Monday Forum: June 18,2018

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  1. Elle

    Interestingly, None, on the last flight I took it was a woman who offered her hand. Her husband seated next to her smiled affectionately. No naughty and/or romantic end to the story. I needed to make a connecting flight.

  2. Rae

    Persistence paid off old ozzie!!

    It wasn’t worth the effort.

  3. None

    Who gives a shit?
    No priest is going to take any notice anyway.

    Rainbow boy rocks up to confession, says has molested boy waits a week goes to a police. For good measure tapes his confession. Easy peasy.

  4. cohenite

    cohenite – Islam mental problem?

    Different values and different standards including what is normal. I recommend 3 short essays on the chasm between Islamic and Western values:

    https://www.facebook.com/dallas.beaufort/posts/10154745170124370

    https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/bracken-tet-take-two-islams-2016-european-offensive/

    http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2016/07/19/4503354.htm

    Eg:

    We like to think of Islamism as being a construction of order, with a hierarchy that mirrors our own, and with a capacity to arrive at some negotiated position if it comes into conflict. But the moment we do that we miscategorise what it is that Islamism actually is. It is a radically different moral framework for confronting the world, one that comprises of allies and enemies, one in which the achievement of Paradise is most assuredly brought about through the physical destruction of the enemy. It is not without order or form, but it is not an order or form that is grounded in the ethic of individual worth as we understand it. It has no Pope, and so cannot move monolithically. Theological evolution is no simple task and it is often the case that a local imam’s idiosyncratically moderate interpretation of Islam has little relevance outside of his local community. Even then, moving the religion itself requires leaving a significant amount of theology at the door, or radically re-understanding it in a way that has simply not occurred for the most part of history.

  5. mh

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responded to criticism from former first lady Laura Bush regarding the separation of illegal immigrant families by pointing out that her husband, George W. Bush, signed the law into effect.

  6. EvilElvis

    Victorian party president Michael Kroger says it’s embarrassing and it’s time for the party to take action.

    FMD. Michael, you spastic, look at the current examples you’ve boosted into parliament!

  7. jupes

    The last thing this country needs is Australia doing well in the World Cup.

    True.

    I’d go as far to say that barracking for the Socceroos is un-Australian.

  8. EvilElvis

    Declaration, Nola Marino is my local member…

  9. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    #2741566, posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Damning IG report drops.

    Highly skilled unicorn spotters focus on longstanding border policy instead.

    Well played, JournoList.

    Exactly.
    Actually it was leprechaun riding a unicorn.
    Watching the confected and invented outrage, I thought, so what’s changed since last week, apart from Trump killing it with the Norks and the IG’s report saying Comey was pondscum (not his exact words, but …).
    The IG appearance before Congress is going to be a beaudy, because I have no doubt they are going to put him through the wringer, citing exact examples of totally biased communications … “we’ll stop him becoming POTUS” … and asking how that could NOT impact investigations.
    The answer is going to interesting and the IG will have to admit he didn’t actually write the top and tail of the report, or come up with some lame excuse like “gee, I trust them not to be biased.”

  10. EvilElvis

    Victorian party president Michael Kroger says it’s embarrassing and it’s time for the party to take action.

    FMD. Michael, you spastic, look at the current examples you’ve boosted into parliament!

  11. None

    Oh well Elle, we can be happy that good people are good people.

  12. egg_

    FMD. Michael, you spastic, look at the current examples you’ve boosted into parliament!

    Lucy G sounds like a tax hoover extraordinaire.

  13. Top Ender

    The movie of Starship Troopers may have been fun, and well-made, but it was a very big departure from Heinlein’s original, and I am pretty certain he would have been angry with the result: I wrote a dissertation on his later works.

    Heinlein spent a lot of time establishing his proposed rules of how a society should work. The premise of mutual obligation was very strong, as was a hard attitude towards law and order, as were some of the ideas we see proposed by people like Jordan Peterson which might translate to: “Get off backside and work.”

    Heinlein would have been annoyed too by the silly way the movie shows soldiers attacking a much superior enemy inadequately. Nor were his “armoured fighting suits” portrayed properly. And his analysis of what makes a leader did not come across.

    It is probably Heinlein’s finest work: certainly some of his later others are flawed to the point of being annoying; he had an obsession with sexual relations that is allowed to intrude into the narratives far too much.

