# Open Forum: January 13, 2018

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1. Sparkx

I have never quite come to grips with the “BitCoin” thing and am probably old enough to not need worry about it. This interesting explanation arrived in my in box this morning. Thought I should share –

This is a bit over simplified, but it is how it just might be worked.

A lot of monkeys lived near a village.

One day a merchant came to the village to buy these monkeys!

He announced that he will buy the monkeys for \$100 each.

The villagers thought that this man is mad.

They thought how can somebody buy stray monkeys at \$100 each?

Still, some people caught some monkeys, gave them to this merchant and he gave \$100 for each monkey.

This news spread like wildfire and people caught monkeys and sold them to the merchant.

After a few days, the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys for \$200 each.

The lazy villagers then ran around to catch the remaining monkeys!

They sold those remaining monkeys to the merchant for \$200 each.

Then the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys for \$500 each!

The villagers start to lose sleep! They caught six or seven monkeys, which was all that was left and got \$500 each.

The villagers waited anxiously for the next announcement.

Then the merchant announced that he is going home for a week and when he returns, he will buy monkeys for \$1000 each!

He asked his employee to take care of the monkeys he bought. He was alone taking care of all the monkeys in a cage.

The merchant went home.

The villagers were very sad as there were no more monkeys left for them to sell it at \$1000 each.

Then the employee told them that he will secretly sell them some monkeys for \$700 each.

This news spread like wildfire. Since the merchant will buy monkeys for \$1000 each, there is a \$300 profit for each monkey.

The next day, villagers made a queue near the monkey cage
The employee sold all the monkeys at \$700 each.

The rich bought monkeys in big lots. The poor borrowed money from money lenders and also bought monkeys!

The villagers took care of their monkeys & waited for the merchant to return.

But nobody came! Then they ran to the employee, but he had already left too!

The villagers then realised that they have bought the useless stray monkeys for \$700 each and are unable to sell them!

Bitcoin will be the next monkey business.

It will make a lot of people bankrupt and a few people filthy rich in this monkey business.

That’s how it will work!!!

2. Entropy

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) is the body responsible for managing emergencies in the United States State of Hawaii. The director is major general Arthur “Joe” Logan and the administrator is Vern Miyagi.

Mr Miyagi is moonlighting as a nuclear raid warning programmer? He obviously forgot to wax on wax off. Has someone told Ralph Macchio?

3. Entropy, I thought I was going to tickle some ribs with that information but your speed defeated me.

4. stackja

Entropy
#2610056, posted on January 15, 2018 at 9:22 am

Kesuke 宮城成義 Yoshimi Miyagi

5. C.L.
6. even having a go at the Aubergines.

Give it a break. The Aubergines were the original inhabitants of oz.

7. stackja

C.L.
#2610062, posted on January 15, 2018 at 9:35 am

Or Dutton provide one-way ticket to all returning. Could be cheaper than welfare and policing.

8. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Like fish in a barrel:
‘Not a s**thole’: Naomi Watts appears to hit out at President Donald Trump as she shares a throwback snap from her trip to Kenya where she spent time at a \$10,100 a night luxury eco-lodge.

Did you see that ‘luxury’ lodge? If we get put into something like that I want my money back. I specifically told Hairy no tents only lodges, but that tenty thing on poles is not my idea of a lodge. A lodge should have stone foundations and thick walls and aircon and a dining room. Luckily, I doubt if he has purchased anything with ‘eco’ in the name.

Naomi Watts looks a bit like me (notice the priority I give there). 🙂

9. Baldrick

Sudanese mother-of-six on welfare who has a gangster son in jail says she regrets coming to Australia and would take her kids back to Africa if she had the money.

Note the neighbours house.

10. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

even having a go at the Aubergines.
Give it a break. The Aubergines were the original inhabitants of oz.

LOL. That’s definitely one for Perfesser Affabek Lauder.

11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Sudanese mother-of-six on welfare who has a gangster son in jail says she regrets coming to Australia and would take her kids back to Africa if she had the money.

Let’s have a whip around for the airfares.
We are a generous people.
A homeless Australian family can then move into the vacant house.

12. Anne

OneWorldGovernment
#2609987, posted on January 15, 2018 at 3:24 am
No wonder Australian “elites” didn’t have Trumps phone number when he won and no wonder Alexander Downer had to bolt from London because our “elites” were part of the whole CIA/FBI/DOJ cabal to make sure that Clinton won the Presidency.

Here, former Secret Service Agent, Dan Bongino explaining the Set Up – Trump Dossier, Fusion GPS and Alexander Downer’s meeting with Papadopoulis.

https://youtu.be/5DHPn12rOP0

13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Bitcoin. It’s the old, old story. Something is only worth as much as someone is prepared to pay for it.

