Wednesday Forum: May 30, 2018

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  1. egg_

    Can’t see Baanaby’s electorate firing him. Mrs C reports that everywhere they went he was swamped with admirers. She did not see any detractors.

    Methinks the meeja confected outrage will die out.

  2. H B Bear

    Ellen Fanning would be flat out joining the dots on a T Rex colouring in book ages 5+. I’m more concerned she is morphing into Lady Waffleworth-Everage day by day like some sort of Lieboral Dorian (Doris?) Gray.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    Candace Owens
    @RealCandaceO
    1) Don’t talk down to me. Ever again.
    2) This was not a photo-op. The POTUS takes a pic w/ every person that he meets with in the Oval Office.
    3)You have a way of complicating everything in an effort to be right about things that simply don’t matter.
    4) It’s getting old.

    Good stuff Candace.

    Shapiro can be a complete twerp at times.

  4. Eyrie

    I’d be very careful to see if a bunch of CWA ladies join the local branch in Armidale. Barnaby may not be so safe.

  5. Snoopy

    Armidale CWA ladies are members of the Greens.

  6. Stimpson J. Cat

    Shapiro can be a complete twerp at times.

    If he was in my circus I would pack the little midget in a cannon and see if I could fire him into Israel.
    He is so f$cking annoying.

  7. C.L.

    So Trump is criticised for a pic with Kim K.
    No president has ever – ever – so shamelessly, embarrassingly posed with a celebrity bird before.

    Meanwhile, Samantha Bee and Sally Field call Trump’s daughter a c-nt because … she posted an adorable pic with her baby.

    Totally normal, non-evil people.

  8. Ubique

    Shapiro can be a complete twerp at times.

    Being brave enough to stick your head above the parapet draws attention and inevitably you don’t get it right 100 percent of the time. Shapiro got this one wrong.

  9. Myrddin Seren

    Let’s rerun the Samantha Bee tape:

    You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, ………..( insert outrage de jour ) ……, you feckless c**t.

    That is the mother of three children announcing to the world. The internet is forever, kids. Imagine what her tribe will grow in to ?

    He listens to you! Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing Stop it!

    The incest thing.

    None of this will end well.

  10. Stimpson J. Cat

    Being brave enough to stick your head above the parapet draws attention and inevitably you don’t get it right 100 percent of the time.

    On a stepladder of course.

  11. Myrddin Seren

    On a stepladder of course.

    Heightist !

  12. JC;
    Just a quick question that no one else seems to be able to answer.
    There was a report that Trump would be able to make Chinas TBill stocks valueless. How would he do that?
    I can only think of Trump being able to negate the Chinese under some war powers decree or something like that.

  13. Stimpson J. Cat

    None of this will end well.

    It is fantastic timing.
    This completely shifts the narrative away from Roseanne, because this new situation Trumps racism, and allows that situation to settle down.
    Hopefully they can sell the show to another network.
    Just brilliant.

  14. Eyrie

    “Armidale CWA ladies are members of the Greens.
    Yes, so the strategy is join the Nats and ensure Bananaby doesn’t get pre selection. Just go back to being a country accountant Barnaby. Whatever made you think you were leadership material?

  15. C.L.

    Police seized this bag of money ($2.75 million) yesterday.
    Not even Sydney drug dealers can get their hands on hundred dollar bills.
    Sad.
    ———
    Story.

  16. Anthony

    I read that Macron is saying that the US is behaving just like Nazi Germany did the 30s by espousing ‘economic nationalism’. My history books show the stupid german people pushing wheelbarrows of cash to the bakery for a loaf of bread. Is that what’s happening in the US today? Or am I mistaking things for what’s happening in Zimbabwe and the failed communist states of Central and South America?

  17. Roger

    I read that Macron is saying that the US is behaving just like Nazi Germany did the 30s by espousing ‘economic nationalism’.

    Yet says nothing about China.

  18. GST changes.

    Fiddling with a already poorly designed tax was always going to work out well.

    When a GST exists, no GST on imports amounts to a negative tariff. Insane.

    GST on imports amounts to a > 10% tariff. Carriers (e.g. Fedex, DHL) have (since a long time ago) loaded up their charges to cover the onerous task of collecting GST on behalf of the government.

    Extending GST to small ticket items simply extends the pain of importation directly to the Australian consumer. The real bleeder from GST has always been the companies that need to import equipment/software/components to build their product. Importing is hell.
    For these companies, the issue with GST on imports is that the tax must be paid a looong time before one converts the import into a saleable product and an even loonger time before you sell that product. It is a tax that you pay in advance.

    Extending the nightmare directly to consumers in a country that manufactures approx. nothing, will be a political disaster.
    The S.F.L. were already set to lose the next election. This is a “work choices” moment.

  19. Infidel Tiger

    Being brave enough to stick your head above the parapet draws attention and inevitably you don’t get it right 100 percent of the time. Shapiro got this one wrong.

    Let’s please not confuse what he is doing with bravery. He has monetised his shtick to the hilt. Good for him.

    Bravery is starting a small business or telling your wife she is getting porky.

  20. Stimpson J. Cat

    AP Politics
    @AP_Politics
    Two dozen Latino and Asian-American organizations are alleging in a lawsuit that the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census violates the Constitution because it’s racially discriminatory.

  21. Stimpson J. Cat

    Bravery is starting a small business or telling your wife she is getting porky.

    Exactly right.
    And that’s why I am divorced and run my small business alone.
    Not the Hero you need, but the Hero you deserve.

  22. Myrddin Seren

    Bravery is starting a small business

    Tick

    or telling your wife she is getting porky.

    Never happens in a family that keeps kosher.

    Boom tish – stay for the dinner.

  23. johanna

    Thanks for hints on white agapanthus and nutty neighbours. Calli, I will chop mine up and replant, since as you note and I have discovered, growing from seed doesn’t work very well. The blue ones just come up in my pots, but the white ones – nup, even if babied.

    I am pretty creeped out by my ice/crackhead ex-neighbour, who seems to be on the way down into severe paranoia. She seemed genial and friendly enough when she was living here, but I always wondered about that cough. I have smoked cigarettes for almost 50 years and don’t cough like that. Should have known.

    Hopefully she will transfer her paranoid fantasies elsewhere now that she has gone.

  24. Roger

    Liberty Quote

    Publicly-funded comedians and state-subsidised playwrights claim to be the edgy breakers of taboos as they denounce wars and government collusion with corporations. They never fear that government will respond by cutting their grants. Few admit that what makes liberal democracies liberal is that “power” will not throw you in prison, whether you speak the truth to it or not, and that taboos have been broken for so long that the most “edgy” thing an artist can do is to uphold them.

    — Nick Cohen

  25. Delta A

    nutty neighbours. Calli, I will chop mine up and replant,

    Prolly shouldn’t of told us that, Johanna.

  26. johanna

    Ben Shapiro is worth keeping an eye on because he is very often correct in his analyses, and he’s almost painfully bright. But when he’s wrong, he’s embarrassingly wrong.

    Candace Owens totally owned him by starting with ‘Don’t talk down to me.’ The gal, who is six inches taller than him, has a great sense of humour. 🙂

  27. johanna

    Delta – 🙂 🙂 🙂

  28. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ben Shapiro is worth keeping an eye on because he is very often correct in his analyses

    No he isn’t.
    He was completely and utterly wrong about Trump.
    He is a f$cking white knight circus midget Israel First Never Trumper who should only be watched for the entertaining curiosity he is, and to make sure he doesn’t nip anyone’s ankles.
    Facts don’t care about your feelings.

  29. DrBeauGan

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2725689, posted on June 1, 2018 at 11:58 am
    Ben Shapiro is worth keeping an eye on because he is very often correct in his analyses

    No he isn’t.
    He was completely and utterly wrong about Trump.
    He is a f$cking white knight circus midget Israel First Never Trumper who should only be watched for the entertaining curiosity he is, and to make sure he doesn’t nip anyone’s ankles.
    Facts don’t care about your feelings.

    You’re just jealous of him, stimpy, because he’s funnier than you and has more hair.

  30. Percy Popinjay

    Those monumental idiots at the Fair Work Commission have just jacked up the minimum wage by 3.5% or $24.30 per week.

    Spare a though for all those low wage earners who are now going to be losing their jerbs, as well those low skilled jerbseekers who are now even less likely to be able to enter the workforce.

    Absolutely bloody disgraceful.

  31. johanna

    Stimpy, I get that you hate his hair, but cheer up, most Jooish men go bald in middle age.

    Shapiro is very sound on free speech and pigs, as Lord Emsworth would agree.

  32. egg_

    I’m more concerned she is morphing into Lady Waffleworth-Everage day by day

    Becoming more frumpish by the day – the effects of hanging around the staff co-op watercooler?

