Monday Forum: March 12, 2018

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  1. John Constantine

    Australia has a trillion dollars of debt pencilled in, without the shorten looting cartel cutting loose.

    The only possible way for a doubling of Australia’s population in twenty years can be funded is by the State claiming the stolen wealth of racist settler colonialist Australia.

    The trillion dollars of looming State unfunded liabilities is simply theft the State hasn’t committed yet.

    All your super is belong us, the new voting polity we have imported will vote to fund services by taxing racism.

    Comrades.

  2. Mother Lode

    I’m no fan of ABC comedy (I have never heard of Tom Ballard until yesterday) but I thought he was simply being self-deprecating and acting as a good natured foil to JP.

    Nah. I reckon it was beta male cringing.

    Bollard will have seen the other interviews and would likely have noticed that Peterson’s points seemed to come out of nowhere. Unpredictable and unanswerable. You see it again and again that lefty interviewers wheel up what they think are the big guns, only to have him stick his finger in the muzzle, and they are left there blackened, naked, holding just their todger in their hand.

    Bollard was trying to be ingratiating prior to putting his rehearsed points to what he guessed would be an unprepared Peterson.

    That Newman woman believed her aggressiveness and tenacity was her advantage (it turned out it was just rudeness and verballing). Bollard thought he could cleverly beguile the professor by apparent meekness.

    GAWD! ABC comedy is soooo bad.

  3. herodotus

    It almost looked deliberate. Why would she do it?

    Can’t see her feet any more?

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hehe, there’s a new word in the English language today, and that word is Rexit

  5. Eyrie

    Shorten’s Super tax grab seems so stupid that perhaps its real purpose is to give Mal a couple of better Newspolls to ensure he stays Turnbull Party leader. After he is secure in his position and it is too close to the next election, the proposal will be significantly modified to only impact a few Liberal voters at the top.

  6. Top Ender

    And still allowed to drive:

    Mr Veneris’ licence had been disqualified five times, he had been caught driving unlicensed on three occasions and accumulated traffic fines of more than $8,300.

    The court documents also revealed he was fined for possessing dangerous drugs in 1991, 1998 and 2008.

    Link

    Link

  7. duncanm

    Marcia Langton made the point in today’s paper that STIs aren’t necessarily sexually transmitted, it’s just part of living in overcrowded squalor.

    uh-huh:
    HIV – ok, we can blame drug use
    Syphilis (6x) – nope: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syphilis#Transmission
    Gonorrhoea (10x) – nope: https://www.aidsmap.com/Gonorrhoea/page/1044844/
    Chlamydia – some: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlamydia_infection#Transmission

  8. duncanm

    Trump appoints a female CIA director.

    Where’s the applause, wymennsys?

  9. Myrddin Seren

    Delingpole:

    The BBC and Britain’s MPs Confront the Grooming Gang Issue – ‘Ooh Look! A Squirrel!

    This is the stand out comment for me:

    Increasingly, I feel, there is a gulf between what ordinary people believe to be of greatest public concern – say: little girls being targeted and blown to bits; little girls being systematically groomed and raped on an industrial scale – and what the media and political class are telling them should be of most concern.

    eg

    A Brazilian man jailed for four years over the 2013 armed robbery of the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney has been saved from deportation because an appeals tribunal member said “fair-minded” Australians would want it that way.

    Fair minded Australians want to be protected from an epidemic of violent foreigners. This AAT is speaking for the dinner party hive mind of the Protected Classes.

    or

    Judge Lex Lasry dines out on Peter Dutton gang anxiety

    Victorian Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry has mocked Peter ­Dutton’s claim that Melbourne’s gang violence had made residents too scared to go out at night, sparking a rebuke from the Home Affairs Minister.

    After Mr Dutton made the comments on Sydney radio on Wednesday, Justice Lasry slammed the comments as ill-­informed, and ridiculed the minister on Twitter. “Breaking: there are citizens out to dinner in Mansfield tonight and they’re not worried,” he tweeted on Wednesday evening, referring to the Victorian alpine town he regularly visits.

    Or, sitting watching some of the studio guests on Sky, the subject of a national debate on immigration is almost universally off the table for the guests. That is secret Protected Classes business, Proles. It is either verboten because Aussies are rabid racists who cannot be trusted to discuss the issue for fear they will be reaching for the burning torches and white hoods.

    Or from those nominally on the right, like the IPA, who say without the immigration surge the economy will tank – and plainly they foresee no way to improve productivity in the Australian economy absent the immigration ponzi scheme – so that is the only policy left. In other words reform is dead and shut up.

    On a related note, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has raised the immigration issue. Labor thinks the New Demos is their lock on perpetual power. If Foley has actually uttered the words ‘immigration policy’ one can safely assume the feedback in the focus groups is white hot.

    The Protected Classes, as long as they remain Protected, will be immune to broader community concerns and will drive the politics as has been determined in toney dinner parties and back rooms in Davos.

  10. herodotus

    For those who take an interest in the horse races, TAB is offering free tickets to some of the upcoming Autumn Carnival big meets. A word of warning. Last time I went through the process and got tickets (it involved giving info to the ticketing agency, who I’ll refrain from naming) I subsequently started receiving no end of dodgy spam emails. So no more free race day tickets via TAB and that agency.

  11. Delta A

    Michael Owen gives Xenophon a pasting in today’s $Oz:

    In the Nick of time, voters realise it’s all a political facade

    If voters on Saturday do as the opinion polls suggest and cut off the head of Nick Xenophon’s SABest party, perhaps it will send a message to politicians not to take them for granted.

    Or treat them like mugs.

    And, yes, despite all his folksy pretension, Xenophon really is one of those politicians.

    His “anti-politician” image is just an act. He is a ruthless, calculating political party leader, just like any other. I have known Xenophon for 20 years, and seen all sides. Perhaps voters are also seeing more of the real Xenophon, and are wary.

    They should be. The former senator and one-time No Pokies MP announced with great fanfare in October that he was going to run in the marginal Liberal-held seat of Hartley against first-term MP Vincent Tarzia. He promised to doorknock every house in the inner-northeastern electorate.

    Over the following months, as hype saw his ambition surge, he finalised 36 candidates to run for SA-Best in the 47-seat House of Assembly. He did not rule out being premier.

    He also ran his federal party while taking a $1500-a-week taxpayer-funded part-time job to advise his replacement in the Senate.

    The people of Hartley have not seen a lot of Xenophon. On Sunday, he admitted as much, saying he would not meet his doorknock promise because he had stretched himself “too thin”.

    Xenophon is not out of the contest and could still win Hartley, but momentum has dramatically shifted.

    Xenophon has partly blamed an 11-point primary vote slump in a statewide Newspoll 10 days ago on a campaign against him by the Australian Hotels Association and the major parties.

    But there are other key factors at play in the softening of his vote.

    He has from the start suffered trouble via his ragtag team, when he was forced into an urgent review of vetting processes after sacking one candidate over a Facebook post.

    Port Adelaide candidate Gary Johanson said policy was not a priority for the party.

    Another candidate, John Noonan, declared SA-Best could win more seats than the major parties and expected it to take more than one spot in the next cabinet, putting him at odds with his leader.

    Yesterday, Noonan berated veteran ABC radio broadcaster David Bevan for asking about a policy to cut the number of lower house MPs from 47 to 34, creating a potential voting deadlock.

    “Why don’t you talk about something interesting?” Noonan said.

    Chaffey candidate Michelle Campbell, after releasing an uncosted transport policy for the Riverland, said she was allowed to “only talk to the local media”.

    Yet Xenophon’s biggest problem has been a lack of policy rigour.

    His first major policy announcement saw him understate the health budget by $2.3 billion.

    Most SA-Best policy has been withheld until the final days of campaigning, providing little opportunity for scrutiny of proposals that invariably contain no modelling or costings.

    When pushed for detail, Xenophon turns to motherhood statements, as he did yesterday morning on Adelaide radio over a plan to turn a contaminated former oil refinery on privately owned land into a residential development, complete with parklands.

    Voters are seeing through the facade.

    He is a ruthless, calculating political party leader, just like any other

  12. John Constantine;

    Australia has a trillion dollars of debt pencilled in, without the shorten looting cartel cutting loose.

    Currently at $780 Billion, by the next election it will be crowding the $1 Trillion mark, which will be a very sore point for both major parties.
    ALA/AC need to focus on this – the call for a reduction of this financial catastrophe, caused by both parties, is a sure vote winner.

  13. Shy Ted

    Snoopy
    #2660133, posted on March 14, 2018 at 6:55 am
    I’m no fan of ABC comedy (I have never heard of Tom Ballard until yesterday) but I thought he was simply being self-deprecating and acting as a good natured foil to JP.

    Snoopy, do watch an episode of Tonightly with Tam Bollard. That’s a challenge not a recommendation. And it’s “fool” not “foil”.

  14. None

    If South Aussies finally turf out the fraud Xenophon it will only be 20 years too late. Everyone in media should also be ditched for promoting this shit of a man for years. Bit late for waking up to that snake now.

    And people, why does this story smell? http://www.victorharbortimes.com.au/story/5282962/sydney-hospital-security-protest-uniforms/

  15. Baldrick

    Perth has recorded its hottest day in more than a year, with the maximum temperature climbing to 38.5 degrees Celsius at 2:27pm.

    Alternative ABC headline:
    Perth has recorded below average temperatures for more than a year, with the maximum temperature climbing to 38.5 degrees Celsius at 2:27pm yesterday.

  16. Bruce of Newcastle

    If only they could marry!

    Female tourist sparks anger in Thailand after stripping naked and rubbing herself against sacred penis-shaped rock

    Someone ask Tim Wilson if he’ll sponsor a bill so that geophiles can hook up with rocks.

  17. This is a good snippet of how dishonest contemporary media are, here Vice, and how dumb and ineffectual your typical urban bugman interviewer is: VICE trying to stitch up Jordan Peterson.

  18. Delta A

    Bit late for waking up to that snake now.

    Better late than never, None. Less than a year ago, the polls had him heading to great heights, possibly even the premiership.

    That would have been disastrous.

  19. egg_

    Perth has recorded its hottest day in more than a year, with the maximum temperature climbing to 38.5 degrees Celsius at 2:27pm.

    Alternative ABC headline:
    Perth has recorded below average temperatures for more than a year, with the maximum temperature climbing to 38.5 degrees Celsius at 2:27pm yesterday.

    Meanwhile Penrifff – the hottest place on the planet!!! – TheirABC announced was only 19.8C max or summut recently
    Urban island effect?
    Nearby Richmond (Air base?) used to exceed Penrith’s minima and maxima until recently, under the climate scam.

  20. Rae

    Interesting vid of pretend Hillary dancing down the stairs in India. Pity the cameraman didn’t zoom in at any time to show just who it was under that straw hat. Didn’t zoom in on any of the other pretenders in the vid either.

  21. Mother Lode

    It almost looked deliberate. Why would she (Hillary) do it?

    Can’t see her feet any more?

    That was actually my first thought.

    Corpulent, ungainly, never perhaps equipped with the best proprioception, and gin-addled, I suspect that even if she saw the steps before her at some point, there was such a delay between the time her zeppelin-like frame glided over her view of the steps and the moment when she had to hurl her great massive tree-trunk feet at the ground, that she had forgotten what she was aiming for.

    Such is her shambolic physical condition that the equivalence for a normal person would be to be shown a small cliff once, then brought back in the dead of night, blindfolded, one year later and being expected to descend the cliff while wearing a 100kg pack on their back and another on their front.

  22. Leo G

    Fairfax cartoonist Cathy Wilcox identifies Labor’s Expendables:-

    – Mum and Dad investors;
    – Hard-working Australians;
    – Our way of life;
    – House prices;
    – Pensioners and retirees; and
    – Whyalla

  23. egg_

    Snoopy, do watch an episode of Tonightly with Tam Bollard.

    Tame Bollard.is the poor man’s Stephen Colbert on TheirABC’s Number Twos.

  24. Baldrick

    Snoopy
    #2660133, posted on March 14, 2018 at 6:55 am
    I’m no fan of ABC comedy (I have never heard of Tom Ballard until yesterday) but I thought he was simply being self-deprecating and acting as a good natured foil to JP.

    Ballard was trying to trigger JP into becoming outraged and saying something stupid so he could run it on an endless spool as an ABC promo.
    Problem was ABC comedy is so lame the attempt fell flat.

  25. stackja

    More than $30 million of ‘ice’ seized after unit fire – Epping
    Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:35:38 AM

    Police have seized more than 60kg of methlyamphetamine after emergency services responded to a unit fire in Epping yesterday.

    Fire & Rescue NSW officers were called to a unit block in Hazelwood Place, Epping, about 11.50am on Monday 12 March 2018, after a fire alarm was triggered.

    When firefighters entered the unit, they found what appeared to be a clandestine laboratory.

    Neighbouring units were evacuated as a precaution by police.

    Officers from Ryde Police Area Command established a crime scene and initiated an investigation.

    Officers from Fire & Rescue NSW Hazmat and the Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Unit rendered the location safe and dismantled the lab.

    Ryde detectives seized more than 60kg of a crystalline substance, believed to be methylamphetamine, with estimated potential street value of more $30 million.

    Police are now seeking the whereabouts of a man believed to have left the area shortly before emergency services arrived.

    The man is described as being aged between 20 and 30, having a solid build, about 180cm tall, with an olive/tanned complexion, dark hair, and possibly suffering facial burns.

  26. Mother Lode

    Marcia Langton made the point in today’s paper that STIs aren’t necessarily sexually transmitted, it’s just part of living in overcrowded squalor.

    It is amazing the lengths they will go to in order to claim it is not their fault.

    Women and kids are suffering. This morning some will have got up and already received a beating. They will be looking out on the day mentally running through a checklist of sorts of how to minimise these assaults on them.

    Their men will wake up feeling irritable and sick and slowly taking stock of what aches and injuries they have from last night. Just like every morning. And just like every morning they will lash out at anyone who who crosses them.

