Monday Forum: January 8, 2018

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    Just noticed this LL. You will have to admit that there is one who stands out from the scrum, namely: Rod Quantock

    .
    Is he still alive?

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    an industry that too often gives a pass to misbehaving men.

    And for the most part the glittering passes are bestowed by those who knew of the predatory behaviours, those who gained kudos, cash and iconic status from their knew but didn’t do collusive silence.

    No, Sorvino, McGowan, and the rest were the stark reminders and stark reminders would never do, it would be too embarrassing for the virtue-signalling collaborators such as Streep, Kidman, Blandchett and the rest.

    Golden Globes nights was no different to the previous ones when Streep called Weinstein ‘God’ and leading acclamation for Roman Polanski – the eclat of a Trolls and Molls party.

  3. egg_

    Right, so they’re waiting for the unions to make up their minds whether they’ll accept Keneally as a Senator.

    Oh, so it’s not that her shoes will match the Senate carpet?

  4. Baldrick

    Go check on mummy, freak.

    LL, it’s the usual morning ritual from the Kitteh Stalker to post something inane, just to check if he got smote overnight.

  5. John Constantine

    Done the changeover to run Heineger Evo shearing plants instead of the old sunbeams.

    Deep uneasiness, because the back of the envelope cost of doing a full refit of the shearing shed, sheepyards and loading facilities, to comply with even current regulations, let alone promised incoming compliance burdens is considerable.

    As a rule of thumb, putting up a compliant shearing shed today is as expensive as doing a house the same size to lockup stage. Then all the equipment must be wymynsys with clipboards compliant, and the new regulations state that the godless communist occupied Meat and Livestock Australia is to employ mass numbers of search and destroy vegan femynsys agents to drum obsolete clinging deplorables out of the industry.

    You will be assessed, the mail outs declare, and you will be in for a lifetime of compliance.

    The heineger evo plants are meant to give a slightly better cut [ helps me when I use it] meant to save the unwary from lock-ups of the shearing handpiece [ probably helps me] and be quieter and cents cheaper to run. The lower power requirements should make it easier to run the shed off a smaller generator in case of blackout.

    Our compliance burden is our strength.

    Comrades.

  6. stackja

    Mitch M.
    #2605984, posted on January 10, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Windows Meltdown and Spectre patches: Now Microsoft blocks security updates for some AMD based PCs
    Microsoft has paused nine operating system security updates after complaints that they rendered some AMD PCs unbootable.

    I used System Restore.

  7. Motelier

    LL, it’s the usual morning ritual from the Kitteh Stalker to post something inane, just to check if he got smote overnight.

    Hey, we can dream.

  8. Baldrick

    Via TheirABC, who else:

    The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) confirms 2017 was Australia’s third warmest year on record with temperatures almost a degree above the 1961 to 1990 average*.

    Using seasonally adjusted and homogenised temperature data sets and removing some cold Goulburn temperatures in the hope nobody would notice.
    (*Notice the cherry-picking dates to come up with a one degree warmer average.)

  9. michaelsmithnews.com is worth a look today.

    An article that reminded me of the complexity of solar, lunar and earth’s orbital cycles.

    I once tried to write model for orbital cycles. Too much for this black duck.

    Beats the fsck out of me how 0.01% change in CO2 is supposed to have more effect than a few million miles closer to a fusion reactor.

  10. stackja

    Motelier
    #2606056, posted on January 10, 2018 at 7:37 am

    “Antigonish”

    “As I was going up the stair
    I met a man who wasn’t there!
    He wasn’t there again today,
    Oh how I wish he’d go away!”

  11. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From feelthebern at 6:50 am on Jan 9:

    “If Hollywood was serious, why didn’t they give Rose McGowan a big award?
    Instead of the pack of pricks who new but said nothing about Harvey until it was safe to?

    Also, why has the media, Hollywood whitewashed the history of the Nicole Kidman’s father in this time of full transparency?
    Her denouncing him for what he did would be on par with Streep, Dench etc denouncing Harvey…which will never happen.”

    I would have thought Our Meryl Kidman would have taken this fabulous publicity opportunity for a run in Wimmenses Weeply or No Idea during those long periods when her limited abilities are failing to attract the moving picture casting managers.

    Our Meryl Blãnčhettè would have, for sure. Speaking in Italian as she does in her dishwashing detergent advertisements.

    For a few years, it has been known that Eyes Wide Shut actress Nicole Kidman’s father, Dr. Antony Kidman, was accused of participating in an elite, violent p…….. ring in Sydney, Australia, shortly before his death in Singapore apparently on the run from the accusations.

    “What is undisputed is that, at the time of his death, Kidman was under investigation by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), the Psychology Council of NSW and, presumably, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Ch.ld A.use, as well as the police.”

    I have yet to see a denial from either of Our Meryls, or Queenie Meryl herself or, indeed, from President-in-waiting fatso rich black sheila Meryl Winfrey that they gave Pig Monster Weinstein a knock back when he offered them a handy job.

    Psychiatrist Bandy Lee asserted a couple of days ago that President Trump is a nut case who “presents a clear and present danger to our nation”. She’s never met him. He’s nonethelss expected to issue a denial on national television. Why does the media not demand a similar response from these hysterical dumb cows?

  12. egg_

    (*Notice the cherry-picking dates to come up with a one degree warmer average.)

    Notice when they front Aunty for a News update they’re all ESL bolshies from the Eastern bloc?
    Da Diversidee in action?

  13. stackja

    Five dead after California mudslides
    Associated Press
    January 10, 2018 5:58am
    At least five people have been killed and homes were swept from their foundations as heavy rain sparked mudslides on hills stripped of vegetation by southern California’s recent wildfires.

  14. stackja

    Tourists airlifted from Swiss ski resort
    Reuters
    January 10, 2018 4:02am
    The Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt was forced to airlift guests by helicopter after heavy snow and a power cut stranded thousands of visitors.

    An estimated 13,000 people were stuck in Zermatt after snow closed mountain lifts, ski runs, walking paths and train services to the village.

  15. egg_

    the complexity of solar, lunar and earth’s orbital cycles.

    Looks like the BOM’s into Astrology.

  16. Geriatric Mayfly

    NASA detects strange electric-blue clouds over Antarctica... Drudge

    A new lad on the block Baldrick. Noctilucent summer clouds over Antarctica ebb and flow, along with unusual weather phenomena in far distant places.

  17. (*Notice the cherry-picking dates to come up with a one degree warmer average.)

    Nothing beats Darwin

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/20/darwin-zero-before-and-after/

  18. stackja

    Mick Gold Coast QLD
    #2606064, posted on January 10, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Show business hypocrisy. I am shocked.

  19. John Constantine

    http://michaelsmithnews.typepad.com/.a/6a0177444b0c2e970d01bb097252d5970d-pi

    This is as good as I can get the bit from Michael smith, where he, for our entertainment, shows us the 2015 invitation to skeletor bishop to attend the Clinton crime family’s ‘Bosses of Bosses’ sit down.

    All the hundreds of millions Australian taxpayers dumped into bribing the Clintons, and all it proved is that we can’t even do corruption properly.

    Not even have a phone number for both candidates in a two horse presidential race?.

    What a brilliant idea, julie bishop.

  20. Mater

    what you are describing here is an overload.

    Not really. The AusGrid Control Room would have shut it off, or started shedding load from it, prior to an overload event.
    I was just talking about cables which let go when they are running close to, or at, their peak capability.
    Who hasn’t had a Garden hose blow out (either at the connection point or the hose itself), especially when it has been lying on the ground on a hot day, getting soft.

    Want to see faults? Wait for the next four day heat event with high overnight temps.
    All equipment ratings (transforms, etc) are based on cyclic cooling (that is: getting a break overnight when the load is normally light). No break from the Air Conditioning load overnight means that they start to exceed specification, as they come into the second day.

    They can either be shutdown (people off supply), or kept running and hope for the best (and fix what you can as it happens). Understandably, most customers would prefer option 2, so that’s what happens.

    Day 1 (above 40 deg): A significant amount of localised faults
    Day 2: Lots
    Day 3: Even more
    Day 4: Lynchings aplenty

    At no point is this stuff overloaded, it’s just being run at its peak for too long without a break.

  21. stackja

    egg_
    #2606069, posted on January 10, 2018 at 7:57 am
    the complexity of solar, lunar and earth’s orbital cycles.

    Looks like the BOM’s into Astrology.

    Meteorology

    meteor
    mid 16th century (denoting any atmospheric phenomenon): from modern Latin meteorum, from Greek meteōron, neuter (used as a noun) of meteōros ‘lofty’.

  22. stackja

    Mater
    #2606077, posted on January 10, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Above ground cable less trouble?

  23. cynical1

    I used System Restore.

    I use linux.

  24. John Constantine

    Load failure.

