Monday Forum: April 23, 2018

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  1. Sydney Boy

    SBS News has uncovered a scandal. Immigrant’s super balances are, on average, lower than native-born Australians.

    Well the answer is obvious isn’t it? You don’t contribute to your super balance while on welfare.

  2. Oh come on

    Say, how’s your cryptocurrency trading account going, Dr B?

  3. Nick

    Ironic, those who wear an all black jersey whining about the need for diversity.

  4. Oh come on

    Sorry DrB, couldn’t resist. FWIW I don’t consider you the type who buys into whatever fashionable idiocy is going around. Often.

  5. Infidel Tiger

    No one dared take a knee at the MCG tonight.

    The AFL is a faggotous organisation but it does a good job on Anzac Day commemorations.

  6. Baldrick

    SBS News has uncovered a scandal. Immigrant’s super balances are, on average, lower than native-born Australians.

    Wait for it – Immigrant Superannuation Gap.

  7. Oh come on

    You know what’s coming, Balders – Close The Gap.

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You know what’s coming, Balders – Close The Gap.

    Simply a matter of time.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    It’s amazing that an unemployable khat addict from sub-Saharan Africa doesn’t have a bursting super account.

  10. DrBeauGan

    Oh come on
    #2694577, posted on April 24, 2018 at 7:12 pm
    Say, how’s your cryptocurrency trading account going, Dr B?

    I experimented and then abandoned it, OCO. I’m buying cwb, Telstra and Rio atm.

    I’m prepared to try anything that isn’t irreversible. Buying into fashionable idiocies because they are fashionable is a different game altogether.

  11. Boambee John

    Leo G
    #2694496, posted on April 24, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Yes. He enlisted in 1939 (17th Battalion), embarked for the Middle East in June 1941,

    Ah, a Rat of Tobruk.

    My dad was an operating theatre orderly in Tobruk. Then Papua 1942-1943.

  12. Snoopy

    We successfully closed the Thigh Gap. Anything is possible.

  13. Oh come on

    Actually, BTC has been pretty stable lately. For the last couple of months. Well on its way to blue chip status!

  14. JC

    Ronery
    Go polish the medals and leave people alone.

    Head to toe RM Williams and the medals. You’ll knock it for a home run, rones.

  15. Armadillo

    How the hell does that happen?

    My guess is its the angle that the mirror is on. Probably a poor guess, but I’m sticking to it.

  16. John Constantine

    Once a critical mass of low superannuation balance and low legacy asset voters have been imported, it will become an election winning strategy to spend superannuation funds and housing capital gains on The Services Economy.

    Big Australia will be funded fairly and equally and sustainably, from taxes on housing capital through rates, through death duties and out of superannuation accounts.

    Any obsolete and deplorable that objects is ,like, literally a racist Russian Nazi.

  17. Oh come on

    BTC is flatlining…soon JC will be long on Etherium…very long.

  18. zyconoclast

    Australia’s largest city now has a population of 5.1 million, with a growth rate of 2 per cent.

    Sydney’s biggest driver in the 2016-17 period, overseas migration, accounted for 83 per cent of population growth (about 85,000 of the 102,000 new arrivals).

    Professor of Demography at Macquarie University, Nick Parr, said Sydney was losing people to other parts of Australia.

    So for 2016-17 Sydney had 85000 overseas immigrants and a net loss of locals to other parts of Australia.

    How long before Sydney becomes a suburb of China and India?

  19. Oh come on

    John Constantine, I actually have no problem with the Future Fund buying up crap assets like the NBN. Let the damn feds get shitty returns on the investments they were so keen on.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Head prefect raving on about “Ronery” again, I see. Silly old duffer really is getting worse.

  21. zyconoclast

    Geoffrey Blainey was right
    All for Australia (1984) Maybe as close to Australia’s version of Enoch Powell

    -Every nation has the right to control its own immigration. To shape sensibly an immigration policy is to influence nearly every facet of life, now and for generations to come.

    -Democracy is not like a long-term loan of property to be entrusted by the people to the government and its small group of advisors. And yet in recent years a small group of people has successfully snatched immigration policy from the public arena, and has even placed a taboo on the discussion of vital aspects of immigration.

    -Our immigration policy is increasingly based on an appeal to international precepts that our neighbours sensibly refuse to practise. We are surrendering much of our own independence to a phantom opinion that floats vaguely in the air and rarely exists on this earth. We should think very carefully about the perils of converting Australia into a giant multicultural laboratory for the assumed benefit of the peoples of the world.

    -An immigration policy in any country is based more or less on discrimination. A minister of immigration is a minister of discrimination. If he isn’t, he is not carrying out his responsibilities.

    -On the immigration issue the suspicions towards democracy and the distrust towards free speech have come largely from the Left. The distrust of free speech has been especially noticeable amongst a small scatter of academics, members of a profession that by its very nature depends on freedom of inquiry and speech.

    -Whereas the old White Australia Policy, in its extreme form, kept out all Asians, the new policy could be moving towards the opposite extreme. In calling for a strong, long-term flow of Third World migrants, it foreshadows the sacrificing of vital Australian interests on behalf of vague international creeds. It is also forsaking out historical experience for the sake of a nimble dream.

    -Immigration is everyone’s business: it is one of the most important national issues. The idea that it is too dangerous to be debated is a mockery of democracy. It is too important not to debate.
    -The ethnic composition of the population – and the particular mixture of nationalities, languages and cultures – is a matter of importance to all nations. The selection of immigrants should not be seen primarily as a test of which nationalities are best. It is more important to select immigrants with an eye to the collective effect on the nation. An immigration policy is not a symbol, a banner, of a nation’s attitude to other peoples or races; and to reject potential immigrants is in no way to doubt the worthiness of their nationality or culture.

    -The multicultural policy has, at times, tended to emphasize the rights of ethnic minorities at the expense of the majority of Australians, thus unnecessarily encouraging divisions and weakening social cohesion. It has tended to be anti-British, and yet the people from the United Kingdom and Ireland form the dominant class of pre-war immigrants and the largest single group of post-war immigrants.

    -Recent governments emphasize the merits of a multicultural society and ignore the dangers. And yet the evidence is clear that many multicultural societies have failed and that the human cost of the failure has been high.

    -There are dangers in the increasing belief that toleration can simply be imposed on people by a variety of new laws and by a bureaucracy specializing in ethnic affairs, cultural relations and human rights.

    -Unfortunately, the laws and regulatory bodies, introduced in the hope of promoting toleration, can be invoked to attack freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and those principles on which minority rights must, in the last resort, depend. A sensible humane immigration policy is more likely than most of these new agencies and laws – present or proposed – to maintain and foster racial toleration.

  22. DrBeauGan

    I was planning to buy some ethers, OCO, and even got a hardware wallet, but the Australian sources weren’t good.

  23. Tom

    The Canadian pig state assures its citizens they’re “safe” because it is allowing into the country a flood of immigrants apeing the Islamic State jihad of mass murder by rental van and Toronto’s chief policeman proudly declares tonight on Nein News his wallopers are “trained to apply minimum force”.

    How reassuring that the pig state is more concerned about protecting the lives of its mass murdering immigrants than keeping its own citizens alive.

    Canadians who foolishly expect to be protected by the state can all fuck off.

  24. Delta A

    My dad was an operating theatre orderly in Tobruk.

    My dad was an operating theatre orderly in Syria.

  25. zyconoclast

    Census 2016: Migrants make a cosmopolitan country

    Come to Australia, mate, work hard, pay your taxes, make a civic contribution, perhaps raise a family and share in the resources of our bountiful continent. Large-scale migration shapes the culture of the host population. Migrants lift the bar; they have something to prove; they measure their success by the success of their children (and often set up by the exceptionally hard work of the migrating parents). Without migration Australia would have remained a white Anglo enclave, a colonial outpost of Britain. Migrant effort, energy, enterprise and muscle have shaped this nation and changed the way we eat (pasta), style our homes (back veranda is now alfresco) and greet each other (cheek kissing) along the way.

    The rising migrant forces in Australia are unmistakably Asian. The latest census counted 510,000 Chinese-born residents, increasing at a rate of 38,000 a year, which means they probably already have surpassed the Kiwis as Australia’s second largest migrant group. Then come the Indians with 455,000, increasing at a rate of 32,000 a year. Then there are the Filipinos with 232,000 and the Vietnamese with 219,000.

    In Sydney the Chinese cluster in Hurstville where they comprise 37 per cent of the population. The Indians prefer Parramatta (40 per cent), the Vietnamese like Cabramatta (36 per cent), the Filipinos base themselves in Rooty Hill (15 per cent) and the Lebanese prefer Greenacre (15 per cent).

  26. JC

    I thought you were telling us you scrolled past my comments. Hallucinatory Tourette’s .

    You’re such an unimaginative gormless fuck, Ronery.

    The worst.

  27. egg_

    The Voice is a rigged joke.

    Most of this ‘Reality TV’ crap seems to be scripted, even Gogglebox, ironically.

  28. zyconoclast

    In France, Macron’s Grip on Power Loosens as Party Members Abstain From Vote on Immigration Bill

    PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron’s grip on power showed some weakness late Sunday when a group of lawmakers from his party abstained from voting on one of his government’s signature bills.

  29. Oh come on

    In fact, I think any shit, politically motivated government ‘investment’ should be funded by the Future Fund. How about this – the Future Fund needs to underwrite the NDIS. It’s a slam dunk. It isn’t only moral but it also makes economic sense to invest in the capacity of our disabled community. What’s even better about this is that I’m fully confident the vast majority of Future Fund beneficiaries would totally agree and enter into such an arrangement with gusto. It’s win-win-win!

  30. Tel

    Without migration Australia would have remained a white Anglo enclave, a colonial outpost of Britain.

    Without migration Australia would have been completely unrelated to Britain.

  31. johanna

    For TV trivia fans, I just found out that Ed Devereaux, the hero Park Ranger in Skippy, also featured in the the second episode of The Sweeney, as a bad guy, complete with English regional accent. Here.

