Monday Forum: February 12, 2018

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  1. thefrolickingmole

    Arky

    Depends on how hawt the skimpy barmaid is.

    2 chaps having a gay old time in each others company is like catnip to them.

  2. egg_

    Nationals deputy gives ‘rolled-gold guarantee’ that Joyce will stay leader – politics live

  3. egg_

    12m ago
    13:35
    Bridget McKenzie said she stayed silent for the past week, as it was a decision of the leadership team that “this was a personal issue” and Barnaby Joyce would deal with the issue himself, but she has been in “constant contact” with the MPs and “BJ” for the past week.

    She says he will not be standing down.

    “I have every confidence and I will give you my solid, rolled-gold guarantee here, that come tomorrow, come Friday, Barnaby Joyce will be leading the National party, a great party almost 100 years delivering for the regions and we are just going from strength to strength.

    “I just wouldn’t believe whoever you are talking to and I would love to know who it is, because everybody that I am speaking to in the party, knows that Barnaby Joyce delivers for the regions, everybody in our regional communities knows that, he is like a rock star when you have him on the ground and that is just going to continue.”

  4. Arky

    For example: I could cheerfully throttle each and every one of you losers in your sleep if it meant a single moment more contentment for my own wonderful child.

  5. Roger

    Barnaby Joyce…is like a rock star

    It would seem so.

  6. C.L.

    “In a nutshell, the changes [due on March 1] will be around more fumigation of the product before it comes into the country, more rigorous checking when they arrive, and more consistently applied sampling procedures in all ports of entry.”

    No, in a nutshell she wants Africans to starve.
    I sometimes watch snippets of that Australian customs show.
    Probably the funniest thing I saw was officers in HazMat suits opening a container full of cigarettes. I’m surprised they didn’t call in a SWAT team first.
    Eighty percent of what they do is harass discombobulated foreigners for their exotic foodstuffs.
    None of it will hurt anyone or endanger any industry.
    It’s all economic protectionism and Keynesian job creation.

  7. mh

    If only Vicki had stopped at a BJ.

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Are the bunches of African roses doing home invasions or carjackings?
    No?
    Then they are welcome.

  9. Mother Lode

    ML is an idiot.

    Steady on. I do the best with what I have got.

  10. Stimpson J. Cat

    For example: I could cheerfully throttle each and every one of you losers in your sleep if it meant a single moment more contentment for my own wonderful child.

    It must be wonderful knowing that your child will grow up free from that diabolical Kiwi speech impediment.
    Just another thing to thank Australia for.

  11. Leigh Lowe

    Roger

    #2636905, posted on February 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Barnaby Joyce…is like a rock star

    No.
    He is an amalgam of Gerard Depardieu and Andre Rieu on a bad hair day.

  12. Arky

    Stimpson, I shall throttle you last.
    I sometimes find you slightly amusing.

  13. egg_

    18s ago
    14:00
    We are in the chamber for question time.

    Barnaby Joyce has just walked in. He’s looking a lot more like his usual self today.

    He walked in as Stephen Jones was making a statement about how the Nationals need to “do the right thing” and “sack the deputy prime minister”

  14. Homophobic column comes back to haunt Barnaby Joyce’s possible replacement Michael McCormack

    He should defect to Cory’s mob, they still welcome that sort of stuff to this day.

  15. Bruce in WA

    Everyone has different tastes to be sure, but to my eyes, Barnaby made the wrong choice — should’ve stuck with this one.

  16. Dr Faustus

    Just to be clear, Latham is saying Turnbull should sack Joyce as a Minister.

    Sure. And the Coalition dissolves just in time to pull Shorten out of shitters’ ditch.

    Turnbull will leave BJob to baste in his own juices.

  17. egg_

    Everyone has different tastes to be sure, but to my eyes, Barnaby made the wrong choice — should’ve stuck with this one.

    She might be “single and ready to mingle” soon?

  18. thefrolickingmole

    Arky

    But your feral crotchspawn will inherit their fathers generosity and kindness and their mothers cooking ability.
    Mine of the other hand is already showing signs of Mensa like brilliance at 7 weeks, we are investigating which university to place him in now.
    Undoubtedly he will sell your degenerate Bezel-bubs out of date medication from his own practice to feed their raging addictions in exchange for you and your wifes retirement funds/j$welry.

  19. stackja

    egg_
    #2636917, posted on February 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Mr Stephen Jones MP
    Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
    BA (Wollongong), LLB (Macq.)
    Research officer, Australian Quadriplegic Association; disability support worker and youth worker 1985-91.
    Various positions incl. NSW Branch Secretary and Communications Division Secretary, Community and Public Sector Union 1993-2004.
    Lawyer, Australian Council of Trade Unions 2004-05.
    National Secretary, Community and Public Sector Union 2005-10.

  20. egg_

    Liquid handling robot

    Bet that put a lot of lab wokkas out of a jerb

  21. egg_

    stackja
    #2636924, posted on February 14, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    His theatrics was mentioned yesterday in my Grauniad quote.
    More theatre today.

  22. Motelier

    Where is thzt drooling cretin nemkat?

  23. Motelier

    thzt = that.

    I can blame MrsM driving on the bumpy roads in Brisvegas.

  24. Entropy

    Arky
    #2636915, posted on February 14, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    Stimpson, I shall throttle you last.
    I sometimes find you slightly amusing.

    Favouritism!

  25. Stimpson J. Cat

    I can’t change your mind, you can’t change my colour.

    So when your child engages in some freedom fighting vandalism you will be proud of them?
    You will tell them that they are doing the right thing?
    You will encourage them to pursue this career of freeing inanimate objects from their manmade shackles of slavery?
    Have I got this right Monty?

  26. LNP insider

    The rolled gold guarantee!

    I guess McKenzie and chester haven’t secured their numbers in time to have a challenge before McKenzie leaves the country tomorrow for the Winter Olympics.

  27. Habib

    “bumpy” creates a tautology. Unfortunately you’re not in this state because you’re driving over the prostrated forms of blockading trade unionists and protesting hippies, unlike the good old days of Country Party administration.

    The roads were otherwise smooth then as well.

  28. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.

    — Benjamin Disraeli

  29. Entropy

    One thing guaranteed to boost one nation’s and KAP stocks is to have Victorian Ninos like Chester running the national party.
    Chester might be acceptable to the left, but I highly doubt the nats would have a net gain in votes. The left don’t vote nats, and never will.

  30. So when your child engages in some freedom fighting vandalism you will be proud of them?
    You will tell them that they are doing the right thing?
    You will encourage them to pursue this career of freeing inanimate objects from their manmade shackles of slavery?
    Have I got this right Monty?

    Depends heavily on context of course, but I can see some scenarios where such actions are warranted and laudable if they make the right kind of statement that will help cause change that improves peoples’ lives.

  31. Arky

    Mine of the other hand is already showing signs of Mensa like brilliance at 7 weeks, we are investigating which university to place him in now.

    ..
    Good work.
    The last thing this country needs is more retards.

  32. stackja

    Motelier
    #2636929, posted on February 14, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Smote?

  33. Senile Old Guy

    That dill Turnbull:

    Of course, the ABC – that’s an enterprise that understands profit and loss! They’re recipients of them — they receive them, taxpayers’ funds. They understand the difference, the hard work, of investing and struggling and losing money one year, and then being able to offset it against profit the next — or not. No, Mr Speaker, the ABC has the same understanding of the commercial world as does the Opposition.

    Now, while the last sentence is probably true, an organisation getting 1 billion annually from the taxpayer, that does not have to make any money, let alone a profit is clueless about business.

  34. stackja

    Police release EFIT composite images after fake FACS caseworker visit – Queanbeyan
    Wednesday, 14 February 2018 01:44:21 PM

    Police have released EFIT composite images after a Queanbeyan family was visited last week by two people claiming to be FACS caseworkers.

    About 4pm on Friday 9 February 2018, a man and a woman attended a home in Karabar, near Queanbeyan, and spoke to a mother who was home with two babies.

    Police were told the man and woman claimed to be FACS caseworkers and produced what appeared to be an identity card. They stated they were there to check on the welfare of the children.

    The mother stated the children were asleep and told the pair she could call them to return when they woke; however, the pair stated they would wait.

    A short time later, the mother presented the children to the pair in the lounge room. After checking the children and their bedroom, the pair left the home.

    The woman became suspicious of the visit and contacted Queanbeyan FACS who confirmed they had no record of the visit from any of their caseworkers and the matter was reported to police.

    Investigators from Monaro Local Area Command have commenced inquiries into the incident and have released EFIT images of two people who they believe could assist with the investigation.

    The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance and in his 30s. He had a slim build with a fair complexion with short dark hair and a prominent nose. He was last seen wearing a business shirt and trousers.

    The woman was also describes as being of Caucasian appearance and in her 20s, with a medium build and a tanned complexion. She had medium-length curly hair with a dyed streak and was last seen wearing an orange blazer with a dark-coloured skirt.

  35. Motelier

    stackja,

    I wish, but the doomlord never smotes someone for being a drooling cretin.

    nemkat is hiding, afraid that he will have to tidy up the drool puddle.

