Monday Forum: April 23, 2018

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  1. cohenite

    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.

    Muslim lover. Islam owns this and every terrorist attack involving a car.

  2. Delta A

    to push popular agendas, as seems to be the case at Devenish, is out of whack with reality.

    I agree. That’s just PC poppycock.

  3. Tel

    … transport of manufacturing jobs overseas, bankrupting of coal companies, blocking of pipelines, and blocking of drilling …

    Those were bipartisan policies, at least until Trump came along, and Trump is kind of in a party just by himself.

  4. Arky

    I want to see a painting on a silo of a nice pastoral scene of a silo.

  5. John Constantine

    http://denmark.dk/en/green-living/bicycle-culture/cycle-super-highway

    The bicycling push will explode once robot vehicles are programmed to back up and form a traffic jam behind a cyclist raising awareness of cycling by riding in the middle of the road, with his right arm held out to remove any overtaking opportunity.

    The emotional rush of one cyclist holding back a convoy of hundreds of robot vehicles will be worth bottling.

    Once the streets are gridlocked, only bikes will be able to weave through the stoppages, the entire city becomes a bikepath.

    Activists win eternal victory.

  6. Arky

    Australia.
    Home of giant fibreglass fruits, and gaudily painted grain silos.

  7. classical_hero

    The Gospel according to the Cat.

    And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into IT’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth IT afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
    Luke 16:22‭-‬23 NIV Not Inspired Version

  8. C.L.

    Wally Smith – absolute legend.
    Sydney’s cenotaph attendant retires after 78 years guarding memorial.
    His gift from the Governor of NSW? A crappy book. How about a serious medal – like the ones tossed at ADF bureaucrats at the drop of a slouch hat?
    This country.
    Video at link.

  9. egg_

    I want to see a painting on a silo of a nice pastoral scene of a silo.

    The Big @rsehole?
    A huge mural of a shearer bent over shearing a sheep?

  10. Arky

    No Egg.
    I want them to paint a picture of a silo, on the silo.

  11. John Constantine

    One town considering silo art has already been burnt by the arts community.

    The last arts grant project resulted in the Islamic State one fisted, one fingered victory salute covering an entire brick wall, right over the road from the town’s War Memorial.

    That will raise awareness of racism.

    Comrades.

  12. egg_

    The emotional rush of one cyclist holding back a convoy of hundreds of robot vehicles will be worth bottling.

    In NSW they’re getting better at managing the inevitable carnage on major motorways after decades, often just closing down only the relevant lane with specialised attendant vehicles.

    The CBD needs a similar ‘carnage lane’ where we sweep the cyclists’ remains/vehicle wreckage, take evidence photos &c. and then dispose of the remains &c.
    Next.

  13. Tel

    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.

    It will kill more than one baby, because from here on in parents will be afraid to take their kids into hospital, expecting an official kidnapping. The UK is slowly but surely going backwards to some sort of Middle Ages land of superstition, local nobility and frightened peasants. One presumes they like it that way, I guess I shouldn’t judge.

    Speaking for myself as a lifelong technologist, I think there’s a very large number of people worried about what technology can do, so they genuinely prefer the idea of a simpler more romantic age. They like the idea of a wizard with a stick and a long beard shouting at them about how they have angered the spirit world and now must pay a price.

  14. C.L.

    A man after my own heart:

    Battle for ‘Blood and Guts’: Son’s fight to raise the Red Duster in honour of POW dad.

    I made this point here a few months ago …

    To some Australians, questioning the national flag around Anzac Day borders on sacrilegious, but a far north Queensland man believes the wrong flag is flying during our annual commemorations.

    Seventy-year-old John Randall is the son of a World War II digger, Private Jack Randall, who was a prisoner-of-war for almost four years at the notorious Changi prison camp.

    Mr Randall said his father was proud to serve under the Red Ensign, and was furious when then-Prime Minister Robert Menzies decreed in 1954 that the official national flag would be the blue version we fly today.

    “He said, ‘he’s got no right to change this flag! We fought under this flag!'” Mr Randall recalled his father saying.

  15. C.L.

    It will kill more than one baby, because from here on in parents will be afraid to take their kids into hospital, expecting an official kidnapping.

    Excellent point.

  16. BrettW

    Silo art is a great idea. I have seen a mock up of one featuring Lighthorse charging which used the artwork shown in OWG’s avatar. Was in a local paper from Mildura.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Big @rsehole?

    Already taken by the celestial spheres:

    Uranus smells like rotten eggs.

    That’s the conclusion of a group of scientists who recently released a study of the planet’s atmosphere, although they used bigger words to describe the “gaseous” smell.

    The study was published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy and it established the chemical composition of Uranus’ upper cloud deck is “deep bulk sulfur/nitrogen.”

    In other words, “Uranus smells like farts,” as multiple media outlets put it this week.

    (Drudge headline today. 😀 )

  18. Shelley

    One town considering silo art has already been burnt by the arts community.

    Where’s that John Constantine?

  19. John Constantine

    The gay marriage silo art is booked in for Daylesford.

