Monday Forum: February 19, 2018

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  1. JC

    Yeah, Rick Gates is flipping, which will deliver Manafort who knows where most of the skeletons are buried.

    He’s already flipped, you imbecile. He’s been indicted.

  2. H B Bear

    @Australian’s Paul Kelly

    Never knowingly right in his life. A geriatric van Wrongselen.

  3. Roger

    Truth that needs to be told.

    The Wilson piece as excellent.

    But – no irony intended – what we really need is for Jordan Peterson to take it up to get msm traction.

  4. thefrolickingmole

    m0nty

    Are you still laboring under the illusion people here think Turdbull is a good leader or that the Libs deserve to win the next election?

    We will have the choice between AIDs and cancer for the main parties at the next poll, with both respective “leaders” polling just above the gunk between your toes.

  5. OneWorldGovernment

    Turkey now flexing and rattling spears about Greece.

    Turkey Threatens to Invade Greece

    Turkey’s ruling party, and even much of the opposition, seem intent on, if not obsessed with, invading and conquering these Greek islands, on the grounds that they are actually Turkish territory.

    “The things we have done so far [pale in comparison to the] even greater attempts and attacks [we are planning for] the coming days, inshallah [Allah willing].” – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, February 12, 2018.

    The head of the state-funded Directorate of Religious Affairs, the Diyanet, has openly described Turkey’s recent military invasion of Afrin as “jihad.” This designation makes sense when one considers that Muslim Turks owe their demographic majority in Asia Minor to centuries of Turkish persecution and discrimination against the Christian, Yazidi and Jewish inhabitants of the area.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11907/turkey-greece-invasion#.WoqhsCKxi-w.twitter

  6. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    [email protected]’s Paul Kelly: @TonyAbbottMHR’s immigration proposal reflects international sentiment from right-wing populist parties. But we need to understand the downside this cut will have for our economy.

    Higher paying jobs, cheaper housing, less pressure on education and health systems… yes, let’s have that discussion.

  7. OneWorldGovernment

    Real life ‘wakandanda’

    Nigeria: Muslims wipe out 15 villages in mass slaughter of Christians, government does nothing

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/02/nigeria-muslims-wipe-out-15-villages-in-mass-slaughter-of-christians-government-does-nothing

  8. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Sky News Australia

    Verified account

    @SkyNewsAust
    4h4 hours ago
    More
    The Australian’s Economic Correspondent Adam Creighton: if the government is serious about reducing the rate of immigration, then they must do it gradually to ensure there isn’t a significant drop in house prices.

    MORE: http://bit.ly/2EFG96o

    Ponzi.

  9. johanna

    The whole ‘transgenderism’ thing has caused reality to be trashed:

    Thomas Mellott, the girl’s attorney, said the teen was forced to attend a Catholic school where she had to wear dresses and use her birth name.

    “It caused additional trauma and anxiety,” Mellott said. “When you lack all hope, and when [s]he thought this would all continue to happen to [her], the suicidal ideation became more pronounced, and that is how [s]he ended up where [s]he was.”

    Karen Brinkman, attorney for the parents, however, argued:

    If the maternal grandparents were to be given custody, it would simply be a way for the child to circumvent the necessity of parents’ consent. Parents believe custody of the child should be restored to them, so they can make the medical decisions they believe are in their child’s best interest until [the child] turns 18 years of age.

    Forced to attend a Catholic school and wear dresses and be addressed by her name. Custody taken away from her parents because they don’t think that she is ready to make this life-altering decision.

    Oh, the humanity. While women in Islamic counties are genitally butchered and incarcerated and reviled for wearing the wrong clothes, a girl being called by her name at school is a huuuge human rights issue.

    No wonder the West is going down the pan.

  10. thefrolickingmole

    Take away the migration ponzi and how would out “record consecutive years without a recession” look?

    Not that the growth has benefited those already here as opposed to those whove arrived.

  11. H B Bear

    Roger – nice work on the Alberscreechi whitewash over at Their ALPBC. Nice to have these things documented for posterity.

    Maybe one day there will actually be a genuine small government Centre-Right party that is not lead by a PM who rolls over for a tummy tickle from the staff co-op and takes the nuclear option on the whole bloated thing. I’m not holding my breath.

    Alberscreechi’s sub-undergraduate scrawlings reminded me of those Year 8 English exercises where you had to pick out all the biased, subjective language that a writer uses to influence a reader. Just like any other day at Their ALPBC.

  12. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    No wonder the West is going down the pan.

    the rise and fall of the western empire.

    We crossed over the peak around the 60s, it’s been downhill every since, building towards a new dark age where the white diaspora is a tiny minority lacking numbers to influence world events in any meaningful way.

  13. Leigh Lowe

    Sky News Australia

    Verified account

    @SkyNewsAust
    4h4 hours ago
    More
    The Australian’s Economic Correspondent Adam Creighton: Faaaarrk! I just bought a house in Sydney on an LVR of 90%. if the government is serious about reducing the rate of immigration, then they must do it gradually to ensure there isn’t a significant drop in house prices.

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The protesters occupying front page status are in the hundreds.
    Think about that, the ABc is running a protest by less than 1000 people as though its a mass movement of international importance.

    Yet when hundreds of thousands demonstrate in France against abortion or SSM, it’s crickets.
    Similar for many other major protests, especially those against further so-called ‘refugee’ immigration in Europe and America, and of course here at home.
    They act as though Abbott’s recent comments at the Sydney Institute come out of the blue.
    Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  15. johanna

    Judge lets indigenous bloke off with a wrist slap after attacking a woman with a pair of scissors because she was having a drink with someone else. Only luck that the scissors didn’t hit an artery. Why? Because Judge believes that said perp has good prospects for rehabilitation.

    In sentencing, the judge said Turner had only expressed remorse through his lawyers but he was confident he could be rehabilitated.

    He was given a two-year jail term but had 12 months of it suspended.

    Due to time served, it is likely Turner will be released from jail in April but under strict probation conditions.

    It seems that attempted murder is a mere bagatelle when certain sections of the population are concerned. This is the paradoxical outcome of trying to keep certain people out of jail. As in the US, it just gives them a free pass to prey on their own.

  16. thefrolickingmole

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Its how the news is reported and the choices made on what causes to give the banner treatment and what to bury quietly that makes fake news.

    I was at one protest at Port Hedland detention center where the ABC brought up a news crew for a protest crowd which literally fitted in one coaster bus.
    It still made 2nd or 3rd story on national news.

    I tried to work out the % of Americans which were necessary to hit the ABCs major news headline, but trying to do a % for 1000 / 350000000 and % broke my calculator.

    They did it with the greens, they are doing it with Adani, quite deliberately promoting a minority viewpoint incredibly out of proportion to is numbers because it “advances the cause”…

  17. JC

    This is the paradoxical outcome of trying to keep certain people out of jail. As in the US, it just gives them a free pass to prey on their own.

    Interesting. Where are relative free passes generally handed out in the US, shugs?

    Johanna’s hallucinating again.

  18. The Australian’s Economic Correspondent Adam Creighton: Faaaarrk! I just bought a house in Sydney on an LVR of 90%.

    That is what idiots do, if he had SFA deposit he probably shouldn’t have bought it.

  19. marcus classis

    Bruce in WA
    #2641851, posted on February 20, 2018 at 4:44 pm
    Get in quick if you want one (and what man does not?).

    Howa 1500 ultralight ss
    etc. …

    Love one … but have you tried to get an addition to a licence in WA?? 🙁

    I’d have to buy the rifle (can’t apply for a licence for something I don’t own), leave it with the dealer, pay my $181.00 application fee. Submit new permission papers from a property owner (mine aren’t considered large enough by WAPOL for .308), justify why I need it when I already have a .223, give a reason for needing it, pay my $25 – $50 for a Firearm Serviceability Certificate, wait (currently) about 30+ days and maybe, just maybe, get my rifle. If I was knocked back, I’d have to negotiate with the dealer as to how much of my payment I would lose for him to resume the rifle.

    But hey, as some clown told me yesterday — ‘I can just walk into a gunshop, show my driver’s licence, and walk away with a rifle inside 15 minutes’.

    What. The. Gibbering. F**K??

    Seriously??

    You have to get a new licence for each rifle? Am I reading that right? Range work, belonging to a Club is not sufficient reason?

    That’s a complete mess. Were I a sandgroper I’d be tempted to say screw it and go illegal. (You don’t do this, obviously).

    Invest in a rental property in QLD and get a QLD license.

    I’ve bought a mag-fed lever action shotgun and 4 rifles in the last 6 months. Was not planning on the rifles at all, but historical firearms at a 2/3 discount as a friend had to sell his collection and wanted good homes for some of his collection. One’s a Boer War Mauser.

  20. Bruce of Newcastle

    Got to love the ABC. Not.

    Just heard their latest luvvie import on the Drum lie to the Australia people in real time. He is Justin Wolfers, an economist. Yep, not surprising he detests Trump and lurves Gillard.

    I hope the next three years of MAGA will explode his miserable head so bigly that he flees to North Korea.

    Embarassing that this guy graduated from UniSyd.

  21. Arky

    those whove arrived.

    ..
    Fuck those whovians.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    terminated due to lack of substance.

    I’d like to see their objective measures of ‘substance’.

    Oh, silly me. I forgot. There is no objectivity in post-modern theory.
    Substance is as substance does, no more and no less.
    You takes your side and you makes your choice. Only one side wins.
    Sinestra. Always. Comrades.

    Here is a comment from ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ about universal brotherhood and the Gulags:

    “Not content with the toll exacted by means of incarceration and forced labor in inhospitable climes, the supreme authorities sought to efface the Enemies of the People.

    But an unanticipated consequence of this strategy was the creation of a new polis. Having been stripped of their identities, henceforth the zeks – though millions in number – would move in perfect unison, sharing their privations as well as their will to persist. Henceforth, they would know each other whenever and wherever they met. They would make room for reach other under their roofs and at their tables, addressing each other as brother and sister and friend; but never, ever, under any circumstance, as comrade.”

    Yet Whitlam, that Great Man of the Left, that intellectual, was proud to use it freely.

