Open Forum: March 31, 2018

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  1. jupes

    We could engineer Uranus into a star ship.
    The solar system would be better of without that brown and windy planet.

    LOL Arky.

    Good to see you are learning from your students.

  2. Top Ender

    We should make a similar decision to go to the stars.
    Once we decide to do it we will find a way.

    Thoroughly agree!

  3. jupes

    How good is Rabada and how hopeless is Kawaja?

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Easter 1916. Here at Villa Chaos for Easter 2018 we have been watching the first two episodes of a Netflix series called ‘Rebellion’, about the Easter Rising in Ireland – a fitting show for Easter Saturday

    I’ve looked up at the statue commemorating Daniel O’Connell, in Dublin, and thought “They look just like bullet holes.” The G.P.O. was just up the street…I’ve also stood in the Stonecutter’s yard, of the gaol in Dublin where the ringleaders of the 1916 revolution were shot, and there’s the same chill in the air as there was, in the “Killing Fields.”

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We know the answer ‘Paris’ is right because Paris is to France as Washington is to the USA. Relationships are teleological; A is related to B in this or that manner. That is pure teleology.
    really? a neural network sees a train of identical electrical spikes. where did it come from, the eye or the ear? what is that train of spikes representing? what in the train of spikes in itself is anything other than a train of electrical spikes to identify what it represents?

    Careful now Zippy or some wannabe will cut and paste this tomorrow morning quite out of context and lambast you for incomprehensibility. Some of these types simply haven’t got the capacity to handle metaphor or language ‘created’ to induce a sense of meta-form. In other words, they go to the Opera for the plots and read Shakespeare for the rude words. Yet they also pretend to read Les Murray’s poetry.
    I ignore them.

  6. Pedro the Ignorant

    I come home from the footy after my team is flogged like a red stepchild, the canteen ran out of hot chips before 1/4 time, Swan Districts supporters hanging out the windows of their clapped out bogan cars giving me the finger, and all you Cats want to talk about is space travel, perky tits, and obscure theological arguments.

    Gawdalmighty, peeps, today is footy (and, to a much lesser extent, cricket in Africa), drinking and similar debauchery day.

    Tomorrow is the correct time to be pious and reflective.

  7. Leigh Lowe

    Agreed.
    Joe Burns is B-Grade.
    I reckon the right whack for all 3 was maybe 3 months.
    What I am waiting to see is for Sutherland to grow a spine and ask the Indian fuckers who own the ICC what they are going to do about it everywhere else.
    India tour here next summer.
    Expect lots of close-ups of the ball when the Injuns are in the field.
    Could get interesting.

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I come home from the footy after my team is flogged like a red stepchild, the canteen ran out of hot chips before 1/4 time, Swan Districts supporters hanging out the windows of their clapped out bogan cars giving me the finger, and all you Cats want to talk about is space travel, perky tits, and obscure theological arguments.

    I’m sorry, Pedro, what’s your problem with perky tits?

  9. None

    Can we talk about how Joe Burns will never be a Test quality batsman and how we have a very good batsman currently pacing around his Maroubra mansion smashing windows?

    Only if you buy this round.

  10. zyconoclast

    A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Dares To Stop Them

    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.

    Organized by a group of volunteers called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, the caravan is intended to help migrants safely reach the United States, bypassing not only authorities who would seek to deport them, but gangs and cartels who are known to assault vulnerable migrants.

    Organizers like Rodrigo Abeja hope that the sheer size of the crowd will give immigration authorities and criminals pause before trying to stop them.

  11. None

    It’s holy Saturday Pedro well at least it still is here , somewhere between death and resurrection. But we did leave some titties in the fridge for you.

  12. Leigh Lowe

    jupes

    #2675585, posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:01 am

    How good is Rabada and how hopeless is Kawaja?

    Careful.
    You are talking about our first diversity pick test captain.
    Does Rabada own a farm?
    Any chance Peter Dutton could snavel him?

  13. Leigh Lowe

    Pedro the Ignorant

    #2675588, posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I come home from the footy after my team is flogged like a red stepchild, the canteen ran out of hot chips before 1/4 time, Swan Districts supporters hanging out the windows of their clapped out bogan cars giving me the finger

    Who do you support Pedro?

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    ’ve looked up at the statue commemorating Daniel O’Connell, in Dublin, and thought “They look just like bullet holes.” The G.P.O. was just up the street…I’ve also stood in the Stonecutter’s yard, of the gaol in Dublin where the ringleaders of the 1916 revolution were shot, and there’s the same chill in the air as there was, in the “Killing Fields.”

    Zulu, Hairy and I have also done these things and felt exactly the same as you about them.
    The first time we went to the GPO the statue of Cuchulainn being attacked by the raven Mab was in the centre of the waiting area, very in-your-face. Second time they had moved it to an alcove at the side.
    The Irish are a people thoroughly committed to their history and mythology; it’s great to see. You come across the ‘knowledge’ of it all over Ireland, often in quite unexpected places and ways.

    Anyway, bedtime for us now. Play safe and stay safe over Easter, Cats and Kittehs.

  15. Top Ender

    Bruce of Newcastle
    I haven’t done the sums for a while but it’s very unlikely a probe, even a tiny one, could get to Proxima Centauri in less than a century.

    Ah, but aren’t you presuming space travel of a linear nature

  16. zyconoclast

    Careful.
    You are talking about our first diversity pick test captain.
    Does Rabada own a farm?
    Any chance Peter Dutton could snavel him?

    Last time they tried this for a Pakistani refugee he disappeared into the cricketing aether.

    Minister gets immigration ball rolling for Fawad Ahmed to play against England

    Fawad Ahmed granted Australian citizenship

    Fawad Ahmed asylum case: Spin-bowler ‘got special treatment’ in borderline citizenship case

  17. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    consciousness is 100% causal.

    The Code for Facial Identity in the Primate Brain

    researchers were able to reverse engineer the macaque visual cortex and identify the algorithm neurons use to encode visual patterns, in this case faces.

    They then presented a face to the monkey it had never seen before and by looking at the output of about 200 cells in the visual cortex were able to reverse engineer what the face looked like without seeing it themselves. mind blowing stuff.

    “Primates recognize complex objects such as faces with remarkable speed and reliability. Here, we reveal the brain’s code for facial identity. Experiments in macaques demonstrate an extraordinarily simple transformation between faces and responses of cells in face patches. By formatting faces as points in a high-dimensional linear space, we discovered that each face cell’s firing rate is proportional to the projection of an incoming face stimulus onto a single axis in this space, allowing a face cell ensemble to encode the location of any face in the space. Using this code, we could precisely decode faces from neural population responses and predict neural firing rates to faces. Furthermore, this code disavows the long-standing assumption that face cells encode specific facial identities, confirmed by engineering faces with drastically different appearance that elicited identical responses in single face cells. Our work suggests that other objects could be encoded by analogous metric coordinate systems.”

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Irish are a people thoroughly committed to their history and mythology; it’s great to see

    Your average Irishman has a grasp of his/her history and culture that makes your average Australian look completely ignorant by comparison.

  19. Leigh Lowe

    FMD.
    Open the Rupert websites and it is all about Candice Warner.
    Shut. The. Fuck. Up.
    You’ve done enough you Instagram media whore.

  20. Leigh Lowe

    Your average Irishman has a grasp of his/her history and culture that makes your average Australian look completely ignorant by comparison.

    Your average Irishman is working as a builders labourer and living in St Kilda and doesn’t want to go back because his country has turned into a shithole.

  21. egg_

    It is often assumed that all Old World monkeys share the same trichromatic colour vision, but the evidence in support of this conclusion is sparse as only a small fraction of all Old World monkey species have been tested. To address this issue, spectral sensitivity functions were measured in animals from eight species of Old World monkey (five cercopithecine species and three colobine species) using a non-invasive electrophysiological technique. Each of the 25 animals examined had spectrally well-separated middle- and long-wavelength cone pigments. Cone pigments maximally sensitive to short wavelengths were also detected, implying the presence of trichromatic colour vision. Direct comparisons of the spectral sensitivity functions of Old World monkeys suggest there are no significant variations in the spectral positions of the cone pigments underlying the trichromatic colour vision of Old World monkeys.

  22. Arky

    researchers were able to reverse engineer the macaque visual cortex and identify the algorithm neurons use to encode visual patterns, in this case faces.

    ..
    This is akin to going to the movies and watching a classic like Once Upon A Time In The West or Fistful of Dollars and then explaning the movie by saying it is simply little pictures on celluloid with light projected through.
    For sure, on a certain level you are correct.
    However, you are ignoring about 99% of how and why the movie is there and what it means.

  23. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    By formatting faces as points in a high-dimensional linear space, we discovered that each face cell’s firing rate is proportional to the projection of an incoming face stimulus onto a single axis in this space

    These n-dimensional spaces that neural networks encode to, are purely abstract. They are effectively a neural network’s unconscious. The space represents relationships or a compression of a signal but can’t be directly accessed, yet can be used to produce output. You don’t know how you know something, yet you know that you know it and can be queried about it. Points in the n-dimensional space can also be thought of as archetypes at a higher level of compression.

    Yet the whole thing is entirely causal, the same points in the space can represent different things depending on what the network has been exposed to.

