Open Forum: March 31, 2018

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  1. None

    Tony Abbott dyes his hair. Or at least I’m positive he does. The question is why.

  2. Siltstone

    Empire
    Agree Lagavulin 16 is very hard to beat.

  3. Cohenite;

    Taught by two baby boomer academics with PhDs, Dr Wendy Holland and Dr Myra Dunn, the course thus far this year has delivered lectures on the topics of gender fluidity, race and identity.

    In Week 3, in a lecture titled “Exploring Gender,” students were provided with Powerpoint notes which are mind-boggling, unscientific propaganda straight from the academic fringes of gender theory.

    These UTS trainee teachers were taught that there are two views of gender.

    One view, dismissed with just 13 words in the 15-page PowerPoint document, is described as “Essentialist”, and holds that ‘gender’ is “fixed and biologically determined … set at birth”. In other words, it describes reality as experienced by at least 99.7 per cent of people (not to mention animals).

    Is it time for the Great Backlash?
    ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you will accept.”

    I go to bed now because peter Castieu won’t give me video links of the Swedish Netball team in one of his caravans.
    sniff.

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What about the Fanta afficionados?
    Fuck. This spelling shit gets a bit hard, my Johnny Walker Red bottle is down to <50%.

    If the Cat is becoming infested by those who drink Scotch and Fanta, or those who regard Johnny Walker Red Label as fit for human consumption, then the barbarians are within the gates, and all any man of honor can do is seek an honorable death and an open grave. Fanta! FMS. Johnny Walker Red Label is fir only for treating fungal infections in human beings, and blowfly strike in sheep. It was never intended for human consumption! FMS!

  5. Empire 5:5

    Bottle of Grants and 1.25l of Coke always did the job back in the day.

    So did a four pack of Island Coolers and a bag of desiccated oregano pitched as weed, provided one could convince the maiden one’s father owned a brewery or a bank.

  6. JC

    Ronery. How lucky this site is having you post comments. You’re one of the most intellectually gifted people who’s ever posted here…. by far.

  7. Empire 5:5

    These UTS trainee teachers were taught that there are two views of gender.

    They’ll be 45’d soon enough.

    2 scoops, 2 genders, 2 terms.

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ub0aqv99iA0/WX5HFxBJBfI/AAAAAAAAKhc/budfnEpVGY8Zc65_Ifw94wbLQVGJHnwOACLcBGAs/s1600/2%2Bscoops%2B2%2Bgenders%2B2%2Bterms%2Bdeal%2Bwith%2Bit%2Bmeme.jpg

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Baldrick, once again my compliments, on reminding me of the invaluable use of the scrolling wheel, on the computer mouse.

  9. JC

    Rones

    You realize that by informing Baldy you about the magic of the scroll wheel, you’re admitting you read what I said. You can get to this level of deductive logic without stroking, right?

    But you know I mean it. You’re the smartest person in the room and it shows. It’s scary how intelligent you are.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Scrolling, scrolling.

    Once I decide not to bother with JC’s demented ravings, scrolling becomes a viable option. It’s rather amusing, watching the silly old duffer, looking for attention.

  11. JC

    Rones
    Oh so you read the last comment, but scrolled past the previous one? As I said, the smartest person in the room.

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Poor, pathetic, silly old JC. Arguing over who had read one comment, but scrolled past another.

    Give it away, JC, you are just past it all. Tired, old, and just past ot all.

  13. JC

    Rones, I want you to try this tiny test.

    1 + 8 =

    a) 4
    b) 5
    c) – 14
    d) none of the above

  14. JC

    Come on Ronery. Take a deep breath and push down.

  15. Cpt Seahawks

    The scroll. VIP in the WC..

  16. Leigh Lowe

    Bottle of Grants and 1.25l of Coke always did the job back in the day.

    Totally overcooked the Coke.
    600 ml is plenty.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    Paine got 60 odd with a broken thumb?
    Good on him.
    Well done.

  18. Infidel Tiger

    Bottle of Grants and a 600ml of Grape Fanta and your night is made.

  19. C.L.

    Thanks to all.
    Lagavulin 16 sounds about right.
    My original choice (not an informed one) was ‘Redbreast 12 Year Old.’
    Because it’s Irish!

  20. C.L.

    Sinclair Davidson always has Coke in his whiskey, by the way.
    Loves it.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    BTW, that’s a nice reading for your mum’s funeral IT.
    These days you never know what gets served up.
    Listen up people …
    If Malcolm Young didn’t have AC/DC music at his funeral, why should you?

  22. Leigh Lowe

    Sinclair Davidson always has Coke in his whiskey, by the way.
    Loves it.

    Diet Coke.
    With Tennessee Whiskey.

  23. Stimpson J. Cat

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Heaven or Hell guys.
    There is really only one thing to worry about.
    And that is if you will be stuck with me for infinity.
    Ha ha ha ja ja ha ha ja ja!!!

    😁

  24. Stimpson J. Cat

    And that moon is not beautiful.
    It’s been giving me a f$cking kicking for the last two days.

  25. JC

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Heaven or Hell guys.
    There is really only one thing to worry about.

    I always thought this definition of heaven and hell was a good one.

    Heaven and hell is a beautiful woman sitting on an 80 year old’s knee while he’s stroking her back.

  26. JC

    Mexico deserves a really good hiding for this. It’s a really ugly act deserving punishment.

