Wednesday Forum: May 30, 2018

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  1. Death Giraffe

    My wife certainly gets a few whistles and toots as she lycras along the bike path by the highway.

    ..
    Probably dietary.
    I recommend a low fibre diet.

  2. Makka

    . This is a bottom line that many of us struggle to get past, having seen the effects of this kind of thing on the discarded wife, close up.

    Philippa,
    True this was a rather disgusting display of treachery and betrayal by Joyce on his wife and kids.

    In addition to all that, this low life swine contrived and weaseled his way into getting the mistress highly paid jobs to keep it all under wraps at tax payer expense. It’s positively galling the corrupt attitude on display. If ever there was an occasion showing just how much contempt politicians have for those who put food on their table, this was it.

    If Joyce suffers immeasurably from the guilt of his acts then tough. Both of them are well educated adults and they walked into this with their eyes wide open. Cry me a river.

  3. nemkat

    Extra good article y Niki Savvain The Australian this morning.
    She impaled Shorten, skewered the Beetrooter, and landed a few whacks on Penny Wrong and trencherman Craig Kelly.

  4. Percy Popinjay

    regularly having sex in ‘Trump masks’

    As one does.

  5. H B Bear

    That’s bullshit. The leftwing pricks would have crucified B even if he had knocked up clementine ford.

    The media may have got a week out of it. The Liars didn’t go near it once Michalea Cash threatened to get in the gutter under Parliamentary privilege with Peanut Head, Tony Burqa and other in the firing line the moment they did.

  6. cohenite

    I think the ‘leftwing pricks’ argument in this matter is a ship that has sailed, and not only sailed, but was last seen disappearing over the horizon while spectacularly on fire.

    When I first read that I thought you were talking about our clem and I thought of spontaneous combustion for some reason and starting doing a calculation about much fuel she would have under her armpits and then I realised you weren’t.

  7. Philippa Martyr

    An extramarital affair diminishes not a wittle the logic and truthfulness of the adulterer’s opposition to two homosexuals pretending to be married. That’s like saying a man cannot insist on the reality of the earth’s gravity if he’s having an affair.

    No connection there at all.

    There is a connection, because we don’t live in a rational world, and never have. Joyce was a walking, talking demonstration that heterosexual marriage vows don’t need to be taken all that seriously – so why on earth are we denying these rather tatty same marriage vows to same sex couples who seem to crave it for some reason?

    He simply added a huge dose of fuel to an already emotional fire. Thanks for nothing, Barnaby.

  8. Geriatric mayfly

    Mizzzz Anna Bligh in the box at the Banking Royal Commission.

  9. Senile Old Guy

    * Baanaby received no money for the Channel 7 interview. It went via Vikki, (a private citizen), to a trust account for Sebastian’s future health and education. My wife is the trustee.

    So Barnaby, the child’s father will be able to contribute less? But there’s no financial benefit to Barnaby?

  10. Percy Popinjay

    Tobogganing
    Kitchen knives
    Philandering agrarian socialists
    Plastic straws
    Cars
    Eating meat

    Which of those is not like the others, cats? (Hint – it’s the one that in a just world, would rightly be banned).

  11. egg_

    * Unlike Talkbull, Baanaby understands coal-powered electricity is vital to our future and that the climate alarmists are wrong about CO2. Vested interests would love to destroy him. By the way, is Talkbull’s son still heavily invested in Big Wind? But people are outraged because Baanaby’s newborn son gets a payday from Big Media?

    The bulldust will soon blow over and hopefully he continues to represent the New England in one way or another.

  12. Stimpson J. Cat

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.

  13. notafan

    So Barnaby, the child’s father will be able to contribute less? But there’s no financial benefit to Barnaby?

    When he is 18 and Barnaby over 70

    Whatever

  14. Cactus

    Re Cycling.
    I bought a bike with the intention of some weekend fitness. Went for 4 rides at 5am in the morning and had 2 incidents. No stupid lycra gear – just gym gear.

    1) A car roared through a T junction where they were supposed to give way (stop sign) to traffic on the road which was only me at the time. They didn’t see me, I slammed on the brakes just in time and was able to prevent getting hit by the car but fell off the bike.
    2) riding on a 6 lane road (i.e. 3 lanes either direction) briefly to get from 1 quiet street to another quiet street. I was in the left most part of the road and kept on eye on the road conditions both infront and behind me. A car behind me was in right lane, with no traffic in that lane ahead, nor the middle lane, with me on the left. To my surprise the car’s mirror suddenly flew past my right hand and missing by perhaps 5cm. When he passed me, he returned back into the right most lane.

    Sure it isn’t a big sample size, but 50% of my rides I have encountered dangerous behaviour of either negligent driving or wilful hatred petty intimidation. I quickly decided that the best course of action was to leave the road to the cars. There is serious hatred between a minority of car drivers and cyclists. It goes both ways too. But none of that is worth dying for.

    Now it is a clothes rack.

  15. Percy Popinjay

    Were Barnyard and Clemmie to engage in the beast with two backs which one would wear the Shrillary mask and which one the Fatty Trump mask?

  16. C.L.

    Joyce was a walking, talking demonstration that heterosexual marriage vows don’t need to be taken all that seriously – so why on earth are we denying these rather tatty same marriage vows to same sex couples who seem to crave it for some reason?

    Because two blokes cannot be married, that’s why.

  17. cynical1

    Somebody better remind that twat, Morrison, that there is no GST on second hand goods.

    And Amazon does have sellers of second hand books.

    Unlike Hardly Normal.

  18. calli

    Doc, I recommended ChumpLady to a young woman who’s going through the horrors of “pick me” with her delinquent husband. Thanks for the links (ages ago).

    The blogger is in Australia now giving talks. Probably why the wind has picked up savagely here north of Newcastle. All that venting!

  19. Ubique

    The United States jumps to the top of International Economic Competitiveness. Hong Kong and Singapore taking silver and bronze. President Trump delivering on his MAGA promise, winning, winning and yet more winning..
    Australia languishing at 19th under the burden of the world’s most expensive energy, high taxes and an inflexible, over-regulated labour market, while obsessing over transgender rights, women in the infantry, and safe spaces.

    Catallaxy Files: bringing you all the news the ABC and Fairfax won’t.

  20. thefrolickingmole

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.

    I can understand, just, the usefulness of “paying back” Kanye West for his “get off the plantation” statements, but a Kardashian as anything other than a circus freakshow exhibit is just wrong.

  21. stackja

    Regardless of the situation, leftists are always viewed as correct, while non-leftists are wrong.

  22. C.L.

    Philippa,
    True this was a rather disgusting display of treachery and betrayal by Joyce on his wife and kids.

    In addition to all that, this low life swine contrived and weaseled his way into getting the mistress highly paid jobs to keep it all under wraps at tax payer expense. It’s positively galling the corrupt attitude on display. If ever there was an occasion showing just how much contempt politicians have for those who put food on their table, this was it.

    If Joyce suffers immeasurably from the guilt of his acts then tough. Both of them are well educated adults and they walked into this with their eyes wide open. Cry me a river.

    The holiness is wafting off this thread like Old Spice.
    Barnaby Joyce is a human being who sinned – just like everybody else.

  23. Stimpson J. Cat

    Jordan B Peterson
    @jordanbpeterson
    What shall I do in the next dire moment? Focus my attention on the next right move. From Coda, the concluding chapter of 12 Rules for Life now available at all good bookstores for just $39.94!!!!
    Foreword written by my good friend Dr Stimpson J. Cat.

  24. Percy Popinjay

    Somebody better remind that twat, Morrison, that there is no GST on second hand goods.

    What would be the point? His reply would be that no one* engages in such activity, so it is not relevant.

    *That he’s ever met.

  25. calli

    But none of that is worth dying for.

    Indeed it isn’t. The Beloved does his ride on private property. Not as adventurous, except for dodging the odd roo.

  26. Stimpson J. Cat

    Re Cycling.

    Nobody sends messages by mail anymore do they?
    No we use email.
    Why?
    Because it’s f$cking faster.

  27. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor’s Darling Range by-election candidate announced as Tania Lawrence
    Dylan CapornPerthNow
    May 31, 2018 11:34AM

    LABOR has announced Tania Lawrence as the party’s new candidate for the Darling Range by-election.

    Ms Lawrence is Labor’s second candidate for the seat after its first candidate, Colleen Yates, pulled out of the race last week after questions emerged over her claims about her academic qualifications she made online.

    Ms Lawrence, who lives in Mundaring, works at Woodside and has also served in the public sector, in emergency response management and counter-terrorism roles.

    She was also the first elected female president of Motorcycling Australia.

    “My community deserves to have a strong local voice in the McGowan Labor Government, and as a Mundaring local, I am putting myself forward to be that voice.,” Ms Lawrence said.

    “The McGowan Government is getting on with delivering the projects and services our community needs – like the Byford rail line, fixing Denny Avenue, a new primary school in Byford, better health services and community safety initiatives.