  36. twostix

    Hahah after a two week hiatus monty has come back as Libertarian Monty.

    You did this one already m0nty.

  37. stackja

    Senile Old Guy
    #2636942, posted on February 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    MT business experience?

    Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
    BA, LLB (Syd), BCL(Hons) (Oxon).
    Rhodes Scholar (NSW 1978).
    Journalist 1975-79.
    Barrister and solicitor 1980-83 and 1986-88.
    Grazier 1982-2004.
    General Counsel and Secretary, Consolidated Press Holdings Group 1983-85.
    Managing Director, Turnbull and Partners Ltd 1987-97.
    Chairman, OzEmail Ltd 1994-99.
    Director, FTR Holdings Ltd 1995-2004.
    Chairman and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Australia 1997-2001.
    Partner, Goldman Sachs and Co 1998-2001.

  38. thefrolickingmole

    stackja

    Now thats just creepy, would make a good premise for a horror/suspense film though.

    Bit like this chap.

  39. stackja

    Motelier
    #2636945, posted on February 14, 2018 at 2:44 pm
    stackja,

    I wish, but the doomlord never smotes someone for being a drooling cretin.

    nemkat is hiding, afraid that he will have to tidy up the drool puddle.

    Maybe tried a comment not allowed and smote? Sinc rules!

  40. Boambee John

    m0nty at 1438

    Depends heavily on context of course, but I can see some scenarios where such actions are warranted and laudable if they make the right kind of statement that will help cause change that improves peoples’ lives.

    Infecting a fantasy football game with a computer virus?

  41. twostix

    At the height of the Gillard era leftwing junta’s jihad against the media and blogs (where m0nty here joined in demanding a government media overseer), m0nty ominously “warned” every one commenting here not to speculate about PM Gillard’s shady past as there would be consequence for individuals.

    He didn’t earn the name ole nazi monty for nothing.

    Keep that in mind as he pretends to be all Libertarian “journos” truth’s best friend at this moment.

  42. Boambee John

    SOG at 1440

    I suspe t that the bolded sentence was sarcasm?

    Has Their ABC done something to offend MT or Lucy?

  43. calli

    The CWA is our last hope!

    To the barricades…tea & scones, anyone?

    When the barricades go up, the CWA swaps scones for rock cakes.

  44. (where m0nty here joined in demanding a government media overseer)

    Stop lying, 26. It’s all blatant lies with you. Your stupid arguments don’t hold up internally unless you tell a big lie.

  45. Boambee John

    twostix at 1453

    Be kind to m0nty. Unlike a broken clock, which is right twice a day, m0nty is like a broken calendar, right once a year.

  46. Leigh Lowe

    He walked in as Stephen Jones was making a statement about how the Nationals need to “do the right thing” and “sack the deputy prime minister”

    Jesus, I would love him to stand up and just reel off a list of names …

    The Member for Upper Bumfuck
    The Shadow Minister for Pissing Away Cash
    The Member for Footrot Flats.
    I can return tomorrow with a statement for the House concerning these members which may be of .. (ahem) … public interest.
    Let me know if you’d like to hear it.
    Thanks you.

  47. Senile Old Guy

    SOG at 1440

    I suspect that the bolded sentence was sarcasm?

    It’s Turnbull, so who knows. But the ABC are not noted for their wit.

  48. H B Bear

    Waffleworth was acting for FAI when he unloaded that permanently insolvent POS into HIH so he either knows a lot about P&Ls or nothing at all. I’m not sure which.

  49. egg_

    Where is thzt drooling cretin nemkat?

    Still drying on the line?

  50. Habib

    I think Lord Leakin was gagging. While accurate, the content and delivery should earn him a gig on ABC2, compared to the usual retinue there he’d shine like North Korea 27 minutes after I took command of NORAD.

  51. Have cats got to the root of the problem yet?

  52. Stimpson J. Cat

    Depends heavily on context of course, but I can see some scenarios where such actions are warranted and laudable if they make the right kind of statement that will help cause change that improves peoples’ lives.

    I knew you were a Pink P$ssyhat wearing bin kicker.
    I f$cking knew it.

  53. JC

    26 has a point, monst. You were all over the blog when accusations were being made against the lying slapper, you hypocritical porkster.
    You’re getting a serious whack over the head because of this dishonesty.

    Good recall, stix. You’re a great contributor to the site.

  54. Habib

    Notable however that he seemed to be tipping a slightly malodorous bucket on his ABC. He’ll be copping the stink-eye next time he’s at Ultimo, even if he’s wearing his Fonz leather jacket.

  55. egg_

    No, Mr Speaker, the ABC has the same understanding of the commercial world as does the Opposition.”

    A(LP)BC?

  56. JC

    Don’t you dare speak to stix in that tone, monster.

  57. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Scary news:

    PREMIER Mark McGowan wants Perth to be the hipster capital of Australia and hopes his new wave of liquor reforms will muscle in on Melbourne’s turf.

    “We all know hipsters all want to go to Melbourne to have fun,” he said. “We want to ensure Perth competes on a level playing field with Melbourne and that’s what these reforms are doing to do.”

    This guy is the premier of what should be the richest province on earth. We are so fucxed.

  58. Leigh Lowe

    PREMIER Mark McGowan wants Perth to be the hipster capital of Australia and hopes his new wave of liquor reforms will muscle in on Melbourne’s turf.

    “We all know hipsters all want to go to Melbourne to have fun,” he said. “We want to ensure Perth competes on a level playing field with Melbourne and that’s what these reforms are doing to do.”

    Knock yourself out fuckwit.

  59. johanna

    stackja
    #2636944, posted on February 14, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Police release EFIT composite images after fake FACS caseworker visit – Queanbeyan
    Wednesday, 14 February 2018 01:44:21 PM

    Police have released EFIT composite images after a Queanbeyan family was visited last week by two people claiming to be FACS caseworkers.

    About 4pm on Friday 9 February 2018, a man and a woman attended a home in Karabar, near Queanbeyan, and spoke to a mother who was home with two babies.

    Police were told the man and woman claimed to be FACS caseworkers and produced what appeared to be an identity card. They stated they were there to check on the welfare of the children.

    The mother stated the children were asleep and told the pair she could call them to return when they woke; however, the pair stated they would wait.

    A short time later, the mother presented the children to the pair in the lounge room. After checking the children and their bedroom, the pair left the home.

    The woman became suspicious of the visit and contacted Queanbeyan FACS who confirmed they had no record of the visit from any of their caseworkers and the matter was reported to police.

    Yeah, I saw that story. Very creepy.

    My policy is to never let anyone into my house unless I know them or an appointment has been set, or they are the police (and I don’t always give them a free pass.)

    Anyone can get a laminated pass with their photo on it made.

  60. Don’t you dare speak to stix in that tone, monster.

    You owe me a steak lunch, old man. RBG still kicking long and strong.

  61. Habib

    I’d say Fearless Leader caught this exchange this morning, and even an inept, tin-eared pillock like him couldn’t miss this free kick from in front of the posts, with a funnel feeding the ball-

    ABC harpy and tax parasite Emma Albersceeechy was on the lose your breakfast show, being furiously agreed with by Trollopini and the chap who’s light on his feet that company tax cuts are a terrible idea, after all those bludgers don’t pay any tax anyway! Once again the concept of irony is lost to the left, to pay tax, they have to make a profit, which is virtually impossible in this shithole because of socialist shitheads like the assembled brains trust and their imbecilic ideas, and revenue-destroying edifices such as the ABC. The one bit of expenditure by the ABC I would approve of would be for a few tankerloads of avtur for their helicopters, in order for multiple sorties be flown out to sea carrying staff for defenestration into the ocean, or inland to somewhere the rainbow serpent has recently taken up residence. Perhaps even low level runs over areas such as Brunswick, Newtown and West End where some beneficial collateral damage may result from accurate deployment.

    (From the ABC alternative funding fred. I’ve got a funding model, those fuckers feed us back every cent they’ve leeched over the years, plus damages for the insult to intellect they’ve inflicted, and economic and cultural harm done).

  62. calli

    Great. Provided Mouncey doesn’t play hard, it’s all hunkydory.

    Unbelievable.

  63. johanna

    The exchange involved historic accusations against Mr Joyce, which he has denied, that he pinched a woman’s bottom in 2011.

    Yup, this is the substance of debate about the great questions of how this country should be run.

    The great common denominator of the MSM is its aversion to robust discussion of policy. But, show them a bit of blood in the water, and their quotas for product are effortlessly filled with gossip and speculation. So easy, so cheap.

  64. Mr Rusty;

    Barnie fucked one other Aussie, you on the other hand, fucked over 23 million of them you greasy poisonous, treasonous, Halal goat shagging Persian micro prick.

    The Persian Goat Shagger is lucky the Labor Partee took the death sentence for treason off the books.
    It was an act of self preservation for them.

  65. If Bananaby resigns, will the parliament be dismembered?

  66. As regards the sixth finger, the prick has tried to put in the pale palm that Negroids have.
    Just really badly done.

