Open Forum: December 30, 2017

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  1. wivenhoe

    Is tonight your first Cativersary Wivenhoe?

    I believe so, but may stand to be corrected, Snoopy. Has been an amazing wake up call year for me, although my beliefs have always been similar to most on the sight. Looking forward to an amazing 2018, with the help of all here and their insights and guidance.

  2. Eyrie

    “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.”
    Every day dozens, if not hundreds of cars crash in Australia and a half dozen or so people die. Amazingly safe really.
    Was the Beaver an amphib?Easy way is to put the wheels down and land on water. On land with wheels up is just embarrassing. Pal of mine has over 10,000 water landings in amphib Beavers.

  3. Rabz

    kick arse in ’18.

    I intend to. While wearing my favourite ol’ 10 hole Docs. 🙂

  4. Tom

    Happy New Year, Farmer Gez. I’m sure you give as good as you get tonight.

  5. Fergus

    And a Happy New Year to all!
    And for us going through hell, let’s keep drivin’ on through and get the blazes outta there!
    Signing out for now, thanks for the company.

    #takingourcountryforwardsnotbackwards

  6. Rae

    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.

    Tone, old boy. You guess wrong. I’m a digital native and an urban capitalist.

  7. Knuckle Dragger

    Was on a flight into Melbourne a number of years back with my young bloke, who would have been between six and eight at the time. Amongst the passengers, and seated in the row across from me (I was in the aisle seat) were two Navy boys and a Navy lass, all about 20 and in uniform. Except for the lass, who had her uniform shirt tied up around her midriff.

    Jesus wept. The mouth on this chick, who was moderately good looking. I can only assume that the two blokes didn’t pull her up because they might root her at some point in the future. She was on the phone, swearing not at top pitch but enough for half the plane to hear.

    The rage mounted slowly as she had an argument with the hostie about turning her phone off before takeoff. A further expletive-ridden rant followed during takeoff, after which her colleagues, emboldened by the lack of action by the staff joined in. Others were looking uncomfortable and there were other kids on the flight as well.

    Ten minutes later, the mobile phone came out. More swearing into the phone and a hostie finally started making her way there from the pointy end. But she didn’t get there.

    A cranky six foot two man stood up from his seat and into the aisle, and towering over over these wide eyed pushers said, in his best projection voice without actually yelling and pausing where necessary for effect:

    ‘Shut.
    Up.
    You.
    Stupid.
    Skank.
    There.
    Are.
    Children.
    On.
    This.
    Plane.’

    Wide eyed silence from the offenders, who duly shut up for the remainder of the flight. A quick wink and a 180 from the hostie. A couple of thank yous from mums on the way into the terminal while their own ‘men’ looked at the floor.

    A subsequent call to Cerberus, and an in-person chat to their MP equivalents a fortnight later. A call back the next month saying the matter had been ‘resolved’. Buggered if I know what that meant, but that smarmy pusser lass won’t be trying that on again. On any of my flights, at least.

    Decorum, people, decorum.

  8. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Wide eyed pussers’

    Every time.

  9. Mark A

    Eyrie
    #2597973, posted on December 31, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Every day dozens, if not hundreds of cars crash in Australia and a half dozen or so people die. Amazingly safe really.
    Was the Beaver an amphib?

    It was I believe, but the word “Crashed” is significant.
    Obviously something has gone drastically wrong. Will find out in due course.

  10. candy

    Architecture porn.

    That is really beautiful, jc.

    Instead of concrete boxes with little trees in them at the front I would put geraniums and roses, but.

  11. jupes

    This year has been shit.

    Bullshit Arky. 2017 has been a cracker, thanks to one man.

  12. egg_

    What do you get if you rearrange Rae and nemkat?

    Rake man?

  13. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A cranky six foot two man stood up from his seat and into the aisle, and towering over over these wide eyed pushers said, in his best projection voice without actually yelling and pausing where necessary for effect:

    I’ve seen three young blokes, on an aircraft, all half pissed, and in uniform, being read their horoscope by a retired Warrant Officer Disciplinary – as you say, no yelling, and pausing for effect.

  14. Tel

    Bullshit Arky. 2017 has been a cracker, thanks to one man.

    Could have been much, much worse.

  15. André M.

    #2597990, posted on December 31, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    >> This year has been shit.

    Bullshit Arky. 2017 has been a cracker, thanks to one man.

    No! The year 2017 has been awesome thanks to the efforts of lots of people. Here is Their ABC’s list of great moments and I bet you can’t disagree with more than 2 out of 12.

    • Scientists make old cells young again
    • NASA and Uber join forces to develop flying taxis
    • Muslim hackers unite to wipe ISIS off the internet
    • Rats are acting as “bomb detectors” to protect elephants from landmines
    • Prison inmates give their food to hungry kids
    • Vomiting fungi could solve global plastic problem
    • Scientists remove diseased genes from human embryo
    • Facebook uses artificial intelligence to prevent suicide
    • A woman finds her father after 45 years thanks to a Lateline episode
    • Coral “gardening” helping to restore Great Barrier Reef
    • A regional Australian company is producing bee-friendly insecticide
    • New hope in the fight against Alzheimer’s

    I reckon the ones about the coral saviours and AI angels are a bit iffy, but the rest seem alright.
    As for Trump… he’s used less gas chambers against unsuspecting victims than the EPA did, so it’s a case of so far so good.

  16. Pedro the Ignorant

    It is almost a year ago that a Grumman G-73 Mallard seaplane crashed into Perth’s Swan River in front of thousands of horrified spectators on Australia Day 2017. Pilot and passenger killed on impact.

    No Swan River air show on Australia Day 2018.

  17. Pedro the Ignorant

    I travelled on an aircraft out of Darwin earlier this year in company with about twenty or so uniformed US Marines.

    I have never seen a group of more polite and respectful young men in a group that size in my life.

    (Think footy teams on and end of season jaunt).

    Perhaps the huge muscled Gunnery Sergeant traveling with the group had a calming effect.

  18. Makka

    Ok, smashing out some epic Latin Funk , from two masters. Santana and Miles

    Them Changes…..

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    (Think footy teams on and end of season jaunt).

    Saw a footy team on the Prospector, from Kalgoorlie to Perth, thrown off the train and handed over to the cops at Northam.

  20. Knuckle Dragger

    Pedro,

    There was panic in the streets when news came that Marines were going to be stationed in Darwin. People were were locking up daughters, extra ‘massage parlours’ opened and certain elements of the community were convinced that the place would be a smoking ruin within a week.

    The exact opposite occurred. They are (in Darwin anyway) the most polite people on earth, and have strict curfews and rules for behaviour. Punishment is apparently swift and hurts both the body and hip pocket.

  21. nilk

    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?

    Arky @ 4.47 (still reading up so not sure if this has been answered yet) the mask is to screen out the fumes from the acrylics used on nails. It’ll strip the first three layers off the inside of your nostrils if you’re not careful.

  22. OneWorldGovernment

    Knuckles

    I’ll give you my ‘feel good’ airline flight experience.

    Some years ago flew Darwin – Manila, forget the name of the plane, but I was on the aisle row and there was a young couple on the inside of me.

    The hostess came around and delivered their pre-booked meals and the ‘hostie’ asked me ‘something’.

    Now I’m a tad hard of hearing when it comes to a woman’s voice. Can generally hear men okay though.

    But somehow, I assumed, the young lass sitting between myself and her husband felt sorry for me and insisted I take her meal!

    Despite my protestations she insisted and I could see she was going to get upset so I took it and ate it, even though I’d had a decent feed before we left Darwin.

    It was strange but kind of nice thought.

  23. The media will lie about the numbers but I’ve never seen it this quiet. Low key, low energy crowds. The last time I saw this many automatic weapons being worn was on exercise.

  24. stackja

    Mr Rusty
    #2598019, posted on December 31, 2017 at 9:55 pm
    The media will lie about the numbers but I’ve never seen it this quiet. Low key, low energy crowds. The last time I saw this many automatic weapons being worn was on exercise.

    Wartime?

  25. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja
    #2598025, posted on December 31, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Terrigal fireworks barge fire.

    LOL

    Definitely wartime.

  26. max

    Countdown on the ABC. Various artists doing covers.

    Nothing new about this New Year.

    Like karaoke night in a Bangkok bar.

  27. stackja

    max
    #2598028, posted on December 31, 2017 at 10:06 pm


    Singer’ gender? my PC on mute.

  28. Nick

    Like karaoke night in a Bangkok bar.