    “I will be an advocate for my community in the McGowan Labor Government – a strong, local voice standing up for what really matters.”

    Premier Mark McGowan confirmed Ms Lawrence held a Bachelor of Arts in economics and Asian Studies.

    I’m presuming these qualifications were checked more thoroughly, then the last candidates were?

  28. The United States jumps to the top of International Economic Competitiveness. Hong Kong and Singapore taking silver and bronze. President Trump delivering on his MAGA promise, winning, winning and yet more winning..
    Australia languishing at 19th under the burden of the world’s most expensive energy, high taxes and an inflexible, over-regulated labour market, while obsessing over transgender rights, women in the infantry, and safe spaces.

    Catallaxy Files: bringing you all the news the ABC and Fairfax won’t.

    I can by new Euro car parts from the USA at 1/5th of the cost in AU.
    Totally fscked we is.

  29. egg_

    his complicity in arrangements to find alternative employment for his mistress, and the cover-up that they and others were part of to keep it all from the public during the New England by-election campaign.

    It’s the perceived perks that irks the former Public Servant.
    /Sad

  30. Percy Popinjay

    Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.

    Presumably before they discussed rocket surgery.

  31. Geriatric mayfly

    The Slovenian Hag kicks off QT with a doozy on tampons. This is your National Parliament.

  32. egg_

    he chose to say it here on a public forum makes it the business of anyone who might wish to comment on it.

    /Skin suit man

  33. notafan

    Somebody better remind that twat, Morrison, that there is no GST on second hand goods.

    And Amazon does have sellers of second hand books.

    Unlike Hardly Normal.

    incorrect, there is most certainly gst on second hand goods (mostly though sellers of second hand goods tend not to meet the turnover threshold of $75,000 or are exempt charities)

    and a large percentage of amazon second hand book sellers will not ship to Australia anyhow because the fixed shipping allowance is too low (though exhorbitant enough iirc it is $40)

    Amazon owns Abebooks anyhow where most indi sellers do ship to Aus, the big sellers for a more reasonable price and where there is no embargo on sales to Australia.

  34. Beachcomber

    VicPol has faked 258,000 preliminary breath-tests over 5 years. According to Their ABC this is 1.5% 0f all the tests. Therefore the total number of tests
    = 258000/0.015
    = 17,200,000 tests/5 years
    = 3,440,000 tests/year
    = 9425 tests/day
    = 393 tests/hour

    In the Glorious Peoples Stalinate of Victoriastan, approximately 400 proles are being randomly breath-tested every hour. A police state of truly totalitarian scope and power.

  35. Shy Ted

    Fake news by omission – Donald J. [email protected]
    Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.

    The full tweet is
    Donald J. [email protected]
    Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing. From tomorrow, if you make a trashy reality TV show, you’re going away for a long time. #nailedheryearsago

  36. Zyconoclast

    Party time in Qld!

    Power prices to drop in regional Queensland saving about 5.5 cents a day, authority decides

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-31/regional-power-prices-to-drop-but-by-only-20-dollars-a-year/9819710

  37. Jannie

    Percy Popinjay
    #2724940, posted on May 31, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    Oops – looks like I missed one – list of items/activities identified on this thread in the last 24 hours that collectivists want banned:
    Tobogganing
    Kitchen knives
    Plastic straws
    Cars
    Eating meat
    Again, FFS.

    Percy I recently listened to a Sargon of Akkad podcast where he featured an article from a UK newspaper where a man was arrested for being in possession of a potato peeler. Apparently it fits the definition of a bladed weapon.

  38. jupes

    Cycled around Bordeaux …

    So have I (well Saint Emilion to be accurate). However cycling vineyard to vineyard in normal clothes, without a helmet, while half tanked is a far different experience than riding a bike a bike in Australia.

  39. egg_

    regularly having sex in ‘Trump masks’

    As one does.

    Rae in the gimp costume?

  40. Eyrie

    Remember when the Top Gear yobbos did bicycle safety ads for the BBC?
    Theme was ” get a car”.

  41. nemkat

    LABOR has announced Tania Lawrence as the party’s new candidate for the Darling Range by-election.

    That surname should ring alarm bells in W.A..
    https://www.crikey.com.au/2002/02/17/carmens-refugee-tears-self-interest-and-political-baggage/

  42. Shy Ted

    Anyone can pretend to have Trumpsex. Simply tip a load of money on your bed and go for it. Mrs Ted objects to coins though.

  43. Chris

    Typical smug cyclist shyte.

    I was referring to main city thoroughfares not the bush and I don’t advocate for injuring anyone. Yeah sure , running down kids in my Range Rover is a real thrill, dickhead. This is exactly the entitled FU attitude on display from most cyclists. You clearly belong in that group.

    When you are trying to get to work in peak hour and traffic is being weaved around and held up by lycra clad entitled fkwits then yeah, I do think they should get off the road.

    I regularly see cyclists riding 2 and 3 abreast just to be arseholes while not 20 metres away is a dedicated bike path off road they refuse use. So maybe you should get your cyclist pals sorted out before shitcanning vehicle users Chris.

    Gee Makka, let me count the cost to motorists of being held up by cyclists. As of course I drive far more than I ride, I have experienced it too.. Uuuuum about two minutes total delay over the last year. Exactly how many minutes delay have you had?
    Now lets count the cost to cyclists of motorists being entitled.
    Two of my four kids have been injured riding.
    Someone on my street was killed by a hit-run driver. He was a promising mathematician, and about to be married. Maybe Dr Beaugan knew him.
    My best man got two smashed elbows and a bunch of other injuries.
    I have had twice near misses from mums not looking right at roundabouts as I ride through with right of way, plus same on streets where they evidently feel that only vehicle headlights are big enough to notice.
    And I don’t blame all drivers; I am trying to point out that those people bagging the shit out of cyclists are just wrong in their attitude even though their resentment is partly based on seeing cyclists ignore the rules at times.

  44. Chris

    So have I (well Saint Emilion to be accurate).

    Yup, lovely place.

  45. egg_

    Remember when the Top Gear yobbos did bicycle safety ads for the BBC?

    All of the boys, including the Hammster, have porked out – not as much work as they used to do on the Beebs?

  46. Senile Old Guy

    even though their resentment is partly based on seeing cyclists ignore the rules at times.

    Most times (75%) the cyclists I see, while driving, break road rules. I was almost knocked down by a cyclist zipping at top speed on a footpath.

  47. notafan

    I nearly hit a cyclist reversing from an angle car spot, I checked left, nothing there and very slowly backed out , stopped and checked again, and Mr Lycra was right behind me glaring, he must have come flying downhill from around the corner, at a speed no driver would have contemplated on that busy drop off at the station street.

    For whatever reason cyclists can be hard to see, and then I don’t stand on my ‘right of way’ with trucks and trams either.

  48. Geriatric mayfly

    Mizzzz King, the Member for Sodom & Gomorrah, is in a very excitable state in QT. She thinks she has Greg Hunt on the ropes.

  49. Makka

    Sure it isn’t a big sample size, but 50% of my rides I have encountered dangerous behaviour of either negligent driving or wilful hatred petty intimidation.

    I don’t know where you live but most places now have plenty of dedicated bike tracks and pathways. Wouldn’t it be more pleasant to use those for weekend exercise?

  50. Mother Lode

    regularly having sex in ‘Trump masks’

    MAGA!

    (Making Arousal GOP Again!)

  51. H B Bear

    The Slovenian Hag kicks off QT with a doozy on tampons. This is your National Parliament.

    She and kd wrong love getting the handbag out for a whirrrrrrrr.

  52. stackja

    Geriatric mayfly
    #2725009, posted on May 31, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    Mizzzz King, the Member for Sodom & Gomorrah, is in a very excitable state in QT. She thinks she has Greg Hunt on the ropes.

    ALP is in a very excitable state in QT. As usual. And LNP House leader is Pyne?

  53. Two of my four kids have been injured riding.
    Someone on my street was killed by a hit-run driver. He was a promising mathematician, and about to be married. Maybe Dr Beaugan knew him.
    My best man got two smashed elbows and a bunch of other injuries.
    I have had twice near misses …

    ok.

    Once is an unfortunate mishap.
    Twice is careless.
    Thrice (or more) is stupid.

    Take the hint and get off roads designed for motor vehicles.

  54. Some History

    ALP is in a very excitable state in QT. As usual. And LNP House leader is Pyne?

    Poyne: “Oh, I love it when Pliserbeck talks tampons. Ha Ha ha!”

    https://imgur.com/s9yRkGC

  55. egg_

    regularly having sex in ‘Trump masks’

    The Left are probably the biggest market.
    Didn’t Cathy Griffin have a Trump head?

  56. Makka

    Chris,
    You have worked out out that roads are hazardous places. Well done. So it’s rich to complain when, of your own free will, you and other cyclists take to the roads in a manner that offers by far the least protection while inflicting another very significant hazard on all other users just by being there.