    Did we ever find out why the Bass strait interconnector between Tassie and yarragrad cooked off?.

    The guess that Tassie hydro was bankrupted by gambling on maquarie bank provided financial products, and had to empty the hydro dams to sell as much electricity as they could to Victoria, thus exceeding safe limits on the cable has never been disproven.

  25. Baldrick

    Coal-fired power is unreliable.

    RN Breakfast @RNBreakfast
    “We’re not going to support a scheme that is principally designed to strangle renewable energy investment and to prop up old, increasingly unreliable coal-fired power.” – @Mark_Butler_MP

    The stupid. It burns.

  26. Zyconoclast

    Port Pirie Mayor John Rohde defends council-funded trip where he met Filipino girlfriend

    The Port Pirie Council has cleared Mayor John Rohde of any wrongdoing in his role in regard to a relationship he reportedly had while on council-funded trade missions.
    Adelaide media has reported Mr Rohde met an online girlfriend while he was in the Philippines as a representative of the council.
    Mr Rohde said he would not be commenting on private matters.
    “In relation to this matter all proper and relevant issues have been the subject of a full review commissioned by council, which quite properly determined that there was no impropriety or wrong doing,” Mr Rohde said.
    He said the report found no council funds were spent on personal matters.
    “I strongly reiterate that there was definitely no impropriety in my role as mayor and I will continue to work hard for my community as I have always done.”
    The council’s chief executive Andrew Johnson confirmed Mr Rohde travelled to the Philippines on behalf of the council twice in 2016.
    “These trips have previously been reported publicly at council meetings following the visits,” he said.
    He said the council investigated whether or not Mr Rohde spent any council money on private matters while on away.
    “Following an internal audit, council is satisfied that there was no misuse of council funds by Mayor Rohde.”
    Mr Rohde was elected Mayor of Port Pirie in 2014.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-10/john-rohde-defends-council-funded-trip-met-filipino-girlfriend/9316474

  27. stackja

    cynical1
    #2606080, posted on January 10, 2018 at 8:22 am
    I used System Restore.

    I use linux.

    Tech friend says linux not for newbies.

  28. Tech friend says linux not for newbies.

    A mate of mine installed Linux on a PC for his tech illiterate spouse.
    Browser, email and office.
    She thinks it is windoze.

  29. cynical1

    The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) confirms 2017 was Australia’s third warmest year on record with temperatures almost a degree above the 1961 to 1990 average*.

    And it must be caused by C02 increasing from 28 parts per 100,000 parts of the atmosphere, to 40 parts.

    Alchemists had more credibility than these sign seeking loons.

  30. stackja

    incoherent rambler
    #2606085, posted on January 10, 2018 at 8:30 am
    Tech friend says linux not for newbies.

    A mate of mine installed Linux on a PC for his tech illiterate spouse.
    Browser, email and office.
    She thinks it is windoze.

    Yes. As long as friend is there to help if problem?

  31. Tech friend says linux not for newbies.

    Linux being the kernel for Android would challenge that view.

  32. egg_

    it’s just being run at its peak for too long without a break.

    If so, it is underdimensioned.

  33. struth

    We could have the discussion about rights forever because people perceive aright as different things.

    To me a right is a claim to an allowance or to what you are due.

    It is not bestowed upon you by being human.

    The arguments for natural rights existence seem to be more correctly termed natural needs.
    A description that a right is looking for food or wanting to live in peace is found in every animal on the planet.
    It’s hardly a right reserved for humans.

    I again state that I come at this by knowledge of aboriginal culture which, when exposed to it, shows ancient man, ancient human.
    Let’s take religion and government out of this and take a Darwinian approach.

    Humans are a social pack animal to survive.
    For most of Humanities existence, purely animalistic in behaviour, but with a brain able to foresee an outcome and then develop language.
    Those that are claiming human rights exist naturally ignore most of humanities existence and primitive cultures from aborigines to mussies around to this day.

    If you want to be so abstract and generalise so much as to claim food gathering as a natural right, it cannot be held as a human right, as it applies to all living creatures.

    Please tell me, other than eating and shitting and picking your nose,what you believe a human right to be.

  34. As long as friend is there to help if problem?

    e.g. ?

    I’m reminded of the story (legend) of the IBM customer support person:

    support: “I need you to unplug your computer and return it to us (in the original packaging if you still have it).”
    customer: “wow. It’s that serious huh?”
    support: “Nope. You are just too fscken stupid to own a computer.”

  35. cynical1

    Tech friend says linux not for newbies.

    Ya saying newbies don’t ever have dramas with MS?

    You never learn learn anything if you don’t try.

    Start now.

    MS and Apple are only going to get worse.

  36. egg_

    Day 1 (above 40 deg): A significant amount of localised faults
    Day 2: Lots
    Day 3: Even more
    Day 4: Lynchings aplenty

    A run of 40C plus days (and hot muggy nights) in NSW in Summer is quite likely, if the ‘gold plating’ can’t cope with increased consumer demand due to air conditioned McMansions when the authorities themselves flog air conditioners, they are the problem.

  37. Mater

    Above ground cable less trouble?

    Stackja,
    – On hot days, it they better…but are more exposed to storms when trees topple and lightning hits.
    – Overhead lines have easier to access for repairs and are therefore quicker to restore (no excavation required).
    – Locating where a cable has blown up underground is a specialised and long winded event…slow restoration again.
    – Underground cable repair specialists are less numerous, and often stretched on hot days.
    – Overhead lines are easier to inspect (visually and using infrared) prior to summer to preemptively fix any potential problem spots.
    – Overhead lines are prone to starting fires. Underground cables mitigate this.

    On hot days, the predominant problem is Transformers and fuses and they are always above ground (unless they are in a high rise basements in CBD locations).

  38. struth

    Golden Globes ratings down about twelve percent from last year.
    Just been looking at a few sites trying to talk it up but I can see it was a fizzer.

  39. support: “I need you to boot your PC”
    customer: “OK” “[silence …] [sound of PC being kicked]”

  40. struth

    The only trade between the shit hole of Pt Pirie and the Philippines was exactly what happened.

    The Mayor went for a root.

  41. Makka

    Rather than put cops on the ground to catch and prosecute these African vermin gangs, Ashton prefers to give them a big heads up hoping they’ll go to ground for a bit and stop embarrassing him and Dan in the headlines;

    “Victoria’s police chief will meet with leaders from Melbourne’s African community after a series of recent high profile crimes involving youths of African appearance.

    Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton returned from sick leave this week into a political controversy over the holiday period incidents, with the federal government accusing the state government of failing to act on the issue.

    “The chief commissioner has sought a meeting with key representatives of Melbourne’s African Australian community,” a Victoria Police spokesman said on Wednesday.”

  42. Tel

    customer: Hey my computer started making weird clunking noises.

    support: Did you back up?

    customer (standing at a respectful distance): Is it gonna blow?

  43. Zyconoclast

    The Liberals are displaying their stupidity again.

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/open-up-selective-schools-for-more-inclusive-education-says-rob-stokes-20180109-h0fk94.html

    Education Minister Rob Stokes says opening up selective schools to local students would create a more equitable education system, as the NSW Department of Education reviews the decades-old system for teaching the state’s brightest students.

    Mr Stokes said the selective system should not “create a rigid, separated public education system”.

    “While recognising that selective schools have a history and are popular, is it correct that local kids must walk past a local public selective school that is closed to them?” he said.

    “We need to have public schools that are inclusive of everyone rather than deliberately separate children on the basis that some are gifted and talented and others are not.

    Thats’s the whole point of selective schools.

  44. “The chief commissioner has sought a meeting with key representatives of Melbourne’s African Australian community,”

    Fatty has not phoned me and asked for meeting with representatives of Melbourne’s White Anglo Community!

    What’s going on?

  45. Mater

    If so, it is underdimensioned.

    Egg, cables are put in (at great cost) and then the population grows around it. All Transformers are rated based on cyclic use.
    Even Usain Bolt can’t sprint indefinitely.
    How can an Electricity Company know how many air conditioners have been installed until they all get turned on at once? Registering Air Conditioners, perhaps?…and no, I’m not advocating this. Just trying to demonstrate the difficulty in predicting electricity network requirements.

  46. cynical1

    Customer support: “The computer has gone for a PICNIC”.

    Customer: “Huh”?

    CS: “Problem in chair not in computer”.

    ………………………….

    Customer Support: “Do you have a spanner”?

    Customer: “Huh”?

    CS ” The big nut in front of the monitor has got loose”.

  47. egg_

    cables are put in (at great cost) and then the population grows around it.

    What was the cost of the gold plating and where was it spent?

    An authority is unaware of the population growth of a new suburb?

    Utilities is not brain Science.

  48. struth

    The chief commissioner has sought a meeting with key representatives of Melbourne’s African Australian community,” a Victoria Police spokesman said on Wednesday.”

