Open Forum: December 30, 2017

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  1. Rae

    C Karmichael Hunt

    With a “K”.

  2. Tel;

    Would a VR rifle scope kit improve things??

    Anyone have a try of a laser dot thingy on a rifle?
    Any recommendations?

  3. Oh come on

    I recall an interview with Bettina Arndt and Karen Straughan. Arndt got talking about some aspects of her day job – she coaches older women to have more success in their online dating escapades. Her first tip is get over yourself. Apparently most of her clients come in with a profile that is essentially a long list of all their demands and expectations and – surprise, surprise – this gets them nowhere in a marketplace where there are four or five older women for every one older man. So she counsels them to cut out all the preaching and not-negotiables and instead be a bit flirty and suggestive in their profiles.

    Arndt said she has a lot of success with her older female clients. She also said that she felt sorry for the men several of her clients ended up with.

  4. Oh come on

    An interview between Karen Straughan and Bettina Arndt. I wasn’t actually present.

  5. Speaking of tattoos, this in the Daily Telegraph:
    Karl Stefanovic has Asian scribble on his arm.

    His tits could give Shorten’s a run for his money.

  6. JC

    Was Bettina Arndt a “sexologist” in the 80s? There was someone claiming to be a legover expertologist many moons ago with a name that sounds like hers.. from distant memory.

  7. Mater

    Anyone have a try of a laser dot thingy on a rifle?
    Any recommendations?

    They work great at the distance for which they are zeroed. Lasers travel in straight lines, bullets have trajectories. For close ranges, it doesn’t matter much.

  8. Mullumhillbilly

    secure safe zone for women

    Make it a big one, about the size of, say, Germany.

  9. nemkat

    Bettina Arndt also edited Forum in the 70s.
    She still gets published in The Australian occasionally.

  10. Mater;

    They work great at the distance for which they are zeroed. Lasers travel in straight lines, bullets have trajectories. For close ranges, it doesn’t matter much.

    Yep. Was more thinking of longer ranges – 500/700m. Daylight visibility a bit of a problem, I think.

  11. JC

    Should have checked wiki. That’s her – the legover expert.

    Bettina Arndt (born 1 August 1949) is an Australian sex therapist, journalist and clinical psychologist.

  12. JC

    Should have checked wiki. That’s her – the legover expert.

  13. good times

    Personally I find the pick handle (aided by the cattle prod) ideal for controlling the behaviour of the tumbril load.

  14. jo

    Seeing JEG as Proyme Minestah.

    Could’ve been worse, she might have been naked and looking for her contacts. Can’t unsee something like that.

  15. Andreas

    Right now there are thousands of Australians in emergency wards and hospital beds because of drink.
    How many because of cocaine?

    Stupid comparison because alcohol is far more widely used than cocaine.

  16. Mullumhillbilly

    Daylight visibility a problem, I think

    A reflex sight works fine in bright light

  17. Can’t unsee something like that.

    You could have added a warning before sharing that mental image.

    A hard to erase image.
    That will cause limp dicks for months!

  18. Mater

    Winston,
    Hard (almost impossible) to see the dot at that distance, especially during daylight. A dot large enough to see would defeat the purpose.
    Magnification is your friend. Nightforce 22x.
    Otherwise, ‘spray-and-pray’.

  19. Mater

    Yep. Was more thinking of longer ranges – 500/700m. Daylight visibility a bit of a problem, I think.

    Winston,
    Hard (near impossible) to see the dot at that distance, especially during daylight. A dot large enough (and bright enough) would defeat the purpose, not to mention the bullet drop issues.
    Magnification is your friend. Nightforce 22x.
    Otherwise, spray and pray.

  20. Steve trickler.

    Gavin McInnes, on the mark.

    Opioids and heroin.



  21. Oh come on

    Was Bettina Arndt a “sexologist” in the 80s?

    That’s her! She was also a panelist on the first edition of Mark Latham’s Outsiders.

  22. Stimpson J. Cat

    secure safe zone for women

    It’s called a Kitchen.

  23. cohenite

    They work great at the distance for which they are zeroed. Lasers travel in straight lines, bullets have trajectories. For close ranges, it doesn’t matter much.

    Do you shoot Mater?

  24. Knuckle Dragger

    OCO,

    Re the Bettina Arndt thing – abso-bloody-lutely.

    Any female up to and including 35 tends to have profiles that are interesting, and indicate that they’re fun loving people who have a range of interests, and are after a bit of company and see what happens after that. No problems at all.

    As a general rule, the 35+ brigade have profiles that tend to serve as a warning rather than to attract others. Most follow the lines of:

    I am looking for a HUSBAND!
    NO smokers!
    NO drunks!
    MUST have own car, good job and money!
    MUST treat me like a lady!!! (Read: MUST fall over backwards to attend to my every wish 24 hours per day regardless of any other event)
    NO time wasters! (God knows what that means)
    DO NOT expect immediate gratification because men only want one thing!!!
    MUST take me to NICE restaurants regularly!
    Etc etc etc.

    This leaves blokes two options. One, target the younger ones. They actually do tend to be funny and genuinely enjoy life. They are good company and if a bit of the other occurs as well, even better. They don’t mind going out with slightly older blokes, and for us fellas it’s good for the soul. The his has the added advantage of leaving the older chicks fuming at ‘all the men going out with younger women’ without wondering why that may be.

    Two, accept all the conditions ordered by the slightly older harridan mob and prepare for an early grave as a broken man. People still do this, to my continual amazement. Life’s too short.

  25. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘This has the added advantage’

    Jeez.

  26. Mater

    Sorry Winston,
    Typed out a long winded reply, twice, and lost them both.
    BLUP. Dot is too small and not bright enough.
    Magnification is your friend. Nightforce 22x.
    Otherwise, spray and pray!

  27. Roger

    Millions of Australians will now need scripts for every single box they buy.
    No surprise that the AMA favours the move.
    This is the worst government in Australian history.

    Small beer compared to the structural damage Howard & Costello inflicted on the nation.

  28. They work great at the distance for which they are zeroed. Lasers travel in straight lines, bullets have trajectories. For close ranges, it doesn’t matter much.

    For close range use a laser , (either built in or on a picatiny rail), always good fun to see how much your point of aim moves

  29. Boambee John

    Malmö Police advised women to stay inside after dark following string of rapes

    Is that why JC says m0nty has gone lesbian? Getting ready for Malmo?

  30. struth

    Was Bettina Arndt a “sexologist” in the 80s? There was someone claiming to be a legover expertologist many moons ago with a name that sounds like hers.. from distant memory.

    That’s her.
    Apparently she gave it away, due to being overworked in Canberra, where it is a land of sexual extremes. In Canberra, it is usually a solo exercise, or involves fucking 24 million people at once.

  31. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I am looking for a HUSBAND!

    I’ve listened to one of the local swampies – single mum with three children – outlining her list of demands for the ideal partner – “Not paying child support, for any kids from previous relationships – I’m not taking on someone else’s slops.” How I kept a straight face..

  32. Knuckle Dragger

    As an example of the harridan brigade at work:

    One night I got home from work at about 0100, and had to be back in harness at 0800 later that morning. The ex was in bed so I sat on the couch and cracked a beer, and put the TV on before hitting the sack.

    I then watched airliners flying into the WTC towers, and was obviously glued to the screen after that. The ex appeared about 0230 and asked if I was coming to bed. I explained about what was happening, that thousands were dead, terrorism, momentous event, world shaking and so on.

    I was then told I was selfish for staying up late and were we still going to her friends’ place for dinner that night, before disappearing back to bed. Absolutely hopeless. I made further attempts to explain the event’s significance the next day, but it all fell on deaf ears.

    Because it didn’t directly affect her day.

    And they wonder why people stay single.

  33. notafan

    As there is no one here likely to contradict me (waves to Twitter) I am in Rome still struggling with the time change.

    Been visiting the tourist traps because kiddo hasn’t been.

    Every single place has new improved security screening and police and soldiers on duty with strategically placed vehicles car and truck attacks.

    Queue times are horrendous even if you thought you were being smart and pre-booked.

    Thanks Muslims and muslim apologists!

    Every few feet one is dogged by spruikers, every nationality, obviously enough people fall for it to make it worth their while.

    We went to St Peter’s via a side street though and avoided some of them there but the line to get in (security screening thanks again Muslims) meant it would be a three hour wait. Just no. My son wants to go hear the pope’s address so we’ll go back today.

    Africans with ‘free’ bracelets are also still pests. They keep telling out weird comments like Africa number one!

    Possibly some serious resentment there.