    And I don’t blame all drivers; I am trying to point out that those people bagging the shit out of cyclists are just wrong in their attitude even though their resentment is partly based on seeing cyclists ignore the rules at times.

    Yeah cyclists are really saints. Motorists are just wrong and should shutup. Sorry, nah.

  57. Rae

    Mizzz Burke simply batting questions aside with non-answers.

  58. Mother Lode

    Why the blazes did Trump meet with Kim Kardashian?

    Was he just taking the piss out of the press by having a meeting with ‘a’ Kim? Or was it just general meeting famous folks.

    The thing about ‘prison reform’ reads like she was brought in for her opinions – the way that last President* would do when after Hollywood money.

    *The last first couple was the marriage of ISIS (him) and Planet of the Apes (her). Was their attentiveness to the yammerings of Valerie Jarrett really nothing more than the indulging solicitousness of parents to a sadly ungifted child?

  59. egg_

    Griffin far exceeded Roseanne.
    Now on the E list?

  60. Makka

    The holiness is wafting off this thread like Old Spice.
    Barnaby Joyce is a human being who sinned – just like everybody else.

    Get off your pulpit CL. He betrayed his family while he screwed taxpayers for his own personal benefit. He and she are copping the consequences. End of.

  61. Geriatric mayfly

    Mizzz Burke simply batting questions aside with non-answers.

    I know one should not encourage socks, but who is Mizzzz Burke? No such entity on the Treasury benches.

  62. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Posted earlier about Anthony Beevor’s new book, on the battle for Arnhem.

    There’s an anecdote about a German Panzergrenadier, captured by the 82nd Airborne in Holland, and sent to the United States as a P.O.W. He was released at the end of the war, took out American citizenship and served in the American Army, with the 82nd Airborne….

  63. stackja

    Mother Lode
    #2725022, posted on May 31, 2018 at 2:38 pm
    Why the blazes did Trump meet with Kim Kardashian?

    DT just having fun?

  64. Some History

    Poyne: “I have made the complaint to the Speaker that there are some in the Chamber that are bringing the parliament into disrepute.”

    https://imgur.com/GpLvlww

  65. C.L.

    Get off your pulpit CL.

    An old-fashioned switcheroo!

  66. Geriatric mayfly

    Turnbull has just hit his straps. House in uproar. And dopey Macklin gave him the opening, to let fly.

  67. C.L.

    Haven’t watched Question Time in years.
    Used to watch it to enjoy the blood sport of your side against theirs.
    Now I couldn’t care less. There are no ‘sides.’ It’s one amorphous blob of left-wing extremism.

  68. cohenite

    The Roseanne gerfuffle simply proves once again that when the left attack you, you attack back harder. She should sue ABC.

  69. Mother Lode

    Somebody better remind that twat, Morrison, that there is no GST on second hand goods.

    In the mind of the ATO that is a loophole.

    In the mind of Treasury that is an expense.

  70. Rae

    Geriatric Mayfly. Banking Royal Commission.

  71. notafan

    Somebody better remind that twat, Morrison, that there is no GST on second hand goods.

    In the mind of the ATO that is a loophole.

    In the mind of Treasury that is an expense.

    except that there is GST on second hand goods

  72. notafan

    These instructions will help you calculate and report goods and services tax (GST) on sales and purchases of second-hand goods.

    GST and second hand goods

  73. Geriatric mayfly

    Extract from a letter in the Specie regarding Beevor.

    Many factors contributed to the failure of Market Garden, but for me the standout – speaking as a very much retired armoured regiment officer – was the 60 mile road link-up with boggy ground either side. Every experienced subaltern in the Royal Armoured Corps regards soft ground as dodgy, and often one could tell by the colour of the grass. Hence the catastrophically slow progress in an action reliant upon speed. Beevor is surely correct: the description of the Market Garden operation as ‘doomed’ is unquestionable. Bill Paton-Smith Woodbridge, Suffolk

  74. notafan

    a good example of second hand goods

    used cars

  75. max

    Men need sex.

    Mrs Joyce, what were you thinking ?

  76. Mother Lode

    except that there is GST on second hand goods

    Bastards!

    That means they will be able to get back to their other Tax Reform – GSTT. (Adding a tax on the GST component of a price.)

  77. Stimpson J. Cat

    I have had twice near misses from mums not looking right at roundabouts as I ride through with right of way

    It’s a lot cheaper, safer, and more economical to ban bicycles than it is to ban women.
    Exhibit A) T$ts.

  78. old bloke

    stackja
    #2724751, posted on May 31, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Who let the Liege gunman run free? Charles Michel?

    Twins?

    (here) & (here)

  79. Somebody better remind that twat, Morrison, that the multitudes (the peasant voters) use international ebay – bigtime.

    It is the new trading post.

    A smart (just kidding) opposition could win an election on this issue alone.

  80. Mother Lode

    The Roseanne gerfuffle simply proves once again that when the left attack you, you attack back harder. She should sue ABC.

    So, has Roseanne admitted that she made the reference to Planet of the Apes because she believes that Blacks are apes, or because she knows that Black people would be offended by the reference, or because she thinks Valerie, as an individual, has apelike characteristics and she failed to censor herself and said one thing without how else it might be taken?

    The first is racism proper. The second accurately perceives that it causes offence and it was a tactical use of the word – like making reference to a Collingwood supporter’s inherently volatile and violent nature. The third is not racism but righteous loathing of a deplorable individual.

    Apparently Tom Arnold is hinting that she wanted this to happen – although he seems to have late-stage Trump Derangement Syndrome and so his reliability is in doubt.

  81. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    The greatest bond between the US and Australia is our shared hatred of cyclists and soccer.

  82. Stimpson J. Cat

    The first is racism proper.

    We are all f$cking apes.
    Don’t be gay.
    It’s not that kind of site.
    She’s a f$cking comedian for f$cks sake.

  83. notafan

    Somebody better remind that twat, Morrison, that the multitudes (the peasant voters) use international ebay – bigtime.

    Another non point

    if the private seller has a turn over of less than $75,00o they are already not required to register and collect GST

    I guess Amazon sorted their position by creating the AU site

    The big fish would be using their own sites as well as ebay and any other useful platform

    I guess they can either go the the Amazon way or collect the tax
    Kogan was already doing some GST inclusive sales years ago

    it won’t affect the little fishes

  84. Geriatric mayfly

    Well. Well. Shortarse is on his hind trotters with a matter of public importance, namely: Taking all that money away from the ABC. The opposition arose as one to support his foray. This unholy alliance between the Left and the ABC has another love-in.

  85. Another non point

    Not true nota.

    ebay is planning (inside whisper) on geoblocking AU purchases.

    Not a market they need.

  86. cynical1

    incorrect, there is most certainly gst on second hand goods (mostly though sellers of second hand goods tend not to meet the turnover threshold of $75,000 or are exempt charities)

    If true, that’s absurd.

    The goods would have had sales tax/GST applied when new.

    FMD. I better get the last lot of lovely fishing reels from Japan.

    The kind you can’t get here.

    Even with GST applied.

  87. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Associated Press
    @AP
    BREAKING: Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was reported killed in Kiev, shows up at a news conference in Ukraine.
    10:24 PM · May 30, 2018

    Western Journalists are disgusting filthy lying scum and Putin Is God.

  88. cynical1

    a good example of second hand goods

    used cars

    Well, only if bought from a dealer.

    And there is more than one classification of goods.

  89. Mother Lode

    We are all f$cking apes.

    Well I never expected to hear that from a cat at the Cat.

  90. nemkat

    Roseanne Barr made a groveling apology, but she was fired anyway.
    Tweeting while drunk and stoned is the consensus.
    It’s also a message to all celebrities:
    Just make one comment that doesn’t follow the narrative of Blacks as saintly victims, and no matter how high rated your show is, you’ll get disappeared faster than you can say ”Roseanne Who?”.

  91. cynical1

    it won’t affect the little fishes

    It will if they want to sell in Australia.

    Second hand Fender guitar from Japan?

    From dealer?

    From private seller?

    Who has to collect GST?

    Will it be too hard?

    There goes 99% of all decent vintage guitars Worldwide available to us.

    We just need a weak dollar now to really fuck us over.

  92. Eyrie

    Anybody who rides a bike and tries to rely on right of way is an entrant in the Darwin Awards. Treat the activity as if you have NO right of way at all.
    Cyclists should be required to use bike paths if available. Failure to do so should be an offence.
    All bikes to have ID plates.
    Ride to the left as far as practicable, single file, unless overtaking. Overtaking requires a clear hand signal.
    On shared paths with pedestrians, pedestrians have right of way and must be cleared by at least one meter. Failure should be an offence.
    With all the crash cams around the government should be able to collect a tidy sum.