    I’m binge-watching old British TV at present. Have done The Power Game (wow!) and Callan. I’m now onto The Sweeney, which features hottie John Thaw in three quarter length coats, and sidekick Dennis Waterman with a blond fringe.

    Great stuff. 🙂

  32. zyconoclast

    Refugees Impose Polygamy in Countries That Have Banned It

    Most Arab countries allow polygamy for men up to four wives, in accordance with Islamic Sharia, which Germany has banned and considers a punishable crime.

    Mahmoud Afara, who works in a legal advisory office for refugees in Germany, told Enab Baladi that the punishments for marrying more than one woman could include withdrawing the right to asylum or raising the tax limit on normal citizens.

    The German public prosecutor is studying this month the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the regional administration that exempted two cases, after receiving 30 requests to sue the local administration on the charge of encouraging polygamy.

    The state justified its acceptance of the family reunification on the grounds that its decisions “do not comprise a general rule and did not support polygamy, and it falls outside its legal capacity to impact marriage rights in other countries.”

    According to the state’s spokesman Oliver Carstens, the matter is firstly one of the “wellbeing and status of the children.”

    Afara said that these exceptions are barely noticeable compared with the wave of refugees, and they do not serve as legal permission for more than one wife, but is merely the state “turning a blind eye.”

  33. zyconoclast

    Of all the things we could celebrate, St George’s Day is the worst possible choice
    We cannot allow for the normalisation of anything which might be perceived as a dog whistle to the far right

    There is a reason why the St George’s flag and not the Union Jack has been co-opted time and time again by nationalist and white supremacist groups – it represents the idea that this tiny island is superior by virtue of once having stolen other people’s territory. The irony of a symbol of xenophobia and racism being a flag named after a Roman soldier is not lost on me, but it’s not amusing enough to overcome the darkness of it.

    Like it or not, that’s exactly what St George’s Day is. If you want a day to celebrate, then for goodness sake pick something – anything – less outdated and offensive.

  34. Geriatric Mayfly

    An observation I made earlier today. I’m a prophet in my own lunchtime. Today’s dissection of Mr Henderson by Miss Orr QC was something to behold. Beautiful in its ugliness.

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2694432, posted on April 24, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    Oh Dear! Mr Henderson’s many contracts with the media have just suffered a mortal blow. His financial advice business will not be attracting too many new customers either.

    And From The Oz.
    Finance guru made up Masters
    7:01PMBEN BUTLER, MICHAEL RODDAN
    Sam Henderson has been dumped by media outlets after inquiry hears he wrongly told clients he had a Master’s degree

  35. Leigh Lowe

    notafan

    #2694397, posted on April 24, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    How many didn’t leave enough for even that?

    Too many

    One of my two great uncles got a grave, which was later destroyed in fighting, three weeks later the other and his little group just got splattered by a shell.

    Firstly, we mostly refer to great uncles, not grandfathers because, well, most never got the chance to have children.
    This just makes honouring them so much more important even if you aren’t a direct descendant.
    Your story I think is similar.
    The Red Cross accounts talk about a rushed field burial of six people in the same spot. Four show up later in formal graves with two “unkowns” sandwiched between. So, I guess we could kind of conclude my great-uncle is one of those two and his field marker got lost or destroyed.

  36. egg_

    You know, if it was a choice between going without, or having a dead man’s cadaver cock sewn on, I would prefer to do without.

    “I wouldn’t f#ck her with yours!”?

  37. Oh come on

    It isn’t only moral but it also makes economic sense to invest in the capacity of our disabled community.

    See what I did there? This is the common leftist argument to intervene in the market. The thing is they actually believe it. They are impervious to its superficial logic. The APS will be positively slavering to use their super to bankroll the NDIS into oblivion.

  38. Eyrie

    “changed the way we eat (pasta)”
    Carbs, basically poison. One of the reasons for the land whales you see at the supermarket.

  39. Nick

    How long before Sydney becomes a suburb of China and India?

    Sounds like Melbourne

  40. DrBeauGan

    Armadillo
    #2694596, posted on April 24, 2018 at 7:28 pm
    How the hell does that happen?

    My guess is its the angle that the mirror is on. Probably a poor guess, but I’m sticking to it.

    Suppose it was actually a red cube, the same colour as the background. Then with uniform lighting it would be invisible. Now paint in a blue one pattern on one face and a different pattern on the opposite face.

    The problem is the top face, and I am hazy about how to fix that.

  41. Nick

    Leigh, those who returned didn’t live long , happy lives either.
    My Great grandfather, wounded at Fromelles and lying in an unmarked Australian grave, doesnt qualify for a rising sun grave as he wasn’t KIA. Had he been a refugee….

  42. Leigh Lowe

    OWG at 3:24

    Mine was my Grandmother’s twin brother.

    As a kid I used to read his letters home and they would nearly make me cry for the sheer banality of what he was allowed to write when we know, historically if not actually, the shit they were going through.

    He was wounded 3 times and gassed once.

    After one of his recoveries he nicked off and spent 7 days in Paris.

    They only gave him 3 days ‘punishment’.

    FMD.
    Punishment?
    I saw another distant relative’s record where he got fined five shillings for losing his gas mask.
    He was dead the next month.
    Taxation was in vogue even back then, I guess.

    I saw no letters at all.
    What brought a lump to my throat was the meagre possessions delivered back home.
    Residue of life.
    A book.
    Rosary beads.
    Tobacco tin.
    Military Medal (and bar).

    The extended family held a ceremony for him at the AWM last Tuesday 17th.

    Was that an official AWM ceremony?
    Or just a get together?
    I have been thinking about applying for a ceremony for my great-uncle but trying to include all those killed in the same incident.
    Not sure how to do it.

  43. Oh come on

    You know, if it was a choice between going without, or having a dead man’s cadaver cock sewn on, I would prefer to do without.

    You know, I wouldn’t have a bloody clue what I would go with until I was in the position of making the choice between a life without, or more of a life with someone else’s (who sadly isn’t here to enjoy his anyway). Hope the reconnected bits work just great for that injured soldier.

  44. Leigh Lowe

    Nick

    #2694630, posted on April 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Leigh, those who returned didn’t live long , happy lives either.
    My Great grandfather, wounded at Fromelles and lying in an unmarked Australian grave, doesnt qualify for a rising sun grave as he wasn’t KIA. Had he been a refugee….

    You are kidding me?
    I thought everyone who served overseas qualified.
    But, yes, many who returned severely disabled and with PTSD didn’t live long, and sadly ended up destroyed through alcoholism and mental illness.

  45. Bruce of Newcastle

    One of the reasons for the land whales you see at the supermarket.

    Cetopithecines!

  46. Arky

    There is a reason why the St George’s flag and not the Union Jack has been co-opted time and time again by nationalist and white supremacist groups

    ..
    By nationalist groups because it excludes demented, alcoholic Scottish gits,unpronounceable Welshmen, and the Irish all of whom have their own symbols, respectively thistles, leaks and dirty holes in the peat bog.
    And their own flags.

  47. DrBeauGan

    The trick is shown at 29 seconds.

    No it’s not. We see a complicated shape when it’s tilted but no real explanation.

  48. Nick

    You are kidding me?
    I thought everyone who served overseas qualified.

    Unfortunately, not living a long, happy life after he got back, he’s buried in a section where only a full marble grave is allowed. He’s allowed to display a rising sun, but won’t get a grave marker u less we stump up thousands. The stonemason I spoke to said to erect a cross on the sly on a weekend when no one is looking. I kid you not.

  49. Oh come on

    I heard there were a few feminist xunts bitching about all the fuss of the genital transplant for that soldier.

    You know what? Maybe women in combat zones isn’t such a bad idea after all. The US needs another draft. All stupid xunt feminists are to be conscripted and sent to man – person – every forward operating base in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. They will be armed with a fearsome arsenal of feminist bibles and several indispensable Twitter feeds. The enemy doesn’t stand a chance.

  50. Rae

    I’m binge-watching old British TV at present

    Haven’t binge-watched anything since season 1 of Westworld, the Handmaids Tale and Orphan Black.

    Last night I watched Once Upon a Time in Mexico. It was fun. Not a chick flick, even with Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas in it. Not like Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.

  51. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    You’ve got be kidding .

    https://www.homify.co.kr/photo/710671

    you haven’t been to japan have you?

  52. Fat Tony

    DrBeauGan
    #2694640, posted on April 24, 2018 at 8:11 pm
    The trick is shown at 29 seconds.

    No it’s not. We see a complicated shape when it’s tilted but no real explanation.

    It’s that “complicated” shape, when viewed at different angles, that shows different shapes (eg reflection).

    Think about it. You’re seeing a 3-D item in 2-D, making it easy to fool the eyes.

  53. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2694580, posted on April 24, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    No one dared take a knee at the MCG tonight.

    The AFL is a faggotous organisation but it does a good job on Anzac Day commemorations

    Well, yes.
    It all goes well until inevitably some buffoon footballer or commentator thinks it is appropriate to compare the ponytailed Porsche driving AFL players to VC winners.

  54. cohenite

    The trick is shown at 29 seconds.

    No it’s not. We see a complicated shape when it’s tilted but no real explanation.

    The shape is anamorphic.

  55. Delta A

    We see a complicated shape when it’s tilted but no real explanation.

    I suspect the mirror is distorted.

  56. Leigh Lowe

    nfortunately, not living a long, happy life after he got back, he’s buried in a section where only a full marble grave is allowed

    Ah, so it is the cemetery, not the War Graves people.
    I reckon you could crank up the pressure by engaging the RSL to ask why a rising sun marker is not appropriate.

  57. Nick

    Leigh, unfortunately the modern rule is having to have ‘died as a result of his war injuries’ . A clean bill of health upon enlistment and massive organ failure, among other things, from being gassed, didn’t put him in that category, I’ve been through the DOVA, though I wish I could do more.