    The local witchdoctor?
    The voo doo queen?
    The leopard skin wearing chief?

    This community representative tribalism, acknowledged by our police, proves politicisation of police.

    They have a job to do, and they may wish to speak to the parents of younger perps, but this community leaders bullshit is absolutely corrupt and recognising it is really, acknowledging Marxist racism.

  49. John Constantine

    Smart robot electricity meters and the internet of things will enable the State to centrally plan the fair and equal rationing of ruinables power.

    Comrades.

  50. “The chief commissioner has sought a meeting with key representatives of Melbourne’s African Australian community,”

    Seriously.
    One is an Australian citizen and subject to the same laws as other citizens.
    Or NOT.

  51. cynical1

    One of my favourites from my IT days.

    Me: “Right, you have rebooted, what’s on the desktop”?

    Customer: ” A cup of coffee, some pens, my cigarettes”….

  52. egg_

    How can an Electricity Company know how many air conditioners have been installed until they all get turned on at once?

    If they don’t have any estimation regime for such perhaps their new Chinese owners should teach them.

    Again, it is not brain Science.

    Slightly more complex stuff in utilities is erlangs and nodal traffic in rail and Telco.

  53. struth

    Fatty has not phoned me and asked for meeting with representatives of Melbourne’s White Anglo Community!

    What’s going on?

    Exactly.
    With all this white male domestic violence, misogyny, colonialist aggression against minorities, drinking too much and driving trucks over a year old, raping everything that moves in Universities how come the police don’t ever want to speak to representatives of the white male community ?

  54. Makka

    This community representative tribalism, acknowledged by our police, proves politicisation of police.

    This is exactly the strategy used in the UK and elsewhere – social policing – which has been so successful in places like Rotherham. Policing that has given birth to no-go areas and ghettos as cops hand over policing responsibility to the local ethnic community which has resulted in things such as local shariah courts popping up.

    Won’t happen here of course. We’re smarter than that.

  55. C.L.

    When they’re black, they’re “elders.”

    Elders want harsh penalties

    Melbourne’s African community leaders will tell Victoria Police they want tough penalties for young thugs who keep reoffending.

  56. calli

    There was a time when selective schools were open to students in the catchment, plus some allowed the children of former students to attend eg NSBHS.

  57. “The chief commissioner has sought a meeting with key representatives of Melbourne’s shrieking harridan community.”

    “The chief commissioner has sought a meeting with key representatives of Melbourne’s social justice warrior community.”

    “The chief commissioner has sought a meeting with key representatives of Melbourne’s ABC freeloader community.”

  58. struth

    Won’t happen here of course. We’re smarter than that.

    When we look at Australian police and years of interaction with aboriginal “communities” and the humanitarian disaster caused since the early seventies, based on their recognition of self appointed representatives, it could be well argued we invented it.

  59. Baldrick

    Port Pirie Mayor John Rohde defends council-funded trip where he met Filipino girlfriend

    Only TheirABC could do a story on an ALP mayor and not mention the word LABOR once.
    Here’s John running for the Labor Pardy in the 2010 elections, in the S.A. seat of Frome.

  60. Melbourne’s African community leaders will tell Victoria Police they want tough penalties …

    I thought penalties were the business of the judiciary.
    Oh well. Another new job for the police.

  61. Delta A

    In today’s $Oz, a well deserved and long overdue smackdown of the AMA:

    And the AMA not only is the CFMEU in white coats, it’s GetUp! as well. The AMA has become blatantly partisan by indulging in the activist grandstanding of the luvvie left. If a link to health can be made, however tenuous, the AMA parades its political views. Leftist and socially progressive positions on the environment, climate change, border protection and even same-sex marriage are taken up with gusto. What it advocates is its own business, but surely its members’ interests aren’t helped by the AMA’s aligning so strongly with Labor and the Greens. Even if the Coalition’s days in government may be numbered, it is still the government and no one party controls the Senate, whoever is in power.

    To rtwt, google: Bellicose Doctors’ union needs to be put in its place, written by Terry Barnes.

  62. Farmer Gez

    I didn’t know we’re Gold Plated in our power infrastructure.
    It must be very heavy because our line only delivers about 220 volt.

  63. struth

    The Victorian police also don’t seek meetings with Australia’s right wing community, they just fine them for legally breathing.
    How much did they try to charge Milo for?

    Yet they want to talk to some fucking idiot social worker looking for more funding when arseholes are bashing stealing and raping, and they have a dam good idea who they are , and where they are?

    I’ll give them one reprieve though.
    They may be short of officers, most being out on road side blitzes to fine truckies for spelling “Mordialic” wrong in their log books or having a mudflap not the correct distance from the ground.

  64. Makka

    Melbourne’s African community leaders will tell Victoria Police they want tough penalties …

    Fatty’s Keystone Kops have to catch them first.

    If recent events are anything to go by, our very sympathetic judiciary with ensure the underprivileged and disenfranchised Sudanese gangsters are taken care of.

  65. calli

    That railway mayhem on Sydney trains, with 65 to 70 drivers calling in sick. Sounds to me like an unofficial strike over the new timetables.

  66. Stimpson J. Cat

    As an adult I do not go to church.

    Heresy!
    Burn the warlock!

  67. stackja

    incoherent rambler
    #2606089, posted on January 10, 2018 at 8:34 am
    Tech friend says linux not for newbies.

    Linux being the kernel for Android would challenge that view.

    Newbies confused by android too.

  68. Mater

    What was the cost of the gold plating and where was it spent?

    – Strengthening the network so it cope with the fluctuations of wind farms,
    – Replacing thousands of protective devices which were suitable for one directional flow…to allow wind and solar to feed into the Distribution grid,
    – Government mandated fire mitigation measures (Undergrounding, tree cutting, inspections and REFCL)
    – The list goes on…

    As for ‘Gold Plating’, you didn’t believe that shit, did you?

    Although the cost of all network-related services increased by $15 over the 1995 – 2013 period, the cost of ‘standard’ network-related services12 actually declined by $122 in real dollar terms over the period, a reduction of 24.7%. This reduction was almost fully offset, however, by the introduction of two initiatives by the Victorian government: (a) the mandated roll-out of smart meters, which included the cost of purchasing and installing the meters, and the communications and IT infrastructure required for their operation, and (b) Premium Feed-In Tariff13, which provides incentives to households whose small-scale solar PV systems feed electricity back into the grid.

  69. 132andBush

    Exactly.
    With all this white male domestic violence, misogyny, colonialist aggression against minorities, drinking too much and driving trucks over a year old, raping everything that moves in Universities how come the police don’t ever want to speak to representatives of the white male community ?

    Great comment!

  70. stackja

    calli
    #2606130, posted on January 10, 2018 at 9:23 am
    That railway mayhem on Sydney trains, with 65 to 70 drivers calling in sick. Sounds to me like an unofficial strike over the new timetables.

    And doesn’t hurt ALP election prospects too.

  71. stackja

    cynical1
    #2606094, posted on January 10, 2018 at 8:39 am
    Tech friend says linux not for newbies.

    Ya saying newbies don’t ever have dramas with MS?

    You never learn learn anything if you don’t try.

    Start now.

    MS and Apple are only going to get worse.

    I am used to MS idiosyncrasies.

  72. Baldrick

    In today’s $Oz, a well deserved and long overdue smackdown of the AMA:

    The AMA has been infected by the same leftist faction as the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party.
    The Kelly O’Dwyer Folks Are Dumb … faction.

  73. Farmer Gez

    Former AFL star and coach Mark “Bomber” Thompson has had his house raided by the drug squad.
    Lots and lots of rumours about the performance of teams under his coaching. Very interesting.

  74. egg_

    Mater
    #2606133, posted on January 10, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I’m not bashing the wokkas, having met many in a 9 month assignment, it’s the Management who are the tards.

  75. struth

    Heresy!
    Burn the warlock!

    That’s enough outa you, don’t you think I’m going to end up scolded enough from Sister Notafan?

    I’ll be saying Hail Mary’s for the rest of the week once she gets herself out of visiting every catholic church in Italy and piously crosses herself before diving into the fray like this (from 1;06)

  76. Burn the warlock!

    How does that work again?

    I thought the test for a warlock is that they don’t burn.

  77. Leigh Lowe

    Melbourne’s African community leaders will tell Victoria Police they want tough penalties …

    Penalties have got nothing to do with Fatty.
    His job is to catch crooks.

  78. I am used to MS idiosyncrasies.

    Expanding on the same thought process.

    Trumble is a disaster but I am used to his incompetence.

    The Stupid Farq in Liberals don’t deserve a single vote but I will vote for them anyway, coz I’m used to them.

  79. Melbourne’s African community leaders will tell Victoria Police they want tough penalties …

    A request to the police. They want justice, Mogadishu style?