  93. There are two sayings about hypocrisy probably more: Better double standards then no standards. Hypocrisy is the compliment vice pays to virtue. It’s instructive that liberals hate hypocrisy.

  94. Stimpson J. Cat

    Well I never expected to hear that from a cat at the Cat.

    Go and watch White Chicks and shut up you racist Nazi.

  95. Anybody who rides a bike and tries to rely on right of way is an entrant in the Darwin Awards. Treat the activity as if you have NO right of way at all.

    Apart from heavy trucks. That is a good tip for all road users.

  96. cynical1

    Another non point

    if the private seller has a turn over of less than $75,00o they are already not required to register and collect GST

    That is only here.

    What about international private sellers making items available to Australia?

    It’s easy.

    They just won’t bother.

  97. notafan

    ebay is planning (inside whisper) on geoblocking AU purchases.

    really?

    yet I always understood that ebay.au site is one of the most profitable, and a huge part of that is sales from China

    Ebay au had been collecting GST from Australian based sellers for at least a year on their fees and charges after playing games about their location for over a decade

    besides which the responsibilities of other firms in relation to GST has nothing directly to do with eBay unless there is some particularly tortuous legislation afoot.

  98. notafan

    What about international private sellers making items available to Australia?

    They will be exactly the same as domestic private sellers making items available to Australia

    if you turnover less than $75,000 you are not required to register for GST

  99. Makka

    Apart from heavy trucks. That is a good tip for all road users.

    The first rule of driving I was taught is always ALWAYS drive to the prevailing conditions. Cyclists need to learn that.

  100. Ask a chinese vendor (any one) “is you turnover less than $75,000?”

    I know what the answer will be.

  101. notafan

    There are numerous other countries with low GST thresholds , including Canada, where international trade hasn’t come to an abrupt halt.

  102. egg_

    Just make one comment that doesn’t follow the narrative of Blacks as saintly victims, and no matter how high rated your show is, you’ll get disappeared faster than you can say ”Roseanne Who?”.

    Plenty of blacks and wymminses on The Good Fight, including ‘Trump masks’.

  103. notafan

    Ask a chinese vendor (any one) “is you turnover less than $75,000?”

    I know what the answer will be.

    exactly, unless their ebay au turnover alone is greater than $75,000,there will be nothing anyone can do to prove otherwise

  104. gingerbeer

    I ride exactly the same way I drive – assume everybody else is a blind moron and always expect the worst.

  105. Top Ender

    The Mocker in action in the Oz:

    Reconciliation needs to be a two-way street

    The Australian12:32PM May 31, 2018

    It is National Reconciliation Week, that time of the year intended to build “positive, respectful relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the benefit of all Australians”. The aspiration is noble, but is this process a two-way street?

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull no doubt thought he was doing the right thing last week when he tweeted: “On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians.”

    On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians. https://t.co/R50luJYRd8
    — Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) May 26, 2018

    Proving there is always some grievance-monger who will deliberately skew the author’s words to find offence, Cobble Cobble woman Megan Davis angrily responded. Turnbull’s use of the possessive pronoun “our” in reference to the First Australians, tweeted the pro vice chancellor of the University of NSW and National Rugby League commissioner, implied “ownership”.

    This is what we’ve become as a nation. Awesome at gesture politics, absent in reform. And the use of the word “our” First Australians; possessive pronoun indicating ownership? He thinks he knows best; sums up govt policy and his bureaucrats. pic.twitter.com/ooMlCZ7KXa
    — Prof M Davis [-0-] (@mdavisqlder) May 26, 2018

    This, from an academic described as “one of the nation’s leading public constitutional lawyers”? To argue this was evidence of Turnbull’s regarding indigenous people as property is risible.

    No doubt Victoria’s Koorie Youth Council executive member Dtarneen Onus-Williams was for building “positive, respectful relationships” when she spoke at an Australia Day protest rally this year. “We have not organised this to change the date,” she shouted. “We have organised this to abolish Australia Day because f..k Australia. F..k Australia, I hope it f..king burns to the ground.’’ She later claimed that she was speaking metaphorically.

    Former chair of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advisory Council and Bundjalung man Warren Mundine aptly described the situation. “The serious question here is why is the government funding these groups and these organisations when the people involved are haters who have no scruples about taking taxpayers’ money and then spitting in their faces,” he said.

    On the subject of taking taxpayers’ money and spitting in their faces, you may have heard of indigenous woman and comedian Nakkiah Lui’s latest play Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death, which debuted recently. The main character is an indigenous archaeologist, Dr Jacqueline Black, who is possessed by the spirit of her great-great-grandmother and then transformed into an avenger. “Her mission: kill all the descendants of the men who massacred her ancestors,” announced the Malthouse Theatre. “White people, watch out. This isn’t about forgiveness. And it’s not about reconciliation.”

    “With breakout newcomer Megan Wilding in the title role, and the ever-hilarious Ash Flanders playing every single white person she needs to kill, you’ll be laughing out loud one second, squirming in your seat the next.” Sounds like a hoot, doesn’t it? The Australia Council and the NSW Government’s Create NSW provided $40,000 and $26,509 respectively in grants for the play. When news.com.au journalist Frank Chung detailed this, Lui accused him of “race hate fear mongering”.

    To kill the DESCENDANTS of White people… doesnt mean theyre White. Youve made the assumption its White people because Im Aboriginal. Thats total racism. Maybe interview & not rely on google when writing an article. Especially when your angle is based on race hate fear mongering https://t.co/OU6tN9y60j
    — Nakkiah Lui (@nakkiahlui) May 1, 2018

    Now that indignant reaction is indeed comedy. Like many a minority social commentator, Lui relishes in making sneering references to white people, but is quick to accuse others of racism when called out.

    My main concern in Indigenous Affairs atm is our use of the saying ‘White Dogs’. Dogs are innocent, sweet and loyal. Let’s not insult dogs.
    — Nakkiah Lui (@nakkiahlui) May 9, 2016

    Citing massacres of indigenous peoples by Europeans, and the forced removal of Aboriginal children as a consequence of government policy, Reconciliation Australia noted with concern this year “about a third of Australians are yet to accept fundamental aspects of our shared history and the treatment of First Peoples.” Without doubt traditionally there has been a dearth of history taught in that respect, and historically many Australians have either ignored or overlooked the atrocities that were committed. With that in mind, the theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’.

    Yet too often this adjusted historical portrayal has been ‘corrected’ to the extent there is a reverse-whitewashing. Consequently, the indigenous population that existed prior to European settlement — call it invasion if you will — is depicted as a utopia. If you think that is an exaggeration, consider an excerpt this month from the Newcastle Star which featured Cherie Johnson, a Gamilaroi and Weilwan woman.

    “We lived a camping lifestyle always,” said Johnson, reflecting on the supposed way of life prior to the arrival of Europeans. “Always learning, always teaching, always exercising, eating a paleo style diet … walking 10-15km a day, swimming, climbing trees.” How is that for a rosy description? Presumably pre-1788 Australia was just one big happy health farm. Ironically, Johnson added that non-indigenous Australians should support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by not denying their history.

    As Quadrant detailed in 2013, early British and French explorers were appalled at the violence inflicted on indigenous women by their menfolk. “Women are often sadly ill-treated by their husbands and friends … they are frequently beaten about the head, with waddies, in the most dreadful manner, or speared in the limbs for the most trivial offences,” noted nineteenth century explorer Edward John Eyre.

    Writing for Meanjin in 2015, author and indigenous woman Melissa Lucashenko made an eye-raising claim. “Aborigines invented democracy,” she said. “As a result, the many First Nations here were able to enjoy millennia of what Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe has called ‘the Great Australian Peace’.” She also claims that Captain James Cook “dropped anchor in 1788”, but we’ll put that down to a typo. In any event Lucashenko is in good company: only last week Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young issued a press release referring to Australia Day as the date of “Cook’s landing at Botany Bay”.

    Lucashenko’s claim that indigenous people “lived largely at peace with their neighbours” is not sustainable. She concedes there was conflict, yet maintains this did not amount to war, but “skirmishes”. These disputes “were managed in regulated ways by the recognised authorities under the ‘rule of law not men’,” she writes. “And this massive achievement, this Aboriginal philosophy of structured peace, prevailed until colonisation occurred.”

    Australia’s most pre-eminent historian, Geoffrey Blainey, disputes this. “Casualties from warfare in Aboriginal times were heavy,” he said in 2016, “though it’s politically incorrect to say that in certain influential circles.” William Buckley, an early nineteenth century convict escapee who spent 30 years living with Port Phillip tribes, noted repeated clashes. In one account the Watouronga of Geelong “destroyed without mercy men, women and children.”

    These brutal depictions are corroborated by the studies of paleopathologist Stephen Webb. In 1995, he published his findings into his analysis of the skeletal remains of 4500 indigenous people, many of which predated the arrival of Europeans. His study revealed that indigenous women were far more likely than men to have suffered skull fractures, the damage being consistent with their being attacked from behind.