  58. Leigh Lowe

    That’s sad Nick.
    Arbitrary rules, eh?
    You could be bombed in Darwin or Broome and not be a “returned soldier” but you could be a clerk in the WO in Scotland and be regarded as “returned”.
    The same broad status as if you had been on the Somme or at Tobruk.

  59. Leigh Lowe

    You know, if it was a choice between going without, or having a dead man’s cadaver cock sewn on, I would prefer to do without.

    I dunno.
    It’s like a new car.
    Size and colour are important.

  60. Nick

    Sad but true, Leigh. I’d be happy to pay for my own plaque, though the cemetery won’t allow it unless it’s the full sarcophagus .

  61. hzhousewife

    We see a complicated shape when it’s tilted but no real explanation.

    I suspect the mirror is distorted.

    No, I think the mirror is OK. The plastic shapes are however very deceptive, they do not have
    level tops for example, and they have facets which you cannot see when viewed full on. Very clever.

  62. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu, check your email.

    Your transmission received, apologies for not replying earlier.

  63. C.L.

    Most of this ‘Reality TV’ crap seems to be scripted, even Gogglebox, ironically.

    Some of them start well, the concept and execution being good to very good.
    Then, by season two or three, they start with the narratives, ‘feuds’ and ‘character’ development.
    Suddenly the drama of doing well for Pete and Manu is not enough. The sassy real estate agent Amber and her besty Samantha the para-legal totally hate Lay Me Lo – who came to Australia from Vietnam in the last esky out of Saigon – and her brother, Bap. Will Lay and Bap make their late Mum’s secret recipe for boiled paddy frogs with sprinkles to perfection? Or will Amber finally blow up about Bap’s rudeness and decide to stick his head in a Thermomix? After two weeks of ads, you’ll find out – if you’re still interested.

  64. Mark from Melbourne

    Monty plays “field hockey”.
    Hockey does not have short corners.
    Hockey is played on ice of which there is not a great deal in Australia (except in glasses)
    Hockey is played by Real Men.

    No, Monst plays hockey.

    Ice hockey, on the other hand, is an unwatchable bore played by so-called tough guys who wear more padding than Bruce Jenner in his later days, and wear it less well.

    They are also prone to a bit of thuggery on the side, and there are about half of them having a breather at any given moment.

    There is much to be said for running about upon grass (or pseudo-grass). Very little to be said for anything on ice (JW Black?).

  65. Steve trickler.

    Can’t wait for Maxine Waters to have a soundtrack behind her voice.

    Don’t you laugh.

    I predict Al Gore will adopt this new genre.



  66. Boambee John

    OCO

    The APS will be positively slavering to use their super to bankroll the NDIS into oblivion.

    For two reasons: it gives them more power, and they can make sure that any losses are made up from Consolidated Revenue.

    Or do we say Consolidated Savings now?

  67. zyconoclast

    Box Office Poison: 6 Reasons Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Flopped

    Only 2 reasons are needed.
    1. Amy Schumer
    2. She is not pretty

  68. Rae

    The APS will be positively slavering to use their super to bankroll the NDIS into oblivion.

    Dumb comment. The NDIS is not “bricks and mortar” (except to the extent that some buildings may be constructed to house some of its activities) and its operating costs will not be met from investments by any super fund, APS or other. Dumb of you to follow on with your comment too, BJ, but certainly in character.

  69. RobK

    Why are the RAC and NRMA pushing electric and autonomous vehicles? Seems a bit political.

  70. Roger.

    But, yes, many who returned severely disabled and with PTSD didn’t live long, and sadly ended up destroyed through alcoholism and mental illness.

    To great uncles served in artillery in France in WWI and were gassed. Both died in their 40s.

    War is hell, as someone who knew it first hand reported.

  71. Helen

    I dunno.
    It’s like a new car.
    Size and colour are important.

    Not when it means the difference between standing and squatting.

  72. DrBeauGan

    Think about it. You’re seeing a 3-D item in 2-D, making it easy to fool the eyes.

    Sure, I see that, ft. It’s a very carefully fixed up viewpoint designed to mislead, like the fake Escher rising staircase illusion. And the lighting and background are likely critical. But there is no disclosure of what the details of the illusion are. Cohenite, throwing in a word like anamorphic really is falling back on bullshit. I’m allergic to it.

  73. Fat Tony

    DrBeauGan
    #2694678, posted on April 24, 2018 at 9:22 pm
    Think about it. You’re seeing a 3-D item in 2-D, making it easy to fool the eyes.

    Sure, I see that, ft. It’s a very carefully fixed up viewpoint designed to mislead, like the fake Escher rising staircase illusion. And the lighting and background are likely critical. But there is no disclosure of what the details of the illusion are. Cohenite, throwing in a word like anamorphic really is falling back on bullshit. I’m allergic to it.

    There are some videos on the Internet that go into detail with this illusion. I watched them a few months ago, but unfortunately, I can’t remember the name given to these things. I saved the link on my computer which shat itself a few weeks ago.

  74. Fat Tony

    DrBeauGan

    Try Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion on youtube

  75. Roger.

    Why are the RAC and NRMA pushing electric and autonomous vehicles? Seems a bit political.

    Because the long march has reached them too.

  76. Fat Tony

    DrBeauGan

    Try:
    Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion // How it Works

  77. Rae

    Ita Buttrose has been boned from Channel Ten.

  78. zyconoclast

    Why are the RAC and NRMA pushing electric and autonomous vehicles? Seems a bit political.

    They can push it all they like.
    The real question is why are the spending many $$$M of members money on electric car infrastructure that will only benefit 1% of NRMA members.

    They are also some of the biggest spruikers for mandating ethanol in petrol.

  79. DrBeauGan

    Thanks, ft. Here’s the solution video for those interested:

    https://youtu.be/X_ubW582Y1M

  80. JC

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2694659, posted on April 24, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Zulu, check your email.

    Your transmission received
    , apologies for not replying earlier.

    Transmission? He just doesn’t stop.

  81. Helen

    One of my Grandfathers was made sergeant three times and then busted three times for fighting. I think he also had an eyeful (possibly more) of the delights of the ladies of the orient in the dance halls of Cairo. Returned soldiers who came to his back door in later years never left without a feed.
    When he put my father 15 y.o on a train for his first real job as a jackeroo, he found some ex service men in a carriage and said look after him. And they did. He was always sad for his horse. he rode the same horse all through his war and tried to have him shot at the end, but he was deemed fit for sale. He told the story he took him up three different timed but the result was the same. It must have affected him deeply because he told the story to my father.
    My other grandfather – they both served in the 9th light horse, – shared his water with his horse for which he was admonished and was put on report on the boat home for having his top button undone at a race meeting. As a lad he ran away with his cousin on the sailing ships. During the war all his wage went to his bank account back home which his family spent because they didn’t expect he would survive. He was a night watchman a nursery man and a publican – couldn’t do a lot more because of illness he suffered during the war – dysentery? A gentle man.
    I am glad to call them both my grandfathers and also salute my great uncles who perished at sea and on land. God rest them.

  82. For TV trivia fans, I just found out that Ed Devereaux, the hero Park Ranger in Skippy, also featured in the the second episode of The Sweeney, as a bad guy, complete with English regional accent. Here.

    Ed spent quite some time in the UK, iirc he died there. & he appeared in lots of such shows. I’ve seen him in “Danger Man” & “The Persuaders”, but he was on lots of those type of things.
    He’s in about half the “Carry On” movies.

  83. H B Bear

    Transmission? He just doesn’t stop.

    Yeah. It’s an electronic mail.

  84. Top Ender

    Speaking of TV detectives…..Bargearse and the Chiko Rolls

  85. Oh come on

    The APS will be positively slavering to use their super to bankroll the NDIS into oblivion.

    For two reasons: it gives them more power, and they can make sure that any losses are made up from Consolidated Revenue.

    Here’s the thing. Convince the FF dummies it’s a safe investment. How? You’d have to be rather stupid not to realise how this could be done. It would be dead easy, actually. Infer that the state will step in if the thing goes to shit – it’s all inference, really. No need to make promises to such people. They wouldn’t even ask. They wouldn’t be doing the jobs they were doing if they didn’t believe with their hearts and souls that the state would act as the lender of last resort for their lifetime of faithful, malignant service. They have total belief that the state will back their ‘investment’.

    Unfortunately, their investment will be going supernova at about the same time it’s obvious that the state will be utterly unable to fill the breach.

    Let the FF underwrite the NDIS. It’s a great idea, and the Australian taxpayer should endorse it wholeheartedly.

  86. Cpt Seahawks

    Count Dakula (Scotland) proved today that context is not a consideration in public discourse that will now, due to this precedent,illegally offend. By a male journalist from SKY. An interrupting, non-authorised baldy interviewer, that bailed up Dakula post case. The loser was left stunned after Dakula told him “prove your context” when SKY guy repeated what Dankula had said, being Gas the JoosTM. The SKY guy realised he had committed the same offence by saying the same words as listed in the court case if taken out of context and ran. Tommy Robinson and crew followed him and made him pay. So funny seeing the power reversed.

  87. Leigh Lowe

    Helen

    #2694694, posted on April 24, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    One of my Grandfathers was made sergeant three times and then busted three times for fighting.

    Well, der.
    Fighting is what they signed up to do!

  88. JC

    For people who worry about jobs being lost to robots.

    There is a never ending debate about whether automation will eventually create problematic unemployment.

    The same fears have been around since the dawn of the industrial revolution. If you wanted to suggest to a farmer in 1840 that he and almost everyone he knew would become obsolete, and it would be overwhelmingly for the better, he would have been unpersuaded, if not downright angry.

    Likely, he would have hastily demanded an answer to the question, “What in the world would you have us all do to earn a living?

    It goes on.

    There’s some neat air dancing in the link too./ I have never heard of it.

  89. JC

    H B Bear
    #2694697, posted on April 24, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Transmission? He just doesn’t stop.

    Yeah. It’s an electronic mail.

    I think it’s auto, but it could also be manual.

  90. zyconoclast
    #2694687, posted on April 24, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    Why are the RAC and NRMA pushing electric and autonomous vehicles? Seems a bit political.

