Wednesday Forum: May 16, 2018

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  1. Delta A

    Nick, you seem like one of our more cultured Cats.

    Very well travelled, too. He’s the go to man for information about… well, about anywhere in the world, really.

  2. feelthebern

    Apart from Bonfire, I’ve read none of his works.

  3. Arky

    Pffft.
    I can’t be bothered reading.
    Someone summarise the thread so far in ten words or less.
    Also: what is this about Baldrick?

  4. Tom

    Baldrick! I’m so glad you’re still here. God bless you. Best infantry sergeant in the history of liberty. You are a special forces troll buster.

    Now stop pharquing around and get yourself back together.

  5. Gab

    We’re hilarious mob, Baldrick. We’ll keep you in stitches!

    😀

  6. Zatara

    If they ban reporting on the ban how does one know it’s banned?

    Do they send you a dirty look imoji?

  7. Oh come on

    Is Keith retailing this bullshit story again? It was wheeled out a year ago by reporters keen to vicariously, metaphorically stab Trump using as their hitman the supposed exemplar of rapscallion Cool. Even left-wing Snopes says the yarn is total bullshit:

    Keith Richards might be a bit of a dick at times, but he’s the only real rock and roller remaining in the Stones.

    No ‘Sir Keith’ crap for him. Plus he told that miserable xunt Bob Geldof* to take his Live Aid bullshit and shove it.

    *a man whose conversation is so appalling that people have actually committed suicide after speaking with him

  8. zyconoclast

    Antifa on Trial: How a College Professor Joined the Left’s Radical Ranks

    Eric Clanton took to the streets with anti-fascists during a season of violence in Berkeley – and may spend the next decade in prison

  9. Nick

    Nick, you seem like one of our more cultured Cats.

    Nah, I wouldn’t go that far. If truth be told, I loved Wolfe because of his rapier like conservative, skewering of scared cows. I remember seeing the awful film adaptation of Bonfire, in NY, stifling laughter at the Rev Bacon, mindful that there had been a gunfight in a showing of the same film elsewhere in NY, the week before.

    Delta, you’re too kind. I’ve some travels planned for later in the year and I’ll keep you posted.

  10. zyconoclast

    The ‘white minority’ illusion

    Such people convince themselves of its reality by making a habit of talking about how “people of color” are uniformly oppressed by hegemonic “whiteness” in the United States. But the truth is that people of Hispanic, African, West Indian, East Asian, South Asian, and Arab descent don’t perceive themselves as (or vote as if they are) members of a unified bloc. They are discrete groups. Most of them do lean Democratic, but not uniformly, and they do so for disparate reasons rooted in the cultures they brought with them to this country and in their distinct histories since arriving.

  11. C.L.

    Pffft.
    I can’t be bothered reading.
    Someone summarise the thread so far in ten words or less.

    CFMEU ban Palestinian and Qatari Pell bypass; troll Avenetti metaphysics.

  12. Oh come on

    I wonder if JC could sign Bob Geldof up to work the Hotline? I think Geldof could be productive.

  13. zyconoclast

    17 Austrian Identitarians to Be Prosecuted Under ‘Mafia Law’ Accused of Being Criminal Organisation

    Charges have been brought against 17 anti-mass migration Identitarian movement activists in Graz using a law designed for combatting the mafia, the public prosecutor accusing the activists of forming a “criminal organisation”.
    The public prosecutor’s office announced the charges Monday against ten of the leaders of the Austrian branch of the Identitarian movement and a further seven other activists.

    The prosecutor laid several charges against the activist group including the formation of a criminal organisation that could see activists fined or even imprisoned for up to three years, Kronen Zeitung reports.

    According to the prosecutor, the aim of the various actions of the Identitarian movement was to “incite hatred against the religious society of Islam, against Muslims, foreigners and refugees, and especially Turkish nationals, and to scorn and discredit these groups through insults in public opinion”.

    In their statement, the prosecutor listed several different actions to prove their case including a protest in which the group put a banner on the Graz Green Party headquarters saying “Islamisation Kills”.

    The action in which the group dropped a banner over the Turkish embassy with the words “Erdogan take your Turks home” was also cited as inciting hatred.

    The protest came after Turks in Vienna marched in the streets in support of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following the summer 2016 coup attempt. Turks later rioted in Rotterdam when Turkish ministers were forbidden from campaigning in the Netherlands for a constitutional referendum in which Erdoğan dissolved the position of prime minister.

    Co-leaders of the Austrian Identitarians, Martin Sellner and Patrick Lenart, are owners of a clothing brand called Phalanx Europa which is also part of the prosecutor’s case.

    According to the prosecutor, both men earn a living from the clothing brand and use it to finance further Identitarian actions and spoke of potential income tax violations relating to the business and said the pair use Identitarian actions to improve sales of their merchandise.

    In a press release, the Identitarians condemned the prosecutions saying the group “rejects all allegations in the strictest sense”.

    “Even the criticism of the political Islamism of Erdoğan is forbidden, the freedom of opinion in Europe is in danger,” Sellner said. Both he and Lenart added: “We hope for the speedy opportunity to refute the allegations of the prosecutor because we are sure: a love of homeland is not a crime.”

    The prosecutions come less than a month after the same prosecutor ordered police to raid several offices and private homes, including Martin Sellner’s. The raids, according to the prosecutor’s office, are not connected to the charges announced Monday but to a separate investigation.

  14. Arky

    Thanks CL.
    That clears everything up.

  15. zyconoclast

    New Migrant Surge Tests Canada’s Welcoming Stance

    A small group of people from Nigeria and Mali stepped off a shuttle bus here on a recent evening and lugged suitcases and backpacks along a country road toward the border with Canada. A Canadian police officer was waiting there to arrest them.

    The group is part of a fresh wave of asylum seekers flooding into Canada in recent weeks, undeterred by the threat of arrest and posing the latest test for Canada’s immigration-friendly stance.

    Roughly 2,600 people used unofficial border crossings like this one to enter the country in April, according to Canadian police data. That marked the latest surge following the crossing last summer of some 8,500 asylum seekers.

    Canada’s Liberal government has faced heated criticism over its handling of the influx. The opposition Conservatives want the government to shut down unofficial border crossings, saying the asylum seekers using them are sapping resources normally devoted to processing applicants from other immigration and refugee streams. The Immigration and Refugee Board, which decides on asylum claims, has a backlog of 53,000 cases, and the labor union representing Canada’s border officers has said that staffing is insufficient to deal with the added pressure of asylum seekers.

  16. Tom

    Maybe JC could get Geldof to promise to kill himself as a way of giving suicidal clients new hope in a post-Geldof world that makes them back off the ledge.

  17. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    EXCLUSIVE: Michael Cohen ‘asked Qatari investor for millions of dollars’ which he said he would ‘pass to Trump family members’ at Trump Tower meeting – and Qatar’s foreign minister was there too.

    old news, Jared wanted qataris to finance his building. old news turned into fake news.

  18. Snoopy

    zyconoclast
    #2712357, posted on May 16, 2018 at 7:48 pm
    Antifa on Trial: How a College Professor Joined the Left’s Radical Ranks

    Nice chap. Got to watch these philosophy dudes.

    Clanton was a perfect target for /pol/. He was not just a professor, but an ethics professor who taught philosophy and critical thinking at Diablo Valley College in the East Bay suburb of Pleasant Hill.

  19. Tom

    The JC Suicide Hotline economy is an unstoppable force — an irresistible GDP driver.

  20. zyconoclast

    The US version of daycare fraud and bags of cash.

    Millions of dollars in suitcases fly out of MSP, but why?

    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – For five months, Fox 9 has been investigating what appears to be rampant fraud in a massive state program.

    This fraud is suspected of costing Minnesota taxpayers as much as $100 million a year.

    The Fox 9 Investigators reporting is based on public records and nearly a dozen government sources who have direct knowledge of what is happening.

    These sources have a deep fear, and there is evidence to support their concerns, that some of that public money is ending up in the hands of terrorists.

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    SUITCASES FILLED WITH MONEY

    This story begins at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where mysterious suitcases filled with cash have become a common carry-on.

    On the morning of March 15, Fox 9 chased a tip about a man who was leaving the country. Sources said he took a carry-on bag through security that was packed with $1 million in cash. Travelers can do that, as long as they fill out the proper government forms.

    Fox 9 learned that these cloak-and-dagger scenarios now happen almost weekly at MSP. The money is usually headed to the Middle East, Dubai and points beyond. Sources said last year alone, more than $100 million in cash left MSP in carry-on luggage.

    The national, go-to expert on what is behind these mysterious money transfers is Glen Kerns.

    “What we were interested in is where it was going,” Kerns said.

    He is a former Seattle police detective who spent 15 years on the FBI’s joint terrorism task force, until his retirement.

    “It’s an outright crime, it’s unbelievable,” he said.

    Kerns tracked millions of dollars in cash that was leaving on flights from Seattle.

    It was coming from Hawalas, businesses used to courier money to countries that have no official banking system.

    Some immigrant communities rely on Hawalas to send funds to help impoverished relatives back home.

    Kerns discovered some of the money was being funneled to a Hawala in the region of Somalia that is controlled by the al Shabaab terrorist group.

    “I talked to a couple of sources who had lived in that region and I said, ‘If money is going to this Hawala do you think it is going to al Shabaab?'” said Kerns. “And he said, ‘Oh definitely, that area is controlled by al Shabaab, and they control the Hawala there.’”

    He said when the money arrives, whether it was intended for legitimate purposes or not, al Shabaab or other groups demand a cut.

    As Kerns dug deeper, he found that some of the individuals who were sending out tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of remittance payments happened to be on government assistance in this country.

    How could they possibly come up with such big bucks to transfer back home?

    “We had sources that told us, ‘It’s welfare fraud, it’s all about the daycare,’” said Kerns.

    FOX 9 REPORTED ON THE FRAUD FIVE YEARS AGO

    To better understand the connection between daycare fraud and the surge in carry-on cash, you have to look at the history of this crime.

    Five years ago the Fox 9 Investigators were first to report that daycare fraud was on the rise in Minnesota, exposing how some businesses were gaming the system to steal millions in government subsidies meant to help low-income families with their childcare expenses.

    “It’s a great way to make some money,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

    In order for the scheme to work, the daycare centers need to sign up low income families that qualify for child care assistance funding.

