Monday Forum: May 21, 2018

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  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Fox News.

    She also released a response from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”

  2. Geriatric Mayfly

    GM – From a modern historian who is a regular Guardian writer I fear a cross between Bandanna Man and the black armband view of British colonialism. Rather high risk. Although I’d be happy to be disabused by a Cat who has read it.

    I may have failed to read between the lines BoN. But, as I said, instructive. It introduced me to be players I had never heard of on both sides In the Graveyard of Empires (another book on the topic.) The well written saga unfolded at a fair clip, which maintained interest, and every so often it was leavened by the personal quirks of individuals at the forefront. However, the main ingredient seemed to be, who could out-slaughter who.

  3. C.L.

    Wow. Rusted-on Clintonista Mark Penn excoriates criminals James Comey and Robert Mueller …
    In Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sorry GM, I’d assumed you’d pasted a description from a website. Apology!

  5. C.L.

    Penn also hits Alexander Downer as a dishonest toad.

  6. zyconoclast

    you can bypass Bezos

    Nope. Amazon own Book Depository. And Abebooks too I think.

    Bummer – but I still find Book Depository Good to buy from

    I heard he also owns the book suppository.

  7. Makka

    CL’s link;

    At this point, there is little doubt that the highest echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules to end the Hillary Clinton “matter,” but we can expect the inspector general to document what was done or, more pointedly, not done. It is hard to see how a year-long investigation of this won’t come down hard on former FBI Director James Comey and perhaps even former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who definitely wasn’t playing mahjong in a secret “no aides allowed” meeting with former President Clinton on a Phoenix airport tarmac.

    Be very wary of busses and Arkanside. I wouldn’t travel on a plane with any of these hombres. JC’s suicide hotline may be under resourced. And order more popcorn.

  8. cohenite

    ‘course you would.

    Hi ya head prefect.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC would turn into Dr Manhattan.

  10. JC

    Here we go.

    The Justice Department asked its internal watchdog to examine if there was any impropriety in the counterintelligence investigation of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, after the president demanded Sunday that the department investigate the motives behind the inquiry.

    Earlier Sunday, in one of a series of tweets targeting the probe into whether Trump associates colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump wrote: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

    Mr. Trump was referring to a man who approached at least two Trump campaign aides in 2016 in connection with the counterintelligence investigation into the campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller took over that investigation last May when he was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    This line to thinking is moving it along.

    Former law-enforcement officials have said informants in a probe involving a presidential campaign should only be used for law-enforcement or foreign-intelligence purposes, not for political ends.

  11. egg_

    Looks like Aldi has a special on embalming fluid in the Special Buys this week.

  12. egg_

    Royal Curried Pastor recipe
    Take on large fruitcake…

  13. Snoopy

    Penn also hits Alexander Downer as a dishonest toad.

    We’ll get the truth soon. Fearless Australian journalists are swarming outside Downer’s house demanding answers.

  14. zyconoclast

    Calls for international dark sky reserve in Central Australia

    Doesn’t North Korea already have that?

    With the way our power supplies are heading to failure, they will be able to do this in Sydney and Melbourne. No need to travel to Alice Springs.

  15. Geriatric Mayfly

    Sorry GM, I’d assumed you’d pasted a description from a website.

    Not sure if this is a compliment or an insult. However, there is the apology appended to placate any affront under which I might labour.

  16. JC

    Architecture porn

    I know, it sounds like a hell of a lot of money. But you’re middle aged, made a bundle in the gas business and you want a house on the Malibu beach, so why not spend more than you wanted?

    And it’s designed by Richard Meier sitting on a yuge allotment right, slap bang on the beach.

    $110 Million Malibu Beach Home Sets Los Angeles Price Record

    https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/95043-110-million-malibu-beach-home-sets-los-angeles-price-record?mod=cx_picks&cx_navSource=cx_picks&cx_tag=mgrt&cx_artPos=8#cxrecs_s

    Tell you what, if I was worth a stack (Billion Dollars), I’d buy it, as you Meier homes don’t come on the market that often and they are works of art.

    http://www.richardmeier.com/?page_id=200

  17. vr

    If I recall correctly, Richard Meier has been caught up in the “Me Too” movement.

  18. zyconoclast

    Homos3xuality and Child S3xual @buse

    Summary:
    The circle of abuse is the tragic legacy of the attempts by homos3xuals to legitimize having s3x with boys. For too many boys it is already too late to protect them from those who took advantage of their need for love and attention. All too many later perpetrate the abuse by themselves engaging in the s3xual abuse of boys. Only by exposing the lies, insincere denials, and deceptions — including those wrapped in scholastic garb — of those who prey s3xually on children, can we hope to build a wall of protection around the helpless children among us.

    RTWT

  19. Arky

    I extruded an architectural masterpiece this morning better than that stuff you just posted JC.

  20. JC

    If I recall correctly, Richard Meier has been caught up in the “Me Too” movement.

    LOl, has he?

    I’d still get to build me a home, if I could afford it, vr. This 5th ave apartment is beyond gorgeous -even thought it’s on the smaller side.

    http://www.richardmeier.com/?projects=fifth-avenue-apartment-2

  21. cohenite

    JC would turn into Dr Manhattan.

    I see him as a middle aged Patrick Bateman, sort of gone to seed.

  22. Arky

    The custom teak shell, which draws back like shutters to let the light into floor-to-ceiling glass—reportedly needs daily oiling to keep its warm, rich hue.

    ..
    Arseholes.

  23. zyconoclast

    Thousands In Sweden Have Implanted Microchips Under Their Skin

    More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday.

  24. Rae

    I don’t give a damn about curry’s skin colour.

    Sure you do, Doc. It’s what you really do give a damn about.

    What annoys me is his insulting cultural assumptions that we can’t think and it’s only the feelz that matter.

    This statement is just bullshit, Doc. You, who claim almost every day here to be an avowed atheist, pouring faux scorn on all the religious beliefs of others here, cannot in truth be annoyed by anything that the Rev Michael Curry had to say. He, at least, believes what he said in his fire and brimstone sermon. You believe in nothing, so you say.

    You, Doc, are easily the biggest hypocrite on this blog. Whenever you open that pompous mouth of yours, someone should stick their foot in it.

  25. Arky

    And I must warn you, I know all about architecture, having just finished building a shed in the back yard.

  26. C.L.

    Malibu seems like a pretty shitty beach, though.

  27. Snoopy

    Arseholes

    Undocumented immigrants. Thank you.

  28. C.L.

    The Justice Department asked its internal watchdog to examine if there was any impropriety in the counterintelligence investigation of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, after the president demanded Sunday that the department investigate the motives behind the inquiry.

    How do we know the “internal watchdog” hasn’t also been infected?

  29. JC

    C.L.
    #2716579, posted on May 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Malibu seems like a pretty shitty beach, though.

    Most beaches outside of the Florida Gulf coast side are shitty beaches I reckon. There’s nothing great about Cal beaches as the water is too cold and the other side is mostly grey in the north east.

    You take what you can get. 🙂

  30. zyconoclast

    Al Sharpton says royal wedding shows white supremacy is ‘on its last breath’

    “When you got little white girls in Wales saying, ‘I want to be like Meghan,’ there’s a shift worldwide that white male supremacy is on its last breath,” Sharpton said.

    “When you have little white girls in Arkansas look up and say, ‘I want to be beautiful and smart like Michelle Obama. I want to dress like the Obama girls (Sasha and Malia),’ that’s where that white supremacy is questioned. White parents in their living room say, ‘We’ve got to do something.’ That’s what Trump played on. ‘We’re losing control of our own children,'” he continued.

  31. vr

    Hey JC — Nice apartment that 5th Ave one.
    If you like that kind of architecture, you might like John Pawson’s work.

  32. Entropy

    More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday

    It’s the mark! Mark of the Beast!

    Revelation 13:16-17 King James Version (KJV)
    16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

  33. max

    calli, my two bob’s worth: Dalrymple’s The Return of the King is an excellent read. If he is a lefty it doesn’t intrude. He’s very much a people and personalities historian so it’s a very entertaining read. In the intro he talks a bit about how he was the first to research the story using extensive archives in India and it shows.

    I question the idea that Dalrymple is a lefty. I’m reading his From the Holy Mountain at the moment. It’s a retelling of the story of Christians in the East. He starts in Turkey and moves through Syria and Lebanon, visiting abandoned monasteries and almost deserted villages. It is an illuminating story, first published in 1997. The differences between Christians in Turkey (harassed, frightened), Syria (often on liveable terms with their Muslim neighbours), and Lebanon (very militant) are explored. He also gives brief theological portaraits of groups like the Yazidi, the Maronites and others.

    I can’t imagine a lefty doing this. The fear and dislike of Turkish Islam is clear in the book.

  34. egg_

    reportedly needs daily oiling to keep its warm, rich hue.

    Reads like one of Grig’s hobbies.

  35. Entropy

    “When you got little white girls in Wales saying, ‘I want to be like Meghan,’ there’s a shift worldwide that white male supremacy is on its last breath,” Sharpton said.

    But what would Al get to do for a living?

  36. Arky

    I think I might buy that Malibu house just so I can leave it’s teak shell unoiled for long enough that it losses it’s warm, rich hue.
    Maybe then a layer of fibreglass on top to seal in a nice, weathered, greyish hue.

  37. JC

    If you like that kind of architecture, you might like John Pawson’s work.