  24. egg_

    Color provides a reliable cue for object detection and identification during various behaviors such as foraging, mate choice, predator avoidance and navigation. The total number of colors that a visual system can discriminate is largely dependent on the number of different spectral types of cone opsins present in the retina and the spectral separations among them. Thus, opsins provide an excellent model system to study evolutionary interconnections at the genetic, phenotypic and behavioral levels. Primates have evolved a unique ability for three-dimensional color vision (trichromacy) from the two-dimensional color vision (dichromacy) present in the majority of other mammals. This was accomplished via allelic differentiation (e.g. most New World monkeys) or gene duplication (e.g. Old World primates) of the middle to long-wavelength sensitive (M/LWS, or red–green) opsin gene. However, questions remain regarding the behavioral adaptations of primate trichromacy. Allelic differentiation of the M/LWS opsins results in extensive color vision variability in New World monkeys, where trichromats and dichromats are found in the same breeding population, enabling us to directly compare visual performances among different color vision phenotypes. Thus, New World monkeys can serve as an excellent model to understand and evaluate the adaptive significance of primate trichromacy in a behavioral context. I shall summarize recent findings on color vision evolution in primates and introduce our genetic and behavioral study of vision-behavior interrelationships in free-ranging sympatric capuchin and spider monkey populations in Costa Rica.

  25. zyconoclast

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull retracts Peter Dutton’s offer to help white South African farmers

    The Australian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have effectively retracted Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s offensive remarks but without slapping him down. By PETER FABRICIUS.

  26. Arky

    Not that the mechanism of brain processing isn’t interesting in and of itself however.

  27. Mitch M.

    IIRC sight takes up 80% of the brain’s activity, so we’re likely processing spatial information a lot of the tim

    30% is the typical figure for humans. It depends on the visual stimuli and also represents an example of poor design. The information is subject to partial regulation by the retina, then goes to the LGN, which can provide a crude shape form for the image, then to the way to the back of the skull to the striate cortex, very primitive, literally reptilian in structure, then to V1 to V3 and counting(might be others), still at the back of the skull, then the dorsal stream which identifies location in space(parietal, across the top middle of the head), the ventral stream (around the ear region but given the IFN and angular gyrus may well extend from the visual cortices to the frontal lobes), which gives a name to the object. Sensory activity arises primarily at the back of the head, perception involves primarily the dorsal and ventral streams. Then there is the superior collicus issue, still mysterious, and the cerebellum plays a cardinal roll in eye tracking(back of and underneath the brain, often referred to as the “little brain” even though it contains more neurons than the rest of the brain combined), and the frontal eye fields.

    BTW it is very easy to generate visual illusions. There are studies which show that under certain conditions the colours we report seeing do not always correspond to the photon frequencies hitting the retina.

  28. Pedro the Ignorant

    Perth Demons in the WAFL, LL. Horribly flogged by traditional enemies from the barbaric wastelands of Bassendean and Midland

    Feeling suitably chastised as I didn’t realise Easter Saturday was a holy day.

    Apologies to anyone I have offended with my jokey comments.

  29. zyconoclast

    Sweden Withdraws Child Marriage Booklet After Public Backlash

    The brochure entitled “Information for Those Who Are Married to a Child”, which was published by the Swedish board of health and immigration, gave advice to newly arrived immigrants who may be involved in a marriage with a minor advising them that it is “inappropriate” to live with their underage spouse.

  30. Infidel Tiger

    Renshaw will never be a Test batsman.

  31. Leigh Lowe

    Pedro.
    Easter breaks can be as holy as you like.
    True Christians don’t shame those who leave them alone to pursue their faith.
    Carry on.

  32. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Your average Irishman is working as a builders labourer and living in St Kilda and doesn’t want to go back because his country has turned into a shithole.

    When a Shortfilth Government is elected, bringing with it all the trappings of a socialist government, I intend seeking political asylum in southern Ireland. A serviced apartment in Clonmel – where my ancestors packed up to “follow the gold to Australia” – my favourite whisky distillery just across the Irish sea, and the socialist shythole of Australia, half a world away?

  33. sdfc

    Chin up Pedro. Coming up against the mighty Swanny juggernaut first up was just bad luck.

  34. zyconoclast

    Taking benefits may penalize immigrants

    WASHINGTON – Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency under a proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

    According to a draft of the proposal obtained by the Washington Post, immigration caseworkers would be required to consider a much broader range of factors when determining whether immigrants or their U.S.-citizen children are using public benefits or may likely do so.

    Current rules penalize immigrants who receive cash welfare payments, considering them a “public charge.” But the proposed changes from the Department of Homeland Security would widen the government’s definition of benefits to include the widely used Earned Income Tax Credit as well as health insurance subsidies and other “non-cash public benefits.”

    The changes would apply to those seeking immigration visas, or legal permanent residency, such as a foreigner with an expiring work visa. While it would make little difference to those living illegally in the shadows, it could affect immigrants protected by the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program – whose termination has been blocked by federal courts – if they attempt to file for full legal residency.

    Immigrants and their families facing a short-term crisis could potentially have to forgo help to avoid jeopardizing their U.S. residency status. The proposal would also require more immigrants to post cash bonds if they have a higher probability of needing or accepting public benefits. The minimum bond amount would be $10,000, according to the DHS proposal, but the amount could be set higher if an applicant is deemed at greater risk of neediness.

  35. egg_

    then to the way to the back of the skull to the striate cortex, very primitive, literally reptilian in structure

    Probably fight or flee processing.

  36. zyconoclast

    City will not collect personal data of undocumented workers under new safety law

    Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler said Wednesday that the city will neither collect nor retain the personal information of undocumented construction workers who will be required to earn safety training certification under a new law.

    Chandler’s agency is busy hashing out how to implement the new construction safety bill that was crammed through the City Council in September. The law requires all construction workers to complete at least 40 hours of safety instruction by 2020. However, several key elements of the program have not been finalized, including how to ensure individual hard hats meet the threshold while keeping the personal information of undocumented workers out of the hands of federal immigration authorities.

  37. Knuckle Dragger

    And, somewhat predictably, we are now 3/38 chasing 488. Might as well be 48888.

    Renshaw fails, a duck for Handscomb. I expect Mitch Marsh to contribute a minimum of three runs to our total.

    And you know what? I’m at peace with it.

  38. Infidel Tiger

    I think we know why these three plonker man were dropped. Horrible.

    Thanks to Cricket Australia you cal look forward to years more of this.

    The stupid pricks had 3 openings and didn’t select Maxwell. Tools.

  39. zyconoclast

    Puerto Rico hurricane migrants may be wild card in U.S. elections

    Can an influx of Democratic-learning climate migrants in Florida tip the state’s delicate political balance?

  40. zyconoclast

    Trump Tells 4,000 Liberian Immigrants To Leave or Face Deportation
    President denies extension of legal immigration status for Liberians, many who have lived in the U.S. for decades.

  41. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    This is akin to going to the movies and watching a classic like Once Upon A Time In The West or Fistful of Dollars and then explaning the movie by saying it is simply little pictures on celluloid with light projected through.
    For sure, on a certain level you are correct.
    However, you are ignoring about 99% of how and why the movie is there and what it means.

    no its not.not at all. it’s akin to having a page full of numbers and then recreating the entire movie.

    however the meaning of the movie is different for different people. some lower level stuff is simple like people walking, shooting a gun. riding a horse. but there is layer upon layer upon layer of meaning, and people will vary greatly at higher levels of abstraction about the meaning.

    This is where the frontal cortex kicks in, not just compressing raw sensory input into n-dimensional spaces but compressing trains of neuronal spikes that represent n-dimensional spaces into meta abstract n-dimensional spaces.

    Human brain architecture is effectively meta to itself, self reflective perception.

  42. Pedro the Ignorant

    I thought you may be lurking out there gloating, sdfc.
    We kicked the first two goals, but it was all downhill from there.

    I blame the lack of hot chips, and Todd Banfield (SD) didn’t play too badly, either.

  43. zyconoclast

    Yes, white ‘privilege’ is still the problem

    If you are a white person in America, you were born privileged. That’s just a fact.

    It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not anybody’s fault. There’s no need to get defensive about it.

    The best thing to do is just acknowledge it.

    Being privileged does not necessarily mean that you have a perfect life. It does not mean that you come from wealth or that you always obtain everything you want — or deserve.

    It doesn’t give you a pass to be lazy and shiftless. It doesn’t automatically guarantee you success. White skin no more relieves you of taking responsibility for your life, working hard and thinking smart than it does for people with dark skin.

    It just means that you have a head start over the rest of us.

  44. Mitch M.

    Probably fight or flee processing

    That’s part of it but I believe that even at the LGN, a thalamic nuclei that can present shapes of things, and has direct connections to the amygdala, is probably the first call to alarm. So even before we are conscious of what we are seeing we may already be responding. There are studies which point to a considerable time delay in our visual perception, so much so that it raises fascinating questions as to how sportspeople are able to hit fast moving balls. Literally no time to think.

  45. egg_

    how and why the movie is there and what it means.

    Memory gives context to experience.

  46. Knuckle Dragger

    IT,

    I’m with you. Maxwell demonstrated his ability to play the long game during the Shield season, and can bowl and do things in the field that Handscomb, with his retarded batting style can’t.

    Non-selection was a fvckup of Biblical proportions.

  47. egg_

    Literally no time to think.

    Yup.
    Dogs chasing frisbees comes to mind.
    Catalyst? had an AIS segment on anticipation in ping pong – opponent body language would play a big part methinks, and use of peripheral vision to detect motion, widening the narrow central focus of vision.

  48. egg_

    akin to having a page full of numbers and then recreating the entire movie.

    An MPEG file.

  49. sdfc

    I thought you may be lurking out there gloating, sdfc.

    Give me a break Pedro. We’re second and playing the Freo resies and Subi in the next two weeks. This will probably be the only week we are in the four all year.

  50. sdfc

    Sorry top five, you know it’s a tinpot comp when more clubs make the finals than miss.

  51. None

    Candice Warner told her girls that the Easter Bunny was not coming. Well that’s that then.

  52. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for military Cats, particularly those involved in the discussion about one General Douglas MacArthur, on a previous thread.