14. Anne

You’re hilarious, Rambler. 😂

15. stackja

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
#2610070, posted on January 15, 2018 at 9:51 am

Emma Chisit.

16. John Constantine

Bitcoin is in the distribution stage now.

Estimates can be made that volumes of bitcoins are held by early adopters and holders from the dread Pirate Roberts and the Silk Road days.

Therefore the Russian Mafia would be in it, and the Chinese Communist Party, indeed any organisation that dealt in illicit substances and products that must not be named for profit.

The small cap Australian minnow gamble sharemarket uses escrow, where those that got shares cheap in seed capital rounds of fundraising are prevented from distributing them at high prices to the suckers for a period of time.

No constraints here, robot trading algorithms are good at distributing from early holders to late holders, and no related party transactions in bitcoin are banned.

Not saying the market is rigged, but without regulation can the blockchain ledger prevent price manipulation by the mafia/chicoms/robot trade algorithms?.

17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

Sudanese mother-of-six on welfare who has a gangster son in jail says she regrets coming to Australia and would take her kids back to Africa if she had the money.

I’m noticing two things – firstly, she was the party complaining earlier that Centrelink benefits weren’t enough to raise her children on, secondly, the two fathers of her children aren’t on the scene any more.

Put me down for a thousand dollars for the airfare – just take you brood and go home.

18. Geriatric Mayfly

Did you see that ‘luxury’ lodge? If we get put into something like that I want my money back.

In many game parks Lizzie, permanent structures are forbidden. Managers of same, can be given very short notice to pack up and remove the whole camp, if Park standards are not strictly adhered to. Those tented luxury camps, are exactly as described, and boy! do they flense the last linings of your wallet for admittance.
I have mentioned here before, lions will not attack you unless they can see your head. Do you have horns by any chance and a good kick with the hind legs? The worst that could happen in a luxury tent, is a baboon landing on the roof, because some previous idiot occupant fed it.

19. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Emma Chisit.

To what, or whom, do you refer, stackja?

Emma is a very dear friend of mine; I am always asking after her in places where goods are sold.
Although truly smart people never mention her name.
It’s that old saw, if you have to ask you can’t afford it. 🙂

20. wazsha doon ?

21. Anne

We know the Deep State Cabal are desperate for crisis and catastrophe.

Was yesterday’s earthquake in Peru a HAARP attack or related to the Trump white hats thwarting the nuclear attack on Hawaii?

22. stackja

I vaguely remember a British family meaning to settle here arrived at Sydney Airport on a typical summers day. The warm air was too much and they reportedly left quickly to return cooler climes.

23. struth

Good Moaning.

You may also not that the Sudanese dole bludger is a mussie with six kids.

Just sayin’.

In regards to the Hawaii scare, it definitely was OrsonWellian.

24. Geriatric Mayfly

Wasn’t it the Aubergines who got stuck into the Cathars if southern France?

25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

NATIONAL AFFAIRS
Australia Day: Greens leader Richard Di Natale steps up campaign to change date
Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has made changing the date of Australia Day one of his top priorities for 2018.

The Australian
9:44AM January 15, 2018
Rachel Baxendale
Reporter
Canberra
@rachelbaxendale

Greens leader Richard Di Natale says changing the date of Australia Day will be one of his top priorities for 2018.

Senator Di Natale has told more than 100 Greens councillors across the country that they will have the full support and resources of the federal party if they launch local campaigns to move celebrations from January 26.

He said he hoped to build upon the momentum of the Greens-led Yarra and Darebin councils in Melbourne and the Fremantle council in Western Australia, which shifted Australia Day celebrations last year.

“All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society, but January 26 is not that day,” Senator Di Natale said in comments to The Australian.

From the Oz. The Greens, dealing with the issues that really matter.

26. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Mayfly, I’ve stayed at some very solid private game park residences near Kruger National Park, and also at the quite substantial Hwange Safari Lodge in the old days, also a Zambesi Lodge. All were as I desired. I simply ask for four good walls and a lion-resistant door – a simple brick and metal Rondavel did quite well for that on one enchanted evening. I don’t mind if they sling some branches over the metal roof for effect.

However, if I am to sleep restlessly in a tent perhaps I should first ask Emma Chisit?
Up to ten thousand a night for some canvas and bark logs sounds rather like an aubergine rip-off.

27. Rabz

The stupidity of big government, part eleventy gazillion and forty three.

Read it and curse. Via the Oz.

28. classical_hero

For 38 minutes, Hawaii knew what it is like to be a Southern Israeli.

29. Bruce in WA

From the Oz. The Greens, dealing with the issues that really matter.

Wreck. Destroy. Tear down. Denigrate. Whatever it takes.

Fuckers.

30. Mother Lode

The Aubergines were the original inhabitants of oz.