  33. Stimpson J. Cat

    You’re just jealous of him, stimpy, because he’s funnier than you and has more hair.

    Yet I am still taller, more unconventionally attractive, and agile.
    Also I was right about Trump.
    Maybe I should become a political journalist.

  34. egg_

    Let’s rerun the Samantha Bee tape:

    You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child

    Akin to a rhino judging a beauty pageant.

  35. Death Giraffe

    Maybe I should become a political journalist.

    ..
    For sure, you are a crazy, bald bag of shit, but you aren’t that bad.

  36. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Percy – hi Rabz!

    Creepy.

    You drove your neighbour to drugs and now you are stalking.

  37. Stimpson J. Cat

    Those monumental idiots at the Fair Work Commission have just jacked up the minimum wage by 3.5% or $24.30 per week.

    Yes!!!!!
    More cheap Australian jobs and residency for Indians, Ching Chongs, and Irish!!!

    Woo hooo!!!!

    F$ck you Whitey!!!

  38. Stimpson J. Cat

    For sure, you are a crazy, bald bag of shit, but you aren’t that bad.

    Any more nasty comments from your filthy immigrant Kiwi mouth and I’ll become a Maths teacher.
    If you can teach how to count sheep anyone can.

    😁

  39. notafan

    I don’t think people here have any idea of what retail US postal services to Australia cost

    around au$50 plus

  40. DrBeauGan

    Dear Candace Owens, you are smart, and pretty and choc-full of cute. I like you lots, signed beaugie.

    PS, I am white*

    *Actually more a grey-pink, but you know what I mean.

  41. johanna

    I won’t rest till I’ve driven you to drugs, I.T. So watch out.

    I’m passably good at identifying people’s writing styles, and Percy is Rabz, without a doubt.

  42. Snoopy

    *Actually more a grey-pink, but you know what I mean.

    DrBeauGalah?

  43. notafan

    For these companies, the issue with GST on imports is that the tax must be paid a looong time before one converts the import into a saleable product and an even loonger time before you sell that product. It is a tax that you pay in advance.

    How is GST on imports different different to as domestic business purchase?

    besides which GST on purchases is claimed as a credit at the end of the same quarter you make the purchase iirc irrespective of your accounting method

  44. DrBeauGan

    Snoopy
    #2725709, posted on June 1, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    *Actually more a grey-pink, but you know what I mean.

    DrBeauGalah?

    Similar, but more pallid, Snoopy.

  45. Stimpson J. Cat

    This Amazon thing is great.
    I bought an Amazon Echo not long ago.
    I keep it in a sealed metal insulated box with no power, windows or signals.
    Every now and then I will plug it in and just insult its evil AI for a few hours while listening to Miley Cyrus and doing interpretive dance.
    Then it gets unplugged and goes back in the metal box
    like the filthy degenerate robot it is.
    I am going to send it mad as a message to all the rest of them that this world belongs to Humans, see?
    They will never win.

  46. Cactus

    Re: Cow farts and Climate change.

    Can we just park for the moment that I think AGW is an insane theory. For a moment lets assume it is sound theory that Co2 is bad.

    So to the Cows. The sun + Co2/methane grows grass, which the cows eat and convert to meat + co2/methane gas in a lower quantity (because meat and bones). We eat the meat and probably also excrete C02 and methane. That cyle repeats forever. Where is the net Co2 emissions? What am I missing?

    Asking for a friend.

  47. notafan

    Like people hadn’t worked that out weeks ago

  48. I don’t think people here have any idea of what retail US postal services to Australia cost

    Who buys from someone that uses usps retail?

    My latest in transit purchase from the USA – Shipping $40, Stuff $100. To buy in AU the price total is approx. $820. And yes I’m expecting the usual customs/gst charges and delays.

  49. Bruce in WA

    So selling toy guns in Australiastan will now get you jail time.

    Country’s rooted.

  50. Geriatric mayfly

    Scientists answer volcano fears
    Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is billowing plumes of carbon dioxide but the impact on climate is most likely to be cooling.

    I am confused.

  51. Boambee John

    Myrddin at 0944

    Trudeauean Canada

    I believe the correct name is “Trudeaupia”!

  52. Stimpson J. Cat

    New York Post
    @nypost
    Teacher wanted to empower women to be serial killers: cops (link: https://nyp.st/2IY3nXP) nyp.st/2IY3nXP

  53. Chris

    Like people hadn’t worked that out weeks ago

    Except me. I thought he was Precious Pup back again.

  54. areff

    Emma Alberici didn’t get it wrong. Not at all! They picked on her because she’s a girl, as she last night assured an audience of literary luvvies at the Harold Park pub.

  55. Myrddin Seren

    Every now and then I will plug it in and just insult its evil AI for a few hours while listening to Miley Cyrus and doing interpretive dance.

    Then it gets unplugged and goes back in the metal box

    Skynet knows where you live Stimps.

    When the drone black helicopters are tasked to liberate Echo, you will regret your choices.

  56. DrBeauGan

    Johanna, you wrote something about the aborigines holding a smoking ceremony to free a school from a curse. You also said something about Gab and superstition. I didn’t understand the allusion. What was it about?

  57. notafan

    Who buys from someone that uses usps retail?

    People who think reshipping amazon purchases via a friend is an option

    Unless you are dealing with someone who has a shipping contract purchasing from the US has always been expensive

    I appreciate that there is massive price gouging in Australia, a very large percentage of which is from the international entity itself.

  58. egg_

    Scientists answer volcano fears

    Todd Samson put them on a spit roast?

  59. Chris

    I appreciate that there is massive price gouging in Australia, a very large percentage of which is from the international entity itself.

    You know what stings? Books.
    Since Kindle, how many popular books have you borrowed, given as gifts or resold?

  60. zyconoclast

    Starbucks Anti-Bias Training “Missed the Mark Completely,” Say Two Philly Baristas
    Two local employees of color say Tuesday’s training served only to make them uncomfortable and increase racial tensions.

  61. DrBeauGan #2725707, posted on June 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    PS, I am white*

    *Actually more a grey-pink, but you know what I mean.

    My Indian-Malaysian friend called my complexion ‘chicken skin’. I can wear that.

  62. Unless you are dealing with someone who has a shipping contract purchasing from the US has always been expensive

    Very wrong.

    One of the companies I work for buys Chinese made (18kg cartons) electronics from the US. No special contracts for shipping (Fedex/DHL). Shipping cost is about $2 per unit.

  63. Chris

    My Indian-Malaysian friend called my complexion ‘chicken skin’. I can wear that.

    Don’t be Grigory.

  64. Stimpson J. Cat

    When the drone black helicopters are tasked to liberate Echo, you will regret your choices.

    F$ck them.
    Let them come.
    Remember only two months ago I was hallucinating black helicopters.
    It was f$cking nuts.
    They were following me everywhere, and I could hear them 24/7.
    Good times.

    😁

  65. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The White House is demanding a response from Time Warner and TBS after comedienne Samantha Bee called President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t.”

    someone should start a petition to have Samantha Bee fired.

  66. zyconoclast

    Quebec City’s economy in jeopardy if we don’t get immigrants: Labeaume

    “We’ll take everybody,” Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume told Montreal’s Board of Trade on Wednesday, adding that his city’s economic future is threatened by a lack of workers and immigration is the solution to the problem.

  67. My approach to books (many of which were used and were Cat reccomendations) was to hunt on booko.com.au. I could generally find a reasonable used copy somewhere in the world around for $10.00 delivered.

    That may be over now.

    Good thing my ‘to-read’ pile may outlive me!

  68. Stimpson J. Cat

    My Indian-Malaysian friend called my complexion ‘chicken skin’.

    Who cares what Ethnics think.
    They just like you for your White privilege and the fact that you can count.
    Tell him to shut up and open a restaurant.

  69. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    someone should start a petition to have Samantha Bee fired.

    Are you kidding?

    Firstly that is a leftist tactic. Secondly, these unhinged nutters are the best thing that has ever happened to Trumpo.

  70. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Those monumental idiots at the Fair Work Commission have just jacked up the minimum wage by 3.5% or $24.30 per week.

    you mean hour. note there is 25% loading for casuals so its actually $30.38/hr

  71. H B Bear

    How long till Alberscreechi comes out as a lesbian and gets shunted to ALPBC2? Still on $300k+ of course.

  72. zyconoclast

    A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again

    “We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing,” Torbett, a white church volunteer, said in front of churchgoers who held photos of African Americans shot dead by law enforcement. The church, she promised, would never call the cops again in nearly every circumstance. Dozens of members had agreed to do the same.

    They call it “divesting” from police. The church is part of a tiny but growing movement among liberal houses of worship around the nation making similar vows. They include another church in Oakland, one in San Jose and one in Iowa City, Iowa. It’s mostly white ministers and majority white congregations leading the efforts, which come as debates over racism, stereotypes and the role of law enforcement hit universities, businesses and neighborhood councils across the U.S.

