Wednesday Forum: March 14, 2018

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  1. Carpe Jugulum

    Steven Hawkins has popped his clogs

  2. Carpe Jugulum

    And I got a podium

  3. Speedbox

    Read it and weep. “Well deserved” shouted the masses. Humbled, I accept their accolades.

  4. testpattern

    ‘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.’

    She did not. She was verballed by racists like you deliberately conflating separate issues. Here’s what she actually wrote. Nothing about ‘it’s just part of living in overcrowded squalor’

    ‘The varying incidence of sexually transmitted infections in the ­Aboriginal populations in remote Australia presents a number of challenges to the Australian health system. The identification of persons with STIs is not straightforward — and sometimes extremely difficult — in remote areas. The diseases range from rare and difficult to treat, to endemic and even more difficult to treat. Those that are easy to treat remain a problem because of the ways in which the infectious burden develops in these populations.

    These are difficult, long-term issues that only a few dedicated services are tackling. These ser­vices are not helped by prurient and muddled media interest, the ­Aboriginal men and women who for their own reasons deny the existence of these problems and retreat to life-threatening but comfortable slogans, and least of all, the negligence of successive governments whose responsible leaders have responded too slowly and with too few resources for an effective response by the frontline workers.

    It is wrong to conflate the incidence of STIs with sexual abuse. To make this clear: it is not the case that all cases of STIs in ­minors are the result of sexual contact or abuse. The rush to recommend removal of Aboriginal children from their families is an unwarranted response, and has become the catchcry of those building their careers on serious health issues that have become salacious fodder for the media and very significant threats to developing protocols for treating these continuing disease threats to ­extremely vulnerable people.

    The question of whether to remove children is secondary to the question of immediate medical treatment.
    Ascertaining how the STIs are being spread — by interviewing children — is the work of professionals and needs to be undertaken with caution and care. Some proportion of the sexual activity involves only children and not adults. When only children are involved, different steps need to be taken. When adults are involved in sexual activities with children, a different set of steps must be under­taken. Is the adult offender living in the household? Visiting the household? In what circumstances does the offender gain access to the child?

    It would be ridiculous to have a one-size-fits-all approach to this very difficult problem. Medicos working in the Territory under the Northern Territory Emergency Response schemes were well aware of these problems but unable to speak because of the issues of confidentiality of patients and maintaining the confidence of ­patients and communities to present to clinics. The rates of STIs among Aboriginal children in the NT must be treated as a medical matter for professionals. In the absence of a Centre for Disease Control (as recommended by the Australian Medical Association), the Office of Health Protection in the federal Department of Health has some responsibility for communicable diseases.

    If I were in a responsible position, I would ask the Office of Health Protection to co-operate with the ­Aboriginal medical ser­vices bodies, such as Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Northern Territory and Queensland health departments, and put together medical teams to test and treat Aboriginal children in the affected areas in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. All children in school should have sex education and STI education, and the educational material should be in their own languages. They and their parents need to be aware of the consequences of untreated STIs: infertility, mortality, brain damage and others. Other infectious diseases, such as trachoma, have been treated with similar approaches involving better co-ordination of existing services. The Federal, Northern Territory and Queensland governments are negligent in the extreme in allowing this situation to worsen over the past 10 years. It has been reported regularly and extensively in the past decade by medical professionals from various health entities, including the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, and the responsible ministers and officers run for cover rather than taking the necessary steps to treat children for these diseases.

    In this context, I have previously said that the complaints from some Aboriginal male leaders about being labelled universally as abusers should be ignored and the complicity of the indigenous sector in protecting their sensitivities and strange complaints that result should also be ignored. If they had taken positions of protecting children rather than outrage at John Howard’s nasty and ridiculous blame game in 2007, we would not have the increased rates (also greatly under-reported) that are reported now. Blatant denialism has contributed to this terrible situation.’

  5. Pedro the Ignorant

    Hola, amigos.

  6. classical_hero

    https://amp.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/14/stephen-hawking-professor-dies-aged-76?__twitter_impression=true

    To keep the breaking news of Stephen Hawking’s death. It’s amazing he lived as long as he did.

  7. testpattern

    ‘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.’

    She did not. She was verballed by racists like you deliberately conflating separate issues. Read what she actually wrote. Nothing about ‘it’s just part of living in overcrowded squalor.’ I have twice tried to post the whole article but the mods delete it.

  8. Baldrick

    Steven Hawkins has popped his clogs

    “Stephen Hawking says that US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could lead to irreversible climate change. Prof Hawking said the action could put Earth onto a path that turns it into a hothouse planet like Venus.”

    Meh.

  9. Slayer of Memes

    Fox News has some Leftist shill on right now, who is literally arguing that the Mueller investigation was NEVER about collusion, even snapping at the show’s host and saying “why do you keep saying collusion?”

    Obviously they have now realised that, since the House Select Committee report has shown that the whole ‘Trump/Russia Collusion’ narrative is dead, they are desperate to pretend that it was never about that…

  10. EvilElvis

    Top 20.

    Stephen Hawking has been hacked?/

  11. H B Bear

    The fat bastard Stuart Ayres

    is partnered to this fat bastardess

    Livin’ the trough life.

  12. EvilElvis

    Oops, he’s actually dead. My mistake…

  13. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What Marcia Langton actually claimed

    OPINION
    No point in a one-size-fits-all fix for STIs in remote communities

    Marcia Langton
    The Australian
    12:00AM March 13, 2018

    The varying incidence of sexually transmitted infections in the ­Aboriginal populations in remote Australia presents a number of challenges to the Australian health system.

    The identification of persons with STIs is not straightforward — and sometimes extremely difficult — in remote areas.

    The diseases range from rare and difficult to treat, to endemic and even more difficult to treat. Those that are easy to treat remain a problem because of the ways in which the infectious burden develops in these populations.

    These are difficult, long-term issues that only a few dedicated services are tackling. These ser­vices are not helped by prurient and muddled media interest, the ­Aboriginal men and women who for their own reasons deny the existence of these problems and retreat to life-threatening but comfortable slogans, and least of all, the negligence of successive governments whose responsible leaders have responded too slowly and with too few resources for an effective response by the frontline workers.

    It is wrong to conflate the incidence of STIs with sexual abuse. To make this clear: it is not the case that all cases of STIs in ­minors are the result of sexual contact or abuse. The rush to recommend removal of Aboriginal children from their families is an unwarranted response, and has become the catchcry of those building their careers on serious health issues that have become salacious fodder for the media and very significant threats to developing protocols for treating these continuing disease threats to ­extremely vulnerable people.

    The question of whether to remove children is secondary to the question of immediate medical treatment.

    Ascertaining how the STIs are being spread — by interviewing children — is the work of professionals and needs to be undertaken with caution and care.

  14. testpattern

    ‘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.’

    She did not. She was verballed by racists like you deliberately conflating separate issues. Here’s what she actually wrote. Nothing about ‘it’s just part of living in overcrowded squalor.’ Here is the whole article –

    ‘The varying incidence of sexually transmitted infections in the ­Aboriginal populations in remote Australia presents a number of challenges to the Australian health system. The identification of persons with STIs is not straightforward — and sometimes extremely difficult — in remote areas. The diseases range from rare and difficult to treat, to endemic and even more difficult to treat. Those that are easy to treat remain a problem because of the ways in which the infectious burden develops in these populations.

    These are difficult, long-term issues that only a few dedicated services are tackling. These ser­vices are not helped by prurient and muddled media interest, the ­Aboriginal men and women who for their own reasons deny the existence of these problems and retreat to life-threatening but comfortable slogans, and least of all, the negligence of successive governments whose responsible leaders have responded too slowly and with too few resources for an effective response by the frontline workers.

    It is wrong to conflate the incidence of STIs with sexual abuse. To make this clear: it is not the case that all cases of STIs in ­m…… are the result of s….. contact or a….. The rush to recommend removal of Aboriginal c…….from their families is an unwarranted response, and has become the catchcry of those building their careers on serious health issues that have become salacious fodder for the media and very significant threats to developing protocols for treating these continuing disease threats to ­extremely vulnerable people.

    The question of whether to remove c……. is secondary to the question of immediate medical treatment.
    Ascertaining how the STIs are being spread — by interviewing c……. — is the work of professionals and needs to be undertaken with caution and care. Some proportion of the sexual activity involves only c……. and not adults. When only c……. are involved, different steps need to be taken. When adults are involved in s….. activities with c……., a different set of steps must be under­taken. Is the adult offender living in the household? Visiting the household? In what circumstances does the offender gain access to the c….?

    It would be ridiculous to have a one-size-fits-all approach to this very difficult problem. Medicos working in the Territory under the Northern Territory Emergency Response schemes were well aware of these problems but unable to speak because of the issues of confidentiality of patients and maintaining the confidence of ­patients and communities to present to clinics. The rates of STIs among Aboriginal c……. in the NT must be treated as a medical matter for professionals. In the absence of a Centre for Disease Control (as recommended by the Australian Medical Association), the Office of Health Protection in the federal Department of Health has some responsibility for communicable diseases.

    If I were in a responsible position, I would ask the Office of Health Protection to co-operate with the ­Aboriginal medical ser­vices bodies, such as Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Northern Territory and Queensland health departments, and put together medical teams to test and treat Aboriginal c……. in the affected areas in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. All c……. in school should have s.. education and STI education, and the educational material should be in their own languages. They and their parents need to be aware of the consequences of untreated STIs: infertility, mortality, brain damage and others. Other infectious diseases, such as trachoma, have been treated with similar approaches involving better co-ordination of existing services. The Federal, Northern Territory and Queensland governments are negligent in the extreme in allowing this situation to worsen over the past 10 years. It has been reported regularly and extensively in the past decade by medical professionals from various health entities, including the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, and the responsible ministers and officers run for cover rather than taking the necessary steps to treat c……. for these diseases.

    In this context, I have previously said that the complaints from some Aboriginal male leaders about being labelled universally as abusers should be ignored and the complicity of the indigenous sector in protecting their sensitivities and strange complaints that result should also be ignored. If they had taken positions of protecting c……. rather than outrage at John Howard’s nasty and ridiculous blame game in 2007, we would not have the increased rates (also greatly under-reported) that are reported now. Blatant denialism has contributed to this terrible situation.’

  15. Roger.

    1st!

    Of the second 20.

  16. Bruce of Newcastle

    FBI is still illegally stonewalling.