31. classical_hero

Childcare is a scam. To afford childcare you need both parents working. If one parent stays home to look after the children, then childcare would be rather limited

32. H B Bear

The stupidity of big government, part eleventy gazillion and forty three.

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.
Milton Friedman

33. stackja

incoherent rambler
#2610094, posted on January 15, 2018 at 10:26 am

With air chew

34. stackja
35. H B Bear

Still waiting for the much BOM hyped deluge in Perth. Another 3 day media hyped event based on another 3 day media hyped cyclone that failed to materialise. I hope The Boy who Cried Wolf is on the BOM training required reading list.

36. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

I have a girlfriend who is always talking about escrow. I think she is referring to her allowance. She is amazed that some of us don’t have our own private ‘trusts’. I told her I have always relied on my Brains Trust and she seemed to believe I had some secret financial deal going on. Meeting her at uni long ago was one of my first introductions to life on the other side from the perspective of the daughters rather than their fathers, some of whom were clients in the ad game or the arty scene I had fallen in with.

You should write a book, people sometimes say to me. No, I shouldn’t. 🙂

37. Sydney Boy

Fuck Di Natale and his commie brethren. I’ll celebrate Australia Day on 26 Jan as always.

Australia – since 1788.

38. Anne

Holy cow! Amazing photos.

A Boeing 737-800 skids off an icy Turkish Trabzon Airport runway and hangs precariously over the Black Sea. 168 souls on board.

Dramatic commentary too. 😳

https://youtu.be/om7a5YDvFdU

39. Oriel in the oz

It is something of a paradox that the closing of the Western mind has taken place during the information age.[SNIP] During the late 20th century, left-wing parties codified state censorship in discrimination law. [SNIP] We are witnessing the birth of an Orwellian political phenomenon: forced speech.

The West is moving into a post-censorship age where the state suppression of free speech will be complemented by a regime of forced speech. The state will require not only the suppression of truth that offends its designated minority groups, but the public expression of untruths that reinforce the politically correct party line. As with the earlier transition from free speech to political censorship, the state will use minority politics as an instrument to justify forced speech.

40. Bruce in WA

Ah, WA … where the current Labor government keeps the Big Picture ™ at the forefront of their thinking.

The State Government will consider a ban on boiling prawns, crabs and lobsters alive

The State Government will consider a ban on boiling prawns, crabs and lobsters alive in its review of the Animal Welfare Act.
It comes as Switzerland last week followed New Zealand and Reggio Emilia, a city in northern Italy, in making it unlawful to boil lobsters alive.
RSPCA WA chief executive David van Ooran said the organisation wanted the ban on the practice that was used by some recreational fishermen in WA, as well as controls to ensure the humane capture, handling, transport and storage of the animals.
Mr van Ooran said the RSPCA backed science which said crustaceans showed responses consistent with signs of pain and distress.
An experiment by the Journal of Experimental Biology in 2013 found crabs avoided electric shocks, suggesting the animals feel pain.
But the international science community is divided on whether crustaceans can feel pain.
America’s Lobster Institute claims lobsters can not process pain because of their primitive nervous systems.
Mr van Ooran said commercial fisheries in WA already used the RSPCA-recommended ice slurries followed by dissecting, or the freezing method, to kill crustaceans.
But he said some recreational fishermen continued to boil crustaceans alive.
“You do hear that happening a bit, particularly in remote areas,” he said.
“Some fishermen will take them straight off the boat and straight into boiling water.
“It is distressing for everyone to witness and distressing for the lobster.”
The RSPCA wants crustaceans covered under the Animal Welfare Act, as they are in some other States.
The Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club said a ban would be impossible to police.
Manager Robert Weir said it would be better to run an education program to discourage fishermen from the “barbaric” practice.
Shadow fisheries Minister Ian Blayney said voluntary codes should be considered before a new law.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the matter would be reviewed this year. “We are committed to ensuring animal welfare standards reflect the latest science on animal welfare,” she said.
The RSPCA has not recommended any particular penalties for the practice. Under the Act, animal cruelty is a criminal offence and conviction can include a criminal record.

Great, let’s all freeze them slowly until they go into hypothermic shock and die — much more humane. /sarc

And exactly how would they enforce such a ban?

41. Australia – since 1788.

We need to change the name too.
Is ‘New Holland’ more appropriate.

42. And exactly how would they enforce such a ban?

Sturmabteilung

43. stackja

Australia Day 1 January 1901
When the Constitution of Australia came into force, on 1 January 1901, the colonies collectively became states of the Commonwealth of Australia. The efforts to bring about federation in the mid-19th century were dogged by the lack of popular support for the movement.
And WA wasn’t init.

44. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Christmas at Bondi, 1959. How pretty was that scene? – the Polka-Dot Swimsuit Girl.
Oh to be fourteen again and to live in a such a fancy-free time.
Great set of pics, Stackja.

45. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

We need to change the name too.
Is ‘New Holland’ more appropriate.

Where’s Johanna? Our go-to girl for all things Dutch.

46. stackja

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
#2610111, posted on January 15, 2018 at 10:47 am
Christmas at Bondi, 1959. How pretty was that scene? – the Polka-Dot Swimsuit Girl.
Oh to be fourteen again and to live in a such a fancy-free time.
Great set of pics, Stackja.

Before spoil-sports got involved.

47. stackja

Sydney wind chill temp 14.2

48. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

For 38 minutes, Hawaii knew what it is like to be a Southern Israeli.

Liberty quote.

49. stackja

Bruce in WA
#2610107, posted on January 15, 2018 at 10:41 am

Can plants feel pain? Greens deaf?

50. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

The state will require not only the suppression of truth that offends its designated minority groups, but the public expression of untruths that reinforce the politically correct party line

Status: true. Never forget that Triggs is after a seat around your kitchen table.

51. Rafe Champion

Thanks Anne! 10.39

52. stackja

incoherent rambler
#2610105, posted on January 15, 2018 at 10:39 am

Newspeak.

53. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Before spoil-sports got involved.

Thankfully they never got hold of me, Stackja.
Always my own woman.

54. Anne

#ItsHappening

55. Roger

Childcare is a scam. To afford childcare you need both parents working. If one parent stays home to look after the children, then childcare would be rather limited

All engineered by the Leviathan state with its anti-family policies on housing & taxation.

56. Bruce in WA

We need to change the name too.
Is ‘New Holland’ more appropriate.

Allahstalia
Austrastan
People’s Democratic Republic of Southern States
Union of Southern Cross Socialist States

57. stackja

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
#2610123, posted on January 15, 2018 at 10:58 am
Before spoil-sports got involved.

Thankfully they never got hold of me, Stackja.
Always my own woman.

Good!

58. stackja
59. Ez

Excellent Bitcoin article written (Jan 2016) by one of the early developers of the software, explaining problems with BTC and why, in his opinion, its certain to fail:

From the start, I’ve always said the same thing: Bitcoin is an experiment and like all experiments, it can fail.

But despite knowing that Bitcoin could fail all along, the now inescapable conclusion that it has failed still saddens me greatly.

* Couldn’t move your existing money
* Had wildly unpredictable fees that were high and rising fast
* Allowed buyers to take back payments they’d made after walking out of shops, by simply pressing a button (if you aren’t aware of this “feature” that’s because Bitcoin was only just changed to allow it)
* Is suffering large backlogs and flaky payments
* … which is controlled by China***
* … and in which the companies and people building it were in open civil war?

I’m going to hazard a guess that the answer is no.
___________________
*** Why has the capacity limit not been raised? Because the block chain is controlled by Chinese miners, just two of whom control more than 50% of the hash power. At a recent conference over 95% of hashing power was controlled by a handful of guys sitting on a single stage. The miners are not allowing the block chain to grow.

RTWT.

I’ve spent a lot of time learning and understanding Crypto and Blockchain applications and see great uses for the technology.
Bitcoin (“core”) however has some serious issues, most of which your average brain-dead speculator ignores or are oblivious to.
Exuberance can only keep an asset’s price up for so long.

60. Roger

Can plants feel pain? Greens deaf?

Some recent studies on plant reaction to stimuli have prompted scientists to posit that plants have something analogous to a nervous system that we don’t yet understand.

So freeze that broccoli before you boil it, just in case! 😉

61. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

Allahstalia
Austrastan
People’s Democratic Republic of Southern States
Union of Southern Cross Socialist States

Doenn’t matter what you change the name to, you’ll have to add the words “Under Administration” – the same as any other bankrupt enterprise- but I’d suggest changing the Union Jack on the flag to a bunch of bananas – we are certainly a banana republic, and flying said flag upside down, as the international sign of distress.

62. Geriatric Mayfly

Bruce in WA
#2610093, posted on January 15, 2018 at 10:26 am
From the Oz. The Greens, dealing with the issues that really matter.
Wreck. Destroy. Tear down. Denigrate. Whatever it takes.
Fuckers.

To keep the Green dung heap active, and to maintain that warm inner glow among the filth feeding organisms within; it is vital that muck rakers like Di Natale shovel on fresh shit on a regular basis. His latest barrow load comes from an Abo long drop.

63. Anne

I’ve been saying for years that Germany is done. Well it’s fork time.

Merkel is finishing what Hit-ler started.

This propaganda teaching children that God is Allah is on German State TV.

64. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Some recent studies on plant reaction to stimuli have prompted scientists to posit that plants have something analogous to a nervous system that we don’t yet understand.

Our future King apparently has excellent conversations with them.
Others simply give big trees a hug for a spiritual hit.

Broccoli doesn’t freeze well until cooked. It tastes terrible raw.

65. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

Timothy
22 minutes ago

I agree with Di Natale but his recommendations do not go far enough.

January 26 should be renamed “Collective Guilt and Self Loathing Day” and we should all be compelled to parade in the streets clad in sack cloth and ashes whilst flagellating ourselves with knotted cords. The only exceptions should be those claiming indigenous ancestry.

When the parades are finished everyone should be compelled to attend compulsory readings of the “Collected Ravings of Sarah Hanson – Young” or “Epistles from the Assylum” by Christine Milne.

That should be enough to fill in the day unless there are any other suggestions.

Comment of the day, on Di Natale’s latest brain fart.

66. Entropy

I’m noticing two things – firstly, she was the party complaining earlier that Centrelink benefits weren’t enough to raise her children on, secondly, the two fathers of her children aren’t on the scene any more.

Zulu, I would not be quick to presume. We are involved in running a youth group (definitely not a gang) and took on a number of south Sudanese refugees to help integrate them into society. The brightest of them was the oldest boy in a family of four kids. He had witnessed his dad randomly and casually shot in front of him at the age of five by some warlord’s underlings because they could. Let’s say that does tend to damage one and influence one’s outlook in life.

In case you are wondering, collectively the boys would stick closely together, they would participate but only on their terms, tended to objectify the girls in a way that would earn my son grounding for months, and did not take well to the mildest direction or discipline. They were also weirdly attracted to African American gangster culture, even down to the affected swagger. I am saddened by the experience.
The girls, on the other hand, seemed very happy to be one of the girls.

67. Geriatric Mayfly

Peru earthquake getting much mention?

No. Because The Oz this morning reported that it was killing and injuring dead people.

68. H B Bear

Pretty sure you could dunk Sneakers McGowan in a pot of boiling water. Lightweight.

This is what happens when the Lieborals reverse the tables and leave the Treasury cupboard completely stripped and there is no money for Liar utopian spending.

69. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

That should be enough to fill in the day unless there are any other suggestions.

Tell ’em to get knotted. Take a slab of beers down behind the dunny with a mate and enjoy.

70. Mother Lode

You know, I don’t think it is enough for us to just spring that Sudanese mother of six a flight home for her and her brood – we should also pay for an agent who can get her all over the radio, TV, magazines – everything and anything in Sudan, with her poignant tragic story of how people shouldn’t come here for a lifelong welfare holiday.

71. classical_hero

If it does become a Liberty quote, the honour goes to Honest Reporting. They know what it’s like since they’re a Dhuish site.

72. stackja

Entropy
#2610136, posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:16 am

Many came from Europe in 1940s probably had similar experiences. What happened? Most go on with their new lives. I know of one man/youth aged 19 in camp in Europe came here and worked.

73. Dr Faustus

So freeze that broccoli before you boil it, just in case!

Salad and raw vegetable aficionados are right up there on the Hannibal Lecter scale, alongside connoisseurs of Dancing Prawn and live monkey brains.

74. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

Prayer time on patrol: British Army defies critics of politically correct campaign as it releases new recruitment video showing Muslim soldier praying in front of his colleagues

You coldn’t make this shit up…

75. C.L.

Golden Days in the Sun 1950–1970

Those are three wholesome lovelies …

http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/snapshots/summers-past/winners.aspx

76. Sydney Boy

Mother Lode

+1

77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

He had witnessed his dad randomly and casually shot in front of him at the age of five by some warlord’s underlings because they could. Let’s say that does tend to damage one and influence one’s outlook in life.

Experiences of this sort when culturally imbued produce a defensive swagger and acceptance of similar violence. Good men are needed to model other things to these youths. I suspect that this can only be done with a firm hand and a somewhat cruel exercise of power (Gordonstaun school comes to mind). Australia has taken on a very hard task here in accepting people so damaged and unsuited to our lifestyle and long-established mores. For those who are here, we must do our stern best. And not take in more. Provision of assistance in their own lands or those nearby, where hard men who are also good can be easily found, would be a better use of our money and compassion.

78. lotocoti

You coldn’t make this shit up…

Hold up on that danger close …

79. H B Bear

So Fat Mandy’s Sudanese show all the same characteristics as Fraser’s illiterate goat-herding Lebs. Will we have to wait 20 years to find out these were subject to Dept of Immigration warnings too?

80. C.L.

Baldy linked to this earlier …
It is one of the most dishonest things I’ve ever seen at ABC Online …
Antifa: The hard left’s call to arms.

Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president a year ago reinvigorated many right-wing groups, including white supremacists. Now the militant left is fighting back with some shock tactics of its own …

Mr Dixon, 45, is a member of the far-left group Redneck Revolt, whose chapters have multiplied in the past year from just a handful to over 30 across the United States, they claim.

Their ranks are swelling in response to a resurgence of white supremacist groups, in part emboldened by President Donald Trump’s election victory.

Redneck Revolt is part of the rapidly-growing “Antifa” movement — short for anti-fascists.

Many are wary about showing their faces in public or talking to the media, for fear of a backlash from the police, the far right and even their own families.

After lengthy persuasion, the Silver Valley chapter of Redneck Revolt in North Carolina allowed Foreign Correspondent rare access to their world of guns, resistance and camaraderie.

“We want our story told because it’s ordinary people standing up against fascism, facing down fear, and attempting to reshape our small corner of the world into a space of egalitarianism and shared efforts for our needs and desires,” Mr Dixon says.

He is articulate, friendly and disarming, even when holding an assault rifle.

He speaks with a sense of urgency, especially when on the subject of white supremacists and the activities of the far right.

These are people with clearly stated intentions to carry out violence against people of colour, against queer folks, against women,” he says.

“They’re not just speaking — they’re marching. They’re marching in a way that’s intimidating, as we all know is harking back to the torch light rallies of the Nazi era.”

Here is the real nugget:

Mr Dixon says it is a false moral equivalence to say those on the left who are prepared to use violence are just as bad as those on the right.

When the left uses violence, in the rare cases that it happens, it’s resistance,” Mr Dixon says…

“Has any left person fired in a protest? No. Has anyone from the left killed anyone?” he asks rhetorically.

ABC Online failed to mention that the biggest and worst assassination attempt in US history occurred recently when an Antifa fan tried to massacre dozens of Republican congressmen in Washington.

They just plum forgot.

81. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

Hold up on that danger close …

“Mortar platoon, this is O.P. 5. Fire Mission, left platoon of four. Target, troops halted in the open. One seems to be praying. Over.”

82. Roger

They were also weirdly attracted to African American gangster culture, even down to the affected swagger.

Not that weird, actually; their own culture has been decimated by the impact of decades of civil war on family life and they can’t immediately relate to white Australian culture but gangster rap is ubiquitous and dovetails with one unfortunate cultural pattern that does survive – the big man with his gold & girlfriends.

What is crucial, in my experience, is an active connection to a church, preferably (dare I say it), a predominantly white church that can help them navigate assimilation. I was driving four Sudanese siblings to an activity recently and they were listening to music in their language on their phone. I asked them what the song was about. “It’s Christian music”, they replied and gave a rough translation. The lone boy in that fatherless family is as straight as a die and also plays soccer in a multi-ethnic team. There is hope for him provided he can find employment when he leaves school.

Mother Lode, in the case of the south Sudanese they didn’t come here looking for a welfare holiday – we actively brought them here! They knew nothing about Australia before they were told they were being sent there and they have no concept of social welfare until they arrive and its foisted on them, unless you count living in a UNHCR camp on rations and whatever else you can scrounge as welfare. In south Sudan it is the family, such as it is, that provides the social safety net.

Be that as it may, the case of south Sudan shows yet again that if we must take in large numbers of refugees at the behest of the UN – and personally I don’t believe we should continue to be a signatory to the Refugee Convention as it is being used for social engineering rather than humanitarian purposes – then TPVs are preferable to permanent residency. At the end of the day, countries racked by internecine conflict will re-establish peace of sorts and need to rebuild for which purpose they need their people back.

83. C.L.

London’s top Mohammedan war-lord Sadiq Khan cheers Trump’s decision to cancel visit to Britainistan.

84. stackja

C.L.
#2610153, posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:37 am

soft left?

85. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/snapshots/summers-past/winners.aspx

There’s probably a grandmother somewhere, looking at that photo and thinking “I was a bit of a cracker in my younger days…”

86. I was in Bunnings looking for a super sized toilet brush to clean up this blocked sh1thole.
Nothing big enough. Nothing strong enough.

87. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

Thank goodness for the Church of England’s fairly relaxed approach to personal prayer.
Armies have marched readily on memories of pleasant chats with the Vicar.
Over the top and home in time for tea.
Oh those dreaming spires.

88. Anne;

The whole point of the UN owned Australian Government’s position is to destroy the man on the land and corral people into the cities.

I wonder how productive a farm tower would be? Specially if it was powered by nukes and had the design optimised for production, not Green Wankerism.

89. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

There’s probably a grandmother somewhere, looking at that photo and thinking “I was a bit of a cracker in my younger days…”

They all seem to be rather short-changed in the boozie department though.
Perhaps there is something in the oestrogenising of our environment; girls today are bigger there.