    Surveillance videos from a case prosecuted by Hennepin County show parents checking their kids into a center, only to leave with them a few minutes later. Sometimes, no children would show up.

    Either way, the center would bill the state for a full day of childcare.

    Video from that same case shows a man handing out envelopes of what are believed to be kickback payments to parents who are in on the fraud.

    When asked where the money was going, Freeman said, “I don’t know exactly where it went. But it adds up when you begin to look at how many people were involved.”

    FOZIA ALI

    One recent federal case points to at least some of the money going overseas.

    Fox 9 obtained video of Fozia Ali being sworn in as a member of the city of Hopkins Park Board.

    “I will support the constitution of the United States,” she said.

    As she was taking her oath of office, she was also under investigation for wire fraud and theft of public money.

    “So help me God,” she said during the ceremony.

    State and federal agents had already raided Ali’s daycare center in south Minneapolis. The business was suspected of billing the government for more than a million dollars’ worth of bogus childcare services.

    “We found records that she was collecting a significant amount of money for a much larger number of children than were actually attending the center,” said Craig Lisher from the FBI. “We are aware that some of the funds went overseas, what she was cashing out, money from the business.”

    When asked if he had any idea of what it was going for he said, “I can’t say.” When pressed if he can’t say or doesn’t know he responded, “I can’t say.”

    Investigators analyzed Ali’s cell phone to track her activities.

    She took a two-month trip from Minnesota to Dubai and then Kenya, staying at times in $800 a night hotel rooms.

    She used an app on her phone to bill the state of Minnesota for childcare services while she was out of the country.

    Ali pled guilty to the daycare fraud and in March started serving time in a federal prison. She declined Fox 9’s request for an interview.

    10 DAYCARES UNDER ACTIVE INVESTIGATION

    “We believe that there’s a scope of fraud out there that we really need to get our arms around and ensure that those dollars are going to kids that really need them,” Acting Commissioner for the Department of Human Services Chuck Johnson said.

    He told the Fox 9 Investigators his agency has 10 daycares currently under active investigation for fraud.

    Fox 9 has learned dozens more are considered suspicious.

    Search warrants obtained by the Fox 9 Investigators show each one of the suspect centers has received several million dollars in childcare assistance funds.

    According to public records and government sources, most are owned by Somali immigrants.

    When asked if the Department of Human Services has any evidence to suggest this looks like organized crime, Johnson responded, “There’s a common pattern in how a lot of these are carried out, but beyond that, not something that I would directly categorize as organized crime.”

    Sources in the Somali community told Fox 9 it is an open secret that starting a daycare center is a license to make money.

    The fraud is so widespread they said, that people buy shares of daycare businesses to get a cut of the huge public subsidies that are pouring in.

    Government insiders believe this scam is costing the state at least a hundred million dollars a year, half of all child care subsidies.

    “I don’t think half sounds credible,” Johnson said. “I certainly think that some of the schemes that we’re seeing and certainly the ones that we’ve brought forward already for prosecution involve millions of dollars. I mean this is not a small scale that we’re looking at.”

    TRACKING THE MONEY?

    Minnesota started aggressively going after daycare fraud in 2014. Back then, it was easier to track the flow of money.

    The state would pay a daycare’s bill and within hours of the money showing up in the business’s bank account, funds were being wired to the United Arab Emirates.

    Those wire transfers stopped after a few centers were busted.

    Which brings us back to those mysterious suitcases at Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

    In 2015, investigators documented $14 million in carry on cash. By 2016, it had mushroomed to $84 million. Then last year, $100 million.

    A trend all too familiar to former terrorism investigator Glen Kerns.

    Fox 9 asked him how likely it is that some of the money is going towards terrorism?

    “I say absolutely, our sources tell us that. Good sources, from the community leaders,” he said. “My personal opinion is we need a nationwide task force to clamp down on this type of fraud.”

    This crime is spreading. Sources tell Fox 9 fraudsters in other states are now using the Minnesota playbook to rip off millions of public dollars meant to help kids.

  21. Arky

    Maybe JC could get Geldof to promise to kill himself

    ..
    People around Geldof kill themselves.

  22. zyconoclast

    The pro-democracy group founded by billionaire George Soros is leaving Hungary after its Prime Minister announced crackdowns on non-governmental organisations.

    Hungarian-American Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) said it is moving to Germany, leaving what it called ‘an increasingly repressive political and legal environment’ in Hungary.

  23. Tel

    Tom Woods did an excellent interview on baby Alfie Evans, and the “better off dead” doctrine of the UK medical establishment.

    https://tomwoods.com/ep-1157-baby-alfie-a-guide-for-libertarians/

    Dr. Michel Accad does most of the talking, for those who find French accent kind of pleasant.

  24. Makka

    old news, Jared wanted qataris to finance his building. old news turned into fake news.

    Don’t tell me the leftard 4am talking points email has let mUnty down again? He picks up that turd every time. IQ of a goldfish.

  25. C.L.

    JC outsourced the Suicide Hotline to Mumbai a couple of years ago.
    Needless to say, he cut a few corners …
    ————–
    Hello, JC’s Suicidal Hotline.
    Yeah, g’day. It’s just Trump. I can’t take it any more. I can’t take it, man.
    OK. First, what lights can you see on your modem?
    Huh? I said I’m suicidal about Trump.
    Yes sir. Are you still receiving email?
    What the FUCK?

  26. C.L.

    Charges have been brought against 17 anti-mass migration Identitarian movement activists in Graz using a law designed for combatting the mafia, the public prosecutor accusing the activists of forming a “criminal organisation”.

    The public prosecutor’s office announced the charges Monday against ten of the leaders of the Austrian branch of the Identitarian movement and a further seven other activists.

    The prosecutor laid several charges against the activist group including the formation of a criminal organisation that could see activists fined or even imprisoned for up to three years, Kronen Zeitung reports.

    According to the prosecutor, the aim of the various actions of the Identitarian movement was to “incite hatred against the religious society of Islam, against Muslims, foreigners and refugees, and especially Turkish nationals, and to scorn and discredit these groups through insults in public opinion”.

    The lights aren’t going out in Europe.
    They’re out. Well and truly out.

  27. Can I just say

    Really?

    That’s all you’ve got.

  28. Des Deskperson

    ‘Clanton was a perfect target for /pol/. He was not just a professor, but an ethics professor who taught philosophy and critical thinking at Diablo Valley College in the East Bay suburb of Pleasant Hill.’

    here’s Diablo Valley College’s academic offerings:

    https://www.dvc.edu/academics/programs.html

    Real Estate, Dental Hygiene, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, ‘Certificates of Achievement’.

    it’s your classic ‘community college’, more like a TAFE or a secondary college than a university.

  29. Frank

    People around Geldof kill themselves.

    Heroic wanking deaths perhaps?

  30. H B Bear

    Watched SBS news this evening ( I know), reporting on Gaza.

    If you are looking for vaguely factual reporting on the Middle East this is exactly the last place you start looking.

  31. JC

    If you are looking for vaguely factual reporting on the Middle East this is exactly the last place you start looking.

    No, not at all. I wanted a good belly laugh to see how those fuckers spin it against the Israelis. No mention it’s the Israeli side which is threatened. In fact they tried to spin as though the opposite was occurring. These leftwing fucks are just evil bastards.

  32. John Constantine

    The remittance money bleeding out of Australia would go a long way to helping pay for the infrastructure being worn out by Big Australia.

    Australia is focused on mass importing millions of the core demographic that do big remittance payments, legal and undocumented.

    How long does it take for 100 billion in remittance to leave the country, legal and black market?.
    Three to six years?.

    What is the point of the population Ponzi to boost Gross wealth, when it creates massive unfunded infrastructure liabilities, funnels vast remittance cashflows out the country and makes us so crowded that yabbying has to be banned because too many people catch too many yabbies.

    Comrades.

  33. JC

    Was Clanton booted from the college because his name is no longer in the staff directory?

  34. JC

    John C

    The remittance money bleeding out of Australia would go a long way to helping pay for the infrastructure being worn out by Big Australia.

    Australia is focused on mass importing millions of the core demographic that do big remittance payments, legal and undocumented.

    John C can you explain how the remittance money which is presumably after tax income be taken and then used to pay for infrastructure projects? I can’t see how its possible other than through confiscation.

  35. Conceivably, the request was granted.
    Which itself could not be reported according to the terms of the DPP’s “super-injunction.”
    Which would also mean this discussion would be illegal.

    and

    According to the prosecutor, the aim of the various actions of the Identitarian movement was to “incite hatred against the religious society of Islam, against Muslims, foreigners and refugees, and especially Turkish nationals, and to scorn and discredit these groups through insults in public opinion”.

    Things really are terribly bad.

  36. H B Bear

    After Wolfe’s death, I’ll treasure even more my signed first editions of The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the vanities.

    Nice. I had a couple of books signed by Michael Lewis when I was in London. Not a first edition of Liars Poker though.

    I read a few of Wolfe’s books. After Bonfire, A Man in Full struck me as laboured and I am Charlotte Simmons was just junk. I gave up at that point. Hooking Up is a collection of short pieces and shows the breadth of subjects he ranged across. Worth picking up if you see it around.

  37. JC

    One other thing John C

    For there to be a remittance there will be a (private) buyer and a seller of the AUD, with the seller being the remitter. How does that exchange cause the Australian dollars to disappear into the account of someone living overseas? You may argue that the remittance may cause a downwards bias for the Australian Dollar, but that about it. The conversion doesn’t cause those Australian dollars to disappear into the never never. Someone els,e who bought them, holds those Australian Dollars.

  38. calli

    Phew! Did anyone get the number of that bus?

    Thanks for the well wishes Cats and Kittehs.

    Tah daaaaah! 😀

    I think it was on the Tour From The Ninth Circle that I just got off.

    The driver had run over something (or someone) so that the door would not open. Enter the tyre lever to prise it free. I told them I wouldn’t get on unless they could demonstrate that the door would re-open and close without blunt force trauma. Ten more minutes massaging the front bumper into line. It was like touring Mumbai. I won’t say more.

    And why? Our agent had booked our little guided tour for the 16th of April. Grrrr.

  39. Snoopy

    John C can you explain how the remittance money which is presumably after tax income be taken and then used to pay for infrastructure projects? I can’t see how its possible other than through confiscation.