    More trannies at the ABC then a Bangkok bar.

  29. max

    Gender uncertain, stackja, but the years have stacked on the pounds for these porkers.

    Kate Ceberano used to be hot. Now matronly (and in black satin – sad).

  30. egg_

    Even Lucky the drummer now has tits.
    Sad.

  31. stackja

    max
    #2598028, posted on December 31, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Gilbert Becaud – A Little Love and Understanding

    new lyrics Through your tranny radio

  32. egg_

    Thanks Gawd there’s a bit of young talent – even if they’re singing covers.

  33. max

    egg – they are great. Really good. Can really sing.

  34. Makka

    On polite Marines; less than a week after Saddam smashes into Kuwait, 3 of the most polite cleanest cut Marines slinging M16’s from the 1st Marine Division rock up in my office in Eastern KSA and very politely request that I meet their Gunny Sargent out in the yard where all our new equipment stock is held. I’m expecting something like Gunny Highway. Instead I meet a short reedy dude about mid 40’s, steel grey short hair and skin looking like old leather packing a holstered .45. Hard, soft spoken southern drawl, smiling with the deadest blue eyes. A stone cold killer for sure.

    Wants to take all the stock we have. Around a dozen dozers, 50 Wheel loaders and excavators, over a hundred gensets and every drum of oil I have with filters to go with them all. Tens of millions. “Your’e kidding ” , I say smiling. He just smiled ; “Sir, I shit you not- my Stores Chief will be here in an hour to arrange delivery. You have a nice day now. Bah bye”. Off they go.

    After several frantic calls with the owner of the company and our Finance boss, it was clear – that stock was leaving our yard at premium prices. 59 minutes exactly after Gunny Travis left, Lt Myers arrived with a very impressive order book. We worked together through the night so we could have everything ready for the fleet of trucks that started arriving at 9am next morning. Gunny, his crew and the Lt were the most polite people you’d ever meet and I had invites a plenty to Marine piss ups and BBQ’s at the monster airbase nearby. That’s how they roll.

  35. egg_

    Prinnie Stevens and Mahalia Barnes are exceptional.

  36. jupes

    Countdown on the ABC. Various artists doing covers.

    Sitting on the balcony of a hotel in Perth listening to a bloke doing covers in the restaurant below. Just him, his acoustic guitar and microphone.

    Believe me, karaoke night in a Bangkok bar would be 1000% better than this bloke. He’s currently murdering Wonderwall.

  37. Mike of Marion

    max
    #2598033, posted on December 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    KC – black saturn on her shape is destroyed.

  38. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    The government is committed to fiscal responsibility and has committed to offset all new spending as part of the budget process. We will be returning the budget to surplus in 2012-13.

    — Penny Wong

  39. Mike of Marion

    OK, OK, I’m kanga – I’m off to the sack.

    See all you good’uns next year

    Mike

  40. Snoopy

    Dot will be chuffed. His beloved Free Syrian Army is being reborn as the Syrian National Army. Not to be confused with the Syrian Arab Army.

  41. jupes

    Can’t listen to it yet.

    Still listening to your VU link. Superb. (I’ve shut the door).

  42. Baldrick

    egg_
    #2597991, posted on December 31, 2017 at 9:10 pm
    What do you get if you rearrange Rae and nemkat?
    Rake man?

    Enema Rat (+k)

  43. Oh come on

    Tone, old boy. You guess wrong. I’m a digital native and an urban capitalist.

    You are so full of shit, Grigory. Literally everyone here, at the bear minimum, would rather you gone. Most feel more strongly and cannot abide you, despise you. What the hell is wrong with you? Why do you stay here?

  44. pete m

    happy new year cats and kittehs.

    may 2018 be blessed and bring you good things

    special shout out to those who are having trying times – chin up and know you are thought of kindly here by many good people. please don’t hesitate to share your story without fear of burdening us.

    Saw “The Greatest Showman” today with my little poppette as part of her xmas present via gold class cinema. despite not liking musicals I must say I enjoyed it as I mellow in my ongoing years. A nice story and some rollicking good songs too. Nice escapism and a little inspiring to see risk taking bear fruit.

    good night

  45. Baldrick

    Cheers Mike. May next year see you happy, healthy and on the mend.

  46. Tintarella di Luna

    Greetings and Happy New Year good wishes to all – Double blessings – a new day and a new year, I hope I can make the best of it, it won’t be for lack of trying. Cheers

  47. Oh come on

    I heard that Jimmy Giggle is presenting the ABC countdown this year. Well that should keep all the under 6s amused…despite having gone to bed 5 hours prior. Still, between him and that colossal, epic, would-be national embarrassment if enough people knew who the fuck he was fuckwad Lawrence Mooney, oh he of the “cheeky pash”, the most punchable man in Australia; I’ll take the children’s entertainer every time, for at least he succeeds in entertaining some people.

  48. jupes

    Happy New Year Tinta.

    Hope you and your family have a great 2018.

  49. Oh come on

    Sorry it’s still 8.30 in WA and I’m not done with the annual airing of grievances.

  50. Snoopy

    that colossal, epic, would-be national embarrassment if enough people knew who the fuck he was fuckwad Lawrence Mooney,

    He’s worse than that. Much worse.

  51. Top Ender

    ABC coverage of New Year with Jimmy Barnes – showing every minute why he should have taken Ian Meldrum’s advice to “not scream.”

  52. Rae

    It’s sad that you feel so forlorn and unloved, Oh Come On. Never mind, tomorrow is another day. Happy New Year anyway.

  53. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s sad that you feel so forlorn and unloved, Oh Come On. Never mind, tomorrow is another day. Happy New Year anyway.

    Fvck of, Grogarly.

  54. Oh come on

    so forlorn and unloved, Oh Come On

    Even if it were true, I’d infinitely prefer being that than being you.

  55. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on
    #2598094, posted on December 31, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Sorry it’s still 8.30 in WA and I’m not done with the annual airing of grievances.

    Same time zone OCO.

  56. Westie Woman

    Happy New Year everyone..

    Best wishes expecially for Mike of Marion, Mater and Fergus with their health problems ..

    As probably the only Jimmy Barnes fan on this blog – loving this NYE concert

    Cheers and thanks for the entertainment and information you all provide each day – you’re all bloody wonderful!

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Top Ender
    #2598102, posted on December 31, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Top Ender, a Happy New Year to you, Mrs Top Ender and the family. I’m waiting for your book on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All good wishes.

  58. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sorry it’s still 8.30 in WA and I’m not done with the annual airing of grievances.

    Same time zone OCO.

    Same time zone.

  59. Top Ender

    Cheers Zulu – lash me regularly to get on with it!

  60. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NHS is forced to apologise after a woman having a smear test specifically requested a female only to be met by a pre-op transgender medic ‘with stubble and a beard’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5224421/NHS-apologises-woman-allocated-transsexual-nurse.html#ixzz52qKOBa8y
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    Fvck me, if we haven’t reached peak stupidity, we must be almost there.

  61. OneWorldGovernment

    For those in The East

  62. Oh come on

    Harpy new year, eastern staters!

  63. Oh come on

    We in the civilised West adhere to the loony calendar.

  64. Pedro the Ignorant

    Happy New Year, T’Othersiders.

    Just getting primed here in the Wild West.

  65. Snoopy

    Harpy new year, eastern staters!

    It’s still only 11.30 pm AEST.

  66. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just getting primed here in the Wild West.

    All the best for the New Year, and keep your head, down, Pedro. I’m working on the single malt.

  67. OneWorldGovernment

    Couldn’t resist

  68. Arky

    I’m working on the single malt

    ..
    You need to lay off that stuff.
    Happy New Year to yiz all.

  69. DrBeauGan

    I’m torn. Should I make a new year resolution to give up eating? I am bloated after Christmas. Or should I keep the only resolution which has lasted more than a week? This one I made five years ago, and I’ve kept it since then. It was to make no more new year resolutions.

    You see the problem.

  70. OneWorldGovernment

    Arky
    #2598138, posted on January 1, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Happy New Year to yiz all.

    Thanks Arky

    Same same.

  71. Oh come on

    Well, nighty night all. The kids, 7 and 3, have had a late one and are finally down. May as well hit the sack with the T&S.

    All the best for 2018.

  72. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh Come On

    Howzit going?

  73. Motelier

    I posted this on the 2018 thread.

    To Sinclair, Rafe, Steve, Jacques, Cats and Kittehs.

    May 2018 deliver all of the promise and enjoyment for all of you and your families that you make in your New Years Resoultions.