    A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Dares To Stop Them
    “If we all protect each other, we’ll get through this together.”

    Originally posted on March 30, 2018, at 4:00 a.m.
    Adolfo Flores
    BuzzFeed News Reporter

    San Pedro Tapanatepec, MexicoTaking a drag from her cigarette, a Mexican immigration agent looked out toward a caravan of migrants that grew larger with each step they took on the two-lane highway.

    When the agent, who’d covered her uniform with an orange and white shawl, learned that the Central American migrants heading her way numbered more than 1,000, she took off for the restaurant across the street.

    “I’m going to have a relaxing Coke,” she told BuzzFeed News.

    For five days now hundreds of Central Americans — children, women, and men, most of them from Honduras — have boldly crossed immigration checkpoints, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite their being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

  27. Infidel Tiger

    One of the most confusing moments of my young life was finding out there were other flavours of Fanta apart from Orange. I still struggle with it.

    Also, what’s happened to Passiona, Red Creaming Soda and Kole Beer? Such great drinks and I would be really sad if they stopped making them.

    I walk through the soft drink aisle these days and it is so foreign I may as well be in Melbourne.

  28. JC

    Silicon Valley has really expensive real estate, but pound for pound I think Sydney is pricier.

    http://move2siliconvalley.com/homes-and-housing/what-do-houses-cost-in-silicon-valley/

  29. C.L.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan – who worships a dead man and a moon god – marks Easter by crowing about the desecration of Hagia Sophia:

    ISTANBULCONSTANTINOPLE – Turkey’s president has recited an Islamic prayer in the Hagia Sophia, a historic Istanbul landmark that has become a symbol of interfaith and diplomatic tensions.

    Speaking for an art festival opening Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited the Quran’s first verse, dedicating the prayer to the “souls of all who left us this work as inheritance, especially Istanbul’s conqueror.”

    Now that entire countries like Sweden and Britain have, more or less, been conquered by Muslims, Mohammedans will become increasingly strident like this. Recollect that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI warned repeatedly not to allow Turkey into the EU.

  30. C.L.

    For five days now hundreds of Central Americans — children, women, and men, most of them from Honduras — have boldly crossed immigration checkpoints, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite their being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

    The twin goals of “immigration” today are the overthrow of the USA and Western Europe as white, Christian, democratic nations. It’s a racist jihad of hatred and – of course – it is being encouraged and abetted by the UN, the EU and all leftists.

  31. Knuckle Dragger

    I’ve just redone my will.

    I’ve decided to go out of the church, and to the cemetery, accompanied by pipes and drums.

    Love them. A fitting end, I would think. Brass bands are for poofs.

    My brother can organise it. In fact the will mandates him to do so. If he doesn’t I will return and haunt his family for generations.

  32. Snoopy

    Despite their being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

    How is that different to California?

  33. Chris

    . If he doesn’t I will return and haunt his family for generations.

    Playing the bagpipes…

  34. None

    The twin goals of “immigration” today are the overthrow of the USA and Western Europe as white, Christian, democratic nations. It’s a racist jihad of hatred and – of course – it is being encouraged and abetted by the UN, the EU and all leftists.

    Yep.

  35. None

    Is a Christian recited a prayer or even crossed themselves in Haghia Sophia, they’d be arrested on the spot. Erdogan is being deliberately provocative, testing even Turkey’s secularisation policy which stated that Haghia Sophia is now simply a museum and not the place of worship. I fear too that since his roundup of tens of thousands of secularists after that failed military coup that the army, the traditional defenders of secularism in Turkey, has now been rendered impotent. I can only hope they’re also impotent against Israel and the US – the last two countries with leaders who have any semblance of balls. Oh and the Eastern Bloc like Hungary and Poland.

  36. Tom

    With today’s unreadable leftoid sludge in the Paywallian’s Meeja Diahorrea, Johannes Leak.

  37. DrBeauGan

    In confessions of a college professor in the blogroll, there’s a story of how kids at a school in the US called the cops because someone had drawn the square root symbol,√ , on a board, and the kids, never having seen it before, thought it looked like a gun.

  38. DrBeauGan

    Have we got to peak stupid yet?

  39. DrBeauGan

    He also claims that there were too many school kids who couldn’t master the arithmetic of fractions, so they took fractio s out of the syllabus.

    All part of not letting dumb kids find out that they are dumb. It builds their self-esteem.

  40. DrBeauGan

    The Tiangong map shows it is dawn over there in the East. Are you buggers still asleep? And the satellite orbit is decaying quite slowly. I doubt if it will be down before Wednesday.

  41. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve just redone my will.
    I’ve decided to go out of the church, and to the cemetery, accompanied by pipes and drums.

    And if you do that in Germany you can expect full service!

    Homeless man BEHEADED as he slept in graveyard – police offer £10k reward for information

    Plod has no idea who did it, but one can’t but wonder if it was a bit of opportunistic jihad.
    I wouldn’t try sleeping in a cemetery in London either.

    London murder rate beats New York for month as stabbings surge

    The Sunday Times reports that 15 people were murdered in London, against 14 in New York. Both cities are very diverse with large populations: London has over 8.7 million residents to New York’s 8.5 million.

    Sure are diverse. I wonder what diversity in London has caused the upswing?

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed, the Evening Standard reports.

