Open Forum: January 6, 2018

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  1. old bloke

    I declare this forum a bollard free zone.

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I claim this thread in the name of the Red Dragon of Wales. Wales forever, and arseholes to all Englishmen!

  3. old bloke

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2601960, posted on January 6, 2018 at 12:15 am

    I claim this thread in the name of the Red Dragon of Wales.

    It’s a griffin, not a dragon.

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s a griffin, not a dragon.

    Picky, picky…

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    INQUIRER
    Streets of menace: gang violence in the suburbs

    The Australian
    12:00AM January 6, 2018

    Rebecca Urban
    Journalist
    Melbourne
    @RurbsOz

    It was more than just an out-of-control party. Having trashed the rented property, the “guests” — dozens of African youths thought to have visited a basketball tournament earlier that day — spilled outside, pelting rocks at neighbouring properties, trampling cars and smashing windscreens with garden stakes or whatever else they could find.

    Residents of the quiet street in Werribee, in Melbourne’s west, cowered inside their homes, terrified as the angry mob’s chants about being out to “get whites” were eventually drowned out by the roar of police helicopters.

    The scene, according to witnesses, was warlike. And as bewildered police combed through the mess the next morning, they came across a curious calling card: the letters MTS and APEX scrawled on broken furniture.

    While the Apex gang was known to police, having become synonymous with Melbourne’s African gang problem following the Moomba riots almost two years ago, MTS — thought to stand for “Menace to Society” in reference to a 1993 US street gangster film, Menace II Society — was something different.

    News of a potentially new gang threat, combined with a recent outbreak of violent robberies and attacks, vandalism and affray by young African men across the city, set off a political storm that has travelled all the way to Canberra.

    As Malcolm Turnbull accused Victoria’s Daniel Andrews-led Labor government of dropping the ball on crime and federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton sensationally claimed the people of Melbourne were too scared to go to restaurants at night, state MPs hit back, accusing their critics of politicising a serious issue.

    Amid all the mudslinging, debate has raged over whether Melbourne really does have a gang problem and, if so, whether young African men, specifically those of Sudanese or South Sudanese origin, are at the centre of it.

    “If your average Joe Blow in the west is watching the TV news and sees vision of a large group of Sudanese kids mucking up, causing mayhem, what he sees is a ‘gang’,” one veteran police officer, based in Melbourne’s west, the heartland of recent criminal activity, tells Inquirer. “I think trying to tell the public that it’s not a gang, just because it might not meet the criteria of a bikie-style, organised-crime gang, is splitting hairs and it’s a big mistake.

    “The reality is we do have an issue with groups of young men, who largely come from Sudanese backgrounds, who are absolutely obsessed with American gang culture — the music, the clothing the lifestyle, the language — and they’re running around town acting exactly like a gang

    From the Oz. Finally facing facts, are we?

  6. jupes

    From the Wednesday thread:

    Now I know. The SCG authorities refused to show it on the big screens due to their ‘responsible alcohol consumption policy.’

    I was at the Perth Cup on new years day and noticed a couple of busy-bodies with the obligatory hi-vis jacket making their presence known in our marquee.

    On their back was stenciled “Responsible Service of Alcohol”. I was curious but too busy studying the form guide to engage with the fuckwits. I couldn’t work out whether they were there to hassle the punters or the marquee organisers. The only action I saw them take was to tell a lady who was standing on her seat to get down. No they really did.

    Seriously. What sort of country have we become?

  7. W Hogg

    Has mOron been in to comment on Illary yet again under FBI investigation?

  8. Motelier

    Top 10.

    Yesssssss.

    (fistpump)

  9. Motelier

    Ya made the run on team Bruce.

  10. Norman Church

    Makes me water boy. Again!

  11. Bruce in WA

    Ya made the run on team Bruce.

    Woooo!

  12. twostix

    Residents of the quiet street in Werribee, in Melbourne’s west, cowered inside their homes, terrified as the angry mob’s chants about being out to “get whites” were eventually drowned out by the roar of police helicopters.

    Werribee 2014 state election:
    Two-party-preferred result
    Labor 65.7 +4.2
    Liberal 34.4 −4.2

    Another 10,000 Sudanese for the culturally enlightened Labor stronghold of Werribee, what say you Dr Dutton?

  13. Bruce in WA

    Had dinner tonight with some (very old) friends. Both are staunch Labor (but as I said, friends — some 46 years). They share TDS, hate Turnbull, hate Abbott, convinced that LNP totally screwed the wonderful NBN we should have had from ALP … you get the picture. Standing at the barbie with old mate and the talk came round to “African gangs”. “Here we go,” thought I.

    But wrong! Mate said he’d just had cause to travel to a Nollamara shopping centre and could not believe he was still in Australia. It was, literally, spot the white guy. He said he felt very vulnerable and very much alone there.

    Of course, it was all the fault of the Liberal government …

  14. twostix

    The reason that dead-eyed African males are suddenly, today, in the sights of the same class of people who yesterday were bringing them in by the tens of thousands and using their media and political power to terrorise anyone in the everyman class who tried to talk about this very issue – I’m speaking of the Liberal party wing of the urban insectoid class here – is that there’s an election brewing and they’re trying to help Malcolm by flipping some Victorian seats against Labor.

    That’s what the motivation for this sudden interest by the insectoid wing of the Liberal party media in Sudanese child soldiers doing what they have been doing for 10 years is.

  15. Stimpson J. Cat

    He said he felt very vulnerable and very much alone there.

    I hope you called him a Goddamned Nazi Bruce.

  16. Bruce in WA

    I hope you called him a Goddamned Nazi Bruce.

    I think it was more along the lines of “wussy girly-girl”, Stimps. (Even though I know damn well how he felt, having done something similar just a couple of months ago.)

  17. Stimpson J. Cat

    I think it was more along the lines of “wussy girly-girl”, Stimps. (Even though I know damn well how he felt, having done something similar just a couple of months ago.)

    If you White people married Ethnics you wouldn’t feel so left out.
    Also your kids would fit in and possibly understand the jibber jabber.

  18. Bruce in WA

    Hahaha, Stimps; he’s actually Dutch from Indonesia.

  19. twostix

    Last December, a whole year ago, Sudanese young men rioted through the Melboure CBD.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOx8B3O-nDo

    Nobody at The Australian or in the Liberal Party cared about it all then.

    (Watch in that video for shots of the hilariously impotent Victorian police “men” shrink away like little girls from meeting actual physical violence unless they were in a gang of 100 themelves).

  20. Makka

    I left my reply to your adolescent rubbish on the other thread Lizzie.

  21. Makka

    “Another 10,000 Sudanese for the culturally enlightened Labor stronghold of Werribee, what say you Dr Dutton?”

    It’s dropped off a lot thank God. It should be zero.

    The damage is now done however.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/ABS-3401.0-OverseasArrivalsDeparturesAustralia-PermanentMovementSettlers_CountryBirthMajorGroupsSelectedSourceCountries-Original-NumberMovements-Sudan-A83808784A.svg

  22. Stimpson J. Cat

    Hahaha, Stimps; he’s actually Dutch from Indonesia.

    He’s an Ethnic himself and he has the nerve to complain about other Ethnics?
    Goddammit this is what I mean.
    Ethnics have no respect.

  23. Motelier

    Thanks Tom.

    One should always start the day with a smile, and a good cup of coffee.

  24. Herodotus

    Love the Loose Bannon, Tom. Isn’t it amazing how the media now hang on his every word?
    He was their least favourite character next to Trump not that long ago.
    In one report about the book I heard, there were “five main talking points” and they were all Bannon hearsay.

  25. Crossie

    “The reality is we do have an issue with groups of young men, who largely come from Sudanese backgrounds, who are absolutely obsessed with American gang culture — the music, the clothing the lifestyle, the language — and they’re running around town acting exactly like a gang

    Since they miss the old country so much and hate their new one we should fly them back to where they were happier. I would even chip in for a first class airline seat, it would be money well spent.

  26. Mike of Marion

    Henry Payne for me Tom.

  27. one old bruce

    Is this the gorilla channel? They told me I could watch the gorilla channel.

  28. Mike of Marion

    Breitbart News seems to have lessened any references to Bannon.

    It might be a game between Bannon and Trump – time will tell.

  29. one old bruce

    I start the day with Ace:
    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/373263.php

    I recommend Ace brand snark as a pick-me-up at any time of day.

  30. Crossie

    I recommend Ace brand snark as a pick-me-up at any time of day.

    Yes, nobody does it better. Makes me now want to look up that Carly Simon song on YouTube.

  31. manalive

    350.org is a US organisation run by ex-journalist Bill-crazy-eyes-McKibben currently encouraging criminal behaviour in a campaign to destroy the Australian coal industry, hence economy, and yet for tax purposes enjoys charity status.
    Charities Commissioner Gary Johns where are you?

  32. calli

    All this catastrophism about 35+ temps today is simply a signal to firebugs.

  33. Geriatric Mayfly

    “The reality is we do have an issue with groups of young men, who largely come from Sudanese backgrounds, who are absolutely obsessed with American gang culture — the music, the clothing the lifestyle, the language — and they’re running around town acting exactly like a gang
    Since they miss the old country so much and hate their new one we should fly them back to where they were happier.

    There appears to be a difficulty with those born here. They are us apparently, and convenient, cuddly anchor babies for their neglectful parents.

  34. Delta A

    An excellent article in today’s $Oz, slamming the police for their soft treatment of union thugs and Sudanese gangs. Google:

    Melbourne is trouble-free, for gangs or union thugs.

    By Grace Collier; thank goodness there are still a few journalists who are brave enough – and honest enough – to speak the truth.

  35. Geriatric Mayfly

    All this catastrophism about 35+ temps today is simply a signal to firebugs.

    It does get a mention occasionally in the press, usually well past page 94, that people of a certain persuasion may see days similar as a chance to engage in ‘soft terrorism.’
    Here on the Plains of Sodom, the wind has just begun to stir. Always an ominous sign so early in the day.