    Motelier and MrsM

    PS. Nooooo I will not have a hangover to start 2018. We took our new business venture out on the road at a council run NYE celebration event. For those following the development of a startup.

    We went with enough dough and fillings for 200 pizzas, plus cold drinks and a loan of a scoop icecream freezer with 9 flavours, for the night set up in a popup gazebo directly opposite the “woodfired” pizza. Set up was done from 2 pm and trade from 4pm to midnight.

    We managed 27 pizzas per hour 😀 from 4pm till 8pm through intermittant showers. First fireworks spectacular at 8:30 for 15 minutes and then we steeled ourselves for the next rush. Nature had other ideas, delivering a solid downpour from just after the first fireworks that chased the crowds away. So for the night 112 pizzas at $17 a pop. The surprise was the owner of the woody ordering one of our pizzas and enquiring where we purchased our base 😇. Shhhhhh its a secret recipe.

    No droopy pizza slices from us!

  74. OneWorldGovernment

    And dumb fucking arsehole textorites don’t think that people will come out of the wood work to defend Australia against the scum politicians and so called public servants.

    A dumb mate of mine set me a challenge one time, “why would you be a policeman”?

  75. OneWorldGovernment

    Why does South Australian electors vote for some of the weirdest, queer politicians you could ever want to point a stick at.

    I think we should decimate the fucking grape vines that they make their wine out of with ROUNDUP.

  76. OneWorldGovernment

    Is there an honest Liberal Politician whom will smash Turnbulls face in for his fuckhead idiot crap shit of pumping water up hill to generate electricity.

    I’ve been waiting for someone to just laugh in his face because he is a fuckhead.

    Hey Turnbull, how do you make money if you haven’t got the taxpayer propping you up.

    Tell your useless wife and son to get out of the way of Australia.

    You are a filthy scum Bligh Turnbull.

    I would think that your Father would be ashamed of you.

  77. OneWorldGovernment

    It blows me away that Rudd’s daughter is so far up the Chinese that it is unbelievable.

    It blows me away that Turnbull’s son is so far up the Chinese that it is unbelievable.

    I feel a tad sorry for Sam the man from Iran.

    It would seem that most Australian ‘politicians’ are getting the Chinese treatment.

    There is a foto somewhere where Julia Gillard is wearing a hat with a red star as she walks in a Melbourne ANZAC march.

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2013/04/character-gillards-is-on-display-in-these-two-photos.html

  78. Mike of Marion

    Thanks Tom for providing my early morning dose of Cat – I enjoy the fruits of your searching. Mike

  79. Mike of Marion

    Mark Knight No1 by a street!!!

  80. OneWorldGovernment

    I propose that we put a goat on a spit and a pig on a spit as close as we can to every single ABC office/broadcast point throughout Australia and give away free burgers on the 26th of Australia 2018.

    And advertise it.

    I served free kangaroo and emu burgers in front of Parliament House some years ago and I am sure that some of those Christian folk that have Australian Aboriginal blood will help.

    They do not want murdering Islam types.

  81. OneWorldGovernment

    Mike of Marion

    I cannot know.

    I sat with the mother of my 2 children whilst she went through ‘treatment’.

    It is a hell of a thing to go through. Mind bending. PTSD has nothing on it.

    I told my little daughter to shut her winging and take the medicine. She still hates me but she is alive.

    I sat with my Father and held his hand when he was ending. And ended.

    I have seen that some one told you to never give up and I agree.

    But remember, you are the one in control now.

    If you don’t like a doctor get another one.

    Tomorrow is the ‘big’ day and I personally hope that things will work out for you.

    You probably live near where my great aunt lived.

    All the best.

    And I love the music you put up.

  82. feelthebern

    Post reading this article on how the FBI went after the Bundys (the guys who didn’t pay their grazing fees in Oregon) you have to wonder why anyone believes anything the FBI says.

    https://theintercept.com/2017/12/22/cliven-bundy-case-ranch-standoff-fbi/

  83. egg_

    What do you get if you rearrange Rae and nemkat?
    Rake man?

    Enema Rat (+k)

    Enema Kat sounds appropriate.

  84. Morning all, and a happy New Year.

    It’s still yesterday in New York city.
    It’s 2.30 pm in the afternoon – the “warmest” part of the day.
    It’s MINUS nine degrees.
    They’re forecasting a record cold NYE tonight.
    Just more proof of gerbil wormening.

  85. calli

    Happy New Year Cats and Kittehs! It’s a beautiful day and the winning has just begun.

    My New Year’s Resolution – to finish what I

  86. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m getting kind of confused about who are people and who aren’t.

    Animal rights activists lost a lawsuit to recognize elephants as people

    Nonhuman Rights Project attorney Steven Wise filed the suit to the Connecticut Superior Court in November. The elephants — Beulah, Karen and Minnie — belong to a traveling zoo and live in “deplorable conditions,” according to WaPo.

    [Judge] Bentigna dismissed the case as “wholly frivolous on its face in legal terms.”

    Not elephants then. On the other hand a volcano and at least two rivers are people.
    I wonder if a nonhuman rights lawyer is a person?

  87. Quite incredibly beautiful here at the moment.
    A thick fog has descended on us and visibility is down to less than ten metres.
    The temperature has dropped at least three degrees, and the birds have all gone quiet.

  88. Tom

    … you have to wonder why anyone believes anything the FBI says.

    In a rational world, the press wouldn’t, but the New York Times is opening its legs for the FBI/Deep State to try to bring down Trump. The FBI provided the NYT’s weekend story about Alexander Downer’s pissup with one of the office boys of the Trump campaign in May 2016 to deflect attention from the fact that the FBI later used the fake Christopher Steele dossier to get the FISA court to approve its spying on the Trump campaign.

  89. OneWorldGovernment

    memoryvault
    #2598186, posted on January 1, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Quite incredibly beautiful here at the moment.
    A thick fog has descended on us and visibility is down to less than ten metres.
    The temperature has dropped at least three degrees, and the birds have all gone quiet.

    so the AFP have gassed the surrounds and you will soon be taken into custody.

    Have a great New Year MV.

  90. Tintarella di Luna

    Post reading this article on how the FBI went after the Bundys (the guys who didn’t pay their grazing fees in Oregon) you have to wonder why anyone believes anything the FBI says.

    Hi feelthebern, check out the Ruby Ridge matter and you’ll see why the people of the USA love the 2nd Amendment of their magnificent constitution. Murdering bastards springs to mind.

    Oh Happy New Year’s Day to all —

  91. Tintarella di Luna

    May the happiness last

  92. Geriatric Mayfly

    At the beach, in the hammock or under a shady tree; no Cats will want to be very far from access to the London Guardian’s 100 Best Non Fiction Books of All Time. To give you a taste, I have offered the first ten. Rest assured, it gets worse.

    1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)
    An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.

    2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)
    This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief following the sudden death of her husband changed the nature of writing about bereavement.

    3. No Logo by Naomi Klein (1999)
    Naomi Klein’s timely anti-branding bible combined a fresh approach to corporate hegemony with potent reportage from the dark side of capitalism.

    4. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes (1998)
    These passionate, audacious poems addressed to Hughes’s late wife, Sylvia Plath, contribute to the couple’s mythology and are a landmark in English poetry.

    5. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (1995)
    This remarkably candid memoir revealed not only a literary talent, but a force that would change the face of US politics for ever.

    6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)
    The theoretical physicist’s mega-selling account of the origins of the universe is a masterpiece of scientific inquiry that has influenced the minds of a generation.

    7. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (1979)
    Tom Wolfe raised reportage to dazzling new levels in his quest to discover what makes a man fly to the moon.

    8. Orientalism by Edward Said (1978)
    This polemical masterpiece challenging western attitudes to the east is as topical today as it was on publication.

    9. Dispatches by Michael Herr (1977)
    A compelling sense of urgency and a unique voice make Herr’s Vietnam memoir the definitive account of war in our time.

    10. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (1976)
    An intoxicating renewal of evolutionary theory that coined the idea of the meme and paved the way for Professor Dawkins’s later, more polemical works.

  93. OneWorldGovernment

    Tom
    #2598187, posted on January 1, 2018 at 7:28 am

    … you have to wonder why anyone believes anything the FBI says.

    In a rational world, the press wouldn’t, but the New York Times is opening its legs for the FBI/Deep State to try to bring down Trump. The FBI provided the NYT’s weekend story about Alexander Downer’s pissup with one of the office boys of the Trump campaign in May 2016 to deflect attention from the fact that the FBI later used the fake Christopher Steele dossier to get the FISA court to approve its spying on the Trump campaign.