    Ah so there you go. Killer apps on phones are apparently stalking people. So if you want to be safe in London find a spot with bad mobile phone coverage and stay there, so long as it isn’t in a graveyard.

  42. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Algorithms are teleological, lest we forget.

    prove it

  43. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Algorithms are teleological, lest we forget.

    prove it

    or even just the tiniest shred of evidence

  44. calli

    Is a Christian recited a prayer or even crossed themselves in Haghia Sophia, they’d be arrested on the spot.

    I have had the privilege and blessing to pray for the conversion of Turkey in the Hagia Sophia. No ostentatious gestures, just the heartfelt faithfilled prayer that the Almighty loves. Many other Christians have done the same (we’re very sneaky like that 🙂).

    He will answer. A lot of water still has to run under the bridge though.

  45. calli

    Have we got to peak stupid yet?

    No. It’s like a mirage. You think you’ve got there, and it evaporates, only to appear more horridly over the next rise.

  46. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The other view, which is the subject of the rest of the lecture, is described as “Constructivist”. It sees gender as “socially constructed, fluid and dynamic … a construct of language and discourse.”

    collective insanity is the new black

  47. Crossie

    That David Hogg individual bears a striking and unnerving resemblance to Christian Bale’s character Patrick Bateman of American Psycho

    He does doesn’t he; he really is a creepy kid; a future demorat leader in the making.

    To be really shocked search for an image of Goebbels.

  48. Snoopy

    Is gender fluidity teleological?

  49. Tom

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed, the Evening Standard reports.

    Haha. You’d swear diversidy hire Dickless was working for Fatty Ashton:

    Victoria Police has denied the state has a problem with African youth gangs, despite a string of ­recent violent incidents including one of its officers being kicked in the face outside a suburban shopping centre on Boxing Day.

    Victoria Police’s Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald said “youth crime in general”, rather than gangs associated with an ethnic group, was to blame.

    It’s uncanny how incompetent and lethal to the public politically correct policing is, wherever the jurisdiction.

  50. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Gang of youths on the rampage in Adelaide’s south: Rocks thrown on to Southern Expressway and four people attacked

    Witnesses have told how the group relentlessly beat a couple, leaving one victim “covered in blood from head to toe”.

    Shortly afterwards the gang — who were described as being of Aboriginal appearance — threw rocks at cars from a footbridge over the Southern Expressway before they assaulted a man and woman at their home.

    Three youths were arrested just after midday at a home in Hackham West for the violent rampage.

  51. pete m

    Knuckle dragger – be careful as some ppl are buried before any Will is read.

    Make sure people know your wishes.

  52. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Ex-diplomat Tony Kemp gave an interesting view today on Outsiders – that the Russia beat-up is an attempt by Theresa May to slow or halt Brexit by re-uniting with Nato/EU b demonizing Russia. They won’t produce the toxicology and most pertinently, we’ve all been told that the substance concerned is only owned by the Russians.

    I put this up on the sewer that was yesterday but it got flushed with the debris of that wreck of a thread. I thought this new information was rather interesting. Tony Kemp is unlikely to be simply retailing internet gossip. Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean have slightly differing viewpoints on the Russia issue. Rowan more inclined to think Ruskis are still up to their tricks.

    I have just finished reading an interesting personal account of a young surfer guy’s travels in the first decade of this millennium in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Self-published I think (Xlibris group); I found it on a Council pick up pile on one of my walks and nabbed it. It’s called ‘Moscow Bound’ and dedicated to ‘anyone who has ever quit their job, and then bought a one-way ticket’. He taught in an International School in Moscow on one of his adventures, where bodyguarded kids of the mob attend school with bodyguarded kids of those whose illicitly gained fortunes the mob are after. He’s a teacher, surfer, gun fanatic and girl chaser and writes a good romp through all of this. Many Cats would enjoy it I think.

    Up at 5am again, and now trying for another hour’s sleep.

    The Cat has changed a lot in the past year. I think it has lost a lot of its old style of cut and thrust.
    It is becoming more like twitter, incoherent, shouting down and ordering people around.
    Just one example of this is the crypto-bulldyke on a personal mission to ‘drive’ me away.
    She won’t succeed, nor will those who find this intention amusing on a libertarian blog.
    I am wondering why Rabz doesn’t come here anymore.
    He was subject to some very abusive comments saying his contribution was negligible.
    Which is far, far from the case.
    And there are others who no longer come here, or only infrequently.

    Nobody who is a long-term commenter here has failed to prove their value; something new warriors coming in might like to reflect upon before they take up the Kalashnikov.

  53. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oh, should have added this too. ‘Moscow Bound’ was written by Jason Toll and published in 2011.

  54. Arky

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said

    ..
    Video footage of Cressida Dick.

  55. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Must be tired. A final line is missing from the quote I used yesterday – a crucial one, where Kemp says that just down the road near Salisbury is a British government chemical research facility where this stuff is also kept. In other words, it is a big lie that the stuff can only have come from Russia.

  56. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Arky, I really think you in particular would enjoy Jason Toll’s book. Some of his teaching (and other) experiences in it are hilarious, and pertinent. He would fit in well on the Cat re his political perpectives too.

  57. Helen

    Time really slows down just before impact in a car accident.
    That is your brain saying: “You just killed us, you dumb bastard: look what you’ve done”.

