Monday Forum: May 14, 2018

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  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    trigger warnin:g Haaretz = extreme leftwing joosry
    Israel Enlists Amateur Drone Racers to Knock Down ‘Kite Bombs’ From Gaza
    For first time, remote-operated ‘kite bomb’ lands in Israel from Gaza, army says, claiming Palestinians trying to test how far kites can go into Israeli territory

  2. Tom

    Bruce of Newk, liberating Johannes Leak from Monday’s Meeja Diahorrea gossip column is a promising sign that he’s well on the way to replacing that humourless leftoid as the Paywallian’s No.1 cartoonist. I may have to re-subscribe.

  3. Baldrick

    Heading in for quadruple bypass surgery today. See you guys on the other side.

  4. hzhousewife

    Baldrick, all the very best, I’m sure you are in good hands.

  5. 132andBush

    All the best, Baldrick!

  6. Tom

    Wow, that sounds like a biggie, Baldrick. Thankfully, Straya has the world’s best heart surgeons and fixing your problems up is now routine. Just to be sure, plenty of Cats will be praying for you.

  7. Gab

    Thoughts and prayers, Baldrick. You’ll be fine xx

  8. Carpe Jugulum

    Good luck Baldrick

    Gokouun o inorimasu Barudorriku

  9. Herodotus

    I now have Baldrick’s summaries of VC exploits in mind every time I pass by a VC memorial spot on the highway. I’m sure he’ll go bravely into the foray and emerge sore but patched up, to regale us with those fine histories once more.

  10. Herodotus

    The entire left leaning segment of the world’s media is once again giving a free pass to bad behaviour by the “palestinians” in order to bash Israel.

  11. Snoopy

    Don’t sweat it. They’ll send you home in five days with a box of paracetamol.

  12. Peter Castieau

    Good luck Baldrick. I’m sure you’ll do fine.

  13. Tom

    A top legal gun’s work is never done. Apart from representing Cardinal Pell in Fatty Ashton’s jihad against the Catholic Church, Robert Richter is also representing CFMEU mobster John Setka in one of the criminal cases flushed out by Dyson Heydon’s royal commission:

    BLACKMAIL charges against union bosses John Setka and Shaun Reardon were laid off the back of a meeting that should legally have been off the record, a court has heard.

    Evidence by Boral executives to a royal commission, and later to police, about what was said at the April 2013 meeting at a North Melbourne cafe was described by an industry figure as “treacherous”.

    Construction boss Vin Sammartino, who organised the meeting between Boral and the CFMEU duo, said off-the-record meetings between company bosses and union leaders were routine and impliedly held in confidence, without prejudice of being used in future legal proceedings.

    Robert Richter QC, for Mr Setka, asked Mr Sammartino whether such disclosures within the industry would be considered “treachery”.

    “Yes,” he said.

    Mr Sammartino said the practice of holding confidential meetings with the union, in the hope of reaching agreements, had been a common one for the past 36 years.

    Mr Setka, backed by Mr Reardon, is alleged to have threatened to blockade Boral’s plants if it continued supplying cement to builder Grocon while the union was fighting to see CFMEU officials appointed as occupational health and safety representatives at Grocon’s city building sites.

    The threats are alleged to have been directed to Boral executives Paul Dalton and Peter Head at an hour-long meeting.

    Mr Setka and Mr Reardon were not charged until years later, after the Boral pair made statements to the royal commission into trade unions.

    Both men claim Mr Setka was not up for negotiating a way out of the industrial mess.

    “Setka said the CFMEU is at war with (Grocon) and if you want to starve the enemy, you cut off the supply lines,” Mr Head’s draft statement read.

    Richter has his work cut out getting that prick off.

    To RTWT, Google CFMEU boss blackmail charges laid off back of legally off the record meeting, court hears.

  14. woolfe

    All the best Baldrick, we’ll hear from you soon!

  15. Farmer Gez

    And I thought I had a big day ahead.
    All the best Baldrick.

  16. herodotus

    The “treachery” is giving the unions so much power that they warp the political process and are often seen to be above the law. The recent clogging of Melbourne streets was a minor but salutary example of how indulged they are.
    But speaking of off-the-record: didn’t the ABC use cabinet documents that were well before their usual 30 year release date?

  17. Best wishes Baldrick, hope to see you on the other side.

  18. Tom

    Currant Bun:

    AS many as eight Victorian Liberal MPs — including a Cabinet minister — could face messy preselection fights to remain in parliament as bitter factional feuding intensifies.

    First-term senators Jane Hume and James Paterson are expected to face challenges in the lead-up to next year’s federal election from conservative forces that control the party.

    Factional leaders are scrambling to avoid all-out internal war, with fears Victorian minister Kelly O’Dwyer — and backbenchers Russell Broadbent, Julia Banks, Jason Wood, Tim Wilson and Kevin Andrews — could also be a target of rivals.

    Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger said the rookie senators had done “an excellent job” but added “every preselection these days seems to be competitive”.

    “Who knows what’s going to happen in these situations … This whole notion that any MP has a seat for life is a nonsense,” he told Sky News.

    Senator Paterson is understood to be confident he could see off a challenger, but Senator Hume is believed to be more vulnerable.

    The dispute comes amid tension over the successful preselection challenge in Queensland to government minister Jane Prentice.

    Senior Victorian Liberals say most challengers would likely be unsuccessful but fear they would cause a messy backlash that threatened the government’s re-election bid.

    A Liberal MP said challenging Senator Hume was “harsh” but she would be “in serious trouble” if conservatives decided to “pull the trigger”.

    “If the mob who took over state council decide to roll her … I think they’ve got the numbers,” the MP said.

    Senior Victorian senator Mitch Fifield said Senator Hume “absolutely deserves to retain her preselection” and would have his “very strong support”. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has endorsed all sitting MPs, is also a strong backer.

    Another Liberal MP said the situation “had to be allowed to play out”. He said any challenges would be designed “to cause trouble or flex muscles”, and long-serving MPs such as Mr Andrews or Mr Broadbent had earned the right to retire on their terms.

    Moderate Victorian Liberals have become increasingly vulnerable to conservative branch-stacking and no longer have the support of the party’s state administrative committee, which is now controlled by their factional enemies.
    ________________________________________________________________________
    To RTWT, Google Victorian Liberal ‘civil war’ could spark preselection challenges to as many as eight federal MPs.

  19. Rae

    I was offered access to medicinal marijuana last week.

  20. Dave in Marybrook

    All the best luck, Baldrick. Don’t do or say anything dodgy when the pre-anaesthetic takes hold.
    And Calli, sorry to hear that you welcomed the end of your trip- it sounded enchanting, and it’s sad to think that it was spoilt a bit by loudmouths.

  21. Snoopy

    Monty, what’s the chatter on lefty blogs saying about Avenatti’s uncanny luck?

  22. DrBeauGan

    All the best Baldrick.

  23. DrBeauGan

    Calli, the world is full of fatheads. Taking them seriously could ruin your day. Don’t let them.

    You are rather too nice a person for that kind of company. I would tell the truth to them, namely that they are gullible unthinking fatheads and wrong about everything. It’s kinder in the long run.

  24. OldOzzie

    Badlrick – all the best

    – 5 weeks ago I went through 13 hours of intensive surgery, life flashed before my eyes coming out of GA in Intensive Care Unit where I spent 4 nights followed by 5 nights in vascular ward – Australia has great Surgical Teams – I had 9 Surgeons working B’Hard over that 13 hours .

    As Tumor was deep and scattered, now onto Chemo, but have recovered well and feeling positive.

    So you will be fine, have a lot of friends who have had multiple bypass and they have all recovered well.

  25. woolfe

    A friend of mine with cancer is using it Rae.

  26. Entropy

    Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger said the rookie senators had done “an excellent job” but added “every preselection these days seems to be competitive”.

    $200k minimum, plus, plus. I wonder why it is competitive? For the richest smelling trough, there are a lot of snouts wanting in.

  27. Dave in Marybrook

    In these dark southern mornings I’m reading a good deal.
    Warren Mundine memoir at the mo.
    Bigly disappointing. Short, insubstantial chapters. Doesn’t face up to his failures- his first marriage “inevitably soured”, he spent a year bludging on compo, partying and smoking dope but “believe that being ready for work is a frame of mind, and anyone can learn to have a work ethic”. Talks of connection to (sic) country, but can only cite someone else’s written submission to a land rights claim for knowledge of hunter-gathering. His brother John bizarrely changes his name to the Yolgnu spelling (yes, apparently that’s a thing) of Djon for “cultural reasons”. Talks of numerous incident s of child abuse and sexual deviancy, talks how kids in a small community would hide from the Welfare Board because they feared being taken away- but cannot name any incidents of a child being taken away. Talks of the Welfare board intruding and commandeering aboriginal lives, and then quotes from a eulogy that one aboriginal man was proud and independent and “never once came to the Welfare Board for assistance”. Talks incessantly about making up aboriginal words for kids- but misses the chance to make up some words to sort out the “my dad’s brother is my cousins, and my mother’s aunties are all my mothers too, and their grandkids are my uncles” miasma. (I must admit, I tuned out a bit there). Misses the chance to admit that the communal childraising evident in the uncles-aunties-cousins mess is risky- indeed some of his children end up living with his first wife’s child-sexual-abuser de facto partner.
    Stan Grant’s first line from his foreword states “I know all there is to know about Warren because he’s black and I’m black too.” I should have stopped there, but I’m hoping it gets a lot better very soon.

  28. C.L.

    From the Daily Mail’s coverage of yesterday’s clashes with Israel …
    … there’s always time for a selfie.

  29. Zatara

    Insist on a narly scar Baldrick. Hours of fun, guaranteed to break the ice at beach parties.