    And as I said up above Tom, we can see that our scum politicians are only too happy to lick the Democrats or #neverTrump rinos.

    Our f**kwit “leader” blew away light bulbs, irrigation schemes that he now proposes to really cripple by taking all the water.

    When is some real Australian going to tell Turnbull to just stop you c*nt.

    Is Lucy so angry with us proles?

    Is Tom Hughes one of the greatest arsehole pricks that should never have been let near anything?

    These ‘elite’ scum should be blown out of the water.

  94. OneWorldGovernment

    I want to see Muslims in Poiunt Piper.

    And not like poofter Turnbull did but I want to see a mosque in Point Piper.

    If not get fucked you despicable ignorant dumb c*nt Turnbull

    Go and suck your mummies t*t. you prick.

  95. OneWorldGovernment

    Or what Turnbull?

    Your Father killed himself rather than be with you you filthy scum

    Go and kill a cat.

  96. stackja

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2598192, posted on January 1, 2018 at 7:41 am

    I am shocked!

  97. OneWorldGovernment

    Turnbull

    How much money does your family get off the Chinese?

  98. OneWorldGovernment

    The Liberal Party of Australia

    Apart from setting up Government boondoggles there are not many of you that would have a clue as to making money and profits.

    You are scammers, the lot of you.

  99. OneWorldGovernment

    have a great new year you liberal scum.

    no wonder textor is in hiding because he would get kicked.

    make sure you bring in 500,000 evil muslims in 2018

  100. Boambee John

    I put up a post yesterday, suggesting that the one thing that might cause a revolution in Oz would be an attempt to take away (or put off the road) private motor vehicles.

    Just before we went out last night there was a response (IT??) suggesting that it would be a softly softly process of gradually raising fuel and other costs. Too tired to scan the previous page to check the actual response, sorry!

    However, I’m not sure this would work, unless elections had been suspended. Gradual increases would lead to rising discontent, leading to 30 adverse Newspolls in a row, leading to unhappy backbenchers, leading to a backdown before or after a change of leadership.

    Someone else mentioned that the “softly softly” process is already being used to restrict general aviation. Fair point, but almost every household in Oz has one or more motor vehicles; not nearly as many have light aircraft. The political pressure would be much greater. An alliance of bikie gangs and grey nomads could be a frightening thing!

    Taking away the ability to use private motor vehicles would be (as Sir Humphrey might say) a courageous decision.

  101. stackja

    Charlie Pickering maintains his reputation.

  102. Tintarella di Luna

    Charlie Pickering maintains his reputation.

    Another talentless ABC moocher who would not get a job outside the sheltered employment of that slobbering too-expensive monolith

  103. Bruce of Newcastle

    no Cats will want to be very far from access to the London Guardian’s 100 Best Non Fiction Books of All Time

    Cruel and unusual punishment GM, soon to be mandated upon righties by the courts.

    Did the august tome “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates figure on the list?
    I think waterboarding would be preferable to being forced to read Coates’ book.

    (From Steven Hayward over at Powerline this morning)

  104. The unsavoury murderous thugs who now control Dodge City Dannograd need to be brought down.
    Is is time for us to hire gunslingers? Where is Marshall Dillon when you need him?

    And yes, it’s time to get out of Dannograd.

  105. Geriatric Mayfly

    Is that man a terrorist?’
    Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaves after attending Royal Family’s traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25,
    Greeting wellwishers en route to church, Prince Philip pointed to a man with a long ginger beard and asked: “Is he a terrorist?’’

    Good to see that the royal nonagenarian still has the spark for a non-PC quip.

  106. Boambee John

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2598189, posted on January 1, 2018 at 7:32 am
    Post reading this article on how the FBI went after the Bundys (the guys who didn’t pay their grazing fees in Oregon) you have to wonder why anyone believes anything the FBI says.

    Hi feelthebern, check out the Ruby Ridge matter and you’ll see why the people of the USA love the 2nd Amendment of their magnificent constitution. Murdering bastards springs to mind.

    It goes back further.

    Remember Waco in around 1983? Tanks used to break into a religious sect, many women and children killed?

  107. Mike of Marion

    egg_
    #2598181, posted on January 1, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Reminds me of an early Australian GP in Adelaide (85-95) where the yanks were either in Darwin from Guam for war games OR they tankered all the way to Adelaide from Guam.

    I think the were F15s – they turned up over the track at tree-top level and fairly hammered us for about 10 minutes on how you should fly.

    Prior to that, the sedate F-18 RAAF would do his show at 1000 feet – no real deal and fly -off to Edinburgh.

    From then on the RAAF have been lower and more daring .

    Mike

  108. Geriatric Mayfly

    Coates not there BoN. You will just have to make do with Greer, Sontag and Betty Friedan.

  109. stackja

    2GB report 1998 seaplane crash in same area.

  110. Tintarella di Luna

    Remember Waco in around 1983? Tanks used to break into a religious sect, many women and children killed?

    Yes indeed WACO that was on my mind as I wrote that comment. The people of the USA do not hold the 2nd amendment as sacrosanct for self-defence, they hold it sacrosanct in order to resist the possibility of a usurpatious government – their memory of the War of Independence is still very fresh even as its sesquicentennial approaches.

  111. struth

    Good Moaning and Happy New Year to Sinclair and all the Cat crew.

    May this year bring us a Trump style smash- a- thon to this land down under.

  112. egg_

    Another talentless ABC moocher who would not get a job outside the sheltered employment of that slobbering too-expensive monolith

    Squalid took his jerb on Teh Project

  113. Boambee John

    Waco in around 1993!

  114. Bruce of Newcastle

    You will just have to make do with Greer, Sontag and Betty Friedan.

    Ugh. Nauseous. I’m really glad I don’t have a hangover or I’d be needing a new laptop.

  115. egg_

    I think the were F15s – they turned up over the track at tree-top level and fairly hammered us for about 10 minutes on how you should fly.

    Awesome – the Mach Loop is great close-up stuff – I find Tornado footage second only to the Eagle in pure low level grunt.

  116. stackja

    Lake Superior State University’s 43rd Annual List Of Banished Words

    And now, the 2018 list:
    Unpack – Misused word for analyze, consider, assess. Concepts or positions are not packed, so they don’t need to be unpacked.

    Tons – Refers to an exaggerated quantity, as in tons of sunshine or tons of work. ‘Lots’ would surely suffice.

    Dish – As in to dish out the latest rumor on someone. Let’s go back to ‘talks about’ and leave dishes in the cupboard.

    Pre-owned – What is so disgraceful about owning a used car now and then?

    Onboarding / Offboarding – Creature from the HR Lagoon. We used to have hiring, training and orientation. Now we need to have an “onboarding” process. Firings, quitting, and retirements are streamlined into “offboarding.”

    Nothingburger – Says nothing that ‘nothing’ doesn’t already. I’ll take a quarter-pound of something in mine.

    Let that sink in – One could say shocking, profound, or important. Let that sink in.

    Let me ask you this – Wholly unnecessary statement. Just ask the question already.

    Impactful – A frivolous word groping for something ‘effective’ or ‘influential.’

    Covfefe – An impulsive typo, born into a 140-character universe, somehow missed by the autocorrect feature.

    Drill Down – Instead of expanding on a statement, we “drill down on it.”

    Fake News – Once upon a time stories could be empirically disproved. Now ‘fake news’ is any story you disagree with.

    Hot Water Heater – Hot water does not need to be heated. ‘Water heater’ or ‘hot water maker’ will keep us out of hot water.

    Gig Economy – Gigs are for musicians and stand-up comedians. Now expanded to imply a sense of freedom and a lifestyle that rejects tradition in a changing economic culture. Runs a risk of sharecropping.

  117. struth

    Ugh. Nauseous. I’m really glad I don’t have a hangover or I’d be needing a new laptop.

    I don’t do gigs and I don’t go out on New Year’s Eve.
    Better time had is to stay at home with Mrs Struth and see the New Year in.
    She fell asleep on the couch before midnight and refused to be stirred at 11:55 to see it in.
    Silly moo.
    So I had a quiet scotch and a quiet thought, patted the dog (she gets scared of fireworks), then found myself asleep on the couch when I woke up at 2am and Mrs Struth gone to bed!

    So we did New Year’s in shifts, it seems.