  20. egg_ #2694914, posted on April 25, 2018 at 9:55 am

    excellent idea

  21. Nick

    The silo on the banks of the Yarra near Richmond, has had its idea taken:

    https://mashable.com/2018/04/16/penis-mural-stockholm-sweden/#gKshCuQy6iqb

  22. Roger.

    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.

    +1

    The Narxist dystopia is upon us.

  23. egg_

    excellent idea

    Chiefly @rse covering by Authorities in the past now being overruled by pragmatism – the equivalent of bundles of flowers to dead’uns past on twisty bits of country roads.

    ‘Cow catchers’ for robot SUVs*?

    *No coincidence that ‘urban assault vehicles’ seem to be the vehicle of choice for ‘robots’?

  24. egg_

    excellent idea

    The cyclist/carnage lane.

  25. Geriatric Mayfly

    Review of a book in the Speccie which may interest those recently involved in an extended discussion on this blog. Seven Types of Atheism by Allen Lane. Quote: ‘The book’s target is not theology or anti-theology, but teleology.” Fancy that!

  26. Roger.

    Seven Types of Atheism by Allen Lane

    John Gray, GM.. Allen Lane is the publisher’s imprint.

  27. Geriatric Mayfly

    New spectacles coming up Roger. Thanks.

  28. thefrolickingmole

    I want them to paint a picture of a silo, on the silo.

    Will the picture of the silo on the silo be of a silo with a silo pained on it?

  29. Roger.

    Allen Lane started Penguin books when he couldn’t find anything decent to read at a railway station. The Anglophone world owes him a great debt.

  30. Arky

    Will the picture of the silo on the silo be of a silo with a silo painted on it?

    ..
    Yes.

  31. Geriatric Mayfly

    On rare trips through the shunting yards in west Melbourne, one’s aesthetic awareness is elevated to new heights by four huge salamis painted onto nearby silos. Is Don. Is Good.

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    Wussians news.

    Ex-Obama Lawyer Who Worked With Manafort On Ukraine Project Abruptly Leaves Law Firm

    Greg Craig, the White House counsel for President Barack Obama, abruptly left his law firm as it has come under scrutiny from the special counsel’s investigation.

    A spokeswoman for Skadden Arps confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation that Craig is no longer with the firm. She did not address whether his departure is related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

    The website Above the Law first reported on Tuesday that Craig’s biography had been removed from Skadden Arps’ website.

    Skadden Arps has come under scrutiny because of its work with Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, on behalf of the Ukrainian government in 2012. A team led by Craig helped produce a report that sought to justify the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko, a political rival of Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian president at the time and an ally of Vladimir Putin’s.

    I mentioned the other day that I had learned that Manafort worked with Tony Podesta on the Ukraine lobbying job. Tony Podesta’s lobbying is through Podesta Group. Which is a lobbying company in partnership with brother John Podesta of the leaked emails, who was Clinton Campaign manager.

    So now we learn that Obama’s WH counsel appears linked to the same Ukraine lobbying for the Yanukovych pro-Russia government of Manafort and Podesta, around the time of Hillary’s “reset button”.

    I’ve surmised in the past that Manafort was actually working with Ukraine under orders from the Obama Administration, but is unable to say so due to secrecy agreements. I think now that hypothesis has just become a whole lot more likely.

    All roads still are pointing in the direction of Barack Hussein Obama.

  33. I want to see a painting on a silo of a nice pastoral scene of a silo.

    Siloception! I like it. Just as long as it’s not one of those silos next to a major highway, because art that fascinating could cause accidents.

  34. Tel

    Paint the silo like a beer stein and then stick a giant handle on one side.

  35. Arky

    Andreas
    #2694936, posted on April 25, 2018 at 10:28 am
    I think this would make good silo art.

    ..
    Just to labour the point.
    Your modern artists are filling gallaries with blank canvases and random piles of everyday crap, and simultaneously, in the real world spray painting artwork on every availiable blank surface.
    Hey dickheads. There is a tonne of gallary space ready to fill with your wonderful “art”.

  36. thefrolickingmole

    How would you paint these silos?

    “The Dollies”

  37. RobK

    Andreas,
    I think this would make good silo art.
    Isn’t that the airconditioner register?

  38. Infidel Tiger

    I’d like to see a really busty farmer’s daughter spilling out of her overalls on a silo.

    I’d drive a few miles to see that and probably even stop at the co-op to spend some money on supplies.

  39. Tel

    On rare trips through the shunting yards in west Melbourne, one’s aesthetic awareness is elevated to new heights by four huge salamis painted onto nearby silos. Is Don. Is Good.

    Dressing up cheap grain products to look like real meat recently became illegal in France.

    They have their eye on the ball those Frenchies, get those vegans into line and the rest of the left will follow.

    http://www.veganfoodandliving.com/france-to-ban-use-of-meat-terms-to-describe-plant-based-products/

  40. Murals of various PMs buggering kangaroos and emus?

  41. The UK is slowly but surely going backwards to some sort of Middle Ages land of superstition, local nobility and frightened peasants.