    The movie though was too fine to look at to prevent it being dismissed. A pity in a way as I doubt whether anyone will want to spend the money on creating another version.

  14. Rae

    I’m about to hop on a flight! I hate flying. I fear the landing more than anything. I imagine the plane bouncing off the runway as it lands and then blowing up. Luckily I have valium in my handbag. Weather is shite here in Sydney. Hopefully the flight is postponed.

    Landings are fun. Take-offs are better. Boring in between, unless turbulence is encountered. Landing in a strong gusty westerly on Sydney’s east-west runway was so exciting that I video’d it. Amazing effort by the pilot.

  15. 2dogs

    I suspect part of the motivation for this includes the status of Gavin Schmidt/James Hansen. Bring NASA GISS under control by converting NASA into a wing of the military.

  16. Top Ender

    A letter in the Oz today from an engineer with experience in power stations

    The article by Simon Benson and Joe Kelly (“PM’s scheme an EIS ‘by stealth’ ”, 18/6) raises yet more concerns for the future of the Australian economy.

    Malcolm Turnbull is obsessed with climate change and this has lead to the development of the NEG, which is supposed to tackle the cost and reliability of electricity supplies, as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It will do none of these.

    The capital cost of renewable electricity will be of the order of ten times higher than coal-fired. A coal-fired power station will have a life of more than 50 years, whereas wind generators will have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and solar panels every 10 years. Lithium batteries lose 10 per cent of their storage capacity every year and will need to be constantly replaced, possibly as often as every five years.

    Will millions be spent demolishing these spent units, or will the landscape be littered with rusty eyesores?

    As there are no plans to build a coal-fired or nuclear power station, the lack of this base load capacity will have to be filled by gas turbines and diesel generators. These units are inefficient because they waste so much heat and hence, create much larger volumes of carbon dioxide per MWhr than an efficient coal-fired power station.

    Turnbull will have to wear the legacy for having wrecked the Australian economy, and caused undue hardship to electricity consumers. The fact that a Shorten policy would make the situation much worse will be forgotten as Turnbull is in power, pulling all the levers.

    As an engineer with experience in the design and construction of power stations, I am lost for words at the stupidity of some politicians.

    R. Watson, Sunnybank Hills, Qld

  17. H B Bear

    Malcolm’s “reforms” have signed into law a future ALP-GRN alliance that will make Gillard-Brown seem like a minor hiccup.

    Anyone who thinks the Senate is going to provide some kind of Centre-Right control over the House of Reps is kidding themselves. The Senate now functions as a lock-step mechanism to the Left.

  18. egg_

    Bowen and Tits Press Conference on Teh Budget – Tits with fake sincerity voice alternating with tough Union leader voice – bizarre.

  19. Baldrick

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    #2741566, posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:44 am
    Damning IG report drops.
    Highly skilled unicorn spotters focus on longstanding border policy instead.
    Well played, JournoList.

    It’s how the Left roll. Control the narrative by throwing out a few distraction squirrels.

  20. Senile Old Guy

    It is probably Heinlein’s finest work: certainly some of his later others are flawed to the point of being annoying; he had an obsession with sexual relations that is allowed to intrude into the narratives far too much. The movie though was too fine to look at to prevent it being dismissed. A pity in a way as I doubt whether anyone will want to spend the money on creating another version.

    I agree but The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a better book,I think.

  21. egg_

    The capital cost of renewable electricity will be of the order of ten times higher than coal-fired. A coal-fired power station will have a life of more than 50 years, whereas wind generators will have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and solar panels every 10 years. Lithium batteries lose 10 per cent of their storage capacity every year and will need to be constantly replaced, possibly as often as every five years.

    Presumably, subsidies will keep the ruinables circus alive.

  22. Damning IG report drops.

    Highly skilled unicorn spotters focus on longstanding border policy instead.

    Well played, JournoList.

    If you see a JournoList today, give them a good shove.

  23. egg_

    Bring NASA GISS under control by converting NASA into a wing of the military.

    Isn’t the US Navy into Green bullsh1t?

  24. Snoopy

    Presumably, subsidies will keep the ruinables circus alive.

    And Johanna.

  25. Zatara

    Isn’t the US Navy into Green bullsh1t?

    Not so much, since Obama and his pet Admirals have departed the scene.

  26. Anne

    Baldrick! Beware, the We were seeded by Aliens great deception.