    One again, I get asked for directions. A 30 something Greek man wanted to know how to get to the Colosseum, he can’t make out his map. I told him it was just around to the rest right but he was still confused so as we were going that way I offered to show him , it would be visible as soon as you walked around the ‘Wedding Cake’

    A little polite conversation as we crossed the street? No.
    It was all, out of nowhere, and I quote, ‘fucking Christians destroyed Greek civilization’ I just looked at him as he started apologizing for his language, but not his sentiments, and walked away with my boys.

    Could not be bothered.

    I’d set him on his way but seriously, you’re in Rome and thats your conversation starter?

    Trastevere is still fabulous, morning masses at Santa Maria, said buon giorno back to a nun carting bread to the ‘economical kitchen’ which pleased me as well as seeing lots of beautiful young nuns in the Basilica.

    Priests in soutanes around too, they must be making Francis very cross with their ostentatious displays of priesthood.

    We’ll miss the Vatican Museum closed Sunday Monday; next time.

    Plenty of other less popular and thus queueless things to do before we head south.

    Arrivederci!

  34. Mater;
    No, it’s OK.
    I’ll stick with the scope. Was just having a thought about the aiming systems.
    Used one on the copper issued rifle a while back and it was too confusing.
    “Too confusing” was my excuse for missing 3 pigs at about 75m.
    Having both eyes open is bloody unnatural.

  35. Knuckle Dragger

    ZK,

    Oh yes. Forgot another common demand:

    ‘Any children you have MUST come second to me, or my children.’

    Sorry Toots – I don’t care if you’re Delta Goodrem wrapped in Elle McPherson with a side of Jessica Alba. My kid is, and always will be Number 1.

    Also, anyone that demands I MUST love their pet/s is out. I like most pets anyway, but won’t be told to do so. Rubbing one out is thus more attractive than putting up with that shit.

  36. nemkat

    Steve trickler.
    #2597663, posted on December 31, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    If anyone avoided the video because Gavin McInnes is a total cuck, he did claim to have the lowdown on the Nancy Spungen murder.
    According to McInnes, guests Steve [woodchipped] Buscemi and another junkie were robbing Sid and Nancy while they nodded off after a session, she woke up, one of them stabbed her, and they fled with the stash and the loot.

  37. zyconoclast

    Delivery Drivers Reveal London ‘No-Go Zones’ Made ‘Too Dangerous to Work’ by Acid Attacks and Knife Crimes

    The frequency of assaults using corrosive liquid in the city — officially the world capital of reported acid attacks — has left drivers choosing to take a big pay cut rather than braving dangerous areas of London at night.

    “We used to work till 2am – now people are stopping before 10pm,” one moped driver revealed to The Sun.“After 8pm or 9pm, we’re not going to those dangerous places.”

    Places named by delivery men as areas of the UK capital which are too dangerous to work include Hackney and Stoke Newington — boroughs which local MP Diane Abbott boasts are “ethnically diverse”, noting just 36 per cent of residents describe themselves as white British.

    Another area described as one to avoid by the drivers is Bethnal Green, a part of London which lies in the corruption-plagued, Islamist-connected borough of Tower Hamlets.

    Also named by drivers were “regenerated” regions such as Elephant & Castle and Stratford, the latter of which police say is hit by child sex grooming gangs, despite the Olympic Park home having been the recipient of £12.5 billion investment in recent years, which marked the largest urban regeneration programme in Europe.

  38. calli

    Trastevere is still fabulous, morning masses at Santa Maria,

    Lovely, nota. One of my treasured Roman memories. Each time I go, I find europe less appealing. I had an Italian shopkeeper almost weeping on my shoulder about how his country is being destroyed.

  39. min

    Hey Cats out there , any counselling psychologist can get problems of sexual dysfunction presented so you either get some training so that you can help your clients or send them off to a Bettina Arndt. She probably dealt with problems like premature ejaculation, vaginismus, poor understanding of sexuality etc. Did not appeal to me dealing with those problems all day but she made it her speciality.

  40. zyconoclast

    Somali refugee family given £2m council house in exclusive London neighbourhood

    Muriidi Abati, 57, and his wife Maryan Mohamed, 44, have lived in the Georgian townhouse with their seven children, aged between eight and 23, for 15 years.

    The four-storey townhouse could be rented out privately for £900 a week but cleaner Mr Abati, who earns £7 an hour, pays just £90 to Islington Council in north London.

    Mrs Mohamed said: “We’re very lucky and grateful to have this house. It’s sad there are not enough houses for everyone.”

    But critics said it was “ridiculous” the refugees were given “a home for millionaires” while many families are forced to live in squalor.

    John Bickley, Ukip immigration spokesman, said: “Councils have a duty to optimise their tax-payer-funded assets for the benefit of all residents. Letting out multimillion pound houses or flats for peppercorn rent is a poor return on such assets.

    “They should be sold and the returns invested in affordable social housing that benefits a larger number of residents.”

    The property includes a basement games room with a state-of-the-art 50-inch flat screen TV, while the living room has two large leather sofas and a massive leather chair.

    It is situated in Islington’s Clerkenwell district – a sought-after area boasting Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy bars and home to the world-famous Sadler’s Wells theatre and Smithfield Market.

    X Files actress Gillian Anderson, 49, sold a six-bedroom home there for £3.6million earlier this year.

    Average property prices in the borough stood at £774,923 last year, with terraced houses selling for around £1.3million.

    Last year Islington Council let just 1,250 properties, housing about seven per cent of the 18,000 families on its waiting list.

    On its website, the council says: “Regrettably, even people in the greatest need often face a delay of several years before they get housed.”

    And it warns: “It is very unlikely that you will be offered a council home as there is far more demand than supply.”

    Despite the huge backlog, the council says it aims to build just 500 new homes over the next four years.

    Refugees can qualify as a priority for housing if a local council deems them to be “vulnerable” under the Housing Act 1996.

    Although refugee status is not listed as a specific vulnerability, officials can include this under the “special reason” category.

    For several years London councils – including Islington – have been offering homeless families accommodation hundreds of miles out of the capital, where rents are cheaper and there is more availability.

    A neighbour of the Abati family said he was also a council tenant, as were many others in the street.

    The man, who did not want to be named, said his home was worth up to £3million.

    A similar double-fronted property to the Abati’s on the street recently sold for £2.18million.

    Another local, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said: “It really is ridiculous that the council are putting families into homes that only multimillionaires can afford to live in.

    “Most people I know who work are mired in debt and can barely pay their bills.”

    Other councils and housing associations have been selling off houses which have rocketed in value to help tackle the housing crisis.

    In September, a former council house with one of the finest views in Cornwall sold for £1.44million.

    The three-bed property overlooking Porthmeor Beach at St Ives went under the hammer at auction in London.

    Its former owners, a housing association, said the proceeds would be ploughed into affordable housing.

    In 2013, a 200-year-old Grade II-listed property close to Borough Market in south London was sold at auction for £2.96million.

    The house was auctioned by Southwark Council to raise money for social housing in the area.

  41. min

    Nota hope you are going somewhere non touristy in southern Italy , I tend to go where there are only Italian tourists so fewer crowds. Plenty of art, music culture to see even in the back blocks. Things are bad all over and many struggling and the locals I have met very hard working.

  42. zyconoclast

    Germany: 95% of “Refugees” Not Working

    More than 95 percent of all the Third World invaders claiming to be refugees in Germany remain unemployed and drawing welfare, while most of those who are employed are in state-subsidized “apprenticeships” or attending “integration classes,” new official figures have revealed.

    According to a statement by the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Detlef Scheele, as of the end of September 2017, the “number of employees subject to social security contributions from the eight main countries of asylum” was 195,000.

    Germany took in 2.5 million “migrants” in 2015, just under one million in 2016, and so far in 2017, at least another 200,000 fakers claiming to be “refugees” have landed in that country.

    This means that the 195,000 invaders who have taken up “work” in Germany represent around 5.2 percent of the total number of nonwhites who entered that nation after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the unilateral abrogation of the Dublin Agreement on refugees in the European Union, sparking off the current mass Third World free-for-all invasion of Europe.

    The 195,000 “refugees” who are in work, BA chief Scheele admitted are in “simpler helper occupations,” which have been created “primarily for refugees with a lack of vocational training.”

    Many of these “jobs” are fake invented positions such as janitors or food preparation helpers inside the invader centers, and are paid directly by the state.

    Several thousand invaders have been placed on state-sponsored “apprenticeships” in the forlorn hope of finding them work in Germany’s highly skilled manufacturing industries—and they are not counted among the “unemployed” for official purposes. However, when they finish these artificially-created “apprenticeships,” they will be added to the unemployment figures.