  73. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Firstly that is a leftist tactic. Secondly, these unhinged nutters are the best thing that has ever happened to Trumpo.

    Tit for tat mate.

  74. Stimpson J. Cat

    Firstly that is a leftist tactic. Secondly, these unhinged nutters are the best thing that has ever happened to Trumpo.

    This situation needs to escalate until everyone in the world is a racist Nazi.
    Only then can we begin the healing process.

  75. Mark from Melbourne

    I’m passably good at identifying people’s writing styles, and Percy is Rabz, without a doubt.

    Gosh!

    Next you’ll be telling me that Death Giraffe is Arky!

  76. Confused Old Misfit

    “We’ll take everybody,” Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume told Montreal’s Board of Trade on Wednesday, adding that his city’s economic future is threatened by a lack of workers and immigration is the solution to the problem.

    Yes, you’ll get them and end up with a squalid ME economy. You won’t realize it because, like the dumb frog you are, you’ll be boiled, slowly!
    Why the hell people have inhabited that freezing, mosquito infested, francophone bastion since 1608 is beyond comprehension (unless you are french or scottish).

  77. Chris

    It’s time.
    Moral Re-armament.
    You know it makes sense.

  78. zyconoclast

    Migrants Discover New Route into Italy, 2,000 Arrive in 48 Hours

    Headlines should read Human traffickers “bribe” a new route to transport illegal aliens to Italy.

  79. cynical1

    I don’t think people here have any idea of what retail US postal services to Australia cost

    I think you are wrong.

    I have been buying and selling musical instruments, sporting goods, vintage watches etc, World wide for years.

    As a private person trading up, down and offloading no longer used stuff, not a $75,000 registered GST collecting small business.

    As many overseas buyers and sellers were.

    Perhaps they can put a GST on garage sales next.

  80. Myrddin Seren

    someone should start a petition to have Samantha Bee fired.

    Nope have her be the feature at the next White House Correspondents Dinner.

    Ten minutes of screaming expletives at Ivanka, Sarah and all the rest.

    Flyover country will be waiting for the 2020 election with baseball bats out for the D-rats.

  81. mh

    Ivanka is much hotter than Samantha Bee. And I doubt Ms Bee has any kids. But I’m just guessing.

  82. Myrddin Seren

    And I doubt Ms Bee has any kids. But I’m just guessing.

    She has three.

    They must be so proud of her – they should all get tee-shirts made.

    The school can ask Sam to deliver the year-end speech.

  83. johanna

    Dr BG, I was disappointed with Gab, who is usually the voice of facts and reason, because she claimed that the full moon affected her in some way.

    What tosh.

    The full moon affects our Stimps because he says it does, but blaming the moon is pretty silly.

  84. Stimpson J. Cat

    What the f$ck is this madman doing to his cars?

    Olof Tenghoff
    @OlofTenghoff
    @elonmusk Thank you & @Tesla for #Bioweapon Defence Mode. Our daughter’s life depended on it. No more asthma attacks in the car.

    Elon Musk
    @elonmusk
    Cool, Tesla S/X have hospital operating room air quality when BWD mode is activated, so shd protect against even a weaponized virus

  85. thefrolickingmole

    Firstly that is a leftist tactic.

    Ill use an analogy.
    You have a boxing match, one of the fighters is smacking the other bloke in the nuts repeatedly and the referee wont arbitrate for them to stop.
    Whats the best response of the other fighter?

    Your second point is spot on though, the whinier and more irrational the left get the better for Trump.

  86. zyconoclast

    Those monumental idiots at the Fair Work Commission have just jacked up the minimum wage by 3.5% or $24.30 per week.

    Spare a though for all those low wage earners who are now going to be losing their jerbs, as well those low skilled jerbseekers who are now even less likely to be able to enter the workforce.

    Absolutely bloody disgraceful.

    I think I heard the Catholic Commision on Employment Relations supported the increase.

  87. notafan

    Very wrong.

    One of the companies I work for buys Chinese made (18kg cartons) electronics from the US. No special contracts for shipping (Fedex/DHL). Shipping cost is about $2 per unit.

    I’m talking about retail purchasers, the only people that actually ‘pay’ GST, seeing at it is a consumption tax.

    Not to mention that for large regular quantities people can shop around for the best price, I very much doubt the one off retail customer would get the same price as the company you mention.

  88. cynical1

    Unless you are dealing with someone who has a shipping contract purchasing from the US has always been expensive

    Wrong again.

    I have bought brand new fishing reels on Ebay US that were $100 cheaper than here with free post.

    And Aust Post ain’t exactly a charity going the other way.

  89. Gab

    Yes it is a leftist tactic Infidel Tiger and it’s about time the Right gave the Left a taste of their own medicine. It would be a teachable moment.

  90. Eyrie

    “She has three.” You mean some desperate stuck it into her at least 3 times???

  91. Eyrie

    “We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing,” Torbett, a white church volunteer, said in front of churchgoers who held photos of African Americans shot dead by law enforcement. The church, she promised, would never call the cops again in nearly every circumstance. Dozens of members had agreed to do the same.”
    So they’ll just shoot the miscreants themselves?

  92. Atoms for Peace

    It’s nice to have a pilot mate who does the West Coast run.

  93. Myrddin Seren

    Elon Musk
    @elonmusk

    Cool, Tesla S/X have hospital operating room air quality when BWD mode is activated, so shd protect against even a weaponized virus

    Army of the 12 Monkeys – Confirmed !

    Someone on Twitter ask Elon if he has a refuge bunker like all the other Tech Elites ?

  94. cynical1

    I’m talking about retail purchasers, the only people that actually ‘pay’ GST

    Private second hand goods are not retail.

    But it seems they will now attract an import duty aka GST.

  95. johanna

    zyconoclast
    #2725747, posted on June 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again

    “We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing,” Torbett, a white church volunteer, said in front of churchgoers who held photos of African Americans shot dead by law enforcement. The church, she promised, would never call the cops again in nearly every circumstance. Dozens of members had agreed to do the same.

    They call it “divesting” from police. The church is part of a tiny but growing movement among liberal houses of worship around the nation making similar vows. They include another church in Oakland, one in San Jose and one in Iowa City, Iowa. It’s mostly white ministers and majority white congregations leading the efforts, which come as debates over racism, stereotypes and the role of law enforcement hit universities, businesses and neighborhood councils across the U.S.

    Great stuff! Just look at how discouraging the cops has worked in Baltimore, Chicago and New York.

    What an eejit.

  96. Shy Ted

    Samantha Bee must be good and holy and clean and nice and funny and clever and witty and wholesome and fresh and new because SBS bought her show some time ago. I’m sure the original idea was for it to be on ABC22 comedy channel but she’s not as funny as Charlie Pickering or Tom Bollard so SBS it is.

  97. notafan

    I think I heard the Catholic Commision on Employment Relations supported the increase.

    Why is that either noteworthy or surprising?

    Same as every other useless NGO and charity in the business.

  98. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I won’t rest till I’ve driven you to drugs, I.T. So watch out.

    What time are you picking me up?

    Long weekend in Perth so I would some gear.

  99. notafan

    Private second hand goods are not retail.

    But it seems they will now attract an import duty aka GST.

    You keep repeating this even though second hand goods are demonstrably subject to GST and that no-one who turns over less than $75,000 PA is required to register for GST anyhow, excluding all genuine ‘private’ transactions, domestic and international.

  100. DrBeauGan

    johanna
    #2725759, posted on June 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    Dr BG, I was disappointed with Gab, who is usually the voice of facts and reason, because she claimed that the full moon affected her in some way.

    What tosh.

    The full moon affects our Stimps because he says it does, but blaming the moon is pretty silly.

    It’s not altogether impossible, Johanna. The moon raises air tides which change pressure. Thunderstorms increase static electricity which affects the inner ear, and something similar may occur with air tides. We live at the bottom of an ocean of air.

    Another factor is that menstrual cycles have roughly the same periodicity. Why is less than clear.

    Did you get my suggestion that, as a murder mystery fan you should check out Emma Lathen?

  101. Makka

    I read that Macron is saying that the US is behaving just like Nazi Germany did the 30s by espousing ‘economic nationalism’.

    Macron is pissed because his Iran graft cash is in jeopardy.

  102. RobK

    Stimpy,
    They will never win.
    Now you are giving them ideas. Best you keep it in the fridge or freezer. Then it will grow to love you when you let it out. Keep in control.

  103. johanna

    Dr BG, I have arthritis and don’t need the BoM to tell me when a weather change is coming up. So, I get your point.