    Mark my words. Go on, mark them!

    These “aliens” are not from another planet. (There are no planets) They are demons in man-made meat suits.

    When they come, they will speak out of the United Nations and the Vatican; The two most evil places on Earth.

    Trump’s “Space Force” may be a brilliant way of starving the Operation Paperclip, Freemason controlled NASA out of existence.

    Trump is a genius.

  27. John Constantine

    Their abc radio stooge asking if the drought means we must stop farming some areas because of climate change.

    Clearances, Comrades.

  28. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bring NASA GISS under control by converting NASA into a wing of the military.

    GISS can come under control of the US Marine Corps. That would mean all employees being required to go through marine basic training.

    Problem fixed.

  29. .

    They are demons in man-made meat suits.

    So the meat suits are made at the Vatican and UN? A great deception, except for…making themselves, appear as a humanoid entity? Do they need human allies for this?

    Right. Why are ICBMs programmed to fly an elliptical, not a parabolic path?

    There are no planets)

    Where do asteroids come from?

    Trump’s “Space Force” may be a brilliant way of starving the Operation Paperclip, Freemason controlled NASA out of existence.

    Um, what would the point of this conspiracy be?

  30. Old School Conservative

    The Wild West.
    Man at a Town Hall debate hits Mayor with microphone, drawing blood.
    Onlookers tackle man to ground and knock him unconscious.

    They take oval redevelopment seriously in the City of Swan.

  31. Baldrick

    They are demons in man-made meat suits.

    We have one of those on the Cat named GrigoRae.

  32. Old School Conservative

    Does President Trump read The Cat?
    One moment we are discussing Starship Troopers, and the next he is “directing the Pentagon to establish what would be the first new branch of the United States military in 70 years, with a force devoted to war in space.” (The Oz)
    This move is consistent with Trump’s MAGA policy:
    Mr Trump said that the US was falling behind in developing its presence in space. “We don’t want China and Russia and other countries leading us. We’ve always led,” he said.

  33. None

    I’m really enjoying Trump in the white house. It’s a pity that the US presidency is only limited to two terms. I’m already used to Lefty Heads exploding on a daily basis and it’s going to be very hard to let go of that.

  34. John Constantine

    https://www.araratadvertiser.com.au/story/5472434/protest-camps-forming-at-western-highway-lane-works-zone/

    Spirit trees.

    This shifts the goalposts away from observable facts, to ‘feeling’ it is a Spirit tree.

    Their Geoff clark back leading protests, their left do not hold his past against him.

    http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2007/s1837538.htm


    Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission chair Geoff Clark put a call out on social media on Sunday afternoon for more protesters to attend the camps in the path of construction.

    “Protest camp being set up to save Ancient spirit trees on western Highway Ararat,” Mr Clark posted.

    “A call out to Traditional owners and local environment groups save the trees.”

  35. Senile Old Guy

    VicRoads has previously and repeatedly pointed to official decisions by Aboriginal Victoria that did not support heritage claims for the trees.

    It is just an environmentalist ploy.

  36. jupes

    Another great column from Steyn:

    Unremitting mass immigration is an existential threat. If your local politician doesn’t get that, elect another.

  37. Snoopy

    Um, what would the point of this conspiracy be?

    Just what a demon in man-made meat suit would say.

  38. Leigh Lowe

    Snoopy

    #2741546, posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I had a bad bush landing the other day in Arnhem Land.
    The young pilot even apologised for the landing.

    Of course he was young. An experienced pilot would never apologise for a landing everyone walks away from.

    It is a bit of a trap if you’ve done a lot of flying into tarmac strips with piano keys and all the standard markings.
    It is surprising how those visual cues become ingrained to the point where you intuitively know how far off the deck you are.
    Then you go out to a dirt strip in the bush and suddenly you are on the ground halfway through the flare.

  39. littledozer

    So Mueller’s lawyers don’t have English translations to the Russian social media posts but we’re supposed to believe that Americans were influenced by these posts? – Gateway Pundit

    Ham sandwich indictment not going very well from Mueller but barely a word about it in any media

  40. Anne

    …man-made meat suit…

    I’m wondering if this phrase has ever been said on the Cat before.

    I feel like a bit of a vanguard. 😜

  41. egg_

    Spirit trees.

    Apply the fire stick – after piling logs under ’em.

  42. Roger

    When they come, they will speak out of the United Nations and the Vatican; The two most evil places on Earth.