    This fact is borne out by an announcement made by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), which conducts research under the umbrella of the Federal Employment Agency, which said that the number of unemployed “refugees” estimated to go on welfare would increase by at least 60,000 in 2018.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has admitted that it has “fallen behind its own integration goals for migrants and refugees” for 2017.

    The BAMF intended to have 430,000 invaders participate in “integration courses” this year—which supposedly would magically transform low IQ Third Worlders into high IQ Germans capable of building and maintaining an advanced First World civilization.

    However, participation in these “courses”—which relies on the nonwhites voluntarily taking part—has not even reached 280,000, or less than 10 percent of the total number of Third World invaders.

    The liberal dreams of these hordes of Third World invaders “saving the welfare system” or “building the economy” of Europe are thus lies—and it is also becoming equally clear that unless all these invaders are expelled back to their countries of origin, Europe, and Germany in particular, will inevitably be destroyed and reduced to Third World status.

  43. Baldrick

    Thanks for the travelogue nota. Keep ’em coming.
    Stay safe.

  44. notafan

    The facade is covered in scaffolding Calli, must be working on those mosaics, the fountain is also off limits but no works that I could see.

    The church of St Nicholas in Prison is also covered in scaffolding, three Roman temples mushed into a church that I wanted to show my sons. Bugger.

    At least there is some money for maintenance of Italy’s treasures.

    Not sure how ‘interesting’ the south will be, as for the Italians.

    They should not have stopped having children.

  45. Tom

    I am in Rome still struggling with the time change.

    Please remember us, Notafan. Too much information will be barely enough. Can’t beat on-the-spot reports. Have fun.

  46. notafan

    Suspect that ATM between Christmas and New year is extra busy so poor timing on my part. School holidays in Europe but they’ll be back straight after New Year’s.

    We are definitely going to day trip from Naples to Pompeii though the rest I think are less touristic.

  47. nemkat

    zyconoclast
    #2597690, posted on December 31, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Sounds callous, but resident ratepayers in Islington are prolly happier having a family of 9 Somalis living in a 3 story Listed Georgian townhouse and paying 90 Quid a week rent, than they would be if the Council sold the place for a squillion quid and used the proceeds to build Social Housing for a couple of Hundred similar refugees.

  48. C.L.

    Stupid comparison because alcohol is far more widely used than cocaine.

    It’s not a stupid comparison at all.
    Alcohol is the number 1 damaging drug addiction in Australia.
    Nothing else is even close.
    I point this out not to advocate alcohol prohibition but to highlight the sanctimonious hypocrisy of making a fuss about an athlete using recreational cocaine (which I also do not advocate).

  49. Anne

    Dot is too small and not bright enough.

    Yeah, but we should still have compassion for him, Mater.

  50. entropy

    John Bickley, Ukip immigration spokesman, said: “Councils have a duty to optimise their tax-payer-funded assets for the benefit of all residents. Letting out multimillion pound houses or flats for peppercorn rent is a poor return on such assets.

    “They should be sold and the returns invested in affordable social housing that benefits a larger number of residents.”

    Here is an “out there” idea, how about sell the houses and not invest in those slums called social housing? It is always cheaper just subsidising the rent, which can be means tested every year and avoids the messy problems of people who no longer need the help wanting to stay in “their” house.

  51. Gab

    Thanks for that snippet, Notafan. Leftards are everywhere and clearly never seem to holiday in peace.

    Keep the tales coming, most enjoyable.

  52. Oh come on

    Men who find themselves alone in their older age develop their own peculiarities as the years pass – they seem to have a tendency to become curmudgeonly and retreat into a self-imposed exile of sorts. Such a mindset precludes a sudden desire to, say, enter the world of online dating.

  53. cynical1

    The liberal dreams of these hordes of Third World invaders “saving the welfare system” or “building the economy” of Europe are thus lies—and it is also becoming equally clear that unless all these invaders are expelled back to their countries of origin, Europe, and Germany in particular, will inevitably be destroyed and reduced to Third World status.

    Going to be very hard when they start banging out little Germans.

    The whole idea of resettling Africa in Europe is a disaster.

    Akin to stopping the tide coming in by bucketing water out of the sea.

  54. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yet ANOTHER rape case disgrace: Man, 26, has his conviction quashed after spending two years in jail after bombshell Facebook messages missed by police prove his innocence

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5223567/Man-rape-conviction-quashed-police-blunder.html#ixzz52oLJZczS
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    Another case where I hope he sues for millions.

  55. struth

    The facade is covered in scaffolding Calli, must be working on those mosaics, the fountain is also off limits but no works that I could see.

    Was 18 months ago when I was there.
    These jobs are done as fast in Italy as road maintenance is done here, and for the same reasons.

    Bloody little country invaders trying to sell you a selfie stick.

    Give them some Notafan, good and hard.
    I nearly dropped one.
    Can’t stand the bastards.

    Don’t let them take 3 hours for lunch and cut your time at Pompeii short, Notafan.

    Have a great time.

  56. struth

    I point this out not to advocate alcohol prohibition but to highlight the sanctimonious hypocrisy of making a fuss about an athlete using recreational cocaine (which I also do not advocate).

    Imagine the state of things if cocaine was as in wide a use as grog!

  57. H B Bear

    Fears of repeat of migrant attacks prompts creation of secure safe zone for women at huge New Year’s Eve party in Berlin.

    Formerly know as the West.

  58. Andreas

    It’s not a stupid comparison at all.
    Alcohol is the number 1 damaging drug addiction in Australia.
    Nothing else is even close.
    I point this out not to advocate alcohol prohibition but to highlight the sanctimonious hypocrisy of making a fuss about an athlete using recreational cocaine (which I also do not advocate).

    It’s not hypocrisy. Alcohol is a significant part of our culture while cocaine is a marginal recreation – one we would not want to become part of mainstream Australian culture. Hence the different reactions to their usage.

  59. Frank

    Men who find themselves alone in their older age develop their own peculiarities as the years pass – they seem to have a tendency to become curmudgeonly and retreat into a self-imposed exile of sorts. Such a mindset precludes a sudden desire to, say, enter the world of online dating.

    You start off entering the geezer phase where cholesterol is an issue, music is always too loud and the world starts to look like it has gone mad. Instead of being cool they just have silly haircuts these days. Tomatoes don’t taste the same anymore either.

    Next is advanced geezerdom, prostate checks, toying with writing letters to the editor about the youth of today, attending local council meetings as a belligerent etc.

    Then it is the grave which can seem like a blessed relief by that stage.

  60. Makka

    Fears of repeat of migrant attacks prompts creation of secure safe zone for women at huge New Year’s Eve party in Berlin.

    Have they mentioned a motive yet?

  61. TheSemiMentalBloke

    Well said Johanna.
    Old Dizzy Lizzie has her head up her arsehole again.
    What a shameless ego.

  62. Infidel Tiger

    Gavin McInnes, on the mark.

    Opioids and heroin.

    Great vid.

    Big pharmaceutical needs nuking.

  63. Boambee John

    entropy at 1540

    It is always cheaper just subsidising the rent, which can be means tested every year and avoids the messy problems of people who no longer need the help wanting to stay in “their” house.

    Back in the 1990s, a Greens MLA in Canberra had to be publicly embarrassed out of “her” social housing. She saw no problem with staying there on high pay while others less well off waited.

  64. OneWorldGovernment

    It would be nice to think we could do this if we didn’t have a raft of marxist aligned “do gooders” in our Parliaments.

    The president’s accomplishments are many, but energy stands out. America is now the world’s premiere producer of fossil fuels. In just one year, we have gone from a dismal future, in which the government planned to shut down fossil fuels almost entirely by mid-century, to a nation on the cusp of total energy independence. “Make America Great Again” was not just a clever campaign slogan; it is a reality in the field of energy production, as in so many other areas under President Trump.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/trumps_energy_success.html

  65. Knuckle Dragger

    Not at that stage yet OCO – I’m in my mid forties, plenty of life in this pup…….

    There does seem to be a certain stigma about being single in your 40s, ie ‘Why haven’t you found someone yet?’, but it doesn’t bother me. I’ve been single for almost five years, and I will take someone pretty spesh to break me out of my current lifestyle, which I enjoy. If it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, t doesn’t.

    I’d rather be single than shack up with the next available screeching hippo that crosses my path (see Struth’s earlier observations). Job interviews masquerading as first dates are also as tedious as they are pointless.

    People need to lighten up a little.