    I know his work. Our friends’ apartment , where we stay in London, is next door to Pawson’s office 🙂

  38. C.L.

    Jacinda Ardern “interviewed” on The Project.
    One of the ruthless questions was, “do you think some people underestimated you?”
    One of the questions put to an “expert”: “How did Jacinda Ardern become such a global figure?”

  39. egg_

    white male supremacy is on its last breath

    He’s dreaming… or smoking Markle Sparkle.

  40. Arky

    Also some tyre swans on the front lawn.

  41. vr

    JC – Man, you move in rareified circles. I’m impressed.

  42. Rae

    extruded

    Aluminating, Bruce.

  43. JC

    I don’t get Malibu. People have their homes literally right on the beach where the waves break. Some have the waves breaking right underneath their home in high tide. How do you sleep with that noise? And a bad storm or tsunami would take you out.

  44. egg_

    “do you think some people underestimated you?”

    “Tap your hoof once for ‘yes’, and twice for ‘no’.”

  45. DrBeauGan

    zyconoclast
    #2716586, posted on May 21, 2018 at 7:42 pm
    Al Sharpton says royal wedding shows white supremacy is ‘on its last breath’

    “When you got little white girls in Wales saying, ‘I want to be like Meghan,’ there’s a shift worldwide that white male supremacy is on its last breath,” Sharpton said.

    “When you have little white girls in Arkansas look up and say, ‘I want to be beautiful and smart like Michelle Obama. I want to dress like the Obama girls (Sasha and Malia),’ that’s where that white supremacy is questioned. White parents in their living room say, ‘We’ve got to do something.’ That’s what Trump played on. ‘We’re losing control of our own children,’” he continued.

    Yep. It works for blokes too. I want to be like Bishop witchdoctor Dyson..

  46. Rae

    reportedly needs daily oiling to keep its warm, rich hue.

    Reads like one of Grig’s hobbies.

    Maybe. Didn’t he say, just before he disappeared, that he was restoring a couple of vintage fishing reels?

  47. P

    Rev Curry preached the Gospel of Christ at the Royal Wedding at the weekend.
    I’m sure The Queen would have been quite accepting of the Bishop’s message and presentation.

    Having heard every night here in Sydney for two weeks Billy Graham preach in 1959, and knowing there was a close association between Queen Elizabeth and Graham over many years, I believe that the head of the C of E would not have been offended or put off in any way by Curry, even if perhaps a little surprised.

    Billy Graham Reflects on His Friendship with Queen Elizabeth II

    Which Royal Couple Invited Billy Graham to Preach in Their Private Chapel?

    And believe me, Billy Graham really belted it out, always.

    So I believe that the Queen and the Prince Philip would both have appreciated what Michael Curry brought to that beautiful ceremony in that beautiful Church on Saturday.

  48. Bruce of Newcastle

    I know, it sounds like a hell of a lot of money. But you’re middle aged, made a bundle in the gas business and you want a house on the Malibu beach, so why not spend more than you wanted?

    A Richter 9 earthquake would ruin your whole day.

    That may be a silly thought, JC, but today I read this excellent article about the Hawaii volcanic eruption:

    When Pele comes to Puna

    Since 1790, the LERZ [Lower East Rift Zone] has erupted on average once every 50 years, although the intervals have been highly variable. Before that, the eruption frequency was closer to once every decade. And even though the individual volumes aren’t huge, peaking at 0.1-0.2 km3 with most eruptions considerably smaller, at this frequency Puna was rather quickly covered in lava. Almost the entire surface is less than 800 years old. Build a house anywhere in Puna, and the risk of losing it to lava is of order 20% per century. Build it on the ridge, and that risk doubles. Kapoho, at the coast, is particularly endangered: there have been a lot of eruptions in that area, and it runs pyroclastic risks when sea water penetrates the rifts.

    I saw a comment from one of the residents whose house was eaten by lava that they had volcano insurance – about $3,000 per year. That’s fine, except all they will have is a cheque. Their house, and all the contents, is presently under about 20 m of now solid rock. Just re-establishing somewhere else is going to be a chunk of time and effort.

    Being in a Malibu Beach mansion you can be sure the place will be turned to rubble when the big one comes. And it can’t be that far away.

    The article is fairly technical since it is on a volcano blog, but is a fun read. For some eye candy you can also see this article from yesterday which I linked on the old thread:

    Hawaii Residents Trapped As Volcanic Eruption Intensifies, First Major Injury Reported After “Lava Bomb”

  49. Arky

    Maybe. Didn’t he say, just before he disappeared, that he was restoring a couple of vintage fishing reels?

    ..
    No, you misread it.
    He said he “wished he was fisting eels”.
    I don’t know either.

  50. vr

    JC, Speaking of architects look up Annabelle Selldorf who does some interesting and accessible designs. I believe she was the one involved in the updating of the Neue Galerie in NYC.

  51. JC

    Bruce
    Can you even get earthquake insurance in Cal?

  52. Oh come on

    Californian demographics scare me, JC. I reckon the super-rich elite will be hung from lamp posts by their Hispanic servants and their relatives within a decade or two.

  53. C.L.

    Hamish Macdonald’s vomitous interview with “global figure” Julia Ardern and her husband may well rank as the most sycophantic conducted by an adult journalist since the retirement of Barack Obama.

    Hover over Macdonald’s name link and he describes himself as …

    Journalist. Harvard Nieman Fellow 2016

    LOL. This immediately called to mind our old friend Keith Olbermann’s claims about Cornell – so memorably ridiculed by Ann Coulter.

  54. Rae

    No, you misread it.
    He said he “wished he was fisting eels”.
    I don’t know either.

    Nah, I didn’t misread it. He said what I said he said.

    You Kiwis are into the dark arts. What you do with eels is tantamount to what Richard Gere does with gerbils.

  55. C.L.

    And believe me, Billy Graham really belted it out, always.

    Graham was a gentleman. He wouldn’t have put on a rally-style performance in their private chapel.

  56. JC

    That’s interesting work, vr. She did David Zirmer gallery in NYC. My kid did summer internship there.

    We visited the gallery and I recall liking the structure…. actually more than the shitty art they were selling at ridiculous prices.

    https://www.selldorf.com/projects/david-zwirner-20th-street

  57. P

    Saw this bit of fun on Channel 9 on Sun morn.

    I thought it was a beauty!

  58. Leigh Lowe

    From JC’s archi-porn at 7:25 and Arky at 7:45 …

    The custom teak shell, which draws back like shutters to let the light into floor-to-ceiling glass—reportedly needs daily oiling to keep its warm, rich hue.

    Firstly, someone is taking the piss. No timber needs daily oiling.
    Secondly, as Arky says, wtf are they thinking. Nothing looks better on a beach house than weathered, silvery grey timber.
    Californians are wankers.

  59. JC

    OCO

    Hispanics are generally quite passive on the whole…. obviously not all of them. They would be crushed if they tried anything.

  60. Infidel Tiger

    ABC The Drum

    @ABCthedrum
    “I’m convinced that 100 years from now, or longer, we will all be vegans or vegetarians. We will move from human rights to animal rights. It will be a long way from now, but it’s going to happen” @vanOnselenP #TheDrum

    Far out.

  61. Zatara

    Can you even get earthquake insurance in Cal?

    Lenders require it, but it can be extraordinarily expensive depending on exactly where your home is.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2716612, posted on May 21, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Hamish Macdonald’s vomitous interview with “global figure” Julia Ardern and her husband may well rank as the most sycophantic conducted by an adult journalist since the retirement of Barack Obama.

    “How can we help Prime Minister?” from Fuck-knuckle Riley must be in the running.

  63. JC

    Firstly, someone is taking the piss. No timber needs daily oiling.

    At 10 bucks an hour, nothing is impossible, Leigh. That’s what OCO was kind of referring to though.

    🙂

  64. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce
    Can you even get earthquake insurance in Cal?

    JC – Insurance won’t help you much if you are suddenly buried under a $110 million instant gravestone.

  65. nemkat

    You, Doc, are easily the biggest hypocrite on this blog. Whenever you open that pompous mouth of yours, someone should stick their foot in it.

    He’d start sucking on it, for sure.

  66. Oh come on

    One of the ruthless questions was, “do you think some people underestimated you?”

    I think they did underestimate her. They didn’t think she’d be so duplicitous to pull off the ultimate baby rort that she did.

    I mean, she deliberately turned the entirely reasonable question of ‘given that you wish to be Prime Minister of a not-insignificant nation, and that this job requires 100% of your focus, are you intending to have a baby any time soon?’, and turned it into a matter of ‘should I be asked this question?’ rather than answering it. Smart. And then, a few months into the job, lo and behold, she is with child. Accident? I think not – this was the most planned pregnancy ever.

    Of course, a proper question would be ‘many believe you duped NZ voters by side-stepping the question of whether you were planning on having a child while PM. What would you say to those people?’ and then going down that rabbit hole. (A skilful interviewer could do it, and by Christ would it make for great TV.) But um yeah. The Project.

  67. JC

    LOL. This immediately called to mind our old friend Keith Olbermann’s claims about Cornell – so memorably ridiculed by Ann Coulter.

    That’s one of the best hoses of all time.

  68. Stimpson J. Cat

    I don’t get Malibu. People have their homes literally right on the beach where the waves break. Some have the waves breaking right underneath their home in high tide. How do you sleep with that noise? And a bad storm or tsunami would take you out.

    It would be the junkies washing up on the beach that would annoy me.

  69. Some History

    Journalist. Harvard Nieman Fellow 2016

    That should read: Harvard Nageela Fellow 2016.

