Open Forum: April 14, 2018

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  1. zyconoclast

    My research has identified the following: MazdaCX-3, Kia Cerato and Hyundai i30. But I know nothing about cars and have only bought 3 second-hand cars in almost 40 years of driving.

    Help please!

    I think the only one of these under $20k is the Kia.
    If you want a hatch that’s reliable and fun to drive try the Mazda 3. I think you can get them for just over $20k

  2. Oh come on

    There is a season…

  3. Tel

    My wife wants a new car. What to buy her? I don’t want to spend very much because she will dent it up fast. I think about 20K is all I can spare.

    Wife is a terrible driver, knows nothing about cars but likes things that look expensive. The car should be a SUV/Hatch type of car that can transport a small child.

    Go to Gumree and get something about 3 years old.

  4. stackja

    Oh come on
    #2687166, posted on April 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    There is a season…

    Turn! Turn! Turn!

  5. Oh come on

    In 2002, Holden was the number one brand in the country, with 21.6 per cent of the market. Its share in March was 4.8 per cent. At its current rate of decline, Holden will be overtaken by Kia, Honda and Nissan and drop out of the top 10 brands in a few months’ time.

    Good. The Holden brand has little value these days as far as I can see. Their current slogan – “let’s go there” – shits me. Let’s not.

  6. Snoopy:

    Why would anyone bother? What’s so valuable about a shed full of holes?

    Maybe there was something physical to remove?
    Were all the enemy combatants accounted for? Any foreigners?
    The presence of ground troops suggests to me that there was some form of physical evidence that needed extraction.
    (If there were invading troops, of course.)

  7. stackja

    Holden was founded in 1856 as a saddlery manufacturer in South Australia.

  8. Gary

    Gab

    Dr Smith’s character is interesting. Manipulating people by triggering negative emotional responses to rational decisions.

  9. Ecclesiastes 3 King James Version (KJV)
    1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
    3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
    4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
    5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
    6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
    7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
    8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

    Heeding #7, I’m outa here.

  10. Oh come on

    Tel, I’d go with a 20yo Jag instead of a 20 yo BMW/Merc/Audi if reliability was my major concern. The dirty little secret of those German marques is that their cars aren’t particularly reliable, especially when they have a few years on them. Essentially, they’re over-engineered. Unnecessarily complex. This makes it more likely that things will go wrong. And when they do go wrong, it costs an absolute fortune to fix them.

  11. struth

    If you want reliability get an old Ford six cylinder.
    Disregard if you are a city Driver.
    Toyotas are just way too much money because everyone has been listening too much to John Laws.
    And my god they are ugly.
    Get yourself 2 FG Fords for the price of one Toyota, and get over 700 000 k’s out of them as many wide load pilots I know do.
    If they aren’t luxurious enough for you, you could be a dead set wanker.
    Levi Jeans were good in their day but you paid for the badge.
    You’re only allowed to drive like a nanna in this country anyway.
    Fall to sleep behind the wheel of a cheap car………………………………………..

  12. Oh come on

    A mate of mine’s uncle drives a 2009 Merc C-Class. Last I heard of his woes, the multifunction indicator stalk ceased entirely to multifunction. Bill to replace and fit? $1400.

  13. struth

    BMW’s and “Ow”di’s and Merc’s and the like are just a more expensive way of sitting at road works and traffic jams if owned in HiVIZastan.

    Light 100 dollar notes and stay at home, it’s cheaper.

  14. Motelier

    I see Captain Oblivious is really off point today.

    Hmm. Arguable. The employees company supplied car back then was invariably fully serviced. That being so, the employee didn’t need to own a car or pay for any servicing or petrol. All use of the company car was fully subsidised by those taxpayers who didn’t have a company car. The change to FBT corrected that anomaly. Any effect on car purchases was largely offset by the later introduction of salary sacrificing and novated leases.

    Captain Oblivious really wants all companies owned by the state.

  15. struth

    Oh and for those of you that think driverless cars will be coming to Australia soon with causing mayhem and death everywhere, you might like to get on a plane and note the standards of roads and lane marking in the countries they are trying (without success even then) to introduce them.
    And if you think that you need to factor in robotics and the automation of the workforce meaning we’ll all be sat on our arses because that is coming soon (because they replaced the kids at your local maccas with an order board), think again.
    Sorry but I have to be ultra argumentative here, as I am on a time limit.

  16. John Constantine

    Aren’t big four wheel drive urban assault vehicles meant for little chicks that are a bit accident prone?.

    Got a mate with a Humvee, what he loses on the poor mileage he saves because his missus can’t get a parking space anywhere near the expensive shops in it.

  17. JC

    W Hogg
    #2687147, posted on April 15, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Translation:

    Bronte Capital is a hedge fund. I know nothing about them.

    Scum troll thinks Hempton would be unfamiliar to people with 60 years in the financial markets. 🤡

    Hempton lost me about a decade ago when he began peddling asinine leftwing economic bullshit.

  18. Oh come on

    I think the following link has been posted here before, but it bears a repost:

    German Reliability: The Greatest Myth Ever Sold to American Car Buyers

    A couple of money quotes, although do RTWT if you haven’t already:

    this is the greatest problem with German cars: they’re never working. Oh, sure, they have relatively few problems for the first few years of ownership. (Technically defined as: “Right up until the Thursday after the warranty expires.“) But even then, you’re still losing an insane amount of money in depreciation. And once the depreciation curve starts to flatten, the problems start to crop up, which means you can’t safely own a German car for more than an afternoon without spending as much money as round trip airfare to Bermuda.

    And

    We also have years of JD Power Long Term Dependability Studies, which routinely place American or Japanese cars into the top dependability spots, while German cars go into entirely different categories, such as Broke Down on the Way to Test Facility.

    (The author’s italics)

  19. JC

    Oh come on
    #2687181, posted on April 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    A mate of mine’s uncle drives a 2009 Merc C-Class. Last I heard of his woes, the multifunction indicator stalk ceased entirely to multifunction. Bill to replace and fit? $1400.

    Huh. It 1000 buck anytime you take the car into the service area. Makkaroni saved me a ton of money a couple of years ago and for that I will be always grateful even though he’s a miserable curmudgeon.

  20. C.L.

    garbage islands

    But enough about the UK.

  21. Delta A

    On the road again…

    Staying in Horsham tonight, on our way to Daylesford.

    Good times. 🙂

  22. John Constantine

    The robot truck thing will work alongside road rationing and curfews.

    Something like only robot vehicles on the western highway after sunset, human vehicles either park up or do sidetracks.

  23. Mater

    Any effect on car purchases was largely offset by the later introduction of salary sacrificing and novated leases.

    An offset which Labor subsequently f–ked up, with their usual greed.

    We’re looking at 100 redundancies by Friday’: Rudd’s FBT changes cause salary packaging chaos

  24. Oh come on

    I like the idea that robot cars can be ‘bullied’ by human drivers. ie, you are driving and you notice a driverless car beside you in the lane you want to change in to. So you just switch on your indicator and start to move into that lane. The driverless car will immediately give way. I intend to do this with gusto and carve up all the driverless cars I can to hasten my journey at the expense of theirs.

  25. C.L.

    Swiss lab says nerve agent used to poison the Skripals was made in the UK or the US …
    New York Times.

  26. Tel

    I knew a few people used to drive the older German cars, and they just kept going. Can’t say anything about the 2009 models, I would say all the newer cars are getting more complex, it’s not a German thing in particular. Cars have become 50% software these days and software is still a technology trying to reach maturity.

    Anyhow, modern Jags are owned by Tata the Indian conglomerate, mostly purchased out of sympathy I think for the old British tradition that some Indians still remember but the UK has forgotten.

  27. John Constantine

    Curfewing some roads to robots only overnight will allow things like a pulse of fifty b-triples, all robots, all slipstreaming bumper to literal bumper for fuel efficiency, all doing a hundred and forty kmh.

    A few minutes later the next convoy moves off.

    Once the State backs robots, a human being unsound and exploiting a robot car will be immediately fined, as the State will mandate traffic cameras in all robot cars.

    For safety.

    Comrades.

  28. C.L.

    Aussie Michael Shelley wins marathon after distressing collapse of Scottish race leader, a shoo-in who had a two minute lead. Shelley didn’t miss a beat.

    Story and vid.

  29. carve up all the driverless cars

    High power RF interference is going to be a lot of fun.
    Should I take the TV or garage door remote with me when I go driving?

  30. Motelier

    Speaking of driverless cars, anyone still tracking the Resla that got shot into space?

    “Drive me to the moon”🎼🎤

  31. Tel

    The driverless car will immediately give way. I intend to do this with gusto and carve up all the driverless cars I can to hasten my journey at the expense of theirs.

    That’s a really clever idea.

    I think I’ll rush to patent a camera that can detect unsafe lane changes and email the details to the local state revenue collection service… sorry I mean the police. The details are a bit fuzzy but don’t worry the patent will be written in extremely vague terms.

  32. Oh come on

    As we were discussing a few nights ago, modern Jags may be very nice but they are no longer real Jaguars. I think the last real Jaguar was the XJ X300 series – maybe the X350.

  33. Motelier

    Ffs Motelier, Resla = Tesla. I hope you new that.

  34. Boambee John

    LOL. A day or si ago, m0nty was here bemoaning that the eeevvviiill Scooter Libby had bee pardoned by Trump 666. Now the story comes out. The special “prosecutor” knew all along tgat there was no crime, and that Libby was not involved in the non-crime.

    And who appointed the prosecutor? None other than Comey. Demorat Washington is an incestuous place!

    PS Libby was allowed to go back to practising law. Bill Clinton was not!

  35. C.L.

    A brave and wonderful young woman.
    Expect her to be blacklisted by Australian feminists.

  36. Snoopy

    Swiss lab says nerve agent used to poison the Skripals was made in the UK or the US …
    New York Times.

    Obviously, Trump gave the poison to Putin.