  36. Tintarella di Luna

    Well Judge Lex Lasry is coping another well-deserved shellacking courtesy of the Oz. A former partner of that bastion of legal ethics Slater & Gordon and a Rod Hulls appointment to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

    Lasry has irrevocably compromised his position of impartiality because he cannot resist his look-a’-moi, look-a’moi urges. A lyra-wearing, bike riding, virtue-signalling MANIMAL looking to be relevant on the national stage. In other words, a punce elevated beyond his capacity to be impartial and politically neurtal and unfit to continue as a Supreme Court judge.

  37. There appears to be a difficulty with those born here. They are us apparently, and convenient, cuddly anchor babies for their neglectful parents.

    Exile them. Worked just fine for three thousand years.

  38. Tintarella di Luna

    This is Rick Morton’s article today – Headline: Lex Lasry safety tweet ‘risks impartiality of the court’

    Victorian Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry risked “profoundly compromising” the impartiality of the court when he entered the political arena by riffing on a comment by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, the state’s opposition says.

    Justice Lasry weighed into the debate about youth gang violence when he tweeted on Wednesday evening: “Breaking: there are citizens out to dinner in Mansfield tonight and they’re not worried.”

    The comment was a direct rebuke of Mr Dutton’s remarks on Sydney radio the same day when he said people in Melbourne were afraid to go out for dinner at local restaurants.

    Victoria’s opposition legal affairs spokesman, John Pesutto, said Justice Lasry’s remarks were “problematic”.

    “It is deeply problematic for any sitting judge to enter the political fray by commenting on contentious issues on social media,” he told The Weekend Australian.

    “Mr Lasry has to decide whether he wants to be known as His Honour or Lex. To tread into highly political matters risks profoundly compromising the standing and impartiality of the court.

    “Respectfully, I think His Honour should consider closing his Twitter account or, at least, make sure he stays away from highly political matters.”

    Labor’s Attorney-General, Martin Pakula, declined to comment on whether Justice Lasry should be excused from such cases in the future.

    The intervention by Justice Lasry came during a heated debate about the youth crime rate, and prevalence of African youths as perpetrators of crime.

  39. calli

    Epiphany today. Time to pull Christmas down for another year. Everything sparkly goes lovingly back in its boxes of tissue, and the house suddenly becomes more sombre, Spartan. A few rapid weeks and it will be Lent.

  40. Tintarella di Luna

    All this catastrophism about 35+ temps today is simply a signal to firebugs.

    calli it’s as if the catastrophists are willing and urging and indeed hoping some nutter will start the fires in order to have something to report. We’re just watching Sky New Saturday Morning edition with a moon-faced wimp and garralous gal hosting the weather girl who’s obviously gone to the Thesaurus searing heat, tinder-box, temperatures unseen for two years — pity we can’t send some of our global warming to the US they could do with a bit — and the weather girl finishes her report with the crest-fallen tidbit that conditions will be cooling later in the day with a southerly coming through.

    I have asked the Sunbather to turn the sound off – we don’t need it.

  41. Leigh Lowe

    Here on the Plains of Sodom, the wind has just begun to stir. Always an ominous sign so early in the day.

    I think I shall repair to the city penthouse and leave the good burghers of Sodom to their travails.
    (That is Kevni speak for “I’m going to the beach”.)

  42. Mater

    Just a comment re the discussion about nursing last night. A friend of mine has been out of nursing for 10 years (raising a family). When she inquired about re-entry to the profession, she was told she needed to redo her complete Bachelor Degree. I couldn’t actually believe this.
    She was a very experienced palliative care nurse when she left and has decided to do something else. This is hardly conducive to maintaining a local workforce.
    I can’t validate this, but in the documentation it does say that getting back after 10 years requires NMBA specialist advice.

    https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/Api/downloadmedia/%7BF4A07161-964E-4E10-A741-8CD00AA2E03E%7D

  43. Gab

    the impartiality of the court

    Massive LOL + scoffing sounds.

  44. serene tiger

    “The Australian Energy Market Operator, the national energy regulator, is in talks with more than a dozen power-hungry companies in Victoria and South Australia in a bid to get ahead of weekend blackouts.

    The 14 companies, with major factories across the two southern states, may need to shut down operations over the weekend as heightened airconditioner use could lead to major blackouts.

    Companies including Australian Paper, Visy and BlueScope Steel have been paid incentives to cut down on operations to avoid the kind of sporadic blackouts South Australia struggled through last summer.”

    It will be sunny and hopefully windy – so what is the problem? Solar panels and bird-munchers should work just wonderfully for the enlightened States!

  45. Tel

    Mr Lasry has to decide whether he wants to be known as His Honour or Lex. To tread into highly political matters risks profoundly compromising the standing and impartiality of the court.

    Turnbull should haul him before Parliament and ask him to apologize.

  46. Tintarella di Luna

    Sky is parroting the Michael Wolff BS – if I had my way, which I won’t, we would disconnect from FoxTel but unfortunately the Sunbather loves his sport – maybe I should talk him into getting a satellite dish, would that give him a greater selection of sports and news coverage? I don’t know about these things but as long as I can watch the re-runs of Columbo and Murder, She Wrote and my favourite cooking shows (not the Bake-offs and stuff like that I can’t stand the cruel suspense — “and the person who will not be coming back” BS).

  47. Turnbull should haul him before Parliament and ask him to apologize.

    Tel made a funny.

  48. Bruce of Newcastle

    pity we can’t send some of our global warming to the US they could do with a bit

    Not only the US.

    UK snow: Britain faces ‘BIG cold plunge’ – Met Office forecasts Arctic blast in 24 hours

    The UK is is about to be plunged into the worst freeze for almost a decade as a savage ‘Beast from the East’ sends thermometers plummeting to -17C this weekend.

    Britain is still reeling from the chaos caused by Storm Eleanor which brought winds of around 100mph to the Isles.

    A nationwide Arctic lockdown will be driven by the killer cold currently gripping North America where thermometers have hit a bone-chilling -37C.

    The UK is now facing a ‘major weather event’ with sub-zero temperatures and snow threatening chaos until the end of January.

    The cold blast is shaping up to be the worst since the crippling freeze of 2009/10 which ground the country to a halt for weeks.

    Looks like a cold weekend for the Poms. Interesting the comment about 2009/10, which is when jet stream blocking caused by low solar activity whited out the entire UK. We’re now back into similar low solar activity conditions as the current solar cycle continues to tail off.

    China warns of second wave of snow after blizzard alert lifted

    (Reuters) – China warned of a second wave of snow and sleet hitting northern, central and eastern parts on Friday after record snowfall paralysed parts of the country in the most severe weather this winter.

    Heavy snowfall has wreaked havoc in central and eastern China since Tuesday, killing 10 people and disrupting the lives of more than half a million people in five provinces, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

    You’d think the likes of Malcolm Turnbull would pause and consider this supposed global warming thing in the face of such data, but he seems impervious to the real world.

  49. stackja

    Mater
    #2602059, posted on January 6, 2018 at 8:11 am

    As a recent hospital patient, after not been in hospital for many years, I was amazed at the change in technology. Could this explain the need to redo?

  50. Mater

    Stackja,
    That seems to be the justification but a couple of things strike me:

    – do you really need to re-learn the basics of biology, etc,
    – surely, as an experienced nurse, your level is at least equivalent to a new graduate,
    – do African imports have better exposure to the latest technology?

  51. Mater

    Biology should read Anatomy…but I’m sure the jist was there!

  52. cohenite

    The Russia probe and other attacks on Trump have failed miserably because they are just leftie wet-dreams; now the attack on Trump’s sanity will escalate with Wolff’s defamatory book: sample of the consequent reporting from the vile NYT:

    But most of all, the book confirms what is already widely understood — not just that Trump is entirely unfit for the presidency, but that everyone around him knows it. One thread running through “Fire and Fury” is the way relatives, opportunists and officials try to manipulate and manage the president, and how they often fail. As Wolff wrote in a Hollywood Reporter essay based on the book, over the past year, the people around Trump, “all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.”

    The authoress of this pernicious drivel is surprised that Trump should want to suppress such slander:

    On Thursday the president’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff’s publisher, Henry Holt, demanding that it stop publication, claiming, among other things, defamation and invasion of privacy. This move would be fascistic if it weren’t so farcical. (While some have raised questions about Wolff’s methods, Axios reports that he has many hours of interviews recorded.)

    So, Trump is not just an idiot but a fascist as well.

    I think this has just started to get really nasty. The left are not going to go easy.

  53. Tintarella di Luna

    – do you really need to re-learn the basics of biology, etc,

    Mater biology has been turned on its head, where boys can choose to be girls and vice versa so I guess Biology and Technology would have many new aspect –my suspicion is Australian workers are put through much more rigorous screening in order to give less qualified foreign workers a leg-up otherwise discrimination

  54. Kent

    ‘I, for one, welcome our new gangster overlords’

  55. Mater

    I think this has just started to get really nasty. The left are not going to go easy.

    I think Trump is better equipped, to fight in the sewers, than any other public figure in my lifetime. Notice I didn’t say ‘politican’…which is precisely why he’s up for it.
    Should be entertaining.

  56. Baldrick

    Just sending would-be nurses onto a university campus to learn a trade is reason enough not to.

  57. stackja

    Reading history of Nixon years, striking similarities to DT attacks. Left didn’t accept Nixon’s election and went looking for stories. FDR/JFK/LBI past weren’t given any scrutiny.

  58. Sancho

    Book of lies and delusion getting quite a run in the SMH, this will destroy their credibility. Sad.

  59. lotocoti

    Sky is parroting the Michael Wolff BS

    When people believe Hillary! was the most qualified candidate evah, why should we be surprised that they fall for fantasies about micturating Russian hookers or Gorilla TV?