    Marcia and the rest of the clique could do something about it by simply being honest and stepping out of the way.

    But, nup.

  27. Bruce of Newcastle

    He fired Tillerson? WTF?

    Of course he did JC. What did you think would happen.

    Tillerson was Exxon CEO. When you’re a CEO of the biggest private company in the world in that industry you are very likely to have an ego the size of a planet, since it requires that to get to the top of the oily pole.

    People with egos the size of a planet tend not to be good employees. Tillerson was at best a centrist, being soft on Iran, Norks, Palis and is a climate bedwetter. It was always going to happen.

  28. JC

    He shouldn’t have hired him then. Bruce.

  29. H B Bear

    Nah. I reckon it was beta male cringing.

    Got it in one Mother Lode. Poor ol’ flabby Ballard would have seen Peterson rip ex-BBC Channel 4 Cathy Newman a new one and though, “God if I’m not careful that will be me” and rolled over in submission like a puppy.

    Like most people I have never heard of Tom Ballard and naively asked,

    What a fat, flabby, soft-handed man child that Tom Ballard is. Where did Googles G find him and what diversity boxes does he tick?

    A quick Google search reveals he was buggering whiney TV homo Josh Thomas which is about the best career move an un-funny comedian looking to jump onto the ALPBC staff co-op mothership could ever make. A gold pass straight into Southbank.

  30. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m no fan of ABC comedy (I have never heard of Tom Ballard until yesterday) but I thought he was simply being self-deprecating and acting as a good natured foil to JP.

    Jordan Peterson is many things to many people.
    A comedian is not one of them.

  31. duncanm

    JC
    #2660200, posted on March 14, 2018 at 9:10 am

    He shouldn’t have hired him then. Bruce.

    maybe – but its good to see he can recognise a mistake, fix it, and move on.

  32. candy

    D. Trump is proving erratic. Firing Tillerson by Twitter with an inane comment.

  33. Andreas

    Tillerson was recommended to Trump by Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates, that should have been a sign NOT to pick him.

  34. Tom

    A quick Google search reveals he was buggering whiney TV homo Josh Thomas …

    Waaaaay too much essential information, Humphrey, which helps explain why he’s as funny as cancer — like the rest of left, which had to abolish humour to protect the target-rich laughing stock it has become.

  35. Are any charges being laid against members of the police, law, etc. for their dereliction of duty in Telford? Any at all? Any sackings? Any? Any reprimands? Any? Any at all?

    I notice also the BBC attempted to completely ignore the story.

    Again, the breed of urban bugman produced in the UK appears to be the worst in the Anglosphere.

  36. Leigh Lowe

    None

    #2660179, posted on March 14, 2018 at 8:36 am

    If South Aussies finally turf out the fraud Xenophon it will only be 20 years too late. Everyone in media should also be ditched for promoting this shit of a man for years. Bit late for waking up to that snake now.

    Not so fast.
    Saint Nick has written into the constitution of his party that he remains leader even if not elected to Parliament.
    President for life.

  37. C.L.

    There is far more evidence of Obama directing intelligence agencies to spy on Trump than there is of Putin directing intelligence agencies to murder Russians in London.

    It’s not even close.

  38. Infidel Tiger

    Tillerson was recommended to Trump by Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates, that should have been a sign NOT to pick him.

    True, but he still surrounded with crazed neo-cons who should all be in jail or never heard from again.

    Haley & Pompeo will be at him constantly to invade Iran. Not good!

  39. Infidel Tiger

    People with egos the size of a planet tend not to be good employees. Tillerson was at best a centrist, being soft on Iran, Norks, Palis and is a climate bedwetter. It was always going to happen.

    Tillerson called Trump a “moron”. That will have been burning Trump up.

  40. candy

    I think the affair with the sex worker has frazzled him, since it happened while Melania was pregnant and/or just after she had their son.
    Long ago before he was President but with Melania First Lady now and in the public eye, this transgression is kind of magnified.

  41. thefrollickingmole

    Nemkat is speaking pure, undistilled crap on syph.

    Link with piccies, including chancres nemkat assures us dont exist.
    https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/229461-clinical

    NSFW for diseased genitals.

  42. Arky

    You removed material from the house you had no right to … you repeatedly refused to confirm the kitchen and linen issues which were supposed to be agreed, not just what you chose to leave behind,

    ..
    Pro tip:
    Don’t be a fucking sook.
    Go out and buy new sheets and cutlery.

  43. H B Bear

    What use is it being the head of the SAS if you can’t deploy them to protect the cutlery?

    I’m disappointed no-one was shot.

  44. Motelier

    Nemkat is speaking pure, undistilled crap on syph.

    Of course Captain Oblivious will disagree with anyone.

  45. Senile Old Guy

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2659237, posted on March 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Tolkien stated, quite explicitly, that the Lord of the Rings was not allegorical. And he lived through WWI.

    I know that. Others still claim it to be allegorical in its ‘good’ vs ‘evil’ account.
    I read someone claiming it to be a foretelling of Nazism. As I said: this, that and the other.

    johanna: As Maggie Thatcher famously asked, who are these ‘others?’

    What a load of tosh, typical of your intellectual flabbiness.

    Tolkien stated that LOTR was not allegorical because some readers and reviewers at the time were suggesting that it was allegorical. Those are the ‘others’. Note that this is based on my reading of Tolkien’s Letters, published in 1981.

    The answer is: Definitely not. Both Tolkien himself, and C. S. Lewis, writing in his defense, made it clear that The Lord of the Rings was not an allegory to any current events.

  46. No overnight hospital run, but the kidney pain is now settled on the right side and up to a 4.

  47. TC

    Tillerson and Pompeo can both be good picks , depending on what you want them to do , one to open negotiations , one to close the deal .

  48. The reason Aboriginal life expectancy is poor?

    bugmen and racism

  49. Under Secretary of State also fired for contradicting White House line on Tillerson boning. What a cluster.

    https://twitter.com/NBCPolitics/status/973595043360632832?s=19

  50. Why don’t you go to your GP Monty?

  51. Mother Lode

    Regarding ABC Comedy:

    I know references to Orwell are waaay overdone, but I think one aspect illuminates the role of ABC comedy.

    Even though within Oceania the party holds undisputed sway, it is important for the people to under threat. From the outside in the forms alternately of Eurasia and Eastasia with whom Oceania is in a perpetual state of war, or subversive elements within Oceania.

    Not so much the war or crimes as the reports of the war and the luridly detailed show trials, fear of outsiders (geographical and political) drives the population together, inculcates a sense of shared danger and hence mutual need.

    Our lefties just lerve their enemies. Corporations, Republicans, Howard, the Alt-Right, Alan Jones, bogans, racists blah blah blah. They go outside and feel exposed, collecting themselves in clumps with the similarly threatened.

    To this add the ‘Five Minutes Hate’. This is analogous to ABC comedy. It is not about being funny, it is about unleashing the pain. And that is what ABC offers: not an opportunity to enjoy real humour, but an opportunity to hate.

    That is why their comedy is so political. When they laugh it is not because they have heard something witty. It is the slightly mad delerium at seeing their hated enemies being mocked and made small. For a short time they are not a threat. It is a chance to lash out at the objects of hate. To have power over them.

    The simpler and more vicious, the better.

    It is the channeled fear of stupid lonely people.

  52. Baldrick

    TheirABC are outraged, again …

    Royal pay gap: The Crown’s Claire Foy paid less than Matt Smith:
    British actress Claire Foy, who starred as a young Queen Elizabeth II in the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Crown, was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith, according to the television show’s producers.

    Apparently being a better known actor, say like staring as Dr. Who, means squat.

  53. Stimpson J. Cat

    No overnight hospital run, but the kidney pain is now settled on the right side and up to a 4.

    It’s great to know Monty that:
    1. You are OK.
    2. Your conscience is still trying.

    Rest up.

  54. Des Deskperson

    ‘Waaaaay too much essential information, Humphrey, which helps explain why he’s as funny as cancer — like the rest of left, which had to abolish humour to protect the target-rich laughing stock it has become.’

    I’ve never had much time for Ballard, but I thought he behave rather well in his interview with Peterson. As Snoopy says, good humoured and self deprecating when we would have expected someone of his political and social beliefs to be abusive and hysterical.

    Maybe Ballard has figured out that it doesn’t work with Peterson, and that alone makes him somewhat smarter and more perceptive than most other leftist interviewers of JP. Anyway, Peterson effectively got his points across.

    Ballard may not be a comic genius, but if that interview is any indication, then he is still funnier than, say. Larry Pickering.

  55. candy

    Tillerson called Trump a “moron”. That will have been burning Trump up.

    Would be better to sort their differences though after the Kim Jong-in meeting and after the trade tariff policy was sorted? It seems extremely impulsive.

  56. candy

    Monty do you have a specialist you are seeing for your kidney troubles?

  57. 132andBush

    Ballard was trying to trigger JP into becoming outraged and saying something stupid so he could run it on an endless spool as an ABC promo.
    Problem was ABC comedy is so lame the attempt fell flat.

    Exactly.
    Imagine the childish giggling when they thought up the hammer and sickle cover for that folder.

    “Giggle, hehehehe, bring this out, Tom, he’ll flip out”

  58. I read the double effect paper yesterday thank you DB.

    It was good to see it as a process by which moral people can work their way through difficult situations, rather than mere ‘in hindsight’

    Like, for example, the appropriate use of that monster bomb linked up thread.

    compare and contrast

  59. Stimpson J. Cat

    It amuses me that people are surprised when a man who had a TV show dedicated to firing people, whose catchphrase was “You’re Fired ” fires people.
    Jesus Christ.

  60. Arky

    The Mayo clinic lists the following causes of kidney stones:
    ..

    Dehydration. Too fucking lazy go drink some water occassionally.
    Certain diets. Gorging yourself on steak dinners while boring your dining partner with your worthless views is a major cause of kidney stones.
    Being obese. Fat bastards get kidney stones a hundred times more often than their non fat and repulsive counterparts.
    Digestive diseases and other medical issues. Being a sickly and nerdy type is a serious risk factor in getting the karmic retribution known as kidney stones.
    Other medical conditions. Basically mental issues around being a socialist rotter.

  61. Tom

    This is a good snippet of how dishonest contemporary media are, here Vice, and how dumb and ineffectual your typical urban bugman interviewer is: VICE trying to stitch up Jordan Peterson.

    Thanks for the link, Dover — highly recommended as an example of the intrinsic evil and
    simple-mindedness of leftism.

    Cats should be aware that 90%+ of journalists are leftards prone to the same dishonesty because of the stupid dumbed-down ideology that enslaves them. Therefore, if you have anything to do with the media, you should insist that you record everything you say to them. If they don’t like it, tell them to get fucked.

  62. 132andBush

    Ballard may not be a comic genius, but if that interview is any indication, then he is still funnier than, say. Larry Pickering.

    Des,
    I think it was an example of passive agressiveness.

  63. Stimpson J. Cat

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Every time I speak of the haters and losers I do so with great love and affection. They cannot help the fact that they were born fucked up!
    8:21 AM · Sep 29, 2014

  64. thefrollickingmole

    Im beginning to warm to Stimpys
    Warmen
    Every
    Time
    Ideas on the decline and fall of civilisation.
    Whats the bet the author of this comes from a womens studies and not a computing or STEM background?

    Women must act now, or male-designed robots will take over our lives
    Ivana Bartoletti
    Algorithms are displaying white male bias, and automation is decimating our jobs – we have a lot to lose unless we get involved

    If a non-diverse workforce is creating them, they are more prone to be implanted with unexamined, undiscussed, often unconscious assumptions and biases about things such as race, gender and class. What if the workforce designing those algorithms is male-dominated? This is the first major problem: the lack of female scientists and, even worse, the lack of true intersectional thinking behind the creation of algorithms.
    ..
    And let’s not forget the impact on the labour market, with women projected to take the biggest hits to jobs in the near future as a result of automation replacing human activities, according to the World Economic Forum. Women are more likely to be employed in jobs that face the highest automation risks. For example, 73% of cashiers in shops are women and 97% of cashiers are expected to lose their jobs to automation. The same report predicts that persistent gender gaps in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields over the next 15 years will also undermine women’s professional presence.

    And many now suggest that universal basic income is probably the only solution to the rise of robotic automation. This is appealing to many but it does pose questions from a feminist perspective: if the only jobs available will be in science and technology, how is that going to work for women in the light of the gender gaps in those professions? If we followed that route, would we be paving the way to men at work and women at home?

    From its twitter link.
    Head of Privacy & Data Protection @Gemserv, passionate abt privacy, data ethics, AI & IoT. Chair of Fabian Women. Love politics, cycling&flamenco. European.

    From its linkedin.
    Education
    London Metropolitan University
    London Metropolitan University
    Degree NameLLM, Master of Law Field Of StudyHuman Rights Law
    Dates attended or expected graduation 2008 – 2010

    Graduated with Distinction

    Ateneo Impresa school of Management
    Ateneo Impresa school of Management
    Degree NamePost graduate qualification Field Of StudyEuropean Public Relations
    Dates attended or expected graduation 2004 – 2005

    Università degli Studi di Trieste
    Università degli Studi di Trieste
    Degree NameMasters Field Of StudyPolitical Science
    Dates attended or expected graduation 1998 – 2003

    And a lifetime of service in tax hoover organisations/government.

  65. Stimpson J. Cat

    Im beginning to warm to Stimpys
    Warmen
    Every
    Time

    Global Warming = Global Wamen.

    Think about it people.
    It’s real.

  66. Arky

    Basically Monty, your kidney stones are caused by your world view.
    Come and do some laps around Caulfield park with me on the weekend.
    I will either kill or cure you.

  67. H B Bear

    As Snoopy says, good humoured and self deprecating when we would have expected someone of his political and social beliefs to be abusive and hysterical.