    If the remittance money is sourced from childcare and disability fraud it doesn’t need to be confiscated.

  40. C.L.

    Can I just say

    Really?

    That’s all you’ve got.

    Que?

  41. John Constantine

    The remittance money could stay in the country, to be spent on goods and services?.

    If a student pays a hole in the wall hamburger frying school money for a course that gives him residency, that is counted as income for the education industry, but if he then commences remitting out of the countryan equal amount every year, we have created a liability, not created an industry.

    The export of baby formula to China is a remittance opportunity to dodge tax and launder black market money. it is done through herds of foreign students working over supermarkets rather than the logical way of dealing in bulk pallets from the factory, because the factory would require paperwork and the supermarkets take cash.

    Just a way of getting a high value product out the country and beating the system.

    Lot of examples, either people have flexible perceptions of how it works or they don’t.

    I have a South African friend and it takes a lot of ingenuity for her to get resources out of Africa and into Australia, that is a real eye opener.

  42. John Constantine

    Money stays circulating in the country, credit multiplier.

    Money remitted out of the country in vast enough amounts actually defeats the stated purpose of the population Ponzi in the first place.

    Credit squeeze a genuine concern for all sorts of reasons.

  43. calli

    The Dubaiquoise don’t believe in Climate Change, or Sea Level Rise at the least.

    Just had a drive around The Palm in a bus full of sub-continentals. There’s about 2m freeboard.

    Nice yachts too.

  44. C.L.

    Mmm. Hang on.
    We may have been too hard on the DPP.
    It seems he is seeking to protect Pell …
    BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors Narrow Application For Media Ban On Cardinal George Pell Trial.
    Rationale explained there.

  45. Responding to the comment that the
    difference between dogs, cats, cockroaches and humans is that humans can talk.

    Harking back to the ‘assumptions’ that dogs, cats and cockroaches make about the world.

    I’m sorry Im on phone no copy paste skill atm

  46. struth

    Austria.
    When you are gutless, you become slaves.

    When you turn the other cheek, you become slaves.

    When you wait for someone else to do your work for you, you end up working for someone else……as their slave.

    Australia is as close to this as is our names.

  47. calli

    My dog assumes I’ll be home. As he has no concept of time, it could be Friday or some time next year.

  48. struth

    My dog has an uncanny concept of time.
    Down to 2 or three minutes.

  49. Arky

    Your dog knows exactly what time it is.

  50. egg_

    Caught a bit of Brian Cox-Ucker on Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (she’s gone International*) repeating his totalitarian mantra re CAGW with the analogy that (paying) passengers on a plane aren’t in a democracy.

    *A plane burning fossil fuels, by any chance?

  51. calli

    I have to laugh at myself when I tell him “You be a good boy now. I’ll be back soon”, when I go to the shops.

  52. JC

    The remittance money could stay in the country, to be spent on goods and services?.

    The remittance money never leaves the country, John. All that occurs is that a person sells Australian dollars to a buyer. There’s no movement in Australian dollars other than there being a newly minted buyer.

    If a student pays a hole in the wall hamburger frying school money for a course that gives him residency, that is counted as income for the education industry,

    Yep and you should be therefore overjoyed that a foreigner was taken for a ride, buying the course with foreign currency.

    but if he then commences remitting out of the countryan equal amount every year, we have created a liability, not created an industry.

    Incorrect. There is no liability whatsoever. There is a movement of dollars from one account to another. That’s it.

    The export of baby formula to China is a remittance opportunity to dodge tax and launder black market money.

    Really? I thought it was demand by Chinese for a product they believe is uncontaminated. Also, where is the tax dodge and black money issue coming from in this transaction, as I don’t see it. Also why do you even care?

    it is done through herds of foreign students working over supermarkets rather than the logical way of dealing in bulk pallets from the factory, because the factory would require paperwork and the supermarkets take cash.

    Huh?

    Just a way of getting a high value product out the country and beating the system.

    So you don’t like exports then. Okay, there are plenty of people here who don’t like importing, so not liking exporting is a new one at the Cat.

    Lot of examples, either people have flexible perceptions of how it works or they don’t.

    Huh?

    I have a South African friend and it takes a lot of ingenuity for her to get resources out of Africa and into Australia, that is a real eye opener.

    John, we have a floating exchange regime while which means there’s nothing stopping you from buying foreign currency for every single cent of your net worth. There’s also very little limitation on people sending goods overseas – even priceless nonrenewable items like baby formula. South Africa has exchange controls and aren’t parallel to us for comparison. But I would bet there is a huge demand to move funds overseas from that newly created failed state.

  53. Arky

    Your dog not only knows what time it is, he also knows what you have been up to, most of what you are thinking and whether or not you have cancer.

  54. chrisl

    The point JC is,what is the point of immigration/temporary visas if the money is all sent back to country of origin.It does nothing to help build Australia.I have heard that one Australian wage is the equivalent to 55 over there wages. Three years work here and you are set up for life over there.
    And what is this taxation of which you speak?

  55. egg_

    difference between dogs, cats, cockroaches and humans is that humans can talk.

    Getting into dangerous territory with super senses wrt to timekeeping. etc. , if “soulless” animals is behind the latest assertions.

  56. John Constantine

    https://www.farmtender.com.au/primeagnews/should-east-coast-sheep-producers-be-concerned-about-a-live-export-ban

    Good point that the shearer shortage will really bite if the west Australians suddenly keep their wethers on as woolcutters instead of export.

    Is their rotational paddocks available to displace crops with more sheep?.

    Or will the trucks across the Nullabor enable the meatworks in eastern Australia to hit their magic desired “one sheep too many” over the hooks glut that lets them play mafia and destroy saleyard prices, that lets them drop over the hooks prices.

    The loss of capacity that occurred when the huge meatworks at murray bridge burnt down was one supply/demand shock, convoys of west aussie sheep heading east could be a cumulative shock.

    Letting Saudi Arabians hire the cheapest Pakistanis they can to do the cheapest sheep husbandry on the cheapest ships.

    How could it go wrong?.

  57. JC

    Money stays circulating in the country, credit multiplier.

    What I think you’re talking about anyway is velocity. A foreign exchange transaction in a floating regime has no impact on V. None. Zero. Zilch.

    A deposit leaves someone’s account and the same amount goes into another person’s account. Net impact. Zero.

    Money remitted out of the country in vast enough amounts actually defeats the stated purpose of the population Ponzi in the first place.

    Remittances only have an impact on the exchange rate level and nothing else.

    Credit squeeze a genuine concern for all sorts of reasons.

    Pleaze! Enough.

  58. egg_

    I have to laugh at myself when I tell him “You be a good boy now. I’ll be back soon”, when I go to the shops.

    He knows someone will feed him that night, as they have done all of his life.

  59. DrBeauGan

    My dog doesn’t know if I’ve got cancer, Arky.

  60. Mark A

    struth
    #2712402, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Austria.

    I work here some of the time, company policy, no politics or any touchy subjects with the locals.
    If you engage and get in strife, you’re on your own. (they happily pay our traffic fines tho, LOL)

    I wouldn’t talk politics with anyone here, spec. not with my niece who lives here permanently and gone totally native, including greeny-refo loving politics.

  61. Arky

    You just don’t know that your dog knows.
    Your dog knows you don’t know that he knows.
    That is what he is trying to tell you.

  62. JC

    The point JC is,what is the point of immigration/temporary visas if the money is all sent back to country of origin.

    Chrisl, this really needs to stop. No money is leaving the country! Not one cent is leaving the country. A seller and a buyer meet at a price for Australian dollars against a foreign currency.

  63. Makka

    Yes, Florida Man again;

    An exploding electronic cigarette is being blamed for the death of a man in the United States.

    Tallmadge Wakeman D’Elia was found dead inside his Florida home earlier this month after a fire alarm alerted the authorities.

  64. Mark A

    JC
    #2712414, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Money stays circulating in the country, credit multiplier.
    Pleaze! Enough.

    OK enough, but have to mention this, I think you and John are talking about completely different things.

    He is not the least concerned with the exchange rate.

  65. JC

    He is not the least concerned with the exchange rate.

    He may not be, but it’s the only thing he should be concerned because there is zero impact elsewhere.

    The exchange is the price set by private buyers and sellers for Australian dollars.

    The only impact there is from a remittance is to cause the exchange rate to have a downwards bias.

  66. struth

    When we got our dog the average household IQ went up, and you all know how smart I am!!!!!
    They’re like rooly intellajunt.

  67. JC

    Fellas

    Do we need to do Macro 101. Dot will offer a group rate for tutoring.

    Where the fuck is Dot anyway?

  68. Makka

    Dot will offer a group rate for tutoring.

    In what? Obfuscation?

  69. Leigh Lowe

    struth

    #2712404, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    My dog has an uncanny concept of time.
    Down to 2 or three minutes.

    Arky

    #2712405, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Your dog knows exactly what time it is.

    OK.
    Now here is a theory about the decay of scent.
    If you leave and return at the same time every day the dog will eventually know roughly when to expect you back.
    The theory is that their ultra-heightened sense of smell starts to tune in to the dissipated scent of you over time.
    When it reaches a certain reduced level they start expecting you back.
    Not sure how you prove that.

  70. JC

    In what? Obfuscation?

    No, something you know less than nothing about, economics.

  71. Mark A

    JC
    #2712419, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    The point JC is,what is the point of immigration/temporary visas if the money is all sent back to country of origin.

    Chrisl, this really needs to stop. No money is leaving the country! Not one cent is leaving the country. A seller and a buyer meet at a price for Australian dollars against a foreign currency.

    Again, while I’m employed overseas, currently for nine months, my wages are paid into my Aus. bank account and I transfer 90% of it to Vienna for living expenses.

    Are you telling me that this amount we spend here, does not affect the grocers and other merchants in our suburbs where we usually spend it?
    I know it’s not going to send them broke but if enough of us do it in the same suburb it would make a diff.

    Nothing to do with exchange rates or money supply as such, I can’t understand your obsession with it.

    It is simply money earned here spent elswhere.

  72. Entropy

    b

    ut if he then commences remitting out of the countryan equal amount every year, we have created a liability, not created an industry

    .

    Incorrect. There is no liability whatsoever. There is a movement of dollars from one account to another. That’s it.