  37. Dr Fred Lenin

    The DR Fred Institute of Alternative Politics ,FIAP,announces a cure for socialism and u.n.communism . After exhaustive enquireies and extensive research we reached the conclusion that Total Defunding of Taxpayers funds rapidly kills the socialist virus ,the rapidity of results and efficasiousness is astonishing ,total destruction of carefully formulated left institutions can disappear in a short time . The financial savings are enormous more than enough to pay welfare to the dispossessed leftist leeches employed there . The environmental benefits are enormous too making for a much cleaner world ,it is a Win Win situation with no side effects to non leftists . An increase in mental issues by leftists is expected but mental issues are normal to them just a bit more work for the psychiatrists ,taxpayer funding should not pay for this, it is self inflicted , let them pay with the money they stole from the taxpayers during their bludging days .

  38. struth

    German cars are over engineered and were really bad until recent years as far as that was concerned.
    They are getting better these days as cars take the best from every other maker many sharing the same parts.
    Remember, these people inflicted the beetle upon the world, which would pop the opposite door open if all windows were closed when you got in and they threw the engine in the boot on the way out the door.
    Hitler’s revenge.
    They’ve been trying to compensate by over engineering everything since, giving the average life span of a car down to the average lifespan of a 250 trail bike in the process.
    This is where true German guilt can be found.

  39. John Constantine

    The very fast train concept will land in Australia, but it won’t be on rails, it will be convoys of very fast robot trucks bumper to bumper on curfewed roads.

  40. Tom

    German cars are over engineered and were really bad until recent years as far as that was concerned.

    I’m on my fourth second-hand Messerschmitt (Merc). The electrics have been shit on every one of them, but donks and drivetrains are not only well engineered, powerful and super-reliable, but as cheap to run, repair and buy parts for as an old Holden.

  41. struth

    When a robot truck can do a milk run, or load itself with tractors or head out onto a paddock to find where the farmer has put the mother bin this time, not get bogged and load a b triple to the exact weight I’ll say that’s when robot trucks will be a thing.
    It’s ever only depot to depot intercity it could possibly be and most trucks you see on an interstate are not going between cities, but to other areas , farms towns etc and are only using the interstate part of the way.

    This is one of those subjects tech heads with no idea what trucks are about and what they do, that talk about this shit.
    We’ll be Veneztraya well before anything like that could ever happen.

  42. Bruce of Newcastle

    Speaking of driverless cars, anyone still tracking the Tesla that got shot into space?

    No but TESS is about to be launched by SpaceX tomorrow.

    Satellite aims to discover thousands of nearby exoplanets, including at least 50 Earth-sized ones

    The NASA-funded spacecraft, not much larger than a refrigerator, carries four cameras that were conceived, designed, and built at MIT, with one wide-eyed vision: to survey the nearest, brightest stars in the sky for signs of passing planets.

    Now, more than a decade since MIT scientists first proposed the mission, TESS is about to get off the ground. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, no earlier than April 16, at 6:32 p.m. EDT.

    TESS will spend two years scanning nearly the entire sky—a field of view that can encompass more than 20 million stars. Scientists expect that thousands of these stars will host transiting planets, which they hope to detect through images taken with TESS’s cameras.

  43. C.L.

    I kid you not …
    Following the suicide of that woman who jumped into the sea from the top deck of the Pacific Dawn, ‘experts’ (Australian, of course) on last night’s news bulletins made “calls” for giant railings to be compulsorily affixed to all pleasure cruisers. One said – I’m not making this up – he said if pools had to be fenced it was ridiculous that ships didn’t have to be.

  44. W Hogg

    All I know was Ford was still running V8’s in their FG falcoooons

    Ford officially dropped V8s in the 1980s when they found the EFI I6 did everything better. They trialled it in the XE and then it became the top spec in XF with no V8. E series was intended not to have a V8. Holden hammered then by advertising the EFI V8 165kW in the VN. Ford capitulated and brought back the XR8 with the EB.

  45. W Hogg

    Hempton lost me about a decade ago when he began peddling asinine leftwing economic bullshit.

    Now he’s pushing asinine left wing social policies.

  46. JC

    Guess who’s in on it.

    A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.

    Called the “Sarco”, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.

    “The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die,” said Nitschke, who has been dubbed “Dr Death” for his work to legalise euthanasia.

  47. Gab

    Building higher railings on the West Gate Bridge hasn’t stopped the suicides from that bridge.

  48. Oh come on

    Reason has produced the following video, which could have come straight from Green Left Weekly (although the superior production values preclude GLF’s involvement): American Intervention – A Success Story

    There are a few reasonable points made but also a few howlers, too. And why no mention of US intervention in WW1 and WW2? Or, if you wish to stay in the ME, how about the Yom Kippur War? Or are these US interventions unhelpful to the isolationist cause?

  49. Gab

    “The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die,” said Nitschke, who has been dubbed “Dr Death” for his work to legalise euthanasia.

    Hilarious. The Left’s knee-jerk reaction on one hand is to build massive railings on ships to prevent suicides while on the other hand they want people to suicide by sarcophagus.

    The Left is really quite mentally deranged.

  50. Oh come on

    Called the “Sarco”, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke

    That guy is a head case. Seriously sick.

  51. JC

    Now he’s pushing asinine left wing social policies.

    Is he, that’s no surprise. He’s a bit of a windbag.

    Do you know if he was running a short in Herbalife? As I think he was supporting Ackman’s short, but I’m not exactly 100%.

    We used to talk during the GFC and just after, but I lost touch since then. Strange dude.

  52. JC

    Gab

    Don’t knock it. I’m thinking seriously of introducing that contraption to ‘assist’ the leftwing callers at the Hotline. It’s a very efficient way of extinguishing leftism.

  53. Gab

    Hope you charge an exorbitant amount for the Sarcos. Add in some smashed avocado on toast and you’ll be on a winner, JC.

  54. JC

    You know, you really have to wonder when you have weird fuckers like Christopher Steele coming out of British Intel.

    Syria ‘chemical attack’ staged to provoke US airstrike, London pushed perpetrators – Russian MoD

  55. OldOzzie

    Census 2016: less work, more pay remains a dream for most Australians – Bernard Salt Demographer

    What job pays the most for the least amount of effort? I would have thought that this insight from the 2016 census might rank highest on a scale of interest for most Australians. Yet to my knowledge it has never been calculated — until now. But before I provide the answer it’s necessary to explain the concept.

    The workforce contained about 11.5 million workers at the time of the census, with two-thirds working full time. In the following analysis we have considered only full-time workers, meaning those who complete at least 35 hours’ work. If you work one hour or 34 hours, you’re a part-time worker according to the census boffins.

    We officially may have a 37½-hour week, down from a 40-hour week before the 1980s, but the average Australian worker claims to have worked 44.4 hours in the week preceding the census. Five years earlier this average was 44.9 hours. We’re working less, not more. And it kind of makes sense.

    The previous census coincided with the peak of the mining boom in 2011. We’ve eased up a tad since then. The median income for full-time workers in 2016 was $66,000, up 14 per cent from 2011.

    Another way of looking at this is to say the average income per hour of full-time work in 2016 was $29, up 16 per cent from the 2011 figure and well ahead of inflation at 10 per cent. These figures suggest that a combination of contracting hours and rising pay have delivered real growth in income of about 1 per cent a year for full-time workers since 2011.

    The Income-Effort Equation

    Median income and average hours worked for jobs with over 10,000 workers

    The attached cluster chart shows 160 full-time jobs with more than 10,000 workers (to give critical mass) where income is measured against hours worked. The quadrants formed by the intersection of average income and median hours worked divide the workforce into worker types. The result is a perspective of the workforce that shows who’s working hardest and who is putting in the fewest full-time hours a week.

    One of these quadrants answers my opening question: who gets most remuneration expending the least amount of effort? According to this chart there are four kinds of workers: rich workaholics (top right); worker robots (bottom right); the time-rich, cash-poor (bottom left); and everyone’s favourites, the rich lifestylers (top left), who seem to have nailed the Aussie dream of snaring maximum reward with minimum effort.

    So, who are the four types of Aussie workers and what are their characteristics?

    1. Rich workaholics

    Those who work more hours than average and earn more than the average (median) income comprise 25 per cent of the full-time workforce. They include chief executives, school principals, general managers and solicitors — as well as the most workaholic of all the workaholics, drillers and miners, who work 62 hours a week for a median annual income of $106,000.

    These are mostly skilled jobs in the private sector where remuneration is tied to hours worked. School principals are a bit of an anomaly because they appear to be well remunerated, but they also put in a lot of hours for which they receive no additional pay. You have to be dedicated to be a school principal.

    2. Worker robots

    These are people who work longer than average hours but who earn less than the average income — hence the term worker robots. Just 16 per cent of the full-time workforce falls into this category. This segment includes livestock farmers, crop farmers, hotel and motel managers, and even truck drivers.

    Livestock farmers put in 57 hours of work a week and earn a median income of $42,000. Many farmers, of course, see their job as a dynastic lifestyle rather than as a source of income.

    The hotel and motel managers live onsite and are never off duty.

    3. Time-rich, cash-poor

    This is the biggest category of people working full time — it accounts for 37 per cent of the workforce. Here are jobs that require less than average hours of commitment but that also offer less than the average income. These occupations include childcarers, receptionists, secretaries, packers, call-centre workers, hairdressers and waiters. Receptionists reported putting in an average of 40 hours of work a week and earning an average income of $45,000. This puts them squarely within the time-rich, cash-poor category of Aussie worker.

    4. Rich lifestylers

    These are surely the hero Aussie workers who, in the words of Dire Straits from 1985, are able to get “money for nothin’ ”, or as close to nothin’ as possible.

    Just 22 per cent of the full-time workforce is able to leverage an above-average income from below-average hours. The rich lifestylers earn more and work less than the average Aussie worker.

    So, who are these favoured workers who live in the rich-life­styler quadrant? They aren’t medical specialists and barristers — who are busily leveraging their daily rate through workaholism. In fact, rich lifestylers are behind the unglamorous, hard-to-define, somewhat nebulous work that thrives in corporate head offices and throughout bureaucracy.

    Chief executives put in long hours. So do politicians. It’s those on the next rung down who have it made. Here are workers who work less than the average 44 hours a week and who earn an income that is above the Australian average. Here is a world of six-figure salaries and of jobs that start and finish every day.

    Australia’s Quadrant jobs: top 5 occupations by worker type

    Compare this lot with livestock farmers, whose job never ends and whose income is perhaps one-third of the six-figure set.