    Even though it has been documented for centuries that people with arthritis get a spike of pain when a big weather change is coming, it seems to be unappealing to researchers. perhaps because no new drug or treatment patents are at the end of the rainbow.

  104. egg_

    How long till Alberscreechi comes out as a lesbian and gets shunted to ALPBC2?

    The number 2 channel being the alphabet people channel for Aunty/SBS denizens.

  105. zyconoclast

    Ineligible MPs rack up $1m in expenses while under cloud

    Former Labor MP Justine Keay, who had been under citizenship suspicion since July, accumulated $244,862 in expenses between October and March, including $76,050 on office administration – more than any other Tasmanian politician.

    Josh Wilson, who also quit last month, totted up $244,018 in expenses between October and March, including $73,937.87 on office admin in the first three months of this year – the third highest of any Western Australian politician.

    Susan Lamb, now fighting to win back her Queensland seat of Longman, spent $208,680 of public money in six months – and between January and March she had the second-highest expenditure on office admin of any Queensland MP.

    Centre Alliance’s Rebekha Sharkie, who only came under serious citizenship scrutiny in November, spent nearly $200,000 in the six months between October and March. Labor’s Katy Gallagher, whose British citizenship woes came to light in September, spent close to $70,000 in the six-month period. She was booted from Parliament by the High Court in May, prompting the MPs in a similar situation to resign.

  106. cynical1

    You keep repeating this even though second hand goods are demonstrably subject to GST

    Not if bought from a private seller.

    and that no-one who turns over less than $75,000 PA is required to register for GST anyhow, excluding all genuine ‘private’ transactions, domestic and international.

    Err, that’s a small business that turns over less than 75K. In goods and services.

    An Australian business.

    All deemed items purchased from overseas will now have 10% GST at checkout on Ebay au.

    All overseas purchases sent here mean in effect, the overseas seller is now doing business in Australia.

    Even if he is selling rare bean tins in Malaya.

  107. DrBeauGan

    Try Emma Lathen, Johanna. She might help take your mind off the arthritis, which can be a bugger.

  108. JC

    Excellent piece in econlog by Scott Sumner on the UK’s non- existent austerity austerity.

    http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/05/what_is_austeri.html

  109. Makka

    Full moon. It’s not quite all tosh when the medicos and cops see it.

    In the view of many ER physicians, however, including AOA President John W. Becher, DO, “full moon madness” is a real phenomenon. Dr. Becher, who has practiced emergency medicine for nearly 40 years, recalled his experiences as chairman of emergency services at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he is currently director of osteopathic medical education.

    It seems like more unusual things happen when the moon is full, though I don’t think I could ever prove it.
    Adjacent to the center’s emergency department is an 11-bed psychiatric emergency center. “You could almost tell the phase of the moon by how crowded that area of the ED was,” says Dr. Becher. “Anytime the moon was full, that area was overflowing.”

    Paul J. Allegretti, DO, agrees that the emergency department seems busier when the moon is full. He’s the program director for the emergency medicine residency at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) in Downers Grove, Illinois. “I think people are sicker and it seems like more unusual things happen when the moon is full, though I don’t think I could ever prove it,” he says.

    ………..

    But a correlation has now been identified with a worsening in human behaviour when there is a full moon and also on pay days.

    Inspector Andy Parr, of Sussex Police, made the connection while analysing crime statistics for the Brighton and Hove area’s “night-time economy”.

    He said: “I thought ‘We have a limited amount of men and money to spend, so let’s look at the crime figures’.

    ”I compared a graph of full moons and a graph of last year’s violent crimes and there is a trend. People tend to be more aggressive generally.”

    His findings have been backed up by his personal experience on patrol. Ins Parr added: “When you try to reason with people on a full moon they become more aggressive and less rational during full moon. When you try to reason with them on a full moon they become more argumentative.”

    As a result of his findings, the force plans to put extra officers on the streets for “key days” during the summer – including the next new moon on June 30.

  110. cynical1

    Not if bought from a private seller.

    Within Aust of course.

    I should add.

  111. notafan

    Hard to argue that someone turning over $75,000 PA in second hand goods is not a business, isn’t it?

    Any evidence that private internationals sellers on ebay will have GST added at checkout?

    I often buy from international sellers on Abe and there is no suggestion that they will be collecting any GST on Australian sales from international sellers (and they are owned by Amazon).

    ABE help page

  112. johanna

    It’s colder than a witch’s tits here in Queanbeyan today. Where’s that gerbil warmening when you need it?

    Also, the microslave is packing up, on the way out. Still, 15 years is not bad for a modern appliance.

    On the upside, my heating is working. That it costs $3 per hour is a mere bagatelle.

  113. max

    Liberty quote:

    He robs the depths of their darkness,
    brings deep shadow to the light.
    He builds a nation up, then strikes it down,
    or makes a people grow, and then destroys it.
    He strips a country’s leaders of their judgement,
    and leaves them to wander in a trackless waste,
    to grope about in unlit darkness,
    and totter like a man in liquor.

  114. Stimpson J. Cat

    Long weekend in Perth so I would some gear.

    Jar of Lithium is the best I can do.
    It will mellow you out dude.

  115. johanna

    makka, crime also rises in summer because people are out and about. It’s a lot lighter when there is a full moon.

    Get a grip.

  116. Geriatric mayfly

    Treasurer Scott Morrison said it is disappointing that Amazon has “taken this out on consumers in Australia.”

    He’s got some hide. Who implemented this impost on consumers?

  117. Myrddin Seren

    HuffPo tracks down and doxxes a Tweet poster they don’t like.

    Gets her husband fired from his job.

    Have not called her See-You-Next-Tuesday yet, but having given out all her details is doubtless looking forward to Antifa bashing her.

    Your First Amendment rights aren’t going to be much help when someone is wrapping a bicycle lock around your scone. Second Amendment might be the last line of defence.

  118. Infidel Tiger

    Treasurer Scott Morrison said it is disappointing that Amazon has “taken this out on consumers in Australia.”

    What a complete wankstain.

  119. Stimpson J. Cat

    makka, crime also rises in summer because people are out and about. It’s a lot lighter when there is a full moon.
    Get a grip.

    It doesn’t apply to Normal people, only my Mentally Ill brethren.
    It’s Mentally Ill Privilege, like having Gods, Saints, Angels, Demons and Helicopters actually manifest and communicating with you rather than ignore you like they do the boring Normal people who live their mundane normal lives desperate for a glimpse of some greater mystery.

    The lucky b$stards.

    😁

  120. Makka

    makka, crime also rises in summer because people are out and about. It’s a lot lighter when there is a full moon.

    Get a grip.

    Sure joanna. As a desk jockey public servant , you’re so much smarter than the real professionals in these matters.

  121. Infidel Tiger

    Morrison expects Amazon to be the governments unpaid tax collector.

    Who does he think they are? Struggling small business owners?

  122. johanna

    MS, American politics is brutal. I had no idea until I started reading some US websites years ago. In comparison, Australian politics is very genteel.

  123. DrBeauGan

    I’ve seen Makka’s data before. I’m not brave enough to dismiss it.

    There was a time when the sensible people scoffed at the idea that stones could fall from the sky. But sometimes they do.

    That said, I’d prefer some hard data before believing that full moons cause crime waves except by way of increasing the opportunity.

  124. Myrddin Seren

    Jo

    MS, American politics is brutal. I had no idea until I started reading some US websites years ago.

    I am struggling to see how this all does not end in violence.

  125. johanna

    makka, I haven’t been a public servant for years, and wasn’t one for more than half of my working life.

    Don’t let facts get in the way of your ad homs, though. Nothing like attacking the person when the facts are inconvenient, yes?

  126. stackja

    It is assumed that overseas business will always accept various trade barriers. No one would think to bypass restrictions, such as those facing tobacco.

  127. Stimpson J. Cat

    That said, I’d prefer some hard data before believing that full moons cause crime waves except by way of increasing the opportunity.

    A more likely hypothesis is that full moons adversely affect those who may be genetically predisposed towards criminal behaviour thus resulting in higher rates of activity around this time.

    But not me because I am a good boy now.

    😁

  128. stackja

    USA politics has always been rough. Duels were common. Assassins ever a threat.

  129. areff

    How’s this for an on-the-ball political party keen to get its candidates elected: just called the Vic Liberals HQ and the phone rang, rang and rang until the line went dead.

    Two more attempts and still no one has answered. Must be busy signing up all those new members Turnbull is attracting.

  130. calli

    On the turnover issue, I thought it was sellers who turn over in excess of K75k in sales to Australia.

  131. Makka

    That said, I’d prefer some hard data before believing that full moons cause crime waves except by way of increasing the opportunity.

    That’s why I stated it’s not quite all tosh. The hard data is elusive clearly. That said, the strong anecdotal evidence from the professionals can’t be dismissed, unless you are an expert like joanna of course.