    FBI Continues to Skirt Court Order to Turn Over McCabe Communications

    For more than two months, the FBI has failed to abide by a judge’s order to turn over all of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s text messages, emails and SMS phone messages to a government watchdog group that has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former senior FBI special agent. The communications in question are related to McCabe’s wife’s unsuccessful run for Virginia State senate and might also contain invaluable information on McCabe’s role in the Bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server used to send classified information, several former FBI sources and a government official told this reporter.

    Danik filed his original Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in October 2016 for McCabe’s communications. After Danik filed his original FOIA the FBI responded on November 8 and 9, 2016 denying his request. Danik appealed to the Justice Department and in June of 2017 the DOJ wrote that the FBI should search for and turn over any pertinent documents. The FBI still refused to turn over the documents and in January he filed a joint lawsuit with Judicial Watch for the documents.

    “They have not produced not one text of McCabe, not one,” said Danik, referencing the bureau. “The government is out of control and it’s astonishing. Do you know what would happen if the government subpoenaed you for information and you didn’t produce records that you had in your possession? You’d go to jail for contempt.”

    When the FBI is defying court orders to protect their own swampthings you know that the whole leadership should be in the pen for 10 to life.

  17. H B Bear

    Didn’t Testes get an STD just going fishing? No wonder people don’t want to live in the Pilbara.

  18. egg_

    RIP Stephen Hawking.

    Kip Thorne also impugned in that photo.

  19. Mitch M.

    Didn’t Testes get an STD just going fishing? No wonder people don’t want to live in the Pilbara.

    White person goes to doc and is diagnosed with an STI. Do you think the doctor will tell them they got it off a park bench?

    There is the possibility that aborigines have reduced resistance to some STI’s.

    A four letter word is appropriate: SOAP.

  20. Robber Baron

    Dear Cats, I have just returned from voting in the Batman by-election as I will not be in town on polling day. There were lots of green communists about, lots of union thugs and I am happy to say there was an Aus Con young lady at the pre-poll station.

    The greens “female” had the temerity to ask me to vote for them. She received a reply that she will remember for a long time. Labor knew better than to even ask. But the AusCon girl did nothing. She looked disinterested.

    Come Sunday, I can assure the electors of Batman that they will be poorly represented by yet another tax eating zunt.

  21. Dr Fred Lenin

    Stephen Hawking, amazing he lived so long ,a combination of will and modern medicine . When you reach my age you will have known people who threw in the towel on living who were nowhere near as afflicted as Hawking . He was to be admired ,even though he believed the agenda 21 climate shit .

  22. egg_

    Musk missed it by that much in sending a wheelchair into spacetime.

  23. egg_

    . He was to be admired ,even though he believed the agenda 21 climate shit .

    +1

    Many good men seem to have drank the Kool Aid.

  24. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Stephen Hawking, amazing he lived so long ,a combination of will and modern medicine .

    He managed to have an affair with his nurse!

    That is far more amazing than all that other crap he did.

  25. Atoms for Peace

    It’s not hard to find out the environmental latency period of various STI agents. FFS.

  26. Bruce in WA

    Top 50 … not bad for me.

    Too good to leave on the old fred:

    Remember all those claims about the number of firearms seized by AFP and other agencies in 2007? Almost 6000, as reported. Remember Cats here querying the veracity of those claims? ‘Twould seem they were correct — as usual:

    YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT –TRUTH EXPOSED AFTER SSAA EXPOSES AFP GUN HAUL CLAIMS
    13 March 2018 / In Politics
    AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin’s dig at the Australian Shooter as captured in the Hansard.

    In October 2017 during Senate Estimates, where public servants front up to Parliament House to answer questions about government departments, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) was quizzed about gun seizures. Claims and news stories that its national gang-fighting squad had seized an impressive haul of 5600 illegal firearms were put directly to the commissioner by Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm, an avid shooter and pro-gun advocate.

    Senator Leyonhjelm quoted an Australian Shooter article that revealed this figure overwhelmingly included firearm parts and frames. In the June 2017 magazine, our SSAA Legislative Action department also revealed the vast majority of these items were actually seized some 15,000 kilometres away by authorities in the US. The reality of the seized items was uncovered following months of inquiries, emails and phone calls to the AFP and former Justice Minister Michael Keenan’s office.

    While the mainstream media published the figures from the Minister’s press release, and a similar co-branded AFP release from Victoria Police verbatim, the SSAA followed the fundamental press principle of accuracy. That is, we fact-checked the claim instead of publishing unverified and inaccurate information.

    Unfortunately, AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin felt it necessary to cast doubt on whether the official publication of Australia’s premier shooting body was a reliable source. He told the committee on October 24, 2017: “I will make the point, though, that I’m not necessarily going to take it as a given that what was in the Australian Shooter magazine is accurate. I will just have to take on notice what the 5600 illegal firearms that were announced in March comprised.”

    The AFP was requested to provide an answer to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee by December 8, 2017. More than two months later, the question remained unanswered, despite the AFP providing written answers to no less than 14 other questions.

    During Additional Estimates hearing on February 27 this year, which the SSAA-LA attended, Senator Leyonhjelm again asked the AFP about the “exaggerated claims”, pointing out that: “I’ve had no answers to those questions, despite a considerable elapse of time.” An unapologetic Mr Colvin confirmed he was now ready to answer the questions, and finally confirmed the figures published by the SSAA more than 18 months ago were correct.

    The commissioner confirmed that 4785 items, of which only six were fully operational firearms, were seized in the US. Just 303 firearm parts were seized in Australia. None of the items seized in Australia were complete operational firearms, as the SSAA previously reported.

    It also appears the AFP and the then-Minister announced the same seizure on two different occasions, leading the public to believe there had in fact been two separate seizures of more than 5600 firearms. “I interpret that as suggesting we were double counting the 5600 and 5700,” Senator Leyonhjelm rightly stated.

    But what came as a shock to the SSAA, was the revelation that the AFP does not distinguish between a firearm and a firearm part: a firearm part is recorded as a functioning firearm. “In total, that operation (Operation Ironsight) resulted in the seizure of 5088 firearms, including parts – we don’t necessarily distinguish between a full firearm and a part,” Mr Colvin said. This raises concerns about the level of data the AFP is collating and offers insight into why the 5600 figure claim was outrageously overstated.

  27. Baldrick

    He was to be admired ,even though he believed the agenda 21 climate shit .

    As well as being a fervent climate alarmist he was a full on liberal, being anti-Church, pro-socialist, pro-Palestinian.

  28. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    As well as being a fervent climate alarmist he was a full on liberal, being anti-Church, pro-socialist, pro-Palestinian.

    He was a shit human being, famous for writing an unread book.

  29. Zyconoclast

    Now that Stephan Hawking has died, who will Dr Who cast as Davros?

    http://www.motifake.com/facebookview.php?id=152056

  30. Senile Old Guy

    Senile Old Guy – I think you should drop the senile bit of your tag, for you are clearly not, but I think you should also read more closely the discussion on allegory in Tolkien…

    It is too late to change now! The internet is forever!

    I did read the various pieces linked to, and others.

    I do not dispute that Tolkien at times denied that LOTR was ‘allegory’, for reasons of his own…

    He was fairly clear about it:

    As for any inner meaning or ‘message,’ it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical…. I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.

    Of course, you can find allegorical elements in the LOTR, given it was written between the two world wars but Tolkien is adamant it was not consciously so but…

    The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision…

    And…

    The mystery deepens when we realize that Tolkien, on another occasion, refers specifically and unequivocally to The Lord of the Rings as being an allegory, thereby contradicting what he says in the foreword. Replying to a letter in which he was asked whether The Lord of the Rings was an allegory of atomic power, he replied that it was “not an allegory of Atomic power, but of Power (exerted for Domination).” Having confessed the allegory of power, he asserted that this was not the most important allegory in the story: “I do not think that even Power or Domination is the real centre of my story…. The real theme for me is about something much more permanent and difficult: Death and Immortality.”

    Some epic fantasy written since the LOTR is allegorical, to some extent, as is some fiction. I think he was rejecting crude allegory, as I found the Narnia books to be.

  31. testpattern

    The Oz that most misinformative of media outlets once more outdoes it’s contemporaries in misinforming readers on 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

  32. H B Bear

    A Brief History of Time – 2nd most unread book. I have a copy somewhere, don’t know where and I didn’t finish it either.

    Top unread book is no surprise either.

  33. egg_

    But hang on Stimp, are you seriously trying to tell us that Epstein, a p$dophile who ran teenage hookers from his island for world leaders, celebrities, and royals and had a crazy temple on it for some bizarre reason sponsored a meeting of the world’s top scientists about…. Gravity? And everyone came to his island during the conference for a… BBQ? And it was organized by…. Laurence Krauss? You are B$rd tier crazy. 😁

    Did Testes drag his scrote over there?

  34. Brian of Moorabbin

    Now that Stephan Hawking has died, who will Dr Who cast as Davros?

    Well, the guy who played his chief henchman also died in February this year

  35. Slayer of Memes

    A Brief History of Time – 2nd most unread book. I have a copy somewhere, don’t know where and I didn’t finish it either.

    Top unread book is no surprise either.

    Where does Hillary’s book come in that list I wonder…

  36. Pedro the Ignorant

    If you ever had any doubt that the long game of the gun fearing wussies is to disarm law abiding Australian citizens, just look at this astonishing pack of lies to a Senate committee over supposed firearm seizures by the AFP;

    The commissioner confirmed that 4785 items, of which only six were fully operational firearms, were seized in the US. Just 303 firearm parts were seized in Australia. None of the items seized in Australia were complete operational firearms, as the SSAA previously reported.

    This lying toad, deliberately misleading the Senate with a pile of made up figures should be in the dole queue at Centrelink effective immediately.

    Well done SSAA and David L.

  37. Bruce of Newcastle

    This time rightly lambasting NZ’s Peters for his pro Russian tone but without explaining why he’s caved to Putin.

    Maybe he doesn’t want spend money on a food taster.

  38. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    But the AusCon girl did nothing. She looked disinterested.

    That’s a shame. It was a golden opportunity to run and press a leaflet in your hand with a smile and a compliment on how right you were to be suspicious of Labor and the Greens. These things are observed by others.

    It might start a movement. 😀

  39. Brian of Moorabbin

    Even though he was a very smart man (who fell for some VERY dumb scams, like ‘gerbil worming’), it is remarkable that, after being given only 2 years to live by his doctors in 1963, Stephen Hawking managed to hang on for 53 additional years after his medical ‘use-by’ date.