  67. struth

    That is the gayest thing I have ever read on this blog (aside from all Tigger’s irredeemably closeted mutterings about getting Monty to cup his balls).
    A real man doesn’t crave the company of other men. He suffers them. And once he can make people of his own he has zero interest in pre- existing individuals in which he had no say in the design or production.

    So true.
    A man’s home is his castle.
    It keeps everyone else out except for who he cares about.

    Men don’t really have friends like women do, because we like to keep at arms length and keep things light and jovial, hence we all get along better than females until we get pushed to be too close.

    In periods of war, the great deeds one man will do for his mates in battle were an inherited and human sense of duty, and they didn’t have to actually be close mates for them to do great, selfless acts for their fellow man.
    It’s healthy for men to be this way.
    Women should try and emulate this with each other.
    Stop baring you and your husbands deepest private lives to the soon to be bitch that you think is the greatest person in the world this minute.

    I agree with this sentiment entirely, gee you’re a top bloke for writing it.
    Do I wanna chase you down for a beer , not likely.
    If it happened one day, fine.
    I’ve got my family to be with.

    Men.
    Let’s face it.
    We’re just fucking awesome, and we don’t even need to be told.
    We know.

  68. calli

    You’re awesome, struth. 😄

  69. jupes

    PREMIER Mark McGowan wants Perth to be the hipster capital of Australia and hopes his new wave of liquor reforms will muscle in on Melbourne’s turf.

    Look take away the hipster bullshit and you have to give McGowan some credit for this.

    Of course the reforms don’t go anywhere near far enough, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. For example:

    Currently, the police commissioner and the Department of Health can lodge objections to new venue applications.

    Yeah I know wow, just wow. However …

    Under the change, the chief executive of Tourism WA will be able to lodge a submission around tourism, which will be given equal weight.

    We’ll have to see how much weight this is given, and of course it would be far more effective to take away the ability of the cops and Department of Health (FFS) to lodge objections, but like I said, a (baby) step in the right direction.

  70. Leigh Lowe

    The exchange involved historic accusations against Mr Joyce, which he has denied, that he pinched a woman’s bottom in 2011.

    Windsor has been running around with that pathetic line for years.
    And the ABC will happily report it.
    Nothing about their man in the Hunter Valley going to jail for buggering little boys, of course.

  71. struth

    You’re awesome, struth.

    You know, I would have to agree.

    You’re not bad for a woman either!!!

  72. cynical1

    mh
    #2636910, posted on February 14, 2018 at 1:53 pm
    If only Vicki had stopped at a BJ.

    If only she had said “Boo” to Barnaby’s pistol…

  73. Rebel with cause

    Men have drinking buddies because blokes make funnier drunks. The only reason to drink with a shelia is if you want to root her.

  74. struth

    There will be two dogs sn iggering like Mutley from the whacky races in the States about now.

  75. johanna

    Stop baring you and your husbands deepest private lives to the soon to be bitch that you think is the greatest person in the world this minute.

    Stop generalising.

    I have never discussed these things with anyone, and my female friends have never discussed them with me.

    Perhaps you should try to find a better class of women to associate with.

  76. Bruce in WA

    Currently, the police commissioner and the Department of Health can lodge objections to new venue applications.

    Yeah I know wow, just wow. However …

    WAPOL automatically and routinely lodge an objection to every single application.

  77. Habib

    WA has the most archaic licensing laws that’d be embarrassing in rural god-bother regional Qld in 1947. And a current government that’d be right at home there an’all. The previous one was little better.

    Also I don’t know if it’s a cultural exchange/sabbatical setup, however their respective serial killers seem fully interchangeable.

  78. struth

    I started life out non sexist, but I’m well and truly a sexist now.

    I’m nearly at the stage of having had them up to here (holds hand horizontal in front of eyebrows) and wanting to chuck them in black sacks and tell them to stay inside and definitely don’t ask to drive.
    But, I’m confused, because that wouldn’t be a punishment, as you see, they’re are begging for exactly that.

    They’ve become monsters since we let them loose.

    Except for the beautiful lovely ladies at the Cat and Mrs Struth, and one or two others.
    Be gone she devils.

  79. struth

    Stop generalising.

    I have never discussed these things with anyone, and my female friends have never discussed them with me.

    Perhaps you should try to find a better class of women to associate with.

    Pfft.
    Another bloody woman making a statement.

    Yawn.

    Back to the kitchen, wench.

  80. Bruce in WA

    Prince Henrik of Denmark dies aged 83 but won’t be buried alongside wife due to bitter disagreement

  81. johanna

    Of course the reforms don’t go anywhere near far enough, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. For example:

    Currently, the police commissioner and the Department of Health can lodge objections to new venue applications.

    Yeah I know wow, just wow. However …

    Under the change, the chief executive of Tourism WA will be able to lodge a submission around tourism, which will be given equal weight.

    We’ll have to see how much weight this is given, and of course it would be far more effective to take away the ability of the cops and Department of Health (FFS) to lodge objections, but like I said, a (baby) step in the right direction.

    You’ve fallen for the three card trick there, jupes.

    Adding another bureaucratic player is not a step in the right direction. Deleting one might be.

  82. Rae

    As regards the sixth finger

    Yawn. Just a poorly drawn hand in the painting, as I said before. Garfield Sobers was in fact born with 6 fingers on each hand.

    And,as I also said before, if the painter gave him a third nipple it might warrant getting all gushy. But even third nipples are relatively commonplace.

  83. struth

    And,as I also said before, if the painter gave him a third nipple it might warrant getting all gushy. But even third nipples are relatively commonplace.

    So are arseholes.

  84. jupes

    A real man doesn’t crave the company of other men. He suffers them.

    Maybe for some men but even then, not for their entire life.

    You may be too old to remember what it was like as a young man. Young males bond as a group and some of the best times they will ever have will be hanging with their mates. Whether it’s playing sport, fighting a war or just having a beer and talking shit, the sense of camaraderie is what they look forward to after copping shit all day from women, work or whatever. Good times.

  85. Stimpson J. Cat

    “We all know hipsters all want to go to Melbourne to have fun,” he said. “We want to ensure Perth competes on a level playing field with Melbourne and that’s what these reforms are doing to do.”

    You know what this means don’t you?

    Rampant Bollards.

    Late Night Sudanese Khat Bars.

    Good night Perth.

    Good night.

  86. struth

    You may be too old to remember what it was like as a young man. Young males bond as a group and some of the best times they will ever have will be hanging with their mates. Whether it’s playing sport, fighting a war or just having a beer and talking shit, the sense of camaraderie is what they look forward to after copping shit all day from women, work or whatever. Good times.

    I remember, it was as he said, before you get married.
    Good mates just had fun, never saying a nice word to each other but constantly putting shit on each other.

    But it was still all about humour.
    It was kept light, not deep and gushy.
    You were craving a laugh and a bit of action.
    Who needed heavy, when we handled heavy by ourselves, without putting that shit on our mates.

    You just wouldn’t do that to them.
    It should have a name.
    Oh yeah, it does.
    Integrity.

  87. Andreas

    You owe me a steak lunch, old man. RBG still kicking long and strong.

    JC’s pulling the Todd Gack trick on you m0nty.

  88. Stimpson J. Cat

    A real man doesn’t crave the company of other men. He suffers them.

    Eventually the Kiwi man realizes that somewhere there must be a place out there with real men.
    A place without bizarre tongue poking out rituals.
    Somewhere he can try and fit in.
    Somewhere he can feel at home.
    Australia.

    Home of real men.

  89. thefrolickingmole

    But even third nipples are relatively commonplace.

    If you cant take the word of the blogs leading human skin tanner then you will have to believe it when you see mummie and her incredible shitting dick nipples!

    (never, ever enter that term into google images)

  90. calli

    A real man doesn’t crave the company of other men. He suffers them.

    That might change on retirement. The constant, unremarked barrage of blokey conversation suddenly disappears and the poor bugger is left with a study or a shed. Or, horror, endless cups of tea with the missus.

  91. dopey

    The stolen generation. PestTattern, unkempt, Raebies.

  92. stackja

    BS accused, MSM say nothing here, move on. Baby expected, MSM can’t keep civil.

  93. testpattern

    Chapter X.—Intercourse with Barnabas.

    In which Barnabas is given a rent free safe refuge to pursue his latest intercourse in Armidale, is persecuted by rude scribes and finally departs, horrified at the wrong done to him –

    ‘While I was urging these and similar arguments, a great excitement was stirred up amongst the bystanders, some being moved with pity as towards a stranger, and approving my speech as in accordance with that feeling; others, petulant and stolid, rousing the anger of their undisciplined minds as much against me as against Barnabas.

    But as the day was declining to evening, I laid hold of Barnabas by the right hand, and led him away, although reluctantly, to my house; and there I made him remain, lest perchance any one of the rude rabble should lay hands upon him. While we were thus placed in contact for a few days, I gladly heard him discoursing the word of truth; yet he hastened his departure, saying that he must by all means celebrate at Judæa a festal day of his religion which was approaching, and that there he should remain in future with his countrymen and his brethren, evidently indicating that he was horrified at the wrong that had been done to him.’