  60. cohenite

    Interesting that in Wolff’s shit treatise even he concedes it is bullshit:

    The author of the explosive new book about Donald Trump’s presidency acknowledged in an author’s note that he wasn’t certain all of its content was true.

    Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” included a note at the start that casts significant doubt on the reliability of the specifics contained in the rest of its pages.

    Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.

    But some were nonetheless included in the vivid account of the West Wing’s workings, in a process Wolff describes as “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true.

    In other cases, the media columnist said, he did use his journalistic judgment and research to arrive at what he describes “a version of events I believe to be true.”

    Here is the relevant part of the note, from the 10th page of the book’s prologue:

    “Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.

    That is classic leftie lying justification: I don’t know what’s true so that proves what I say about Trump is correct because he is a liar.

  61. stackja

    Mater — I can’t comment on nursing qualifications of today. Only know about patient side of situation.

  62. Mater

    my suspicion is Australian workers are put through much more rigorous screening in order to give less qualified foreign workers a leg-up otherwise discrimination

    As people here now know, my wife and I have spent an awful lot of time in and around hospitals of late.
    She been out of the game for 10 years also (raising a family, too), but she was quite at home with everything going on and even picked up a number of issues that the current nurses did not.
    I don’t think nurses can jump back in at the some level, or with the same confidence, but having two degrees to your name (both nursing), seems excessive.

  63. Mater

    Stackja,
    Wasn’t having a go.

  64. Just Interested

    But wrong! Mate said he’d just had cause to travel to a Nollamara shopping centre and could not believe he was still in Australia. It was, literally, spot the white guy. He said he felt very vulnerable and very much alone there.

    Of course, it was all the fault of the Liberal government …

    Actually, it is.

    Abbott became Prime Minister on 18 September 2013. They are now well into their fifth year of government. The ‘big Australia’ policy settings haven’t changed.

    That makes this:

    The reason that dead-eyed African males are suddenly, today, in the sights of the same class of people who yesterday were bringing them in by the tens of thousands and using their media and political power to terrorise anyone in the everyman class who tried to talk about this very issue – I’m speaking of the Liberal party wing of the urban insectoid class here – is that there’s an election brewing and they’re trying to help Malcolm by flipping some Victorian seats against Labor.

    That’s what the motivation for this sudden interest by the insectoid wing of the Liberal party media in Sudanese child soldiers doing what they have been doing for 10 years is.

    even more obnoxious. Pretty easy for the Feds to take easy shots from the cheap seats in an immediate electoral context. They probably should be asked what are they doing about immigration selection and resettlement. That’s their job in the federation. And it would appear the Laboral federal governments haven’t done much of a job.

  65. Geriatric Mayfly

    LBJ. Rich pickings there for ugly feminists. He treated Lady Bird contemptibly.
    JFK. Where even to begin the feminist narrative with this chap?
    FDR. Eleanor, no oil painting and showed Lesbian tendencies. What did he get up to on the side?

  66. Mak Siccar

    Just received our electricery bill only to find that, thanks to our treacherous politicians, we now suffer a ~20% hike in both the daily charge and the tariffs themselves. Pricks!

  67. Baldrick

    “Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.

    So they’ll be selling the book in the Fiction section then?

  68. BrettW

    Page 5 of Oz today has an ad for “cortical leadership roles” as Assistant Commissioners in Qld Police.

    It goes on to say the successful candidates for the roles will possess the following :

    A leadership style that fosters a genuine and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

    Proven experience in managing international and external relationships and building organisational capability ; and

    Experience in leading change in complex environments”.

    I guess diversity and inclusion commitments will be the way to gain employment and promotion in the Police now that it is the main focus of higher command.

  69. stackja

    Mater – I am only wondering like others why the need for more qualification.

  70. Geriatric Mayfly

    Page 5 of Oz today has an ad for “cortical leadership roles” as Assistant Commissioners in Qld Police.

    I’m bushed on this one. The PC parlance is becoming even more bizarre.

    cortical | ˈkôrdək(ə)l |
    adjective
    1 Anatomy relating to the outer layer of the cerebrum: the imaging of the brain showed cortical atrophy.
    • relating to an outer layer of another organ or body part such as a kidney: the outline of the kidney is irregular due to cortical scarring.
    2 Botany relating to or forming an outer layer of tissue immediately below the epidermis of a stem or root: a probe was inserted into cortical cells of cotton roots.

  71. stackja

    BW Qld seeking brainy police?

  72. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stop aggressing me.

    – Lizzie.

    Liberty Quote.

  73. Tekweni

    The joys of the corporate world involve checking emails periodically while on leave. Having just read elsewhere on the consequences of raising minimum wages and the forecast that robots will take jobs in the future I was struck by the number of queries so early in the year for the range of commercial vacuum cleaners and scrubbers that have come in. Considering these each cost the equivalent of a year’s wages for a cleaner then the future is with us. One year payback and they always turn up for work. Sold a couple towards the end of last year when they were launched but it does indicate companies are looking for alternatives.

  74. Farmer Gez

    Major news services give no background on Michael Wolff and his history of being labelled an embellisher and fabricator by past targets.
    He is an ultimate media insider and is quite cleverly using the new “opinion over content” style to rake in a fortune. Look and learn.

  75. Mater

    Stackja,
    I don’t know.
    I can understand refreshers (but even they are excessively expensive).
    JC might have a point about over regulation.

  76. stackja

    FG MSM likes inventive jism.

  77. Tintarella di Luna

    but having two degrees to your name (both nursing), seems excessive.

    I agree Mater, maybe competency and knowledge are exactly what the system/swamp doesn’t want because it would/does highlight the complete failure/wrongdoings of hospital administrators

  78. Baldrick

    TheirABC sends a wamen’s journalist in Summer Nats to be offended and is then outraged when they are:

    Summernats: What it’s like walking Australia’s largest car festival as a young woman
    I was wolf-whistled at several times while walking down Lonsdale Street in Canberra’s inner-north on the night Australia’s largest car festival returned to the capital.
    As I was leaving the event, I thought back to the heckles I, and many other women, experienced while walking down Lonsdale Street the previous night.
    The festival organisers can try to control the actions of the 100,000 devotees who attend their festival each year, and most of the women I spoke to believed they had been largely successful in these attempts. But it was clear to me that their best efforts had not shaken the sexist and preying attitude of some festival-goers.
    I think I’ll keep clear of Lonsdale Street this weekend.

  79. Tintarella di Luna

    FG MSM likes inventive jism.

    And that’s exactly why Trump won

  80. Farmer Gez

    I just flicked on to the Sky weather channel and my favourite girl Sam is in action.
    A “hot” forecast in my opinion. Too many curves for JC.

  81. Tintarella di Luna

    I think I’ll keep clear of Lonsdale Street this weekend.

    Best sentence in the report from this joyless scold.

  82. Geriatric Mayfly

    Ripley’s Strange but True.

    An ABC womyn presstitute was wolf whistled.

  83. highlight the complete failure/wrongdoings of hospital administrators

    Go to the Eye and Ear ’emergency’, count the number of people waiting (lots), count the number of check in chicks (lots) and count the number of surgeons/physicians/nurses (a couple).

    Hospital admin is grand thing.

  84. Perfidious Albino

    Cortical – typo? “Critical” would fit…

  85. An ABC womyn presstitute was wolf whistled.

    The guys must have been really drunk.
    No other explanation.

  86. Rae

    Stop aggressing me.

    – Lizzie.

    Leave Lizzie alone!

  87. stackja

    CL why go if not want attention?

  88. Andreas

    Summernats: What it’s like walking Australia’s largest car festival as a young woman
    I was wolf-whistled at several times while walking down Lonsdale Street in Canberra’s inner-north on the night Australia’s largest car festival returned to the capital.

    Now repeat the experiment in Tahrir Square.

  89. John Constantine

    How many animal liberation lefty godless commo protests have had young girls pressured into getting their tits out for publicity for the cause?.

    And the godless commo ABC rewarded the tits out exploitation by giving the activists the billion dollar ABC bully pulpit tyrant and rave from.

  90. Dave in Marybrook

    Two words for you, Gez- Rebecca Dollery.
    WA weeknightly weather girl- heavenly.

  91. nemkat

    Samantha Maiden falls off the Get Trump bandwagon:

    Samantha Maiden, a Sky News journalist, also tweeted the passage as if it were real, even creating a Trump-gorilla meme to go along with it. Followers informed her that it was just a joke, and she claimed she didn’t realize at first because she’s on vacation.
    http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/05/the-gorilla-channel-the-internet-falls-for-insanely-hilarious-spoof-of-michael-wolffs-trump-book/

  92. Farmer Gez

    A quick google will show you that the offended newshound at the Summernats is a pretty young thing who doesn’t mind a pouty pose for Facebook.
    Not your standard Bolshevik boiler.

  93. C.L.

    Fairfax and the ABC ban coverage of this week’s top stories …

    1. Revelations James Comey and his team fixed the Clinton email probe.
    2. The Clinton Foundation is being investigated (again) for many and various crimes.
    3. Court denies Fusion attempt to hide its financial records from Congress.

  94. calli

    The second degree for re-training nurses isn’t for professional reasons. It’s to make sure of jamming in any lefty indoctrination missed the first time round.

  95. Gilas

    Major news services give no background on Michael Wolff and his history of being labelled an embellisher and fabricator by past targets.

    From the ebook sleeve of Fire and Fury..

    ALSO BY MICHAEL WOLFF

    Television Is the New Television:
    The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in the Digital Age

    The Man Who Owns the News:
    Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch

    Autumn of the Moguls:
    My Misadventures with the Titans, Poseurs, and Money Guys Who Mastered and Messed Up Big Media

    Burn Rate:
    How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet

    Where We Stand

    White Kids

    Any Cats read any of these?

    Just reading the Author’s note, it’s patently clear this scum-bucket has an agenda and is into sensationalism/gossip/scuttlebutt, while projecting similar accusations onto the DT WH and the POTUS himself.