    In 1938, the Japanese Army set up an institute, in Manchuria, to experiment with both chemical and biological warfare – Unit 731. Some fairly revolting experiments were carried out on prisoners of war – American, Chinese, New Zealanders and Australians.

    General Douglas MacArthur agreed to give the Japanese immunity from any form of prosecution, provided they handed over all the results of their ” research.”

    “The Second World War” Anthony Beevor, pages 770. Recommended reading.

  53. OneWorldGovernment

    There was something which happened in the 1980s which was variously labeled the death of the liberal dream or the great extinction of the liberal dream. It was much discussed at the time, but you’ll rarely hear of it in any political discussion nowadays. In essence, it was a seismic and global shift away from the statist, left-wing ideas that had held sway in government circles through most of the 70s. The entire world seemed to be moving towards the right and any surviving liberal ideals became the exclusive province of raggedy assed hippies moving into middle-age or embittered politicians who were also products of the 60s, but were now severely out of touch with the modern Zeitgeist.

    There are a number of reasons why you’ll probably not have heard about it. To name but a few; the level of political analysis these days is so immediate, tribal and short-term, nobody can be arsed to learn some political history to inform their opinions. Too many of those who know about it, know it was a massive defeat, and can remember the despair of the left that lasted nearly two decades, so they don’t want to talk about those times. Or just maybe in what is a very 21st century reflex when dealing with unpalatable facts, if it’s never mentioned in polite company, then it never happened. The liberal dominance of the mainstream media and academia amounts to propaganda, even in political history.

    It was one of those mass shifts in popular sentiment that was reflected in the political landscape, and although the cause for such changes can sometimes be pinpointed to a single traumatic point such as the morning of Sunday December 7th 1941, more usually they are a combination of concerns that have all come to a head at the same time. What caused the great extinction of the 80s was surviving the previous decade.

    The 70s were a decade of disillusionment and in so many ways like suffering a hangover from the party on hard euphoria of the previous decade when the world had been a lot different.

    Most economies were in recession due to various factors but mainly as a result of the Arab world hiking oil prices through the roof to punish the West’s support for Israel, against whom they’d just got their arses handed to them yet again in another war. Jobs and money were scarce. Industrial strife was widespread, with strikes that could go on for months. The chill out man and just smoke another joint attitude of the previous decade had mutated into a Class A drugs nightmare. Great cities of the world like New York had become dangerous, crime-ridden war zones teetering on the edge of municipal bankruptcy.

    The politics of the seventies were, if anything, even more polarised and venomous than they are now, with dutifully virtuous mobs turning out at west coast airports to spit on freshly arrived GIs who were only 48 hours earlier getting their ass shot off for their country in some shithole in Indochina. The politicians at the time were uniformly anodyne, incompetent, useless and not only uninspiring but also uninspired. They did a lot of there’s no need to panic type of speeches, but the accurate and perceived reality by the ordinary person was they simply didn’t have the first clue about how to fix any of it.

    The mass media was in transit from the overwhelmingly right-wing stance of the previous years, towards a much more critical, if not cynical, viewpoint on many things that the ordinary person, caught between the warring factions, still believed in because that was their day-to-day world.

    An abiding pride in your country was not some hidden fascist tendency that had to be rooted out by the newly appointed witchfinder generals of popular opinion. Being married with kids was still a thing to be desired in the circles you moved in, despite what the media was trumpeting as the demise of the family unit. Schools were there to teach your children some basics like reading, writing and arithmetic, not to churn out miniature class warriors who would despise their parents, who’d worked their ass off to put them there in the first damn place.

    Universities had metastasised from centres of intellectual exploration to bastions of political intolerance that verged on the neo-fascist, with the added value of two thirds of the people who probably shouldn’t even have been there in the first place, failing to make it into the third year. Academia instead of being a factory for grinding out fresh ideas, became a charnel house where they came to die. It’s no coincidence that nearly all the innovators of the digital revolution of the 80s did the freshman year and after looking around at the prevailing chaos, decided they could do a lot better working in their parent’s garage with a soldering iron.

    Why should you constantly have pressure on you to apologise for your steady belief in country, culture, your patriotism, your belief in family, in some sort of sane continuity in the face of the ongoing chaos all around you, which although viciously critical of the fundamental tenets of your life, offered no viable alternatives to that value system nor solutions to any of the self-declared but must-be-addressed emergencies that you were absolutely sure had no relevance to your life.

    All you wanted was a return of prosperity, a job and the prospect of a better life for your family and the kids.

    By the dawn of the 80s, the world was ready, if not desperate, for practical, effective politicians like Reagan and Thatcher, both of whom never sat well with their own political establishment, but would go on to do a job of societal re-engineering that brought back prosperity and culminated in the political grand slam of the Berlin wall coming down in 89, which marked the effective demise of the Soviet Union and a half century long ideological battle.

    If any of that lot sounds familiar, then welcome to 2016 and the supposedly massive surprise of Trump being elected.

    All those very same factors were at work. He was smart enough to see that level of silent, pissed-off dissatisfaction, because that was the offshore storm that had been brewing in him for the last thirty years. He was terminally fed up of watching his country being pissed up against the wall by a bunch of incompetents whose only priority seemed to be pleasing an increasingly demanding media, rather than the people who dug drainage ditches along the side of the road, flipped burgers, waitressed those burgers to people, tutored a kid from a background you couldn’t interfere with through an exam they should never have got and a shot at a better life, ran towards the whole shit coming down event when anyone sensible was legging it the other way, were impelled to be silent when they wanted to scream and just hung on in there when there was no better reason than a sense of decency, rather than a profit margin.

    Just bringing home a wage packet, week after week and then those weeks turning into months and then years, from a job that would never quite match up with your foolish youthful dreams, but was more than made up for by the leaps of the kids at Daddie half way through the front door and still struggling with one arm in his coat getting knocked flat on his ass by the enthusiasm of their greeting. It’s quiet personal stuff, but it really matters. Deeply.

    The people, who held on to the scorned sense of duty, whether large or small, and through thick and thin, because they knew that without enough people like them, the whole bloody ball of wool would unravel. There was a feeling that the borders of sanity that really mattered were seriously in danger of being breached, which is why they took a chance and voted for Trump.

    Sure, he knows his enemies, and if you watch is slowly working his way through them one by one, but he also knows who his friends are. You can look at as many popularity polls about him as you want, but remembering those very same polling organisations were giving him a 2% chance of beating Clinton on the eve of election day, my feeling is that his position with the electorate is even stronger than is indicated by those still hopelessly biased polls. Why anyone pays any attention to them nowadays is beyond me.

    Like Reagan and Thatcher, his support was originally manifest in the secrecy of the polling booth, but after a few years, and the christianising of a news/media complex that’s learning that opposing him hits the bottom line, because by doing so you’re opposing a ground swell of popular sentiment, no matter how distasteful you might find it to your political sensitivities.

    It’s commonly thought that he’s what’s called a money president, one who knows how to get an economy on track to bring back prosperity, and without a doubt, the last year has proven that as he’s rolled back the industrial decay of previous decades that supposedly nothing could be done about. His second priority, which he alluded to constantly in the election, was to restore America’s standing in a world that had got used to despising its weakness, and given his successes in foreign policy, foreign powers have now learned to tread very carefully around an America with an alpha male like Trump in charge of it.

    In the first year of what looks to be an eight year presidency, he has made remarkable progress towards achieving both those goals. For anyone who watched his speeches in full, rather than the debased accounts of them in the media, neither of those objectives which he openly spoke about, or his determination to achieve them, should come as a surprise, but there was always a third and unspoken one.

    It’s too easy an analysis to say he picked out CNN to destroy as an example to the rest of the fake news machine, too easy to say he gave Hollywood the worst year it’s had in the last twenty-five because it allowed itself to become a liberal propaganda mouth piece and even that he’s nearly destroyed the formerly money-spinning franchises that composed the NFL because the owners allowed their dumbo players to disrespect the national anthem, but let’s face it, not even Trump is that powerful.

    The people who actually did all that financial damage to those formerly highly lucrative industries was the people, and it will continue for as long as those industries cling to a sense of entitlement and elitist political viewpoints that their newly militant consumers now actively dislike. They’ve seen what effect flexing their financial muscles can have on supposedly impervious people intent on ramming objectionable content down their throat, and they like the feel of it.

    There’s even a certain pride, if not zest, in knocking them off their high horse.

    The financial bloodbath will continue until the lesson is learned, and it will be, but the growing problem with each passing day will become how to lure the punters back when they’ve already moved on to alternative suppliers of products more to their taste. As all investors in retail know, recovering lost ground is a lot harder than taking it for the first time. The commonality those businesses share is that they all come under the heading of discretionary spending, since it doesn’t hurt people not to buy their product. Their only path to survival is to change the flavour of the product to more accurately reflect the shift in public sentiment.

    Sure, Trump made a few slight but deft adjustments to the rudder of public opinion, but he’s not creating sentiments that weren’t already there, he’s just been trusted by those selfsame people to not only speak for them, but to be their champion in the swamp of Washington, if only to get it off their backs. Like his political forebears of Reagan and Thatcher, he is working on the same re-engineering of society that was slowly undone by decades of dross like Clinton, the Bushes and most recently Obama.

    It’s a return to respecting traditional values which actually never went away, because without them, any civilisation would implode. Country, family, responsibility and common decency. There’s an old saying – comes the day, comes the man, and America in it’s relatively short history, has been inordinately fortunate in that respect. In its hour of need, it seems to cough up just the right man. Trump is smart, tough and always up for a scrap. I’ve no doubt he has his flaws, but his visceral support for those values and his intention to move them back into the centre of American life is the basis of his appeal to his electorate.

    That was always the unspoken third objective, not because it was furtive, but because it was always the understood common ground, a consensual agreement, the contract between him and the people who voted for him. It’ll take a few more years, but I think the second great extinction of the liberal dream is well underway.