    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf08.vi.iii.iii.x.html

  94. Top Ender

    PREMIER Mark McGowan wants Perth to be the hipster capital of Australia and hopes his new wave of liquor reforms will muscle in on Melbourne’s turf.

    Why you would this on your turf is beyond imagination.

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    PREMIER Mark McGowan wants Perth to be the hipster capital of Australia and hopes his new wave of liquor reforms will muscle in on Melbourne’s turf.

    He’s recycled 50 year old slang to show how progressive he is…
    I was straight when hip was a thing and I’m still straight, so I can’t wait for McGowen to reinvent straight as a pejorative term for him to criticise straights like me with.
    On the other hand for this he could probably get Cliff Richard out for a gig cheaply. Sure to show up all the squares in the Opposition.

  96. H B Bear

    WAPOL automatically and routinely lodge an objection to every single application.

    Having Constable Karl routinely roll up to Liquor Licensing with an automatic objection to whatever application was before the court while another part of the force was pulling his son out of an exploded meth lab wasn’t a good look. Very Perth though.

  97. JC

    Very funny Andreas. Interesting thinking, as I never gave it any thought that Fatboy was actually trying to pick me up. It’s for naught though, as I’m a happy, out of the closet, heterosexual.

  98. H B Bear

    Perth has always had an inferiority complex to Melbournibad – mostly with good reason. I wonder if Sneakers is going to roll back Pam Begg’s law changes and get strippers back in the pubs like the mid 80s. That will get the economy firing again.

  99. testpattern

    ‘On the other hand for this he could probably get Cliff Richard out for a gig’

    Mark’s a Johnny Farnham man. A collection of retro Farnham vinyl turned up at a Rockingham pawn shop the very next day along with a Dummies Guide to Swinging Tupperware Parties.

    https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/home-of-wa-labor-leader-mark-mcgowan-burgled-ng-d1ae1573ece98c3cf22f659ca8da7415

  100. stackja

    Two rented out housing department unit over looking Sydney harbour. How much more happening?

  101. JC

    A real man doesn’t crave the company of other men. He suffers them.

    Dunno about that. Some of the fun times of my life was on a trading desk with other dudes, while sharpening knives getting ready for the hunt and general horsing around.

    Matter of fact, this morning went out for breakfast with a younger trader who worked for in Sydney. Sharing old war stories and telling funny anecdotes is fun. It’s just not the same with sheilas. In fact, part of the reason for a partial move back to NYC is getting together those dudes.

  102. JC

    Johanna indirectly flatters herself.

    Perhaps you should try to find a better class of women to associate with.

    Funny as.

  103. thefrolickingmole

    Alberskreechy is the ABCs economics writer??

    Lets pick some of the biggest loads of mind droppings from her article.
    shttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-14/company-tax-rate-cut-arguments-missing-evidence/9443874?section=analysi

    Before Donald Trump cut the US corporate tax rate earlier this year, it was 5 to 9 percentage points higher than Australia’s. That hasn’t deterred Australian companies from seeking opportunities in America instead of Ireland, where the corporate tax rate is less than half ours (12.5 per cent), or Singapore (17 per cent).

    In truth, businesses make decisions about where in the world to park their money based on myriad reasons, possibly least of which is the headline corporate tax rate.


    Qantas is about to clock its 10th year tax free. Qantas won’t pay tax again until its profits exceed the tax losses recorded since 2010. Only when all the accumulated losses are offset will a lower tax rate mean a higher cash flow. Besides, regardless of where the corporate tax rate sits, the airline has already indicated an intention to invest $3 billion across 2018 and 2019.

    The last time a government splashed around cash in the form of tax cuts the treasurer was Peter Costello, who had no debt and no deficit to contend with, thanks to oversized profits and attendant corporate tax flowing from the mining boom.

    In 2018’s Australia, it’s hard to imagine how a government could ever again manage to give away the equivalent of Mr Costello’s $170 billion worth of tax cuts while still protecting the surplus.

    It’s been 10 years since the Australian budget was last in surplus. With a debt of more than $600 billion, many are questioning the merits of prioritising a $65 billion giveaway to big business in the form of a tax cut.

    We must test her theories by doubling her tax rate, its only fair.

  104. Top Ender

    Barnabas according to Pepys:

    I took me to the Parliament Place, but not beforehand having some thought to a pie and a glass. At mine host in The Hilton, I bespied a youngish skirted wench, of some 30 years or less. Buying her a glass or more, by her fourth double she was well away. I took her upskirted in mine host’s snuggery, and having assailed her ramparts with success I was soon away to the Place. There all was tiresome, and so at midnight having eaten and drunk my fill I took a cabbie home to bed.

  105. egg_

    The exchange involved historic accusations against Mr Joyce, which he has denied, that he pinched a woman’s bottom in 2011.

    Windsor has been running around with that pathetic line for years.
    And the ABC will happily report it.
    Nothing about their man in the Hunter Valley going to jail for buggering little boys, of course.

    My guess is that TheirABC is a fetid swamp that badly needs draining.

  106. JC

    m0nty
    #2636974, posted on February 14, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Don’t you dare speak to stix in that tone, monster.

    You owe me a steak lunch, old man. RBG still kicking long and strong.

    Doofus, seeing that old crow, Ginsburg, survived the year (2017) with pancreatic cancer, I contacted you immediately at the turn of the year to settle the bet. You said you couldn’t do it until later in the month. You contact me now, when you want to draw on the lunch, as I’m not.

  107. notafan

    Des

    Are you saying that the Obama portraitist buys prepainted backgrounds from China?

    That on top of his clear technical defects clearly explains why Obama picked him/her.

    Clearly another up yours moment.

  108. JC

    Double or nothing for 2018, monst?

    Same deal. If she survives 18 I again buy lunch after the 31 Dec, or vice versa.

  109. C.L.

    Hannah Mouncey’s coach at the Ainslie Football Club in Canberra has dismissed concerns that transgender players are stronger than other women on the field.

    Note the psychological derangement – as well as the contempt for science, language and truth.

  110. Double or nothing for 2018, monst?

    Not until after you pay for this one.

  111. JC

    Monster, then it’s not double or nothing, but that’s okay. I’m happy to payout on this one, so we’re good for 18?

  112. egg_

    ABC harpy and tax parasite Emma Albersceeechy was on the lose your breakfast show, being furiously agreed with by Trollopini and the chap who’s light on his feet that company tax cuts are a terrible idea, after all those bludgers don’t pay any tax anyway! Once again the concept of irony is lost to the left, to pay tax, they have to make a profit, which is virtually impossible in this shithole because of socialist shitheads like the assembled brains trust and their imbecilic ideas, and revenue-destroying edifices such as the ABC.

    Ironically, I think that Rowland and Albersceeechy are both Finance journalists.

  113. Monster, then it’s not double or nothing, but that’s okay. I’m happy to payout on this one, so we’re good for 18?

    We’ll discuss it over lunch. Maybe choose someone else.

  114. JC

    We’ll discuss it over lunch. Maybe choose someone else.

    Pussy.

  115. egg_

    Have cats got to the root of the problem yet?

    Methinks VC didn’t want to stop at just a BJ with BJ, she wanted to snag him and had to resort to a real bubba; Bubba’s bubba, if you will.

  116. thefrolickingmole

    Monty of malmo strikes again

    Maybe JC can take him to a Swedish themed restaurant?
    http://www.fikaswedishkitchen.com.au/#swedish-cafe-serving-campos-coffee

  117. egg_

    Have cats got to the root of the problem yet?

    A square root with a round poll?

  118. old bloke

    H B Bear
    #2637019, posted on February 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Having Constable Karl routinely roll up to Liquor Licensing with an automatic objection to whatever application was before the court while another part of the force was pulling his son out of an exploded meth lab wasn’t a good look. Very Perth though.

    Constable Karl has found a new job, he’s now a radio announcer at Curtin FM. He’s actually a very interesting bloke, he’s the only Police Commissioner who was a PhD.

  119. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Rolls came out with this SUV. It’s really freaking ugly. Only a Sydney or Gold Coast developer would dare own one.

    monties jowls come to mind….

  120. testpattern

    Northern Territory Defence and National Security Strategy 2018

    Not once does this paper mention China or Landbridge.

    https://business.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/476576/defence-national-security-strategy.pdf

    • The Northern Territory Strategic Defence
    and Advisory Board comprises leading
    Defence and industry experts.
    > Air Vice Marshal (Retd)
    Margaret Staib AM CSC
    > Rear Admiral (Retd) Mark Purcell
    > Lieutenant General (Retd)
    Mark Evans AO DSC
    > Air Marshal (Retd) Eris Heryanto
    > Ms Karen Green, NT Industry Representative
    > Ms Carmel McGregor PSM
    > Dr Alan Dupont

    Air Marshal Eris Heryanto?? Jakarta advising the NT Govt?

    https://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_Heriyanto

  121. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Rolls came out with this SUV. It’s really freaking ugly. Only a Sydney or Gold Coast developer would dare own one.

    That makes the hideous Bentley SUV look almost normal.

  122. Pussy.

    Well, Honor Blackman is 92 so she’s in the death pool.