  70. Stimpson J. Cat

    “I’m convinced that 100 years from now, or longer, we will all be vegans or vegetarians. We will move from human rights to animal rights. It will be a long way from now, but it’s going to happen” @vanOnselenP #TheDrum

    Van Oscillate strikes again.
    What a disgusting f$cking hippy of a man.

  71. Stimpson J. Cat

    He’d start sucking on it, for sure.

    Stop tag-teaming Grigs, NumptyKat.

  72. P

    Shy Ted #2716520, posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    On Rev Curry’ advice I’ve been practising what he preaches, the love thing, all day at work. Got my face slapped several times, kicked in the nuts once and HR want to see me tomorrow. Hallelujah!

    Tell HR tomorrow that it was just your interpretation of DIV.
    D.I.V. is what it’s all about these days – Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.
    So they tell me.

  73. calli

    Thanks, max. I’ll read it.

  74. Geriatric Mayfly

    Many Cats would be interested in A. Beevor’s new opus Arnhem:The Battle for the Bridges, 1944. Reviewed in the latest Speccie.

  75. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ah, here we go. I knew there was an article today, but I couldn’t find it until just now:

    Arizona Preparing For Post-Earthquake Inflow Of 400,000 Californians

    As we’ve pointed out many times before, a powerful earthquake hammering California is a geological inevitability. In the coming decades, a magnitude 7.1 or 7.3 earthquake – similar to the deadly quake that rattled central Mexico last year – would almost certainly strike a densely populated part of the state (the San Andreas fault runs through most of California, as the map below shows), potentially leading to tens if not hundreds of thousands of casualties. The local economy would lie in ruins and it would take years to for the area to recover.

    With this in mind, it’s perhaps no surprise that government agencies, businesses and other organizations in Arizona have recognized the need to prepare. To wit, the Associated Press reports that local organizations are participate in an exercise to practice how the state would respond to a migration of 400,000 people after a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California.

    The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs said participants in the National Mass Care Exercise will learn how to provide food, shelter and medical services in an emergency scenario. Planning for the exercise has been underway for nearly a year, the department said.

    Although Californians with money are fleeing already from another earthquake:

    California Residents Flee, Chased Away By Soaring Home Prices And Cost Of Living (6 May)

    “In the years to come, millions of people, thousands of businesses, and tens of billions of dollars of net income will flee high-tax blue states for low-tax red states. This migration has been happening for years. But the Trump tax bill’s cap on the deduction for state and local taxes, or SALT, will accelerate the pace. The losers will be most of the Northeast, along with California. The winners are likely to be states like Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.” -WSJ

    A Trumpquake! The SALT state and local tax deduction removal will devastate places like California. Texas here they come!

  76. JC

    Bruce

    Californians moving to other states is a real big problem. They may move for many reasons, but they also take their voting pattern with them!

  77. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Many Cats would be interested in A. Beevor’s new opus Arnhem:The Battle for the Bridges, 1944. Reviewed in the latest Speccie.

    I am, indeed, waiting for my copy of that title, to arrive.

  78. Arky

    exercise to practice how the state would respond to a migration of 400,000 people after a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California.

    ..
    Double tap until you get low on ammo, then one round per californian?

  79. Some History

    Californians moving to other states is a real big problem. They may move for many reasons, but they also take their voting pattern with them!

    It would be like Muslims flooding into Europe. They don’t assimilate.
    🙂

  80. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC – Except that the type of people fleeing the SALT change are more likely to be Republicans, or proto ones at least. Lefties welcome tax-and-spend.

    If the lefty vote in California hits 100% it would be excellent since the conservative right would then win the electoral college every time.

  81. egg_

    @ABCthedrum
    “I’m convinced that 100 years from now, or longer, we will all be vegans or vegetarians. We will move from human rights to animal rights. It will be a long way from now, but it’s going to happen” @vanOnselenP #TheDrum

    With a side of Soylent Green?

  82. Arky

    Here.
    Make yourselves useful.
    Would candy paint on the model A look stupid if you weren’t hot rodding it?

  83. Shy Ted

    Ha ha. Meretricious. Had to Google it. 1. apparently attractive but having no real value. 2. relating to or characteristic of a prostitute. Who knew, The first Mrs Ted was meretricious. The first definition obviously.

  84. P

    Graham was a gentleman. He wouldn’t have put on a rally-style performance in their private chapel.

    These are different times.

    In 1959 I listened night after night to Billy Graham. Twas a blessing to the City of Sydney back then.
    In 1960 I was one of those who saw the film “Porgy and Bess” at the Forum Theatre in George St Sydney, down near to Central Station. The film was taken from all theatres not long after and never seen again in a public Cinema since anywhere in the world. My favorite musical.

    Times change, and we with time.

  85. Oh come on

    P, did you know that you can cure your vertigo by jumping off something tall?

  86. calli

    That looks wonderful Arky. Red always goes faster.

    Are you going to have whitewalls?

  87. Oh come on

    P smells of…formaldehyde.

  88. Arky

    Are you going to have whitewalls?

    ..
    No.
    Just the regular tyres are $213 a piece.
    Plus I have to get the wheels re- rimmed.

  89. Rae

    formaldehyde

    You need to stop putting moth balls among your clothes.

  90. egg_

    June Dally-Watkins (b. 1927), model and deportment school proprietor, grew up on a property at Watson’s Creek in the New England district of New South Wales.

  91. Oh come on

    Here, kitty kitty kitty.

    So easy to smoke ’em out.

  92. Leigh Lowe

    Arky

    #2716644, posted on May 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Here.
    Make yourselves useful.
    Would candy paint on the model A look stupid if you weren’t hot rodding it?

    It’s nice.
    But to keep the shine you have to have a team of Mexicans oil it every day.

  93. candy

    I’m sure The Queen would have been quite accepting of the Bishop’s message and presentation.

    Maybe. But he was dressed in a most beautiful puffy white shirt and a big gold ring. A little more decorum and shorter sermon perhaps?

  94. calli

    Good. They always remind me of spats.

    Except on King Hussein’s Lincoln. There was a nice Aston Martin with them too.

  95. Arky

    team of Mexicans oil it every day.

    ..
    But I don’t own even one mexican.

  96. P

    P, did you know that you can cure your vertigo by jumping off something tall?

    Thank you for your kind thoughts – NOT.

    Yes, I truly feel like doing what you have suggested. It’s a real bugger. Physio at $140 the first visit and $90 each week now for four week is becoming a drain but with some results though balance and dizziness now dominating. Taint easy. But I’m old and there’s nothing else they can find wrong with me; i.e. the doctors.
    Writing on here is hazardous because it will prolly will only bring on anxiety which accompanies BPPV which is my challenge at this time.
    At 78 it’s got to be something I guess. I’ve been fortunate.

    IMO you should be more careful what you chose to write on here, esp those you try to denigrate by your smart arse remarks at times which are unnecessary because you have obviously much intelligent and good comment to make to this Catallaxy blog.

  97. Leigh Lowe

    But I don’t own even one mexican.

    Don’t be silly.
    This is 2018.
    You can’t own Mexicans.
    You can rent them by the hour, though.

  98. Oh come on

    Birdy is a quality troll. I like his MO. He ramps it up well. Starts off with uncontroversial statements with just a hint of zany. Then he escalates, while blending in quite well with some of the zanier folk here. Then, while DL is slumbering, he goes Full Bird.

    Then he gets zapped, waits a month or so, then does it all again. I genuinely believe Birdy is animated by his convictions.

    The other troll is so low-rent. Relentlessly dull. Clamouring for attention from strangers on the internet, its sole nourishment. Trapped in perpetual infancy – sub-toddler, in fact. Sub-infant, even. Infant behaviour is perfectly understandable. The other troll, well…very strange that such people exist.

  99. egg_

    Looks like Shane Jacobson is eating his way through IGA.

  100. Oh come on

    P, be my guest and die already, you insufferable bore.

  101. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    IMMIGRATION
    Peter Dutton says Ged Kearney’s comments show wheels are falling off Labor’s asylum policy

    The Australian
    8:08PM May 21, 2018
    Save

    Ben Packham
    Political Reporter
    Canberra
    Rachel Baxendale
    Reporter
    Canberra
    @rachelbaxendale

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the wheels are falling off the opposition’s border protection policies, after new Labor MP Ged Kearney blasted the bipartisan asylum policy as “shameful”.

    In her maiden speech today, the Member for Batman blasted criticised the commitment to preventing asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru from coming to Australia.

    Ms Kearney said she would commit herself to the cause of humane refugee policy during her time in the parliament.

    “I cannot comprehend how a nation that provided a safe home to so many in the wake of World War II — including our large Jewish community of Holocaust survivors — allowed the Tampa and the“children overboard” scandal to evolve into the shameful policy of indefinite detention on Manus and Nauru,” the former ACTU president said.

    “Racist dog-whistling has demonised and vilified a community that has everything to give to Australia — and the sacrifice of this human potential has been made solely for political gain.”

    Mr Dutton seized on the comments tonight.

    “Labor now has a majority of its members in caucus who are opposed to stopping the boats and we see on the Mediterranean thousands of people still dying — so this problem for Australia has not gone away,” he told the Nine Network.

    “The fact that Mr Shorten now has the same problem that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard did, says that Mr Shorten hasn’t got a coherent policy on stopping the boats and I think most Australians would shake their heads at these comments today.

    “Mr Shorten hasn’t got the leadership ability to haul these people into line and to keep the policy that has stopped kids from going into detention, stopped drownings at sea and make sure that boats don’t restart.”

    In her speech today Ms Kearney said Australia was a rich country that could afford to take more refugees.