    Well, yeeees. However, the point of the thing from the politicians’ perspective is that transfer adds to GDP calculation. It doesn’t have to actually contribute something useful.

  73. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2712425, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Fellas

    Do we need to do Macro 101. Dot will offer a group rate for tutoring.

    Where the fuck is Dot anyway?

    Hasn’t been seen since the day before that off the wall guy got arrested in Bali with a whole bunch of drugs and fessed up straight away.

  74. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    My dog doesn’t know if I’ve got cancer, Arky.

    might be able to smell something different, maybe

  75. Mark A

    Leigh Lowe
    #2712427, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    struth

    #2712404, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    My dog has an uncanny concept of time.
    Down to 2 or three minutes.

    Arky

    #2712405, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Your dog knows exactly what time it is.

    OK.

    The theory is that their ultra-heightened sense of smell starts to tune in to the dissipated scent of you over time.
    When it reaches a certain reduced level they start expecting you back.
    Not sure how you prove that.

    I don’t buy the scent business, when we lived on the farm the dog would wait just inside the farm gates about 15 minutes before my usual arrival. Never longer than that.

  76. Makka

    No, something you know less than nothing about, economics.

    Don’t be a dick. You are talking exchange rates and remittances. Fk all to do with economics.

  77. JC

    Again, while I’m employed overseas, currently for nine months, my wages are paid into my Aus. bank account and I transfer 90% of it to Vienna for living expenses.

    Think of the transactions. You’re not transferring Australian Dollars.
    1.You’re selling Australian Dollars and buying Euro.
    2. You see a drop in your account equal to the amount you sold
    3. The buyer sees a rise in his account equal to the amount purchased.

    Are you telling me that this amount we spend here, does not affect the grocers and other merchants in our suburbs where we usually spend it?

    Nope. Not saying that at all. With the newly acquired Euro you consume to the extent what the Euro balance in your account allows.

    Similarly the buyer of the Australian dollars ( those you sold) either does the same or invests the money in Australia.

    I know it’s not going to send them broke but if enough of us do it in the same suburb it would make a diff.

    I’m sure it would

    Nothing to do with exchange rates or money supply as such, I can’t understand your obsession with it.

    It’s not an obsession at all, it’s just that you don’t understand what’s going on and I don’t mean this pejoratively.

    It is simply money earned here spent elswhere.

    Foreign currency transactions in floating exchange rate regimes don’t have a direct impact on the money supply.

  78. Makka

    I see that nutcase Deanne Carson has had to close down her online life after receiving flack for her “ask permission to change a nappy” brain fart on ALPBC.

    Heartwarming stuff.

  79. JC

    Ent

    Well, yeeees. However, the point of the thing from the politicians’ perspective is that transfer adds to GDP calculation. It doesn’t have to actually contribute something useful.

    Well yes it does, if the money was earned for reasons to do with production. Earning income suggests something was done, which was productive.

    Now you may argue that what we should be concerned with is GDP per capita, but that’s another story and has a more legitimate argument against immigration. But your point doesn’t.

  80. John Constantine

    The effect of importing remittance herds, and accelerating that policy is that Australia ends up with a California style vast pool of cheap people to scrub toilets and drive taxis and do gardening.

    Those recruited by migration agents to be cannon fodder for their schemes to game the system are expected to continue to do remittances and after sending their discretionary wealth back to their sponsors, they become and remain clients for Australias taxfunded welfare industry.

    Australias remittance industry is our fastest growing export sector, locked in to continue growing under current policies.

    Maybe I do need to be educated as to how importing millions of people to remit themselves into welfare dependency, then to vote for socialists promising higher welfare safety nets is Our Strength?.

  81. DrBeauGan

    Arky
    #2712418, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:20 pm
    You just don’t know that your dog knows.
    Your dog knows you don’t know that he knows.
    That is what he is trying to tell you.

    I am absolutely certain my dog doesn’t know if I’ve got cancer. There’s not much I am certain about, but that’s one case.

    That’s because I haven’t got a dog.

  82. JC

    Don’t be a dick.

    Okay, but I’m not.

    You are talking exchange rates and remittances. Fk all to do with economics.

    Stop the idiocy.

    By the way, what the hell were you doing in the dark continent?

  83. OneWorldGovernment

    It’s amazing that non believers of Christianity actually engage with Christians

  84. Geriatric Mayfly

    ‘Walkies’ are always scheduled for 1615 each day. If there is a delay the two dogs start assembling protest posters for a planned march around the house.

  85. JC

    Maybe I do need to be educated as to how importing millions of people to remit themselves into welfare dependency, then to vote for socialists promising higher welfare safety nets is Our Strength?.

    Don’t they have to pay into super?

    Making a remittance is basically foregone consumption by the remitter. In other words that singular person consumes less, but there’s no change to aggregate consumption.

  86. Makka

    By the way, what the hell were you doing in the dark continent?

    I’m still here but keeping an eye on your blather now and then. I told you, I am doing my small part to feed the world economy with the Resources it needs.

  87. struth

    DrBG.
    Get a cancer check up ASAP.

  88. Fat Tony

    difference between dogs, cats, cockroaches and humans is that humans can talk.

    Dogs just want to love and be loved, cats are philosophers (but crap with maths), cockroaches become politicians – and humans talk too much

  89. JC

    I told you,

    Oh yea, I forgot.

  90. Mark A

    JC
    #2712436, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I give up. I know you know what you are talking about and I know what I’m, but the twain don’t meet.

    I’m simply concerned with the missing spending power in my suburb if enough of us work overseas and spend our money there.
    Or as John stated, they earn the money here but not spending it here, same thing, lost to the local economy.

  91. JC

    You know this really is a special moment and clearly shows why he’s prez. He maybe as tough and nails with those fucks that deserve it, but he seems to have a kind heart.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/996464466702274561

    The old gal will never forget this.

  92. struth

    I can walk past my dog 50 times a day and she might wag her tail a little bit.
    Come 1630hrs I am the most interesting and attractive thing she has seen.
    Constant patting required and the love shown…….
    Honestly I’m wondering how much money I could make in Hollywood.
    She’s a better actress than most of those huskies , er, hussies like Blanchett.

  93. JC

    I give up. I know you know what you are talking about and I know what I’m, but the twain don’t meet.

    Then think a little harder.

    I’m simply concerned with the missing spending power in my suburb if enough of us work overseas and spend our money there.

    If enough of us work overseas? 10% of native born do.

    Or as John stated, they earn the money here but not spending it here, same thing, lost to the local economy.

    No it’s not lost. Read back what I said and you should get it.

  94. Dave in Marybrook

    My second last dog would find me and nudge my leg at exactly 12:55 every day, for lunch at 1. Uncanny.
    This devotion to food, and his undeniable brains, gave him a full life to the age of eighteen, where he continued to trot out after me for work, even though he was dissolving a bit.

  95. OneWorldGovernment

    struth
    #2712450, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    DrBG.
    Get a cancer check up ASAP.

    nahh

    it is a subtle troll.

  96. DrBeauGan

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2712445, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    It’s amazing that non believers of Christianity actually engage with Christians

    I don’t see why, OWG. I quite like most Christians. All the Çat ones. Some of the sanctimonious ones get up my nose, like that creep who abuses his church notice board.

    Some of them are quite bright and worth arguing with.

  97. Fisky

    Hooray! George Soros has admitted defeat and abandoned his “Open Society” project in Hungary. No more subversion!

    He must be driven out of EVERY country!

  98. hzhousewife

    I see that nutcase Deanne Carson has had to close down her online life after receiving flack for her “ask permission to change a nappy” brain fart on ALPBC.

    Heartwarming stuff.

    Clearly she has never experienced three kids under five with norovirus – real life awaits her 🙂

  99. Leigh Lowe

    Geriatric Mayfly

    #2712446, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    ‘Walkies’ are always scheduled for 1615 each day. If there is a delay the two dogs start assembling protest posters for a planned march around the house.

    And there are the times when we must leave the house without the hound.
    The look.
    “What the? … I’m not going? … You cannot be serious!”

  100. Des Deskperson

    I just watched the last episode of ABC flagship drama ‘Harrow’ in I-view and it wax a crass and silly as egg – I think it was – posted earlier this week.

    The ‘zombie’ bit was made even more risible by the fact that the actor playing the apparently reanimated corpse used to be the Police Chief in Dr Blake.

    The episode ended with Harrow being shot by some unseen assailant but as a second series is, as they say, i the pipeline, then we must assume he survives.

    The running theme for the next series will therefore presumably be ‘Who shot Harrow?’.

  101. struth

    The best cancer checkups are apparently, labrador.
    You’re either rooted with cancer of the arse or the dumb bastards haven’t worked out it’s pointless sniffing human butt.
    Don’t take chances.
    Tell your doctor about your at home wet nose examination.

  102. cohenite

    I wonder who got at the witnesses in the CFMEU stuff-up?

  103. DrBeauGan

    My system was :
    If it howls but doesn’t smell horrible, burp it. If that doesn’t work, feed it.

    If it howls and smells, it isn’t just agreeable to having its nappy changed, it’s bloody well demanding it.

    That woman is an idiot.

  104. OneWorldGovernment

    DrBeauGan
    #2712460, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2712445, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    It’s amazing that non believers of Christianity actually engage with Christians

    I don’t see why, OWG. I quite like most Christians. All the Çat ones. Some of the sanctimonious ones get up my nose, like that creep who abuses his church notice board.

    Some of them are quite bright and worth arguing with.

    I actually feel sorry for you bogan.

    It must be hurtful to only have one person you can relate to!

  105. hzhousewife

    The export of baby formula to China is a remittance opportunity to dodge tax and launder black market money.

    Not so long ago, shopping centres seemed to be full of outlets selling protein powder, it was all the rage. The Chinese don’t seem at all interested in protein powders – the outlets have diminished here meanwhile, but, I wonder, have we missed a marketing oppourtunity here, selling protein powder to the Chinese?

  106. John Constantine

    Australia is deliberately outsourcing its immigration program to migration agents based in worlds poorest countries.

    These migration agents arrange for peasants to enter Australia, carrying with them an obligation to send remittances. A very real obligation, as real as any obligation to pay tax to the Australian tax office.

