.”

    Meanwhile, Imraan Sathar of discrimination support charity Stay Brave UK, called for the driver to be stripped of his MBE.

    Hamilton later apologised for his behaviour and said it was “really not acceptable” to marginalise or stereotype anyone.

  118. Dave in Marybrook

    Not to worry, Z2KA- like many extreme female athletes, their menstrual cycle will cease.
    More grist to the legal mill for later on, PTS-EOMP.

  119. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2594930, posted on December 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm
    And women have monthly?

    Thank you, stackja, I was specifically leaving that aspect to the imagination.

    Do diversity people imagine?

  120. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Wild Oats is in. Got it. For the ninth time.

  121. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hahahahahaha – the wind farm people on the runner up ran out of wind.

  122. Makka

    Lewis Hamilton has apologised for making “inappropriate” comments in a video in which he appeared to mock his nephew’s princess dress.

    Hamilton needs to give his bro/sis a jolly good shove. The young lad is a fairy, not a princess.

  123. Rae

    Now we await the protest from Comanche, and the decision from the international jury.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    ZK, Stackja;

    That’s partially what I was referring to, but you can track the odour regardless of time of the month.

  125. So, did Wild Oats pull off the 360 or not? The tracker didn’t refresh quickly enough to tell.
    Less than two miles to go, and she turned to the west – heading away from the finish line.
    But the next refresh showed her back on track, gliding in to the finish line.
    Did she go around or not?

  126. Dave in Marybrook

    I think dear dead Bob Oatley remarked a few years ago during a protest-on-the-water that the emerging trend to complain was ruining the sport- he was right. It’s a boat race, FFS. First across the line and all that, winner takes all kudos.

  127. Mark A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2594939, posted on December 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    That’s partially what I was referring to, but you can track the odour regardless of time of the month.

    Napoleon’s message to Josephine “coming home in a few days, don’t wash!”
    .True

  128. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Hamilton needs to give his bro/sis a jolly good shove. The young lad is a fairy, not a princess

    Then he needs to kick himself in the head for being a fucking nancy boy and submitting to the gaystapo.

    Fuck me. What a sack of shit Hamilton is. Loser.

  129. stackja

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2594939, posted on December 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    ZK, Stackja;

    That’s partially what I was referring to, but you can track the odour regardless of time of the month.

    Secretion women’s business?

  130. candy

    “Boys don’t wear princess dresses!” Hamilton shouted.

    Quite true. If they turn out to be gay they can wear as many princess dresses as they like when they are young man, but at 3 years old the parents giving him princess dresses to wear are indulging in some kind of child abuse. Hard for the uncle to see that happen. That is a very sad situation. A little chap being encouraged to wear dresses and be gay.

  131. Peter

    MV, I think WO would have had to do a 720 to avert the ire of the protest committee. I don’t have the regulations to hand, but I recall that the 720 should be done when convenient, and so as not to impede the course of other competitors.

  132. candy

    Fuck me. What a sack of shit Hamilton is. Loser.

    Not at all. He tried. He cared.

  133. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Of course they were using toothpaste and falling over everything they could see as well, but the distinct odour just made it easy.

    I remember an Army Reserve exercise, where a girl in the ambush party had used toothpaste. My lead scout was a professional dogger, and he had a very acute sense of smell…”Boss, I can smell toothpaste up there…” O.C. the ambush party was furious..

  134. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Napoleon’s message to Josephine “coming home in a few days, don’t wash!”

    I don’t have e reference, but I’ve read the same statement.

  135. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Apologies to all the lady Cats in advance.

    None needed for me, Knuckdragger. Everything you point out rings true.
    Women have no place in male combat duties. I want our army to be full of real men.
    Not women, nor weaker men who cannot make the physical grade, set high and staying high.

  136. Snoopy

    the entire city council of Palm Springs, California, is now lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ), as of last month’s elections

  137. stackja

    memoryvault
    #2594940, posted on December 27, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Click on WO using tracker and see if backtrack gives you a clue.

  138. Top Ender

    Tropical Cyclone Hilda has formed off Broome. Category 1 at present and predicted to move slowly south-west along the coast and probably go inland where it will dump a lot of rain.

  139. John Constantine

    Recent case in yarragrad, where a policewoman and her outside went to arrest one of the faithful for burglary.
    She was fit, trained and armed, and a mentally ill drug addict crime punched her teeth put and smashed her face in.

    Got two hundred hours community service, which is about the hardest penalty Victoria’s activist judges ever give refugees.

    The chick is back on the force, but never again for frontline duty.

    Interesting that our politicians and our judges are not guarded by female only details.

  140. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Women have no place in male combat duties. I want our army to be full of real men.

    Glad to see someone appreciate the times when the Australian military was a mildly alcoholic gang of heavily armed sex maniacs.

  141. Ragu

    To break Perpetual Loyal’s 2016 race record of one day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds, the first boat must be in before 0231 tomorrow.

    Should LDV Comanche maintain her lead, it could render irrelevant her protest against Wild Oats XI for a tacking incident between the two shortly after the race start in Sydney. Oats had the opportunity to complete a 720-degree penalty but chose not to, indicating she feels she did nothing wrong.

    Therefore, with a penalty of a minimum five minutes at stake, if Wild Oats XI crosses first, the line honours result could depend on the outcome of an international jury hearing in Hobart of the Comanche protest.

    So there you go. That’s why the start of a 680 Nm race is important.

  142. Nick

    How long before some SJW complains about Comanche as being either cultural appropriation or racist ?