    What and get Cathy Newmaned and become an actual Youtube laughing stock? At least he was smart enough not to do that. What he wasn’t smart enough to do was to actually read the book and seek to tackle the arguments that Peterson was making.

  68. H B Bear

    Consumer warning: Dr Arky may not be a real doctor.

  69. Bruce of Newcastle

    One for Notafan since she was there recently.

    Italy VOLCANO threat: Seismic swarm of earthquakes hit ancient volcanic area

    NAPLES was rocked by more than 30 earthquakes today with tremors felt across the city and the region amid growing fears the seismic activity could prompt a major volcanic eruption.

    In her statement, Dr Bianco suggested that nobody should be frightened by the tremors they might have felt over recent hours and that this situation – with earthquakes and tremors affecting the region – has been going on for a number of years.

    Campi Flegrei is pretty much under Naples. The Express is being their usual excitable clickbait selves (which is why I like reading them 😀 ) but such tremor swarms do sometimes presage eruptions. Other times they can just be due to a refilling magma chamber or a sill emplacement which never makes it to the surface.

  70. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Other medical conditions. Basically mental issues around being a socialist rotter.

    Ever the compassionate one, eh, Archibald?

  71. Arky

    Consumer warning: Dr Arky may not be a real doctor

    ..
    I’m a doctor of love.

  72. H B Bear

    These are dangerous times for a doctor of love. I hope you have a good consent and waiver form drafted up. And a couple of pot plants.

  73. Arky

    Yes, you are right Bear.
    Monty, if you come for a run please acknowledge you are aware my stated aim is to kill you or cause permanent disability and extreme pain.
    We both know the chances of rehabilitation are low.

  74. Des Deskperson

    Kathy Wilcox has to be Australia’s worst political cartoonist.

    She can’t draw a single contemporary Australian public figure and her punchlines are always clumsy sub- cerebral ‘progressive’ orthodoxies, dull and humourless.

    She’s out of the the Ron Tandberg school of ‘pocket’ political cartooning, which requires neither talent nor wit.

  75. Arky

    I’m no lawyer, but I believe that squares away my legal responsibilities.

  76. EvilElvis

    BTW, I do appreciate the joke, Elvis. 🙂

    The pleasure was all mine, Johanna.

  77. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m a doctor of love.

    Some people call me Maurice.

  78. Mother Lode

    Doctor is doctor.

    POST GRADUATE PRACTITIONERS OF EMOTIONAL ERUDITION JUSTICE NOW!

  79. Slayer of Memes

    “OMG PREZIDEN’ DRUMPF IS SOOOOOOOOOOO SEXIST AND MISOGYNISTIC!!”

    Yeah about that….

    Press Sec: Female
    Sec. of DHS: Female
    Admin. of SBA: Female
    Director of CIA: Female
    Sec. of Air Force: Female
    Sec. of Education: Female
    Ambassador to UN: Female
    Campaign Manager: Female
    Sec. of Transportation: Female

    and most importantly,

    2016 Presidential election loser (Democrat): Female

  80. TFM;
    That is some fine derangement there.
    It will be our generations equivalent of ‘How many angels can dance on the head of a pin.’

  81. Tom

    Cats visiting and/or doing business in the shithole to our north should avoid this shithole airline:

    A passenger was removed from an airplane by aviation officials for wearing a life vest and instructing others in the cabin to do the same, Asia One reported.

    The passenger, identified only as FAR, was traveling from Jakarta to Padang, Indonesia, on a Lion Air flight with his grandmother Saturday.

    According to a statement by Lion Air, FAR put on a life vest 30 minutes into the 1 hour and 45 minute flight and helped his grandmother into one as well.

    When flight attendant Dessy Febriyanto asked FAR why he had done such a thing, he got up and walked to the front of the cabin, where he told other passengers to put on their life jackets.

    FAR then asked crew members to return to Jakarta because he “could see and feel” danger, Asia One reported.

    The pilot asked FAR to return to his seat, but the passenger instead made his way back to the front of the plane and again insisted with the crew to return to Jakarta.

    Eventually the crew removed FAR’s flight jacket and stowed the item, but he kept taking it out and putting it on. He did this six times.

    During the plane’s descent, the man reportedly caused a commotion and panicked other passengers with his claims of danger, Asia One wrote.

    “The crew tried to reassure the passengers, informing them that what FAR said was not happening,” said Eko Pujianto, the manager of Lion Air Group at Minangkabau International Airport, in Padang, West Sumatra.

    The plane landed safely in Padang, where FAR was apprehended and handed over to airport authorities.

    You can read Lion Air’s long list of accidents and incidents here.

  82. EvilElvis

    Remember ladies, leggings aren’t trousers.

    On the plus side they do cover the horrendous Bali/prison tattoos.

  83. Arky

    For what it is worth, I believe JC was attempting to kill Monty in some type of sick, slow motion version of the 7even gluttony scene.
    Bastard.
    Nearly worked too. Let me cure you Monty.

  84. EvilElvis

    Perth has recorded its hottest day in more than a year, with the maximum temperature climbing to 38.5 degrees

    FMD. If it doesn’t have a ‘4’ at the start it’s not even worth talking about in the southwest. Seriously, where’s the graph that correlates this weather frogshit with the softness of the general population?

  85. Infidel Tiger

    Cats visiting and/or doing business in the shithole to our north should avoid this shithole airline:

    For about a month tourists got to land and takeoff from Denpasar Airport while a crashed Lion Air jet wallowed in the surf off the end of the runway.

    You can’t beat that for advertising.

  86. Doctors at this point would all say the same thing: go home and drink plenty of fluids.

  87. Infidel Tiger

    Great to hear Trump is close to appointing free trade maven Larry Kudlow.

  88. IT;
    That would have done all the spare parts on the wreck a great deal of good.
    Salt water and aluminium?
    Great stuff.

  89. Mother Lode

    Bolta has an article about Trump firing Tillerson, and says he had good reasons.

    This is a bit of a shift. He has not been very positive about Trump. He has been negative about Trump’s enemies but whenever writing on Trump he has gone to the wardrobe and put on a pair of flats, a cardigan, and his best clutchin’ pearls.

    He has always quivered at the sight of an unabashed alpha male who is content to throw decorum to the winds for a chance to rip his enemies throat out.

    But…boarding the caboose of the Trump Train?

  90. Chris

    Remember ladies, leggings aren’t trousers.

    On the plus side they do cover the horrendous Bali/prison tattoos.

    On the plus side, a confident and stylish woman looks great in whatever she damn well likes.

  91. Arky lives in Caulfield? That would explain a lot. Specifically, that “he” is actually a doctor’s wife who walks around the park in active wear for five minutes then retires to the nearest cafe to natter with her friends about that awful business at Trinity, honestly who would even do that.

  92. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    If a non-diverse workforce is creating them, they are more prone to be implanted with unexamined, undiscussed, often unconscious assumptions and biases about things such as race, gender and class. What if the workforce designing those algorithms is male-dominated? This is the first major problem: the lack of female scientists and, even worse, the lack of true intersectional thinking behind the creation of algorithms.

    I have always said, we need to be thinking about tucking and taping when designing aircraft.

    And let’s not forget the impact on the labour market, with women projected to take the biggest hits to jobs in the near future as a result of automation replacing human activities, according to the World Economic Forum. Women are more likely to be employed in jobs that face the highest automation risks. For example, 73% of cashiers in shops are women and 97% of cashiers are expected to lose their jobs to automation. The same report predicts that persistent gender gaps in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields over the next 15 years will also undermine women’s professional presence.

    This is very good news, da wamen can go back to making babies and bring the birth rate back to replacement.

    And many now suggest that universal basic income is probably the only solution to the rise of robotic automation. This is appealing to many but it does pose questions from a feminist perspective: if the only jobs available will be in science and technology, how is that going to work for women in the light of the gender gaps in those professions? If we followed that route, would we be paving the way to men at work and women at home?

    incoherent. Does she even have a clue what she is asking?

    This is an own goal, demonstrating the inability to form a logical thought and phrase it in a meaningful manner.

    What chance does this women have of digging into the depths of NP complete hard problems?

  93. Slayer of Memes

    Leftism, it truly is a mental disease….

    Hillary, between bouts of stair sliding in India, says white women in the US only voted for Trump because “their husbands, bosses, and sons told them to..”

    Now just imagine, if you can, what the reaction of mUnty and his fellow Leftists would be if any conservative politician (or horror-of-horrors, Trump himself) had said that women only vote the way men tell them to vote…

    There would be paroxysms of outrageous outrage; full on foaming at the mouth, screaming incoherently at the sky, riots with burning and looting, marches up and down the country by people in pink pussy-hats blaming ‘the patriarchy’ and chanting about how sexist and misogynistic it all is…

    ..but because it’s HRC, the Left is completely silent. Not a single peep about ‘muh misogyny’…

  94. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2660288, posted on March 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Great to hear Trump is close to appointing free trade maven Larry Kudlow.

    Dude, it’s no given he passes the drug test, so don’t get your hopes up. Larry would be great. He just loves free markets and America…. and coke.

  95. Thank you BoN

    The fascination continues.

    I once again stand at that bedroom window and stare at Vesuvius.

  96. Motelier

    And let’s not forget the impact on the labour market, with women projected to take the biggest hits to jobs in the near future as a result of automation replacing human activities, according to the World Economic Forum. Women are more likely to be employed in jobs that face the highest automation risks. For example, 73% of cashiers in shops are women and 97% of cashiers are expected to lose their jobs to automation. The same report predicts that persistent gender gaps in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields over the next 15 years will also undermine women’s professional presence.

    I would lurve to watch this bint shop at Colesworths. What are the odds on her going through the “self-sevice” section.

  97. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Doctors at this point would all say the same thing: go home and drink plenty of fluids.

    It’s when they tell you : go home and put your affairs in order: that you know you are in big trouble.

  98. Viva

    I’m no fan of ABC comedy (I have never heard of Tom Ballard until yesterday) but I thought he was simply being self-deprecating and acting as a good natured foil to JP.

    Totally agree. He reminded me somewhat of Watters of Fox News’ Watters World.

  99. Arky

    m0nty
    #2660292, posted on March 14, 2018 at 11:05 am
    Arky lives in Caulfield? That would explain a lot. Specifically, that “he” is actually a doctor’s wife who walks around the park in active wear for five minutes then retires to the nearest cafe to natter with her friends about that awful business at Trinity, honestly who would even do that.

    ..
    Who thinks Monty should come for a run with me?
    Caulfield would be about equally convenient for us both I suspect.
    I can do Mt Dandenong or Sandringham beach if you prefer.
    Get your kidneys in order first.
    I refuse to revive you should anything happen.

  100. stackja

    ABC had Aunty Jack in 1972.

  101. I am confused.

    How can something that happened be the same as something that didn’t happen?

  102. Slayer of Memes

    BREAKING: @HouseIntelComm Chairman Conaway just announced that the Committee is closing the “Russian collusion” investigation, having found zero evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians.

    mUnty is about to do more than just piss kidney stones…. he’s going to be shitting bricks!!

  103. JC

    It’s funny he was let go from Bear Stern, as the CEO – in fact the entire management team- were the biggest fucking cokeheads on the street.

    Larry Kudlow seemed a master of the universe. Being a top Wall Street economist was not the half of it. Mr. Kudlow had been a prominent member of President Reagan’s economic team. He helped conceive and fight for the tax-cut proposal that helped Christine Todd Whitman become Governor of New Jersey. One of the nation’s most articulate and charismatic commentators on financial issues, he has become the economic guru of Jack Kemp and of the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, as well as a regular on television interview programs and a speaker commanding hefty fees. He even starred in Cadillac ads.

    To hear some leading Republicans, the 46-year-old Mr. Kudlow has nowhere to go but up. They consider him a hot political property, a potential challenger for the Senate seat of Daniel Patrick Moynihan in New York or, should a right-leaning Republican like Mr. Kemp win the White House in 1996, a shoo-in for a Cabinet position. John Sweeney, executive director of the New York State Republican Committee, last week called him “one of the brightest stars.”

    But last week, in an interview, Larry Kudlow had a confession to make: behind the polished facade lived a troubled and deeply unhappy man who has been battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

    Swiveling in his chair in the offices of his new employer, National Review magazine, Mr. Kudlow lighted yet another Merit Ultra Light and began an explanation that many others would not summon the courage to make: Fifteen months ago he took a four-week medical leave of absence from his Wall Street firm, Bear Stearns.

    “I went into drug rehab,” Mr. Kudlow said, deciding to discuss his problem after being told he was the subject of a profile. “I had an alcohol and substance-abuse problem that needed to be taken care of.”
    Continue reading the main story

    He said that for 15 months he has been attending twice daily a self-help program for recovering addicts.

    “I am willing to share with you my problem,” he said, following the example of many people in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. “Anyone who blames Bear Stearns is not right. I take full personal responsibility.”

    Then this dapper man in a blue pinstripe shirt and monogrammed cufflinks, a man sometimes described as poker-faced, began to cry. Sounding scared, not at all like the suave raconteur and deft name dropper of two hours earlier, Mr. Kudlow said he lived in fear of sliding backward. “I live my life day to day,” he said.

    Mr. Kudlow said he was talking largely because he wanted to be honest and because his story might benefit other families with alcohol and drug problems. “I’m on top of this thing, God bless,” he said. “Maybe somebody reading about this somewhere will be helped.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/03/business/a-wall-st-star-s-agonizing-confession.html

    I love Larry. We interviewed around the mid 90’s for the firm I worked for, but the general consensus was that he was too big a risk.

  104. Brian of Moorabbin

    Can confirm that Sandringham beach is a great place for a run

    …provided you get there before all the ‘yummy mummys’ in their activewear, and lycra-clad cycling loons arrive..

    About 4am should do it.

  105. Tame Bollard.is the poor man’s Stephen Colbert on TheirABC’s Number Twos.

    Wow. That’s like being a poor man’s shit-stuck-to-a-blanket.