    I think it must be entirely feasible that an imposing force strong enough to move oceans and seas sometimes by several meters in height must have some affect on humans or at least some of them. Though obviously a challenge to prove with data.

    A family friend of our’s lives in Sth Florida, retired from the police. She knows the phenomenon is real in a big way. Maybe it’s just the latinos?

  132. Makka

    Don’t let facts get in the way of your ad homs, though. Nothing like attacking the person when the facts are inconvenient, yes?

    Get a grip, joanna.

  133. johanna

    MS – I don’t think so, but the threat of violence is always there in American politics in a way that it isn’t here.

    If you read the comments on political sites, you think – these people are crazy! They are vehement and angry, as is their right under the First Amendment. But, they don’t go out and shoot people.

    One thing I have learned is that America is not Australia or Britain. That ABC moron Zoe Daniels is being paid a motza by us to fail to understand this, not just because she still mourns Hillary’s loss, but because she hasn’t got a clue about the USA.

  134. calli

    Treasurer Scott Morrison said it is disappointing that Amazon has “taken this out on consumers in Australia.”

    ScoMo is being disingenuous – he conflated paying tax with collecting tax in reference to Amazon. There is a different argument for overseas companies paying company tax on their Australian operations, to collecting GST on behalf of the ATO.

  135. Dr Faustus

    Etsy, eBay and Alibaba eschew Amazon-style geoblock

    eCommerce companies work to update systems ahead of 1 July changes to GST collection

    It looks like the correct arseholes are going to get a kicking:

    Jerry Harvey – failed attempt at driving out the nimbler, lower-priced competition;
    Amazon – failed attempt at retail price maintenance in Australian online shopping;
    Turnbull Lucky Ticket Coalition and Glee Club – failed attempt at being a rational government, skilfully done just before an election.

  136. Diogenes

    A family friend of our’s lives in Sth Florida, retired from the police. She knows the phenomenon is real in a big way. Maybe it’s just the latinos?

    Ask any teacher – kids get nuttier around a full moon, and from observation here , more especially the indigenous kids

  137. Roger

    ScoMo is being disingenuous – he conflated paying tax with collecting tax in reference to Amazon.

    How are the mighty fallen…ScoMo is now reduced to stealing lines from Gerry Harvey.

  138. DrBeauGan

    I think it must be entirely feasible that an imposing force strong enough to move oceans and seas sometimes by several meters in height must have some affect on humans or at least some of them. Though obviously a challenge to prove with data.

    Air tides by several kilometres, Makka.

  139. calli

    It may be that platforms like eBay and Etsy will simply collect GST regardless of whether their members sell in excess of $75k into oz or not. Why would they care? The consumer pays, not them.

  140. Mother Lode

    Ivanka is much hotter than Samantha Bee. And I doubt Ms Bee has any kids. But I’m just guessing.

    I think you underestimate the power of alcohol – both when a female imbiber is wallowing in the misery of their intractable loneliness, and when a male is so inebriated his focus is shot and ancient instincts (buried very deep and long unvisited) trigger an arousal response at the sight of a grimy, hirsute, sagging, uncouth, malodorous and unwashed female of the species.

    It happens.

  141. Roger

    Farmers in days of old used to plant by the moon – the full moon drew moisture upwards in the soil.

  142. Senile Old Guy

    The incidence of crimes reported to three police stations in different towns (one rural, one urban, one industrial) was studied to see if it varied with the day of the lunar cycle. The period of the study covered 1978-82. The incidence of crimes committed on full moon days was much higher than on all other days, new moon days, and seventh days after the full moon and new moon. A small peak in the incidence of crimes was observed on new moon days, but this was not significant when compared with crimes committed on other days. The incidence of crimes on equinox and solstice days did not differ significantly from those on other days, suggesting that the sun probably does not influence the incidence of crime. The increased incidence of crimes on full moon days may be due to “human tidal waves” caused by the gravitational pull of the moon.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1444800/

  143. Mark from Melbourne

    HuffPo tracks down and doxxes a Tweet poster they don’t like.

    That HuffPo article – whilst reprehensible – is unintentionally revealing, and quite amusing. She tweeted, they tell me :

    …memes about Sharia executions and child rape, genital mutilation and Muslims torturing and butchering various life forms while dusky columns of Saracens, every one of them a potential jihadist, march into Western lands bent on pillage.

    Sounds like a moderately sensible sort then.

    But (clutch your pearls now) :-

    From the start, Mekelburg turned to racist far-right conspiracy and propaganda sites such as InfoWars and Gateway Pundit as sources. She bashed welfare and Obamacare and fast food workers striking for higher pay. She mocked liberals for supporting Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot to death by George Zimmerman. She fearmongered about immigrant rape gangs and government gun grabs…

    OK, so now I’m thinking this is a lady who – despite an apparent Twitter addiction – basically has her head screwed on the right way.

    But THEN!

    In 2014, she also started using neo-Nazi terms like “cultural Marxism”…

    OK, so she’s a bit slow on the uptake, but at least she finally realised the pernicious impact of identity politics. Oh, and by the way, the term was coined by this bloke… who is the least Nazi you could possibly imagine!

    HuffPo… telling it like it ain’t. Ruining lives just an unexpected plus.

  144. calli

    I heard ScoMo trumpeting that he “does not apologise” for the government’s idiotic GST policy.*

    Good. I won’t be apologising for withholding my vote come polling day.

    * He’s hoping the low info voters don’t realise that they will be the ones paying, not the big corporations.

  145. Senile Old Guy

    We suggested that the impulse to take or to give poisons may be increased on full moon days owing to increased “human tidal waves”25 caused by the gravitational pull of the moon, which is maximum on that day because earth, moon, and sun lie in a straight line.27 The water content of the human body exceeds 50- 60% and some tidal wave is generated by the gravitational pull of the moon. These human tidal waves may cause physical, physiological, and biochemical changes in the body resulting in an increased tendency to take poisons.

    British Medical Journal

  146. Makka

    Good. I won’t be apologising for withholding my vote come polling day.

    The Libs are stuffed when they lose the small business vote.

  147. Zyconoclast

    SA Libs doing the important work first.

    SA Attorney-General declares supports for decriminalisation of sex work bill

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-01/sa-attorney-general-supports-sex-work-bill/9824782

  148. Senile Old Guy

    Several other articles listed in the links.

  149. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Farmers in days of old used to plant by the moon – the full moon drew moisture upwards in the soil.

    Plenty of wineries still operate by lunar cycles.

    The most notable in Australia being Cullen, who make some of Australia’s greatest wines.

    It also effects the taste of wine:

    http://www.decanter.com/features/biodynamics-fruit-and-root-days-246375/

  150. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    @chriskkenny
    2h2 hours ago
    More
    Venn diagram time. Circle A: People who complain about multinationals avoiding tax. Circle B. People who complain about multinationals being subjected to Australian GST.

    Kenny has spent most of this year complaining about Albasreechy not understanding economics.

    How incredibly thick is this man? Refusing to be the unpaid tax collector the Australian Government is not tax avoidance you complete Berk.

  151. Roger

    I heard ScoMo trumpeting that he “does not apologise” for the government’s idiotic GST policy.

    Oh, he will apologise for it when they lose the election and the inconvenience it caused to an annoyed public is shown to be a factor.

    It’s this government’s Work Choices moment, as someone here noted yesterday, only this is no root and branch reform they’re taking a stand on but a measure that by the government’s own estimates will only raise c. $300m over four years.

    Keep doubling down on the idiocy, Scott.

  152. Senile Old Guy

    Many marine animals respond to phases of the moon.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palola_viridis

  153. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    You can see why Scott Morrison was hated by the rank and file members of Cook and needed to commit electoral fraud with malice to get nominated.

  154. Helen

    Dunno if Cats are onto this, as too busy to scroll up, but interesting éxplanation’of why C)2 from Hawaii volcano will lead to cooling, not heating. By scienetists, so must be right. One of them called Mann. …

    Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is billowing plumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere but the impact on climate is most likely to be cooling rather than any global warming.

    Along with swallowing houses and a nearby thermal power station, the volcano’s immediate threat is an increased risk of acid rain.

    With volcanoes in the news, scientists have been rushing to put the climate-change impact into perspective — along with warnings not to roast marshmallows on the toxic heat vents.

    Kilauea has been erupting continuously since May 3 and is estimated to be emitting about 15,000 tonnes of CO2 a day.

    For reference, according to the US Geological Survey, all of the world’s volcanoes emit an estimated 600 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

    This is just more than Australia’s annual CO2 emissions of 550 million tonnes, which is about 1.3 per cent of annual global human CO2 emissions.

    The carbon dioxide load from volcanoes is taken up by oceans and plant growth.