    They can push it all they like.
    The real question is why are the spending many $$$M of members money on electric car infrastructure that will only benefit 1% of NRMA members.

    It’s not even close to that.

    Total registrations of plug-in vehicles in Australia :
    4,420
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug-in_electric_vehicles_in_Australia#Sales
    (note the rate of registrations is decreasing since 2015’s peak)

    Total number of passenger vehicles:
    14, 100,000
    http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/mf/9309.0

    4420 of 14,100,000 = 0.03%

    Meanwhile, luxury supercars are selling at a rate of 1700 a year and increasing
    https://www.wheelsmag.com.au/features/1707/supercars-are-selling-up-a-storm-in-australia

    Now, how many electric cars are bought with OPM by government departments, councils, NGOs, virtue-signalling private companies etc, compared to individual consumers ?

    No idea – but take a look around at who’s driving them.

    Of course it’s politically driven. There is no genuine consumer demand.

    “Politically driven” will continue to morph into coercion since the proles are not behaving correctly.

    First come the tax breaks, free advertising and subsidies for EVs, then when that doesn’t work, come the penalties and imposts on petrol/diesel vehicle drivers and dealers to break anyone not complying with orders.

    My argument to greenies and such is that if you want EVs to develop, then get government out of the way. Propping up lame ducks stifles good consumer technology development.

  91. Helen

    ok Leigh, if you want the truth, it was brawling. I just thought fighting sounded a bit better. He was still my grandfather though, and I am proud to call him that.

  92. Nick

    Helen, if it’s any consolation, my grandfather’s record reads ‘biff, awol, the clap, the stockade’ on heavy rotation.

  93. Leigh Lowe

    But seriously, Helen, the tales of ridiculous disciplinary measures taken against the ranks for trivial “offences” is telling, even in the most trying battle conditions.
    I have read of a number of instances of AIF soldiers getting into strife for failing to recognise the authority of English officers.
    The first three years of WW1 were spent trying to impose a “put them in their place” dictatorial leadership style on the colonials who had a decidedly egalitarian view of the world.
    It was only when the AIF got a semblance of Australian control over their own in 1918 that they started to shine.
    As Monash said … “They are easy to lead but difficult to drive”.

  94. egg_

    Ita Buttrose has been boned…

    Scary start to a sentence.

  95. zyconoclast

    Now, how many electric cars are bought with OPM by government departments, councils, NGOs, virtue-signalling private companies etc, compared to individual consumers ?

    There are some government bodies investigating using electric or hybrid utes that will do the same job as a Hilux or Ranger.
    The fact that the blokes (yes blokes) who drive them literally out to the middle of nowhere and back were not asked.
    Unfortunately for the eco loons nothing was available. So back to the diesel vehicles.

  96. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Scary start to a sentence.

    Tell that to Jimmy Barnes…

  97. Why are the RAC and NRMA pushing electric and autonomous vehicles? Seems a bit political.

    Less payouts for accidents in insurance.

  98. Leigh Lowe

    Helen, if it’s any consolation, my grandfather’s record reads ‘biff, awol, the clap, the stockade’ on heavy rotation.

    No probs.
    As long as they didn’t carry “warlike symbology”.
    I have checked all my rellos records.
    Quite relieved to find that they were the epitome of good manners and wore no offensive logos whilst shooting and bayonetting Turks and Krauts.
    “Pardon me, Hans. Sorry about the hole in your guts. If I could just squeeze past and get to Kurt.
    Nothing personal Kurt but ….”

  99. Cpt Seahawks

    Electric VESP (very expensive steam powered) cars. Nice one RAC, I look forward to smothering our country in battery waste from unuseful cars. Hmm they also can’t go anywhere in South Australia if the wind isn’t blowing.

  100. I have a question for the Christian Cats. I hung around after my hockey match last night and watched a team called ECHO, the Eastern Christian Hockey Organisation, and they were wearing yellow and orange vertical stripes. Anyone know the significance of that colour scheme? Or is it just random.

  101. Helen

    Helen, if it’s any consolation, my grandfather’s record reads ‘biff, awol, the clap, the stockade’ on heavy rotation.

    Love it! Go Gandpa!

    Leigh yes. I have read that the Aussies had more AWOL, and took more miles than any other group – there might have been a few more ‘mores ‘ in there as well. I think the Aussie generals of the day knew their men – like horses, loose rein and let em go, whereas the British mainly knew control. Some of the Gurka commanders probably would have done well with the Aussies, beause they combined knowledge of their men and discipline and used that to get the best from them, I am referring to the books by the author of Bugle and a Tiger here. And General Slim was revered by all. There are leaders and lashers, and today, feather boa flashers, and I dont think too many Aussies responded to the lash.

    Enough from me. Thanks to all grand dads, and uncles and cousins and orphans, who served. And aunts and mums and the land girls back home. Thank you all.

  102. Mitch M.

    Rare Breastfeeding-Related Genetic Mutation Helped Early Americans Survive Ice Age: Study

    Read that earlier. There are many studies highlighting different effects on genes arising in populations. We tend to under estimate the power of small differences over generations. Favourable alleles spread very quickly. The stumbling block is the neck, no-one wants to consider human evolution above the neck, even though forensic pathologists with remarkable accuracy can predict a person’s ethnic origin from skull shape alone.

  103. JC

    The blogger economist has done truly amazing work in analyzing the US housing market and how it relates to the GFC. It’s been a gargantuan task, having written almost 300 blog pieces on the subject. Sounds boring I know, but I’ve read every single one and I can say it’s been excellent.

    Here he is discussing Dodd Frank, the 2010 laws imposed on the banking system supposedly to regulate their behavior. This blogger persuasively argues in this piece and others that Dodd Frank has been a disaster for both the net worth of working class owners, but also working class prospective home owners having essentially locked them out of the market.

    Housing: Part 292 – Dodd-Frank was an unprecedented assault on working class homeowners.

  104. Frank

    Ita Buttrose has been boned…

    Scary start to a sentence.

    Given the context, not as scary as “Ita Buttrose has been deboned…”

  105. JC

    I think this is pretty interesting at the moment with the woyal comishion in our banking system almost certainly cause even more regulation of the banking system.

    Abbott was right. There’s more that enough regulation in the banking sector. The people who failed the public were ASIC and APRA etc, which means there should be taxeater mass sacking. Of course that never happens any more because you don’t sack public sector employees anymore – even when they aren’t doing their job. If they’re doing their job they cause disaster equally.

  106. Arky

    and they were wearing yellow and orange vertical stripes

    ..
    Mmmmm.
    Pineapple and jaffa donuts.

  107. Agreed, ASIC & APRA should be the ones to cop the knife, nay the regulatory Claymore, for super-duper negligence.
    Naturally this not a get-out-of-jail card for all the crims we’re seeing front the RC. They hafta do time, coz they did the crime.

  108. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Less payouts for accidents in insurance.

    How so, Monty?

    The Tesla Model S has a loop in its cable behind the C-pillar (beside the hatch door). Emergency services can (and probably must) cut power by cutting into the pillar and snipping the cable. A crashed electric vehicle with 400V showing up in random places would not be fun.

  109. Arky

    But seriously Monty, this video explains the symbology there.

  110. Top Ender

    Speaking of Aussie troops and death symbols, here’s some I researched and eventually published on:

    The photographic age has brought a new facet to the practice. A WWII Australian serviceman’s paybook is found to contain two photos of dead Japanese soldiers. Celebration of one’s victories in Vietnam by taking photographs was apparently not unusual. Marine Jeff Kelly noted how his unit celebrated a victory, by “decorating the bodies with cigarettes placed between dead lips and fingers” of which pictures were taken.

    A few years into the war, correspondent Michael Herr related an incident where a Marine showed a group of war correspondents waiting to go forward a pocket photo album of pictures of dead enemy. But the startling thing about this anecdote is Herr’s casual advice that “There were hundreds of these albums in Vietnam, thousands” and they all contained shots of enemy dead, mostly desecrated. Herr’s account confirms that such practices are routine.

    In the Falklands paratrooper Ken Lukowiak participated in photo sessions where the British victors posed with the vanquished bodies of their enemy. Such photos, it appears from his account, were common, and the resultant prints were displayed in the soldiers’ mess back in Britain. We may safely presume that with the growth of digital camera technology and miniaturisation it is even more prevalent.

  111. Nelson Kidd-Players

    …unless you’re implying that electric vehicles are frequently off the road getting charged…

  112. Nerblnob

    m0nty
    #2694717, posted on April 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm
    I have a question for the Christian Cats. I hung around after my hockey match last night and watched a team called ECHO, the Eastern Christian Hockey Organisation, and they were wearing yellow and orange vertical stripes. Anyone know the significance of that colour scheme? Or is it just random.

    Hawthorn’s first attempt at getting their jumpers made in China. Sold ’em off cheap to some hockey mums and still looking for a reliable supplier.

  113. Nelson Kidd-Players

    and they were wearing yellow and orange vertical stripes

    A very long-standing tradition.

    Wear distinctive strip so it’s easy to pick out your teammates.

  114. Top Ender

    Monty, re flag colours, maybe this will help.

  115. Nelson, autonomous vehicles theoretically imply less accidents. In the long term, at least. Not sure if anyone will need insurance if there are no accidents though. As for electrics, I guess accelerating is slower so that means less damage?

  116. JC

    m0nty
    #2694713, posted on April 24, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Why are the RAC and NRMA pushing electric and autonomous vehicles? Seems a bit political.

    Less payouts for accidents in insurance.

    Not everyone in business is smart. I suppose there’s not much they can do, but if anton really takes off these idiots are simply out of business. MV insurance will be offered as part of the sales package by the carmaker and they will self insure. Accidents should be a rare thing and the reasons would have to do more with the software failing in the car. RAC and NRMA will be out of business.

  117. Top Ender, it was not an Irish design from what I could see. A quick googling suggests Northumbria? Dunno.

  118. JC

    As for electrics, I guess accelerating is slower so that means less damage?