  23. Muddy

    the Center for the Study of Global Christianity estimates that between 2005 and 2015, 900,000 Christians were martyred. The Christian population of Iraq alone has plunged from 1.5 million in 2003 to 275,000. Experts believe that number could soon go to zero.

    https://savethepersecutedchristians.org/

  24. thefrolickingmole

    JC

    There has been a spike in the US credited to the “Ferguson effect”

    ‘Ferguson Effect’ is a plausible reason for spike in violent US crime, study says
    Justice department-funded study suggests three possible drivers for the more than 16% spike in homicide from 2014 to 2015 in 56 of the US’s largest cities

    In effect because of the amount of retroactive “heat” the cops will face for policing minority groups they have slacked off. Result has been a big uptick in violence.

    The paper also recommends that researchers analyze local data on policing activity, including “data on pedestrian and traffic stops, building checks, and other self-initiated police activity”, to see if there is any link between drops in police activity and an increase in homicide. A study of Baltimore’s dramatic homicide spike found a between drops in some proactive policing and a rise in violence. Researchers dubbed this the . An analysis of recent Chicago police and crime data by FiveThirtyEight found a similar link.

  25. OneWorldGovernment

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2641915, posted on February 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    ………

    But an unanticipated consequence of this strategy was the creation of a new polis. Having been stripped of their identities, henceforth the zeks – though millions in number – would move in perfect unison, sharing their privations as well as their will to persist. Henceforth, they would know each other whenever and wherever they met. They would make room for reach other under their roofs and at their tables, addressing each other as brother and sister and friend; but never, ever, under any circumstance, as comrade.”

    Yet Whitlam, that Great Man of the Left, that intellectual, was proud to use it freely.

    I also loath the term “citizen”.

  26. Marcus

    Mia Davies is the new breed of National Party

    Well, although I don’t agree with everything they’ve done (including this intervention into the Barnaby scandal) the state Nationals have done a good job of turning up the heat on the McGowan government over some of their more bone-headed decisions so she gets a tick from me.

  27. Leigh Lowe

    Yeah, Rick Gates is flipping, which will deliver Manafort who knows where most of the skeletons are buried.

    Speaking of flipping mUnter, how’s the new job going.

  28. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Sounds like ‘a significant drop in house prices’ would do Adam above a lot of good in terms of furthering his economic understanding.

  29. Gab

    Monty’s got a real job? Good for him.

  30. OneWorldGovernment

    For those that appreciate The DiploMad he has an interesting post

    Sunday Thoughts: “Common Sense” Gun Control, the FBI, Concealed Handguns & Other Memes of Our Age

    Comments are well worth reading and he takes on “The Mental Health” furphy as well.

    http://www.thediplomad.com/2018/02/sunday-thoughts-common-sense-gun.html#comment-form

  31. Armadillo

    In effect because of the amount of retroactive “heat” the cops will face for policing minority groups they have slacked off. Result has been a big uptick in violence.

    This make sense. It’s the same as the “you can’t touch me” effect much evident in certain rural Australian groups.

  32. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I also loath the term “citizen”.

    Ah yes, Citoyen/Citoyenne. A similar term awash with blood. Urban in connotation though.
    I wonder what French-educated Pol Pot used for Year Zero People.
    How well does ‘comrade’ translate into Cambodian?

  33. johanna

    I’m not rising to your bait, JC.

    Go shave your back, iron your designer jeans, polish the tassels on your loafers, and perform anatomically difficult acts on yourself.

    After that, attend another meeting of the Melbourne Cats and try to wow them with an expensive bottle of wine.

    Then, if you have time, research who the recipients of black violence are in the US, and why. You get a lollipop if you find out that policing crime-ridden black neighbourhoods is not only very dangerous, many of the locals don’t want you there, and if you end up shooting some gangster asshole to save your life, you are on the ‘process is the punishment’ slow moving conveyor belt.

    JC, who has never, thanks to being in the gated community of the rich, had to deal with this stuff, is beneath contempt.

  34. Leo G

    I also loath the term “citizen”.

    It should never have replaced the good, old-fashioned “burhsittend”.

  35. Leigh Lowe

    Gab

    #2641923, posted on February 20, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Monty’s got a real job? Good for him.

    Not really.
    I am pumping his tyres up and trying to build up some self-esteem.
    All this “pussy-hat, screaming at the sky, any day now Mueller” cannot be good for him.

  36. Gab

    Oh, that’s a shame then, Leigh. He’ll be shouting at shrubs soon, the way he’s going. A real job might have made something of him.

  37. Gab

    What the latest on the JC/monty lunch? has it occurred yet?

  38. Muddy

    Meet the Gray Eagle, a hulking drone with a 56-foot wingspan that packs four Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and can stay aloft for a full 24-hours with its thrumming diesel power plant. Fort Carson has a dozen of the drones and they will soon be ready for war.

    Source.

    Could Malcanoe use a couple of these to monitor his No-Bonk Policy?

  39. Boambee John

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
    #2641887, posted on February 20, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    [email protected]’s Paul Kelly: @TonyAbbottMHR’s immigration proposal reflects international sentiment from right-wing populist parties. But we need to understand the downside this cut will have for our economy.

    Higher paying jobs, cheaper housing, less pressure on education and health systems… yes, let’s have that discussion.

    Less pressure on a failing electricity generation and distribution system.

  40. OneWorldGovernment

    Leo G
    #2641928, posted on February 20, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I also loath the term “citizen”.

    It should never have replaced the good, old-fashioned “burhsittend”.

    Leo G

    Thanks for that. Had never come across that term before and certainly would not have a clue how to pronounce it.

    But it does seem appropriate from what I could find on various on-line dictionaries.

  41. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I wonder what French-educated Pol Pot used for Year Zero People.

    Traitors and enemies of the State.

  42. C.L.

    I just want Acting PM Mathias Cormann to say “get to the choppa!”
    That’s all I ask of him.

  43. Farmer Gez

    Fun shooting!
    My favourite rifle is the super little .17 HMR CZ 452 Varmint.
    On the sheep run this morning a fox darted across the road into a stubble and kept running till he was at least 150 metres out. I aimed between the top of his ears. Dropped like Turnbull’s poll numbers.

  44. Boambee John

    johanna at 1826

    As in the US, it just gives them a free pass to prey on their own.

    I wonder what the judge would say if she made the preying two way, by taking the scissors to his delicate parts while he is asleep or drunk?

  45. Robber Baron

    Can someone explain how Maol can all of a sudden be concerned about consenting adults work colleagues having sex when owning Henson photographic art depicting nudes of children?

  46. OneWorldGovernment

    Muddy
    #2641935, posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Meet the Gray Eagle, a hulking drone with a 56-foot wingspan that packs four Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and can stay aloft for a full 24-hours with its thrumming diesel power plant. Fort Carson has a dozen of the drones and they will soon be ready for war.

    Source.

    Could Malcanoe use a couple of these to monitor his No-Bonk Policy?

    Oh No! Diesel!

    Where’s the mustard seed gas?

    Has The American Armed Forces abandoned the Obama green fuel agenda?

    The Horror!

  47. Geriatric Mayfly

    Ah yes, Citoyen/Citoyenne. A similar term awash with blood.

    While they were still out there, and beyond reach, Stalin called them ‘hooligans and wreckers.’ Such degenerates however, usually received the 3am knock on the door. Even dear old Trots in far away Mexico.

  48. vr

    That’s one beautiful vehicle.

  49. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In other news, just fed Attapuss. He’s been shrieking around my feet in the kitchen since 6pm. You wait till at least seven, I tell him, or eat some kibbles (they are always available). I only have to enter the kitchen for Attapuss to start up. Sometimes I give in just for peace.

    Pavlov’s Cat, Hairy calls him. 🙂

  50. stackja

    Citizen Robespierre met Madame Guillotine. And lost his head.

  51. testpattern

    A miner’s song from the Murchison. I can’t find it on the net. Help me out, see if you can.
    Seems american in origin.

    Did you ever have a feeling when a little fun you’re stealing,
    That the good old world is dealing you a fine and dandy hand ?
    Did you ever think while sipping from a glass your hand is gripping,
    A tall cocktail cool and dripping that ours is a happy land ?

    Did you ever sing a ditty though your singing isn’t pretty,
    And then give ’em stories which on eager ears did fall ?
    If you’ve done these things I’m certain that when night drew up her curtain,
    You discovered temples hurtin’ ’twas a rum world after all.

    Ain’t it funny ain’t it funny you’re blowing in your money
    That the world seems full of honey and your heart runs o’er with joy ?
    Ain’t it queer that troubles leave you, and that nothing seems to grieve you
    Ain’t it queer how clocks deceive you your friends yell, ” More, old boy ?”

    Ain’t it fine to sing and holler, pour red fluids down your collar,
    And a dollar, what’s a dollar ? Gee! its mighty doggone small.
    But, say, when the morn is dawning when you’ve started homeward yawnin’
    Knowing you must do some pawning it’s a rum world after all.

    There’s a lot of fun in handing waiters tips and in commanding,
    Giving them the understanding that you’re loaded down with dough,
    There’s a world of joy in smoking high-priced weeds and then in joking,
    At expense as you are soaking in the booze you’ve caused to flow,

    Oh, its great while you are sailing and your coin’s not starting failing,
    Mighty walls of joy you’re scaling seems the fun will never pall,
    But next morning when your’e busted can you beat it ? You’re disgusted,
    When your brain feels clogged up rusted, it’s a rum world after all.

  52. Geriatric Mayfly

    Grey District on the West Coast has followed Christchurch and Buller District in declaring a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita bears down on central New Zealand.
    The council says the declaration is precautionary at this stage as the worst of the weather is yet to arrive.
    Residents have been urged to stay inside and not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

    I have a NZ fishing guide booked for four days from Sunday in the SI. at no small expense. I wonder if my travel insurance will cover ‘hurt, pain, suffering and PTSD,’ if bloody Gita stuffs the whole expedition up.

  53. JC

    johanna
    #2641927, posted on February 20, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I’m not rising to your bait, JC.

    Yea sure, except I’m not baiting you.

    And then :

    Go shave your back, iron your designer jeans, polish the tassels on your loafers, and perform anatomically difficult acts on yourself.

    After that, attend another meeting of the Melbourne Cats and try to wow them with an expensive bottle of wine.

