Monday Forum: April 16, 2018

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  1. Oh come on

    Those who had voiced criticisms of the CCP and its government were themselves targeted, most notably during the Anti-Rightist campaign (1957).

    Aaah, yes, Mao’s springtime declaration of “Let a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend” while privately talking about ‘luring snakes from their holes’. Rather naive of the critics to take him up on his offer, to be honest. When a dictator goes out of his way to ask you to criticise his regime, common sense would suggest silence is the safe option.

  2. Empire

    Sounds like BS. But?

    Unsubstantiated, therefore salacious.

  3. Baldrick

    I’ve had that friggin’ song in my head all day OCO. Thanks. 😠

  4. Perth Trader

    I hate the SW of west. aust. Every business owner thinks your a rich chinese tourist or related to a middle east sultan. A poor cup of coffee is over $5 and a single serve of fish and chips cost $10.95, takeaway.And don’t ever ask for something with soy or a sandwich with salad picked fresh from the vege patch out back. The real sharks are behind the counters not in the sea.

  5. nemkat

    Taiwan sat on the Security Council until about 1975, Snoopy. They never walked away from the U.N.
    Taiwan also isn’t ruled by YT, the problem Rhodesia and pre 1992 South Africa had.
    If Australia start enacting racist policies, we’ll end up the same way.

  6. Des Deskperson

    ‘The ACT government is very reminiscent of the Hillary/Obama approach – look! shiny! while everything goes to hell and they divide up the spoils.’

    Succinct and accurate Johanna!

    What’s interesting is that the disconnect is arguably greatest in those areas where the Labor Greens government particularly likes to preen itself.

    We have a vast human rights bureaucracy led by any number of ‘commissioners’, yet our model, UN rights-compliant gaol is overcrowded and awash with drugs and violence.

    Our government trumpets its commitment to reconciliation and fawns on the local Aboriginal industry, yet the rate of Indigenous incarceration is worse even than Tory old NSW

    We have an inclusive, caring/sharing public education system where a disabled kiddie can be locked in a cage in a classroom and no-one – teacher or bureaucrat – suffers any significant sanction

    There are almost daily reports of violence, corruption, incompetence, bullying and general malfeasance right across our public institutions.

    The sort of corruption pinpointed by Johanna is at lest partly the result of the ACT government’s increasing desperate hunt for revenue but in general it also seems to reflect the government’s lack of interest in real outcomes. A launch, a media release, a glossy ‘strategy’ and then the government moves on, leaving ongoing matters in the hands of a lazy, incompetent, cronyist and union-protected bureaucracy.

  7. Snoopy

    I’m absolutely in awe of Israel’s tunnel busting efforts.
    1. Identify a tunnel being dug by Hamas while it is inside Gaza kilometres from the border.
    2. Wait patiently until it enters Israeli territory.
    3. Boom!

  8. H B Bear

    Margaret River is where the billable hours of Perth lawyers is converted into koppers logs and no-name wine that they try and sell you by the caseload.

  9. cohenite

    If Australia start enacting racist policies, we’ll end up the same way.

    If Australia doesn’t start doing something about islam we will have a gigantic cigar about the size of that asteroid up our collective arse.

  10. Pedro the Ignorant

    Margaret River, Dunsborough and Yallingup are the WA equivalent to NSW’s Byron Bay.

    Full of poseurs, spivs, rip-off merchants and fakers.

    Avoid like the plague.

  11. Perth Trader

    Margaret River, Dunsborough and Yallingup are the real reason west. aussies fly to Bali,Thailand or anywhere else in Asia. Better service, better hotels and still cheaper.

  12. Oh come on

    Politically incorrect Danish comedian rips the shit out of Sweden Pt1

    Politically incorrect Danish comedian rips the shit out of Sweden Pt2

    They’re both quite good but I like the second one more. The panel of women on the Swedish talk show is priceless.

  13. Snoopy

    Taiwan sat on the Security Council until about 1975, Snoopy. They never walked away from the U.N.
    Taiwan also isn’t ruled by YT, the problem Rhodesia and pre 1992 South Africa had.

    No longer a member of the UN in 1972 = ruin. No longer a member of the UN in 1975 = all good. Those extra 3 years must be critical.

    What’s this YT thingy that ruled RSA and Rhodesia?

  14. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What’s this YT thingy that ruled RSA and Rhodesia?

    I was under the impression that the Rhodies declared U.D.I. from Great Britain?

  15. Oh come on

    Better service, better hotels and still cheaper.

    A *lot* cheaper.

  16. nemkat

    Australia enacting clearly racist policies for the sake of a few Saffies is the issue, Snoopy, not the price of bananas in Taiwan.

  17. Oh come on

    As in 75% cheaper without even trying.

  18. Tekweni

    Had a family member from South Africa spend 10 days with us. Left Saturday. Expropriation and lawlessness along with the future of SA were much discussed. His occupation means that he is contact with a wide cross section of people of all races. He is a fluent Zulu speaker so he hears a lot more than most do. The farm situation is really difficult for those of our family who still farm in South Africa. They are all close to retirement age and the farms would have either been sold or passed onto their children. Some had bought additional farms and their kids have taken these over as their inheritance. Now they have no value.

    My family member feels that many will go down with the Titanic. They will close their minds to what is happening as did many Rhodesians. This includes those who are not farmers and own property and businesses. Our advice is that they encourage their mostly graduate kids to migrate and use family reunion to get their parents here. Very hard to tell people this.

    I visit SA regularly to visit family but generally avoid the issues faced there. However the on a recent visit I had to drive through the Transkei and my brother passed me a cloth wrapped bundle to take with me. Opened it to find a Walther PPK. First time I had my hands on a handgun since leaving SA 25 years ago. He has no illusions of the dangers.

  19. Empire

    If Australia start enacting racist policies, we’ll end up the same way.

    How is accepting (as refugees) people facing genocide “racist polic[y]”?

    The UN is finished as an unaccountable transnational bureaucracy. Don’t over egg the future influence of dying treaties.

  20. nemkat

    I was under the impression that the Rhodies declared U.D.I. from Great Britain?

    Distraction squirrel, Zulu. What about Australia enacting policies that get us on the wrong side of Washington and London, like South Africa and Rhodesia did?

  21. Oh come on

    I was living in the capital of a SE Asian country while the USD and AUD were at parity. The rack rate for a standard 5 star room at the Sheraton was USD 100/night. At that time in Perth, you couldn’t book *any* short stay hotel room for $100/night.

    Our dollar has weakened slightly but the affordability situation remains largely the same.

  22. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From johanna at 5:29 pm:

    “Des, the ACT Government is a disgrace, as we know, but I just found it out on a personal level.

    I sold my shack in a designated area for increasing density about 18 months ago. I was told that the block was too small for a dual occupancy. …”

    A point well made Johanna, notwithstanding it being immediately declared unclean by the blog head prefect.

    Years ago municipal councils, like Canberra, switched to prescriptive planning, with minimum frontages and lot sizes and the like as primary development controls. Not long after fat councilors discovered that prescriptive controls prevented them from doing favours for their mates, which is why they enter local government in the first place.

    Discretionary powers to vary for “minor” non compliances were quietly granted to CEOs or chief planners and they don’t have to justify their decision other than to cite “minor”. You do not know about that because you are not to know.

    Ssssshhhh now – I think I might have got away with addressing you directly.

  23. Atoms for Peace

    Our sheep have a better chance of survival than the ALP/ Greens refo flotillas

  24. Snoopy

    I’ll ask again. What is YT?

  25. nemkat

    How is accepting (as refugees) people facing genocide “racist polic[y]”?

    The White Australia Policy was binned 50 years ago. We now have a non discriminatory Immigration Policy.
    To accept people as refugees who are not so recognised by the U.N. would make a mockery of our unauthorised entrants Policy and would raise questions about the refugees on Manus and Nauru who have been there for years.

    Prioritising one race over another is racist, and the Media in Australia will have a field day if a Coalition Government is silly enough to fall for it.

  26. Nick

    Just a question for the Cattery, when did every second person in Melbourne seemingly come from the subcontinent?

  27. Infidel Tiger

    Our sheep have a better survival rate than public hospital patients.

  28. Snoopy

    Prioritising one race over another is racist, and the Media in Australia will have a field day if a Coalition Government is silly enough to fall for it.

    But prioritising Rohingyas over other Burmese ethnic groups is ‘A Good Thing’ and to our eternal shame if we don’t do it?

  29. Atoms for Peace

    Our indigenous whisperer sock waxing lyrical about racism. Still pondering the Kingaroy comment. Easy to spot ay…..

  30. Bruce of Newcastle

    We now have a non discriminatory Immigration Policy.

    Quite so. We’ve recently rescued many refugees from South Sudan and Syria. It would be appropriate non-discrimination to rescue white South Africans now too. They are more likely to suffer actual genocide than either South Sudanese or Syrians (except the few remaining Christians and Yasidis – who we should also accept).

  31. Atoms for Peace

    IT..ASA plus patients land somewhere.

  32. Atoms for Peace

    Nick. Tasmanians seek work where ever they can.

  33. Nick

    Tasmanians in turbans, Atoms.

  34. Baldrick

    Our sheep have a better survival rate than the chances of an Indigenous kid being sexually assaulted by a tribal member.

  35. Every second Nick?

    You haven’t been to Box Hill or Glen Waverley shopping centres yet, obviously.

  36. Snoopy

    Our sheep have a better survival rate than public hospital patients.

    Yes, but we have a slightly better chance of keeping our gonads.

  37. Nick

    You haven’t been to Box Hill or Glen Waverley shopping centres yet, obviously.

    Not exactly on my bucket list, Nota.
    So, what’s the story? It’s gone from SE Asian students en masse, to Indians everywhere.