    The jobs that deliver this all-pay, no-extended-hours working lifestyle include occupations such as policy and planning managers (I told you they were hard to pin down — let’s call this lot senior bureaucrats); information and communications technology sales professionals (they sell geek technology); management and organisation analysts (management consultants); contract, program and project administrators (I reckon this is in-house management consultants); and accountants.

    The undisputed winners in the effort-remuneration stakes fly just below the radar in big organisations where their skills and their expertise can be remunerated from the deep and protected resources of public funding or from the vast flows of money that swirl around big business.

    It’s the consultants and the advisers and the policy specialists who have got the effort-reward equation working in their favour.

    What this analysis shows is that the winners are those with technical skills — miners, accountants, medicos, engineers, barristers — as well as those with business and management skills who are able to position themselves in precisely the right environment. A technical expert in law or medicine or engineering or even in accounting can leverage a high income in a regional location in Australia, just so long as they put in the hours. An expert with skills in management or policy is tied to big business or to big government in Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra.

    The worker robots and time-rich, cash-poor workers can be found eking out a living in the suburbs and towns scattered across Australia. They get whatever work they can, wherever they can.

    The rich workaholics and the rich lifestylers, on the other hand, are better able to control their workflow and their working terms. It is skills and expertise that deliver bargaining power in the modern world of work, and that can be parlayed into more income for less work, delivering for some a better quality of life.

    Bernard Salt is managing director of The Demographics Group. Research by Simon Kuestenmacher.

  56. Brilliant review of Chappaquiddick by Steyn.
    We always have to remember that feminists totally endorsed Kennedy killing Kopechne.
    They never raised a peep.

    Without a doubt. When Steyn is on-song its always stellar. Feminists used the scandal to wrangle whatever they wanted in the future, namely, his ‘grand legislative program’. They couldn’t care less if it involved whitewashing Chappaquiddick. Scum and lees.

  57. PuS. Remember the above whenever Monty waxes on about the veneer of ‘Christianists’.

  58. C.L.

    A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.

    The button is on a standard remote; press it and this is what you see.

  59. Top Ender

    Worst Holden ever made?

    Could be the four-cylinder Torana.

    Could be the Gemini.

    Could be the Camira.

    At least the Commodore keeps going, and is now the bogan car of choice.

  60. JC

    CL

    Just stop it with that vid. You don’t the pod, as watching it is enough.

  61. DrBeauGan

    There used to be a time when you expected the Russians to lie and the CIA and the British government to tell the truth.

    Ah, what it was to be young and innocent.

  62. Motelier

    The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen.

    Just waiting for Nitrogen to be classed as a dangerous gas and a nitrogen tax to be implemented to reduce it.

  63. JC

    PuS. Remember the above whenever Monty waxes on about the veneer of ‘Christianists’.

    Also you need to remember that monst is miltant lesbian.

  64. CL, that is brilliant. Well played.

  65. nemkat

    Building higher railings on the West Gate Bridge hasn’t stopped the suicides from that bridge.

    Building higher guardrails on the Gateway Bridge brought suicides down from thirteen in the first 12 months to zero in the last 30 years.
    Doing the same on the Storey Bridge and blocking the gaps either side of the roadway has reduced jumpers to zero over the last few years.

  66. Gab

    The button is on a standard remote; press it and this is what you see.

    Yeah, nah, not falling for it.

  67. Robber Baron

    A big thank you to the people that helped me with my question about buying a car.

    Off to the dealer yard for a few test drives.

  68. Motelier

    CL gets some perverse delight in that video

  69. Motelier

    And yes, I clicked on the link.

    AGAIN

  70. DrBeauGan

    I watched your link with great enjoyment, CL.

    (That was a lie.)

  71. Robber Baron

    The button is on a standard remote; press it and this is what you see.

    Right at the beginning of the video, the news bar at the bottom flashes “Bodies recovered from cargo plane crash” which incidentally describes the participants in the video perfectly. That clip is the gift that keeps on giving.

  72. egg_

    BMW’s and “Ow”di’s and Merc’s

    Entry level lease vehicles for APS wankers being ripped off on the built-in servicing contracts.
    Karma.

  73. OldOzzie

    Investor’s Business Daily

    Editorials – It’s Official: Trump Tax Cuts Are Boosting Growth And Mostly Paying For Themselves


    Taxes: When the Congressional Budget Office released its updated budget forecast, everyone focused on the deficit number. But buried in the report was the CBO’s tacit admission that it vastly overestimated the cost of the Trump tax cuts, because it didn’t account for the strong economic growth they would generate.

  74. Tintarella di Luna

    C.L. you are a naughty lad aren’t you? I suspect you might enjoy the youthful ranga in her leather skirt and bouncing assets.

  75. Top Ender

    Robber Baron…My research has identified the following: MazdaCX-3, Kia Cerato and Hyundai i30.

    RB, we have just swapped out our two older cars for a CX-3 and a Cerato.

    Observations:
    – Cerato came with a 7 year warranty and fixed price servicing, and roadside assistance – hard to beat.
    – Mazda came with the same but for three years. We paid to extend it to six.

    Both good to drive. The Cerato is a small nippy beast, with a great all-round ‘glass sides” concept. CX-3 bigger and heavier but has a sit-up driving position which is sorta nice.

    Annoyances: CX-3 has an “istop” feature which cuts the engine out at traffic lights. It can be defeated by pressing a switch. Not really useful in a hot climate where you want to keep the air-conditioning going. Also did not come with a reversing camera – you have to pay more for one. Can’t think of anything about the Cerato.

    The CX-3 is the more expensive. Kia have a “one week special” which they repeat now and again…$777 price drop or $777 worth of accessories.

    Hope this helps.

  76. OldOzzie

    Everything We Know (And No One Has Said So Far) About The First Waves Of Air Strikes On Syria.

    Syria Air War Day 1 explained.

    In the night between Apr. 13 and 14 aircraft from the U.S., UK and France launched a first wave of air strikes against ground targets in Syria. What follows is a recap based on OSINT (Open Sources Intelligence) since most of the aircraft involved in the raids could be tracked online via information in the public domain.

    The “limited” action was preceded by intelligence gathering activity carried out by many of the assets that have been flying over eastern Mediterranean Sea lately. The first sign something was about to happen was the unusual presence of an RQ-4 Global Hawk drone tracking off Lebanon and Syria few hours before the first stand-off weapons landed on Syrian regime’s chemical sites/infrastructure.

  77. mh

    When the Congressional Budget Office released its updated budget forecast, everyone focused on the deficit number. But buried in the report was the CBO’s tacit admission that it vastly overestimated the cost of the Trump tax cuts, because it didn’t account for the strong economic growth they would generate.

    The benefit of Trump’s tax cuts have been turbo-charged because Trump has been reducing other costs to business, like energy costs. If America had Australia-level energy costs, then the effect of the tax cuts would have been less striking.

  78. OldOzzie

    Iran: The Enemies Within Get Louder

    April 10, 2018: The government threatens the United States with retaliation for speaking of ending the 2015 agreement to lift sanctions. Iran threatens to build nuclear weapons if the Americans pull out of the 2015 deal. The United States, France, Germany and Britain have all openly accused Iran of violating the 2015 treaty with continued Iranian covert support of Shia rebels in Yemen. Iran responds to this criticism of Iranian actions in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon by insisting that it has an obligation to aid these nations in their fight against American and Israeli aggression. This justification is unpopular with most Iranians who want their government to pay more attention to real problems inside Iran rather than imaginary ones overseas. Leaders of Iran backed groups in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hamas in Gaza and Shia rebels in Yemen openly boast of their financial and other support from Iran and continue to receive it. Iran sees the United States as serious about its threat to renounce the 2015 treaty and impose more sanctions while also persuading other Western signatories to do the same.

    Iranians in general are reacting to all this by seeking to convert their currency into dollars. As a result The Iranian currency (the rial) hit an all-time low against the dollar. it now costs about 62,000 rials to buy one dollar In early 2013 it costs about 40,000 rials and in late 2011 12,000 (long the official rate). The value of the rial (in buying dollars) has dropped sharply before, but never as bad as this

  79. OldOzzie

    Iran’s parliament ‘thrown into chaos’ amid worsening currency crisis

    Leaders struggle to shore up plummeting rial

    The Iranian rial has plunged by one-third of its value – just in the first few months of this year – as government efforts fail to pull the currency off record lows. The unit has fallen to 60,000 to the dollar, a devaluation that can be traced all the way back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, CNBC noted Friday, when 70 rial could be exchanged for one dollar.

    Officials said this week that the exchange rate is now set at 42,000 rials to the dollar, and that any attempts to exchange money at a different rate would be met with harsh punishments. Police arrested a reported 90 currency traders last February, but the crackdown failed to curb informal foreign-exchange activity.

  80. Tintarella di Luna

    Spiky is watching Rampage on her own, gold class, in Sinny, while I am alone in Perth. And telling me about it.

    Women are bitches.

    Why didn’t you offer to go along as her porter Dr B?

  81. twostix

    Turnbull as PM is as good as it gets for conservatives, the Australian Conservatives can’t draw 4% in any election anywhere.

    Abbott put together the destroyed post-howard liberals and was elected in an historic landslide dumbo.

  82. egg_

    ‘Driver assist’ automation will likely be just used as a form of the cruise control long trip blessing likely absent on a 20 y.o. Corolla*.

    *For the benefit of the sub-boomer Kindergarten – your econobox only has the benefit of the air-steer-auto power pack due to US luxury car tariffs against the Japs in the 70s/80s – otherwise it would be an agricultural hot box like an 80s Suzuki 4WD.

  83. Speaking of Dr Death, the US medical societies are increasingly caving in on their initial resistance to murdering their patience.

  84. Abbott put together the destroyed post-howard liberals and was elected in an historic landslide dumbo

    Indeed.

  85. Roger.

    The next frontier for the new Puritans:

    Study published in The Lancet claims drinking alcohol is as bad as smoking.

    Every alcoholic drink over recommended two units per day takes 30 minutes off your life.

    What next? Punitive tax rises and plain packaging?

  86. DrBeauGan

    Why didn’t you offer to go along as her porter Dr B?

    Because I am prepared to spding a couple of hundred on seeing a movie with her in Perth, but not a couple of thousand on seeing it with her in Sinny, Tinta.

    I don’t love her that much.