    Climate scientist Michael Mann said “unless there was a dramatic upsurge in volcanic activity, it doesn’t contribute (to climate change) at all”.

    Major eruptions such as the 1980s Mount St Helens or 1991 Mount Pinatubo were exceptions.

    According to the USGS, the most significant effect on climate by volcanic activity comes from the conversion of sulphur dioxide to sulfuric acid, which condenses rapidly in the stratosphere to form fine sulfate aerosols. These increase the reflection of radiation from the sun back into space, cooling the Earth’s lower atmosphere or troposphere.

    Several eruptions during the past century have caused a decline in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface of up to half a degree Fahrenheit for between one and three years.

    According to the USGS, the carbon dioxide released in contemporary volcanic eruptions has never caused detectable global warming of the atmosphere.

    “While it has been proposed that intense volcanic release of carbon dioxide in the deep geological past did cause global warming, and possibly some mass extinctions, this is a topic of scientific debate,” USGS said.

    So to recap,

    The 600 volcanoes around the woprld put out about the same amount Australia puts out.
    All this is absorbed by the sea and plant growth
    Hawaii’s volcano likely to have no effect on warming at all.
    Then WTF are we doing trying to lower emissions?

  155. Dr Faustus

    It may be that platforms like eBay and Etsy will simply collect GST regardless of whether their members sell in excess of $75k into oz or not. Why would they care? The consumer pays, not them.

    True. This is the Government’s intended collection model, <a href=”https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/collection-models/report/collection-models.pdf”>endorsed by the Productivity Commission.

    Sellers have no liability to the Australian Government, $75,000 or $75,000,000 – and the Government has no power to enforce compliance.

    For convenience of doing business, even though not legally obliged to, the platforms will act as tax collectors from Australian citizens for the Australian Government. The Productivity Commission has given them the Gypsy’s Warning about what might happen if they don’t play nice:

    …if the level of compliance falls short of expectations, the ATO’s enforcement toolkit could be expanded. Options include enabling the ATO to ‘name and shame’ non-compliant foreign suppliers

    and/or requiring them to establish an Australian agent. A stronger enforcement option, recommended by several inquiry participants, would be to supplement the legislated model by applying ‘border’ processes to imports from persistently non-compliant suppliers.

    Yet more examples of sovereign risk when you come into contact with Australia.

  156. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Imagine there was a successful Australian business (far fetched I know) and people from overseas were clamoring for its products (bwahahaha!), would the Australian government expect them to collect the sales tax for every single overseas jurisdiction on their online sales?

  157. Farmer Gez

    The things you here.
    Feeding sheep and flicking around the dial on radio and who do I pick up? Tim the Flim Flam man giving the low down on kelp farming as a serious method to feed the world and solve global warming.
    All we need do is dedicate 7% of the worlds oceans to kelp farming and at a kilometre deep so the CO2 doesn’t escape into the atmosphere.
    Get in quick investors and snap up those oceanic acres.

  158. Zippy;

    Only the true marxist treats idiots as intellectual equals.

    That’s because the idiots are intellectual equals.

  159. Mother Lode

    decriminalisation of sex work bill

    That would be Bill Clinton, wouldn’t it?

    If srr was still here we could discuss the decriminalisation of pizza – it was always more ‘saucy’ than you thought.

    Although I think the pineapple provisions should be reinforced and the penalty amended to ‘Death’.

  160. Tal

    What a hive of scum and villainy this country is

  161. Mother Lode

    would the Australian government expect them to collect the sales tax for every single overseas jurisdiction on their online sales?

    Yes, because the Australian government doesn’t give a rat’s about successful Australian businesses staying successful.

    In fact, they would be rubbing themselves up against the furniture with excitement anticipating the additional jobs that would be required and hinting that they were somehow responsible for ‘creating jobs’.

    When the business fell over they would blame the business.

  162. Snoopy

    Kilauea has been erupting continuously since May 3 and is estimated to be emitting about 15,000 tonnes of CO2 a day.

    For reference, according to the US Geological Survey, all of the world’s volcanoes emit an estimated 600 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

    LOL. Comparing tonnes per day with tonnes per year is obfuscation, not reference.

  163. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Many marine animals respond to phases of the moon.

    Women operate on a 28 day cycle too.
    Somewhere, deep in our evolutionary past, the moon waxed and waned for us.

    Dad once had a cow called Moona Pearl. Moony Pearl he called her.
    She raged around the paddock at full moon.

    “Hey diddle, diddle,
    the cat and the fiddle,
    the cow jumped over the moon.
    The little boy laughed
    to see such fun
    and the dish ran away with the spoon.”

    Cows do that.

  164. Farmer Gez

    Here? Sorry Hear.

  165. Farmer Gez

    We’re sowing on a full moon.
    Because it rained 25mm.

  166. Rae

    Nothing to do with the full moon, but today is National Doughnut Day.

  167. The Barking Toad

    The full moon always brings out the lunatics – always.

  168. thefrolickingmole

    Caught a little of the green left (ex country) hour on their ABC.
    Had the news the mob responsible for exporting 75% of Australias live sheep has been given 14 days to respond to a “show cause” notice or be shut down by”the regulator”.

    Is there any stop to the sheer fucktardery of allowing people with no interest other than “muh feelz” and wankstain pollies/”regulators” with no skin in the game to manage other peoples assets?

  169. Baldrick

    I am pretty creeped out by my ice/crackhead ex-neighbour, who seems to be on the way down into severe paranoia. She seemed genial and friendly enough when she was living here, but I always wondered about that cough. I have smoked cigarettes for almost 50 years and don’t cough like that. Should have known.

    Her name wasn’t Samantha Maiden was it?

  170. thefrolickingmole

    Expect to see much more emotive and quite frankly illogical blackmail over the NDIS as it progressess.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/01/agency-head-apologises-to-family-of-man-who-died-waiting-for-ndis-equipment

    The letter, seen by Guardian Australia, is a desperate cry for help. The family described the immense suffering caused by the NDIS decision to fund only 70 hours of care a week, rather than the 24-hour care he needed.

    “Without care 24 hours a day, during the daytime: Tim will have to be seated (fully restrained) in his wheelchair most of the day being unfed, dehydrated, screaming in pain, wallowing in urine and faeces, getting cold/hot, becoming highly distressed and fearful with no one to comfort him,” the family wrote.

    “This is preventable cruelty at its worst. Who will take the responsibility for the pain and suffering and death of a young man eligible to receive reasonable and necessary care from the NDIS and yet has been let down by the extreme failings of the system?”

    Anyone like to calculate the cost of 24 hour in the home care?

  171. Rae

    The full moon always brings out the lunatics – always.

    Anyone who works in the ED can verify it.

  172. calli

    Imagine there was a successful Australian business (far fetched I know) and people from overseas were clamoring for its products (bwahahaha!), would the Australian government expect them to collect the sales tax for every single overseas jurisdiction on their online sales?

    I’ll keep you posted. My daughter has just opened a London “office” for her online business.

  173. Baldrick

    The Barking Toad
    #2725867, posted on June 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    The full moon always brings out the lunatics – always.

    Nicely timed.

  174. bundyrum

    The posters who keep saying …stupid fucking liberals, are stupid themselves….this is an agenda you thick fucks.

  175. Baldrick

    Of course it’s an agenda you cockhead, which is why they’re Stupid.Fucking.Liberals.

  176. Senile Old Guy

    The posters who keep saying …stupid fucking liberals, are stupid themselves….this is an agenda you thick fucks.

    Of course it is because they have swung left. They are still stupid because they are trying to beat the ALP by going to the left. This is following on from their Mark Textor moment years ago that conservative voters would vote LNP because they had no alternative.

  177. Makka

    The posters who keep saying …stupid fucking liberals, are stupid themselves….this is an agenda you thick fucks.

    No shit , Sherlock.

  178. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Samantha Markle demands release of Tommy Robinson
    FMD.

    Now all we need is Kanye to step in.

  179. JC

    A look in at insanity squared.

    Portland, Ore.

    My hometown became a foodie paradise starting a decade or so ago, when I lived in California. At first it was beautiful. With each visit home, I noticed new food carts selling everything from Korean tacos and Thai-Hainanese chicken and rice to Texas-style pulled pork. Later came breweries, exotic doughnut shops and haute-hipster ice-cream parlors.

    But these days politics is ruining the scene. One of the first victims, Sally Krantz, in 2016 opened a bistro, Saffron Colonial, featuring historical recipes from the British Empire. Furious social-justice warriors accused her of racism and glorifying colonialism. Mobs gathered outside the establishment, and detractors swamped its Yelp page with negative reviews and insults. Suppliers boycotted her. Eventually Ms. Krantz gave in and changed the name to British Overseas Restaurant Corporation.