    Pound for pound they’re actually materially faster kumquat head.

  119. Arky

    More people will step in front of electric cars.
    Insurance goes up.
    Self drive vehicles will cause mass chaos.
    I for one will loiter around traffic lights and spray paint over the stopled cars cameras and sensors that they use to navigate.
    Bring the whole fucking city to a standstill for weeks.

  120. JC

    More people will step in front of electric cars.
    Insurance goes up.

    Why would more people step in front of auton cars?

  121. Arky

    Imagine a line of self- drive trucks at a major intersection.
    You walk down the line spraying over their sensors.
    Then you walk across the intersection to the other road and repeat.
    Then down the street to the next busy intersection…

  122. Arky

    Why would more people step in front of auton cars?

    ..
    Electric.
    No noise.

  123. Arky

    As in everything, people are designing systems under the assumption that people are law abiding and good.
    This ends badly.

  124. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Electric and autonomous are two separate issues, although I expect autonomous vehicles shall be electric.

    With the fast-rising fitment of Autonomous Emergency Braking, pedestrians and cyclists may soon start to assume they can take more risks. One would need to know their vehicle specifications, though.

  125. JC

    Electric.
    No noise.

    There are moves afoot to address that very real issue. I believe Vegas has requested the makers testing their vehicles there to increase noise levels and some are doing so with sensors for when these cars are off freeways and highways.

    Noise levels will be fine.

  126. Leigh Lowe

    Top Ender, it was not an Irish design from what I could see. A quick googling suggests Northumbria? Dunno.

    Never, ever engage a Celt in any sport involving sticks, bats or batons of any kind
    Yes, even croquet.
    The Celtic temper and ready access to cudgels and shillelaghs of any kind is not a good mix.

  127. Nelson Kidd-Players

    If you push in, in front of a self-driving car, is shall have no choice but to yield.

    Unless they program them to anticpate your move and close the gap before you even get to indicate. That could be the ‘Victorian’ setting.

  128. Arky

    Something that works fine under a supervised trial in an environment where people are used to manned vehicles will not work in real life once criminals and scumbags have figured out how to fuck it over.

  129. cohenite

    Cohenite, throwing in a word like anamorphic really is falling back on bullshit. I’m allergic to it.

    Well, you need a 3-D printer and an anamorphic design which is really an amalgamation of 2 or more shapes which confuses the eye receptors. It’s cute but not rocket science.

    Anyway, here’s another word: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

  130. Imagine a line of self- drive trucks at a major intersection.
    You walk down the line spraying over their sensors.
    Then you walk across the intersection to the other road and repeat.
    Then down the street to the next busy intersection…

    Erm… you’re assuming there are no people in these vehicles, or cameras at the intersections.

    Why hello Mr Five Eyes, didn’t see you there!

  131. Nelson Kidd-Players

    I now have a mental picture of Arky at an intersection, rolling barrels across the road, Donkey-Kong style…

  132. Arky

    Erm… you’re assuming there are no people in these vehicles, or cameras at the intersections.

    ..
    So where is the saving?
    What is the point of your driverless vehicle if it has to be constantly supervised?

  133. JC

    Erm… you’re assuming there are no people in these vehicles, or cameras at the intersections.

    There may very well not be, Kumquat head.

  134. Nelson Kidd-Players

    …before he jumps into his pristine Model A and drives off, carefully avoiding the carnage around him.

  135. Arky

    Point is, these things will still need insurance, just aa ATMs do.

  136. JC

    Point is, these things will still need insurance, just aa ATMs do.

    I didn’t say there wouldn’t be any insurance. I suggested that insurance would be different to what we have now, as carmakers will self insure for any software issues that may arise.

  137. JC

    It will end up being party of the warranty.

  138. What is the point of your driverless vehicle if it has to be constantly supervised?

    Unless the entire intersection is populated with driverless freight trucks, I would assume there are still going to be cars ferrying people as their primary function on most roads. You might be able to get away with that sort of gag at a mine or similar industrial site, but not on public roads very often.

  139. I believe there was a bit about this in The Diamond Age, where there was tech that would sense when someone had spraypainted a vehicle. Not sure if that is still science fiction though.

  140. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Got my voting package for the Melbourne Lord-Mayoral by-election today.

    Fourteen candidates. Unlike the regular election, there is no deputy to serve as a running mate. No HTVs, either. I like to reverse-engineer these to see who colludes with whom.

    Last time, I voted for the Doyle ticket. All the others looked marginal.

    Research is required. The Green and the Animal Justice candidates shall fill the bottom two positions.

  141. BrettW

    The great triggering of JC continues. Even normal words used by Zulu can prompt an inane reply.

    End of transmission.

  142. Fat Tony

    Arky
    #2694759, posted on April 24, 2018 at 11:21 pm
    Erm… you’re assuming there are no people in these vehicles, or cameras at the intersections.

    ..
    So where is the saving?
    What is the point of your driverless vehicle if it has to be constantly supervised?

    I think that is a feature, not a bug.

  143. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The great triggering of JC continues. Even normal words used by Zulu can prompt an inane reply.

    JC was kind enough to tell me three years ago that “he was inside my head,and he was going to stay there, until I went mad.” Reading his subsequent ravings, when I can be bothered, I’m wondering who’s inside whose head?

    End of transmission.

  144. JC

    The great triggering of JC continues. Even normal words used by Zulu can prompt an inane reply.

    End of transmission.

    So says, Rooster, who seems to only comment about me. No self awareness and also extremely stupid.

  145. JC

    Oh look, Ronery tries to partner up again. Funny as. The saddest most cowardly fucking wanker on this site.

    Rones, telling someone you’re transmitting an email is positively wankerish. But that’s who you are -the biggest wanker here.

  146. Perth Trader

    I’m actually looking forward to owning a voice commanded, autonomous , climate controlled, air conditioned, ‘goffer’, with TV and built in laser sighted flame throwers.,,,, as long as it will pull 35 klm loaded, up a 15 degree incline. I know..its just a dream.

  147. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anyway, Night all. Off to the dawn service tomorrow – commemorating my family, who were citizen soldiers in both World Wars – Gallipoli and the Western Front, North Africa and New Guinea, while JC’s family were herding goats in Sicily.

  148. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Head prefect, raving on again with his schoolyard insults about “Ronery.” All he’ll ever be – just a schoolyard bully, and crybaby.

  149. JC

    Rones, has been trying to peddle his genetic superiority for years here, but no one buys it. Such a wanker.

  150. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Must be time for some music.

    This one’s for Arky.

  151. JC

    Head prefect, raving on again with his schoolyard insults about “Ronery.” All he’ll ever be – just a schoolyard bully, and crybaby.

    Rones only ever attacks people when he’s in a group and calls me a bully. He also ended up bawling here because he told us his first wife cheated on him (she obviopusly fucked him off for being a total wanker).

    8th grade education and no class – even with the RM Williams “uniform”. Just a wanker.

  152. JC

    Hey Richard Bossi

    That’s who you are exchanging “transmissions” with. That’s what he really thinks of your ethnic background too possibly.

    Anyway, Night all. Off to the dawn service tomorrow – commemorating my family, who were citizen soldiers in both World Wars – Gallipoli and the Western Front, North Africa and New Guinea, while JC’s family were herding goats in Sicily.

  153. Infidel Tiger

    JC he never reproduced. Weak as.

  154. Yeah Zulu, that’s beyond the pale, you should apologise for that insult. JC’s family were in fact herding goats in Tuscany, he’s a proud agrigosto.

  155. BrettW

    JC,
    Got a tissue ? Wipe the drool off your mouth. You really need to get a hobby as you are losing it. Zulu is right, he is really getting into your head as you can’t let a day go by without some pathetic reaction to something he has said. I imagine quilting might be quite good for you.

    Why do you persist in making a fool of yourself ?

  156. JC

    Monst

    His own family were sheep herders, or so he claims (because he been big noting himself since the moron came on here and can’t be trust about anything he says). This idiot would play chess backwards. He’d take pieces off the board and think he’s winning. The IQ of a retarded gnat. Just imagine this imbecile in a war zone. FMD.

  157. JC, I thought the whole point of being an infantry grunt was success through lack of imagination. As long as Zulu obeyed orders, he’d do very well.

  158. JC

    JC,
    Got a tissue ? Wipe the drool off your mouth.

    Lol Rooster. Still upset you’re been called a rooster.

    You really need to get a hobby as you are losing it. Zulu is right, he is really getting into your head as you can’t let a day go by without some pathetic reaction to something he has said. I imagine quilting might be quite good for you.

    Firstly It’s Ronery, not Zulu. Secondly, it’s fun at times to randomly whack this wanker over the head. Just like others do to Gargs and Numbers. Just like Ronery does too.
    To use one of your usual dullard phrases… “Forgive me” for asking (not really), but why are you focusing on my comments about Rones when there are others (including this wanker) who attack various posters for their comments? Why just me, Roost? 🙂
    “Forgive me” again, Roost, but this would sound to me and everyone else here like sour grapes and selective offense. Is it because I make fun of you giving us breathless Ray Hadley reports and generally posting cockheaded crap?

  159. C.L.

    Happy Great Uncle’s Day, everyone.

  160. JC

    JC, I thought the whole point of being an infantry grunt was success through lack of imagination. As long as Zulu obeyed orders, he’d do very well.

    True enough, to some extent. He is a follower. But what if he was given orders to fire to the left and there’s one idiot (Rones) who doesn’t know left or right, shoots the opposite way into your own troops’ position?

  161. urb

    The insults get rather boring after a few weeks.
    Even for a lurker like me who’s rather fond of a good one.

  162. JC

    Crazy old Bernie is back promising jobs for all and higher wages to boot.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is set to announce a federal jobs proposal that would guarantee a job with at least a $15-per-hour wage and health benefits to every adult American “who wants or needs one,” The Washington Post reports.

    The senator is still in the early stages of crafting the plan, according to the Post, which would provide a job or required training for any American.

    Sanders’s office has yet to release the details of the plan’s funding, but previous large-scale projects proposed by the Vermont progressive have involved ending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.

