Monday Forum: February 5, 2018

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  1. Diogenes

    I did but but see it passing by

  2. Myrddin Seren

    Okay Russki spies.

    We have you surrounded – come out with your hands up !

  3. lotocoti

    We are all susceptible to the pull of viral ideas. Like mass hysteria. Or a tune that gets into your head that you keep humming all day until you spread it to someone else. Jokes. Urban legends. Crackpot religions. Marxism. No matter how smart we get, there is always this deep irrational part that makes us potential hosts for self-replicating information.
    ― Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

  4. Mark A

    Hmmm may be in the first ten?

  5. jjf

    Where the [email protected]#$ did they find Ged Kearney?

    Tooronga called, they are missing a baboon!!!!!

  6. cuckoo

    Couldn’t believe my ears this morning. RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly actually had someone on who pointed out that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Stephen Cohen, emeritus professor of Russian Studies at Princeton and NYU. Fran then went straight to the ad hominem attack: “Some have called you an apologist for Putin. What do you say to that?” He swiped that aside. How did he get through their editorial process? He went on to outline an interesting thesis, beginning with the assertion that the USA and Russia are in a new cold war, and that in the previous Cold War, advances in detente were only ever made by Republican Presidents (Fran very quiet). And that the bogus Russia probe is hampering Trump’s ability to negotiate new detente. Fran couldn’t get him off quick enough. Maybe she misread and thought she was booking Stephen Colbert.

  7. Bruce in WA

    Fortuitous serendipity

  8. Old School Conservative

    Good to see the press mentioning the latest Newspoll results as “The Coalition isn’t losing by as much as before”. Still inching closer to the Abbott-destroying 30 consecutive losses, but little mention of that.
    Oh happy days.

  9. Rafe Champion

    SA and Victoria living off other people’s coal fired power as usual, people on Facebook might like to post the data dashboard for wider circulation

  10. Rafe Champion

    Interesting that NSW demand for power seems to be regularly approx. 8/5 ratio to Victoria with similar populations, presumably due to industry structure, can someone illuminate that, is that a long term situation or something recent?

  11. Robber Baron

    Has Andrew Bolt been charged with assaulting two innocent lefty students outside a Lygon St pizza restaurant as yet. If not, why not?

  12. DaveR

    When are state premiers going to use their regulatory powers to stop the transport of power across state borders, for the benefit of their own people?

    Victoria keeping SA alive, but at the same time doubling its own wholesale price because of reduced Vic baseload supply.

    NSW feeding excess into Vic because it hasnt detroyed any of its baseload generators – yet.

    Tas selling “green” hydo power into Vic through Basslink.

    If Vic was to shut down the interconnects into SA immediately, one estimate I have seen suggests peak wholesale prices in Vic will more than fall in half. SA prices will rise to catastrophic levels.

    A “free” market mess.

  13. a happy little debunker

    Tassie’s Liberals election promise to ‘unlink’ from the National Electricity market – because of rising Vic & SA power prices.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-04/the-tasmanian-liberals-have-promised-to-reduce-power-prices-by-/9394516

    Meanwhile,
    The Wilderness Society and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre attempt to reproduce a dead language, but actually create a new one – Whilst confusing the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area with another newish creation, the ‘Tarkine’.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-04/an-advertisement-featuring-the-language-of-the-aboriginal-peopl/9394656

  14. DaveR

    Robber Baron, the video of the incident proves it was self-defence action after he was assaulted. Thats why. The two attackers are still wanted for questioning.

  15. Rafe Champion

    10 minute clip on the leading features of the Nunes FISA memo with the conclusion that the Deep State is nothing new, just the changing face of the bureaucrats as the public service become another stronghold of the destructive left.

  16. Roger

    He’s not the Messiah, he’s just another neo-Gnostic peddling moralistic therapeutic deism who happens to have a good insight into cultural Marxism:

    Jordan Peterson’s psycho-religious heresy.

  17. zyconoclast

    Has Andrew Bolt been charged with assaulting two innocent lefty students outside a Lygon St pizza restaurant as yet. If not, why not?

    They haven’t identified as East African yet.

  18. Roger

    Tassie’s Liberals election promise to ‘unlink’ from the National Electricity market – because of rising Vic & SA power prices.

    Constitutional implications re free trade to be overcome, but I would like to see them succeed.

    QLD would be under electoral pressure to do so next, before they have progressed too far down Pony Girl’s disastrous path, leaving NSW/ACT, VIC & SA to suffer the consequences of the policies of the governments they’ve voted in.

    I’m afraid only real suffering, an unexpected prelude to the coming reality, will make people question the the renewables scam and demand reliable and affordable power.

  19. zyconoclast

    Meanwhile,
    The Wilderness Society and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre attempt to reproduce a dead language, but actually create a new one – Whilst confusing the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area with another newish creation, the ‘Tarkine’.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-04/an-advertisement-featuring-the-language-of-the-aboriginal-peopl/9394656

    At the 22 and 26 second mark are they trying to replicate a small child making motorcycle noises?

  20. marg of nambour

    Not sure this passes the sniff test –
    The “bushie” who purchased the full filing cabinets from the second-hand disposal shop happened to “choose” the ABC’s FOI Officer Michael McKinnon as the person to whom he would release the top secret files.
    Michael’s brother just happens to be Allan McKinnon, a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, currently in charge of National Security for the Federal Government.
    So Allan works under Martin Parkinson in the very department from where the top-secret files went missing.
    Interesting too, that Michael Mckinnon said “as a 19-year-old I had worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in the registry — the dead dull administrative unit that handles all the top secret files.”
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/news-coverage/2018-02-03/the-cabinet-files-and-how-they-were-found/9393008

  21. Bruce of Newcastle

    Another memo coming…

    BREAKING: Senate Judiciary Committee to Release Memo on FBI, Christopher Steele and Russia Dossier (2 Feb)

    It turns out the Senate Judiciary Committee also has a memo on Christopher Steele, the FBI and Russia dossier they are working to declassify. Their memo is set to be released including FBI redactions shortly.

    It is being reported that several memos will be released and the worst is yet to come.

    Oh goody! We can now watch the Dems squirm and come up with increasingly ridiculous excuses for months to come. M0nty where are you? Front and centre! Piñata time. This will be so much fun!

  22. Motelier

    Damn,
    Missed the podium by “. ” that much.

    Must try harder.

  23. Des Deskperson

    A hagiography of Tim Minchin in todays Canberra Times TV guide – i can’t find it on line but presumably it is in all Fairfax dailies – contains this extraordinary 2 paragraphs:

    “But as his audience continues to grow (more than 2.5 million have watched the Cardinal Pell video on Youtube) he thinks carefully about when to add his voice to public debate. He has stayed deliberately quiet during the spate of revelations about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.

    “I find it hard that I am not allowed to say anything, but that’s good, right? I’m an entitled white guy with a huge audience and I feel like I don’t have the right to speak. People like me are just shutting the f**k up, and that’s right” ”

    When you strip this statement of its rather confused grammar and its obligatory identity politics virtue-signalling, it’s hard to resist the inference the while Minchin is happy to slag off safe and orthodox targets like Pell and SSM opponents, he, unlike at least some other entitled white guys with a huge audiences, still doesn’t want to upset the powerful people in Hollywood, even though they have just, apparently, kicked him in the teeth.

    The Guide also describes his new ABCTV show as ‘hilarious’, the reviewer presumably unaware that that term is normally used for stuff like ‘Australia’s funnest home cat videos’.

  24. OldOzzie

    Dutton and Turnbull need to be deported, says African leader

    A major figure in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community promised political retribution yesterday against the Liberal Party for its handing of this summer’s African youth crime crisis.

    South Sudanese Community Association spokesman Richard Deng has been the public face of Melbourne’s African community leaders during a month dominated by coverage of robberies, bashing and public brawls allegedly caused by African youth violence.

    Mr Deng told a crowd outside Victoria’s State Library yesterday he would mobilise against politicians he said were playing up the threat of youth crime, including Malcolm Turnbull and Home ­Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

    “Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, you need to be deported,” he said at the No Racism: Stop Criminalising Our African Communities rally.

    “We are all Australians … if you do not stop what are you doing, we are going to send you back to where you come from.”

    Mr Deng told The Australian he would continue to “reply” to the Prime Minister and Mr Dutton if they continued to campaign on youth-crime issues but would not say whether he was prepared to campaign formally against the Liberals at the next state and federal elections.

    “They are playing political games and it is not right … we were not prepared for what they said over the summer,” he said.

    “We have to defend ourselves.”

    The rally of several hundred anti-racism and left-wing activists did not compare in size to the reportedly 60,000-strong march against Australia Day last month.

    Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam, various trade unionists and several young activists spoke at the rally, which travelled to the Victorian Liberal Party’s headquarters in Bourke Street.

    A few hours later, a bigger gathering took place at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral where Archbishop Philip Freier led a “healing service” for Melbourne’s South Sudanese community.