  80. stackja

    incoherent rambler
    #2606146, posted on January 10, 2018 at 9:48 am

    MS has survived. Why? Others SNAFU over the years. WP/Lotus/AT etc.
    MT has survived. Why?

  81. MT has survived. Why?

    “Vote Liberal coz at least they’re not Labor”.

    I can’t think of any other plausible reason.

  82. stackja

    memoryvault
    #2606149, posted on January 10, 2018 at 9:57 am
    MT has survived. Why?

    “Vote Liberal coz at least they’re not Labor”.

    I can’t think of any other plausible reason.

    BS helps.

  83. Mother Lode

    That railway mayhem on Sydney trains, with 65 to 70 drivers calling in sick. Sounds to me like an unofficial strike over the new timetables.

    If the NSW Libs listened to the people instead of carefully crafted focus groups, they would announce that NSW jobs are a higher priority than renewballs.

    Making ample electrical supply their mission will enable businesses to stay open and new ones succeed, thus securing employment for the people of NSW – job creation and protection the the private sector would be a great counter to the union rhetoric.

    There will be additional points flowing on, like sharing the tax burden over more workers and selling surplus power to other states, but the main thing is to say that they are protecting jobs, while Labor states have been shedding them.

  84. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Melbourne’s African community leaders will tell Victoria Police they want tough penalties …

    They’re also looking for MORE support to settle, integrate and find jobs. How much support do they get already?

  85. Tinta, the prospect of an agenda behind the train chaos is, as calli said, correct.
    On a day when ordinary leave is sky high to then have so many others ring in sick indicates union planning.
    Result – commuter chaos, anger, and the new timetables seen to be at fault.
    London to a brick that the new timetables disadvantage union members in some way. Perhaps having to work harder.
    Oh for a Trump-like state politician to tweet that message!

  86. and find jobs

    In the roonables industry?
    All manufacturing in Veneztoria has been phased out.

  87. Myrddin Seren

    We Don’t Need No Stinking Giant Fans

    Google translated from Basler;

    German utility company Tennet TSO spent almost a billion euros last year on emergency interventions to stabilize the grid. That’s what the company announced earlier this week. The costs were thus about half higher than in 2016 (660 million euros) and around forty percent higher than in 2015 (710 million). Tennet is responsible for the electricity supply in an area that extends from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to southern Bavaria and accounts for around forty percent of Germany’s total area. In particular, Tennet is responsible for important north-south routes.

    The reason for the increase in emergency interventions is the increasing number of solar and wind turbines in Germany. The share of renewable energy increased from 29 to 33 percent of the electricity supply last year. Wind and solar power are irregular and often unpredictable. This makes the network increasingly unstable.

    Germany is connected to the rest of the European grid – so they push out surpluses and can call in from their neighbours, in a pinch. And at a huge cost.

    Labor wants 50% renewballs and their Green allies will scream for 100%.

    The grid here will collapse.

  88. thefrolickingmole

    Facechooking.

    Brother died yesterday, eventually hounded to death by his ex-wife and the family courts.
    Drove off and did the unthinkable yesterday.

    Worked like a slave for his family and all he ever wanted was to be a good family man. Instead he was allowed to be financially ruined (she would sue for custody of the kids just before the end of the financial year and dump them on him 2 months later, the wages would continue to be garnished and he had 3 kids to look after on about $200 a week) driven to a breakdown (when his child support was still added as a debt while he was in greylands) and eventually killed him.

    If his ex-wife tries to turn up at the funeral I will be removing her in a fairly direct fashion.

  89. egg_

    IEEE – Estimating substation peaks from load research data

    Load research data is used to develop kWh-to-peak-kW conversion factors, diversity factors, and average time-varying load data as a function of customer class, month, and type of day. A new method, nonlinear load research based estimation (NLRE), is used to derive monthly load shapes by customer class for estimating the peak MW load on substations as a function of total MWh usage by customer class, type of day, and month. Four substations at Hot Springs, Arkansas are used for estimation of monthly peak and the results are compared with measured values from a SCADA system. The results show improved accuracy of the NLRE estimated substation peaks in comparison with the previous method.

  90. Myrddin Seren

    thefrolickingmole

    Brother died yesterday, eventually hounded to death by his ex-wife and the family courts.
    Drove off and did the unthinkable yesterday.

    Deepest condolences.

    Your previous advices on how the Ex used the enthusiastic support of the Family Court to keep punishing him have been harrowing and revealing.

    Stay strong.

  91. cynical1

    I am used to MS idiosyncrasies.

    Only the previous ones…

  92. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Brother died yesterday, eventually hounded to death by his ex-wife and the family courts.
    Drove off and did the unthinkable yesterday.

    Heartfelt sympathy. The family law system sucks, it really does.

  93. C.L.

    I still don’t really know who Steve Bannon is.

  94. Infidel Tiger

    I see the idiot Trump has agreed to sign DACA and attend Davos

    His Presidency is over. What a complete and utter cuck.

    Border crossing are now back at Obama levels too.

  95. Myrddin Seren

    I still don’t really know who Steve Bannon is.

    Unemployed old white guy looking for a job.

  96. calli

    Oh, TFM, that’s terrible. I am so sorry for the children and you.

    What a beastly woman.

  97. C.L.

    Condolences and prayers for you and your family, ‘mole.
    One of the first things I would do as prime minister for a day would be to abolish the Family “Court.”
    Then I’d order the building dynamited.

  98. Myrddin Seren

    From stack’s link @ 7:07

    Seb Gorka:

    So, when I met Michael Wolff in Reince Priebus’ office, where he was waiting to talk to Steve Bannon, and after I had been told to also speak to him for his book, my attitude was polite but firm: “Thanks but no thanks.”

    Especially after our brief encounter reinforced in me my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe has no interest in being fair and unbiased.

    Well, well, well. No need to scan the White House visitor logs now.

    So Wolff was ushered in to the White House by Priebus and Bannon agreed to spend ‘quality time’ with the guy. The Swamp is deep and treacherous.

  99. Rae

    From Mick GC this morning

    Thanks for including the link to the Antony Kidman story.

  100. thefrolickingmole

    Thanks.
    Mums devastated, dads in denial, his new wife is blaming herself and the older 2 kids are being fairly stoic about it so far. I dont know if his youngest (still held to secure payments by the ex) knows yet.

    2017 ended awesome.
    2018 has been pretty awful so far.

  101. Mother Lode

    Very sad news, frolicking.

    The kids have now been deprived of everything their father might have been to them as well.

    Were you close to the kids? A bit of a link to their Dad.

  102. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    One of the first things I would do as prime minister for a day would be to abolish the Family “Court.”

    No need to go that far. Simply make the Family Court responsible for enforcing it’s own judgements, and the Court treats perjury as an offense, the same as any other court. Also, end the stupid system by which a father can be denied access in breach of the Court order, yet still goes on paying child support. No access, no child support.

  103. Myrddin Seren

    Baldrick @ 7:24

    Right, so they’re waiting for the unions to make up their minds whether they’ll accept Keneally as a Senator. Democracy good and hard.

    My distinct recollection ( no ready link ) after the 2013 Gillard-Rudd-Election Rout outcome AND John Faulkner’s ‘insurrection’ to try and restore some grass-roots democracy to the ALP, the union leaders dropped the mask and stated overtly that the ALP is the political arm of the trade unions, and they will do as they are told by the factional warlords – or else.

    Elections are just that costly waste of time that currently have to be endured until the factional warlords get to call the shots.

  104. Snoopy

    I see the idiot Trump has agreed to sign DACA and attend Davos

    Spoken like a true #NeverTrumper.

    Trump hasn’t signed anything on DACA yet. And I’ll bet he’s just going to Davos for the LOLs.

  105. Infidel Tiger

    That’s terrible Mole. My brother is going through the same thing. It has ruined his life

  106. Myrddin Seren

    Thanks for including the link to the Antony Kidman story.

    Here we go…………..

  107. Tel

    As for ‘Gold Plating’, you didn’t believe that shit, did you?

    There’s no doubt that in NSW, they were spending more money in the “poles and wires” category. You can check the Ausgrid financial reports (which are open to the public) and their capital expenditure ramped up to a peak in 2012 and has since then ramped back down to less than half the annual cost that it was at peak.

    So they had a flurry of capital spending, not sure exactly what they spent it on. The also made peak nett profit after tax in 2013 right after they started ramping down the capital expenditure … which might be a coincidence. Oh yeah and around that time the consumers saw a whole string of electricity price hikes, so you put the pieces together.

    https://www.ausgrid.com.au/~/media/Files/About%20Us/Annual%20reports/Ausgrid%20AR%202015.pdf

    I doubt there are any poles literally gold plated, but there was a heap of money spent on them.