  38. nemkat

    But prioritising Rohingyas over other Burmese ethnic groups is ‘A Good Thing’ and to our eternal shame if we don’t do it?
    The U.N. says they’re refugees.
    Only people in U.N. camps get processed.
    Rohingya are the only Burmese group in U.N. camps, so they get sent to Australia. There aren’t any U.N. camps in South Africa, so no Saffies are coming here as refugees.
    How hard is it for you to understand that.

  39. Thank you Calli.

    A woman as young as Diana would have extremely malleable, a little more attention would have been all it took.

    Of course he should have married Camilla in the first place.

    But that’s another story.

  40. Geriatric Mayfly

    From PJ Media on dangerous drugs. The modern apothecary is certainly innovative and agile.

    2. Whoonga
    This South African drug is a mixture of detergent, rat poison, and antiretroviral drugs given to people suffering from AIDS. Because of that last ingredient, AIDS patients are being mugged for their drugs or, worse yet, addicts are deliberately infecting themselves with AIDS to get easier access to the drug.
    A friend of mine died right before my eyes last year. He threw up his intestines – it was really scary I didn’t want that to happen to me. ( BBC)
    1. Krokodil
    Over a million people in Russia are addicted to this drug made with painkillers, gasoline, lighter fluid, paint thinner, and industrial cleaning agents among other potential ingredients.

  41. cohenite

    To accept people as refugees who are not so recognised by the U.N. would make a mockery of our unauthorised entrants Policy and would raise questions about the refugees on Manus and Nauru who have been there for years.

    Fuck the UN.

  42. Boambee John


    Snoopy
    #2688185, posted on April 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm
    I’ll ask again. What is YT?

    Whitie. A strictly non-racist term (sarc).

  43. Nick Box Hill is little Shanghai, Glen Waverley is more mixed.

  44. nemkat

    Fuck the UN.

    Even Trump wouldn’t be game to fuck the U.N..
    Do some research. The Allies in [email protected] were known as the United Nations.
    They’re still around, and still not to be fucked with.

  45. cohenite

    Great site with graphs and data about how fossils have greatly benefited humanity:

    http://www.moralcaseforfossilfuels.com/data/

  46. Boambee John

    Snoopy at 1945

    But prioritising Rohingyas over other Burmese ethnic groups is ‘A Good Thing’ and to our eternal shame if we don’t do it?

    Just as prioritising Hazara Afghans over other Afghan ethnic groups was a ‘Good Thing” a few years ago.

  47. cohenite

    Even Trump wouldn’t be game to fuck the U.N..

    He doesn’t have to, Nikki Haley does it every day.

  48. Snoopy

    Whitie. A strictly non-racist term (sarc).

    Thanks, BJ. So it’s a term that those only with ears finely attuned to dog whistles use?

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Fuck the UN.

    Well said. The use – by date of the United Nations passed sometime in the mid 1960’s.

  50. Bruce of Newcastle

    Even Trump wouldn’t be game to fuck the U.N..

    Trump Keeps Promise, Pulls Funding from UN

    Only from UNRWA so far, but they’re a part of UNHRC.

  51. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, meant to blockquote Nemkat’s comment. Sorry.

  52. Snoopy

    Do some research. The Allies in [email protected] were known as the United Nations.

    Even if they were, which I doubt, so what? Amnesty International used to be committed to freedom, now it’s committed to destroying free speech and Western nation states. Similarly whatever was the rationale for the UN, it’s long gone.

  53. Atoms for Peace

    Is there nothing CAGW can’t do? I blame the shabbiness of the cat socks on the demise of the incandescent globe. Once the go to for darning, the sock ubermeister had to make do with energy efficient globes that looked like pig’s pizzles, butt plugs and cattle prods. What sock will you wear today?

  54. Rae

    Around 5am yesterday I watched the huge ‘Ovation of the Seas’ sail in from the heads and around to the run down to the Quay, recalling how much I enjoyed the eleven stories high dawn glide into Sydney on it, arrived back from New Zealand.

    Sure you did, Sweets. Ovation of the Seas is long gone from Australian waters. She sailed for Singapore at the end of March and is currently docked in Na Trang, Vietnam.

    Tell us another of your dreams, about Grigor and Beth.

  55. Aussieute

    The hidden cost of “renewables”… ok so its well hidden from the watermelons

    The ultimate way of shifting pollution on a grand NIMBY scale
    China, the true cost of Britain’s clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale

  56. nemkat

    The rationale for the United Nations is to keep the peace.
    Puny Australia thumbing it’s nose and enacting racist policies won’t be taken lightly.
    That’s why the Government won’t even consider it.

  57. Pedro the Ignorant

    Do some research. The Allies in [email protected] were known as the United Nations.

    Take your own advice, nemkat.

    The United Nations was formed in 1945 after WW2 ended.

    It’s precursor was the League of Nations, formed in 1920 after WW1, and the US never joined that organisation.

  58. Boambee John

    Snoopy
    #2688213, posted on April 16, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    Whitie. A strictly non-racist term (sarc).

    Thanks, BJ. So it’s a term that those only with ears finely attuned to dog whistles use?

    Not sure my ears are that finely tuned, took me a while to work it out.

    Did it come from one of the trolls?

  59. Rae

    It looked wonderful in the half-dawn, lit up on top and at base with some of the passengers also obviously awake with the lights on.

    Yes, it certainly did, Sweets. See my earlier comment. Say hello to Uncle Ho.

  60. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The rationale for the United Nations is to keep the peace.

    You got any more attempts at humor like that?

  61. nemkat

    The United Nations was formed in 1945 after WW2 ended.

    It’s precursor was the League of Nations, formed in 1920 after WW1, and the US never joined that

    Those facts aren’t in dispute, Pedro.
    The forces arrayed against Germany, Japan, and a few others, between 1939 and 1945, was called the United Nations. Australia was a part of it.
    Look it up.

  62. John Constantine

    Anybody that does not unwaveringly cower in compliance to the signed united nations conventions, where Australia capitulated and offered to commit economic and cultural genocide as war reparations for optically appearing to have streets and cities full of ‘crackers’ is a racist.

    Their branch stacked united nations votes as the special interest groups arrange.

    The Big Men of polygamous cultures have to dump and dispose of millions of unmarried excess military age males with no prospects, after putting mass numbers of childbrides into rapeharems. Dump them west, see what happens.

    Indian organised crime makes superprofits from running ‘migration agencies’ where Australian citizenship is sold as a commodity to peasants, and the indian mafia gets the money.

    The chinese communist party sees the chinese diaspora growing in power and influence in Australia, five million chinese or ten million in Big Australia will provide an environment for the chicom leadership to exert significant power in the Antipodes.

    Cower in compliance, or their united nations will quickly genocide your country, instead of doing you slowly. End result the same.

    Comrades.

  63. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    wapo, link redacted for mental health reasons

    James Comey’s memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false

    and comey avoided telling trump it was funded by democrats, what a piece of shit

  64. John Constantine

    The reason for the current united nations to exist is the genocide of the west and the utter destruction of the anglosphere.

    Once this is done, their united nations will crumble away, culturally the idea of the minnow nations having a vote worth the same as china and india and the new great powers is an idea that dies with the anglosphere.

  65. Snoopy

    The fact is Taiwan is doing just fine despite not being a member of the UN.

  66. DrBeauGan

    Can anyone see Julie Bishop pulling us out of the UN? Or Mal?

  67. nemkat

    Can anyone see Julie Bishop pulling us out of the UN? Or Mal?

    Course not. They’re not stupid.

  68. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    the socks here really epitomise the left’s relentless universal faggotisation of western culture

  69. calli

    Voyager of the Seas today. Radiance of the Seas tomorrow.

    Perhaps they all look alike.

  70. Rae

    Boambee John #2688206, posted on April 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Snoopy #2688185, posted on April 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm
    I’ll ask again. What is YT?

    Whitie. A strictly non-racist term (sarc).

    Thanks, BJ. So it’s a term that those only with ears finely attuned to dog whistles use?

    Not sure my ears are that finely tuned, took me a while to work it out.

    Did it come from one of the trolls?

    Nah, Blow Job, It came from you first. Just slightly different spelling. My bolding.

    The bit about no Christian refugees and this on South Africans make it clear that NO protection will be provided to Christians or whites, and particularly not to Christian whites.

    Tweet tweet. Here boy.

  71. You know Dutton did not use UNHCR for the last big humanitarian intake?

    Asylum seekers resource centre had a big sulk about it.

    He sent his own staff in to find Yadizi, there were articles, in newspapers.

    Not as if local Syrian Community hadn’t told his office Syrian Christians had been driven out of UNHCR camps and were not registered with them, either.

  72. cohenite

    The other thing the UN is doing to destroy the West is alarmism and it’s mutant offspring renewables.

    It really is a putrid organisation and our UN lackeys are filth.

  73. Empire

    Prioritising one race over another is racist, and the Media in Australia will have a field day if a Coalition Government is silly enough to fall for it.

    There is no racial priority. People are at risk. The colour of their skin makes no difference. If Australia determines they are deserving refugees, so be it.

    Why are you shilling for the UN?

  74. Rae

    Lotus Blossom. Another G & T?

  75. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    A Canadian couple may face charges after live-streaming their home-brewed sting operation Thursday against a man they called a “predator” looking to have sex with their 13-year-old daughter.

  76. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The socks here really epitomise the left’s relentless universal faggotisation of western culture

  77. Bruce of Newcastle

    The UN is pretty much as discredited now as the League of Nations became. It is useful as a Potemkin way of shifting responsibility for stuff, that’s about it. So the governments of the West can throw some dosh to the UN to pay for some Bangladeshi and Tongan peacekeepers in some crudhole to be able to point to the voters that they are doing something. It’s not entirely useless as a way to centralise food aid to those same crudholes and to shame mid-level countries into contributing.

    But the corruption and harm the UN is doing more than balances what little remaining good they’re doing. Like cholera in Haiti or industrialised rape in Congo. The Palis are so good at manipulating UN agencies they’ve financed themselves for 70 years. UNRWA acts as an excuse to keep a claim on Israeli territory and to inflate the total of refugees to 5 times the actual number. All of which feeds into their war budget.