  123. Geriatric Mayfly


    Rolls came out with this SUV. It’s really freaking ugly. Only a Sydney or Gold Coast developer would dare own one.

    Love to give it workout on one of my Tasmanian fishing tracks. Takes two hours to negotiate on 4×4 wheels, and just over two hours to walk the same path. The comfort would be worth considering.

  124. Of course the reforms don’t go anywhere near far enough, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. For example:

    Currently, the police commissioner and the Department of Health can lodge objections to new venue applications.

    At a meeting where some project was being considered, I pointed out that the “Police Objection” had not yet been received.

    The O.i.C of the station was most insulted.
    He jumped like he’d sat on a thumbtack, tersely pointing out that the Police were required to make a submission, and they were “open minded” about these things. (Fierce glare at me).

    When their “submission” was received the following week, it was actually headlined (under their letterhead & preliminary bullshit) with the word: “Objection”.

  125. Geriatric Mayfly

    Barnabas according to Pepys:

    Very good Top Ender. Pepys was also wont to have a threepenny trembler with strumpet or two on London Bridge.

  126. EvilElvis

    Quoting En Vogue is not an answer Monty.

    Don’t be shallow.

    LOL

  127. JC

    That makes the hideous Bentley SUV look almost normal.

    I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind owning that ugly looking piece of crap. it’s surprising because both the Rolls and Bentley brands are owned by the krauts.

  128. Rae

    The exchange involved historic accusations against Mr Joyce, which he has denied, that he pinched a woman’s bottom in 2011.

    Just another anecdote of his predatory behaviour. Helen mentioned another where she/the Captain witnessed him directing his intentions with clear intent towards a lone (40 ish) female at a function. It’s not hard to find other mentions on the internet. Seems he’s been a scumbag for a long, long time.

  129. JC

    Scary landing.

    Scary landing after United flight loses engine cover

    I swear I haven’t looked, but I bet it’s a Pratt and Whitney. For some reason I’ve always thought PW make shit awful engines.

  130. egg_

    Would Barndoor let his daughters near Willy Short’un?

  131. Rae

    You’re such a wuss, JC. You offered M0nty double or nothing, then almost immediately denied you did, then accused him of being a pussy.

    What’s that ? … Oh … meow to you too.

  132. pete m

    The Boeing 777 is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000-112 inch engines, the engine’s manufacturer said.
    “Pratt & Whitney is supporting the authorities in their investigation,” the company said in a statement.

    lol JC

  133. egg_

    Teh Dumb Ellen Fanning referring to Hannah Mouncey as “he”.
    Double standards at Aunty?

  134. pete m

    Rae missed the best part – it was not double anything, as it was the same lunch bet just extended to the end of 2018. Double usually means 2 times something, not 1 times something.

  135. JC

    pete m
    #2637058, posted on February 14, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    The Boeing 777 is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000-112 inch engines, the engine’s manufacturer said.
    “Pratt & Whitney is supporting the authorities in their investigation,” the company said in a statement.

    lol JC

    lol Got it.

  136. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    WEALTH
    Putting a price on Barnaby Joyce’s predicament

    The Australian
    5:17PM February 14, 2018
    James Kirby
    Wealth Editor
    Sydney
    @kirby_journo

    Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce may have survived politically but his personal wealth may soon be rent asunder following his partner’s pregnancy. Financial advisers and lawyers today both suggested the National Party Leader is heading down a difficult financial path: put simply, if he goes back to his wife he faces a settlement with his new partner, if he stays with his partner he faces a settlement with his wife.

    Any potential settlement would certainly include property and child maintenance support is also very likely under either scenario.

    Joyce’s pension entitlements as a senior member of government will also be highly relevant to any future financial settlement. “This is something I expect Natalie Joyce’s lawyers will be looking at very closely,” says Jennifer Hetherington of Hetherington Family Law in Brisbane.

    By his own admission Joyce is used to living well. The MP told the daughter of billionaire Gina Rinehart — Hope Rinehart — that his parents were “multi-millionaires” while his senior position in government puts him among the nation’s best paid politicians on around $400,000 a year. Joyce’s parliamentary register of interests includes farm income over and above his parliamentary salary. Separately, he has recently enjoyed six months living rent free in an apartment provided by Tamworth businessman Greg Maguire.

    However, family law expert Hetherington says: “Mr Joyce and his partner are defacto now: if there is a child from the relationship then she would be entitled to a share of his property if things don’t work out for them … he would also be on the hook for child support.”

    Alternatively, if Joyce leaves his wife Natalie Joyce, at least one of the couple’s four daughters are likely to require child maintenance support. In addition, under current laws, Joyce’s daughters who are over 18 could also be entitled to support if they need to complete their education — there is no age limit on this form of support.

    From the Oz. Seems Barnaby’s troubles may well be just beginning.

  137. Rae missed the best part – it was not double anything, as it was the same lunch bet just extended to the end of 2018. Double usually means 2 times something, not 1 times something.

    I would have accepted lobster stuffed with taco.

  138. testpattern

    REFORMS TO THE NATIVE TITLE ACT 1993 (CTH) | OPTIONS PAPER NOVEMBER 2017.

    From a submission presented by the Federal Court

    ‘It would be inappropriate for the Court to make any comment on matters of policy [but we’re gonna do it anyway] … the Court however suggests that consideration be given to granting the Federal Court exclusive jurisdiction in ALL CATSI Act matters [because we want more power over the States and anyway it’s just too complex for them too understand but not for us because we’re brilliant]

    https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Documents/Reformstothenativetitleact1993/Federal-court-of-australia.pdf

  139. Rae

    pete m, the best part was monty insisting on JC buying the dinner he owes him first.

  140. notafan

    It was going to be a 2kg steak instead of a 1kg steak.

    JC is no cheapskate.

  141. Damn nota, I think I’d die. If that’s his agenda, no sale.

  142. Nick

    Hannah Mouncey’s coach at the Ainslie Football Club in Canberra has dismissed concerns that transgender players are stronger than other women on the field.

    The sad thing is that while we at the Cat will have been proved right, there will eventually be a genuine girl who had been physically damaged and ignored on the bonfire of political stupidity.

  143. Rae

    It was going to be a 2kg steak instead of a 1kg steak.

    JC is no cheapskate.

    Sure he’s a cheapskate. He was trying to welsh out of buying the dinner he already owes.

  144. Geriatric Mayfly

    CAN’T THINK OF A HEADLINE THAT WON’T GET ME IN TROUBLE

    Tim Blair is struck for words. The end is nigh! I am sure Cats who read the article about the husband (pictured) and HER wife will not be so demure.

  145. JC

    What a shitty year in currencies I’m having. Like Midas in reverse. US bond rates unexpectedly rise as the expectation elevates due to great payroll stats and the big Dollar gets hammered against the Yen, where I had a largish position. I stopped myself out a little higher, but that’s just miserable. The only way to understand this is that an appreciating Yen in the face of weaker asset markets means that people are reducing risk. It’s the only explanation. Maybe the Yen is going to be the short term marker for asset price direction. Maybe. Losing in currencies is intolerable to me. Seriously, I could make a lot of money in stocks, but if I lose a fraction of money in currencies, I’m get really depressed.

  146. DrBeauGan

    You may be too old to remember what it was like as a young man. Young males bond as a group and some of the best times they will ever have will be hanging with their mates. Whether it’s playing sport, fighting a war or just having a beer and talking shit, the sense of camaraderie is what they look forward to after copping shit all day from women, work or whatever. Good times.

    Jupes:

    When I was a young man I was interested only in girls. Come to think of it, I still am. I’ve never had the slightest interest in bonding with blokes. It still looks slightly poofy to me. I’m prepared to believe it isn’t, but it has no appeal whatever.

  147. Stimpson J. Cat

    CAN’T THINK OF A HEADLINE THAT WON’T GET ME IN TROUBLE

    Did you get Parental Leave Monty?

  148. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tim Blair is struck for words. The end is nigh! I am sure Cats who read the article about the husband (pictured) and HER wife will not be so demure.

    I’m still trying to work out who did what to who?

  149. JC

    Fan

    The problem is that I have to pre order, at least a week in advance going out with him as the restaurant wouldn’t have enough meat in storage.. Last time, I had to do that because fatboy demand an entire grass fed cow.

    Towards the end I was worried he’d explode.

  150. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m prepared to believe it isn’t, but it has no appeal whatever.

    Yes but you also like Maths.

  151. Tim Neilson

    the treasurer was Peter Costello, who had no debt and no deficit to contend with, thanks to oversized profits and attendant corporate tax flowing from the mining boom.

    Not this tired falsehood again. Iron ore prices were quite low throughout Costello’s tenure, and skyrocketed just in time to be squandered in Goose Swansteen’s six “surpluses”.