    I don’t love anyone that much.

  87. Muddy

    Guess my favourite sentence from the following:

    To Air Force Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, “it starts with the messaging.”

    “If you ask any person in the population who was their first protector and defender it, was her mother, and so we have to change the messaging that there is a place for women,” Grosso said.

    “I feel like it is my personal responsibility to go to events so women can see that you can progress and there is a place for you.”

    If women aren’t interested in serving in the Air Force, they can serve as an Air Force civilian worker, Grosso said.

    “I went to an event and I had a women tell me she didn’t like sweating; I said ’25 percent of our force are civilians. Would you like to come be a civilian?'” Grosso said.

    Source.

  88. egg_

    The United States made a semi-official request, and the Japanese agreed to institute a three-year export quota of 1.68 million vehicles that would start in 1981. The Japanese policy of export restraints from a decade earlier had been resurrected.

    To get around that, the Japs built in the air-steer-auto ‘power pack’ to value add – which is now a staple in your “sub $20k” bog standard econobox.

  89. DrBeauGan

    If you mean carry her baggage across the nullarbor, she bought a new lot in Sinny.

  90. twostix

    Zero doubt the UK intelligence class, egged on by their comrades in the CIA were involved in Syria.

    Those traitors want a new cold war with Russia so bad it hurts.

  91. Tel

    Speaking of Dr Death, the US medical societies are increasingly caving in on their initial resistance to murdering their patience.

    Patience is overrated, none of us will live forever.

  92. Tom Atkinson

    Interesting. Was just looking through a Facebook post that asked people to choose who they wished were the PM. The choices were: 1. Abbott, 2. Turnbull, 3. Julie Bishop, 4. Shorten

    People had to give their choice by making a comment. There were over 4,000 comments but I went back over the most recent several hundred.

    Most respondents didn’t like any of the choices, but when one was chosen:

    Abbott was the clear favourite, being the choice of about 1 in 6 respondents. Bishop was second, with about 1 in 15. Shorten was about 1 in 30. Turnbull about 1 in 50.

  93. Tel

    Every alcoholic drink over recommended two units per day takes 30 minutes off your life.

    I’m planning to run on pure stubbornness and alcohol only increases that. Willing to take on any GP doctor in a longevity challenge since statistically their profession has the worst performance in that department.

  94. H B Bear

    But buried in the report was the CBO’s tacit admission that it vastly overestimated the cost of the Trump tax cuts, because it didn’t account for the strong economic growth they would generate.

    The Big Government Keynesian statists that infest Treasuries and central banks are actually worse than useless. After all the utter bullshit put out by the Bank of England ahead of the Brexit vote Dan Hannan tweeted that investment in the UK was running at 17% of GDP.

  95. zyconoclast

    Toyota’s hydrogen future ‘here sooner than later’
    Dealership and fleet-based charging stations could prop FCEV arrival

    Toyota could put hydrogen cars in customer driveways by 2025.

    The opportunity for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to hit Australian roads is near as governments become increasingly eco-conscious and opportunities exist for commercialising charging stations.

    Hyundai has already confirmed it will supply 20 of its new Nexo FCEVs to Canberra this year as part of the Hornsdale Windfarm project. Toyota is eyeing a piece of the pie with the Mirai FCEV, which outsold the number two-selling Hyundai Tucson FCEV globally last year.

    The problem, much like early fully electric vehicle adoption, is a lack of infrastructure. But users can’t simply fill up at home overnight and will need a properly equipped hydrogen fuelling station.

    Speaking with Drive during a test drive of the Mirai (Japanese for future) in the US, Toyota Australia operations vice president Sean Hanley said the first steps could come from fleet buyers building a back-to-base hydrogen station, or even making use of the Japanese brand’s 280-strong dealership network that covers Australia.

    “We’ve had a lot of interest in Mirai, particularly from governments and fleets,” he said.

    “We need to work with government and within our own industry and indeed energy companies to bring forward the plans for infrastructure. There’s only one in San Diego and some in LA that have been setup, so infrastructure is the only delay in this technology coming forward.

    “That’s an option we are looking at [back-to-base hydrogen fleet cars] and that would speed up our opportunity to bring Mirai to market.

    “One of our strengths is we have approximately 280 dealer sites in Australia so going forwards, and even in this industry where there are disruptions, one of our great strengths is the fact we have these 280 dealer sites and the different ways of doing business.

    “While we don’t have any plans for hydrogen fuelling or refuelling stations at our dealerships at this stage I would never rule that out as a possibility.”

    Closing in on exact timing Hanley remained vague but sees the Prius hybrid, that was introduced to Australia in 2001, as a similar situation to hydrogen now, and said 2025 was likely the moment consumers could take an FCEV home.

    “There is a lot of work to do to bring Mirai to market and certainly there are no plans confirmed but we have a lot of interest.

    “It won’t be only one single powertrain driving our vehicles in the future – in zero to ten years it will be the standard combustion engine, hybrid, full electric and hydrogen.

    “We’re not waiting for regulation we are fast tracking now so regardless of whatever legislation that inevitably will be introduced we’re on the front foot and we’re planning now and progressing now, and we’ve got the Mirai on trial in Australia.”

    Citing recent government moves towards introducing tighter emissions targets, Hanley said it was inevitable, and will be a catalyst for introducing hydrogen along with eight new hybrid Toyota variants.

    “There will be a focus on 2020 to 2025 and no doubt in the world there will be a major focus on the government in reducing CO2. As I said we’re not waiting for those regulations because we’ve said as part of our commitment that we’ve got to bring this technology to market regardless.

    “Everyone is working very actively towards one goal which is to bring hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to Australia and I think that’s sooner than later. I think it’s safe to say hydrogen will be in Australia by 2025.”

  96. Infidel Tiger

    at 3:07 pm
    Every alcoholic drink over recommended two units per day takes 30 minutes off your life.

    If that were true most people I know would have had a negative life span.

  97. twostix

    The intelligence agencies don’t like their new world of having to operate in ugly middle eastern shitholes getting zero respect or glory.

    They want the hollywood style glamourous super cool secret agent days of the cold war back – where they could comfortably do their jobs from european desks, against other beuracrats, rather than now the pinnacle of their career being the possibility of going outside daily and talking to ak47 wielding muslim inbred retards in Yemen.

    That’s the general animating thought of the average public servant beuracrat. They’re bored and worried about job security in the post soviet age. They were banking on terrorism being the new cold war but it hasn’t turned out, and that which has they don’t like.

    So they’re mentally very eager to be told by their bosses that Lenin and the Stalin Soviet union have secretly being there all along, now go fight it, start in Syria.

  98. rickw

    Flight to Abu Dahbi, backwards facing seat and no knife and fork users up front!

  99. egg_

    With the departure of Aussie V8s:

    Supercars owner to close, sell investments

    The private equity firm which owns the majority stake in Supercars has notified investors that it will begin to close down, resulting in the sale of existing assets.

    Archer Capital, which also owns the parent company of Supercars sponsor Red Rooster, has cancelled new fundraising and will instead realise its eight existing assets.

    According to the Australian Financial Review, it is believed that the process will take place over a period of five years, and coincides with the likely retirement of founding partner Peter Wiggs.

    Wiggs currently sits on the Supercars board alongside new CEO Sean Seamer and team owners Brad Jones and Rod Nash.

    Archer was established in 1997 and took on its current name in 2004.

  100. OldOzzie

    I’m not plotting with Dutton, says Tony Abbott

    Tony Abbott has denied he’s in cahoots with Peter Dutton to bring down Malcolm Turnbull.

    The former prime minister was quizzed on his relationship with the home affairs minister after a week of debate over migration levels.

    “I admire (Peter) as a bloke and I respect him as a politician so I guess we would naturally be inclined to think along similar lines,” Mr Abbott told 2GB radio on Sunday.

    “So it doesn’t surprise me that Peter has been pushing for a reduction in the migration intake.” Further prompted on whether there are any quiet evening meetings between the pair, working their cards, Mr Abbott said: “No that’s not how it works in this business.”

    “Peter is an honourable man and the last thing that he would do is sit down with a colleague and plot stuff,” he said.

    Mr Abbott, who is wrapping up his annual charity bike ride on Sunday, was again spruiking his push for a reduction in Australia’s migration intake until housing and infrastructure can catch up.

    He also reiterated his call for the construction of new coal-fired power stations to help drive down energy prices.

    Mr Abbott predicts the next election could be around next May.

    “Whenever it is, it is important that people know that this has been a good government and is working for them not against them,” he said.

    Earlier, Liberal frontbencher Steven Ciobo rejected suggestions the federal government was in shambles despite clocking up 30 negative Newspolls, which sparked another round of infighting over its leadership, energy and immigration policy.

    Mr Ciobo said people were not interested in these internal discussions but are concerned about job security and who is helping to lower the cost of living pressures.

    “We have delivered in spades, we have record job creation … that’s not the consequence of a shambles, that is the consequence of disciplined economic policy,” the trade minister told Sky News on Sunday.

  101. John Constantine

    In the time between Abbott being elected and the upcoming election Australia has imported a couple million odd New extra voters demanding Civil Rights and buried a million obsolete Australians.

    After two terms of shorten the numbers will be five million New imports demanding Civil Rights and two million obsolete Australian racists buried.

    In 2024 Australia will not be Abbott country.

    Turnbullites aggrieved rainbow Stalinist election winning machine is as good as taking over the streets, marching for Communal civil rights, tax funded.

    Comrades.

  102. rickw

    Highways that charge your car? Isn’t this just a super sized slot car set?

  103. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The button is on a standard remote; press it and this is what you see.

    OMG. fortunately I was prepared and was able to kill the window within seconds of clicking the link, before any lasting damage was done.

  104. W Hogg

    Do you know if he was running a short in Herbalife? As I think he was supporting Ackman’s short, but I’m not exactly 100%.

    He’s bigly long HLF, always has been.

  105. egg_

    not enough to compete with the Korean diesels in the same class.

    The EU now have diesels in their sights.

    Ironic that a 2.8L 4 cyl (turbo diesel HiLux) a Century on from Ford’s Model T is the most popular engine and not by coincidence.

    The (forced induction) lazy torque* from the large displacement cylinders make for good economy, reliability and performance – the EC Euroweenies are bound to end it and put dentist drills in place.
    *Sans the smoothness of the V8, which became more popular than the 4 cyl, once it was available.