  30. Snoopy

    China relations can only be unfrozen with Julie Bishop’s sacking

    Can we ditch Julie and still make it clear to China that we’ve had a gutful?

  31. C.L.

    US Supreme Court legalises sports gambling for entire nation

    The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law barring sports gambling, in a sweeping decision that could soon lead to legalized sports betting in dozens of states.
    The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

    The decision marked a defeat for the federal government and sports organizations who fought to uphold the current ban in most states.

    “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make,” the opinion by Justice Samuel Alito said.

    Exactly.

  32. Snoopy

    From the Daily Mail’s coverage of yesterday’s clashes with Israel …

    So many pictures of the wounded, so little (ie no) blood.

  33. Zatara

    Israeli snipers kill scores of Palestinians and wound 2,400

    Any sniper killing only 10-20% of the targets he hits should be taken out back and shot himself.

    Some of the most ridiculous paliwood yet. Anyone catch the video clip of the poor ‘casualty’ being bounced right off the stretcher as his ‘rescuers’ sprinted off to the ambulance? Keystone cops was never that funny.

    Good analysis on what’s really going on:

    Smoke & Mirrors: Six Weeks of Violence on the Gaza Border

  34. Top Ender

    I liked that nicely casual advice Baldrick. Very Australian. Good luck.

  35. cohenite

    Varvel best of a good bunch today.

  36. Delta A

    All the best, Baldy. 🙂

  37. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Hang in there baldie, we are all here waiting for ya

  38. Dr Faustus

    Getting to the age where I am seeing regular bypass surgery amongst my friends and contemporaries.
    I am continuously impressed with the speedy recovery and brilliant post-op results.

    Best of luck, Baldrick.

  39. Tom

    Smoke & Mirrors: Six Weeks of Violence on the Gaza Border

    Any media — i.e. most of it — not reporting the Hamas strategy is lying to its audience:

    ◾Hamas’s use of actual smoke and mirrors to conceal its aggressive manoeuvring on the Gaza border is the perfect metaphor for a strategy that has no viable military purpose but seeks to deceive the international community into criminalising a democratic state defending its citizens.

    ◾The UN and EU, NGOs, government officials and media — primary targets for Hamas — have been willingly taken in. For example a Guardian headline, ‘The use of lethal force to cow nonviolent demonstrations by Palestinians’, blatantly misrepresents the violent reality that has been plain for all to see. Likewise the NGO Human Rights Watch claims that we are seeing a movement to ‘affirm Palestinians’ internationally-recognised right of return’.

    ◾In reality these demonstrations are far from peaceful and do not pursue any so-called ‘right of return’. Rather they are carefully planned and orchestrated military operations intended to break through the border of a sovereign state and commit mass murder in the communities beyond, using their own civilians as cover. The purpose: to criminalise and isolate the State of Israel.

    ◾Hamas are planning to achieve maximum violence at the Gaza border on either the 14th or 15th May, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the State of Israel, the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and the start of Ramadan — a perfect storm.

    Note: lies of omission are one of Their ABC’s specialties.

    H/T Zatara.

  40. thefrolickingmole

    Good luck with the surgery today balders, remember dont abuse them for being overpaid mechanics until AFTER the surgery.

    And thats good news for you Monty, thought the tax might impact you in a “similar industry” type way with the FF stuff.

  41. Snoopy

    duncanm
    #2711044, posted on May 15, 2018 at 8:44 am
    Islamic State declares war on rival Hamas with video execution

    I’ll bring popcorn.

    I won’t. Not even Hamas deserves that depravity.

  42. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    FRANCE SUFFERING ‘INTIFADA,’ JEWISH LAWMAKER SAYS FOLLOWING PARIS ATTACK
    Since 2012, hundreds of people have died in a series of terrorist attacks across France featuring explosives, firearms and vehicular ramming.

  43. lotocoti

    Some of the most ridiculous paliwood yet.

    Will we ever reach peak paliwood?

  44. Gary

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2710984, posted on May 15, 2018 at 6:35 am
    trigger warnin:g Haaretz = extreme leftwing joosry
    Israel Enlists Amateur Drone Racers to Knock Down ‘Kite Bombs’ From Gaza
    For first time, remote-operated ‘kite bomb’ lands in Israel from Gaza, army says, claiming Palestinians trying to test how far kites can go into Israeli territory

    Thanks I most likely wouldn’t have read that in RC forums they tend to stay away from such news.

  45. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Hamas Sending Messages It Might Tone Down the Gaza Protests
    Israel warns that it may strike Hamas leaders in the Strip if the violent protests continue; army braces for possible rocket fire overnight

  46. Bruce of Newcastle

    Darwin Award candidate of the day.
    If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

    (From this story.)

  47. Geriatric Mayfly

    Some of the most ridiculous paliwood yet.
    Will we ever reach peak paliwood?

    Probably still getting the Disability Pension courtesy of Centrelink.

  48. H B Bear

    AS many as eight Victorian Liberal MPs — including a Cabinet minister — could face messy preselection fights to remain in parliament as bitter factional feuding intensifies.

    Hopefully this is the begining of the end of the Turnbull Coalition Team formerly known as the Lieborals. Please let it be so.

  49. Geriatric Mayfly

    Darwin Award candidate of the day.
    If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

    Obviously, Hamas does not operate a Suicide Hotline.

  50. DrBeauGan

    lotocoti
    #2711054, posted on May 15, 2018 at 8:55 am
    Some of the most ridiculous paliwood yet.

    Will we ever reach peak paliwood?

    It’s a miracle!!!😁

  51. Snoopy

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2711060, posted on May 15, 2018 at 9:06 am
    another shit landing by turkish airline

    The link shows the Turkish airline as innocent bystander.

  52. Marcus

    Now, this is a good idea:

    NEW migrants will be forced to remain in regional areas under the terms of their visas to prevent them moving to big cities once their permanent residency is approved.

    The federal Home Affairs office is developing new visa rules to “bind” people to a regional area for the duration of a visa to better help them assimilate, after only 7000 of 190,000 migrants settled in rural areas in 2017.

    “Many migrants are sponsored for permanent residence on the basis of an intent to live and work in regional Australia, but don’t stay long in the region once they have their permanent visa,” citizenship minister Alan Tudge told News Corp on Tuesday, describing the situation as “a major issue”.

  53. Snoopy

    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHUTS DOWN NASA’S CRUCIAL CARBON MONITORING SYSTEM

    Excellent news! I have never understood why NASA is in on the climate racket at all.

  54. areff

    TOM: That list of Victorian Libs under threat of challenge, how come Fifield isn’t on the list?

    Top of the ticket. Prime plotter with Waffle against Abbott. Complains to ABC in his capacity as Communications minister, told to drop dead, does so.

  55. Boambee John

    John Constantine
    #2710846, posted on May 14, 2018 at 10:11 pm
    What happened to all the nuclear weapons their Hussein Obama placed into Mad caliph erdogans hands as a poison pill for the Trumpnado?.

    To the extent that this might have happened outside the “dual key” system, it would have been a breach of the NPT. If it did happen, there has been plenty of time since Trump’s inauguration to restore the dual key system, remove from Turkey, or render inoperable, those weapons, perhaps during routine maintenance.

  56. H B Bear

    NEW migrants will be forced to remain in regional areas under the terms of their visas to prevent them moving to big cities once their permanent residency is approved.

    How are they going to police this? Ankle bracelets? Have them report in to the cops? Subcontract it to Google and Apple? Add them to the terror watchlist?

    Another fine Lieboral policy.

  57. Bruce of Newcastle

    The UN will save us!

    UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

    NEW YORK (AP) — The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out artery-clogging trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years.

    “It’s a crisis level, and it’s major front in our fight now,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference in Geneva on Monday.

    I wonder when the QWERTY community will roast this guy for transphobia?

  58. Tom

    another shit landing by turkish airline

    It was actually a beginner’s mistake by the idiot piloting the Asiana A330. The Koreans evidently haven’t yet purged the deadly “crew resource management” issues they endured 10-30 years ago as a result of ex-air force pilots joining Asiana and Korean Air.

    Modern commercial cockpits are designed to be flown by an equal partnership of two pilots, but ex-Korean air force captains demanded No.1 spot on the cultural totem pole and wouldn’t let co-pilots question their decisions. Mass fatalities ensued.

    Any pilot who carelessly shears the tail off a plane he is passing on the ground shouldn’t be flying. Remember it was an Asiana pilot who didn’t know how to fly a Boeing 777 that caused the fatal accident at SFO in 2013.

  59. thefrolickingmole

    Gruiodian newspaper only a hairs breadth away from becoming Der Sturmer and going the full Streichler on Isra*l

    It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Isra*l today Isra*li soldiers seem to have done just that. It should make Isra*lis quail that demonstrators were sprayed with live ammunition with apparent impunity. There were dozens of deaths and hundreds of maimings among the Palestinians who had marched to the border to make a point about their right to return to their ancestral homes. Isra*l’s army evinced no shame in committing what looks like a war crime. These are serious accusations.

    What will happen to the 300,000 Palestinians living in east Jerusalem? Are they all to be herded into enclaves and deprived of their human rights, their land confiscated?

    Or they find a way to live side by side in two states, one that affords each people their own independence and security. If happily such an outcome was achieved, it would make sense for west Jerusalem to be the capital of Isra*l and east Jeru*alem to be the Palestinian capital. This is obvious to everyone but Mr Trump and Mr Ne*anyahu, who instead have capitulated to a vision of brutal domination over a benighted people.

    All thats the papers editorial position,

  60. EvilElvis

    Now, this is a good idea:

    It’s a shit idea. Newsflash, migrant creep from the big smokes is well under way and slowly fucking regional towns and businesses.