    A scholarly reference book, this is certainly NOT.

  96. Oh come on

    Trump brings his Twitter A-game:

    Well, now that collusion with Russia is proving to be a total hoax and the only collusion is with Hillary Clinton and the FBI/Russia, the Fake News Media (Mainstream) and this phony new book are hitting out at every new front imaginable. They should try winning an election. Sad!

    This is easily the most reasonable explanation for the timing of this book.

  97. Oh come on

    Lex Lasry sounds like the name of a disgraced Whitlam cabinet minister.

  98. Bad Samaritan

    Tintarella (8.03am). For those of us who are not from Melbourne, or even Victoria…could you (or someone else; anyone) explain what the Lex Lasry tweet means….. “Breaking: there are citizens out to dinner in Mansfield tonight and they’re not worried.”

    Mansfield is well outside Melbourne so what’s he getting at?

  99. Farmer Gez

    Dave in Marybrook
    You mustn’t get Sky.
    Samantha Chiari beats your girl by lengths.

  100. H B Bear

    Followers informed her that it was just a joke, and she claimed she didn’t realize at first because she’s on vacation a j’ismist.

  101. stackja

    CL – MSM ban. I am shocked!

  102. John Constantine

    In yarragrad, their Andrews Nazgul have introduced legislation to socially engineer the way humans and animals interact in the gloomy Stalinist gulag.

    The right to feel happy emotions, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is now legislated in melbournibad.

    For chickens and pigs and sheep and cows.

    Comrade vegan maaaaate.

  103. Geriatric Mayfly

    A scholarly reference book, this is certainly NOT.

    Steady on. One of those rigorous, blood, sweat and tears courses with the suffix “Studies” will regard it as a primary source, and put it at the top of the required reading list. A bit of a gamble the latter, but I am sure there will be an illustrated version.

  104. Oh come on

    Let’s play our favourite guessing game, Trump or Wolff!

    My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anybody who’s ever walked on Earth

    (I’m surprised that didn’t make it into print.) Before you guess, would you buy a non-fiction book written by this man?

  105. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2602108, posted on January 6, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Fuck off Kitteh stalker.

  106. John Constantine

    How much money did their Clinton crime family take from the oily wahhabis, to pimp out the American military to bomb a European capital back into the stone age in support of the caliphate in Europe?.

  107. H B Bear

    The only real use for Twitter is seeing what utter idiots j’ismists are.

  108. Gilas

    An excerpt from Chapter 9: CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference, for the unwashed)

    Kellyanne Conway, a conference opener, was accompanied by her assistant, two daughters, and a babysitter. Bannon was making his first official pubic appearance of the Trump presidency, and his retinue included Rebekah Mercer, the pivotal Trump donor and Breitbart funder, her young daughter, and Allie Hanley, a Palm Beach aristocrat, conservative donor, and Mercer friend. (The imperious Hanley, who had not met Bannon before, pronounced him “dirty” looking.)

    Quality writing!

  109. Rae

    Twitter is a good place not to be. Far too many nasty roaches saying bad things to other people.

  110. Stimpson J. Cat

    Leave Lizzie alone!

    Grigs confirmed.

  111. Stimpson J. Cat

    Twitter is a good place not to be. Far too many nasty roaches saying bad things to other people.

    But all your friends are there.

  112. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I left my reply to your adolescent rubbish on the other thread Lizzie.

    I’ve just returned the favour concerning your cowardice, Makka.
    What is on the old thread stays there, and you should be glad of that.

  113. Ragu

    One thread running through “Fire and Fury” is the way relatives, opportunists and officials try to manipulate and manage the president, and how they often fail.

    The man ain’t for turning. Apparently that is bad.

    I saw the authour on morning teev today, he should be the last person on earth to criticise anyone. A complete train wreck of a man with no redeeming value.

  114. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2602142, posted on January 6, 2018 at 10:11 am
    Twitter is a good place not to be. Far too many nasty roaches saying bad things to other people.

    Remember, this is the same cockhead that posted this about a Kitteh’s location:

    Robert Mc
    #2484602, posted on August 31, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    On matters geographical. The street namers in Mainland Tasmania are somewhat pretentious, are they not? Middle Terrace, North terrace, South Terrace, Dequetteville Terrace. And not one of them looks like a terrace. Not at all. They just look like streets, some less built-up than others.

    And then threatened to be visiting there in the near future, but do carry on Septimus.

  115. Tintarella di Luna

    The Australian Government has published a full list of the Childcare Rorters here

    This is the article by Rosie Lewis in the Australian:

    A register of childcare providers caught rorting taxpayer subsidies will be published online for the first time as the Turnbull government seeks to use public shaming to strengthen sector compliance.

    More than 100 childcare ser­vices, the vast majority of which are family daycare providers, will be “named and shamed” from today on the Child Care Enforcement Action Register after having their government subsidy cancelled or suspended for breaking the law.

    The Coalition has stopped an estimated $1.8 billion in childcare fee assistance since early 2014 that would have otherwise gone to “unscrupulous” providers.

    Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the new tool would help parents make “informed choices” when choosing a childcare service and offer “confidence that they are entrusting the care of their children to a compliant and reputable provider”.

    “This register should serve as a warning to providers that if you’re non-compliant and do the wrong thing, you will be hung out to dry,” Senator Birmingham said.

    “While the overwhelming majority of providers are legitimate and provide high-quality care, those who go down the wrong path should be held to account … This is about making sure the track record of childcare providers is crystal clear to families.”

    A preview of the register ­reveals there have been nearly 200 cancellations, suspensions or “immediate suspensions” of government subsidies since July 1, 2016, with Victorian providers slapped with the most sanctions.

    The full list of childcare rorters

    Over the 2016-17 financial year and first quarter of 2017-18, there have been 75 cancellations or suspensions in Victoria, 59 in NSW, 21 in Queensland and 10 in South Australia. There were 10 sanctions against South Australian services, seven in Western Australia, five in the ACT and two in the Northern Territory.

    Common forms of noncompliance include forging attendance reports and making misleading statements that result in the provider being offered childcare fee assistance they are not entitled to.

    Providers have been found to overcharge for the number of staff hours or children in their care. The Australian revealed in 2016 that one family day­care centre in the ACT received $1.6 million in federal government benefits for up to 74 children that were never seen in compliance checks.

    Among the most recent providers to lose government sub­sidies was Noor Family Day Care in the western Sydney suburb of Merrylands. According to the register, it gave a false statement or document and fraudulently obtained government subsidies, and was also found to have kept money from the federal government that it was not entitled to.

    There were 3800 compliance checks in 2016-17 alone and the register will be updated quarterly. The Weekend Australian understands a large portion of providers on the list are believed not to be in operation after being sanctioned.

    A “child swapping” loophole that allowed family daycare educators to claim subsidies to look after their own children or watch over each other’s children was closed in 2015, while the Turnbull government also set new maximum rates and age limits for children accessing childcare fee assistance at family daycare.

  116. Rae

    Twitter is a good place not to be. Far too many nasty roaches saying bad things to other people.

    But all your friends are there.

    Some of my friends are there, not all. The ones who are there are not roaches. Nor are the ones who are not there.

  117. Mike of Marion

    Baldrick,

    You really do great work – thanks.

    Mike

  118. Makka

    I’ve just returned the favour concerning your cowardice, Makka.
    What is on the old thread stays there, and you should be glad of that.

    I won’t be reading that puerile garbage. Johanna has you pegged correctly Lizzie.

  119. cynical1

    Summernats: What it’s like walking Australia’s largest car festival as a young woman
    I was wolf-whistled at several times while walking down Lonsdale Street in Canberra’s inner-north on the night Australia’s largest car festival returned to the capital.

    Next week: I go to a rock concert and find out that a Les Paul through a Marshall stack is quite loud…

  120. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2602152, posted on January 6, 2018 at 10:19 am
    Twitter is a good place not to be. Far too many nasty roaches saying bad things to other people.

    Mmmyes …
    @libby_zee
    @grigory_m

  121. Ragu

    Hospital admin is grand thing.

    Admissions come down to coding. My mother was involved in Kevni’s Grand Shakeup of hospital coding systems. Very little was achieved because the woman running the project was more interested in building a fiefdom than mere reality.

    For instance, why is an ice addict having a blow-out admitted straight away yet a bloke that just needs a couple of sutures kept waiting? Why not drop the meth head the the infirmary so he can go full-on in a padded cell?

  122. Makka

    There were 3800 compliance checks in 2016-17 alone and the register will be updated quarterly. The Weekend Australian understands a large portion of providers on the list are believed not to be in operation after being sanctioned.

    There’s an industry in just running compliance checks.

    I’m wondering, if this is happening with Childcare, what might be the rorting potential in the NDIS – a soon to be much larger tax eating beast.

  123. Farmer Gez

    Yes md, the cocoa famine is another in a long line of GW disaster porn as Delingpole points out.
    The tropics are the least likely place to observe increased temperatures as any increase in heat merely leads to higher evaporation and cloud formation followed by rain. A very simple and predictable heat stabilizer in Tropics.

  124. Geriatric Mayfly

    I won’t be reading that puerile garbage. Johanna has you pegged correctly Lizzie.

    We are on the edge of the abyss with this comment. Please desist, as Bronny used to say.

  125. Snoopy

    Samantha Maiden, a Sky News journalist, also tweeted the passage as if it were real, even creating a Trump-gorilla meme to go along with it. Followers informed her that it was just a joke, and she claimed she didn’t realize at first because she’s on vacation.

    Maybe Sam was tweeting while drunk. Better that than driving.

  126. Coming to Australia within the next decade is my tip.

    ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey’s religious affairs state agency came under heavy criticism on Thursday from the main opposition party after it said girls as young as nine could marry under Islamic law.

  127. John Constantine

    Their Stalinist guardian reviewing the movie:

    Downsizing.

    About shrinking people to save the planet.