  106. Boambee John

    John Constantine

    After two terms of shorten the numbers will be five million New imports demanding Civil Rights and two million obsolete Australian racists buried.

    At what stage will Test Pattern and his mates in the Aboriginal Industry realise that their fate is to be re-colonised by illiterate retards with less than zero sympathy for them? They are already vastly outnumbered by the recent imports, and it is only the declining number of PC white activists who keep the money flowing. That money will soon begin to be diverted to the new voteherds.

  107. Leo G

    Every alcoholic drink over recommended two units per day takes 30 minutes off your life.

    I think you can disregard the view of an epidemiologist/statistician who doesn’t understand the logical difference between “each” and “every”.

  108. JC

    He’s bigly long HLF, always has been.

    Really. Wow. I recall he was discussing it on his blog, but for some reason I thought he was with Ackman. He would have done well.

    You know though, wood away from the trees, I think Ackman was kind of right about Herbalife to some extent. I think it was a bit of a ponzi scheme and Ichan just went into the stock to screw Ackman because he just didn’t like him.
    That’s traders’ heaven. Imagine you’re worth so much money (like Ichan) and you can go into a stock to fuck over someone just because you don’t like them. That’s heaven.

    Ackman was a lunatic. His position was just way too big to be able to incur the wrath of Ichan.

  109. Geriatric Mayfly

    Every alcoholic drink over recommended two units per day takes 30 minutes off your life.
    If that were true most people I know would have had a negative life span.

    Nine months gestation, and minus 30 minutes a day, does not bode well for for all those infants born (you know where) with foetal alcohol syndrome. And yet somehow, the poor little mites arrive, sozzled from birth.

  110. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    long, interesting read.
    ‘Boiled frog syndrome’: Germany’s China problem

    For decades, Germany’s approach to China could be summed up with the motto “Wandel durch Handel” (change through trade).

    Now that strategy is in tatters and government officials joke darkly that the “win-win” relationship has a new meaning: China wins twice.

    “The hope was that closer economic ties would lead to an opening. Today it is clear this was a false hope,” said a German government official. “They tell us what we want to hear and then do the opposite.”

  111. Sinclair Davidson

    See the Bombers fly up.

  112. Leo G

    If that were true most people I know would have had a negative life span.

    The day is shorter after a few drinks.

  113. Robber Baron

    Top Ender.

    Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.

  114. egg_

    Heartbreak mountain: wheels fall off for Orange’s Leahey with 6 Hour win in sight

    Set the lap record for a Production vehicle in qualifying, leading the race their Beemer M3 and then…

    The right rear wheel broke free, incredibly making its way all the way to Forrest’s Elbow but cruelly ending Leahey and Lynton’s until-then stunning run through the race.

    Sounds like the Ferrari that was leading the Bathurst 24 Hour once upon a time.

  115. Areff;

    Given that Holden is a dinosaur brand, when will the Australian Design Rules be scrapped. They were never anything more than a defacto tariff barrier and now there is no local industry to protect. Look to NZ, where the secondhand Japanese imports mean cheap rides for all.

    Thankyou, RF.
    I been touting for the elimination of the ADR for some time now.
    Can I have my ten percent of the tax/regulation savings?
    Ta.

  116. Patience is overrated, none of us will live forever.

    That was certainly the position of the principles behind the Aktion T4 program.

  117. jupes

    I think you can disregard the view of an epidemiologist/statistician who doesn’t understand the logical difference between “each” and “every”.

    What is the difference Leo?

  118. twostix

    German bugmen calculated that diesel returns 0.5383737272 more btus than petrol and so spent 20 years having their lackeys in their EU mandate high efficiency, low emmission diesels in passenger cars instead of light quiet, cheap, reliable, servicable petrol engines, or good enough rough and ready diesels that normal countries use.

    How they crowed in the 2000s as volkswagens returned a billion kms per litre and still made 200 HP.

    Then we found out they were lying about everything, and are now banning petrol and diesel to punish themselves.

    Worked out well.

  119. egg_

    *Sans the smoothness of the V8, which became more popular than the 4 cyl, once it was available.

    Toyota’s other workhorse, the Landcruiser, is an all V8 affair, and once again not by coincidence.

  120. calli

    Watched your Ian Holm Chappaquiddick doco, egg_.

    Pretty straightforward. Only one person in the car when it went over. What a piece of work, especially that final, soulful statement to camera.

    The reading this morning was Psalm 73. Appropriate and tragic.

  121. Boambee John

    Zippy at 1552

    I see that the anti Orban protesters in Hungary are demanding ” a non-partisan public media,” but I suspect they mean an ABC, SBS, or BBC type of “non-partisan” media.

  122. DrBeauGan

    I just bought six boxes of diet coke with 12 bottles to a box. The store manager told the checkout chick that it came to sixty bottles. I pointed out that six twelves are seventy two. He eventually agreed with me. Turns out he was an accountant. Indian.

  123. Tom

    See the Bombers fly up.

    You’re lucky to barrack for a well-run club with one of the great coaches, your Doomlordship.

    My Bluebaggers are run by a rabble of big business/big government SJWs who have hired a child-minder from Hawthorn to wreck the club. He has never played a single game of top-level football; he’s a confidence-trickster from the bush.

    He will be gone by the middle or the year after a membership insurgency. My god, the carpetbaggers on GayFL boards are dishonest, venal arseholes addicted to other people’s money and the applause of strangers.

    Go Hawks. I need you to disrobe the Melbourne Club rabble to get my tipping back on track.

  124. Leo G

    What is the difference Leo?

    “Every” means “each of a group, but taken collectively”.
    Accordingly, “Every alcoholic drink over recommended two units per day takes 30 minutes off your life” implies that the total lifetime collective effect of all the instances of taking more than two units per day is to take half-an-hour off your life.

  125. Pedro the Ignorant

    Turns out he was an accountant. Indian.

    I am astonished, Dr BG.

    Most Indian shop peeps would have calculated your total as 84+ bottles or better.

    To find one going under the total is remarkable.

  126. egg_

    Pretty straightforward.

    Duty of care, just like the incident with his brother cited above.
    Still rather callus, putting his career ahead of a young woman’s safety in the middle of the night.

  127. Infidel Tiger

    You’re lucky to barrack for a well-run club with one of the great coaches, your Doomlordship.

    My Bluebaggers are run by a rabble of big business/big government SJWs who have hired a child-minder from Hawthorn to wreck the club. He has never played a single game of top-level football; he’s a confidence-trickster from the bush.

    He will be gone by the middle or the year after a membership insurgency. My god, the carpetbaggers on GayFL boards are dishonest, venal arseholes addicted to other people’s money and the applause of strangers.

    Go Hawks. I need you to disrobe the Melbourne Club rabble to get my tipping back on track.

    Richmond have over 90,000 members and are once again the most powerful sporting club in the Southern hemisphere.

    Collingwood are refusing to release their membership figures because the Tigers have smashed them.

  128. calli

    It was the grandstanding that got me. Why not just say he left her to drive on while he returned to the party? Why pretend about the “rescue”? And sucking his friends into the charade and leaning on the newspapers and coroner.

    Power gone completely mad. He wanted to be president, and he probably would have got there. They put up McGovern instead, and got Nixon.

  129. egg_

    How they crowed in the 2000s as volkswagens returned a billion kms per litre and still made 200 HP.

    Have driven VW Polo, Jetta and Caddy diesels as work vehicles and don’t mind them.
    Hyundai i30 diesel Wagon even better – highly recommend.

  130. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #2687318, posted on April 15, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    It was the grandstanding that got me. Why not just say he left her to drive on while he returned to the party? Why pretend about the “rescue”? And sucking his friends into the charade and leaning on the newspapers and coroner.

    Power gone completely mad. He wanted to be president, and he probably would have got there. They put up McGovern instead, and got Nixon.

    It says a lot about the political class, Calli, none of it good.

  131. Geriatric Mayfly

    Former Don Dale detainee has attempted to harm himself inside the Gold Coast Watchhouse after his Games protest arrest.

    Isn’t that why he was restrained in THAT chair in the first place? The chair that so offended the sensitivities of the ABC , and had Lucy Turnbull whispering Royal Commissions into hubby’s ear.

  132. Tom

    Richmond have over 90,000 members and are once again the most powerful sporting club in the Southern hemisphere.

    Fact check: True.

    Collingwood were always swindlers who promoted themselves as the GayFL’s biggest club only because the Tigers spent 40 years sacking coaches and destroying themselves.

    The Tiger army should frighten the hell out of every other club in the GayFL. They’ll be there again at the end of September.

  133. DrBeauGan

    I think you can disregard the view of an epidemiologist/statistician who doesn’t understand the logical difference between “each” and “every”.

    You have a clear choice. You can either trust your taste buds which have evolved over billions of years to tell you what’s good for you, or you can trust some wowser dietician with dodgy statistics.

    Entirely up to you.

  134. egg_

    Why not just say he left her to drive on while he returned to the party?

    The parents probably knew the true story – IIRC her dad was quoted as saying that Kennedy took bad advice early on and was stuck with it.
    The mother said that they knew it was an accident, but why leave their daughter there all night*?
    The pilot saying he saw the vehicle in the water c. 9am was likely the first news for Kennedy.

    *Gargan was said to be sleeping with his head by the door of the cottage awaiting Mary Jo’s return.
    Kennedy probably fled back to his hotel by his launch boat immediately on seeing the cop (the ferry operator was busy til 12:30 pm and reported seeing several boat crossings).
    He was said to have been back home by 11am after making his police statement at 10am.
    The rest was in the hands of his minders.
    Mary Jo’s body was taken off the Island to the jurisdiction of her home State by the Kennedy staffer and the private plane shown in the video.
    US ‘Royalty’.

  135. One of the largest special interest ideological groups pushing for physician-assisted suicide in the United States instructs patients that there is no shame, or possible financial-estate ramifications, in choosing suicide by physician: “If your death results from taking medications legally prescribed and obtained under a physician aid-in-dying statute, your death certificate will list your underlying illness as the cause of death.”