    Why do moderns always reflexively imagine that what is happening to Alfie and his parents is a retreat into the middle ages as opposed to a modern phenomenon? That is, of endowing the state, and its experts, with the authority previously enjoyed by parents. None of this would have ever occurred in 8th C Saxon England or 13th C France. Frankly, it would have been unimaginable to either a noble, yeoman, or serf.

  42. Entropy

    I’m with IT. Make the boys want to come to town.

  43. egg_

    The emotional rush of one cyclist holding back a convoy of hundreds of robot vehicles will be worth bottling.

    The rural equivalent is the near-sighted septuagenarian farmer pulling out onto the rural highway at 40 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in his 30 y.o. tray back Hilux* only to drive 100m down the road for his next series of fence mending, sending the robot vehicle to haul on the brakes via its long range radar causing m0nster to choke on his Krispy Kreme.

    *Who hasn’t had the pleasure of that experience?

  44. OneWorldGovernment

    BrettW
    #2694918, posted on April 25, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Silo art is a great idea. I have seen a mock up of one featuring Lighthorse charging which used the artwork shown in OWG’s avatar. Was in a local paper from Mildura.

    BrettW

    The bloke that created the avatar I use is Ian Coate.

    I asked his permission and told him I would only use it on Catallaxyfiles.com

    He graciously granted that permission and if he were to ever regret that permission I would relinquish my useage.

    He has some fantastic military art.

    He lives in Perth.

    Ian Coate is a military artist and freelance illustrator. He joined the Royal Australian Survey Corps in the late 80’s and was trained as an illustrator-reprographic and military-photographer. In the mid 1990’s, Ian left the army to pursue a career as an artist/illustrator. Since then, Ian has produced an endless volume and variety of illustrations for magazines and books. In his capacity as a visual historian, his artworks are on display at museums around Australia, while his military prints are exhibited by collectors worldwide.

    Ian lives in Perth, Western Australia. He is currently the SAS Historical Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence and an Ambassador for the Army Art organisation.

    Ian is a seventh generation Aussie whose relatives moved from the east coast of Australia to settle and farm in the south-west of WA.

    Direct members of his family have served Australia in the Boer War, WW1, WW2, Vietnam, Timor and Afghanistan.

    Ian has a great love for Australia: its visual beauty, history and heritage, but most of all its oddities.

    http://www.iancoate.com/index.html

    http://www.iancoate.com/military%20art%203.html

  45. egg_

    I want them to paint a picture of a silo dildo, on the silo.

    SA version.

  46. I’d like to see a really busty farmer’s daughter spilling out of her overalls on a silo.

    I’d drive a few miles to see that and probably even stop at the co-op to spend some money on supplies.

    Rural shops don’t always have tissues, best to pack your own.

  47. I want them to paint a picture of a dildo, on the silo.

    How exciting.

    Does it vibrate?

  48. Delta A

    I want them to paint a picture of a silo dildo, on the silo.

    SA version.

    This is the Coonalpyn, SA, silo.

    ttps://www.google.com.au/search?q=silo+art+coonalpyn&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=yzkaEpwSZ0srcM%253A%252C177cqPOJ3uUneM%252C_&usg=__5zGLKZBgqgACTenMie

  49. Delta A

    Well, that was a flop.

  50. Nick

    A farmers’ daughter eh? You guys are really behind the times. The modern interpretation is a woman wrongfully placed in a position of domestic subservience by her father, who also robs her of her rightful inheritance by simply living. The art should imply that the farm maiden is able to make decisions about her gender fluidity and choice of life partners, whether it be female or farm animals. After all, it’s her choice.

  51. Top Ender

    If Monash is so good, then how about something for heroes of the Navy who never got a look in.

    Not one VC.

    Ever.

    Like Robert Rankin, for example, who commanded the sole warship in command of a convoy.

    He was a surveyor, believe it or not. In charge of HMAS Yarra against overwhelming Japanese odds.

    Not only did he not get a VC, he got nothing at all. Not even a Mention in Despatches.

    Someone didn’t get around to doing the paperwork.

    Or something like that.

  52. OneWorldGovernment

    Top Ender
    #2694958, posted on April 25, 2018 at 11:10 am

    If Monash is so good, then how about something for heroes of the Navy who never got a look in.

    Not one VC.

    Ever.

    Totally agree.

  53. feelthebern

    The reason Rankin hasn’t been recognised is that Bandana man hasn’t written one of his crappy books about him.
    Post that, all the parties responsible will jump to & make it happen.

  54. Leigh Lowe

    OWG at 8:27.

    Yes LL.

    It was organized to coincide with his date of death.

    A special thing.
    I didn’t know about that until we visited.
    I understand there is a 24 month waiting list.

  55. RobK

    Someone didn’t get around to doing the paperwork.

    Or something like that.

    Im certain there are many lime that. It is those who have my thoughts today.

  56. Robert Rankin, for example

    Ah, that takes me back. Used to love reading his books. (Yes I know it’s a different one.)

  57. feelthebern

    I try to avoid any tv news today.
    Too many politicians looking for a solemn photo op.
    Maybe they should spend an equal amount of time trying to stop the chaps who come back who are topping themselves at a rate of knots.