    Only a movie goes the granuard, but how good would it be to screen all embryos, not just for defects, but to only implant dwarfs?.

    That will save the planet, when the third world are physically twice the size of the western proles.

  128. Jo Smyth

    Wolff and the media can howl all they like. By next weekend it will be old news. The fact is Hillary and her Mob are going down and that process is ongoing.

  129. C.L.

    A register of childcare providers caught rorting taxpayer subsidies will be published online for the first time as the Turnbull government seeks to use public shaming to strengthen sector compliance.

    They should use public shaming to get women to look after their own children.

  130. John Constantine

    Have their ABC ever run a story on what it can be like for a young woman to attend a Victorian young Labor conference?.

  131. Bruce of Newcastle

    Having just read elsewhere on the consequences of raising minimum wages and the forecast that robots will take jobs in the future I was struck by the number of queries so early in the year for the range of commercial vacuum cleaners and scrubbers that have come in. Considering these each cost the equivalent of a year’s wages for a cleaner then the future is with us.

    Four year degrees will be required for cleaners soon.
    And robots will be banned unless they can show their union ticket.
    You read it here first. 😀

  132. Ragu

    Just on that.

    This is the world we live nowadays. You can’t lock up an addict to dry out because it infringes his rights, but coppers can randomly pull over drivers for ‘licence checks’.

  133. why is an ice addict having a blow-out admitted straight away

    I spent 4 hours standing in a pool of my own blood before I gave up and went home.
    Amazing what you can do with glad wrap.

  134. Makka

    Mind your own business Geriatric. I meant every word and done with it now.

  135. H B Bear

    Sounds like rorting childcare is far more lucrative than re-birthing commodores.

  136. nemkat

    Samantha Maiden, a Sky News journalist, also tweeted the passage as if it were real, even creating a Trump-gorilla meme to go along with it. Followers informed her that it was just a joke, and she claimed she didn’t realize at first because she’s on vacation.

    Maybe Sam was tweeting while drunk. Better that than driving.
    The story is obviously untrue, but Sam Maiden gave it a boost because she thought it was an extract from Wolff’s book.
    Wonder whether that’s the first time she’s tried a stunt like that?

  137. cohenite

    Lex Lasry sounds like the name of a disgraced Whitlam cabinet minister.

    Or a porn star.

  138. Myrddin Seren

    Residents of the quiet street in Werribee, in Melbourne’s west, cowered inside their homes, terrified as the angry mob’s chants about being out to “get whites” were eventually drowned out by the roar of police helicopters.

    The scene, according to witnesses, was warlike.

    Stardate 2021. West Melbourne. Thursday late night shopping at the mall.

  139. Nick

    At dinner last night in KL with Lefty friends, well all felt like pork and beer. Various niqab clad behemoths walk past staring.Lefty friends ask why they stare. I tell them that we are eating a ‘freedom meal’ and should relish such freedoms while they last. Even Lefties agreed.

  140. Rae

    Lex Lasry? Roman Centurion, wasn’t he?

  141. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’d keep Foxtel just for the History Channel’s occasional good shows, Tinta. Like the Sunbather, Hairy would never let go of his Foxsports. Big news is we’ve joined the rest of the world and finally got Netflicks, so every night at the moment we are having a double-episode festival of ‘The Crown’, which all my friends have been recommending. It is noir-ish in filmic techniques so has that feel of peering back into a dusty past which is extremely well-evoked. The casting makes a good effort (although the Queen Mum was livelier and more seriously upper-twitty via the genuinely aristocratic Bonham Carter in ‘The Kings Speech’). It is, naturally, somewhat historically inventive. Elizabeth Two’s mannerisms and growing confidence are well captured.

    Hairy is currently deeply immersed in Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’. He’s used to her third person apostrophizing of ‘he’ now, and has sorted out how to read it. He’s totally wrapt now, as I knew he would be. Keeps shaking his head in recognition of the politics and ploys of Cromwell’s rise and rise as a ‘new’ sort of man, a capable fixer risen from the lower orders (more my tale than his, I joke, for we all look for similarities to our own when reading of other lives). I’ve let him know we have to buy the sequel to get the downfall. Other than that I’m not allowed to give him prior hints as to how Mantel unfolds the tale, for that would ruin his speculations.

  142. Nick

    Lex Lasry sounds like the name of a disgraced Whitlam cabinet minister.

    Or a porn star.

    Or Superman’s evil nemesis.

  143. Ragu

    Rambler. I did the same a few years back. Was working a night shift and cut open my knuckle. No biggie, just needed a couple of stitches because I could see the bone. After waiting for two hours the bleeding stopped and thought ‘fuck it’. Didn’t sign out because fuck em.

    My point is, a five minute job gets pushed down the queue because it isn’t life threatening. My mother proposed efficiencies like that and got laughed at. We can’t tie up resources because a life threatening emergency might come in. Like a meth head that punches everyone in the face.

  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sounds like rorting childcare is far more lucrative than re-birthing commodores.

    How do you police childcare , when all the boys are named “Mohammad”, and all the girls “Aisha?” – and the girls aren’t supposed to shoe their faces to infidel?

  145. cohenite

    What a prick lasry is; another great contribution from fucking slater and Gordon who in their own way are as bad as the abc in their effect on Australian society.

  146. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    EDUCATION
    Greenies turn off mining’s Gen Next in alarming drop in enrolments

    The Australian
    12:00AM January 6, 2018
    Sid Maher
    NSW Editor
    Sydney
    @sidmaher

    Attacks by green activists on the resources industry are turning millennials off mining jobs, sparking warnings the industry will face some of the toughest recruitment conditions in 20 years unless it confronts the problem.

    The Minerals Council of Australia has called an education summit for later this year which will bring together industry, universities and the government to grapple with the issue.

    MCA interim chief executive David Byers told The Weekend Australian: “It’s unfortunate that sustained attacks from misinformed activists have dissuaded some young people from looking at a career in mining.”

    Expected enrolments in mining engineering have almost halved in the past 12 months and are projected to halve again by the end of the decade. MCA figures suggest mining engineering enrolments have dropped from 171 last year to 98 this year and are on track to fall to 69 next year and 47 in 2020.

    The education summit, scheduled for May in Melbourne, comes as a review of the industry’s tertiary education ­organisations warns it faces “similar challenges in securing domestic professionals” as in the 1998 skills shortage. “Aside from the economic driver of commodity prices on enrolments, there are new challenges,’’ the review of Mining Education Australia and the Minerals Tertiary Education Council found. These included “a growing anti-mining perception among millennials coupled with their ­values-based decision making’’.

    From the Oz. Someone want to tell the Greenies that everything in their world is the result of farming or mining?

  147. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Australian Government has published a full list of the Childcare Rorters here

    I just had a look at the NSW list for the latest quarter. LOL!

    Here’re the lot, abbreviated:

    1. Baiden Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    AUBURN, NSW
    2. Bright Children Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    LIVERPOOL, NSW
    3. Butterfly Minders Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    BANKSTOWN, NSW
    4. Buzzing Bees Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd
    PUNCHBOWL, NSW
    5. Salwa Hasan
    FAIRFIELD, NSW
    6. Daisy Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    LIVERPOOL, NSW
    7. Mire Adam
    FAIRFIELD, NSW
    8. It All Starts Here Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd
    BELMORE, NSW
    9. Kiddie Patch Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    HURSTVILLE, NSW
    10. Noor Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    MERRYLANDS, NSW
    11. Training College Australia Pty Ltd
    LAKEMBA, NSW

    What a lot of interesting suburb names and interesting personal names!
    For those who don’t know Sydney suburbs every single one is from the very proverbial “west and southwest of Sydney”.

  148. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I won’t be reading that puerile garbage. Johanna has you pegged correctly Lizzie.

    Johanna has no time for simplistic statements about race, Makka. I’ll give her that.
    It’s only me she goes lu-lu politics of envy about and you seem to have caught the virus.
    And I thought it was a woman thing. 🙂

  149. H B Bear

    How do you police childcare , when all the boys are named “Mohammad”, and all the girls “Aisha?”

    Probably the same way the DOI verifies Afghan boatpeople who arrive after throwing their passports overboard after leaving a country where a significant proportion of the population are illiterate and hasn’t had a functioning government since 1979. Just another legal fiction.

  150. Rae

    No biggie, just needed a couple of stitches because I could see the bone.

    So tough. Why didn’t you just have a swig of scotch, put a stick between your teeth, and stitch it yourself?

    it isn’t life threatening

    That’s what triage is all about. These days they’d divert you to the House Doctor. They might even let you forego a local anaesthetic.

  151. Bruce in WA

    I fronted up at Emergency with respiratory distress. People sitting in the chairs with blood-soaked bandages, one guy with a piece of bone protruding through his forearm, another with eye swollen shut and smashed mouth/teeth.

    I got a “Code Blue 2” and was whisked away in a wheelchair in minutes; I could feel the hatred emanating from the rest of the room.

  152. Geriatric Mayfly

    I daresay Lasry’s income would allow him a spread at Mansfield, and be not confined to a duplication of suburbia with neighbours and that sort of inconvenience. Nothing illegal of course, but often handy for tax purposes, and a nice little earner on the side.

  153. nemkat

    Lasry’s wiki entry is fairly thin as far as background goes, but he was Counsel Assisting the Costigan R.C., which ran for years in the Eighties. Has also ”raced Porsches for many years”.
    Reaches compulsory retirement age this year.

  154. calli

    All behind the niqab curtain, or at least peeping out from it, Bruce.

    Diversity! We need more!

  155. Ragu

    Rae
    #2602190, posted on January 6, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Get back into your refrigerator box knobgobbler. The adults are talking.

  156. Turnip

    Lex Lasry sounds like the name of a disgraced Whitlam cabinet minister.

    Lex learned he needs to know about what real Australian opinions are by watching that documentary “Kingswood Country”

  157. Makka

    Commander Barrett shares his priorities for protecting concerned Vic citizens;

    “Commander Russell Barrett told reporters he believes the same young men could be linked to two other street assaults on teenage boys and another home invasion in the city’s west on Thursday night.