  143. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    hahaha. We are watching another episode of Victoria; parliamentary business this time.
    Can you cut me a piece of that marzipan Stollen bread, plus some of the custard? I call out to Hairy.
    We were given it on Christmas Day by a guest, Hairy’s friend, and it is delicious.
    Hang on a minute, he says, I am just checking da date of the Corn Laws on Google.
    Prince Albert interfering in Corn Law debate; Stollen is German bread.
    Very suspicious. What’s going on? Albert is such a prig in this series.

  144. Ragu

    How long until a feminist objects to the patriarchy actively running a machine referred to as she?

    It’s bonkers, but it’s on the cards.

  145. Top Ender

    How long until a feminist objects to the patriarchy actively running a machine referred to as she?

    How long before a lunatic government like the one Victoria has now objects to the imperialist name of the state?

    Victoria and Queensland will be the first to be renamed. The cost of compensation to private enterprise for repainting all of its signage; changing its letterheads and business cards, and so on, will be immense, but it’s only taxpayers’ money.

    Better still, a truly “progressive” government would simply refuse and tell everyone to get on with it.

  146. Mark A

    Ragu
    #2594956, posted on December 27, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    So there you go. That’s why the start of a 680 Nm race is important.

    Sorry Ragu but rubbish. I matters not.

    I only ever watch the first few minutes of F1, that’s where it all happens. The rest is a boring driving around in circles to nowhere.

  147. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Victoria and Queensland will be the first to be renamed.

    Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne will be the first capital cities to be renamed, surely?

  148. jupes

    Arky – currently there are less than 20 girls in the infantry. Zero have passed the infantry combat assessment.

    Then how are they in the infantry?

    Most are currently medically broken. Surprise.Both 1 RAR and 6 RAR will have female company commanders next year – by order of the Chief of Army.

    Wow. So no females have passed the infantry combat assessment, yet two of these non qualified females will be in charge of (nominally) 100 combat soldiers. Male officers take years to gain the experience to be competent enough to command a company. First they have to lead a platoon of (nominally) 30 soldiers as a lieutenant, then they will be promoted to captain in a staff job before being promoted to major and be given command of a company.

    Now all you need is a vagina. That is an absolute disgrace.

    Females can be good leaders, but should be selected on merit – not by order to satisfy some political social justice issue.

    No. That kind of thinking is why the army is in the mess it is in. Women must be banned from combat if not from the ADF altogether.

    There are many reasons why it is wrong to have females in combat positions not least of which is that it is morally wrong. They are too frail to play football against the men yet are expected to fight men to the death in combat. The army leadership sees no irony in the fact that they support White Ribbon Day. According to these bozos it’s a terrible thing to give your wife a clip yet perfectly okay to order her to assault an enemy machine gun.

    Also males and females bond differently. Males bond as a group, while males and females bond as a pair. Units will be unable to build the morale necessary to win in combat once the soldiers are rooting each other.

    Of course the main reason for this has nothing whatsoever to do with increasing combat capability because it quite obviously doesn’t. The current leadership is destroying the ADF for no other reason than to support feminist doctrine by promoting women ‘leaders’ for their own sake.

    Insanity.

  149. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Stollen bread and custard is extremely filling. We can’t go on like this, Hairy and I agree.
    It has about 8000 calories a slice. We had it for arvo tea as well.
    There’s half a loaf still left, and no-one else likes it. First World Problem, of course.

  150. feelthebern

    Nothing beats leftovers this week.
    This morning cooked up the left over prawns & had them on a sandwich.
    This evening, made bubble & squeak from the left over veggies.

    I think I’ll be eating ham & cheese toasties for the next month.

  151. cohenite

    Snoopy

    #2594951, posted on December 27, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    the entire city council of Palm Springs, California, is now lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ), as of last month’s elections

    From the link:

    Lisa Middleton, a lesbian transgender woman, who was also elected last month, said she is proud to be a part of the nation’s first all-LGBTQ city council, but that it was a result of simply electing the best people for the job.

    Now, is lisa a bloke who transgendered to a woman but who still roots women? Not that I care.

    Things are very fluid right now. There are 2 conservative forces against this Foucaultian ephemerality: Trumpism and islam, which are also antithetical. Great times ahead.

  152. Ragu

    C’mon, F1 is a little different.

    They’re racing on circuits that are too old and too narrow. Then the FIA penalises teams individually and eventually all teams because equality. (Seriously, who gives a toss Red Bull were running there exhaust gas over the rear wing? That’s a bloody good solution to a problem. FIA made it illegal)

  153. Knuckle Dragger

    Jupes,

    +1

    Excellent stuff. Love the football analogy as well.

    Everyone else, what jupes said.

  154. Ragu

    I think I’ll be eating ham & cheese toasties for the next month.

    Good. You want to hit peak diet and piss fit by 26 January

  155. overburdened

    Hey I been gone so what’s worse and shithouser than when I switched off?

  156. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for Top Ender, and Carpe. I’m drinking good Scotch, and watching a documentary on the Voyager/Melbourne collision. They’re interviewing Peter Cabban, on the subject of just how fit for command Duncan Stevens was…

  157. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Isandlwana 1879: Spear-wielding Zulu Warriors Surround and Destroy British Riflemen

    Walked over that battlefield. It’s one of those experiences. You can see where Durnford’s men fired the first shots from the donga, to where the last stands took place. “Fix bayonets, and die like Englishmen.”

  158. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    There are many reasons why it is wrong to have females in combat positions not least of which is that it is morally wrong. They are too frail to play football against the men yet are expected to fight men to the death in combat.

    Very sensible sentiments, Jupes. You point out very well the inconsistencies in the army’s approach.

    The idea of women leading a combat team when they are not fit for combat and have no experience of it is ludicrous. The feminist hold over the Australian Army needs to be halted. Genuine gender differences between men and women should be front of mind in all group work and the allocation of tasks. Women can have a place in a contemporary army but it is not in combat, nor in physical areas requiring severe discipline. In such circumstances, men need to discipline men.