    Effectively we are importing proles obligated to pay so much of their discretionary income that it cuts into their ability to consume in Australia, adding to our underclass even as it lifts the ability to consume back in peasantland.

    The raiding Vikings enriched Norway, but the coastal settlements of Ireland couldn’t shrug it off as just a balance sheet transaction.

  107. Geriatric Mayfly

    ‘Who shot Harrow?’.

    I, said the sparrow
    With my little arrow.

  108. DrBeauGan

    It must be hurtful to only have one person you can relate to!

    I can relate to most people, OWG. Even you, although I don’t get much out of it.

  109. JC

    Not so long ago, shopping centres seemed to be full of outlets selling protein powder, it was all the rage. The Chinese don’t seem at all interested in protein powders – the outlets have diminished here meanwhile, but, I wonder, have we missed a marketing oppourtunity here, selling protein powder to the Chinese?

    I don’t know if it’s still occurring. If it is why aren’t Australian formula producers ramping up production and selling that shit to China? What’s stopping them. Coma?

  110. struth

    I tried to avoid changing nappies at all costs.
    I had a woman to do that.

  111. OneWorldGovernment

    DrBeauGan
    #2712475, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    It must be hurtful to only have one person you can relate to!

    I can relate to most people, OWG. Even you, although I don’t get much out of it.

    What do you believe in DrBeauGan?

  112. amortiser

    Baldrick,
    Welcome to the club. I’m almost 10 years down and will be running the 10k at the Gold Coast Marathon weekend to celebrate.

    Being made to get up and walk with all the tubes hanging off 2 hours after I woke up was a bit of a shock but ultimately uplifting as I could see I was not incapacitated despite what had happened.

    I didn’t have any weird dreams. It was a complete blank out.

    The first 6 weeks are the most challenging as the sternum knits back. Treasure that buggy pillow as it will come in handy when you cough or laugh. The clowns here will make it hard in that regard.

    Make sure you do the 6 weeks rehab program after you are able to drive again. It’s great for building your spirits.

    I was amazed at how much better I felt after it was all done. I just thought I was getting old and needed regular naps until the angina struck.

    I take my hat off to the surgeons who do this work. They make such a difference. Over all the hospitals in Brisbane I reckon they do almost 100 a week here. That’s a lot of zippers lol.

    Hope all goes well with the recovery.

  113. Stimpson J. Cat

    Baldrick are you alive?
    Did you get an Ethnic Heart or a Robot Heart?
    Are the nurses hot?

  114. Makka

    And there are the times when we must leave the house without the hound.
    The look.
    “What the? … I’m not going? … You cannot be serious!”

    Same look when muttley helps himself the front seat and you tell him “in the back”.

  115. struth

    I must have changed no more than a dozen nappies in my life.
    Once, or twice when wifey wasn’t home I had to squirt my son off on tbe back lawn or I would have spewed, hurled, blown chunks etc.
    It’s purely women’s work..

  116. DrBeauGan

    Leigh Lowe
    #2712465, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:10 pm
    Geriatric Mayfly

    #2712446, posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    ‘Walkies’ are always scheduled for 1615 each day. If there is a delay the two dogs start assembling protest posters for a planned march around the house.

    And there are the times when we must leave the house without the hound.
    The look.
    “What the? … I’m not going? … You cannot be serious!”

    There’s not the slightest doubt that dogs can communicate their feelings to human beings.

    Cats problem could too, if they had any.

  117. cohenite

    Effectively we are importing proles obligated to pay so much of their discretionary income that it cuts into their ability to consume in Australia, adding to our underclass even as it lifts the ability to consume back in peasantland.

    The odd thing is remittances do not increase the GDP of the receiving country. Nor I suspect do they do much for the GDP in the host country since the funds are often off the books or in tax dodges like child care centres.

  118. OneWorldGovernment

    What do you believe in DrBeauGan?

  119. Leo G

    C.L. posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Mmm. Hang on. We may have been too hard on the DPP. It seems he is seeking to protect Pell …

    BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors Narrow Application For Media Ban On Cardinal George Pell Trial.

    Rationale explained there.

    Making the decision in Fairfax Digital Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd v Ibrahim in 2012 (293 ALR 384), Basten JA (Bathurst and Whealy agreeing) concluded that suppression orders can be made which are binding on third parties subject to certain general conditions, provided they do not purport to bind the “world at large”.

  120. Beertruk

    Top Ender
    #2712481, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    This crap will never end.

  121. hzhousewife

    I wonder who got at the witnesses in the CFMEU stuff-up?

    Someone on Paul Murray said this was a total vinidcation of the futility of the Dyson Hayden led Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

    It is very hard at times to retain one’s faith in humanity. Sometimes I feel as though every single person in this country wants corruption and cheating to be normal.

  122. Fisky

    What is the point of the population Ponzi to boost Gross wealth, when it creates massive unfunded infrastructure liabilities, funnels vast remittance cashflows out the country and makes us so crowded that yabbying has to be banned because too many people catch too many yabbies.

    It enables us to meet our UN-designated Replacement Migration targets, as well as helping to entrench Labor governments (such as the Dan Andrews regime that will never be displaced) at all levels with imported vote-herds.

    That is the purpose of the scheme, nothing more.

  123. Oh come on

    IIRC, a NSW coroner found it most probable that Michael Hutchence had a phone conversation with Bob Geldof, and shortly after Hutchence committed suicide.

    Talking to Geldof is clearly dangerous. The man is a xunt of the highest order. Sir Xunt.

  124. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Conscientious objectors, and others who opposed World War One, are to be recognised in a new memorial planned for Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.

    Shirkers!

    Dunno. What are your thoughts on a conscientious objector who refused to carry a rifle, but would serve as a medical orderly or stretcher bearer?

  125. DrBeauGan

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2712479, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:19 pm
    DrBeauGan
    #2712475, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    It must be hurtful to only have one person you can relate to!

    I can relate to most people, OWG. Even you, although I don’t get much out of it.

    What do you believe in DrBeauGan?

    I don’t know exactly what you mean by a belief, OWG. I think the simplest answer would be that I don’t have any beliefs. I have a large number of working hypotheses which have not yet been shown to be wrong.

  126. OneWorldGovernment

    I’d reckon that drbogan is a fuckwit that lies.

  127. Fisky

    What would happen to Australia if it repudiated its UN Replacement Migration diversity target? Would international banks still lend to us? Would there be sanctions and travel bans from more civilised EU members? Perhaps even a UN army of some kind intervening directly to keep the airports open and the voteherds arriving in their thousands.

  128. Beertruk

    Welcome back, Baldrick. While I have not had by pass surgery, I have bowel surgery, a stoma bag, 12 lots of chemo and the plumbing reconected in 2014. I still suffer a few side effects from the bowel surgery though. After reading what you went through, I may be a wee bit better off than you, Matey. 😉

  129. Makka

    Dunno. What are your thoughts on a conscientious objector who refused to carry a rifle, but would serve as a medical orderly or stretcher bearer?

    If they served in the conflict then of course they deserve the same recognition as any serviceman/woman. However if they did not serve then of course they do not deserve recognition.

  130. OneWorldGovernment

    DrBeauGan
    #2712496, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2712479, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:19 pm
    DrBeauGan
    #2712475, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    It must be hurtful to only have one person you can relate to!

    I can relate to most people, OWG. Even you, although I don’t get much out of it.

    What do you believe in DrBeauGan?

    I don’t know exactly what you mean by a belief, OWG. I think the simplest answer would be that I don’t have any beliefs. I have a large number of working hypotheses which have not yet been shown to be wrong.

    So you are nothing but a shithead.

    Good to know.

  131. JC

    Cohenite, you really are an idiot at times.

    The odd thing is remittances do not increase the GDP of the receiving country.

    It increases consumption of the individual (receiver), but if the country has a floating regime it would have no impact in aggregate for the reverse reasons mentioned above.

    Nor I suspect do they do much for the GDP in the host country since the funds are often off the books or in tax dodges like child care centres.

    Interesting, so you’re a big government guy, who thinks only on the books labor is economically legit. Wow, Cohenite, more revelations about you.

  132. Beertruk

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2712495, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    What are your thoughts on a conscientious objector who refused to carry a rifle, but would serve as a medical orderly or stretcher bearer?

    They still went and I would like to think that they were awarded their war medals.

  133. Fisky

    John McCain’s historic role was to be the F.W. De Klerk of America, running a fake campaign knowing his duty was to lose, and then hand the country over to a Marxist occupation regime. Luckily, there are just enough deplorables in the rust belt to stop a full-blown ANC style government consolidating power, but unless Trump can build that wall and shut down the vote-herd resettlement scheme, it may not be for long!

  134. Oh come on

    Take a night off the grog, OWG. Seriously.

  135. DrBeauGan

    OWG, sober up. Getting pissed every night can’t be good for you.

  136. JC

    Makka
    Rones once insisted I recognize his service record because he was sent to a Pacific Island honeymoon resort. He called it a “deployment”.

  137. Oh come on

    The odd thing is remittances do not increase the GDP of the receiving country.

    You know, you have to be impressively stupid to believe this. You probably could have got a job in the Obama WH justifying whatever bullshit Obama was pushing. Pity.

  138. JC

    Rones

    I’m really curious, where were you “deployed”? Was it Vanuatu, or Fiji?

  139. Leo G

    … I think the simplest answer would be that I don’t have any beliefs. …

    You have a working hypothesis that you don’t have any beliefs- but you can’t prove it.

  140. C.L.

    I gave Harrow (ABC) a go. Totally formulaic and boring, it has that lazy and hackneyed preoccupation with such narrative cliches as the eponymous principal as a suspect (yawn), his daughter in trouble with the police (yawn), he’s involved sub rosa with a police colleague (yawn), his lab assistant is a lovable nerd (yawn) …

    Probably only my 30 seconds watching Ben Hall tonight was worse. Hall the famous bushranger was apparently as menacing and charismatic as an Office Works hello! nazi and his offsider Gilbert as camp as Elton John.

  141. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on
    #2712505, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Take a night off the grog, OWG. Seriously.
    DrBeauGan
    #2712506, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    OWG, sober up. Getting pissed every night can’t be good for you.

    Good to see the ‘boys’ cuddle up to each other.

    But

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2712487, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    What do you believe in DrBeauGan?