    From the Oz. Three days after the Shorten Government is elected the boats will be rolling in, just like the good old days..

  102. Rae

    you have obviously much intelligent and good comment to make to this Catallaxy blog

    OCO? No chance. He’s a cowardly fuckwit.

    Stay well, P.

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    IMMIGRATION
    Peter Dutton says Ged Kearney’s comments show wheels are falling off Labor’s asylum policy

    The Australian
    8:08PM May 21, 2018

    Ben Packham
    Political Reporter
    Canberra
    Rachel Baxendale
    Reporter
    Canberra
    @rachelbaxendale

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the wheels are falling off the opposition’s border protection policies, after new Labor MP Ged Kearney blasted the bipartisan asylum policy as “shameful”.

    In her maiden speech today, the Member for Batman blasted criticised the commitment to preventing asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru from coming to Australia.

    Ms Kearney said she would commit herself to the cause of humane refugee policy during her time in the parliament.

    “I cannot comprehend how a nation that provided a safe home to so many in the wake of World War II — including our large Jooish community of Hol#caust survivors — allowed the Tampa and the“children overboard” scandal to evolve into the shameful policy of indefinite detention on Manus and Nauru,” the former ACTU president said.

    “Racist dog-whistling has demonised and vilified a community that has everything to give to Australia — and the sacrifice of this human potential has been made solely for political gain.”

    Mr Dutton seized on the comments tonight.

    “Labor now has a majority of its members in caucus who are opposed to stopping the boats and we see on the Mediterranean thousands of people still dying — so this problem for Australia has not gone away,” he told the Nine Network.

    “The fact that Mr Shorten now has the same problem that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard did, says that Mr Shorten hasn’t got a coherent policy on stopping the boats and I think most Australians would shake their heads at these comments today.

    “Mr Shorten hasn’t got the leadership ability to haul these people into line and to keep the policy that has stopped kids from going into detention, stopped drownings at sea and make sure that boats don’t restart.”

    In her speech today Ms Kearney said Australia was a rich country that could afford to take more refugees.

    From the Oz. Three days after the election of the Shorten Government, the boats will be rolling in, just like the good old days.

  104. Arky

    Nash Metropolitans have to have white walls, or they just don’t look right.

  105. DrBeauGan

    Shy Ted
    #2716654, posted on May 21, 2018 at 8:42 pm
    So, didgeridoos were actually telescopes only the lenses fell out. The Great Celestial Emu, FMD.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/21/aboriginal-astronomy-can-teach-us-about-the-link-between-sky-and-land

    If you read this stuff to seven year olds, they’d be squirming with embarrassment for you before you were halfway through.

  106. egg_

    I genuinely believe Birdy is animated by his convictions.

    He would have been great in his heydays, from all accounts.

  107. P

    Stay well, P.

    Thanks Rae. I’m probably the only ones here who knows you are not some form for Grig/Grog etc.
    Never mind, small things, small minds, etc.
    There are others who know you are not Grigory M or his sock/s. They will not concede cause not popular.

    Cheers Rae.

  108. Oh come on

    You have to feel a bit sorry for the Hashemites, Calli. They probably thought that settling for modern-day Jordan while the house of Saud, their upstart foes, overran Mecca and Medina whilst just so happening to occupy a swathe of largely uncontested desert that few cared about. While the Hashemites retreated to relatively cultivated lands, where they could plot their return to the holy cities of Islam.

    A perfectly sound strategy, absent the age of the automobile.

  109. Leigh Lowe

    Hey Leigh, how you goin’?

  110. Leigh Lowe

    Good Leigh. Yourself?

  111. Geriatric Mayfly

    So now you can see, Aboriginal star stories are not just stories, they are lessons that educate us about the relationship between the sky and the land, as well as how the universe functions around us. This knowledge has existed for more than 65,000 years.

    Definitely not the impression I was left with after reading it. For one, I cannot accept that they could tell the difference between stars and planets, let alone appreciate the subtleties of the ecliptic. Naughty wives, and lustful men, frozen on the void, will do for the time being.

  112. Oh come on

    It’s always sad to see the mentally ill eking out some kind of miserable existence in the street, mumbling incomprehensible conversations with themselves.

    It was a terrible error to de-institutionalise these people.

  113. Arky

    P is my all-time favourite.
    Fuck the other personas off and just do P full time.

  114. John Constantine

    “comment went on to inspire a heated discussion on whether or not veganism was in keeping with Islam as a religion. Not only is eating meat condoned, pointed out my mom, but animal sacrifice is actually required during Eid Al Adha, a celebration that falls during the Hajj period (pilgrimage to Mecca). Over 100 million animals are slaughtered annually during a period of 48 hours across the Islamic world – a statistic like that is enough to put any vegan off Islam – ”

    http://www.onearabvegan.com/2012/01/muslims-cant-be-vegan-where-veganism-and-religion-collide/

    Be good to pin down van onfilth and get him on record for his views on the Eid festival of slaughter.

  115. calli

    Like Thailand, you can’t speak out against the king in Jordan. That became obvious as our journey progressed. Tyrants. The obsequious have great decals of the crown on their rear windscreens.

    Oh the ironing – all those cars and no oil. And very little water, and what they do have acts as peace insurance with Israel, as it comes from Galilee.

  116. Leigh Lowe

    Amazing that a group of people could possess so much knowledge about the earth, the oceans, all the flora and fauna abounding in both domains and even the workings of the cosmos but do fuck all with it.

  117. Oh come on

    P is my all-time favourite.
    Fuck the other personas off and just do P full time.

    Good point, Arks. P does Sad Old Pathetic really very well. It’s entertaining, even.

  118. H B Bear

    I love the relationship Graeoogs has with his Mum. Shame she’s dead and propped up in a lounge room chair while he tries to re-skin her.

  119. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2716702, posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Like Thailand, you can’t speak out against the king in Jordan.

    You can’t bad-mouth the King of Siam in Jordan?
    Wow!
    I did not know that.

  120. egg_

    “I’m convinced that 100 years from now, or longer, we will all be vegans or vegetarians. We will move from human rights to animal rights. It will be a long way from now, but it’s going to happen” @vanOnselenP #TheDrum

    Trying to virtue signal to the vegans (gals)?
    This comment was after he said that he was specist and enjoys meat.

  121. Leigh Lowe

    “I’m convinced that 100 years from now, or longer, we will all be vegans or vegetarians. 

    I am convinced that 100 years from now we will be fertilising vegetables with our personal blood and bone.

  122. H B Bear

    I don’t think it is healthy for van Wrongselen to appear on Teh Dumb.

  123. John Constantine

    The green shortfilth government will not reopen the people smuggler boat thing.

    Their hanson-young has been to Europe and seen how governments can run airlifts and shuttle sea taxis to get a million people shifted over the summer period.

    Australias biggest magic carpet airlift is pencilled in, the shire orcs have their refugee dispersal area accommodation permitted, the GDP boost of a million clients a year for socialism in their green looting cartels will lock in Stalin for eternity.

    Who noticed when the first million GDP boosting foreign students were flown in?.

  124. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Like Thailand, you can’t speak out against the king in Jordan.

    Visiting Gallipoli a few years ago, we were advised that “defaming the memory” of Mustapha Kemal Ataturk would earn you the attention of the local cops. Be interesting to see if that law is still on the books.

  125. Steve trickler.

    Dedicated to the Chicago division of the F.B.I. And Detroit.

    Where are you? Do something!



  126. calli

    I didn’t dare do it, Leigh.

    Those Thais have excellent hearing and a cunning spy network.

    The King of Thailand is a very nice man. “Tyrants” was a typo. I meant “try ants”. They’re delicious.

  127. egg_

    I don’t think it is healthy for van Wrongselen to appear on Teh Dumb.

    It’s a clusterfvck vortex, especially with Ellen Fanning at the helm.

  128. stackja

    Oklahomans left the dust and went to California. Now leaving for elsewhere.

  129. P

    P is my all-time favourite.
    Fuck the other personas off and just do P full time.

    I don’t understand why you continually wish to make fun in a derogatory manner of a person perhaps almost twice your age, and think that put downs of her will enhance your persona on this blog in some form.
    You don’t need it. You’ve so much going for you in life, why try to bring down and make fun of other persons for your sheer enjoyment, or something or other that I fail to understand.

    I have never had any argument with you Arky. Nor have I had any argument with OCO. Both of you continue to make comments detrimental to me.
    I sincerely ask both of you to contact the owner of Catallaxyfiles, Sinclair Davidson, and ask him if I’m all you suggest and would like me to be. Please do this. Please.

  130. Snoopy

    Paul Barry is a boring scold. There, I said it.

  131. Fat Tony

    (Rae + Nemkat + P + Candy+ Trollius Faecus

    Got to the blog and I see the Trollius Faecus has spread its scat all over the place…ughhhh…

    The little vermin is in full swing tonight, impressing all with its dickheadedness.

    Since the Wise & Mighty Baldrick is indisposed, I shall repeat his advice:

    DON’T FEED THE TROLL: SCROLL THE TROLL
    DON’T FEED THE TROLL: SCROLL THE TROLL
    DON’T FEED THE TROLL: SCROLL THE TROLL

  132. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I love the relationship Graeoogs has with his Mum

    Graeoogs has difficulties with his mother. I would advise him to just push her aside, and eat his vegetables.

  133. Bruce of Newcastle

    OCO you smell of da ebil gas CO2. Chemist joke.