    Surely Canberra will get a look in?

  43. 132andBush

    Re the ABC.
    I would like to nominate the P&C of our small rural school to run the clearing sale bbq.
    Steak sangas
    Rissoles
    Sausage sandwich
    cakes and slices
    Gold coin tea/coffee
    Counselling tent.
    All proceeds to help the funding of special needs children/teacher aids.

    If anyone can help out on the day please let me know.
    JC has already volunteered for the counselling tent.
    It should only be half to 3/4 of a day out of your busy schedules.

  44. .

    Annie I’m all for alternative media, but Coast to Coast AM might go too far.

  45. Roger

    Spirit trees. Apply the fire stick – after piling logs under ’em.

    We need a modern day Boniface to quell the tree-worshiping paganism creeping over the land.

  46. .

    In all seriousness, the Navy/”burning kids on exhausts” bullshit the ABC made up should have seen it put to the sword immediately.

  47. Roger

    As an engineer with experience in the design and construction of power stations, I am lost for words at the stupidity of some politicians.

    R. Watson, Sunnybank Hills, Qld

    Unfortunately for us it’s not just some but the majority of them.

    We are governed by idiots.

  48. Elle

    Rae! Exciting? Maybe we should take a flight together. Your attitude may help me. 

    Queenstown, NZ, is one of the scariest landings and takeoffs, because it’s surrounded by mountain ranges. Google it. Only very experienced pilots are allowed to fly in and out. Have been there a few times. Maybe that’s where my fear developed.

    https://youtu.be/87XLfro8K90

  49. calli

    You are too kind, Roger.

    Charlatans and chancers.

  50. calli

    Kundiawa, Simbu Province.

    A mountain at one and a ravine at the other, dead planes at the bottom.

    They weigh you before you hop on.

  51. Roger

    You are too kind, Roger.

    Charlatans and chancers.

    I don’t think someone like Frydenberg is a charlatan or a chancer, calli, just an idiot.

  52. pete m

    No Anne, you should feel like a mentally unwell person.

    Get help.

  53. Mother Lode

    Where do asteroids come from?

    From a shop.

    From ‘Comet Pizza’!

    OMG! srr warned us about the Clintons and their plans for world domination!

    Curse my flippant dismissals!

  54. Mother Lode

    We have one of those on the Cat named GrigoRae.

    Septimus prefers to think of them as ‘complete body stockings’.

    Everything is ‘socks’ with Gooralglry.

  55. cohenite

    Top Ender

    #2741589, posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:59 am

    The movie of Starship Troopers may have been fun, and well-made, but it was a very big departure from Heinlein’s original, and I am pretty certain he would have been angry with the result: I wrote a dissertation on his later works.

    I’d like to read that. Heinlein was my doorway into a life-long interest in S-F; his technical knowledge was top shelf. I still like Glory Road, if you can accept it as a satire on typical fantasy derring-do novels; otherwise it’s just fascinating as a prelude to what Heinlein becomes when he succumbs to his paranoia about mortality although not as well written as Stranger.

  56. Pedro the Ignorant

    If you would like to see some highly skilled young pilots in action, take a look at the RFDS landing and taking off on some of the bush airstrips they tackle every day. Filthy weather doesn’t seem to worry them (outwardly at least).

    I think a lot of the pilots are ex-RAAF, despite their appallingly youthful appearance.

  57. cohenite

    littledozer

    #2741635, posted on June 19, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    So Mueller’s lawyers don’t have English translations to the Russian social media posts but we’re supposed to believe that Americans were influenced by these posts? – Gateway Pundit

    It’s a big call but that takes the cake: the wussian spys influencing the US election did so from FB posts in wussian; All those wussian speaking US voters must have been completely subverted in their voting.

    Do you have a link?

  58. Leigh Lowe

    Snoopy

    #2741546, posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I had a bad bush landing the other day in Arnhem Land.
    The young pilot even apologised for the landing.

    Of course he was young. An experienced pilot would never apologise for a landing everyone walks away from.

    Of course, the correct action by a pilot in an open cabin after a hard or bounced landing is to tap the altimeter with his forefinger, tweak the altimeter ‘QNH’ adjustment knob (as if it was out by 20 feet and you were relying on it for landing), shake your head and make like you are writing a note in the maintenance release whilst making a tut-tutting noise.