    The Vermont senator joins two other possible 2020 Democratic contenders, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who have also expressed support for similar proposals in recent weeks.

    “The goal is to eliminate working poverty and involuntary unemployment altogether,” Darrick Hamilton, an economist at the New School, told the Post.

    “This is an opportunity for something transformative, beyond the tinkering we’ve been doing for the last 40 years, where all the productivity gains have gone to the elite of society.”

    Critics of federal jobs proposals say that government intervention to raise wages could lead to private businesses cutting costs in other areas, including hiring fewer employees. Sanders is a longtime advocate of #FightFor15, the national movement aimed at raising the minimum wage to $15-per-hour.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/384554-sanders-to-announce-proposal-to-guarantee-jobs-to-all-americans

  163. I believe infantrymen are extremely well drilled on the difference between left and right. They even incorporate these lessons into their marching songs, just so they don’t suddenly forget how to walk, which is evidently a bit of a problem.

  164. JC

    Could be that’s all you need, Monst. He’s obviously not the brightest card in the deck. I think rones claims to have enlisted just after Vietnam, which was a real low point for recruitment and the military may have ended up taking in a large number of undesirables (potentially like him). They were really strapped for numbers. It got better after about a decade or so.

    Did you know he was the wealthiest recruit in the military at time he enlisted. He knew that of course, because he checked everyone’s bank balance. He told us without anyone asking, so I’m sure he’ll happily inform you if you ask. Go on, as him. If you’re really nice to him, he’ll buy you a car.

  165. JC

    Diversity seems to work. Older residents leave the neighborhood.

    The council areas with some of the highest rates of overseas ­migration are the same locations where more people are leaving to live elsewhere in the country, ­according to an analysis of new population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    For the first time in its history, the ABS has been able to break down population estimates by both net overseas and internal ­migration and natural increases, revealing a portrait of a nation where the pressures of migrant ­intakes have been linked to residents leaving.

    Although the figures are correlated, the data does not reveal precisely why there appears to be a connection.

    The City of Monash in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs holds the record for the largest losses by net internal migration — ranking last in 538th place — but is fifth in the nation by the net increase in overseas migrants. In one year a net 3424 people left the council area to live in ­another part of Australia while 6734 immigrants settled in the area to live.

    Similarly, Sydney’s Canterbury-Bankstown local government area is ranked second highest for internal migration losses, with 3404 fewer residents, but 6195 more newly arrived foreign ­migrants, for which it is ranked sixth in the country.

    In Greater Dandenong, which neighbours the City of Monash, enough people left and were not replaced for it to be ranked 532nd in the country but 15th by overseas migrant intake.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/citizens-quitting-migrant-hotspots-abs-figures-show/news-story/0c9706ee6e0e826b148ef9794146a0c0

  166. BrettW

    Firstly JC, you are the only one who refers to Zulu as “Ronery”.

    Not sure why you think I would be upset by a retard calling me a Rooster. You clearly think you are being clever with your nicknames. It is just an example of your desire to wind up people. So you will forgive me for choosing to highlight your pathetic posts. As I have repeatedly admitted I choose to pick up on your posts to highlight your aggressive head prefect behaviour on this blog. Life is too short to worry about “Gargs and Numbers”. Remind me, when was the last post by Numbers as I can see keeping tabs on people’s posts is such an important part of your life ? I find the constant obsessing over Gargs quite hilarious so forgive me for not joining in on what I consider a waste of time. However don’t let that stop you and others fretting over him.

    I guess self awareness not your strong point. You ask why I focus on your comments about Zulu. Then you make a reference about me making comments about Ray Hadley. Strange that there are others who make more comments about stuff they have heard on 2GB but you never comment on them.

    Perhaps I just like whacking a wanker over the head. No doubt in my mind your are the forum wanker by a country mile.

  167. No doubt in my mind your are the forum wanker by a country mile.

    +100

  168. JC

    Firstly JC, you are the only one who refers to Zulu as “Ronery”.

    Yes and? I also refer to you as blog’s rooster. Recall when even the girls here were telling you your emotional outbursts made you appear like a sissy? That’s when I thought up Rooster for you.

    Not sure why you think I would be upset by a retard calling me a Rooster. You clearly think you are being clever with your nicknames.

    Several people have in fact said, I’m pretty good with nicknames – possibly the best. I think I’m even better than Trump. Doncha think? 🙂 He’d never come up with Rooster and Ronery. R&R.

    It is just an example of your desire to wind up people. So you will forgive me for choosing to highlight your pathetic posts.

    There you go again with the forgiving ask. Only God forgives, Rooster.

    As I have repeatedly admitted I choose to pick up on your posts to highlight your aggressive head prefect behaviour on this blog.

    No, I’ve made a point to highlight you’re a hypocritical c..t and why you have no credibility about anything much at all. Rones is almost always partnering up with others to put down a couple of deplorable posters. Johanna is the worst, yet your silent. Sad.

    Life is too short to worry about “Gargs and Numbers”.

    But you were never asked to “worry” about those two dickheads. It was your hypocrisy that was brought to attention not just for you alone, but also others here. It’s good to remove your feathers show you for the skinny little runt that you are. Intellectually speaking of course.

    Remind me, when was the last post by Numbers as I can see keeping tabs on people’s posts is such an important part of your life ? I find the constant obsessing over Gargs quite hilarious so forgive me for not joining in on what I consider a waste of time. However don’t let that stop you and others fretting over him.

    Again, with the “forgive” banter and also the pathetic attempt to draw away from the fact that you’re a hypocritical sack of shit as no one has asked you to comment on those dead beats’ posts.

    I guess self awareness not your strong point. You ask why I focus on your comments about Zulu. Then you make a reference about me making comments about Ray Hadley. Strange that there are others who make more comments about stuff they have heard on 2GB but you never comment on them

    Focus? It’s obsession demonstrating deep hurt more like it. Your commenting here is less than pathetic as you have nothing of interest to say, but you know that right? You were coming across as totally enthralled in Ray Hadley mentioning him all the time. Ray said this Ray said that. Poking fun at you at least stopped that ridiculous bullshit, as you don’t mention your hero Ray anymore. That’s a good thing.

    Perhaps I just like whacking a wanker over the head. No doubt in my mind your are the forum wanker by a country mile.

    “Forgive me” but wanker is trademarked especially for Ronery, so try to be a little creative with your own abuse. Think of something else, because even though mimicking what I say is flattering, you should try and be a little more creative, you doofus.

    Enough now, as you’re very boring.

  169. JC

    Serena at the Pub
    #2694803, posted on April 25, 2018 at 1:55 am

    No doubt in my mind your are the forum wanker by a country mile.

    +100

    -100

  170. Radio etiquette says that lengthy transmissions are broken into parts, to allow others a chance to use the channel.
    Such a long unbroken transmission is the act of a wanker.
    Suppose the site’s biggest wanker was conferred the title with good reason.

    End of transmission.

  171. JC

    Flattery for using the word “wanker” to describe the biggest wanker to ever post here, which is obviously Ronery, will get you nowhere, Pubbles.

    Read this again. This is what makes this wanker a wanker.

    Anyway, Night all. Off to the dawn service tomorrow – commemorating my family, who were citizen soldiers in both World Wars – Gallipoli and the Western Front, North Africa and New Guinea, explored the North Pole, found the spice routes in 1600, and fought in the war of independence, while JC’s family were herding goats in Sicily.

    Your little pal has some sort hallucinating illness. Our joint aim is to ensure he will get proper treatment going forward.

    I noticed you agreed with my comment on ASIC and APRA earlier, Pubbles. I’m highlighting this because next thing we see is you partnering up, calling me a wanker, which is site reserved for, Rones. At least try to be consistent -even if it’s impossible to add value here…. and original.

  172. Tom

    Days like this happen every now and then: there are no cartoons worth posting – just second-rate rubbish.

  173. calli

    Greetings from the Alexandria Hilton, Cats.

    Congratulate me. I have just survived the traffic jam from hell. It was so horrible I had to laugh. To avoid the crush (after 2 1/2 hours to go 3 km), our driver took us around unspeakable back streets.

    I need a drink. 😀

  174. Ragu

    Interesting discussion, as always, about who is the biggest wanker.

  175. calli

    The road from Cairo to Alexandria was once called The Desert Road, but today is lined with orchards and vineyards and melon fields. All are irrigated from the Nile. Stately avenues of date palms stand sentry to roads leading to villas. There are freshly minted compounds with high walls to keep out undesirables. Once walls were set up against marauding Bedouins from the desert, now they divide the haves from the have nots.

    I expected some fellow travellers to join us, but it seems we have the guide and driver to ourselves. This time we are hosted by a Muslim. He asks us about our religion, but this is a courtesy. He gives us the low down on his own faith, with some disparaging comments about extremists. In this his thoughts match yesterday’s Copt – the 2012 revolution was ruinous to Egypt, and the so called “Arab Spring” is a nightmare. Remember the media gushing about it in the West? Lying, stupid buggers.

    As for Alexandria, it is a fascinating city. A little bit of everything – French, English and Greek. The new library is a beautiful building, nestled on the slope of the “corniche”; sadly the external calligraphy wall is partially obscured by a high fence erected in 2012 because of rioters. For someone who has recently visited Trinity library in Dublin, there couldn’t be a bigger architectural divide.

    The site of the ancient Pharos is occupied by a fort, vaguely reminiscent of Rhodes, just a hop skip and jump over the Med. And the “beach” for the not so well off (those who can’t afford umbrella and deck chair hire on the sand beach) are the concrete blocks of the groin, covered in slippery weed and fishermen. On the concourse wall, lovers sit in modest conversation, no public displays of affection allowed.

    The Beloved absent mindedly places his palm in the small of my back as we walk along. Grey haired westerners are tolerated with a smile and a hasty photo on the ubiquitous iPhone.

  176. calli

    Lol, Ragu. I am the Biggest Wanker.