  66. nemkat

    Here is an “out there” idea, how about sell the houses and not invest in those slums called social housing?
    Councils in Britain fulfil some of the roles of State Governments her.
    Apartments in the Grenfell tower in Kensington were bought as Social Housing, even though many of the 120 apartments were valued at over a million quid.
    The result was that residents were able to sublet, then return to their villages in the 5rd world and live like Kings on the rents.
    Cause and death toll haven’t been established, one [probably fake] Internet rumor was that a tenant was barbequeing a goat in his lounge and the ceiling ignited.

  67. Infidel Tiger

    Imagine the state of things if cocaine was as in wide a use as grog!

    If cocaine was bad for you, there would be no one alive in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

  68. Tel

    Another case where I hope he sues for millions.

    I hope the woman who accused him is put behind bars, she knowingly lied to the police.

  69. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Imagine the state of things if cocaine was as in wide a use as grog!

    I already have. Sales of hangover remedies would dramatically decline.

  70. Oh come on

    A second sexual assault has been reported at the Falls Festival at Marion Bay in Tasmania’s southeast.
    (…)
    Badges reading “Sexual assault is a crime” are being handed out by volunteers at the event while stickers reading “enjoy the festival, don’t assault anyone” have been posted around the festival including on the back of toilet doors.

    Maybe they should get those stickers and badges translated and printed in Arabic – I’m sure they’ll stop as many rapes and sexual assaults in Europe as they do at the Falls Festival here.

  71. struth

    Berlin has many wide streets and open air cafes and restaurants.
    You can’t bollard the lot.

    Merkel and her cronies don’t mind a bit of killing and raping for the cause.

    You bring in a reason to grow your police force (Armed Government Thugs)

    You grow your government and control of the divided plebs, who now need protecting from what you have done.
    You don’t admit you caused it, or even that it has a name, but nevertheless use it as an excuse to gain actual physical control of your unarmed slave populous.
    The slaves, who have nothing left to celebrate, stay at home, becoming detached from each other, divided and conquered, and the central planning stasi headquarters (E.U) will then be a few quick moves away from drawing an iron curtain down over the part of Europe they didn’t get last time, Western Europe, leaving the countries that have recent memory and experience of such horror, Eastern Europe, as the new Western Europe.
    All we need is a Magnetic 180 on our compasses (east becomes west etc) and all will soon be as it was around the ’70’s once more.

  72. Bill Thompson

    Here’s one of CNN’s first stories this year which wasn’t from un-named sources! Why weren’t they this cut up when “King Putt” was out golfing? Like when James Foley was beheaded…

    https://youtu.be/1gCwxjrAV5E

  73. Mitch M.

    Millions of Australians will now need scripts for every single box they buy.

    Idiots, they’ve just given the black market a big hike. In the USA fentanyl and worse still, carfentanil, are flooding the USA black market. Mostly from China.

  74. Oh come on

    Not at that stage yet OCO – I’m in my mid forties, plenty of life in this pup……

    Sure, there is a lot that people (who might be on their own and much older than you) can do to maintain a healthy perspective and not go down those paths.

  75. Zatara

    Another case where I hope he sues for millions.

    Plenty of blame to go around it seems. Starting with him.

    First, he should hire someone to kick him in the nuts for being stupid enough to not know those facebook records were doctored. That’s incomprehensible.

    Next, he should sue his lawyer for allowing the doctored facebook records to be admitted as evidence without confirming they were in fact authentic. That’s gross incompetence.

    Then he should go hunting for badges and licenses to practice law from the bastards who altered the evidence and prosecuted him with it. That’s criminal.

  76. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2597617, posted on December 31, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Oh God.
    Speaking of tattoos, this in the Daily Telegraph:
    Karl Stefanovic has Asian scribble on his arm.
    The tribal/barbed wire artist must have been off-work that day.

    The inscription says “Beef with blackbean sauce.”
    Also, Krazy Karl is sucking his guts in but he has nice tits.

  77. Snoopy

    The ABC has Trump banged to rights.

    Did Donald Trump know?
    That’s a big question.

    The ABC will rabbit on about the “alleged driver” of the Flinders Street SUV but an NYT story based based on anonymous sources is the accepted as fact.

    Here’s what we know about the man at the centre of the FBI’s probe into Russian election interference and how a boozy night out with Australian diplomat Alexander Downer sparked his downfall.

    Rabz the fuckers. Now.

  78. Tom

    Modern marketing 101: even with the artificially high cost of electricity required to fire the ovens, it costs about 20 cents to bake a loaf of bread in Australia.

    But if you launch a brand called Helga, you can retail it for $5 if you add “Ancient Grains with Quinoa”.

    That’s how you build margin in a government-controlled, high-cost socialist economy that depends on stupefied consumers.

  79. Zatara

    Another case where I hope he sues for millions.

    First, he needs to have someone kick him square in the nuts for being too stupid to realize the Facebook records had been doctored.

    Then he needs to sue his attorney for allowing the records to be entered into evidence without confirming they were authentic.

    The cops and the prosecutor need to spend some time in gaol…. after they lose their badges and licenses to practice.

  80. Tel

    You can’t bollard the lot.

    Sure you can.

    They already hate privately owned vehicles, and now there’s justification to take them away.

    Just watch. I presume that was the plan all along.

  81. Zatara

    Another case where I hope he sues for millions.

    I hope the woman who accused him is put behind bars, she knowingly lied to the police.

    First, he needs to have someone kick him square in the nuts for being too stupid to object when the doctored facebook records were submitted.

    Then, he should sue his attorney for being too incompetent to confirm the authenticity of the records before they were allowed into evidence.

    The cops and prosecutors need to be spending some time in gaol….. after they lose their badges and license to practice law.

  82. John Constantine

    Shutting down the Australian self sufficient codeine industry, so the Chinese communist party can export fentanyl into Australia.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

    Staggering from debacle to humiliation.

    Lucky their turnbullites have their Comrade maaaaates to loan them a shifty fifty until next payday.

  83. Snoopy

    The Northern US is only cold because of foreign Arctic cold sneaking in. That doesn’t count.

  84. nemkat

    The Brisbane City Council’s plan for 2035 is a pleasant nature walk to the bus to go to work, and another million people. No mention of private cars or where they will source the million people.
    It’s prolly not going to be pleasant, and there won’t be any private cars, either.

  85. Geriatric Mayfly

    But if you launch a brand called Helga, you can retail it for $5 if you add “Ancient Grains with Quinoa”.

    A leaf of rocket in a bow on top, would enhance the bread further and give the price another nudge.

  86. OneWorldGovernment

    I want to know how Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer aged 66, is enjoying a ‘booze up’ with an unpaid relatively unknown so called Trump “worker”, George Papadopoulos aged 30.

    Alexander doesn’t appear to be displaying very good judgement and maybe it is time to review his appointment.

  87. John Constantine

    Electric cars, with area denial no go zones programmed in, artificial intelligence monitoring in vehicle conversations and substance content of exhaled breath, the future is almost here.

    Automatic immobilisers and pre-planned routes only.

    Not looking good for proles that enjoyed the freedom of a drive.

    Comrades, our Regulations are our strength.

  88. struth

    Job interviews masquerading as first dates are also as tedious as they are pointless.

    Never understood this concept.
    Taking someone out to dinner that you don’t know at all, but both parties know you are looking for a root/relationship.
    How awkward could you possibly make it for yourself?

    We used to have “do’s”, “piss ups”, and “a bit of a get together” so you could eye off a potential victim and pull some swift moves, or watch what they were like with a few under the belt.
    Have a bit of a chat with absolutely no pressure whatsoever, and if all was going fine you might even bring yourself to get out and have a boogie with them, (without putting your drink down) to the mockery of your mates who were just gutless arseholes sitting on the side, laughing……..er, um ……anyway……

    This dating off the internet shit, Jeeeeees, you may as well buy a clipboard and have your checklist on it, and swap them so you don’t have to worry about stopping to eat to ask questions.
    At the end of the meal, you get your clipboard back and work out if you go for a kiss or go home.
    Very romantic.
    Not that the old way was that romantic, but it was a lot less business like.

    And for people like Knuckle Dragger, dragging his feet on the issue, I can well understand.
    Australian single women in his age group, are 90% screeching hippo , with all the neurotic baggage in the world.
    Lazy, and failed at being a half decent wife the first go around, they expect someone of a mixture of Tom Cruise, James Bond, and a younger Struth, to sweep them off their feet, when you’d only end up hurting your back, if you tried, and be told you were doing it all wrong, while also being told about the latest herbal cures and how they are quite psychic……………………………………..etc.

  89. Arky

    I look forward to geezerdom.
    I’m buying a stick to whack whippersnappers with.
    I’m going to say “Stone the crows” a lot and put a hat on the parcel shelf.