  106. Arky

    You should also be aware that when I run there is a lot of coughing, general painful moaning noises, swearing and phlegm.

  107. An interesting take on Iran and how it relates to Tillerson’s replacement.

    Also, the sacking by Twitter thing is surely fake. As if this was out of the blue. One thing is clear, Iran is not pure happenstance.

    Smoke and mirrors. Trump plays the left like the puppets they are.

  108. Brian of Moorabbin

    Apropos Tillerson’s sacking by Trump:

    I do have to congratulate Monty on how seamlessly he is following the DNC script; going from claiming Tillerson’s appointment was proof of a Trump/Russia conspiracy, to claiming his dismissal is proof of a Trump/Russia conspiracy…

    Never let it be said that Monty can’t stay ‘on message’…. even when that new message completely contradicts the message he’s been furiously signalling for the past 14 months…

  109. Brian of Moorabbin

    You should also be aware that when I run there is a lot of coughing, general painful moaning noises, swearing and phlegm.

    From you, or the people watching? 😉

  110. Arky

    It isn’t a pretty sight for sure.
    Having Monty there can surely only increase my relative attractiveness index.

  111. JC

    Here’s something I found out that’s quite amusing. I found out the creator on 4 chan stayed at our place a few years ago. There’s a tie up with with our kid and our friend’s kid who goes out with him. I had no idea at the time as I had no idea what 4 chan was and was only reminded of it on the trip I just made there.

  112. stackja

    Man charged over crash at Rhodes
    Wednesday, 14 March 2018 05:00:37 AM

    A man has been arrested following a single-vehicle crash in Sydney’s west this morning.

    About 1.30am (Wednesday 14 March 2018), police from Burwood Police Area Command were called to Rider Boulevard, Rhodes, following reports a Skoda station wagon had crashed into a power pole.

    The driver, a 22-year-old man, allegedly failed a roadside breath test.

    He was arrested and taken to Burwood Police Station where he was charged with fail to supply breath analysis.

    He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear before Burwood Local Court on Monday 26 March 2018.

    Inquiries continue.

    Drink, drive carefully, or…

  113. struth

    So South African whites are being raped and murdered and thrown off their farms.

    The MSM has been criminally silent.

    Now what excuse can our government colonist killers come up with to ensure non of them get a ticket to Australia, to divert funds away from a Muslim invasion now in progress?

    Well, as I said, thanks to the media, they won’t have to.

  114. Baldrick

    Slayer of Memes
    #2660295, posted on March 14, 2018 at 11:08 am
    Leftism, it truly is a mental disease….
    Hillary, between bouts of stair sliding in India,

    I notice Leftards running interference that Hillary didn’t slip down some stairs at the Hindola Mahal monument in India.
    You’d have to be a total moron not to link the two:

    1. A woman slipping down stairs at the Hindola Mahal monument in India.

    2. Hillary Clinton at the Hindola Mahal monument in India.

  115. Arky

    There used to be an old dude who did laps of Caulfield park. Must have been well into his seventies.
    He would around clockwise, whereas I am anti- clockwise.
    Geeze he could run.
    He would do three bloody laps for every two of mine.
    Then one day he never showed again.
    Probably had a flaming stroke. Let that be a lesson to you all. You might still feel seventeen, but really you’re old and about to die.

  116. Boris

    There is far more evidence of Obama directing intelligence agencies to spy on Trump than there is of Putin directing intelligence agencies to murder Russians in London.

    Interesting legal standard for criminal investigations.

    What Putin has done in England is an act of chemical warfare. The aim is to demonstrate helplessness of western governments. Over ten years ago they used radioactive substance to murder an ex-KGB man in London and faced no serious consequences. It will be similar this time.

  117. Confused Old Misfit

    the sacking by Twitter thing is surely fake.

    There is an AP report that claims Kelly contacted Tillerson on Friday. There would have been other communication after that time and before the tweet. To assume otherwise would be naive.

  118. Chris

    Can confirm that Sandringham beach is a great place for a run

    …provided you get there before all the ‘yummy mummys’ in their activewear, and lycra-clad cycling loons arrive..

    Seems every town with a Nob Hill or a Golden Triangle has an Exercise Fashion Run. Which is exactly why when we flew in from PNG to Cairns we would have a beer or a steak in the cafe strip’s ‘Rattle n Hum’ and a walk on the Boardwalk. (I just love the lycra cyclists, I guess. )

  119. JC

    Boris

    How do we know it’s the Russian government?

  120. stackja

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2660329, posted on March 14, 2018 at 11:52 am
    the sacking by Twitter thing is surely fake.

    There is an AP report that claims Kelly contacted Tillerson on Friday. There would have been other communication after that time and before the tweet. To assume otherwise would be naive.

    Or MSM.

  121. Slayer of Memes

    Kurt Eichenwald
    ‏@kurteichenwald

    If Trump appoints unqualified Rex Tillerson as Sec of State rather than Romney, we have 2 ask if Russia has its own man in the White House.

    10:51 am – 11 Dec 2016

    Kurt Eichenwald
    ‏@kurteichenwald

    By firing Tillerson one day after he publicly stated that Russia behind a WMD attack on British soil, we now have proof Trump is colluding with Putin. I don’t know if he did in the election. But he is doing it NOW in front of our eyes. He is Kremlin-owned.

    12:22 am – 14 Mar 2018

    Leftists in 2016: “Hiring Tillerson proves Putin is in charge! WUSSIA WUSSIA WUSSIA!!”
    Also Leftists, in 2018: “Firing Tillerson proves Putin is in charge! WUSSIA WUSSIA WUSSIA!!”

    It’s a mental illness…

  122. Stimpson J. Cat

    What Putin has done in England is an act of chemical warfare.

    Hold up there my little neocon friend.
    Why don’t you go and fight this war you so desperately want yourself rather than someone else fighting it for you?
    You don’t complain when Israel do it, do you?

  123. Arky

    Tom Haffey was the same.
    At the gym in Burwood I would watch him do the same weights as me but for ten times the reps.
    In the change room when he took his shirt off it was like looking at some old dude head stapeled onto a twenty something body.
    Punching out hundreds of pushups.
    Dead now.
    And not into his nineties or anything like that.

  124. Boambee John

    The debate on syphilis reminds me of the graffiti from the days of my youth:

    “It’s no use standing on the seat, ‘cos syphilis germs can jump six feet!”

    It doesn’t rhyme in metres.

  125. Boris

    How do we know it’s the Russian government?

    Sorry this is obvious from tr get go. Now there is a chemical agent identified as a chemical weapon produced only in Russia. What other proof do you need?

  126. Arky

    Oh.
    Tom Hafey.
    Dead at 82 in 2014.
    Not that bad of an innings I suppose.
    Not like 100 though.

  127. Myrddin Seren

    The wadio plays The Donald announcing he may create a ‘Space Force’ !

    Starship Troopers confirmed.

    He’s been in to the Area 51 Files. It’s all about the Aliens !!

  128. Slayer of Memes

    I notice Leftards running interference that Hillary didn’t slip down some stairs at the Hindola Mahal monument in India.

    I have seen that too.

    It’s almost as if they want people to believe that several different news outlets had camera crews following some random female tourist and filming her, as opposed to following a failed US political candidate who was in India to promote herself.

    It is a mystery….

  129. Caulfield would be about equally convenient for us both I suspect.

    Doubt it. I’m a westie. Unless you live in the Dandenongs?

  130. Arky

    I’m not telling you where I live.
    You’ll come over and interfere with my dog.
    Just man up and come for a run.

  131. Chris

    Boris

    How do we know it’s the Russian government?

    If she weighs the same as a duck…
    And if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

    And if the net world effect is to cause everyone to duck, who might have thought they could challenge the power of the Russian organised crime state…

    Its clearly the CIA.

  132. I tried running a few weeks ago, my sprained ankle flared up again so that’s off the cards.

  133. Boris

    You don’t complain when Israel do it, do you?

    I did actually ponder that question. But then, if Israel did this on UK soil it would provoke a harsh response, and rightly so.

    Besides, Israel asssinates active terrorist leaders, not some retired spies. I would not support Israelis murders out of vendetta. Yes they used to pursue past terrrirists but I do not necessarily support that.

    Finally I do not recall Israelis using chemical or radiological weapons.

  134. OldOzzie

    Tax plan has no effect on Labor’s seniors – BEN PACKHAM

    They’re in an elite superannuation club, but retired Labor luminaries won’t be subject to the party’s hit on “wealthy” seniors.

    Former prime minister Paul Keating, who advised Chris Bowen on Labor’s latest tax plan, draws a parliamentary pension of at least $272,000 a year under the defined benefit scheme axed for new entrants in 2004.

    The Labor plan would axe cash refunds for investors who pay little or no tax on franked share dividends, such as self-funded retirees.

    Mr Keating won’t be adversely affected by the proposed policy, because — unlike everyday superannuants whose pensions are tax- free — the parliamentary pension is taxed.

    Mr Bowen said he consulted Mr Keating on the $59 billion plan to axe cash payments for excess dividend imputation credits.

    “I discussed it with Paul. And he has said to me, as the architect of the original system, it’s very important to Australia’s future,” Mr Bowen told ABC radio. “While it’s not for me to comment on his views, he made it clear that he is comfortable with these changes.”

    Former treasurer Wayne Swan, who will retire at the next election, is another member of the gold-plated superannuation club who won’t feel the change.

    Mr Swan will draw an estimated $191,000-a-year pension, based on his 23 years of parliamentary service and the positions he held.

    Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are also unaffected. Mr Rudd draws an annual pension of at least $174,000, while Ms Gillard receives more than $197,000.

    Labor families and social services spokeswoman Jenny Macklin, who is expected to stand again at the next election, would retire on at least $202,000 if she decided to call time on her 22-year career.

    Labor leader Bill Shorten said the policy to axe cash payments for excess dividend imputation credits would hit the “top end of town”, because rich retirees with self-managed funds were taking advantage of the perk.

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians aged 65 to 75 draw an average private income of $921 a week, and weekly benefits of $406. Seniors aged 75 and over have an average $424 in private weekly income, and draw $480 a week in benefits.

    From the Comments

    – It is suggested in this article that the coalition may be able to use a similar policy strategy with a little clean up. Has anybody else noticed the the two major parties are almost agreeing behind closed doors policies that are essentially the same in most areas? Trapping the electorate into having to choose between the least worst and having no real choice. My turn, your turn

    – Malcolm is silent – proves he is more interested in helping ALP than Libs.

    – One again the self funded retirees are getting their head chopped off again, after saving money for years and years we are now facing another attack. Might spend all of our money and go on the pension, no stress then and no future.

    Politicians of all all persuasions have been eying the superannuation pool for some time now and scheming of ways to get hold of it for their own use.
    You assume that it’s your money since you have worked hard for it BUT ‘they’ just see a piggy bank ready to be raided.

    – Union backed industry funds have come out today and praised Labor’s grubby tax grab. Yes, this is an all out attack by Labor on the SMSF sector of our community. Very grubby indeed!

    – Meanwhile a friend of mine takes blood for one of the labs and over lunch last weekend he told me how many Chinese come in for blood samples, can’t talk English at all, and yet are on public healthcare cards due to family re-unions.

    The point is, pensioners that have paid tax in AUSTRALIA all their lives, lived frugally, babysat their friends kids and vice versa, never asked for handouts, and saved for their self~funded retirement are now getting screwed by bad governments that can’t control spending while paying themselves golden pensions, all while we pay for foreigners healthcare.

    Imagine what Tony Abbott PM would do with Shorten’s statement.

    – This is designed to give union controlled industry super funds a tax advantage, as Shorten has said they will be exempt, while retail super funds will not be.

    And the goal is to drive self-managed funds out of business altogether.

    Stripped to its core this policy will create different tax arrangements affecting SMSF members in retirement compared to Idustry Super fund members in retirement where imputationcredits will go to pay the income tax including contribution tax on members accounts in accumulation phase but the benefit credited to the Industry Fund retirees.

    This blatantly unfair measure is thoroughly dishonest.

    – I’d like to see them smash politicians’ retirement savings, then it might be fair.

  135. Slayer of Memes

    Mind you, Hillary is not the first failed Leftist to slip up over India.

    Why on this very site we had a prominent Leftist shill claim that they learned all about the human condition from the years they spent living in India…. only for it to be found out that the time they claimed to be living in India coincided with the same time they were studying at Seymour High School.

  136. Des Deskperson

    ‘ABC had Aunty Jack in 1972.’

    The character Auntie Jack was reliably reported to be based on a woman i used to work with in the ASP back in the nineties.

    She and Graham Bond had shared a house while they were bot at ANU in the late sixties.

    It was certainly plausible: this woman was large, lumpy, loud and pugnacious. She was also a zealous and annoying CPSU workplace delegate and activist.

    Bond’s ‘News Free Zone’ programme on ABC TV c. 1985 was irremediably awful.

  137. Chris

    It’s almost as if they want people to believe that several different news outlets had camera crews following some random female tourist and filming her, as opposed to following a failed US political candidate who was in India to promote herself.

    It is a mystery….

    In important news of the Donald Trump Insane Clown Circus…

    Hillary Clinton will never be President.

  138. Herodotus

    Never let it be said that Monty can’t stay ‘on message’…. even when that new message completely contradicts the message he’s been furiously signalling for the past 14 months…

    Standing by for his claim that the Republican House Committee’s finding of “no collusion” is yet more evidence of collusion.

  139. Boris

    Also when Israel does it, I never try to question the blame, ask how do we know bla

  140. Like, for example, the appropriate use of that monster bomb linked up thread.

    compare and contrast

    Heavens, that virtue-signalling was moronic. The assertion that you must have a vagina in order to have an opinion about abortion is as moronic as asserting that you must own a slave in order to have an opinion about slavery.

  141. Arky

    m0nty
    #2660358, posted on March 14, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    I tried running a few weeks ago, my sprained ankle flared up again so that’s off the cards.