    Indeed, the truth behind the person’s death is concealed. As the special interest group exclaims: “Physician aid in dying statutes specify that participation under them is not suicide. Therefore, your decision to end your life under an aid-in-dying statute has no effect on your life, health, or accident insurance or annuity policy.” The special interest group is speaking correctly: the death certificates of physician-assisted suicide victims are indeed required by law to conceal the truth.

    For instance, official instructions for physicians by the Washington State Department of Health mandate the following: “The underlying terminal disease must be listed as the cause of death” and “The manner of death must be marked as ‘Natural.’” Further, “The cause of death section may not contain any language that indicates that the Death with Dignity Act was used.” And “If a death certificate contains any reference to actions that might indicate use of the [physician-assisted suicide] act, the Local Registrar and Funeral Director will be instructed, under RCW 70.58.030, to obtain a correction from the medical certifier before a permit to proceed with disposition [to the State Registrar] will be issued.” In other words, the truth must be masked with a lie. Anyone who attempts to tell the truth will be forced to make a “correction” and utter state-mandated falsehood

    Quite extraordinary the level of sheer dissembling and dishonesty that is being peddled by the state here, and a very important one for beneficiaries circling like sharks.

  136. Forgive me, ‘principals, upthread.

  137. Infidel Tiger

    If Kennedy wasn’t such a moral and physical coward he could have rescued Mary-Jo and spun it into an heroic story.

    Unlike his brothers he was a complete and utter xunt of man. You only have to read the stories of his latter life to know that Mary-Jo’s death meant zero to him and changed him not a bit. He was not only a coward, he was a sleazy degenerate who deserved to have his genitals burnt off by pressing them against an Oldsmobile radiator.

  138. zyconoclast

    Sweden’s War on Free Speech

    -Apparently, turning in fellow Swedes to the authorities for alleged “hate speech” is now viewed in Sweden as “heroic”.

    -“One can criticize fascism or Nazism, but why not Islam? Why should Islam have any protection status?” — Denny, a 71-year-old pensioner, on trial for “incitement to hatred”.

    -One of the elderly women, whose life Åberg has disrupted and possibly ruined, is a 73-year old woman with no criminal record, who shared an old text from 2015, widely available on the internet and written by someone else, in a small Facebook group of barely 50 people. She has been charged with “incitement against an ethnic group” for sharing the following:

    “A biological sensation in Sweden. A new bird species (parasitus muslimus) has established itself here… In recent years, the Arab bird (parasitus muslimus) has been widely spread in northern Europe, largely because it lacks natural enemies here…The female has a comprehensive feather shield, where only the eyes are visible… The male usually has four females… The species is a migratory bird but with the weird feature that they never move back…”

    -Another woman, 75, was charged with “inciting hatred against an ethnic group” after writing the following about marriage among Muslims on Facebook in May 2017:

    “The right to our bodies? Wonder what they mean by that? They say they are not allowed to choose the husband themselves. It must be a cousin, uncle… or maybe a grandfather. Probably they are completely IQ-liberated because inbreeding among Muslims has been going on for thousands of years. ”

    -Yet another woman, Christina, 65, was charged with “inciting hatred against an ethnic group” for writing on Facebook: “If this continues, the intelligence in Sweden will be at goldfish level” and “Refuse all that has to do with Islam”. She denies having written those statements but insists that she wishes to warn Swedes against Islam. According to news reports, in 2016 Christina was assaulted by four so-called “unaccompanied minors” (migrants) and knocked unconscious, an act that has impaired her memory. No one was sentenced for that assault, but she now faces financial difficulties and cannot pay her rent. She receives no help from the Swedish state. So far, Christina has reportedly been interrogated six times, for up to two hours each, for her alleged thought crimes, asked about her childhood, and whether she was doing drugs. She has no criminal record.

    -A 64-year old man was reported to the police by Näthatsgranskaren for encouraging Swedes to learn self-defense. He is now being charged with “incitement to hatred against an ethnic group” for writing on Facebook:

    “Before it’s too late, I suggest that anyone… who is able to manage to defend this country, joins the shooting clubs, self-defense clubs, karate clubs or anything… Everything is allowed for a Muslim as long as he harasses ‘infidels’… a Muslim feels as bad about chopping off a human head as we do about opening a can of sardines”.

    -A 71-year-old woman referred to so-called unaccompanied minors as “bearded children” and said that they are “engaged in rape and demolishing their [asylum] homes”. She posted the comment on the Facebook page of the Sweden Democrats in June 2016. In February 2018, a Swedish court sentenced her to a fine for “incitement of hatred against an ethnic group”.

    -A woman in her fifties was sentenced to a fine in December 2017 for a post on Facebook, in which she called men from Afghanistan, who had lied about their age, “camel riders”: “These damn camel riders will never be self-sufficient, because they are damn parasites,” she wrote. Prosecutor Mattias Glaser emphasized that the post was directed against “young men struggling to stay in the country”.

    -In November 2017, a 65-year old man was sentenced to a fine for “incitement of hatred against an ethnic group”. His crime? Writing on Facebook that, “newly arrived” migrants, not Swedes, were guilty of committing gang rapes. According to the court, the man “claimed that Afghans, Africans and Arabs who have newly arrived in Sweden commit crimes such as gang rapes”. This claim, according to the court, constitutes, “clear contempt” for people of the mentioned national origins.

    -In February, a 55-year old man was sentenced to a fine for, “incitement against an ethnic group” for writing on Facebook that Sunni Muslims are behind most of the gang crime in Sweden, as well as rapes. “Somalis are Sunni Muslims… they are behind much of the gang crime in Sweden and all the other violence, such as rapes. Afghans are 80% Sunni and they are a damned people!” he wrote.

  139. Farmer Gez

    Both IT and Tom have it wrong, and on an economics forum to boot.
    Hawthorn has 22 million in Pokies revenue a year. Double that of any other club. The power of the purse wins every time. You will note the Hawks are up and about again this year. I don’t support Hawthorn BTW.

  140. JC

    Artiste, why not a Pontiac?

  141. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    This claim, according to the court, constitutes, “clear contempt” for people of the mentioned national origins.

    the contempt for the left must know no bounds

  142. Eyrie

    ” The worst thing that happened to Black Africa was the arrival of the European colonialists. The second worst thing that happened to Black Africa was the departure of the European colonialists.”
    Shouldn’t that be the other way round?

  143. egg_

    sucking his friends into the charade and leaning on the newspapers and coroner.

    He was able to get witness Deputy Sheriff Christopher Look’s** testimony ignored – Look placed him on Cemetery Road at 12:45am which still makes him miss the last ferry at 12:30 pm.
    Look also witnessed shortly afterwards Susan Tannenbaum? (tall)* and Rosemary “Cricket” Keough? (short) and Joe Gargan? on foot just back a little on the road from the cottage, where Kennedy may have dropped them off enroute.

    *He enquired if they were OK and was told to “get lost, we’re not hookers”. Tannenbaum and Keough may have joined Kennedy in the launch back to the hotel, leaving Gargan to take care of things back at the cottage, as Esther Newberg repeatedly stated to the Press that there were only 3 girls in the cottage overnight. Keogh’s purse was found in the wrecked car and the cops initially thought it was her body but Kennedy was able to discount that to them prior to making his statement.

    **Look became Sheriff shortly afterwards.

  144. nemkat

    Abbott put together the destroyed post-howard liberals and was elected in an historic landslide dumbo.
    Don’t be silly, twostix. They weren’t ”destroyed”.
    Abbott was the accidental Opposition Leader who got lucky. Rudd would’ve smashed him at the 2010 Election, and Gillard was just a novice.
    The Real Abbott missed more Divisions than any other Opposition Frontbencher during Nelson and Turnbull’s leaderships, according to then Whip Alex Somlyay, quoted in The Road To Ruin. He was so drunk on one occasion, he couldn’t be roused from his stupor. Yet he insisted on teamwork once he was Leader.

    No wonder Turnbull won’t have him in Cabinet.
    He’d have to have rocks in his head.

  145. Infidel Tiger

    The Real Abbott missed more Divisions than any other Opposition Frontbencher during Nelson and Turnbull’s leaderships, according to then Whip Alex Somlyay, quoted in The Road To Ruin. He was so drunk on one occasion, he couldn’t be roused from his stupor. Yet he insisted on teamwork once he was Leader.

    Is this meant as criticism?

    I don’t see what the issue is?

  146. Roger.

    Apparently, turning in fellow Swedes to the authorities for alleged “hate speech” is now viewed in Sweden as “heroic”.

    They’ve gone full Narxist.

  147. Infidel Tiger

    Australian politics can never recover until abbott, Turnbull and Shorten are gone.

    They are all cancer. Abbott was a fucking hopeless PM. Turnbull is a disgusting human being and an awful PM but that in no way means we need return to the vomitous Abbott years.

    Budget 2014: perhaps the craziest suicide note ever written.

  148. Myrddin Seren

    From Zippy’s link @ 3:49:

    ‘Boiled frog syndrome’: Germany’s China problem

    Now that strategy is in tatters and government officials joke darkly that the “win-win” relationship has a new meaning: China wins twice.

    From OldOzzie’s Commodore link at 7:32:

    GM in mid-2017 offloaded its perpetually unprofitable Opel subsidiary …. as part of GM boss Mary Barra’s strategy to focus on North America and China.

    I love the way the Internet can bring two relevant items together at a convenient time.

    So – anyone else seeing the potential huge flaw in GM CEO Mary Barra’s ‘Brilliant Idea’ ?

    I would bet within ten years GM USA will be a subsidiary of Great Wall or some other Chinese para-statal automaker.

    Mary will tick all the ‘corporate transaction’ KPIs on her bonus by selling everything else off, and as the last fling selling off the company itself to the ChiComs.

  149. Delta A

    dover_beach
    #2687327, posted on April 15, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    The Bible is clear on this: anyone who takes their own life is a murderer, and murderers will not enter heaven.

    Quite extraordinary the level of sheer dissembling and dishonesty that is being peddled by the state here, and a very important one for beneficiaries circling like sharks.

    Exactly, db.

  150. Tel

    https://youtu.be/O_MgQ4OAylw

    The quicksand perspective on government statistics.

  151. egg_

    sucking his friends into the charade and leaning on the newspapers and coroner.

    Phone records showed Kennedy making several collect calls from the cottage that night to his minders8, but of course friends of the Kennedys were on the board of the company and they weren’t released to the public.