  58. feelthebern

    That last sentence was garbled.
    But you know what I mean.

  59. Infidel Tiger

    I see the determination by our elites to turn Anzac Day into a womynz lib day has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

    The cultural thermomix is operating on turbo mode.

    I expect Melbourne Cup Day will be banned soon and then we will have nothing.

  60. Nick

    I expect Melbourne Cup Day will be banned soon and then we will have nothing.

    Unless all horses are geldings and the fillies get to whip their male jockeys, then perhaps it might pass.

  61. Infidel Tiger

    I can’t believe he did this.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/384592-trump-wipes-dandruff-off-macrons-shoulder

    I wouldn’t worry. Macron is used to having sleazy old people groom him.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    Top Ender
    #2694958, posted on April 25, 2018 at 11:10 am

    If Monash is so good, then how about something for heroes of the Navy who never got a look in.

    Not one VC.

    Ever.

    You would think Teddy Sheean would qualify.

  63. Geriatric Mayfly

    The art should imply that the farm maiden is able to make decisions about her gender fluidity and choice of life partners, whether it be female or farm animals. After all, it’s her choice.

    But what if the Catholic/Protestant divide intervenes?

  64. OneWorldGovernment

    JC
    #2694971, posted on April 25, 2018 at 11:22 am

    I can’t believe he did this.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/384592-trump-wipes-dandruff-off-macrons-shoulder

    JC

    Trump is destroying the EU.

    Merkle comes in on Friday and the German press are winging that she has no status in comparison.

    Trump is God.

  65. Tel

    Why do moderns always reflexively imagine that what is happening to Alfie and his parents is a retreat into the middle ages as opposed to a modern phenomenon?

    To be a “modern” implies personal spiritual acceptance that humans have achieved godlike powers (which will only get more powerful from here) and thus we are individually and collectively responsible for the exercise of those powers. It is thus our destiny to step forward and become the gods we once cowered in fear of. Once people see where this is going, they often get nervous about the implication and look for ways to put that genie back in the bottle. It is my thesis that a lot of the corruption of science and rise of mysticism is intended for the purpose of stopping technological progress because many people don’t feel worthy of carrying the responsibility.

    That’s the short answer, but to elaborate on that in the context of poor Alfie, let us suppose somehow the parents snatch back their kiddie, run to Italy and try this experimental medical technology, and further suppose that it works brilliantly. A miracle! The boy is saved and can grow up a healthy man. This, my friend, is technological eugenics, pure and simple. If this experimental medical technology works once, then it will work again, someday it won’t be experimental it will be as normal as taking a vitamin pill. Entire generations of people who would “naturally” die due to degenerative diseases will now depend on technology to stay alive. A new generation of humans is born.

    But it gets worse. Let’s change the story a bit and say the medical treatment is working for a while but then the UK authorities catch up with the boy, kidnap him again, and block any further treatment and he dies. It would have worked, but it was prevented. This is also eugenics, now at the hand of government deciding who can have treatment and who cannot (a death panel by any other name).

    So what I’m getting at is that once the godlike power exists, to use the power is to change destiny, but to not use the power when you could do is also a decision and thus also to change destiny. The mantle of the gods cannot be put down again, it sticks to you. That’s both the blessing and the curse of technology.

    That is, of endowing the state, and its experts, with the authority previously enjoyed by parents.

    Right, now there’s a separate question: who can be trusted with great power in their own hands? Clearly there’s never a shortage of people willing to say, “Oh is that too difficult for you? Here, let me take that!” Such people are usually not the best custodians, as I think most of us would recognize. Given the persistent trust problems turning up in our institutions, we end up with two main options: everyone gets their chance to play god (the free-for-all liberty option), or we destroy it and no one gets that (the romantic backwards step).

    None of this would have ever occurred in 8th C Saxon England or 13th C France. Frankly, it would have been unimaginable to either a noble, yeoman, or serf.

    That’s because the question of godlike powers had not come up yet. That’s why those ages seem attractive and that’s the romantic emotion that is drawing some of us back toward that direction.

  66. Bruce of Newcastle

    I can’t believe he did this.

    Why? Either he did it on purpose knowing that the lefty MSM would go nuts, which would mean he’s a genius, or he did it without thinking, which means his instincts are excellent.

  67. Leigh Lowe

    Can someone get on the Fischer article and suggest that Margaret Court be promoted to Field Marshall?

  68. Infidel Tiger

    He’s almost as touchy-feely as you at one of our lunches.

    Would you like to report a #MeToo incident?

    I’m listening.

  69. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    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.

    Yes. Someone to whom privacy online is personally important, so they have stated here, actually tried to chase up my first husband’s name from something I unguardedly said here. Fortunately there was a slight impediment to the checking. Tinta knows that I was speaking truthfully, and the nature of the impediment, for we have met and know lots about each other now. Anonymity has value online, although I am happy to meet people IRL in certain circumstances when I can trust their discretion, and assure them of mine in return re them.