    ..
    Get yourself sorted.
    Part of getting old is learning to manage injuries.
    Investigate hydrotherapy.
    See a doctor.
    I want you in good shape.
    Hurry up.

  142. Herodotus

    It was certainly plausible: this woman was large, lumpy, loud and pugnacious.
    Wasn’t Johanna at ANU about then?

  143. Stimpson J. Cat

    I did actually ponder that question. But then, if Israel did this on UK soil it would provoke a harsh response, and rightly so.
    Besides, Israel asssinates active terrorist leaders, not some retired spies. I would not support Israelis murders out of vendetta. Yes they used to pursue past terrrirists but I do not necessarily support that.
    Finally I do not recall Israelis using chemical or radiological weapons.

    Ah.
    So basically Israel are always the good guys, and they only illegally murder bad guys in foreign countries with nice poisons.

    Is that your argument?

  144. stackja

    Kurt Eichenwald
    @kurteichenwald
    Contributing editor, Vanity Fair; MSNBC Contributor, New York Times bestselling author.

  145. Standing by for his claim that the Republican House Committee’s finding of “no collusion” is yet more evidence of collusion.

    Of course they didn’t find it, they never went looking for it in the first place.

  146. OldOzzie

    Future Labor Voting Australian Immigrants

    $1.6m compo for ‘extended’ Grenfell Tower family

    Scotland Yard is investigating a family of 15 who claimed to have lived in a single flat in Grenfell Tower, including at least two members who dashed back to London from Melbourne after the June 14 inferno to receive more than $1.6 million in compensation payments to the family.

    The Naqshbandis, who lived on the third floor of the tower in a three-bedroom flat, have claimed four couples, another three single adults, three children and a newly registered baby lived in the flat at the time of the fire.

    The lease on the flat was for just four people, including the head of the household and his wife, who were in Melbourne — where they have a relative Ghulam Naqshbandi — when the fire broke out.

    The couple cut short their trip to return to London.

    Investigators are determining whether this senior couple had ­intended to stay in Australia ­permanently.

    One family member, Masi Naqshbandi, who later met Prince William at a survivors day, has been revealed as an insurance fraudster who served time in jail.

    An investigation by London’s The Sunday Times has revealed fraud investigators have been called in after the extended Naqshbandi family was given at least three new homes by ­claiming they lived in the Grenfell flat. Officials ­connected to the case say the Naqshbandi claims are outrageous. If it had just been the four leaseholders, they would have been provided with a single new home and received much less in compensation and benefits.

    It is understood each member of the extended family has claimed the government’s assistance to free rent and utility bills until mid-2019, £300 ($530) a week, free travel, the government’s one-off payment of £5000 and other community grants that have tallied more than £20 000 each. One of the couple’s daughters, Sadaf, has an Australian partner and recently had a baby here. It is uncertain if she has returned to London.

    The Sunday Times has revealed that Masi Naqshbandi claimed to live in the flat and registered the birth of his then three-week-old baby at the Grenfell address two days after the fire.

    Masi, 33, served jail time for one of Britain’s biggest insurance frauds, staging 250 crashes to scam insurance companies of more than $14 million. He and his wife Mojda Habib registered their son’s birth on June 16 and have now moved into a new government-provided flat, furnished with high-end goods, near Kensington Palace. He met Prince William at a fire survivor day.

    Masi Naqshbandi told The Sunday Times he and his wife were living in Grenfell Tower well before the fire and that he had documents to prove this. He said some relatives slept in the living room and shared bedrooms, but admitted the entire family did not stay in the flat at the same time. When the newspaper told him that his and his wife’s names appeared on the electoral register at his in-laws’ ­address in Harrow, Masi Naqsh­bandi said it was an address he gave for legal reasons for “overnight stays” and “day visits” from prison.

    The paper reported that another uncle had registered his driver’s licence at the Grenfell address eight months after the fire.

    At his two-storey home in an outlying suburb southeast of Melbourne’s, Masi’s uncle Ghulam Naqshbandi confirmed to The Australian that he had family who had been affected by the Grenfell fire. “There is no problem, everybody is okay,” he said.

    He told The Australian his UK-based brother and sister-in-law, Masi Naqshbandi’s parents, had been in Australia for a month when the tower burned down. He said his relatives had planned to spend 40 days in Melbourne but cut short their trip by 10 days.

    Asked whether there were 15 people living in the apartment and all had escaped uninjured, he appeared startled and said “Huh?” in surprise. He said he did not know who or how many people had lived in the flat.

    He said he was not aware of the allegations made against his relatives, including previous allegations about Masi.

    The British courts are hearing two trials of people who allegedly falsely claimed they lived in the tower.

    One was given £1.7 million in cash and was housed free at the Holland Park Hilton. The court heard she had claimed to be her sister and reported herself missing.

  147. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I tried running a few weeks ago, my sprained ankle flared up again so that’s off the cards.

    Ladies your size should start with aqua aerobics.

  148. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Dude, it’s no given he passes the drug test, so don’t get your hopes up. Larry would be great. He just loves free markets and America…. and coke.

    Don pounds 12 Diet Cokes a day. They will get on great.

  149. Boris

    Is that your argument?

    I stated my argument quite clearly.

  150. Leigh Lowe

    Ladies your size should start with aqua aerobics.

    You shouldn’t talk to Monty like that.

  151. Stimpson J. Cat

    I tried running a few weeks ago, my sprained ankle flared up again so that’s off the cards.

    Cankles.
    Lesbian Confirmed!

  152. Leigh Lowe

    You shouldn’t talk to Monty like that.

    Actually, you can.
    What am I thinking?

  153. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Tom Haffey was the same.
    At the gym in Burwood I would watch him do the same weights as me but for ten times the reps.
    In the change room when he took his shirt off it was like looking at some old dude head stapeled onto a twenty something body.
    Punching out hundreds of pushups.
    Dead now.
    And not into his nineties or anything like that.

    Cancer.

    80% of health is genetics.

  154. This kidney pain is doing wonderful things for my appetite. I recommend it for anyone looking to trim down.

  155. Leigh Lowe

    I tried running a few weeks ago, my sprained ankle flared up again so that’s off the cards.

    I knew it!
    mUnter is Hilary!

  156. H B Bear

    I tried running a few weeks ago, my sprained ankle flared up again so that’s off the cards.

    Malmo mUnty strikes again.

  157. pete m

    m0nty

    I feel for you re ankle sprain – still recovering from a bad one which happened months ago.

    Swimming is much better for you than running. You can also do fast walks which place less pressure with sudden weight drops than running. Anything that gets your heart rate up.

    Heavier reps beat excessive reps any day.

    People over-train, especially runners. Muscles need repair time – 2 days break minimum after an big toll.

    And lay off the donuts!

  158. Stimpson J. Cat

    I stated my argument quite clearly.

    You understand that illegal murder is illegal murder, even if you are J$wish right?
    And foreign countries are foreign countries, yes?
    And illegal murder is illegal murder, regardless of the method of murder used?
    You understand these concepts?

  159. OldOzzie

    m0nty
    #2660386, posted on March 14, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    This kidney pain is doing wonderful things for my appetite. I recommend it for anyone looking to trim down.

    Monty,

    see your GP and get your bloods checked -important to keep on top of medical things – keep well

    Regards

    OldOzzie

  160. OldOzzie

    NZ cops brace for influx of criminals deported from Australia

    New Zealand police have for the first time launched an organised crime taskforce outside the major cities of Auckland and Wellington to handle the influx of criminals, including members of outlaw motorcycle gangs, deported from Australia for failing the “good character” test.

    An office for the National ­Organised Crime Group has opened in the harbourside town of Tauranga, on New Zealand’s North Island, after reports members of the Comancheros and Bandidos gangs were seen riding in the Bay of Plenty region.

    The Comancheros have, ­according to local media, already opened a chapter in New Zealand.

    Tauranga, a city of about 125,000 people, has the largest port in the country, and police said there was a risk of large shipments of drugs being smuggled into the country.

    “Tauranga is an area of growth for New Zealand and good people are setting themselves up in Tauranga,” Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers told the NZ Herald.

    “Organised criminals are too. Being on their back doorstep is the right thing to do.”

    Six detectives have been ­assigned to the taskforce and will focus solely on organised crime, reporting directly to managers in Wellington.

    “Criminals do not deal in drugs because they like drugs, they do it because they like the money this brings them,” NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

    “We know that some organised criminals seem relatively unconcerned about going to jail for lengthy periods of time, but when we restrain their assets and wealth accumulated through that behaviour it hurts, and that’s a good thing. It takes away the incentive to commit these crimes.”

  161. duncanm

    Tom Hafey in his 70’s

  162. OldOzzie

    National Geographic admits ‘racist’ decades-long coverage

    National Geographic has acknowledged its ‘appalling’ racist coverage of people of colour, including Indigenous Australians, in the past.

  163. Tailgunner

    Breaking : CFMEU/ETU/AMWU protesting Esso outside Intercontinental Rialto,Collins St. Large blow up rats and suited bankster pigs.
    Only sign I can see properly says ” Why doesn’t Esso pay tax?”
    Will update til my lunchbreak finishes if anything kicks off.
    Monty, get down here- you’re the journo!

  164. Arky

    Swimming does nothing.
    Look at whales. They swim all day, yet are fat as pigs.
    Same with bicycling.
    I was doing 100km a day on a bike in my thirties: still fat as fuck.
    You gotta run.
    Or at least walk and hobble / half jog a bit.
    Build up slowly and manage injuries. Have recovery days.
    If you get injured, too bad so sad. You’re up for an extended layoff before back into it, whatever bit of you got injured hopefully learning the lesson.
    Two things helped me: decent, properly fitted runners, and getting a physio to film me running on a treadmill and correct my posture and footfall.

  165. Baldrick

    I knew it!
    mUnter is Hilary!

    Ahahahaha, it’s all starting to make sense now.

  166. struth

    Stay off the carbs so the body burns calories in a different order.
    Walk.

    Then once you have attained the weight that won’t smash you knees and ankles, get into a slight jog………….

    I am pontificating on weight loss while eating 3 jam biscuits and drinking coffee.

    No more gigs for me until at least November, if at all.
    Looks not that important now, so have had a good week of overindulgence.
    There are some good things about become invisible as you age.

    It’s time to scare the kiddies.
    Tooth removed this afternoon.
    right hand side middle upper.
    Should just be able to see the gap if I smile widely.
    Lucky for them, this won’t happen.

  167. Leigh Lowe

    I was doing 100km a day on a bike in my thirties: still fat as fuck.

    A Harley?

  168. Stimpson J. Cat

    I was doing 100km a day on a bike in my thirties: still fat as fuck.

    And this is why cyclists are always so angry.
    Also shaving their legs and Lycra.

    They are basically pre-op transsexuals.

  169. Hang on, Ireland over the weekend was the site of a 100,000 strong protest against repealing the 8th amendment that provides the protection of the law to the child in utero, and we heard nothing about it.

    Almost makes you think the MSM here curate the news to suit the interest of the urban bugman class.

  170. OldOzzie

    Bill Shorten’s cash grab to manage budget: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

    Malcolm Turnbull has savaged Bill Shorten’s “cash grab” in axing cash refunds for franking credits, arguing the Opposition Leader was “robbing” pensioners and retirees and was wrong to claim the policy would mostly impact the wealthy.

    The Prime Minister said the Opposition Leader’s $59 billion crackdown on dividend imputation would barely touch the rich, with nearly all those impacted by the policy being retirees earning less than $87,000 a year.

    “Bill Shorten is robbing pensioners and self-funded retirees of tax refunds. He’s effectively taxing them twice,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “This is an attack targeted on people on lower and middle-incomes. It is taking money from people who have worked and saved all their lives and are battling.

    “So he can dress this up as much as he likes, but I tell you Australian pensioners, self-funded retirees, know who it’s targeted at. It’s targeted at them.

    “Bill Shorten is coming for the savings, for the incomes, for the lifestyles, for the affordability of the cost of living of people on lower and lower middle-incomes in retirement.”

    Mr Shorten said this morning Labor’s policy would have a “marginal” impact on “a few pensioners”, declaring his policy was targeted at ending largesse to the “top end of town”.

    “How can we have a system where someone gets a $2.5 million refund from the government to pay no income tax, it is ridiculous,” Mr Shorten said.

    “This scheme, while it will have a marginal affect on a few pensioners, is (mostly) going to the top end of town.

    “How can it be that tax payers — mums and dads, nurses, teachers and doctors — are going to work, paying taxes to the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Taxation Office is cutting a tax refund cheque to multi-millionaires who pay no income tax?”

    Mr Shorten said he would fight the government’s “scare campaign” because his policy was about fairness.

    “I’m going to choose the battler over the top end of town and Mr Turnbull is using a few pensioners as a sort of human shield to justify featherbedding the very rich who are getting a tax loophole which is simply unsustainable,” he said.

    Mr Turnbull said the policy would hit 200,000 pensioners and Labor was pursuing it because the party was not able to manage the budget. He said taxes would increase by $200bn over a decade under Labor, equating to $8,000 per Australian.

    “It’s a cash grab because he cannot manage the budget. He knows that his spending plans need a huge tax grab,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “Fifty per cent of the individuals that will be hurt by this tax grab are on incomes of less than $18,000. These are pensioners and retirees … he’s coming after them and to dress this up as some sort of an attack on the wealthy is nonsense.

    From the Comments

    “I’m going to choose the battler over the top end of town and Mr Turnbull is using a few pensioners as a sort of human shield to justify featherbedding the very rich who are getting a tax loophole which is simply unsustainable,” he said.

    Mr Turnbull said the policy would hit 200,000 pensioners and Labor was pursuing it because the party was not able to manage the budget. He said taxes would increase by $200bn over a decade under Labor, equating to $8,000 per Australian.