    Yes, in one instance with me I was coming around a corner tall grass trees not much visibility and using the fatigue management tool of speed, when suddenly there was a fuel tanker in front of me. I dont know how far but my initial thought was Ok this is it, you are dead. The I thought no, you can get out of this and inch by inch I worked the car over against the curve of the road and got out of the way.

    It seemed like there was time to do it, time slowed down / brain sped up – at the same time I doubt I would have been able to do it with out my years of learning and reflexes in the catcher.

    It is mighty powerful our brain / reflex system, truly wonderful. Terrible to think it being wasted on facebook and the like.

  58. DrBeauGan

    I am wondering why Rabz doesn’t come here anymore.
    He was subject to some very abusive comments saying his contribution was negligible.
    Which is far, far from the case.

    Very far. Rabz has a nice sense of humour and an incisive wit. I don’t know who was abusing him, but it’s a mark of failure to produce a good argument when you have to descend to abuse.

    I don’t know if it’s the abuse that is keeping him away; maybe he’s just found more entertaining things to do. I don’t care about abuse myself, seeing it as a form of stupidity. Doesn’t worry me tuppence. I suppose Rabz may be more sensitive than I am.

    Nah, impossible.

  59. Peter

    Tony Kemp on Outsiders, Lizzie? Who is this of whom you speak? I know that Tony Kevin has been spruiking his wacky Brexit theories to anyone who would listen, but I’m not aware of this person.

  60. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Users on the Mumsnet internet forum have clashed with Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson over the rights of transgender people on the Caledonian sleeper.
    The operator of the overnight rail service between London and Scotland decided that male passengers who identified as women would be able to use female-only compartments.

    Mumsnet have argued this compromises the safety of women travelling on the trains.

  61. areff

    Ex-diplomat Tony Kemp

    I think that’s Tony Kevin, who is to diplomacy and rational analysis what the Western Bulldogs are to football: not worth very much.

    On this point, though, he may well be the broken clock.

  62. Helen

    Lizzie, dont go. I enjoy reading your reflections. Takes me away from the dust and dirt to a magic place, just for a moment.

  63. Leigh Lowe

    I don’t know if it’s the abuse that is keeping him away; maybe he’s just found more entertaining things to do. I don’t care about abuse myself, seeing it as a form of stupidity. Doesn’t worry me tuppence. I suppose Rabz may be more sensitive than I am.

    Perhaps it was the squabbling chooks what done it.
    Who knows?

  64. Bruce of Newcastle

    A very good article from a Syrian-American banker:

    Peak Fragility: Why The Middle East Is Doomed

    RTWT. The entrenched population dynamics are spectacular – this adds a very interesting aspect to the Syrian civil war, which he doesn’t really address. But is an obvious inference. The next obvious implication is when populations in these countries double again in the next 20 years the convulsions can only be even worse.

  65. Crossie

    cohenite
    #2676165, posted on April 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm
    I thought there was a Limbo for the undecided ones.

    No.

    Bit hard on the little ones who are unbaptised. Every time I think favourably about Christianity those sorts of things turn up.

    I had the impression that Limbo is more like suspended animation.

    Reading over yesterday’s comments and found this interesting.

  66. areff

    The Tiangong map shows it is dawn over there in the East. Are you buggers still asleep? And the satellite orbit is decaying quite slowly. I doubt if it will be down before Wednesday.

    True story: when Skylab fell to earth in the late Seventies, NASA issued a statement saying it was on its final orbit and would plunge into the sea near Fiji. This presented a problem for The Australian, whose early deadlines meant it would have gone to press before the fireball.

    What to do?

    Just make it up!

    The Oz came out with a front page quoting the captains of ships at sea as being open-jawed at the re-entry light show, plus sundry islander types who gave exceptional quote about the spectacular trajectory into the ocean.

    Alas, Skylab had other ideas. After hitting the upper reaches of the atmosphere it skipped like a stone and managed almost another full orbit before punching a hole in Western Australia.

    Wouldn’t happen today, of course, not with university trained journos on the job. Today the story would be how there has never been an Aboriginal astronaut because NASA handed out smallpox-riddled spacesuits and poisoned Tang.

  67. calli

    You never know. Rabz may have other things occupying his time. I hope so.

    But then, I’m a true romantic. 😀

  68. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Thanks, areff. I’ll take it as Tony Kevin as I missed the intro and when I asked Hairy I thought he said Tony Kemp. Peter I know Kevin’s theories sound wacky in the sense that they are conspiratorial in tone, and a unitary action may not underlie this demonizing, but nevertheless the point is there – the demonizing of Russia does have the effect of bringing NATO to the fore and weakening the case for Brexit.

    I have never trusted May to implement Brexit and she has done nothing but stall on it, despite all of her assurances. She is hoping it will slowly dissipate and go away. Pulling all strings to make that so. Perhaps he is the stopped clock, areff. Why the big lie about the availability of this particular poison? That’s the one that got me going. I’m not holding up a placard for Russia as a place of probity and democratic means (I’ve been there, read a lot about it, and chatted only recently with Natalia, the wife of an oil big man about the politics there). However, why are we being told lies about this substance and why is the story always changing?

  69. Dan Dare

    Probably too early to be talking about Whisky but I remember Corio aka COR 10.
    But who remembers COR 10 was a brand of petrol.

  70. calli

    Has anyone else noticed a dearth of hysterical “Today in Trump” stories?

    Have the pygmies reached the “acceptance” stage?