    Then, if you have time, research who the recipients of black violence are in the US, and why. You get a lollipop if you find out that policing crime-ridden black neighbourhoods is not only very dangerous, many of the locals don’t want you there, and if you end up shooting some gangster asshole to save your life, you are on the ‘process is the punishment’ slow moving conveyor belt.

    JC, who has never, thanks to being in the gated community of the rich, had to deal with this stuff, is beneath contempt.

    LOl

    You’re drunk again, Johanna and not making any sense. Go to bed.

  54. OneWorldGovernment

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2641951, posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Grey District on the West Coast has followed Christchurch and Buller District in declaring a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita bears down on central New Zealand.
    The council says the declaration is precautionary at this stage as the worst of the weather is yet to arrive.
    Residents have been urged to stay inside and not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

    I have a NZ fishing guide booked for four days from Sunday in the SI. at no small expense. I wonder if my travel insurance will cover ‘hurt, pain, suffering and PTSD,’ if bloody Gita stuffs the whole expedition up.

    Check the record of the boat and crew.

  55. The Barking Toad

    Just watching the Bolt and he’s discussing with Gerard Henderson about Shareena Clanton and saw some clips of Q & A .

    Those of you who suffer Q & A deserve medals. I value my TV.

    For someone who is oppressed and disadvantaged she’s certainly pushed herself into the front of the lunch queue.

    And she’s a negro and American Indian – fat & bleck – give me a handout

  56. JC

    JC

    There has been a spike in the US credited to the “Ferguson effect”

    ‘Ferguson Effect’ is a plausible reason for spike in violent US crime, study says
    Justice department-funded study suggests three possible drivers for the more than 16% spike in homicide from 2014 to 2015 in 56 of the US’s largest cities

    In effect because of the amount of retroactive “heat” the cops will face for policing minority groups they have slacked off. Result has been a big uptick in violence.

    Yes Mole, I’ve read discussions on that.

    However the issue is sentencing. There was a concerted push towards harsher sentencing in the US from the 90s onward as law and order became a serious political issue. We saw the introduction of such things as the three strikes rule etc.

    My point was that Johanna earlier suggested that criminal sentencing in the US is lenient like it appears to be here, but as usual like in most things, she’s just wrong. The US is perhaps the harshest jurisdiction in the western world. Johanna of course knows better because she used to once work for the APS.

  57. notafan

    Thinking about the drone in Israeli air space and the dripping like honey words of one Walid Ali a while back

    Muslims and America had a drone race up and down the Syria place

    Walid said it wasn’t fair because his side lost (their underwear)

    Now Hezbollah has lots of drones what has happened to Whalid’s moans?

    Is it because he’s a Sunni or what really matters is making money?

    night drones that distinguish between animals and humans

  58. Bruce of Newcastle

    if bloody Gita stuffs the whole expedition up.

    GM – Dunno about any damage but the storm is outa there by this time tomorrow according to BoM’s computer.

    Might be a bit windy though. Can’t trust the model out as far as Sunday but it seems to be suggesting jet stream action around then (click the times along the top bar). Could be pretty cold, take a jacket. There’re some messy jet stream loops coming along in the next while.

  59. Leo G

    Had never come across that term before and certainly would not have a clue how to pronounce it.

    Pronounced Boo-erq-sit-end. The “u” is a long vowel, and the “h” is not silent (like “ch” in Scot “loch”). The latter part of the word is a participle used as an adjective.

  60. Rae

    Can someone explain how Maol can all of a sudden be concerned about consenting adults work colleagues having sex when owning Henson photographic art depicting nudes of children?

    That’s easy. It is well known that the 2 Hanson pieces owned by Turnbull are quite bland works of art that do not depict nudes of children. Nor do they depict nudes of adults.

    Dumb, inane comment by you IMO.

  61. OneWorldGovernment

    The Barking Toad
    #2641954, posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Just watching the Bolt and he’s discussing with Gerard Henderson about Shareena Clanton and saw some clips of Q & A .

    Those of you who suffer Q & A deserve medals. I value my TV.

    For someone who is oppressed and disadvantaged she’s certainly pushed herself into the front of the lunch queue.

    And she’s a negro and American Indian – fat & bleck – give me a handout

    Maybe she’s a descendant of good ‘ol Ike?

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

  62. Rae

    Aux armes mes enfents.

    Citoyen was in use during the French Revolution, but as a term of address it wasn’t and still isn’t “drenched in blood”.

  63. Muddy

    …drones that distinguish between animals and humans.

    Drones that distinguish between taxpayers and …

  64. Geriatric Mayfly

    Thanks OWG and BoN. Sedate rivers, gentle streams, limpid and babbling, were my original objectives when booked 6 months ago. But if Gita and jet streams must grind mountains awful slow, who am I to raise objection?

  65. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    BHP dividend 55cents U.S. per share, up from 40cents U.S. per share – I’ll have some of that, thank you.

  66. OneWorldGovernment

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2641964, posted on February 20, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks OWG and BoN. Sedate rivers, gentle streams, limpid and babbling, were my original objectives when booked 6 months ago. But if Gita and jet streams must grind mountains awful slow, who am I to raise objection?

    Whomever you have booked with I am sure positive you will have a good time.

    And I am positive sure they will not put their lives in danger.

  67. egg_

    More Vogon poetry from Testes aka Kim Blackashian (pronounced Black-Cash-in)?

  68. OneWorldGovernment

    Muddy
    #2641963, posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    …drones that distinguish between animals and humans.

    Drones that distinguish between taxpayers and …

    It’d be bloody sad if the drones were set up to take out animals when they were attached to their human lovers.

  69. egg_

    fat & bleck – give me a handout

    The usual Leftoid tune on Q&A – Frydemburgers should’ve cut to the chase and said “How much?”.
    /Emma Chisset

  70. OneWorldGovernment

    Aux armes mes enfents.

    Citoyen was in use during the French Revolution, but as a term of address it wasn’t and still isn’t “drenched in blood”.

    Your quite correct.

    And to this day the foul leftist scum teach the children to have no blood on their hands as they rampage and slaughter ‘les Innocentes’.

    I think they are now called anti-fa or is it intifada?

  71. C.L.

    Video of the Mercedes-Maybach:

  72. Leigh Lowe

    Gab

    #2641931, posted on February 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    What the latest on the JC/monty lunch? has it occurred yet?

    JC wants me there as an independent witness.
    I am holding out until he offers me a large rib-eye with all the trimmin’s and fixin’s.

  73. Atoms for Peace

    Monty has to purge himself of the Light and Easy cardboard containers before he has lunch with JC.

  74. Leigh Lowe

    Geriatric Mayfly

    #2641951, posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Grey District on the West Coast has followed Christchurch and Buller District in declaring a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita bears down on central New Zealand.

    A cyclone through Greymouth could do nothing but improve it.
    Don’t get me wrong.
    I love NZ.
    But Greymouth is very, very ordinary.

  75. John Constantine

    Will their juliebishop be invited onto their redfilth gillards table for the Clinton crime family extortion tour of Australia?.

    More likely, Australian taxdollars will be used to pay for elite packages, where one on one extortion pleas can be carried out.

    Should we have a poll to see who can get closest to the number, in tens of millions of Australian taxpayer dollars, that the Clinton crime family will have pledged to it during the tour and flee the country with?.

    What a brilliant idea, Julie bishop.

    A photo selfie with the Clintons.

  76. Geriatric Mayfly

    Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places smooth:

    Regardless, OWG, I shall make the most of all meanders and treasure every shingle underfoot. As for the rest of it, uplift is still a work in progress, so not in my lifetime.

  77. Leigh Lowe

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    #2641965, posted on February 20, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    BHP dividend 55cents U.S. per share, up from 40cents U.S. per share – I’ll have some of that, thank you.

    Jeez ZK2A.
    RIO are fucking killing BHPB pound-for-pound.
    It is on my unload list.
    If it opens at a gain in the morning I am out.

  78. notafan

    Well Mr Abbott is grasping the narrative.

    Did some of us not say a policy platform of giving the finger to catastrophists and a reduction in immigration would be both the right thing to do and result in a crushing win for the LNP?

    Because abandoning climate goals will stimulate the economy.

    Tax reform without it is a waste of time.

  79. Leigh Lowe

    I have a NZ fishing guide booked for four days from Sunday in the SI. at no small expense. I wonder if my travel insurance will cover ‘hurt, pain, suffering and PTSD,’ if bloody Gita stuffs the whole expedition up.

    Pretty sure you will find a way to pass the time in those highlands even if it is a bit breezy.

  80. Leigh Lowe

    Will their juliebishop be invited onto their redfilth gillards table for the Clinton crime family extortion tour of Australia?.

    If I throw half-bricks at the withered old soak will Vic-Plod send her a $50k bill for security.

  81. Rafe Champion

    NSW the cheap power state! Just now anyway..

  82. Caviar

    The Australian’s Economic Correspondent Adam Creighton: if the government is serious about reducing the rate of immigration, then they must do it gradually to ensure that I can offload my investment properties before the market falls

    FIXED IT

  83. nemkat

    Well Mr Abbott is grasping the narrative.

    Did some of us not say a policy platform of giving the finger to catastrophists and a reduction in immigration would be both the right thing to do and result in a crushing win for the LNP?

    Mr Abbott fooled us once, and he’ll fool us again, given the chance.

  84. But Greymouth is very, very ordinary.

    Greymouth is a good place to have come from.

  85. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    THE WORLD
    Prakash admits to being member of ISIS in court but denies leading terrorist organisation in Australia

    Ellen Whinnett
    The Australian
    8:57PM February 20, 2018

    Neil Prakash has specifically admitted being a member of Islamic State, as a court in southern Turkey delayed making a decision about whether to extradite him to Australia.

    The Kilis Criminal Court near the Syrian border last night delayed a decision on whether Prakash, 26, should be extradited to Australia to face charges over his time as a prolific recruiter and promoter of Islamic State.

    The delay came 16 months after the Melbourne-born terrorist was arrested by Turkish police and military after he deserted ­Islamic State and tried to sneak across the border near the town of Kilis.

    Judge Ismail Deniz adjourned until May 24 a decision on whether Prakash, who appeared via video-link from a prison in Gaziantep 50km north of Kilis, should be returned to Australia to face charges over his actions in Syria, where he used social media to urge people to carry out attacks on Australian soil, join the Islamic State terror group in Syria and donate money.