  108. JC

    Awful stuff, Mole. Stay strong and take care of his kids. Everyone connected to the family court should be sent to ISIS.

  109. C.L.

    Nope.
    I’d simply abolish the Family “Court.”
    It’s run by left-wing wackos and lesbians and always has been.

  110. Infidel Tiger

    Ann Coulter
    Ann Coulter
    @AnnCoulter
    Trump, flanked by Dems & open-borders GOPS, announces plan for 100% open-ended amnesty (per courts).

    Coulter must be #NeverTrump…

  111. JC

    The family court was set up to destroy men. It’s the most evil intentioned organization in the country and there’s no amount of earthly hate that can be heaped on those bastards.

  112. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Rae at 10:40 am:

    “From Mick GC this morning

    Thanks for including the link to the Antony Kidman story.”

    My missive sat in moderation from 0750 yesterday, an hour after feelthebern opened the subject, “awaiting moderation” (because my cited link included the “p” word) until I discovered that just now. Irritating.

  113. Infidel Tiger

    @mj_lee
    This is amazing.

    Feinstein: “What about a clean DACA bill now, with a commitment that we go into a comprehensive immigration reform procedure?”

    Trump: “I would like it…. I think a lot of people would like to see that.”

    You can fulsomely apologise to me now Snoopy. If you’re lucky I won’t make you apologise the way poor Grig had to.

  114. Mike of Marion

    ‘mole

    That is devestating news.

    My sincere condolensces for you.

  115. Tintarella di Luna

    Brother died yesterday, eventually hounded to death by his ex-wife and the family courts.
    Drove off and did the unthinkable yesterday.

    So very sad to hear that thefollickingmole. Sincere condolences.

  116. JC

    Snoopy
    #2606183, posted on January 10, 2018 at 10:44 am

    I see the idiot Trump has agreed to sign DACA and attend Davos

    Spoken like a true #NeverTrumper.

    Trump hasn’t signed anything on DACA yet. And I’ll bet he’s just going to Davos for the LOLs.

    A disturbing number of people at the Cat fell for Trump’s line that on becoming Prez he would turf out all the the illegals. 12 million people!

    Incredible amounts of gullibility. That was never going to happen.

  117. C.L.

    I’ve said this before: nobody can deport a million illegals.
    It’s just silly. It is not practically possible.
    You build a wall and start afresh. That’s all you can do.
    Coulter is an imbecile to demand anything else.

  118. Myrddin Seren

    Marvel Icon Stan Lee Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Nurses

    According to the Daily Mail, a Los Angeles-area nursing company is in a legal dispute with the 95-year-old Lee over the allegations. Nurses claim that Lee groped them, requested to receive oral sex in the shower or be otherwise “pleasured,” and walked around naked in front of them.

    Julie Wozniak, a representative for the nursing company that has taken over in the wake of the allegations, said Lee had been nothing but “kind, polite and respectful” since they had begun working for him.

    “It’s been a privilege to care for him,” Wozniak told the Mail.

    I don’t know what to say ? It’s Stan Lee – comic book icon. He’s 95 FFS – old guys don’t all behave like they are on death’s doorstep.

    Still – I guess #MeToo will now be a mandatory theme in the next round of failed SJW comic stories ?

  119. JC

    You can fulsomely apologise to me now Snoopy. If you’re lucky I won’t make you apologise the way poor Grig had to.

    Lol… oh yea. I reckon we should make this the Cat’s sorry day, with mass apologies.

    Where’s that gullible nimbus.. Makka?

    Stop hiding behind that bush. We can see you.

  120. C.L.

    Those birds are not after some of Stan Lee’s cash at all, right?
    FMD.
    I saw a pick of the complainants. Reffos. God, they learn quick.

  121. calli

    I’ve said this before: nobody can deport a million illegals.
    It’s just silly. It is not practically possible.

    Deport criminals. In and well behaved – stay. Play up – out. And that includes your family, including “anchor babies”.

    Shame we can’t do that here.

  122. Snoopy

    If it’s any consolation the Family Court will not continue to operate as it currently does. As women’s ‘economic empowerment’ progresses women will increasingly find themselves at risk of the Family Court clipping their tickets. That won’t be allowed to happen.

  123. JC

    I’ve said this before: nobody can deport 12 million illegals.
    It’s just silly. It is not practically possible.
    You build a wall and start afresh. That’s all you can do.
    Coulter is an imbecile to demand anything else.

    Sactly.

  124. Delta A

    A terrible situation, Mole. Condolences to you and your family.

  125. Bruce in WA

    Oh, Mole, that’s awful! Deepest sympathies, my friend.

  126. Fat Tony

    Struth
    Sister notafan = Witch-Finder General

  127. Infidel Tiger

    I’ve said this before: nobody can deport 12 million illegals.
    It’s just silly. It is not practically possible.
    You build a wall and start afresh. That’s all you can do.
    Coulter is an imbecile to demand anything else.

    That’s rubbish.

    But it’s worse than that. Trump is not only not going to deport the illegals, he is granting them amnesty. They will be citizens. Voting citizens.

  128. To me a right is a claim to an allowance or to what you are due.

    It is not bestowed upon you by being human.

    It’s hardly a right reserved for humans.

    But what you say in your second sentence is exactly what it means to say ‘what you are due’.

    The arguments for natural rights existence seem to be more correctly termed natural needs.
    A description that a right is looking for food or wanting to live in peace is found in every animal on the planet.
    It’s hardly a right reserved for humans.

    The claim re natural rights begins but does not end with natural goods or what you above call natural ‘needs’, so the mere fact that other animals and plants also share some of these needs is neither here nor there because this would be expected because, like us, they are biological creatures.

    I again state that I come at this by knowledge of aboriginal culture which, when exposed to it, shows ancient man, ancient human.
    Let’s take religion and government out of this and take a Darwinian approach.

    Humans are a social pack animal to survive.
    For most of Humanities existence, purely animalistic in behaviour, but with a brain able to foresee an outcome and then develop language.
    Those that are claiming human rights exist naturally ignore most of humanities existence and primitive cultures from aborigines to mussies around to this day.

    Blow me down, struth, no one that ever made the case for natural rights was ignorant of any of this. See this for what is meant by natural here, and what is not meant by it.

    If you want to be so abstract and generalise so much as to claim food gathering as a natural right, it cannot be held as a human right, as it applies to all living creatures.

    Please tell me, other than eating and shitting and picking your nose,what you believe a human right to be.

    Reproduction. Acquiring knowledge. Family life. And so on. Just think of the things that are fit and proper for a human being.

  129. Snoopy

    Trump has certainly flushed out the #NeverTrumpers.

    A disturbing number of people at the Cat fell for Trump’s line that on becoming Prez he would turf out all the the illegals. 12 million people!

    It appears trading doesn’t provide much opportunity to learn the basics of negotiation.

  130. Tel

    Worked like a slave for his family and all he ever wanted was to be a good family man. Instead he was allowed to be financially ruined (she would sue for custody of the kids just before the end of the financial year and dump them on him 2 months later, the wages would continue to be garnished and he had 3 kids to look after on about $200 a week) driven to a breakdown (when his child support was still added as a debt while he was in greylands) and eventually killed him.

    That’s just disguising. Don’t understand how anyone can behave like that. Dreadful to do that to the kids.

    We all look forward to the ABC report, where they get to the bottom of this clear case of inequality.

  131. JC

    It’s not a bad situation if they build the wall. Freeze entry flow and keep nipping away at the criminal element.

    And to be honest, as against being dishonest, the last thing the US needs at the moment is a supply shock to the labor markets as they near full emp. It would have terrible economic consequences resulting in Washington created labor shortages and labor rates heading sky high.

    I want to see the economic dunces here, who supported this ridiculous policy lined up. Come on, get in line!

  132. Breaking news: Just received notification of 5c per kwh electricity price increase. (22% increase)
    FMD

    Saving the planet? It can rot in hell.

    Where’s Hazelwood when you need it?

  133. JC

    It appears trading doesn’t provide much opportunity to learn the basics of negotiation.

    Here we go. The first walk back..

  134. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As women’s ‘economic empowerment’ progresses women will increasingly find themselves at risk of the Family Court clipping their tickets. That won’t be allowed to happen.

    I’ve seen the screaming where a wife had to pay her husband money, as part of a property settlement – the sisterhood was outraged.

  135. Peter Castieau

    Mole that is terrible news. My deepest sympathies.

  136. Infidel Tiger

    Trump is going to agree to DACA, no wall being built and instead settle for increased border patrols.

    What a negotiator!

  137. Makka

    I see it doesn’t take much for the cowardly NeverTrumper hypocrites to drop their disguises. Just some context; IT and JC hated the thought of Trump being elected. Foretasted he could never win. JC’s judgement is so sound he forecasted end of days if the Trump was elected – worldwide depression- and a catastrophe if UK voted to Brexit.