    Down the beach today, most likely.
    Take the shirt off and have fun scaring the kiddies.

  118. Mike of Marion

    egg

    The Vulcan
    Tally-ho!!

  119. Delta A

    To all Cats, a happy, healthy and wealthy New Year. With special thanks and wishes to Sinclair for giving all these wonderful minds a place to congregate day after day after day…

  120. calli

    Fake News – Once upon a time stories could be empirically disproved. Now ‘fake news’ is any story you disagree with.

    Nice thimble and pea trick, but I’m not buying that one.

    Fake News is just what the words say – confected stories based on few to zero facts that are pushed by the MSM as either clickbait, to obscure a genuine story that doesn’t progress a predetermined narrative or to push that narrative. Or all three.

    And that’s why it’s now a “banished word”.

  121. Gab

    Happy New Year to all and may the most you wish for be the least you get.

  122. Baldrick

    Charlie Pickering maintains his reputation.

    Only to the low-informations. It was obviously a very poor attempt at ABC humour.

  123. Dianeh

    Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2018 brings health and happiness.

  124. stackja

    Baldrick
    #2598229, posted on January 1, 2018 at 8:56 am
    Charlie Pickering maintains his reputation.

    Only to the low-informations. It was obviously a very poor attempt at ABC humour.

    Oxymoron?

  125. egg_

    ABC TV Breakfast close – YouTube footage 2x Mo’s on swings hung off the tines of a front end loader.

    Appeasement.

    Your bollards belongem us.

  126. egg_

    Charlie Pickering maintains his reputation.

    Only to the low-informations. It was obviously a very poor attempt at ABC humour.

    Adam Hills Lite.

  127. stack, ABC humour is something which allows the intelligentsia to smirk at the un-anointed.

  128. stackja

    incoherent rambler
    #2598236, posted on January 1, 2018 at 9:03 am
    stack, ABC humour is something which allows the intelligentsia to smirk at the un-anointed.

    The yoke’s on them.

  129. egg_

    Melbourne set off a record 14 tonnes of fireworks and non one noticed?

  130. Baldrick

    ABC humour – only funny in Melbourne.

  131. Snoopy

    ABC TV Breakfast close – YouTube footage 2x Mo’s on swings hung off the tines of a front end loader.

    See? They’re just lovable scamps.

  132. stackja

    Baldrick
    #2598240, posted on January 1, 2018 at 9:06 am
    ABC humour – only funny in Melbourne.

    I could laugh at IMT.

  133. Anne

    Nice illustration of how blogging works. 😄

    Thanks, Calli.

  134. stackja

    I am following other NYE on Daily Telegraph site. Sydney Harbour Bridge wins.

  135. C.L.

    Beheaded Australian Diggers and the women of Nanking couldn’t be reached for comment …

    ‘The fruit of war’: Pope orders harrowing image of boy carrying his dead brother following the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki be printed and distributed.

    That’s his New Year’s card.

    Not right in the head.

  136. min

    Happy New Year may 2018 be healthy , prosperous and see Turnbull resigning.
    Off to see 3 Billboards outsider Ebbing Missouri today , tomorrow into hospital for hip replacement

  137. Drink-Up Socrates

    A trending in-flight horror experience is to wake-up with an enormous spandex draped bubble arse poked in your face as it awaits its turn for the dunny.
    No amount of counseling will erase consequent trauma.

  138. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Happy New Year, Cats and Kittehs.

    In a small and little known reserve up the hill from us, which has a magnificent view of the bridge, Opera House and the city, about thirty excited children wearing liquid crystal lit-up hats, armbands, earrings and hoops, stood along the edge fencing, held their mobile phones on the timer, and did the big count down of rising excitation to see in 2018. Exactly on cue, the bridge burst into fireworks and the big show started to the deafening shrieks of Happy New Year from the children and more muted calls from some fifty adults also gathered there. Most were locals, some of whom we knew. It was a very convivial little group who had all left home five minutes or so beforehand, as most were locals from the streets below.
    We’d done it earlier too, for the nine o’clock children’s show, which while nice, most kids refused to accept as the real deal: anyone over four seemed to stay up till midnight anyway.

    At ours, the whole household and some flaked-out dinner party guests are all still asleep. Except me. I am gathering, in a desultory fashion, various Santas, snowmen, gingerbread houses, deer, holly and ivy wreaths and other Christmas insignia as the beginning of putting it all away till next year. Our biggest papier-mâché heavily-antlered deer, a wondrous golden animal with red shining curlicues on his sides (ideal targets), is thankfully none the worse for having been part of the rubber-bullet deer shoot organized by my friend’s hyperactive ten-year old son, who had brought his Christmas guns to town. He’s having a break from his medication, his worn-out mother explained, as he marked out Santa’s Grotto as a firing range.

    Boys will be boys, I murmur in support, as Da Hairy Ape also has a go.

  139. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hyperactive kid just got up, putting me off my stroke, before I could proof-read the above. At least you know, because I’ve told you twice, that most were locals. 🙂

  140. calli

    And 1597 is such a long time ago too.

  141. Baldrick

    ‘The fruit of war’: Pope orders harrowing image of boy carrying his dead brother following the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki be printed and distributed.

    What, recent pictures of crucified Christians in Syria by ISIS not good enough?

  142. calli

    Twelfth Night is put-away day, Lizzie. It all comes down on Saturday.

  143. Nick

    Best of luck, Min.
    I’m off to see the same film this morning

  144. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    tomorrow into hospital for hip replacement

    Min, that’s a big deal. But apparently the improvement is dramatic. Best of luck with it.

  145. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Twelfth Night is put-away day, Lizzie. It all comes down on Saturday.

    That’s what Hairy says too, Calli, old traditionalist that he is. But I am putting my foot down. Some things can go on for too long and this is one of them. I want a return to ‘normalcy’, as Theodore Roosevelt (I think) put it.

    If only, if only. Certainly it won’t happen while Malcolm is in power, bring on Shorten.

  146. John Constantine

    When top level vicpol want to assure the public that every traffic offence will be detected in a blitz, they do so by telling us police in record numbers will be put doing bookings.

    Their media reports this morning of increased new Years Eve arrests this year, without linking the record number of police on duty to blitz the event.

    How long until top level vicpol extend their ‘cricket dobbing by mobile phone’ facility to all events?.

  147. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    that should be ‘bringing’. Changes the whole meaning; interesting that.

  148. struth

    What, recent pictures of crucified Christians in Syria by ISIS not good enough?

    That photo is purely an anti Trump gesture.
    Blind to the suffering and killing of Christians in the middle east, to the suffering by rape victims of the hordes of antichristian warriors he supports invading Christian lands.
    This Pope is pathetic.
    It needs to be said, and the church needs to get rid of the latest and greatest example of the march through the institutions, now.

  149. stackja

    NYE. Paris now. Clever projections on Arc.

  150. John Constantine

    The mass importation of excuses to implement a Stasi State is a complete success.

    The media now play footage of compliant proles weaving through State Bollards, supervised by body armoured, submachinegun toting paramilitary and it is the New Normal.

    Big State says the proles have always been herded like this.

    Comrades.

  151. egg_

    Barnesy on One on One on Aunty – da poor, dysfunctional childhood* – does his brother John Swan have a similar book to flog?

    *Sounds like your average lower middle class childhood, Carpetbagger.

  152. John Constantine

    We can be sure that 2018 will be the year of serious Bollard placement out where the proles move.

    Doubleplus serious construction of military grade Security fencing to wall off our quisling elites from the great unwashed.

    Apartheid by Security fencing, you can’t drink from their water fountains.

    Comrade.

  153. egg_

    da poor, dysfunctional childhood

    Throws around all of the victimhood hyperbole without a single anecdote, just like Q&A.

    He should get his own Channel on Aunty – the boring old rocker’s finger violins in chorus.

  154. Geriatric Mayfly

    Plea to PM: smash the gangs
    Premier Daniel Andrews
    Victorian federal cabinet ministers are urging the Prime Minister to intervene in the state’s youth crime crisis.
    The Oz.

    Bravo! Great sentiment. Apart from the immigration/deportation aspect, what powers does the Commonwealth have over thugs and delinquents running rampant in Victoristan?

  155. Ivan Denisovich

    That’s his New Year’s card.

    Not right in the head.