    Asked if he wished to say anything, Prakash responded: “Like I told you before, I admit I was a member of Islamic State but on the other charge I had nothing to do with it.’’

    He then elaborated, saying: “The charge of being a member of Islamic State, I admit to it, I was.

    “But on the other charge of being a leader of an organisation in Australia, that I had nothing to do with.’

    From the Oz. Prakash is demanding to be sent to a Muslim country, but Julie Bishop wants him to be extradited to Australia, to face the Courts here. Too. Stupid. To. Survive.

  86. stackja

    Zulu – NP is a nut. JB is not helping.

  87. marcus classis

    Farmer Gez
    #2641940, posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:14 pm
    Fun shooting!
    My favourite rifle is the super little .17 HMR CZ 452 Varmint.
    On the sheep run this morning a fox darted across the road into a stubble and kept running till he was at least 150 metres out. I aimed between the top of his ears. Dropped like Turnbull’s poll numbers.

    Good kill. Foxes are the No.2 killer of native critters. I’ve fired a .17. Little tack-driving laser beam of a bullet, and perfect for that sort of job.

    Bit small for my usual target species, though, deer, pigs and goats.

    Hey, have you signed the petition to ask Thales Lithgow to produce a crossover L102 chambered for .303 rimmed?

    Hope they do. I’d sell a couple of my current rifles to get a modern .303, and I asked around the range today about it, fully half the blokes there said they’d buy one in a heartbeat.

  88. candy

    Mr Abbott fooled us once, and he’ll fool us again, given the chance.

    He certainly fooled us when he said he would stop the boats, didn’t he, nemkat? They keep arriving at Christmas Island week after week.

  89. notafan

    Prakash must rate his chances of surviving nicely/continuing on his merry jihading way in a Muslim country very highly.

  90. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu – NP is a nut. JB is not helping.

    Harsh, but fair. I ‘d leave him in the jug in Turkey, or sell his sorry arse to the Israelis.

  91. OneWorldGovernment

    GM

    If you are actually going to Greymouth NZ and you have a spare few hours follow the Grey River back up to Blackball and have lunch at whatever local pub is there now.

  92. Caviar

    From the Oz. Prakash is demanding to be sent to a Muslim country, but Julie Bishop wants him to be extradited to Australia, to face the Courts here. Too. Stupid. To. Survive.

    Can’t we compromise and send Julia Bishop over there instead?

  93. nemkat

    He certainly fooled us when he said he would stop the boats, didn’t he, nemkat? They keep arriving at Christmas Island week after week.

    What about the 12,00 unassimilable Syrians he generously invited over to our place?
    Or the 5,000 extra refugees per year he invited?
    Or raising Immigration to 290,000 a year?
    Or the countless other cringeworthy, unAustralian things he did in his 2 year reign?

  94. zyconoclast

    don;t be buying no chicom shit

    Why do you need to buy a Chinese brand phone?
    Bill Clinton might.


    Not All Foreign-Influence Scandals Are Created Equal

    Two decades ago, the media weren’t obsessed with Chinese interference in a presidential election.

    China Was Bill Clinton’s Russia
    In 1996, a foreign government didn’t just meddle, it donated.

    ANOTHER ’90s scandal returns to haunt the Clintons – billionaire accused of being front for Chinese Communist bid to influence Bill’s 1996 election finally faces being questioned after years on the run

  95. candy

    nemkat
    You hate TA. I know folks just like you and no discussion can be entered into. Ok, I’m good with that.

    Stopping the boats was probably the most significant policy for 20 years or so, though, if I may just offer that opinion.

  96. Caviar

    Stopping the boats was probably the most significant policy for 20 years or so, though, if I may just offer that opinion.

    Too bad he didn’t stop all the ones coming by plane

  97. JC

    Gab

    Re Monster lunch.

    I contacted fatboy early into the new year and acknowledged he won the bet and lunch was on. He said he was busy for most of January and would contact me later in the month. What he’s busy with I couldn’t imagine. Anyway, if he wants to claim the lunch then he can contact me, as I’ve tried to fulfill my side of the bet. Up to him now.

  98. nemkat

    Stopping the boats was no big deal, Keating stopped the boats from Southern China back in the 90s.

    Sent them straight back on a plane, too.
    Where are the ones Abbott stopped?
    Sitting on Manus and Nauru, waiting for the next ALP Government.

  99. Leigh Lowe

    Well.
    Is a flipper about to backflip?
    Judge Orders Mueller to Provide Flynns Attorney with all Exculpatory Evidence.
    That is something.
    A judge almost never issues such an order after a plea has been entered.
    And it would almost seem futile and counter-intuitive after a guilty plea.
    Judge Sullivan is telling Mueller that he has cherry-picked and badgered and threatened lawfare bankruptcy against Flynn. Key to this is that the Judge has out-Muellered Mr Mueller himself with one key word … all exculpatory evidence … not “some”, not “relevant” not “critical” not anything that Mueller can use his discretion to wriggle out of … all.
    If Mueller excludes even the most minor exonerating shred he is in contempt.
    The boot just changed foot.

  100. Geriatric Mayfly

    If you are actually going to Greymouth NZ and you have a spare few hours follow the Grey River back up to Blackball and have lunch at whatever local pub is there now.

    Tip welcomed OWG, but not venturing north of C’church airport. I plan to readdress a few southerly streams to settle debts owing from four years ago. I know where the buggers live.

  101. candy

    Julie Bishop seems perpetually on holidays, wearing glamorous clothes and running in beaut outfits. A neat job. I remember A. Bolt calling Kevin Rudd a “very foreign minister” because he travelled so much as FM, very funny comment.
    I think though K. Rudd cared about that job and took a great interest in world affairs, whereas Ms Bishop sees it through a prism of what outfit she should wear and which celebrity she should mix with.

  102. JC

    Leigh

    I drove to the airport this evening as my kid is heading back to London. On the way there was a yuge sign critical of the BHP management with captions that it could do much better if it were properly focused. I’m guessing the NY hedge fund fuck (Singer) is still in there. It’s not the first ad I’ve seen, but lord this one was huge and very bright. They must be spending a fortune on ads.

  103. C.L.

    Ahoy, Dover (especially) …

    Kevin Rudd spoke with Greg Craven (ACU) on RN tonight. Or, rather, their discussion of faith and political affairs was broadcast tonight, having been recorded on the 14th.

    I have to say, Rudd’s knowledge and theological insights were deeply impressive.

    Audio here.

  104. Leigh Lowe

    What he’s busy with I couldn’t imagine. Anyway, if he wants to claim the lunch then he can contact me, as I’ve tried to fulfill my side of the bet. Up to him now.

    I’ll be proxy mOnty and chow down on a freebie steak if he is (cough) “too busy”.

  105. feelthebern

    BHP run by consultants.
    Rio run by rock breakers.
    BHP itching to spend money.
    Rio too scared to spend due to DoJ trawling through the last cycles transactions.

  106. OldOzzie

    Why Emma Alberici poses a danger to the ABC’s impartiality

    The ABC chief economic correspondent’s emphatic assault on mainstream economic theory raises a profound question: can the national broadcaster resist the gravitational pull of its stars?

    Exhibit one: Emma Alberici, whose Australia Institute-like attack on lower business taxes last Wednesday is in the process of being repudiated by her employer.

    The opinion column illustrated how influential media outlets can undermine the debate over economic policy. Alberici, a woman of considerable self-belief, argued (perhaps without realising it) that mainstream economics has misunderstood the effect of lowering business taxes, and that corporate tax evasion by large Australian companies is rampant.

    Both assertions are remarkably daring, and arguably beyond the competence of Lateline’s last host, who has a BA majoring in Italian from Melbourne University.

    Tapping into the ABC’s huge audiences, she helped fuel the perception – among readers receptive to the message – that business is the enemy of regular Australians and has corrupted the political process.

    Defiant

    Now the microphones have been turned against her, Alberici remains defiant. She cited “25 years’ experience in the fields of business and finance reporting” in her defence to reporter Stephen Brook.

    Viewers and readers may ask: why is someone who doesn’t appear to accept conventional economics the national broadcaster’s economics correspondent?

    Alberici’s arguments attracted some support. Among them was anti-business blogger Michael West (although he was miffed Alberici got all the attention), former Labor minister Craig Emerson (who makes a living out of his political connections) and left-wing academic John Quiggin (who cites Marx and Engels in the introduction to his new economics textbook).

    A formal internal review of her opinion article is under way, and sounds like it will either revise the piece, which was quickly taken down, or can it altogether.

    Respected outlet

    The ABC’s leaders are acutely aware that the organisation’s privileged status as a state-funded media outlet requires them to uphold the highest standards. That’s why the ABC is probably the most respected media organisation in Australia.

    ABC staff operate under thorough and clearly articulated rules derived from a legal requirement for accuracy and impartiality that is overseen by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

    All its journalists are required to read the editorial guidelines specifying the difference between reporting, analysis and comment. The guidelines urge ABC journalists not to indulge in comment, a position designed to stop the organisation being sucked into partisan warfare.

    “There is, of course, particular sensitivity for ABC staff working in news and current affairs, where the need to demonstrate impartiality and independence on all newsworthy and topical issues means it is almost always inappropriate to offer opinion on such matters,” the guidelines say.

    Thousands of complaints

    The audience isn’t always convinced. The ABC gets 20,000 to 30,000 complaints about editorial content every year. Some 3000 to 4000 are investigated, and a tiny proportion are upheld.

    The Alberici affair has opened a discussion about freeing all ABC journalists to share their opinions. Media Watch host Paul Barry argued on Monday night that such a move is appropriate because the ABC’s rules are “too restrictive”.

    As newsrooms shrink, mixing news and opinion is becoming more common. Many journalists like the trend. Breaking news is hard and sometimes thankless. Comment pieces are popular and influential. Twitter – the daily popularity contest of our workplaces – runs on sharp opinions and witty one-liners, not in-depth and balanced journalism.

    Unleashed prejudices

    If the ABC chooses to follow the industry, it will place itself in grave danger.

    Unleashing the ABC editorial staff’s inner prejudices will backfire. The nature of the broadcaster’s intellectual, social-minded workforce means their expressed opinions would probably be sceptical of free markets and smaller government. Case in point: Emma Alberici.