    A storm is coming.

  54. Mitch M.

    Catalyst? had an AIS segment on anticipation in ping pong – opponent body language would play a big part methinks, and use of peripheral vision to detect motion, widening the narrow central focus of vision.

    Yes which is why some bowlers mask the grip on the ball so the batsmen cannot anticipate the intended delivery. This is contentious: there are studies which suggest that even retinal neurons demonstrate the ability to detect motion and direction.

    There are two broad modes of transmission: the “fast” visual pathway, which constitutes only 10% of the retinal-LGN-striate cortical pathways(magnocellular) and the “slow” pathway(parvocellular), each with distinct cellular types.

    There are studies on cortical blindness in animals and rare cases of complete loss of the visual cortices in humans. A striking feature is that in both cases the animal can navigate through an unfamiliar environment and avoid objects much better than chance. Yet when humans are quizzed by this they have absolutely no idea they are doing that and no conscious thinking about that navigation. Hence my earlier reference to the LGN, being a thalamic nuclei and the ability to identify shapes, clearly our sensory apprehension of the world is largely beyond our conscious control.

  55. Lehmann was cleared of direct involvement in the shortcuts the players took in attempting to doctor the ball during the Third Test. Yet before the Test series, Lehmann appeared quite sanguine about such practices: “Obviously there’s techniques used by both sides to get the ball reversing. That’s just the way the game goes. I have no problem with it. Simple.”

    From Gideon Haigh at The Oz.
    I fear this issue has more to come. None of it any short term good for Australia.

  56. egg_

    our sensory apprehension of the world is largely beyond our conscious control.

    Yup, a ‘machine’ gifted with (some degree of) consciousness.

  57. Knuckle Dragger

    Zulu,

    Yeah, read that one and doesn’t surprise me one bit. This from a bloke who wanted to nuke North Korea and China in the 50s until Truman picked him for the whack job that he was and sacked him.

    Peter Brune’s ‘A Bastard of a Place’ also details very well Macarthur’s general ineptitude while in Australia. He had no idea of the terrain involved in the Kokoda and Milne Bay campaigns yet orderded the troops on and on as if they were American Civil War cavalry. After Gona, Buna and Sanananda had been finally taken he was fond of saying publicly with his general, Eichelberger, “Those were great days when we were fighting on those beachheads, weren’t they Ike?”

    Wanker. He should have died on Bataan.

  58. None

    Old school I don’t think this ball tampering saga is over by a long shot. Warner I think he is devastated but he’s also holding fire. He has dirt and he is considering how to use it, but I suspect he will use it to protect himself and his family first . Also much as I dislike him and his wife his wife should not have been subjected to the abuse that she was – I am thinking in particular of the cricket officials and those guys in masks plus the subsequent crowd behaviour rather than the sledging – and I’d say cricket Australia and cricket SA failed in some duty of care there. Smith just didn’t have the maturity to handle such situations.

  59. Infidel Tiger

    MacArthur was a great man and Australia has had no better friend.

    If he had been listened to, the world would be in a much better place.

    One of the bravest sonofabitches going around too.

    He didn’t spend his days getting pissed and reading about the exploits of others, he made history and put his balls on the line every single day of his life. A real man, the type they don’t make any more.

  60. Marcus

    Just had this song on my mind for some reason. Pretty amazing vocal performance considering she didn’t think her pipes were working on the night:

  61. Knuckle Dragger

    Macarthur was, as they like to say in the north of England, ‘all mouth and no trousers’.

    He had an affinity for the Philippines because his father had served there. Plus, the President at the time offered him half a million dollars just before WW2 started to be his military advisor, as he had just resigned from the Army and could collect his pension as well.

    ‘Ordered’ out of the Philippines to save the Army’s reputation, leaving seasoned generals like “skinny” Wainwright to lead the remainder of his starving, malaria-ridden forces to prison camps.

    Made his stupid “I will return” speech from a train at a rural South Australian railway station, Terowra.

    Surrounded himself with American acolytes in Australia, of whom none had any experience in jungle land operations, and criticised (and sacked) no less than six Australian Divisional commanders during the Kokoda campaign, when the reality was a triumph against all odds. One of the last, Tubby Allen penned a note to Macarthur saying ‘if you can do any bloody better get up here and do it yourself!’ before binning it.

    Blamey had no small part on it either, recognising Macarthur’s political importance. The man(Macarthur) actually recommended himself for the Congressional Medal of Honor twice, but Marshall blocked them both.

    And he sidelined some of the by-then most experienced jungle troops in the world (our blokes) for the recapture of the Philippines. Instead they were wasted in unnecessary clearing up ops in various islands where they could have let the Japs starve to death, because the Great Man wanted Americans to retake the place that had made him so much money.

    And that’s not mentioning his role in the Bonus Riots, where he ordered troops to bayonet WW1 veterans who wanted an early payout as they were starving during the Depression.

    Macarthur can get fucked. Give me Patton or Bradley or Nimitz any day.

  62. Mitch M.

    This one’s for military Cats, particularly those involved in the discussion about one General Douglas MacArthur, on a previous thread.

    ZK2A I enjoy your posts on military issues. I watched a doco 0n the Korean war where they mentioned how many were worried about Macarthur’s rapid advancement up the Peninsula because there were serious logistical problems with the pace. It was a stupid thing to do and left many soldiers out in the cold. If he had not been so gung ho and carefully planned that advancement the Korean peninsula might look very different today.

    I noted your earlier reference to the aircraft losses in the Philippines. That should have been a sackable offence. When the leader of the Russian airforce found out most of his aircraft were lost on the ground through air raids IIRC he committed suicide. Sadly for him the loss of all those antiquated aircraft may have been the best thing that happened because they then set about designing new aircraft that were quickly brought into service.

  63. JC

    MacArthur was a great man and Australia has had no better friend.

    I used walk past his front door everyday from work. He and the and the family had an apartment in the Waldorf Astoria on Park Ave.

  64. Knuckle Dragger

    Mitch M,

    I think the bloke’s name was Kenney or similar, a reputed hard drinker. He put all his aircraft in the air at the same time, and sure enough they ran out of fuel and had to return to fill their tanks again. That was when the Japs, not believing their good luck, hit the airfields.

    As you say, a sackable offence.

  65. Infidel Tiger

    Macarthur was, as they like to say in the north of England, ‘all mouth and no trousers’.

    Served and fought in two World Wars incredibly bravely, commanded more men than is fathomable and was right about every major issue.

    The military types on this blog (with a few silent exceptions) have done nothing braver than star jumps and learnt to make hospital corners.

    The pile on against MacArthur is ahistorical nonsense by leftist wankstains.

  66. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh good. 4/90 and Mitchell Marsh is in. His brother’s amassed 15 runs from 62 balls.

    Massive recovery on the way. Just you wait and see.

  67. Knuckle Dragger

    IT,

    Prove anything I’ve said is wrong and I’ll make your bed with hospital corners for the rest of your life.

    Prove it. It’s fact.

  68. Mitch M.

    MacArthur was a great man and Australia has had no better friend.

    Really? I have read that he thought Australian troops were not fit for purpose and used them only as a last resort.

  69. Knuckle Dragger

    Exceeded my predictions. Mitch Marsh gone for four. 5/96.

    An innings defeat is inevitable.

  70. Knuckle Dragger

    6/96. Jesus Christ, this will be a lesson to all concerned. Shaun Marsh stupidly gone to first slip.

    This deserves to continue for the next twelve months.

  71. Knuckle Dragger

    Mitch M,

    Yes, he thought our troops were not fit for purpose. But instead he put largely untrained National Guard units from the States into the fray in the final stages of the Kokoda campaign, where they sat and stayed and refused to advance when being fired upon.

    He ignored the unseen terrain, and the massive logistical problems from getting supplies from Moresby to Buna. He had no situational awareness, which every commander needs, from his flash hotel in Australian cities and daily press conferences where he displayed his corn cob pipe and gobbed off about the upcoming US salvation of Australia.

    And it came. But not through Macarthur, it was their Navy that did the job.

  72. Mitch M.

    Thanks KD, I appreciate your insights because the history as taught is so often misleading.

    The Navy did an incredible job. While most think about D Day the USA conducted many beach assaults that were incredibly brutal and costly. Would have been much worse but the for precision targeting by the US Navy and the support of the naval air force.

  73. Arky

    We could engineer Uranus into a star ship.
    The solar system would be better of without that brown and windy planet.

    I think it was Niven who wrote in one of his books a means of moving any of the gas giants.
    Build a structure shaped like a beer glass. Remove the base so you end up with a hollow cone about a thousand miles across and four thousand miles in length. Fill the upper rim with lasers, and fire them down the centre. The hydrogen gas fuses and the resultant explosion behaves like a jet, the momentum of the structure pushing down into the gas giants atmosphere moves it.
    Big job, get Calli to put in a quote.

  74. And that’s not mentioning his role in the Bonus Riots, where he ordered troops to bayonet WW1 veterans who wanted an early payout as they were starving during the Depression.
    Macarthur can get fucked. Give me Patton or Bradley or Nimitz any day.

    Correct me where I’m wrong, wasn’t Patton just as culpable as MacArthur in the attack on the bonus marchers?

  75. OneWorldGovernment

    Tom,

    If you don’t mind I’ll just add the Ammo Grrrll’s column.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/03/thoughts-from-the-ammo-line-213.php

  76. calli

    Christos anesti!

    And what a beautiful day it is too.

  77. GD

    Marcus
    #2675650, posted on April 1, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Just had this song on my mind for some reason. Pretty amazing vocal performance considering she didn’t think her pipes were working on the night:

    The wonderful Joni Mitchell. Not only a quirky singer and a great songwriter but also an accomplished guitar player with those far from ordinary chord changes.