    How about we just stop immigration for a while. White, black, brindle, whatever, stop the lot. There’s enough little middle eastern enclaves, enough Asian and Indian restaurants/bakeries and enough caucasian immigrant sjws on the taxpayer teet and union officials. Just stop.

  61. Cactus

    I have always found it funny that Nasa announces hottest year eva based on ground measurements and ignores the satellite data. A space agency ignoring satellites.

  62. Senile Old Guy

    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHUTS DOWN NASA’S CRUCIAL CARBON MONITORING SYSTEM

    Only last year, US President Donald Trump took the decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. It makes it the only country in the world not participating in it.

    BS. All climate change agreements are limited to developed countries; all the others — including China — are excluded.

  63. Snoopy

    I have always found it funny that Nasa announces hottest year eva based on ground measurements and ignores the satellite data. A space agency ignoring satellites.

    Having faked the moon landings, NASA has an understandable distrust of satellite data.

  64. Senile Old Guy

    And more BS:

    “The removal of trans fats from the food supply as an additive counts as one of the major public health victories of the last decade,” said Laura MacCleery, policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest.

    Wikipedia:

    A type of trans fat occurs naturally in the milk and body fat of ruminants (such as cattle and sheep) at a level of 2–5% of total fat.

    Trans fats occur naturally in some foods so they cannot be “eliminated”.

  65. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    UCLA neuroscientists reported Monday that they have transferred a memory from one animal to another via injections of RNA, a startling result that challenges the widely held view of where and how memories are stored in the brain.

  66. thefrolickingmole

    An ABC article comes near the truths, reacts in a startled way and runs off rather than explore it further.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-14/fifo-workers-suffer-more-mental-health-distress/9759232

    “It seems like every second person you talk to out there is going through a divorce proceeding.”

    A number (not all) of the stay at home ladies married to remote work blokes are terrible.
    They use the blokes absence from home while hes working as a way of generating “drama” and putting pressure on the bloke on site who is effectively unable to resolve the issue until he returns home.

    90% of the pressure isnt from work, its generated from home.

  67. Roger

    NEW migrants will be forced to remain in regional areas under the terms of their visas to prevent them moving to big cities once their permanent residency is approved.

    Having reduced quality of life in the cities with too many migrants they now inflict their idiotic policy on the regions.

    The other day an ABC QLD radio host remarked on the disappearance of green space in Brisbane’s suburbs and wondered why….hello!

  68. H B Bear

    So trans fats aren’t mono-unsaturated fats that feel like they were born in the wrong body? You learn something new every day.

  69. Geriatric Mayfly

    It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat.

    Could have been written by Doris Bagshawe. I thought that there was a ‘credible threat’ namely: to breach the fence and invade surrounding Israeli territory. And among the peaceful invaders one assumes there were many others both armed and with ill intent.

  70. Roger

    With friends like these…

    Maladroit is has been advised not intervene in the Ryan pre-selection because the LNP will expose the weakness of his leadership.

    Meanwhile, Kelly O’Dwyer announces she’ll kick in $50K of her own money to a Liberal women’s “fighting fund”.

  71. Snoopy

    The other day an ABC QLD radio host remarked on the disappearance of green space in Brisbane’s suburbs and wondered why….hello!

    This is part of an insidious campaign by Greens and their running dogs to prevent infill development on privately owned land. If they don’t want it built on they should buy it.

  72. C.L.

    Loco’s link to one of yesterday’s Palestinian ‘protesters’ is hilarious.

    https://twitter.com/Farberyanki/status/996075057200975877

    Deserves Blair/Bolt coverage.

  73. Zatara

    It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat.

    What a coincidence, because almost all of them were not shot.

  74. Roger

    It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat.

    I posted this yesterday but some may have missed it:

    Hamas’s deadly strategy on the Gaza-Israel border.

  75. egg_

    ABC TV Breakfast: Vitrioli is so over Teh Royal Wedding.
    The spotlight’s not on you, Princess?

    Aunty reporting Markle’s dad now won’t be marching her down the aisle – looks like a mixed-up dysfunctional family, from all reports, not unlike “Keeping Up Appearances”.

  76. Senile Old Guy

    ABC doing what it does best: politicise issues against the government, now campaigning against the “cashless welfare card”. I’m not sure it all works:

    My son’s birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and I was going to give him $100 for his birthday and I can’t do that now because it’s stuck on this card.”

    I’m paying tax so she can give it away as a birthday present. Now she can’t. That’s hardship!

  77. candy

    Meanwhile, Kelly O’Dwyer announces she’ll kick in $50K of her own money to a Liberal women’s “fighting fund”.

    Possibly fighting for her own job. I don’t think her performance is held in high esteem and Malcolm Turnbull is ruthless (although very quiet and discreet with his ruthlessness as people of his ilk are).

  78. Gary

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV), That link about “Israel Enlists Amateur Drone Racers to Knock Down ‘Kite Bombs’ From Gaza” was BS! Click baiting by Haaretz.

  79. Boambee John

    Baldrick

    Best wishes.

  80. thefrolickingmole

    That twitter link above is good.

    JP Wells 🇺🇸

    @JPW3775
    7h7 hours ago
    More
    Replying to @Farberyanki
    Is @realDonaldTrump now making lame Palestinians walk again as well? amazing!

    And Roger, dont mistake people not responding as not reading, 99% of the people have read similar over the years and know its a deliberate ploy by the evil bastards happy to fight to the last human shield.

  81. Leigh Lowe

    Well done Baldrick.
    Bundling things up into a quadruple bypass is way more economical than having four single bypasses.

  82. H B Bear

    Check out Blair’s collection of idiots – van Wrongselen, Moose Knuckles and Fauxfact’s resident KRudd knob gobbler.

    Anyone wanting to know why j’ism is dying (thank God) just needs to watch the clip from Teh Dumb where Leftists sit around agreeing with each other on what Australians want.

  83. notafan

    Prayers for your safe recovery Baldrick

  84. Dr Faustus

    Maladroit is has been advised not intervene in the Ryan pre-selection because the LNP will expose the weakness of his leadership.

    Indeed.

    Mr Turnbull said he was disappointed Ms Prentice had lost endorsement.

    “She’s a friend of mine. She’s a very good assistant minister.
    “I gave her a reference.”

    Kiss of death.

  85. Rae

    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHUTS DOWN NASA’S CRUCIAL CARBON MONITORING SYSTEM

    Can’t see it on the NASA Carbon Monitoring System website

    Excellent news! I have never understood why NASA is in on the climate racket at all.

    Fake news, maybe. Anyway, you can gain some understanding from the website.

  86. What happened to all the nuclear weapons their Hussein Obama placed into Mad caliph erdogans hands as a poison pill for the Trumpnado?.

    Adjust your meds John Constantine, you sound like a fruit loop.

    Then again you were the one who claimed that Obama committed murder on Bin Laden who was in the Pakistani witness protection program, so evidence points to fruit loopery.

  87. Snoopy

    If most people want to pay more tax, then Peter Hartcher will have absolutely no trouble crowdfunding the budget. Get to it, legend.

  88. Dr Faustus

    Turnbull defends annual migrant intake

    Malcolm Turnbull insists his government alone will determine who comes to Australia while defending the country’s immigration intake.

    “What we want to have is not one more person coming to Australia – not one – that we do not want or need,” Mr Turnbull told 3AW Radio on Tuesday.

    Sure, buddy.

  89. Tom

    Adjust your meds John Constantine, you sound like a fruit loop.

    John Constantine, I believe Doomlord’s No.1 pet troll just awarded you a badge of honour, but obviously you’re a fragile little petal and must now run away and cry like one of Monty’s favourite lefty snowflakes.

  90. Snoopy

    The Independent:

    Donald Trump has cancelled NASA’s greenhouse gas monitoring system, prompting concern it will hinder efforts to bring down global emissions.

    The space agency’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) has until now used satellite and aircraft instruments to monitor carbon dioxide and methane levels remotely – spending $10m (£7.35m) each year.

    But the White House has now scrapped the funding as part of its wider attack on climate science.

  91. Roger

    Malcolm Turnbull insists his government alone will determine who comes to Australia while defending the country’s immigration intake.

    Focus groups on the one side, Lucy & Tom on the other, Malcolm in the middle.

  92. Boambee John

    m0nty at 1023

    The “Turkish nukes” was one of Memory Vault’s themes.

    Unless Obama and Hillary chose to breach the NPT, any such weapons would have been “dual key”, and not under Turkish independent control.

  93. Top Ender

    A Melbourne headmaster targeted by electronic billboards after his deputy was sacked for cutting a student’s hair resigned today.

    Trinity Grammar principal Michael Davies told staff at last night he was stepping down after discussions with his family.

    Dr Davies had recently welcomed his deputy Rohan Brown back to the school after an independent inquiry found his dismissal by the Trinity Grammar school council was unjustified.

    Probably paywalled.

  94. Stimpson J. Cat

    Heading in for quadruple bypass surgery today. See you guys on the other side.

    You will be fine.
    Make sure the surgeon’s have a cunning plan.
    ❤Stimpy.

  95. Snoopy

    Forget the Turkish nukes squirrel, Monty. Explain Avenatti’s amazing luck.

  96. Dr Faustus

    NASA Carbon Monitoring System

    The goal for NASA’s CMS project is to prototype the development of capabilities necessary to support stakeholder needs for Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) of carbon stocks and fluxes.

    Crucial prototyping in support of stakeholder needs? With a $10 million annual budget?
    Certainly sounds like fake news…

  97. max

    I love the way Turnbull comes to Melbourne but NEVER appears on the Faine program.

    It really pisses Faine off.

  98. Misdirection if ever there was one. Nothing in Burtt’s quotation gives a reason for thinking that metaphysics gives anything except skill in making mud pies. Or playing a slightly more intellectual but less satisfying game.