    There’s hope for mOnty and his kidney stones yet…

  40. Baldrick

    But the AusCon girl did nothing. She looked disinterested.

    Give her a break. She was after all surrounded by socialist Greenfilth and Labor union thugs who would’ve told her not to be too uppity.

  41. EvilElvis

    But the AusCon girl did nothing.

    I’m with Baldrick. You don’t know what the slime had done to her beforehand. Benefit of the doubt.

    Can you elaborate on the greenfilth conversation? 😊

  42. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    top 10! ±50 another awesome performance by yours truly

  43. Slayer of Memes

    Today’s ‘No-Shit-Sherlock Award’ for Most Obvious Fuck Up In Modern History goes to…

    Ex-Nobel Secretary Admits Obama’s Prize Was A Mistake

    Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president. Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama. It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work.

    As I discussed at the time, Obama beat out various more worthy candidates including Dr. Sima Samar who is an amazingly brave Afghan woman who has risked her life to fight for the rights of women and girls in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. The chairwomen of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Samar was the first Hazara woman to obtain a medical degree from Kabul University. She has had to repeatedly flee for her life but has insisted on returning time and time again to treat the poor and fight for women’s rights — in an area where feminists are routinely killed or sprayed with acid by extremists.

    Samar also opposed the rise of Sharia law and religious radicals. Extremists forced her out as Deputy President and later Minister of Women’s Affairs.

    For civil libertarians, the comparison of Samar and Obama could not be more striking. Where Obama has repeatedly refused to fight for principle and yielded to politics (in areas like torture, privacy, and detainee rights), Samar has refused to yield on principle — even at the risk of her own life. While Obama was in office less than two weeks before his nomination, Samar has spent a lifetime fighting for oppressed women in Afghanistan.

    Obama was given an award after a short (and rather unremarkable stint) as a junior Senator and before doing anything as president — the same award given to the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Jane Addams, Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu.

    Geir Lundestad and his colleagues rejected Samar and others because they wanted to boost Obama. In his memoir entitled Secretary of Peace, Lundestad admits “No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama . . . Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake. In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.”

    That is Lundestad’s way of explaining a decision that openly ignored the premise of the prize, ignored humanitarians with inspiring records, and gave the leading humanitarian award to someone without single credible claim to that prize.

    Lundestad’s book is lacking any evidence of an ethical commitment to the history of the Nobel or its underling principles.

  44. EvilElvis

    And Robber, if a brother in arms had gone up to her, shaken her hand and encouraged her she may have been more interested in the next person through.

  45. Bruce in WA

    Facebook comment on Hawking’s death:

    Rest In Peace absolutely loved this guy in X-men.

  46. Mitch M.

    It wasn’t modern medicine, which typically thinks supplements are useless, IIRC it was his nurse who recommended supplement use. There is no treatment for ALS.

    An interesting article in the British Medical Journal in 2002 reminds us about the likely importance of vitamins and otehr nutrients.

    Roger Dobson reports:

    “Professor Hawking supplements his diet with daily mineral and vitamin tablets, and zinc, cod liver oil capsules, folic acid, vitamin B complex, vitamin B-12, vitamin C and vitamin E are said to have been particularly helpful. He also follows a diet free of gluten and vegetable oil and avoids convenience foods; quite recently he started to include a small amount of dairy produce.

  47. Bruce of Newcastle

    These days the left would likely euthanase Hawking around age 25 rather than let him suffer so.

  48. Leigh Lowe

    “Stephen Hawking says that US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could lead to irreversible climate change. Prof Hawking said the action could put Earth onto a path that turns it into a hothouse planet like Venus.”

    Soooo … Stephen Hawking criticises Trump … and now he’s dead?
    Interesting.
    Does Alexander Downer have a theory?

  49. H B Bear

    Yeah Bruce, lucky he wasn’t born Steven Triggs. Poor bastard would have been left in a neonatal ward somewhere.

  50. Leigh Lowe

    Today’s ‘No-Shit-Sherlock Award’ for Most Obvious Fuck Up In Modern History goes to…

    Ex-Nobel Secretary Admits Obama’s Prize Was A Mistake

    Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president. Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama. It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work.

    If Obumbi had any sense of decency (I know, I know) he would have declined.
    I will bet we find in a few years time that he actually lobbied for it.

  51. squawkbox

    Stephen Hawking, great physicist as he was, was a baby boomer, an atheist, and the media adoration he received blew his ego up to a colossal size. Of course he believed in catastrophic global wamening, he couldn’t face the alternative that the world would carry on as usual after his death.

  52. Read that quote about consciously Catholic before SOG.

    Had a sjw friend who read lotr annually because of the feeling of hope and goodness that it always inspired in her, who did not want to hear that.

    Not a happy camper.

    Had some post modernist comments about the meaning being what ever she wanted it to be.

    As you wish.

    As if a Catholic writer could not/ should not write a consciously Catholic book.

  53. Mother Lode

    Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake. In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.

    Not too sure of that.

    Obama had supporters deleriously intoxicated by his being black, by his (rather tacky) showmanship and empty rhetoric, infatuated gulls, and so on. He would also have had some more sensible people who believed that he might deliver on the preponderance of his promises, or he might go part way in a good direction and discounted some of his campaign’s excesses.

    And there are still throngs who think it is time we had a Black God, and that old bearded white guy in the clouds should step aside for a new hip universe.

    Very few of his followers, though, would have thought it a bad idea until they ceased being his followers. Years later.

    And listening to this guy talk, it is as if it is meant as an ‘encouragement’ award. Yet all the examples given of past winners got the prize in recognition. Many undeserving (Tutu, Mandela, Arafat) but the logic is undeniable.

  54. Mother Lode

    Soooo … Stephen Hawking criticises Trump … and now he’s dead?

    Oh God!

    Not another avenue for Meuller to suddenly need to explore.

    And Monty will be here constantly with “Any day now…Any day………”

  55. classical_hero

    A Catholic writing fantasy. Not much has changed. Who knew? 😉

  56. Dr Fred Lenin

    The departure of the aparatchik Tillerson ,leaves the foreign affairs scene open for Trump to clean up some mistakes of the pasts useless elite chosen presidents ,he was an aparatchik ,part of all the problems not a contributor to solving the problems . He was left conforming on the climate scam,non co operation with Russia ,weak on Iran and the Norks fatboy ,thouroughly indoctrinated in the past mistakes . The US state department is riddled with extreme leftists always has been ,like the UK s foreign office and our foreign affairs mob . Watch what he does now he hadn’t the cold hand of the left on his shoulder . The Iranian fascists better look out ,he has them in his sights .

  57. Leigh Lowe

    As well as being a fervent climate alarmist he was a full on liberal, being anti-Church, pro-socialist, pro-Palestinian.

    He was a shit human being, famous for writing an unread book.

    He died in 1976 and Noam Chomsky hacked his electronic voicebox.

  58. H B Bear

    Shorter Nobel Committee – Magic Negro not so magic.

  59. thefrollickingmole

    Arkys new headmaster

    ‘I was Claire at home, then Mr Birkenshaw the headteacher. It was challenging’

    Under a conservative government…

    Since leaving Ashwell academy last year, Birkenshaw has visited countless schools and given speeches around the world, and is in discussions about a book deal with Ian Gilbert, the founder of publisher Independent Thinking Associates.

    In the course of her travels, she says she has met a worrying number of LGBT teachers who feel unable to come out in school. As a result, she says, children are being deprived of role models because “they will be looking to members of staff who are like them”.

    The number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has rocketed from two a week in 2009-10, to about 50 a week in the past year, according to the NHS Gender Identity Development Service.

    Go on Arky, come out about your beagle bothering and the love that dare not howl its name….

  60. Leigh Lowe

    Headline on my log-in page …
    “Hollywood Tributes Flow for Hawking.”
    That is all you need to know.

  61. Arky

    Obama got people moist because of that fake speaking cadence.
    Just an obvious phony.
    I never fell for it. Many did.

  62. Bruce of Newcastle

    Had a sjw friend who read lotr annually because of the feeling of hope and goodness that it always inspired in her, who did not want to hear that.

    Seems to be a common attitude. Latest is A Wrinkle in Time:

    Nolte: Disney Bigots Strip ‘Wrinkle in Time’ of Christianity and It Bombs

    Writing at Insider, Kim Renfro says the “movie really suffers” from the decision to “ditch the book’s explicit Christian references.” She found the movie “incomplete” and says that the “biblical inspirations could have (and should have) been replaced with a more cohesive plot that carried the film to its final climax.” … The film’s screenwriter, Jennifer Lee, laughably explained this removal as “progress.”

    At Pajamas Media, Tyler O’Neil found the erasure of Christianity detrimental to the movie’s storytelling. What had been a book that delivered real depth became an empty act of New Age political correctness that says practically nothing.

    “As it turns out, the New Age spirituality does not adequately replace L’Engle’s vision, and stories really do have more power when they are inspired by God,” O’Neill writes. “Without the Bible grounding of the deep themes … the fantasy novel becomes a coming-of-age tale about embracing yourself, rather than trusting a power greater than yourself. When Disney excises God from the equation, the spiritual elements give way to a worship of self.”

  63. Leigh Lowe

    Obama had supporters deleriously intoxicated by his being black, by his (rather tacky) showmanship and empty rhetoric, infatuated gulls, and so on. He would also have had some more sensible people who believed that he might deliver on the preponderance of his promises,

    Big ask.
    He was going to command the oceans to stop rising if I recall.

  64. Rae

    But the AusCon girl did nothing. She looked disinterested.

    Why would she look otherwise. She is probably fully aware that AusCon is a con. It has no chance of winning seats. It is there only for disgruntled Lieborals to register a protest while still keeping their vote in the same place via preferences.

  65. Myrddin Seren

    He died in 1976 and Noam Chomsky hacked his electronic voicebox.

    I suspect that is a lot closer to the truth ( Chomsky excluded ) on the stream of doctrinaire Leftist positions attributed to Hawking’s mind-control keyboard.

  66. Arky

    Go on Arky, come out about your beagle bothering and the love that dare not howl its name….

    ..
    I could tell you stories about the awful place I work that would curl your toenails and singe your nostril hairs.
    And once I have done with those losers, tell you I shall.