    Re: apologise? Don’t be such a fking clown, JC. You should be the one apologising for your rank hypocrisy and horrible judgement.

    NeverTrumpers should just change their nappies and calm down. Until the signatures are dry this is all jockeying and negotiation. I certainly won’t be putting any credence in your forecasting ability.

  138. Myrddin Seren

    Given the Google-defying Walls of Pay at The Australia, I am now deferring to the Sky News website, which picks up a lot of stuff from The Paywallian anyway. eg

    Federal Minister attacks China over Pacific Aid

    International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has accused China of lending funds to Pacific nations on unfavourable terms.

    The Senator argues there is little doubt the Asia powerhouse has been ‘duchessing’ politicians in the Pacific.

    What Sky actually said was that Our Connie said China was funding ‘white elephant’projects, such as roads to nowhere, and achieving ‘influence’ with Pacific nation politicians. IF she has been correctly reported.

    All of which may be true.

    But if China was to grant and lend money to a third-party nation; and

    the government of that sovereign nation takes the money to piss away; and

    Australia offers zero proof of waste and influence peddling except assertions by the Minister; then

    all we have done is further annoy the Chinese AND insult regional politicians for no gain.

    If Our Connie wants to launch an inquisition on dodgy development funds – like John Constantine, I would like to see her and J-Bish explain the tens of millions tossed in to the Clinton Money Laundering machine ?

    Instead, doubtless encouraged by her staffers and her department Our Connie has just flamed more relationships for no obvious gain whatsoever. She must have run out of fresh windows to lick in her office ?

  139. JC

    Makka

    Stop it with the spiteful girlie stuff and own your stupidity like a man… if indeed you are.

    Trump’s first version of himself was stupid from the socks up. Those policies were ridiculous and contradictory. I can even pin point the day I began to take another look at him and that was the day he announced the names to the judges he’d appoint if he became president. Before that? Before that he was basically a One nation type yobbo in a suit.

    Get real and apologise.

    I have to go beach walking now, so don’t get concerned if I’m away for a while.

  140. Leigh Lowe

    Snoopy

    #2606204, posted on January 10, 2018 at 10:55 am

    If it’s any consolation the Family Court will not continue to operate as it currently does. As women’s ‘economic empowerment’ progresses women will increasingly find themselves at risk of the Family Court clipping their tickets. That won’t be allowed to happen.

    True.
    Yesterday I linked to a Nein Wymminses page report of the crushing injustice of a high earning sistah in the UK who had to give up 50% of the family assets in a divorce to her cheating (and lower earning) husband.
    Not a hint of ironing at all.
    The lack of self awareness is breathtaking, but I do see long standing conventions of gouging the high earning partner in FC matters being broken where the high earner is a sheila (or a rich gay man with a Thai toy-boy “wife”).

  141. Bruce of Newcastle

    Wow, plod doesn’t muck around in Burma.

    Reuters reporters due in court in Myanmar

    The reporters were detained on December 12 after they had been invited to meet police officers over dinner.

    The Ministry of Information has cited the police as saying they were “arrested for possessing important and secret government documents related to Rakhine State and security forces”.

    The reporters have told relatives they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some documents at a restaurant by two policemen who they had not met before.

    So two Reuters reporters get invited to dinner by some coppers. During convivial dining the police give them some leaked info. Then immediately arrest them for “possessing important and secret government documents”…

    Ouch!

  142. Ivan Denisovich

    My condolences, mole. I don’t know what your brother’s situation was exactly but this is the reality for many:

    The no-fault principle permeates the whole family court system in Australia. In no other area of legal contract does the law reward irresponsible behaviour. Rather, those who break a contract may expect to be punished. Under the old system, an innocent wife was fully entitled to “handsome maintenance”, even when she was able to support herself.[12] On the other hand, a guilty wife was not entitled to maintenance unless she was responsible for young children and unable to support herself.

    The post-1975 regime reversed this policy and fundamentally changed the principles on which financial and custody settlements were made. Under current rules, a spouse can betray the other spouse and be entitled to spousal maintenance as well as the custody of the children. Moreover, full-time mothers — those who are most committed to traditional marriage — are likely to be more disadvantaged after divorce when marital property is distributed by either agreement or court determination.[13]

    Likewise, a conscientious husband, who is not guilty of any misconduct, is made extremely vulnerable by the prospect of losing contact with his children he has loved, protected and helped raise. The victimised father will be forced to maintain his “guilty” ex-wife and his now-separated children, to continue to pay the mortgage charges, to vacate the family home, and to pay rent for a separate residence for himself. The father is therefore doubly victimised.

    Dr Maley writes: “His marriage and its expectations have been destroyed; he has largely lost his children, lost his home and a large part of his income. His prospects of mending his shattered and impoverished life, re-partnering and perhaps having other children, are minimal.”[14]

    Many faithful husbands and loving fathers have experienced this. The break-up may not involve a new lover. Rather, the wife may be just “tired” of being married and wanting to “start a new life”. One can hear the testimony of many husbands whose wives have run off and been awarded the sole custody of their children, while they were expected to pay child support and spousal maintenance. Of course, under no-fault divorce the conscientious husband will be treated exactly the same way as the unfaithful spouse, the one who has abandoned his wife and children.

    Ultimately, no-fault-divorce undermines justice as it rewards irresponsible behaviour and makes a complete mockery of marital vows. Perhaps those who are marrying should consider declaring at their wedding ceremonies, “I promise you nothing”, or “I will leave you whenever I want”.

    http://www.newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=56495

  143. areff

    According to 3AW: ABC given five days to hand over Milligan/ABC/MUP correspondence to pell’s lawyers.

    ABC agreed in December to do so but appears to have been dragging its feet. What a surprise.

    This could be a lot of fun

  144. Mother Lode

    We all look forward to the ABC report, where they get to the bottom of this clear case of inequality.

    Any light they were to shine on it would be passed through the prism of ‘white male privilege’.

  145. Leigh Lowe

    Sympathies for your loss mole.
    And for the three kids who have seen too much shit already it would seem.

  146. struth

    Reproduction. Acquiring knowledge. Family life. And so on. Just think of the things that are fit and proper for a human being.

    You have no right to reproduce. (not you personally, he he)
    In the natural world, like all other things you state, they are fought/competed for.
    Claiming you have a right to reproduce?

    On this one point, I hope you can see the difference between the natural world and what the human animal competes for and rights that his tribe, culture, social group allow him to claim.

    A right must be agreed to by others, or you can claim everything as a right, a pointless exercise.

  147. Mole, deepest condolences. Stay strong for those kids and come to the Cat for light relief.

  148. Tom

    Ex-White House drunk blows up his career:

    Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News Network, where he served as Executive Chairman since 2012.

    Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.

    Bannon said, “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”

    According to Breitbart CEO Larry Solov, “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”

    After what he did to Trump, he had no other option: Breitbart would not have survived as a credible news-gathering organisation with him at the helm.

  149. candy

    I still don’t really know who Steve Bannon is.

    A working class man of Irish Catholic background who made it to Harvard and went into top jobs and eventually helped Trump get elected by making publicly known facts about the Clinton corruption machine.

    A flighty emotional type. I still think they fell out over North Korea because Bannon said a nuclear/military solution simply did not exist because millions of South Koreans would be killed in half an hour. Also he did not get on with the son-in-law.

  150. Rae

    As for ‘Gold Plating’, you didn’t believe that shit, did you?

    There’s no doubt that in NSW, they were spending more money in the “poles and wires” category. You can check the Ausgrid financial reports (which are open to the public) and their capital expenditure ramped up to a peak in 2012 and has since then ramped back down to less than half the annual cost that it was at peak.

    So they had a flurry of capital spending, not sure exactly what they spent it on.

    I was told by an Ausgrid insider around 2007 that money for maintenance of “poles and wires” had been scarce ever since the Greiner Government started taking the massive dividends required to balance the NSW Budget. The dividend policy was continued by subsequent governments. As a result he said that Ausgrid infrastructure was unable to be properly maintained and had deteriorated to an alarmingly poor state. At the time he said that extensive equipment failures and power outages could be expected unless additional money was dedicated to a large restorative capital works program.

  151. Infidel Tiger

    JC is right Makka. I “foretaste” you will be fulsomely apologising to us both very soon.

    We all want Don to do the right thing too: no amnesty and build the freaking wall. But he’s not going to do that while soft cock squishes like yourself give him an out.

  152. struth

    That bloody Marxist family court.

    C…nts.

    Keep your chin up FM.

  153. Leigh Lowe

    According to 3AW: ABC given five days to hand over Milligan/ABC/MUP correspondence to pell’s lawyers.

    ABC agreed in December to do so but appears to have been dragging its feet. What a surprise.