    Then there’s the various UN clubs like the UNHRC. The list of dictatorships and disgusting regimes who’ve gotten themselves onto that club is long – because if they control it they can avoid censure from it. Any surprise then at this story?

    UN’s Human Rights Council Condemns Israel More than Rest of World Combined

    That was in 2016. There were another 5 resolutions against last month.

    There’s a moderating effect from the Security Council which tends to limit bad behaviour from Russia and China as they get embarrassed if everyone opposes them (both countries have to keep their plebs from getting unhappy). But that hasn’t stopped Russia in Syria, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova and it hasn’t stopped the Chinese from taking over the SCS and persecuting people they don’t like (here’s one from today on that).

    On top of that the Left has captured it to force socialism onto all and sundry using Gaia as the excuse. We see what the UN has caused here through the Paris Convention. Disastrous! When you dig into the UN hierarchy of the people pushing this crap they are all far-lefty.

    It’s clear the UN needs to be defunded and abolished. They’ve become a blight on civilization.

    /rantoff

  78. Empire

    Can anyone see Julie Bishop pulling us out of the UN? Or Mal?

    What if they were offered a deal they couldn’t refuse? A deal even better than the Trait0r44/Killary deal?

  79. Mark A

    calli
    #2688237, posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Voyager of the Seas today. Radiance of the Seas tomorrow.

    Perhaps they all look alike.

    A ship is a ship Calli, it has one great disadvantage to any other transport, it uses the seas to travel and you can’t get off when you feel like it.

    In my youth during hols I was stupid enough to sign on a tuna boat at UllaDulla going to Port Lincoln. Lasted 2 months and literally kissed the dirty timbers of Lincoln’s wharf when got off.

    It was an adventure and half, I wrote it up so I remember it.

  80. Atoms for Peace

    My fave with the UN is the group of nations that would not sign the universal human rights declaration. The usual culprits..

  81. Rae

    relentless universal faggotisation

    Seems to be ingrained in you, Fatso. You said it twice.

  82. Helen

    I have some employees here at the moment, Northern European, and they say they play spot the Aussie when in Sydney. If it means racism to halt that change then I am all for it.

  83. nemkat

    There is no racial priority. People are at risk. The colour of their skin makes no difference. If Australia determines they are deserving refugees, so be it.

    Of course the colour of the Saffie farmers skin makes all the difference, Empire.
    Otherwise your heart would be bleeding for people in Somalia, Nigeria, the DRC, Mali, and a heap of other shitholes.

  84. Rae

    A ship is a ship Calli, it has one great disadvantage to any other transport, it uses the seas to travel and you can’t get off when you feel like it.

    Sure you can, Mark. Just a few days ago a woman demonstrated this, 300Kms west of Noumea.

  85. Bruce of Newcastle

    Voyager of the Seas today. Radiance of the Seas tomorrow.

    Perhaps they all look alike.

    Don’t take too much Imodium.

    Man dies from too much anti-diarrhea medication (30 Mar)

    A Pennsylvania man reportedly died after taking too much anti-diarrhea medication.

    Medical examiners said this week that 29-year-old Arjun Patel’s death in November was caused by loperamide poisoning, news station KDKA reported.

    Loperamide, also known as Imodium, is an over-the-counter medication used to reduce the frequency of diarrhea, according to the FDA.

    Otherwise enjoy your cruise on Norovirus of the Seas!

  86. Rae

    I have some employees here at the moment, Northern European, and they say they play spot the Aussie when in Sydney.

    That is quite funny, Helen. Northern Europeans playing spot the Aussie in Sydney.

  87. Motelier

    Can anyone see Julie Bishop pulling us out of the UN? Or Mal?

    Course not. They’re not stupid.

    So Captain Oblivious, tell us why we should remain in the UN. You have been very vague about this.

    You can start now.

  88. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The socks here really epitomise the left’s relentless universal faggotisation of western culture.

  89. nemkat

    I have some employees here at the moment, Northern European, and they say they play spot the Aussie when in Sydney. If it means racism to halt that change then I am all for it.

    Yep, that’s racism, Helen.
    You may remember John Howard suggested the rate of Asian Immigration was a bit high, about 30 years agu.
    It took him ten years to live that down, and he never mentioned it again.
    Imagine the firestorm of indignation if South African farmers were put at the head of te queue.
    It would be the end of the Government, and the Saffies would still be in South Africa.

  90. Empire

    Otherwise your heart would be bleeding for people in Somalia, Nigeria, the DRC, Mali, and a heap of other shitholes.

    Instead of dissembling, answer the question. Why are you shilling for the UN?

    Then you can provide some tasty sauce for the genocide situation in the aforementioned alternative African shitholes.

  91. Dr Faustus;

    Taxpayers, bend over and grip your ankles firmly.

    We desperately need to politically isolate the top 15% of the Australian population.
    Or start organising bush redoubts to survive the collapse.
    (Don’t mind me – grogblogger tonight.)

  92. Rae

    relentless universal faggotisation

    Fatso, that’s three times. You’re clearly in love with “relentless universal faggotisation”. You need some help to break the addiction? Maybe some piano wire therapy?

  93. nemkat

    Hey Mote.
    Why don’t you write a Guest Post about what a great idea it would be for the Turnbull Government to jump unlimited numbers of White South Africans to the head of the Refugee Resettlement queue?
    You can start now.

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Are all Grogarly’s sock puppets on the Cat, drunk? Is this the result of the bender that started yesterday, with red wine over the lunch table?

  95. Motelier

    Captain Oblivious tries to deflect straight away.

    Tell us oh learned one. Answer my question and explain why we should remain in the UN.

    My guess is therecare mire than a few cats here that might like to see your response to that question.

    Oh and call me Motelier, only friends call me mote.

  96. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Are all Grogarly’s sock puppets on the Cat, drunk? Is this the result of the bender that started yesterday, with red wine over the lunch table?

    he jumps when called a sock. too. stupid. for. words.

  97. Motelier

    Remember to respect your elders Captain Oblivious.

  98. Boambee John

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2688246, posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:09 pm
    The UN is pretty much as discredited now as the League of Nations became. It is useful as a Potemkin way of shifting responsibility for stuff, that’s about it. So the governments of the West can throw some dosh to the UN to pay for some Bangladeshi and Tongan peacekeepers in some crudhole to be able to point to the voters that they are doing something.

    Didn’t the US also reduce its funding of peacekeeping operations, as well as the UNRWA?

  99. Motelier

    My guess is there are more than a few cats here that might like to see your response to that question.

  100. nemkat

    Are all Grogarly’s sock puppets on the Cat, drunk?

    That’s not a very nice way to address Zippy, Zulu.
    Accurate?
    Probably…

  101. Rae

    Bruce of Newcastle #2688263, posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Voyager of the Seas today. Radiance of the Seas tomorrow.

    Perhaps they all look alike.

    Don’t take too much Imodium.

    Man dies from too much anti-diarrhea medication (30 Mar)

    Ah, Bruce, that’s quite sad. I’m afraid Imodium in any quantities will not relieve the verbal diarrhea you sometimes resort to in your pursuit of acceptance by the Cat hive mind.

  102. Nilk;
    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I was resurrecting an old hard drive and I happened to load an old Firefox system with saved data and there was a copy of you on your blog going crook at your daughter who would have been about three, and her travails of the correct way to wipe post toilet.
    “‘But I want to do it this way!”
    “Then you’ll get sick!”
    As the father of two girls, I had to laugh, and I’ve never forgotten the parallels with mine…

  103. Snoopy

    The Greens want to legalise cannabis for Australians over the age of 18, in a bid to take the drug out of the hands of criminal dealers.

    As part of the plan, an agency would be created to be the sole wholesaler of cannabis, as well as the outlet responsible for issuing licenses for prospective growers and retailers.

    We’ve got to take this out of the hands of criminals and dealers, [and] we’ve got to make sure it’s within the hands of health professionals.

    Just like chop chop?

  104. Change.org has asked me to sign Hinch’s petition to ban live exports of all animals.
    Apparently 60 Minutes and 4 Corners are so persuasive our fearless senator wants to destroy every individual and company involved in the industry.
    Justice Party? Nah.

  105. Zatara

    Puny Australia thumbing it’s nose and enacting racist policies won’t be taken lightly.

    Newsflash. The UN has been calling Australia racist for years.

    So what?

  106. Snoopy

    The socks are full of snark tonight.

  107. cohenite

    The worst racists in the world are muslims and blacks. And the UN is theirs.

  108. IR;

    I would have thought the problem with something the size of (say) King Island (or Tassie) is the risk of converting it from one planet destroying rock to many planet destroying rocks.
    Consider scale, velocity and angle of approach.
    Ya feelin’ lucky punk?

    Depends where that fucker is gonna land, eh, mate?

  109. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Winston Smith
    #2688274, posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    O/T I know, but way back on another thread, you mentioned Peter Tsouras’s alternate history “novels.” I don’t read much fiction, these days, but I did read the “alternate history” of D – Day – based on three premises. The Americans evacuated Omaha Beach, the proposed British airborne Operation “Royal Oak” did go ahead, and failed, and H#tler, instead of feeding the Panzer divisions into Normandy piecemeal, launched one mighty offensive. Interesting reading.

  110. H B Bear

    Graegoogs seems to have abandoned his needy attempts at normality and reverted to the creepy defective sockwit he has always been. Be true to yourself fvckwit.

  111. nemkat

    The Greens want to legalise cannabis for Australians over the age of 18, in a bid to take the drug out of the hands of criminal dealers.

    The death throes of a dying party, it coulda worked if the year was 1974, though.

  112. Snoopy

    Ah, Bruce, that’s quite sad. I’m afraid Imodium in any quantities will not relieve the verbal diarrhea you sometimes resort to in your pursuit of acceptance by the Cat hive mind.