    Seems so:

    In fact my book is mainly based on a long series of articles which have already exposed many aspects of Francis’s pontificate, but the world’s media have preferred to take no notice of them. A personal contribution of mine has been to transmit to the rest of the world the estimate of Bergoglio that had long been held in Argentina. In researching Bergoglio’s past, one of the most significant pieces of evidence I came across was the report written by his religious superior [Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach] in 1991 when it was proposed to make Bergoglio a bishop. The Jesuit General wrote that Bergoglio was not suitable for such an appointment, that he was a man of devious character, lacking psychological balance, and had been a divisive figure as Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina. The existence of this report has long been known, and I received the account of it from a priest who read the document himself at the time.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-lifesite-interviews-mysterious-author-of-the-dictator-pope

  156. We can be sure that 2018 will be the year of serious Bollard placement out where the proles move.

    I’m hoping that 2018 will be the year of the tumbril.

  157. lotocoti

    The fruit of war

    People might be missing the subtext:
    Fuck with the US and they’ll do your family.

  158. stackja

    Berlin fireworks. Women protected!

  159. Rabz

    I’m hoping that 2018 will be the year of the tumbril.

    Carting various imbeciles off for an appointment with the Shipping Containers of Peace™.

  160. Rabz

    Fake News is just what the words say – confected stories based on few to zero facts that are pushed by the MSM as either clickbait, to obscure a genuine story that doesn’t progress a predetermined narrative or to push that narrative. Or all three.

    Bluddee hell, calli, next you’ll be telling me that Fatty Trump didn’t engage in a waterworks spectacular with some hookers in a hotel room in Moscow.

    Just as a reminder, m0nty was the only person on this blog who believed it.

  161. Geriatric Mayfly

    12:43 EDT
    After a boiling hot day across the city yesterday, with temperatures reaching 36 degrees at

    Fairfax kiddies at Weatherzone have been raiding Calli’s adjective cupboard again. They’re down to the clichéd dregs now. Please Calli put a lock on the door.

  162. Dr Sir Major General

    I want a return to ‘normalcy’, as Theodore Roosevelt (I think) put it.

    Warren G. Harding.

  163. Snoopy

    Just as a reminder, m0nty was the only person on this blog who believed it.

    For Monty it was completely plausible. It brought back memories of his deflowering on his 25th birthday.

  164. JC

    I’m never going to a another NYE party. My head hurts.

  165. Anne

    …long series of articles which have already exposed many aspects of Francis’s pontificate…

    How soon before we see Pope Frances in a red medical boot?

  166. H B Bear

    Victorian federal cabinet ministers are urging the Prime Minister to intervene in the state’s youth crime crisis. The Oz.

    Democracy – good and hard.

  167. Crime Gangs operating freely without police interference in Victoristan.

    That’s the CFMEU.

    Now let’s talk about African Crime gangs.

    Dan of the Dead is wedged.
    How to address the crime gang problem without impacting CFMEU racketeering.

  168. struth

    Jimmy was no talent compared to his half brother Swannee.

    Bloody Poms out at Elizabeth didn’t have any problems that weren’t of their own making.

    No one made them go and live out in a paddock with government “trust” semi detached boxes built out there in the sixties and seventies.
    Pure trash that England was lucky enough to get rid of.
    Of course, compared to what they are importing to destroy the country now, they were A one.

  169. stackja

    London time thru the scaffolding.

  170. H B Bear

    Pure trash that England was lucky enough to get rid of.

    Been going on for hundreds of years.

  171. Anne

    I’m hoping that 2018 will be the year of the tumbril.

    I’ve no doubt hundreds of military trials will be conducted at Guantanamo Bay followed by hundreds of executions. Rumour has it they’ve been refurbishing Gitmo throughout 2017. Hope they have wheelchair access.

    The first to hang will be the last four U.S. Presidents and Hillary, all guilty of War Crimes and Treason.

    Poppy Bush will also be exposed for his role in the JFK assassination as well as the Clintons for crimes too horrific to mention here (think red shoes) and of course Dopey Bush, GW for 9/11.

    What a year it’s going to be.

  172. struth

    I’m never going to a another NYE party. My head hurts.

    I believe in you.
    You’ll stick to that promise for a good twelve months.

  173. John Constantine

    Obviously their elite solution to the Apex predator issue will be to ramp up the mass importation of diversity under the population Ponzi scheme.

    This will make the country wealthy enough to afford proper Big State deradicalisation welfare empires.

    Only when pale stale racists have been replaced on the streets with Ponzi diversity can people feel part of a society that has rejected racist settler colonialist inequality and hatred, and not be marginalised by bitter, clinging deniers.

    More diversity, imported faster is the solution.

    Comrades.

    The turnbullites can leak headlines to the press, but they will never waver from craven compliance with every transnational convention drafted by third world branchstacked committees, ordering Australia to export our industry to the third world, while importing masses of single unemployable military age third world excess cannon fodder.

    Comrades.

  174. Mater

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2598177, posted on January 1, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Mike of Marion,
    But remember, you are the one in control now.
    If you don’t like a doctor get another one.

    Mike,
    That is the best bit of advice you are going to get at this stage.
    I changed doctors (and the treatment approach). Best thing we ever did – and the pathology proved that in hindsight.
    First thing to ask is:
    Is it inoperable only because guidelines/protocols say so?
    Are those guidelines/protocols in line with the most recent technology/techniques/research?
    Are the guidelines/protocols under review? (It takes a long time for changes to make their way through the system and you’ll only be officially advised of current/approved doctrine – watch for the wink or nod).

  175. eam

    Calli,

    You are soooo wicked. 🤣

  176. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just as a reminder, m0nty was the only person on this blog who believed it.

    Dunno, Rabz.
    I was a bit worried that we might have slept on that same bed somewhat later on in the same hotel. 🙂

  177. Rae

    I thought Oh Come On was in need of a hug last night, so I wished him a Happy New Year.

  178. max

    Yes.

    We do know, however, that after $15 trillion in liquidity has been conjured out of thin air by the world’s central banks, and the tens of trillions of credit money created (and misallocated) by China – a country which was the world’s growth dynamo for the past three decades and which is now rapidly slowing down – the entire world is floating on an ocean of excess money, which for one more year has succeeded in masking just how ugly the truth beneath the calm surface is. Now, with the Fed hiking and actively shrinking its balance sheet and the ECB and BOJ set to join in the not too distant future, and as the global growth dynamics shifts from monetary to fiscal policy, as the liquidity tide starts to come out, those swimming naked will finally be exposed, especially if as we expect, the handoff from monetary to fiscal policy is far more volatile than what the market currently prices in.

    The question we have: how far will the tide be allowed to recede before central banks step in again?

    We are confident, however, this in the end it will be the very final backstoppers of the status quo regime, the central banking emperors of the New Normal, who will eventually be revealed as fully naked. When that happens and what happens after is anyone’s guess.

  179. H B Bear

    Graegooglery, if your New Year’s resolution was to take peoples advice more often you’ve already broken it.

    Now fvck off.

  180. From the comments on the please help Victoristan article in the Oz –

    Janis
    This is a Federal issue. The Federal government has let these people in without any consideration of how these people would fit in Australian society and now expect the States and Australian people accept the consequences for Federal government poor decision . Federal Governments are subservient to International immigration refugee demands and expect us the people to swallow raw deals, deals Australian people didn’t want in first place, made on behalf of them .by successive Federal Governments. Youth that have grownup in violent societies have no understanding of our way and use violence as norm in their lifestyle as they would in their home country. This mess starts with the Federal Government, its policies . Up to Federal Government to clean up the mess it started.

  181. H B Bear

    Max where is that quote pulled from?

  182. H B Bear

    incoherent rambler – yes they are Fat Mandy’s Africans but then handed over to Vicpol, Australia’s most politicised police force and Rob Hull’s stacked SJW judiciary. Plenty of blame to spread around.

    Anyone remember voting for this?

  183. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2598310, posted on January 1, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Fuck off Septimus and your smelly sock puppet nemkat.

  184. John Constantine

    Nazgul economics.

    Their andrews yarragrad godless commos respond to cries from the proles that can’t afford the huge annual car rego bills.

    Nazgul allow the proles to afford the bills by paying them quarterly.

    Cutting the bills to a fourth of what they were annually.

    Watch for monthly electricity bills to reduce bill shock.

    Then tap and go smartmeters, where you hold your phone up to the meter every night, to see if you can stay up, or go to bed to shiver in the dark.

    Voluntary power rationing when it is expensive.

    Car rego takes the multiple car option away from poor proles

  185. Anyone remember voting for this?

    Nope. I guess I forgot.