  78. Tintarella Di Luna

    Buona Pasqua

  79. calli

    Thanks, Tom. A good crop.
    Watched this last night. Chortle.

  80. Arky

    Big job, get Calli to put in a quote.

    ..
    Calli.
    Engineer a star ship.
    How much?
    6 star energy rating and on a slab please.

  81. Delta A

    He is risen!

    Happy Easter to all Cats.

  82. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Calli and Tinta, it is a privilege to see your happiness on this day of tremendous joy for you both and for all Christian people. Long may the traditions and meaning of Easter remain part of our culture and our lives. Happy Easter Sunday to all Cats and Kittehs.

    My Easter present is to have slept very well last night.

  83. Gab

    Christos anesti!

    And what a beautiful day it is too.

    And what a magnificent sunrise! As the sun broke through some clouds on the horizon, the clouds above were bathed in a glorious red, then deep orange and finally a soft gold. I sat in wonder at the magnificent display.

    Happy Easter.

  84. cynical1

    Careful now Zippy or some wannabe will cut and paste this tomorrow morning quite out of context and lambast you for incomprehensibility. Some of these types simply haven’t got the capacity to handle metaphor or language ‘created’ to induce a sense of meta-form. In other words, they go to the Opera for the plots and read Shakespeare for the rude words. Yet they also pretend to read Les Murray’s poetry.
    I ignore them.

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

  85. Nick

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    The Cats’ Roxy Jacenko

  86. struth

    Happy Easter to All Cats.
    I hope today, we remember not only the rising of Jesus Christ, but how our entire free western world is based on the Christian religion, as it is based on earthly self responsibility and choice, to be judged after death.
    You are not “forced” by Christianity, into anything during your earthly life.
    Even if you don’t think you are a Christian, if you are western, you perceive right and wrong and your whole world through Christian eyes.

    Rejoice……
    Happy Easter.

  87. lotocoti

    Can anyone tell what is and isn’t an April fool’s joke in British politics?

  88. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    turn the brain off and consciousness disappears as surely as a program disappears when you turn off a computer. consciousness is 100% causal. It kills the idea of a soul stone dead.

    Zippy, I hear what you are saying but I am not sure that this view of ourselves in nature addresses at all the question of the ‘abstraction’ of consciousness. It is almost mechanistic and in that sense not new. Death is, after all, the rot of the brain; who can argue with that? However, a computer program is an abstraction that does have an author. The ‘substance’ of human thought and will still remains unexplained as is its emergence let alone its possible connection to something beyond our power to comprehend. Beware of Pride. We don’t know everything and perhaps we never can.

  89. Tintarella Di Luna

    I have always loved Easter the triumph of good over evil, life over death a very spiritual redemption. I remember so well going to Mass on Holy Thursday evening, the sad and solemn Stations of the Cross and at the end of the Service the Tabernacle door was left wide open because Jesus Christ was gone.

    Later in the day was the Veneration if the Crss where the congregation would line up to bow and kiss the feet of the depicted crucified Christ, not adoration of an object, but veneration of the symbol of Christ’s death.

    Easter Saturday was part of the mourning we fasted and at Midnight Mass the Pashal Candle would be lit at that Mass and on Easter Sunday we celebrated with great joyful display, the altar was decorated with arum lillies from my mother’s garden, coloured by mixing coloured chalk and talcum powder and painted on the inside of the lillies, the magnificent choir sang its heart out.

    This celebration was topped off when, I think eight little girls, dressed in white frocks in two neat lines would lead a procession down the hill from the church they carried little white baskets filled with rose petals which they’d reverently kiss and strew before the priest carrying the golden Monstrance with the blessed sacrament on display with the congregation following – then we’d go home and feast on Minestra nel Sacco and polenta and baccala which mum only made at Easter so glad I’ve lived in those times when age-old traditions were celebrated and meant something .

    Hope you all have a wonderful Easter Break we are with Sunbather family in Perth for a wedding today busy times – had hoped to catch with some Perth cats but the agenda leaves no time for that so will have to forgo that pleasure for another time.

  90. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    I don’t think you think very much at all.
    But glad to see you recognize I am a lady. 🙂

    We must see certain protests in context. Most normal ladies would protest some female on the internet having an unfortunate obsession with their boozies, let alone awarding their possessor a royal title. As Gab has noted, that is somewhat ‘creepy’. Certainly not a topic I wish to pursue on Easter Sunday.

  91. Delta A

    Tintarella Di Luna
    #2675692, posted on April 1, 2018 at 8:55 am

    A lovely post, Tinta. Precious memories indeed.

    Thank you for sharing them with us.

  92. Leigh Lowe

    Can youse stop talking about General MacArthur.
    I have now got MacArthur Park on high rotation in my head.

    … and I’ll never have that recipe agaaaaaiiiin. Oh, nooooooo.

  93. calli

    Just got back from my morning walk, a swing in my step and wishing all I met, both two and four legged, a happy Easter.

    A feast for lunch, but not by me this time. My brother is putting the spread, ably assisted by my Mum. Good times.

  94. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Iisutaa

    Wonderful. I love the way Japanese moulds a word into its own phonemic system.

    We will be in Hokkaido in early May, Carpe. I will have out my Japanese phrase book.

  95. John Constantine

    Zimbabwe has also purged the structure of their State cricket team.

    Decolonisation progressed in the bankrupt nation, setting the example for Australian elite reformers.

    Winning the decolonisation struggle is the outcome they focus upon.

  96. Tintarella Di Luna

    struth very true such a shame western civilisation which has come so far appears to be regressing because the pursuit if Truth seems have been abandoned and deliberately so- as if mankind as distinct from personkind must wade through blood and guts once more to get back any semblance of liberty as the starting point of freedom

  97. Tel

    Anyone who doesn’t believe that conscious actions can continue after the brain is turned off, just try Twitter for a while.

  98. Tintarella Di Luna

    Anyone who doesn’t believe that conscious actions can continue after the brain is turned off, just try Twitter for a while.

    Never tempted to join up but yes Tel it is a marvel to behold

  99. Rae

    Death is, after all, the rot of the brain; who can argue with that?

    What rot, Beth.

  100. cohenite

    Good to see the big issues are dealt with here:

    This recent discovery about the brain is a death knell to the idea of consciousness as anything independent from the brain. turn the brain off and consciousness disappears as surely as a program disappears when you turn off a computer. consciousness is 100% causal. It kills the idea of a soul stone dead.

    The soul is reawakened by Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem. In a nutshell what we are and indeed what reality is, is never defined in total by reduction to causes. There is a gestalt in life which makes some aspects of life undecidable and unknowable. The romantics knew this and tried to express the ineffable via synaesthesia. Read Keats.

  101. We will be in Hokkaido in early May, Carpe. I will have out my Japanese phrase book.

    It’s a good time of year to come here, not too hot and pollen season is over.

  102. calli

    Today’s SandpaperGate buzzword: Stagemanaged

    Warner is cast as the villainous “mastermind”, with his wife as an accessory. The person who actually did the tampering, and the one who approved are now squeaky clean because better class of tears.

    That’s how the MSM rolls.

  103. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tinta. Your lovely account of a traditional Easter at Church serves to emphasize how much we have lost already from the civilization of the West. However, let’s be optimistic. Symbols, as you show, are important and it is now up to us to retain those that are left against the onslaught of PC removal. The very name of Easter itself is a symbol of a Christian heritage which some seek to tear down. Schools have removed it from the traditional children’s ‘Easter’ hat parades. I have made my objection to that known. Why have a ‘hat parade’ at this time without a tradition to accompany it?

  104. herodotus

    If you scroll down a bit on Tony Abbott Supporters Facebook Page there’s a very funny photo of council workers in full glory.

  105. H B Bear

    Mrs Pirate Pete’s new gig – hosting another attempted rebirth of Big Brother. Channel Ten – where careers go to die.

    If this is the end result of the CBS strategy revue expect more of the cheap low grade sludge that saw it go broke in the first place. TV executives must be some of the dumbest people ever to get a corner office. I guess the coke, parties and banging the starlets is the real attraction of the job.

  106. An amazing business opportunity.
    These guys need to get together and form a floor sanding company.
    Free advertising and promotion costs for next year.

    “Test11 Sanding”

  107. herodotus

    I see raegoolery is still stalking the same lineup of ladies while Sinc does nought.

  108. stackja

    Origins. The history of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) began in 1927 when talent agent Arthur Judson, unable to obtain work for any of his clients on the radio programs carried by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), established his own network, United Independent Broadcasters.

  109. areff

    Marcus: This Joni Mitchell song can haunt me for days. “The wind is from Africa/And last night I couldn’t sleep…”

  110. stackja

    On Oct. 20, 1951, the CBS Eye made its debut on the airwaves. Creative director Bill Golden, who designed the logo, was inspired when he drove through Pennsylvania Dutch country. He became intrigued by the hex symbols resembling the human eye that are drawn on Shaker barns to ward off evil spirits.

  111. stackja

    CBS is sometimes referred to as the “Eye Network”, in reference to the company’s iconic logo, in use since 1951. It has also been called the “Tiffany Network”, alluding to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of William S. Paley.

  112. stackja

    CBS Corporation is an American mass media corporation focused on commercial broadcasting, publishing, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. The president, chief executive and executive chairman of the company is Leslie Moonves. Sumner Redstone, owner of National Amusements, controls CBS by way of his majority ownership of the company’s Class A voting stock; he also serves as chairman emeritus.