  159. Arky

    Women and men aren’t interchangeable.
    When they find skeletal remains they don’t go “Ohhhh, we will have to take this back to the lab and do some tests”. No.
    They go: “That’s a chick skeleton”.

  160. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Good. You want to hit peak diet and piss fit by 26 January

    Invasion day?

  161. Bruce in WA

    Nothing beats leftovers this week.
    This morning cooked up the left over prawns & had them on a sandwich.
    This evening, made bubble & squeak from the left over veggies.

    I think I’ll be eating ham & cheese toasties for the next month.

    Ham and cheese toasties last night with soup.

    Cold ham, turkey, salad and Bakers Delight buns for lunch.

    Bubble and squeak for brekkie tomorrow.

    Pavlova gone; Christmas ice-cream pudding about 30% left.

    Drinking a white; red open; port open; beer in the fridge; scotch and gin still going strong.

    Life is good.

  162. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Interesting that our politicians and our judges are not guarded by female only details.

    I think they should be. Let’s make that mandatory until the gender madness ceases in the police and our armed forces. Shouldn’t take long because this lot tend to be nervous nellies when it comes to their own skin.

  163. Oh come on

    Lewis Hamilton has apologised for making “inappropriate” comments in a video in which he appeared to mock his nephew’s princess dress.

    In an Instagram video, which has since been deleted, the Formula 1 driver says “boys don’t wear princess dresses”.

    He was criticised on social media for the clip, which was apparently filmed on Christmas Day.

    The 32-year-old tweeted his “deepest apologies”, saying he loved that his nephew “feels free to express himself”.

    The world’s gone truly mad. What a pathetic cocksucker. Hamilton, for sure. The nephew, well, too soon to say and hopefully not pathetic.

    At the very least, Hamilton needs to get a new PR flack – someone who doesn’t play by yesterday’s rules. We all saw how these were trashed when Trump destroyed the Clintonian death star – hello? Once you apologise, you die. The left is expert at using apologies to direct its artillery fire.

  164. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Watching a show on crocodiles, the biggest survivors from the time when the meteorite hit. They are the only coldblooded animals with a four chambered heart, and they have extraordinary lungs that inflate and deflate for buoyancy. They move from mammalian type gait on land to the tail swish of a fish when in water. They have a larger cerebral cortex than any other reptile. They think. They can also suspend their metabolism to almost nothing, for months. They are ‘a survival machine’ – ‘there are probably very few creatures on earth more prepared for an apocalypse.’

    Gee whiz.

  165. zyconoclast

    Nothing beats leftovers this week.

    leftovers?
    you are doing it all wrong.
    continue to eat until all the food is gone.
    no left overs left behind.

  166. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    At the very least, Hamilton needs to get a new PR flack – someone who doesn’t play by yesterday’s rules. We all saw how these were trashed when Trump destroyed the Clintonian death star – hello? Once you apologise, you die. The left is expert at using apologies to direct its artillery fire.

    PR is now taught in ‘journalism schools’. Which means it is hard to find a PR not imbued with leftism.

  167. Ragu

    Invasion day?

    It could turn into that. Better book in a liver test around the 28th

  168. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Drinking a white; red open; port open; beer in the fridge; scotch and gin still going strong.

    Life is good.

    Indeed. I’m sitting in the hills, watching the doco on the sinking of the “Voyager” – the Memsahib was given a bottle of Hendricks gin for Christmas, which she’s just opened. Life is good.

  169. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    continue to eat until all the food is gone.

    Nooooooooooooo. My zips were all doing up fine a month before Christmas. Then came that NZ cruise on the All You Can Eat Buffet of the Seas, and then Christmas parties and then Christmas itself and now the Week of the Left Overs. I’m done. Next week I’m going back to gym, kick-boxing (for ladies, not head kicking), and dance classes. Then we go away again up the coast to stay with friends for a couple of weeks.

    It’s a difficult time of year, very testing for zips.

  170. Steve trickler.

    Time-lapse never gets old.



  171. Arky

    It’s a difficult time of year, very testing for zips.

    ..
    That’s wacist.

  172. Oh come on

    It’s my understanding that PR is a journalistic approach to marketing, hence PR flacks are all ex-hacks.

    I don’t really remember why but for some reason I briefly toyed with taking some PR units when at uni. Decided against it because the PR units looked to me to be entirely self-serving – endless case studies of ‘PR disasters’ where good PR could have saved the day. Whoever put that crap together never considered that hindsight is 20/20, did they? It’s not as though PR disasters have stopped happening due to the hordes of PR morons now infesting the corporate world.

    And, Lizzie, please. All this talk of cold blooded hearts and inflatable lungs might be putting you into soft core porn territory, and some old blokes may become aroused.

  173. EvilElvis

    There’s a chance the assembled “conservatives” and “libertarians” will cheer the advance of the surveillance state at monitoring people’s every action – as long as the people under surveillance are “moosleys” and “extremists”.

    No. Us “conservatives” would not allow them in the country as we realise culture matters. No need for surveillance then.

    I’ll await an open borders “libertarian” to clarify their position…

  174. JC

    What a ridiculous house. Yours for US$500 million. And yep, LA of course.

    It’s a 100,000 square foot home

  175. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Heard from Perpetua Durack over Christmas; she’s not coming to Sydney in early January so we’ll have to postpone our lunch date till later in the year. I’m currently reading that book I bought Hairy for Christmas – the biography about the life of William Larnach of Dunedin’s Larnach Castle (see my travel piece re this). It’s interesting as all get out, another family saga similar to the Duracks, in the same C19th time period, starting in Australia and ending in tragedy in New Zealand. I’ve recommended it to Perpetua and hope she gets a look at it; if not, I’ll show her the photos in the book, over lunch.