    Like:
    RETs
    Excise
    Destroying power stations
    Automated (non-human issued) fines
    Trumble
    Bollards
    “Safe Schools”
    Effectively banning Codeine
    etc

  186. egg_

    Victorian federal cabinet ministers are urging the Prime Minister to intervene in the state’s youth crime crisis.

    LMFAO.
    What’s next – a power crisis?

  187. OneWorldGovernment

    H B Bear
    #2598318, posted on January 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

    incoherent rambler – yes they are Fat Mandy’s Africans but then handed over to Vicpol, Australia’s most politicised police force and Rob Hull’s stacked SJW judiciary. Plenty of blame to spread around.

    Anyone remember voting for this?

    Going to be interesting when the first white male walks out of his house with a pump action shot gun and lays waste to some poor little boys from Somalia/Sudan.

  188. Mater

    Mike,
    I’ll add another piece of advice.
    Whether you are dealing with surgeons or radiation oncologists, remember: when you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
    Radiation oncologists people believe in radiological/chemotherapy solutions. Surgeons believe in surgical solutions. A mix can be effective.
    Best to speak to them with both in the room.

  189. egg_

    they are Fat Mandy’s Africans but then handed over to Vicpol, Australia’s most politicised police force and Rob Hull’s stacked SJW judiciary. Plenty of blame to spread around.

    Anyone remember voting for this?

    Wait till they rape an ABC staffer.

  190. Mark from Melbourne

    Max where is that quote pulled from?

    It’s from a year old Zero Hedge piece.

  191. cohenite

    Penny starting to drop:

    JENNIFER ORIEL

    Enlightenment of little interest to most Muslims

    The Australian
    12:00AM January 1, 2018

    In a century plagued by perpetual war, the West is succumbing to battle fatigue. The general public is weary of fighting foreign wars of dubious national interest. No sooner had the war against Islamic State been won than the West was recalled to battle that other old foe, communism. The coming year will be defined by our capacity to resist the free world’s dual ­enemies, communism and Islamism. But the West would benefit from a new approach to international affairs. The big government interventionism that has shaped Western foreign policy since Roosevelt’s “four freedoms” declaration has failed to seed universal enlightenment. Rather, this year opens with an international ­alliance of despots determined to realise totalitarian destiny.

    In the closing chapters of 2017, the world turned on the US and ­Israel at the United Nations to ­placate jihadis. Hamas called for an intifada after the US decided to move its embassy to Jerusalem. North Korea’s communist dictator Kim Jong-un threatened ­nuclear holocaust and China ­allegedly enabled its old comrade by shipping oil in defiance of trade sanctions. Again, the rules-based international order was ­upheld by a minority of states while Islamist and communist ­regimes behaved as lawless actors on the world stage.

    The West is losing the battle for universal ­enlightenment. The loss would be more tolerable if it were attributable primarily to a rogues’ gallery of dictators. However, ­research published during the past decade demonstrates widespread rejection of efforts to introduce ­liberal democracy to the Islamic world. For example, the Pew ­Research Centre found that after a decade of US and ­coalition military action against terrorism in ­Afghanistan, 99 per cent of Muslims favoured making sharia the official law in their country. In Iraq, the figure was 91 per cent.

    Opposition to liberal democracy is imported into the West by mass immigration programs that do not require adherence to Western values as a condition of citizenship. During the past decade, numerous surveys have found that between 20 and 50 per cent of Muslims living in Western countries want to be governed by sharia. Despite the preference of many Islamic populations for theocracy over liberal democracy, Western leaders continue to contend liberty can be imposed by vast and exorbitant foreign policy ­interventions. The war on terror has become such a program.

    Many organisations have tried to quantify the motivation and cost of the war on terror. The Institute for Economics and Peace ­reported that deaths from terrorism in OECD countries increased 650 per cent in 2015. The four terrorist groups responsible for 74 per cent of the lethal terrorist attacks were Islamic: Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Qa’ida and the Taliban. However the problem is not iso­lated to jihadi groups or lone wolf attacks. From 1989 to 2014, “93 per cent of all terrorist attacks ­occurred in countries with high levels of state-sponsored terror — extrajudicial deaths, torture and imprisonment without trial”. The institute estimated that the global economic impact of terrorism reached $US89.6 billion in 2015.

    Last year the US Department of Defence estimated that since 2001, the war on terror had cost Americans about $US1.5 trillion. The Australian Defence Force’s actual spending in 2017-18 is ­expected to be about $32.5bn. While people are generally willing to outlay vast sums of money on defensive wars in which there is a direct threat to life and national ­security, the war on terror has been justified by the desire to liberate foreign populations from terrorists and dictators. As well, Western citizens are forced to fund vast foreign aid programs for refugees fleeing totalitarian states and support the development of liberal democracy in the Middle East. Yet as philosopher Roger Scruton contends, the totalitarian nature of Islamist regimes arises from culture. No amount of military action or foreign aid will bring liberal democracy to populations determined to be governed by sharia.

    To question interventionist foreign policy is to invite accusations of appeasement. The problem is a paucity of “Old Right” thought on foreign affairs. For years, we have been offered two major ­approaches to foreign policy, liberal internationalism or neo-­conservatism. Both schools of thought are highly interventionist.

    In 1941 US president Franklin Roosevelt enshrined New Deal principles in foreign policy. His four freedoms speech reset the ­approach to foreign relations. US interventionism became the new norm. It was marketed as a moral regime to bring four freedoms to the unfree: freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God, freedom from want and freedom from fear. As observed at the time, freedom from want is more a Marxist than a liberal ideal.

    One politician stood apart from the rest to oppose the Democrat and Republican program for big state interventionism in international affairs. In A Foreign Policy for Americans, Republican Robert Taft reflected on the changing ­nature of international relations and the danger inter­ventionist foreign policy posed to liberty and economic ­security. In many areas, however, he excepted the fight against communism.

    Taft predicted in 1952 that big spending on foreign problems would threaten America’s security by ­increasing debt. He observed that the UN had been structured in such a way that rendered it vir­tually ­incapable of defending world peace and liberty. He warned the new foreign policy ideal of raising the living standard of millions throughout the world was “utterly beyond our capacity”. Refugees should be assisted through voluntary contributions. And he foresaw that Roosevelt’s plan to impose freedom would fail. Taft wrote: “The forcing of any special brand of freedom and democracy on a people, whether they want it or not, by the brute force of war will be a denial of those very democratic principles which we are striving to advance.”

    For the better part of a century, the West has endeavoured to make enlightenment and liberty the foundations of a new global order. While we should not resile from war when free world citizens or interests are at risk, we must ­recover the principle of restraint to protect the West as a bastion of freedom for generations to come.

  192. Mark from Melbourne

    Actually, possibly a day old piece.

  193. egg_

    Nanny Franny on ABC RN: “Green Valley – who’d live out there?” in regard to youth crime at the time.
    /great unwashed

  194. Tom

    From JC’s 10.47am link:

    Embarrass, Minnesota, saw a low temperature of 45 degrees below zero Sunday morning, the coldest it has been there in nearly four years.

    Yes, there is such a place, population 607 — a teeming metropolis compared to the bush town with a blackfella name I grew up near, but lacking nothing when it comes to the Look At Meeee!!! of its founders.

  195. OneWorldGovernment

    Wouldn’t it be shocking if this happened in Australia.

    Still not tired of winning? Okay, then take this, from the Washington Post:

    How the Trump era is changing the federal bureaucracy

    Nearly a year into his takeover of Washington, President Trump has made a significant down payment on his campaign pledge to shrink the federal bureaucracy, a shift long sought by conservatives that could eventually bring the workforce down to levels not seen in decades. . .

    “Morale has never been lower,” said Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers at more than 30 agencies. “Government is making itself a lot less attractive as an employer.”

    Sometimes you just have to take the sweet with the sweet.

  196. C.L.

    Blackout on this in Australia but the federal case against hero Cliven Bundy has been dismissed.
    The left-wing Feds deliberately hid 3000 pages of exculpatory evidence.
    This is now routine behaviour in a DoJ captured Democrat extremists.
    Remember that as you follow the remnants of the Wussia hoax.

  197. Boambee John

    OWG at 1115

    Going to be interesting when the first white male walks out of his house with a pump action shot gun and lays waste to some poor little boys from Somalia/Sudan.

    Be even more interesting if it is a female of Latin descent.

  198. OneWorldGovernment

    Mater
    #2598326, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Mike,
    I’ll add another piece of advice.
    Whether you are dealing with surgeons or radiation oncologists, remember: when you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
    Radiation oncologists people believe in radiological/chemotherapy solutions. Surgeons believe in surgical solutions. A mix can be effective.
    Best to speak to them with both in the room.