  142. Oh come on

    The odd thing is remittances do not increase the GDP of the receiving country.

    Good. So no need to worry about it, right, cohenite?

  143. Makka

    The odd thing is remittances do not increase the GDP of the receiving country.

    Mexico, Philippines, Pakistan – all their economies and countless millions of families survive on remittances. GDP is most certainly supported from remittances.

  144. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Second observation – the aircon is waaaaaay too low. Everywhere, including vehicles.

    Aircon observation from Utoro on the furtheset eastern peninsula of Hokkaido, Japan beside the Okhotsk Sea (a Russian name) not too far from Kamchatka peninsula; almost an inland lagoon with so much fresh water pouring in that it freezes the sea to pack ice even below the Arctic Circle.

    Today it was unseasonably warm – no jacket needed for a walk around the bear-proofed above-ground electric fenced walkway to the first of a series of five spring-fed lakes in a volcanic tundra looking up to a snow-clad volcanic mountain range with two active volcanoes in it. At sunset a mist reminiscent of a Turner Thames hung far to the horizon causing the setting sun to create twinkling water diamonds down a ladder towards the land, while in the dark lake the snowy range was perflectly reflected. I have rarely seen anything so mystically lovely. Hairy in vulcanological rhapsody.

    Tonight in our hotel room I could hardly breathe. The windows didn’t open, the aircon pumped out hot air no matter what knob I twiddled, and the portable aircon thing they have in all hotel rooms in Japan fought the system in the ceiling. We escaped to the dining room and after dinner I captured the woman from reception and in spite of her desire to draw representations on some paper I persuaded her up to our room, where Hairy was nearly expiring in the heat. She showed us how to open the windows (not self-evident at all) and implied in her three words of English that the aircon was setto to hotto today in all hotello. Opening the windows was the go, and eventually the room cooled down with the aircon turned to OFF. We shall sleep windows open tonight, even though in this capricious climate a big cold front is supposed to bring the temp down to seven degrees (from twenty today) overnight. Hairy says he will bet that on June 1 the aircon setting gets changed to summer mode.

    Too cold when it’s hot, Calli, and too hot when it’s cold. That’s aircon the world over.

  145. OneWorldGovernment

    drbogan?

    what do you think about taxation?

    should it be wiped out?

  146. JC

    OCO

    It certainly increases personal consumption etc. and will effect velocity in some fashion. It will also increase the money supply of the receiving country if it’s a fixed exchange rate regime, but it shouldn’t impact at the aggregate, if the country has a floating rate regime. In the latter case the currency balance will rise for the receiver and fall for the seller of that currency as the seller is forgoing consumption.

  147. Oh come on

    Excuse me, Dr B. What I believe is that OWG’s cognitive faculties are again quite severely impaired by excessive ethanol intake. This seems to recur nightly. OWG, you might want to take a look at that.

    Or, less politely – learn to handle your drink, you fucking lightweight cockhead. Go punch yourself out before someone else does it for you.

  148. C.L.

    Making the decision in Fairfax Digital Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd v Ibrahim in 2012 (293 ALR 384), Basten JA (Bathurst and Whealy agreeing) concluded that suppression orders can be made which are binding on third parties subject to certain general conditions, provided they do not purport to bind the “world at large”.

    Interesting. Thanks, Leo.
    I honestly don’t know what to think.
    Look, it could be a very clever two birds with one stone act.
    Seem like you’re protecting Pell by preventing the second trial jury from knowing anything about the case (which, at this stage, is obviously bullshit) while really trying to suppress the risible and dishonestly assembled rubbish presented as ‘evidence’ against Pell by your office.

  149. egg_

    Rocketman’s leverage?

    Mr Bolton recently said North Korea could follow a “Libya model” of verifiable denuclearisation, but this alarms Pyongyang, which watched Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi give up his nuclear programme only for him to be killed by Western-backed rebels a few years later.

    The BBC’s Laura Bicker in Seoul says North Korea – which had long said its nuclear arsenal is essential for its survival as a state – is now making its demands clear.

    Mr Kim’s statement, carried by state media, said that if the US “corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks” and “will have to reconsider” attending the 12 June summit in Singapore.

    He said North Korea did have “high hopes” but that it was “very unfortunate that the US is provoking us ahead of the summit by spitting out ludicrous statements“.

  150. OneWorldGovernment

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2712517, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    drbogan?

    what do you think about taxation?

    should it be wiped out?

    Or are you just a fuckwit that slurps up the bumb of some skin.

  151. C.L.

    John McCain’s historic role was to be the F.W. De Klerk of America, running a fake campaign knowing his duty was to lose, and then hand the country over to a Marxist occupation regime.

    That’s right. Good comparison.
    And here’s the thing: McCain loved playing the role of loser. He finally got to match the rank of his father and grandfather – as a Washington General.

  152. DrBeauGan

    Leo G
    #2712511, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:43 pm
    … I think the simplest answer would be that I don’t have any beliefs. …

    You have a working hypothesis that you don’t have any beliefs- but you can’t prove it.

    You can never prove a working hypothesis, Leo, but you can sometimes be persuaded that they need to be modified.

  153. Oh come on

    John McCain’s historic role was to be the F.W. De Klerk of America, running a fake campaign knowing his duty was to lose, and then hand the country over to a Marxist occupation regime.

    Ouchhhhh. Harsh, damn harsh. But fair.

  154. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on
    #2712519, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Excuse me, Dr B. What I believe is that OWG’s cognitive faculties are again quite severely impaired by excessive ethanol intake. This seems to recur nightly. OWG, you might want to take a look at that.

    Or, less politely – learn to handle your drink, you fucking lightweight cockhead. Go punch yourself out before someone else does it for you.

    Love your crap.

  155. Infidel Tiger

    Mr Bolton recently said North Korea could follow a “Libya model” of verifiable denuclearisation, but this alarms Pyongyang, which watched Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi give up his nuclear programme only for him to be killed by Western-backed rebels a few years later.

    Bolton is a stark raving idiot if that is what he said.

    I can’t believe the Americans are falling for Kim’s bluff. He ain’t stopping anything for anyone except his Chinese masters.

    Fuck the Americans are clueless.

  156. JC

    Here:

    But one highly anticipated effect of remittances has failed to materialize. Although many observers hope or expect remittances to promote economic growth, research in this area consistently fails to find a strong connection between the two. Some studies find that remittances contribute to growth only weakly, while others find that they actually reduce it in the receiving countries.

    Perhaps most disappointing is that despite the fact that many developing countries receive very large amounts of remittances – relative to the size of their economies – there is not a single remittances success story. In other words, there is no example of a country for which remittances have clearly driven its economic development.

    The other point that I haven’t mentioned is the assistance remittances provide poor nation’s balance of payments, thereby holding up the exchange rate and therefore imports not being even more expensive.

  157. OneWorldGovernment

    DrBeauGan
    #2712524, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Leo G
    #2712511, posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:43 pm
    … I think the simplest answer would be that I don’t have any beliefs. …

    You have a working hypothesis that you don’t have any beliefs- but you can’t prove it.

    You can never prove a working hypothesis, Leo, but you can sometimes be persuaded that they need to be modified.

    A very subtle troll.

  158. OneWorldGovernment

    Hey dribble face bogan

    Good to see the dicks that lick you.

    Go for it!

  159. egg_

    The ‘zombie’ bit was made even more risible by the fact that the actor playing the apparently reanimated corpse used to be the Police Chief in Dr Blake.

    Noted at the time, but wanted to avoid a spoiler.
    Simply added to the farce.
    I was going to say that he was a ‘time travelling zombie’*, just to add to the freak show.

    *Harrow meets Dr Who?

  160. Old School Conservative

    The left always lie.

    “Gaza health officials are casting doubt on initial claims that a 9-month-old baby died from Israeli tear gas fired during mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel. A medical doctor said Tuesday that the baby, Layla Ghandour, had a pre-existing medical condition and that he did not believe her death was caused by tear gas.”

    Leftist media lie by omission – this news came out the same day as the original CNN report.
    (h/t Instapundit)

  161. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Never knew this: Hairy exploring maps shows me that on the Chinese-Russian border near the River Amur that feeds all the fresh water into this almost ‘inland sea’, there is an area marked on Google Maps as ‘Jewish Autonomous District’. Wonder what the story is there, near the city of Birobidzhan?
    ————

    Baldrick, bear hugs to you, oops, probably that would cause you grief with your stitches.
    As Tom says, you are a real trooper on this site.
    Keep taking the Codral (or whatever’s on offer) and Soldier On.
    xx
    No law against a peck on the cheek, is there? 🙂

  162. Oh come on

    McCain is a really hard dude to square. He was tortured by the North Vietnamese, he did hard time in the Hanoi Hilton, he wasn’t some Congressional hearing-anointed, eye-scratching “winter soldier” xunt like John Kerry.

    McCain gets serious props for not being John Kerry.

    But then McCain went on to be Sen. McCain. It’s not easy at all.

  163. Rae

    McCain is a really hard dude to square. He was tortured by the North Vietnamese, he did hard time in the Hanoi Hilton, he wasn’t some Congressional hearing-anointed, eye-scratching “winter soldier” xunt like John Kerry.

    And definitely not a draft dodger (5 times) like Donald Trump.

  164. Snoopy

    For those lovers of ABC drama at a complete loss now Harrow S1 has concluded, salvation is at hand. Mystery Road, set in the East Kimberley, premieres in two back-to-back episodes on June 3rd. Judy Davis from Balmain weighing in at 140 lbs and 5’5″ plays a hard-bitten police sergeant.

  165. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on
    #2712534, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    McCain is a really hard dude to square. He was tortured by the North Vietnamese, he did hard time in the Hanoi Hilton, he wasn’t some Congressional hearing-anointed, eye-scratching “winter soldier” xunt like John Kerry.

    McCain gets serious props for not being John Kerry.

    But then McCain went on to be Sen. McCain. It’s not easy at all.

    McCain abused families that didn’t know where there child was.

    McCain voted for Democrat shit most of his life.

  166. Makka

    Perhaps most disappointing is that despite the fact that many developing countries receive very large amounts of remittances – relative to the size of their economies – there is not a single remittances success story. In other words, there is no example of a country for which remittances have clearly driven its economic development.