  71. Nerblnob

    I don’t have any problem believing that Russia – Putin’s crowd that is – would poison Skripal and his daughter. It’s what they do these days. It’s what they did before too, with maybe a little break during the Yeltsin years.

    Sure they want to sow discord and disrupt the EU and especially NATO. Active measures.

    But May’s crowd don’t need any special tactic to drag their feet on Brexit. It’s what they do, too.
    Good old bureaucratic inertia.

  72. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Calli, some years ago Rabz was upset about something and went off. I put out the call that we missed him and he came back. He’s not a drama queen; anyone can feel that they want to toss it in. I have no idea why he isn’t now giving us his unique commentaries, but I’m hoping it isn’t those spiteful comments that got to him. I saw a couple on a flip through once and nearly said something myself then, but only flipping, too busy, and then lost where they were or who made them. Anyway I get into enough trouble if I ‘mother hen’ – castigated recently for welcoming newbies for instance. I see it as friendly but others see it as self-promoting.

    People coming here do have feelings, in spite of a certain bravado. He’s moved to Sydney and may be in a new life. Perhaps someone who knows him can tell him he’s missed.

  73. DrBeauGan

    Have the pygmies reached the “acceptance” stage?

    I hope so, Calli. But then, I’m a true romantic.

  74. Sydney Boy

    Oh not at all Cali,

    ‘Trump is deranged’ stories in both Fairfax and The Guardian this morning. They will never reach acceptance.

  75. Shy Ted

    Gang of youths on the rampage in Adelaide’s south: Rocks thrown on to Southern Expressway and four people attacked

    Witnesses have told how the group relentlessly beat a couple, leaving one victim “covered in blood from head to toe”.
    Shortly afterwards the gang — who were described as being of Aboriginal appearance — threw rocks at cars from a footbridge over the Southern Expressway before they assaulted a man and woman at their home.
    Three youths were arrested just after midday at a home in Hackham West for the violent rampage.

    That’s why we need to let the poor little victims of white oppression off according to Pat Dodson.

  76. DrBeauGan

    People who believe gender is a social construct calling Trump deranged is a bit much.

  77. cohenite

    London murder rate beats New York for month as stabbings surge

    The Sunday Times reports that 15 people were murdered in London, against 14 in New York. Both cities are very diverse with large populations: London has over 8.7 million residents to New York’s 8.5 million.

    Sure are diverse. I wonder what diversity in London has caused the upswing?

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed, the Evening Standard reports.

    Ah so there you go. Killer apps on phones are apparently stalking people. So if you want to be safe in London find a spot with bad mobile phone coverage and stay there, so long as it isn’t in a graveyard.

    That’s even funnier then Tom’s cartoons. Still Australia’s police forces are worse telling people not to defend themselves but run and hide and ring or some such arsed advice.

  78. Entropy

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2676444, posted on April 2, 2018 at 7:55 am

    The other view, which is the subject of the rest of the lecture, is described as “Constructivist”. It sees gender as “socially constructed, fluid and dynamic … a construct of language and discourse.”

    collective insanity is the new black

    On the bright side it would be trivially easy to get a high mark from such agenda driven idiots.

  79. DrBeauGan

    On the bright side it would be trivially easy to get a high mark from such agenda driven idiots.

    And then you could get a good job in the public service.

  80. Leigh Lowe

    It pains me to say this, but I think this blog needs some filtering and moderation.
    Too often the subjects canvassed stray from Professor Davidson’s original intent and into the minutiae of the petty amusements and interests which occupy the minds of ordinary folk.

    We should aspire to make this blog into a forum for thoughtful and respectful discussion of economics, politics, fine arts and classic literature (ancient and modern), rather than a running sewer of gardening tips, recipe exchange, sports commentary and military history.

  81. calli

    Don’t forget theological discussions, LL. The Queen of disciplines.

    Chortle.

  82. Delta A

    Has anyone else noticed a dearth of hysterical “Today in Trump” stories?

    Stewart Cameron in The Australian usually has a bile-flecked, anti-Trump article amid columns of additional rubbish, but today, all The $Oz could manage was:

    Roseanne return rubs Trump in riled leftwing faces

    What happens when an unapologetic Donald Trump voter meets America’s liberal entertainment elite? Instant culture war, as Roseanne Barr has found out.

    Roseanne, the much-loved family sitcom that bears her name, returned to American television last week after a 21-year hiatus and achieved blockbuster ratings, drawing 18.4 million viewers, a bigger audience than for the show’s finale in 1997 and the highest-rated sitcom episode in more than three years.

    The series’ standard bearer is as caustic and domineering as ever, but it is her politics that have ignited a fierce row about the portrayal of working-class Trump voters on television.

    As a macadamia nut-farming, Hawaii-dwelling, environmentloving, one-time presidential candidate for the left-wing Peace and Freedom Party, Barr does not fit the classic profile for a Trump voter. But she and her fictional avatar, Roseanne Conner, are unapologetic supporters of the President.

    “We would be so lucky if Trump won. Because then it wouldn’t be Hillary,” Barr said during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

    The President called to congratulate her after hearing about the show’s ratings, as Barr, 65, recounted on ABC’s Good Morning America.

    “They said, ‘Hold please for the President of the United States of America’ and that was about the most exciting thing ever. It was just very sweet of him to congratulate us,” she said.