    Mike of Marion

    Further to what Mater has said above, make sure you take someone with you when you see all these people because it can be overwhelming.

    In our fear we can miss important points they are trying to make.

    Preferable person to take is probably your accountant. Silly as that might sound.

    But someone that cares about you but not necessarily family.

  199. struth

    Any rep that can be found to be in acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power……………………..constitutionally, that is by LAW , must be given the boot.

    How many do you think we can possibly pull screaming from their corrupt offices?

    Journalists aren’t going to touch it with a ten foot pole.
    Neither the Judiciary, who’s ultimate concern is to keep the constitution out of sight and out of mind.

    These people are traitors and they don’t have to be dual nationals.
    Merely in adherence is enough.
    It’s not hard to prove “adherence”.
    The dictionary meaning is to stick to, or be devoted to.

    Just being devoted to policies developed outside of Australian parliament is enough to get them booted.
    Sticking to policy developed outside of the Australian parliament

    , etc.
    It’s a wide brush, as it should be.
    Our politicians are “adhering” to foreign powers all over the place, and not sticking to what their job description in the constitution states.

    It is going to take an ordinary Joe to push this, as it is Ice burg this titanic ship of political elites wants to keep well and truly under the waves.
    Section 44.
    I’ll say it again and again, knowing it is going to fall on deaf ears, due to us all realising the whole force of the Marxist state would be unleashed on anyone pushing this.

    Because there lies our weapon.
    If only we believed in our constitution and also understood that is ours, not theirs to interpret as they see fit.
    It is a contract between the sovereign people and the government and both parties are bound by it.

  200. struth

    Bloke quote fail.
    It’s all my statement.

  201. Boambee John

    egg at 1120

    Wait till they rape an ABC staffer.

    As the Meagher case demonstrated, the protected class are willing to sacrifice an occasional lower level member, so they can tell the unprotected class that they share their pain.

    Now, if it were to be one of the prominente, say Vitrioli, S Ferguson, Frank Elly, or perhaps Snowcone, that might be more serious.

  202. OneWorldGovernment

    Boambee John
    #2598335, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:32 am

    OWG at 1115

    Going to be interesting when the first white male walks out of his house with a pump action shot gun and lays waste to some poor little boys from Somalia/Sudan.

    Be even more interesting if it is a female of Latin descent.

    If only.

    But there was a case near Perth, some years ago, where an old couple were invaded and the old bloke had his shotgun in the corner and blew one of them away.

    Some other WA person may remember better than I but they were on a small fruit block just on the Northern edge of Perth.

    As far as I can remember they never charged the old bloke.

  203. Makka

    The Australian Defence Force’s actual spending in 2017-18 is ­expected to be about $32.5bn.

    Fighting jihadis.

    That doesn’t include the billions spent at home by ASIO, AFP and assorted Plod forces. The costs of ambulance chasers and the correctional facility costs – because moslems hate our guts.

    Meanwhile, our stupid fking Govt allows them to migrate here.

    Here’s a NY resolution : Our Govt will act in OUR own local interest and not the interest of the immigrant or the UN. That means no more migration period , let alone more moslem arrivals.

  204. struth

    Bloke quote fail.
    It’s all my statement

    Classic.

  205. Zatara

    Katie Hopkins hit one out of the park.

    Lots of good pom humour and brutally to the point.

  206. stackja

    C.L. thank you.

    DECEMBER 12, 2017 / 9:07 AM / 20 DAYS AGO
    U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy’s trial
    John L. Smith
    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge in the criminal conspiracy trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on Monday warned that prosecutors’ failure to produce documents that could support defense arguments may lead to a mistrial.

    Outside the presence of the jury, U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Monday read a lengthy list of documents previously undisclosed by prosecutors that could be used to impeach government witnesses or otherwise bolster defense attorneys’ arguments that their clients felt surrounded by government snipers prior to the standoff. Navarro then sent jurors home until Dec. 20 while the evidence issues are addressed.

    Some of the prosecution’s documents were produced so late they violated the federal evidence discovery rules, Navarro said, and as a result could lead her to strike witness testimony, call for a continuance or order a mistrial.

  207. OneWorldGovernment

    struth
    #2598338, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Bloke quote fail.
    It’s all my statement.

    I’m not sure how many people understand that our laws are made at the direction of our UN masters.

    We could have 1 House of Reps and 1 Senator for each State and sub let our “public service” to India or The Philippines and ‘what difference at this point would it make?’

  208. Mike of Marion

    Mater
    #2598304, posted on January 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

    And others
    Thanks for all your thoughts
    When I had Prostate Ca 8 plus years ago, my wife and daughter were in all the way with discussions. I beat that bastard.

    Tomorrow, same crew!!

    The neuros at Christmas eve strongly were against biopsy/ surgery because they damage so much stuff going in and out in the first prod. Its in the thalamus region in front of and in/near the brain stem.

    See what the oncologists say tomorrow.

    7 plus years ago, my elder brut got Merkel Cell carcinoma. This same mob as I’m seeing that saw him hit him with 9 regimes of chemo and 34 radiation episodes. They knocked it down and he’d near 80. He’s still going strong on a 6 month watch.

    See what transpires.

  209. Zatara

    Katie Hopkins hits it out of the park

    Brutal truth delivered with excellent humour.

    Is she a closet kitteh?

  210. Gab

    Off to see 3 Billboards outsider Ebbing Missouri

    Don’t bother. It’s rubbish.

  211. H B Bear

    John Constantine at 11.07 – its the new business model, taxes as a service.

  212. Jessie

    Uh oh, Elon Musk-itism is slowly creeping northwards from South Australia.

    Just how does a company that specialises in sewage and water treatment and Agenda 21 get to have such exposure in the outback public servant town Alice Springs?

    This month the Musk battery in SA has come on line, and Mr Darvodelsky is figuring out how a device like that could complete the renewable cycle in Alice.

    Alice could be close to 100% solar right now
    the advisors to Alice Springs Pollution Solutions & Designs Pty Ltd (PSD)

    Little wonder Alice and local news outlets are banging on that the Town Council should be involved in more than roads, rates and rubbish.
    Youth, law n justice and women’s refuges are recent top ticket items……….. again.
    As long as NT and the Feds keep pumping $ in, real private enterprise remains doomed.

    Local government: A lot of action beyond the 3Rs (John Bell writes some interesting facts)
    http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/2017/12/13/local-government-a-lot-of-action-beyond-the-3rs/

  213. Tel

    OneWorldGovernment #2598345,

    Don’t discount the importance of keeping up appearances. That was the central theme of the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that the purpose of a modern leader is mostly to distract people from where the real power is.

  214. OneWorldGovernment

    Mike of Marion
    #2598346, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Good on you Mate.

    We’ll be ‘rooting’ for you.

  215. Baldrick:

    ‘The fruit of war’: Pope orders harrowing image of boy carrying his dead brother following the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki be printed and distributed.

    That photo is one of four that I put into a montage about the costs of war. How dare that socialist prick ruin the image with his propaganda.
    I’ll never be able to see it again without this connection raising its head.

  216. stackja

    egg_
    #2598331, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:22 am
    Nanny Franny on ABC RN: “Green Valley – who’d live out there?” in regard to youth crime at the time.
    /great unwashed

    Ultimo was probably full of ‘great unwashed’ before ABC moved in.

  217. Mike of Marion

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2598352, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:56 am

    You bastard!!

    Just because I’m 29 and a half minutes past six on the erectile function scale doesn’t mean you can take over!!!!!!

  218. OneWorldGovernment

    Tel
    #2598351, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:56 am

    OneWorldGovernment #2598345,

    Don’t discount the importance of keeping up appearances. That was the central theme of the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that the purpose of a modern leader is mostly to distract people from where the real power is.

    Totally agree Tel

    Just that we don’t need them all.

  219. Roger

    While we should not resile from war when free world citizens or interests are at risk, we must ­recover the principle of restraint to protect the West as a bastion of freedom for generations to come.

    Add to that prudence in regard to immigration: Muslim migration is subsidised colonisation.

  220. OneWorldGovernment

    Tel

    I preferred the TV version of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy over the books.

  221. Mater

    WorldGovernment
    #2598352, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:56 am
    Mike of Marion
    #2598346, posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Good on you Mate.

    We’ll be ‘rooting’ for you.

    +1

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