    Had a wider-family dinner at a restaurant last night with that first husband. Although he’s not old, he seemed rather sad (he’s happily married) and worryingly thin when I gave him a hug and peck on the cheek goodnight and I hope he is OK. He’d been gently going on about veganism; he’s also very attracted to Buddhism. He ate a fish dish, so he’s not captured – yet. An enjoyable and civilized meal for all attendees in spite of some massive socio-political dissonance within the group. Swapping news of old acquaintance, not forgotten.

    Hairy saying last night that this Anzac Day is very significant because of Villiers Bretonneux, which we have visited ourselves about seven years ago. We are never organized enough for a Dawn Service though; he’s been sleeping in till now. So peaceful around here for a Wednesday, no sound today of the renovations which are happening all over this suburb.

    —————–

    Calli, I wish we’d managed to get to Alexandria. Your impressions exactly the sort I like to read about, especially good to imagine the road from Cairo and then the new Alexandrian Library. An Egyptian city traffic jam on the way in doesn’t bear thinking on – poor you. It’s Egypt, Calli, so don’t be worried about splashing the names of 5-star hotels around. We want to know you are cosseted and safe there.

  70. Roger.

    To be a “modern” implies personal spiritual acceptance that humans have achieved godlike powers (which will only get more powerful from here) and thus we are individually and collectively responsible for the exercise of those powers. It is thus our destiny to step forward and become the gods we once cowered in fear of.

    “…and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

  71. Nick

    But what if the Catholic/Protestant divide intervenes?

    They would only intervene if the mural were say, an Islamist rooting a crucifix, calling for calm and for us to be as inclusive as we can.

  72. BrettW

    OWG,
    I know Ian Coate well and have visited his home in Perth. Originally met him in 1999 when he was living in Brisbane. Very talented and a nicer guy could not hope to meet. He is ex Army as is his wife and has a son now serving. Well known for his military art. He has just released a children’s book about Drop Bears and created Mythic Australia. I think Muddy mentioned the book recently. Has been working on Mythic idea for 16 years.

  73. OneWorldGovernment

    Leigh Lowe
    #2694962, posted on April 25, 2018 at 11:13 am

    OWG at 8:27.

    Yes LL.

    It was organized to coincide with his date of death.

    A special thing.
    I didn’t know about that until we visited.
    I understand there is a 24 month waiting list.

    Leigh Lowe

    Yes it takes time.

    It was worth it for our family.

    If you want to do that thing for your great uncle and his mates that were shelled it might take some time.

    For a start you would need to liase with the other families and work with the AWM.

    AWM will help as much as they can.

    Cheers.

  74. Leigh Lowe

    Speaking of art and Anzac Day, we went to see the Streeton 1917/18 WW1 exhibition when in Canberra in January.
    Arthur was quite keen on painting the brass and sanitised landscapes from a safe distance.
    Apart from the odd ruined building you would struggle to recognise that the subject matter was the biggest carnage of the century

  75. thefrolickingmole

    Smell of desperation…

    Read this then Ill break it down into its parts so you can understand just how deranged the leftist media is getting.

    In 2012, a shell company linked to the Fox News host bought 11 homes in Georgia that had been purchased by the dealer, Jeff Brock, following foreclosures. Brock transferred the properties to corporate vehicles that sold them on to the Hannity-linked company at a profit.

    Ok so Brock brought some foreclosed properties (he was convicted of rigging auctions to increase his profits), and then sold them at a profit to Hannitys companies.

    Whats the logical leftist approach to this story??

    Sean Hannity’s real estate venture linked to fraudulent property dealer
    Shell company tied to the Fox News host bought homes through Jeff Brock, who was charged in 2016 with fraud and conspiracy for his role in a scheme to rig auctions on foreclosed properties

    Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity’s property empire
    Will Sean Hannity’s ties to Michael Cohen be his undoing?

    ….
    Some of the houses sold on to the Hannity-linked firm in 2012 had been acquired by Brock from banks later named by prosecutors among his victims. But the justice department declined to identify specific properties sold in the rigged auctions. Hannity has not been accused of any wrongdoing and there is no evidence he was aware that Brock was involved in fraud.

    Christopher Reeves, an attorney for Hannity, said the Fox News host was not involved in choosing the houses bought via Brock and “has no knowledge whether these properties were involved in the fraud”.

    Reeves said neither Hannity nor the company used to buy the properties “had any knowledge regarding Mr Brock’s wrongdoing” before being informed by the Guardian on Monday.

    Its amazing, an apparently reputable news outlet has published a piece basically about Hannity purchasing houses all above board, but used the fact a few of the houses were brought from a bloke who maximized his profits FROM HANNITY by rigging bidding.

    Its the ultimate in smear by association.

  76. Tel

    Macron is used to having sleazy old people groom him.

    Bazinga!

  77. Entropy

    So what I’m getting at is that once the godlike power exists, to use the power is to change destiny, but to not use the power when you could do is also a decision and thus also to change destiny. The mantle of the gods cannot be put down again, it sticks to you. That’s both the blessing and the curse of technology.