    And yet these facts are played down or overlooked entirely. “Unfortunately Blainey has been unable to let go of his fixation with the supposed violence of Aboriginal life,” wrote academic John Maynard in 2015. Speaking in 2003, his fellow professor and indigenous activist Mick Dodson claimed “We have no cultural traditions based on humiliation, degradation and violation. Most of the violence, if not all, that Aboriginal communities are experiencing today are not part of Aboriginal tradition or culture.” These sweeping assertions are remarkable. Can you think of any other race throughout history where humiliation, degradation, and violation were not part of culture?

    In 2007, academic and historian Susanna de Vries revealed that publishers had during the 1980s and 1990s revised and in some cases removed accounts of pioneer women in respect to colonial life so as to avoid offending indigenous people. These accounts included tribal warfare, infanticide, and the abduction and rape of women. Describing this as a “benign censorship”, she warned of a “taboo which is based on guilt.”

    To address this taboo is to invite condemnation by indigenous activists and their numerous white supporters. To dispute these romanticised reconstructions is, in the sneering words of Lucashenko, to analyse indigenous history through “the shit-coloured glasses of longstanding Australian prejudice”.

    By acquiescing in this sanitised version of history, we are complicit. When we speak of the disproportionately high rates of violence in remote indigenous communities, we contextualise this in patronising terms such as ‘colonisation’. We acknowledge the richness of indigenous culture, yet we obtusely deny or minimise its links with violence, thus condoning it.

    If there is one commonality we should acknowledge in the spirit of reconciliation, it is the tendency of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians alike to whitewash their respective histories.

    THE MOCKER

    Comments open at the link but doubtless paywalled

  106. Turnbull’s Liberals have been an absolute disaster. Worse than Abbott’s Libs by a country mile.

  107. Mother Lode

    I ride exactly the same way I drive – assume everybody else is a blind moron and always expect the worst.

    I was originally taught ‘defensive driving’.

    The I learned that the best form of defence was attack, so I made a point of forcing other cars off the road, sprinkling caltrops (the hollow ones so the tyres’ air would escape), tossing burning molotov cocktails through opened passenger side windows etc.

    The I learned that the most important element of attack is surprise.

    I can’t tell you what I do now.

    It would ruin the surprise.

  108. Top Ender

    Our chief weapon is surprise – and a fanatical devotion to the Pope.

  109. Gingerbeer;

    Hasn’t cycling been pretty definitively linked to impotence?

    It has.
    The mechanism is that over time, the blood vessels at the base of the male penis become scarred by the constant crushing of the seating position and the movement of the legs.
    If you want to argue about it, argue with someone else because I. Don’t. Care.

  110. I was originally taught ‘defensive driving’.

    The I learned that the best form of defence was attack, so I made a point of forcing other cars off the road, sprinkling caltrops (the hollow ones so the tyres’ air would escape), tossing burning molotov cocktails through opened passenger side windows etc.

    The I learned that the most important element of attack is surprise.

    Leaving large wombats in the middle of highway also works.

  111. Rae

    The Ukraines faked assassination of Arkady Babchenko was the lead story on this mornings ABC News Breakfast. The correct pronunciation of the first name is Ar-kar-dy, and was correctly applied by London correspondent, Steve Cannane. But, both before and after crossing to him, Michael Rowland and Virginia Trioli kept pronouncing the name as Ar-kay-dy.

  112. egg_

    Plenty of blacks and wymminses on The Good Fight,

    Principle black actors Audra McDonald and Delroy Lindo born in Germany and England, respectively.
    Howzat, O’Bambie?

  113. egg_

    Principal, black on principle…

  114. Pedro the Ignorant

    I drove across the Nullarbor recently.

    There were four cyclists on the Eyre Highway over a couple of days.

    The CB radio comments from road train drivers negotiating these nutters were not language your granny would appreciate.

  115. Atoms for Peace

    Learn something every day. Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t allow their pets to have blood transfusions. Purple dream instead…..

  116. gingerbeer

    For those who may be interested – cycling / ED study

  117. C.L.

    “On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians.”

    We?
    We who?

  118. egg_

    regularly having sex in ‘Trump masks’

    As one does.

    Hollyweird Eyes Wide Shut parties?

  119. Percy;

    regularly having sex in ‘Trump masks’

    As one does.

    Bit of a strange association went on in my head when I read that. Who else could one want to look like if one was into the habit of pretending to be someone famous, whilst having sex?
    Adolf and Eva?
    Churchill and Bourbon?
    Stalin and….?
    Now that was odd, because while everyone knew Hitler was furiously bonking Eva, just who was Stalin – The Man of Steel – furiously bending to his evil will?
    I’ve never heard of his love interest. Was he gay? Did he like little girls, or boys, and/or girls/boys Into Giraffes? Perhaps he liked the odd seal or two. Maybe spanking?
    How fine a line would you be treading if he was a poofta and you were one of the toyboys?
    Jeez. You’d never get life insurance, just for starters.

  120. H B Bear

    We?
    We who?

    Lucy and Daddy of course.

  121. jupes

    It’s instructive that liberals hate hypocrisy.

    What?

    Liberals (lefties) must love hypocrisy as they indulge in it day-in a day-out.

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians.”

    Not in my name, Malcolm.

  123. egg_

    even if he had knocked up clementine ford.

    The young scrubber in WA looked a bit rough, but he’d draw the line at the Clam?

  124. rickw

    All the two and fro about GST show’s that it is the most shit taxation idea ever.

  125. Tel

    Now that was odd, because while everyone knew Hitler was furiously bonking Eva, just who was Stalin – The Man of Steel – furiously bending to his evil will?

    Do the search on what Chairman Mao was getting into … the full imperial treatment so the rumor goes.

  126. Eyrie

    “On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians.”
    What you mean ‘we’ white man?

  127. Fat Tony

    Rae = Troll

    Fuck off, Trollius Faecus

  128. rickw

    “On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians.”

    Reliable food and water and the absence of endemic tribal warfare is a source of grief, pain and loss??!!

    The only determination Aborigines have shown is towards living the same shit life White People rescued them from.

  129. Baldrick

    “On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians.”

    Searches soul … nope, still not sorry.

  130. Eyrie

    Economists seem to like GST, rickw. I’ve never understood this fetish. Why should the government stand between two people in every business transaction in the country? Inefficient and complex compared to a flat income tax.
    The problem isn’t how tax is collected it is that too damn much of it is collected.

  131. Eyrie

    We’re Sorry you are aborigines. Nothing we can do about that.

  132. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Rae in the gimp costume?

    Cock Hero After Dark edition. The big question is can he crack 1 minute 36

  133. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    In a righteous country Sorry Day would involve every politician and bureaucrat in the land washing our cars, hosing out our bins, and then finishing any odd jobs we had.

  134. Delta A

    The Mocker in action in the Oz:

    That is an excellent article by The Mocker. He states exactly what many reasonable people believe… which is why the left, and particularly Aboriginal activists, will be puce with outrage.
    I hope he doesn’t cave in and apologise. Every word he wrote is accurate.

  135. egg_

    “On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians.”

    The first fleeters likely endured an ordeal.

  136. thefrolickingmole

    just who was Stalin – The Man of Steel – furiously bending to his evil will

    Not all that well.

    1st wife diesease

    Son
    In 1925 the son said he wanted to get married, but his father forbade it. Yakov attempted suicide, wounding himself with a gunshot. Stalin is said to have joked cruelly: “Ha, you missed!”

    2nd wife
    It remains unclear why Nadezhda killed herself in 1932. According to her daughter Svetlana, she couldn’t bear her husband’s brutal policy: “She was unhappy and irritated, withholding her feelings… then the outburst followed.”
    ..
    2nd son
    Things went completely downhill after Stalin’s death in 1953. After a dispute with new leadership, Vasily was arrested and spent seven years behind bars as an ordinary prisoner. He lived less than a year after release and died from alcohol poisoning in 1962.

    Daughter, only one dying naturally.
    Not only did he order Svetlana on which job to choose, but when she fell in love with an older man, Stalin also got so furious he dispatched the suitor to a concentration camp for five years. The father-daughter relationship was ruined.

    After Stalin’s death, she dreamed of leaving the country. When Svetlana’s 4th husband, Indian Communist Brajesh Singh died in 1966, she was allowed to visit India to pour his ashes into the Ganges. There she defected to the U.S. embassy, leaving the USSR (and her two children) behind.

  137. Chris

    Stalin and….?
    Now that was odd, because while everyone knew Hitler was furiously bonking Eva, just who was Stalin – The Man of Steel – furiously bending to his evil will?
    I’ve never heard of his love interest. Was he gay? Did he like little girls, or boys, and/or girls/boys Into

    He married twice and had three sons and a daughter,

    Svetlana Iosifovna Alliluyeva, later known as Lana Peters, was the youngest child and only daughter of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Stalin’s second wife

  138. rickw

    For whatever reason cyclists can be hard to see, and then I don’t stand on my ‘right of way’ with trucks and trams either.