  90. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Northern US is only cold because of foreign Arctic cold sneaking in. That doesn’t count.

    It’s a two way street. The midwestern plains from Canada to the Gulf are a huge flat corridor allowing cold foreign air to sneak in from the north, but also warm, humid foreign air to sneak in from the south. Which variety do the warmies prefer?

  91. Nick

    Africans with ‘free’ bracelets are also still pests.

    Nota, wearing the bracelets is also a ‘code’ to every swindler on the streets in Europe that you’re an easy mark.

  92. Tel

    But if you launch a brand called Helga, you can retail it for $5 if you add “Ancient Grains with Quinoa”.

    I actually like the taste of the Helga bread, and to be honest the difference between 20c and $5 doesn’t burn me all that bad when you consider that I only eat about 4 slices a day. Reason why I stopped buying Helgas bread is there’s not enough salt in it and as a consequence it goes moldy in about 3 hours.

    Woolworth’s sour dough seems to last for a week or more.

  93. Boambee John

    Mitch M.
    #2597733, posted on December 31, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    Millions of Australians will now need scripts for every single box they buy.

    Idiots, they’ve just given the black market a big hike. In the USA fentanyl and worse still, carfentanil, are flooding the USA black market. Mostly from China.

    China’s revenge for the Opium Wars? Less than 200 years ago, equal to last week in Chinese history.

  94. Arky

    At the mall. Currently watching through a shop window little asians pedicuring fat Aussies.
    Why do they wear those masks? Anyone know? Are the hippos hoofs toxic?

  95. Fergus

    Remember that guilty type huddle between Bishop and Turnbull when Trump won? Had they just interfered in a USA election, and lost? Was the heavy drinking Trump man a weasel detector?

  96. Joe

    Are the hippos hoofs toxic?

    Yes.

  97. Boambee John

    Tel at 1628

    They already hate privately owned vehicles, and now there’s justification to take them away.

    We might have our doubts about the willingness of the Australian population to fight back against oppressive government, but if there is one thing that would spark a rebellion, taking away private motor vehicles or motor bikes would be it.

  98. Arky

    How effective us having your nails done if the rest of you is a loud, fat ugly slag?

  99. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m buying a stick to whack whippersnappers with.

    Much satisfaction may be gained by cracking the local swampfilths revolting brats with a walking stick. The next step in Geezerdom is snapping “Be off with you! Wretched child!”

  100. Tailgunner

    Woolworth’s sour dough seems to last for a week or more.

    Tel channelling his inner Romanian there.
    Lol!
    I miss Gregory. M. Is anyone else giving SuperCruisingTV Updates to the forum these days?

  101. Tailgunner

    Was the heavy drinking Trump man a weasel detector?

    Bahahaha
    Fergus on the Leprechaun Juice early!

  102. Geriatric Mayfly

    Do we have a book on a NYE ice-addict incident tonight?

    The odds will depend on priorities. What will come first, mental health issues, or ICE addiction? Will one exclude the other or will both be neatly wrapped up by police for the consumption of low information punters?

  103. Arky

    Step away from thr cheese counter lady.

  104. Tailgunner

    How effective us having your nails done if the rest of you is a loud, fat ugly slag?

    Someone is banging that.
    The Thirst is real.

  105. calli

    Alexander doesn’t appear to be displaying very good judgement and maybe it is time to review his appointment.

    It has. Beast Brandis has been gifted the gig. And Downer’s negative collection.

  106. H B Bear

    Speaking of tattoos, this in the Daily Telegraph:
    Karl Stefanovic has Asian scribble on his arm.

    He really is perfect for breakfast television isn’t he?

  107. Snoopy

    How effective us having

    Kiwi. Confirmed!

  108. struth

    Why do they wear those masks

    Wouldn’t you?

  109. Tailgunner

    I only want to have kids to show them this video and tell them “sit down little bastards and I ll tell you a great story”

    Comment below the YouTube link I put up.
    😀

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    How effective us having your nails done if the rest of you is a loud, fat ugly slag?

    You’re a loud, fat, ugly slag with a new pedicure?

  111. nemkat

    You used to be able to open Catallaxy files, speedscroll the Open Forums til you found the red, blue and yellow gravatar, and proceed to be entertained.
    Those were the days.

  112. calli

    Step away from thr cheese counter lady.

    Holy cow! My iPad has a reverse camera.

    It was only a small piece.

  113. Oh come on

    A pretty good rundown of Sarah Huckabee-Sanders press smackdowns.

    You’ve probably seen them all but not all in the same place. Plus you see the tail end of the back and forth which is usually cut. SHS is cold as ice and brutal.

  114. Tel

    We might have our doubts about the willingness of the Australian population to fight back against oppressive government, but if there is one thing that would spark a rebellion, taking away private motor vehicles or motor bikes would be it.

    Slowly, slowly catches the monkey. Nibble at the freedom, nibble, nibble. Not all gone in one day. Nibble, nibble.

  115. struth

    We might have our doubts about the willingness of the Australian population to fight back against oppressive government, but if there is one thing that would spark a rebellion, taking away private motor vehicles or motor bikes would be it.

    They just put up the price of rego, fuel etc.
    Put an extra section on the income tax if you have a car, etc, etc.
    They don’t ban anything they want to use.
    They just make it so the only ones to be able to have them are people that are rich by setting their own remuneration.
    Themselves.

  116. Tel

    Those were the days.

    We didn’t like you much back then either.

    Hey I’ve noticed a “Septimus” guy turning up on other blogs, any relation?

  117. Geriatric Mayfly

    SHS is cold as ice and brutal.

    A room full of hissing, venomous reptiles all poised to strike, can do that to you.

  118. Oh come on

    nemkat
    #2597791, posted on December 31, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    You used to be able to open Catallaxy files, speedscroll the Open Forums til you found the red, blue and yellow gravatar, and proceed to be entertained.
    Those were the days.

    You weren’t even here in “those days”. Or were you?

  119. Tel

    Tel channelling his inner Romanian there.

    My ancestors were Lithuanian thank you very much. Not even remotely similar to the hated Romanians.

    🙂

  120. Baldrick

    nemkat
    #2597791, posted on December 31, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    You used to be able to open Catallaxy files, speedscroll the Open Forums til you found the red, blue and yellow gravatar, and proceed to be entertained.
    Those were the days.

    Fuck off Septimus Rae

  121. egg_

    Krazy Karl is sucking his guts in but he has nice tits.

    F#rk he’s porked up – too many after sex nibblies?
    The PYT must be innit for the money.

  122. Frank

    The next step in Geezerdom is snapping “Be off with you! Wretched child!”

    Or turning to the mother and saying in earnest “at least he is alert isn’t he”, while thinking it best that she puts it back in the tank before its gills dry out.

  123. egg_

    You used to be able to open Catallaxy files, speedscroll the Open Forums til you found the red, blue and yellow gravatar, and proceed to be entertained.

    Went to join Monster in the parallel clown universe?

  124. Arky

    calli
    #2597792, posted on December 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    ..
    And lay off the vodka breezers too.

  125. cohenite

    Remember that guilty type huddle between Bishop and Turnbull when Trump won? Had they just interfered in a USA election, and lost? Was the heavy drinking Trump man a weasel detector?

    An Australian connection would be lovely. Good old Alexander is from the Pyne school of exotic fruits. This sounds positively delicious.

  126. OneWorldGovernment

    Tailgunner
    #2597766, posted on December 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks for that Tailgunner.

    A great laugh and thoroughly enjoyable.

    All the best to you for the New Year.

  127. struth

    Look at the costs of V8’s or sports cars, two doors etc.

    You bloody slaves aren’t here to enjoy driving and freedom.
    You are here to have any wealth you create taken from you and,….. and shut up.

    Convertibles, good looking cars, vehicles that cruise country roads at low revs and last forever (V8) because treated right they are never working too hard, trucks you have paid off that enable to slow down and not create as much wealth for our slave owners are all actively already being priced out of reach.

    You will sit in your white corolla or battery powered Musk-ang mini, and be very careful not to be seen by the slave masters getting out your car with your seat belt off.

  128. Empire GTHO Phase III

    I look forward to geezerdom.
    I’m buying a stick to whack whippersnappers with.
    I’m going to say “Stone the crows” a lot and put a hat on the parcel shelf.

    I’ve simulated this, Arky. It’s alright.

    I was at a rave sited in an extinct volcano in central Victoria with two mates. We set up the tents, unfolded the camp chairs and geared up.

    There was a wide, shall we say, unsealed boulevard to accommodate pedestrian traffic between the camp site and the stages. Yet we found a stream of numpties traversing our “front yard”. It was around this time the volcano began to rumble and our tempers frayed. So we assumed the character of grumpy old men.