    It is currently the world’s fourth largest entertainment company in terms of revenue, after Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, and Time Warner. The company began trading on the NYSE on January 3, 2006. Until then, the corporation was known as Viacom, and is the legal successor to said company.[3] A new company, keeping the Viacom name, was spun off from CBS. CBS, not Viacom, retains control of over-the-air television (CBS, CW) and radio broadcasting, TV production and distribution, publishing, pay-cable, basic cable (Pop), and recording formerly owned by the larger company. CBS has its headquarters in the CBS Building (colloquially called “Black Rock”), Midtown, Manhattan, New York City, United States.[4]

  113. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I see raegoolery is still stalking the same lineup of ladies while Sinc does nought.

    He’s received a lot of encouragement in that pursuit lately, Heroditus.

    Do not feed the troll.

  114. struth

    Sorry Herodotus but that’s not an Australian photograph, there is no hi viz in sight.
    That’s a pommie photo.

  115. calli

    Excellent sermon, nota. Very meaty.

  116. Farmer Gez

    ABC news breakfast are interviewing an Australian doctor working in East Africa talking about health problems caused by starvation.
    There has been a drought there but why do we send medical expertise when agricultural skill is the real need?

  117. stackja

    Farmer Gez
    #2675723, posted on April 1, 2018 at 9:39 am
    ABC news breakfast are interviewing an Australian doctor working in East Africa talking about health problems caused by starvation.
    There has been a drought there but why do we send medical expertise when agricultural skill is the real need?

    Political skill needed first, then the agricultural skill. Sydney imported food until the agriculture was established by Governor.

    James Ruse
    Born 9 August 1759
    Launceston, Cornwall, England
    Died 5 September 1837 (aged 77)
    Campbelltown, New South Wales
    Nationality British
    Occupation Farmer, Convict
    Spouse(s) Elizabeth Parry
    Parent(s) Richard Ruse (1730 – 1800)
    James Ruse (9 August [1]/1760[2] – 5 September 1837) was a Cornish farmer who, at the age of 23, was convicted of breaking and entering and was sentenced to seven years’ transportation to Australia. He arrived at Sydney Cove on the First Fleet with 18 months of his sentence remaining. Ruse applied to Governor Arthur Phillip (of the colony) for a land grant, stating that he had been bred to farming. Governor Phillip, desperate to make the colony self-sufficient, allocated Ruse an allotment at Ruse Hill (now Rose Hill near Parramatta), where he proved himself industrious and showed that it was possible for a family to survive through farming. Having done this, Ruse received a grant of 30 acres (120,000 m2), enabling him eventually to sell 600 bushels of corn.[1] This was the very first grant of land in New South Wales. Ruse later exchanged the grant for more fertile land on the Hawkesbury River.[3] In later life, having been almost bankrupted from his farm by flooding, Ruse found work as a seaman and later a farm overseer.

  118. Leigh Lowe

    The Cats’ Roxy Jacenko

    Nikki Gemmel I thought.

  119. stackja

    notafan
    #2675707, posted on April 1, 2018 at 9:23 am
    A happy and holy Easter to all.

    John Henry Newman. Yes!

  120. Leigh Lowe

    Yuletide greetings to all my non-denominational friends of various genders!

  121. when agricultural skill is the real need?

    Socialist countries have never recognized the value of a good tractor.

    Tractors and fuel would be a good start. Instead we waste zillions so they can have solar panels.

  122. Tintarella Di Luna

    …let’s be optomistic

    Lizzie I am optomistic with a glass of Prosecco Valdobbiadene half-full because I hope the bottle will soon come around for a top-up for me it’s hope that matters most though some would say it’s better to be optomistic but when optomism doesn’t bear fruit whst’s left? Despair or hope? Having tried despair I go for hope

  123. Nick

    The Cats’ Roxy Jacenko
    Nikki Gemmel I thought.

    Close, but the former is closer, think about the parallels.

  124. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Having tried despair I go for hope

    Me too. Hope is one of the things I identified in the discussion early yesterday evening that is quintessentially a part of the human brain and the human condition. We always have it although we do not understand it. It seems almost God-given, if I can be permitted to invade the religious space for my imagery.

    Keep that glass half full, Tinta. No. Better still for today, fill it up!

  125. Tintarella Di Luna

    The Cats’ Roxy
    Nikki Gemmel I thought.

    Both wrong – the Lizzie I’ve met is noy vacuous or shallow

  126. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Close, but the former is closer, think about the parallels.

  127. Tintarella Di Luna

    🥂🐣✝️

  128. John Constantine

    East Africa can grow and distribute all the same day fresh Khat fairly and equally and over the entire region that can be consumed by their clients.

    Food only has a value as a reward supply or rationed for control or removed to display power.

    No point being the peasant farmer with the reputation of having a big herd of goats and the largest surplus of grain, that puts you first up against the wall during raiding season.

  129. Marcus

    Thanks, areff. That was brilliant.

  130. Tintarella Di Luna

    Yuletide greetings to all my non-denominational friends of various genders!

    You’ve covered all bases magnifiCat and offended no-one. Even though it’s early reckon you’ve won the Sensitive and Inclusive award for the day

  131. feelthebern

    Observations from the last 24 hours.
    1) By employing Roxy, the Warners are ensuring they get non-stop coverage for the next 12 months.
    2) By employing Roxy, the Warners show they are mental pygmies.
    3) Cricket Australia is the biggest prick tease on the planet by sending Maxwell & having him play 12th man.
    4) Haven’t seen a cop on the roads this Easter & I have been on P’matt rd, M2, M4.
    5) The latest Star Wars movie is worse than the 3 prequels that George Lucas shat out.
    Seriously, I think Disney killed Carrie Fisher to ensure no bad reviews.

  132. John Constantine

    During times of food shortage, the Big Men can move their wifeherds into united nations supplied puppy farms, where the Big Men can sit back and rape their childbrides, who are well fed enough to all get pregnant.

    Have enough kids and one will make it to a western country, then chain migrate the clan across, funded by the left to transform the polity.

  133. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hey. That posted before I had finished!!

    I am neither of these two women, nor like them in their approach to life. They are of one context: the professional middle classes. I have had a wider ambit in my life experiences at both ends of the cultural frame and I am glad of that.

    One of them lives locally to me, but so what? So do half of the media feminista SJW’s of Sydney. They get well paid and marry their own sort.

  134. Nick

    1) By employing Roxy, the Warners are ensuring they get non-stop coverage for the next 12 months.
    2) By employing Roxy, the Warners show they are mental pygmies.

    It’s their favoured and best trodden path. Warner has a number of cards to play yet, most are duds, yet the ‘moi woif ‘ card plays in a suit that has Jacenko in it. That card will play endlessly in New Idea.

  135. Leigh Lowe

    Bern.
    1 … tick
    2 … tick.
    3 … tick (but that might have been Boof’s parting shot to spare sMiff’s feelings. Imagine having the bloke whose career you tried to destroy take your spot three months later).
    4.. it’s the ones you can’t see.
    5… what is Star Wars please?

  136. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2675727, posted on April 1, 2018 at 9:48 am
    Yuletide greetings to all my non-denominational friends of various genders!

    Yule or Yuletide was and is a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples. Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Mōdraniht.

    Might upset the non Germanic?

  137. Infidel Tiger

    1) By employing Roxy, the Warners are ensuring they get non-stop coverage for the next 12 months.
    2) By employing Roxy, the Warners show they are mental pygmies.

    Yes, but there were some very carefully chosen words on that statement yesterday that could only have been written by a lawyer, not a half silicon, half Botox, publicity troll.

    Sydney is an awful city full of horrible people. Name one other place on earth that has celebrity PR agents, accountants and lawyers? Just awful.

  138. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Things to do to prepare Easter Sunday meal. Catch up later.

  139. Leigh Lowe

    It’s their favoured and best trodden path. Warner has a number of cards to play yet, most are duds, yet the ‘moi woif ‘ card plays in a suit that has Jacenko in it. That card will play endlessly in New Idea.

    Already started.
    Two headlines on Tellygruff website …
    (1) “Candice. It’s all my fault“. The teaser line talks about a “young and naive” type mistake.
    (2) “It is not your fault Candice”. Obviously a planted pity piece.
    Haven’t read either.

  140. nemkat

    And that’s not mentioning his role in the Bonus Riots, where he ordered troops to bayonet WW1 veterans who wanted an early payout as they were starving during the Depression.

    .Wrong again.
    The Bonus Army were a rabble stirred up by the Democratic Party.
    MacArthur gave the order, Eisenhower led a cavalry charge, sabers were used to disperse the mob.

  141. feelthebern

    Sydney is like Gotham City.
    We await the League of Shadows to cleanse the place.

  142. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2675745, posted on April 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

    SDI as derisively nicknamed by the media as…

  143. Infidel Tiger

    Christ is risen

    Australian cricket is dead.

  144. Leigh Lowe

    Might upset the non Germanic?

    Fuck them.
    Who cares.

  145. Bruce of Newcastle

    For those who like me who like things that fly, today is also the 100th birthday of the RAF.

  146. feelthebern

    Lastly, what moron at BMW gave up the naming rights for “The BMW”.
    2400m, WFA, one of high lights of the Autumn carnival.
    Now called the Kia something something.
    Still a great race, but it’s like calling a rose a stink blossom.

    h/t Homer Simpson.

  147. Farmer Gez

    Big Men and their wifeherds
    In summary John Constantine, it’s tribalism you’re pointing to as the cause of poverty and starvation.
    This can’t be so, as the Aussie doctor helping out in Kenya told the ABC that economic inequality was the problem. Who to believe?

  148. Nick

    Already started.
    Two headlines on Tellygruff website …
    (1) “Candice. It’s all my fault“. The teaser line talks about a “young and naive” type mistake.
    (2) “It is not your fault Candice”. Obviously a planted pity piece.
    Haven’t read either.

    The ‘moi woif’ play, as a motive for ball tampering only has a short time to run before the truth eventually emerges that Warner was a naughty scamp well before the SA tour.