  59. Geriatric Mayfly

    Queenstown, NZ, is one of the scariest landings and takeoffs, because it’s surrounded by mountain ranges. Google it. Only very experienced pilots are allowed to fly in and out. Have been there a few times. Maybe that’s where my fear developed.

    Have you noticed on the way in, that many of the hillside trees have had their tops clipped off?

  60. stackja

    China does not interfere: ambassador

    China’s ambassador to Australia says his country does not infiltrate or interfere with the political affairs of other nations.
    Angus Livingston and Daniel McCulloch
    Australian Associated PressJune 19, 2018 10:07am

    China does not infiltrate other countries or seek to interfere in their internal politics, China’s ambassador to Australia says.

    Cheng Jingye has told the Australia China Business Council, relations between the two countries can improve after rising tensions over alleged political interference.

    “We have many shared interests. We both stand for free trade and open economy,” Mr Cheng said in a speech in Canberra on Tuesday.

    “So there is no reason for us not to develop a better relationship with each other.”

    Tensions between the two countries rose last year when Australian security agencies warned of Chinese interference in Australia’s democracy.

    Federal parliament is due to debate and pass several pieces of legislation this fortnight to crack down on such interference.

    “China never interferes in the internal affairs of other countries, let alone carry out the so-called infiltration of other countries,” Mr Cheng said.

    “Of course, the development of bilateral relations has not always been smooth. Sometimes there has been clouds, and even rain and wind.”

    Mr Cheng said to improve relations, the two countries need to have more interaction and inclusiveness, with less “bias of bigotry” and “Cold War mentality”.

    Former Victorian premier John Brumby, the council’s national president, told the conference the relationship needs a reboot.

    “To put it bluntly, the relationship needs reset and repair,” he said.

    Mr Brumby insists repairing the relationship does not mean compromising Australia’s values or interests.

    “Rather, it is about how to protect our national interest, which includes a positive relationship with China,” he said.

    “There are extraordinary opportunities for Australian exporters as well as service providers, but we will need the relationship on a strong and positive footing if we are to maximise this potential.”

    Labor foreign affairs minister Penny Wong is expected to call on the Turnbull government to tone down its anti-China rhetoric in a speech to the conference.

    Senator Wong warns the government is flirting with a “dangerous exercise” by politicising the relationship between Canberra and Beijing.

    Mr Turnbull says Australia and China have a constructive relationship, but stressed the importance of being able to “frankly discuss differences”.

    “That is exactly what we are doing,” he said on Monday.

    Meanwhile, the government is encouraging Pacific nations to turn to Australia as their natural infrastructure partner as concerns mount over China’s influence in the region.

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says China’s construction of roads, ports, airports and other infrastructure could saddle Pacific nations with unsustainable debts, leading to loss of sovereignty.

    But Senator Wong said Ms Bishop had presided over $11 billion in cuts to foreign aid, leaving Pacific nations to turn elsewhere.

    “The Turnbull government continues on its disastrous path of cuts to aid, which can only further weaken Australia’s standing,” she said.

  61. struth

    Progolosovat , Monty……………………

  62. struth

    Golosovaniye respublikanskomu Monty

  63. struth

    We have many shared interests. We both stand for free trade and open economy,” Mr Cheng said in a speech in Canberra on Tuesday.

    Well I think we can safely discard whatever else he dribbles.

  64. Senile Old Guy

    The nanny state again:

    People caught crossing the road while staring at a mobile phone should be fined in a bid to stem the spike in pedestrian deaths, the RACQ says.

    This is fining people because they might do something that might be dangerous to themselves.

    Earlier this month, Caroline Davis, 33, was killed on her birthday when she was hit by a ute while jogging at Chelmer in south-west Brisbane. Also this month, a pedestrian was critically injured on the city’s northside, and a 67-year-old woman was killed and her partner injured when they were struck by a car in Logan City, south of Brisbane. Yesterday, a woman in her 20s sustained severe leg injuries when she was run over by a bus in Brisbane’s CBD. It is not known whether any of these cases were linked to mobile phones or other devices.

    In fact, you can be sure that devices were not involved, or it would be known. The aim is to pretend that they are to bolster support for the nanny state.

  65. struth

    “There are extraordinary opportunities for Australian exporters as well as service providers, but we will need the relationship on a strong and positive footing if we are to maximise this potential.”