  83. Leigh Lowe

    Don’t forget theological discussions, LL. The Queen of disciplines.

    Is theology in or out?

  84. C.L.

    There is no evidence whatsoever that Russia poisoned that father/daughter duo.
    None.
    The timing is incredibly suspicious. The CIA/Mi6 have a vested interest renewing the re-demonisation of Wussia. We know very well that neither “intelligence” agency can be believed about anything.

  85. Marcus

    I put this up on the sewer that was yesterday but it got flushed with the debris of that wreck of a thread. I thought this new information was rather interesting. Tony Kemp is unlikely to be simply retailing internet gossip. Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean have slightly differing viewpoints on the Russia issue. Rowan more inclined to think Ruskis are still up to their tricks.

    Where Tony Kevin well and truly lost me was when he claimed that Putin simply wants Russia to be left alone. Some of their actions of the last few years well and truly disprove that. Seizing Crimea, for example. Interfering in the US election (particularly supplying that dossier to the Clinton campaign, and organising disruptive protests). Supporting Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, and so on. So clearly Russia’s been taking an active interest in global affairs.

    He also claimed that Putin has never ordered any of the mysterious deaths that seem to crop up among his opponents and critics, and that at heart he’s a Westernised liberal reformer which is a pretty extraordinary claim considering that you can’t run against him at an election without winding up dead, arrested or banned.

    That’s not to say that there aren’t unanswered questions about the Skripal poisoning. But if Tony Kevin (and Ross Cameron, for that matter) are saying that Putin or the Russian government couldn’t have done it because it’s somehow not in their nature, then I’d argue that their starting premise is wrong.

  86. Rae

    “sludge”, “sludge” and more “sludge”

    It seems to be the word of the moment. Ever since I was the first to use it to aptly describe the drivel penned by the female lead in Grigor and Beth.

  87. Entropy

    We should aspire to make this blog into a forum for thoughtful and respectful discussion of economics, politics, fine arts and classic literature (ancient and modern), rather than a running sewer of gardening tips, recipe exchange, sports commentary and military history.

    Well sure. That is why you have threads on “economics, politics, fine arts and classic literature (ancient and modern”. However, this is an “open” thread. You can scroll you know. I do. Live and let live.

  88. calli

    Is theology in or out?

    That weighty question will need its own separate thread. 😄

  89. Leigh Lowe

    However, this is an “open” thread. You can scroll you know. I do. Live and let live.

    Really?
    Scroll past stuff that doesn’t interest you?
    Like, as if you almost become your own moderator.
    That is a top idea!

  90. Entropy

    I doubt roseanne’s ratings will continue. It belongs in the nineties, and got a bump out of nostalgia.

  91. C.L.

    It pains me to say this, but I think this blog needs some filtering and moderation.
    Too often the subjects canvassed stray from Professor Davidson’s original intent …

    You mean Jason Soon’s original intent.

  92. DrBeauGan

    Surely, LL, the question of whether little old ladies who go to heaven are transmogrified into smoking hot twenty something chicks with perky tits is one of deep significance. It has affected many of our religious convictions.

  93. Leigh Lowe

    You mean Jason Soon’s original intent.

    My apologies.
    As Winston Churchill said “This country will stand or fall on it’s ability to correctly attribute sources”.

  94. Leigh Lowe

    Or was that Douglas MacArthur?

  95. Leigh Lowe

    DrBeauGan

    #2676495, posted on April 2, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Surely, LL, the question of whether little old ladies who go to heaven are transmogrified into smoking hot twenty something chicks with perky tits is one of deep significance. It has affected many of our religious convictions.

    There are stacks of blogs devoted to that already.
    No need to bring it here.

  96. min

    Catholic Church until a few years ago believed unbaptised babies who died went to limbo. 18 months ago I was livng in Florence in SanApostoli a street parallel to and one street back from the Arno near Ponte Vecchio. Down the way from the apartment was a a church and the Piazza del Limbo where all those babies were buried. Times change so do beliefs ,the priest at this church was a red headed Irishman

  97. DrBeauGan

    Leigh Lowe
    #2676498, posted on April 2, 2018 at 9:45 am
    DrBeauGan

    #2676495, posted on April 2, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Surely, LL, the question of whether little old ladies who go to heaven are transmogrified into smoking hot twenty something chicks with perky tits is one of deep significance. It has affected many of our religious convictions.

    There are stacks of blogs devoted to that already.
    No need to bring it here.

    Name three. Please!

  98. Geriatric Mayfly

    Or was that Douglas MacArthur?

    Louise Milligan I think.

  99. OldOzzie

    Newspoll: Adani fallout hits Shorten but states turn on Coalition

    Labor has lost ground to the LNP in the federal battleground state of Queensland where Bill Shorten has suffered a hit to his personal ratings in a sign that a vow to stop the Adani coalmine has damaged the Opposition Leader.

    However, Malcolm Turnbull would still face an election loss of more than 20 seats across the country, with Labor leading the Coalition in every state, according to analysis of Newspoll surveys conducted exclusively for The Australian in the first three months of this year.

    FULL NEWSPOLL TABLES (PDF)

    The Prime Minister is now one bad poll short of the same 30 lost Newspolls he set as the benchmark for Tony Abbott’s failed leadership, with the government having failed to recover any electoral ground it lost in the wake of the 2016 election. While the Prime Minister can point to his personal ratings as proof voters back him over Mr Shorten, the quarterly analysis has confirmed that even on this measure, it continues to slide.