    Burtt’s quotation gives two reasons, in the second paragraph alone, for thinking that an advantage flows to the person explicitly engaging in metaphysics over the person that denies they are but inevitably is. This, of course, is sad news for the latter.

  99. stackja

    Australian National University to give all new parents 26 weeks leave
    By Sally Whyte 8 March 2018 — 8:53pm
    NATIONAL ACT

    Australian National University will now offer 26 weeks of parental leave to new parents, regardless of whether they are the birth parent or if they are the primary carer.
    The move was announced on Thursday to coincide with International Women’s Day and means that if a couple were both employees at the university they would be entitled to 52 weeks of leave between them.

  100. Boambee John

    Snoopy
    #2711130, posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Forget the Turkish nukes squirrel, Monty. Explain Avenatti’s amazing luck.

    He is a left fascist, they are all very lucky.

    Didn’t Hillary have some amazing luck with investments in her younger days? Perhaps Avenatti went to the same financial adviser?

  101. Andreas

    Explain Avenatti’s amazing luck.

    I’m sure he just got lucky trading cattle futures.

  102. egg_

    I love the way Turnbull comes to Melbourne but NEVER appears on the Faine program.

    Lucy’s not totally stupid?

  103. Top Ender

    Letter in the Oz today:

    It was great to see the #MeToo film industry women gather on the steps of the Palais des Festivals to highlight the male domination of their industry (“Another step for women to end film festival boy’s club”, 14/5). I will be equally happy to see a gathering of girls assembled at the local rubbish dump to complain about the gender imbalance among garbos.

    Kevin McDonald, Thornlie, WA

    Equally interesting is the strange attitude exhibited by the ladies of the industry.

    They spend thousands of dollars, and apparently hundreds of hours, getting ready for these appearances.

    In general they highlight their own sexual attraction. The males by comparison are in plain colours and clothes.

    The female contingent invariably go for plunging necklines, exposed thighs, glimpses of areas generally deemed in the West to be sexually attractive, makeup designed to make them look better – and so on.

    But if you comment on this, or look too long, you are a Bad Person.

    If you propositioned one doubtless you would be criticised.

    Lunacy or hypocrisy?

  104. and still we are none the wiser as to what advantage that might provide…

    I provided the relevant part of the quotation that contained at least two reasons. The third paragraph gives another three.

  105. stackja

    Top Ender
    #2711126, posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Embattled Trinity Grammar headmaster departs after haircut saga
    Susie O’Brien, Herald Sun
    May 15, 2018 8:16am
    Subscriber only
    DR Michael Davies has resigned as headmaster of Trinity Grammar school.

    Staff at the exclusive private school in Kew were told the news at a snap meeting this morning.

    The Herald Sun understands Dr Davies told them of his decision to leave the school, which has been in the media spotlight since its council controversially sacked deputy principal Rohan Brown for cutting a student’s hair.

    Dr Davies, formerly at St Kevin’s, cited family reasons for his departure.

    Last night all support and teaching staff were summonsed via email to a special meeting held at 8am this morning.

    The mood of the meeting was sombre as Dr Davies spoke of the need to allow the school to heal.

    Parent Jo Slater said she was “delighted by the news”.

    “This allows TGS to move forward and once again be the exceptional school producing young men of wonderful character who are positive influences on those around them,” she said.

    “The boys are very pleased and we are all looking forward to continuing the year without distractions”.

    Stand-in headmaster Phil De Young said he was hoping to start on July 9. He expects to be in the job between six months and eighteen months.

    “I am pleased to be able to assist but it is sad it has come to this,” Mr De Young said.

    He was the principal of Carey Baptist Grammar for eight years and previously worked in senior roles at Caulfield Grammar and Wesley College.

    The school said in a statement Dr Davies would finish his five-year tenure at the end of the term.

    “We have accepted Michael’s resignation but are sorry to see him leave,” Council chairman Robert Utter says in the statement.

    “It would be easy to forget these achievements given recent circumstances at the school but they remain accurate measures of our recent history.

    “On behalf of School Council, I wish Michael and his family all the very best and thank them for their service to and care for our school community.”

    Dr Davies says: “Having successfully resolved some complex matters over recent weeks, I am now content that our hard work in recent weeks has helped the school return to a position where students and staff are enjoying the normal rhythm of school life.”

    Mr Brown was sacked in March for cutting a student’s hair on school photo day, but returned in April after an independent review found his dismissal was not justified.

    He declined to comment today but is telling colleagues he is concentrating on his current position.

  106. Leigh Lowe

    The female contingent invariably go for plunging necklines, exposed thighs, glimpses of areas generally deemed in the West to be sexually attractive, makeup designed to make them look better – and so on.

    But if you comment on this, or look too long, you are a Bad Person.

    If you propositioned one doubtless you would be criticised.

    It is bait for the next wave of Harvey-producers.
    It is not intended for the titillation of the common man.
    Avert your eyes.

  107. stackja

    Students passionately protested his removal.

    Dr Davies has spoken widely to members of the school community about the pressure the sacking and its fallout placed on his wife, Donna, and their daughters.

    In recent months Dr Davies was the subject of a vote of no confidence passed by teachers, with 55 per cent voting against his leadership and only 26 per cent of teachers expressing confidence.

    He was also the subject of a motion in town hall meeting earlier this year, in which 1000 members of the school community expressed a lack of confidence in his continued leadership.

    Since he came to the school he has been criticised for focusing too much on building projects and academic results rather than the broader education of the boys.

    A former Trinity Grammar pupil who had his hair cut by Mr Brown more than a decade ago said schoolyard trims had happened without drama for years.

    Alex Papas, now in his late 20s, said the cut never did him any harm.

    “I turned out just fine — in fact, I am a better person for it,” Mr Papas said.

  108. John Constantine

    Migrant dispersal areas are going to be the next big thing.

    The lack of optical diversity in small rural towns is intolerable to fashionable decolonialisation theory.

    The women and children of individual families that get residency on the basis of filling a gap in remote Australia just want to get in their cars and go to the city as fast as possible, to create a lasting diversity plantation, it needs to be large enough to be a village inside a village. Even then the kids are subject to the same forces that strip small towns of young settler adults.

    Can’t have two classes of Australian citizen, one with open travel rights, one confined to a gulag.

    The local shires driving the refugee dispersal theory, to the extent of already issuing permits for buildings to serve as barrack style high density accommodation, want welfare dependant masses, so their shires can bill the State for providing services. The available welfare services are designed to be more generous in rural areas to get the voteherds to remain in the electorates they are deployed to.

    Decolonialisation everywhere, no hamlet too small or too remote to avoid paying the reparations for racist settler crimes.

    Comrades.

  109. stackja

    NT News front page

    It’s bloody freezing! Top End minimum temperatures drop below 20C
    ISABELLA HOOD, NT News
    May 15, 2018 12:00am
    IF you woke up feeling a little chilly on Monday morning, you weren’t alone.

    For the first time this year, temperatures right across the Top End fell below 20C, with Darwinites shivering through a frosty 19.7C minimum on Monday at 7am.

    Northern Territory Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Gabriel Branescu said the cooler temperatures were caused by a strong high in the Great Australian Bight.

    “The cold air mass arrived over the Top End during the weekend, bringing dry, cool and windy conditions,” he said,

    Darwin wasn’t the only location in the Territory to experience dramatically decreased temperatures on Monday morning, with residents at Noonamah and Batchelor also experiencing a cold snap of 15C and 14.8C respectively.

  110. Zyconoclast

    This seems vague enough to cause another round of post election HC referrels.

    New citizenship test planned for by-election candidates

    The Turnbull government is considering a scheme that would encourage all candidates to produce hard proof of their eligibility to run for federal parliament, in a bid to prevent more scandals over dual citizenship.

    The Australian Electoral Commission raised the idea of an “online tool” late last year as a way for all candidates to lodge declarations about their citizenship and possibly release documents to prove their claims.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-citizenship-test-planned-for-byelection-candidates-20180514-p4zf7d.html

  111. Tintarella di Luna

    Baldrick, I’ve get you on the Raphael list – best of luck with the recovery.

  112. DrBeauGan

    Burtt’s quotation gives two reasons, in the second paragraph alone, for thinking that an advantage flows to the person explicitly engaging in metaphysics over the person that denies they are but inevitably is. This, of course, is sad news for the latter.

    Burtt’s second paragraph tells, without evidence, that there are perils in denying your metaphysical assumptions, which if you don’t confess them are unconscious and unexamined. He gives no benefits of wallowing in metaphysics, just vague warnings of what happens if you don’t.

    There is not the slightest reason to believe any of this tosh. The unsupported claim that everyone has metaphysical assumptions but some people don’t admit it or know what they are reminds me of patriarchy theory. We’ve all been opressing women for thousands of years, but nobody noticed until Germs Greer pointed it out in the seventies. A mildly different species of tosh.

  113. Tom

    Top Ender, you’re drowning in a vat of toxic masculinity. Wash your mind out with soapy water.

    Besides, you wouldn’t let a whiny liberal frightbat anywhere near your person, would you?

  114. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I provided the relevant part of the quotation that contained at least two reasons. The third paragraph gives another three.

    it’s double dutch honestly. how about in plain english?

  115. LNP insider

    Obviously I have better information on Queensland matters, but I do get tidbits from party members in other states. I noticed a bit of media commentary on Victorian and South Australian pre selections.

    The talk of challenges in Higgins and Menzies have been well covered. The media have mentioned certain people, but don’t discount Peta Credlin entering into the fray in either seat. My sources say certain people are pushing for her.

    The members are not happy with Tim Wilson in Goldstein, he has flipped from positions he promised when they preselected him. A challenge would not be surprising at all there.