    I always love it when a motorist does a last minute RH turn in front of a Z class tram. “Ding ding ding, brace for impact! Ding ding, CRUNCH!” I didn’t feel a thing?! “That’s because we weight 30 tons and they weigh 1 ton!”

  139. stackja

    Kerry Packer didn’t need to pay maximum income tax. He had to pay GST. Eliminate all taxes except GST.

  140. dopey

    The Mocker: “Australia’s most pre-eminent historian..” Are there degrees of pre-eminent or can there only be one pre-eminent. Maybe Lizzie can help.

  141. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “On Sorry Day we acknowledge the grief, pain and loss. But we also acknowledge the resilience and determination of our First Australians.”

    Matthew Flinders?

  142. stackja

    Stalin had a private life. Any curious person soon disappeared.

  143. stackja

    We are sorry we didn’t vote no in 1967.

  144. hzhousewife

    Apropos of nothing much, but I have come across two things to share today. Firstly a coffee queue comment a woman my age made when the “banning tobogganing” item came up on the news – “We are ruled by Insurance Companies these days” she said. TRUE. Then this afternoon I am listening to the Bettina Arndt interview with Jordan Petersen, in which the topic of risk and raising boys is covered quite nicely.
    What a wimpy world when we try to reduce risk to zero, can’t even talk to each other any more without risk of the law, we lose our health, we lose our intellect, we lose our freedom of speech. Not happy.

  145. herodotus

    The disappearance of Stalin when Germany invaded has been the subject of many anecdotes and conjectures.
    This page gives a pretty good account – can’t vouch for its accuracy but it’s concise and to the point.
    http://www.historyinanhour.com/2011/07/01/stalins-breakdown/

  146. Delta A

    “We are ruled by Insurance Companies these days”

    Exactly. And lawyers are the accomplices who exist to ensure that the rulers are obeyed.

  147. zyconoclast

    Josh
    #2724936, posted on May 31, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Roppolo can just sit this world cup out and save his money for Qatar 2022.

    Good one.

  148. herodotus

    Kerry Packer didn’t live long enough to pay GST in super-large quantities, but being very wealthy and unafraid of spending he probably paid a fair bit before his demise in 2005.
    People tend to forget that whatever their view of wealthy people’s personal tax arrangements, GST is paid in larger amounts by those with the ability to spend larger amounts.
    It is also paid by those who may be on low incomes, those who are on government benefits, and those who are living in retirement on “tax free” super.
    So stop whingeing.

  149. stackja

    Stalin supposedly spoke strangely in his first radio broadcast after Hitler offensive.

  150. Peter Campion

    A while back there was a “Share the Road” car sticker campaign up here. I had some made that looked suspiciously similar except they were a tiny bit bigger and they read “Share the Rego”. Very easy to stick over my cycling mates’ “Share the Road” stickers. Seven or eight years later, some of them still haven’t noticed.

  151. stackja

    Roppolo should have stayed in the closet, safe and quiet.

  152. egg_

    Teh Dumb: Mark Kenny salivating over a potential rift in PHON.

  153. Nick

    Cyclists want all of the benefits of road use without paying the taxes that help in part to fund them, along with obeying the rules that car drivers have to.

  154. Dave in Marybrook

    Does The Mocker ever make it into the print edition?

  155. Stimpson J. Cat

    The correct pronunciation of the first name is Ar-kar-dy, and was correctly applied by London correspondent, Steve Cannane. But, both before and after crossing to him, Michael Rowland and Virginia Trioli kept pronouncing the name as Ar-kay-dy.

    Classic Grigs.
    Winning hearts and minds, one ABC broadcast at a time.

  156. herodotus

    I pay for two cars and ride a bike for some exercise, so get fucked.

  157. Delta A

    The $Oz challenging Yahoo News for top fluff news site:

    What Queen Elizabeth’s handbag says about George Brandis

    An apparently bland photograph of George Brandis’ first official meeting with the Queen contains a secret code which shows what Elizabeth II really thinks of Australia’s new High Commissioner to the UK.

    The position of the Queen’s trademark Launer handbag in the Audience Room signals to her lady-in-waiting whether she is comfortable with the meeting or wants to be rescued immediately.

    Luckily for Mr Brandis — and perhaps for Australia’s strong relationship with the monarchy — the all important bag is placed on a chair, meaning the Queen is happy to be left talking to him.

    If it was placed on the floor it would be all over for the meeting, as the Queen would be secretly pleading for an immediate rescue from the new Aussie envoy.

    If the bag was on the table, alongside family photographs (about which more in a minute), she would be giving Mr Brandis just five minutes before having the meeting cut short.

    Fortunately, the bag stayed on the chair and Mr Brandis was formally welcomed to the UK after taking up his post in London, replacing Alexander Downer earlier this month.

    If he was unaware of the handbag and its role in his meeting it’s also unlikely Mr Brandis, dressed in a morning suit, noticed another important signal.

    Just to his left, in a prominent position on a side table is a never before seen photograph of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    Amazingly, Jacquelin Magnay, Foreign Correspondent Europe, was not too embarrassed to claim this dross as her own work.

  158. and ride a bike for some exercise

    Those old kick start harleys make sure you have had your weeks exercise before you even move.

  159. Delta A

    Those old kick start harleys make sure you have had your weeks exercise before you even move.

    My old kick start Yamaha (off road) taught me the value of quick reflexes. One kick back, with the resultant bruise up the inside of my calf, was all it took.

  160. zyconoclast

    White men’s voices still dominate public science. Here’s how to change this

    Visibility in the mass media matters for scientists. It gets funders’ attention. It attracts top students. It can be a pathway to policy influence. Media coverage may even boost the number of times a piece of research is cited in scientific literature.

    There are imbalances all over the world, and white men tend to get the lion’s share of visibility. For example, a study in Switzerland showed that journalists prefer to interview senior, male scientists while a 2015 book about celebrities in science featuring eight scientists who had achieved global fame included only one woman (neuroscientist Susan Greenfield) and one black scientist (Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist).

  161. gingerbeer

    Cyclists want all of the benefits of road use without paying the taxes that help in part to fund them, along with obeying the rules that car drivers have to.

    Good to see people don’t generalise at the Cat.

  162. Nick

    Good to see people don’t generalise at the Cat.

    Drive through Sydney’s CBD and just observe.

  163. Chris

    I pay for two cars and ride a bike for some exercise, so get fucked.

    Quite so.
    Also note that third party injury insurance is a major part of your ‘rego’ bill, and the relative risk to other people when you are cycling is pretty damn low compared with that for drivers. Drivers that stop after accidents and can be identified are in the majority, I am sure.
    ‘No fault’ road injury cover would raise the case for pushbike rego, but. Did that ever get up?

  164. zyconoclast

    Trump’s anti-illegal immigrant stance fraud continues.

    Trump administration funds sanctuary cities despite pledge, angering supporters

    President Donald Trump repeatedly promised to stop giving federal money to cities that refuse to cooperate with U.S. agencies trying to enforce immigration law.

    But his embattled homeland security secretary recently awarded nearly $1.7 billion in grants, some related to immigration, to states and localities across the nation, including so-called sanctuary cities, according to three people with knowledge of the grants.

  165. gingerbeer

    Drive through Sydney’s CBD and just observe.

    No thanks. I’m not that stupid !

    Anyway, aren’t most of the bikes in the CBD couriers ?

  166. JC

    Hate Tesla as much as you like, but this is pretty fucking amazing.

    Last week, after CR’s road test was published, Tesla CEO Elon Musk vowed that the automaker would get a fix out within days.

    Until now, that type of remote improvement to a car’s basic functionality had been unheard of. “I’ve been at CR for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars,” says Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, “and I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update.”

    …In retesting after the software update was downloaded, the sedan stopped in 133 feet from 60 mph, an improvement of 19 feet.

    …The improved braking distances raised the Model 3’s Overall Score enough for the car to be recommended by CR

  167. Gab

    Amazon not selling to Australia via the US. Hmmm, if only we knew Someone whose kid lives in NYC. We could pay them a fee for redirecting packages here 🙂 🙂

  168. stackja

    Once people were responsible for their own welfare. Then liability became law and insurance was required for all activities. Now lawyers .

  169. egg_

    says Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, “and I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update.”

    Applying the mechanical brakes sooner, it’s not brain surgery.

  170. stackja

    I don’t drive. I don’t ride a bike.
    Too dangerous. Safer in a bus.

  171. Makka

    and the relative risk to other people when you are cycling is pretty damn low compared with that for drivers.

    Perhaps but cyclists should pay through the nose for the risks they create for themselves and impose on vehicle drivers by being there.