    I wonder if P will ‘leap’ to Bruce’s defence? She owes him one.

  113. Helen

    Like I said, I dont give a damn if some fuck labels me racist, I am sick of bending over the log of appeasement allowing some fucker to have a go and fuck my country over.

    I reckon there are plenty more like me. Who cares Johnny tried to loose his label of racisit. I would wear my badge with pride if it meant we stayed the same or even glory be moved back to where we were 40 years ago.

  114. Bruce of Newcastle

    Rae – I’m quite fair about such things. Cooping a bunch of people up in a relatively small enclosed space isn’t especially healthy. Planes are big tubes full of disease (I often caught flu in them before the vaccine became available to wukkas). Trains and buses can’t be good either, but the cold dry air of planes seemed to be especially effective for pathogen transmittance.

    Greens hate cars but I wonder if the humble automobile has been an unrecognised advance in epidemiology?

  115. Rae

    I am sick of bending over

    Heavens, Helen. Don’t watch Fifty Shades Darker. Especially not the scenes that follow Anastasia saying to Christian “Take me to the Red Room“.

  116. nemkat

    The worst racists in the world are muslims and blacks.
    Racism is preferring your own kind to others. Nothing necessarily bad about it.
    Unless you’re YT.

    And the UN is theirs.
    Don’t be silly. The U.N. belongs to London and Washington.
    Blacks and Muslims are blunt instruments for the U.N.

  117. Helen

    Rae go suck your dick til you implode, then suck it some more, then some more all that remains is a small stain on your many stained carpet you ignorant fuck.

  118. Motelier

    Treat Captain Oblivious with the disdain it deserves.

    Make him prove every statement, shoot down every lie, and embarrass it at every opportunity.

    Why should we stay in the UN Captain Oblivious?

  119. Motelier

    The U.N. belongs to London and Washington.
    Blacks and Muslims are blunt instruments for the U.N.

    Proof or it isn’t true Captain Oblivious.

  120. Leigh Lowe

    Ignore is best.
    Scroll.
    The troll got very dssperate the other day when shown minimal attention.

  121. Rae

    Rae – I’m quite fair about such things.

    Nah, Bruce. Your linked article was about some guy od-ing on Imodium in North America, where Norovirus (previously known as Norwalk virus) is endemic. Nothing to do with cruising or cruise ships.

    My comment on the verbal diarrhea you engage in was entirely factual.

  122. Motelier

    LL

    Still awaiting the proof from Captain Oblivious that bouncers were being dragged before the courts for assaulting old drunks.

    The internet never forgets.

  123. Mark A

    cohenite
    #2688308, posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    The worst racists in the world are muslims and blacks. And the UN is theirs.

    Look no further than the two most populous nationalities on earth Cohenite.

  124. Rae

    That’s no way for a lady to speak, Helen, old girl.

  125. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Ovation of the Seas is long gone from Australian waters

    ‘Twere a very big cruise ship I saw the other morning in what I termed the half-dawn. Looked like the Ovation to me, but the eyes play tricks in a half light.. It was still quite dark out there, only a little glow in the East getting ready to burst forth. Unlike our troll obsessive, I don’t keep track of these floating hotels. Hairy would have picked it because he really does have eagle eyes. Slumbering huggable ape was soundo though.

    It’s a nice time of almost day, that ten minutes when the dawn comes up over the ridge of The Gap into my study and slowly pushes the shadows of night off the harbor. It’s definitely time then for Tom’s toons and some brekky to break the spell, the thrall of just sitting there, being, not doing, taking in the turning of the world before the Currawongs and Kookaburras are onto it.

  126. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Change.org has asked me to sign Hinch’s petition to ban live exports of all animals.
    Apparently 60 Minutes and 4 Corners are so persuasive our fearless senator wants to destroy every individual and company involved in the industry.
    Justice Party? Nah.

    Julia Gilliard’s ban on the live cattle trade knocked on to the live sheep trade. The price of shipping wethers fell that year from $135 per head, to just over $55. We were supposed to be turning off 2500 shipping wethers that year. 2500 sheep x an $80 loss per head. All right if I send your party the invoice, Derryn? Oh, that was just in one year alone.

  127. struth

    If Australia start enacting racist policies, we’ll end up the same way.

    The Dumb , it burns.

    Tell us a bit about the secretary general of the U.N. Nemcat…………………………………..
    Tell us what he was doing before he was the SEc Gen

    Your naivety is getting you fired up us you realise you know ferk all about the U.N.
    and what it is about.
    And it didn’t exist until after WW2 and certainly didn’t exist as the global socialist enemy of the west it is these days.
    F. ck off and try and play with uni students or some other bunch of kids at your political level.
    The adults are talking here.

  128. Leigh Lowe

    ‘Twere a very big cruise ship I saw the other morning in what I termed the half-dawn. Looked like the Ovation to me, but the eyes play tricks in a half light.. 

    ‘Twere Marie Celeste heavin’ close to shore.
    Shoulda gone to Specsavers.

  129. Leo G

    Racism is preferring your own kind to others.

    I prefer the kind of vegetables in my own garden- so I’m a racist on that basis?

  130. Leigh Lowe

    I have been HIV-positive for several years,” Conchita wrote (translated from German). “That is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend threatened to reveal this private information. In the future, I don’t want to give anyone the right to cause me pain and influence my life in that way.”

    It may be irrelevant to the public, but it is probably relevant to someone you want to insert bodily fluids into.

  131. BoN;
    I’m confused – from your link to NASA NEOs, L3 is opposite the sun?
    I Get L4 and L5, but L3?
    How’d L3 get to the other side of the sun? I thought Lagrange points were the domain of the earth/moon system. The mechanics may have been transferable to other bodies, but something.
    (Forgive the mistakes – I’se been drunkin’.)

  132. struth

    Is it not racist to ban people who are under threat of death due to the colour of their skin from claiming reffo status yet admit hoards of Mussies as reffos who are under no real threat at all, just because they are part of the U.N’s plan to break up the west?
    They only want Mussies.
    That group or racist, sexist, patriarchial homophobic anti western peasants that will refuse to integrate.
    Who are in no danger because of their identity, and if by some slim chance they are in danger it won’t be from Christians or white farmers in Africa, but from those from their own religious sect.

    There are supposed to be certain criteria needed to be passed to become a reffo.
    The Farmers of South Africa pass every criteria.

    The left hate the west.
    It’s their motivation and they would rather have whites killed than allow any other westerner in.
    The true racists.

  133. Motelier

    She continued: “I have been in treatment since my diagnosis, and under the threshold of detection for several years, preventing the spread of the virus. Until now, I haven’t wanted to go public with this information for several reasons, two of which I will discuss: the most important was my family, who since day one have been discreet and unconditionally supportive. I would gladly have spared them the attention over their son, uncle and brother being HIV-positive. Likewise, my friends have been aware of this for quite some time, and behaved in an unbiased way that I would wish for anyone in this situation. Secondly, I believe that this information is primarily relevant to those with whom I have had sexual contact.

    She?

    Hmmmmmm

    Son, uncle and brother.

    All masculine in the way “She” talks about herself.

    Confused, so am I.

  134. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Helen speaks well and offers extremely sound advice.
    Many of us were thinking what she said, things to that effect, in our various ways.
    Persistent stupid trolling is getting on everyone’s nerves.

  135. cohenite

    Lagrange points involve 3 bodies: 2 large and one small where the gravitational force of the 2 larger bodies equals the contrary centrifugal force of the smaller so that the smaller one isn’t sucked into either of the larger ones.

  136. struth

    Can we swap Nemkat for a South African family?

    If they are in no danger over there, maybe he’d like to do a house swap holiday.

  137. Shy Ted

    Inidgenous duo A B Original win best album award and best lyrics –
    You can call it what you want
    But it just don’t mean a thing
    No, it just don’t mean a thing
    Fuck that, homie
    You can come and wave your flag
    But it don’t mean a thing to me
    No, it just don’t mean a thing
    Fuck that, homie

    and in another song –
    The brothers are back, they pay stacks to see ’em
    Fuck it up worse than Eso in a wax museum
    This plastic scene like Plasticine
    You see the mould is old and the facts are being
    That I rock shows like I had four clones
    Eight microphones, and cuss so much it sounds like Morse Code
    So fuck you and where your horse go
    Cause once you see dorsal it’s too late, that’s ya torso.

    I think we’ve discovered a new Tim Rice or Bernie Taupin.

  138. cohenite

    Persistent stupid trolling is getting on everyone’s nerves.

    A good site must have a troll or 2.

    Rae is obviously one; nemkat seems to be another but he/she/it needs to lift its game.

  139. Rae

    Helen speaks well and offers extremely sound advice.
    Many of us were thinking what she said, things to that effect, in our various ways.

    Beth. Who is “us”? If you refer to the unseemly last comment of Helen upthread, I certainly wasn’t thinking that? Totally unladylike words from Helen, and totally uncalled for, IMO.

  140. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Shoulda gone to Specsavers.

    Couldn’t find me specs in a hurry. Had to wear my prescription sunnies.
    They didn’t help much. 🙂

  141. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Trolls taking offense is music to my ears.

  142. zyconoclast

    It may be irrelevant to the public, but it is probably relevant to someone you want to insert bodily fluids into.

    Love is love.

  143. struth

    I don’t prefer my race to others, but if you are going to be racist toward me first, or discriminate against me because I am male , or some little Uni student bitch there on her parents or my taxes, who has yet to work, decides I have some sort of privilege based on my skin colour and genitalia, you are eventually going to get a response.
    There’s only so much fuckwittery and racist, sexist hatred poured toward us that we can ignore, especially while we slave away to pay for the bludgers having a go at us.

  144. Harlequin Decline

    Mary Beard has a new TV series,’Civilisations’ as a rebuttal to Kenneth Clark’s classic ‘Civilisation’. Apparently it has several segments worth watching but, from this excellent review it seems she tries a little too hard and leads the reviewer back to the original ‘Civilisation’.