    “This is incredibly concerning, the behaviours are abhorrent, it’s just thuggish behaviour,” he says.

    He says the incidents will be of great concern to the wider African community in Melbourne”

  158. Mater

    How do you police childcare

    Make the costs a tax deduction for the second (lower income) taxpayer in the family. Obviously, in the case of a single parent, that also means the only taxpayer in the household.
    If a parent is studying, rebates done through University, TAFE, etc administration.
    We already have the ATO, and they specialise in compliance.

  159. Geriatric Mayfly

    Years ago, a kid stumbled, fell and died on a school hike at Cathedral mountain. The teacher ratio was spot on for the activity. But a Lasry (don’t know if it was the same one) came up with a piece of mathematical wizardry to imply that the supervising staff were not in the right places in the walking file, to assure safety to the requisite number of children.

  160. zyconoclast

    I just flicked on to the Sky weather channel and my favourite girl Sam is in action.
    A “hot” forecast in my opinion. Too many curves for JC.

    Who knew this existed.
    http://weathergirlstv.com/from/australia/

  161. H B Bear

    I’d rather have a kid who went into pron rather than became a member of Whitlam’s Cabinet.

  162. Snoopy

    The Australian Government has published a full list of the Childcare Rorters here

    I just had a look at the QLD list for the latest quarter. LOL!

    Here’re the list, abbreviated:

    Reach For The Rainbow Family Day Care
    Operator: Tamarah Mustafa Ali
    Suburb: COOPERS PLAINS, QLD

    Youngstar Family Day Care
    Operator: Habsa Hussein Haji
    Suburb: MOOROOKA, QLD

    /BoN

    2/2 = 100%. Not a bad effort for less than 3% of the population.

  163. Dr Faustus

    The ABC offers a helpful expert analysis of the Victorian African Crime Gang imbroglio.

    Politicians’ cheap fear mongering not helping Victoria tackle East African crime problem

    There is a problem with the over-representation of people of Sudanese background in Victoria’s youth justice system.

    But it is not new, nor is it at epidemic levels that Melbourne’s streets are over run with lawlessness, despite a reported crime spree in the western suburbs on Thursday night.

    So, it’s not an African problem; it’s an East African problem; it’s not much of a problem; and the actual problem is federal Liberal politicians:

    “And the intervention of federal Liberal MPs, all the way up to the Prime Minister, has undermined Matthew Guy’s Coalition arguments to tackle the problem.”

    Luckily there is a straightforward solution:

    What is needed is a mature approach to punishing and rehabilitating offenders, and putting in place measures to stop it happening in the long term.

    I assume that is ABC code for ‘an election‘ at which Dutton et al get the arse.

  164. Farmer Gez

    It’s going to be hot for a very long time today in the SE.
    The change was meant to get to Adelaide by midday but it’s still 40c at Ceduna and the wind still North.

  165. Infidel Tiger

    Samantha Maiden, a Sky News journalist, also tweeted the passage as if it were real, even creating a Trump-gorilla meme to go along with it. Followers informed her that it was just a joke, and she claimed she didn’t realize at first because she’s on vacation.

    “On holiday” is obviously a euphemism for drink out of her mind.

    Samantha is lucky to be able to sit up straight on a good day. I imagine on holiday her hut looks like a chrome pillow factory.

  166. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’d rather have a kid who went into pron rather than became a member of Whitlam’s Cabinet.

    Dunno. Wasn’t Whitlam the towering colossus of Australian politics who abolished slavery, gave women the vote, and got Australian troops out of Viet Nam?

  167. Geriatric Mayfly

    What is needed is a mature approach to punishing and rehabilitating offenders, and putting in place measures to stop it happening in the long term.

    More social workers with that trade mark, full facial intensity and a clip board.
    And yoof workers, in frayed jeans, with tats and piercings, a man bun if applicable or hips six axe handles across if applicable.

  168. Gilas

    An excerpt from Chapter 2: TRUMP TOWER

    On the Saturday after the election, Donald Trump received a small group of well-wishers in his triplex apartment in Trump Tower. Even his close friends were still shocked and bewildered, and there was a dazed quality to the gathering. But Trump himself was mostly looking at the clock.

    Rupert Murdoch, heretofore doubtlessly certain Trump was a charlatan and a fool, said he and his new wife, Jerry Hall, would pay a call on the president-elect. But Murdoch was late—quite late. Trump kept assuring his guests that Rupert was on his way, coming soon. When some of the guests made a move to leave, Trump cajoled them to stay a little longer. You’ll want to stay to see Rupert. (Or, one of the guests interpreted, you’ll want to stay to see Trump with Rupert.)

    Murdoch, who, with his then wife, Wendi, had often socialized with Jared and Ivanka, in the past made little effort to hide his lack of interest in Trump. Murdoch’s fondness for Kushner created a curious piece of the power dynamic between Trump and his son-in-law, one that Kushner, with reasonable subtly, played to his advantage, often dropping Murdoch’s name into conversations with his father-in-law. When, in 2015, Ivanka Trump told Murdoch that her father really, truly was going to run for president, Murdoch dismissed the possibility out of hand.

    But now, the new president-elect—after the most astonishing upset in American history—was on tenterhooks waiting for Murdoch. “He’s one of the greats,” he told his guests, becoming more agitated as he waited. “Really, he’s one of the greats, the last of the greats. You have to stay to see him.”

    It was a matched set of odd reversals—an ironic symmetry. Trump, perhaps not yet appreciating the difference between becoming president and elevating his social standing, was trying mightily to curry favor with the previously disdainful media mogul. And Murdoch, finally arriving at the party he was in more than one way sorely late to, was as subdued and thrown as everyone else, and struggling to adjust his view of a man who, for more than a generation, had been at best a clown prince among the rich and famous.

    Since the Fox Network, owned by Murdoch, was one of a handful of media organizations not openly agitating against the Trump presidency, does anyone seriously believe this?

    ..not to mention the sneering tone..

  169. Oh come on

    I won’t be reading that puerile garbage. Johanna has you pegged correctly Lizzie.

    That’s called throwing your toys out of the pram, Makka.

  170. Roger W

    A quote from a recent UK Telegraph article:
    “Two bugs dubbed Meltdown and Spectre could leak passwords, sensitive data including cryptocurrency wallets, personal photos, emails, instant messages and confidential business documents, a group of independent security experts have warned. ”

    Especially given the inclusion of cryptocurrency wallets in the quote, any comments from all the blockchain supporters and their claims that it is utterly secure?

  171. Anne

    I suggested a few weeks ago, to the vociferation of the usual numpty kneejerks, that North Korea may not be a real country but a CIA base for the Satanic Globalist cabal.

    Trump, with China, seem set to sort that problem.

    Here – Truth media researcher talks about that and the horrifying revelation that Mike Pence and Pam Bondi may be connected to child trafficking.

    https://youtu.be/DtAmJdK1Jck

  172. Nick

    The Left never cease to amaze me.
    Women being bashed = horrific
    Women being bashed by Black youths = racism and an overreaction
    Someone rubbing out a ‘yes’ SSM sign = horrific abuse that merits the strongest of responses

  173. Shelley

    It’s only me she goes lu-lu politics of envy about and you seem to have caught the virus.
    And I thought it was a woman thing. 🙂

    Just scrolling back, not sure exactly what went on between Lizzie and Makka until I go back further but serious question Lizzie, why do you think any negative comments about you are related to envy? You seem to be the one fixated about that rather than Johanna or others who have negatively commented on some of your posts (me included). I do not care if you have all the riches of the world but what is more offputting about your posts is the way you feel you have to highlight that you have such, pretty much each and every time. You write many insightful comments on a range of topics and have the written expression that I certainly wish I had and I praised you earlier about your published piece. But your comments are so often suggestive of ‘new money’ where you feel you have to make mention of it at every opportunity, even within the most unrelated discussions and topics. You jumped to the (wrong) conclusion with me when I was commenting on Gillian Triggs on Q&A a short while ago which backs up my comments here that you may be the one more focused on envy and status than others are. It does seem every time I come to the Cat (not that often these days) you resort to the same old tune eventually.

    I don’t want to get into a back and forth with you and will just leave this here. I’m sure you will come back with something on the caustic side, but I am seriously interested to know why you think people who come to the Cat would be envious of you.

  174. Makka

    Not your affair OCO. So butt out with your sanctimony.

  175. Infidel Tiger

    David Burge
    @iowahawkblog

    The amazing thing about the Gorilla Channel story is that the gorilla turned out to be Trump and the stupid gorilla-obsessed Trump turned out to be the media

    Perfect.

  176. Geriatric Mayfly

    Mind your own business Geriatric. I meant every word and done with it now.

    Not your affair OCO. So butt out with your sanctimony.

    You were warned OCO.

  177. stackja

    Gilas
    #2602213, posted on January 6, 2018 at 11:24 am
    …sneering tone..

    Very MSM.

  178. Ragu

    Fantasy stuff.

    And Murdoch, finally arriving at the party he was in more than one way sorely late to, was as subdued and thrown as everyone else, and struggling to adjust his view of a man who, for more than a generation, had been at best a clown prince among the rich and famous.

    What a crock pot of shit. If the Aussie battler from Adelaide didn’t want to be there, why was he ‘sorely’ late?

    Here’s a book theme; I bought a barge of fireworks but lost

    The dude with the bad teeth and peddle file demeanour is going to be sued off the face of the planet

  179. C.L.

    How do you police childcare , when all the boys are named “Mohammad”, and all the girls “Aisha?”

    Because good Aussie skips don’t send their children to ‘child-care’.

    ?

  180. Boambee John

    Does the fire at Chez Clinton suggest that Arkancide is now being supplemented by ARkanSON?