    “It’s a cash grab because he cannot manage the budget. He knows that his spending plans need a huge tax grab,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “Fifty per cent of the individuals that will be hurt by this tax grab are on incomes of less than $18,000. These are pensioners and retirees … he’s coming after them and to dress this up as some sort of an attack on the wealthy is nonsense.”

    – What else is super for? Labor makes a grab, Liberal have also made a grab.

    What’s the point of putting extra away?

    Peoples super is just a big fat piggy bank for governments.

    Following is the best summary I have seen of the Situation re Imputation credit and taxable income

    I think you need to check the numbers. The ATO publishes statistics and here are the figures.

    SMSF – Imputation credit and taxable income

    $141,573,385 Loss/nil

    $104,024,056 $1 – $1,999

    $163,934,046 $2,000 – $9,999

    $702,163,162 $10,000 – $49,999

    $578,597,234 $50,000 – $99,999

    $441,811,418 $100,000 – $499,999

    $35,555,843 $500,000 – $999,999

    $21,489,866 $1,000,000 or more

    So, of the $2b in franking credits, only $141m goes to SMSF that don’t have a taxable income (they usually suffered a loss because of a failure somewhere in their portfolio.

    Then we look at individuals

    $674,659,969 Non-taxable

    $1,696,650 Less than or equal to $18,200

    $435,689,491 $18,201 to $37,000

    $1,517,895,224 $37,001 to $80,000

    $2,458,987,363 $80,001 to $180,000

    $4,400,586,214 $180,001 or more

    So, of the $9b in credits going to individuals, more than $8b goes to people paying taxes and only $675m to people not paying tax. It gest worse, about $500m of that $675m goes to those aged 70 or more with incomes less than $37k.

    – Australia is still finding the funds to fund the debt from the last Labor spree.

    – We all know what is “fairness” from Bill Shorten. it’s how he financed his first election into parliament. Ripping off retirees will finance a new Labor spending spree to lavish benefits on his union contacts and in return go back in various way to Bill Shorten.

    – t’s really simple what the Labor Party are doing here;

    Labor’s new scheme is designed to push self funded retirees, into Industry Super funds.

    Industry Super funds are managed by the Union movement.

    The Labor Party is the political wing of the Union movement.

    The more profitable the Industry Super funds, the more money flows to the Union movement, who then fund the Labor Party.

    – The facts put out by the Treasury DEPT and ATO can’t be disputed – the bulk of those getting cash disbursement are those aged above 60 ie retired. I suspect many will re-engineer their assets such that they will qualify for aged pension entitlement which sort of defies logic and increases our social welfare expense. Shorten is the master of distorting facts to confuse the ill-informed.

    Tax the unions. They are not a not for profit organisation. They make a motza from screwing their membership and the millions they get fro the industry super industry!

    – Hypocritical Malcolm, Who took money away from Pensioners with the Asset Test Changes. Forgot already

    – MT has no room to criticise BS for his changes to the asset cut off point and the asset taper will cost me more than BS’s changes will.

    He is as bad if not worse than BS.

  171. struth

    I was doing a thousand k’s a day in a truck, and lost 10 kilos.
    It was when I discovered that the bullshit the government had told us all for years basically had made the west obese.
    The food triangle, etc.
    I cut the carbs and still did my daily exercise of pumping the clutch, wrestling the steering wheel, many reps of the gearstick included, and the weight fell off.

  172. stackja

    ‘I was absolutely repulsed’: Labor staffers furious Stephen Mayne won’t apologise over sexist list
    Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun
    6 minutes ago
    Subscriber only
    A FORMER Melbourne city councillor has refused to apologise for a list he published rating the attractiveness of female Labor staffers.

    Stephen Mayne, who has been a fierce critic of former lord mayor Robert Doyle during the sexual harassment investigation, has himself been accused of sexist conduct over the “Bracks Babes” list he published in 2000 which rated female workers based on their physical attractiveness to men.

    The Herald Sun understands tens of female Labor staff members were named on the list published by Crikey while Mr Mayne was editor.

    Rebecca Nicholson was among several women named on the list which she claims remained online for well over a decade.

    She said it made her and other victims “feel unsafe” in their workplace, and called on Mr Mayne to apologise.

    “Now that you’re all about respect for women at work, how about apologising to me and my former female colleagues for publishing an article that rated our attractiveness to men and made us feel unsafe in our workplaces?” she said.

    “The humiliating article remained there for 15 years for anyone to find including prospective employers when they googled our names. He is no ally.”

    Bronwyn Parker, a former education adviser who was also named, said the list made her feel “powerless”.

    “I was absolutely repulsed. It was inappropriate and unprofessional,” she told the Herald Sun.

    “His actions 15 years ago and his action today are a complete disconnect.

    “It’s like he’s a different person or he is pretending when you see the stance he is putting forward now.

    “He can’t take away what happened but he certainly can become more active in apologising for his actions.”

    Mr Mayne said the list was sent anonymously by a Labor staff member and claims it was taken down within hours of being published after he received a call from a female colleague.

    He did not apologise for publishing the list, which he described as “lighthearted” and said rated women based on how “charming and nice” they were.

    “It was positive and lighthearted. It wasn’t talking about them having nice legs,” he said.

    “As far as I am concerned, it went up and came down. If it did appear later, I had nothing to do with it. I took it down within two to three hours after publishing it.”

    [email protected]

    @AneekaSimonis

  173. stackja

    MCG parking ban for blockbusters over terror fears
    Peter Rolfe, Sports Affairs Reporter, Herald Sun
    March 13, 2018 7:15pm
    Subscriber only
    CARS will be locked out of the MCG precinct for AFL blockbusters and other major sports events this year, due to fears of terrorist attacks.

    No public parking will be available outside the ground in Yarra Park for marquee matches including next week’s season opener between premiers Richmond and Carlton.

    The Anzac Day blockbuster between Essendon and Collingwood, a rugby league State of Origin clash in June, and this year’s AFL finals series will also be no-parking events.

  174. stackja

    Batman by-election candidates back name change to Wonga
    Tom Minear, Herald Sun
    March 14, 2018 9:41am
    Subscriber only
    THE two frontrunners for this weekend’s Batman by-election will push to change the name of the electorate if they are victorious and enter parliament.

    Greens candidate Alex Bhathal and Labor’s Ged ­Kearney are both backing calls from indigenous groups to change the name of the electorate, in Melbourne’s north, which was created in 1906.

    The electorate is named after John Batman, one of ­Melbourne’s founders, whose legacy has been under fire in recent times because of his involvement in the murder of Aboriginal people in ­Tasmania.

    Ms Bhathal told the Herald Sun that the electorate “should be named after people and parts of our history that we can all be proud of”.

    “This is the most progressive electorate in the country,” she said.

    “More and more locals are learning the truth about Australia’s history and how John Batman was involved in the horrific slaughter of Aboriginal people in Tasmania.”

    Ms Kearney also supported calls for change, saying: “It would be great for the name of this electorate to reflect its proud indigenous history.”

    She said the area was ­already home to several important indigenous institutions and that any changes should be made “in close consultation with the Wurundjeri people”.

  175. H B Bear

    We will not let terrorists change our way of life. Oh hang on …

  176. Mother Lode

    What’s this I hear about the Russians tripping Hillary up on some steps in India?

  177. Pedro the Ignorant

    I just saw the video of Hillary Clinton staggering on the stairs in India. That is lot different from mere clumsiness.

    Has she got some sort of debilitating disease?

    Recall the stumble or fainting fit she had when on the Presidential campaign trail last year, bundled into her limo and driven off at speed.

  178. OldOzzie

    Devil is in the detail of Bill Shorten’s dividend rebate ban

    Bill Shorten’s move against the cash rebate of imputation credits will restore the dividend imputation system to its original purpose, but it will push self-managed super funds into trusts and offshore equities.

    The imputation system was not designed to allow SMSFs in pension mode to receive cash rebates. It was designed so corporate profits were taxed at the marginal tax rate of the individual beneficiaries of the profit.

    Prime minister John Howard and treasurer Peter Costello turned imputation into a cash payout system for retirees. This has created a burden on the budget that the Parliamentary Budget Office estimates will cost $11 billion over the forward estimates.

    Howard and Costello turned a system that worked well into a tax break with no relationship to the original purpose of the measure.

    If Shorten is elected and proceeds with the plan, the response from SMSFs are predictable, according to Michael Evans, a former KPMG partner who helped design the goods and services tax.

    The devil will be in the detail of Shorten’s final policy. Labor’s proposed ban on the refund of imputation credits means “the large industry funds will continue to get the full benefit of the imputation credit refund that will continue to be paid to each account”, Evans says.

    “The tax payable on the fund’s total contributions and income overall will be offset by the total imputation credits on the dividends received by the whole fund.”

    Evans says one logical response would be for SMSFs to switch investments from shares to a unit trust such as a real estate investment trust, which pays out gross income. Income from trusts paid to an SMSF in pension mode would be tax free.

    Also, the units in a trust can be sold by the SMSF free of capital gains tax.

    Introducing bias

    Another alternative, according to Evans, is for an SMSF to switch to investments in non-Australian shares, which may not pay dividends at the same rate because there is no dividend imputation system overseas.

    There will be no tax payable by an SMSF on any dividends from an offshore company if the member account is in pension mode. Also, the shares can be sold by the SMSF free of capital gains tax.

    This will introduce a bias in the system, which was the reason dividend imputation was introduced in the first place.

    The paper released by Shorten on Tuesday claimed the impact of his move would be limited to the very wealthy. But that is not how it was interpreted by fund managers and lobby groups representing large super funds and SMSFs.

    Evans says that one possible outcome of the changes would be for SMSFs to roll their accounts into a retail or industry super fund in which the tax payable on the many other members’ contributions and incomes are being taxed at 15 per cent.

    This use of franking credits on the dividend income of the fund is unlikely to result in a refund for the fund.

    The other unknown is the impact on bank hybrids, which have clauses forcing the dividend payments to be grossed up for lost tax benefits if dividend imputation is removed.

  179. Stimpson J. Cat

    MCG parking ban for blockbusters over terror fears

    I hope the Muslim prayer room has increased security in case of a backlash.

  180. What’s this I hear about the Russians tripping Hillary up on some steps in India?

    Samples of dust on the steps indicate they are the products of a Russian weapons program in the 70s.

  181. mh

    Trump is a results-driven President, just like he was a results-driven businessman. He does not let things just drift along.

  182. thefrollickingmole

    Gruinaid put on a column written by the little blackberry man.

    And apparently pointing out its squalid living, not racism that makes Squalor is verboten.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/14/saving-the-children-are-the-three-most-dangerous-words-uttered-by-white-people#comments

    ‘Saving the children’ are the three most dangerous words uttered by white people
    “Saving the children” are the three most dangerous words uttered by white people. In this debate, Aboriginal children have not only been ripped away from us, there has in the rhetoric of front pages like the Daily Telegraph been an attempt to assimilate them. Suddenly they are owned by Australia, they are “ours”, they are homogenised into a mass where they can be pitied and rescued by white saviours.

    in the rhetoric of front pages like the Daily Telegraph been an attempt to assimilate them. Suddenly they are owned by Australia, they are “ours”, they are homogenised into a mass where they can be pitied and rescued by white saviours.

    There is nothing “assimilationist” about living with middle class values, which have for a long time been seen as a model way to raise kids.

    Its a racist assumption to conflate Aboriginality with impoverishment, am Aboriginal middle class person is just as Aboriginal as a person living an underclass lifestyle with all its resultant pathologies.

    If I take people of any race and get them to live an underclass lifestyle they will almost all have miserable outcomes.

  183. Stimpson J. Cat

    Samples of dust on the steps indicate they are the products of a Russian weapons program in the 70s.

    Not so.
    They paid a poor streetkid 25 grains of rice to sneak into her closet and sandpaper the soles of her sandals with special spy sandpaper manufactured by the KGB.

  184. OldOzzie

    Self-managed super funds slam Labor dividend proposal

    Do-it-yourself superannuation funds have slammed Labor’s proposal to ditch cash refunds for excess dividend imputation credits, arguing that it unfairly singles out self-directed investors as one of the few groups paying double taxation on company profits.

    Labor’s proposal will further undermine confidence in the super system and force many trustees to overhaul their strategies, which have been faithfully formulated based on the current policy settings, said the SMSF Association.

    “At the very time retirees are looking for certainty with the superannuation system, especially considering the enormous changes that took effect on July 1, 2017, Labor’s proposal will again undermine confidence in the system and send many retirees back to the drawing board to rethink their retirement income strategies,” said SMSF Association chief John Maroney.

    Self-managed super fund trustees face losing a substantial amount of income if they are no longer able to claim a refund from the Tax Office to offset the tax paid by the companies in which they invest.

    Advisers said a retired couple with a $1 million self-managed fund could suffer a 10 per cent fall in their annual income, from $50,000 to $45,000 a year, assuming a yield, before franking, of 4 per cent.

    “Labor’s policy is just another example of politicians seeing superannuation as a cash cow and not for its primary purpose, to ensure people are more self sufficient in retirement,” Mr Maroney said. The policy, which Labor will take to the next election, is expected to hit about 1.2 million Australians, including 200,000 self-managed super funds.

    The Financial Services Council said it had “serious concerns” about the proposal as it eroded confidence in the super system and would hit savers on low incomes.

    Savers who pay tax of 30 per cent or more won’t be affected because they do receive a cash refund for franking credits, but claim a deduction for the tax that has already been paid by the company.

    “The change proposed by the Opposition will act as a tax increase for many retirees with shareholdings, penalising retirees who have done the right thing by saving for their retirement and investing in Australian companies,” said FSC chief executive Sally Loane.

    Sensible says industry funds

    However, Industry Super Australia said Labor’s plan to stop refunding imputation credits was sensible and would have no impact on the vast majority of savers.

    “It has been evident for several years that policy changes are needed to modernise the super system. There is a need to make the system fairer and by reducing reliance on the aged pension, more economically sustainable,” said ISA chief David Whiteley.