  176. Bruce in WA

    Indeed. I’m sitting in the hills, watching the doco on the sinking of the “Voyager” – the Memsahib was given a bottle of Hendricks gin for Christmas, which she’s just opened. Life is good.

    Just raised my glass in your direction. Happy New Year.

  177. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    JC, that LA place makes the top dollar of AUD$71 million around Sydney’s East look pretty puny. The word is that the one not far from us in Crescent Avenue sold for $68m and didn’t top the $71m as predicted. Both about three blocks, consolidated, and waterfront.

    The market in Oz is cooling.

  178. Bruce in WA

    Bombay Sapphire man myself. In the freezer for at least 24 hours; in the shaker with ice; NO vermouth!! Shake 30+ times; into the glass with a single olive. Must be full of ice spicules.

    Bliss.

  179. mizaris

    Surplus turkey, skin and all, shredded and marinated for a while in a little hoi sin sauce, then mixed with shredded lettuce, carrot, shaved celery, mint, basil, coriander, shallots, cashews, diced watermelon with vietnamese dressing (fish sauce, sugar, lime juice) – light and delicious. No Thermomix required.

  180. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just raised my glass in your direction. Happy New Year.

    A Happy New Year to you, and all your family, Bruce in WA.

    ” Here’s to us, wha’s like us?

    Damn few, and they’re all dead.”

  181. mizaris

    Ink gin and fever-tree tonic.

  182. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And, Lizzie, please. All this talk of cold blooded hearts and inflatable lungs might be putting you into soft core porn territory, and some old blokes may become aroused.

    That might be my cue to say I’m off to bed then.
    With Hairy. Make of that what you will. 😉

  183. Top Ender

    Zulu, I spent five years lecturing at the RAN College in Jervis Bay, and researched quite a bit of the place’s history. When the Voyager/Melbourne collision happened the trainees were indulging in their annual night of silly games: people dressing cup in weird clothes; mock trials and so on.

    The whole event was cancelled on the spot and lots of the staff rushed off to take part in the rescue of the survivors. The annual silly night was never resumed – its anniversary coincided with that of the collision.

    When I was there the yearly February service of remembrance was held in the College chapel. A lot of the ships companies from the two vessels turned up. They are all getting older and less capable of making the journey now – last one I heard of only had three blokes making the trip.

    Very sad.

  184. Arky

    Make of that what you will

    ..

    It’s a difficult time of year, very testing for zips.

    ..
    The hairy Irishman is a chubby chaser?
    Is he a ginger too?
    Totally gross.

  185. Arky

    Jeeze, there are some posts you instantly wish you could delete after posting.

  186. Arky

    No bastard here.
    Am I talking to myself? Anyone lurking?

  187. Westie Woman

    I’m lurking so behave..

  188. Oh come on

    Matt Drudge is gloriously catty. He could easily give Milo a run for his money; his juxtapositions are much more subtle. Take two entries currently leading the Drudge Report – the one at the top of the column links to a rundown of the best and worst movies of 2017. It features a picture of Meryl Streep in her role as Katherine Graham in blatant Oscar bait The Post. Directly underneath, the link to another story reads “THE POST: Publisher son commits suicide — like dad…” [Drudge’s italics]

    This is clearly a reference to the rumour based on not entirely uncompelling circumstantial evidence that Katherine Graham had her philandering husband murdered, and made it look like a suicide. This image of a ruthless, scheming black widow is incongruous with leftist icon Katherine Graham, crusading warrior of truthiness to power who the leftist establishment claims is again suddenly relevant in the age of Trump, who is literally Hitler. No, worse. He’s literally Nixon. And we need to be reminded – again – that Democracy Dies In Darkness or some old shit.

    Drudge is lampooning this leftist circle jerk superbly.

  189. Infidel Tiger

    No. That kind of thinking is why the army is in the mess it is in. Women must be banned from combat if not from the ADF altogether.

    There are many reasons why it is wrong to have females in combat positions not least of which is that it is morally wrong. They are too frail to play football against the men yet are expected to fight men to the death in combat. The army leadership sees no irony in the fact that they support White Ribbon Day. According to these bozos it’s a terrible thing to give your wife a clip yet perfectly okay to order her to assault an enemy machine gun.

    Also males and females bond differently. Males bond as a group, while males and females bond as a pair. Units will be unable to build the morale necessary to win in combat once the soldiers are rooting each other.

    Of course the main reason for this has nothing whatsoever to do with increasing combat capability because it quite obviously doesn’t. The current leadership is destroying the ADF for no other reason than to support feminist doctrine by promoting women ‘leaders’ for their own sake.

    Insanity.

    Liberty quote. Morality quote.

    What a goddamn shame it even needs saying.

  190. Arky

    Used to love this program in the eighties.
    Did you guys get it out here Westie?
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lULrvMKGVz0

  191. Westie Woman

    Arky

    Never heard of it but then I’m not a telly person – but now ill have look it up – thanks for nothing because now I won’t be mopping floors and darning socks while I look for that show!

  192. C.L.

    One of the other arms corps Regiments (not infantry) in my Brigade had a female troop commander this year who was far and away the best troop commander in the Regiment.

    Don’t be silly.

    Remains calm in a shit-fight and has a great tactical mind.

    What ‘fights’ has she been in?

  193. C.L.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Pilot crisis: foreigners to fill gaps

    Peter Dutton will allow foreign pilots into Australia on two-year work visas in an effort to fix a worsening shortage.

  194. C.L.

    Yes:

    The war on drugs is lost

    The war on drugs is a failure and the focus must be on treatment and harm minimisation for a real and lasting victory.