    I name-dropped the Hilton. 🎉

  177. calli

    I was informed today that the Cairo hotel we are staying at after the cruise was once Farrouk’s palace.

    My mother, when I was being a horrible little child, used to say “Who do you think you are? King Farrouk?”

    Now I can say, “Yes. And your point is?” 😁

  178. calli

    That’s enough thread bombing from me. You are all waking up and my head must hit the pillow.

    The BBC is telling me that the Montreal attack may or may not be terrorism. It’s a mystery.

    They are making up new categories for evil now.

  179. Entropy

    Sad, bitter drunks are unedifying. You all need to change whatever it is you are drinking. It does you no good. You need a tipple that makes you happy.

  180. Top Ender

    At my local Dawn Service. Bigger crowd than last year. Nice cool weather in the Top End.

  181. Entropy

    The driver of the van in Toronto seems to be a kid on the spectrum who was socially inept, couldn’t get a girl and took it out on a bunch of random people as some sort of twisted vengeance.

  182. OneWorldGovernment

    Leigh Lowe
    #2694632, posted on April 24, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    The extended family held a ceremony for him at the AWM last Tuesday 17th.

    Was that an official AWM ceremony?
    Or just a get together?
    I have been thinking about applying for a ceremony for my great-uncle but trying to include all those killed in the same incident.
    Not sure how to do it.

    Leigh Lowe

    It was The Last Post Ceremony which is conducted daily.

    Check out https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/last-post-ceremony

    From the site

    About the ceremony

    The ceremony begins with the Australian national anthem followed by the piper’s lament. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. An individual’s story is told, and the Ode is recited by Australian Defence Force personnel. The ceremony ends with the sounding of the Last Post. From February to November the Last Post Ceremony includes Australia’s Federation Guard (on the first and third Wednesday of each month).

  183. OneWorldGovernment

    LL

    I got it wrong (?!)

    It was 17 April 1918 my great Uncle was killed.

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1723080

  184. RobK

    Thanks Calli. Interesting news.

  185. Tom

    The driver of the van in Toronto seems to be a kid on the spectrum who was socially inept, couldn’t get a girl and took it out on a bunch of random people as some sort of twisted vengeance.

    … using the Islamic State terror template dogwhistled to its sympathisers in the West about a year ago.

    But Islamic State is so 2016. Now, if you’re really fucked up and hate the world, you just shoot up a concert in Vegas, a church full of Christians in Texas or diners in a Waffle House in Tennessee or you rent a van in Toronto and see how many people you can mow down on a footpath.

    If you dismantle a society’s foundations by smashing the family and demonising Christianity, as the past 50 years have done in the West, don’t be surprised when an epidemic of psychopathy suddenly appears.

  186. Eyrie

    Monty, why would a car insurance company want to minimise payouts? The larger the payouts, the higher the premiums, the more money is made from the premiums being invested and the business turnover is larger so the managers can be paid more for the extra responsibility.

  187. Baldrick

    TheirABC finds a truly Melbourne way of remembering the real heroes on Anzac Day –

    ABC Melbourne ✔ @abcmelbourne
    Is your cafe’s public holiday surcharge actually going to the staff?

  188. Leigh Lowe

    LL

    I got it wrong (?!)

    It was 17 April 1918 my great Uncle was killed.

    Well, I told a little white lie.
    I always try to disguise my footprint a bit here in case anyone tries to join dots but I thought later that there were so many deaths in that couple of weeks it would be impossible unless I gave a very precise location.
    My great uncle actually died on the 18th April.

  189. Entropy

    Tom, some very family oriented people can have kids like that. Events like this make them fear for their sons.

  190. Leigh Lowe

    Just returning from the dawn service and got a big shock in that their ABC has discovered the concept of spending priorities … “should we expand the War Memorial or would that money be better spent on services for veterans?”
    The obvious answer is the latter and what they mean is more public servants.
    I await their next question … “should we spend money on the performing arts or the ABC?”

  191. Entropy

    Yes, wrong question. It should have been: “should we reduce the size of the budget for the ABC to fund more veterans services?”

  192. BrettW

    Answer to ABC Melbourne.

    The cafe is more than likely closed as can’t afford to pay the penalty rates and any surcharge is not likely to cover the extra labour costs.

  193. Rae

    Congratulate me. I have just survived the traffic jam from hell. It was so horrible I had to laugh. To avoid the crush (after 2 1/2 hours to go 3 km), our driver took us around unspeakable back streets.

    Congratulations. We had the same experience in Alexandria. The all day traffic jams there are quite an experience.

  194. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Congratulate me. I have just survived the traffic jam from hell. It was so horrible I had to laugh. To avoid the crush (after 2 1/2 hours to go 3 km), our driver took us around unspeakable back streets.

    sounds just like bondi

  195. Leigh Lowe

    It was The Last Post Ceremony which is conducted daily.

    Ah, yes.
    We saw one earlier this year.
    Was your family one of those who laid a wreath.

  196. stackja

    Labor hoped to keep Ron Medich’s donation but Luke Foley said ‘no’ to taking the dirty money

    Anna Caldwell, State Political Editor, The Daily Telegraph
    April 25, 2018 12:32am
    Subscriber only
    IT took New South Wales Labor approximately 24 hours yesterday to realise how deadly it was to welch on a promise.

    It took almost a full day for Labor Leader Luke Foley to realise the party can’t afford to trifle with public trust.

    Without doubt, that’s too long on both counts.

    Reverse ferret. Verb. A sudden change in the party line. The past 24 hours in New South Wales Labor was a masterclass in the art.

    Labor’s fumbling over what to do with more than $250,000 in donations from convicted murderer Ron Medich is not only one of the great multiple reverse ferrets of 2018, but a spectacular lesson in why voters don’t trust politicians.
    And that’s a lesson New South Wales Labor can’t afford to learn the hard way.

    Again.

    This is a party trying to shake off the ghosts of Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald. Every misstep on trust will matter.

    Labor, as it was trying gallantly to protect its decaying brand back in 2010 was happy to take the moral high ground and pledge that donations by Ron Medich — then a property developer and only a possible crook — would be paid to charity if he was found guilty.

    Former general secretary Sam Dastyari took the first bite of the cherry, making the pledge on the front page of this very ­newspaper.

    “Without wanting to prejudice the case, should Ron Medich be found guilty every dollar donated to the Labor Party from the company ­directly associated with Ron Medich will be given to charity,” he said.

    And thank goodness it was on the public record. Because on Monday, when I checked with Labor about whether they would honour their pledge after Medich was convicted, the reverse ferret was swift.

    Next, on November 10, 2010, then speaker John Aquilina and then premier Kristina Keneally were happy to put that pledge on the ­record in Parliament.

    In fact, Aquilina went further, saying the money would be “frozen”, and the money would be donated to charity if Medich was convicted.

    “That is now a matter of public record,” he declared to the parliament at the time.

    And thank goodness it was on the public record. Because on Monday, when I checked with Labor about whether they would honour their pledge after Medich was convicted, the reverse ferret was swift.

    “This comment is related to a statement made from a general secretary almost a decade ago,” I was told in an emailed statement.

    “Considering there has been a complete overhaul of donation laws since that time, we do not ­intend refunding money that was spent many years ago. We note that Mr Medich had also made donations to the Liberal Party of NSW.”

    Wait. What?

    Surely Labor Leader Foley, who has staked his leadership on breaking with Labor’s dirty past would have a different view.

    At 11.15am yesterday, I asked his office if he believed the money should be paid back to charity.

    Foley was, after all, the deputy general secretary under Dastyari in 2010. He was elected to Parliament by the time Dastyari made his doomed pledge to give Medich donations to charity, but he was around when questions were being asked about Medich’s closeness to the party.

    By 11.23am, I had a statement back from Foley’s minders saying it was a matter for head office.

    There is nothing illegal about keeping the Medich donations. But, this money was odious and the party was breaking a very vocal promise when it said it intended to keep it. Foley was right to intervene and the money should go back to charity.

    Translation — Foley was not going to get skin in the game.

    But pressure continued to mount on the party throughout the day, ­including Liberal Minister Anthony Roberts calling on Foley to donate the cash to war widows.

    By 3.35pm, Foley had changed his tune, taking to afternoon radio to concede he would donate the money to charity.

    He rejected suggestions it had taken him too long to get to that point, but clearly it had because Labor endured almost a full day under ­attack over the core issue of trust.

    Foley has, over the course of his leadership, made much of distancing his new shadow cabinet and indeed his own world view from the ills of Labor past.

    Just two weeks ago when this paper revealed Labor’s deputy leader Michael Daley had accepted historic donations from a property developer when they were banned, Labor was happy to do the right thing and pledged instantly to repay the money.

    He says Labor is a “different beast” to what it was in the years of 2007-11 and takes pride in reminding people that his frontbench is comprised mostly of people who entered Parliament after that dark period.

    When it comes to this desire to distance Labor from its past, Foley is right to realise that he’s going to have to walk the walk as well as all the talking the talk.

    There is nothing illegal about keeping the Medich donations. But, this money was odious and the party was breaking a very vocal promise when it said it intended to keep it.

    Foley was right to intervene and the money should go back to charity.

    But had The Daily Telegraph not inquired about the donations in the first instance it seems highly unlikely that would be happening.

    Donations, of course, are a tricky business for both sides.

    Just two weeks ago when this paper revealed Labor’s deputy leader Michael Daley had accepted historic donations from a property developer when they were banned, Labor was happy to do the right thing and pledged instantly to repay the money.

    It was only $13,000. A long way from the cash at stake in the Medich case.

    Quite simply, this week, Labor wanted to keep the money. And in the first instance, they calculated that the bad press they’d get on the reverse ferret was worth the $260k they get to keep in their coffers on an election year. That was always bad maths.

    Labor is putting the hard yards in to really take the fight to the Berejiklian government in the next election.

    It’s going to be grunt work and does not need slip-ups like those this week.

  197. C.L.

    Oh, for the love of God, grow up:

    Monash deserves highest rank
    TIM FISCHER
    Our greatest soldier, John Monash, should be posthumously promoted to the rank of field marshal.