  67. Of course The Trail of Blood was a much better, and indeed, earlier example of an epic fantasy novel.

  68. Leigh Lowe

    Seems to be a common attitude. Latest is A Wrinkle in Time:

    Nolte: Disney Bigots Strip ‘Wrinkle in Time’ of Christianity and It Bombs

    Blockbuster production budget.
    Arthouse ticket sales.
    Someone’s gotta be hurting.

  69. Mother Lode

    He was going to command the oceans to stop rising if I recall.

    That literally was the King Canute moment.

    But I think his more circumspect supporters would have realised that it was a big ask, and that he might just make high tides a bit lower three days a week. And all national holidays.

  70. H B Bear

    Obama got people moist because of that fake speaking cadence.

    It’s kinda catchy.

  71. Senile Old Guy

    Had a sjw friend who read lotr annually because of the feeling of hope and goodness that it always inspired in her, who did not want to hear that.

    Tolkien was a subtle writer. I’ve read the LOTR several times but I will find something new each time. Reading Tolkien’s letters gives you an idea of the thought and work that went into writing it. He refers to a time — I can’t remember where — when he got completely stuck and had no idea how to carry the story forward. He talks about in his letters to his son Christopher and, until he resolves the crisis, is in despair of ever finishing. He also mentions a time when he messed up the seasons (or months) and had to go back and rewrite everything so that it fitted.

  72. I have read nothing but excoriating reviews of A Wrinkle in Time, hardly surprising given Oprah’s involvement.

    A complete new age Secret type nut.

  73. Rae

    Yeah Bruce, lucky he wasn’t born Steven Triggs. Poor bastard would have been left in a neonatal ward somewhere.

    Yea, Bear. Except he wasn’t born with Motor Neurone. He had well and truly demonstrated his brilliance by the time he was diagnosed with it at age 21. A bit old to be left in the corner by Triggsy.

  74. Myrddin Seren

    Israeli national security officials sat around the same table on Tuesday morning with their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, discussing a dire humanitarian situation unfolding in the Gaza Strip.

    The summit on Gaza, called by Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, as well as Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, marks an unprecedented moment for Israeli diplomacy, as their dialogue with officials from Arab states is publicly recognized for the first time.

    The Trump administration planned the meeting over several weeks and released a list of attendees the morning of the summit, which also included officials from Egypt, Jordan, Canada and various governments of Europe.

    Palestinian Authority officials did not attend the meeting.

    Hmmmm

  75. Leigh Lowe

    Arky

    #2660620, posted on March 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Obama got people moist because of that fake speaking cadence.

    No, no, no!
    That was sooooaaaawing owatowy (soaring oratory).
    It was.
    It was on the ABC.

  76. Leigh Lowe

    That literally was the King Canute moment.

    Take out the “a” and the “e” and play anagrams and you are onto something.

  77. Senile Old Guy

    I have read nothing but excoriating reviews of A Wrinkle in Time, hardly surprising given Oprah’s involvement.

    Actually, that movie has the polarised reviews seen fairly often recently: MSM critics often rate it highly; fans of the book rate it poorly.

    I always had doubts when I knew Disney was going to do it because they SJW everything now. They introduced POC, deliberately, while in the book race was irrelevant. They made the family “modern”. They were not traditional in the book, since both parents were scientists and the boy was genius level intelligent, but the parents were married, the mother cooked and the father worked in some secret government research lab. And they changed the story, because movie script writers are better storytellers than someone who has won a shed full of literary prizes and awards.

  78. struth

    . A bit old to be left in the corner by Triggsy.

    Please don’t have a go at Triggsy.

    She was made to wear pearl ear rings in an insidious male dominated world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. H B Bear

    Good point Graeoogs. They would have had his 21st and then kicked him out.

  80. Bruce of Newcastle

    Palestinian Authority officials did not attend the meeting.

    They were busy trying to blow each other up.

    WATCH: Assassination Attempt – Explosion Strikes Palestinian PM’s Convoy in Gaza

    JABALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — An explosion has struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister during a rare visit to Gaza, sparking fears of an assassination attempt.

    Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed Tuesday but his Palestinian Authority quickly accused Gaza militants of trying to kill him.

    Hamdallah, who operated in the West Bank, arrived in Hamas-run Gaza to inaugurate a long-awaited sewage plant project.

    Fine black comedy that they tried to blow him up as he was inaugurating a sewage treatment plant.

  81. testpattern

    ‘Maybe he doesn’t want spend money on a food taster’

    Poor bastard already has to watch out for Chinese Gooseberries now he’s gotta beware the new Red Kiwifruit

  82. Mother Lode

    That was sooooaaaawing owatowy (soaring oratory).

    Didn’t someone feel pee trickling down his leg?

  83. John Constantine

    Their ABC describes the fired Tillerson as a trusted ally and confidant of Julie Bishop.

    Further, their ABC reports Bishop boasting she knew Tillerson was being fired before he knew himself.

    Boasting of informers inside the Trumphouse.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

  84. Mother Lode

    Take out the “a” and the “e” and play anagrams and you are onto something.

    I read that the original spelling was Knut.

  85. Atoms for Peace

    Just about to drop another $7.5K of gaia inspired shite on the roof. That will take us up to 8 Kw, with room for the magic battery at some stage. Few more grand earlier this year on rain water tanks .

    We can afford it, but that’s a few quid that could have been spent on retail, restaurants etc etc.
    Wonder if the economic geniuses in Canberra have twigged yet.

  86. Confused Old Misfit

    Reading Tolkien’s letters gives you an idea of the thought and work that went into writing it.

    At last! Someone else who has read the letters! Now I know of three.
    What has come through to me is the incredible amount of work that JRRT put into getting the books published.

  87. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Their ABC describes the fired Tillerson as a trusted ally and confidant of Julie Bishop.

    Julie knows a lot of rich old men, believe me.

  88. old bloke

    A question regarding Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminium; does Australia actually export either of these products to the USA?

  89. Shy Ted

    Aboriginal kids get STIs from a cockatoo.

  90. Stimpson J. Cat

    Anyone know when Bibi is going to quit in disgrace?
    It can’t be long now, surely?

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed Tuesday but his Palestinian Authority quickly accused Gaza militants of trying to kill him.

    They never blamed the evil J3ws?

  92. squawkbox

    Even the dumbest Pali knows that if the evil J3ws had tried, they would have succeeded. For incompetence, you need arabs.

  93. Mother Lode

    Aboriginal kids get STIs from a cockatoo.

    How Austen Tayshus of you.

  94. Chris

    Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed Tuesday

    Is it wrong to wish harms might come Wednesday Thursday AND Friday to Palestinian terrorists and their Western enablers?

  95. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I always had doubts when I knew Disney was going to do it because they SJW everything now. They introduced POC, deliberately, while in the book race was irrelevant. They made the family “modern”. They were not traditional in the book, since both parents were scientists and the boy was genius level intelligent, but the parents were married, the mother cooked and the father worked in some secret government research lab. And they changed the story, because movie script writers are better storytellers than someone who has won a shed full of literary prizes and awards.

    Someone, probably the BBC, are going to make a series of ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’. I shudder to think of how bad they could end up making it. Towles writes with Austin’s perspicacity and his dialogue is perfect. If they put an inferior writer on the filmic dialogue, let alone the plot, they will kill it entirely. The only way the various recent versions of Pride and Prejudice have been a success is because a lot of Austin’s dialogue is used outright and the plot hardly varies at all.
    ——-

    I could tell you stories about the awful place I work that would curl your toenails and singe your nostril hairs.
    And once I have done with those losers, tell you I shall.

    Arky, I could certainly singe some nostril hairs and widely induce apoplexy here if I retailed some of the things I have witnessed or otherwise come across during my excursions into academia. I’m done with it all now, but here’s a caution: revisiting would undoubtedly be vexatious to the spirit, and perhaps still carry punitive effects. If you can dig up dirt, you may expect them also to throw some back. The left always play dirty; remember that.

  96. Chris

    Seeing it is at present Terra Nullius, I claim this Fred in the name of western civilisation, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the Queen of Australia, and assert authorial copyright over none of it.

  97. Gab

    For all the hype and accolades, what did Stephen Hawking actually achieve in the world of science?

  98. Mother Lode

    They never blamed the evil J3ws?

    All sides probably suspect the other of being in cahoots with the Juice.

  99. Shy Ted

    My computer said Elon Musk has left Tesla. And there was me just $300k short of owning one.

  100. testpattern

    #JulieLeaks

    I’m so excited! I have been invited to be a sculpture by the sea! What should I be, a sentinel facing the Indian Ocean standing watch for foreign invaders? Or Barbie Doll By the Sea, my sexy bones rattling in the Fremantle Doctor? Gosh I hope I don’t turn to sand. Or melt. I must insist on steel or aluminium.

    https://twitter.com/LiberalsWA/status/973121314306252801

  101. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    For all the hype and accolades, what did Stephen Hawking actually achieve in the world of science?

    He banged his nurse.

    Incredible really.

  102. Snoopy

    Please don’t have a go at Triggsy.

    She was made to wear pearl ear rings in an insidious male dominated world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If she’d said ‘pearl necklace’ she may have had a point.

  103. IT;

    He was a shit human being, famous for writing an unread book.

    Bit unfair, mate. I think HHGTTG will go down in history as one of the great works of its genre.

  104. Leigh Lowe

    For all the hype and accolades, what did Stephen Hawking actually achieve in the world of science?

    He invented Post-it notes.

  105. Gab

    Nah, that was some drummer’s mother wot did that, LL.

  106. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Nolte: Disney Bigots Strip ‘Wrinkle in Time’ of Christianity and It Bombs

    A typical review:

    Garbage
    vkb-mech11 March 2018
    This must be the most excruciating 2 hours at the movies i’ve endured in a long time. I’ve seen my fair share of bad movies, but this one .. oh boy ..is shockingly bad.

    This is from a studio that’s historically churned out box-office smash hits, and has rarely, if not never, made less-than-stellar “moolah” off of its movies. So it’s all the more perplexing that someone actually green-lit the finished product here.

    This is a disney movie, after all. Let’s break it up –

    The story – has taken a break. Don’t know where it is right now. The actors – are wasted. Everything is cringe-worthy. The colors – Well, that’s all it has. Colors. The script – i doubt if there was one. If there was one, it probably was proof-read by an high-on-lsd hippie. The “moral” of the story – That’s on a break too, along with the story.