    All the cliches got a run, but voted favourite was “get off the grass, maggot”. Suffice to say I didn’t make any new friends that weekend, though I did run into an old friend who I shipped a few months later.

    Earthcore 2002?
    #winning
    #keepoffthegrass

  129. Nick

    Much satisfaction may be gained by cracking the local swampfilths revolting brats with a walking stick. The next step in Geezerdom is snapping “Be off with you! Wretched child!”

    My friends of the same age refer to me as the ‘ cranky cnut’.

    I’m revelling in it and await the day that I’ll be old enough to give all and sundry an unsolicited piece of what will be left of my mind.

  130. Nick

    Much satisfaction may be gained by cracking the local swampfilths revolting brats with a walking stick. The next step in Geezerdom is snapping “Be off with you! Wretched child!”

    My friends of the same age refer to me as the ‘ Cranky Old C’.

    I’m revelling in it and await the day that I’ll be old enough to give all and sundry an unsolicited piece of what will be left of my mind.

  131. Oh come on

    Krazy Karl is sucking his guts in but he has nice tits.

    The chick he’s with is checking out his hot BTs.

  132. OneWorldGovernment

    calli
    #2597783, posted on December 31, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    It has. Beast Brandis has been gifted the gig. And Downer’s negative collection.

    Thanks calli.

    I wonder what stories we will hear about the ‘Beast’s’ time in ye old London Town!

  133. Arky

    Tops.
    My favourite checkout chick.

  134. Oh come on

    Haha if you’re wondering what BTs are, think Meatloaf in Fight Club.

  135. egg_

    Look at the costs of V8’s or sports cars, two doors etc.

    Lambo seems the only maker to have remained normally aspirated – but when turbocharged, their V10s tend to win those highly modified rich boys toys drag races.

  136. nemkat

    First cab off the rank in the looming Shorten Government: Recall the Beast!

  137. Frank

    Krazy Karl is sucking his guts in but he has nice tits.

    He’ll be OK, just keep signing the checks.

  138. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My friends of the same age refer to me as the ‘ Cranky Old C’.

    A tweed cap is an essential part of the uniform.

  139. entropy

    Boambee John
    #2597772, posted on December 31, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    Tel at 1628

    They already hate privately owned vehicles, and now there’s justification to take them away.

    We might have our doubts about the willingness of the Australian population to fight back against oppressive government, but if there is one thing that would spark a rebellion, taking away private motor vehicles or motor bikes would be it.

    The next generation have enough trouble looking up for their phones to even bother getting a driver’s licence. They are just as likely to identify a kingswood as an old falcon.. and can’t identify car badges, and don’t care that they can’t.

  140. Eyrie

    “They just put up the price of rego, fuel etc.
    Put an extra section on the income tax if you have a car, etc, etc.
    They don’t ban anything they want to use.
    They just make it so the only ones to be able to have them are people that are rich by setting their own remuneration.
    Themselves.”

    Welcome to the world of Australian private aviation.

  141. Tom

    A pretty good rundown of Sarah Huckabee-Sanders press smackdowns.

    Thanks, OCO. I have spent a lifetime reporting politics and I have never seen a press corps less interested in public interest reporting on politics.

  142. Top Ender

    Seated behind a repulsive piece of humanity on the aircraft today.

    Tattooed of course all over; bolt through one eyelid; another through a lip; chewing incessantly. Too stupid to listen to the menu choices which had to be repeated three times after he said “What?” each time. Also had a shower by the reek of it about three days back.

    Hostie should have tipped coffee over him.

  143. Rae

    Very sad. A seaplane with 6 people on board has crashed and sunk near Jerusalem bay in the Hawkesbury River.

  144. Top Ender

    Thanks OneWorld.

    – troops now sensibly weapons-free in combat zones

  145. Geriatric Mayfly

    Seated behind a repulsive piece of humanity on the aircraft today.

    Mind you they only seated 21, but I recall as a kid that people really spruced up to board the old DC3’s. I think some of ladies even wore both hat and gloves. The above creature being on board defies imagination.

  146. MsDolittle

    you’ve got a headache tat can’t be relieved by Paracetamol,

    Please don’t capitalise generic drugs Grog.

  147. John Constantine

    Five bucks a liter tax on petrol and diesel to save the planet.

    Won’t bother an ABC tribal couple on three, or four or five hundy thou a year.

    Like alcohol tax and electricity tax makes no difference to grange drinkers, but makes proles stay home from the pub and drink in bed fully clothed under the doona, fuel tax will cull the proles back to slogging around on foot, in the roadside mud, as their betters cruise on by.

  148. John Constantine

    Well batted Ms Doolittle, those that live by the pedantic should be hoisted by their own pedantry.

  149. Bruce in WA

    Pompeii is magnificent, but very “touristy”. Ercolano (Herculaneum) is, in my opinion, much better. It is in a far better state of preservation too, as it was buried under mud and not ash.

  150. OneWorldGovernment

    I appreciate that many folk are winding down from one year and gearing up for the next but I would like to draw the attention to those so inclined to pray for The Christians and Slaves stuck in Islamic Lands.

    Iraqi Archbishop: ‘Gang Rapes, Torture and Murder of Christians’ Are Ongoing

    AND

    The Islamic Brew of Racism, Apartheid, and Slavery

  151. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2597829, posted on December 31, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Fuck off B Shaw, as if you’d give a toss.

  152. Tailgunner

    Doolittle. Confirmed!

  153. notafan

    Thank you Bruce, was also on the TD list

  154. Tailgunner

    OneWorldGovernment-cheers!
    More than welcome. Solid poster. Repped.
    Keep it rolling, please.

  155. OneWorldGovernment

    Just in case anyone didn’t know or has forgotten

    When and Why the West Began to ‘Demonize’ Muhammad
    Did Christendom really trigger the conflict?

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/268850/when-and-why-west-began-demonize-muhammad-raymond-ibrahim

  156. Geriatric Mayfly

    Iraqi Archbishop: ‘Gang Rapes, Torture and Murder of Christians’ Are Ongoing

    Welby and Pope Fonzi will be right onto it, provided their pathway there does not upset any Muslims.

  157. old bloke

    I’m buying a stick to whack whippersnappers with.
    I’m going to say “Stone the crows” a lot and put a hat on the parcel shelf.

    I’m going to sit on the front verandah in a rocking chair with a double-barrel shotgun in my lap, with two mangy hounds at my feet.

  158. egg_

    Seated behind a repulsive piece of humanity on the aircraft today.

    Sat next to a scruffy young middle class turd once on a flight back to Newcastle who was reading a book non-plussed with the world and acted like his sh1t didn’t stink when it came to meals selection – however, it certainly did – much to my displeasure, and I’m sure the guy beside me, as he continued to drop his guts like he was sitting on one throughout the flight.

    Oh for the days when the great unwashed rarely flew.

  159. Oh come on

    A great smackdown by Larry Elder on racism from the dying days of the Clinton era. Larry’s still a sharp guy.

  160. zyconoclast

    I want to know how Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer aged 66, is enjoying a ‘booze up’ with an unpaid relatively unknown so called Trump “worker”, George Papadopoulos aged 30.

    Alexander doesn’t appear to be displaying very good judgement and maybe it is time to review his appointment.

    They already have.
    George Brandis

  161. nemkat

    you’ve got a headache tat can’t be relieved by Paracetamol,

    Please don’t capitalise generic drugs
    Thanks for the heads up, Mrs. D.
    Noticing that the generic Paracetamol + Codeine i’ve got is labelled Made In India.
    Since GSK say the will cease supplying Codeine containing medicines on Feb 1, wouldn’t all other suppliers do likewise?

  162. cohenite

    Just watched Rock and Doris in Pillow Talk. Still blinded from Doris’s teeth. Gee’s she was a healthy looking woman. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

  163. Geriatric Mayfly

    The bass line underscoring the treble is conventional fare and it’s all here. The magpie beginner is nearby practising his scales and having a stab or two at those tricky high notes. Down the back, the the tawny frogmouth has spent another day without let, going oo-oom, oo-oom, 00-oom on his double bassoon. All too soon, there will be a shift to the modern cacophony, as I am under the flight path of the corella squadrons.

  164. Makka

    Oh for the days when the great unwashed rarely flew.

    Not a thong or a tat to be seen. Having a friendly chat quiet and tipple with your bar meal in the lounge with soft relaxing music during a layover. No fking queues. Having a refreshing shower and throwing on a clean shirt at a connection.

    Unless you can snaffle up business class on the boss , nowadays it’s like the live cattle export trade out of Darwin.