    I believe Broadbent is retiring so speculation of a challenge there is incorrect, it will be an open contest for a safe vacant seat. It will be fascinating if a conservative gets up there.

    I believe Senator Hume will be relegated to third spot if a a decent conservative candidate stands. Mind ypu third is winnable at this election.

    In South Australia Ruston is safe, but Lucy Gichuhi is in trouble. Her lack of party background means she lacks a real base. She needs conservative powerbrokers to back her heavily to get up. Realistically David Fawcett should step down to allow Lucy an easier run. Fawcett will never be a Minister and should do the right thing to keep Lucy in parliament considering she is someone who can draw new voters to the party.

  116. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Margot Kidder brown bread.

  117. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

  118. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Authorities scrutinising passengers on board MH370 found to their horror that at least two had been carrying fake identification.

    According to investigators, the two men, both Iranians were travelling on forged and stolen passports in a bid to reach Europe and seek asylum there.

    shoulda stayed home

  119. JC

    Margot Kidder brown bread.

    Artiste, Is that code for something, or did you choose that sentence randomly?

  120. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Lois Lane is dead, JC.

  121. jupes

    Some of the most ridiculous paliwood yet. Anyone catch the video clip of the poor ‘casualty’ being bounced right off the stretcher as his ‘rescuers’ sprinted off to the ambulance? Keystone cops was never that funny.

    I love those guys.

    If the Israelis don’t kill you then these clowns will.

  122. JC

    Oh wow. Lois is dead? She was my fave Lois.

  123. DrBeauGan

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2711160, posted on May 15, 2018 at 11:03 am
    I provided the relevant part of the quotation that contained at least two reasons. The third paragraph gives another three.

    it’s double dutch honestly. how about in plain english?

    Zippy, Burtt has only one real claim, repeated with variations. It is that everyone has metaphysical assumptions about the world and denying you have them just means they are unconscious, unexamined, and likely wrong. So you are better off confronting your assumptions and arguing about them.

    Burtt, like DB, enjoys this game and is trying to make it compulsory. If DB could think of any genuine profit to be derived from playing his silly game, you can be sure he’d have pointed it out in plain English. You may safely conclude that there isn’t one.

  124. JC

    Anyways, she can’t be dead because Drudge isn’t reporting it.

    In all seriousness Drudge is more useless than bulls tits these days.

  125. old bloke

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2711088, posted on May 15, 2018 at 9:47 am

    UCLA neuroscientists reported Monday that they have transferred a memory from one animal to another via injections of RNA, a startling result that challenges the widely held view of where and how memories are stored in the brain.

    Memory appears to be stored in many places, not exclusively in the brain. It’s quite common for people who have undergone organ transplants to acquire likes for things previously disliked, and to dislike things which they previously enjoyed.

    There is some truth in Arthur Koestler’s Holon philosophy, see his “Ghost in the Machine”.

  126. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Top Ender, you’re drowning in a vat of toxic masculinity. Wash your mind out with soapy water.

    It won’t work, Tom (but you knew that). Men are men. And we girls love them for it. Strange how little this is recognised these days.

    Men are also brave in adversity. Women are too, but we tend to cry as well. Good luck Balders. We will keep up scrolling the troll for you till you return to chide us about it again.

  127. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    NEW migrants will be forced to remain in regional areas under the terms of their visas to prevent them moving to big cities once their permanent residency is approved.

    The federal Home Affairs office is developing new visa rules to “bind” people to a regional area for the duration of a visa to better help them assimilate, after only 7000 of 190,000 migrants settled in rural areas in 2017.

    Here’s an idea: Why don’t we force them to live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne?

    Instead the working class suburbs and regions are made to absorb the third world.

  128. egg_

    All the best, Baldrick.

    +1

  129. stackja

    Couple take civil partnership case to Supreme Court
    14 May 2018

    A heterosexual couple who want to get a civil partnership, instead of a marriage, are taking their case to the Supreme Court

    Currently only same-sex couples are able to enter into civil partnerships.

  130. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We are off now on a tinned bear meat hunt. I hope when opened it will not prove to be gizzards containing small bells and whistles. 🙂

  131. Roger

    …only 7000 of 190,000 migrants settled in rural areas in 2017.

    They report this like it’s a bad thing.

    In any case, I’m sure some South African farmers would be happy to settle in rural areas and they’d even bring some requisite skills with them!

  132. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    It really is the Holy Land! A miracle:

    https://twitter.com/Farberyanki/status/996075057200975877

  133. cohenite

    Donald Trump has cancelled NASA’s greenhouse gas monitoring system, prompting concern it will hinder efforts to bring down global emissions.

    The space agency’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) has until now used satellite and aircraft instruments to monitor carbon dioxide and methane levels remotely – spending $10m (£7.35m) each year.

    But the White House has now scrapped the funding as part of its wider attack on climate science.

    Jimmy Hansen, mad as a cut snake stuffed NASA with this alarmism bullshit. CO2 is the stuff of life, humans fart it out and plants breath it in. We need more of it, fart more.

  134. DrBeauGan

    Margot Kidder brown bread.

    That’ll teach her to go flying in her nightie.

    Didn’t she have a drug problem caused by not getting work on account of being a crap actress?

  135. Tom

    The members are not happy with Tim Wilson in Goldstein, he has flipped from positions he promised when they preselected him. A challenge would not be surprising at all there.

    Telling the pardee you were a conservative when, it turns out, you are a cultural Marxist is surely too much even for the Lieborals.

    On the other hand, the Trumble Coalition Team is implementing fascist government control of the economy and the Liars are in bed with green communists, so I guess it’s amazing that the illusion of capitalism lasted so long in the Venezuala of the south.

  136. Roger

    And you thought it was a music contest:

    ‘I think everybody just assumed that all Jessica Mauboy had to do as a woman of colour, as an Aboriginal woman of colour no less, was to just turn up, bang a few sticks together and walk home with the prize. What we failed to account for was the fact that Europe has been deeply enriched in recent years, and its entrants reflected this newfound diversity. What this means is that we will have to up our game in future years if we are to compete on diversity criteria. And ultimately, it shows that we as a society still have a long way to go.’

    Eurovision Australia

  137. jupes

    Didn’t she have a drug problem caused by not getting work on account of being a crap actress?

    I take you haven’t been hired to give the eulogy at the funeral Beaugy.

  138. Mother Lode;

    St Emilion Spanish?

    Am I missing a joke?

    The excellent 2018 vintage is great!
    Just five bucks a bottle! 🤩

  139. stackja

    Supreme Court Ruling Favors Sports Betting – The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/us/…/supreme-court-sports-betting-new-jersey.htm…
    44 mins ago – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively banned commercial sports betting in most …

  140. jupes

    What this means is that we will have to up our game in future years if we are to compete on diversity criteria.

    Crippled black trannies in burqas only need apply.

  141. Helen

    Hey Balder, good luck and see you back here soon, will be thinking of you today and sending success your way.

  142. Peter Castieau

    Top Ender
    #2711141, posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:46 am
    Letter in the Oz today:

    The author I’m pleased to say I have now met on a couple of occasions. Top bloke and fellow AC member!

  143. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Zippy, Burtt has only one real claim, repeated with variations. It is that everyone has metaphysical assumptions about the world and denying you have them just means they are unconscious, unexamined, and likely wrong. So you are better off confronting your assumptions and arguing about them.

    I can’t see any useful advantage here, perhaps you can give a concrete example?

  144. Stimpson J. Cat

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania. Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!

  145. H B Bear

    I love the way Turnbull comes to Melbourne but NEVER appears on the Faine program.

    Love a good snub. Particularly such an odious Lefty as Jon Paine.

    If you need another reason to dislike the cnut he’s a New Zealander too.

  146. H B Bear

    Ooops … into moderation.

    I love the way Turnbull comes to Melbourne but NEVER appears on the Faine program.

    Love a good snub. Particularly such an odious Lefty as Jon Paine.

    If you need another reason to dislike the c n u t he’s a New Zealander too.

  147. zyconoclast

    Student presents thesis in underwear after professor says her ‘shorts are too short’

    A student has stripped down to her bra and underwear during her thesis presentation in protest against her professor’s comments that her choice of clothing was inappropriate.

    Letitia Chai, a senior student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, took off her clothes during her presentation, which was filmed on Facebook live, to stand up against “oppressive beliefs and discrimination”.

  148. Burtt’s second paragraph tells, without evidence, that there are perils in denying your metaphysical assumptions, which if you don’t confess them are unconscious and unexamined. He gives no benefits of wallowing in metaphysics, just vague warnings of what happens if you don’t.

    I provided not only the quotation but a link to the entire work that it was drawn from. To cry that he provided ‘no evidence’ because it wasn’t in the quotation is just too silly for words.

    There is not the slightest reason to believe any of this tosh. The unsupported claim that everyone has metaphysical assumptions but some people don’t admit it or know what they are reminds me of patriarchy theory.

    No, no, it doesn’t remind anyone of anything of the sort. All you’re doing here is trying to elicit falsely support from those that find ‘patriarchy theory’ dubious and tarring metaphysics with the same brush. Not only is the claim supported in Burtt’s book, but it is clear in your own statements about metaphysics.

  149. John Constantine

    Culturally if people feel they fit happily in one environment, what right does the State have to force them to live elsewhere, just because their scumbag left feel the need to see diversity everywhere they look.

    The Chinese like inner city Melbourne, here is the 2016 census telling us that over 32% of this census area identifies as Chinese. sending them to Outer Bullamakenka to provide diversity services aint gonna work.

    http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/SSC21629?opendocument

  150. mh

    Eurovision Australia got it right with Dami Im, not because of ‘diversity’ but because of the song and performance.