  198. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    For the first time in its history, the ABS has been able to break down population estimates by both net overseas and internal ­migration and natural increases, revealing a portrait of a nation where the pressures of migrant ­intakes have been linked to residents leaving.

    Although the figures are correlated, the data does not reveal precisely why there appears to be a connection.

    it’s a mystery, must be racism

  199. stackja

    Shorten plays more than mere union man – National – theage.com.au
    https://www.theage.com.au
    May 4, 2006 – This week, Australian Workers Union national secretary Bill Shorten has been the public face of the Beaconsfield mine disaster.

  200. Baldrick

    Monash deserves highest rank
    TIM FISCHER
    Our greatest soldier, John Monash, should be posthumously promoted to the rank of field marshal.

    Once Leftards get a hold of rewriting history, to suit their own agenda, the door will be wide open to invest Gough Whitlam and John Setka with a knighthoods.

  201. C.L.

    The idea that Monash was a greater soldier than Keith Payne – indeed, the “greatest soldier” EVER – is complete and utter garbage. ANZAC Day never fails to bring out the infantile streak in this country.

  202. Rae

    Poor Tom. Cartoonists have gone off meme today, so he won’t post any. And an Armenian truck driver is not a Muslim assassin. Sad.

  203. Geriatric Mayfly

    C.L.
    She can’t figure out the answer:
    Mother desperate for answers after her 10-month-old son had his leg broken at daycare.

    In the click-bait section at the bottom of that link is a collection of photographs capturing the last of the Romanovs. Some of them are rare glimpses of the dynasty’s glory days and its regicidal end.

  204. Chris

    Thanks for the tip CL. I went and commented.

    Tim Fischer wants to re-write history to make modern Australia look better – or something. What does this achieve Mr Fischer?

    I suggest the biggest effect is that Tim Fischer gets to portray himself as speaking up for one of Australia’s greatest men and wrap himself in the positive public opinion of Monash and our soldiers of the first world war.

    Tim, your legacy is that you betrayed a million ordinary decent Australians to a baying media lynch mob in 1996.

    Pull your head in.

  205. OneWorldGovernment

    Leigh Lowe
    #2694847, posted on April 25, 2018 at 7:56 am

    It was The Last Post Ceremony which is conducted daily.

    Ah, yes.
    We saw one earlier this year.
    Was your family one of those who laid a wreath.

    Yes LL.

    It was organized to coincide with his date of death.

  206. feelthebern

    ANZAC day used to be a day of quiet reflection.
    It’s recently turned into something different altogether.
    I shudder to think what it will be like in another 10 years.

  207. Boambee John

    Helen at 2240

    Some of the Gurka commanders probably would have done well with the Aussies, beause they combined knowledge of their men and discipline and used that to get the best from them,

    HV Cox, who commanded the 29th Indian Brigade at Gallipoli, later commanded the 4th Australian Division with success.

  208. egg_

    Greetings from the Alexandria Hilton, Cats.

    Congratulate me. I have just survived the traffic jam from hell. It was so horrible I had to laugh. To avoid the crush (after 2 1/2 hours to go 3 km), our driver took us around unspeakable back streets.

    Sounds like a bad day in Sydney’s Alexandria.

    Speaking of commuting to work… and commencing work.

    Is it now office etiquette for office princesses to spend an hour of work time making a sumptuous 3-course breakfast* accompanied by the ‘barista’ (slop) they’ve bought from the obligatory cafe just outside the premises (when most decent offices seem to have a machine with fresh beans ready to go for a ‘free’ plebeian fresh coffee) and spending an hour reading emails and slurping breakfast cereal?

    *Sometimes incorporating a K-Fart ‘nutribullet’ blender for fruit/grains.

    /Arky

  209. feelthebern

    If Cats want to see the biggest freak show of the the year, keep an eye on the West Virginia republican senate primary.
    The incumbent democrat is a crook.
    The three republicans battling in their primary to go up against him are all freaks/crooks.
    You can see why they created the state after the civil war.
    They did it to give all the freaks a state to call their own.
    Unfortunately it looks like a lot of them migrated to Florida.

  210. Alfie Evans update: It looks as if the hospital, having taken Alfie off life support, is no denying him food. Let’s not mince words, they are killing him.

  211. egg_

    Monash deserves highest rank
    TIM FISCHER
    Our greatest soldier, John Monash, should be posthumously promoted to the rank of field marshal.

    Tim Fizzer suffering from relevance deprivation syndrome?

  212. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Monash deserves highest rank
    TIM FISCHER
    Our greatest soldier, John Monash, should be posthumously promoted to the rank of field marshal.

    Malcolm Turnbull has already refused that promotion.

  213. OneWorldGovernment

    egg_
    #2694869, posted on April 25, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Monash deserves highest rank
    TIM FISCHER
    Our greatest soldier, John Monash, should be posthumously promoted to the rank of field marshal.

    Tim Fizzer suffering from relevance deprivation syndrome?

    Maybe he could focus on giving some posthumous VC’s to proven heroes.

    Top Ender has nominated that Tasmanian bloke on the Sydney.

    There were others from Vietnam.

    Maybe Campbell could look into it!

  214. egg_

    Ita Buttrose has been boned…

    Scary start to a sentence.

    Given the context, not as scary as “Ita Buttrose has been deboned…”

    Au contraire, she seems to have a good brain, as opposed to the amoebae she’s surrounded with.

  215. stackja

    dover_beach
    #2694868, posted on April 25, 2018 at 8:36 am
    Alfie Evans update: It looks as if the hospital, having taken Alfie off life support, is no denying him food. Let’s not mince words, they are killing him.

    Meanwhile another baby gets Royal treatment.

  216. I am no expert Entropy, but I don’t think that is how the insurance industry works. Their sums work better when their customers are not dying.

  217. H B Bear

    Tim Fizzer suffering from relevance deprivation syndrome?

    Much like his time in Parliament, Fischer is an old crank whose time would be better employed sitting in a park shouting at pigeons.

  218. Nick

    I wonder how many women’s names are on the town’s war memorial ?

    SILO art is all the rage thanks to the trail blazers at Brim in the Wimmera who were the first to adorn the defunct concrete storages with crowd pulling images.

    Now the Devenish community in North East Victoria have joined the club with a stunning image of a World War 1 nurse and modern female military medic on the GrainCorp silos in the town.

    The work by Melbourne street artist Cam Scale was revealed yesterday just in time for Anzac Day.

    Kevin Mitchell from Devenish said the community was keen to paint something on their silos that paid tribute to the Anzac spirit.

    Cam said he was delighted with being chosen for the project, saying it was a celebration of the changing role of women in the military and society in general.

  219. OneWorldGovernment

    M0nty

    The blue wave is coming.

    Among endless articles about how Republicans are losing votes from different factions, rarely are there any articles about Democrats losing votes from some of their groups. My guess is that reporters could find quite a few former Democrats who actually like smaller government and capitalism. Since journalists almost uniformly support Democrats’ liberal policies, they can’t understand anyone being against them.

    Democrats should run on their real stances: high taxes, massive regulations, no freedom of choice on health care, abortion on demand, coddling of illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, opposition to voter ID laws, transport of manufacturing jobs overseas, bankrupting of coal companies, blocking of pipelines, and blocking of drilling. They should brag about how strong Democrats have made Washington, D.C. and how many people they have made dependent on government.

    They should also brag about giving Russia 20% of America’s uranium and not helping Ukraine, as well as building up Iran and coddling Russia so they could help Assad. Red lines are meaningless to Democrats.

    Yet Democrats will pretend they are moderates to win seats.

    We have been hearing for years how Republicans will need to move left to win, but in the last eight years, they have won over 1,000 seats nationwide while moving generally to more conservative policies.

    I look forward to many new Republicans taking over from retiring Republicans. I have always been for turnover and new blood, so change is good. The swamp needs to be drained. The party will not be hurt when congressional leaders such as Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and others retire. Democrats would be helped if some of their dinosaurs retired instead.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/04/a_slew_of_absurd_press_stories_about_voters_walking_away_from_president_trump.html

  220. Baldrick

    No Catallaxy banner change for Anzac Day?

  221. Entropy

    Eh, Monty? I think you were responding to Eyrie?

  222. Nick

    No Catallaxy banner change for Anzac Day?

    Perhaps it’s transitioning

  223. OneWorldGovernment

    Leigh Lowe

    This was the ceremony for my ‘grand uncle/great uncle’ on April 17.

    Sound is woeful.

    Some of my mob are in the crowd.

  224. Snoopy

    feelthebern
    #2694863, posted on April 25, 2018 at 8:29 am
    ANZAC day used to be a day of quiet reflection.
    It’s recently turned into something different altogether.
    I shudder to think what it will be like in another 10 years.

    Anzac Day 2028 will be led by “members of the LGBTIQ military community” to celebrate 10 years of same sex marriage.

  225. Delta A

    SILO art is all the rage

    Nick, there’s also an excellent example of silo art in Coonalpyn, SA. Beautiful, detailed murals of three children. We bought postcards of the five Victorian sites when we were in Horsham. A real draw card for these tiny communities.

  226. John Constantine

    Gridlock.

    Imagine electric robot cars and trucks that have to be programmed to be slaves to bicycles.

    The pace of all traffic drops to the pace of the slowest megalomaniac in Lycra, on pedals.

  227. egg_

    Gridlock.

    Imagine electric robot cars and trucks that have to be programmed to be slaves to bicycles.

    The pace of all traffic drops to the pace of the slowest megalomaniac in Lycra, on pedals.

    That would be Barking Betty Farrelly, grinding Sydney’s CBD to a halt.

  228. Nick

    Nick, there’s also an excellent example of silo art in Coonalpyn, SA. Beautiful, detailed murals of three children. We bought postcards of the five Victorian sites when we were in Horsham. A real draw card for these tiny communities.

    Thanks Delta, nice to know. The art is fine, though to push popular agendas, as seems to be the case at Devenish, is out of whack with reality.

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