    Good to see you drop by P!
    My mum took my brother and I to a Billy Graham night in Sydney. I thought it was fine, he was preaching the gospel. My brother went forward…alas he’s always a showoff. Nowadays atheist sadly.
    But my mum and I are Christians.

  134. Geriatric Mayfly

    Amazing that a group of people could possess so much knowledge about the earth, the oceans, all the flora and fauna abounding in both domains and even the workings of the cosmos but do fuck all with it.

    For the ancient Egyptians the rise of Sirius in the east, was the harbinger of Nile floods and then the planting of crops. They kept records, and eventually could predict this without waiting for the star to rise. Naturally, there were other spin-offs. The taxman would have his beady eye on this new calendar gismo.

  135. urb

    If you’re into modernism architecture check out Jacobsen Arquitetura Brazil. Amazing stuff. https://jacobsenarquitetura.com

  136. rickw

    white male supremacy is on its last breath

    It would be, except that most of the rest are dumb tribalists.

  137. Oh come on

    The obsequious have great decals of the crown on their rear windscreens.

    To be fair, Calli, I think Abdullah is a smart guy, given ME rulers, and he has a very difficult job. The Hashemite clan is freaking huge, like the Sauds. But the more obscure members of the house of Hashem don’t have the oil wealth to live the way that the more obscure members of the house of Saud do. Abdullah has been quoted as saying the further his relatives are from power, the more imperious their behaviour. I suspect they’re a serious headache for him. It can’t be easy to run a country and contain countless over-entitled relatives simultaneously.

  138. Mark A

    Oh come on
    #2716694, posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    If anyone’s keeping copies of or refs. to posts, today would be a good time.
    There were a few douses for future recall, both for content and style.

  139. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NATIONAL AFFAIRS
    Race discrimination commissioner ‘serves no function’

    The Australian
    9:05PM May 21, 2018
    Rick Morton
    Social Affairs Writer
    Sydney
    @SquigglyRick

    The vacant position of a national race discrimination commissioner should not be filled ­because the role fulfils “no substantive function” and is required by law to promote “divisive” ideas based on race, government MPs will be told.

    A parliamentary research brief from think tank Institute of Public Affairs will be sent to all federal MPs but already has the backing of some Coalition members, who think the job, which is being advertised and pays $346,250 a year, should remain empty.

    “The position of race discrimination commissioner is based on the concept that Australians should be divided and separated according to their ‘race’ — a concept which should find no place in modern-day Australia,” IPA research fellow Morgan Begg said.

    “The role of race discrimin­ation commissioner is a divisive political advocacy role with no substantive function. Instead of filling this position, the Turnbull government should leave it ­vacant.”

    In the brief, co-written by the institute’s executive director, John Roskam, Mr Begg points out that the position has been left empty before, between 1999 and 2004, when it was only filled in an acting capacity.

    The role is held by Tim Soutphommasane who was appointed to a five-year term in 2013.

    The brief adds that the Australian Human Rights Commission has “over its history proven to be partisan and more likely to abuse the human rights of Australians than uphold them”. The Australian Human Rights Commission Act makes it clear the function of the commission itself is “not ­affected by reason only of a ­vacancy in the office” of the race discrimination commissioner.

    From the Oz. Strike me handsome, the I.P.A is rediscovering it’s mojo.

  140. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “I’m convinced that 100 years from now, or longer, we will all be vegans or vegetarians. We will move from human rights to animal rights. It will be a long way from now, but it’s going to happen” @vanOnselenP #TheDrum

    they sure breed them thick as a brick on the left

  141. rickw

    The little vermin is in full swing tonight, impressing all with its dickheadedness.

    Maybe there should be a sock only thread?

  142. Arky

    check out Jacobsen Arquitetura Brazil. Amazing stuff.

    ..
    You will have to explain what is amazing.
    I don’t get it.

  143. Fat Tony

    Arky
    #2716697, posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:14 pm
    P is my all-time favourite.
    Fuck the other personas off and just do P full time.

    Nah – my favourite is Rae. It just oozes shit everywhere – no intelligence, just shit.
    Granted, the P persona is quite well done but, like Candy, is just too consistent to be real.
    Rae just shits it in.

  144. egg_

    Amazing that a group of people could possess so much knowledge about the earth, the oceans, all the flora and fauna abounding in both domains and even the workings of the cosmos but do fuck all with it.

    There are docos stating that the Abos have a spoken memory of the last ice age passed down from “14,000” years ago – that beats the hell out of Chinese whispers.

  145. stackja

    Toys ‘R’ Us goes into administration in Australia
    NEWS.com.au-2 hours ago
    All Toys ‘R’ Us Australia stores will remain open and continue to trade … Shortly afterwards, the UK and Irish operations also shut up shop.

  146. Arky

    Here.
    Check out this modernist wonder.
    Sublime.

  147. John Constantine

    https://research.businessinsider.com.au/computer-can-now-diagnose-illness/

    Give Skynet enough data and it could save your life.

    “A Study from a group of researchers from the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of California, San Francisco, and Google has been published in the prestigious journal Nature. The researchers input de-identified data on hundreds of thousands of patients into a series of machine learning algorithms.

    With extraordinary accuracy, these algorithms were able to predict and diagnose diseases, from cardiovascular illnesses to cancer, and predict related things such as the likelihood of death, the length of hospital stay, and the chance of hospital readmission.

    The catch is that these predictions were based on patterns in the data that the researchers could not fully explain”

  148. BrettW

    The problem is if the Coalition does not put forward a replacement you can guarantee Labor will.

    “The vacant position of a national race discrimination commissioner should not be filled ­because the role fulfils “no substantive function”.

  149. P

    Zulu, I don’t know what you are on about.
    Just disappointed that you appear to including me in your above comment.
    I was married for 42yrs to a Dutch born husband who served the Netherlands in the Dutch Marines in New Guinea in 1956 and 1957/58. He became a Korporal and was awarded a medal from the Dutch Government which I’ve now passed on to his grandson who was born the year he died.
    He migrated to Australia at 22yrs of age at the end of 1958. He died 2006. You could at least have regard for me his widow. He was the best husband anyone could ever wish for, and our three children and their children regard him with honour.
    A great and wonderful husband who is missed by me and his three children every single day.

  150. Confused Old Misfit

    I am skeptical of the validity of “spoken memories”. There are too many possibilities for those “memories” to be influenced, consciously or not, by relatively recently acquired knowledge.

  151. urb

    You already mentioned up thread that modernism isn’t your thing so I don’t know why you looked at the Jacobsen link. What kind of architecture do you like Arky ?

  152. Arky

    The view from this modern architectural wonder is stunning.
    Absolutely visionary.

  153. None

    The catch is that these predictions were based on patterns in the data that the researchers could not fully explain

    Standard deal with data mining. It just works on finding patterns of data and too bad if it makes no business sense. If they can’t work it out it just means that the explanatory data is not being collected but is manifesting itself in different ways among the data that is. I probably didn’t explain that well but hey it’s Monday night and this is not a school test.

  154. Leigh Lowe

    Now that is a long drop toilet.

  155. Arky

    Come on now Urb.
    Don’t they all look like chook sheds to you?

  156. Rae

    my favourite is Rae

    Fony. Back a few weeks ago you tried to be a nasty smarty pants in comments to me. So, I sat you on your fat arse. After that you lost your marbles. I doubt you will ever be sane again.

  157. Geriatric Mayfly

    There are docos stating that the Abos have a spoken memory of the last ice age passed down from “14,000” years ago – that beats the hell out of Chinese whispers.

    And vulcanism in central and western Victoria. This, and clambering over glaciers to get at the Bogong moths in the Snowy, soon to be incorporated in Stories of the Dreamtime (New Edition)

  158. John Constantine

    The machine learning in medicine thing is huge, but in the real world:

    DTS dragontail systems uses AI and machine learning to get the right toppings on Pizzas.

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180521/pdf/43v5fzdz7p1w29.pdf

    It is 2018 and we have Skynet Pizza.
    Picked some up on the recent selldown and will probably sell half if I get this next week or so right.

    Curing cancer is hard, selling the assurance that a minimum wage snottygobbler hasn’t spat on your Pizza then doubled anchovies and pineapple is rolled gold.

  159. Rae

    Btw, Fony. I think you just shat yourself. Maybe you should go change. You’re smelling up the blog.

  160. Caveman

    There are docos stating that the Abos have a spoken memory of the last ice age passed down from “14,000” years ago

    It was fukn cold.

  161. Geriatric Mayfly

    The view from this modern architectural wonder is stunning.
    Absolutely visionary.

    Archtectural plagiarism Obviously copied from the one just below the peak of Kilimanjaro. Jerry built, insecure, and with an abyss of such immensity below, that turds reached maximum acceleration before detonation.

  162. None

    So Arky did you survive the fallout from that session where you criticized somebody’s work?

  163. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu, I don’t know what you are on about.
    Just disappointed that you appear to including me in your above comment.
    I was married for 42yrs to a Dutch born husband who served the Netherlands in the Dutch Marines in New Guinea in 1956 and 1957/58

    Firstly, show me where I included you in any above comment?

  164. zyconoclast

    Hispanics are generally quite passive on the whole…

    Proof: 2 out of three Mexicans are lazy drunks.

  165. Arky

    None
    #2716828, posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:07 pm
    So Arky did you survive the fallout from that session where you criticized somebody’s work?

    ..
    Unfortunately.
    So I am ramping things up.

  166. Oh come on

    A P and a poo. Both best flushed.