    The perception – and perhaps the reality – of the ABC’s impartiality would be compromised. The broadcaster’s enemies in politics and the media, especially the Murdoch press, would pounce.

    The ABC’s important work informing and entertaining Australians would be threatened by forces mobilised by its own output.

    To thrive, the ABC needs to resist indulging its stars, no matter how bright they shine.

  107. JC

    Leigh

    You’re a nice guy and all, but you’re NOT getting a free lunch. You can come along, but I’m only forking out the bill for two. Stop it with the cheapness as it’s unbecoming.

  108. C.L.

    It’s a bit like JC’s take on Gillard – basically a good Aussie girl ruined by politics.
    Should have been a teacher.
    Same for Rudd: should have been … well, something else.

  109. feelthebern

    Chopper Bishop just went there on PM Live re Dolly Shorten & Tony Burqa.

  110. pete m

    that maybach has a niteclub interior – WTF is with that?

  111. C.L.

    Bishop is a light-weight; you’re right, Cando.

  112. feelthebern

    Stop it with the cheapness as it’s unbecoming.

    The Cat isn’t that kind of blog.

  113. JC

    pete m
    #2642036, posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    that maybach has a niteclub interior – WTF is with that?

    Imagine a slapper in either seat wearing a see through skirt. They thought of everything. 😉

  114. C.L.

    that maybach has a niteclub interior – WTF is with that?

    Pete, there are NO buttons on the dash. Everything is voice command.
    The glowing wiring is an incredibly cool idea.
    More on all that here:

  115. JC

    feelthebern
    #2642038, posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Stop it with the cheapness as it’s unbecoming.

    The Cat isn’t that kind of blog.

    ‘sactly.

  116. candy

    that maybach has a niteclub interior – WTF is with that?

    It’s an ugly car, that’s the problem. All wheels and no style.

  117. feelthebern

    PM Live is actually half decent tonight.
    Reminds me of good night at the Cat.

  118. Gab

    CL, please check your email when you have time. Ta

  119. candy

    The glowing wiring is an incredibly cool idea.

    No, it’s trash rich ugly.

  120. OldOzzie

    Public servants go back to university to learn consulting skills

    A group of senior executives from the public and private sector are doing a new course that will effectively teach them how to become consultants in their own workplaces.

    In a twist on the more standard technique of hiring a consultant or bringing in an ex-consultant to work inside a firm, the Transformational Leadership Program is aimed at helping organisations develop their own executives into consultants. It is targeted at post-MBA executives and is being run through the Australian National University in Canberra.

    “We are teaching them how to design, activate and implement massive change programs,” said Adam Salzer, a former managing director at big four accounting and consulting firm PwC, and one of the program’s senior lecturers.

    “We’re also showing them how and where to use best practice tools, how and when to bring in external consultants, and how to lead and develop staff. The idea is they become both excellent transformation managers and informed buyers of consulting services.”

    Mr Salzer, who has provided advice and run transformation projects around the world, is looking to create a transformation accreditation to professionalise the role.

    The course is a $16,000, 14-day program split up over four modules spaced out over nine months.

    High-level skills

    The modules cover a range of high-level consulting skills such as evidence-based decision making, project planning and stakeholder management. During the course, students are expected to develop a solution to a real-life transformation challenge and present their findings to the rest of the class.

    Mr Salzer said learning the latest evidence-based management techniques was core to the course.

    “Evidence-based management is a technique that was started by the medical industry. How do you know you’re doing it right? Every decision you make has to have a level of evidence and you have to be able to work out how reliable, or not, it is,” he said. “You don’t do it because it’s in your gut, your experience. That’s not good enough anymore.”

    The use of consultants by the public sector is one of three areas of a continuing inquiry by a joint parliamentary committee into government contracting.

    The government argues that the use of consultants brings in much-needed external expertise at a lower cost. Others say consultants are a poor and more expensive alternative to having experienced public servants developing policy and running departments. There is general agreement that caps on the size of the public sector have led to a systematic loss of skills in agencies and, in turn, driven the demand for consultants.

    Transformation roles

    The 14 participants in the ANU course are a mix of public and private sector executives and consultants. The youngest participant, Claire Thomas, wants to develop the skills needed to take up a transformation role in government.

    “I’m a young female in middle-management with aspirations for transformation and I’m somebody that can … reality check the room. My aspirations are absolutely to stay in the public service, in this sort of transformation consultancy and leadership role into the future,” she said.

    Ms Thomas, 33, is a senior adviser in a strategic policy role in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), the centre of decision-making within the federal government.

    “So my role at the moment is influencing external policy, government policy. I’m hoping with this course to actually be somebody from within who can help us realise the transformational agendas that the public service is invested in but just, every now and then, just isn’t landing the way that we hope to land. And I think, increasingly, we’re realising that incremental change isn’t enough, that we need the tools to understand the difference for transformational change,” she said.

    Ms Thomas, who spoke to The Australian Financial Review part-way through the second module of the course, said she was learning how to decipher the work of consultants.

    “A course like this demystifies the magic of consultants and re-empowers the public servant to kind of lead in what they’re looking for and get the results they actually want,” she said.

    “I think I’ll be more informed with the questions to ask to really reassure myself that the causal link between their [the consultant’s] assessment of the situation or scenario and their recommendations are solid … It might not sound particularly exciting, but [it’s good] to be able to be confident that when you’re investing in a consultant and you’re going ahead with their recommendation, that the work being done is solid.”

    Public service a ‘wicked beast’

    She said changing the way government departments operated was a difficult task.

    “The public service in and of itself is a wicked beast. It’s complex, it’s very powerful and toothless in different aspects. Consultants can come in and provide advice but few have that depth of experience of living in the public service,” she said.

    “And so what I’m finding is by building up my consultancy and transformation toolkit, I feel like being from within there’s significantly more chance of actually landing a change because you recognise that you’re part of that complexity. Even consultants who have had significant time in the public sector, I think are limited in their ability to differentiate agency by agency to that really nitty-gritty [level] to get the masses over the line.

    “I’m really lucky that Martin Parkinson, who’s the Secretary of PM&C, is a transformational thinker, as well as incredibly supportive.”

    Expanded toolkit

    Another participant in the course, Elizabeth Hristoforidis, is an experienced transformation executive from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

    “I have a role in government where we are transforming our business operating model. Like many organisations at the moment, we are grappling with the challenges of legacy systems and managing volumes of data for analytics and intelligence purposes,” she said.

    “I also do work voluntarily in the for-purpose sector and a lot of my work on boards is about re-visioning organisations and establishing business operating models so that they have far more diverse sources of revenue for a sustainable future.”

    Ms Hristoforidis, who is in her late 30s, said the course was helping expand her toolkit of transformation tools.

    “[We’re] learning about critiquing evidence and really ensuring that the design of the transformation that we’re involved in [is] based on real data that is meaningful and that makes sure that you’re asking the right questions and answering the right problems before you go too far down a path,” she said, adding that external consultants could sometimes bring a fresh view of a problem.

    “I think it is important to balance internal with external expertise and that’s really because you want to challenge your unconscious bias. So once you’ve got a hypothesis, you don’t want to just find all the things which then support the case.”

    Transformation academy

    There is growing demand for high-level skills development among public sector workers.

    On Tuesday, the Australasian Transformation Academy officially launches in Melbourne and Sydney. It will offer bespoke courses for public sector employees in areas such as whole-systems thinking, market engagement and development and outcomes-based commissioning of services.

    The academy is a partnership between restructuring and consulting firm PPB Advisory and the UK-based Public Service Transformation Academy.

    It is in discussions with state government departments in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as other non-government agencies, to offer the service.

  121. Gab

    JC, thanks for the update, It’s not like monty to delay having a free meal. Hope he’s okay.

  122. feelthebern

    I got back from Hong Kong last Tues.
    Been struggling with Hong Kong flu for the last week.
    Recommend all Cats get the jab this year.
    The coming flu season will be worse than last years (which was the worst on record).

  123. feelthebern

    Hong Kong is a great town.
    Always great to catch up with ex-pat mates up there.
    I don’t know how they live there, but it’s a cracking place to visit.

  124. C.L.

    Candy, you seem unnecessarily angry about the car. Calm down.
    Now here is Clark Gable with one of the most beautiful motors of all time.
    If you don’t agree, you’ll have to be banned.

  125. JC

    candy
    #2642044, posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    that maybach has a niteclub interior – WTF is with that?

    It’s an ugly car, that’s the problem. All wheels and no style.

    It’s a work of artist, you barbarian. Can you imagine driving that thing along ocean roads. The lines and curves are really beautiful and it’s a throwback to this 1936-1938 Mercedes-Benz 500K/540K Special Roadster

  126. feelthebern

    I saw one of these in town (Sydney) the other day.
    It got me excited.

    http://thedrivershub.com/reviews/mercedes-amg-gtr-2/

  127. JC

    candy
    #2642047, posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    The glowing wiring is an incredibly cool idea.

    No, it’s trash rich ugly.

    The AI concierge will turn the interior lights down for you. Stop worrying and calm down.

  128. Neil

    Stopping the boats was no big deal, Keating stopped the boats from Southern China back in the 90s.

    No big deal? Labor could not do it. They ran around like headless chooks for years trying to stop the boats with no success. Apparently there are still 20,000 people Rudd/Gillard let in still in community detention on bridging visas costing us $1B/year

  129. zyconoclast

    Stopping the boats was no big deal, Keating stopped the boats from Southern China back in the 90s.

    No big deal? Labor could not do it. They ran around like headless chooks for years trying to stop the boats with no success. Apparently there are still 20,000 people Rudd/Gillard let in still in community detention on bridging visas costing us $1B/year

    Labor was not trying to stop it. The 50k vote herds they got in 6 years with a massive multiplier effect for decades to come.

    While the TA plan to cut immigration to 110k/year sounds good, I don’t believe him.

  130. I have to say, Rudd’s knowledge and theological insights were deeply impressive.

    Wasn’t he the PM who held press conferences on church steps? And not only was he Anglican, he turned out to be Roman Catholic as well. (Very impressive commitment there Kevni)

    That’d make him twice as knowledgeable as anyone else, right?