    Ava DuVernay’s last movie, Selma, was good. It had a purpose. It had a story to tell. This one, has no story. There is no reason for this movie to exist.

    You can tell the audience is being taken for a ride, and has taken them for fools when a $100 million movie has simply laced Ms. Winfrey with ultra-tacky sparkly make-up that was bought at the last minute from the local grocery story, and expecting that the audience (kids and adults alike) will throng to watch it.

    I shelled out $18 for this garbage (and i felt it was $18 too many). I suggest you don’t. At the risk of pulling your hair out, i suggest watching it when you have none left to worry about.

  107. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    He invented Post-it notes.

    And I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

  108. squawkbox

    Amazing how TP’s humor falls flat even when mocking the eminently mockable Julie Bishop. Though everyone in Perth should take a look at Cottesloe Beach’s ‘Sculptures by the Sea’. If you ever doubted that western civilization was completely and irredeemably dead, that collection of garbage scrap would convince you. A few years ago a collection of Asian tourists were seen avidly photographing a garbage can, convinced it was part of the collection. Understandable, really.

  109. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Another:

    Another Movie-Making Blunder in the Name of Diversity
    HighCountryBound9 March 2018
    I loved this book when I was young; I read it somewhere around four or five times. This movie takes a terrific book and completely ruins it because Hollywood is so concerned about “diversity” in films that they ruin perfectly good material so that no ethnic group feels excluded. As a result, this adaptation suffers terribly with characters that you cannot relate to, source material which has been so badly corrupted that you cannot find logic in the story and having Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Who is a total waste of what should be an inspiring, relatable guiding force of the story that sadly comes up far short of the awe-inspiring, beautiful being that Mrs. Who should be.

    Thank you, Disney, for completely ruining a great book! Thanks to your push for racial/ethnic/cultural inclusion–not to mention the further white-washing of American history, kids everywhere will experience a dumbed down, watered down boring book that will lead to few kids ever reading the award-winning story and reveling in the thoughts and images that would dance in their imaginations, inspiring them to possibly create more, learn more and seek more that might change their lives in ways we cannot comprehend. But, we’ll never know because this film so badly dilutes, confuses and destroys both the story and the imagination.

  110. Leigh Lowe

    He invented Post-it notes.

    And I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

    And Clayton’s non-alcoholic but-looks-really-classy beverage.
    Don’t forget Claytons.

  111. Leigh Lowe

    Nah, that was some drummer’s mother wot did that, LL.

    No.
    You are thinking of Micky Dolenz of The Who.

  112. Shy Ted

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2660572, posted on March 14, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I got the Jeffrey Epstein book out of the library today. It’s called Filthy Rich. Should be a good read.
    And another one called The Real Benghazi Story. If you don’t hear any more from me I’ve committed Arkancide.

  113. Leigh Lowe

    And it was Tipp-ex .. not Post-its.
    The Hawk (as we call him down at Mensa) definitely invented Post-its.

  114. Leigh Lowe

    He banged his nurse.

    I have so many questions.
    Hard to know where to start.
    So I won’t.

  115. Shy Ted

    You are thinking of Micky Dolenz of The Who.
    No, he’s thinking of Monkee Dolenz from the band The Mickeys.

  116. egg_

    Aboriginal kids get STIs from a cockatoo.

    Some of them have probably seen a cockatoo.

  117. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I am quite attracted to the fictional mode concerning the outrages perpetrated by academia in general. And there is, after all, the well-developed literary genre of the Campus Novel to provide a small template, a genre Kingsley Amis may have begun with ‘Lucky Jim’ and which was then developed by Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ and the work of David Lodge, in ‘Changing Places’ and ‘Small World’. My reading of these is but a dim memory now, although I recall fondly the medieval madrigaling professor in ‘Lucky Jim’, the almost innocently wandering hands of the gay teacher in ‘The History Man’, and Lodge’s skewering of the University of Rummidge in the UK and the State University of Euphoria in the US. The genre is stuck in the 70’s though, 80’s at the most, and was anachronistic even when I came across it. I’ve always thought it could do with updating for Australia’s past and current ‘follow the fad’ academics and Chancelleries and the lgbti and climatic insanities of our times. Arky – write a high school version. That could be great fun.

  118. Baldrick

    For all the hype and accolades, what did Stephen Hawking actually achieve in the world of science?

    He said humans should colonise Mars in the next 100 years or be overwhelmed by climate change.

    Nutter.

  119. Gab

    You are thinking of Micky Dolenz of The Who

    Don’t be silly. He invented Tippex

    😀

  120. Dr Faustus

    Hard to know where to start.

    I imagine the nurse must have thought that too.

  121. testpattern

    ‘Asian tourists were seen avidly photographing a garbage can, convinced it was part of the collection.’

    #JulieLeaks

    That was me. I am a collectable tourist attraction!

  122. Boasting of informers inside the Trumphouse.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

    What did you expect from a low energy dim bulb clothes horse

  123. And Clayton’s non-alcoholic but-looks-really-classy beverage.
    Don’t forget Claytons.

    The drink you have when you are too drunk to drink anymore

  124. Stimpson J. Cat

    I have so many questions.
    Hard to know where to start.
    So I won’t.

    Weekend At Stephens.

  125. John Comnenus

    It is not often that one wades into the morass that is the low rent politics of the local debating society. But, alas, master Comnenus is part of the school debating team down here in Canberra.

    Master Comnenus’ school debating team supervisor forfeited a debate yesterday because the topic of the debate was ‘Donald Trump should be killed’. Now I attend most debates to watch Master Comnenus wax lyrical about hypothetical propositions A or B and I know that the school debating team supervisor is probably a lefty. So I applaud his judgement in standing for principle above position.

    Thankfully a number of other schools also refused to have their students debate a topic where they would be required to argue that someone should be killed because one disagrees with their policies, politics or otherwise doesn’t like the person.

    Not unsurprisingly the President of the ACT Debating Union is a paralegal in a law firm specialising in family law.

    What a disgraceful bunch of people the ACTDU are. Fortunately, and somewhat surprisingly, enough school teams forfeited for the topic to be changed to ‘Donald Trump should be removed from office’.

    Canberra is the swamp, and it stinks to high heaven.

  126. Baldrick

    Master Comnenus’ school debating team supervisor forfeited a debate yesterday because the topic of the debate was ‘Donald Trump should be killed’.

    Leftards are evil.
    Pure.Fucking.Evil

  127. egg_

    Pickles wins the internets for the day.

  128. Nick

    Remember the old days when the Left were against killing ?

  129. egg_

    Like Rodney Rude’s jokes of The Head:
    Hawking playing darts: “put a dart in my mouth and throw a dart board at me”.

  130. egg_

    Master Comnenus’ school debating team supervisor forfeited a debate yesterday because the topic of the debate was ‘Donald Trump should be killed’.

    TDS Max

  131. Baldrick

    Master Comnenus’ school debating team supervisor forfeited a debate yesterday because the topic of the debate was ‘Donald Trump should be killed’.

    Imagine a school debating topic entitled, ‘Barack Obama should be killed.’

    No, neither can I.

  132. Muddy

    Anyone with an interest in international security issues might like to browse a new publication from the U.S. Center for Security Policy on the North Korean nuclear situation. It is available for free download here. You’ll have to scroll down the page.

  133. Bruce in WA

    Don’t take a biro to a gun fight.

  134. Marcus

    It is not often that one wades into the morass that is the low rent politics of the local debating society. But, alas, master Comnenus is part of the school debating team down here in Canberra.

    Master Comnenus’ school debating team supervisor forfeited a debate yesterday because the topic of the debate was ‘Donald Trump should be killed’. Now I attend most debates to watch Master Comnenus wax lyrical about hypothetical propositions A or B and I know that the school debating team supervisor is probably a lefty. So I applaud his judgement in standing for principle above position.

    Thankfully a number of other schools also refused to have their students debate a topic where they would be required to argue that someone should be killed because one disagrees with their policies, politics or otherwise doesn’t like the person.

    Not unsurprisingly the President of the ACT Debating Union is a paralegal in a law firm specialising in family law.

    What a disgraceful bunch of people the ACTDU are. Fortunately, and somewhat surprisingly, enough school teams forfeited for the topic to be changed to ‘Donald Trump should be removed from office’.

    Canberra is the swamp, and it stinks to high heaven.

    It’s good to know that even Canberra has its limits, though.

    Well done to all of the teams who boycotted.

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Trump picks real-life Carrie Mathison to be CIA’s first female boss after she ran a ‘black site’ where terrorist suspects were tortured and waterboarded

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5495205/Trumps-pick-new-CIA-director-female-career-spymaster.html#ixzz59hwzS8gP
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    Go the Donald! Make America Great Again!

  136. testpattern

    The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic

    ‘The European New Right (ENR), or Nouvelle Droite, a pan-European far-right school of thought that originated in France in the late 1960s, has been a source of ideological inspiration for the far right in Europe and more recently in the United States. ENR thinkers typically oppose liberal democracy, multiculturalism, and socialism alike.

    The main leader of the movement is the French intellectual Alain De Benoist. And what is striking is that De Benoist learned from his enemy, finding inspiration in the work of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci …They are organizing online and offline on both sides of the Atlantic and radicalizing well-educated young men by strategically disseminating their racist worldview’

    http://fpif.org/far-right-effort-win-hearts-minds-across-atlantic/

  137. Mother Lode

    And Clayton’s non-alcoholic but-looks-really-classy beverage.

    I remember the ads with a guy in the wheel chair with a straw from a plastic tumbler surrounded by a bunch of guys in a bar.

    His lips don’t move, but this voice like a Cylon from the original Battlestar Galactica goes “And then this guy says ‘Now we can all get some sleep.'” and place breaks up.

  138. Stimpson J. Cat

    Master Comnenus’ school debating team supervisor forfeited a debate yesterday because the topic of the debate was ‘Donald Trump should be killed’.

    That’s right up there with:
    Hitler Did Nothing Wrong,
    and
    Why Abortion Is Not Murder.

  139. rickw

    He said humans should colonise Mars in the next 100 years or be overwhelmed by climate change.

    Nutter.

    Doesn’t that support an approach of engineering solutions to “climate change” as and when they occur?!

  140. For all the hype and accolades, what did Stephen Hawking actually achieve in the world of science?

    In twenty year’s time, when “black holes” have followed epicycles into scientific oblivion, Hawking will will be as well remembered as Phil Jones.

  141. Pickles
    #2660717, posted on March 14, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    He liked to watch.