    Archbishop Freier attacked politicians and the media on Thursday for “exaggerating” the youth-crime crisis but his sermon yesterday was more focused on uniting the community and included prayers for victims of youth violence. He said as the victim of an armed robbery, he knew “very well how deep the emotional scars can be after such a traumatic experience”.

    Victoria Police deputy commissioner Andrew Crisp, who said early last month there was not a gang problem, also spoke at the service and said police did not want to lock up young people.

    “We don’t shy away from that commitment to investigating crime and arresting those responsible … but we want to work with churches … we don’t want to lock people up,” he said.

    “We especially don’t want to lock young people up.”

    Anglican charity The Brotherhood of St Laurence has spent $10,000 on a social media campaign to combat racism towards African youth.

    555 Comments so far and not very complimentary to Mr Richard Deng

  25. Catching up on the news, so far this morning I’ve learnt that our foreign policy and spending is now dictated to us by American singers who shill for criminal organisations, the cops have announced da yooof won’t be arrested, a Shitholistan blow-in is threatening pollies for telling the truth and when I unwrapped my Macca’s sausage & egg muffin this morning there was no bloody egg in it. Seriously, how fucking retarded do you have to be to miss an entire fucking stage of a 3 stage process? No wonder we’re shitter than Kazakstan.

  26. jupes

    On Sky News this morning, the ignorant bint hosting the program enlightened us on what all the fuss about the FBI memo was about.

    To do this she invited a member of the US Studies Centre to fill us in. Apparently the “Republican” memo is all about Trump abusing members of the FBI that he appointed. That’s all. No really.

  27. H B Bear

    Couldn’t believe my ears this morning. RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly actually had someone on who pointed out that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Stephen Cohen, emeritus professor of Russian Studies at Princeton and NYU. Fran then went straight to the ad hominem attack: “Some have called you an apologist for Putin. What do you say to that?” He swiped that aside.

    Oh Frank, you must have missed your ex-BBC comrade Cathy Newman being mauled for doing exactly the same thing. Don’t forget Frank is one of the ALPBC’s pre-eminent political reporters and costs taxpayers over $250,000 a year. Her previous job was activities director for the La Trobe Uni guild.

  28. OldOzzie

    Dutton and Turnbull need to be deported, says African leader

    A major figure in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community promised political retribution yesterday against the Liberal Party for its handing of this summer’s African youth crime crisis.

    South Sudanese Community Association spokesman Richard Deng has been the public face of Melbourne’s African community leaders during a month dominated by coverage of robberies, bashing and public brawls allegedly caused by African youth violence.

    Mr Deng told a crowd outside Victoria’s State Library yesterday he would mobilise against politicians he said were playing up the threat of youth crime, including Malcolm Turnbull and Home ­Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

    “Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, you need to be deported,” he said at the No Racism: Stop Criminalising Our African Communities rally.

    “We are all Australians … if you do not stop what are you doing, we are going to send you back to where you come from.”

    Mr Deng told The Australian he would continue to “reply” to the Prime Minister and Mr Dutton if they continued to campaign on youth-crime issues but would not say whether he was prepared to campaign formally against the Liberals at the next state and federal elections.

    “They are playing political games and it is not right … we were not prepared for what they said over the summer,” he said.

    “We have to defend ourselves.”

    The rally of several hundred anti-racism and left-wing activists did not compare in size to the reportedly 60,000-strong march against Australia Day last month.

    Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam, various trade unionists and several young activists spoke at the rally, which travelled to the Victorian Liberal Party’s headquarters in Bourke Street.

    A few hours later, a bigger gathering took place at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral where Archbishop Philip Freier led a “healing service” for Melbourne’s South Sudanese community.

    Archbishop Freier attacked politicians and the media on Thursday for “exaggerating” the youth-crime crisis but his sermon yesterday was more focused on uniting the community and included prayers for victims of youth violence. He said as the victim of an armed robbery, he knew “very well how deep the emotional scars can be after such a traumatic experience”.

    Victoria Police deputy commissioner Andrew Crisp, who said early last month there was not a gang problem, also spoke at the service and said police did not want to lock up young people.

    “We don’t shy away from that commitment to investigating crime and arresting those responsible … but we want to work with churches … we don’t want to lock people up,” he said.

    “We especially don’t want to lock young people up.”

    Anglican charity The Brotherhood of St Laurence has spent $10,000 on a social media campaign to combat racism towards African youth.

    555 Comments so far and not very complimentary to Mr Richard Deng

  29. Carbon Emitter

    The inside story by John Lyons on the filing cabinet and state secrets is one of the best self serving stories in some time and would be more aptly titled ‘writing your own ticket’. It’s all about how unbiased, independent, diligent, thorough, thoughtful, careful, honest and trustworthy are the defenders of information, truth and democracy.

    No need for any applicable protocols, laws or legislation. No need for elected institutions or structures of government that are accountable to the voter. No need at all.

  30. H B Bear

    Maybe “hilarious in Canberra” is the new “funny in Melbourne”?

  31. H B Bear

    Relax Mr Rusty. Your sausage and egg McMuffin will soon be made by robots. Hang in there.

  32. stackja

    H B Bear
    #2628302, posted on February 5, 2018 at 11:38 am
    Oh Frank, you must have missed your ex-BBC comrade Cathy Newman being mauled for doing exactly the same thing. Don’t forget Frank is one of the ALPBC’s pre-eminent political reporters and costs taxpayers over $250,000 a year. Her previous job was activities director for the La Trobe Uni guild.

    Frankly she don’t give a damn.

  33. Boambee John

    Talking to myself on the old thread.

    police did not want to lock up young people.

    Well, some of them anyway. Any white yoof who pushes back, however, will feel the impact of a ton of bricks.

  34. Bruce of Newcastle

    A hagiography of Tim Minchin in todays Canberra Times TV guide – i can’t find it on line but presumably it is in all Fairfax dailies – contains this extraordinary 2 paragraphs

    he, unlike at least some other entitled white guys with a huge audiences, still doesn’t want to upset the powerful people in Hollywood, even though they have just, apparently, kicked him in the teeth.

    I was wondering whether Minchin tangled with Weinstein, and whether his new show “Squinters” should’ve been called “Squirters” instead.

  35. H B Bear

    You’ll never wank in this town again.

  36. lotocoti

    In a stunning coincidence, there’s a Richard Deng who’s a South Sudanese community leader and currently works in customer service at the DHS.

  37. Mark A

    from the old thread
    stackja
    #2628292, posted on February 5, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Mark A
    #2628284, posted on February 5, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Yes! Despite all the sneers, TA is the only real alternative.

    I don’t know, maybe?
    But I know this, TA despite being a lonely backbencher and not overly controversial, he is more often in the news than the AC and CB with all that money and organisation behind him.

    I’m not knocking them because I don’t like them, but because it’s extremely frustrating seeing all that effort of creating a party and letting it go to waste through inaction.

  38. The Moribund Barking Toad

    well, top 50 or so

  39. stackja

    Mark A
    #2628336, posted on February 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    MSM keep giving TA free exposure in an attempt to help MT/BS.

  40. struth

    Young Timmy Munchkin is somebody I’m supposed to give a rat’s about his political views?

    “But as his audience continues to grow (more than 2.5 million have watched the Cardinal Pell video on Youtube) he thinks carefully about when to add his voice to public debate. He has stayed deliberately quiet during the spate of revelations about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.

    How much thought do you reckon went into releasing his “Pell song”
    He lost half his Audience.
    Maybe, Tim, just maybe, probably half of those watched in disgust and swore never to let you steal another second of their lives.

    Thinking carefully is not happening at all.
    Give up half your gigs to the opposite sex, of some other perceived sex that only leftists are, and put your money where your dickhead mouth is, cock smoker.

  41. cuckoo

    I was wondering whether Minchin tangled with Weinstein, and whether his new show “Squinters” should’ve been called “Squirters” instead.

    I always thought Minchin had the intelligence of a house plant.

  42. Arky

    He’s not the Messiah, he’s just another neo-Gnostic peddling moralistic therapeutic deism who happens to have a good insight into cultural Marxism

    ..
    So what you’re saying is: you hate lobster.

  43. stackja

    From old Fred

    Roger
    #2628323, posted on February 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    My early child care centre was a backyard sand pit.

    Thou had sand pit?

    Posh!

    We played in dirt under t’ house.

    Posh? Dad swept floors at a department store.

  44. JC

    But he is above criticism, according to Ser from the pub.

    “Dreamer’ Talks Aim to End Budget Impasse
    Republican Sen. John McCain, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons say they will propose path to citizenship for DACA participants, but no wall

  45. stackja

    From old Fred

    memoryvault
    #2628324, posted on February 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    Yes! Despite all the sneers, TA is the only real alternative.

    So you agree then. We’re fvcked.

    Australia has yet to recover from Gough.

  46. John Constantine

    The Australian economy is now house prices and consumer sentiment.