    ——————–

    In Australia we persist with a model that wastes taxpayer dollars and clearly doesn’t work. About $1.7 billion is spent annually on illicit-drugs policy. Almost 65 per cent is spent on supply reduction via law enforcement, compared with 22 per cent on treatment, 9.5 per cent on prevention and 2.2 per cent on harm reduction.

    We have got it all the wrong way around. Treatment provides a far greater return on investment; some estimates grade it at being 10 to 15 times more cost-effective than law enforcement interventions …

  195. Arky

    Treatment provides a far greater return on investment;

    ..
    I agree.
    Junkies should be treated to a .303 calibre acupuncture session.

  196. Marcus

    Something has gone seriously wrong with our chicks.
    Every second girl at school wants to br a “sniper”. As if this is something for which you send in a job application.

    Could be those stories about female snipers in Iraq and Syria fighting ISIS that did it, I suppose.

    Of course, I take my hat off to every one of them who sent an ISIS fighter to Hell, but you’d think given the choice most of those women would prefer that ISIS never existed and they never had to pick up a rifle.

  197. zyconoclast

    I agree.
    Junkies should be treated to a .303 calibre acupuncture session.

    Make sure the .303 calibre is sterilized.
    You wouldn’t want the junkie dying of a nasty infection.
    They have weakened immune systems, don’t you know.

  198. zyconoclast

    Naked postal worker, 24, ‘shoots his supervisor dead then kills his co-worker outside her apartment amid fears he was going to get fired’

    Being naked during the shooting adds an interesting variation to the typical disgruntled postal worker shooting genre.

  199. zyconoclast

    Europe: The Islamization of Christmas
    “An unbearable, involuntary submission to Islam”

    The re-theologizing of Christmas is based on the false premise that the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus (Isa) of the Koran. This religious fusion, sometimes referred to as “Chrislam,” is gaining ground in a West that has become biblically illiterate.

    A school in Lüneburg postponed a Christmas party after a Muslim student complained that the singing of Christmas carols during school was incompatible with Islam. Alexander Gauland, the leader of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), said the school’s action was “an unbearable, involuntary submission to Islam” and amounted to a “cowardly injustice” toward non-Muslim children.

    “The word ‘Christmas,’ a symbol of our faith and our culture, does not discriminate against anyone. Striking the emblems of Christmas does not guarantee anyone’s respect, does not produce a welcoming and inclusive school and society, but fosters intolerance towards our culture, our customs, our laws and our traditions. We firmly believe that our traditions must be respected.” — Milan politician Samuele Piscina.

    This year’s Christmas season has been marked by Islam-related controversies in nearly every European country. Most of the conflicts have been generated by Europe’s multicultural political and religious elites, who are bending over backwards to secularize Christmas, ostensibly to ensure that Muslims will not be offended by the Christian festival.

    Many traditional Christmas markets have been renamed — Amsterdam Winter Parade, Brussels Winter Pleasures, Kreuzberger Wintermarkt, London Winterville, Munich Winter Festival — to project a multicultural veneer of secular tolerance.

    More troubling are the growing efforts to Islamize Christmas. The re-theologizing of Christmas is based on the false premise that the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus (Isa) of the Koran. This religious fusion, sometimes referred to as “Chrislam,” is gaining ground in a West that has become biblically illiterate.

    In Britain, for instance, the All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames recently held a joint birthday celebration for Jesus and Mohammed. The “Milad, Advent and Christmas Celebration” on December 3 was aimed at “marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed and looking forward to the birthday of Jesus.” The hour-long service included time for Islamic prayer and was followed by the cutting of a birthday cake.

    The prominent Christian blog “Archbishop Cranmer” rebuked the church for its lack of discernment:

    “Note how this event is ‘Marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed,’ but not looking forward to the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mohammed gets his prophethood, while Jesus gets neither his prophethood nor his priesthood; neither his kingship nor his messiahship. It’s the exalted Prophet Mohammed along with plain old Jesus, because to have added any of his claims to divinity would, of course, have alienated many Muslims (if they hadn’t already been alienated by the haram [forbidden by Islam] celebration), which wouldn’t have been very interfaith or sensitively missional, would it?”

    The blog added that exalting Mohammed in churches effectively proclaims that Mohammed is greater than Jesus:

    “Every time a church accords Mohammed the epithet ‘Prophet,’ they are rejecting the crucifixion, denying the resurrection of Christ, and refuting that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, for Mohammed denied all of these foundational tenets of the Christian faith.”

    Previously, a passage from the Koran denying that Jesus is the Son of God was read during a service at a Scottish Episcopal Church in Glasgow on Epiphany, a festival commemorating the incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ. One of the Queen’s chaplains, Gavin Ashenden, referred to the Koran reading as “blasphemy.” He added that “there are other and considerably better ways to build ‘bridges of understanding'” with Muslims.

    In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims, a parliamentary group composed of members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, issued a report, “A Very Merry Muslim Christmas,” aimed at drawing attention to the “humanity” of Muslims during Christmas. The report states:

    “Too often, Muslim charities come to our attention because of negative media coverage… What we hear even less about is the ‘Muslim Merry Christmas.’ The soup kitchens, the food banks, the Christmas dinners, the New Year clean-up — work Muslim charities will be busy doing during the Christmas period.”

    In Scotland, the regional government was accused of “undermining” Britain’s Christian heritage by promoting “winter festivals” for ethnic minorities while ignoring Christmas. Scotland’s International Development Minister, Alasdair Allan, pledged nearly £400,000 ($535,000) to fund 23 events during the winter months. He described them as “key dates in our national calendar” and said the “exciting and diverse” program would help Scots “celebrate everything great about our wonderful country during the winter months.” None of the events, however, has any connection to Christmas. A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland said:

    “It is deeply disappointing that the Scottish Government has chosen not to recognize the religious reality of Christmas in its Winter Festival events. Over half of the population stated their religion as Christian in the last census. Catholics, and other Christians, may quite rightly wonder why this publicly-funded Festival does not include any events designed to help Scots celebrate the birth of Christ which is undoubtedly the most significant celebration in the winter months.”