    An average six-point lead over Mr Shorten as preferred prime minister for the first three months of this year is the tightest the contest between the two leaders has been since the last election.

    The government, however, will be buoyed at least by a partial recovery in Queensland, which has seen the LNP lift four percentage points since the beginning of this year, with the Adani mine remaining a dominant political issue in the Sunshine State.

    Mr Turnbull also appears to have re-engaged Queensland voters, with his approval ratings soaring four points as preferred prime minister since the last quarter, providing him with a greater lead in personal approval ratings over the Opposition Leader — 12 points — than in any other state.

    It is now the state where Mr Shorten is also least liked, with the poll analysis covering the period during which the Labor leader came under sustained attack for his changing position on Adani.

    But Labor has more than compensated for this by surging in South Australia following the collapse of Nick Xenophon’s party, with the bulk of a six-point slide for independents following the recent South Australian election going back to Labor’s primary vote ledger.

    The recent gains for the ­Coalition in the state that holds the greatest number of marginal seats and is regarded as electorally critical for both major parties, have been made against a longer term collapse in LNP support, which saw its primary vote in Queensland drop from 43.2 per cent at the election to a record low of 32 per cent in the final quarter of last year. In the past three months this has recovered four points to 36 per cent.

    The lift in Queensland for the LNP appear to have come primarily at the expense of One Nation, which has dropped back two points to 13 per cent this quarter compared to the last which covered a period in which the conservative minor party performed poorly in the Queensland state election.

    The states where the Coalition performed best at the election, Queensland and Western Australia, continued to show the greatest declines. At a national level, however, the Coalition finds itself ­beginning this year in the same position it ended 2017, trailing Labor on an average two-party-preferred vote of 47-53.

    More troubling for Liberal strategists will be Labor’s primary vote, which according to the longer term analysis, has been ahead of the ­Coalition’s in every quarter since the election bar one. Labor now leads the Coalition on the primary vote in every state, with a national average of 38 per cent compared to the Coalition’s 37 per cent.

    With Mr Turnbull having to confront his 30th losing Newspoll this month, the quarterly poll analysis will provide little promise of a recovery in the government’s fortunes.

    The Nationals have recovered some ground for the Coalition in the regions, lifting two points to 37 per cent this quarter. This is ­despite the Barnaby Joyce love-child scandal.
    Yet it has only regained enough to draw level with Labor, which has seen its greatest gains in the bush since the 2016 election, when it recorded just 30.8 per cent, with a seven-point overall jump in its primary vote.

    The Coalition, by contrast, is still seven points down on its election result of a regional primary vote of 44.2 per cent.

    Labor also continues to leads the Coalition on the primary vote across the nation’s capital cities.

  100. Leigh Lowe

    There are stacks of blogs devoted to that already.
    No need to bring it here.

    Name three. Please!

    Steve of Brisbane.
    Numbers Bob.
    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (this one is paywalled and subscriber only).

  101. None

    Our media are just so stupid to keep harping on about preferred PM. Those stats have nothing to do with election outcomes. All that matters is the primary vote and to a lesser extent the 2PP. Turnbull is toast.

  102. DrBeauGan

    Steve of Brisbane.
    Numbers Bob.
    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (this one is paywalled and subscriber only).

    I have checked them all out and will never trust you again.

  103. Gab

    Is the latest poll number 30 or number 29 in a long line of losses for turnbull?

  104. Dr Faustus

    Appearing, more horridly, over the next rise: Kevin Rudd bowls a GooglyChinaperson:

    Rudd: Peever lacks ‘level of delicacy’ required

    Former prime minister Kevin Rudd, now president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, told ABC News from Hong Kong that the scandal was harming Australia’s international reputation outside cricket circles.

    “I think the recent chairmanship of Cricket Australia, under David Peever, opens up a whole series of questions, I mean Peever brought to Australian cricket what I describe as all the delicacy and sophisticated stagecraft of Rio Tinto — I say that with complete irony.”

    As managing director of Rio Tinto Mr Peever played a part in Mr Rudd losing his position as prime minister in 2010 with a sustained attack against the government’s Resource Super Profits Tax.

    Christ, he would have been great at the UN.

  105. Bruce of Newcastle

    We should aspire to make this blog into a forum for thoughtful and respectful discussion of economics, politics, fine arts and classic literature (ancient and modern), rather than a running sewer of gardening tips, recipe exchange, sports commentary and military history.

    Leigh – If you’d like to do a guest post Sinc will probably put it up. He’s accepted articles from me based on Xenphon’s Anabasis and on Gibbon, although those were a while ago.

    Any guest post really needs to be only about 1 page in Word, which the blog software can accept directly w/o needing to be edited. Two pages is getting very long for a Cat post.

  106. Leigh Lowe

    I have checked them all out and will never trust you again.

    Ha ha!
    Gotcha!
    April Fool!!!

  107. Leigh Lowe

    Shit.
    It’s April 2nd.

  108. Arky

    rather than a running sewer of gardening tips, recipe exchange, sports commentary and military history.
    ..