  152. Gab

    Just don’t forget the gravy, JC LOL

  153. 10m ago
    08:48
    Ken O’Dowd, who has never enjoyed so much attention, (as a Queenslander, I’ve always appreciated Kenny, but it is not as if he has made a splash at a national level before now)

    Good point Egg.
    Mr. O’Dowd is one of the few politicians who before parliament held a real job.
    20 years as a fuel depot operator, and a former publican. 🙂

  154. JC

    That reminds me… Monst, I have to order a cow. I’ll be calling Cape Grimm farmers for a better quality beast. You okay with Cape Grimm. right 🙂

  155. Stimpson J. Cat

    The problem is that I have to pre order, at least a week in advance going out with him as the restaurant wouldn’t have enough meat in storage..

    You do measure the front doors of the restaurant and also send him a copy of the dress code before you book JC, surely?

  156. Delta A

    Yes but you also like Maths.

    I am not as closely acquainted with ‘maths’ as BeauGan is, but I will say that it is the one enduring constant in this scattered world.

  157. JC

    also send him a copy of the dress code before you book JC, surely?

    Good point, because I’d club with a cow hoof if he shows up in a similar way to that golf outing.

  158. egg_

    “Mr Joyce and his partner are defacto now: if there is a child from the relationship then she would be entitled to a share of his property if things don’t work out for them … he would also be on the hook for child support.”

    Hopefully there’s not a punch in the stomach or other accident.
    Barn had a combined income of $800k pa and was gifted free rent in Armidale for 6 months ($14k – pricey)?
    Landlord Maguire sounds like a soft touch.

  159. jupes

    It still looks slightly poofy to me.

    No way Beaugy. Hanging out with the girls was poofy. (Well there was a time and place for everything).

    If you missed out on the male bonding you missed out on a lot of fun.

  160. JC

    Serena

    What’s the story behind Cape Grimm steaks. Is it a sort of a brand, as you usually see decent restaurants with that name beside the steak choice. As a top flight restaurant owner you should these things, right?

  161. Bruce of Newcastle

    CAN’T THINK OF A HEADLINE THAT WON’T GET ME IN TROUBLE

    Too good not to quote.

    An Australian National University academic says she has been confronted with homophobia and sexism during a 51-week fight for parental leave to care for her and her wife’s child.

    Climate scientist Sophie Lewis last week wrote on Twitter her application for maternity leave had been declined by her funding body, the Australian Research Council, as she was not her child’s birth mother.

    ANU queer* officer Matthew Mottola said the institution’s Ally Network was trying to push the university to make the index.

    “There is definitely a willingness [to do well], but they could just do so much more,” he said.

    Yes, yes there is so much more they could do. Starting with the ANU Queer Officer.

  162. Nick

    Just don’t forget the gravy, JC LOL

    Heh, one of my favourite cartoons.

  163. Armadillo

    By his own admission Joyce is used to living well. The MP told the daughter of billionaire Gina Rinehart — Hope Rinehart — that his parents were “multi-millionaires

    What the hell have his parents got to do with it? As I said last night, they are unlikely to even take his phone calls.

  164. Nick

    FMD, the snowboarder who got bronze, crying while interviewed by TV.

  165. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Senator Jim Molan has used his maiden speech to parliament to warn that Australian cities are either at, or approaching capacity.

    Good stuff. The usual harpies are going to go nuts.

  166. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Retired army general Jim Molan has used his first speech to warn Australia’s cities are struggling to deal both culturally and physically with the “excess” number of legal migrants, and told colleagues he will not be beholden to a faction.

    The new NSW Liberal senator, who replaced former Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash after she was caught in the dual citizenship saga, did not go as far as echoing Tony Abbott’s calls to “scale back immigration” but said the number of migrants may be too large.

    “Control of our borders and immigration are important to me, as they are to most Australians,” Senator Molan told the chamber.

    “We now effectively control our borders in a way that few now trust the opposition to do. However, I am concerned that the level of legal migration, now that we control our borders, is in excess of the capacity for our cities to absorb, both culturally or in terms of infrastructure. We are approaching limits on this, if we have not already exceeded them. I don’t have the answer, but I certainly have the concern.”

  167. notafan

    House prices these days multi millionaires are common as muck.

  168. Armadillo

    Barn had a combined income of $800k pa and was gifted free rent in Armidale for 6 months ($14k – pricey)?
    Landlord Maguire sounds like a soft touch.

    Probably in Maguires Motel in Armidale – about $75 a night. Long term tenant I guess. Let’s not forget that Greg Maguire had a memorable stouch involving Tony Windsor and John Anderson.

  169. Tel

    I swear I haven’t looked, but I bet it’s a Pratt and Whitney. For some reason I’ve always thought PW make shit awful engines.

    But do Pratt and Whitney make the covers though? I thought the engine came raw and the aircraft manufacturer was responsible for all those aluminium plates. After all, the same engine could be mounted on various different aircraft in various positions… and the overall shape of the cover panels will be slightly different.

  170. That reminds me… Monst, I have to order a cow. I’ll be calling Cape Grimm farmers for a better quality beast. You okay with Cape Grimm. right 🙂

    Don’t have a cow, man.

    Just try not to crash your car into anyone this time. If you do that again I will be forced to get the cops to impound your licence.

  171. Caveman

    FMD, the snowboarder who got bronze, crying while interviewed by TV.

    He knows his house will be burnt to the ground when he gets back to Australia.
    Cause that’s how we do stuff here.

  172. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NATIONAL BREAKING NEWS
    Labor demands Joyce flight details

    Australian Associated Press
    4:53PM February 14, 2018

    Labor is demanding to see the details of taxpayer-funded flights Barnaby Joyce and his staffer-turned-partner Vikki Campion took in 2017.

    The deputy prime minister’s relationship with his now-pregnant partner raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds while she worked in various ministerial and MP offices.

    Labor senator Kimberley Kitching on Wednesday tabled a notice of motion calling for the details of Mr Joyce and Ms Campion’s “special purpose travel” and any international flights.

    Breaking news. In a just world, Kimberly Kitchen would be told to go and how to get there.

  173. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    EXCLUSIVE POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are “allies” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their names in a staff directory.

    This country is cooked.

  174. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Labor senator Kimberley Kitching on Wednesday tabled a notice of motion calling for the details of Mr Joyce and Ms Campion’s “special purpose travel” and any international flights.

    Andrew Bolt who is very good friends with her is also going absolutely bonkers about Barnabus.

  175. Stimpson J. Cat

    defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are “allies” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their names in a staff directory.

    This won’t end until they wave the white flag.
    And I mean that literally.

  176. Leigh Lowe

    What’s the story behind Cape Grimm steaks. Is it a sort of a brand, as you usually see decent restaurants with that name beside the steak choice. As a top flight restaurant owner you should these things, right?

    The farm is a family concern owned by the Grimm Brothers on King Island.
    It is very cold so the cows wear capes.
    Hence Cape Grimm.
    Any more questions?

  177. Tim Neilson

    defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are “allies” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their names in a staff directory.

    Catch 22, patriotic declaration scene, take two…

  178. JC

    Leigh, you’re welcome to join us, if you want. It’s likely to be Florentine in Bourke st as that’s where Fatboy wants to go.

  179. Eyrie

    JC, the SR-71 had Pratt and Whitney engines which from accounts didn’t give much trouble.
    Pal of mine has flown airliners for 40 years and reckons the best engines out of Rolls, Pratt and GE are GE.

  180. JC

    Leigh, you can “blockchain” the event by witnessing I pay the tab.

  181. egg_

    Armadillo
    #2637095, posted on February 14, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    A pricey townhouse – Labour have been going him in QT – including mention of a promo video for the property, of which Maguire owns 2 out of 3.

  182. Eyrie

    JC are you tracking GE on the market? I’ve got my eye on it.

  183. Caveman

    bonkers about Barnabus

    It’s going full retardo now. I’m feeling sorry for Barney and his family and extended family.

  184. Slayer of Memes

    Sinclair Davidson
    @SincDavidson

    I’m giving up conspiring to overthrow the government for Lent.

    6:36 pm – 14 Feb 2018

    You mean you’ve turned on Turnbull??

    Say it ain’t so O Doomlord… After all the time you spent puffing him up and painting him as some kind of messiah for the Liberal Party?

    “Potentially Greatest PM ever”??

    Oh if only there had been people who warned you not to fall for the snake-oil salesmanship of Malcontent Termite back when he was undermining Abbott…. we could have been spared the last 4 years of uselessness from the highest office of the land…

    (PS: Is my sarcasm showing?)

  185. testpattern

    ‘We are approaching limits on this, if we have not already exceeded them. I don’t have the answer’

    Go fuck yourself Jimbo. Build more cities and infrastructure. Port Irony is full, literally overflowing I say

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Australia

  186. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Leigh, you’re welcome to join us, if you want. It’s likely to be Florentine in Bourke st as that’s where Fatboy wants to go.

    Will he be able to get up the stairs?

  187. thefrolickingmole

    Kimberly, now where do i know that name from??
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/labor-backbencher-kimberley-kitching-spending-more-on-flights-than-most-ministers-20171031-gzcb5l.html

    Labor backbencher Kimberley Kitching has fast become one of the hardest-working members of Parliament, spending $20,000 on domestic flights while jetting between committee meetings in her first three months in office – more than Turnbull government ministers Dan Tehan, Greg Hunt and Darren Chester.