  151. duncanm

    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference in Geneva on Monday.?

    Why is a supporter of a Marxist terrorist political organisation (TPLF) running WHO?

    Don’t bother answering that.

  152. Senile Old Guy

    ABC:

    Food makers tend to like artificial trans fats because they prolong product shelf life. Trans fats also occur naturally in the dairy products and meat of ruminants, like cows and sheep. The WHO plan is only targeting industrially produced trans fats.

    If these trans fats are so bad, surely they must be banned everywhere?

    Denmark — the first country to impose mandatory restrictions on trans fats 15 years ago— has already seen a marked improvement of its citizens’ health, with a dramatic drop in the number of cardiovascular disease-related deaths.

    Oddly, the ABC does not mention this:

    The number of Danes who died from cardiovascular disease has fallen by 70% between 1985 and 2009. No EU member state has a recorded a greater decline in mortality. A ban on trans fat acids in 2003 could be the cause.

    A ban in 2003 is responsible in a decrease from 1985! It’s a miracle!

    46% of all deaths in Europe are caused by cardiovascular disease, making it Europe’s biggest killer. Steen Stender from the Clinical Bio-chemical unit at Gentofte Hospital told the news agency Ritzau that though the fall in mortality rates could be attributed to prevention and better guidance on smoking, physical activity and diet, a ban against added trans fats in food also needs to be taken into consideration.

    Yes, it the trans that done it.

  153. Roger

    I can’t see any useful advantage here, perhaps you can give a concrete example?

    In the history of science…the generally accepted narrative is that disinterested scientists nobly pursue the data wherever it takes them and construct hypotheses that best fit it, leading to incremental advancement in understanding. In fact, scientific hypotheses usually turn out to be wrong due to the unexamined prejudices of the scientists, who are not disinterested (i.e. purely objective) at all but come to their projects with pre-understandings and biases. Over time the build up of data which cannot fit a reigning hypothesis eventually becomes so great that the hypothesis collapses under the weight of its own contradictions. Anthropogenic global warming is the best current example, but there have been many in the past. Cf. Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

  154. egg_

    an odious Lefty as Jon Paine.

    Makes Phatty look like a paragon of virtue.

  155. via injections of RNA,

    Qualified with “memory probably does not reside in one place”, RNA based memory opens up the prospect of the possibilities of some ancestral memories.
    What a legal bonanza!

  156. stackja

    New police powers to check airport travel IDs in terror crackdown
    kylar loussikian & sharri markson, The Daily Telegraph
    May 15, 2018 1:05am
    Subscriber only
    POLICE will have sweeping new powers to demand IDs and order people to leave airports in a security crackdown designed to close a loophole currently preventing authorities from pursuing criminals and terrorists before they fly.

    The new laws follow revelations in The Daily Telegraph that a major security flaw stops Australian Federal Police from checking the identification of suspicious passengers possibly travelling with false IDs before they board domestic flights.

    Malcolm Turnbull and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton are expected today to announce the new measures, which also include an extra 190 counter-terrorism police stationed at airports and upgraded X-ray machines.

    The laws will give police broader powers to check identities at airports and to order people who pose a criminal or security threat to “move on”.

    The crackdown comes after an alleged terror plot to bring down an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi — by two men connected to Islamic State — was foiled last July.

  157. egg_

    A ban in 2003 is responsible in a decrease from 1985! It’s a miracle!

    Are these guys using the BoM computers?

  158. it’s double dutch honestly. how about in plain english?

    What is hard to understand in

    Of course it goes without saying that in this case your metaphysics [1]will be held uncritically because it is unconscious ; moreover, [2]it will be passed on to others far more readily than your other notions inasmuch as it will be propagated by insinuation rather than by direct argument.

    Obviously, the advantage lies, firstly, in being able to critically engage those metaphysical postulates; and secondly, in an atmosphere in which those same postulates are passed on to others directly, by means of argument rather than insinuation.

  159. notafan

    Well Roger

    I guess those really really bad singers they mock on those talent shows are in with a chance next time

    What a crock

  160. LNP insider

    Tom

    #2711186, posted on May 15, 2018 at 11:28 am

    The members are not happy with Tim Wilson in Goldstein, he has flipped from positions he promised when they preselected him. A challenge would not be surprising at all there.

    Telling the pardee you were a conservative when, it turns out, you are a cultural Marxist is surely too much even for the Lieborals.

    On the other hand, the Trumble Coalition Team is implementing fascist government control of the economy and the Liars are in bed with green communists, so I guess it’s amazing that the illusion of capitalism lasted so long in the Venezuala of the south.

    That’s a more detailed version of what I am saying

  161. notafan

    Nice to see the ring around runner only need to gently jog this morning.

    Some people just can’t do logic

    Same people that accuse of others of having murderous intent on the basis of completely contrary evidence, while regularly calling for the murder of thousands of their alleged political opponents themselves.

  162. Leigh Lowe

    ABC:

    Food makers tend to like artificial trans fats because they prolong product shelf life. Trans fats also occur naturally in the dairy products and meat of ruminants, like cows and sheep. The WHO plan is only targeting industrially produced trans fats.

    If these trans fats are so bad, surely they must be banned everywhere?

    I thought Aunty like all things trans?

  163. egg_

    Over time the build up of data which cannot fit a reigning hypothesis eventually becomes so great that the hypothesis collapses under the weight of its own contradictions

    The alleged warming effects of hypothetical GHG themselves have been revised downwards over the decades.

  164. Leigh Lowe

    St Emilion Spanish?

    Am I missing a joke?

    The excellent 2018 vintage is great!
    Just five bucks a bottle! 🤩

    I think the question is that Saint-Emilion is slap-bang in the middle of Bordeaux (close to Spain but not in Spain).
    Has some Spaniard been doing a bit of plagiarism for his wine labels?

  165. C.L.

    Gotta feel some sympathy for poor old Mr Markle. Talk about pressure.
    Incidentally, why is it a scandal that he posed for some paid pap pics? I don’t get it.

  166. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2711233, posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm
    Qld population about to hit 5 million

    Queensland 5 million: State’s population to reach major milestone
    Daryl Passmore & Trenton Akers, The Courier-Mail
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only
    QUEENSLAND is set to today welcome its five millionth resident today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told State Parliament.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the population boom is on the back of strong migration growth, particularly from south of the border in New South Wales.

    The landmark is expected to be reached late this afternoon.

    “Today is good news for Queensland, it is my happy duty to inform this house of a very special arrival,” she said.

    Queensland welcomed 50,000 migrants over the last year, 19,000 of whom came from within Australia.

    That is on top of 60,000 babies born across the state over the same time.

    “Everything we do in this house is for that five millionth Queenslander,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “It is a big deal,” social demographer Mark McCrindle said. “It’s an important milestone in the state’s growth.”

    The speed of growth was noteworthy, he said.

    “The 2006 Census shows Queensland had not quite reached the four million mark, and here we are 12 years later and we’ve hit five million.

    “So that’s more than 25 per cent growth in little more than a decade, which is very significant.”

    On current projections, the number of Queenslanders is forecast to reach 6 million by 2029, 7 million a decade after that, and 8 million by 2048.

    Today’s population is expected to double to 10 million by the early to mid-2060s.

    Mr McCrindle said the Sunshine State was also unusual in having all three elements of what demographers dub “the triple green light’’ – net increases in natural growth, overseas arrivals and net interstate migration.

  167. C.L.

    Abbott calls for Australia to move its embassy to Jerusalem!
    As if this gutless government would ever have the balls.
    Abbott sure does talk a big game these days.

  168. H B Bear

    Abbott sure does talk a big game these days.

    Talk, talk, talk … anyone see a pattern here?

  169. zyconoclast

    Abbott calls for Australia to move its embassy to Jerusalem!
    As if this gutless government would ever have the balls.
    Abbott sure does talk a big game these days.

    Who gives a rats @arse where the Oz embassy is in Israel?
    Why is it such a big deal is Julie Bishop did not turn up to view the opening of the US embassy.

  170. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2711237, posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Gotta feel some sympathy for poor old Mr Markle. Talk about pressure.
    Incidentally, why is it a scandal that he posed for some paid pap pics? I don’t get it.

    Because they’ve checked him out and found he may be a little bit suss and prone to a cash back-hander.
    No doubt the paps were setting him up to take photos and transmit them out during the ceremony or reception, earning him a massive payday.
    Rather than suffer the embarrassment of having security take his phone away upon entry and risk a backlash … “Queen denies Sparkle’s Dad the right to take happy snaps at his daughter’s wedding”.
    The tabloids would win either way.
    Either they get their snaps or they get their story angle on having his phone confiscated.
    As soon as he made contact with the paps he was going to have his ‘diplomatic immunity revoked’.
    I’ll bet he was told as much before he got an invite.

  171. zyconoclast

    How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences
    Universities and other institutions are watering down requirements in order to attract more women and minorities.

    he National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency that funds university research, is consumed by diversity ideology. Progress in science, it argues, requires a “diverse STEM workforce.” Programs to boost diversity in STEM pour forth from its coffers in wild abundance. The NSF jump-started the implicit-bias industry in the 1990s by underwriting the development of the implicit association test (IAT). (The IAT purports to reveal a subject’s unconscious biases by measuring the speed with which he associates minority faces with positive or negative words; see “Are We All Unconscious Racists?,” Autumn 2017.) Since then, the NSF has continued to dump millions of dollars into implicit-bias activism. In July 2017, it awarded $1 million to the University of New Hampshire and two other institutions to develop a “bias-awareness intervention tool.” Another $2 million that same month went to the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University to “remediate microaggressions and implicit biases” in engineering classrooms.

  172. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2711240, posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Abbott calls for Australia to move its embassy to Jerusalem!
    As if this gutless government would ever have the balls.
    Abbott sure does talk a big game these days.