  145. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Can we swap Nemkat for a South African family?

    Could we? Great idea.
    Make it permanent though.
    Get ’em to drill his feet to the floor.
    They’re good at that.

  146. struth

    Rae, you make an arsewipe of yourself with this pathetic virtue signalling.
    People like you cause the problems.
    But then again, that’s just what you want isn’t it?

    What’s your feelings about the west , Rae?

  147. H B Bear

    Eurovision winner Conchita reveals HIV diagnosis

    Rather symbolic of the whole situation Eurabia finds itself in.

  148. struth

    Beth. Who is “us”?

    Australians.
    Who the fuck do you think she was talking about, shitfabrains?

  149. Spider

    Will we ever see the day when a remotely right of centre singer closes a Q&A?

  150. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It may be irrelevant to the public, but it is probably relevant to someone you want to insert bodily fluids into.

    It’s a little unclear whether our Conchita is an inserter or an insertee.
    No matter. HIV doesn’t discriminate.

  151. Top Ender

    Syria missile attack technical stuff:

    Nineteen of the US air-launched missiles used in Syria were a new type of weapon that had never been fired in combat but helped destroy the Barzeh research and development centre near Damascus.

    The 19 extended-range AGM-158B joint air-to-surface stand-off missiles (known as JASSM-ER) were launched from more than 800km away. The missile has a range more than twice that of any other air-launched weapon used in the Syria operation. The RAF’s Storm Shadow missile, carried by the Tornados, has a range of about 250-290km. However, the longest-range weapons used in the operation were the sea-based Tomahawks, which have a range of more than 1600km.

    The 2000lb (907kg) JASSM-ER precision-guided missiles flew on their pre-determined route using an anti-jam GPS navigation system. They hit the Barzeh site at the same time as 57 US Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles arrived from US warships in the eastern Mediterranean, Red Sea and North Arabian Sea.

    The JASSM-ER missiles were designed by Lockheed Martin with stealth technology, and none of them was targeted by Syrian air defence systems.

    The Pentagon said none of the 105 missiles fired by the three nations were hit by Syrian air defences. Syria fired 40 surface-to-air missiles but not until after the raid was over. The more advanced Russian defence system at the base in Latakia province was switched on but never locked on to any missile.

    The Times.

  152. H B Bear

    Nicholas Taleb worked Mary Beard over on Twitter about six months ago. It wasn’t pretty.

  153. DrBeauGan

    Have you noticed that HIV has gone from being the curse of homosexuals and in need of a crash research programme to cure it, to a minor inconvenience not worth discussing with a sex partner?

    It was madness to look for drugs to ameliorate it. If we’d let them kill themselves off, the disease would have disappeared by now. Instead, it will continue spreading.

  154. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Can we swap Nemkat for a South African family?

    One troll off the Cat, for one South African family, prepared to live and work in rural Australia? Put me down for Nemkat and Rae, and I could find housing, and paid work for two South African farming families.

    “Kak unt betaal est die wet van die Traansvaal!”

  155. Oh come on

    m0nty was in here yesterday or the day before, skiting about Comey’s book or some aspect of the Mueller investigation or whatever.

    They talk about a slow burn. This isn’t slow. Comey is being exposed as the show boater he is (seriously? Trump is short? His handshake indicated his hands were smaller than average? That’s petty shit in any man’s language).

    Like I said. m0nty’s presence is always a good sign for the Trumpsters. It invariably means Trump will come out on top.

  156. Infidel Tiger

    Rae go suck your dick til you implode, then suck it some more, then some more all that remains is a small stain on your many stained carpet you ignorant fuck.

    Fair comment.

  157. Top Ender

    ‘Twere Marie Celeste heavin’ close to shore.
    Shoulda gone to Specsavers.

    Marie Celeste calls in to Sydney every two years. She is commanded by Field Marshall Custer, and home-ported at the Alamo.

  158. Oh come on

    Comey’s book is going to help Trump’s 2020 campaign. We need more Comey books. Maybe Mueller will write one after he’s delivered his findings. Great!

  159. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’ve never been Beth on the Cat.
    Rae’s hearing his voices again, making things up, talking to ghosts in his head.
    Stelazine, Rae. The little blue ones.

  160. Spider

    Interesting Palace Chooks reaction today. You can’t tell me that she wasn’t briefed about the games opening and closing ceremonies. I don’t believe it.

    Beatty would have filled her in about the run of the ceremony and where she sat in the scheme of things.

  161. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    m0nty’s presence is always a good sign for the Trumpsters.

    M0nty is a troll worth having. He’s like a weather vane. Useful.

  162. struth

    Interesting Palace Chooks reaction today.

    Total cop out.
    Can you imagine the behind the scenes as her people talk to Beattie’s people, (hundreds of them).
    The failure of their performance for one, will not be comprehended.
    They’re lefties and not used to criticism from the media.
    Me laughing hard Kemosabe

  163. Marcus

    Will we ever see the day when a remotely right of centre singer closes a Q&A?

    Nope. No right-of-centre performer would go on Q&A in the first place, and in any event the only right-of-centre singers who could expose themselves as such would be way too big for Q&A.

  164. DrBeauGan

    There are five Lagrange points in the Earth moon system. Two are in lunar orbit, sixty degrees ahead of the moon and sixty degrees behind. One is in lunar orbit and a counter moon, always the opposite side of the earth to luna. The other two are also on the line joining Earth to moon, one between Earth and moon, the last one on the other side of the moon.

    They are variously semi-stable. The last two are unstable along the line joining Earth to moon, but stable orthogonal to the line.

  165. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Marie Celeste calls in to Sydney every two years. She is commanded by Field Marshall Custer, and home-ported at the Alamo.

    Well, maybe I’ve had a drink too many, because that sounds pretty good to me.
    The fabric of the world is thin at numinous times like dusk and dawn.
    Alternatively, some people would believe anything. 🙂

  166. Rae

    I must say that I did welcome the many plaudits of Cats on my legitimate purchase and enjoyment of Fire and Fury. But it is time now to move on from the lighter side of truth, justice and the American way. So, to that end I have now purchased and will no doubt enjoy reading David Gillespies tome entitled Taming Toxic People: The science of identifying & dealing with psychopaths at work & at home. I expect it will be well worth the marked price of $29.99, which I did not pay.

  167. Motelier

    Who the fuck do you think she was talking about, shitfabrains?

    Have not heard that term since Steve from Brisbane was bounced out of here.

  168. DrBeauGan

    The Earth Sol pair also has similar Lagrange points, as do all the other planets. The Trojan asteroids are at Lagrange points for sol Jupiter.

  169. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Where’s Dr. Stimpy? One of our trolls is critically loony tonight.
    Is our good doc rostered off or something?
    Dr. Beaugan just won’t do tonight; too French, and no bedside manner.
    Anyway, we need a Specialist with major pharmaceutical skills.
    Stimpy’s the man.

  170. H B Bear

    I hope you got a copy for Mother too Graegoogs.

  171. Motelier

    So, to that end I have now purchased and will no doubt enjoy reading David Gillespies tome entitled Taming Toxic People: The science of identifying & dealing with psychopaths at work & at home. I expect it will be well worth the marked price of $29.99, which I did not pay.

    Here is a hint Captain Oblivious, look in the mirror. That will save you more money.

  172. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oh. Speak of the devil.
    Evening, Dr. BG.
    Advice with this troll is to never try talking therapy.
    In your capable hands now.

  173. Rae

    arsewipe

    Try not to be uncouth, struth. It’s unbecoming.

    What’s your feelings about the west , Rae?

    struth, it’s where the sun sinks slowly. Every day.

  174. struth

    Rae has a Superman comic.

  175. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    shitfabrains

    Nostalgia running deep and wide tonight.
    Those were the days, my friend.

  176. egg_

    I thought Lagrange points were the domain of the earth/moon system.

    Jupiter has thousands of trojan asteroids – and then there’s retrograde asteroid Bee-Zed, or 2015 BZ509:

    This Backwards-Orbiting Asteroid Has Been Flirting With Death For A Million Years

  177. struth

    Try not to be uncouth, struth. It’s unbecoming.

    Try holding your breath.

  178. Infidel Tiger

    I expect it will be well worth the marked price of $29.99, which I did not pay.

    You paid $68 for a low rent supermarket sparkling, god knows how much you paid for the book.

  179. struth

    Grog’s is easy to rev up.

  180. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    the last one on the other side of the moon.

    Yair. Been there. It’s called going over to the dark side.
    Sort of OK to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

  181. Infidel Tiger

    Grog’s is easy to rev up.

    He’s the worst boxer I’ve ever encountered. Telegraphs all his weaknesses.

  182. Rae

    shitfabrains

    struth. That’s not nice either. Had you said it to egg_ he’d be inviting you to Newcastle for a round or three refereed by Bruce.

  183. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    At last. Bedtime!!! Clean sheets. We’ve gotta make the bed first. Night all.

  184. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Grogarly and all his sock puppets having been drawn, hanged and quartered in the town square, my bed, and a good book awaits. Night, all.

  185. Leo G

    The Earth Sol pair also has similar Lagrange points, as do all the other planets

    From BoN’s Near Earth Object link:-

    As of March 2018, Earth’s only confirmed Trojan is 2010 TK7, circling Earth’s L4 point

    2010 TK7 is quite large- about 320 metre diameter and the only known object positioned at a stable Earth-Sun Lagrangian point.

  186. Motelier

    Rae
    #2688476, posted on April 16, 2018 at 11:12 pm
    shitfabrains

    struth. That’s not nice either. Had you said it to egg_ he’d be inviting you to Newcastle for a round or three refereed by Bruce.

    But he said it to you Captain Oblivious. Got those court documents about all those bouncers assaulting old drunks? Too hard? Maybe you were wrong, again.