    Let’s compromise everything we stand for to trade with a communist country that has taken the world market through corruption, instead of getting them to play fairly.
    Short term gain, long term pain.

  66. Bruce of Newcastle

    China does not interfere: ambassador

    Confucius say Confucius Institutes teaching kiddies to sing Chinese anthem and wave PRC flags not interference.

    Confucius also say confusing class-enemy is fun.

  67. notafan

    Don’t tell me the Vatican is working hand in hand with the Freemasons!

    Seriously, the demons have had thousands of years to achieve world domination.

    I don’t think now western loony tunes having access to the internet, paradoxically the ultimate tool of the Dark Lords, is going to be enough to thwart their evil plans.

    Insert evil laugh here.

  68. Tom

    The American mainstream news media machine, which long ago abandoned the job of being the public’s eyes and ears, has mounted an intensive propaganda offensive to blame Trump for the separation of children from adults illegally crossing the southern border.

    The surge in illegal immigration, of course, was caused by incentives provided by the Obambi regime in changes to asylum policy. The latest tactic by country shoppers and the human traffickers working the southern border is to use accompanied or unaccompanied children as the main border-busting cannon fodder to get their families admitted to the US.

    In the past 24 hours, the MSM has unleashed a propaganda firestorm on illegal immigration, accusing Trump of being Hitler for attempting to clean up Obambi’s mess.

    Tucker Carlson’s opening analysis today is searingly accurate: 70-90% of the US population support strong borders; the left can’t use argument to win over the public so instead it’s using emotional blackmail.

    One of Carlson’s fellow co-founders of the Daily Caller, Derek Hunter — whose forthcoming book, Outrage Inc, deals with the fake news epidemic, among other things – concisely explains this disgusting media-Democratic Party strategy in the segment starting at 20m30s.

    Footnote: the DNC has snookered itself for the 2018 mid-terms. It is running on nothing but Trump hate and its highly unpopular support for illegal immigration – the replacement electorate it desperately needs for long-term political survival.

  69. Diogenes

    Landings are fun. Take-offs are better. Boring in between, unless turbulence is encountered. Landing in a strong gusty westerly on Sydney’s east-west runway was so exciting that I video’d it. Amazing effort by the pilot.

    Never forget a flight I made in the 70s when in the AirTC in the back of Caribou from RAAF Wagga to RAAF Richmond. It started hailing 10 minutes into the flight, lots of turbulence (ie rise & drops of several hundred feet) , and then to cap it off a full on thunder storm when landing. Half the cadets had blocked inner ears & were screaming in agony when the pilot tried to land, so it was a very long slow spiral descent – thunder & lightning – very very frightening. met by 6 ambos for the kids with bleeding ears.

  70. Herodotus

    From The Australian:

    The Queensland Labor government has been accused of “breathtaking hypocrisy” after saying it could approve a taxpayer-funded loan to unlock the state’s Galilee Basin coalfields if it were sought by a company other than Adani.

    In last November’s heated state election, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk vowed to veto Adani’s request for a loan through the federal Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund, saying the project needed to “stand on its own two feet”.

    The NAIF loan would have facilitated a new railway that proponents said would not only ferry coal for Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine, but open up the broader Galilee Basin for coal production. Other proponents in the Galilee include Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal and Gina Rinehart’s GVK Hancock.

    However Ms Palaszczuk has now told parliament that any proposal brought by another company would be considered.

  71. Barry

    Pedro the Ignorant
    #2741662, posted on June 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    If you would like to see some highly skilled young pilots in action, take a look at the RFDS landing and taking off on some of the bush airstrips they tackle every day. Filthy weather doesn’t seem to worry them (outwardly at least).

    I think a lot of the pilots are ex-RAAF, despite their appallingly youthful appearance.

    There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots.

    But there are no old, bold pilots

  72. H B Bear

    Former Victorian premier John Brumby, the [Australia China Business Council]’s national president, told the conference the relationship needs a reboot.

    Good to see John getting a bit of the action that saw Hawkey retire in a fluffy white robe around the pool of his harbour-side mansion and that Used Carr isn’t scoffing all those fat brown paper bags for himself.

    Nice work maaaaate.