  131. Leigh Lowe

    I drove to the airport this evening as my kid is heading back to London. On the way there was a yuge sign critical of the BHP management with captions that it could do much better if it were properly focused. I’m guessing the NY hedge fund fuck (Singer) is still in there. It’s not the first ad I’ve seen, but lord this one was huge and very bright. They must be spending a fortune on ads.

    And, in typical fashion, BHP are taking it up thr arse.
    Since the little hiccup the other week I have been thinking I need to re-balance (70% equities is way too much at my age).
    BHP is tagged as a “Sell”.

  132. OneWorldGovernment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbfMlk1PwGU

    Poor bloke lost everything in the New Orleans floods back when.

  133. Baldrick

    Troll time!

    Where candy agrees with nemkat, who both agree with P, who all agree with Rae.

  134. duncanm

    Chopper Bishop just went there on PM Live re Dolly Shorten & Tony Burqa.

    about time.

  135. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Mr Salzer said learning the latest evidence-based management techniques was core to the course.

    Where’s the module on re-imagining the staff? You ‘ve got the evidence some of them are useless. Now you need the instructions on firing, hiring and re-building? Preferably missing the step on giving them another five years to improve.

    Not there? Goodness me, how did I guess that.

  136. egg_

    Troll time!

    Troll tag team time!

  137. zyconoclast

    Sexual Harassment Cases Often Rejected By Courts

    Many actors, politicians and executives, including at NPR, are now facing sexual-harassment allegations in the court of public opinion.

    But in actual courts, such cases filed by workers against their employers are very often dismissed by judges. The standard for harassment under the law is high, and only an estimated 3 percent to 6 percent of the cases ever make it to trial.

    In a 1986 decision, the Supreme Court said the behavior needs to be “severe or pervasive” in order to qualify as harassment, whether it’s on the basis of sex or race. Sperino says judges’ interpretations of what qualifies are out of step with common sense and standard office policies.

    Another Supreme Court case, in 2007, case raised the bar still further, says Laura Beth Nielsen, a research professor at the American Bar Foundation and at Northwestern University.

    Another Supreme Court case, in 2007, case raised the bar still further, says Laura Beth Nielsen, a research professor at the American Bar Foundation and at Northwestern University.

  138. OneWorldGovernment

    What has absolutely pissed me off about the whole barnaby crap, the who’s an Australian in Parliament, and whether Billy Bob has defeated Malky Boy is the f*cking FACT that MalTurd got rooted by the French and signed up for $50Billion of diesel powered submarines that are not even designed yet.

    Added to that we have f*cking despicable foul so called leaders of the ADF who promote “the Ugly” queer twisted minded sexual deviants.

    Added to that is that everyone that puts a solar panel on their roof is thieving money off folk that can’t.

    I want to see the Australian Conservatives isolate non solar panel folk from the depredations of the scum that promote it. I think folk that haven’t bought into it should only be charges electricity rates from the year 2000.

    And I would like to see Australian Conservatives lead the High Court Case on behalf of Australia’s individual Tourism operators to sue the arse of every stinking scum university that says The Great Barrier Reef is dead.

  139. OneWorldGovernment

    And I’ll lead a full on charge to open up Ayers Rock to EVERYONE.

    If fucking Australian Aboriginals want to play the game then they get no more money.

  140. zyconoclast

    ATO urges staff to dob in colleagues for time wasting

    Dob in a colleague. That’s the message the Australian Tax Office is sending to staff in the wake of concerns about time wasting.

    In a memo to employees the Australian Tax Office wants staff to report colleagues who take too long to have their lunch, or waste time reading newspapers at work.

    Freedom of Information documents also show the tax office is warning staff against falsifying their working hours.

  141. zyconoclast

    And I would like to see Australian Conservatives lead the High Court Case…

    …to refer all foreigners illegally sitting in parliament.

  142. OneWorldGovernment

    No one takes any notice but I think we should bulldoze all the Australian universities into the sea and release the land for better purposes.

  143. OneWorldGovernment

    zyconoclast
    #2642076, posted on February 20, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    ATO urges staff to dob in colleagues for time wasting

    Dob in a colleague. That’s the message the Australian Tax Office is sending to staff in the wake of concerns about time wasting.

    In a memo to employees the Australian Tax Office wants staff to report colleagues who take too long to have their lunch, or waste time reading newspapers at work.

    Freedom of Information documents also show the tax office is warning staff against falsifying their working hours.

    I have said here for some years now that the top third of every single Australian government department or ngo should be sacked.

  144. H B Bear

    Exhibit one: Emma Alberici, whose Australia Institute-like attack on lower business taxes last Wednesday is in the process of being repudiated by her employer.

    LOL The Ponds Institute used as a term of derision. Richard Dennissss won’t like that.

  145. No one takes any notice

    I do OWG, I do. You’re very entertaining.

  146. OneWorldGovernment

    zyconoclast
    #2642077, posted on February 20, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    And I would like to see Australian Conservatives lead the High Court Case…

    …to refer all foreigners illegally sitting in parliament.

    Why can’t a ‘coalition’ of concerned Australian’s just refer the entire Australian Parliament to judicial investigation.

    I am sick of the pricks.

  147. H B Bear

    Alberici’s arguments attracted some support. Among them was anti-business blogger Michael West (although he was miffed Alberici got all the attention), former Labor minister Craig Emerson (who makes a living out of his political connections) and left-wing academic John Quiggin (who cites Marx and Engels in the introduction to his new economics textbook).

    When these guys agree with you you know you are wrong. Good to see the Leg-over Man still out there and that he hasn’t died of shame.

  148. H B Bear

    that maybach has a niteclub interior – WTF is with that?

    Looks like it would be driven by someone wearing ironed white jeans.

  149. zyconoclast

    Looks like it would be driven by someone wearing ironed white jeans.

    Nothing wrong with that.

  150. OneWorldGovernment

    H B Bear
    #2642084, posted on February 20, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    HBB

    These people are ‘bent’ in the head.

    Don’t bother quoting them because each time we name them their stocks go up in the false gogle criteria.

    They are shit.

    Tim should stop naming them.

    I call queers, bent and psychopathic people UGLY.

    UGLY on the inside and it doesn’t take much to see their UGLY come to the surface.

    I’d suggest reading Mark 5 1-20.

  151. zyconoclast

    Mark 5:1-20 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
    5 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 and cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

  152. Arky

    If you are actually going to Greymouth NZ and you have a spare few hours follow the Grey River back up to Blackball and have lunch at whatever local pub is there now.

    ..
    Spent a lot of my childhood around Greymouth and Blackball.
    You don’t want to spend your time there in a pub.
    Trek over the Paparoas from Blackball to Barrytown. Stay in the lodge overnight.

  153. C.L.

    In news that surprises nobody …
    Human Rights Commission rushes to dismiss charges of racism against brown Muslim woman, Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

  154. Arky

    JC, thanks for the update, It’s not like monty to delay having a free meal. Hope he’s okay

    ..
    I still don’t understand why JC makes these deliberately losing bets in order to go on dates with Monty.
    It’s sick.
    If you want to make a real wager JC this is it:
    We both invest $10,000 in aus shares.
    The one who has the best percent increase in 1 year wins.
    The loser takes Monty to dinner.

  155. Stimpson J. Cat

    Just giving everyone the hot tip on the new cryptocurrency Brofistcoin.
    It’s going to be huge.

  156. Zyconoclast

    Oh dear!

    A rising star inside the Turnbull government has called for a national debate on introducing mixed gender competitions to professional sports, asking why women are segregated from competing against men in codes like the AFL, NRL and rugby union.

    Linda Reynolds, who was Australia’s first brigadier in the Army Reserve before joining Parliament, told Fairfax Media that sport should follow in the footsteps of the Australian Army, which has a target of lifting the proportion of women in its ranks to 25 per cent within five years.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/government-senator-linda-reynolds-calls-for-debate-on-mixed-gender-teams-in-australia-s-elite-sports-20180220-p4z0ys.html

  157. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NATIONAL SECURITY
    Dutton to flag overhaul of Brandis terror laws

    The Australian
    12:00AM February 21, 2018
    Simon Benson
    National Political Editor
    Sydney
    @simonbenson

    Peter Dutton will push to rewrite flawed foreign-allegiance laws, claiming their purpose to strip dual-national terrorists of Australian citizenship has failed with only one known jihadist to have been subjected to the laws in the two years they have been in effect.

    The Home Affairs Minister also signals that further counter- terrorism assets including ASIO, the foreign intelligence agency ASIS and the Australian Federal Police will be deployed to the Middle East and Indonesia, in a push to capture foreign fighters attempting to return home and to ensure they do not reach the Australian border.

    In his first major speech since the creation of the new national security super-agency, Mr Dutton will outline his priorities as the country’s first Minister for Home Affairs, flagging a major review of the foreign-allegiance laws, claiming it is easier to strip lesser criminals of citizenship than it is Australians engaged in terrorism.

    “I am concerned that legislation to strip the Australian citizenship of dual nationals engaged in terrorism is not working as it should,” Mr Dutton will say in his speech today to the National Press Club.

    “We know there are dual citizens among Australians fighting with terrorists in the Middle East and yet officials have so far confirmed only one has lost their citizenship under the operation of the law.

    “It is far easier to strip the Australian citizenship of a dual national who simply lied in their application to become an Australian citizen, for example, by failing to declare a criminal conviction.

    “I don’t think the difference makes sense to Australians concerned by the prospect of battle-hardened extremists returning here.

    “The application of the law needs to be reviewed.”

    Breaking news, from the Oz.

  158. Infidel Tiger

    Linda Reynolds is too stupid to realise that her proposal would mean that not one single women would ever qualify to play at the highest level unless the rules made quotas mandatory.

    She is a contemptible fool. She should stick to having sham enquiries into why the Western Force collapsed.

  159. Zyconoclast

    Households to hand over control of backyard pool in power trial

    Around 5000 homes could hand over control of their backyard pools in a $5 million trial to return power back to the grid during peak demand times.

    The trial, run by Pooled Energy and supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, aims to involve the pools of about 5000 Sydney households and create a 5 megawatt remote control pool control system that automates energy usage and pool sanitation to power down during daily peaks.

    There are more than 1.4 million swimming pools in Australia, accounting for around 10 per cent of the average total demand on the grid.