    Just went through this with my mother.

  78. Infidel Tiger

    Jesse Kelly®
    @JesseKellyDC

    Why do I need an AR-15? Because some day the government may tell me I’m not allowed to put my sick son on a plane and fly him to Italy for treatment. And believe me when I tell you I WILL be putting him on that plane. #AlfieEvans

    Damn straight.

  79. Would you like to report a #MeToo incident?

    I’m listening.

    Not yet, but let’s just say I keep a close eye on my beer glass.

  80. Top Ender

    People who died in combat and who should have received a VC in the RAN:

    Hec Waller
    Teddy Sheean
    Robert Rankin
    Francis Emms
    “Buck” Taylor

    But because the Mention in Despatches was the only other posthumous decoration they could have received that’s what they got. Except for Rankin, who got nothing.

    You’d think with all of the retrospective righting of wrongs these days they’d at least have received a Bravery Medal. But no.

    Then again, they were all white heterosexual males, so there’s your problem.

  81. zyconoclast

    The silo on the banks of the Yarra near Richmond, has had its idea taken:

    https://mashable.com/2018/04/16/penis-mural-stockholm-sweden/#gKshCuQy6iqb

    It is blue and gold so it must refer only to Swedish men.
    The immigrant/refugees can [email protected] on

  82. jupes

    I went to the Dawn Service at Kings Park this morning. Some points:

    * Hardly anyone wore a suit. Even the Russian wreath layer (at least I think he was because he wore a silly hat) wore jeans and a t-shirt.

    * There was no religion at all. No hymn. No prayer. Nothing. (No doubt kowtowing to Muslims, I will be demanding an explanation from the RSL)

    * The bagpipes were truly awful.

    * Kings Park at dawn is truly beautiful.

    * The haka / corroboree was held later so I left before the Aboriginal woman began the welcome to country.

    I’m currently watching the end of the parade. Report pending.

  83. nemkat

    A letter published in The Australian the week before last stated that Monash was only promoted from Lieutenant General to General the year before he died, because there was a push to promote Harry Chauvel to General in 1929, and Chauvel refused the promotion unless Monash received it too.

    Chauvel and Monash were the first Australians to achieve the rank of Lieutenant General, although Chauvel preceded Monash.
    Later, in 1937 there was a push to promote Chauvel, who was still alive, to Field Marshal, but that couldn’t go ahead because Monash had already died.
    The letter writer also said that he had not come across any support among former high ranking Army men for the new Monash promotion.

  84. Why are the protest signs on the Swedish penis mural written in English?

  85. zyconoclast

    Ex-Obama Lawyer Who Worked With Manafort On Ukraine Project Abruptly Leaves Law Firm

    Was he also young and naive?

  86. OneWorldGovernment

    BrettW
    #2694987, posted on April 25, 2018 at 11:34 am

    OWG,
    I know Ian Coate well and have visited his home in Perth. Originally met him in 1999 when he was living in Brisbane. Very talented and a nicer guy could not hope to meet. He is ex Army as is his wife and has a son now serving. Well known for his military art. He has just released a children’s book about Drop Bears and created Mythic Australia. I think Muddy mentioned the book recently. Has been working on Mythic idea for 16 years.

    Thank you BrettW

    My first request, his wife whom I much respect responded to my question.

    I explained to her why I wanted the picture as an avatar and where I would use it.

    I even said I will call myself OneWorldGovernment.

    I am grateful and to me it encapsulates Australian Fighting Forces.

    Perhaps some may want it tattooed!

  87. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The mantle of the gods cannot be put down again, it sticks to you. That’s both the blessing and the curse of technology.

    Very insightful, Tel. I find I agree with you so often. (I hope you don’t mind. 🙂 )

  88. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Why are the protest signs on the Swedish penis mural written in English?

    International language.

  89. Roger.

    You’d think with all of the retrospective righting of wrongs these days they’d at least have received a Bravery Medal. But no.

    They all had the satisfaction of doing their duty with courage, TE, for which they have our gratitude and admiration.

    I’m not sure retrospectivity in bestowing military honours is a good thing. Where does it end?

  90. Boambee John

    JC
    #2694944, posted on April 25, 2018 at 10:37 am
    Lol, He just laweryed up. And look who is rep’ing him.

    EXCLUSIVE: Comey Has Brought On Former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald As One Of His Lawyers

    He’s going to run out of money.

    Might have to follow Flynn down the plea bargain and roll over (h/t m0nty) path or face bankruptcy?

  91. egg_

    To be a “modern” implies personal spiritual acceptance that humans have achieved godlike powers (which will only get more powerful from here) and thus we are individually and collectively responsible for the exercise of those powers. It is thus our destiny to step forward and become the gods we once cowered in fear of.

    Climatard hubris.

  92. Bruce of Newcastle

    Let me get this straight.

    1. Mueller is given the job to investigate collusion between Trump and Russia.
    2. He finds no collusion.
    3. He investigates obstruction of justice instead.
    4. He finds no obstruction.
    5. Stormy Daniels becomes newsworthy because of a 12 year old affair with Trump.
    6. Mueller raids Trump’s lawyer’s house for information on Stormy.
    7. It comes out that Cohen has other clients, one of which is Hannity.
    8. Hannity’s confidential business details mysteriously are published in the MSM.