90. Baldrick

When they go low, we go high …

Activist and artist Robin Bell has projected the word “SHITHOLE” along with poo emojis and other slogans on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering, told reporters Mr Trump used “vile, vulgar” language when speaking about African countries.

Naturally, via TheirABC

91. Boambee John

“All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society, but January 26 is not that day,”

What was the date of 26 January 1788 in the old (pre-Gregorian) calendar? Make a “generous” offer to move to that date?

92. EvilElvis

Ah, Lizzie.

‘Boozie’. Underused, underappreciated and unheard in these dark modern times.

Thank you.

93. Bruce of Newcastle

“All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society, but January 26 is not that day,”

OK, I’m fine with moving it to 22 August.

Notwithstand[ing] I had in the Name of his Majesty taken posession of several places upon this coast I now once more hoisted English Coulers and in the Name of His Majesty King George the Third took posession of the whole Eastern Coast from … Latitude [38° South] down to this place by the Name of New South Wales together with all the Bays, Harbours Rivers and Islands situate upon the said coast after which we fired three Volleys of small Arms which were Answerd by the like number from the Ship.

1770: Lieutenant James Cook claims east coast of Australia for Britain

Let the lefty head explosions begin…

94. Anne

Winston, first of all, Britain is gone.

If they accept being barcoded, stacked and packed they’re history.
If they won’t blow up the Houses of Parliament forget about them.

Secondly, there’s no shortage of land. The whole world would fit into Queensland with a quarter acre for every man.

Last. Growing food is simple – stick in dirt, add water.

95. Geriatric Mayfly

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering, told reporters Mr Trump used “vile, vulgar” language when speaking about African countries.

I have long held doubts about my credentials for admittance to Heaven. People like Durbin just make me so envious. And what of those who have touched the hem of his garment? No chance of them ever walking down the primrose way to the everlasting bonfire.

96. Tom

Here, former Secret Service Agent, Dan Bongino explaining the Set Up – Trump Dossier, Fusion GPS and Alexander Downer’s meeting with Papadopoulis.

Annie, Bongino is excellent value on Wussiagate because he’s not just a rent-a-mouth talking head: he’s doing original research via his own law enforcement contacts and actually breaking stories.

97. Bruce of Newcastle

Activist and artist Robin Bell has projected the word “SHITHOLE” along with poo emojis and other slogans on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

The hotel is staffed mostly by brown people…bet no one in the MSM mentions that unfortunate connotation.

Learning To Think Like A Democrat

98. Roger

Naturally, via TheirABC

ABC TV news had a special report last night on the “blue wave” of activists ramping up against Trump in 2018 that amounted to little more than propaganda.

No alternative voice was sought.

They never report on the positives of the Trump administration, particularly for the working class, which even Germaine Greer acknowledges!

99. Let’s rename ‘Australia Day’ to ‘Clean up the Sh1thole day‘.

We could all assemble bearing toilet brushes, bleach and arms.

And tumbrils.

100. EvilElvis

“I was a bit of a cracker in my younger days…”

Fed on a diet of roast meats, vegetables, dripping and cream. Wholesome in figure and mind, happy to pin their partners head between their legs in the bedroom yet absolute class and coyness otherwise. Not a tattoo or stubby in sight. *Sigh* I’m a man caught between eras…

101. Geriatric Mayfly

They never report on the positives of the Trump administration, particularly for the working class, which even Germaine Greer acknowledges!

If the ABC does not report something, it never happened.

102. If the ABC does not report something, it never happened.

ABC Fact Check: True.

103. Oh come on

The thing about Bitcoin (and other cryptos) is that they have a utility that’s unique amongst the various means of exchange – they are fungible internationally, one person can easily transact with another as long as both parties have an internet connection, and the transaction can be easily anonymised. Bitcoin is, as one observer quipped a few years ago, magical internet money.

Cryptos are so useful that, as the saying goes, someone would have to invent them if they didn’t already exist. This is why I don’t think they’re a bubble – BTC may be overvalued, but it probably won’t collapse and disappear any time soon. I first dabbled in BTC in late 2012, when I considered buying a BTC mining rig. But even then you’d spend more on electricity mining the stuff than what you could sell it for, and it was a massive, massive pain in the arse to sell back then. I think when I first became aware of BTC, it was a few hundred USD per coin. Over 2013 it climbed to USD1200/BTC before precipitously dropping to <USD100/BTC. Which I thought would be the end of it. But it wasn't. The recent neck-snapping spike from ~USD 2000 up to ~USD20,000* is bubble-ish and I'd certainly expect it to drop and perhaps drop colossally as it has done in the past. But I also expect it'll recover again and remain a viable currency indefinitely.