    I like to watch

  142. Boambee John

    Julie Bitchop has demanded an explanation from Wussia about the UK nerve gas assassination attempt. She is also talking about additional sanctions.

    Will she now tell Turdball to ‘shirtfront’ Putin?

  143. John Comnenus

    Putin goes to water Not da Turnbull shirtfrontsky

  144. John Comnenus

    President Putin gets a briefing about Foreign Minister Bishop’s threats to Russia.

    Putin responds with terror:

    Turnbull теперь будет рубашкой перед вами, президент.

    нет, не передняя рубашка

  145. Tel

    ENR thinkers typically oppose liberal democracy, multiculturalism, and socialism alike.

    Disappointing that all those things have ended up becoming alike.

  146. Mother Lode

    Nah, he is the guy who invented mothers.

    He wrote the tune The Last Post-It with his band Custer and the Tippexes.

    Recorded it with Alamo Records in 1941, if I am not mistaken.

  147. Snoopy

    Trump picks real-life Carrie Mathison to be CIA’s first female boss after she ran a ‘black site’ where terrorist suspects were tortured and waterboarded

    If Kim Wrong-un gets a bit obdurate during negotiations wait for Trump to produce Kimmies’ favourite cup or teddy bear or some such.

  148. Atoms for Peace

    What’s the worst the Brits can do to The Russians?
    Have all of their diplomatic corps hunker down in the Ecuadorian Embassy?

  149. John Comnenus

    Follow up briefing for President Putin instils more fear in the dictator:

    конец близок к президенту Путину. ACTDU обсуждает, следует ли вам убить

    ‘The end is close President Putin. The ACTDU is debating whether you should be killed.’

  150. EvilElvis

    Turnbull теперь будет рубашкой перед вами, президент.

    нет, не передняя рубашка

    Don’t get boris going, John.

  151. Dave in Marybrook

    Inscription on my copy of Collected Letters of JRR Tolkein says I read them when I was 11, going on 12- time for another look, I think.

  152. John Comnenus

    Final briefing note to. President Putin. The ACTDU would never debate that you should be killed.

  153. Muddy

    Riccardo.
    I checked out your link, thanks. We were discussing this about a week ago on an open thread and pondering what it might lead to. Personally, I suspect that the issue will only receive global attention if something radical takes place.

  154. Leigh Lowe

    Master Comnenus’ school debating team supervisor forfeited a debate yesterday because the topic of the debate was ‘Donald Trump should be killed’.

    Good on Commenus Minor for pulling the pin.
    Although, as has been hinted at, perhaps he could take the affirmative and just substitute “Clinton” or “Obama” in his set piece.

  155. Myrddin Seren

    Just got round to watching

    Jordan Peterson DESTROYS Tom Ballard – Tonightly With Tom Ballard

    linked to by one of our Comrades on Ye Olde Phredde.

    What a surprise ( /sarc ) when you scroll down and find

    Comments are disabled for this video.

    I would bet someone at Their ABC is doing a Struggle Session to try and explain why they even booked JP for an interview.

  156. Myrddin Seren

    Just got round to watching

    Jordan Peterson DESTROYS Tom Ballard – Tonightly With Tom Ballard

    linked to by one of our Comrades on Ye Olde Phredde.

    What a surprise ( /sarc ) when you scroll down and find

    Comments are disabled for this video.

    I would bet someone at Their ABC is doing a Struggle Session to try and explain why they even booked JP for an interview.

  157. Gab

    Just had a look at some of the motions up for debate on the ACTDU site, John C.

    What a hive of lefty scum and villainy.

  158. testpattern

    ‘if something radical takes place’

    Which is very unlikely. Plenty of room for compromise. The Native Lands Act of 1913 prohibited the establishment of new farming operations, sharecropping or cash rentals by blacks outside of the reserves. Everyone recognises land reform is important and has to continue, and the International Community will help to support a peaceful process. Just as worrying though is the hatespeech of Malema towards Indians, for which he’s being taken to court.

    ‘The Agri-Phakisa initiatives are based on chapter six of the National Development Plan (NDP) and are the result of intensive engagement between all government departments, agricultural labour unions, organised agricultural bodies, universities and leading agricultural policies. They developed in-depth and comprehensive project plans related to land reform, farmer development, rural development, farmworker skills development and farmworker housing ownership plans.

    These plans were developed to transform the agricultural landscape in a methodological and sustainable way to ensure people development, restoration of their dignity, food security and job creation.
    Why not implement them as a joint project between the public and private sector, under the custodianship of all political parties?

    Sadly, though, some of our political leaders are hellbent on stoking racial division and hatred. So too are extremist right wing groups who are fuelling fear and the handful of lunatics that are threatening each other with war talk.’

    https://city-press.news24.com/Voices/ownership-of-land-how-to-forge-win-win-partnerships-20180313

    The ANC’s David Masondo said the aim of the resolution was not to target “all land that is productively utilised … but use it or lose it, even if you are black,’ and AgriSA’s Van Zyl says land in the former homelands is prime for agriculture but underutilised, its commercial potential was not being unlocked. Plenty of room for compromise.

    https://www.agrisa.co.za/news/

  159. Delta A

    Yeah Bruce, lucky he wasn’t born Steven Triggs. Poor bastard would have been left in a neonatal ward somewhere.

    Ouch!

  160. Aussieute

    THE FORGOTTEN ISSUE OF BUDGET REPAIR – Mark Latham
    With politics in Canberra distracted by its remake of the 1980s movie Sex, Lies and Videotape, little attention has been given to the framing of the Federal Budget, due in less than two months. Australia has a chronic debt and deficit problem. Every year the Treasurer, whether Labor or Liberal, goes through the charade of telling us “the budget will return to surplus in three years time”. It never happens.
    Net debt now stands at $344 billion. The projected 2018/19 deficit is $20.5 billion. Without them even knowing it, future generations are being called on to do what the current generation of politicians refuses to do: pay down the debt and live within our means.
    Australia does not have a revenue problem. We tax at the upper end of the OECD range, with bracket creep automatically boosting the Treasury’s coffers. In the coming budget, for instance, the government has already factored in a $26 billion increase in revenue.
    Australia’s top marginal income tax rate of 47 percent is a handbrake on economic incentive and productivity, with many businesspeople and professionals working every second day for Canberra. We have got ourselves into a terrible mess, with a welfare system that rewards mediocrity and a tax system that punishes success.
    The Federal Government cannot stop spending. Every year it loads new expenditure programs onto the budget bottom-line, keeping its finances in deficit. In 1970 Commonwealth spending was 18 percent of GDP; it now tops 25 percent. Once established, government programs are never abolished. If, as Tony Abbott has recommended, there were an embargo on new expenditure, the budget would automatically return to surplus.
    But we need to go further. Australia desperately needs personal income tax cuts, to stimulate economic growth, to rebuild incentive and to improve living standards during an era of sluggish wages growth.
    For the past decade, two-thirds of Australia’s economic growth has come from population growth, mainly from our Big Australia immigration program. This has created the illusion of a prosperous nation that does not need microeconomic-reform, tax cuts and productivity gains. Our national economic strategy has become soft and complacent: relying on extra people, rather than extra incentive.
    We need a 20/20/20 budget strategy: $20 billion of savings to wipe out the deficit, another $20 billion to repay government debt each year and $20 billion for income tax cuts (delivering, on average, $1800 per annum for each Australian taxpayer).
    Where should the $60 billion in expenditure cuts come from? Savings of this size cannot be achieved by ‘nip and tuck’ strategies, fiddling at the edges of the spending behemoth. It can only be achieved by rethinking the basic functions of government – that is, a willingness to abolish entire departments, agencies and unnecessary responsibilities.
    This strategy goes hand-in-hand with a program of deregulation (of which I wrote about last week). Reducing the size of government also helps to get government off the back of business – a double boost for economic growth. As with the Trump administration in the United States, Australia needs to pursue ‘the deconstruction of the administrative state’.
    Here are my five recommended spending cuts for the 2018/19 Budget:
    1. $15.5 billion can be saved from the abolition of welfare payments for foreign citizens living in Australia (other than for nations with which we have bilateral social security agreements). If people won’t commit to Australia by becoming citizens, why are we paying their welfare bills? Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm proposed this saving last year.
    2. $8.7 billion from the abolition of business welfare and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (with science functions moved to the Department of Education). Subsidies and protectionism for the private sector are bad for the economy. They encourage companies to bludge off government, instead of competing and innovating their way to success. There is no need for a Federal Department that encourages this drag on national economic growth.
    3. $11.7 billion from the abolition of the Department of Communications and the Arts and associated programs. In the age of the Internet, consumers have thousands of media, arts and entertainment choices. There is no need for government to be involved in the provision of these services. It leads to either financial disasters like the NBN or entrenched Left-wing bias in public broadcasting and arts funding (such as hateful Islamic ranting at the Bankstown Poetry Slam). Under this budget cut the ABC, SBS and Australia Council for the Arts would be closed down. The Federal Government would also stop throwing good money after bad with the NBN.
    4. $17.3 billion from an anti-PC dividend. There are many billions to be saved from ridding the public sector of politically correct programs and consultancies. These include: “unconscious bias” and “diversity” training and staff units; and in higher education, “advocacy research”, safe spaces, identity-based courses and cultural Marxism programs. Under this budget cut dozens of agencies – such as the Human Rights Commission, Our Watch and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency – would be abolished. The bloated Left-wing university sector would be required to return a substantial dividend, as would the Australian Public Service. Gender-related and other identity programs would be removed from the schools system.
    5. $6.8 billion from reduction in transport and infrastructure spending. This has been a fast-growing area of Commonwealth responsibility, as governments try to keep pace with Australia’s rapid population growth, fuelled by Big Australia immigration. Cutting migration from 200,000 per annum back to its 20th century average of 70,000 would take the pressure off infrastructure spending. It would also ease Australia’s housing affordability and wages growth crises. The Federal Government should stop financing transport projects (such as Badgerys Creek Airport and Inland Rail) the same way it has funded the disastrous NBN – that is, as debt-laden public projects to be sold upon completion (when their full budget impact will be felt). If they are to end up in private ownership, the private sector should own and build them from the beginning, underwriting majority financial risk (rather than taxpayers taking on this burden).
    Total Savings = $60 billion

  161. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Well done to all of the teams who boycotted.