  187. DrBeauGan

    I’m a very tolerant man, Lizzie, but grigory and sock rae turn my stomach and I scroll past and ignore. I was prepared to give nemkat a go, but I’ve given up on him.

    If there was a button I could press which exploded their heads Kingsman style, I’d do it as a public service.

  188. struth

    Talking of Dark side of the moon, that’s not a bad red.

    Nirvana from Claymore wines in the Clare Valley is my wine of the week.

    A rock solid yummy shiraz.
    Geditintaya.

  189. Makka

    Opened it to find a Walther PPK. First time I had my hands on a handgun since leaving SA 25 years ago. He has no illusions of the dangers.

    Several Saffie’s work for me. ALL members of their families over 18 are armed, a few younger too. The dangers are very real.

  190. egg_

    Had you said it to egg_ he’d be inviting you to Newcastle for a round or three refereed by Bruce.

    Strap on yer fitbit shitfer and we’ll go a few rounds.

  191. struth

    Hey ol’ shitfabrains grogerlery- Rae.
    Your the most boring troll we have ever had here.
    You’re not as sharp as our egg, or any other.
    You really are a yawnfest of blandness.
    If you were a food, you’d be Cus Cus.

    An over rated tasteless filler which only peasants would contemplate eating out of pure starvation.
    Yet lefties bore you to shit wanking on about it.
    And it’s sooooooooooooooooooooooo yesterday.

  192. Motelier

    Strap on yer fitbit shitfer and we’ll go a few rounds.

    ‘Dillo, get over here! What odds on googy boy?

  193. struth

    Doing a few rounds the fitbitted shitfa shitted
    the fitbitted shitty shitfa shitted out his fitbitted rounds.

    Say that after a Nirvana or two.

  194. Leo G

    Maybe Mueller will write one after he’s delivered his findings.

    There is an argument that Mueller needs to find his own deliverance.
    Robert Mueller was FBI Director from 2001 to 2013, with responsibility to stop any Russian intelligence operations against America. But he was disinterested in counterintelligence.
    Judge Richard Posner argued in 2005 that the FBI had become incompetent on counterintelligence matters.
    So Mueller is now effectively investigating consequences of his own failures as FBI Director.
    One hell of a conflict of interest.

  195. egg_

    Heard an excellent play on the name of our nation’s capital today – Can’tberra, because it’s full of people who say can’t do this and can’t do that.

    Crab•bearer?

  196. struth

    The whole FBI investigation is just getting sad now.
    Trump just told Putin in no uncertain terms who is boss.

    Putin ain’t getting a lot of value out of fixing the American election, hehehehehehehehehehe…

    As if it ever was thus.

    Isn’t it sad when you see the left allowed to keep burying themselves, (and Trump is really stringing it out), as they always do when confronted and not humoured?

    No.
    It’s a bloody riot!
    Look at who these people are, and their flawed characters once exposed, and all by their own doing.
    Would you really publically talk about the length of Trump’s tie in public, if you were in anyway sane, let alone wishing to keep the veneer of integrity that the office is supposed to hold?

    It has descended into Farce.

  197. struth

    It really is time to now remind lefties of all they have said and claimed.
    Drive it home and make them own it.

  198. Leigh Lowe

    I have been HIV-positive for several years,” Conchita wrote (translated from German). “That is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend threatened to reveal this private information. In the future, I don’t want to give anyone the right to cause me pain and influence my life in that way.”

    I suspect Conchita may be a taker.
    But fractures and transfers happen.

  199. Surely the correct spelling is shitferbrains?

  200. struth

    Surely the correct spelling is shitferbrains?

    Yer could be right.

  201. zyconoclast

    Mary Beard has a new TV series,’Civilisations’ as a rebuttal to Kenneth Clark’s classic ‘Civilisation’. Apparently it has several segments worth watching but, from this excellent review it seems she tries a little too hard and leads the reviewer back to the original ‘Civilisation’.

    I know it shouldn’t matter but how you look at Mary Beard for an entire series?

  202. I am seeing chatter on lefty blogs that if it is proven through evidence from the recent raid on Michael Cohen that he was in Prague to set up the meeting with the Russians mentioned in the Ssteele dossier then it is all over, Trump is gone for all money, collusion is proven. I remain skeptical that it would be that easy.

    It does seem like the Cohen raid is the end of the second act, nonetheless, and now the tragedy will play out in full, whatever form it takes. How many tapes does Cohen have? How many of them will we hear? No wonder Trump is having kittens.

  203. Motelier

    Well enough playing with socks tonight. The grandson come over for the day every Tuesday.

    So lots of clapping, drumming and generally being Granddad.

    Play safe and play hard people.

  204. struth

    I think you may know it truly is all over, don’t you monst?
    Just in the total rake smacking opposite of how your evil little fairy tale was supposed to go.

    Come on, you can let it go, go on breath deep…………………………………………………it’s over, your team in Washington are Numpties who have been allowed to come out of the weirdo lefty closet, and they just couldn’t resist.

  205. struth

    Good night Motelier.

    If you require some moral support or donuts Monty, I’m not your guy.

    Maybe you could buy us all a steak for putting us through your shit from the first day you knew Trump was running until today.

    It’s over, and you know what, you know it.
    You’re on the wrong side of history, and the wrong side of civilisation.

  206. Makka

    No wonder Trump is having kittens.

    Lol. Trump is playing the left like a cello. The mOrons keep coming back for more.

    Wait until we hear the tunes Loretta L sings. That will certainly be something.

  207. zyconoclast

    New RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki known for keeping her cool in tough times

    Her path to the top of Canada’s national police force can only be called unconventional, and it comes at a time when the embattled organization is in need of a fresh start. The immediate challenges facing Commissioner Lucki are numerous and varied, including improving morale, bringing in increased civilian oversight, overhauling the investigation of harassment complaints and fostering a new approach to policing in aboriginal communities.

    But as an assistant commissioner who was two ranks removed from the top job, she was nowhere near the list of favoured candidates when Bob Paulson retired last year.

    Still, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wanted the appointment to signal the birth of a new RCMP that is more representative of the public it serves. As he looked at the top five candidates for the job, Mr. Trudeau specifically asked how they broke with the RCMP’s past, said Frank McKenna, the former New Brunswick premier who chaired the selection panel.

    Back in Canada, there was no stopping her rise through the ranks, including a posting in Manitoba where she was honoured for her efforts at improving relations with First Nations. Mr. Paulson twice promoted his eventual successor, once as a district commander in northwestern Alberta and then as the commanding officer of Depot in Saskatchewan, where new recruits are formed.

  208. JC

    ….that if it is proven through evidence from the recent raid on Michael Cohen that he was in Prague to set up the meeting with the Russians mentioned in the Ssteele dossier then it is all over, Trump is gone for all money, collusion is proven.

    Monster, Mueller was heading the investigation into a the anthrax attacks. He continued to wrongly accuse an innocent man because of a dog sniffer operation. That’s the crack investigator we’re dealing with and you’re hanging you much vaunted analytical track record on. Good luck, Charlie.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/21/when_comey_and_mueller_bungled_the_anthrax_case_133953.html

  209. zyconoclast

    First known epidemic of drug-resistant typhoid is spreading through Pakistan, infecting at least 850 people over the past two years – as doctors admit: ‘We’re out of options’

    Campaigners are predicting that if modern sanitation systems don’t tackle the pathogen then we could be faced with a return to the pre-antibiotic era.

    Why does the phrase sh!thole countries keep appearing?

  210. I guess we will start finding out soon, won’t we JC?

    Meanwhile, Trump’s legal team consists of Cohen who is so screwed personally that he might as well retire to the ladies with a silk necktie and get it over with, plus…. um… anyone else?

    The next six months are going to be brutal.

  211. zyconoclast

    Charlize Theron Has Considered Leaving U.S. for the Safety of her Black Children

    South Africa looks like a safe option

    -In 2016/17, an average of 52.1 people were murdered every day.

    -In 2016/17, An average of 109.1 [email protected] were recorded each day.

  212. zyconoclast

    Swedish School Bans Homework, Tests to Ease Stress, Help Foreign-Born Pupils

    The school explained its unorthodox move as being in line with the recent trends in education prioritizing analytical skills above facts. Another reason is the rising percentage of non-Swedish pupils who have only spent several years in the Scandinavian country.

    “We have many newly arrived pupils at our school, almost a third have lived in Sweden for less than four years, and they do not get the same support at home as their peers. Therefore, we need to get better at the education situation instead of delegating the job to the home,” Sirkka said, stressing the importance of the equality perspective.

    For the time being, the ban will apply to all students and all subjects throughout April, apart from national tests that are mandatory. Should the test period go well, the goal is to introduce a full-time ban in 2019.

    While Sirkka has admitted that pupils may later be in for a massive shock once they finish school and enter high school for further education — only to get more homework to cope with, he also stressed that the national tests for ninth-graders will remain in place. She reiterated, however, that while it is virtually impossible to remove tests altogether, the amount of homework and exams must be radically reduced.

  213. John Comnenus

    Monty is right, the next six months are going to be brutal….for the Democrats and the Left.

  214. John Comnenus

    Trump is a genius….even his fuck ups are genius.

    Consider the hated omnibus bill. What a genius move. In one fell swoop he removed every single shred of the Democrats budget bargaining position – the threat to shut down government and complain about veterans health and military spending as cover for funding issue like illegal immigrant welfare.

    Trump has ensured Governement is funded. Now he can introduce single issue rescission motions to cut spending and fight line item by line item spending on programs hated by most Americans and the Dems can’t conflate the spending with something touchy feels like food stamp programs for the poor.

    Trump can now run a series of recision motions on items like welfare for ilegal immigrants, and force everyone to debate the topics he chooses. Seems like a good way to get the base on side and flush out the Dems in the run up to the mid terms.