  149. egg_

    jupes
    #2675621, posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:32 am
    Fuck. Me. Dead.

    Khaki panties in a twist, darl?
    Cate McGregor should be able to help you out with your ball tampering.

  150. Leigh Lowe

    Speaking of apologies, the Daily Telegraph published this one a week ago.
    I’ll bet Roxy has got a load of contra space in the Telly granted as a settlement.
    But she does have newly minted perkies …. hmmm, I wonder if ….

  151. H B Bear

    Sydney is an awful city full of horrible people. Name one other place on earth that has celebrity PR agents, accountants and lawyers? Just awful.

    You forgot the Bairds.

  152. Nick

    A new word for the Cat dictionary:

    A Vainker.
    Someone whose self promotion flies in the face of all reality, annoying, a wanker.

  153. Leigh Lowe

    Tintarella Di Luna

    #2675733, posted on April 1, 2018 at 9:55 am

    The Cats’ Roxy
    Nikki Gemmel I thought.

    Both wrong – the Lizzie I’ve met is noy vacuous or shallow

    Are you saying Nikki is vacuous and shallow?
    She’s my favourite in the Oz.
    Fabulous writer.
    None better.

  154. Mother Lode

    Hi Tracey – if you are still here…

    Who did you go with for insurance that you saved such moolah?

  155. John Constantine

    Cricket is seen by their left as the most colonial of games, so it cannot be tolerated as a rallying point for racist colonial deplorable holdouts.

    Six for a hundred and a crushing followon, then humiliating innings defeat inside three days is nearly what the left framed as their narrative, once their quota pick captains the side and the side itself is politically correct, Then umpires can be openly gay [ and female]

  156. egg_

    He didn’t spend his days getting pissed and reading about the exploits of others, he made history and put his balls on the line every single day of his life. A real man, the type they don’t make any more.

    He probably wouldn’t spend his time in the RSL Mens Shed talking cricket with armchair athletes, either.

  157. egg_

    A new word for the Cat dictionary:

    The world trembles.

  158. Leigh Lowe

    I’m naked andfull of chocolate.
    Don’t make me run.

  159. John Constantine

    Sadly, the Chinese have Africa all figured out.

    Western intervention just subsidises destructive deviations that progress Western phantasies of socialism, not African social tribalism.

    My take is that united nations westernist/Stalinist/Maoist/Castroist attempts to socialise African tribalism into continent wide communes has bribed the Big Man culture to expand its horizons from local district to the entire line-on-the-map nation.

  160. Tintarella Di Luna

    Are you saying Nikki is vacuous and shallow?
    She’s my favourite in the Oz.
    Fabulous writer.
    None better.

    Yes to first sentence Leigh Lowe and I know it’s the 1st of April to the rest

  161. egg_

    Heaven forbid if Natural Science gets discussed on an Economic Science blog late at night, the ‘hard men’ of the qwerty football State.
    Comrade.

  162. John Constantine

    “I chose not to resign as I believe this to be degrading to our national players and my technical team. As a result, we have been dismissed with immediate effect.”

    ZC have had a clear-out of all backroom staff amid reports of financial difficulties, including batting coach Lance Klusener, Zimbabwe A coach Wayne James and Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo, while convener of selectors Tatenda Taibu has also been axed.

    “Thank you to my staff who worked tirelessly, often going for months unpaid and having had two pay-cuts during their tenure, but still had that unwavering professional commitment,” Streak said.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/heath-streak-shocked-by-sacking-as-zimbabwe-cricket-team-coach/story-h8tRcHQDvXGmQa1J9UtjoN.html

    Show trial, then purge. Tell the bloke convicted of the crime to go and do a show trial self critique for the television, or it will go hard on him.

    Zimbabwe is our future, poor fella my country.

    Comrades.

  163. Tintarella Di Luna

    I’m naked andfull of chocolate.
    Don’t make me run.

    Is tge full on the inside or the outside aesthetical it does make a difference

  164. H B Bear

    I read Nikki to help keep my toxic masculinity in check.

    And for the LOLs.

  165. egg_

    ADMINISTRATOR NOTE

    800+ POSTS, AND NOTHING “NEW” IN UNDERSTANDING THE COLLAPSE IS BEING ADDED. PAUSE POSTING UNTIL THE NTSB ISSUES ANOTHER REPORT OR STATEMENT. THANK YOU.

    Nothing more to add since last update, can’t plagiarize ’em, Grigs.
    Have to await the NTSB updates but plenty of fodder in the 5 threads above.

  166. Stimpson J. Cat

    Both wrong – the Lizzie I’ve met is noy vacuous or shallow

    Who cares about boring things like character and personality.

    The real and only question is this:

    Are the t$ts perky?

    😁

  167. Leigh Lowe

    FMD
    The Warners are in negotiations with Channel 10 for the rights to a mini-series.
    Working title is “True Grit”.

  168. egg_

    in the face of all reality,

    91 kg lean body mass when cycling 400-500 km/week.
    Frasier/Tyson build.
    What’s Arky’s nominated hero’s?
    Happy to join a Melbourne soiree, champ.

  169. Leigh Lowe

    H B Bear

    #2675777, posted on April 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I read Nikki to help keep my toxic masculinity in check.

    And for the LOLs.

    The articles are good, that is true.
    But the TV appearances are far better.
    That unforced vivacious smile and the headtilt at precisely 28 degrees to the vertical.
    Wow!
    Smitten!

  170. What happened to the good ‘ol days when everybody just rubbed the ball on their dick?

  171. Nick

    FMD
    The Warners are in negotiations with Channel 10 for the rights to a mini-series.
    Working title is “True Grit”.

    Dirty rotten scoundrels
    The day of the jackal
    Alvin and the Cheatmunks
    Dumbo

  172. John Constantine

    Now that cricket umpiring is done by robots and artificial intelligence in a back room and televised, the future looks like turning into clotheshangers like afl footy umpires.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/04/dickie-bird-umpire-married-to-cricket

    Even Dickie Bird wouldn’t get to stand in a game unless the left could claim him as mardi gras instead of a simple, solid, aspy eccentric Englishman.

  173. Infidel Tiger

    What the hell are you on about egg?

  174. H B Bear

    FMD
    The Warners are in negotiations with Channel 10 for the rights to a mini-series.
    Working title is “True Grit”.

    Real Bogans of the Shire?

  175. Mark A

    Electric can opener gets a workout. LOL

  176. Stimpson J. Cat

    What happened to the good ‘ol days when everybody just rubbed the ball on their dick?

    Are we still talking about cricket or not?
    Asking for a friend.

  177. Chris

    I’ll be your friend, Stimpy.

  178. Chris

    Say, have you got five bucks you can spare ’til payday?

  179. John Constantine

    The loss of umpires of the exceptionalism of Dickie Bird and David Sheppard and the introduction of robots to judge dismissals and no-balls and diversity umpires has decolonialised a colonial game but at a cost.

    Anybody believe that the series would still have disintegrated with Umpires Bird and Sheppard standing?.

  180. Nick

    Remember, Jesus saves, but Moses invests.

  181. C.L.

    Today’s SandpaperGate buzzword: Stagemanaged

    Warner is cast as the villainous “mastermind”, with his wife as an accessory. The person who actually did the tampering, and the one who approved are now squeaky clean because better class of tears.

    That’s how the MSM rolls.

    Yep.
    Journalists are scum (with a few exceptions). They sandpaper Australian society and politics for a living and have the temerity to go berserk about Warner. These are the same people who set up a camp outside Vikki Campion’s residence and photographed her on the way to the shops. One loony in The Australian described his Warner’s presser as “chilling.”

  182. LNP insider

    This article confirms info I gave about Ryan and Hinkler in previous posts.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/31/the-queensland-mps-who-may-not-make-it-to-the-next-election

    I hadn’t heard about Groom. I’m making a few calls about that one.

  183. zyconoclast

    Sorry Herodotus but that’s not an Australian photograph, there is no hi viz in sight.
    That’s a pommie photo.

    I thought that was obvious when the only guy working was from Poland.

  184. H B Bear

    Is there anything lamer than corporate April Fools jokes?

  185. egg_

    What the hell are you on about egg?

    All on teh intarweb, prior.
    What’s that sports bet ad about the distinction between wanting recognition and bragging, wrt ‘vainker’?
    From previous, my ‘little’ bro has played sport at State level in several sports and I’m stronger than him.
    Try playing indoor cricket against a prison farm who have nothing better to do than practice cricket all day if you want to see some bodyline action bowling up real close at half pitch**.

    Keyboard heroes give me the shits.
    ‘Marcus Adonis’* doesn’t get up my nose, who cares?
    I note that Jupes joins the pile on.
    Where’s the anger stem from – a lack of personal recognition?
    *We know folk in common but haven’t met, ditto habib and a few others.
    Seems like Victoriastan is the home of TPS.
    /Arky

    **I’d prefer to be enlightened on Natural Science than wank on about sports online, thanks.

  186. Infidel Tiger

    Is there anything lamer than corporate April Fools jokes?

    Indeed.

    What a truly horrendous corporate class this country has. They can’t create or innovate, but they can be relied on to moralise 364 days a year and for one truly shit April fools gag.

  187. C.L.

    I do feel for Warner’s wife. Booze-fueled randiness in her 20s (captured on a phone and sold to the press by a revolting weasel) is at the centre of how this whole saga got started; she has children. Let’s rewind everything and ponder the mentality of the people who published that photograph all those years ago. Better or worse human beings than Warner? A more despicable decision than tampering with a cricket ball?

  188. Infidel Tiger

    Jeremy Corbyn
    Jeremy Corbyn
    @jeremycorbyn
    As Jews across our country start to prepare for #Passover, I would like to wish everyone in the Jewish community a Chag Sameach.