  73. Herodotus

    Yes, Tom, the BBC joined in that emotional blackmail approach with a pediatrician explaining how the children were going to be developmentally impacted. The rules, she said, were that carers were not allowed to touch or comfort the children, who were as young as 18 months, even if they were upset, crying and pounding the floor with fists – a picture she was happy to draw for the BBC, whether right or wrong.
    So, whose rules are they? Do the parents get any blame? No, they are characterised by the MSM as fleeing from awful situations, not as is often the case merely seeking a better life in one of those dreaded western civilisations. Never any call for horrible countries to be put under administration. Oh no. That would be repeating colonialism. Or Pinochet. Hmmm.
    We’ve had the same anchor baby tactic used by boatie supporters here in the past.

  74. Geriatric Mayfly

    Turnbull in form today. The troops are very excitable already.

  75. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Slovenian Hag – OUT!!

  76. Music playing on a busy street corner in Tehran ( :

    Perhaps Riyadh?



    The music mix is Liquorice Allsorts.

  77. Zyconoclast

    I don’t think someone like Frydenberg is a charlatan or a chancer, calli, just an idiot.

    Fraudenburg is all three of those things.
    More importantly he should be referred to the high court and then flicked from the parliament.

  78. Anne

    Mother;

    OMG! srr warned us about the Clintons and their plans for world domination!

    Curse my flippant dismissals!

    What ever happened to Srr?

    She was always the first post I’d seek out.

  79. cohenite

    Its not hard, google gateway pundit, go to their web site and there it is.

    Thanks. That’s astounding. Russians don’t exist and sites in Russian but they still influenced Trump’s win. FMD. It’s surreal. It’s time Trump ended this, from sessions down.

  80. Leigh Lowe

    So Mueller’s lawyers don’t have English translations to the Russian social media posts but we’re supposed to believe that Americans were influenced by these posts? – Gateway Pundit

    The Gateway Pundit story is long on rhetoric and short on fact, which is a pity, because there is lots of good stuff in this one, notably:-
    (1) Team Mueller indicted 13 individuals and, I think 2 corporations. One of the corporations didn’t exist in 2016.
    (2) When the Wussians turned up seeking to defend the case, Team Mueller asked for a delay because they now thought that the defendants “may not have been served (ie summonsed) properly”. The first fearless prosecutor in history to get his quarry into court on a case of major international subterfuge, and then claims paperwork problems.
    (3) When the request for delay was thrown out (who the fuck issues an indictment and cries “not ready” six months later) Team Mueller then tried to resist any defence discovery. Soooo, when was the last time someone got a conviction in a Western legal system without discovery of evidence?
    Mueller so desperately wants this to go away, but the Wussians are equally insisting on their day in court (knowing they are on a winner).
    Mueller, of course, issued the indictment as a PR stunt hoping the Wussians would never show in court.
    His main hope now is for a dismissal, which he is trying to goad the judge into doing.
    The last thing he needs is to have to withdraw indictments.

  81. Anne

    Thanks Woolfe, but why did she leave the Cat?

    She offered great input and some very entertaining stoushes with the trolls.

  82. Tom

    How to kill a newspaper: give your Trump-deranged cartoonist carte blanche to do a daily dump on the president in a region that voted 75% for his agenda:

    The publisher of a Pittsburgh newspaper on Saturday defended the controversial firing of its editorial cartoonist, saying he “hasn’t been funny in a long time.”

    “He’s just become too angry for his health or for his own good,” John Block, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, told POLITICO in his first interview since the firing earlier this week. “He’s obsessed with Trump.”

    The veteran cartoonist, Rob Rogers, disputed Block’s assessment as “completely inaccurate” and claimed that Block was mistaking strong opinion for anger.

    Rogers maintained Saturday that he was let go for being too anti-Trump in his cartoons.

    The Post-Gazette covers a key area in a critical swing state that helped elect Trump president in 2016. The paper helps to shape the views of Trump supporters and others among his base of voters in their state, which will likely play an important role in 2020 as well.

    Block said that Rogers wanted to make cartoons every day about Trump, and among the issues that led to his firing was a lack of a diversity of subjects.

    “I wanted clever and funny instead of angry and mean,” he said in an interview in Lakeville, Connecticut, at a reunion of his boarding school, Hotchkiss.

    Editorial cartoonists should augment the positions of the newspaper they work for, not stray too far from them, Block said.

    Block said that the newspaper has picked up some conservative readers recently after the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which was owned by the late right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, stopped printing daily in 2016.

    “We’re trying to have some acceptability to them too,” he said.