    We will never know, but maybe Abbott would have had a bit more starch in his shirt had his term overlapped with Trump’s.
    Yeah, sure, he shouldn’t need that, but imagine if Trump had been elected in 2012 and torn up Copenhagen, started to take the Chinese down and got stuck into all the PC bullshit and Abbott got elected a year later.
    Of course, we will never know, but it might have been interesting.

  173. zyconoclast

    We were lied to! Secret document FCO 30/1048 kept truth about EU from British for 30 years

    Almost all of the shocking predictions – from the loss of British sovereignty, to monetary union and the over-arching powers of European courts – have come true.

    But damningly for Tory Prime Minister Edward Heath, and all those who kept quiet about the findings in the early 70s, the document, known as FCO30/1048, was locked away under Official Secrets Act rules for almost five decades.

    The classified paper, dated April 1971, suggested the Government should keep the British public in the dark about what EEC membership means predicting that it would take 30 years for voters to realise what was happening by which time it would be too late to leave.

    That last detail was the only thing the disgraceful paper – prepared for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – got wrong.

    He went on to say “Community law” would take precedence over our own courts and that ever more power would pass away from Parliament to the bureaucratic system centred in Brussels.

    The author even accurately asserts that the increased role of Brussels in the lives of the British people would lead to a “popular feeling of alienation from Government”.

    But shockingly politicians were advised “not to exacerbate public concern by attributing unpopular measures… to the remote and unmanageable workings of the Community”.

    They were told to preserve the impression that the British Government was still calling the shots rather than an unelected body of foreign politicians – and that the ruse would last “for this century at least” – by which time Britain would be so completely chained to Brussels it would be impossible to leave.

    Document FCO30/1048, which has now been declassified under the 30-year rule, still shocks and angers Brexiteers.

    Annabelle Sanderson, a Brexit expert and former advisor to Nigel Farage said: “Despite all the claims from politicians of many parties that the EU was not about becoming a central state this 1971 document shows that is exactly what the plan was.

    “Arch Remoaners from Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories need to check this out and ask themselves why they are MPs if they don’t actually want Westminster to be in charge of this country.

    “We voted for Brexit what needs to happen is a proper clean break from Brussels so we can once again become a sovereign nation with money being spent in this country on services we need and have Parliament and courts making and ruling on the laws.”

    The writer and journalist Christopher Booker, one of the founders of the satirical magazine Private Eye, said: “Here was a civil servant advising that our politicians should connive in concealing what Heath was letting us in for, not least in hiding the extent to which Britain would no longer be a democratic country but one essentially governed by unelected and unaccountable officials.

    “One way to create an illusion that this system was still democratic, this anonymous mandarin suggested, would be to give people the chance to vote for new representatives at European, regional and local levels.

    “A few years later, we saw the creation of an elected European Parliament – as we see today a craze for introducing elected mayors, as meaningless local figureheads.”

    The pro-Europe Sir Edward Heath was leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975.

    He died in 2005.

    In 2015 he was named as part of Wiltshire Police’s Operation Conifer investigation into historical child sex abuse.

    Detectives said if alive – he would have been 101 – he would have been interviewed under caution over seven claims, including the alleged rape of an 11-year-old, but that no inference of guilt should be drawn from this.

    Operation Conifer was closed earlier this year after officers found “no corroborating evidence” of any sexual abuse by Sir Edward and no evidence of a conspiracy.

  174. Geriatric Mayfly

    Gotta feel some sympathy for poor old Mr Markle.

    Could be too that he might morph into the drunk uncle at the reception. There would not be enough fainting couches for the scandalised old buffers and bufferesses in attendance. Think the Dowager Duchess of Downton Abbey.

  175. H B Bear

    We will never know, but maybe Abbott would have had a bit more starch in his shirt had his term overlapped with Trump’s.

    Remember the parable of the guy who built his house on sand? Abbott went one better and attempted to build his house on a Lieboral termite nest.

  176. Dr Faustus

    Because they’ve checked him out and found he may be a little bit suss and prone to a cash back-hander.

    No, no, no, no… That’s how rumours start.

    THE estranged controversial half-sister of Meghan Markle has taken responsibility for the “staged” paparazzi photos of her father, insisting it was for the benefit of the royal family and not a cheap grab for cash.

    “The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family,” she wrote.

    “We had no idea he would be taken advantage of. It was not for money.”

    Pretty straightforward, really.
    The £100,000 would have been incidental.

  177. Tel

    Cars that automatically call for help set to become law from 2018: EU rules demand all makers to install emergency ‘black boxes’

    The EU has been working for decades on laws that impose tracking devices in every vehicle.

    http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=79521

    Richard North, 15/09/2005

    What Reding did not say, and the EU publicity seems to avoid emphasising, is that to use the service, cars must be fitted with Galileo satellite positioning receivers. Linked to the mobile phone, it is this enables the emergency services to locate vehicles in distress.

    But, once the equipment is installed, there can be no guarantee that it will not send signals unbidden, thus enabling the authorities to keep track of unsuspecting motorists. Furthermore, exactly the same technology is used for road charging schemes and automatic speed limiters. Almost certainly, many motorists would be reluctant to have the equipment fitted to their cars if they knew its full potential.

    How clever of the commission, therefore, to “sell” the system as a life-saver, gulling the unsuspecting into fitting what amounts to a Trojan horse. Tough really that, once again, the member states have messed up its plans.

    There’s no popular demand for such a system, people would not buy it if they had the choice, but the EU bureaucrats want it and nothing else matters.

  178. C.L.

    Alan Jones brutally beat the living crap out of the Queensland Labor minister (Anthony Lynham) who prosecuted a grazier for clearing some land to feed his dying cattle; the fine is $100,000.

    From 51:15 ——->>>>>>>>>>

  179. Entropy

    I am encouraging Miss Entropy to do engineering. Class ratios are basically 30% girls, yet all the big companies have diversity targets. Almost guaranteed employment and swift promotion.

    I have to careful, the worst would be if she decided on journalism or political science. I would have to disown her.

  180. C.L.

    Oh OK. Mr Markle was told to avoid paps and was caught out.
    A doofus, to be sure, but he’s still in a pretty awful spot.

  181. Mitch M.

    Zippy, Burtt has only one real claim, repeated with variations. It is that everyone has metaphysical assumptions about the world and denying you have them just means they are unconscious, unexamined, and likely wrong. So you are better off confronting your assumptions and arguing about them.

    Hindu mathematicians, Zen physicists and neuroscientists, Christian biologists and geneticists, atheists everywhere in science. It doesn’t matter, they can all do great work. Metaphysical issues become relevant in a very small subset of scientific challenges, especially in neuroscience and physics. Apart from that scientists can do without philosophers peering over the shoulder and telling them they are ignorant of their assumptions. I wouldn’t be surprised if scientists express more doubt and are more circumspect in their proclamations than philosophers.

  182. C.L.

    From 55:45, in particular, Jones goes full what colour is the boathouse at Hereford?

  183. Entropy

    Alan Jones is scum, CL. You should be ashamed to be listening, let alone linking to the creature.

  184. Dave in Marybrook

    Frolicking Mole-
    here in FIFO south central, there’s an easy rubric that I use to figure out if a marriage will last.
    First, has the family immediately bought or leased a new house, and/or car and/or boat, without considering the risk of layoff/downturn/injury/burnout/interest rate hike?
    Secondly, does the WIFO sit on her arse and smartphone, without any engagement with her community- ie job, volunteering, P&C, sports team?
    “Yes” to either is bad news.

  185. Dave in Marybrook

    Sounds suspiciously like YAM’s career path, entropy. Even if she didn’t graduate and then made a hash of being an amateur journo and political commentator, hers is a lesson in what entitlement does to the soul.

  186. Entropy

    Ah yes, diversity targets within diversity targets. I must remember that Dave.

  187. calli

    Just woke up to see Balders is for surgery today. Good luck and God bless, dear man.

  188. Stimpson J. Cat

    Of course it goes without saying that in this case your metaphysics [1]will be held uncritically because it is unconscious ; moreover, [2]it will be passed on to others far more readily than your other notions inasmuch as it will be propagated by insinuation rather than by direct argument.

    It means there is an advantage in having an open mind to potential possibilities or hypotheses that mere science cannot describe or detect yet rather than limiting yourself by being a f$cking calculator clutching pocket protector wearing nerd.
    Simple.

    😁

  189. Fat Tony

    Entropy
    #2711256, posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    I am encouraging Miss Entropy to do engineering. Class ratios are basically 30% girls, yet all the big companies have diversity targets. Almost guaranteed employment and swift promotion.

    I have to careful, the worst would be if she decided on journalism or political science. I would have to disown her.

    To be successful in engineering, one needs a very good understanding of mathematics – to be able to understand things quantitatively and logically. (Dunno about “environmental” engineering tho…)

    If Miss Entropy has this trait, and decides that she will do the engineering degree (not “have a go”), then she will succeed.

  190. Fat Tony

    O Wise & Mighty Baldrick – good luck mate.

  191. calli

    On my travelling companions and full metal Hamas, there are only a couple of outspoken ones, the others really don’t know what to think.

    I tend to keep my trap shut and let the dribble flow on from the strident, then get out the gentle cluebat. For instance, I asked, before today, where did you think Israel’s capital was? Also, did you know successive US presidents promised to move the embassy, even Obama?

    Not really welcoming the end of the holiday, but four weeks in a tour group is just about enough for me. The next trip will just be the Beloved and me tooling around the US in a hire car for six weeks.

  192. Stimpson J. Cat

    Incidentally, why is it a scandal that he posed for some paid pap pics? I don’t get it.