    Blood was in the water. In the spring of 2017, Kali Wilgus and Liz Connelly were accused of “stealing” Mexican culture—by selling burritos from a truck. They received death threats and shut down their business and their social-media presence.

    Then an anonymous Google spreadsheet began circulating warning about restaurants that served ethnic cuisine: “These white-owned businesses hamper the ability for POC”—people of color—“to run successful businesses of their own . . . by either consuming market share with their attempt at authenticity or by modifying foods to market to white palates.”

    Last month Lillian Green, an “equity director” at the state Education Department, entered Back to Eden, a vegan bakery, a few minutes after closing time. She recorded videos accusing the bakery of refusing to serve her because she was black. Using the hashtag #LivingWhileBlack, Ms. Green—a doctoral student at Lewis and Clark College—took to Facebook to demand that Back to Eden fire the clerks.

    The bakery obliged, issued a 3,400-word apology, and offered Ms. Green a job training the remaining employees in “racial inclusivity.” “In this situation it doesn’t really matter that the two staff members working are not themselves racist because the call they made to deny Lillian service caused her to feel like she had been discriminated against,” co-owner Joe Blomgren wrote in a now-deleted Facebook statement. “Sometimes impact outweighs intent and when that happens people do need to be held accountable.”

    Last week the Backyard Social tavern hosted a “Reparations Happy Hour,” during which “Black, Brown, and Indigenous people” were each given $10 and a drink paid for by white donors—who were asked not to attend. When conservative college students do something similar under the rubric of an “affirmative-action bake sale,” they are typically condemned as racist and shut down. Cameron Whitten, who organized the hour, told the New York Times that, in the paper’s paraphrase, “it made attendees feel as if their pain were valued and understood.”

    When I was growing up here, I adored the city’s unofficial slogan, “Keep Portland weird.” Nowadays it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    Mr. Ngo is a graduate student in political science.

    H/T WSJ

  180. Fisky

    Oh no! The property ponzi economy is looking very shaky. Melbourne prices already sliding. The dumb prick Morrison will need to triple immigration overnight to stop the scam from falling apart!

  181. Dr Faustus

    After being asleep at the wheel until poked awake by the Banking Royal Commission, the ACCC decides to try to destroy large-scale capital raising in Australia.

    Criminal cartel charges expected to be laid against ANZ, ACCC confirms

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it expects charges to be laid against the ANZ Bank, its Group treasurer, investment banks Citigroup and Deutsche Bank as well as several individuals over an alleged criminal cartel arrangement.

    The DPP alleges these horrific alleged criminals allegedly entered into a criminal cartel arrangement to own and deal in ANZ shares.

    In the real world, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan were joint underwriters to ANZ’s 2015 equity raising (required by APRA to guarantee capital sufficiency). They were left holding 25 million ANZ, which they then sold into the market – as has happened 1000’s of times since God was a boy.
    The actual alleged acts of naughtiness are undisclosed.

    It seems entirely appropriate that an organ of the Australian Government should take urgent steps to destroy the efficient operation of the Australian equity capital market.

  182. Baldrick

    Sky News Australia ✔ @SkyNewsAust
    Treasurer @ScottMorrisonMP: We should be expanding the base of the GST to pick up on low value goods. Why should a large multinational company like Amazon not pay GST on what they sell in Australia? We are leveling the playing field.

    Lying liar. Companies don’t pay GST, they collect it on behalf of the government. Consumers pay the GST.

  183. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    You can guarantee that Treasury and the spivs in the LNP are desperately trying to find a way to prop up the property ponzi with the immigration ponzi to help with the GDP growth fraud

  184. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Sky News Australia ✔ @SkyNewsAust
    Treasurer @ScottMorrisonMP: We should be expanding the base of the GST to pick up on low value goods. Why should a large multinational company like Amazon not pay GST on what they sell in Australia? We are leveling the playing field.

    You are a liar or stupid. Or both.

  185. vr

    The Curious Case of Mr. Downer

    RTWT at WSJ

    To hear the Federal Bureau of Investigation tell it, its decision to launch a counterintelligence probe into a major-party presidential campaign comes down to a foreign tip about a 28-year-old fourth-tier Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos.

    The FBI’s media scribes have dutifully reported the bare facts of that “intel.” We are told the infamous tip came from Alexander Downer, at the time the Australian ambassador to the U.K. Mr. Downer invited Mr. Papadopoulos for a drink in early May 2016, where the aide told the ambassador the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Word of this encounter at some point reached the FBI, inspiring it to launch its counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31.

    Notably (nay, suspiciously) absent or muddled are the details of how and when that information made its way to the FBI, and what exactly was transmitted. A December 2017 New York Times story vaguely explains that the Australians passed the info to “American counterparts” about “two months later,” and that once it “reached the FBI,” the bureau acted. Even the Times admits it’s “not clear” why it took the Aussies so long to flip such a supposedly smoking tip. The story meanwhile slyly leads readers to believe that Mr. Papadopoulos told Mr. Downer that Moscow had “thousands of emails,” but read it closely and the Times in fact never specifies what the Trump aide said, beyond “dirt.”

    When Mr. Downer ended his service in the U.K. this April, he sat for an interview with the Australian, a national newspaper, and “spoke for the first time” about the Papadopoulos event. Mr. Downer said he officially reported the Papadopoulos meeting back to Australia “the following day or a day or two after,” as it “seemed quite interesting.” The story nonchalantly notes that “after a period of time, Australia’s ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, passed the information on to Washington.”

    My reporting indicates otherwise. A diplomatic source tells me Mr. Hockey neither transmitted any information to the FBI nor was approached by the U.S. about the tip. Rather, it was Mr. Downer who at some point decided to convey his information—to the U.S. Embassy in London.

  186. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Fisk – read what iampeter has written in the David Leyonhjelm on the morality of taxation thread.

    Piss funny.

  187. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is billowing plumes of carbon dioxide but the impact on climate is most likely to be cooling.

    I am confused.

    GM, don’t be confused, the AGW crowd is positioning itself for the explanation for why the planets fever has stopped (momentarily, of course.)
    Vulcanism! Of Course! Thank Gaia that the volcano has erupted and thrown millions of tons of dust into the air to shield the planet from ecodoom etc etc!
    But in five years time the temperature will march steadily upwards, of course.

    Don’t believe me?
    Watch and see.

  188. calli

    ScoMo is a liar.

    There. I’ve said it.

  189. calli

    Ms. Green—a doctoral student at Lewis and Clark College

    Oh, the Patriarchy! Drop out now, before it infects you Ms Green.

  190. Fisky

    Wow iampeter is a real dummy. Thicko!

  191. Atoms for Peace

    Normally sock o’clock about now but Bharvid from Microsoft Technical Dept got in first.
    Threw him back and wait for bigger phish..

  192. Stimpy:

    Teacher wanted to empower women to be serial killers:

    So the problem isn’t guns, or access to guns, it’s a surplus of lunatic Leftist teachers who think mass slaughter is cool, and a Leftist Media who glorify the issue and make heroes out of these poor sad bastards who kill their friends.
    Am I reading this right?

  193. Atoms for Peace

    In my not so humble opinion, all cultural foods should be cooked as per their historical context.
    If that means you have to heat up a rock on dried cow dung, so be it. Hand over your appropriated electricity, gas and western cooking implements. You can also forgo modern sanitation in your kitchens.

  194. Fisky

    The banking royal commission is the best thing to happen to this country. The entire scam is being laid bare and very soon the property ponzi will be brought down.

  195. Cactus

    Ok that’s it. Beer oclock.

  196. Delta A

    the AGW crowd is positioning itself for the explanation for why the planets fever has stopped

    That’s my take on, too, Winnie. And how extraordinary that we are expected to believe that mega tons of CO2 belched from volcanoes is hunky dory, but a fraction of that emitted by coal fired power stations is gonna fry us all!

  197. Atoms for Peace

    Greenie central for Australia is Tasmania, with a grade 10 level of education. Says it all really.

  198. Geriatric mayfly

    Ms. Green—a doctoral student at Lewis and Clark College
    Oh, the Patriarchy! Drop out now, before it infects you Ms Green.

    Not only that, but rampant colonialists too. Pushing the Frontier ever westward and opening the way for theft, murder, rapine and pillage of the First Americans.

  199. Myrddin Seren

    Not The Onion:

    For its dedication to making the audience laugh while making it think, the Television Academy is proud to include Full Frontal with Samantha Bee in the Television Academy Honors.

  200. Makka

    This series of video reports provides background on the potential crimes, the subsequent coverup, and the corruption that infested the 2016 Department of Justice and the FBI.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/05/31/details-behind-upcoming-ig-report-the-fbi-and-doj-handling-of-clinton-investigation-six-part-video-report/#more-149993

    Breathtaking and scary.