    This could be a lot of fun

    Was that the same Mizz Milligan who was complaining just two days ago about “unnecessary delays” robbing one of the recently deceased complainants of his day in Court?
    Surely not?

  154. Infidel Tiger

    Candy I think your boss has forgotten to change socks. He’s using the wrong screen name.

  155. Mother Lode

    Was that the same Mizz Milligan who was complaining just two days ago about “unnecessary delays” robbing one of the recently deceased complainants of his day in Court?
    Surely not?

    She wanted the case concluded before she was required to show the evidence was unreliable.

  156. egg_

    The load research data used in this research has been recorded by the Load Research Department of Arkansas Power and Light Company (AP&L). AP&L maintains recorders on several hundred randomly selected customers throughout Arkansas. The recorders store hourly kWh measurements for each customer. Therefore, a total of 8760 data points are taken annually for each customer. The raw hourly data associated with each customer in a particular class is organized to facilitate the analysis. The data organization is based on month and type of day, either a weekday or weekend.

  157. egg_

    I was told by an Ausgrid insider…

    Hi Alan!

  158. egg_

    I think your boss has forgotten to change socks. He’s using the wrong screen name.

    So many socks to keep control over…

  159. Rae

    socks

    Fascinating. Just fascinating.

  160. candy

    Wouldn’t more drones/camera surveillance etc however it’s done, be more on Trump’s agenda than a wall anyway?

  161. Stimpson J. Cat

    Melbourne’s African community leaders will tell Victoria Police they want tough penalties …

    Black Fathers Matter!

  162. Leigh Lowe

    She wanted the case concluded before she was required to show the evidence was unreliable.

    Evidence is evidence.
    It is never unreliable.
    But it can be inconvenient.

  163. Leigh Lowe

    Ausgrid insider…

    = Fat shop steward who has never seen the outside of the crib room.

  164. John Constantine

    My belief is that the most prolific serial killers Australia has seen are the legal ‘Springheel Jacks’ of their family court.

    We see pale stale male despair in Australia used to be the government funded focus of Beyond Blue.

    Now handed to Fabian socialist redfilth gillard as compo for the hundreds of millions in bribes paid to the Clinton crime family not paying off.

    Of course, redfilth changes the focus of Beyond Blue to brainwashing kiddies into becoming godless communist catamites for Stalin.

    Comrades.

  165. Mother Lode

    It puts the lotion on its sock
    Or else it gets a static shock!

    (from The Violence of the Yarns)

    Synthetic fibres have been the downfall of many a troll.

  166. H B Bear

    areff – I suspect Pell or more particularly his QC will be lifting the carpet on a number of lumps under the carpet of the ALPBC. His questions will be a lot harder to ignore for the staff co-op and its members than simply ignoring emails from Gerard’s Media Watchdog.

    Yep it should be great fun. I wonder if they will stream the trial? It would rate better than most ALPBC offerings so Googles G might even bump a 2005 re-run of Antiques Roadshow for it.

  167. C.L.

    According to 3AW: ABC given five days to hand over Milligan/ABC/MUP correspondence to pell’s lawyers.

    ABC agreed in December to do so but appears to have been dragging its feet.

    “Dragging its feet” is code for ‘destroying evidence.’

  168. Mater

    I’m not bashing the wokkas, having met many in a 9 month assignment, it’s the Management who are the tards.

    Egg, I’ve seen plenty of those on both sides of the fence, so I tend to judge on merit. Can you give me an example of a poor management decision that wasn’t in keeping with a government mandate, of one form or another?

    Tel, everything has a set lifespan, so if a big chuck of infrastructure was coming due, it might explain a temporary spike in spending. I’ve seen it happen and it doesn’t necessarily mean gold plating. Also, much spending was required on the networks to cater to ‘new energy sources’ (wind and solar). The timings seems to fit.

  169. Mater

    Mole,
    Really sorry to hear about your brother.

  170. Stimpson J. Cat

    nobody can deport a million illegals.

    Yes yes.
    And nobody can genocide six million.
    It’s impossible.
    Just ludicrous.
    All it takes is the will.
    Wait and see.

  171. C.L.

    Milligan forced to hand over everything:

    LAWYERS for George Pell have won access to hours of interview footage, transcripts and notes of the journalist who wrote a recently published award-winning book about him.

    The ABC and journalist Louise Milligan have agreed to handover a hard drive full of background material used to prepare TV reports and the book Cardinal.

    Lawyers for the Cardinal have sought the material, as well as documents from Victoria Police and Melbourne University Press, as they prepare his defence against historical sexual assault charges.

  172. Stimpson J. Cat

    Condolences Frolicking.

  173. struth

    nobody can deport a million illegals.

    Turkey-Armenians?

  174. H B Bear

    At the risk of agreeing with one of Graegoogerly’s socks government owned, utilities have always been leant on by cash strapped State governments as defacto tax collectors. In WA one of the first acts of Liar’s Treasurer Ben Wyatt, having been handed a giant shit sandwich by Emperor Barnett, was to jack up daily electricity access charges.

  175. Stimpson J. Cat

    Can someone hold JC and IT’s hands?
    They seem to be a bit delicate today.
    Have you guys been reading Little Benny and the Never Trump Loose Caboose again?

  176. zyconoclast

    thefrolickingmole
    #2606162, posted on January 10, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Condolences.

  177. Farmer Gez

    My sympathies Mole.
    It’s all too common I’m afraid. Our worker told me the other day that a mate of his topped himself in rural NSW over the ex and the kids.

  178. Just did the browse around Veneztoria electricity retailers.
    29c to 41c per kwh* (inc GST) is the range. Gouge om $1 per day service charge.
    Up to 40% “discount” (not the service charge) for paying on time.

    Far qin brutal. Not sure how the marginal incomes handle this.

    *Hazelwood generation cost 2.5 to 3.5 cents per kwh.

    And Dan of the Dead is still at 50% 2PP.

    Far qin unbelievable.

    I’m off to work on another tumbril.

  179. areff

    “Dragging its feet” is code for ‘destroying evidence.’

    In the initial “agreement” of December, ABC lawyer said there would be a “staggered release” of the documents sought.

    Staggering is often the consequence of a dragged foot. Pell’s legal team, I’m guessing, has been so far supplied with the likes of

    a/ Ms Milligan’s history of cab vouchers at the ABC
    b/ Her shoe size
    c/ Her preference for fair-trade lattes
    d/Glowing words about her professionalism, dedication and honesty from the head of the ABC’s PR unit (who also happens to be her hubby)

    Yes, HB Bear, this could be well worth the wait.

  180. egg_

    Egg, I’ve seen plenty of those on both sides of the fence, so I tend to judge on merit. Can you give me an example of a poor management decision that wasn’t in keeping with a government mandate, of one form or another?

    I was about to ask you for details of the 4-day outage events that you speak of – got any?

    Re Ausgrid – I’ve been to the Network Operations ‘bunker’ at Wallsend manned by 3x network controllers?
    There are also network analysts across the road at the Wallsend Depot, whom I’m sure are involved with load data/estimation.

    I’d say that they are failing to fulfil their Charter by the ample evidence you’ve given us thus far – if they can’t anticipate peak load on a hot Summer’s day and allow underground cables to fail under load rather than a fault condition.

  181. H B Bear

    Nothing like seeing how an ALPBC socialist sausage is actually prepared.

  182. Leigh Lowe

    What possible motive would the ABC and Ms Milligan have for not handing over all information immediately?
    I mean, it is a quest for truth is it not?
    And time is of the essence as evidenced by the untimely passing of a complainant over the weekend.

  183. Stimpson J. Cat

    Seriously JC and IT, drink a Mother or a Red Bull or something.
    This is Jeb tier low energy behavior.

    Trump is God.

  184. zyconoclast

    LEAKED MEMO: DREAMers Are ‘Critical’ To Dems ‘Future Electoral Success’

    The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age — so-called “Dreamers” — a “critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.”

    The memo, co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to allies calling on Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

  185. struth

    Even if the ABC went down in a Flaming ruin, completely Rabzed, it would just mean it needs more funding to Turdbull.

    Our true head of state, Antonio Guterres, will never allow Malcom to pull the pin on the socialist propaganda unit, even if he wanted to.

  186. struth

    What possible motive would the ABC and Ms Milligan have for not handing over all information immediately?

    It’s not a grant application?

  187. Snoopy

    I suspect a study of the correlation between fatal single vehicle accidents and Family Court proceedings would be illuminating.

  188. zyconoclast

    Trump suggests 2-phase immigration deal for ‘Dreamers’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Searching for a bipartisan deal to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that an immigration agreement could be reached in two phases — first by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a “bill of love,” then by making comprehensive changes that have long eluded Congress.

    Trump presided over a lengthy meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers seeking a solution for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and living here illegally. Trump last year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded more than 700,000 people from deportation and gave them the right to work legally. He gave Congress until March to find a fix.