    *Also from the motel the next morning, borrowing a coin for the payphone from the front desk, and the Chappaquiddick ferry peer payphone (once he knew of Mary Jo’s death) prior to going to the Police Station, from where he called Mary Jo’s parents prior to making his Police statement.

  152. AGL are running hard with a vomitous ad about them getting ‘out of coal’ this weekend and asking if we’re ‘with them’. Pricks.

  153. Infidel Tiger

    Ricciardo!

    Great stuff.

  154. Farmer Gez

    Heroism is not a big thing in Sweden.
    They collaborated with the Nazis rather than fight them like Norway. Sure they would had lost at the time but the consequence is a country which has lost its honour.

  155. pete m

    Dan is the man!
    F1 win in China!

  156. egg_

    Mary will tick all the ‘corporate transaction’ KPIs on her bonus by selling everything else off, and as the last fling selling off the company itself to the ChiComs.

    Look at the 3? US sheilas running our prominent Energy authorities (into the ground?) – and they claim a lack of wymminses.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    Swedes are awful people.

    I’m glad their country is over and they will all die horrible deaths.

    Have you ever met a Swede? Uppity nihilist turds.

  158. None

    Haven’t you seen that before Dover Beach it just oozes sent to my knee and I’m convinced that the lead male actor is actually a transgender female, well the female actor looks like she’s tripping.
    Just reading about the thought crimes prosecutions in Sweden wait Z posted above. Easy to tut tut and think Sweden is a toilet but these days I think, oh my god that’s going to be us in 5 years time.

  159. calli

    Just reflecting on the almost pathological hatred for Richard Nixon. Did some of it stem from the landslide victory in ‘72 (it should have been a Kennedy)? Are there parallels with Abbott666’s landslide in 2013?

    Is a small win acceptable but a big one turns progressives into slavering ratbags?

  160. cohenite

    zyconoclast

    #2687330, posted on April 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Sweden’s War on Free Speech

    It really is astounding. Sweden’s politicians have actually said they have to capitulate to islam so the sand donkeys will treat them good when they take over.

    Sweden is probably the most advanced Western nation in this capitulation to the blight of islam but other European nations are not far behind. And given the scum who Australia has as politicians we will not be far behind either.

  161. None

    oozes sent to my knee?
    This software is useless I meant whose is sent to Moni. No try again sanctimommy haha the thing can’t even speak English. Loses Sanctum Oni. Oozes sanctimonious. Oh well close enough.

  162. nemkat

    Isn’t Sweden one of those countries with a State Religion, like the U.K.?
    The State religion mouthpieces get muzzled, it’s game over for the country.

  163. egg_

    Just reflecting on the almost pathological hatred for Richard Nixon.

    Kennedy tried to run in ’82 but Carter got the ticket. I think part of his ’82 speech is in the BBC doco above, trying to put Chappaquiddick behind him.

  164. DrBeauGan

    Infidel Tiger
    #2687350, posted on April 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm
    Swedes are awful people.

    I’m glad their country is over and they will all die horrible deaths.

    Have you ever met a Swede? Uppity nihilist turds.

    Come, come, IT. There’s nothing wrong with the rutabagas that Sharia Law won’t fix.

  165. Tom

    AGL are running hard with a vomitous ad about them getting ‘out of coal’ this weekend and asking if we’re ‘with them’. Pricks

    AGL’s current advertising is one of the most evil political campaigns I have ever seen on TV, dressed up as a commercial for “energy”. As Dover Beach says, the communist piece of shit activist asks: “Are you with us?” The unasked rhetoric is: “Why shouldn’t we put your power bills through the roof and destroy the Australian economy for the sake of some highly profitable crony capitalist rent-seeking?” Brought to you by the Stupid.Fucking.Liberals whose policy apparatus is now a perfect definition of economic fascism.

    Look it up if you don’t understand.

  166. Atoms for Peace

    Someone care to point out to me where it states in the Bible that suicide is an unforgivable sin?

  167. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just reflecting on the almost pathological hatred for Richard Nixon. Did some of it stem from the landslide victory in ‘72 (it should have been a Kennedy)

    Was that the election where the (unofficial) campaign slogan was “They Can’t Lick Our Dick?”

  168. egg_

    the communist piece of shit activist

    He may only be a paid actor, but I bet that the depicted soyboy hides from the public gaze.

  169. calli

    I think that was ‘80, egg_. Reagan became pres in ‘84, two terms.

  170. H B Bear

    Easy to put something like Chappaquiddick behind you when you are not the one upside down in a lake.

  171. Roger.

    AGL are running hard with a vomitous ad about them getting ‘out of coal’ this weekend and asking if we’re ‘with them’. Pricks.

    If they’re getting out of coal why have they just spent $200m upgrading Bayswater?

    Not to mention their other investments in coal fired generators.

    Perhaps the claim is more aspirational than actual?

    Unlike the Greens, Andy Vesey knows that renewables will need coal backup for a considerable time to come.

  172. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2687350, posted on April 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm
    Swedes are awful people.

    I’m glad their country is over and they will all die horrible deaths.

    Have you ever met a Swede? Uppity nihilist turds.

    Read Green Tyranny after which you’ll despise the arseholes. They are socialist scum.

  173. Infidel Tiger

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

    The Ten Commandments is quite clear on murder too.

  174. egg_

    I think that was ‘80

    OK, whenever Carter made his run, thankfully – “the end of Camelot”.

  175. Roger.

    Isn’t Sweden one of those countries with a State Religion, like the U.K.?

    The Church of Sweden was disestablished in 2000.

  176. None

    Isn’t Sweden one of those countries with a State Religion, like the U.K.?
    The State religion mouthpieces get muzzled, it’s game over for the country.

    Yes I think their official church is a form of Lutheranism and yes it is true that most European countries have got a state church which is really bad in my opinion because, as you say, sooner or later the state decides to impose on the church and the churches weakened and in the end the country or society collapses. That is why in America the Puritans and others insisted on separation of Church and state – in order to keep the state out of the church. My understanding is that our founding fathers insisted that there be no established religion in Australia and that religion not be a prerequisite for holding office because at that time back in England you could not go to university or hold public office if you were not Anglican. They were very wise. We really dodged a bullet. On the other hand Australia is the only nation that has never really had a strong spiritual or religious movement or revival – which means when our governments and Lefty’s succeed in Muslim or killing off all Christians and Jews there will be hell on earth and no peace coming from heaven.

  177. None

    *succeed in muzzling or killing off. ..although Muslim is a suitable metonymy for the same. Gosh I think this software is possessed.

  178. Roger.

    Reagan became pres in ‘84, two terms.

    Reagan won against Carter in 1980 and was inaugurated in January ’81.

    I remember it well because I thought it was the end of the world.

    In ’84 he won against Mondale. By then I was a convert. Heady days.

  179. JC

    According to Green Tyranny, the Acid Rain scam originated in Sweden, which subsequently morphed into gerbil warming. Both the Swedes and the Krauts pushed the gerbil warming scam in the west.

    Germany is supposedly one of the smartest nations on earth according to national IQ stats. We’re also much poorer because of those bastards. Two world wars, ethnic murder on a mass scale and now gerbil warming. If they were keeping their scare to themselves it wouldn’t be an issue, but they don’t and haven’t. They’ve poisoned all of Europe and the rest of the West with the bullshit. The world would be much better if Germans never existed.

  180. Leo G

    ” The worst thing that happened to Black Africa was the arrival of the European colonialists. The second worst thing that happened to Black Africa was the departure of the European colonialists.”
    Shouldn’t that be the other way round?

    Who knows the historical worst event for Black Africa?
    The arrival of European colonists would not have been bad, but for the associated abjection of many. Contemporary Black Africa even seems to think that abjection of many is a common good.

  181. calli

    Hehe. I know all the election years because they’re Leap Years, same as the year I was born. Just missed out on a birthday every four years by a couple of hours.

    Otherwise I’d be 15 and a half. 😄

  182. Entropy

    Anytime Americans start bagging out monarchies remind them of the Krnndys, Bushes and Clintons.

  183. egg_

    some saw Kennedy’s announcement as evidence that he had finally recognized his political liabilities—Chappaquiddick and the character issue, the residue of his bitter campaign against Jimmy Carter, the fading appeal of his unyielding liberalism—and cautiously folded his hand.

  184. calli

    Sorry Roger, you are right. Carter was elected the year I was married. Heady days indeed!

  185. egg_

    Finally threw his hand in in 1984.
    Phew!

  186. None

    Ha I didn’t realise Sweden had disestablished its church. Mind you they’d been beaten into some sort of limpid amorphous blob comolete with lesbian bishops so it was hardly a church. Good move to disestablish it but dangerous. For the government. They don’t want a Christian Revival in Sweden.

  187. Confused Old Misfit

    The Church of Sweden has been separated from the state since 2000, which means that Sweden no longer has an official state church. While most countries in the world have no official religion, Sweden is in fact the only Nordic country without a state church, as Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland have all retained theirs.

    https://sweden.se/society/10-fundamentals-of-religion-in-sweden/

  188. Roger.

    The world would be much better if Germans never existed.

    A world without Bach?

    Let’s just say the world would be better if some Germans never existed, chiefly the Kaiser and the strange interloper from Austria.

  189. calli

    Chuckle. The mistakes just prove we’re recalling, not Googling. And as you do that, you recall all of life’s milestones that occurred along the way.

  190. egg_

    Finally threw his hand in in 1984.

    From the article above, chiefly because Joan had divorced him (but still supported him in ’80) and his kids weren’t keen on him running – the family had finally run out of steam – otherwise, he’d have kept trying, despite bad polling.

  191. herodotus

    Carter was elected the year I was married. Heady days indeed!
    A Leap Into Bed Year!

  192. Infidel Tiger

    The world would be much better if Germans never existed.

    Awful people.

    This is a nation who invented a toilet with a ledge so you could inspect your stool after shitting.

    They are insane.

  193. JC

    They don’t want a Christian Revival in Sweden.

    That would be the day. What we’re seeing is a modernized version of Germanic paganism – love of nature bullshit. The Nazis revived it and now it’s coming back through most of the region.

  194. Atoms for Peace

    It’s interesting to look at the first three centuries of Christianity. Quite a few actively seeking martydom and a fast track to heaven.