    Their services economy is Ponzi population scheme, all time low interest rates, snowballing public and private sector debt, spent on experiences, services, display artifacts and depreciating ruinables.

    What could go wrong?.

    If the Trumpnado doesn’t save us with higher commodity prices we are all going to need a good government job at their ABC.

    Comrades.

  47. Motelier

    DaveR.

    A free market mess.

    Uhmmmm no. This mess has been created by government intervention into a free market without thought to the consequences. ” What could possibly go wrong?”

    I had this arguement with a friend last night. He is a retired small business owner ( retired fruit and vege shop so lotsa undeclared cash) who hates government intervention in our loves.

    He just paid $139,000 for a 10 kw system with battery back and he still had to purchase a 7 kw generator to run all of his freezerz for fish and beer fridges in the event of a blackout lasting a bit longer than a day or two.. This solar system was designed so his 4 cent per kwh feed in tarrif negated his power bill. You don’t want to give government any money do you?

    He lives about 400 metres from the ocean front where there is usually an onshore sea breeze. So salt spray will be a problem.

    I do hope he lives long enough (10 years so we can go over the conversation again.

    Not factoring in cleaning of the panels ( yes Janice they have to be kept clean) , his Telsa power battery has a 10 year warranty for 2000 cycles. Oh BTW, every night the battery fully discharges ( who designs this shit?) so 2000 / 300 {365 – rainy days} = a life of between 6 and 7 years for the battery.

    The panels will degrade in performance after year seven ( thanks Bruce of Newcastle).

    My question was What was his expected ROI or Savings he expected to get out of his investment.

    The look 😳 I got was hilarious over the rim of Shiraz. Yes really.

    He isn’t a greenie, his parents emigrated from Holland with him after WW2 and he prolly as a spare million in cash salted away within easy reach.

  48. cuckoo

    If possible, there’s an even worse paragraph in that article:

    And, as a man in the industry – “a flirty, sexually driven, powerful guy” – he confesses he finds it a bit scary. “I doubt that any woman has ever been scared in my presence but I get drunk and talk about sex all the time … But at the moment, the people who are falling seem to be the proper baddies, so at the moment it seems to be alright.”

    Modest, isn’t he?

  49. egg_

    If Vic was to shut down the interconnects into SA immediately, one estimate I have seen suggests peak wholesale prices in Vic will more than fall in half. SA prices will rise to catastrophic levels.

    Too bad if one of the interconnectors fails.

  50. JC

    Nice pocket change.

    Amazon CEO saw his wealth grow by $17.4 billion in January aloneJeff Bezos remains hella rich. Jeff Bezos got a little bit richer Thursday after Amazon.com Inc. shares soared in after-hours trading, sending his personal fortune above $120 billion. If the gain holds when trading begins Friday, the Amazon founder and CEO will have made about $6.5 billion overnight, pushing his total wealth to about $123 billion,

  51. The Moribund Barking Toad

    Van Oscillate jumps on the bandwagon bashing short wilie…..those knives are getting sharper (the Oz)..

    The risk for Shorten is that if Newspoll gets much tighter his colleagues will get nervous. If they do, his obvious lack of popularity will become a major issue. If the polls shift enough to level up or even see the Coalition move in front, putting an end to the consecutive run of polling defeats for the government, momentum will likely carry Shorten further adrift.

    Fair bit of negative press for tits today

  52. Has Andrew Bolt been charged with assaulting two innocent lefty students outside a Lygon St pizza restaurant as yet. If not, why not?

    Alas Robber Baron, it seems justice will not be served. In a most unfortunate twist, the video evidence reveals that both victims are Anglo-Saxon, furthermore the accompanying audio does not capture Bolt shouting aloud that he wished his victims were Muslim/Black, nor is he heard shouting his support for Hitler/Hanson/Bernardi.

    This means Bolt gets away with it.

  53. egg_

    I was wondering whether Minchin tangled with Weinstein, and whether his new show “Squinters” should’ve been called “Squirters” instead.

    Swindlers List?

  54. Delta A

    Modest, isn’t he?

    And just a tad nervous, perhaps?

  55. egg_

    If the polls shift enough to level up or even see the Coalition move in front

    Unlikely, Wrongologist.

  56. Baldrick

    58th Battalion A.I.F

    Boxer, Walter Henry (1893–1927)
    Boxer enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 22 February 1916 and sailed for France as a stretcher-bearer. He was twice wounded in 1917, once at Warlencourt and the other at Passchendaele.
    In the early months of 1918 the 58th Battalion served in the Messines-Wytschaete sector, then returned to the Somme where the Germans had launched their spring offensive. Boxer was awarded the Military Medal for devotion to duty at Aubigny in May and gained a Bar to his medal for gallantry at Ville-sur-Ancre two months later. On the night of 20 June he was slightly wounded in a raid on a trench in the Morlancourt sector. His brigade advanced from Villers-Bretonneux for the decisive battle of 8 August and in the next major engagement, the battle of Péronne, he won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry on 2 September. Under a heavy barrage of high explosive and gas he brought two men to the dressing-station, then went back through the barrage four times and carried more men from the outpost line before being severely wounded by shrapnel.
    He died of tuberculosis at the Repatriation Hospital, Caulfield, on 16 June 1927 and was buried in Kew cemetery with full military honours.

  57. Mother Lode

    Just had a look at the Financial Review from the 30th.

    Two articles in the editorial pages I looked quickly at:

    One calling for tax reform because…it reduces inequality.

    The second, written by Gough Whitlam’s son, Nicholas, detailed how Trump’s visit to Davos was a waste since people there ignored him (unlike the Boy Wonder, Macron) but at least Trump didn’t embarrass himself or the US. Well, perhaps a bit.

    What a rag.

    I wonder if the Fairfax’s business paper will have to relocate their offices to…because they seem to have no idea how to run a business.

  58. jupes

    He lost half his Audience.

    Yeah nah. I doubt that a lot of Catholics or conservatives listened to the idiot in the first place.

    His audience would appear to be ABC luvvies.

  59. cuckoo

    Waiting for Tim Minchin to by lynched (Lynchin’ Minchin?) by the Frightbats over that comment:

    But at the moment, the people who are falling seem to be the proper baddies, so at the moment it seems to be alright.”

    The clear implication is that, let the girls have a bit of fun, but if some of Tim’s mates cop any flak, he and the Patriarchy might have to do something about it.

  60. JC

    Another week, another derailment.

    Two Killed in Amtrak Train Collision in South Carolina
    Early Sunday crash with stationary freight train puts pace of implementation of new railroad safety systems in spotlight

  61. jupes

    But at the moment, the people who are falling seem to be the proper baddies, so at the moment it seems to be alright.”

    Craig McLachlan and Geoffrey Rush might beg to differ.

  62. struth

    Yeah nah. I doubt that a lot of Catholics or conservatives listened to the idiot in the first place.

    His audience would appear to be ABC luvvies.

    They will be from now on.
    He shot himself in the foot by being another left wing bubble boy.
    They’ll never know what they could have achieved if they’d just kept their dumb mouths shut.

  63. John Constantine

    The pigpass database is on their ABC radio now, an internal passport for every movement by every porker.

    Technically I should be filling out the online internal passports for sheep movements that saint jaala has in yarragrad, but as they haven’t managed to get the electronic tag thing working yet, why make it easier for the State to introduce a new normal.

  64. mh

    SBS news last night covered the WBBL final extensively before moving on to give a brief summary of the men’s BBL final.

    Why the fvck are taxpayers still having to fund SBS?

  65. struth

    But at the moment, the people who are falling seem to be the proper baddies, so at the moment it seems to be alright.”

    How does he know who the bad guys are?
    And if he did know, why hasn’t he said anything?

    It’s too easy to pull these pricks to pieces because now we are at a point where it doesn’t matter if you do.
    Logic and reality are irrelevant.

    When cultural Marxism gets to this point, the society/ country is doomed.

  66. John Constantine

    ABC radio now has a council complaining that they will have to start fining farmers driving around in muddy Utes.

    Litter abatement fines under local laws for people without proper driveways.

    Out of touch much, Council Comrades?.

  67. cuckoo

    But at the moment, the people who are falling seem to be the proper baddies, so at the moment it seems to be alright.

    We all know this is how the Left thinks. It’s just that I’ve never seen it stated so openly.

  68. EvilElvis

    Seriously, how fucking retarded do you have to be to miss an entire fucking stage of a 3 stage process?

    I’ll see your muffin and raise you a KFC chicken fillet burger, sans chicken fillet… Eldest son not impressed haha

  69. Jo Smyth

    In Australia all of the free to air tv channels, most of the talk radio, most on Sky and definitely the ABC and most of the Press including the Australian, on a daily basis spout only left wing anti Trump messages. Can anybody here hazard a guess what percentage of the population get their info from other sources and think the media are totally biased and support Trump.