    The president, congressional Republicans and Democrats expressed optimism for a deal just 10 days before a government shutdown deadline. Trump said he was willing to be flexible in finding an agreement as Democrats warned that the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants hung in the balance.

    “I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with,” Trump said during a Cabinet Room meeting with a bipartisan group of nearly two dozen lawmakers, adding, “I am very much reliant upon the people in this room.” A group of journalists observed the meandering meeting for an extraordinary length of time — about 55 minutes — that involved Trump seeking input from Democrats and Republicans alike in a freewheeling exchange on the contentious issue.

    “My head is spinning from all the things that were said by the president and others in that room in the course of an hour and a half,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “But the sense of urgency, the commitment to DACA, the fact that the president said to me privately as well as publicly, ‘I want to get this done,’ I’m going to take him as his word.”

    The White House said after the meeting that lawmakers had agreed to narrow the scope of the negotiations to four areas: border security, family-based “chain migration,” the visa lottery and the DACA policy. Democrats and Republicans are set to resume negotiations Wednesday.

    But the exchange raised questions about how far Trump would push for his high-profile border wall.

    In describing the need for a wall, the president said it didn’t need to be a “2,000-mile wall. We don’t need a wall where you have rivers and mountains and everything else protecting it. But we do need a wall for a fairly good portion.”

    Trump has long made that case, saying even during his campaign that his border wall didn’t need to be continuous, thanks to natural barriers in the landscape. And he has said he would be open to using fencing for some portions as well.

    The unusually public meeting laid bare a back-and-forth between the parties more typically confined to closed-door negotiations. At one point, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, asked Trump if he would support a “clean” DACA bill now with a commitment to pursue a comprehensive immigration overhaul later.

    Trump responded, “I would like it. … I think a lot of people would like to see that but I think we have to do DACA first.” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., interjected, saying, “Mr. President, you need to be clear though,” that legislation involving the so-called Dreamers would need to include border security.

    The president said he would insist on construction of a border security wall as part of an agreement involving young immigrants, but he said Congress could then pursue a comprehensive immigration overhaul in a second phase of talks.

    House Republicans said they planned to soon introduce legislation to address border security and the young immigrants. Trump said, “it should be a bill of love.”

    Trump’s embrace of a “bill of love” brought to mind his past criticism of former GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush, who said many people come to the U.S. illegally as an “act of love.” Trump’s campaign posted a video at the time with a tagline that read, “Forget love, it’s time to get tough!”

    Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has long been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans.

    “Nothing Michael Wolff could say about @realDonaldTrump has hurt him as much as the DACA lovefest right now,” tweeted conservative commentator Ann Coulter, referencing Trump’s recent portrayal in the book, “Fire and Fury.”

    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, said in a text message after the White House meeting he was “generally” opposed to a two-step process “because history would indicate the second step never happens.” But he later said that if the first steps included the four areas outlined by the White House, “then I could support a two-step process realizing that step one is the only thing that is guaranteed.”

    The president appeared to acknowledge the potential political pitfalls of pursuing a more permanent deal, telling the lawmakers, “I’ll take all the heat you want. But you are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform.”

    After the meeting, lawmakers from both parties appeared divided over the basic definition of Trump’s bottom-line demand for a border wall.

    Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said his party was opposed to GOP calls for $18 billion in funding to build the wall. “It was clear in the meeting that wall did not mean some structure,” he said of Trump’s remarks, noting the president also mentioned fencing, cameras, and other security measures for the border.

    Republicans were adamant that Trump’s call “means the wall,” but noted Trump acknowledged it doesn’t need to cover the entire length of the border because of geographic barriers.

    The immigration talks pit a president who made the construction of a border wall a central piece of his 2016 campaign against congressional Democrats who have sought to preserve the Obama-era protections for the young immigrants.

    The discussions are taking place in the aftermath of Trump’s public blow-up with former campaign and White House adviser Steve Bannon, one of the architects of Trump’s calls for the border wall.

    Bannon’s break with Trump has raised concerns among some conservative Republicans that the president might reach an agreement with Democrats on the Dreamers without getting enough in return.

    Trump as recently as last weekend said he wouldn’t sign legislation addressing DACA unless Congress agreed to an overhaul of the legal immigration system, saying any deal must include an overhaul of the family-based immigration system as well as an end to the diversity visa lottery, which draws immigrants from under-represented parts of a world.

    That would be in addition to Trump winning funding for his promised southern border wall and added border security. But in the meeting he indicated a willingness to compromise with Democrats, whose votes are needed in the narrowly divided Senate.

    “The president exhibited, I thought, quite a bit of flexibility when the cameras weren’t there in terms of what we do in this phase and the next phase — and an acknowledgment that a lot of things we want to do are going to be part of a comprehensive bill but not now,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the attendees.

  189. Mater

    I was about to ask you for details of the 4-day outage events that you speak of – got any?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_2009_southeastern_Australia_heat_wave

    Thus setting the stage for Black Saturday.

  190. Oh come on

    Apparently Trump hasn’t been to California since he entered office. I wonder when he’ll go? He needs to choose his moment carefully. Eould be good imaging to show him helping out at some disaster relief centre and have awful Californians hurling abuse at him or something. The ability to drive people insane has its benefits.

  191. egg_

    Interruption Frequency Standard
    The current Interruption Frequency Standard for metropolitan areas is 4 interruptions of more than 4 hours and 4 interruptions of more than 5 hours for non-metropolitan areas. Certain interruptions arising form severe weather events and other emergency type situations are not considered interruptions.

    If Ausgrid exceeds the Interruption Frequency Standard at a customer’s premises during a financial year, a customer may make a claim once a year for a payment of $80 (incl. GST). The claim must be made within three months of the end of the financial year.

    The total amount payable to a customer in any financial year for claims made in relation to Ausgrid exceeding the Interruption Frequency Standard and the Interruption Duration Standard is $320 (incl. GST).

    Where Ausgrid receives a claim for compensation, Ausgrid must determine the claim and notify the customer of the determination within one month. Where the claim is to be paid, the notice of determination must include the amount to be paid and the manner and timing of the payment. Where the determination is not to pay the claim, either in part or in full, the notice of determination must include the reasons for the decision.

    If requested by a customer, Ausgrid will provide written information on the availability of these payments.

    Please also refer to our Customer Service Standards for additional information.

  192. egg_

    a customer may make a claim once a year for a payment of $80 (incl. GST). The claim must be made within three months of the end of the financial year.

    Whoopee!

  193. Dave in Marybrook

    I think you mean Black Saturday III, Mater. Let’s not get forgetty.

  194. notafan

    Struth your ignorance is astounding.

    Muslims believe that the Quran is the directly quoted word of allah.

    Christians never claim anything other than human authorship for the bible, inspired by God.

    That you claim solely human authorship for the bible while claiming to be a Catholic, do you have any idea how stupid that is?

    You seem to think you can claim to be a Catholic one day and talk about not believing in the ‘Christian god’ but thinking the concepts are useful the next.

    If you don’t believe in God then you can not claim to be Catholic.

    If you want to be a member of any club agreeing to the basic rules is a requirement, and news flash, faith in God is a prerequisite.

    Your position is incoherent and absurb, much like your arguments on the subject of natural rights.

    At best, you are self styled Richard Dawkins type cultural Catholic.

    What a progressive type argument for you to put yourself forward as a Catholic you have made. Personally I think you lied and are now blustering to cover that up.

    When you first made the claim I linked information from the Church that set forward the requirements to be considered a Catholic but you contradict her too.

    Shorter struth

    I don’t believe in God, how dare you say I’m not a Catholic!

    Incidentally you argue like a thirteen year old girl.

  195. notafan

    Oh no not another link to the thoroughly discredited Barnett woman.

    There is a reason 🍕 gate is a banned word here.

  196. cohenite

    Makka

    #2606222, posted on January 10, 2018 at 11:09 am

    I see it doesn’t take much for the cowardly NeverTrumper hypocrites to drop their disguises. Just some context; IT and JC hated the thought of Trump being elected.

    Is that right, the head prefect is not a Trump man. It just goes to show even the best of us can be complete and utter idiots (I won’t put a time scale on that).

  197. notafan

    Fyi Fat Tony

    You’re a moron.

  198. Gilas

    The family court was set up to destroy men. It’s the most evil intentioned organization in the country

    Yes, evil doesn’t begin to describe it, but don’t forget the CSA (Child Support Agency), now subsumed in the Dept of Human Services. A biased, evil, communist bureaucracy, created by Hawke/Keating, then made more opaque by that xunt Howard.

    I am sure many cats will have enjoyed its services.

    When the New Order is being installed, CSA employees will be high priority for some strappado therapy prior to their tumbril voyage.
    They deserve nothing less.

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