  215. John Comnenus

    As much as I love outsiders and Ross Cameron, I am getting heartily sick of his arguments on Syria claiming the Assad regime had no motive to launch a chemical attack to clean out the last opposition stronghold.

    Clearly Cameron knows little of Syria, warfare or history.

    The Assad regime is backed by the Shi’a aligned Alawites who are 11% of the population. The only thing Assad can’t afford is to lose a single man when another method of attaining victory is available. A dictator representing a tiny minority stands to have himself, his family and probably his Alawite supporters savagely butchered by the 75% majority Sunni population if he loses. A surviving dictator doesn’t take chances and miss the opportunity to reinforce just how brutal he is prepared to be to enforce subservience. It’s not for no reason that Romans considered civil wars the worst of all wars.

    Finally if Ross knew his history he would know that the USA dropped the atom bombs on Japan because they didn’t want to suffer the losses in cleaning up the last vestiges of Japanese resistance. They had the same justification as Assad.

    I am not supporting Assad who is a brutal dictator. I just think Cameron is wrong and Assad has an overwhelming and obvious motivation to use chemical weapons.

  216. None

    Everytime I read another article about some wacky racist initiative in Sweden I really do wonder whether it is a parody or some sort of fake news. But sadly no. This is 21st century Sweden. Vikings of mass delusion.

  217. Peter

    Lisa Benson is my pick of the day thanks Tom

  218. Tom

    Sky News is reporting that the Liars regime in the NT will today announce it is lifting its ban on onshore fracking. There will obviously be immediate outrage and a Territory-wide blockade by the cashed-up commos of the anti-civilisationist left, won’t there? Of course not. #It’sDifferentWhenTheyDoIt.

  219. OneWorldGovernment

    An interesting report from Minnesota that parallels our experience

    The High Cost of Failure

    Wind Energy Fact Sheet

    Minnesota has a enacted a renewable energy policy that focuses on wind energy. Unfortunately, building wind turbines and transmission lines to satisfy the state’s mandate has been enormously expensive. Moreover, Minnesota’s enormous investment in wind energy has failed to make a dent in reducing the state’s carbon dioxide emissions—its stated purpose. What it has done, is to drive up the cost of electricity for all Minnesotans.

    Here are some basic facts, from the report by Steven F. Hayward and Peter J. Nelson titled “Energy Policy In Minnesota: The High Cost of Failure.” The report is illustrated with numerous charts and graphs.

    * Minnesota has adopted a renewable energy standard that requires utilities to obtain 25% to 30% of their electricity from renewable sources. In Minnesota, that essentially means wind.

    * Minnesota has also adopted a goal of reducing the state’s CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. That goal cannot possibly be met.

    * To date, approximately $10.6 billion has been spent on wind farms to supply energy to the state’s utilities, and another $4 billion on transmission lines.

    * Historically, electricity in Minnesota was consistently cheaper than the national average, by 18%-20%. As these enormous investments have been made in wind energy, that advantage has been lost. 2017 was the first year ever in which electricity in Minnesota was more expensive than the national average.

    * Minnesotans are now paying over $1 billion a year more for electricity per year than if the state had maintained its historic price advantage.

    * Minnesota has not developed wind farms in order to meet increased demand for electricity.

    * Consumption of electricity has been flat, and the state already had enough power capacity through its coal, natural gas and nuclear plants. Wind power has been an added-on cost above and beyond those existing facilities.

    * $15 billion spent on wind energy has done little to reduce Minnesota’s CO2 emissions, which for the state as a whole are virtually the same as they were 20 years ago.

    * Even emissions from the power generation sector are down only slightly compared with their 2005 peak.

    * Wind power will never replace conventional sources of electricity (coal, natural gas and nuclear) because it is intermittent and unreliable. Wind turbines only generate electricity when the wind blows, so Minnesota needs enough reliable electricity sources to meet peak demand, no matter how many wind farms are constructed.

    * Electricity cannot be stored at scale, and must be consumed as it is produced. Wind energy is particularly low-value since it provides the most electricity when it is least needed: in the spring and fall, and at night. At times, wind farms actually pay utilities to take their electricity because there is no demand for it. Wind farms can make money doing this on account of federal subsidies.

    * While the supposed environmental benefit of wind energy—reduction in CO2 emissions—turns out to be illusory, its environmental costs are very real: it needs vastly greater land area than conventional power plants; wind turbines are unsightly and noisy; being located far from where most electricity is consumed, they require many miles of transmission lines; and they kill large numbers of birds and bats.

    https://www.americanexperiment.org/green-energy-fails/

  220. OneWorldGovernment

    Who is funding Australian eco-activists?

    Putin Funds America’s Environmental Movement

    With all the attention being paid to Russian “collusion” these days, it is remarkable that there has been so much focus on Facebook ads while far more serious meddling by Vladimir Putin goes mostly unremarked. In particular, Russia’s subsidizing of U.S. environmental groups, specifically those who oppose development of U.S. energy resources by blocking fracking and pipelines, has long been known but is too often forgotten.

    That’s why this video by Clear Energy Alliance is so important. It is produced by Mark Mathis:

  221. Sydney Boy

    Heard an excellent play on the name of our nation’s capital today – Can’tberra, because it’s full of people who say can’t do this and can’t do that.

    You could always call it Cuntberra?

  222. Entropy

    We were chatting to a few people from the dance studio last night. Apparently, and this is common in a few Gold Coast and Brisbane studios, the kids have gone from elation to dismay at the reaction to the closing ceremony.

    Parents are emphasising it wasn’t their fault, that their bit was great, it just the athletes were not given proper recognition and the organisers didn’t organise properly.

    The bit Miss Entropy was going to do, the ballet bit, you could only vaguely see her group (maybe) in the background distance for a second or so. It was all focussed only on the Qld Ballet performers.

  223. Tom

    Shithole update:

    Major General Benny Susianto, the Commander of the 9th Udayana Military District that includes the Island of Bali, has called on the print, broadcast and online media to avoid publishing provocative news.

    Susianto said that potential unrest must be avoided as the world turns its attention to the October meeting of the International Monetary Fund – World Bank in Bali. Adding: “Bali is now under world scrutiny. The organizing committee for the IMF and World Bank are paying close attention to all information pertaining to Bali. They continually ask about Bali; about the latest situation in Bali. This needs (our) attention. Meanwhile, we have a public that likes provocative news that is negative and easy to remember. The media must be aware of this,” said Major General Susianto on Friday, April 14, 2018 at the Udayana Military Command in Bali.

    The Military Commander said that on the eve of the IMF-World Bank Meeting in Bali is rushing to complete a number of major infrastructure projects, including the expansion of the apron area at Bali’s airport over reclaimed land. “The Media must support the development of the infrastructure. Don’t let news from the media provide information that can impede the completion of infrastructure projects,” implored the Major General.

    Of course, Australia is a much superior country because 80% of our news media support a return to the Stone Age via the 19th century policies of the communist Greenfilth.

  224. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ben Garrison has done a nice double! RIP Gunny Ermey.

  225. Entropy

    One of the dance mums has phone video of Kurt coming in to the stadium prior to the channel seven telecast. While the athletes are walking in the dude instructing the dancers’ rehearsal is booming over the P.A.

    “One and two and twist your hips” over and over and over. What a disaster.

  226. 132andBush

    Garrison for me.

    Delonas is even weirder than the other day.

  227. OldOzzie

    JUDITH SLOAN
    Australian Human Rights Commission is pitiful organisation


    It was a great pity that Tony Abbott didn’t get around to abolishing the Australian Human Rights Commission. It was on his to-do list — he did manage to ditch quite a few other useless agencies — but he was rudely interrupted.

    Mind you, whether he would have succeeded in pulling the plug on the AHRC is an open question. After all, he squibbed the challenge of getting rid of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act or even amending it.

    We were reminded last week of what a pitiful organisation the AHRC is with the release of the risible report entitled Leading for Change: A Blueprint for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Leadership Revisited.

    Yes, that really is a mouthful.

    Mind you, it’s hardly surprising that the AHRC puts out these ridiculous reports because there is just so little work for it to do. With a budget allocation of almost $15 million, it handled 1939 complaints last year. This was slightly down on the number of complaints handled in the previous year — a total of 2013.

    These are trivial numbers given there are more than 24 million Australians and we all fit into at least one of the AHRC’s categories: old, young, sex, disabled, race, indigenous and other.

    It covers the whole field, yet the AHRC receives an incredibly small rate of complaints. They easily could be handled by bureaucrats working in the Attorney-General’s Department, for instance. Note also that most complaints about discrimination are handled by state agencies.

    Unsurprisingly, the AHRC is an organisation that is keen to pat itself on the back. We are told in its latest glossy annual report that 1128 of the complaints were conciliated and 75 per cent ended in success, whatever that means.

    Evidently, 95 per cent of users (they have plenty of time to do user surveys, of course) were satisfied with the service they received; 73 per cent rated it as “very good” or “excellent”. We are even given brief examples of the AHRC’s satisfied clients.

    • “The service I received was very professional, friendly, the process was explained in a way that I could understand, I felt sup­ported.”

    • “The process and service provided was very helpful, clear and easy to understand what was required to respond.”

    • “The commission dealt with this matter very efficiently and with a great deal of consideration of both parties.”

    Funnily enough, there is no mention of the views of those Queensland University of Technology students who were hounded and mistreated by the AHRC across the course of several years.

    But here’s the bit I really love in the annual report: “Amendments to the handling of complaints occurred in the latter part of the fin­ancial year. The commission welcomed these amendments, some of which the commission proposed over eight years ago. A significant activity for the commission in the years ahead is to implement these amendments and embed new work practices in the handling of complaints.”

    Are you confused? On the one hand, we are told the complaints handling process is perfection, with everyone happy. On the other hand, the complaints handling process has to be amended but that’s OK because the AHRC suggested these changes eight years ago, but it will take time to implement the changes.

    Why don’t we just call the whole thing off?