  181. After waiting for two hours the bleeding stopped …

    Ragu. If you need a wound attended to in Victoristan you must enter emergency via a union approved ambulance.
    Try it next time you cut yourself shaving. It works.

  182. Rafe Champion

    Katie Hopkins, a new kid on the Rebel block, a powerful enemy of political correctness reporting from the UK.

  183. Tintarella di Luna

    I’m wondering, if this is happening with Childcare, what might be the rorting potential in the NDIS – a soon to be much larger tax eating beast.

    You can bet on that – yesterday the Oz had an article about an NDIS number cruncher on a 5 year contract worth $2.3million – love the last line of the article – our taxes at work

    The chief numbers woman in charge of the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme’s cost projections was given a $2.3 million five-year consulting contract last year after originally being appointed for a three-year term at the start of the project.

    One-third of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s 3100 internal staff are contractors, ­although this does not include 2203 outsourced local area co-­ordinator positions, with outside labour such a concern the agency sought urgent legal advice last year.

    The advice, from the office of the Australian Government ­Solicitor, warned that the agency could be breaking federal workplace laws by hiring contractors who are doing work “properly characterised as an employee who should be engaged under the Public Service Act”.

    In just two years — covering the last and current financial year — the NDIA has spent, and ­intends to spend, more than $300m on contractors and consultants.

    Scheme actuary Sarah Johnson was initially appointed by the agency’s board to the role for three years in November 2013, leading the actuarial team essentially from the start of the program’s launch.

    Ms Johnson was, and continues to be, listed as an executive of the agency reporting directly to the chief executive, now Rob De Luca. However, her role was converted to a higher-value consultancy from February 2 last year until December 2021.

    The agency has set aside $2.3m for Sarah Consulting Pty Ltd — of which Ms Johnson is the sole ­director — and paid out almost $223,000 for five months’ work to the end of the 2016-17 financial year.

    The contract is worth about $460,000 a year, and Ms Johnson lives in Sydney’s inner-city Potts Point, ­despite the agency being headquartered in Geelong.

    Ms Johnson’s company is noted in the disclaimer of the agency’s 2017 annual report as ­receiving consultancy money, but in previous annual reports she was listed as an executive.

    The agency says it paid the company $368,182 in the 2015-16 financial year.

    Ms Johnson leads a team of actuaries, some of whom are also contractors, and The Weekend Australian understands she commands a large financial delegation within the agency, including entering into further contracts for staff.

    The NDIA has allocated $6.64m in consulting contracts for actuarial services, including Ms Johnson’s, which largely cover a period from 2016 to 2019.

    The agency received urgent legal advice last June and July that warned it could be in breach of the Fair Work Act and public service codes if it hired consultants or contractors to do the work of full-time employees.

    “If the agency purports to ­engage an individual as an independent contractor who is, as a matter of law, properly characterised as an employee who should be engaged under the Public Service Act, this may constitute a breach of … the Fair Work Act,” Australian Government Solicitor senior general counsel Mark Molloy wrote.

    “Furthermore, in our view, if the agency head (or delegate) purports to engage independent contractors who are not ‘consultants’, this may constitute a breach of the APS code of conduct which, among other things, ­requires compliance with Aus­tralian laws, including the NDIS Act.”

    Key public service staff ­declined to transfer when the NDIA first moved headquarters from Canberra to Geelong.

    In 2016, all four of the agency’s deputy chief executives left, and the positions are still being held by temporary or acting staff. An extra two top-tier positions that report directly to the chief executive are also held by acting ­employees.

    Ms Johnson was awarded ­actuary of the year in 2016 by the Actuaries Institute, and thanked her mentor John Walsh, who was a key figures in detailing what a national disability insurance scheme might look like before the Productivity Commission ­became involved.

    Mr Walsh, then a partner at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, worked with Ms Johnson, who was also employed by PwC when they jointly ­advocated a model for the NDIS based on the ill-fated New Zealand ­Accident Compensation Corporation.

    Mr Walsh was an associate commissioner of the Productivity Commission when it released its report into the design of the NDIS.

    Shortly before he retired from PwC, he was appointed to the board of the NDIA, where he remains. He abstained on the vote to appoint Ms Johnson as scheme actuary.

    “Employment contracts for individuals employed by the NDIA are subject to personnel-in-confidence arrangements.

    “As such, the NDIA will not be providing specific details of individual employment arrangements other than what is publicly available,” a spokeswoman for the agency said.

  184. Snoopy

    numpty kneejerks

    Love it!

  185. calli

    I bought a barge of fireworks but lost

    Lol. Don’t forget the $10k champers through the flat screen. And the delayed concession speech because drunk and hysterical.

    Hill’s little party is way more bookworthy than Trump’s.

  186. Infidel Tiger

    This dude needs some lessons from GrigRae.

    Muslim activist forgets to switch twitter sock profiles:

    https://twitter.com/MicroCapEquity/status/949046074974638081?s=17

  187. zyconoclast

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2602187, posted on January 6, 2018 at 10:55 am
    The Australian Government has published a full list of the Childcare Rorters here

    I just had a look at the NSW list for the latest quarter. LOL!

    Here’re the lot, abbreviated:

    1. Baiden Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    AUBURN, NSW
    2. Bright Children Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    LIVERPOOL, NSW
    3. Butterfly Minders Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    BANKSTOWN, NSW
    4. Buzzing Bees Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd
    PUNCHBOWL, NSW
    5. Salwa Hasan
    FAIRFIELD, NSW
    6. Daisy Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    LIVERPOOL, NSW
    7. Mire Adam
    FAIRFIELD, NSW
    8. It All Starts Here Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd
    BELMORE, NSW
    9. Kiddie Patch Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    HURSTVILLE, NSW
    10. Noor Family Day Care Pty Ltd
    MERRYLANDS, NSW
    11. Training College Australia Pty Ltd
    LAKEMBA, NSW

    What a lot of interesting suburb names and interesting personal names!
    For those who don’t know Sydney suburbs every single one is from the very proverbial “west and southwest of Sydney”.

    Scroll down to the last map and enlarge it if you need.
    Then look at the suburbs/federal electorates.
    ALP heartland.

  188. Geriatric Mayfly

    Wind’s up from due north and intensifying across the Plains of Sodom. Not propitious.

  189. Shy Ted

    The fat, tat young “ladies” at my local shopping centre are fatter, more heavily tattooed, younger and less lady-like than yours.

  190. C.L.

    Noel Pearson has an interesting piece in the Weekend Australian on the Christian-inspired man who single-handedly went into bat against racism to secure an Aboriginal people’s return to their homeland after WWII. The man even flew recon over prospective land to identify the richest, most promising soil.

    The man’s name: Johannes Bjelke-Petersen.

    Nobody in the ALP lifted a finger.

  191. Anne

    On the Bannon book I must share this tweet from @MarkSimoneNY regarding Michael Wolff.

    Only in America can a lazy tabloid writer who turns out a book every 5 years call a billionaire, who builds 100 story skyscrapers in his sleep, runs dozens of companies, has 10,000 employees, an unfocused child.

  192. Geriatric Mayfly

    The fat, tat young “ladies” at my local shopping centre are fatter, more heavily tattooed, younger and less lady-like than yours.

    To whom do you speak Shy Ted. I had a bumper field day at the shops yesterday and did submit notes on my observations.

  193. EvilElvis

    Hospital admin is grand thing.

    Yep, all wymynses quota jobs. Just had an ultrasound scan thingy on the Achilles, 6 admin behind the counter, spied 3 radiography staff out back, 4 ‘customers’ in… Hilariously the old duck who took my $296.25 couldn’t work out change from $300 and even declared, without a shred of self awareness, she used to be a primary school maths teacher! No wonder the world’s fucked. I took my $48.75 in change and left in disgust… 😉

  194. Motelier

    Thanks Balders.

    Baldrick
    #2602159, posted on January 6, 2018 at 10:27 am
    Rae
    #2602152, posted on January 6, 2018 at 10:19 am
    Twitter is a good place not to be. Far too many nasty roaches saying bad things to other people.

    Mmmyes …
    @libby_zee
    @grigory_m

    Cats on twitter, you know what to do.

    Charge!

  195. Ragu

    Isn’t it, Calli. Kates should do a dissection in book form to compliment his Trump book.

    From the ‘back of the line!’ video to the orange pantsuit denial of any wrong doing at the high school gymnasium.

    Here’s the jacket cover

  196. Bruce of Newcastle

    “On holiday” is obviously a euphemism for drink out of her mind.

    Infi – She has a lot of horrible mental images to purge.

    Trump with gorillas.
    Russian hookers peeing on St. Obama’s bed.
    The White House festooned and decorated with Nazi images.
    African gang members persecuted mercilessly by 65 year old grandmothers in their own homes.
    Planned Parenthood raw material not being dismembered for sale.
    Tony Abbott and Cori Bernardi.
    The Catallaxyfiles blog.

  197. Mater

    Wind’s up from due north and intensifying across the Plains of Sodom. Not propitious.

    Yes, I’d say any ignition could cause a few issues today. Reminiscent of a bad fire day in Feb 14 but without the extended heat periods leading up to it. Not everything is as dry as it could be.
    Definitely worth keeping an eye open, though.

  198. C.L.

    Actually, no – that was from a fake Trump site I accidentally got via Google.
    Still good, though.

  199. Boris

    For those who don’t know Sydney suburbs every single one is from the very proverbial “west and southwest of Sydney”

    For those who don’t know much about greater Sydney this does not mean anything.

  200. Makka

    You can bet on that

    Thanks Tinta, I missed that article.

    “The agency has set aside $2.3m for Sarah Consulting Pty Ltd — of which Ms Johnson is the sole ­director — and paid out almost $223,000 for five months’ work to the end of the 2016-17 financial year.

    The contract is worth about $460,000 a year, and Ms Johnson lives in Sydney’s inner-city Potts Point, ­despite the agency being headquartered in Geelong.