  165. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Oh for the days when the great unwashed rarely flew.

    Had the misfortune to sit next to one moron, in business class, some time ago. Blue singlet, tattoos, piercings – he was a member of the Maritime Union of Australia, and I got a beer fueled diatribe of how the Unions looked after the working man, and the Big End of town only worried about themselves – I didn’t tell him I loathed the MUA, and all they stood for.

  166. zyconoclast

    How effective us having your nails done if the rest of you is a loud, fat ugly slag?

    Another version of lipstick on a pig.

  167. Leigh Lowe

    Just watched Rock and Doris in Pillow Talk. Still blinded from Doris’s teeth.

    Doris had teeth?
    Who knew?
    That was a little north of my target viewing area.

  168. Delta A

    Still blinded from Doris’s teeth.

    And that was in the days before dental whitening treatments. And yes, Doris was a healthy specimen, physically, emotionally and psychologically*.

    *If anyone has evidence to the contrary please keep it to yourself.

  169. Oh come on

    Thanks, OCO. I have spent a lifetime reporting politics and I have never seen a press corps less interested in public interest reporting on politics.

    True. As Glenn Reynolds says, think of the MSM as Democrat Party operatives with bylines. Though SHS handles them well. I like her style, she just remains dead calm and doesn’t back down. She’s like a high level animal trainer – unlimited patience and concrete boundaries. And the chutzpah of some of those guys! Particularly that bully reporter who insisted on trying to ask his original question even though he’d already used up his question on another topic – she just steadfastly talked over him after his third or fourth attempt and then cut his mic. Most people would have answered him just to shut him up.

  170. Delta A

    Dinner for One on SBS.

    An oldie, but a goodie.

  171. zyconoclast

    Just watched Rock and Doris in Pillow Talk. Still blinded from Doris’s teeth. Gee’s she was a healthy looking woman. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

    Doris Day

  172. Peter Castieau

    So true Tom,

    I now watch the daily replay on YouTube of Sarah slapping down the FMIC of which she has turned into an art form.

    #winning

  173. calli

    I didn’t tell him I loathed the MUA, and all they stood for.

    After I did The Wonder of Me Political Test late last year, I feel free to tell all and sundry that I’m an AnarchoCapitalist.

    It leaves them speechless and slightly scared. 😊

  174. Muddy

    Oh for the days when the great unwashed rarely flew.

    Oh for the days when only literate people inhabited (generously ratepayer-funded) public libraries.

    On my last visit, a ten-year old shit bounced a football – no kidding, bounced a freaking football inside, within about four metres of the central librarian station (mother thwacking through the DVD section) – behind where I was seated for at least ten minutes before I realised that I was close to hurling furniture and chose to leave, muttering loudly and semi-coherently in front of all. I was not a happy Muddy. I need a taser that retracts quickly.

  175. Top Ender

    I’m surprised at you Zulu!

    Alway remember – double down…

    Then again, that dispute the other day on a Jetstar flight over the bloke who kept talking on his mobile resulted in both protagonists being put off.

  176. Leo G

    Here’s what we know about the man at the centre of the FBI’s probe into Russian election interference and how a boozy night out with Australian diplomat Alexander Downer sparked his downfall.

    So the FBI Russian probe wasn’t based on a sleazy document after all. It was based on sleazy recollections of boozy hearsay at a London winebar.
    Sounds awesomely serious for Trump.

  177. OneWorldGovernment

    zyconoclast
    #2597851, posted on December 31, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks zyconoclast

    calli reminded me as above.

    I’d love to be a ‘fly on the wall’ if Alexander was ever debriefed.

    Makes you wonder about the antipathy and attitude to Trump that ‘our’ heroic Australian leaders hold.

    Immediately following confirmation by Senator Lindsey Graham about the origin of the 2016 FBI Counterintelligence Operation against candidate Donald Trump, The New York Times, via Clinton’s favorite voice Maggie Haberman, pushes out an article attempting to cloud, obfuscate and justify the joint FBI and DOJ surveillance operation against Trump

    Poor little Alexander is only mentioned as an Australian diplomat.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/12/30/transparent-doj-and-fbi-desperation-new-york-times-attempts-trump-operation-justification/

  178. Makka

    It was based on sleazy recollections of boozy hearsay at a London winebar.

    Yes indeed, the circumstances of that chat could be very interesting. I’d like to know if Downer was in his drag ensemble.

  179. Bruce of Newcastle

    The magpie beginner is nearby practising his scales and having a stab or two at those tricky high notes.

    GM – I’ve a tricky one. One of the magpie chicks has somehow managed to get a leg entangled in a swatch of carpet(?). It’d be about 15 cm x 20 cm. Not a happy birdie. I’m slowly trying to lure it into reach so I can divest it of the cursed flying carpet, but it’s been several weeks without success so far. Wish me luck!

  180. Delta A

    I met Downer on several occasions when he was our fed rep.

    He made a point of offering everyone he met the opportunity to make suggestions, or whinge or totally unload. A politician through and through.

  181. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m surprised at you Zulu!

    Alway remember – double down…

    Getting chucked off the first leg of an international flight – Perth /Jakarta/ Amsterdam would not have been a smart move…

  182. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Plains of Sodom are parched. The last two intrusions of north west tropical air full of moisture and thunderous reprise missed the Plains by a whisker. I spy to the north west the remains of Hilda, now bearing south east. Hark you Hilda, no veering off course! My garden needs your ministrations urgently.

  183. entropy

    Just watched Rock and Doris in Pillow Talk. Still blinded from Doris’s teeth.

    It’s still on in wet sunny Qld.
    The funny bit was Rock Hudson as a fake Texan pretending he might be gay in one scene.

  184. Snoopy

    Here’s what we know about the man at the centre of the FBI’s probe into Russian election interference and how a boozy night out with Australian diplomat Alexander Downer sparked his downfall.

    It must be true. Would our very own $1 billion per year ABC participate in a lie to protect Obama and Clinton.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Drivers must slow down past emergency sites under new SLOMO laws
    AAP
    December 31, 2017 3:46PM

    DRIVERS in Western Australia will soon be forced to slow down when approaching stationary emergency and incident response vehicles, or risk a $300 fine and three demerit points.

    Under the plan, which delivers on an election commitment, drivers must not exceed a maximum of 40km/h and are also required to change lanes where possible.

    Between 2012 and 2016 there were 43 deaths involving people in emergency lanes, including those working on the roadside in WA.

    Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said the Slow Down, Move Over law aimed to protect incident response workers such as police, firefighters, ambulance officers and tow truck workers.

    For West Aussie Cats. The number of the unfathomably moronic who don’t see the flashing beacons, on the firetruck, with people in hi vis yellows on the road, and don’t even bother to slow down is substantial.

  186. Geriatric Mayfly

    I’ve a tricky one. One of the magpie chicks has somehow managed to get a leg entangled in a swatch of carpet(?).

    I know how you feel BoN. Fishing line is far worse. I have often waded out to rescue water birds, whose legs are anchored to a snag by line. Found a crested grebe once, strangled to death by same, and the skeleton of another still hangs from a tree forever ensnared. There a fishermen and then there are the Cro-magnon dregs who leave rubbish, including yards of discarded nylon.

  187. Joe

    For West Aussie Cats. The number of the unfathomably moronic who don’t see the flashing beacons, on the firetruck, with people in hi vis yellows on the road, and don’t even bother to slow down is substantial.

    Between 2012 and 2016 there were 43 deaths involving people in emergency lanes, including those working on the roadside in WA.

    HOW? every road incident involves the wombles putting out witches hats and blocking the road so that only one lane is available and then enforcing a contra-flow for at least 24 hours from the event. To be completely facetious, are the deaths due to frustrated drivers?

  188. Top Ender

    Reporting in from the News Link newsagents in Melbourne Airport, where I am doing some research into “Men’s Magazines”.

    Two main types:
    – vaguely homoerotic men’s health magazines, consisting of articles about how to achieve a six-pack in six weeks etc etc. Mainly full of pix of buffed chaps.
    – “sports” magazines mainly about golf and bicycling.

    No Playboy, Penthouse, or anything featuring lovely ladies.

    No lads mags like Ralph and so on which I remember from 20 years back.

    All look boring and definitely not worth the $10 or so asked.

    Too depressing to go and survey what the distaff side of the house was.

  189. lotocoti

    Oh for the days when the great unwashed rarely flew.

    Oh to be sixteen and happily spending a month’s pay to fly home DRAF for annual leave.
    Swapping TAA tickets for Ansett flights without any fuss.
    Ansett’s “Old enough for military ID, old enough to drink at the bar.” policy.
    The hot wash of jet exhaust as you alighted a 727 at BNE via the rear airstair.
    Great days indeed.