    So let’s return to the ridiculous report on cultural diversity. According to the warped methodology used, there are only four cultural backgrounds into which we all fit: Anglo-Celtic, European, non-European and indigenous. Where, you may ask, is Australian? Speaking personally, I don’t regard myself as fitting into any of those four categories because I am Australian.

    The claim is made that 58 per cent of Australians are Anglo-Celt, 18 per cent are European, 21 per cent are non-European and 3 per cent are indigenous. But when I looked up the demographic statistics collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, I find that only 28 per cent of us were born overseas.

    Moreover, the non-European proportion is much smaller than the quoted 21 per cent in the AHRC report. You see 2.2 per cent were born in China, 1.9 per cent in India, 1 per cent in Vietnam, 1 per cent in The Philippines, then some very small percentages after that. The total is nowhere near 21 per cent.

    The explanation for the difference is that the report’s methodology — which was carried out, bizarrely, by the Reserve Bank of Australia (which is responsible for the conduct of monetary policy, by the way, and another organisation with time on its hands) — employs fancy statistical techniques to impute the ancestry of individuals on to the population.

    So if one of your great-grandfathers was born in Hungary or Sweden, you are European. If one of your great-great-great-grandmothers was born in Shanghai, you are non-European. Declarations of ancestry count.

    But the study quickly moves into real “jump the shark” territory by trying to infer the cultural backgrounds of senior leaders in Australia (corporate, public service, universities) by looking at pictures of them, assessing their public biographies and parsing what they have written or spoken. I’m not kidding.

    You know where this is heading. Yes, the Anglo-Celts are vastly over-represented in leadership positions, Europeans do OK and the non-Europeans are massively under-represented. And the reasons for this last fact vary from outright discrimination to unconscious bias.

    To resolve this seemingly disgraceful state of affairs — and let’s quote some dodgy study by McKinsey on the impact of cultural diversity on business performance in this context — businesses and organisations must set targets for cultural diversity, so says the AHRC. Granted, this could be a bit tricky because decision-makers often won’t know the cultural backgrounds of applicants. May­be CVs will require a full family tree as an accompanying document — along with a photograph, of course.

    After the AHRC undertook the appallingly low-quality national survey on sexual assault and harassment experienced by students at Australian universities — less than 10 per cent response rate and unwelcome glances counting as harassment — you might have thought the commissioners would be wary about authorising yet another shoddy piece of work.

    The only explanation I can think of is that this is the swan song of Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, who no doubt truly believes that racial quotas should be imposed on business and other organisations. Let’s just hope this report starts gathering dust very quickly.

  228. Top Ender

    Brownie is back at Trinity Grammar after being booted for giving a haircut, but:

    Parents have expressed concerns that the traditional all-school assembly, held at the start of each term, has been abruptly cancelled and that Mr Brown has been asked not to stand outside the school gate greeting students as he has done every morning for many years.

    Link

  229. struth

    Good moaning

    That Delonas seems to have issues, Tom.

  230. overburdened

    At the same time, there’s no problem with anal sex it seems, with all the pro-gay education and drive for acceptance. Apologies if this has already been covered.
    It is also noted that the homo with a beard that so heartwarmingly won Eurovision is HIV+.
    Who would have thought?

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/touchfree-packaging-introduced-in-stores-to-help-squeamish-gen-ys-avoid-handling-raw-chicken/news-story/f5c89d3519d3b42640231236b7163fe3

  231. struth

    Is there such a thing as Anal sex, or more correctly should it just be called anal penetration.

    It really isn’t sex.

  232. Top Ender

    Worth a read:

    SINCE WHEN HAS OUR GLASS BEEN HALF-EMPTY?
    NICK CATER

    Let’s hope the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s apocalyptic address to the National Academy of Sciences does not slip by unnoticed. In nervous times such as these there is much to be learned from the spent anxieties of the past.

    In July 1998 Clinton, then US president, warned that the world had just 535 days to deal with “one of the most complex management challenges in history”. Billions of computer chips could be infected by the Y2K bug. “This is not one of the summer movies where you can close your eyes during the scary parts,” Clinton lectured.

    A month earlier The New York Times had warned: “A few scattered optimists still argue that the problem has been grossly exaggerated, but most experts insist that it is now too late to avoid serious disruptions.”

    Not for the first time, scattered optimists found themselves on the right side of history as the year 2000 began without the digital conflagration we had been told to expect.

    The eagerness to believe the worst that gave licence to the Y2K hype set the tone for this melancholic century. For much of the 20th century, Australians looked forward to the golden age, confident that scientific progress would overcome obstacles and that prosperity would continue to grow.

    Today hardly a bulletin goes to air without news of a fresh catastrophe lurking just around the corner caused by mankind’s lust and stupidity.

    As a result, children are graduating from Year 12 with a deeply pessimistic view about the future of the world, puzzled by the attitude of parents and grandparents who grew up in more confident times.

    Kids in Victoria, for example, learn about the concept of economic scarcity before they get to high school. They are taught in Year 6 “that our needs and wants are unlimited but the resources available to satisfy these wants are limited”.

    Year 9 students in South Australia consider “the nature of European occupation of Australia”, and in Year 10 are subjected to the educational equivalent of pushpolling. They are asked to debate questions such as “Is Australia’s refugee policy fair?”, “Who owns the land?” and “Should Australia be so closely allied with the USA and Britain?”

    These random examples from curriculum documents give a taste of the world view we are handing our children. We tell them that the conveniences we enjoy have come at a tremendous cost; history is simply one dark story after another.

    Even the tale of Peter Rabbit becomes a tale of struggle, oppression and stolen land, in an otherwise charming children’s film showing at a cinema near you. Peter is no longer a gluttonous, thieving bunny but a cotton-tailed champion of animal rights, challenging the authority of Mr McGregor to fence off his land.

    The evidence that modernity has made the world a better place is largely expunged from this dreary narrative, breeding ignorance about humankind’s achievements.

    A British survey by Gapminder, for example, found that 88 per cent believed the proportion of the global population in extreme poverty was growing or static. It is an entirely false perception. The World Bank, no less, argues that the proportion of the global population in extreme poverty has fallen from 35 per cent in 1990 to 10 per cent today.

    We can thank capitalism for that, incidentally, something else largely expunged from the miserablist textbooks.

    The eagerness to believe the worst about almost everything contrasts sharply with the spirit of progress, the enlightened faith in the forward movement of science and technology that had increased the sum of prosperity and justice. That philosophy has become subsumed by the spiritless obsession with “sustainability”, a word that entered common use in the 1990s, reflecting a consuming fear that the world was running out of stuff.

    Christopher Pearson, a former columnist for The Australian who died in 2013, noted the deep-seated pessimism in the rhetoric of global warming in 1997.

    “Perhaps, having safely negotiated the millennium, which is a major cause of all this anxiety, we may collectively surrender to a bout of unqualified optimism,” he wrote. “I doubt it, because the appetite for catastrophe is now highly developed and mass media delight in pandering to it.”

    Hardcore fatalists will protest that gloominess has been forced on them in a world where there is much to be gloomy about. Previous generations did not have to worry about record April temperatures, an obesity epidemic and provocative presidential tweets.

    Our ancestors stand accused of closing their eyes to homophobia, child sexual abuse, Aboriginal under-representation, the gender pay gap and countless other social ills that cannot be laughed off. Humour is a weapon denied to today’s public figures, who are required to be serious about everything. They must apologise for every slight, whatever the intention.

    Hence Olympic gold medallist Kerri Pottharst was obliged to grovel last week for labelling beach volleyballers “human lamingtons” during a Commonwealth Games broadcast. Many would consider it an apt description for sand stuck to a sweaty body, but the thought police deemed it to be demeaning towards the Caribbean athletes’ shape and colour.

    Leaving aside the severity of today’s social challenges, if social challenges they are, pessimism with its tendency towards despondency is an unhelpful frame of mind in any circumstance.

    In the middle of World War II, Robert Menzies broadcast to the nation on the importance of cheerfulness, calling it “a shining weapon in our national armoury”.

    Humourlessness would be the downfall of the fanatics who had provoked the conflict. “To our eternal salvation, we shall always laugh at the wrong time — which will probably turn out to be the right time,” he said.

    If the liberal philosophy Menzies re-energised struggles to gain traction today, it is because it is profoundly at odds with the alarmist zeitgeist. Menzies appealed to a population that believed Australia’s best days were ahead, that understood how individual ambition drives a nation forward and had the confidence to take risks in the expectation of reward. Only the scattered optimists would believe that today.

    Menzies’ liberal philosophy is profoundly at odds with today’s alarmist zeitgeist

    Nick Cater is executive director of the Menzies Research Centre.

    Entire article from the print edition.

  233. egg_

    ABC TV Breakfast News host Michael Rowland having great difficulty suppressing a smug smirk while crossing to a reporter dealing with the latest Stormy Daniels storm in a teacup, he even fluffed his colleague’s name at the conclusion (he enjoys dumb puns and the tard may have been working on one in his tiny mind – Storm(y) in a EE cup, Rowland?).
    He was still trying to suppress it whilst discussing an issue with some disability folk in the studio in the next segment.
    Weird guy.
    Must keep the Producer on their toes with his amateur performance.

  234. egg_

    Year 9 students in South Australia consider “the nature of European occupation of Australia”, and in Year 10 are subjected to the educational equivalent of pushpolling. They are asked to debate questions such as “Is Australia’s refugee policy fair?”, “Who owns the land?” and “Should Australia be so closely allied with the USA and Britain?”

    Kraut State.

  235. zyconoclast

    …he even fluffed his colleague’s…

    You should have ended the sentence there.
    Rowland looks like he would be an expert fluffer on a Stormy Daniels movie set.

  236. egg_

    Humour is a weapon denied to today’s public figures, who are required to be serious about everything. They must apologise for every slight, whatever the intention.

    It’s all too taxing on third rate retail politicians who probably can’t walk and chew gum.

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