    Are there nudes of Meagan Markles old man going around before the wedding?
    What the f$ck is going on in England?
    The Queen is behind this.
    Jesus Christ.

  193. Fat Tony

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2711268, posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    It means there is an advantage in having an open mind to potential possibilities or hypotheses that mere science cannot describe or detect yet rather than limiting yourself by being a f$cking calculator clutching pocket protector wearing nerd.
    Simple.

    Stimpy – you finally explained it in a way normal people (& crazy ones too – must be inclusive) can understand.
    Thanks

  194. I hope Baldrick’s family are at the hospital for the operation. Unlike Trump, who only visited after the kidney op on his wife was over. What a loser.

  195. Leigh Lowe

    THE estranged controversial half-sister of Meghan Markle has taken responsibility for the “staged” paparazzi photos of her father, insisting it was for the benefit of the royal family and not a cheap grab for cash.

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha, ha.
    Mmmyes.
    Buckingham Palace Inc needs a broke washed-up Hollywood lighting guy who is living in Mexico (for whatever reason) to manage their PR for them.
    Sounds reasonable to me.
    What they needed him to do was STFU until Saturday, not get pissed at the reception and not over-stack his plate with prawns at the buffet and catch the first jet to Acapulco on Sunday morning.
    The fucking idiot probably could have spent his remaining days shooting grouse, going to Ascot and guzzling Don Perignong NV for nix if he had played his cards right.

  196. Leigh Lowe

    Unlike Trump, who only visited after the kidney op on his wife was over. What a loser.

    It’s tradition.
    Obumbi played golf while Michelle had her third lap-band installed.

  197. Stimpson J. Cat

    I am encouraging Miss Entropy to do engineering.

    Make sure you have a great big signed Yasmin Abdel-Magied poster up in your house.
    It’s important for women to have positive role models from the industries they wish to enter.

  198. Entropy

    She does Fat Tony. In fact she has been put in the year above for maths on some kind of accelerated program.

    She still fancies the idea of the Qld Ballet though.

  199. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2711257, posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Oh OK. Mr Markle was told to avoid paps and was caught out.
    A doofus, to be sure, but he’s still in a pretty awful spot.

    Disaster averted.
    He probably would have shagged Fergie in the portable dunnies at the reception.

  200. JC

    Baldrick
    #2710986, posted on May 15, 2018 at 6:37 am
    in for quadruple bypass surgery today. See you guys on the other side.

    Dude , good luck with it. Man, that’s like every drain and pipes in the house are blocked up.

  201. Leigh Lowe

    m0nty

    #2711274, posted on May 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I hope Baldrick’s family are at the hospital for the operation.

    Why?
    If you’re not a gasser, a slasher or a mopper, you’re of no use during the op.
    You may as well go shopping.

  202. Leigh Lowe

    Not really welcoming the end of the holiday, but four weeks in a tour group is just about enough for me. The next trip will just be the Beloved and me tooling around the US in a hire car for six weeks.

    Keep the windows wound up in New England.
    Chockers full of Bernie Sanders supporters.

  203. JC

    I hope Baldrick’s family are at the hospital for the operation. Unlike Trump, who only visited after the kidney op on his wife was over. What a loser.

    You fat nasty lesbian , what is the point of hanging around the hospital when someone is in theatre or recovery!

  204. Stimpson J. Cat

    I hope Baldrick’s family are at the hospital for the operation.

    Why?
    They aren’t sick you buffoon.
    Was your family and friends there for your kidney stone emergency?

  205. C.L.

    I hope Baldrick’s family are at the hospital for the operation.

    Why? Are they all nurses?

  206. Delta A

    I hope Baldrick’s family are at the hospital for the operation. Unlike Trump, who only visited after the kidney op on his wife was over. What a loser.

    Then I’m a loser too, Monty.

    There is no point waiting around in a distressing hospital with nothing to relieve the anxiety of the long, long wait. After surgery, he will be taken to intensive care where he will not be allowed visitors for some time. But according to Monty, the family should just sit there and wait.

    I visited Best Man next day after his double bypass surgery. Even then, he was out to it in IT.

    But then again, if Trump had sat at the hospital throughout Melania’s procedure, Monty would be whining about the slack, time-wasting president. Anything to get Trump.

  207. Stimpson J. Cat

    I hope Baldrick’s family are at the hospital for the operation.

    Honestly, then there would be rich White people taking up valuable seats in the hospital that should rightfully be allocated to Ethnics and Diversity quotas.
    You Goddamned racist, you should know better Monty Jesus Christ!

  208. Snoopy

    Monty. Avenatti’s millions. Now.

  209. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I hope Baldrick’s family are at the hospital for the operation. Unlike Trump, who only visited after the kidney op on his wife was over. What a loser.

    Yes there wouldn’t have been any security or logistical reasons he was told to stay away.

  210. C.L.

    SHOCK news … Melbourne, Queensland and Australia skipper Cameron Smith just announced he’s retiring from all levels of the game – including State of Origin, three weeks away.

  211. pete m

    and he has a rather important job in the meantime – like stopping nukes in iran etc

  212. pete m

    CL he is retiring from rep footy, not NRL games.

  213. Tel

    Here’s an idea: Why don’t we force them to live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne?

    Hey buddy! You forgot to send some to Canberra.

    Who taught you about sharing huh?

  214. C.L.

    Treating men like little boys; that’ll work …

    Vic ‘Big Blue’ excavator for mental health.

    An excavator has been painted blue by a Victorian construction company to raise awareness of the high rates of suicide in the industry.

    Winslow Constructors unveiled the huge Hitachi ZX360 excavator, dubbed Big Blue, on Tuesday, in an effort to get construction workers to talk about their mental health.

    “Big Blue is an eye-catching way to get the message out into the field that everyone must take action if they find themselves anxious, depressed or even suicidal, or if they know of a friend or colleague who is,” general manager Rohan Davidson said.

    Must?

  215. candy

    , what is the point of hanging around the hospital when someone is in theatre or recovery!

    Because if it’s convenient and appropriate you can talk to the surgeon and be reassured about the op.
    Also your family member even in their anaesthetised brain knows you are there for them.

  216. Snoopy

    Also your family member even in their anaesthetised brain knows you are there for them.

    Metaphysics. Confirmed!

  217. Stimpson J. Cat

    “Big Blue is an eye-catching way to get the message out into the field that everyone must take action if they find themselves anxious, depressed or even suicidal, or if they know of a friend or colleague who is,” general manager Rohan Davidson said.

    You f$cking degenerate ridiculously named after a land in Lord of the Rings weasel!
    How dare you leverage the pain and misery of my brethren for your latest brilliant marketing and advertising campaign!

    Well done.
    Bravo and congratulations.

    😁

  218. Roger

    “So that’s more than 25 per cent growth in little more than a decade, which is very significant.”

    Yes, you will now need to spend billions in borrowed money to duplicate the M1, just for starters.

    Population growth via migration as economic stimulus is a time bomb waiting to go off in the hands of the next generation of tax payers.

  219. Stimpson J. Cat

    Because if it’s convenient and appropriate you can talk to the surgeon and be reassured about the op.
    Also your family member even in their anaesthetised brain knows you are there for them.

    Hanging around a hospital when you can serve no useful purpose there is Grigs Tier behavior Candy.
    You know this.
    Everyone knows this.

  220. Macbeth

    Good luck Baldrick. I know what it’s like. Thoughts and prayers with you today.

  221. feelthebern

    Sticking around a hospital while someone is going under the knife is like sticking around an airport while someone is in the air.
    A total waste of time.

  222. feelthebern

    Does Trump get enthusiastic consent from Obama every time Donny does Barry over ?

  223. Top Ender

    the Sunshine State was also unusual in having all three elements of what demographers dub “the triple green light’’ – net increases in natural growth, overseas arrivals and net interstate migration.

    And also not a government driving people away through appalling policing, education and energy policies such as Victoria’s.

    But then again others are trying hard to catch up, including Qld.

  224. Leigh Lowe

    Tel

    #2711297, posted on May 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Here’s an idea: Why don’t we force them to live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne?

    Hey buddy! You forgot to send some to Canberra.

    Hmmm.
    Was in Canberra (or “inside the beltway” as wannabe West-wingers like to call it) earlier this year.
    Remarkable dearth of freedom sacks and weird-beard.
    Do they fly them in special for the itfar dinner?

  225. Mother Lode

    Big Blue?

    When I lived in Kobe I used to be able to see a large ship on the bay from time to time from my balcony.

    The name of the vessel was ‘Big Earth’.

    Of course, due to the imperfect alignment of Japanese and English phonemes, the proper pronunciation would have been much closer to ‘Big Arse’.

    Mind you, to our American friends, it would have made sense to have called it a ‘big-ass ship’

  226. Leigh Lowe

    Also your family member even in their anaesthetised brain knows you are there for them.

    Remind me never to go near your anesthetitist.
    Sounds like he skimps on the juice.

  227. Roger

    But then again others are trying hard to catch up, including Qld.

    QLD has more ruinables projects on the go than any other state thanks to Palaszczuk’s generosity.

  228. Makka

    I have never understood why NASA is in on the climate racket at all.

    You’re kidding, surely.

  229. Harlequin Decline

    C.L.
    #2711255, posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm
    Alan Jones brutally beat the living crap out of the Queensland Labor minister (Anthony Lynham) who prosecuted a grazier for clearing some land to feed his dying cattle; the fine is $100,000.

    Jones really savaged the useless bastard.

  230. Snoopy

    I have never understood why NASA is in on the climate racket at all.

    Not really. Is it to add gravity to The Science?

  231. Tel

    Do they fly them in special for the itfar dinner?

    The Prime Minister has a preference for Iftar in Sydney, presumably because of the harbour views.

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