    Now this takes some chutzpah.

  189. Leigh Lowe

    I do feel for Warner’s wife. Booze-fueled randiness in her 20s (captured on a phone and sold to the press by a revolting weasel) is at the centre of how this whole saga got started; she has children.

    So.
    Get the fuck off soshul meeja then Candy.

  190. Leigh Lowe

    I often find that perkiness is next to poutiness.

  191. Infidel Tiger

    Jeremy Corbyn
    Jeremy Corbyn
    @jeremycorbyn
    As J ews across our country start to prepare for #Passover, I would like to wish everyone in the Jewish community a Chag Sameach.

    Now that is chutzpah.

  192. Infidel Tiger

    Jeremy Corbyn
    Jeremy Corbyn
    @jeremycorbyn
    As J ews across our country start to prepare for #Passover, I would like to wish everyone in the J ewish community a Chag Sameach.

    Now that is chutzpah.

  193. H B Bear

    CL when you are famous for being famous that is an occupational hazard.

    Care factor zero.

  194. H B Bear

    Now that is chutzpah.

    Have a look at the comments. Jezza is not fooling anyone.

  195. zyconoclast

    This article confirms info I gave about Ryan and Hinkler in previous posts.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/31/the-queensland-mps-who-may-not-make-it-to-the-next-election

    I hadn’t heard about Groom. I’m making a few calls about that one.

    From the link
    Jane Prentice, who has held the seat of Ryan since 2010, is understood to be facing a challenge from the Brisbane councillor Julian Simmonds, who is considered a rising star within the LNP.

    Is it just me that gets a feeling of dread when the words rising star and LNP are used in the same sentence.

  196. zyconoclast

    I do feel for Warner’s wife. Booze-fueled randiness in her 20s (captured on a phone and sold to the press by a revolting weasel) is at the centre of how this whole saga got started; she has children.

    Is not just that incident.
    She has a series of publicly listed boyfriends.
    7 including current hubby.

    I suspect many more non famous boyfriends as well.

  197. Infidel Tiger

    Is not just that incident.
    She has a series of publicly listed boyfriends.
    7 including current hubby.

    I suspect many more non famous boyfriends as well.

    So what?

    She’s married with kids now. This should be the goal of all young people.

  198. Snoopy

    No visible tats. I’ll cut her a bit of slack.

  199. Confused Old Misfit

    Is it just me that gets a feeling of dread when the words rising star and LNP are used in the same sentence.

    That is the clue that the journalistic wanker is setting themselves up to get their nose well and truly up the backside of that “rising star”.

  200. Rae

    Is there anything lamer than corporate April Fools jokes?

    Yeah. Most of your comments.

  201. Rae

    She has a series of publicly listed boyfriends.

    Starting with the most overrated rugby league player of all time. Good that she moved on.

  202. max

    Our sermon this morning made use of the Shroud of Turin.

    In 2011, Italian scientists reported the image was the result of intense bursts of ultra-violet light.

    The ultraviolet light necessary to [simulate the image] “exceeds the maximum power released by all ultraviolet light sources available today,” says Di Lazzaro. It would require “pulses having durations shorter than one forty-billionth of a second, and intensities on the order of several billion watts.”

    The bloodstains on the shroud mark it in a different way, and evidently appeared on it before the image itself.

    As was pointed out, creation, new life, begins again with light.

    Link

  203. Baldrick

    Is there anything lamer than corporate April Fools jokes?

    Yes, the person who uses it to try and crack a funny.

  204. Rae

    Oower. A lame Twitter roach just staggered across the page.

  205. Leigh Lowe

    So what?

    She’s married with kids now. This should be the goal of all young people.

    Yes. Her previous form shouldn’t be of interest, and nor should Davey take umbrage either.
    But when you are 32 with kids, maybe don’t post 100 photos to Instagram every day.
    I will bet that she will be screaming “give us privacy” in about a month’s time.

  206. H B Bear

    Looks like Graegooglery failed Peanut Head’s Zinger School. Sad.

  207. John Constantine

    Yarragrad Nazgul, jaala pulford boasts of her massive sheep reform, where from the start of April, every sheep sold must have an individual identifying electronic eartag and it must be scanned and reported to the State.

    Reforming jaala is rumoured to feel it is her turn to run the State and will ram all the reform through she can, to raise her political profile as an unwavering servant of Stalinism.

  208. every sheep sold must have an individual identifying electronic eartag and it must be scanned and reported to the State.

    AND the state will subsidize the cost for selected manufacturers.

  209. Frank

    Anyone who doesn’t believe that conscious actions can continue after the brain is turned off, just try Twitter for a while.

    It really is flypaper for fuckwits.

  210. John Constantine

    All yarragrad sheep producers must also have a series of written management plans on file and available for State inspection at any time.

    Must also be able to demonstrate compliance with the written plans.

    No offence need occur for prosecution under chain of responsibility.

  211. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yarragrad Nazgul, jaala pulford boasts of her massive sheep reform, where from the start of April, every sheep sold must have an individual identifying electronic eartag and it must be scanned and reported to the State.

    Here, in the Wild West, Western Australian Farmers Federation fought that, and got it knocked back.

  212. Rae

    The middle name of Candice and David Warners youngest daughter is Rae.

    Noice.

  213. John Constantine

    In yarragrad, jaala thundered that resistance to reform was futile. The agripoliticians ummm, errr, aaah, sorta held out for a hint of a promise of being important one day in the industry enforcing compliance with the new regulations.

  214. Muddy

    Nick
    #2675764, posted on April 1, 2018 at 10:27 am
    A new word for the Cat dictionary:

    Noted. Thanks Nick.

  215. Snoopy

    All yarragrad sheep producers must also have a series of written management plans on file and available for State inspection at any time.

    Quite rightly. Sheep producers have consistently demonstrated little interest in the welfare of their stock.

  216. Leigh Lowe

    Feb 21 egg?
    In Cat years that is a lifetime ago.

  217. egg_

    I’m still at it, I guess.

  218. I am not vainker.
    I am not a self promoting narcissist.
    I only talk and write about me because nobody else does, and I am soooo interesting*.

     
    *I am such a booful person. The mirror agrees. Only evil people disagree.

  219. egg_

    The autonomous car must be able to see and interpret what’s in front when going forward (and behind when in reverse, of course). It is also necessary to see what is on either side; in other words, it needs a 360⁰ view. An array of video cameras is the obvious choice, with a camera to determine where the lane is and sense objects or markers on the road.

    But using cameras alone presents problems. First, there are mechanical issues of setting up multiple cameras correctly and keeping them clean; second, heavy graphic processing is needed to make sense of images; third, there is a need for depth perception as well as basic imaging; and finally, conditions of lighting, shadows, and other factors make it very challenging to accurately decide what the camera is seeing.

    Instead, the primary “vision” unit on the autonomous vehicle is a LIDAR system, short for Light Detection and Ranging (or a mash-up of Light and Radar, depending on the source you check). To enable the split-second decision-making needed for self-driving cars, the LIDAR system provides accurate 3D information on the surrounding environment. Using this data, the processor implements object identification, motion vector determination, collision prediction, and avoidance strategies. The LIDAR unit is well-suited to “big picture” imaging, and provides the needed 360⁰ view by using a rotating, scanning mirror assembly on the top of the car.

    LIDAR provides raw information using high-speed, high-power pulses of laser-light that are timed with the response of a detector to calculate the distance to an object from the reflected light. An array of detectors, or a timed camera, can be used to increase the resolution of the 3D information. The pulse is very short to enhance depth resolution, and the resulting light reflections are used to create a 3D point-like “cloud” that is analyzed to transform the data into volume identification and vector information. The transformed result is then used to calculate the vehicles’ position, speed, and direction relative to these external objects, to determine the probability of collision, and instruct appropriate action, if needed.

    For close-in control, such as when parking, lane-changing, or in bumper-to-bumper traffic, the LIDAR system is not as effective. Therefore, it is supplemented by radars built into the front and rear bumpers and sides of the vehicle. Operating frequency for this radar is usually 77GHz, which has been allocated for this use, has good RF propagation characteristics, and provides sufficient resolution.

    To fit the radar into the flat bumper assembly and its limited space, it is necessary to use highly integrated design, including using part of the radar subsystem PC board as its antenna. Also required are active components such as the AD8283 from Analog Devices, which integrates six channels of a low noise preamplifier (LNA), a programmable gain amplifier (PGA), and an antialiasing filter (AAF) plus one direct-to-ADC channel, with a single 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC)…

  220. C.L.

    Get the fuck off soshul meeja then Candy.

    That doesn’t make any sense.
    A scumbag in a toilet cubicle photographed her and sold it to the press – which gleefully published it.
    These are the moral amoebas judging her husband for roughing up a ball, ffs.

    Is not just that incident.
    She has a series of publicly listed boyfriends.
    7 including current hubby

    Did I just wake up in Iran or something?

  221. egg_

    incoherent rambler
    #2675846, posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I’ll join the Marcus Adonis club, then.
    Good company.

  222. Entropy

    The point is to remove personal transport egg. It will be unaffordable, the car won’t let you stray and anyway next to impossible to get a licence. No more freedom of the open road. The world has turned to shit in the last 20 years. Ultimately the State will control your vehicle for your own good.
    And hackers of course.

  223. egg_

    I only talk and write about me because nobody else does

    Pile ons excepted?

  224. Herodotus;
    Reference the council workers photo;
    When I was about fourteen, riding north on the North Coast Mail Train, a woman in the same carriage remarked as we went past a gang of fettlers “You never see them doing a damned bit of work, do you?”
    “They’re fettlers, lady.” said the young Winston. “Would you like to see them on the tracks now?”

  225. egg_

    Let’s roll back the ‘Winx’ tape, shall we?

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