  172. calli

    Gab
    #2725187, posted on May 31, 2018 at 5:57 pm
    Amazon not selling to Australia via the US. Hmmm, if only we knew Someone whose kid lives in NYC. We could pay them a fee for redirecting packages here 🙂 🙂

    I sense a business opportunity. 😄

  173. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    says Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, “and I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update.”

    white man magic, we also have fire water!

  174. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Amazon not selling to Australia via the US. Hmmm, if only we knew Someone whose kid lives in NYC. We could pay them a fee for redirecting packages here 🙂 🙂

    myus.com

  175. Mark from Melbourne

    Turnbull’s Liberals have been an absolute disaster. Worse than Abbott’s Libs by a country mile.

    In other news, water wet.

  176. Peter Campion

    Just wondering, why do I have to pay rego for my box trailer, boat trailer and tandem trailer when I already pay rego on my car?

  177. H B Bear

    Prep for war?
    New leaflets sent by Swedish government to all the nation’s households.

    The only question is whether the Islamists or the Russians are first off the blocks. My money is still on the muzzies.

  178. rickw

    The only question is whether the Islamists or the Russians are first off the blocks. My money is still on the muzzies.

    Yep, maybe they could sell their used leaflets to the UK?

  179. thefrolickingmole

    Amazing just how low quality our polliemuppetts are.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/may/31/turnbull-pulls-live-export-bill-after-sussan-ley-signals-intent-to-back-labor-ban

    The Turnbull government has pulled a bill applying more regulation to the live sheep trade after the Liberal MP Sussan Ley signalled she would vote for a Labor amendment applying a ban on exports.

    The government was due to bring forward its legislation applying tougher regulations to the scandal-prone industry, but yanked the bill on Thursday morning after Ley signalled to government colleagues she would cross the floor.

    If you think Labor will win the next election its time to sell all your breeding stock.

    Never mind that the resulting financial stress might kill a few old stale male farmers, if it saves one fluffy wuffy baa baa lamb its worth it.

  180. stackja

    PC rego money needed for roads, we are reassured.

  181. stackja

    mole – animal activists are weird.

  182. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    BREAKING NEWS: Four-year-old girl is ‘sexually assaulted’ in troubled Tennant Creek just months after a two-year-old girl was attacked

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5790071/Four-year-old-girl-sexually-assaulted-Tennant-Creek-months-girl-2-attacked.html#ixzz5H4AAV09K
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    Reconciliation week seems to be a roaring success in some parts of Aus.

  183. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    well done deadshits
    Australians will be blocked from shopping on Amazon’s international websites and restricted to using its smaller local platform as the e-commerce giant responds to the government’s new GST rules on online purchases.

  184. Zyconoclast:

    But his embattled homeland security secretary recently awarded nearly $1.7 billion in grants, some related to immigration, to states and localities across the nation, including so-called sanctuary cities, according to three people with knowledge of the grants.

    My bet?
    Trump has just announced which Federal Agency is about to get its head ripped off and its nuts torn out if it doesn’t get its shit together.

  185. John Constantine

    All parcels from America sent to Australians with settler surnames will end up being opened and examined to make sure no gst tax evasion is going on.

    The chicom trade will be off limits to inspectors.

    Have to import another ten thousand ex-isis headhunters to do the parcel inspections and tax checks.

    Comrades.

  186. rickw

    I’m watching one of those gold prospecting shows on Discovery.

    Why hasn’t anyone built a prospecting robot, all it needs to do is follow a search pattern and stop when it gets a hit. Strip off the scrub, run them over the plot, scrape another 4” off, repeat. You just walk around with your shovel digging where they’ve stopped?

  187. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Turnbull government has pulled a bill applying more regulation to the live sheep trade after the Liberal MP Sussan Ley signalled she would vote for a Labor amendment applying a ban on exports.

    Susan Ley is grandstanding. Very few of the sheep exported are from her electorate – the majority are from Western Australia – and, if she’s prepared to throw Western Australian farmers under a bus to win activist votes, the word “Fool” applies.

  188. Snoopy

    Can I just say I’m over John Constantine’s never ending whinging? I have just watched River Cottage on SBS. FFS how difficult can farming be?

  189. H B Bear

    ZKTA – it would be nice if a couple of WA Lieboral polli-muppets would stand up and say exactly that.

  190. Stimpson J. Cat

    I pay for two cars and ride a bike for some exercise, so get fucked.

    As an added bonus you also get to wear two pairs of bikeshorts and shave your legs twice.

  191. H B Bear

    What a quaint, anachronistic custom crossing the floor of Parliament is when both branches of the UniParty are indistinguishable for all practical purposes.

  192. calli

    It gets worse.

    From 2019, hotels booked using foreign websites will also attract GST. I presume hire cars ditto.

    So you pay the local taxes plus the Ausmuppets skim off another 10%. How a good or service consumed overseas attracts local GST is beyond me.

  193. chrisl

    Just did the Silo Art Trail in North Western Victoria. While the artwork on the disused grain silos is first rate the surrounding countryside is like the aftermath of the apocalypse. There are no people,no cars and towns/shops closing down.
    That is what John Considine is complaining about!

  194. egg_

    Can I just say I’m over John Constantine’s never ending whinging? I have just watched River Cottage on SBS. FFS how difficult can farming be?

    Ditto the Gourmet Farmer poseur on SBS.

  195. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    AusTaxpayers

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    Spirit prices in Australia are out of control – we pay more for a bottle than anywhere in the Western World! The insane excise rates “stifle an industry that could employ thousands of people across Australia and maybe even build a vibrant export industry”

    Highest spirit and durry prices on earth: Shithole.

    https://www.goodfood.com.au/drinks/cocktails-spirits/the-crazy-cost-of-spirits-in-australia-20180307-h0x5oh

  196. Baldrick

    From 2019, hotels booked using foreign websites will also attract GST. I presume hire cars ditto.

    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals

  197. None

    In addition to all that, this low life swine contrived and weaseled his way into getting the mistress highly paid jobs to keep it all under wraps at tax payer expense. It’s positively galling the corrupt attitude on display. If ever there was an occasion showing just how much contempt politicians have for those who put food on their table, this was it.

    actually no and the press has already been called out for lying on that. At one stage when it was clear that there was a relationship Campion was to be moved which is not unusual in those circumstances because it prevents a conflict of interest and other sorts of tension in the office – this would happen regardless of whether it was a legit courtship or an affair. She moved to another job that I think paid about $3 more per annum. It was exactly the same job and exactly the same pay and it was about half the pay that was reported in the press. I will confess it is my number one pet hate staff issue – dealing with an in office affair. But yes such stuff happens. I’m not condoning adultery, Joyce did wrong comma he knows he did wrong, Campion is a bit of an airhead if she thinks that you can’t help who you fall in love with comma but what’s done is done and I have absolutely no problems with them profiting from their own story to the benefit of their son. The kid is innocent and the meat has done a great job in rendering his parents unemployable and I would say they are doing the right thing by trying to secure his future in the whatever way is open to them. It is the press that has been chasing them, it is the press that has been offering them the money, it is the press that created the market.

  198. Baldrick

    Spirit prices in Australia are out of control – we pay more for a bottle than anywhere in the Western World!

    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals 2.0

  199. Delta A

    No more snippets from me from The $Oz. They just binned me for calling their Queen Bess/ Brandis article “fluff”, which it is. Tired of being binned for not adulating the Mighty Oz in every comment, I posted, “You binned me. I’m binning you, you bunch of precious snowflakes.

    Cancelling my subscription in the morning. Alerting all those nasty centre right blogs immediately.”

    So now I’m depending on Top Ender, Old Ozzie and others to bring me the Oz news.

  200. Roger

    Spirit prices in Australia are out of control – we pay more for a bottle than anywhere in the Western World!

    Add that to among the highest priced electricity, housing and cars in the world.

    It’s enough to drive one to drink. If only one could afford it.

  201. Baldrick

    Add that to among the highest priced electricity, housing and cars in the world.

    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals 3.0/4.0 & 5.0

  202. C.L.

    No more snippets from me from The $Oz. They just binned me for calling their Queen Bess/ Brandis article “fluff”, which it is. Tired of being binned for not adulating the Mighty Oz in every comment, I posted, “You binned me. I’m binning you, you bunch of precious snowflakes.

    Cancelling my subscription in the morning. Alerting all those nasty centre right blogs immediately.”

    Good for you, Delta.

  203. RobK

    Regarding live export:
    https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/5370799/live-ex-sheep-footage-put-in-context/
    Emanuels managing director Graham Daws (full statement below)explained the Gulf Co-operation Union’s embargo of Qatar (a step taken in response to terrorism concerns) meant the vessel was forced to discharge in Qatar first.
    “Had the vessel made Kuwait the first port, as planned, and discharged a large portion of the consignment in the dry conditions there, then proceeded to Qatar with the remaining sheep now spread across the pens, the tragedy would have been avoided,” Mr Daws said.

    Conditions in Qatar were an anomaly, he said.