  70. EvilElvis

    Other sources, Jo? Like Facebook? Most people want their news like they want their money, quickly with minimal effort, preferably government supplied…

  71. Baldrick

    TheirABC

    Super Bowl LII: Why everyone hates the New England Patriots
    1. They win too much
    2. Tom Brady
    3. Trump aligned
    4. They cheat
    5. Grumpy Belichick

    Amazing.

  72. Just Interested

    Tassie’s Liberals election promise to ‘unlink’ from the National Electricity market – because of rising Vic & SA power prices.

    Constitutional implications re free trade to be overcome, but I would like to see them succeed.

    No, there’s no s.92 issue – it is quite open for Tasmania to physically cut off the Basslink Interconnector if it doesn’t wish to participate in the NEM; it’s only an issue if they passed some form of law perceived as being a burden on trade – put another way, you don’t have to trade if you don’t want to but you can’t use the force of law to prevent it.

    ABC’s definition of a swinging voter is someone caught between Greens and Labor

    Read on:

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/chris-kenny/abcs-definition-of-a-swinging-voter-is-someone-caught-between-greens-and-labor/news-story/4756972c04fc335eeb732b7d21192536

    Hate to break it to Chris Kenny but the young bloke swinging between Labor and the Greens is generally the choice people make in Hobart (if not elsewhere on the island). Look at the electoral figures.

  73. Kneel

    Egg:”Too bad if one of the interconnectors fails.”

    Surely, that should be:
    Nice interconnector you have there – be a shame if anything happened to it.

    If you want to take down NSW grid, I know just where to start, BTW 🙂 3 x steel towers down, bye-bye NSW grid (but only if you pick the right ones).

    In the mean time, we can agree that we are right behind all our pollies – after all, it’s necessary to be behind someone before you can stab them in the back. Don’t stress, no harm here – surely they all wear the bullet-proof vests now…

  74. JC

    Hate to break it to Chris Kenny but the young bloke swinging between Labor and the Greens is generally the choice people make in Hobart (if not elsewhere on the island). Look at the electoral figures.

    You’re not breaking anything to Kenny. It’s a state election and the libs are in government. It’s not a “Hobart” election, unless you missed this part entirely.

  75. Habib

    Major cross-promotion for yet another crap game show on the ABC. According to the brains trust of Ultimo, appearing like a combination hipster and Edwardian incarnation of Morrisey makes you look intellectual. And there’s a new comedy featuring Tim Minchin , Jackie Weaver and the apparently brain-damaged Sam Simmons. Also a couple of obligatory fat chicks. Can’t wait, it will no doubt be side-splittingly, sphincter-releasing hilarious.

  76. egg_

    But at the moment, the people who are falling seem to be the proper baddies, so at the moment it seems to be alright.

    The Frightbats haven’t gone after the fairies who wear more mascara than them, yet?

  77. egg_

    ABC radio now has a council complaining that they will have to start fining farmers driving around in muddy Utes.

    With a few old filing cabinets in the back?

    Tail gate?

  78. egg_

    Also a couple of obligatory fat chicks

    Aunty seems to have an obligatory Gal Quoda for fat chicks.

  79. mh

    Julian [email protected]

    Twitter bots, disguised as Americans, attack FISA memo and Trump; promote warhawk McCain.
    1:21 AM – Feb 4, 2018

  80. C.L.

    He has stayed deliberately quiet during the spate of revelations about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.

    Interesting.

  81. egg_

    In Australia all of the free to air tv channels, most of the talk radio, most on Sky and definitely the ABC and most of the Press including the Australian, on a daily basis spout only left wing anti Trump messages. Can anybody here hazard a guess what percentage of the population get their info from other sources and think the media are totally biased and support Trump.

    Trump666 is probably irrelevant to the LIV’s.
    Some may have taken heed that he pulled out of the Paris Agreement and quietly agree.

  82. Lysander

    Hey cats
    need a helping hand… I’ve got a new computer and some months ago someone posted a kill sticky link to get rid of headers at the top of web pages; I can’t remember who it was but if that person, or someone, is able to link it again, it’d be appreciated!

  83. H B Bear

    I can’t any real reason why Senor Assange needs to move from his Ecuadorean basement.

  84. Habib

    Who was responsible for inflicting sub-Saharan savages on us in the first place? I recall it was another one of JWH’s enlightened initiatives. I’m surprised they haven’t brought out some Janjaweed boyos for balance and diversity.

  85. C.L.

    The modern ADF: only the best and the brightest warriors need apply …

    “I was just a very butch, queer woman.

    “I went through basic training at ADFA and within a couple of months I quickly realised it was a very binary place. It was very black and white, and I felt really uncomfortable.

    “I wasn’t allowed the scope to present in a masculine way. Not that there were written rules, but there were unspoken rules. I quickly realised for me to feel comfortable I’d have to transition.”

    Miss Bowley said when she joined the ADF in 2011 she was overcompensating with extreme masculinity.

    “I was so masculine I was described as the epitome of aggression,” Miss Bowley said.

    “I went so far to prove to everyone and myself that I was masculine.”

    But that changed after she attempted suicide twice.

    In April 2014, Miss Bowley told her boss that she’d been seeing a psychiatrist for six months and was going through the gender transition process.

    Former Australian Defence Force Academy cadets claim discrimination over transgender status.

  86. Rohan

    Rafe Champion
    #2628255, posted on February 5, 2018 at 10:44 am
    SA and Victoria living off other people’s coal fired power as usual, people on Facebook might like to post the data dashboard for wider circulation

    As of 1.18pm SA’s wind turbines are chugging out an awesome 42 Mw of power. Or about 2.3% of the states power. Not bad considering its nameplate capacity is ~42% of the state.

    I bet that Musk’s battery is dead flat. Or is it that the spot price isn’t high enough yet to get a decent ROI?

  87. JC

    Cryptos getting the absolute shit kicked out of them. Shitcoin breaks through 9K.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/cryptocurrencies

  88. Rohan

    a happy little debunker
    #2628266, posted on February 5, 2018 at 10:56 am
    Tassie’s Liberals election promise to ‘unlink’ from the National Electricity market – because of rising Vic & SA power prices.

    Good. They can also start receiving the GST they earn only.

  89. H B Bear

    The ADF should be able to form a tranny brigade any day now. That will solve a lot of these binary/non-binary problems. Everyone can just do whatever they identify as on the day.

  90. Mother Lode

    Aunty seems to have an obligatory Gal Quoda for fat chicks.

    The ABC really is letting the cat out of the bag by conspicuously showing flabby slovenly gravity-wells.

    They know how appalling they are. If they didn’t then they would appear no more than anyone else.

    Nietzsche had a line “You can lie with your mouth, but with the mouth you make as you do so you nevertheless tell the truth.”

    The ABC treats such women as freaks when they make a show of not treating them as freaks.

  91. Habib

    If you’re after a free nip and tuck or artificial meat & two veg, accompanied by a healthy sling in compo and a free ride, get down to Defence Recruiting today. And don’t worry about that messy closing with the enemy, if you hang around you’ll never leave Russell except for coffee, counselling, hormone therapy and study tours.

  92. Stimpson J. Cat

    So what you’re saying is: Stimpson is really God, Buddha and Allah in one?

    In all seriousness I actually had Jesus and Buddha in my head at the same time for about six months.
    The feeling was indescribable.
    Better than any drugs I have ever had.
    Thankfully I managed to keep it mostly to myself and not go on the Messiah trail trying to gather a following for my amazing revelations and unifying theory of the universe that only I had been privy to.
    It was incredibly hard though, as it is almost impossible to ignore.
    You want to share the feeling, you want everyone to see and understand and be as happy and content and connected and at peace as you are.
    Psychosis as the Holy Spirit etc etc.
    It definitely gave me a different perspective on things.

  93. JC

    Strong opinionated woman fails to break through the glass ceiling.

    One of President Donald Trump’s top environmental nominees is withdrawing after a year of criticism for being skeptical about climate change and for calling global warming a “kind of paganism.”

    Kathleen Hartnett White, Mr. Trump’s choice to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality, asked to withdraw this weekend. She cited a nomination process that had dragged on for more than a year, and said she would continue to support the president’s agenda on the environment and energy.

  94. From the OOT:

    ABC promoting tonight’s Australian Story about Christine Forster and her “wife”.
    With emphasis on all the human damage caused.

    It is an indicator of the moral idiocy of the global bugman class that the actual rending of these families is reckoned as a mark of the courage of those that are the cause of this rending.

    “I fell in love with her and I fell hard,” said Christine, who started to realise in her 30s that she was sexually attracted to women.

    We are meant to believe that women that had been sexually active with men into their 30s suddenly found out they were gay. Dear oh dear.

  95. Habib

    Has ADFA ever produced a graduate of any military worth whatsoever? Buggered if I can think of one.

  96. Lysander

    Thanks egg; you’re a champ!

  97. egg_

    Who was responsible for inflicting sub-Saharan savages on us in the first place? I recall it was another one of JWH’s enlightened initiatives. I’m surprised they haven’t brought out some Janjaweed boyos for balance and diversity.

    Carbon offsets?