  167. John Constantine

    https://research.businessinsider.com.au/china-using-one-belt-one-road-infrastructure-plan-shore-energy-security/

    Interesting graphic here, showing the worlds supertanker positions as a snapshot. Proves that Australia without oil refineries can never again be involved in a major war, as ten days blockade of Australian bound refined products at chokepoints sees the great southern land start to shut down amid hoarding and trafficjams choking the major cities as the proles ‘think they can make it’.

    This is the design, not a flaw.

    Brown paper bags of tenners.

    Comrades.

  168. John Constantine

    When machine learning lets health and life insurance companies really figure out individual risk, then watch the cherry picking.

  169. None

    Unfortunately.
    So I am ramping things up.

    Ah good to hear. Forget one sobbing princess. Only mass hysteria will do.

  170. P

    Sorry Zulu if I thought you had included me.
    I always liked you, as you probably know, and have always enjoyed your input in this Catallaxy Files.

    As it appears to me, I guess here in this instance I was wrong. I hope so.
    I don’t think I’ve ever read anything you’ve written that I haven’t enjoyed. Your interest in history as expressed here by you has always been appreciated by me.
    I hope that this will continue.

  171. C.L.

    Dedicated to the Chicago division of the F.B.I. And Detroit.

    I’ll throw in the Stones’ Fingerprint File from It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll
    Explained (Wiki):

    The lyrics … express frustration over government monitoring and surveillance activity, perhaps inspired by reports of the wiretapping of domestic “radical” groups in the US during the Nixon Administration.

    What happened, Stones? Lost your famous tongue?

    Lyrics:

    And there’s some little jerk in the FBI
    A keepin’ papers on me six feet high
    It gets me down, it gets me down, it gets me down
    You better watch out
    On your telephone

  172. egg_

    I am skeptical of the validity of “spoken memories”. There are too many possibilities for those “memories” to be influenced, consciously or not, by relatively recently acquired knowledge.

    Absolutely!

  173. zyconoclast

    Good job ARU

    NRL fury as Castle moves on unscathed from Bulldogs car crash

    Critics of the former Bulldogs administration of chairman Ray Dib and chief executive Raelene Castle point out the NRL did flag in April 2017 a possible salary cap of $8.8m. It was subsequently increased to $9.5m but should have been sufficient warning to the Canterbury club of the danger of signing players to exorbitant payments.

    Translation: the detail was done by Dib/Castle and it is not at hand.
    The NRL’s critics are particularly incensed Castle has escaped scrutiny while Dib may have disregarded advice to the contrary.

    NRL fury is compounded by the present positions of Castle, as chief executive of Rugby Australia, and Dib as a powerful director of the often rebellious NSWRL.
    As such, Castle is the leader of the second biggest enemy of the code from without (AFL being No.1) while Dib epitomises the enemy from within.

  174. Makka

    Btw, Fony. I think you just shat yourself.

    Grigs, your poo fetish is distasteful. Take it away.

  175. Fat Tony

    John Constantine
    #2716851, posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm
    Brown paper bags of tenners.

    Comrades.

    They sold us out pretty cheap,
    Comrades

  176. zyconoclast

    Tesla Model 3 AWD details revealed
    American electric car company releases information on dual-motor small car

    In typical Musk, fashion the outspoken entrepreneur claimed that the Model 3 AWD Performance will be quicker than a BMW M3 around a track and have better handling.

    The range-topping variant will be priced from $US78,000 ($103,700) according to Musk. That price includes all options including wheels and paint with the exception of the controversial Autopilot function.

  177. Fat Tony

    Makka
    #2716883, posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:31 pm
    Btw, Fony. I think you just shat yourself.

    Grigs, your poo fetish is distasteful. Take it away.

    Makka – like I said above:

    Nah – my favourite is Rae. It just oozes shit everywhere – no intelligence, just shit.
    Granted, the P persona is quite well done but, like Candy, is just too consistent to be real.
    Rae just shits it in.

  178. C.L.

    Trump is live and he likes this analysis:

    Donald J. [email protected]

    “John Brennan is panicking. He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community. He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of American’s faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the …

    … top of the FBI. Brennan started this entire debacle about President Trump. We now know that Brennan had detailed knowledge of the (phony) Dossier…he knows about the Dossier, he denies knowledge of the Dossier, he briefs the Gang of 8 on the Hill about the Dossier, which …

    …they then used to start an investigation about Trump. It is that simple. This guy is the genesis of this whole Debacle. This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation. Brennan has disgraced himself, he’s worried about staying out of Jail.” Dan Bongino

  179. Makka

    Trump trolling Brennan. Arkancide watch?

    Donald J. Trump

    Verified account

    @realDonaldTrump
    Follow Follow @realDonaldTrump
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    “John Brennan is panicking. He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community. He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of American’s faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the……..top of the FBI. Brennan started this entire debacle about President Trump. We now know that Brennan had detailed knowledge of the (phony) Dossier…he knows about the Dossier, he denies knowledge of the Dossier, he briefs the Gang of 8 on the Hill about the Dossier, which…….they then used to start an investigation about Trump. It is that simple. This guy is the genesis of this whole Debacle. This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation. Brennan has disgraced himself, he’s worried about staying out of Jail.” Dan Bongino

  180. cohenite

    Where do they dig these fuckers up from:

    Wheels are falling off Labor’s asylum policy

    Ben Packham, Rachel Baxendale The Australian May 21, 2018

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the wheels are falling off the opposition’s border protection policies, after new Labor MP Ged Kearney blasted the bipartisan asylum policy as “shameful”.

    In her maiden speech today, the Member for Batman blasted criticised the commitment to preventing asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru from coming to Australia.

    Ms Kearney said she would commit herself to the cause of humane refugee policy during her time in the parliament.

    “I cannot comprehend how a nation that provided a safe home to so many in the wake of World War II — including our large Jewish community of Holocaust survivors — allowed the Tampa and the“children overboard” scandal to evolve into the shameful policy of indefinite detention on Manus and Nauru,” the former ACTU president said.

    “Racist dog-whistling has demonised and vilified a community that has everything to give to Australia — and the sacrifice of this human potential has been made solely for political gain.”

    Mr Dutton seized on the comments tonight.

    “Labor now has a majority of its members in caucus who are opposed to stopping the boats and we see on the Mediterranean thousands of people still dying — so this problem for Australia has not gone away,” he told the Nine Network.

    “The fact that Mr Shorten now has the same problem that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard did, says that Mr Shorten hasn’t got a coherent policy on stopping the boats and I think most Australians would shake their heads at these comments today.

    “Mr Shorten hasn’t got the leadership ability to haul these people into line and to keep the policy that has stopped kids from going into detention, stopped drownings at sea and make sure that boats don’t restart.”

    In her speech today Ms Kearney said Australia was a rich country that could afford to take more refugees.

    Her speech ups the pressure on Labor leader Bill Shorten ahead of the upcoming ALP conference, where the party’s left-faction will seek to soften its support for offshore processing.

    She called for more money to be spent on foreign aid to support people as they fled conflict, and better resettlement support for refugees in Australia.

    Ms Kearney was elected in a by-election in March, holding the seat for Labor against the Greens after the resignation of former member David Feeney, who was unable to prove he was not a dual citizen.

    She lamented her seat was named after John Batman, “a rogue, thief, cheat, and liar, a murderer of blacks and the vilest man I have ever known”, according to the artist John Glover.

    She said she and thousands of voters in her electorate would prefer the seat to be named after 1850s Wurrundjeri leader Simon Wonga

    Yep, let’s call it Wonga. What could go wronga.

  181. cohenite

    Where do they dig these fuckers up from:

    Wheels are falling off Labor’s asylum policy

    Ben Packham, Rachel Baxendale The Australian May 21, 2018

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the wheels are falling off the opposition’s border protection policies, after new Labor MP Ged Kearney blasted the bipartisan asylum policy as “shameful”.

    In her maiden speech today, the Member for Batman blasted criticised the commitment to preventing asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru from coming to Australia.

    Ms Kearney said she would commit herself to the cause of humane refugee policy during her time in the parliament.

    “I cannot comprehend how a nation that provided a safe home to so many in the wake of World War II — including our large J..ish community of Holocaust survivors — allowed the Tampa and the“children overboard” scandal to evolve into the shameful policy of indefinite detention on Manus and Nauru,” the former ACTU president said.

    “Racist dog-whistling has demonised and vilified a community that has everything to give to Australia — and the sacrifice of this human potential has been made solely for political gain.”

    Mr Dutton seized on the comments tonight.

    “Labor now has a majority of its members in caucus who are opposed to stopping the boats and we see on the Mediterranean thousands of people still dying — so this problem for Australia has not gone away,” he told the Nine Network.

    “The fact that Mr Shorten now has the same problem that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard did, says that Mr Shorten hasn’t got a coherent policy on stopping the boats and I think most Australians would shake their heads at these comments today.

    “Mr Shorten hasn’t got the leadership ability to haul these people into line and to keep the policy that has stopped kids from going into detention, stopped drownings at sea and make sure that boats don’t restart.”

    In her speech today Ms Kearney said Australia was a rich country that could afford to take more refugees.

    Her speech ups the pressure on Labor leader Bill Shorten ahead of the upcoming ALP conference, where the party’s left-faction will seek to soften its support for offshore processing.

    She called for more money to be spent on foreign aid to support people as they fled conflict, and better resettlement support for refugees in Australia.

    Ms Kearney was elected in a by-election in March, holding the seat for Labor against the Greens after the resignation of former member David Feeney, who was unable to prove he was not a dual citizen.

    She lamented her seat was named after John Batman, “a rogue, thief, cheat, and liar, a murderer of blacks and the vilest man I have ever known”, according to the artist John Glover.