    Gordon Macdonald, of Christian charity CARE, added:

    “It is part of the general secularization that has been taking place within the Scottish Government for a number of years where our Christian heritage and value system has been undermined as a direct result of government policy.”

    In Denmark, a primary school in Graested cancelled a traditional church service marking the beginning of Christmas in order not to offend Muslim pupils. Some parents accused the school of having double-standards: it recently held an event called “Syria Week” in which children immersed themselves in Middle Eastern culture. Ignoring parents, the school board sided with the school:

    “The board backs the school’s decision to create new traditions [emphasis added] that involve children and young people.”

    Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who attended the school as a child, said the decision should be reversed. Health Minister Ellen Trane Norby added:

    “Danish primary schools have a duty to spread education — and teaching the cultural values and knowledge connected to Christmas is an essential part of that.”

    In France, the annual Christmas market in the Croix-Rousse district of Lyon was cancelled because of exorbitant security costs associated with protecting the event from Islamic terror. The city’s annual festival of lights did go ahead this year. The military governor of Lyon, General Pierre Chavancy, said that, because of the “sensitivity” of the event, 1,500 soldiers and police, backed up by dogs, river brigades and mine-clearers, would be deployed to provide security.

    In neighboring Belgium, the head of the Red Cross in Liège, André Rouffart, ordered all 28 offices in the city to remove crucifixes to affirm the organization’s secular identity. Critics said the decision was part of a broader effort to “modify certain terminologies” and to “break with our traditions and our roots” in order to appease Muslims. “We once said Christmas holidays, now we say winter holidays,” said a local Red Cross volunteer. “The Christmas market in Brussels has been renamed ‘Winter Pleasures.’ Let things remain as they are.”

    In Germany, a school in Lüneburg postponed a Christmas party after a Muslim student complained that the singing of Christmas carols during school was incompatible with Islam. The school’s decision to reschedule the event as a non-compulsory after-school activity generated “a flood of hate mail and even threats against school management and school board,” according to Focus. In an effort to appease angry parents, Headmaster Friedrich Suhr said that “non-Christian” Christmas songs such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” would not be banned. Alexander Gauland, the leader of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), said the school’s action was “an unbearable, involuntary submission to Islam” and amounted to a “cowardly injustice” toward non-Muslim children.

    In Munich, ads for a multicultural “winter market” depicted a snowman covered in a burqa. The chairman of the AfD in Bavaria, Petr Bystron, noted the irony: “A burqa snowman as a tolerance symbol?” In Halle, the Christmas market was renamed “Wintermarket.”

    In Berlin, the traditional Christmas market was protected by walls of concrete barriers to prevent a repeat of last year’s jihadist attack in which 12 people were killed and more than 50 injured. In Stuttgart, a 53-year-old man was arrested at the Christmas market after he claimed to carrying a bomb in his backpack. In Potsdam, the Christmas market was closed after a nearby pharmacy received a letter bomb. In Bonn, the Christmas market was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

    In Italy, a school in Milan removed references to Christmas at a party and renamed the holiday as “The Great Festival of Happy Holidays.” Writing on Facebook, local politician Samuele Piscina accused the school of implementing “a politically correct leftist policy” that deprives Italian children the joy of Christmas:

    “After the nativity scenes and the crucifixes, now even Christmas parties are hindered in schools. The word ‘Christmas,’ a symbol of our faith and our culture, does not discriminate against anyone. Striking the emblems of Christmas does not guarantee anyone’s respect, does not produce a welcoming and inclusive school and society, but fosters intolerance towards our culture, our customs, our laws and our traditions. We firmly believe that our traditions must be respected.”

    In Bolzano, a cardboard Christmas tree was ordered to be removed from the town hall because “it could have offended the sensibilities” of Muslims. A local politician, Alessandro Urzì, expressed outrage at the decision: “The bureaucratic rigor with which the tree was removed to avoid the risk of annoying someone reflects the barbarization of the cultural climate.”

    In Norway, a primary school in Skien announced that its Christmas festivities this year would include not only the usual reading by pupils of verses from the Bible but also two verses from the Koran which refer to Jesus. The inimitable Bruce Bawer explained the implications:

    “Stigeråsen School’s Christmas plans provide yet another example of dhimmitude: craven European submission to Islam. This year, there might be a couple of Koran verses in a Christmas show; next year, a yuletide event at which both religions are celebrated on an even footing; and not too many years after that, perhaps, a children’s celebration at which there is no cross and no Christmas tree, only prayer rugs, benedictions in Arabic, and hijabs for the girls.”

    In Spain, the Madrid City Council replaced Christmas festivities in the capital with a neo-Pagan “International Fair of the Cultures.” According to Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena, a former member of Spain’s Communist Party, the express purpose of the month-long event is to de-Christianize Christmas to make it more inclusive:

    “We all know that Christmas is a festival of religious origin, but it is also a celebration of humanity, solidarity. Therefore, the Madrid City Council wants to do everything possible so that everyone who is in this city, from wherever they may be, can enjoy Christmas.”

    Breaking with tradition, the Madrid city hall also refused to place a nativity scene at the Puerta de Alcalá, one of the city’s most iconic monuments. Local politician José Luis Martínez-Almeida accused Carmena of “enthusiastically collaborating in the celebration of Ramadan” but “trying to hide all the Christian symbols of Christmas.” He added: “We want to reclaim our cultural and religious roots.”