  98. JC

    We are meant to believe that women that had been sexually active with men into their 30s suddenly found out they were gay. Dear oh dear.

    Lezzos are just sad. I feel sad for them.

  99. egg_

    No wuz, dunno who supplied it but it works a treat.

  100. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    “I fell in love with her and I fell hard,”

    “So i made the important decision to ruin my kids and husband’s lives and to continually betray my brother.

    Licking pussy is life.”

  101. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Thankfully I managed to keep it mostly to myself and not go on the Messiah trail trying to gather a following for my amazing revelations and unifying theory of the universe that only I had been privy to.

    pity

  102. Zyconoclast

    New definition of Safe Schools?

    Police officers to be placed in ‘high-risk’ Victorian secondary schools under Coalition election plan

    Dedicated police officers will be embedded at 10 “high-risk” Victorian secondary schools under a plan from Opposition Leader Matthew Guy to tackle youth crime.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-05/police-officers-to-be-placed-in-high-risk-vic-schools-opposition/9395874

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And don’t worry about that messy closing with the enemy, if you hang around you’ll never leave Russell except for coffee, counselling, hormone therapy and study tours.

    We leave all that ‘closing with the enemy, to kill or capture him” stuff to the knuckle dragging males. Serves them right, for being confident in their own sexuality.

  104. Stimpson J. Cat

    “I fell in love with her and I fell hard,” said Christine, who started to realise in her 30s that she was sexually attracted to women.

    Once you drink from the furry cup, your life will never be the same ladies.
    For some, it can be a poisoned chalice.
    For others, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  105. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ABC promoting tonight’s Australian Story about Christine Forster and her “wife”.
    With emphasis on all the human damage caused.

    Strange that neither of the ex – husbands were asked for their opinion.

  106. EvilElvis

    Licking pussy is life.

    Amen brother, amen.

  107. stackja

    dover_beach
    #2628423, posted on February 5, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    ABC is hoping to damage TA.
    No other reason

  108. a happy little debunker

    Rohan #2628413, posted on February 5, 2018 at 1:25 pm
    Good. They can also start receiving the GST they earn only.

    Just as soon as Victoriastan removes their unconstitutional ‘port taxes’ on all Tassie exports.

  109. struth

    “I fell in love with her and I fell hard,”

    “So i made the important decision to ruin my kids and husband’s lives and to continually betray my brother.

    Licking pussy is life.”
    Lezzos are just sad. I feel sad for them.

    I bet no one asked them, do either of you have a dildo?
    If so, why?
    I would have no problem in asking that, because if these hags want to go around making their sex lives public, it’s public.

  110. struth

    Licking pussy is life.

    Amen brother, amen.

    Be aware.
    There is a use by date on that.

  111. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2628437, posted on February 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    ABC promoting tonight’s Australian Story about Christine Forster and her “wife”.
    With emphasis on all the human damage caused.

    Strange that neither of the ex – husbands were asked for their opinion.

    The exs’ cared too much to become involved?

  112. ABC is hoping to damage TA.

    TA damaged his own position over the weekend by attending.

  113. C.L.

    Poor old mum was dragged along too.

  114. Confused Old Misfit

    I liked it better when the homosexuals kept it to themselves.
    Or should I perhaps say that I like it better when media didn’t headline every wannabe celebrity’s mental illness or gender insecurity issues.

  115. Old School Conservative

    A bright moment in the gloom of Australia’s political/elite destruction of our values and way of life – Mark Steyn’s “Music from Melbourne“.
    Perhaps the West is too strong to be destroyed, despite the apathy of some and the emnity of many.

  116. JC

    Ronery keeps asking the same question.

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2628437, posted on February 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    ABC promoting tonight’s Australian Story about Christine Forster and her “wife”.
    With emphasis on all the human damage caused.

    Strange that neither of the ex – husbands were asked for their opinion.

    And

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2628265, posted on February 5, 2018 at 10:55 am

    With emphasis on all the human damage caused.

    Funny, no mention of what the ex – husbands feel?

    Third time lucky.

  117. Zyconoclast

    Government demands Labor MP Susan Lamb quit over potential dual citizenship

    Other MPs not convinced referrals for the best
    Coalition backbencher Scott Buchholz* warned the Government should not take that step.

    “I think it’s a dangerous precedent to have government referring members,” Mr Buchholz* said.

    He would not guarantee he would vote for a motion to send Ms Lamb to the High Court.
    “I will cross that bridge when we get to it,” Mr Buchholz* said.
    “I spoke with Susan as well as others in the mix. She’s a good operator. She’s having a crack.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-05/citizenship-pressure-on-alp-mp-susan-lamb/9395736

    *Suspicious sounding name?

  118. Mother Lode

    Remember when the ABC had sought to publicly humiliate Abbott by saying they had found his long lost son – born out of wedlock! He would either have to admit to being a hypocrite or denying it.

    And how he confounded them by being very enthusiastic about the fellow. It transpired that the guy was not Abbott’s son. The ABC, with their comical grasp of Christianity and Christians couldn’t have seen that coming. They assumed that the right would turn against him.

    In fact, the true puritans in Australia, are the left.

  119. egg_

    She’s having a crack.”

    Poor choice of words, what, Grogs?

  120. EvilElvis

    There is a use by date on that.

    Best before?

  121. C.L.

    There are women who read the blog, fellas.

  122. struth

    There is a use by date on that.

    Best before?

    I was about to answer that, but C.L. has quite correctly pulled me back into line.

  123. H B Bear

    “I think it’s a dangerous precedent to have government referring members,” Mr Buchholz* said.

    Of course we can trust the Liars to police themselves. Their track record one this matter is above question.

    Stupid. Fvcking. Lieborals.

  124. max

    Tragically, Peterson’s psycho-religious philosophy leads back to a burdensome salvation by good works.

    Mark Powell is a Presbyterian, Roger, so not surprising he takes this view.

    It is hardly a Biblical view.

  125. Entropy

    a happy little debunker
    #2628266, posted on February 5, 2018 at 10:56 am
    Tassie’s Liberals election promise to ‘unlink’ from the National Electricity market – because of rising Vic & SA power prices.

    Gees, they will lose all that lovely revenue form the hydro plants.
    Also, imagine the implications if Queensland decided to leave the NEM.

  126. Habib

    Bucky probably doesn’t want to open that pandoras box as it’ll probably show that due to grandad’s activities on the Eastern Front he’s eligble for citizenship in the Greater Reich, and conscription into the Totenkopf Division. Same may apply to Plibbsy.

  127. jupes

    New Liberal senator Jim Molan posts inflammatory anti-Muslim videos

    He will apologise and make nice noises about Muslims.

  128. Habib

    And he’s upset the delicate sensibilities of Wee Dooooogie, the bastard. Never knew the sand goblins were heavily represented in the AMWU.

  129. egg_

    And he’s upset the delicate sensibilities of Wee Dooooogie

    Did Dooooogie spill his tea??!

  130. EvilElvis

    There are women who read the blog, fellas.

    Awww, daaaad…

  131. H B Bear

    Never knew the sand goblins were heavily represented in the AMWU.

    Mind Ma Tea just helping Tony Burqa and everyone in a western Sydney marginal. Allahu akbar.

  132. Lysander

    why is my comment in moderation Sinc?

  133. Old School Conservative

    Zyconoclast
    #2628469, posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:15 pm
    New Liberal senator Jim Molan posts inflammatory anti-Muslim videos

    That heading from the SMH deliberately makes the reader think the anti-Muslim videos have been posted recently – simultaneously with his swearing in as a Senator perhaps.
    On reading the article we find the posting occurred in march of last year.
    Clever little dissemblers at the SMH.

  134. struth

    Go back and read it.

    You may need to spell Joolery incorrectly, and you can’t say sn igger without putting that space in there.

  135. Habib

    Well they certainly manufacture a great deal of illness and injury. And a cut & shut’s the nearest thing we have to a motor manufacturing industry now. Amphetamines have to be manufactured as well, same with pipe bombs so I can see why See You Jimmy’s aboard.

  136. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    THE TIMES
    Crisis talks to oust Jacob Zuma from South Africa presidency

    Harriet Salem
    The Times
    1:27PM February 5, 2018

    The top six officials of the African National Congress were in crisis talks with President Zuma in Pretoria last night to persuade him to step down.

    At least four have made clear that they believe Mr Zuma should relinquish the South African presidency, allowing Cyril Ramaphosa, the ruling party’s new president, to take over.

    Mr Zuma, 75, is due to deliver the annual state of the nation address to parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, setting out the government’s achievements and its plan for the year to come.

    He has spent almost nine years in office, marred by corruption and cronyism allegations that have caused considerable public anger. There are fears that, should he deliver the speech, opposition parties will cause chaos and there could be protests at parliament.

    Mr Ramaphosa, 65, has vowed to restore confidence in the economy and has already backed Mr Zuma into a corner by ordering new leadership at the near-bankrupt state power company as well as apparently giving the green light to the prosecution authority to investigate corruption claims against members of the government.