    I have to trim back the pineapple sage today.
    Not looking forward to it. Pro gardening tip: pineapple sage will grow back even more vigorously after a heavy slashing. You can use it in your lamb roast shoulder, which I like to rub with salt and dried herbs before coveting in foil. 3-4 hours at 120 degrees.
    Tommorow I’m going for a run and will give you an in depth commentary. It will give me time to compose my next piece on the charge at Bersheeba. Interesting fact: did you know they were mounted infantry, not cavalry?
    How’d I do Liegh Lowe? Did I hit every aspect of the perfect open thread comment?

  109. H B Bear

    KRudd is one of the most defective and damaging people ever to have infested Australian public life.

    But you have to admire his ability to hold a grudge.

  110. Leigh Lowe

    Leigh – If you’d like to do a guest post Sinc will probably put it up. He’s accepted articles from me based on Xenphon’s Anabasis and on Gibbon, although those were a while ago.

    A bit beyond me Bruce.
    However, there are plenty of others here with far more eloquent and persuasive literary skills than your current interlocutor.
    Perhaps one of those could adopt the cause and run with it.

  111. Leigh Lowe

    Arky

    #2676512, posted on April 2, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I fear you are treating my entreaty with contempt Arky.
    However, in keeping with my new-found aspiration that this blog be raised to a higher plane, I will resist my urge to react with emotional abuse.

  112. Nick

    Wouldn’t happen today, of course, not with university trained journos on the job. Today the story would be how there has never been an Aboriginal astronaut because NASA handed out smallpox-riddled spacesuits and poisoned Tang.

    Lol. I was at a smoking ceremony recently. The indigene who led the ‘ceremony’ was a good looking girl who has only recently discovered her Aboriginality. She runs yoga and mermaid swimming classes on the side, producing Aboriginal themed art, brushed with a mermaids’ tail. The best part of the ceremony was when she intoned that the sacred smoke from the gum leaf laden coolamon had recently curd a boy of his asthma, such are its magical powers.

  113. Rae

    Rabz? From what I saw his most valuable contribution was a single word:

    Goalll!

    Maybe he was a minimalist.

  114. Algorithms are teleological, lest we forget.

    prove it

    Algorithms are designed to perform specific processes in order to achieve a certain solution. Even when you set aside the fact that they are designed they are still teleological because they are about something and tend toward something. If you’ve ever looked at code you see a precise list of specfic steps that follow a certain order. Teleology through and through.

    It is amazing that one even needs to ‘prove’ that a computation is teleological.

  115. Snoopy

    If you believe in a hammer, everything looks like a ….?

  116. thefrollickingmole

    Kind of cool, an ossuary under an english church has done a “fly through” on youtube.

    Down steep narrow stone stairs beneath Holy Trinity church in Rothwell, Northamptonshire, there is a small, damp chamber crammed with human bones – believed to be one of only two medieval charnel houses in England still holding their original human remains.

    The 13th-century charnel house – or bone store – at Rothwell, described as being of international importance, has been scanned and recreated digitally by scientists and archaeologists at the University of Sheffield, and their 3D model has now gone online. It includes an image of a skull rack, a wall lined with human skulls, which can’t be seen as easily in the real building because the chapel is so stuffed with wooden racks of bones, the remains of at least 2,500 people.

    Charnel houses were used when the space in small churchyards was needed for new burials: the earlier bones were exhumed and stacked carefully in chapels either in or near the main church. They remain in use in many places in mainland Europe, but in the UK almost all have been emptied of their contents and the bones reburied.

    The space is said to have been sealed up for centuries and rediscovered around 1700 when a startled grave digger broke through the roof with his pick and tumbled into the chamber. Romantic Victorian theories about the bones, long since debunked by scholars, included that they were the dead of the English civil war battle of Naseby, fought eight miles away in 1645, or even Danes slaughtered in a great victory by Saxons.

  117. Dr Faustus

    Tiangong 1 is (apparently) now only hours away from crashing into Hobart. The Chinese space agency tells us ‘Don’t worry, be happy’:

    There is “no need for people to worry”, the China Manned Space Engineering Office said earlier on its WeChat social media account.

    Such falling spacecraft do “not crash into the Earth fiercely like in sci-fi movies, but turn into a splendid (meteor shower) and move across the beautiful starry sky as they race towards the Earth”, it said.

    Comforting, coming from the mob who lost control of 8 tonnes of returning space junk.

  118. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    It is amazing that one even needs to ‘prove’ that a computation is teleological.

    your use of the word is …. special

  119. Tel

    Bottle of Grants and a 600ml of Grape Fanta and your night is made.

    You guys must have come from the big end of town. It was Fruity Dislexia when we were kids. Wonderful Australian tradition.

  120. zyconoclast

    Roseanne return rubs Trump in riled leftwing faces

    I don’t watch network TV shows except for some sport.
    I have read and seen stuff about this show online.

    My take is the Trump supporter stuff is just the Trojan horse so they can present the queer and degenerate child propaganda to people who would normally not watch this type of show.

    Likely it is not even remotely funny.

  121. Arky;

    How’d I do Liegh Lowe? Did I hit every aspect of the perfect open thread comment?

    You missed a link t0 Diamond Encrusted Perky Tits.

  122. Leigh;

    A bit beyond me Bruce.

    He did one for me, Leigh. And it was just a collection of numbers.
    Just think of a subject you are good at.
    Like taking the piss.

  123. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    You missed a link t0 Diamond Encrusted Perky Tits.

    Gracyanne Barbosa – Brazil

  124. RobK

    Fruity Dislexia when we were kids. 
    And Blackberry Nip.

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