  200. zyconoclast

    ‘Go to other countries’: Swedish finance minister says refugee integration capacity stretched

    Sweden has exhausted its resources to take in more asylum seekers after the 2015 refugee influx, the country’s finance minister has said, suggesting that migrants and refugees will have better luck elsewhere in the EU.
    “Integration is not working properly. It didn’t work before the autumn of 2015 either, but for me it is obvious that we cannot have a larger asylum reception than we are able to integrate,” Magdalena Andersson told the Dagens Nyheter.
    That is not good for the people who come here and it is not good for society at large either.” In 2015, at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe, nearly 163,000 people sought asylum in Sweden, according to the national migration agency.

    “We must ensure that we never end up in such a situation as we were in the fall of 2015,” Andersson said, adding, the country is experiencing a major housing shortage and lack of teachers as a result.

    “Now the focus must be on those who have the right to stay in Sweden” to provide them with work and accommodation, as well as to grant necessary education for children, the minister said.

    Migrants and refugees will “have more opportunities if they go to another country,” Andersson said, adding, it will be faster to seek protection in other European states. Those coming to the Nordic country will face “a very strained situation,” she warned.

    Amid the record-breaking refugee inflow to Sweden in 2015, the government had to back-track on its once-generous approach towards immigration the same year, tightening border controls and introducing ID checks. The government said it needed “respite,” pointing to its overstretched infrastructure.

    The new restrictive policy resulted in less than 30,000 people coming to Sweden in 2016, with even smaller numbers in 2017.

    Andersson’s comments didn’t appeal to everybody in the government, though, with the education minister Gustav Fridolin from the Green Party warning there would “soon be no sanctuary left for those who really need to flee,” if everyone keep saying that migrants would be better off somewhere else.

  201. Fisky

    Pilot crisis: foreigners to fill gaps

    Peter Dutton will allow foreign pilots into Australia on two-year work visas in an effort to fix a worsening shortage.

    God no.

  202. Peter Dutton will allow foreign pilots into Australia on two-year work visas in an effort to fix a worsening shortage.

    Would this be the same arsehole minister who just ended the temporary entry business skilled visa coz Australia should employ Australians?

    Serious question: Is the S.F.L party on some sort of exercise to see how few votes they get at the next federal election?

  203. Heck, what airline would bother to do somethin about pilots?

    It makes more sense for an airline to campaign furiously for SSM.

  204. Tintarella di Luna

    Good morning Tom, thank you for today and yesterday’s cartoon crop. Have only dropped in here momentarily distractions and interruptions aplenty at this time

  205. Rae

    6.00 am start today. So fun.

    Wild Oats XI still being credited with a win in the Sydney to Hobart, pending any possible penalty from a formal protest by Comanche.

  206. Tom

    Today may be the day. Only three hours to go before DJT has gone 24 hours without tweeting anything. Reporting on the lack of activity on the presidential Twitter account will be today’s pathetic excuse for the existence of the fake news MSM.

  207. Diogenes

    I remember an Army Reserve exercise, where a girl in the ambush party had used toothpaste.

    One AFX they bought the girls of the regiment (UNSWR) out to the bush for a visit, as they were going to go bush in the next AFX. We made an effort to be presentable, and even had a company shower (ground sheet spread on a firetrail, stripped of by platoon, hosed down by the local CFA crew, quick lather,then rinsed off by said crew).
    All we got was “eww they stiiiink”.

    The next AFX rolls around, we were unwashed for a week, the girls were whisked off every arvo for a shower.

  208. John Constantine

    Why not import our pilots?.

    It is now demonstrated beyond doubt that we import the economic agenda to genocide our economy from transnational sources, so if the third world can fly our entire economy into the ground, what difference do a few death spiralling Cessnas on bush runs make?.

  209. Bruce of Newcastle

    Getting on the Trump train…

    Israel wants train station named for Trump

    A train station set to be built near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City will be named after US President Donald Trump, an Israeli minister says.

    They understand diplomacy very well in Tel Aviv. Unlike the Palis, who the other day resolved to no longer to talk to Americans. Foot meet AK-47 fire…that budget of theirs is going to get smaller methinks.

    Reports: PA President Mahmoud Abbas Instructs Staff to Sever Ties With U.S. (Monday)

  210. Up The Workers!

    Meanwhile, in deepest, darkest Victoriastan where the Premier’s wife is still exempt from the breathalyser, the Crims’ Party Police Farce is making radio announcements that this morning the “terrorist attack warning system loudspeakers” will be tested in the C.B.D. (Central Bullshitting District) for the first time.

    These are the speakers installed by Dodgy Dan’s C.F.M.E.U. pals at great taxpayer cost (isn’t everything?) to inform us that this week’s latest scheduled murderous terrorist attack on innocent civilians is currently underway, and everybody should RUN!, PANIC!, COWER! HIDE! lest you become the latest in the long line of victims of the A.L.P.’s (Allah’s Local Party’s) imported, Labor-voting, “lone wolves with a mental health plan”.

    Prime Quisling, Halal Mal the Head-Loppers’ Pal proposes to once again steadfastly “stand behind” the families and victims of the latest terrorist atrocity (as he routinely promises every week) and he intends to import even more devout Musbyterian International Centrelink-Seekers to vote Labor and tell us what tragic “victims” the murderous perpetrators are.

    I wonder what Sir Henry Bolte would have done if he were still about today?

    He’d probably try to “clear the swamp” by arranging prompt introductions for some of Labor’s “lone wolves with mental health plans”, to their famous 72 x sixteen-hundred-year-old virgins, after first stretching their necks just a bit.

    I wonder whose plan would be the more effective?

  211. John Constantine

    The booming sector of our economy.

    Corruptly allowing transnational immigration cartels to deal selling Australian citizenship, under the pretence of education.

    Caught up with a bloke recently that has had a mainland Chinese working on his crew for a while.