    The success story is that remittances prevent countless millions of families from falling into poverty. It’s ridiculous to assert that the billions $ in Phillipino and Mexican remittances ( from the ME and USA) that are expended in the receiving nations do not contribute to their economy. Those expats earn 5-10 times their potential back home.

  167. OneWorldGovernment

    Hey Rae

    Are you a poofter?

  168. C.L.

    “Gaza health officials are casting doubt on initial claims that a 9-month-old baby died from Israeli tear gas fired during mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel. A medical doctor said Tuesday that the baby, Layla Ghandour, had a pre-existing medical condition and that he did not believe her death was caused by tear gas.”

    As soon as I saw that baby in photographs, I knew her deceased little body was being used by the Palestinians. Obviously a mother with a new baby wasn’t at the ‘protest’ site. Hamas are vile animals and the only thing they’re good for is to be shot.

  169. DrBeauGan

    Judy Davis from Balmain weighing in at 140 lbs and 5’5″ plays a hard-bitten police sergeant.

    😁

  170. Oh come on

    Well, you abuse the bottle nightly, OWG. And you spew the consequences here. McCain is dying. You don’t have to. Get help – honestly. It’s very noticeable.

  171. Infidel Tiger

    McCain was a terrible pilot. A very brave prisoner. An awful husband. A good father. A bog standard politician.

  172. OneWorldGovernment

    DrBeauGan
    #2712541, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Judy Davis from Balmain weighing in at 140 lbs and 5’5″ plays a hard-bitten police sergeant.

    you scum made a derogatory remark.

    You are nothing but filth.

  173. Makka

    McCain is a really hard dude to square. He was tortured by the North Vietnamese, he did hard time in the Hanoi Hilton, he wasn’t some Congressional hearing-anointed, eye-scratching “winter soldier” xunt like John Kerry.

    McCain sold his soul to the Deep State. He has actively helped usurp the Constitution. He has palled up with ISIS. He has made a life’s work living off his Vietnam experience at taxpayer expense. That’s who he is now, no matter what he once was.

  174. Snoopy

    Anyone know the price of a bottle of Jim Beam in Kampong Som?

  175. Fisky

    The N.Vietnamese extracted humiliating confessions and kompromat from McCain, filed away in the Soviet archives, and used as leverage over him for the rest of his career. In fact, they were probably conditional on him being elected as a globalist stooge.

  176. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on
    #2712542, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Well, you abuse the bottle nightly, OWG. And you spew the consequences here. McCain is dying. You don’t have to. Get help – honestly. It’s very noticeable.

    Obviously you are a fuckhead.

    OCO you are a dumb fool.

    Go for it you dumb shit.

    You obviously suck on drbogons dick.

    The woman that said McCain is dying just told the truth.

    OCO

  177. egg_

    A “bush sauna”, when liquid is poured over a multitude of native flora and fauna, is a common treatment for easing arthritic pain. Clear liquid squeezed from a bush cockroach’s anus is used for its anesthetic and antiseptic properties.

  178. Fisky

    Mr Bolton recently said North Korea could follow a “Libya model” of verifiable denuclearisation

    This stupid moustachioed idiot is going to cause a nuclear war.

  179. OneWorldGovernment

    Fisky
    #2712550, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Mr Bolton recently said North Korea could follow a “Libya model” of verifiable denuclearisation

    This stupid moustachioed idiot is going to cause a nuclear war.

    As apposed to the fuckhead Obama and his foul cretins.

    Fuck off Fisky.

    Do you lick the dick of Hamas?

  180. cohenite

    I wonder who got at the witnesses in the CFMEU stuff-up?

    Someone on Paul Murray said this was a total vinidcation of the futility of the Dyson Hayden led Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

    It was that ex alp shithead who married his assistant and got caught up in the travel rorts.

  181. Leo G

    Seem like you’re protecting Pell by preventing the second trial jury from knowing anything about the case (which, at this stage, is obviously bullshit) while really trying to suppress the risible and dishonestly assembled rubbish presented as ‘evidence’ against Pell by your office.

    Perhaps they believe that they can prevent members of the public who attend the trial from publishing otherwise lawful personal observations about the procedings.

  182. cohenite

    Good. So no need to worry about it, right, cohenite?

    Who was worrying?

  183. Fisky

    OWG is a Russian trollbot with terrible taste in vodka, spreading disinfo on this fine blog. Nobody in their right mind would mention “Gaddafi” within earshot of Kim Jong Un, but that is what the dumb idiot Bolton did.

    So I think we need to watch OWG very closely!

  184. Makka

    This stupid moustachioed idiot is going to cause a nuclear war.

    If Phat Phuc Kim is going to denuke it will have to be verifiable in some way. The little beachball better get used to giving them up because that’s the crux of the whole deal. Or his country can go back to eating grass and burning firewood while they wonder when the big one will drop.

  185. cohenite

    Cohenite, you really are an idiot at times.

    Especially when I read your posts head prefect. It’s called agnotology. No one is immune.

  186. Fisky

    When the International Communists staged their fake surrender in 1989, they handed their archives over to the Globalists for safe-keeping. John McCain was allowed to continue his career of phony patriotism, so long as he toed the line on open borders and dumb wars. Barack Hussein Obama had been groomed for decades by the Leftist wing of the CIA to transition America into a post-constitutional order.

  187. Infidel Tiger

    Kim is never de-nuking.

    What the fuxk is this idiocy?

  188. Fisky

    Trump should triple the sanctions on N.Korea and cancel the talks.

  189. cohenite

    You know, you have to be impressively stupid to believe this.

    Or not know the difference between GDP and GNP.

  190. Fisky

    Kim has said he is suspending tests. Which is great, but the problem is it doesn’t mean anything because he already has existing nukes to send over the border for the next decade at least.

    So it is looking like a fake concession, and it should be ignored. Enforce a 100% blockade on these pricks and see if he wants to return to the table.

  191. JC

    Love Twitter:

    Jack Posobiec
    It’s becoming more and more clear John Brennan ran a Russian false flag operation against the Trump campaign, using elements associated with the DOJ, the DNC, and MI6
    5:29 AM – 16 May 2018

    and

    Langdale.ca

    Langdale.ca Retweeted Jack Posobiec

    🇺🇸

    And who said this from the very beginning when @Cernovich was fed that stuff about Susan Rice? I’ve said from the very beginning this was all Brennan.

    So who killed #SethRich? Brennan did.

  192. OneWorldGovernment

    Fisky
    #2712555, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    OWG is a Russian trollbot with terrible taste in vodka, spreading disinfo on this fine blog. Nobody in their right mind would mention “Gaddafi” within earshot of Kim Jong Un, but that is what the dumb idiot Bolton did.

    So I think we need to watch OWG very closely!

    thanks fisky

    I love having Biden and the crap tell us about how Trump shits on America.

  193. Oh come on

    Nobody in their right mind would mention “Gaddafi” within earshot of Kim Jong Un, but that is what the dumb idiot Bolton did.

    This is beyond question. What. The. Fuck.

  194. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on
    #2712565, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Nobody in their right mind would mention “Gaddafi” within earshot of Kim Jong Un, but that is what the dumb idiot Bolton did.

    This is beyond question. What. The. Fuck.

    Obviously you HATE Americans.

  195. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on

    I have reported you.

  196. JC

    You know, it’s not zero that Brennan had Rich killed. Brennan had the capability to find out if Rich was leaking/who was. Brennan also exhibits extreme leftism and a terrible temper on twitter, which seems could get way out of control.

  197. C.L.

    Makka is right:

    If Phat Phuc Kim is going to denuke it will have to be verifiable in some way. The little beachball better get used to giving them up because that’s the crux of the whole deal. Or his country can go back to eating grass and burning firewood while they wonder when the big one will drop.

    What are you all suggesting – that we take Kimbo’s word for it when the nuclear stuff is binned?
    Of course there have to be in-built verification protocols – and boots on North Korean ground.

    The quote:

    “One thing that Libya did that led us to overcome our skepticism was that they allowed American and British observers into all their nuclear related sites. So it wasn’t a question of relying on international mechanisms. We saw them in ways we had never seen before,” Bolton told CBS News.

    Perfectly true.

  198. OneWorldGovernment

    JC
    #2712569, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    You know, it’s not zero that Brennan had Rich killed. Brennan had the capability to find out if Rich was leaking/who was. Brennan also exhibits extreme leftism and a terrible temper on twitter, which seems could get way out of control.

    Every single arzhole took out of the fbi, cia, whatever that you cannot say that muslims are farking killer arseholes.

  199. JC

    It is true, but you could make the point without having to bring Libya into the picture.

  200. Oh come on

    A Bush-era triumph was getting Gadaffi to give up his WMDs. It really was. Obama pissed all over Dubbya’s legacy via his ‘lead from behind’ policy, which translated quite literally into a machete up Gaddafi’s Khyber. Catastrophe wrt US credibility.

    This is all known. Bolton knows it better than most, or at least he ought to. Why bring up Gadaffi when trying to coax Kim into handing over his nukes? It’s a really bad card to play – the worst – at any point in the negotiations. You better do what we say otherwise you might fall victim to our perfidy!

  201. cohenite

    That alp ex-pollie on Paul Murray gloating about the cfmeu was stephen conroy.

  202. OneWorldGovernment

    Oh come on
    #2712573, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    A Bush-era triumph was getting Gadaffi to give up his WMDs. It really was

    bomb the xunts

  203. Baldrick

    Yeah I’m still alive Stimpy. Firing on all eight cylinders.

  204. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Email from my youngest son tells me Attapuss has transferred his loyalties to him temporarily as his chief carer in my absence, despite Attapuss being contemptuously dismissive of him until now. Feed them and love will come seems to be the message with felines. I suspect Attapuss has divined that diligence is pretty hit and miss with this son. So he is putting out some special feline lovery to gee up son’s performance. The litter tray is probably getting quite nasty by now, and I have instructed a change, pronto.
    ————–

    Sydney. My city. I know it from end to end. Westies, The Shire, Camden and Richmond, the Hawkesbury, the garden suburbs of the middle ring, the gentrified inner-west, the north-west expansions, and the old monies of the North Shore (Killara up to Wahroonga), Northern Harbour and the Harborside East – Elizabeth Bay to Vaucluse/Watsons Bay. And then there is Godzone, aka the Northern Beaches, and the new artzy Blue Mountains (Springwood to Blackheath).