    “If all pool pumps and filters were on at once, they would use up to 3.7 gigawatts of energy – the equivalent of two Liddell-sized power stations running at capacity – so there is huge potential to both reduce the amount of energy used and better manage pools for the wider benefit,” Pooled Energy chairman John Riedl said.

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/households-to-hand-over-control-of-backyard-pool-in-power-trial-20180219-p4z0v6.html

  160. notafan

    Even the UK has being stripping citizenship without difficulty.

  161. notafan

    I remember back in November 2016 when Monty accused the Trump of being a Russian spy for at least 5 years.

    Exactly why a billionaire would bother spy for the Russians was never actually explained.

    Impeachment now!

  162. OneWorldGovernment

    Zyconoclast
    #2642099, posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Households to hand over control of backyard pool in power trial

    Ah well.

    At least we’ll know who has been sent to the gulags in Central Australia.

  163. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Liberals want more Army troops in WA
    Exclusive, Nick Butterly
    February 20, 2018 2:00AM

    WA Liberals will call for an inquiry into the small number of Australian Army personnel based in WA, suggesting the Turnbull Government should adopt a “two-armies” policy, with echoes of a World War II defence strategy.

    The push comes at a time of rising regional tensions, with indications that China is looking to establish new bases in the Indian Ocean.

    Research obtained by WA Liberal senator Dean Smith shows there are just 800 regular army personnel based in WA out of a national force of 30,000 full-time members.

    Only Tasmania has a smaller number of full-time army troops.

    Even South Australia has more, though WA has a vast coastline to defend and holds the bulk of the nation’s mineral resources.

    Senator Smith is to call for a Senate inquiry to look at the merits of a two-armies policy, which would mirror the two-navies policy introduced in the 1980s under which dedicated forces are based in WA and on the east coast.

    Australia had an unofficial two-armies policy during World War II, with regular units based in WA.

    Research from the Federal parliamentary library shows SA has 70 per cent more personnel than WA, even though it has fewer natural resources, a smaller coastline and is on the southern part of the continent.

    “The research shows that WA has the second-lowest permanent army force, compared to Queensland with 12,394 personnel and SA with 1476,” Senator Smith said.

    “This is despite the fact that 56 per cent of Australia’s coastline is astride to the Indian Ocean compared to just 27 per cent for the Pacific Ocean and 17 per cent for the Southern Ocean.”

    Senator Smith said he understood the WA-based reserve unit, 13th Brigade, was now commanded by an Adelaide-based Army Reserve brigadier who will visit WA on a fly-in, fly-out basis.

    Sandgropers unite! First they take our G.S.T., then they leave us defenseless in the face of the nameless enemy! FIFO Brigadier, FFS!

  164. C.L.

    Only a deluded affirmative action bug-woman from the lesbian-dominated Sea Org of crazy that is the ADF could suggest that women take on men in football. You have to remember that this phony was made to believe by her male superiors that she was actually in charge of men poised for combat. She really believes she’s the equal of men, poor thing.

  165. Infidel Tiger

    Sheilas are already suffering crippling knee injuries at footy at 5 times the rate of men because they are physiologically unsuited to contact sport.

    Let’s play mixed cricket, rugby and footy for one weekend. The carnage would be breathtaking.

  166. BrettW

    Zulu,
    Does make sense to have more troops in WA than SA. In fact if China threatens to invade we could easily surrender SA or TAS and reap the benefits of not having to support them.

  167. C.L.

    Yes, folks. Here is a woman phony-promoted to the rank of “brigadier” who has to be put in her place by a scientist telling her what everyone with an IQ higher than 75 already knows:

    However Marnee McKay, a lecturer in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, doubted mixed gender teams would suit contact sports.

    She said her research showed that from 12 years of age, “males and females are fundamentally physically different in terms of speed, power and coordination and balance”.

    She said tests demonstrated males were stronger than women but females were better at tasks that required fine motor skills. Dr McKay said mixed gender teams could work for sports like lawn bowls.

    “But rugby league? No. I cannot see male and female professional athletes competing across all sports as a blanket rule.”

    Miss McKay had to do “research” to conform that.
    Anyway, there you have it. Women might be able to compete with men in lawn bowls. That is the limit of their physical powers vis-a-vis men according to science.

  168. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu,
    Does make sense to have more troops in WA than SA. In fact if China threatens to invade we could easily surrender SA or TAS and reap the benefits of not having to support them.

    Could always offer the Chinese, Tasmania as a penal colony?

  169. BrettW

    I think somebody posted before (Sydney Boy ?) about high rates of injury amongst women in ADF compared to the men.

    Reynolds is a disaster and must be kept away from any policy to do with ADF.

  170. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I think somebody posted before (Sydney Boy ?) about high rates of injury amongst women in ADF compared to the men.

    There were postings about the number of women who couldn’t complete infantry training.

  171. C.L.

    There were postings about the number of women who couldn’t complete infantry training.

    Which was all of them.

  172. Infidel Tiger

    It’s incredible how many of these “Women are equal in all things” loons have never had children.

    They have a biological super power they never use, but instead think they could scrum down against the All Blacks.

  173. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    For what it’s worth, on the subject of women in the military, the Royal Australian Air Force tried mixed sex units for basic training. There were a couple of monumental court’s martial where the drill instructors were done for “fraternization ‘ with the recruits, including one where the ladies on course contributed a fairly sizable sum per head. The first to seduce the drill instructor got the lot – the winner went on to the next stage of her R.A.A.F. career, boasting that it was the easiest money she ever made, but it cost the drillie his marriage and his career…No, it wasn’t me..

  174. None

    Men and women have different biomechanics as their skeletons differ. Can never compete on equal footing. No hormones and dick slicing can change that.

  175. C.L.

    Trump destroys Obama:

    Donald J. [email protected]

    “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could ever rig America’s elections, there’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time, and so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes.”

    The President Obama quote just before election. That’s because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn’t want to “rock the boat.” When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems.

    Yep.

  176. None

    Craven with the obscene $1 mlion plus salary ought to clean out the bullies at his universo6ty snd keep it off the front page of the Australian. And then explain hiw a publucly funded university has become the private play ground for lapded liberal Catholics of both political and theological flavour.

  177. Dave in Marybrook

    Zulu, a quick opinion please-

    Is the South African language Xhosa named after a German anthropologist’s pronunciation of glossa?

  178. Oh come on

    it cost the drillie his marriage

    Fair enough.

  179. Herodotus

    Gargoolery has dropped the inverted commas when greeting Tom. If only Sinc would boot this dropkick calling himself “Rae” and various other sock brands the neighbourhood would improve markedly.

  180. Herodotus

    Jo Nova has two good items heading her page at the moment. Firstly a graph showing how elecricity prices were managed downwards for forty years until the climate scammers got into power, so to speak, then secondly there’s some pro Liddell activism – or at least a public meeting – scheduled for Singleton soon.

    http://joannenova.com.au

  181. calli

    Knight – right desk, wrong man. He’s 20 years too late.

  182. Myrddin Seren

    Just so we are all braced –

    Mueller ‘strikes’ again:

    What the latest Mueller indictment tells us about his strategy

    Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan’s indictment shows how Mueller is trying to get to the big fish — in this case, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.

    Blah, blah, Ukraine, shady deals, Manafort and Gates, tapped calls etc etc. Conclusion:

    We don’t know how the Manafort case is actually going to play out. But that is almost certainly Mueller’s strategy — get van der Zwaan to get to Gates to get to Manafort, and from there, get vital information about Trump’s real ties to Russia.

    What this shows, more than anything else, is how methodical and wide-ranging the Mueller investigation is — that it’s willing to look all the way back to an obscure report from the winter of 2012 in order to get to the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal. Mueller is starting at the lowest level, with seemingly unrelated people like van der Zwaan, to get to the big fish.

    As near as I can tell, Daily Kos hasn’t published the above talking points – straight line through to White House, net tightens on the Russian spy Donaldski Trumpovich. m0nty will be along later when he gets the email.

  183. struth

    Good moaning.
    Russians aren’t quite up with the program.
    If you want to influence elections in the USA let Australian communists show you how it’s really done
    Jump on a plane at taxpayer’s expence and start kicking over Trump signs actually over there and openly campaign for the communists.
    The FBI will be as blind to it as a warning about a school shooter.

  184. The Barking Toad

    Knight – right desk, wrong man. He’s 20 years too late.

    Yeah but love Pickering’s knees on Barnababy

  185. John Constantine

    Their top level vicpol don’t separate gender when reporting injury and stress leave.

    The push for fifty percent gender diversity has much to do with transforming the culture of policework.

    Not so many injuries booking people off facebook and Security camera footage and in car computers, so this is the future.

  186. John Constantine

    Dunno if crime is down in yarragrad, or if the media reports differently or if the algorithms select different news feeds now.

    Seems no more Apex Predation in melbournibad in the pre election space.

  187. John Constantine

    Reported that dread pirate Clinton will do pay to play business events in Australia, as well as the gold plated public speaking.

    Australia’s crony godless commo business community rallies in support of their transnational looting cartel maaaaates.

    Here come the Corsairs, Comrades.

    Load the looters up with tribute bribes so they don’t steal too much from us.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

  188. The Barking Toad

    Of course……

    The daughter of former Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris denies taking performance-enhancing drugs and claims a “flawed” drug test sparked her withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games selection trials.

    Jessica Peris, 27, released a statement to The Australian accusing the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority of “substantial flaws” in its anti-doping tests and saying she had hired lawyers to contest the finding.

  189. stackja

    Another Tragedy, Another Round Of Politicization

    We need an adaptive fix which is a change in behavior. It requires us to reexamine policies about handling people who display a danger to society well before they commit a heinous act. Many potentially dangerous and mentally ill people currently roam the streets even after exhibiting violent tendencies. It’s unconscionable that we allow it to continue.

    This issue started with an aggressive campaign by mental health advocates going back to the 1950’s. The deinstitutionalization model that led to community release of people who were involuntarily committed to asylums reached its watershed moment in the 1975 Supreme Court decision O’Conner v. Donaldson. The case that held, “A State cannot constitutionally confine, without more, a nondangerous individual who is capable of surviving safely in freedom by himself or with the help of willing and responsible family members or friends.”