    Anyone told Bolt, Latham or Outsiders yet?
    It shows how desperate and despicable some ‘intellectuals’ supervising children are.
    Those teams who resisted this topic should be praised, and the issue well aired.

  162. Gab

    Jordan Peterson DESTROYS Tom Ballard – Tonightly With Tom Ballard

    linked to by one of our Comrades on Ye Olde Phredde.

    Shame on Peterson though for referring to Nazis as the “right-wing”.

  163. Snoopy

    So TC Linda is now ex. Fortunately for BOM its wind speed in the middle of nowhere managed, apparently, to briefly exceed the windspeed threshold sufficient to qualify it as a Cat 1 cyclone. No anemometers were at any time in harm’s way.

  164. Delta A

    For all the hype and accolades, what did Stephen Hawking actually achieve in the world of science?

    Good question, Gab.

  165. Confused Old Misfit

    Reading Tolkien’s letters gives you an idea of the thought and work that went into writing it.

    At last! Someone else who has read the letters! Now I know of four.
    What has come through to me is the incredible amount of work that JRRT put into getting the books not only written but published.

  166. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just told Hairy about that Debating Union’s vile topic, saying it deserves wider discussion.
    It deserves somebody getting sacked, he replied. He would do it too.
    Outraged, he also sarcastically suggested another topic in similar vein regarding Triggs.
    But I am far too civilized to outline it here.

  167. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    So TC Linda is now ex. Fortunately for BOM its wind speed in the middle of nowhere managed, apparently, to briefly exceed the windspeed threshold sufficient to qualify it as a Cat 1 cyclone. No anemometers were at any time in harm’s way.

    YOu would almost be forgiven to think that BOM was dramatising the weather relentlessly in defense of some obscure cause…. can’t image what it might be.

  168. Muddy

    Shame on Peterson though for referring to Nazis as the “right-wing”.

    Ditto.
    Otherwise it was pleasing to see whoever the interviewer was – Tom who? – looking as though he was going to cry towards the end.
    I am a bit upset though that I can no longer claim to have not watched the ABC for about three years.

  169. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Who are this ‘debating union’ and why do they have any input into schools?

  170. jupes

    I would bet someone at Their ABC is doing a Struggle Session to try and explain why they even booked JP for an interview.

    Surprising wasn’t it.

    Note however they didn’t go for the ‘hard’ interview, Alberici and Snowcone were nowhere to be seen. They must have thought the only way to tackle him was as a bit of a joke so they got the young ‘comedian’ to do it.

    It still backfired on the dickheads. First they showed some clips of Peterson designed to make him look ‘extreme’ to the lefty mind e.g. his comment that if they teach your son about “equity and diversity” in school then you should pull them out. Then Ballard made a joke about Peterson “destroying” interviewers before hitting JP with some pretty lame gotchas.

    Of course Peterson did destroy him, but as it was all played as a bit of a joke they are hoping no harm was done. Also the expression on Ballard’s face at times seemed to suggest that he might just have learned something.

    But probably not.

  171. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We should suggest another topic for them: that Barrack Obama should have been killed, sorry, removed.
    See how they go with that./sarc off

  172. Myrddin Seren

    Gab

    Shame on Peterson though for referring to Nazis as the “right-wing”.

    He is good. He is not perfect – he is a Canuck from a small town on the Plains. Give him time…..and lobsters

  173. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Gab, you have cred with Bolt; why not throw him the piece about ‘killing the American President’ as a topic for school debating teams?

  174. Myrddin Seren

    Also the expression on Ballard’s face at times seemed to suggest that he might just have learned something.

    The bit at the end where Ballard holds up the Hammer-&-Sickle Diversity Manual and proclaims his undying loyalty to Their ABC and its Party Central Committee shows he knew he was going to be hauled up for a water-cooler Struggle Session.

  175. H B Bear

    First Peanut Head last week and now Plibbers is in Perth getting a tummy rub from Nanna Hutchison at ALPBC radio. Wakey wakey Lord Waffleworth and the election winning machine aka the Waffleworth Coalition Team (formerly known as the Lieborals) the election campaign has started and Liars know exactly where to begin. Lieborals will lose 3 or 4 seats in WA alone.

  176. 132andBush

    He said humans should colonise Mars in the next 100 years or be overwhelmed by climate change.

    Nutter.

    Vegans are mourning the passing of their favourite vegetable.

  177. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Trump picks real-life Carrie Mathison to be CIA’s first female boss after she ran a ‘black site’ where terrorist suspects were tortured and waterboarded

    good girl

  178. Confused Old Misfit

    he is a Canuck from a small town on the Plains

    You have a problem with Canuks mate? Being from a small town is no barrier to anything. An Australian (assuming you are one) should know that.

    He is not perfect

    No, he’s not and for many that is part of his appeal. Of course perfection is subjective. My perfect is surely likely to be somewhat at variance with your.

  179. nemkat

    Hillary Clinton slips twice while being helped down the stairs in India.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=Rbp3yne4h_4
    She has the splay footed gait of a brain damaged alcoholic.

  180. For all the hype and accolades, what did Stephen Hawking actually achieve in the world of science?

    Good question, Gab.

    Went on The Simpsons?

  181. John Constantine

    Peasant families doing it hardscrabble on tiny plots is not a long term strategy for food production in Africa as its population booms.

    Cheap food in surplus with big storage buffers against crap weather has been proved to be an industrial agriculture outcome.

    If South Africa agriculture retreats to feudal tribal peasants with hoes chipping weeds for a Big Man who doesn’t spend the good year profits on capital investment, it will end up with food bail out from industrial western agriculture.

    If western agriculture gets replaced with vats of algae sludge in megacities churning rations out of sewerage nutrients, the chicoms will deal with the supply demand problem the traditional way.

  182. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    since when do we have Harmony Day? Shouldn’t that be a We are so glad to be replaced DAY?

  183. H B Bear

    Note however they didn’t go for the ‘hard’ interview, Alberici and Snowcone were nowhere to be seen.

    Alberscreechy and Snowcone have both been demoted after their co-op hive mind and dumbing down of Lateline saw the program canned. Alberscreechy’s new role is well known thanks to her starring role in Senate Estimates and Snowcone is just running the Big Top and apparently writing a book. I doubt either of them would have their hands up to go 10 rounds with Peterson anyway. As you say, the ALPBC just squibbed it sending the fat guy out to play it for LOLs.

  184. H B Bear

    Do try and keep up numbkat.

  185. Myrddin Seren

    You have a problem with Canuks mate?

    I was born in Canuckistan, mate. Any probs ?

  186. candy

    What a disgraceful bunch of people the ACTDU are.

    Sounds like someone in there is perverted and gets a thrill about kids discussing someone being murdered.

    Deviant. Not normal.

  187. hzhousewife

    I would bet someone at Their ABC is doing a Struggle Session to try and explain why they even booked JP for an interview.

    I think my car radio caught a bit of JBP this afternoon being interviewed by Richard Fiedler, would be interested of someone can attach a link. It seemed like a respectful discussion, and I have to admit I have enjoyed Fielders interview program on RN lately, as I once used to enjoy P Adams when he started out on LNL 30 years ago when he was rational.

  188. classical_hero

    notafan, can’t take a joke from a Protestant.

    Anyway, I found the book too boring to go through. The movies do a good job of keeping the storyline simple compared to the book. I even have the extended versions.

  189. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just watched Tom Ballard being put in his place by Jordan Peterson. Good to see the ‘joke’ of the Hammer and Sickle icon over the ‘equity and diversity’ policies and aims was well in evidence; it might get some to think about what communism actually means. Peterson made that point, that communism and Nazism have been given a good run in the twentieth century as far as ‘equity’ and ‘diversity’ are concerned, and they have been found to stack up the corpses as their main achievement.

    I got the impression that young twenty-six year old Tom might be at the beginning of a learning curve. I’d advise young Tom to now go and read ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ coterminously with Peterson’s rules.

  190. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If South Africa agriculture retreats to feudal tribal peasants with hoes chipping weeds for a Big Man who doesn’t spend the good year profits on capital investment, it will end up with food bail out from industrial western agriculture.

    If Zimbabwe is any model, the women will do the work, with hoes, the same as their great grandmothers. The men will sit in the shade, drinking beer, and telling each other how brave they were in the struggle against apartheid.

  191. pete m

    Apparently Trump liked to be spanked by a Forbes magazine.

    I knew he was a legend – status confirmed!

  192. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    it will end up with food bail out from industrial western agriculture.

    At totally unnecessary ‘climate change’ prices we just may not be as willing or able to do that.

  193. DrBeauGan

    According to quantum mechanics, particles and anti-particles are constantly being created out of energy and then annihilating each other and going back to energy. If this happens near a black hole with one within the event horizon and the other without, they can’t annihilate each other, and it looks as if the one on the outside is produced by the black hole. That this must happen was an idea of Hawking.

  194. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Trump picks real-life Carrie Mathison to be CIA’s first female boss after she ran a ‘black site’ where terrorist suspects were tortured and waterboarded

    I seem to remember some informed discussion on this site some time ago, where waterboarding and torture were passe, and a skilled interrogator didn’t need to lay a finger on a subject

  195. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Peter Dutton has ordered his department to look at bringing persecuted white South African farmers to Australia on humanitarian visas after News Corp Australia exposed how they were facing cruelty, torture and murder.

  196. Dave in Marybrook

    A lightning tour for Peterson, and as far as I can tell-
    ten minutes with Leigh Sales, and glaring jumps in tone from interviewer and -ee suggests heavy editing
    Tom Ballard? Jesus Christ, isn’t his “shout at the camera and crack up halfway through his own gags” (ie, Wil Anderson) schtick reflected in dismal ratings?
    An hour with Rich Feidler, which was o.k. but a unfocused wasted opportunity.
    And a few city lectures which could have sold out three or four times each. None in the West.
    He needs to find another agent, pronto.

  197. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will withdraw from the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Rome Statute, officials say, due to what he said were attacks by United Nations officials and violations of due process by the ICC.

  198. zyconoclast

    Peter Dutton has ordered his department to look at bringing persecuted white South African farmers to Australia on humanitarian visas after News Corp Australia exposed how they were facing cruelty, torture and murder.

    Won’t that cause the call to import low IQ and violent Rhohingers?
    You know, for fairness.

  199. Muddy

    McCain has vowed to oppose Trump’s CIA choice. Apparently he’d prefer Stuart the comic book store bloke off ‘Big Bang Theory.’