    “There should be a change of guard, you can’t have two centres of power,” said Paul Mashatile, the ANC treasurer -general and one of the men meeting Mr Zuma. Gwede Mantashe, party chairman, said they would ask Mr Zuma to act “in the best interest of the ANC, the country and our economy”.

    His response, however, remained unpredictable. Once he leaves office he becomes more vulnerable to the risk of prosecution. He also retains the significant support of a faction of the ANC which includes Ace Magashule, its secretary-general.

    From the Oz. Good riddance..

  137. DaveR

    Motelier,
    I forgot the /sarc tag.
    If there is one thing the national electricity market is not, its a free market. Riddled with subsidies, rules and prohibitions, bundling and “green economics” (which has no relationship to normal economics).

  138. Dr Faustus

    *Suspicious sounding name?

    ?

  139. Habib

    Zuma will no doubt be replaced by something even more malignant. RSA goes to shit after being handed over to the blow-in natives; who could’ve possibly predicted such a calamitous outcome?

    All the mouthy western peanuts who lobbied long and hard for this should be rounded up and dropped in the middle of Nyanga wearing suits made out of rand.

  140. JC

    Speechless.

    A new, star-studded Crocodile Dundee-inspired TV commercial has aired for a potential 110 million Super Bowl viewers in the US as part of a $38 million Tourism Australia campaign targeting American travellers.

    It is the federal government’s most ambitious and expensive tourism campaign for a single overseas market since the “Shrimp on the Barbie” campaign in 1984-1990.

    Most advertisers paid US TV network NBC about $6.3m for a single 30-second slot in the clash between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
    Chris Hemsworth in the new ad which was aired for the first time during halftime of the Super Bowl 2018.

  141. W Hogg

    Tassie’s Liberals election promise to ‘unlink’ from the National Electricity market – because of rising Vic & SA power prices.

    And next drought when the hydro isn’t working, how smart will this look?

  142. Delta A

    C.L.
    #2628460, posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:04 pm
    There are women who read the blog, fellas.

    Thank you, C.L.

    The Lady Cats are not petals or prudes – we wouldn’t still be here if we were – but occasionally the larrikinism gets a bit ott.

  143. struth

    Speechless.

    What part of this makes you speechless.

    I find the way Tourism Australia hated Hogan not long after the shrimp in the Barbie commercials and the Marxists that rose up through the ranks wanted anything to do with Hoges banned from promoting Australia.
    Being in the industry I remember them saying, really, this is not who we are and not what we want to be seen to be.
    They then proceeded to bore everyone into staying home by promoting us as a foody/winery (yawn) wank fest.

    Now all of a sudden this.
    I see Hogan is in it.
    I would have told them to belt it up their proverbials.

  144. amortiser

    On the Today show on Sunday morning there was a segment with Joe Siracusa on the memo released by the House Intelligence Committee.

    Here is the transcript of the introduction:

    Interviewer: Lets shuffle onto Donald Trump because we don’t talk about him enough, Joe.
    Republican allies have released a controversial memo accusing the FBI of abuse
    of power in its investigation of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

    Joe. I’m not sure, correct me if I’m wrong here, I’m not sure that the memo reveals
    much, but it’s more of the fact that the memo has been leaked, right, that’s the bigger
    problem here.

    Siracusa: Yeah. The fact that the memo has been leaked suggests that Trump is at war with his
    own Department of Justice and intelligence services. Now the memo was a bit of a
    fizzer but on the other hand as Trump said today in The Associated Press, he regards
    that memo, that leaked memo, as justification for going to war with um ahh his special
    counsel. I mean. He might even use that as a pretext to get rid of the counsel or the
    guy that appointed him, Rosenstein, so ahh it’s possible he will go that way.

    Have you seen anything more dishonest in commentary than that piece.

    According to these clowns, the main takeout on the memo is that it was “leaked”. my understanding of the term “leak” is that it is the unauthorised or illegal release of information or documents.

    This memo was released under the authority of the House Intelligence Committee; it was submitted to the President for declassification and approval; furthermore it was forwarded to both the FBI and the Department of Justice for comment.

    Siracusa is supposed to be an expert on US politics and he regularly appears on the show to enlighten viewers on what is happening in US politics. Being an expert he would have known that the memo had not been leaked. In fact its release had been foreshadowed for at least a week awaiting the appropriate approvals.

    This was a deliberate case of dishonest reporting designed to mislead his viewers and malign Trump. The interview completely failed to address the actual content of the memo apart from a reference to the drunken Downer meeting with Papadopoulos and calling the rest of it a “fizzer”.

    Look, the the really interesting thing about that 4 page memo is not the abuse that the
    FBI took in getting a surveillance on an American citizen. It’s that last paragraph
    where it says that some blabber-mouth in the Australian foreign service or diplomatic
    corps blew the whistle on the Russian probe and that’s of course Alexander Downer
    having a drunken evening with that young man, Papadopoulous, in London.

    The fact that the memo set out how the institutions of state in the FBI and the Department of Justice used a dossier paid for by the Clinton Campaign was used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on an opposition candidate and a president elect by misleading the FISA court was not important for the shows viewers to know.

    Channel 9 should drop him as a commentator after that miserable effort.

  145. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zuma will no doubt be replaced by something even more malignant. RSA goes to shit after being handed over to the blow-in natives; who could’ve possibly predicted such a calamitous outcome?

    Cyril Ramaphosa’s name has been a by-word for corruption for years.

    All the mouthy western peanuts who lobbied long and hard for this should be rounded up and dropped in the middle of Nyanga wearing suits made out of rand.

    Too late for one – Malcolm Fraser kicked the bucket, remember?

  146. Anne

    The Super Bowl “Superb Owl” (eye roll) was rigged. Philadelphia Eagles “won”.

    As usual the half time show was full of Satanic symbolism.

    #TheGreatAwakening

  147. struth

    amortiser

    #2628510, posted on February 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Well said, now that should be sent to channel nine, asking for them to publicly retract their “experts” biased commentary and to sack him.

  148. Confused Old Misfit;

    I liked it better when the homosexuals kept it to themselves.
    Or should I perhaps say that I like it better when media didn’t headline every wannabe celebrity’s mental illness or gender insecurity issues.

    Me too. I’m getting damn fed up with the bedroom stories being pushed as normal behaviour, to the point that if someone told me of their sexual weirdness, I would have difficulty holding my voice back.

  149. JC

    As usual the half time show was full of Satanic symbolism.

    Yea, noticed it too. Freaky! All those devils running around and no one cares.

  150. Tim Neilson

    Mark Powell is a Presbyterian, Roger, so not surprising he takes this view.

    It is hardly a Biblical view.

    It’s also not a Presbyterian view unless I’ve been misreading the sign in front of my church for the last few decades.

  151. testpattern

    ‘A new, star-studded Crocodile Dundee-inspired TV commercial’

    Starring Julie Bishop as Crocodile Undies

  152. According to these clowns, the main takeout on the memo is that it was “leaked”. my understanding of the term “leak” is that it is the unauthorised or illegal release of information or documents.

    Sorry, but this has been the universal position of the Australian bugman politburo since its release, as I noted, on Saturday. If people are expecting them to begin reporting the facts when their backs are against the wall you’re dreaming.

  153. Leigh Lowe

    It is the federal government’s most ambitious and expensive tourism campaign for a single overseas market since the “Shrimp on the Barbie” campaign in 1984-1990.

    Which, despite causing pollies and tourism execs to puff their chests out, generated 3/8 of fuck-all in inbound tourism.
    This will go the same way.
    How about you stop screeching about the Barrier Reef being dead, fuckwits?
    That will generate heaps more incoming than a bunch of B-Grade celebs.

  154. jupes

    The fact that the memo set out how the institutions of state in the FBI and the Department of Justice used a dossier paid for by the Clinton Campaign was used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on an opposition candidate and a president elect by misleading the FISA court was not important for the shows viewers to know.

    Sky News was just as vacuous and misleading this morning. Now it is easy to believe that most of the airheads who host these programs are gullible idiots but there must be some people in those news rooms who know what is going on. How do they sleep at night knowing they are just hacks doing the bidding of the corrupt Democrat Party?

    As for the so-called “expert”, well, every single member of the US Studies Centre is a corrupt Democrat Party hack. Paid for of course by our tax dollars.

    Channel 9 should drop him as a commentator after that miserable effort.

    Won’t happen. He is telling them what they want to hear.

  155. Rafe Champion

    Power draining business as usual down south in the mendicant states. NSw not too flash but.

  156. calli

    But at the moment, the people who are falling seem to be the proper baddies, so at the moment it seems to be alright.”

    Someone needs to give Minchin a good shove. Then we’ll see.

  157. Zyconoclast

    On reading the article we find the posting occurred in march of last year.
    Clever little dissemblers at the SMH.

    I noticed that too.
    They drag up videos or comments people made from 10 or 20 years ago. A mere 11 months is nothing.