  195. old bloke

    I was just reflecting on the problems the European J*ws faced in the 1930s getting out of Europe before the Holocaust. Most Western nations, Australia included, didn’t do enough. How many of the 6 million would have lived if the Western nations had done more?

    71,000 South African farmers have been murdered, they must be helped. We cannot ignore their plight, future generations will rightly condemn us if we don’t help.

    Aussies rally for South African farmers in Perth, a really good turnout (thousands).

  196. None

    Yes musfit one of my comments stick in moderation points out that most European countries do have a steak church. I didn’t realise that sweet and had this is Steadman is own not that it makes any difference it was a toilet well before hand.
    I just read this paper (PDF) on gays and the church in Scandinavia. I don’t think the author realises just how much they are conceding that the gay lobby has deliberately bullied the churches and that letting women into the priesthood ( an.ontological absurdity for anyone who understands cultural anthropology and religion bit hey let’s humour the frightbats) in any church spells its demise
    http://portal.research.lu.se/ws/files/6371219/2227058.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwimpJCf7rvaAhWJU7wKHfKSC1MQFjAKegQICBAB&usg=AOvVaw2-I-kn8WB682wxbZKyVb9r

  197. Confused Old Misfit

    71,000 South African farmers have been murdered

    I would really like to see an authoritative source for that number.

  198. Rae

    Now he’s pushing asinine left wing social policies.

    Is he, that’s no surprise. He’s a bit of a windbag.

    Do you know if he was running a short in Herbalife? As I think he was supporting Ackman’s short, but I’m not exactly 100%.

    We used to talk during the GFC and just after, but I lost touch since then. Strange dude.

    Strange indeed. He probably blogs at Catallaxyfiles these days under the W Hogg pseudonym. Could be you’ve been talking to him.

  199. Mother Lode

    a really good turnout (thousands).

    Expect the press to report it as 200 rabid far-right racist Neo-Nazi thugs, and of the enormous deployment of police as a precaution in case they got violent.

  200. Roger.

    This is the way the Greens end

    Petra Kelly – now there’s a blast from the past.

    The first Green politician to achieve national and international profile.

    One of the ‘long marchers’ from the generation of ’68, taking the revolution into the German parliament.

  201. Some History

    The sickly influence of the mega-wealthy through “philanthropy” and unelected, unaccountable internationalist organizations.

    See comments here re: the influence of UN agencies (e.g. WHO) and “philanthropy” (e.g., Bloomberg, Gates) on antismoking around the world.
    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2016/02/26/what-is-it-with-government-and-dodgy-regressions/comment-page-1/#comment-1958462

    Bloomberg has even been made a “UN ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases”.
    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/bloomberg-WHO-Ambassador-Noncommunicable-Diseases/en/

  202. Atoms for Peace

    IT. The kraut dunny could be helpful when we do our bowel scan samples. Gets a bit messy doing the deed on RGR laminated targets.

  203. Some History

    Well, Bloomberg and the UN are at it again.
    On Monday afternoon, Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former three-term Mayor of New York City, escaped to a deserted ballroom at the Grand Hyatt, in midtown Manhattan, to talk about climate change. Moments earlier, he had announced to attendees of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit that his philanthropic organization was partnering with the Canadian and British governments to expedite the global eradication of coal mining.

    Bloomberg throws in the hate-loaded “tobacco analogy” – Bloomberg drew an analogy with another of his causes, the fight against tobacco. “If you smoke—and you’ve got to be really stupid to smoke—then Darwin is at work,” he said. “The trouble with this stuff, what we’re talking about here, is you can do stupid things that hurt everybody for a long time.”

    And for this massive ego trip, the UN has bestowed on Bloomberg another vacuous title, this time a “special envoy for climate change” – As the only person not representing a country, Bloomberg, in his new role as the U.N.’s special envoy for climate action…

    https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/michael-bloomberg-takes-on-the-coal-industry

    What a mess!

  204. Mother Lode

    Nun,

    Watcher torque earner bout?

  205. Percy Porcelain

    $13 bottle of Veuve Talibhan Blanc de Blancs Brut.

    Where does one find this mythical drop, I asks ya? Just been up to my upper class bottlo and they’d never heard of it!

    The shame.

  206. None

    The Nazis revived it and now it’s coming back through most of the region.

    I’ve long said that Hitler really did win the war. I think the Americans realised the ideological poison which Nazism represented and did try to counter it in some of their post-war programs but the Europeans themselves I don’t think ever really woke up to it. It’s been interesting to watch how Germany has attempted to come to terms with its Holocaust past, building memorials yada yada – all this is necessary of course – but I can’t help think that they never really understood that the real source oh that evil was the Nazi ideology and that this ideology still permeates their society. Not in the form of nationalism but in the form of leftism. 90% of left as ideology is straight out of the Nazi Playbook

  207. Infidel Tiger

    Where does one find this mythical drop, I asks ya? Just been up to my upper class bottlo and they’d never heard of it!

    The shame.

    Low rent supermarkets.

    It is the sort of vile wine Liquorland aficionados buy.

  208. JC

    A world without Bach?

    Let’s just say the world would be better if some Germans never existed, chiefly the Kaiser and the strange interloper from Austria.

    Maybe I was a little hasty. Sure. I should really have said Germany rather than Germans. The statelets were fine particularly the southerners. The northern hun should have been bleached out.
    Pound for pound it would have been better if Germans didn’t exist. There were two world wars and possibly 150 million dead because of those fucks in both wars.

    Lets take the middle between the wars for world population. That would be 1926. In 1926 there were 2 billion people in the world. That means those fucks were responsible for wiping out 7.5% of the world population. On a proportional basis that would be like killing 560 people today.

    Lets also count the destruction and the militarism slowing down world economic growth. On a cost benefits basis, we would have been better off without Germany. We also haven’t counted the fuck up that is the current EU because of them.

  209. Tel

    Awful people.

    This is a nation who invented a toilet with a ledge so you could inspect your stool after shitting.

    If Napoleon’s army of French conscripts hadn’t invaded, then to this day they would be peacefully eating pork, drinking beer and inspecting their stool.

  210. None

    Ok I’m giving up for the day. This software is totally stuffed. Sorry for my very garbled comments

  211. Roger.

    Yes musfit one of my comments stick in moderation points out that most European countries do have a steak church.

    Afraid not, None; most of Europe is formally secularised.

    England, Norway, Denmark & Greece are the only exceptions that come to mind immediately while the various (West) German state churches are in an intermediate position, and in those countries which do retain religious establishment the role of the state church is contested. Mind you, they are all pretty much moribund, so their status is more symbolic

  212. JC

    90% of left as ideology is straight out of the Nazi Playbook

    Yep. All of it. Hitler was also an internationalist.

  213. Percy Porcelain

    Thanks, Tiges – the search continues …

  214. H B Bear

    One hesitates to think how the Australian Greens will end up?

    Bob Brown a liquified puddle in his Tasmanian shack, identified only by a pair of rhinestone areseless chaps matching a Mardi Gras photo from 1992. Doris Bagshawe returns to her Soviet home to complete her debriefing. Sarah Hyphen-SeaPatrol chokes on a chicken sandwich on another whale watching flight over the Great Australian Bight. Dick Di Natale disappears up his own arsehole in a bout of introspection after losing his seat in 2019.

  215. Confused Old Misfit

    Roger.
    #2687412, posted on April 15, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland have all retained theirs.

  216. old bloke

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2687394, posted on April 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    71,000 South African farmers have been murdered

    I would really like to see an authoritative source for that number.

    I can’t recall where I heard that figure, I suspect it’s too high. I think the murder rate is around 100 per year though it will get worse as South Africa goes down the Mugabe path.

  217. Percy Porcelain

    One hesitates to think how the Australian Greens will end up?

    Bear – in a just world, you’d be the Oz’s “editor at large” instead of Paul “is wrong (again)” Kelly.

  218. Confused Old Misfit

    FINLAND! Roger! You omitted FINLAND! How could you have been so incredibly careless!

  219. JC

    Not so sure Tel. They were itching to go from the turn of the 19C.

    Martin Durkin had several essays on the uncomfortable history of the Nazis roots of the green movement.

    NAZI GREENS – An Inconvenient History

  220. Roger.

    Pound for pound it would have been better if Germans didn’t exist. There were two world wars and possibly 150 million dead because of those fucks in both wars.

    But most of that should be placed at the feet of Prussian militarism and the shadow it cast over the post-Napoleonic Deutscher Bund. Germans – and yes there are great regional differences which need to be taken into account – are really friendly, hospitable folk, at least in my experience, much more so than the English at any rate. That surprised me greatly in my travelling days.

  221. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bob Brown a liquified puddle in his Tasmanian shack

    Not yesterday. He was here in Newcastle yowling against seismic testing for oil and gas off the coast.

  222. Tom

    This is the way the Greens end:

    Petra Kelly, an 8 out of 10, was the archetypal green communist frightbat — childless, unanchored from reality and happiness, consumed by the same nihilistic, infantilist hyper-idealism that drives the communists of the 21st century. She was murdered by the much older daddy figure she was rooting, who then suicided — two rabid dogs dumpstered into eternity by the Darwin Award they richly deserved. Good riddance.

  223. Confused Old Misfit

    old bloke
    #2687418, posted on April 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I could accept 71. But that x 10000 is a bit too far a stretch.
    Nevertheless, the legislation passed in S, Africa is so horrible that, even had there been no murders, a plan to fast track S. A farmers to Aus would not be out of order.

  224. Roger.

    Quite right, Misfit…how could I forget Finland!?

  225. Leo G

    The OPCW’s (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) report confirmed British findings that the Skripals were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent, but didn’t say who was responsible.

    The Russians claim to have copies of analysis result reports produced for the OPCW which found that the military-grade nerve agents were not those of the Russian Novichok Program but were other agents- those designed by “Western” agencies.

  226. Percy Porcelain

    archetypal green communist frightbat

    Coming soon to an environment near you.

    You may not be aware of, or remotely interested in them – but they are very “interested” in you.

  227. JC

    But most of that should be placed at the feet of Prussian militarism and the shadow it cast over the post-Napoleonic Deutscher Bund.

    Lol after reading Green Tyranny I’ve had quite enough of them. 🙂

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