    She said she and thousands of voters in her electorate would prefer the seat to be named after 1850s Wurrundjeri leader Simon Wonga

    Yep, let’s call it Wonga. What could go wronga.

  182. Oh come on

    Dedicated to the Chicago division of the F.B.I. And Detroit.

    Is that a Blues Brothers quote?

    Everyone hates Illinois Nazis.

  183. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dan Bongino

    Twitter feed:

    Dan Bongino‏Verified account @dbongino · 2h2 hours ago

    John Brennan knows his role in the political spying operation on Donald Trump is being exposed. Therefore this disgrace of a human being is showing his caboose on social media as he melts down. Get a lawyer Johnnie Boy, you’re gonna need it.

    Dan Bongino‏Verified account @dbongino · 15h15 hours ago

    This disgrace of a human being is largely responsible for the destruction of the reputation of the IC community. He’ll be remembered by history as a cautionary tale and as a disgrace to the honor and integrity of the hard working men & women of the IC.

    Dan Bongino added John O. BrennanVerified account @JohnBrennan
    “Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.”

    Marcus Tullius Cicero, (106-43 BC)

    Ouch.

  184. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    She lamented her seat was named after John Batman, “a rogue, thief, cheat, and liar, a murderer of blacks and the vilest man I have ever known

    Wow, Ged Kearney knew John Batman personally? How old does that make her?

  185. Leigh Lowe

    Interesting from Bongino.
    Not only does Trump have the legal machinations falling his way, but he is also winning the war of the narrative re the intel community.
    Six months ago he was being beaten up by the MSM over “disrespecting the officers of the FBI/DoJ” and “damaging the work of field operatives”.
    He has successfully cut the Comey/Strzok/McCabe/Brennan cabal from the rank and file. No-one is running that line anymore.
    In fact, public perception is shifting towards Brennan and co being the destroyers of the reputation of the FBI /DoK and CIA.

  186. Snoopy

    Wow, Ged Kearney knew John Batman personally?

    Ged watched Batman Returns on Netflix last week. It’s seared, seared into her memory.

  187. Makka

    Donald J. Trump

    He’s on a roll.

    @realDonaldTrump
    10m10 minutes ago
    More
    The Wall Street Journal asks, “WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS BARACK OBAMA?” A very good question!

  188. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dedicated to the Chicago division of the F.B.I. And Detroit.

    Is that a Blues Brothers quote?

    Choom Gang?

    Illinois lawmakers vote to let kids take medical marijuana in school (19 May)

    School in Chicago is going to be fun! If you can see the blackboard through the fumes.

  189. Snoopy

    Kilauea volcano: CO2 is the gas whose name dare not be mentioned.

  190. Oh come on

    This disgrace of a human being is largely responsible for the destruction of the reputation of the IC community

    Seriously? No, seriously? 9/11 happened under your watch. GWB shielded you in the same way he shielded Islam as a “religion of peace”. The reputation of the “IC community” was excrement long before Trump took office.

  191. EvilElvis

    Would candy paint on the model A look stupid if you weren’t hot rodding it?

    Nice. Good colour is good colour. At least that’s what Rev. Curry reckons, may have mentioned it at a recent gig in Britain. Anyway, if your freaked out about a block colour like that on the original body break it down a bit old school and give the bonnet and roof a pearl coat or an off white yellowish/nutty sort of colour.

  192. Bruce of Newcastle

    No, seriously? 9/11 happened under your watch

    Bit harsh there OCO. Bongino was secret service not IC.

  193. Bruce in WA

    Oh, God, No! The horror!

    Markle has fired a … gun! Oh, noes! But it gets much worse! Not just any gun, but a … Glock! (Did anyone get hurt when I typed “that” word?

  194. None

    The vacant role of a national race discrimination commissioner fulfils ‘no substantive function’

    it’s behind the paywall at the Australian but I really want to know who said that – is there hope finally is getting rid of the ahrc?

  195. BorisG

    Thanks to Q&A I learned that Australia was the only country which voted against Israel investigation by the circus called UNHRC. For this reason alone we should all vote LIBERALS.

  196. BorisG

    Yes, I meant to say the only country that joined the US.

  197. JC

    The Popester is off again.

    POPE SHOCK: OK TO BE GAY
    ‘GOD MADE YOU LIKE THIS’

  198. Arky

    Uh God.
    You know when you wake up suddenly and can remember precisely what your dream was?
    I was showing LL and Grigory around the South Islad looking at demolished public schools.
    LL was a feisty old geezer.
    I think we were on a ski lift at one point.
    What the hell? What does this mean? I’m afraid to go back to sleep.
    Im staying off the blog for awhile.

  199. None

    It just means you had too much pizza or too much cheese for dinner, Arky. That’s a cheese or pizza dream.

  200. None

    While I have no doubt that Frankie babe would say something so bizarre I believe that alleged comment by the pope was reported second hand by a loopy gay man he said the pope said that to him. By that reasoning God made us all sinners so we’re all ok whatever we do. Mmm I don’t think that’s going to wash

  201. Zatara

    Live on Fox – Trump the misogynist is signing in Gina Haspel, the first female Director of the CIA.

  202. C.L.

    White House releases statement on MS-13:

    What You Need To Know About The Violent Animals Of MS-13.

    The violent animals of MS-13 have committed heinous, violent attacks in communities across America.

    Too many innocent Americans have fallen victim to the unthinkable violence of MS-13’s animals.

    At the State of the Union in January 2018, President Trump brought as his guests Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas, the parents of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas. Police believe these young girls were chased down and brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members on Long Island, New York, in 2016. Suffolk County Police Commissioner stated that the “murders show a level of brutality that is close to unmatched.”

    In Maryland, MS-13’s animals are accused of stabbing a man more than 100 times and then decapitating him, dismembering him, and ripping his heart out of his body. Police believe MS-13 members in Maryland also savagely beat a 15-year-old human trafficking victim. The MS-13 animals used a bat and took turns beating her nearly 30 times in total.

    In Houston, Texas, two MS-13 members were charged after kidnapping and sexually assaulting one girl and murdering another. The two MS-13 animals laughed, smiled, and waved for cameras in court as they faced the charges.

    New York communities have suffered tremendously from the abhorrent violence of MS-13. Nearly 40 percent of all murders in Suffolk County, New York between January 2016 and June 2017 were tied to MS-13.

    In January 2017, MS-13 members were charged with killing and hacking up a teenager in Nassau County. MS-13’s animals reportedly saw the murder as a way to boost their standing in the gang. In April 2017, police believe four young men were brutally murdered by MS-13 animals on Long Island. One victim was a young man in town visiting family during an Easter week vacation. Just last month, in April 2018, MS-13 reportedly called for its members on Long Island to kill a cop for the sake of making a statement.

    WHY: MS-13 is a transnational gang which follows the motto of “kill, rape, control” by committing shocking acts of violence in an attempt to instill fear and gain control.

    MS-13 is a transnational gang that has brought violence, fear, and suffering to American communities. MS-13, short for Mara Salvatrucha, commits shocking acts of violence to instill fear, including machete attacks, executions, gang rape, human trafficking, and more. In their motto, the animals of MS-13 make clear their goal is to “kill, rape, control.” The gang has more than 10,000 members in the United States spreading violence and suffering.

    Recent investigations have revealed MS-13 gang leaders based in El Salvador have been sending representatives into the United States illegally to connect the leaders with local gang members. These foreign-based gang leaders direct local members to become even more violent in an effort to control more territory.

    President Trump’s entire Administration is working tirelessly to bring these violent animals to justice.

    Trump is simply the best.

  203. squawkbox

    Trump is God

    We are going to see the 2018 midterm Dems campaigning on ‘MS13 have rights, too!’

  204. Stimpson J. Cat

    POPE SHOCK: OK TO BE GAY
    ‘GOD MADE YOU LIKE THIS’

    Tinta is going to be smashing sh$t and ranting extremely bad words in Italian.

  205. Stimpson J. Cat

    Always remember where The Gay’s all come from:
    Heterosexuals.

    Not Gay’s.
    The Gay’s cannot make The Gay’s.
    Few know this.

  206. None

    So Gina is bad because she had it up a torture operation in Thailand but Jenna is good because she stand up to Trump if you ever asks the CIA to talk to anyone.
    http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/gina-haspel-confirmed-as-next-cia-director-despite-her-links-to-brutal-torture-tactics/news-story/17714b9c969baaf0746b5cdfb77ee43b

    American should never apologize for waterboarding terrorists.

  207. None

    So Gina is bad because she headed up a torture operation in Thailand but Gina is good because she will stand up to Trump if he ever asks the CIA to torture anyone.
    http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/gina-haspel-confirmed-as-next-cia-director-despite-her-links-to-brutal-torture-tactics/news-story/17714b9c969baaf0746b5cdfb77ee43b

    America should never apologize for waterboarding terrorists.

  208. OldOzzie

    None
    #2716941, posted on May 22, 2018 at 12:12 am

    The vacant role of a national race discrimination commissioner fulfils ‘no substantive function’

    it’s behind the paywall at the Australian but I really want to know who said that – is there hope finally is getting rid of the ahrc?

    Race discrimination commissioner ‘serves no function’ – Rick Morton

    The vacant position of a national race discrimination commissioner should not be filled ­because the role fulfils “no substantive function” and is required by law to promote “divisive” ideas based on race, government MPs will be told.

    A parliamentary research brief from think tank Institute of Public Affairs will be sent to all federal MPs but already has the backing of some Coalition members, who think the job, which is being advertised and pays $346,250 a year, should remain empty.