  158. Dr Faustus

    Look, the the really interesting thing about that 4 page memo is not the abuse that the
    FBI took in getting a surveillance on an American citizen. It’s that last paragraph
    where it says that some blabber-mouth in the Australian foreign service or diplomatic
    corps blew the whistle on the Russian probe and that’s of course Alexander Downer
    having a drunken evening with that young man, Papadopoulous, in London.

    The really interesting thing is that Siracusa hasn’t actually read the 4 page memo.
    The last paragraph says no such thing.

  159. Ragu

    Taswegian liberals have this in the bag.

    After the airhead Labour leader promised to blow up the pokies a curious thing happened. There are placards in the front bar of most every pub imploring people to vote Liberal to save jobs and your local watering hole.

    I’ve never seen such a thing in my life.

  160. calli

    Still waiting for the Rebuttal to End All Rebuttals.

    What could be taking so long?

  161. John Constantine

    All the aussie taxdollars gone to the Clintons, the least they could have done is to appear in our tourism superbowl add to assure all America how much Australia hates the Trumpening.

  162. egg_

    But at the moment, the people who are falling seem to be the proper baddies, so at the moment it seems to be alright.”

    Talentless has-been covets Dr Frank N. Furter.

  163. Geriatric Mayfly

    My antennae are always most sensitive to receptionists at surgeries who display airs and graces above their station. Today I read a sign in one such establishment that seem to suggest ‘comfort animals’ would be permitted, no doubt with riders. I asked if I could bring my peacock. Two of them got it immediately. The other gave me the full gamma ray glare, the tightly pursed lips indicative that a breath of humour seldom escaped from that portcullis.

  164. Mother Lode

    Tourism Australia is failing to cash in on what we are assured make us such an outstanding place which would have mass appeal in the second decade of the 21st century.

    If these new ads don’t showcase hairy angry bedouins waving knives and guns about and raping blond haired women, or a couple of leather-clad blokes arm in arm holding up jars of lubricant gel with big grins, then we have mad all these changes for nothing.

  165. Baldrick

    Siracusa is supposed to be an expert on US politics and he regularly appears on the show to enlighten viewers on what is happening in US politics.

    Siracusa works at Sydney University’s U.S. Studies Centre alongside 13 other academics.
    The fact is not one single person employed there predicted a Fatty Trump victory. Not one.

  166. squawkbox

    If these new ads don’t showcase hairy angry bedouins waving knives and guns about and raping blond haired women, or a couple of leather-clad blokes arm in arm holding up jars of lubricant gel with big grins, then we have mad all these changes for nothing.

    yes, I’m thinking of the tourist possibilities. “Melbourne…. live the Blackhawk Down experience… (only without the US army presence) Adelaide…..get back to nature when your aircon fails…. Hobart…..cheapest holiday you’ll ever have because you’re leaching off the rest of Australia….”

  167. jupes

    Steyn as you would expect nails it:

    A FISA application has to be signed off on by the highest figures at both Justice and the Bureau – in this case Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI Director James Comey. Given the sensitive nature of the case, it is difficult to believe that they did not know the answers to all the questions above: they were demanding surveillance of a major-party presidential campaign in a two-party system on the basis entirely of uncorroborated rumors provided by the other party’s operative. Yet Yates and Comey saw nothing wrong in denying the judge “all material facts”.

    RTWT

  168. JC

    He seems to be in a really dark spot. I hope he calls the hotline.

    James Comey
    ‏Verified account @Comey
    Feb 3

    Got to dress up for a family event tonight and was proud to wear my FBI cufflinks. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bewk1QogKoM/

  169. egg_

    Taswegian liberals have this in the bag.

    You mean our resident sockie got it wrong – again?

  170. jupes

    Got to dress up for a family event tonight and was proud to wear my FBI cufflinks. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bewk1QogKoM/

    The comments are hilarious.

  171. JC

    The comments are hilarious.

    He must read them. Almost all are barbs and attacks.

    It’s great.

  172. squawkbox

    Got to dress up for a family event tonight and was proud to wear my FBI cufflinks. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bewk1QogKoM/

    Seriously, what kind of wally wears his own employers’ schwag? Let alone brags about it? Cufflinks are the sort of crap you distribute to your favorite or at least less hated contractors, most of whom don’t have shirts with french cuffs anyway.

  173. calli

    Got to dress up for a family event tonight and was proud to wear my FBI cufflinks.

    Lol. What a wanker. The only thing missing in the tweet is a suitable Bible verse.

  174. The really interesting thing is that Siracusa hasn’t actually read the 4 page memo.
    The last paragraph says no such thing.

    Indeed, that is very instructive too. These people are bullshit artists pretending to be expert commentators.

  175. calli

    Does he have an FBI bug disguised as a fountain pen in his top pocket?

  176. cynical1

    He just paid $139,000 for a 10 kw system with battery back and he still had to purchase a 7 kw generator to run all of his freezerz for fish and beer fridges in the event of a blackout lasting a bit longer than a day or two.. This solar system was designed so his 4 cent per kwh feed in tarrif negated his power bill. You don’t want to give government any money do you?

    139k replaces a lot of perished goods.

    Did you say he was retired?

    Or has he still got the fishmarket and bottlo?

  177. Leigh Lowe

    Got to dress up for a family event tonight and was proud to wear my FBI cufflinks.

    Well, I had a family BBQ yesterday and I wore my moosehead slippers.
    What’s your point?

  178. Chris

    Has ADFA ever produced a graduate of any military worth whatsoever? Buggered if I can think of one.

    Thats possibly because they become Troonies before graduation.

  179. H B Bear

    Will the cuff-links match an orange jumpsuit?

  180. H B Bear

    Has ADFA ever produced a graduate of any military worth whatsoever? Buggered if I can think of one.

    Curiously buggery is one of the few skills they do pick up.

  181. struth

    Come to Australia…………………………
    Everyone is standing around doing nothing, just waiting for you, in the same bright shirts, you can’t miss them.

    We even have a few skinny people.

    We have airconditioned accomodations unless it gets hot, and you really get to see the countryside when out on the road on tour, because no one can travel over 80 kph.
    It’s not boring out there, no one can sleep on our roads.
    Just pack your good thongs and consider a night out getting a few tattoos to feel like you’re part of the scene.
    Do it soon, before the iron curtain goes up………………………..
    Come on down.
    Please disregard this message if you are a white male, or vote republican.

    You could write a book.

  182. H B Bear

    “Visit Melbournibad – have the full sub-Saharan experience and still be able to drink the water. “

  183. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Curiously buggery is one of the few skills they do pick up.

    I though that skill was acquired at HMAS Jervis Bay?

  184. Geriatric Mayfly

    North Carolina father-daughter couple had love child, officials say

    A bit of a leap from Homo Marriage, but this could be the next big push to finally rid the west of taboos and those obstructive things called families.

  185. struth

    Come to Melbourne, you won’t know where in the world you are.

  186. squawkbox

    Does he have an FBI bug disguised as a fountain pen in his top pocket?

    You’ll only know you have a genuine one if it has a genuwine dinky-di prerecording of Vladimir Putin, Kim-Jong-Il and Melania Trump plotting to paint Kek frog murals on Mount Rushmore. Beware cheap Chinese imitations!

  187. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Come to Melbourne, you won’t know where in the world you are.

    You might think you are in some Third World shithole.

  188. squawkbox

    “Visit Melbournibad – have the full sub-Saharan experience and still be able to drink the water. “

    But we’re working on the water part…..

  189. Bruce of Newcastle

    why is my comment in moderation Sinc?

    Lysander – Three is the number thou shalt count before thou lobbest a comment with links.
    Not four.

  190. Habib

    HMAS Creswell if you don’t mind. I’m a graduate of that august station.

    And ADFA does hold graduations.

  191. JC

    Rones,

    You wear insignia cuff-links to family gatherings, no?

  192. Habib

    HMAS Jervis Bay was the Incat on charter that used to do the Darwin-Dili shuttle. Decommissioned and returned to civilian service ages ago.

  193. Baldrick

    Got to dress up for a family event tonight and was proud to wear my FBI cufflinks. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bewk1QogKoM/

    Another picture surfaces, with different cuff links.

  194. Top Ender

    Went to sea on HMAS Jervis Bay during the Timor incident.

    On a calm following sea she managed to get up to 43 knots and I didn’t even spill my coffee.

    Aaargh Jim lad!

  195. Anne

    Trouble in Philly.

    Philadelphia Police requesting help from Homeland Security.

    Police scanner – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/4603/web

  196. struth

    I thought I was listening to an episode of Adam 12.

    That’s showing my age.

    I can’t make it out Anne

  197. Lysander

    With sincerest apologies to the Beatles, but Minchin writes fucked up songs that are retarded and gets away with it so here is my “tribute” to him; in the tune of “Something in the Way” by the Beatles:
    _________________________________________
    Minchin in the way, with youths
    Attracts three chords that sound like others
    Minchin in the way, he slews

    Don’t wanna believe him now
    You know he believes in Mao.