*when it hit the peaks, I started to kick myself for not buying a couple of grand's worth of BTC when it was dirt cheap. I'd be able to buy a house with it. But I stopped kicking myself when I realised that there is no way I would have held on to it all the way up to USD20,000/BTC – I probably would have dumped my holdings at USD1500, certain that it wasn't going to go any higher

104. Oh come on

You all do realise that the date of Australia Day is probably going to change within a decade.

105. Oh come on

Just sayin’. Australia Day is looking like the next SJW target.

106. Anne

Last. Growing food is simple – stick in dirt, add water.

Except for my cauliflowers which are starting to resemble Triffids!

I don’t know what went wrong there.

107. all the way up to USD20,000/BTC

One of my offspring bought \$30,000 (USD) of BTC in the very early days.
Still hanging onto them.

108. Roger

You all do realise that the date of Australia Day is probably going to change within a decade.

I’d wager there’s even less public support for that than for a republic.

109. Zyconoclast

110. Roger

Except for my cauliflowers which are starting to resemble Triffids!

I don’t know what went wrong there.

Gone to seed. Probably root bound seedlings, Anne.

Something to watch out for next time.

111. Anne

My theory on Sh*thole-gate is that Trump did not say it but got someone in the meeting to leak that he did.

The ravenous MSM would go nuts but then made to look stupid when others denied he said it.

All to bring attention onto Haiti and the foul Clinton deeds – theft of Billions and attempted theft of 33 children. #LauraSilsbury

112. Anne

Wow. Root bound seedlings. 🤔

Thanks Roger.

113. Oh come on

Wow, IR. So your kid’s a BTC millionaire then. I have a friend who has 17BTC which he’s owned for 6 years. I laughed at him when he said they were his retirement funds. I guess he’s the one laughing now – assuming he cashes out soon. But he’s the kind of guy that thinks they’ll be worth six figure sums. I doubt it – but then again if you told me they’d be worth USD20,000 apiece, I would have told you you’re crazy.

On another matter, IR. I’d be keeping that info extremely private. I don’t know how your kid’s storing them, but just the knowledge that they might have millions of dollars’ worth of BTC lying around in cold storage somewhere would make them a robbery target.

114. Bruce of Newcastle

You all do realise that the date of Australia Day is probably going to change within a decade.

And when it does we will throw another humanely killed halal broccoli piece onto the solar BBQ and raise a biodegradable paper cup of climate change certified desalinated water to our new transsexual President.

115. lotocoti

Listening to Di Natale on the wireless makes me wish the DPI still paid \$10 for vermin scalps.

116. Zatara

… but just the knowledge that they might have millions of dollars’ worth of BTC lying around in cold storage somewhere would make them a robbery target.

Particularly of the ATO.

117. Mother Lode

Mother Lode, in the case of the south Sudanese they didn’t come here looking for a welfare holiday –

Take a chill-pill, Rog.

Not every post on The Cat is a legal submission.

And obviously her story would be addressed to those looking for migrating for that reason, not all Sudanese.

118. H B Bear

You all do realise that the date of Australia Day is probably going to change within a decade.

Yuuuge over-reach in that case. Sanctifying buggery is value-free, virtue signalling moving Australia Day says a lot more about the individual.

119. Top Ender

Hey Lizzie, we stayed in our tent village the night before last in a tiger-infested India national park, and we’re still here.

The safari the next morning though, proved not so tiger-infested.

Foreign white sahib taken to the cleaners again.

120. Top Ender

“All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society, but January 26 is not that day,”

Even though 90% of Australians are probably Ok with it?

121. notafan

On the South Sudanese family.

Mum came out in 2002 with one two year old and dad (with whom gaoled 18 year old has a ‘troubled relationship’)

No trauma excuse there.

The other five are Australian born.

She may not have come for welfare but seems to have quickly realised that the more children the bigger the FTB cheque, even to the very Aussie point of there being two dad’s involved.

Where are those dads, here or back in Sudan?

None of that excuses her justification of theft from Australian kufr.

The pattern of absent father, out of control anything goes home invasion, store swarming car jacking sons seems a particularly Sudanese problem.

I suspect mum is one way or another encouraging that if you want it take it behaviour.

I feel sorry for her head to toe black hijabed daughter, the most likely to be sent home if she steps out of line.

122. Whalehunt Fun

Just round them up and give them 24 hours to find their way overseas after which a small bounty is placed on their body parts. They will all emigrate at no cost to us.

123. Helen

These could match up really well with the arseless rhinestone vynal chaps – who has them, btw?

124. Helen

Speaking of bitcoin, I had a sting email last night which basically said I’d been overwraught while watching porn on my computer and they had filumed me with my screen camera. Pay up big in bitcoin to x. Or else. They move with the times, dont they? Gotta give em that.