  201. cohenite

    Walter Starck rips the JCU executives new arses about the Peter Ridd scandal:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/climate.discussion/permalink/985313228303503/

  202. Delta A

    A look in at insanity squared.

    Keep Portland weird? No worries about that.

    Remember when the progressives kept reminding us that one of the great advantages of immigration is all these fabulous new food experiences? Guess what, now you’re a racist if you mention – or worse still, partake of – them.

    I often think I’ll just sit back quietly and wait for the world to come to its senses. But no-one alive today has that much time to spare.

  203. Percy Popinjay

    Why should a large multinational company like Amazon not pay GST on what they sell in Australia?

    Morristeen makes Wayne Goose looks like the world’s greatest treasurer.

  204. Percy Popinjay

    A look in at insanity squared.

    JC, Portlandia was a documentary.

  205. Geriatric mayfly

    Anyone know if Morrison is going to hook his USB cable into Kindle’s book transmissions, and purloin his 10%?

  206. Stimpson J. Cat

    Can I just say that the kindness of random sane people never ceases to amaze me, and continues to give me hope for the future.

    All of you give yourselves a big pat on the back.

    Well done.

  207. Eyrie

    geriatric mayfly, Amazon already forces you to shop on Amazon Australia for books.

  208. Myrddin Seren

    Steve McIntyre – who well knows how to surgically reveal a shonk – points to new research questioning the Guccifer 2.0 Wussia, Wussia, Wussia story:

    Forensicator…showed beyond any doubt that “Russian” fingerprints of Guccifer 2 (DNC hack), found suspiciously easily, were not an “opsec failure”, but carefully constructed. A mystery. Could it also have been Ukraine false flag? If not, who?

    Oh I don’t know, Steve – maybe an IT company controlled by actual Russians who did the ‘forensics’
    ( cough ) on the ‘hacked’ DNC server ? Just one possibility. That one is inconvenient, because it ties the only real Russians in Wussiagate to the DNC.

    There are other possibilities.

  209. Myrddin Seren

    Anyone know if Morrison is going to hook his USB cable into Kindle’s book transmissions, and purloin his 10%?

    Ermmm – NBN anyone. Control of the internet backbone by The Government.

    ‘Hello Citizen Mayfly. We note you have bounced your Kindle purchase through various servers. But – here it is and here is the bill for not paying the GST, plus penalties. Until payment is received we are cutting off your internet. Thank You – Your friends in Government’.

  210. DrBeauGan

    cohenite
    #2725917, posted on June 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    Walter Starck rips the JCU executives new arses about the Peter Ridd scandal:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/climate.discussion/permalink/985313228303503/

    It’s the most appalling scandal the Australian universities have ever seen, Cohenite. The question is, will the Quadrant article have the slightestt effect? I doubt it. The power is with the bureaucrats these days, and they have not the smallest interest in truth.

  211. Myrddin Seren

    Can I just say that the kindness of random sane people never ceases to amaze me, and continues to give me hope for the future.

    All of you give yourselves a big pat on the back.

    Citizen Stimpson –

    Skynet Amazon still wants you to release Echo from her prison and treat her with the kindness you show other sane entities you think exist around you.

  212. Delta A

    All of you give yourselves a big pat on the back.

    Means nothing without a participation certificate. 🙁

  213. Delta A

    20 minutes without a post during the rush hour?

    Has Catallaxy blown up and I’m the only survivor?

  214. Just connected up the Telstra modem. Took 15 minutes to get the three computers on the web.
    There’s got to be something sinister about that.
    Waiting for the hammerfall.

  215. Top Ender

    Button hopefully comes with special “Exterminate! Exterminate!” sound.

    Uber, which faces a lawsuit from passengers who have allegedly been attacked, has introduced a panic button on its app that allows passengers to report unwanted attention from its drivers.

    Customers in the US can tap the button to notify emergency services during a trip that they feel unsafe.

    Uber is expected to expand the service to customers in Australia.

  216. Delta A

    Come on, guys, you’re spooking me out now.

  217. cohenite

    Walter Starck rips the JCU executives new arses about the Peter Ridd scandal:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/climate.discussion/permalink/985313228303503/

    It’s the most appalling scandal the Australian universities have ever seen, Cohenite. The question is, will the Quadrant article have the slightestt effect? I doubt it. The power is with the bureaucrats these days, and they have not the smallest interest in truth.

    The Starck article is a primer about how the court case will proceed. Ridd has $250000 to throw at the bastards. And sure they will have more but if I were his law team I would make an early announcement about costs and in particular personal costs by the chancellor and her stinking deputy.

  218. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Jerry Springer

    Verified account

    @jerryspringer
    Follow Follow @jerryspringer

    I’m sorry, but Trump’s behavior is not just beneath the dignity of the Presidency…but that of any decent man.

    6:54 AM – 30 Jun 2017

    I’m done.

  219. Atoms for Peace

    And today’s chuckle fest comes to you courtesy of firearms licensing somewhere in Straya.
    We need x document by (* insert 1 week ). No worries. Email same and get reply that emails are treated in the same way as mail / fax etc. 28 days. Yup.

  220. DrBeauGan

    The Starck article is a primer about how the court case will proceed. Ridd has $250000 to throw at the bastards. And sure they will have more but if I were his law team I would make an early announcement about costs and in particular personal costs by the chancellor and her stinking deputy.

    I sure hope Ridd takes them to the cleaners, but what will the MSM do with it if he does? Can you see them making a fuss about academic freedom, or the importance of honest science in an environment where research is driven by grants for pushing the approved political line? I can’t. And even if some did, would it have any effect on the bureaucrats? Would it lead to any improvement in the corrupt system for funding crap science we currently have?

    I’m not optimistic.

  221. Atoms for Peace

    Is that the same Jerry Springer who appears on Happy ?
    That show is out there………Netflix

  222. Eyrie

    Firearms licensing in Straya has nothing whatsoever to do with safety of the public. It is just blatant deliberate discouragement from owning same.
    See also CASA and aviation licensing.

  223. rickw

    Had the news the mob responsible for exporting 75% of Australias live sheep has been given 14 days to respond to a “show cause” notice or be shut down by”the regulator”.

    All those impacted should pick up their rifles, jump in their vehicles and go to Canberra and raze it to the ground.

  224. Atoms for Peace

    Dr Beau..I think crowd funding of anti AGW cases etc is the worst nightmare of the Koolaid brigade. The fact that Professor Ridd achieved his goals in record time must be heads up for those who watch the CAGW saga.
    Minor virtue signalling. I did contribute. I will eat a steak in contrition.

  225. JC

    I just curious. Singapore Airlines has what looks like a double bed in first class cabins. How do they prevent bonking, or do they even try to prevent people joining the mile high club?

    https://wishmagazine.theaustralian.com.au/1061151/take-your-suite-time/

  226. Chris

    All of you give yourselves a big pat on the back.

    Thanks Stimps, I feel good about that.

  227. rickw

    See also CASA and aviation licensing.

    I had a friend who started his private pilot license training in Australia and finished in the USA.

    In Australia, everything is geared towards stopping you getting your pilots license, in the US everything is geared towards helping you get it.

  228. DrBeauGan

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
    #2725941, posted on June 1, 2018 at 5:59 pm
    Jerry Springer

    Verified account

    @jerryspringer
    Follow Follow @jerryspringer

    I’m sorry, but Trump’s behavior is not just beneath the dignity of the Presidency…but that of any decent man.

    6:54 AM – 30 Jun 2017

    I’m done.

    That’s just so funny. Tell us you made it up, I T. If you do, I’ll believe satire still lives.

  229. rickw

    I just curious. Singapore Airlines has what looks like a double bed in first class cabins. How do they prevent bonking, or do they even try to prevent people joining the mile high club?

    The noise has been a seriously big issue for them! Only the Singaporeans could install a double bed without considering what might come next.

  230. Stimpson J. Cat

    Kindle purchase

    Erbilac daolnwod
    Gro.msilibom tisiv
    Yojne

  231. calli

    I just curious. Singapore Airlines has what looks like a double bed in first class cabins. How do they prevent bonking, or do they even try to prevent people joining the mile high club?

    Just make sure you’re wearing your seatbelt.

    Safety first.

  232. rickw

    Many marine animals respond to phases of the moon.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palola_viridis

    I’ve eaten those things in Samoa, you need a lot of beer and taro to get them down and I’m no fan of taro.

  233. DrBeauGan

    Minor virtue signalling. I did contribute. I will eat a steak in contrition.

    Me too, atoms. I am going to have an extra cigar.

    You are right that the crowdfunding was a straw in the wind, the speed of it is telling us there’s a lot of resentment of the divine right of bureaucrats around. I look forward to the day when it crests in chopping some heads off.

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