  200. zyconoclast

    ILLEGALS CHARGED FOR VOTING IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

    Three illegal aliens in Illinois were indicted on felony charges for voting in the 2016 election.

    The clerk’s office of Lake County, north of Chicago, discovered the alleged crimes, charging three illegal aliens with perjury for misrepresenting their citizenship. Two other local residents were charged with voting twice, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    The charges against the five local residents began with information uncovered by the Lake County clerk’s office, and then the cases were developed through an investigation by the Lake County state’s attorney’s office.

    Marcelo Villaruz and his wife, Gina Villaruz of Beach Park, Illinois, and Yvette Yust of Waukegan were charged with 3 felonies, which carry a potential sentence of probation or two to five years in prison upon conviction.

    WND reported in June a study concluded that as many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election won by Barack Obama, giving credence to Trump’s much-maligned claim that more than 3 million illegal-alien voters cost him the nationwide popular vote last November.

  201. Myrddin Seren

    Peter Dutton has ordered his department to look at bringing persecuted white South African farmers to Australia on humanitarian visas after News Corp Australia exposed how they were facing cruelty, torture and murder.

    I recall a story, but no link I am afraid, from some time back about poor Whites, who had occupied marginal jobs like bus drivers. Post-empowerment, they lost their jobs and were really no more capable then folk elsewhere with lower educational and intellectual outcomes.

    They were reduced to living in camps on the fringes of the cities. I remain of the concern that when the great Washing of the Spears happens, these hapless folk will be the first and easiest targets. And no one is agitating for them because ‘Blanc’.

  202. Muddy

    There may be an indiscernible amount of truth in the second part of my previous comment. I’ve been watching youtube for the last two hours, so I’ll blame that. Curse the bugger on here who got me addicted.

    The first bit is correct though.

  203. Confused Old Misfit

    I was born in Canuckistan, mate. Any probs ?

    Yeah, sure! Probably bloody T’rana, eh?

  204. Bruce of Newcastle

    McCain has vowed to oppose Trump’s CIA choice.

    ROFL.

    She’s the deputy, so if McCain opposes her nomination then she serves as acting CIA director anyway.

  205. Eyrie

    Catallaxy to Memory Vault – confirm ops normal?

  206. Myrddin Seren

    McCain has vowed to oppose Trump’s CIA choice. Apparently he’d prefer Stuart the comic book store bloke off ‘Big Bang Theory.’

    Sexist McCain – you’ve done it again.

    Who doesn’t want to see Mia get a promotion

  207. zyconoclast

    The Elephant in the Room: A “Grown-Up” Conversation about Whiteness
    Presented by: Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Beloit College​

    Title: The Elephant in the Room: A “Grown-Up” Conversation about Whiteness

    Abstract: What do our perennial discussions about terrorism, patriotism, and immigration in the U.S. have in common? There has been little public discussion about the logic of white supremacy and how it contextualizes the ways in which we understand who is a terrorist/what counts as terrorism; who is a patriot/what counts as patriotism; and who is an immigrant and what counts as unfavorable immigration. Dr. Anderson-Levy argues that whiteness poses an existential threat to social, political, and economic life in the U.S. and proposes that decentering whiteness is one of the most urgent social dilemmas of our time and demands our immediate attention. This presentation explores the ways in which academic institutions are poised to either reproduce or interrupt these discourses. Analyzing and understanding the intersectional operation of whiteness has the potential to shift paradigms, if there is will and courage. This presentation prompts us to ask: what might it look like to decenter whiteness in our scholarship, pedagogy, institutional governance, and broader intellectual praxis – including in our budgets, our curricula, our disciplinary genealogies, our interactions with students, and our relationships with each other as colleagues?

    Co-sponsored by: UMN Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies

    This event is part of the ICGC Alumni Lecture Series, which highlights the current work of distinguished ICGC alumni.

  208. Hero, it wasn’t very funny.

    Plus, we’all know you’all think it’s true.

  209. Snoopy

    TheirABC, The Conversation, the Grattan Institute and a climate outfit fact check the SA opposition leader’s arse. I’m disappointed they didn’t deem it necessary to advise which places have higher electricity prices than SA.

  210. hzhousewife

    A lightning tour for Peterson, and as far as I can tell-
    ten minutes with Leigh Sales, and glaring jumps in tone from interviewer and -ee suggests heavy editing
    Tom Ballard? Jesus Christ, isn’t his “shout at the camera and crack up halfway through his own gags” (ie, Wil Anderson) schtick reflected in dismal ratings?
    An hour with Rich Feidler, which was o.k. but a unfocused wasted opportunity.
    And a few city lectures which could have sold out three or four times each. None in the West.
    He needs to find another agent, pronto.

    Yes. Tour organised 6 months ago one presumes, to coincide with book launch. Meanwhile the world marched on and the Newton interview occurred, which elevated notoriety.
    He doesn’t want/need any more exposure, as much as we all might want it. He is trying to hand the baton over to us, but we apparently need to hear the massage a zillion times before we hear it and than act on it.
    Clean Your Room.

  211. zyconoclast

    Arab Gangs Targeting Berlin Police With Threats And Sex Rumours To Intimidate Officers
    rab criminal gangs operating in Berlin have been accused of targetting individual police officers with threats, including spreading rumours of sexual encounters with prostitutes, in order to intimidate or take revenge on officers.

    Another tactic the gangs use is to cause mayhem during arrests by calling on their large extended families to show up and cause trouble, with the intention being to free their family member in the ensuing chaos.

    Direct threats are also said to be employed by gang members against officers which can and has included posting gang members outside police stations and the officers’ private homes to intimidate them. In one case, a Syrian gang in Saxony-Anhalt sent members of the gang to a police station to incite a riot.

  212. Muddy

    WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, was involved in “one of the darkest chapters in American history” and needs to explain her stance on torture programs, said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

    Source.

  213. zyconoclast

    Bozoma Saint John, Uber’s chief brand officer, called on white men to help diversify their workplaces.

    “I want white men to look around in their office and say, ‘Oh look, there’s a lot of white men here. Let’s change this,'” Saint John said at the SXSW festival on Sunday.

    Saint John said the onus should not be on people of color to improve diversity at work: “Why do I — as the black woman — have to fix that? There’s 50 of you, there’s one of me. Ya’ll fix it. … Everybody else needs to make the noise — I want white men to make the noise.”

    Please look at this picture of Bozoma Saint John

  214. Muddy

    Lawmakers and advocacy groups have criticized Haspel over her running the Thailand site where terrorism suspect Abu Zubaydah was held following his 2002 capture in Pakistan. He was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, slammed against a wall and confined to a coffin-like box, according to a Senate report on CIA torture programs. Zubaydah was also denied access to his favourite television show “The Real Goats of Karachi.”

    OK, I may have fabricated one of the above sentences. Guess which one?

  215. DrBeauGan

    Title: The Elephant in the Room: A “Grown-Up” Conversation about Whiteness

    Yes, Whiteness is a terrible problem. It just so happens that the greatest Civilisation on Earth, by a huge margin, lifting half the planet out of abject poverty and making the average westerner wealthy beyond the dreams of any other culture, was created by Europeans. With grey-pink skin colour. Trying to live with this dreadful fact must be very hard.

  216. The Wendy House whites get a bit of cover on social media.

    Ive seen a recent Lauren Southern YouTube and quite a bit of other vid over the last few years.

    numbers reported by the BBC disputed here.

  217. candy

    Trump picks real-life Carrie Mathison to be CIA’s first female boss after she ran a ‘black site’ where terrorist suspects were tortured and waterboarded

    Sounds awful. Torture demeans the human race and how can the result be known to be true, as people surely say anything at all to stop great pain. And who does the torturing and can withstand the screaming – not Ms Mathison, I bet.

    The White House staffing sounds chaotic, to me. Just as well Pence cannot be sacked. He seems the rock which the impulsive Trump depends on. A good man.

  218. Muddy

    “By dismissing our nation’s top diplomat, President Trump is sending a signal of weakness to the world as we face continued threats from Russia, an upcoming meeting with North Korea, an ongoing crisis in Syria, and the urgent need to fill key diplomatic posts,” Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, said in a statement. [Same source as above].

    Yes. Because nothing says ‘weakness’ like asserting your authority.

  219. Eyrie

    If you want to see a sculpture by the sea in Perth, go a couple of hundred meters south of the Rockingham pub, on the beach and take a look at the Catalpa memorial. Beautiful! The Wild Geese heading out to sea.
    Here’s to Captain George Smith Anthony an man who knew the RIGHT thing to do.

  220. cohenite

    The White House staffing sounds chaotic, to me.

    Maybe you’re just projecting.

  221. H B Bear

    TheirABC, The Conversation, the Grattan Institute …

    The Three Stooges

  222. Arky

    I much prefered Candy before Grigs skinned her.

  223. Leigh Lowe

    “I want white men to look around in their office and say, ‘Oh look, there’s a lot of white men here. Let’s change this,’” Saint John said at the SXSW festival on Sunday.

    Well, I am all over it.
    I always get a dusky Uber driver.
    I insist on it.

  224. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Dr. Anderson-Levy argues that whiteness poses an existential threat to social, political, and economic life in the U.S. and proposes that decentering whiteness is one of the most urgent social dilemmas of our time and demands our immediate attention.

    Genocide By Stealth ™ not quick enough for this moron, is he advocating open slaughter of white people?

    Social justice is a crime against humanity.

  225. Marcus

    Sounds awful. Torture demeans the human race and how can the result be known to be true, as people surely say anything at all to stop great pain.

    That argument has never satisfied me as a matter of logic. Sure, people could make anything up to stop the pain, but common sense would tell you that it’s easier and quicker to tell the truth rather than invent a lie.

  226. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    PARIS, March 13 — French police on Tuesday conducted a raid in the southeastern French city of Isere, arresting five people on alleged links with terrorist cell, according to local media report.

  227. Bruce in WA

    Please look at this picture of Bozoma Saint John

    I did. Gave me a soft-on. Especially the teeth and armpits.

  228. Muddy

    Let’s bear in mind that the definition of torture is now rather broad, encompassing, among other things, the denial of religious texts and preferred dietary items.

  229. DrBeauGan

    Bruce in WA
    #2660868, posted on March 14, 2018 at 9:48 pm
    Please look at this picture of Bozoma Saint John

    I did. Gave me a soft-on. Especially the teeth and armpits.

    She’s got quite good bozomas.

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