  190. Snoopy

    Under the plan, which delivers on an election commitment, drivers must not exceed a maximum of 40km/h and are also required to change lanes where possible.

    There’s no way that law will be abused. Ever.

  191. stackja

    The sea plane that crashed on Hawkesbury River was probably well known to residents on the banks of Parramatta River, going to Rose Bay and back to Bankstown.

  192. Siltstone

    Pompeii is magnificent, but very “touristy”.

    Go late in the day, even in peak season it is quiet then.

  193. OneWorldGovernment

    John Constantine

    Not sure if you have seen this but would be interested in your thoughts

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/12/26/exiting-nafta-the-myth-of-global-markets/

  194. JC

    I don’t want to sound ghoulish, but every Australian summer a small plane or two end up crashing. Sure it’s a busy time.

  195. Makka

    DRIVERS in Western Australia will soon be forced to slow down

    Fmd, they already slow down to gawk at anything as innocuous as some poor sod changing a tyre. They already are the slooooooowest drivers to move off after a green light ON THE PLANET.

  196. entropy

    Snoopy
    #2597896, posted on December 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm
    Under the plan, which delivers on an election commitment, drivers must not exceed a maximum of 40km/h and are also required to change lanes where possible.

    There’s no way that law will be abused. Ever.

    Exactly. Also note the overkill. All because a few idiots don’t use their brains, the heavy hand of the state is applied to everyone.

  197. stackja

    entropy
    #2597909, posted on December 31, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    All because a few idiots don’t use their brains, the heavy hand of the state is applied to everyone.

    As with all things today.

  198. Snoopy

    The NYE mentally ill random act of violence threat level is set at ‘probable’ in Sydney.

  199. nilk

    GSK are ceasing production in Australia of all Codeine containing medicines.
    So, whatever scrip the Quack writes after Feb 1, 2018, it won’t contain Codeine.

    Just means that Codeine medications will be imported.

    Until they won’t even be imported. IIRC this is what happened with our beloved incandescent light bulbs. It wasn’t illegal to sell them, but illegal to manufacture them and eventually to import them. Unless you had a reptile enclosure or some such requirement for one of those evil heat-emitting bulbs.

    I still miss them and I’m still pissed about it. I expect the same will happen with codeine-based products. The regulations will become more and more restrictive. So much for living in a free country.

  200. stackja

    All Beaver aircraft will probably be grounded for sometime.

  201. Arky

    All because a few idiots don’t use their brains, the heavy hand of the state is applied to everyone.

    ..
    This is why you are better off pretending to be thick.
    They assume we all are anyway, and if you are chronically unintelligent they can’t blame you for not understanding all their crap about micro- agressions, cis- gendered, colonial, post modernism etc etc.
    Of course some people are better placed to employ this strategy, what with just naturally being as thick as two short planks.
    ht /SH

  202. Tel

    All because a few idiots don’t use their brains, the heavy hand of the state is applied to everyone.

    And if a few idiots were not forthcoming, then someone would need to invent some.

  203. rickw

    Reporting in from the News Link newsagents in Melbourne Airport, where I am doing some research into “Men’s Magazines”.

    I think there’s a huge opportunity there, the basic format:

    One Gun Article
    One Car Article
    One Motorbike Article
    One Boat Article
    One Aeroplane Article
    One History Article
    One Craftsmanship Article
    One Women Article (with photos)

    Exactly and only ever in that order, the correct order.

  204. Roger

    It wasn’t illegal to sell them, but illegal to manufacture them and eventually to import them.

    A brilliant aspect of the multi-faceted legacy of our Dear Leader, Maladroit Blight Trumble, Esq..

  205. Baldrick

    Architecture porn.

    Very nice.

  206. rickw

    All Beaver aircraft will probably be grounded for sometime.

    Why? Unlikely to be something that the Canadians haven’t already discovered.

  207. rickw

    Beaver aircraft.

    A P-51 beaver to be precise!

  208. Rae

    Makes you wonder about the antipathy and attitude to Trump that ‘our’ heroic Australian leaders hold.

    No, it doesn’t. It’s a free country and they are entitled to hold whatever attitude they want towards whomever they want. Libertarian of them I say.

  209. Makka

    Architecture porn.

    Gorgeous part of France. Some ancient hilltop fortified towns, deep forests and high pastures.

  210. Snoopy

    The Sydney fireworks will feature a tribute to SSM. Has anyone considered how this may trigger the mentally ill?

  211. Bruce of Newcastle

    the only good u2 number

    This is better. C.S. Lewis makes an appearance too!

  212. Snoopy

    God bless Queensland. Brisbane fireworks only score a “rainbow element”.

  213. Stimpson J. Cat

    They assume we all are anyway

    What’s all this “we” business, Kiwi?

  214. Arky

    This year has been shit.
    I’m staying on the couch until it has safely passed into history.

  215. Stimpson J. Cat

    Has anyone considered how this may trigger the mentally ill?

    Not really, no.

  216. Snoopy

    Any band which includes alleged adults who call themselves Bozo and The Edge is shit. The end.

  217. Farmer Gez

    I’d like to stay an read the bile and banter on the last night of the year but a party awaits and the beer won’t drink itself.
    Good luck to you all for 2018.

  218. Nick

    The Sydney fireworks will feature a tribute to SSM. Has anyone considered how this may trigger the mentally ill?

    Skyrockets in flight?
    Seriously, wait till they celebrate each and every anniversary of SSM. yawn.

  219. wivenhoe

    Any band which includes alleged adults who call themselves Bozo and The Edge is shit. The end.

    OK. Snoopy, I will give up. Being deaf, I have no idea whom we are speaking of, would you care to enlighten me?

  220. Fergus

    Send the youngsters out with rashers of bacon tonight because it is not our loyal Australian mentally ill wanting to kill our loved ones. Our “leaders” are our traitors.
    #takeourcountryforwardsnotbackwards

  221. Snoopy

    U2 Wivenhoe. Being deaf you’ll have to content yourself watching some sanctimonious, tax dodging multi-millionaire ponce around wearing red-lensed glasses.

  222. Nick

    Lefties love NYE in ways they don’t Australia Day.
    They can impose upon NYE all manner of irrelevant social issues from Abbos to Lezzos. The homeless never get a guernsey because they smell, and well, SCC ran them out of Martin Place. The Left can spend big and have ‘special’ vantage points for their mates. Imagine what they will do to a new, moved, National Day. It will be social activism and revisionism on steroids.

  223. Arky

    The homeless never get a guernsey because they smell,

    ..
    No.
    Because they are mostly old males.

  224. wivenhoe

    U2 Wivenhoe.

    Thank You for reply, Snoopy, so not missing much, I guess. Always said that there are major advantages to being deaf.

  225. It took just 30 seconds…
    A mere half minute into the ABC NYE broadcast and Charlie Fuckering makes it political and cracks the first of what will no doubt be thousands of anti-Trump “jokes”.
    Rabz doctrine NOW.

  226. egg_

    NYE Welcome to Country smoking ceremony on TheirABC.
    The Abo’s had a Grigorian calendar?

  227. egg_

    A mere half minute into the ABC NYE broadcast and Charlie Fuckering makes it political and cracks the first of what will no doubt be thousands of anti-Trump “jokes”.

    Aunty has a bad case of TDS.

  228. Nick

    NYE Welcome to Country smoking ceremony on TheirABC.
    The Abo’s had a Grigorian calendar?

    First tick of the night,something Abbo.
    Lezzos will be next

  229. Snoopy

    Is tonight your first Cativersary Wivenhoe?

  230. OneWorldGovernment

    Rae
    #2597932, posted on December 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Makes you wonder about the antipathy and attitude to Trump that ‘our’ heroic Australian leaders hold.

    No, it doesn’t. It’s a free country and they are entitled to hold whatever attitude they want towards whomever they want. Libertarian of them I say.

    No they are fucking not allowed to hold “whatever attitude they want” you dipshit.

    But I guess you are a UN marxist just like them.

  231. Rabz

    Since you’re all refusing to post on the NY thread, here’s another tune:

    Anderson’s vocals and Butler’s guitar are magnificent

  232. wivenhoe

    OK, folks, I have to go to see my Daughter for a NY party.” I’m excited”, but sometimes I talk shit. Anyway, for me this site has been a blessing this past year, even though I mainly lurk, you all lead me to things that I would never have known. So, Happy New Year to each and every one of you, and thank you all so much. Perhaps I should sign off with the obligatory…. Fuck Off, Grigs.

  233. cohenite

    Happy new year folks; kick arse in ’18.

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