    Ok, how exactly do Hannity’s business dealings have anything to do with Russian collusion?

    In a just world Mueller should be in jail for sedition, conspiracy, libel and breach of contract. And Hannity should be able to sue his arse so far off that it reaches orbit.

  93. EvilElvis

    saying it was a celebration of the changing role of women in the military and society in general.

    The clothes have changed, some techniques have changed, technology has changed. Military nurses still deal with the results of bombs and bullets. How has the role changed? Idiots.

  94. Comey should send a thank you letter to Trump for making his book a smash hit best seller, he’d be rolling in the readies.

  95. OneWorldGovernment

    Top Ender
    #2694996, posted on April 25, 2018 at 11:41 am

    People who died in combat and who should have received a VC in the RAN:

    Hec Waller
    Teddy Sheean
    Robert Rankin
    Francis Emms
    “Buck” Taylor

    But because the Mention in Despatches was the only other posthumous decoration they could have received that’s what they got. Except for Rankin, who got nothing.

    You’d think with all of the retrospective righting of wrongs these days they’d at least have received a Bravery Medal. But no.

    Then again, they were all white heterosexual males, so there’s your problem.

    Absolutely and agree whole heartedly.

    Monash did his job far and above what others were doing.

    Pershing would not let American soldiers near him again.

    But our Australian sailors have never been recognised.

  96. jupes

    I’m not sure retrospectivity in bestowing military honours is a good thing. Where does it end?

    Where does it end? Mona Shindi VC and bar.

    I agree that it is disgraceful TE, however retrospective awards are not the answer.

  97. egg_

    So what I’m getting at is that once the godlike power exists, to use the power is to change destiny, but to not use the power when you could do is also a decision and thus also to change destiny. The mantle of the gods cannot be put down again, it sticks to you. That’s both the blessing and the curse of technology.

    Artificial life support is the ‘carnage lane’ on life’s highway.
    /Arky

  98. nemkat

    Its amazing, an apparently reputable news outlet has published a piece basically about Hannity purchasing houses all above board, but used the fact a few of the houses were brought from a bloke who maximized his profits FROM HANNITY by rigging bidding.

    Its the ultimate in smear by association.

    No it’s not.
    Did Hannity pay below market for the houses? It’s likely.
    Was Brock acting as a stooge for Hannity all along?
    Sounds possible.

  99. Roger.

    Climatard hubris.

    With a dash of teleology – “It is thus our destiny to step forward” – thrown in, even.

    Atheists can’t escape their shadow.

  100. nemkat

    Mueller’s job is to keep Hillary out of jail so she can run and lose again in 2020.

    Trump is known for holding grudges, he owes Comey one, and he must owe Hannity and Cohen one as well.

  101. Not Uh oh

    I see that the Canberra times, reporting on the Dawn Service speech by Susan Nehaus, has got the execution of 22 Australian nurses by Japanese troops on 16 February 1942 as occurring during World War 1.
    Close enough I suppose.

  102. Tel

    With a dash of teleology – “It is thus our destiny to step forward” – thrown in, even.

    Atheists can’t escape their shadow.

    Feel free to make your own destiny, teleology comes from individual purpose as far as I’m concerned. If god wants to tell me his great purpose he can do it in person or not at all.

  103. cohenite

    Let me get this straight.

    1. Mueller is given the job to investigate collusion between Trump and Russia.
    2. He finds no collusion.
    3. He investigates obstruction of justice instead.
    4. He finds no obstruction.
    5. Stormy Daniels becomes newsworthy because of a 12 year old affair with Trump.
    6. Mueller raids Trump’s lawyer’s house for information on Stormy.
    7. It comes out that Cohen has other clients, one of which is Hannity.
    8. Hannity’s confidential business details mysteriously are published in the MSM.

    Ok, how exactly do Hannity’s business dealings have anything to do with Russian collusion?

    In a just world Mueller should be in jail for sedition, conspiracy, libel and breach of contract. And Hannity should be able to sue his arse so far off that it reaches orbit.

    Nothing straight about it. Unfortunately Hannity cannot sue Mueller because special counsel have the same immunity that congress has.

  104. Roger.

    If god wants to tell me his great purpose he can do it in person or not at all.

    He already has, but you weren’t listening.

  105. Tel

    He already has, but you weren’t listening.

    Because god didn’t want me to listen.

  106. notafan

    Wow

    I have just found a book called
    English Country House Murders
    Classic crime Fiction of Britian’s Upper Crust

    edited by Thomas Codfrey

    including stories by Agatha Christie, …Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P G Wodehouse, …And Dorothy L Sayers

    Fancy that!

  107. egg_

    Is ‘Murphy’s Law’/tempting fate proof of an unknown force?
    Blair’s Law, Gore effect, et al.

  108. H B Bear

    ALPBC radio news leading off with the haunting notes of the Last Post some noble savage on a didgeridoo. They really do hate Western civilization at the staff co-op don’t they?