    Respondent, who was confined almost 15 years “for care, maintenance, and treatment” as a mental patient in a Florida state hospital, brought this action for damages under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against petitioner, the hospital’s superintendent, and other staff members, alleging that they had intentionally and maliciously deprived him of his constitutional right to liberty.

  190. John Constantine

    Meme going around, pointing out that all the soros funded social activists like ‘black lives matter’ completely miss the chance to blame the gun when a crime becomes shot by the police.

    Their left will blame either the gun or the gun owner, depending on which best serves the will of Stalin.

    No conflict when you are simply following orders about how to kill the West today.

  191. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2642149, posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Thank you.

  192. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Dob in a colleague. That’s the message the Australian Tax Office is sending to staff in the wake of concerns about time wasting.
    In a memo to employees the Australian Tax Office wants staff to report colleagues who take too long to have their lunch, or waste time reading newspapers at work.

    Horrific. Robespierre would be proud of that. It’s no way to run an efficient organization having people ‘dobbing’ each other all over the place. Managers at a certain level of seniority are the people who should be keeping their eye on how people perform, not colleagues who will inevitably include the perpetually jealous or outraged or those who are simply nasty. When you dismiss managers and have only leaderless ‘teams’ this is the end result; no-one is in charge.

  193. Zatara

    When you forget the charade is just a charade….

    German War Planes Grounded By Eco-Gas

    Germany’s air fleet was grounded this week after “too much biodiesel” fuel found its ways into the gas tanks, according to German reports saying the Luftwaffe cannot safely fly with such a mixture.

  194. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Anyway, there you have it. Women might be able to compete with men in lawn bowls. That is the limit of their physical powers vis-a-vis men according to science.

    Look, some women might be able to do it, but I can’t beat Hairy yet in ten-pin bowling.
    Smash!!! Down they all go, when he’s in action.
    I find the bowling balls quite heavy and mine just tootle feebly along, knocking over only a few pins.
    Hooray, I say, without enthusiasm. Good shot, says Hairy, with encouragement in his tone.

    Men have far more upper body strength than women, and it shows even in bowls.
    Unless lawn bowls is very different to ten-pin. I haven’t reached the age for lawn bowls yet.
    (Although I do note some local lawn bowling clubs now have relaxed dress codes with barefoot young men players, and some young women too; perhaps lawn bowls is under change management.)

  195. Bruce of Newcastle

    Another Tragedy, Another Round Of Politicization

    Starting to see why Cruz was allowed to do his evil act:

    Did the Progressive ‘Broward County Solution’ Cost 17 Student Lives?

    “We’re not compromising school safety. We’re really saving the lives of kids,” boasted Michaelle Valbrun-Pope, executive director of Student Support Initiatives for Broward County Public Schools, in August 2017.

    Valbrun-Pope was referring to what an article by Jeffrey Benzing in Public Source calls the “Broward County Solution.” As Benzing relates, Broward County used to lead the state of Florida in sending students to the state’s juvenile justice system. County leaders responded with a perfectly progressive solution: “lower arrests by not making arrests.”

    Authorities agreed to treat twelve different misdemeanor offenses as school-related issues, not criminal ones. The results impressed the people who initiated the program. Arrests dropped from more than a thousand in 2011-2012 to less than four hundred just four years later.

    One particular motivation behind programs like Broward County’s was the pressure from multiple sources to reduce the statistical disparity between black and Hispanic student arrests on one hand and white and Asian student arrests on the other.

    By virtue of his name alone, Nikolas de Jesús Cruz, the adopted son of Lynda and Roger Cruz, became a statistical Hispanic. As such, authorities at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland had every reason not to report his troubling and likely criminal behavior to the police.

    Not much has been made of Cruz’s heritage. If the progressive school district isn’t acting on crime by protected classes of people you can see why nothing happened despite Cruz being reported to the authorities many times.

    I wonder if the school had gun-free zone posters plastered on it like Sandy Hook did.

  196. struth

    Germany’s air fleet was grounded this week after “too much biodiesel” fuel found its ways into the gas tanks, according to German reports saying the Luftwaffe cannot safely fly with such a mixture.

    I thought they used avgas.

  197. Leigh Lowe

    I thought they used avgas.

    Or Avtur even.
    Bit surprised to see reference to “bio-diesel” for high performance jets.

  198. Zatara

    The point is the Luftwaffe just admitted that contrary to greenie claims jets don’t fly on bio-fuel.

  199. Whalehunt fun

    No. Piston engines use avgas. Turbines use avtur. Other name kerosene. Buodiesel can dussolve in it.

  200. Whalehunt fun

    Turbines will burn most any hydrocarbon that can be sorayed as a mist. Biodiesel will be okay but tends to go solid at cold temperatures blocking filters and stopping the truck or car or …. aurcraft unless the fuel and lines are heated.

  201. Ubique

    Luftwaffe grounded by Eco-Gas

    There is no limit to the extent Western nations will adopt cunning Greenie schemes designed to destroy them.

  202. John Constantine

    South Australian labor pollie goes into someone’s house yard doing door knocks.

    They aren’t home and she says their dog attacked her and wouldn’t let go.

    When free, she felt giddy and light headed, so she fell over and broke her arm in two places.

    Panic under pressure, we now select fifty percent of our politicians for this trait.

    No open wounds, so the bark was worse than the bite.

    Barnaby wouldn’t have taken a faint.

  203. Tel

    Men have far more upper body strength than women, and it shows even in bowls.
    Unless lawn bowls is very different to ten-pin. I haven’t reached the age for lawn bowls yet.

    Yes it’s very different.

    Lawn bowls are about half the weight of the average ten-pin bowl and significantly smaller.

    Also, with ten-pin if you hit that first pin good and hard the rest of the pins go bouncing around and you usually get a good score, but with lawn bowls you need to place the thing nicely. It’s about control, not power.

  204. Whalehunt fun

    Different biidiesels have different temperatures where they start to crystallise (known as the cloud point) . This is why tallow and canola are okay in Australia buy palm oil is not.

  205. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I am currently having a debate with Hairy who has hired a husband and wife pair of gardeners. Our previous young man has moved on to better things, as I had encouraged him to do. He was a hard worker and our garden needs more landscaping than it does gentle weed pulling sorts of gardening. If we are to hire two people, I argue to Hairy, let it be two strong men.

    Lizzie, he says to me impatiently, whenever a sensible woman comes on television to speak I can’t hear what she is saying because you are makin’ a critique of her hair or her clothing. So I do not subscribe to your opinions on matters of female performance. We shall wait and see how she does; they may make an ideal partnership.

    Hrrrmph. I. Don’t. Think. So.
    Wait and see indeed. On his head be it, then.
    I’ve just recalled we hired a woman once for the ride-on mower at the beach house.
    She took ages and was hopeless. I must remember to remind him of this, if necessary.

    I’ve no objection to women organizing things, and doing light gardening.
    In fact, I am good at this sort of thing myself. 😀

  206. Whalehunt fun

    Different biidiesels have different temperatures where they start to crystallise (known as the cloud point) . This is why tallow and canola are okay in Australia buy palm oil is not.
    See thus article
    http://articles.extension.org/pages/26611/biodiesel-cloud-point-and-cold-weather-issues

  207. Leigh Lowe

    Biodiesel will be okay but tends to go solid at cold temperatures blocking filters and stopping the truck or car or …. aurcraft unless the fuel and lines are heated.

    Imagine if you wanted to use a coal-derived substance which had the potential to compromise safety because it was cheaper.
    No approval.

  208. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Barnaby wouldn’t have taken a faint.

    No. He wouldn’t. Dogs don’t scare men.
    Men know they can kick away a dog much more easily than I can.
    Dogs know that too.

  209. Leigh Lowe

    Question.
    What sort of buffoon is Neil Cavuto on Fox?

  210. duncanm

    As predicted – consumer load shedding begins on the electricity network.

    Voluntarily, for now.

    Around 5000 homes could hand over control of their backyard pools in a $5 million trial to return power back to the grid during peak demand times.

    The trial, run by Pooled Energy and supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, aims to involve the pools of about 5000 Sydney households and create a 5 megawatt remote control pool control system that automates energy usage and pool sanitation to power down during daily peaks.

  211. johanna

    That article quoted by Old Ozzie at 10.02 last night about ‘transformational change’ in the Public Service was a great example of why things rarely change.

    That chick from PM&C spewed out a meaningless word salad, but managed to mention what a great guy her boss Martin Parkinson is. What a revolting little suck-up.

    Des and I and many others have been through these expensive fads over and over again. The way the gurus and their acolytes talk, you would think that nobody has ever before noted the difference between incremental and radical change. Or that it is a good idea to assemble a bit of evidence before going out guns blazing. Because, that’s what it boils down to.

    Teaching clients to think like consultants? WTF? Who is in charge here? Consultants should be hired hands to do a specific job that the hirer can’t do. So, if I am a program manager whose program requires very specialised widgets and grommets, I might hire an expert on widgets and grommets because it would take me years to learn what that guy already knows. It’s not rocket science.

    When it comes to ‘change management’ consultants, it is a huge, successful, and ongoing con. They are never asked to refund their fees if change doesn’t happen. They just peddle their nostrums and everyone (except the taxpayer) goes home happy that Steps Have Been Taken, and Lessons Have Been Learned.

    Real change in the bureaucracy requires the application of brute force. It’s not pretty, and the screams can be heard on Mars. I have seen it happen now and then, but perhaps one ten thousandth of the times that smug and expensive seminars have been held on effecting change.

  212. Tel

    Real change in the bureaucracy requires the application of brute force.

    It’s easy just make the budget 10% smaller each year. When they ask for more, say “No!”

  213. Zatara

    What sort of buffoon is Neil Cavuto on Fox?

    An intermittent one. Likes his job at Fox Business but always seems to hold a card up his left sleeve.

  214. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    As predicted – consumer load shedding begins on the electricity network.

    the only means to save the planet is the total eradication of capitalism!

  215. stackja

    johanna
    #2642180, posted on February 21, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Did Gough create this? I don’t remember such a mess before Gough.

  216. Bruce of Newcastle

    As predicted – consumer load shedding begins on the electricity network.

    Will the last productive person leaving South Australia pls put out the candles:

    SA Labor looks to generate 75 percent of state energy from renewable sources if re-elected

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