    The following consignment of sheep to the Middle East using the same vessel, which did not experience this disaster, recorded a mortality rate of .52pc.

  204. old bloke

    Snoopy
    #2725218, posted on May 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Can I just say I’m over John Constantine’s never ending whinging? I have just watched River Cottage on SBS. FFS how difficult can farming be?

    River Cottage was just another “lifestyle” program, the main character was a chef / actor from Newcastle.

  205. Snoopy

    I’m intrigued by the coincidence of demands for institutions to pay compensation to sexual abuse victims (yesterday agreed to by the Catholic church) and legal proceedings against George Pell. No risk of any influence on the court’s judgement, I’m sure.

  206. egg_

    it is the press that created the market.

    They feed like vultures, particularly on misery, hence Stimpy’s contempt.

  207. herodotus

    Farming is one of the most difficult jobs. Only ignorant people think otherwise.

  208. H B Bear

    Ah yes. Who could argue with the Damian Dumb, the National’s whip, having a six figure media advisor transferred to his office when Campion’s Ministerial employer got shit-canned from Cabinet. Nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

  209. old bloke

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2725217, posted on May 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Susan Ley is grandstanding. Very few of the sheep exported are from her electorate

    Even so, if you are representing a rural electorate, surely you would have an understanding of how important the live export trade is.

  210. None

    Wow Ƶĩppʯ that is weird to say the least. The chirpy singing while describing what to do if an atom bomb falls is just bizarre. Never mind that the man in the first couple seems to be slamming the woman against the wall.

  211. Snoopy

    River Cottage was just another “lifestyle” program, the main character was a chef / actor from Newcastle.

    Sorry old bloke, I don’t believe you. He’s a real bushie.

  212. None

    Is that the Susan Ley of the multimillion-dollar city property Portfolio? Oh chuck is a bit of travel allowance whole chat I need to snap up a million dollar apartment on the Gold Coast. I’m never voting Liberal again. This country is destined for failure sooner rather than later but I won’t be party to it by voting for those driving the coffin nails.

  213. egg_

    Ditto the Gourmet Farmer poseur on SBS.

    To be fair, the ‘real’ farmers take the p1ss out of him in his latter shows, but he started out as a virtue signalling wanker for the soyboy audience.

  214. old bloke

    Snoopy
    #2725256, posted on May 31, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    River Cottage was just another “lifestyle” program, the main character was a chef / actor from Newcastle.

    Sorry old bloke, I don’t believe you. He’s a real bushie.

    Yeah, and catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is real too.

  215. cohenite

    Julie Bishop queries use of Australian aid in Palestine

    Primrose Riordan The Australian May 31, 2018

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has written a letter this week to the Palestinian Authority asking for assurances Australian aid hasn’t funded payments to “martyrs”. The Palestinian authority has been accused of paying stipends or “martyr payments” to the families of those killed or jailed by Israeli authorities of up to US$3,500 a month.

    A DFAT official said the payments were in conflict with Australian values.

    “Obviously that is completely at odds with Australian values,” the official told a Senate Estimates hearing under questioning from Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.

    “So on the 29th of May our foreign minister has written to her counterpart raising concerns about these payments that show up in the Palestinian authority’s budget and seeking assurances that the Australian funding in any way enable or encourage acts of violence.”

    The Foreign Minister herself sought further explanation and assurance from the Palestinian authority.”

    Australia allocated $43.8 million in humanitarian assistance to the region in 2017-18 and reduced the funding slightly to $43 million in 2018-19.

    Earlier this year the US passed The Taylor Force Act to stop funding to the Palestinian Authority until the authority stops these payments. The act had exemptions for funding to water and childhood vaccination programs.

    Senator Abetz said: “I find it unacceptable we are willing to provide funding in these circumstances”.

    herself

    Palestinian education.

  216. Farmer Gez

    You’re right Snoop, farming is easy.
    It’s just that there are so many useless pricks trying to stop us doing it.

  217. Dave in Marybrook

    I sincerely doubt that the Australian River Cottage franchisee was from the bush.
    Far too much recycling of “factory farming” and “chemical” scares, he’s from way inside the goat’s cheese curtain.
    Whereas I can ignore Hugh Fearnley Whittingsall’s similar idioms, because he writes so well. Leftovers cookbook is fantastic, and A Pig In A Day is great fun.

  218. mh

    Contrast with the writers of The Good Fight, whose TDS must have reached fever pitch.
    The main character thinks she sees a couple in the office building next door regularly having sex in ‘Trump masks’

    Monty sees those Trump masks everywhere.

  219. old bloke

    None
    #2725259, posted on May 31, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Is that the Susan Ley of the multimillion-dollar city property Portfolio?

    I have no idea why the voters in Farrer elected her. The ALA had a very good candidate standing there, Ron Pike, but even he couldn’t get in front of the Green candidate.

    Seriously, what hope is there for Australia?

  220. Death Giraffe

    Why hasn’t anyone built a prospecting robot

    ..
    Because while you are on lunch break I will steal your robot, rip it’s eyes out and piss in it’s empty sockets.

  221. John Constantine

    Whinge?, by Gum, here’s me run out of fertiliser and knocked off early and the only bit of doin’s in the house are some dregs of Granny Aching’s sheep linament that have just about saved the life of me ailing merino ram and he just needs this one last treatment.

    Gonna miss him.

    Comrades.

  222. Gab

    Delta, I ditched my subscription to the Oz a year ago. Haven’t missed it and from what I’ve seen, it’s not worth reading anymore.

  223. nemkat

    I’m never voting Liberal again. This country is destined for failure sooner rather than later but I won’t be party to it by voting for those driving the coffin nails.

    Gimme a break.
    You never voted Liberal before, so what’s different this time?

  224. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    UK Death Watch
    Muslim group tells Tories to ‘remove Islamophobia from party’
    The Muslim Council of Britain has reiterated a call for the Conservatives to launch an independent inquiry into alleged Islamophobia within the party.

  225. Percy Popinjay

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has written a letter this week to the Palestinian Authority asking for assurances Australian aid hasn’t funded payments to “martyrs”

    FFS, could the stupid.frigging.gliberals be any bigger imbeciles if they tried?

  226. hzhousewife

    Sensational interview of Pauline Hansen by Ben Fordham about the Brian Burston decision to not vote with One Nation over corporate tax cuts – she is very upset. Burston has tired to join the Shooters Party?

  227. max

    egg, The Good Fight becomes more enjoyably ridiculous with each episode. Its pious leftism gives way to farce. I loved the mother answering the phone last night with ” —- household. Impeach Trump !”

    It seemed to be moving into a plague on both houses at the end.

  228. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has written a letter this week to the Palestinian Authority asking for assurances Australian aid hasn’t funded payments to “martyrs”.

    what a dumbass nation we have become

  229. Farmer Gez

    I love Urban farming.
    The Collingwood Children’s farm is my favourite.
    They have pigs, goats, cows, sheep, ducks, chooks and geese all running around in the same area. When the pandemic hits at least we’ll know where it started.

  230. Death Giraffe

    pigs, goats, cows, sheep, ducks, chooks and geese

    ..
    Bonus marks for listing them in the correct order of insertion before roasting.

  231. hzhousewife

    Gab, I’m curious to know what you read instead of the Australian? I find something pretty good to read in most weekend editions.
    The Mayor of Hobart is a bit loony, I still call Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock and always will.

  232. hzhousewife

    I voter for Ron Pike, old bloke.

  233. Stimpson J. Cat

    Whinge?, by Gum, here’s me run out of fertiliser and knocked off early and the only bit of doin’s in the house are some dregs of Granny Aching’s sheep linament that have just about saved the life of me ailing merino ram and he just needs this one last treatment.
    Gonna miss him.
    Comrades.

    F$cking Gold John.
    😁

  234. Viva

    Pauline Hansen in meltdown on Bolt

  235. Stimpson J. Cat

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has written a letter this week to the Palestinian Authority asking for assurances Australian aid hasn’t funded payments to “martyrs”.

    Explain the f$cking Clinton Cash you skeletal elderly model attempting to channel a much younger model!!!

  236. Gab

    Hz, Quadrant, The Speccie and the Cat 🙂

  237. Delta A

    Delta, I ditched my subscription to the Oz a year ago. Haven’t missed it and from what I’ve seen, it’s not worth reading anymore.

    Mine was a protest cancellation. But I do wonder what I’m going to read, and from where – other than The Cat- I’ll obtain all the latest news, especially when we’re travelling.

    Mornings just aren’t gonna be the same for me anymore. 🙁

  238. herodotus

    I hold no brief for Greg Hunt, who has been a climate wuss for many years, including those of the Howard government.
    But this dust up over what he said to someone “behind closed doors” is no go.

    The world might be intoxicated by the circus that is the MeToo movement, and excited by the possibilities opened up by the 24/7 capability to stir shit via social media.

    However, the situation has deteriorated into infantilism. Enough.

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