    In a sign of her rising influence within the parliamentary Labor party, the first-year senator has represented Labor leader Bill Shorten three times in the past six months at official and community functions.

    The former union heavyweight is married to Labor Party figure and well-known blogger Andrew Landeryou, who until Mr Shorten’s rise to Opposition Leader had a history of publishing venomous attacks on Mr Shorten’s political rivals.

    “I sit on a number of committees and I have travelled for committee work, mostly to Canberra,” she said.

    Senator Kitching, a close union ally of Mr Shorten, was controversially selected as the replacement for former minister Stephen Conroy after he retired following last year’s election, having served as the general manager of the embattled Health Services Union.

    And because Mol Turdbull decided the Royal Comission shouldnt take up any reccomendations for charges she sails on unipeded..
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/unravelling-the-myth-of-new-labor-senator-kimberley-kitching/news-story/07e7184f4509b107be47a18636748c50

    Kitching’s supporters argue that she should be not be judged by the actions of her controversial husband, Landeryou. It is a valid point. But it is also widely known that the couple operate as a unit in Victorian Labor politics. In many ways they are indivisible. Like Landeryou, Kitching is a former bankrupt after the couple’s ­involvement in a failed online gaming business, and Solomon Lew’s attempts to claw back a $3m debt. Kitching’s bankruptcy was annulled early with debts settled after she sold the couple’s $1.8m Melbourne mansion, while Landeryou served out a full three years.

    Landeryou shut down his Vexnews blog, which often ran scathing, defamatory material about factional opponents that Kitching has never distanced herself from, around the time Shorten became Opposition Leader and Kitching joined the HSU No 1 branch. The linkages were getting too close. But Landeryou was still never far from Kitching. He campaigned for the Shorten-backed Asmar team in 2012 and has taken an active ­interest in HSU affairs since. Kitching and Landeryou’s ­involvement with the HSU No 1 branch has essentially been a ­rerun of powerplays involving Kathy Jackson and her former husband Jeff when they ran two of the HSU Victorian branches, numbers 3 and 1 respectively, from the late 1990s to 2010. The Kitching-Landeryou infiltration has been yet again all about giving factional numbers to Shorten so he can prop up his dominance of the Victorian ALP Right.

  188. egg_

    bonkers about Barnabus

    How much of it is envy driven by these shallow, preening airheads?

  189. The new NSW Liberal senator, who replaced former Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash after she was caught in the dual citizenship saga, did not go as far as echoing Tony Abbott’s calls to “scale back immigration” but said the number of migrants may be too large.

    See how the urban bugman class go, any call to scale back immigration is characterized as extreme.

  190. Slayer of Memes

    Labor senator Kimberley Kitching on Wednesday tabled a notice of motion calling for the details of Mr Joyce and Ms Campion’s “special purpose travel” and any international flights

    The Libs should start by tabling all the details of the flights ‘perky’ Burke made with his staffer/mistress while he was still married, then follow it up with details of any expenses incurred by Bob Hawke while he was PM and banging Blanche while he still married to Hazel…. and make noises about setting up a special audit of travel expenses for trips with ‘partners’ made by ALL members for the last 30 years…

    Escalate. Always escalate.

  191. testpattern

    Chapter XIV.—Departure of Barnabas.

    In which Barnabas, disconcerted, plots escape, buys a luxury yacht, devises an alternative fact strategy to deceive scribes enquiring into his affairs, and leaves old friends and intercourses grieving on the jetty –

    ‘But it plainly appeared to me that he was disconcerted. For when I said to him, “Only set forth to me the words which you have heard of the Man who has appeared, and I will adorn them with my speech, and preach the counsel of God; and if you do so, within a few days I will sail with you, for I greatly desire to go to the land of Judæa, and perhaps I shall dwell with you all my life;”—when he heard this, he answered: “If you wish to inquire into our affairs, and to learn what is for your advantage, sail with me at once. But if you will not, I shall now give you directions to my house, and that of those whom you wish to meet, that when you choose to come you may find us. For I shall set out to-morrow for my home.” And when I saw that he could not be prevailed upon, I went with him as far as the harbour; and having learned of him the directions which he had promised to give me for finding the dwellings, I said to him, “Were it not that to-morrow I am to recover a debt that is due to me, I should straightway set sail with you. But I shall soon overtake you.” And having said this, and having given him in charge to those who commanded the ship, I returned grieving, remembering him as an excellent and dear friend.’

    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf08.vi.iv.iv.xiv.html

  192. IT, unfortunately JC wants to stay downstairs like a peasant, evidently his budget can’t extend upstairs. Poor old bugger.

  193. jupes

    I don’t have the answer, but I certainly have the concern.

    How about we stop importing them?

    That’s a start surely?

  194. Top Ender

    defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are “allies” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their names in a staff directory.

    Can someone post the full story? – paywalled….

  195. JC

    Eyrie

    I am, I don’t know what to think. Goldman’s (I think) came out with a new price target of ~14 bucks. I might dip my toe in the water with this soon. I’m really long banks and don’t want to over do it. Here though, it maybe a decent toe dipping, but it’s not a prize gift.

    Ray Dalio’s fund ,which is the biggest hedge fund in the world is short the stock.

    Here’s my big worry about GE. Their pension liabilities are around US55 $billion and bond rates are way down, which means they can’t earn that much income through the fixed income side. This could mean the pension fund will claim more of their profits.

    What happens if they don’t make enough profits to satisfy those hungry swine on pensions? It’s not zero they go into chapter 11 down the road. I’m not saying it will happen. But if they do, it would completely destroy the current crop of shareholders as they would be diluted to hell and back. You gotta watch it as we’ve seen it all before. management dilutes existing shareholders to a nothingburger and then focuses on making the new shareholders happy.

    Again, I’m not suggesting it will happen, but there’s is a risk down the track and I bet that risk is being discounted now.

    I think it’s a mess just on this alone.

  196. stackja

    Slayer – Did BS do the deed as alleged? And his travels while having two women? And did he travel to the deed on his expenses?

  197. JC

    Will he be able to get up the stairs?

    No! It’s boring and expensive upstairs anyway. The sheila checking- out is downstairs

  198. egg_

    Is Testes rubbing his faeces on the walls again?

  199. notafan

    Twitter stumble where trying to claim Joyce’s end of June 2017 UK trip had Vikki in tow, except that the record clearly shows Natalie accompanied him on that trip.

  200. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2637107, posted on February 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Leigh, you’re welcome to join us, if you want. It’s likely to be Florentine in Bourke st as that’s where Fatboy wants to go.

    Not something I want to witness, thanks, and nor do I want to be left with a yuuuuge tab if you run out to feed the meter.
    🙂

  201. Geriatric Mayfly

    Is Mizzzzz Kitching still awaiting a tap on the shoulder from Plod, concerning her shenanigans exposed by the TURC? Something about falsifying right of entry qualifications, as I recall. Just a normal day in the Union, so I gather it has been shoved down the memory hole.

  202. jupes

    defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are “allies” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their names in a staff directory.

    What if they choose not to?

    Official or unofficial punishment?

  203. Slayer of Memes

    Oh dear… it seems the Doomlord’s bestest friend, Peter Phelps, doesn’t believe that the Doomlord was pumping up Turnbull’s tyres and describing him as “Potentially Greatest PM ever”…

    Anyone else like to jump on Twitter and help enlighten him with me?

  204. Rae

    JC, there is an opportunity for you and monty. You could book an Ovation of the Seas cruise for 5 nights Sydney to Hobart and back from 8-13 March. In Chops Grille you could treat him to the 16 oz Bone-in Prime Ribeye with appropriate side dishes. While in Hobart I recommend you visit Pooleys Wines for some delicious samplings and purchases (fantastic Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir), and maybe the Cascade Brewery.

    I can recommend all of them , but in Chops Grille I only had the 6 0z Petite Angus Filet Mignon (butterflied) on one evening, and the New Zealand Rack of Lamb on another.

  205. H B Bear

    Not allowing double dipping on maternity leave is now homophobia. Toots, just because you don’t have a dick doesn’t make you a mum. Homos are shifting the goalposts around more than the Aboriginal Industry.

  206. H B Bear

    Shame we are ignoring socks now. This would be an excellent opportunity for Baldrick to provide some other contributions from our drawer based gourmand.

  207. Siltstone

    defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are “allies” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their names in a staff directory.

    Are they also to wear pink triangles?

  208. Neil

    The last time a government splashed around cash in the form of tax cuts the treasurer was Peter Costello, who had no debt and no deficit to contend with, thanks to oversized profits and attendant corporate tax flowing from the mining boom.

    Howard/Costello were running surplus budgets within 12 months of winning govt due to spending cuts. This caused a Parliament House riot. Also Costello was running his surplus budgets with unemployment at 8%

    Mining boom did not start until 2004 and exploded from 2008-2013

  209. vr

    JC — What metrics do you use to figure out what currency to buy/sell? Or do you just stick to the $/Yen pair?

  210. vr

    No! It’s boring and expensive upstairs anyway. The sheila checking- out is downstairs

    I read that the new bar by the Grossi’s is pretty good.