    The Long March must be getting close to finishing with ANZAC Day. Where to next?

  109. egg_

    ALPBC radio news leading off with the haunting notes of the Last Post some noble savage on a didgeridoo.

    No the ‘pink oboe’?

  110. Confused Old Misfit

    Because god didn’t want me to listen.

    You only think that because you didn’t properly listen the first time. But it is likely you have forgotten that.
    At any rate it really does not matter. You have chosen the form of your own destroyer whether you know it or not. Whether you choose to expire gracefully or otherwise may, or may not, be an option still open to you.

  111. C.L.

    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.

    Psychopathy did a pretty good job of smashing families and Christianity 100 years ago too.

  112. cohenite

    The great Judith Curry and Nic Lewis have co-authored a new paper showing the IPCC’s estimates of climate sensitivity, the temperature response to increased CO2, are too high and alarmist.

    Abstract

    Energy budget estimates of equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) and transient climate response (TCR) are derived based on the best estimates and uncertainty ranges for forcing provided in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Scientific Report (AR5). Recent revisions to greenhouse gas forcing and post-1990 ozone and aerosol forcing estimates are incorporated and the forcing data extended from 2011 to 2016. Reflecting recent evidence against strong aerosol forcing, its AR5 uncertainty lower bound is increased slightly. Using a 1869–1882 base period and a 2007−2016 final period, which are well-matched for volcanic activity and influence from internal variability, medians are derived for ECS of 1.50 K (5−95%: 1.05−2.45 K) and for TCR of 1.20 K (5−95%: 0.9−1.7 K). These estimates both have much lower upper bounds than those from a predecessor study using AR5 data ending in 2011. Using infilled, globally-complete temperature data gives slightly higher estimates; a median of 1.66 K for ECS (5−95%: 1.15−2.7 K) and 1.33 K for TCR (5−95%:1.0−1.90 K). These ECS estimates reflect climate feedbacks over the historical period, assumed time-invariant. Allowing for possible time-varying climate feedbacks increases the median ECS estimate to 1.76 K (5−95%: 1.2−3.1 K), using infilled temperature data. Possible biases from non-unit forcing efficacy, temperature estimation issues and variability in sea-surface temperature change patterns are examined and found to be minor when using globally-complete temperature data. These results imply that high ECS and TCR values derived from a majority of CMIP5 climate models are inconsistent with observed warming during the historical period.

    Discussed at Judith’s site.

  113. Leigh Lowe

    It was worth it for our family.

    If you want to do that thing for your great uncle and his mates that were shelled it might take some time.

    For a start you would need to liase with the other families and work with the AWM.

    AWM will help as much as they can.

    Thanks OWG.
    Yes, I am thinking it would be great for the next couple of generations to make the connection.
    It took us until we were in our 50’s to follow it up.
    That was my point about these single men who died young … they have no direct descendants so I think it is important that the nieces and nephews and their line pick up the baton.

  114. max

    ABC bloke today talking about a downed Australian pilot captured by the Japs: He was then ceremonially beheaded.

    That makes it so much better. The allies were savages in comparison.

  115. max

    Do I need to add the sarc tag ?

  116. To be a “modern” implies personal spiritual acceptance that humans have achieved godlike powers (which will only get more powerful from here) and thus we are individually and collectively responsible for the exercise of those powers. It is thus our destiny to step forward and become the gods we once cowered in fear of. Once people see where this is going, they often get nervous about the implication and look for ways to put that genie back in the bottle. It is my thesis that a lot of the corruption of science and rise of mysticism is intended for the purpose of stopping technological progress because many people don’t feel worthy of carrying the responsibility.

    How is this different from the responsibility that fell upon medievals, both individually and collectively, in the exercise of their powers? There is nothing god-like in consideration here that was not available to medievals. No, no, what is at play here is the state’s determination to supplant the authority of parents in such circumstances.

    Right, now there’s a separate question

    Not at all. It is precisely the question at issue. The state through the courts is contending that it is the best and ultimate judge of the good of the child in such circumstances, placing itself before the parents.

    That’s because the question of godlike powers had not come up yet. That’s why those ages seem attractive and that’s the romantic emotion that is drawing some of us back toward that direction.

    There are no godlike powers in operation at the moment that were not available to medievals. The hospital is denying further medical assistance and sustenance, beyond water, to the child. It is doing so against the wishes of the parents, but in accordance with the hospital’s recommendation, and denying the parents any transfer overseas to a hospital that is prepared to take the child into its care.

    As I said previously, this is no going back at all. This is precisely what is to be expected, increasingly so, under modern conditions.

  117. From review mentioned above:

    The book’s target is not theology or anti-theology, but teleology. The imposition of purpose, or meliorism, is a futile and actively negative set of beliefs.

    Oh dear, it seems as if Gray understands teleology in Paleyan terms. Not a good move given that Paley monsters the notion.

  118. Infidel Tiger

    Dead thread. Cross over please.

  119. Nelson Kidd-Players

    “I’ve been deaded!”

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