    The family had paid 25 grand for a course that led to residency.

    Once the residency was ticked off, the lad quit the job his course had trained him for and went straight to work as a real estate agent for an Australian based firm with a mainland Chinese client base.

    This family would have paid a hundred grand more for honestly corrupt residency for their son, if he hadn’t had to waste time pretending to do a crap course.

    We can’t even right price our corruption, wiping out the Old Country is one thing, but selling the right to genocide it for cents in the dollar is a directly Australian dribbling idiocy.

  212. Sydney Boy

    Jupes –

    Arky – currently there are less than 20 girls in the infantry. Zero have passed the infantry combat assessment.

    Then how are they in the infantry?

    There are also many men who have not passed. The new test (known as the PESA) was introduced only a few years ago and it is not regarded as “compulsory” to pass – but if you don’t pass then as an officer your career is unlikely to be progress very far.

    The army leadership sees no irony in the fact that they support White Ribbon Day. According to these bozos it’s a terrible thing to give your wife a clip yet perfectly okay to order her to assault an enemy machine gun.

    Good point. I can’t call someone a mean name anymore (who the fuck knows what drill sergeants say on parade grounds nowadays) but I can send them into near-certain death. But soldiers are still soldiers, and down at the lower levels – everything below Canberra – they still love fighting.

  213. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2595046, posted on December 28, 2017 at 5:58 am
    6.00 am start today. So fun.

    Septimus trying his Christmas binoculars for the first time at the local nudist beach.
    Fuck off Grig stain.

  214. Eyrie

    “Pilot crisis: foreigners to fill gaps”
    This has been totally foreseeable for a couple of decades. Civil aviation in Australia is run by a totalitarian thuggocracy (CASA) and has been run into the ground as a result.
    The first step in learning to fly is getting interested and the security measures at small airports have been increased to the extent that most look like Stalag Luft 17, not inviting places to take your children for a picnic, watch the planes and maybe talk to some pilots.
    From there it gets worse with all sorts of ridiculous requirements to be able to learn to fly a private small aircraft and remain qualified to do so which then is the entry level for commercial pilots in general aviation, some of whom go on to airlines. Airlines also recruit from former military pilots who are trained at truly vast taxpayer expense (money is no object) but there will be fewer of those in future as the number of airframes in the military decreases.
    What needs to be outsourced is the administration of civil aviation in Australia. Give it to the US FAA. They still do much of the world’s civil aviation and the vast majority of the smaller end and do it very well. While US pilots grizzle about the FAA now and again I have not seen the utter hatred and contempt that is engendered by CASA in Australia.

  215. Snoopy

    Pilot crisis: foreigners to fill gaps

    Peter Dutton will allow foreign pilots into Australia on two-year work visas in an effort to fix a worsening shortage.

    1. CASA regulates flying schools to the point of unprofitability.
    2. Fair Work Australia prevents newly qualified commercial pilots from working for free for parachute clubs, small charter airlines etc to get their hours up high enough to score a job in Papua or PNG.
    3. Import pilots.

  216. Snoopy

    Meanwhile, in deepest, darkest Victoriastan where the Premier’s wife is still exempt from the breathalyser,

    If Dan the Man hadn’t been drinking as he claims why wasn’t he driving? Or was he?

  217. calli

    The re-theologizing of Christmas is based on the false premise that the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus (Isa) of the Koran. This religious fusion, sometimes referred to as “Chrislam,” is gaining ground in a West that has become biblically illiterate.

    “Tashlan”. C.S. Lewis was a prophet

  218. calli

    WO IX won. Woohoo! And WO X not far behind her. Plus a new race record.

    *happy dance*

    Now let’s see if the sweary gesturers in the big fat tub try to stymie it.

  219. Gab

    Meanwhile, in deepest, darkest Victoriastan where the Premier’s wife is still exempt from the breathalyser, the Crims’ Party Police Farce is making radio announcements that this morning the “terrorist attack warning system loudspeakers” will be tested in the C.B.D. (Central Bullshitting District) for the first time.

    And yet the “terrorist attack warning system loudspeakers” wasn’t used during the Flinders Street attack because they couldn’t label it terrorism for days. Much debate on radio in the aftermath as to what is and isn’t a terrorist attack and the legal definition must first apply.

    The whole thing is an expensive farce.

  220. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Krugtron has resurfaced:

    Krugman: ‘I Vote That We Make Pink P**sy Hats The Symbol Of Our Delivery From Evil’

    Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times contributor Paul Krugman has an interesting idea for what should become a national icon if America can “survive” the presidency of Donald Trump: “pink pussy hats.”

    Krugman wrote an op-ed Christmas Day that claimed America is on the verge of collapse under the leadership of “dictator wannabe” Trump, and the only thing that will save the nation is the “highly energized resistance” on display at events like the women’s march in January in Washington, D.C.

    Pussy hats will save America!

  221. Gab

    White, no sugar for me, thanks Calli 🙂

  222. calli

    Coming right up, ma’am. ☕️☕️☕️

  223. Snoopy

    It’s very curious. Our security agencies claim to be successful in preventing Islamic terror attacks yet successful attacks are found to be something else.

  224. calli

    The latest serving of oily rightthink from BO:

    Former US president Barack Obama says the way people communicate via social media risks splintering society, and leaders must ensure the internet does not cocoon users in their biases.

    I wonder how he proposes to “ensure” this? What a miserable, totalitarian little dweeb he is.

  225. Arky

    Former US President Barack Obama made a barely veiled attack on President Trump in a BBC Radio interview conducted by British Royal Prince Harry, apparently politicising the otherwise neutral Royal Family by involving them in Domestic U.S. politics.

  226. Arky

    Stop pre- empting me Calli.

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