    The policy will not affect members of traditional super funds, including members who receive a super pension. This is because super funds have sufficient tax liabilities so that all the franking credits are used to reduce the overall level of tax they pay.

    Liabilities include taxes that must be paid on contributions and capital gains. The policy impacts the pension accounts of self-managed funds in particular because they have no tax liabilities and so, under the current system, claim a full refund on imputation credits.

    However, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia said Labor’s policy could have a significant impact on low-income retirees “both inside and outside” the super system.

    ASFA boss Martin Fahy said savers needed time to digest last year’s overhaul of the super rules, adding that any concerns that some individuals were pocketing large sums in cash refunds could be dealt with using other levers.

    “At face value, it appears that this proposal would impact mum and dad investors both through their superannuation and through the shares they own outside of super and compromise the long standing investment neutrality principle,” Mr Fahy said.

  185. stackja

    Thousands turn up to vote in revolt against Trinity Grammar headmaster
    THE vice-captain of prestigious Melbourne school Trinity Grammar told a packed town hall meeting what the school thinks of students.

    THE prestigious Melbourne private school at the centre of a student haircut saga has been given three days and a serious ultimatum.

    Trinity Grammar students, parents and alumni turned up in their hundreds at an unprecedented meeting on Tuesday night to issue a warning over the sacking of beloved deputy headmaster Rohan Brown.

    More than 1000 of those in attendance voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against principal Michael Davies. Fairfax reports just 28 people opposed the vote at Hawthorn Town Hall.

    The school’s “old boys” — the Old Trinity Grammarians Association — threatened legal action if their demands were not met by Friday.

    Mr Brown was forced to resign after a school photo day stunt last Thursday sent the school council into a spin. Mr Brown chopped a student’s hair because it did not meet the standards set within the school’s grooming guidelines.

  186. Stimpson J. Cat

    they are homogenised into a mass where they can be pitied and rescued by white saviours.

    Or as I like to call it, looked after, fed, clothed, educated, and not raped.

    But let’s ask an expert.

    Testes, can White people be trusted to successfully raise Aboriginal children?

    Yes or No?

  187. mh

    The Russians have been up to those tricks for years:

  188. Chris

    GUNS AND PUBLIC HEALTH: EPIDEMIC OF
    VIOLENCE OR PANDEMIC OF PROPAGANDA?

    at link
    II. The Public Health Agenda
    In 1979 the American public health community adopted the “objective to reduce the number of handguns in private ownership,” the initial target being a 25% reduction by the year 2000.[3] Based on studies, and propelled by leadership from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the objective has broadened so that it now includes banning and confiscation of all handguns, restrictive licensing of owners of other firearms, and eventual elimination of firearms from American life, excepting (perhaps) only a small elite of extremely wealthy collectors, hunters, or target shooters. This is the case in many European countries.[4](p.515)

    In 1979, Richard Harding’s ‘Guns and Violence in Australian Life’ was published. Around the same time, allegedly following some obvious copycat shootings of young women at Eildon Weir an active gun control movement was started by John Crook and by ‘Public Health activists’ . Only in 1984 did the idea of massacres take off in Australia after the media dubbed a bikie shootout at Milperra, the ‘Milperra Massacre’.

    Our chain of public mass shootings were obvious copycats, and the media and activist partnership evidently created the buzz to get copycats moving.

  189. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Mr Brown was forced to resign after a school photo day stunt last Thursday sent the school council into a spin. Mr Brown chopped a student’s hair because it did not meet the standards set within the school’s grooming guidelines.

    Our Deputy Head would send kids home from school every week for having inappropriate hair cuts.

    You got bin duty for having your socks down.

    Made me the man I am today – a damaged internet snark merchant.

  190. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    The first duty of a prosecutor, as an officer of the court, is to uphold the rule of law. By withholding exculpatory evidence, these prosecutors failed to do so. A judge should not have to give a prosecutor an order to follow the law.

    — Jim Morhard

    Except in Victoria.

  191. stackja

    Chris
    #2660428, posted on March 14, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    MSM mentality.

  192. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    MCG parking ban for blockbusters over terror fears

    What a country.

    We build them prayer rooms; They close down our cities.

  193. H B Bear

    Shuddup and have a falafel.

  194. stackja

    SYDNEY CBD, THE ROCKS AND PYRMONT Western Distributor Market St on-ramp, Hickson Rd – Darling Dr
    Police Operation – Wed 14 to Tue 20 March

    KIRRIBILLI Kirribilli Ave at Carabella St
    Police Operation – Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 March

    This weekend, ASEAN leaders will be in Sydney to attend the first ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. Proposed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the first ASEAN-Australia Biennial Summit in Laos in 2016, the event will include a leaders’ summit and retreat, a business summit, and a counter-terrorism conference.

  195. Get yourself sorted.
    Part of getting old is learning to manage injuries.
    Investigate hydrotherapy.
    See a doctor.
    I want you in good shape.
    Hurry up.

    Arky, short of installing donut stands all around the track, your chances of getting Muttley to run with you are none and Buckley’s.

  196. Chris

    AFR on Shorten’s looting cartel plan, SMSFs and Industry Looting Soup-er

    Google translate:

    Australia should be a shit-stained toilet, where every productive person is held down, stripped, robbed and phlebotomised for the benefit of Leftists.

    Every time I read an AFR article I am shocked again what horrible values are held by their writers.

  197. OldOzzie

    Professors David Sinclair, Brian Kennedy want us to live longer, healthier

    In laboratories around the world researchers are working feverishly on something that used to be considered a crank idea: delaying death or, at the least, the onset of chronic diseases that cause suffering and the shrinkage of our health span.

    Professor Brian Kennedy, director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing at the National University of Singapore, believes a drug that extends healthy life by at least a decade is only 10 to 15 years away.

    Among the most promising discoveries, he says, is something called the mTOR pathway and sirtuins – proteins in the body that regulate functions such as DNA repair, genome stability, inflammatory response and cell cycle. These youth superstars first gained attention when they were found to be responsible for some of the longevity-promoting effects of kilojoule restriction.

    Australian expat and geneticist Professor David Sinclair, founding director of the Paul F. Glenn Centre for the Biology of Ageing at Harvard, believes a longevity pill is even closer. It was Sinclair who first showed that resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, could activate Sirtuin 1 and have an effect on ageing, something that led GlaxoSmithKline to buy his Sirtris Pharmaceuticals in 2008 for a whopping $US720 million.

    A breakthrough is close, he says. “We have more than 100 PhDs working on [life-extension drugs] commercially across dozens of companies, and expect to have the first products to market within three to four years. Within five to 10 years there will be multiple medicines available to mitigate ageing.”

    Kennedy believes the international collective of researchers are “looking at different lamp posts on the same street”. Ultimately, the pathway to delaying or even stopping ageing may not be one discovery but a series of findings.

    “The good news is that, over the last five years, we have gone from having no biomolecular markers of ageing to having a lot of them,” says Kennedy. “We’ve also identified lots of genetic mutations that extend lifespan. The challenge is that we don’t know why. We need to have a better understanding of the basic mechanisms that are causing ageing and how they are linked to potential drugs’ activity.”

    On the market

    One pill that is perhaps close to extending lifespan, in that it is already on the market, is the diabetes drug metformin. Already prescribed off-label to treat obesity, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, it excited anti-ageing enthusiasts when researchers found those who take metformin tend to have fewer heart attacks, get cancer less frequently and, in at least some studies, were less likely to suffer from dementia

    Ned David and Nobel laureate James Watson, co-founders of biotech firm Unity Biotechnology, are reported to take metformin off-label for anti-ageing.

    But what of the rest of us? A five-year, $US70 million ($A90 million) study of 3000 men and women between the ages of 65 and 79, dubbed Targeting Ageing with Metformin, may supply the answer.

    Unity Biotechnology itself is focusing on whether deleting senescent, or old, cells can treat age-related disease.

    The company claims to have demonstrated in animal models that selectively eliminating senescent cells reverses or prevents a wide range of diseases, including osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis, eye diseases and kidney diseases. “Imagine a future in which it doesn’t hurt to grow old,” its website trumpets.

    Google is committed to its own anti-ageing company, Calico, which launched in 2013 with $US1.5 billion. It is studying naked mole rats, which live for about 30 years.

    Up and downside

    Perhaps more promising than naked rats is a drug called rapamycin, which is under the microscope at ResTORbio, a biopharmaceutical company based in Boston. This Federal Drug Administration-approved compound appears to suppress some cancers and affect cognitive decline; on the downside, it suppresses immune function.

    If you’re asking what you can do, right now, to join the scientific elite in the quest for a longer, healthier life, good luck getting a longevity prescription. Ageing is not yet classified as a disease. But you can dip your toe in the waters of, dare we say it, eternal life, with some high-tech supplements.

    Those promising sirtuins appear to be activated by another biological substance called NAD+, which keeps our body’s DNA repair mechanism working smoothly but which also decreases with age.

    As part of a UNSW team, Sinclair worked on making an NAD+ precursor, called NMN, into a drug, and human trials began last year at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Sinclair himself is reported to take 500 milligrams of NMN daily but says the manufacturing is complicated and expensive, and it costs him $US1000 a month.

    Nevertheless, several supplements that claim to increase NAD+ are on the market, including NMN capsules and powder from RevGenetics. One unavailable in Australia is Basis, an anti-ageing supplement designed by a company backed by several Nobel Prize winners.

    Nourishment while fasting

    Another anti-ageing option is something long considered one of the most effective ways to improve health and lifespan (or just make it feel longer) – fasting.

    L-Nutra’s Fast Mimicking Diets, available only in the US, were invented at the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. The promise: to nourish the body while keeping it in a fasting mode, positively affecting levels of glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and other key health factors.

    For the research companies that successfully develop a drug that extends both health and lifespan, the pay-off is significant: $26 billion a year is the estimated market for an effective drug.

    Yet, besides profit, says Kennedy, such a development would have enormous economic benefits in that it would reduce health costs and increase productivity.

    “Treating disease after people are sick is not really working,” he says. “It is regenerative medicine that will maximise health span.”

    Sinclair has already stated that the first person to live to 150 has already been born. “I don’t think we’re going to be immortal,” he says, “but there’s no law of biology that says we can’t live for 200 years.”

    Son has given me Elysium – NAD – have been taking for 3 weeks and will continue – Proof will be in long term pudding.

  198. H B Bear

    Every time I read an AFR article I am shocked again what horrible values are held by their writers.

    Australia’s leading anti-business business pamphlet.

  199. Empire

    Now there is a chemical agent identified as a chemical weapon produced only in Russia.

    This is a claim, not a fact. The claim fits a narrative.

  200. Stimpson J. Cat

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    4h
    If we don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have a country. Congress must fund the BORDER WALL & prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country & the people of our country. We must enforce our laws & protect our people! #BuildTheWall

  201. areff

    NZ cops brace for influx of criminals deported from Australia

    Q: What do you call a Kiwi in a suit?

    A: The defendant.

  202. Leigh Lowe

    Made me the man I am today – a damaged internet snark merchant.

    Correction.
    Made me the man I am today – a damaged (but well-groomed) internet snark merchant.
    If you can’t be nice at least look nice.

  203. Slayer of Memes

    Shuddup and have a falafel.

    Nevermind the falafels, here’s the sex-grooming gangs

  204. OldOzzie

    Vice Admiral enlisted special forces help to keep his sheets and kitchenware

    So long as the admiral returned from his holiday, at the time, with the new Mrs Griggs (no 4 apparently) and ate well and slept soundly in his fully ‘functional’ tax-payer funded Duntroon digs, all is good with the world that is Canberra – 200 square kms surrounded by reality.

  205. stackja

    SYDNEY Margaret St between Carrington St and George St
    HAZARD Spillage
    Started today 12:59pm, last checked today 1:40pm
    Impact: Impact 1 of 2 westbound lane(s) closed (lane 2).
    Attending: RMS
    Advice: Reduce speed
    Exercise caution
    Other Info: There is wet cement on the road.

    CFMEU used to like leaving wet cement.

  206. John Constantine

    Now we know what redfilth gillard meant when she said if we obeyed her immigration changes we would never fill the MCG

    Not being able to drive your car and park at the MCG will indeed make it harder to fill up the place.

    She wasn’t lying, we just didn’t listen to her version of the truth.

  207. Top Ender

    Cats with an eye for an amusing military experience story may care to check out my article on page 55 of the Daily Tele this morning…

    No link as I don’t have a sub – at least they sent me a PDF of it though.

  208. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2660449, posted on March 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    An admiral with a vice?

  209. OldOzzie

    NSW stadiums strategy in disarray as parliamentary inquiry gathers support

    The Berejiklian government is in disarray over its stadiums strategy with plans to announce the knockdown and rebuild of Allianz Stadium tomorrow understood to have been put on hold, and a parliamentary inquiry into the whole stadiums affair expected to win upper house approval.

    One senior source in the government said this morning that the stadiums issue was not on the agenda at tonight’s Expenditure Review Committee meeting and if Sports Minister Stuart Ayres tried to “walk it in” to Expenditure Review Committee tonight ahead of tomorrow’s cabinet, “we’re not going to cop that shit”.

    Ms Berejiklian and Sports Minister Stuart Ayres originally planned to bring to Expenditure Review Committee tonight and Cabinet tomorrow a plan to knock down and rebuild Allianz Stadium for between $700- $800 million.

    Senior sources said the matter would now not be brought forward to cabinet tomorrow.

    A decision on the future of the knockdown and rebuild of ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park — put at $1.25 billion — was expected to be decided on in a month’s time, amid widespread speculation that the government would look to downsize or delay that project to cope with community heat over a $2.5 billion stadiums spend.

    Mr Ayres had pushed a resolution on Allianz Stadium at Moore Park first.

    But yesterday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro were telephoned by NRL chairman Peter Beattie to lobby the case for a full ANZ knockdown and rebuild. They both told Mr Beattie to go out and make the case for ANZ ahead of any decision.