    Just, wow. While our Govt turbos the population ponzi at full boost – keeping wages growth down to almost zero for years – they continue racking up Billions in taxpayer debt, taxing us like serfs while they shovel our debt millions into their maaaates pockets.

    So much ugliness. We really are fkd.

  201. calli

    We have our homegrown tatts and piercings, plus an influx of exotica at holiday time.

    Fashionable this year is the thigh tatt covering the entire corpse-like limb to the knee. Creeping cellulite will make those birds, babies and beasties wink and ripple in time.

    Naturally, in order to display the artwork, the shortest of shorts must be worn. And then they bend over, straight legs, hingeing at the hip. The horror.

  202. Delta A

    Wind change has hit Ceduna. Temperature dropped almost ten degrees in about as many minutes.

  203. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    why do you think any negative comments about you are related to envy?

    Because so often they are. Makka, for instance, immediately jumps to denigrate me by saying my contacts with Africans are mainly in porterage. I don’t have ‘all the riches in the world’, far from it, but I do write of my travels and sometimes of other things I happen to be doing at home, things which require a comfortable disposable income and asset base. I write of these things because they are my life, just as others write of their lives, often more interesting than mine.

    Many other Cats would have similarly comfortable financial situations and a history of interactions with elites, but write less than I do; I have discovered writing coming to the Cat, and because I enjoy it so much, and receive encouragement, perhaps I take liberties here expressing myself about trivial things, as well as more serious ones. You demonstrate exactly what happens to me though: the ‘nouveau riche’ comments come piling on. Johanna made a big thing of that at one time, seriously misunderstanding the concept anyway. It refers to wealth with a lack of culture. There’s plenty of it in any prestige area of Australia, as the atrocious ‘real housewives’ on TV embody, but ‘nouveau riche’ does not describe my household. We are a cultured lot at Villa Chaos. 🙂

    If I misunderstood something you said about Gillian Triggs, I apologise for that.
    I have good reasons for comprehending her as a sour-faced old hag, but no reason to be ascerbic to you.

  204. Top Ender

    Whitlam also passed a law allowing women to wear trousers; banned USA tourist from entering Australia, and established the Oz space industry.

  205. Tim Neilson

    What is needed is a mature approach to punishing and rehabilitating offenders, and putting in place measures to stop it happening in the long term.

    Meet the new superhero arriving to our rescue – Captain Platitudinous.

  206. Bruce of Newcastle

    For those who don’t know much about greater Sydney this does not mean anything.

    Boris – It means none from the:

    North west (aka Hillsong’s heavenly hectares)
    Northern beaches
    Northern leafy suburbs
    Eastern suburbs
    Gtr Newcastle area
    Central coast
    Illawarra
    Northern NSW
    Western NSW
    Southern NSW

    It’s a mystery.

  207. Frank

    Why not drop the meth head the the infirmary so he can go full-on in a padded cell?

    AKA the wanking room where meth heads are involved.

    Slightly related, a friend with paranoid schizophrenia spent an evening in a room with two others waiting to be admitted to the local mental institution. One of the guys in there was being admitted because he was unable to stop jerking off, and indeed he was. Apparently he was quite lucid and open about the situation, just preoccupied.

  208. history of interactions with elites

    And intelligentsia and nobility, no doubt.

  209. EvilElvis

    One of the guys in there was being admitted because he was unable to stop jerking off, and indeed he was. Apparently he was quite lucid and open about the situation, just preoccupied.

    Will we never gain social acceptance. The struggle goes on, oh yeah…

  210. struth

    One of the guys in there was being admitted because he was unable to stop jerking off, and indeed he was. Apparently he was quite lucid and open about the situation, just preoccupied.

    He was strangling a cat with his other hand.

  211. Farmer Gez

    No fires today please.
    Our brigade is on the strike team duty list.
    I’m happy doing bugger all and watching the cricket. My wife will spoil this though as she can’t stand the sight of a male relaxing.

  212. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Bad Samaritan at 10:00 am:

    Tintarella (8.03am). For those of us who are not from Melbourne, or even Victoria…could you (or someone else; anyone) explain what the Lex Lasry tweet means….. “Breaking: there are citizens out to dinner in Mansfield tonight and they’re not worried.”

    Mansfield is well outside Melbourne so what’s he getting at?

    I read that overnight in Melbourne the savages have been getting about on all fours again, asserting their fundamental sub-human right to “thuggish behaviour”, which is “is incredibly concerning … abhorrent” according to some mild mannered senior public servant in a dark blue shirt with shiny silver buttons, and the Collins Street cognoscenti find it most amusing – Lex, Daniel Andrews and worldly people who once-met-a-darkie-who- was-lovely, with their crimes worth but a passing mention in sophisticated dinner conversation.

    They can be well pleased with the long term result of agreeing with the Fed’s immigration bureaucrats to take big slabs of the world’s worst to sit on their clackers, draw the dole and vote Labor, kicked off by Bracks and faithfully implemented by four Labor premiers since. The dopey Victorians are getting everything they voted for during the past decade, with more to come. They are copping precisely what they deserve for their apathy and are not due any sympathy.

    As for the once confident Victorian Police Force Traffic Management Department – they’ve done all they can. Well, they did ramp it up considerably by saying publicly “thuggish behaviour”, didn’t they?

    After what that stupid magistrate did, in letting off the multiple offender African who kicked an unprotected, unsuspecting policeman in the head, the Commissioner or the police union ought to have called a mandatory stop work for four or five days, with more to follow if the government didn’t get its act together.

    The massive post war migration of Greeks and Italians didn’t bring their home country problems with them. The Vietnamese and Cambodians were industrious from the day they arrived. These people were civilised for a start, their families were grateful for their good fortune and a peaceful life, respected authority, valued education and were determined to join the middle class. We should be bringing in tens of thousands of SE Asians with the same bent, to pursue the sciences and to offer their self evident aptitude in medicine, science and engineering.

  213. Motelier

    One of the guys in there was being admitted because he was unable to stop jerking off, and indeed he was. Apparently he was quite lucid and open about the situation, just preoccupied.

    Now I know where Gargoolery has been hiding.

  214. calli

    I have had interactions with elites.

    Fortunately they paid up before it got to court.

  215. struth

    Seems the republic thing has died off, or am I mistaken?

    I would hazard a guess the feedback they received was not polite.

    Antonio Guterres is the head of state in Australia, and the way it will stay for the foreseeable future, it seems.

  216. Perfidious Albino

    I read Vic Pol chased the suspected home invasion / assault suspects in a stolen car, which crashed, with the suspects still managing to escape on foot. Do we not have a dog squad any more, or do they only work 9 – 5?

    Canine incisors – they don’t like it up ‘em! (h/t Cpl. Jones)

  217. JC

    The North Eastern cold spell is quite serious. High altitude New Hampshire could register -100 degs! That’s like the centre of the Arctic FFS.

    You could suffer frost bite in 1 minute in this sort of temp.

    I told my kid not to dare go outside this weekend.

  218. Boambee John

    nemkat at 1105

    Lasry Reaches compulsory retirement age this year.

    One last bid for relevance?

  219. struth

    They are copping precisely what they deserve for their apathy and are not due any sympathy.

    When I got home last night I watched a night with Hoges, which I had taped.

    He was absolutely spot on about a number of things.

    He said “I like the yanks”, many in the audience would have squirmed in their seats such is the jealous childishness of the failed Australians when the subject of Yanks is brought up

    They are passionate about their politics and their culture, he said, while Australians are well, apathetic.

    Then he threw out a few lines of humour to mask it as a coolness, but you could tell he said it to stand alone as a statement.

  220. Bruce in WA

    Fashionable this year is the thigh tatt covering the entire corpse-like limb to the knee. Creeping cellulite will make those birds, babies and beasties wink and ripple in time.

    Naturally, in order to display the artwork, the shortest of shorts must be worn. And then they bend over, straight legs, hingeing at the hip. The horror.

    Calli, I wish you weren’t quite so adept at painting word pictures. That image is going to haunt me.

  221. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    No fires today please.
    Our brigade is on the strike team duty list.

    I’m on standby, as well – I get to drive the big truck with the flashing lights, but they won’t let me play with the siren…one day..

  222. Bruce in WA

    Creeping cellulite

    Mate calls it “hail damage”, as in “Fair bit of hail damage on that sheila”.

  223. Makka

    High altitude New Hampshire could register -100 degs!

    The coldest I’ve experienced is -30c in a wind. I could only manage 10 minute stints in thermals and arctic gear. The balaclava was useless as the excruciating pain in my face kept driving me back inside. I can’t imagine -100 (F?).

  224. Anne

    I have had interactions with elites.

    Well enjoy their scintillating company while you can; they’ll all be in Gitmo soon.

  225. Gilas

    From the Author’s Note at the book’s beginning:

    The events I’ve described in these pages are based on conversations that took place over a period of eighteen months with the president, with most members of his senior staff—some of whom talked to me dozens of times—and with many people who they in turn spoke to. The first interview occurred well before I could have imagined a Trump White House, much less a book about it, in late May 2016 at Trump’s home in Beverly Hills—the then candidate polishing off a pint of Häagen-Dazs vanilla as he happily and idly opined about a range of topics while his aides, Hope Hicks, Corey Lewandowski, and Jared Kushner, went in and out of the room. Conversations with members of the campaign’s team continued through the Republican Convention in Cleveland, when it was still hardly possible to conceive of Trump’s election. They moved on to Trump Tower with a voluble Steve Bannon—before the election, when he still seemed like an entertaining oddity, and later, after the election, when he seemed like a miracle worker.

    I know it doesn’t need repeating, but if anyone is in any doubt that Wolff is an impartial observer.. not to mention how this charlatan can think he is in a position to cheaply sneer at people who have built and managed multi-billion dollar businesses.
    FMD!!

  226. Anne

    No fires today please.
    Our brigade is on the strike team duty list.

    Do we even have Blue Beam Directed Energy Weapons in Victoria?

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