    “The position of race discrimination commissioner is based on the concept that Australians should be divided and separated according to their ‘race’ — a concept which should find no place in modern-day Australia,” IPA research fellow Morgan Begg said.

    “The role of race discrimin­ation commissioner is a divisive political advocacy role with no substantive function. Instead of filling this position, the Turnbull government should leave it ­vacant.”

    In the brief, co-written by the institute’s executive director, John Roskam, Mr Begg points out that the position has been left empty before, between 1999 and 2004, when it was only filled in an acting capacity.

    The role is held by Tim Soutphommasane who was appointed to a five-year term in 2013.

    The brief adds that the Australian Human Rights Commission has “over its history proven to be partisan and more likely to abuse the human rights of Australians than uphold them”. The Australian Human Rights Commission Act makes it clear the function of the commission itself is “not ­affected by reason only of a ­vacancy in the office” of the race discrimination commissioner.

    It also confers on the commissioner the “unique courtroom ­advocacy role” of amicus curiae (friend of the court), which the IPA argues is a conflict of interest.

  209. OldOzzie

    End Robert Mueller’s investigation: Michael Mukasey

    Michael B. Mukasey, a former federal judge, was attorney general in the George W. Bush administration.

  210. OldOzzie

    There May be an Impeachment in the Works… But it Won’t Be Trump

    It would be hard for the Deep State and their supporters in Congress to impeach President Trump for mean tweets.

    It would not be hard for Congress to impeach Barack Obama for spying on the opposition candidate during a national election.

    And that is where this story is heading

  211. OldOzzie

    Editorial: Rules for some, not for others

    RULES are for little people. That attitude is infuriatingly pervasive throughout Australia’s political elite, which holds our people to the absolute letter of the law while themselves treating certain regulations with little or no regard.

    This mindset was especially evident during the early days of the dual citizenship controversy, when more than a few politicians from all parties indicated that, seeing as the dual citizenship ban was old-fashioned and irrelevant, it didn’t matter if MPs and senators were in breach.

    The public believed otherwise, and for good reason. Normal citizens are typically given very little latitude when it comes to Australia’s rules and regulations. From traffic fines to tax payments, Australians are expected to comply precisely to the spirit and definition of the law.

    So they become justifiably angry when politicians seek to find some way of avoiding the consequences of any legal missteps.

    The latest “one rule for us, another rule for them” case also emerges from Canberra, where Labor’s Penny Wong, Chris Bowen and Jenny Macklin are accused of high-handed behaviour regarding the strict conditions of the 2018 Budget lockup, which require that nobody leaves the Budget lockup until 7.30pm, when the Treasurer begins the Budget speech. MPs have permission to leave at 7pm, to prepare for Parliament, but are not permitted to take any Budget documents with them.

    So much for the rules. Senator Wong is alleged to have strolled out of the lockup with Budget documents, then stonewalled attempts by Parliament House security to retrieve the documents from her office.

    Labor MP Macklin, who eventually handed over her own documents before leaving the lockup, is understood to have argued with security: “I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I know what I’m allowed to do. I know the rules.”

    And shadow treasurer Bowen has defended their actions, saying there is a “longstanding convention” permitting MPs to leave the lockup at 7pm “including with their Budget papers, which in many cases have notes and mark-ups”. “Longstanding convention” simply means the rules were not fully enforced in the past.

    It’s a little like complaining about copping a speeding fine on a road where you’ve never previously been caught. Follow the rules, politicians, and Australians might be just more inclined to follow your words.

  212. Top Ender

    Students thrive in stricter schools

    The Australian12:00AM May 22, 2018
    REBECCA URBAN

    Schools that actively intervene to stamp out classroom misbehaviour can help boost students’ academic performance by several months, according to a new toolkit designed to guide teachers to use evidence-based practices.

    According to the toolkit, developed by the Social Ventures Australia-backed Evidence for Learning, there is an extensive body of research to suggest that interventions aimed at reducing negative behaviour ranging from low-level classroom disruption to anti-social conduct — including bullying — can decrease problematic behaviours.

    When handled effectively, behaviour management programs can boost a classroom’s academic progress by at least three months, which is described in the toolkit as a “moderate impact” intervention.

    An emerging body of evidence around the links between classroom discipline, student behaviour and academic outcomes comes at a critical time for education officials in Australia given federal government plans to spend an extra $24.5 billion over the next 10 years to arrest declining academic standards.

    Recent longitudinal research out of the US, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology last month, found students’ behaviour at school was a better predictor of later educational and career success than their IQ, socio-economic background or personality. The findings are particularly relevant for Australian classrooms, which recently ranked poorly — 63rd out of 68 OECD countries — on an index of disciplinary climate based on a survey of 15-year-old science students.

    About one-third of students in advantaged schools, and about half of those in disadvantaged schools, reported that in most or every class there was noise and disorder, students didn’t listen, and that learning was difficult.

    Braybrook College in Melbourne’s blue-collar west has slowly been turning around the fortunes of its students with a return to old-fashioned discipline.

    Principal Kelly Panousieris said although most students came from disadvantaged backgrounds and many faced welfare issues, there was no excuse for anti-social behaviour at school.

    About four years ago the secondary school erected a fence around its borders — “that made students and their families feel as though this was a safe place,” Ms Panousieris said — and created a new school-wide discipline policy that included setting high expectations for attendance, uniform, organisation and behaviour.

    “We say, once they walk through the gates, it doesn’t matter what suburb you come from, everyone has the same opportunity to learn,” she said.

    Ms Panousieris said effective discipline wasn’t about dishing out punishment but rather getting the preconditions right: creating a structured and orderly learning environment where students understood what was expected of them. Good behaviour and academic performance were rewarded, while poor behaviour, including being disruptive in class, swearing and assault, had consequences, she said.

    The policy has had a clear impact on students’ academic results, as evidenced by NAPLAN. Literacy and numeracy scores have risen over the past five years and enrolments have jumped.

    “Kids actually want rules, they know that misbehaviour is not good for learning,” Ms Panousieris said. “This has really been a game-changer for us.”

    The toolkit is based on a similar resource devised by the UK’s Education Endowment Foundation.

  213. Tom

    As I have suspected for about a month, Sean Delonas is a vile, joo-hating racist of whom the Third Reich would have been proud. His latest cartoon is disgusting. I will no longer post his work here.

  214. RobK

    Thanks Tom, great line-up. Good start to the day.

  215. None

    Thanks Ozzie. I should have guessed the common sense came from the IPA and not from a parliamentarian.

  216. None

    Students thrive in stricter schools

    It’s a no brainer. I can’t believe that they had to rediscover the basic fact that you need clsss management skills and discipline, because no one can learn when you have one or two individuals disrupt a class.

  217. None

    Thanks Ozzie. I should have guessed the common sense came from the IPA and not from a parliamentarian.

  218. None

    Beeler is very good today, thanks Tom.

  219. DrBeauGan

    Tom
    #2716976, posted on May 22, 2018 at 4:19 am
    As I have suspected for about a month, Sean Delonas is a vile, joo-hating racist of whom the Third Reich would have been proud. His latest cartoon is disgusting. I will no longer post his work here.

    Fair enough. I’d have liked to make up my own mind, but you’re entitled to your view.

  220. Baldrick

    Cheers Tom.

    I take it you’re referring to Delonas’ latest ‘everybody I hate is virtually Hitler’ offering.

  221. Gab

    Fair enough. I’d have liked to make up my own mind,

    And you still can. It’s not as thought Tom banned the fool. You can still see it online.

  222. Baldrick

    According to TheirABC, the reason China is building up military bases in the South China Sea is our fault …

    China ‘surrounded’ by 250 US military bases
    This begs the question of how to avoid the intensification of strategic rivalry with our neighbours.
    A fairly obvious answer would be to follow our own advice, and advocate for the demilitarisation of the region.
    The reason China would have an interest in establishing a military base on a remote Pacific island, is that they themselves are surrounded by a dense and heavily armed archipelago of American military bases, 250 or so according to US Department of Defence statistics.
    Australia is itself home to several valuable US bases that would certainly be used in any conflict with China. The most important of them, Pine Gap, sits in the centre of the country and acts as a geospatial operations and intelligence hub.

    Not til you get to the end of the story does it become clear about the motivation …
    ‘Stuart Rollo is a research associate at the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney.’

    Yes, that’s the same Sydney Democracy Network that receives funding from the USyd Development Society, a front for the Chinese government within the University of Sydney.

    How very ABC.

  223. DrBeauGan

    Gab
    #2716984, posted on May 22, 2018 at 6:03 am
    Fair enough. I’d have liked to make up my own mind,

    And you still can. It’s not as thought Tom banned the fool. You can still see it online.

    Sort of, Gab. I found the one Baldrick posted. It’s anti-israel and ludicrously over stated. He certainly doesn’t like Netanyahu, I don’t feel at all certain he hates all dzhwz, although he might. I am guessing that this is the one Tom found so objectionable, but can’t be sure.

  224. None

    Well Beaugan, Tom is not under any obligation to post any links to any cartoons here or anywhere else but he does, and in so doing he makes his own choices as to what he thinks is worth posting and you are quite welcome to post your own links to cartoons if you care to or just go find them yourself.

  225. None

    Well Beaugan, Tom is not under any obligation to post any links to any cartoons here or anywhere else but he does, and in so doing he makes his own choices as to what he thinks is worth posting and you are quite welcome to post your own links to cartoons if you care to or just go find them yourself.

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