    One source said Mr Beattie was told by Ms Berejiklian that she backed the ANZ project. Mr Barilaro has made it clear the Nationals are open to backflipping on ANZ.

    Sources have told The Australian the delay is because the premier is still yet to make her mind up on her final stadiums position, having announced she would build both stadiums last November and told 2GB last Friday that rebuilding Allianz was a “no-brainer”.

    This afternoon, the Shooters Party is expected to announce it will move in the upper house to open a public works committee and public accountability committee to look into the stadiums affair. The Shooters expect to win the support of Christian Democrat Fred Nile and the Opposition, allowing the inquiry to occur.

    One source said it would be “handy” if Mr Beattie, a former Labor premier, took the fight up to Opposition Leader Luke Foley on the stadiums issue.

    It is understood Ms Berejiklian is now likely to divert from Mr Ayres’ plan and bring both stadium business cases to cabinet in a month’s time.

  210. Stimpson J. Cat

    Q: What do you call a Kiwi in a suit?
    A: The defendant.

    They always stand there looking downcast and sheepish, don’t they?

  211. OldOzzie

    stackja
    #2660454, posted on March 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    OldOzzie
    #2660449, posted on March 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    An admiral with a vice?

    Pay that one!

  212. Mother Lode

    “Hey there, Monty! Why delay!
    Lets run along the seaside!”
    “I hurt my foot the other day
    And must, alas, stay inside.”

    “Say there, Monty! To Malmo!
    There is no time to linger!”
    “You know that I would love to go,
    But look, I hurt my finger.”

    “They’re running to the barricade!
    The battle lines are drawn!”
    “I’d love to man the palisade,
    But look? My hang nail’s torn.”

    “The Fat Cat in his dark top hat!
    We’re gonna make him pay!”
    “I’d love to brain him with my bat,
    But feel so ill today.”

    “Let’s go protest the Krispy Kreme!
    Those donuts make kids ill!”
    “Get out of my bloody way!!!!!”

  213. Stimpson J. Cat

    Berejiklian government

    What the f$ck is going on here?
    Who put Borat’s sister in charge?
    Everywhere I look I see Goddamned ethnics!

  214. Muddy

    National Geographic editor suggests imposing a universal ‘payback’ process by which the non-privileged can legally stab the privilege out of the historically privileged because the word ‘primitive’ must be elevated and celebrated to forcefully remind the previously-privileged they will be replaced at the earliest possible opportunity. It is expected that economic benefits on a global scale will result.

    [I may have paraphrased that just a little].

  215. stackja

    Top Ender
    #2660453, posted on March 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    Cats with an eye for an amusing military experience story may care to check out my article on page 55 of the Daily Tele this morning…

    No link as I don’t have a sub – at least they sent me a PDF of it though.

    Yes! I didn’t realise it was you.

    REMEMBER WHEN US soldiers admired my teapot
    Picture linky
    Dr Tom Lewis in Iraq in 2006.

    DEPLOYED to Baghdad in 2006, I was the only Australian working in a sea of Americans.

    We were in the Al-Faw palace, one of 11 that Saddam Hussein and his family had built, scattered around the city. The palace was in the middle of an artificial lake with several others attached by waterways.

    The lakes were filled by simply turning off the water supply to the city — with only a few hours of notice. Saddam was that sort of bloke.

    Americans are intensely curious people, I found. I had worked in the US before this deployment but not with so many for so long: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Occasionally we got rocketed or mortared, but the palace had a concrete roof, one of the reasons it had been chosen.

    I ate three meals a day with my American team; visited various parts of the theatre, and at night slept in a wrecked restaurant in the middle of another lake about a kilometre away. This was home for 30 Australian officers, and was the only time I got to see fellow countrymen. The rest of the time I was the lone Aussie in a maelstrom of accents ranging from Brooklyn to the South.

    They had queries about going to Australia for leave; could they get around the Barrier Reef, Sydney and Kakadu all in a week? No. Were kangaroos dangerous? No. What did Australians eat? The same as you guys, except not covered in sweet sauces.

    And after a few weeks they had something else to question, after I’d received a few parcels from home.

    “Are you the guy with the teapot?” Yes. “How does it work?”

    From my bottom desk drawer I would take out the teapot, and a small tin of tea. I also had an electric jug. I’d demonstrate the procedure: place some tea in the teapot, boil the water, pour it into the teapot, put the lid on, milk into my mug and then after two minutes, pour myself a cup of tea. I had another mug if they wanted a taste.

    Americans rarely drink tea. They live on coffee. But I don’t think I turned too many on to a new habit — they just wanted their curiosity satisfied.

    TOM LEWIS OAM

  216. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2660458, posted on March 14, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you.

  217. Rae

    Doctors at this point would all say the same thing: go home and drink plenty of fluids.

    And prescribe Allopurinol, if you are not already taking it.

  218. egg_

    In important news of the Donald Trump Insane Clown Circus…

    Speaking of which, has Trumble yet to meet the mime clown of doom?

  219. H B Bear

    Stadiums are turning into Gladys’s greyhound ban. Time to spend more time with the family Gladys?

    Unelectable union stooge suddenly looking like NSW’s Peanut Head.

  220. Muddy

    Thanks, stackja, for putting that up.

  221. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Paul Zanetti nails Tits ShortOne to the mast….

    Thanks for that one, som. Sums it up rather well, doesn’t it!

  222. egg_

    Sports Minister Stuart Ayres

    Why do they put a pasty fat fugly in charge of Sports?

  223. Mitch M.

    Those promising sirtuins appear to be activated by another biological substance called NAD+, which keeps our body’s DNA repair mechanism working smoothly but which also decreases with age.

    Much promising research on that but the supplement is very expensive. The typical advice that we just need a balanced diet doesn’t hold up with aging bodies. Our metabolism is geared towards the reproductive years, not beyond that. The future will see more people being prescribed supplements as an anti-aging strategy. Fasting, even restricting eating time to a 6 hour window each day, has also shown considerable benefits which relates to mTOR(nutrient pathway) and autophagy(cell cleaning of accumulated junk).

  224. stackja

    Muddy
    #2660471, posted on March 14, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    Thanks, stackja, for putting that up.

    Thank you.

  225. Mitch M.

    There is nothing “assimilationist” about living with middle class values, which have for a long time been seen as a model way to raise kids.

    Last night there was a documentary on SBS Why did I go mad? Two of those with schizophrenia stated they experienced repeated child sexual abuse. As I wrote to friends …

    What we are learning again and again is that any significant trauma in childhood exponentially increases the risk for psychiatric disorders. … The recent outrage over the incidence rates for STI’s and pedophilia in aboriginal children is strong and disturbing evidence that the plight of aborigines has little changed. I think remote communities is so close to child abuse that governments should be seriously thinking about closing them down but there is no hope of that because cries of racism! and assimilationism! will echo across the land.

  226. egg_

    Stadiums are turning into Gladys’s greyhound ban. Time to spend more time with the family Gladys?

    Gladys will be bejigglin’ ’em in her own time?

  227. classical_hero

    If @ACLU, @hrw & @jstreetdotorg ‘express concern’ about the appointments of #Pompeo (State Dept) and #Haspel (CIA), then you know it was the right decision!

    https://t.co/6nEWJk4GVF, https://t.co/uNRqqFQCyn and https://t.co/YWkzybsA5J

  228. struth

    I think remote communities is so close to child abuse that governments should be seriously thinking about closing them down but there is no hope of that because cries of racism! and assimilationism! will echo across the land.

    If you can change it and you refuse to because you are scared of what the parasites benefitting from that human misery say, you are just as bad as them.

  229. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ridiculous salt levels.

    This is Vegan propaganda.

  230. stackja

    Mitch M.
    #2660479, posted on March 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    The word “stolen” is used here to refer to the Aboriginal children having been taken away from their families. It has been in use for this since the early 20th century. For instance, Patrick McGarry, a member of the Parliament of New South Wales, objected to the Aborigines Protection Amending Act 1915 which authorised the Aborigines’ Protection Board to remove Aboriginal children from their parents without having to establish cause. McGarry described the policy as “steal[ing] the child away from its parents”.[23]

    In 1924,[60] the Adelaide Sun wrote: “The word ‘stole’ may sound a bit far-fetched but by the time we have told the story of the heart-broken Aboriginal mother we are sure the word will not be considered out of place.”[61][62]

  231. Stimpson J. Cat

    One of societies biggest problems is rising Vegan levels.
    Numerous scientific studies have shown that an increase in the level of Vegans in any given society inevitably leads to increased disharmony amongst any native population.
    When the number of Vegans reaches a tipping point, tragedy occurs.
    These studies have also shown that Muslims are 97.254% more likely to assimilate into a culture than Vegans.

  232. thefrollickingmole

    Q: How do you know someone is a vegan?

    A: Oh dont worry, they will tell you…

    Vegans, like Vogons but with more flatulence and less personal charm.

  233. Senile Old Guy

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/added-salt-humble-sausage-could-prove-a-snag-for-your-health/ar-BBKadd5?ocid=spartanntp

    Ridiculous salt levels.

    Some very large scale trials have been done all showing little to no benefit of sticking to the recommended levels of salt, except for some groups which are genetically sensitive to high salt levels.

    Also note that the “new” research just measures the salt in food and not at people’s health. It is all a con.

  234. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A little bit of general angst strips the weight off me. My first marriage busting up brought me down to waste-away level, fashion-model stuff, even though I was eating quite a lot. The brain just runs in continual circuits of misery and gobbles up fat. Last week’s general angst, by no means all due to the Cat, dispensed with a kilo just like that. Walking, simply walking and looking at the architecture and gardens around here, where there are lots of hills and many intriguing little stairs between street levels, is both wonderfully relaxing, calming to the mind, and keeps my agility in much better shape than when I go to the gym, where I have had a few muscle sprains and tendon injuries. Gyms are extremely boring too. Dancing lifts the spirits with expressive movement which must align to the complexities of music; it trains the mind in recall and trains the brain in patterns of left/right switching which helps balance. I have never dieted. I think women who diet look stressed and lined. So do older women who are thin rather than with some flesh on them (not too much flesh though).

    Eating sensibly, having some treats and things you like, but watching portion size, is the only food advice that works. Cyclical hormones can retain water, as most women know, and ‘fat’ clothes are useful for such times, as loose clothing stops PMT dementia. Menopause is just another one of God’s tricks upon Eve, so take hormones as they are God’s Work too. Weighing yourself is less useful than noticing how your zips run at your preferred size. If smooth, you’re doing fine. 🙂

  235. Snoopy

    Marcia Langton made the point in today’s paper that STIs aren’t necessarily sexually transmitted, it’s just part of living in overcrowded squalor.

    Top and tail isn’t what it used to be. Apparently.

  236. Mitch M.

    Some very large scale trials have been done all showing little to no benefit of sticking to the recommended levels of salt, except for some groups which are genetically sensitive to high salt levels.

    The m0re important issue is potassium\salt levels. Too much salt is not a good idea. From an evolutionary perspective sodium intake was relatively low and potassium intake much higher compared. That should be a warning.

    https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Potassium_and_sodium_out_of_balance

    http://www.bmj.com/press-releases/2013/04/04/reducing-salt-and-increasing-potassium-will-have-major-global-health-benef

  237. testpattern

    The Oz that most stupid of media outlets once more outdoes it’s contemporaries in misinforming readers of it’s editorial page. This time rightly lambasting NZ’s Peters for his pro Russian tone but without explaining why he’s caved to Putin. Here’s why –

    Ever since the Russian attacks on Ukraine territory and complicity in downing MH17, Russia has run a propaganda campaign targeted at vulnerable demographics in Western countries. The first of the blogs to specifically target Australia and NZ was the notorious ‘Saker’ which added an Oceania blog. The former Australian journo who worked in the Jimmy Carter Whitehouse and was allegedly recruited by the old KGB and is said to remain close to Putin, runs one of the better propaganda blogs. His Australia targets have included Abbott, Dibb and ASPI. These are the some of the measures Russia has used to bring pressure to bear on NZ _

    ‘On October 5, Sergei Dankvert (below, left), head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor, RSN – below right), announced that a ban was being considered after traces of mercury had been found in imports of NZ fish and of listeria bacteria in imports of NZ meat.“We are considering restrictive measures regarding products from New Zealand,” Dankvert reportedly said. “It concerns fish and chilled meat,” he added. “Summing it up, we are going to consider the need to impose restrictions on a number of products or for certain types of products.”

    There is no official release from RSN. Asked to clarify the details, Dankvert’s spokesman, Yulia Melano, responded by saying that RSN laboratory testing had found “an excess of mercury in fish and also the presence of listeria. Also, the monitoring proved the presence of listeria in meat from New Zealand.”

    In the NZ Government’s version, McCully admitted the trade decline was connected to the Ukraine conflict. “Bilaterally we have seen trade relations decline in the last two years. New Zealand and Russia hold different views on the situation in Ukraine, and while we are not part of the sanctions or counter-sanctions process, these differences have constrained trade relations.’

    http://johnhelmer.net/russia-drops-fish-bomb-on-new-zealand-after-nz-prime-minister-key-attacks-president-putin/

    and –

    ‘The Russian government this week fired a new shot across the bows of New Zealand, one of the Obama Administration’s staunchest allies in the Pacific and on the Ukraine and Syrian warfronts.

    Starting on Monday next, February 6, imports of New Zealand beef will be banned by the Russian Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor, RSN). The results of testing by RSN confirmed “numerous identifications of bacteria of the Listeria monocytogenes type.” In addition, traces of the prohibited hormone growth additive ractopamine had been detected in NZ beef offal. Accordingly, RSN said, it was commencing “temporary restrictions on deliveries to Russia of beef and beef offal from New Zealand” ‘

    http://johnhelmer.net/new-zealand-meat-on-the-rack-russia-starts-ractopamine-ban/

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