  211. JC

    vr

    I use a very basic chart system which I just look at and don’t tend to follow too much these days as I really don’t have time for short term trading. I use a simple moving average line ranging from 18 to about 25 days. I use my head in the sense that I try to have feel which I obtain by watching the price action. It’s nothing magical. I’m a religious extremist with stops though. I do try and give a trade room to work, but if it hits the stop and stays there for about an hour I’m out like a jack rabbit. I try to look for 3 to 1 bets.

    I bought back into the Dollar yen at 107.18. I’ve been watching it all day and think we may get a correction back 109ish. I’m out at 106.90 as a stop.

  212. JC

    I read that the new bar by the Grossi’s is pretty good.

    Yea and Fatboy is complaining.

  213. Slayer of Memes

    So…

    Julie Bishop has publicly announced she will graciously cancel her foreign travel plans if she has to serve as Acting PM in Turnbull’s absence next week.

    Given that Malcontent Termite has been pretty subdued in defending his ‘best mate’ Barnaby, is there another putsch in the works??

  214. vr

    JC — I never got into charts. It just seemed “making it up as you go along” (no offense).

    Never thought much off currency trading, but this year I have to think about a little more as I have to teach that. Was writing the lecture on parity conditions — now you know the reason for my question.

  215. JC

    vr

    Charts are good, in terms of giving a pictorial account of what’s gone on in the long or most recent past. I don’t buy into technical trading as I think it’s a crock of shit. But I do look when moving averages are broken and how.

  216. vr

    JC — One more question, how do you decide on the stop?

  217. EvilElvis

    struth
    #2636981, posted on February 14, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Hear, hear!

  218. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That is the lesson ? Hey long-suffering political partner – if you stay at home keeping the family together, the home and the possible business ticking over and maybe being a face in the community – it is YOUR fault that your piss-pot, root-rat husband is knocking off everything with a pulse ?

    I’ve seen a few of these marriage bust ups, Myrddin, including my own first marriage. No, it is not the woman’s fault but sometimes the men feel left out by the demands of children, or they withdraw due to inattention by a woman who defines herself as a homebody (I didn’t, but plenty do). You have to keep up intellectually and at least make an effort to appear interested in his life and his body. Many don’t, that’s all I am alluding to. I’m wiser in my second marriage. Love is a two-way street, men are men and temptation needs managing before it really happens. I think counselling could help many pollies (or corporates) and their wives to understand the stress points.

    That said, plenty of men are just root rats, as you say, who will seize any opportunity without seeing consequences. Dump them, I say. You can do better (to coin a tag line). Barnaby’s wife is an attractive woman and maybe her time to shine has come, without him. She might eventually find someone else. I know the dumped wife of a senior Qld politician and she has found happiness elsewhere, after a terrible few years. The daughters will give Barnaby enough curry to sting his tail for a while.

    Now – Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentines to all lovers on the Cat, and to those holding dear to memories. I am here alone, eating my wonderful home-made (by me) salad and Woolies BBQ chook, which awaits Hairy’s return tonight. Drove him to be with his mates because Asian League (I asked, but I no comprendo) soccer game is on in town. They will drink beers and have some hot chips and enjoy being there with each other discussing the finer points of all the inaction (yawn). Men do that and women are wise to realise it; a simple get-together Arky, just a few guys to see the game with. If I made a fuss that it was Valentine’s Day so he should stay home tonight, Hairy would be surprised and probably upset – he’d think I wasn’t sure he loved me. It’s due to the fact that we are so secure with each other that he feels free to go. We can Valentine any night.

    Red Kenyan roses everywhere today at Woollies Double Bay. I think they overbought.
    Might pop in tomorrow and buy up a house load cheap. 🙂

    Hooray – the southerly has just struck, temp going down with the breezes coming up.

  219. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are “allies” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their names in a staff directory.

    That’s the first thing they’ll check when your promotion possibility comes up.
    This is gulag-worthy stuff. Show, comrade, that you are not a wrongthinker.

  220. hzhousewife

    Lizzie, come on over to the Wednesday thread and join us, you don’t have to eat all the chook alone !

  221. Tintarella di Luna

    In contrast to the US Media’s salivation over the North Korean sister of Kim Jong-Un – here is an article today in the Oz from someone who’s seen it before: Totalitarian fear in North Korean atheletes’ eyes:

    MATTHEW SYED
    The Times12:00AM February 15, 2018

    I remember the feeling of warmth when South and North Korean athletes competed for the first time under a unity flag. It was at the World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan, in 1991, and from my position at the back of the tribune, it was possible to see spectators from both nations cheering, clapping and stamping their feet.

    The story was, even at the time, remarkable. Just four years earlier, North Korean operatives had organised the mid-air bombing of Korean Air Flight 858, killing all 115 on board. North Korea had boycotted the 1988 Seoul Olympics and threatened that more atrocities would overshadow the Games. They had become ever more hostile, with those south of the border living in fear.

    Then, just weeks before the 1991 world championships, players on both sides were told of a wholly unexpected political development. The two nations were to play as a unified team for the first team since the Korean War, four decades earlier. Table tennis seemed a perfect vehicle for the policy, with North and South each boasting players in the world’s top 10.

    Chiba thus became an unlikely symbol of political rapprochement. Those of us looking on felt waves of hope when the combined female team won the title, defeating China in one of the great shocks of the modern era. I remember chatting to Hyun Jung-hwa, the top South Korean player, who had made an unlikely friendship with Ri Pun-hui, her North Korean counterpart. “I always knew that sport could influence politics,” she said. I couldn’t help agreeing.

    Today, however, I look back with embarrassment at my naivety. The 1991 World Table Tennis Championships did not herald a thawing of relations but a chance for a psychopathic regime to gain goodwill, not to mention a cheque from South Korea, in return for precious little. Within three years, the regime, with its callous ideological emphasis on collective farming, had caused mass starvation. Some sources estimate that between 1994 and 1998 more than two million North Koreans died after the ending of Soviet food subsidies.

    And this is why I look at the combined South and North Korean ice hockey team at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang not with hope but with scepticism. I see Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un, smiling for the cameras and glimpse a woman in fear of sororicide. I see not a reaching out from the North, but the dynamics of cold political calculation.

    And when I look at that contingent of North Korean fans, cheering in unison, smiling from ear to ear, I am not charmed, but chilled. I see a group of hostages, every one of whom has been warned that a failure to grin, to applaud, to shout to the rafters, will be met with devastating retribution for their families back home, most likely in the gulags where so many thousands have perished at the hands of the regime. This is not collective joy; it is the grotesque choreography of totalitarian terror.

    Every now and again, sport can act as a catalyst for political reform. Perhaps the most famous example was the ping-pong diplomacy of the early 1970s, when US president Richard Nixon’s flirtation with Mao Zedong was facilitated by a trip by the American table tennis team to China after the 1971 World Championships in Japan. Nixon’s national security adviser Henry Kissinger travelled to Beijing a little later, setting the stage for Nixon himself. The president called it “the week that changed the world”. In the case of North Korea, there is little such hope. Kim’s principal objective is to sustain absolute power for as long as possible. He executed Jang Song-thaek, his uncle and mentor, and probably ordered the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, his half-brother, who was sprayed with a nerve agent before boarding a plane in Kuala Lumpur. In total, 140 military and army officials have been purged. Power corrupts, but in the absence of checks and balances, it also incubates psychopathy.

    Even the North Korean athletes at these Games should be pitied. They are given lives of comparative comfort to reduce the probability of defection, a prospect that the regime regards with horror. This is why the secret police infiltrate their lives in the build-up to competition, why they are watched like hawks from the moment they arrive, and why they sit apart from other athletes in the village or competition zones.

    It is also why they will be met with persecution on their return, even if they have triumphed on behalf of their divine leader. As Kim Joo-il, a former military commander who defected from North Korea in 2005, told me before the London Olympics: “Returning athletes face six months of debriefing and are required to sign non-disclosure agreements, which forbid them from discussing their experiences. Failure to comply is not merely punishable for the athlete but also their extended families. They face the threat of being sent to a political prison.”

    I will never forget trying to chat to North Korean players at a table tennis competition in the late 1990s. I hoped to set up a training session for later that day, something that is common in international events, where competitors from different countries practise together. It is a way of learning fresh things, sparring against new styles. The moment I stepped onto the court, however, I could see that something was wrong.

    The players instantly looked to a member of the secret police masquerading as a coach. In faltering English, he made it clear that they would not interact. I smiled at the players, hoping to convey friendship, but couldn’t help noticing the fear in their eyes. These young men and women had been propagandised since birth, taught that the West is the enemy, and that a sociopathic dynasty, which had impoverished and enslaved them, are divine benefactors. No wonder they looked confused.

    I hardly slept that night. With a clarity that haunted me for weeks, I knew that I had come face to face with an approximation of the nightmare imagined in George Orwell’s 1984. One, of course, hopes that a glorified game of hockey on ice will lead to a reduction in tension on the Korean peninsula, and a transition from North Korean absolutism. But, in the absence of a more pointed impetus, internal or external, I seriously doubt it.

    The Times

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