    Tribal? Yes, it is. When I first came to Sydney from its Western Suburbs the big divide amongst the well-off was Mosman side vs. Vaucluse side, with Killara ‘on the East side of the North Shore rail line’ being where retired judges went to garden and then die. I chose to live first in a flat the Kirribilli and then Mosman side, and worked in the CBD with a girl from Vaucluse. She didn’t know I was really a ‘Westie’, she simply thought I was ‘wrong’ in some indefinable way that needed her input (because she liked me) simply because I lived in Mosman.

    Godzone has leaped ahead too in recent years, ‘beyond the Bilgola bends to Newport and Palmie – I’ve lived there too. The waterfront areas of The Shire also have their status claims (the BBC’s Sylvania Waters didn’t help its bogan image though). The wealth in all of these broad tribal areas is huge and there is flow on to the rest. Many cities, possibly most, divide into areas in this way.

  205. Oh come on

    “One thing that Libya did that led us to overcome our skepticism was that they allowed American and British observers into all their nuclear related sites. So it wasn’t a question of relying on international mechanisms. We saw them in ways we had never seen before,” Bolton told CBS News.

    And then what happened.

  206. egg_

    If Phat Phuc Kim is going to denuke it will have to be verifiable in some way. The little beachball better get used to giving them up because that’s the crux of the whole deal. Or his country can go back to eating grass and burning firewood while they wonder when the big one will drop.

    Kim’s art of the deal?
    Leverage for something. as is his wont.
    How much is China supporting NK with aid, etc?
    He knows NATO are soft on Iran.

  207. Good to see you back, Baldrick.

  208. Infidel Tiger

    Give up your nukes and you’ll be anally r a p e d to death in the town square by murderous western backed thugs.

    That’s a winning deal.

  209. Fisky

    We saw them in ways we had never seen before,” Bolton told CBS News.

    That’s what I was thinking when a mob of enraged lunatics shot Gaddafi in the stomach and shoved a machete up his ass. Great day for nonproliferation!

  210. Baldrick

    Thanks m0nst. Happy to be here still.

  211. OneWorldGovernment

    Baldrick
    #2712576, posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Yeah I’m still alive Stimpy.

    Firing on all eight cylinders.

    Well done.

  212. Infidel Tiger

    WTF?

    The Egyptians paid for Ann Aly to fly to Cairo to renounce her citizenship?

  213. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yeah I’m still alive Stimpy. Firing on all eight cylinders.

    Glad to see you back, Balders. Keep your head, down, mate.

  214. JC

    I love this dude, he’s brimming with ideas and shit in the morning US time

    1.
    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca
    22m22 minutes ago

    [email protected] was an @FBI source embedded in the @realDonaldTrump campaign. DOJ allegedly threatened him to be a source.

    But Manafort fed them information to purposely get them to abuse their authorities, and he old @realDonaldTrump about it.

    2.

    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca
    21m21 minutes ago

    Christopher’s Steele’s “dossier” was allegedly backed-up in part by information that @PaulManafort fed the @FBI as a source in the @realDonaldTrump campaign.

    Trump knew this was going on the whole time.

    3.

    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca
    21m21 minutes ago

    [email protected] has apparently been ordered to avoid the idea of the @FBI having a source in the @realDonaldTrump campaign.

    4.

    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca
    18m18 minutes ago

    [email protected] think’s that just because someone writes in an email “Russia has emails,” that @DonaldJTrumpJr can automatically assume that the claim in the email is true.

    This kind of nonsense goes on continuously.

    5.

    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca
    16m16 minutes ago

    My guess is that @PaulManafort told @DonaldJTrumpJr and @realDonaldTrump ahead of time that the Trump Tower meeting was a ploy by Simpson, Fusion GPS, and @JohnBrennan to pretend to offer @HillaryClinton’s emails.

    They went along with it to play the role & bait @BarackObama.

    6.

    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca
    14m14 minutes ago

    If @DonaldJTrumpJr has refused the offer, it would have given away that they were wise to things. They would have determined that @PaulManafort was exposing the IC operations against the @realDonaldTrump campaign.

    7.

    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca
    12m12 minutes ago

    If @DonaldJTrumpJr had refused the offer, it would have given away that they were wise to things. They would have determined that @PaulManafort was exposing the IC operations against the @realDonaldTrump campaign.

    8

    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca

    It doesn’t take an intelligence genius to wonder & worry that someone offering to represent Russia offering @HillaryClinton’s emails might just be a fraud or trap.

    This thought would have easily occurred to everyone. @PaulManafort could have easily confirmed who was behind it.

    9.

    Langdale.ca
    ‏ @langdaleca
    6m6 minutes ago

    [email protected] probably has exculpatory evidence in the form of an audio recording meeting with @PaulManafort were they discuss purposely trying to bait @BarackObama’s abuse of Federal authorities to spy on their campaign.

  215. C.L.

    What are we lamenting Gadaffi’s ouster now, Fisk?
    He copped a sword up the date because he’d been raping children for the past 40 years.

  216. OneWorldGovernment

    DrBrauGan

    A very subtle troll.

  217. max

    There’s a series on SBS on Wed nights called ‘The Good Fight.’ About a legal firm in Chicago and very similar in feel to Westwing. Everybody is interesting and smart and good.

    They’re right up to date with storylines : Trump, Russia, MeToo all get a good run and the villains are all white.

    I’m now wondering if it’s a satire. Tonight one of the women partners and her husband were tossing up whether or not to get a divorce after living apart for a period. The climax came when they reached the decisive moment. She asked him: ‘Did you vote for Trump ?’ He said ‘No’ and fell into his arms.

    You’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh out loud.

  218. max

    ‘… she fell into his arms.’ FM.

  219. egg_

    He knows NATO are soft on Iran.

    Kim wants compensation for lost trade?

  220. Yes JC, mania does lend one a certain frisson.

  221. JC

    I hope Kim hangs around. I love how he waddles around like a duck.

  222. JC

    Yes JC, mania does lend one a certain frisson.

    You ought to talk.

  223. Snoopy

    Yes JC, mania does lend one a certain frisson.

    And a penchant for donut frenzies.

  224. JC

    Here’s the thing about this whole Wussia thing, Monst.

    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this isn’t one of those regular hysterical events that the D’rats frequently succumb to. There was a determined effort to stitch up Trump with the wussian collushion bullshit. That’s 100% fact. The figuring out part is how those fuckers concocted it and then exposing it so the public can see what they did. There was collushion alright.. from the D’rats making stuff up trying to destroy this presidency.

    The Kenyan, Crooked, Comey, Brennan are all in on it up to the top of their head.

  225. What are your memories of Watergate, JC? You’re old enough to remember it, unlike me.

  226. Fisky

    What are we lamenting Gadaffi’s ouster now, Fisk?

    Don’t care about Gaddafi. More concerned with keeping nukes out of the hands of loonies. Really dumb to use Gaddafi as a positive role model of denuking

  227. JC

    What are your memories of Watergate, JC? You’re old enough to remember it, unlike me.

    You reckon we’re basically time traveling and this is a reprise of Watergate do you…. even though the challenger in the election had no power to compel the deep state to spy on the other challenger’s campaign. Yep, just like Watergate as far as the D’rats are concerned.

  228. OneWorldGovernment

    One of the funniest things that I ever heard was that people that do not believe in anything believe in something.

  229. C.L.

    Don’t care about Gaddafi. More concerned with keeping nukes out of the hands of loonies. Really dumb to use Gaddafi as a positive role model of denuking.

    Westerners in a leftist-controlled world are always fearful that our enemies or negotiation partners are child-people who will be offended mortally – and in this case – run away because Libya bad word.

    Relax, for the love of Mike. The fatso thought this through. He wants to survive, personally and physically, which is why he called quits on the Hitler-on-all-fronts imitation. He’ll save some face along the way but he’s not going to crawl back to the Hermit Kingdom and weld the shell shut because Bolton said “Libya.”

  230. OneWorldGovernment

    Hey master troll drbaugan

    How do you figure the entire universe came into being?

  231. OneWorldGovernment

    Hey master troll drbaugan

    How do you figure that numbers came into being?

  232. Snoopy

    If Turnbull had gonads he would propose legislation to make an MP found to be unqualified liable for the cost of the resulting by-election. Sure the Libs will lose some but the ALP will lose more. Turnbull may even rid himself of Abbott!

    This has to be the best constitutional provision in the world after the first and second amendments.

  233. OneWorldGovernment

    Hey master troll drbaugan

    Who created the number Zero?

  234. OneWorldGovernment

    Hey master troll drbaugan

    you are a subtle troll

  235. A reprise, yes JC.

    The American spies were not spying on the Trump campaign. They were spying on the Russian spies, then the Trumpkins started phoning and meeting some of those spies. Page became an asset of Russia, complete with a spy handler, which is why he got bugged like he was a spy.

    When this is over, you will deny ever supporting Trump.

  236. Mark A

    C.L.
    #2712605, posted on May 17, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Relax, for the love of Mike. The fatso thought this through. He wants to survive, personally and physically, which is why he called quits on the Hitler-on-all-fronts imitation. He’ll save some face along the way but he’s not going to crawl back to the Hermit Kingdom and weld the shell shut because Bolton said “Libya.”

    He has to consider his power-base, the military top brass, also.
    They all want to keep their power.
    Transition is not easy in a society like that.

  237. OneWorldGovernment

    Hey master troll drbaugan

    Do you understand how many times you just abuse folk.

    I think you are a piss poor representation.

  238. Mark A

    m0nty
    #2712611, posted on May 17, 2018 at 12:39 am

    When this is over, you will deny ever supporting Trump.

    JC needs no defense by others, but I can’t recall him ever seriously supporting Trump.
    He may have dropped an approving one liner every now and then when Trump’s actions made him money.

  239. OneWorldGovernment

    Hey master troll drbaugan

    I feel sorry for you.

  240. When the International Communists staged their fake surrender in 1989, they handed their archives over to the Globalists for safe-keeping. John McCain was allowed to continue his career of phony patriotism, so long as he toed the line on open borders and dumb wars. Barack Hussein Obama had been groomed for decades by the Leftist wing of the CIA to transition America into a post-constitutional order.

    Oh Fisky. Never go full Bird.

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