    Minchin in the bile he blows
    That I don’t need no other blubber
    Something in his vile that shows me

    Don’t wanna believe him now
    You know he thinks-he’s highbrow.

    You’re asking me if he’s a dumb hoe?
    I don’t know, I don’t know!

    Stick around and it will show
    He’s a hoe, ahhh dildo!

    (Musical interlude much more complex and beautiful than what fuckwit has ever written)

    Minchin in the gays he blows
    And all I have to do is sink his slurs
    Something in the things he shows me.

    I’m gonna heave limbs out
    He’s gonna have a blackout.

  198. H B Bear

    From a proud and disciplined organisation which did a lot with limited resources, [the ALPBC] has become a wealthy, self-indulgent and self-pleasuring colossus which no longer tells the public what it needs to know. Now it tells the public what to think and how to think.

    Geoffrey Luck gives the staff co-op another serve over on Quadrant Online. The mental picture of Snow Conanist lying back after The Snowcone Variety Hour in the Green Room doesn’t bear thinking about.

  199. Mother Lode

    Come to Melbourne, you won’t know where in the world you are.

    “Where the bloody hell am I?”

  200. Mark A

    struth
    #2628574, posted on February 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I thought I was listening to an episode of Adam 12.

    That’s showing my age.

    I can’t make it out Anne

    Glad to hear it, I thought it was only me.

  201. Zyconoclast

    Does he have an FBI bug disguised as a fountain pen in his top pocket?

    Shoe phone?
    https://youtu.be/BWhljf7tY_c

  202. Bruce of Newcastle

    Went to sea on HMAS Jervis Bay during the Timor incident.

    News this morning:

    Warren Buffett on hand as Navy commissions newest warship

    The U.S. Navy on Saturday commissioned its newest warship, the USS Omaha, a futuristic, $440 million vessel named for the Nebraska hometown of billionaire Warren Buffett.

    “She is a beautiful ship,” said Cmdr. Michael Toth, the commanding officer. “To be at her helm is more akin to flying an aircraft with a pilot and a co-pilot than to conning a traditional warship.”

    Trimaran built by Austal. May God bless all who sail in her!

    USS Omaha (LCS-12)

  203. Chris

    Lysander, that’s beautiful.
    I am certain that Stephen Fry, author of “How to be poet and really know it” would agree with me.

  204. Stimpson J. Cat

    C.L.
    #2628460, posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:04 pm
    There are women who read the blog, fellas.

    Yes but are lesbians really women?
    Lets be honest.
    Are they not merely men in a women’s body who identify as women?

    It’s so confusing.

    🙂

  205. JC

    Bruce

    Have you ever come across K cash flow discount model? Could it be a proprietary model?

  206. calli

    I go outside to do a bit of gardening. I leave the back door open.

    Half an hour later I return to find a kookaburra and a magpie perched in my kitchen looking hard at the fridge (aka the Silver Box of Magical Meat).

    I now know what it’s like to work at Centrelink just before opening time.

  207. jupes

    I now know what it’s like to work at Centrelink just before opening time.

    Except the customers aren’t so good looking.

  208. Sitting at home playing games on the PC like “Death Race 2000”?

    Come to Victoristan and you get to experience the real thing!

  209. Top Ender

    Nice work Lysander.

    Should “hoe” be “ho”??

    Not that I know of such things.

    (Minchin arouses unaccountable rage in me whenever I see him)

  210. Zyconoclast

    I now know what it’s like to work at Centrelink just before opening time.

    Except the customers aren’t so good looking.

    And the Centrelinkers are less well toilet trained.

  211. Anne

    I can’t make it out Anne.

    Struth and Mark, did you tap ‘Play’?

    Thousands at City Hall.

    Marines unit called in.

  212. Delta A

    I now know what it’s like to work at Centrelink just before opening time.

    Nephew works for Centrelink. My goodness, the (anonymous) tales he tells, including clients turning up for meetings drunk, drugged, abusive and/or in their pyjamas.

    And I thought I had it bad as relieving teacher for the Year 8 boys’ PE class.

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    Half an hour later I return to find a kookaburra and a magpie perched in my kitchen looking hard at the fridge (aka the Silver Box of Magical Meat).

    😀
    I have noisies attach themselves to the flyscreen like large moths.
    They know food somehow comes from inside.

  214. to find a kookaburra and a magpie perched in my kitchen

    No problem ma’am. Apply the 12G solution.

  215. Tel

    Trimaran built by Austal. May God bless all who sail in her!

    Yes, Incat and Austal have done OK on shipbuilding contracts, as the US Navy is exploring various kinds of weird hull designs.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSV-2_Swift

    Good to see we have a tiny bit of industry remaining. Good thing is they have a broad list of both commercial and government customers and military is only a small portion of their output… so they are NOT “ward of the state” military contractors with a strong incentive to encourage yet another war.

  216. Bruce of Newcastle

    Have you ever come across K cash flow discount model?

    JC – No, all the models I’ve worked on have been Excel, although often with a basement of a proprietary process model package to feed in the inputs. The Excel models tend to have to be very standard so that a banker can work out what they do: no plug ins and no opaque macro stuff.

  217. JC

    Thanks

    It must be a renamed regular model to make it sound high tech. Gimmick

  218. Knuckle Dragger

    I will take Tim Minchin seriously the exact same second he leaves Christians alone and performs a song demanding all Imams in Australia apologise for condoning FGM.

    Until then he can fvck off. I expect to be waiting for some time.

    BTW unless you’re Alice Cooper, wearing eyeliner is for poofs. Just sayin’.

  219. zyconoclast

    The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
    – George Orwell

  220. Leigh Lowe

    On the curious matter of the FBI/DoJ match-fixing, one wonders as to motivation.
    I linked to an article here last week which suggested that Strzok, Page, Comey, Ohr x 2 and Co didn’t really think Trump would win, and were merely posturing – and in a relatively overt way within their agencies – so that they could ingratiate themselves with the incoming Illary Regime.
    So why go the full FISA nuclear route on 21st October … just 18 days out from the election?
    Surely they had enough to point to the incoming Illary regime that they were friendlies?
    Or, were they just out for a bit of sport?
    If so, that is a high risk game.
    What has occurred to me is, what if they thought Illary may not win, not based on polls, but based on health?
    Remember that she fell into the transport van on September 11 following the memorial service in NYC.
    Up until that point the Secret Society thought she would win based on polling and had done enough background sycophancy to ensure job security.
    But … oh, fuck! What if she has a stroke or dies within weeks or days of the election?
    We need to be able to disqualify Trump if she falls over.
    And six weeks after they have to re-inflate Illary in the van and she goes missing with “flu” for two weeks up pops the dossier and the FISA warrant.

  221. Delta A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2628608, posted on February 5, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Yes!

    Every word.

  222. overburdened

    entropy I think it may be that they lefties have been partaking too much of the hydro plants.
    Hence their harebrained ideas that seemed pretty good when they were stoned.

  223. overburdened

    re this minchin ?chap. I haven’t heard any of his offerings so I can’t comment on the musicality.
    He is by all reports and quotes of his thoughts to be a complete [email protected] dick head that needs to attend the Overburdened Attitude Realignment Procedure

  224. Mark from Melbourne

    So why go the full FISA nuclear route on 21st October … just 18 days out from the election?

    Leigh, my understanding is that they’d been “tapping” indirectly via the NSA database, and that that was shut down by Adm Rogers (?) NSA head in the weeks prior to October 21st. So, basically, they needed a way to continue what they were already doing, if not illegally then at least problematically.

  225. egg_

    BTW unless you’re Alice Cooper, wearing eyeliner is for poofs.

    He’s not from the Muppet’s Band?

  226. Leigh Lowe

    Mark at 6:13.
    I also read that the AG can authorise “emergency” warrants which the FISC can ratify later.
    It has occurred to me that the definition of the term “emergency” may have got a bit loose in the Obumbi years.

  227. notafan

    If girls want metal worker’s pay why don’t they become metal workers?

  228. rickw

    “Visit Melbournibad – have the full sub-Saharan experience and still be able to drink the water. “

    But we’re working on the water part…..

    And the electricity, can’t wait till it’s 100% authentic and the sewage isn’t working either.

  229. Nephew works for Centrelink. My goodness, the (anonymous) tales he tells, including clients turning up for meetings drunk, drugged, abusive and/or in their pyjamas.

    What.The.Fvck. ????

  230. rickw

    If girls want metal worker’s pay why don’t they become metal workers?

    Because despite what you saw on Fame, welding will make copious amounts of hair catch on fire!

  231. rickw

    Sitting at home playing games on the PC like “Death Race 2000”?

    Come to Victoristan and you get to experience the real thing!

    Meeting today, female counterpart advises that she’s happy she has a car with autolocking doors and now plans to immediately drive away from any fender bender no matter how minor.

    Looks like Melbourne now has the same rules for driving as Port Moresby.

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