  83. Habib

    The last thing this country needs is Australia doing well in the World Cup.

    True.

    I’d go as far to say that barracking for the Socceroos is un-Australian.

    Not any more, soccer is much beloved by urban bugmen. I think they believe it gives them wukkin cluss cred, despite them having $500 manicures and beard waxing. I would relish seeing one meet up with the likes of the Chelsea firm.

  84. Habib

    Or better still Milwall.

  85. Turnbull in form today.

    Oh. Who is he backstabbing?

  86. Habib

    The publisher of a Pittsburgh newspaper on Saturday defended the controversial firing of its editorial cartoonist, saying he “hasn’t been funny in a long time.” If this criteria was applied here there wouldn’t be one of the fatuous fuckers employed. Maybe Zanetti. One of the reasons I ditched the Oz was the inexplicable replacement of Bill Leak by the truly awful Age standard Kudelka and Clement. They’re bad enough to be chicks, but apparently have a penis of some kind.

  87. Snoopy

    Of course he was young. An experienced pilot would never apologise for a landing everyone walks away from.

    Of course, the correct action by a pilot in an open cabin after a hard or bounced landing is to tap the altimeter with his forefinger, tweak the altimeter ‘QNH’ adjustment knob (as if it was out by 20 feet and you were relying on it for landing), shake your head and make like you are writing a note in the maintenance release whilst making a tut-tutting noise.

    Did you notice that incredible windshear at about 50 feet? That’s probably the worst I’ve ever experienced. We did pretty good, considering.

  88. Top Ender

    cohenite, I agree with you on Glory Road. A nicely put-together piece which successfully combined Fantasy and SF.

    One of the ones where the determined individual shows how it can be done.

  89. Ubique

    Let’s never forget that during the disastrous regime of Kevin Rudd, Australia wasted $46 million of public money in an entirely futile bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    In the event, Australia won just a single vote (our own) in support of its bid.

  90. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Never forget a flight I made in the 70s when in the AirTC in the back of Caribou from RAAF Wagga to RAAF Richmond

    Not for nothing, was the Caribou known as “the flying gravel truck.”

  91. Top Ender

    Something suggests our Sol will be doing a few years inside rather than the weeks he’s done already:

    Police and government authorities have raided properties across Sydney connected to property developer Salim Mehajer following action by his bankruptcy trustee.

    Teams of investigators, including NSW Police, forensic accountants and IT specialists this morning raided eight residential properties and business premises connected to Mehajer, and targeted “accountants, lawyers and family members” associated with the former deputy mayor of western Sydney’s Auburn.

    The raids, which involved up to ten investigators at each property, were launched at the request of Mehajer’s Trustee in Bankruptcy, Paul Weston of Pitcher Partners, who sought to secure records relating to Mehajer’s businesses affairs.

    Link

  92. Dr Faustus

    Let’s never forget that during the disastrous regime of Kevin Rudd, Australia wasted $46 million of public money in an entirely futile bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    The soccer officials of Niger, Cameroon and Mali still send Christmas cards reminding us to bid for the next one…

  93. Mother Lode

    Teams of investigators, including NSW Police, forensic accountants and IT specialists this morning raided eight residential properties and business premises connected to Mehajer

    The police can certainly be relied upon to rise to any challenge where money is involved.

  94. Dr Faustus

    The Queensland Labor government has been accused of “breathtaking hypocrisy” after saying it could approve a taxpayer-funded loan to unlock the state’s Galilee Basin coalfields if it were sought by a company other than Adani.

    Fat Bastard would like one of those.

    No?

    Gina?

  95. Boambee John

    Pedro at 1327

    I think a lot of the pilots are ex-RAAF, despite their appallingly youthful appearance.

    Look for an old pilot. Remember, there are old pilots, and bold pilots, but no old, bold, pilots.

  96. H B Bear

    Let’s never forget that during the disastrous regime of Kevin Rudd, Australia wasted $46 million of public money in an entirely futile bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    A complete folly of Frank Lowy and the FFA. All sports administrators will go straight to hell (thanks Israel).

    I love the World Cup. Every four years the media run the same stories about how soccer is on the verge of becoming the next major football code and mug punters get their scarves and beanies out of mothballs and wander off to the nearest pub. Two or three weeks later it is all over. The players fly back to Europe, scarves go to the back of the wardrobe and soccer returns to the w0g wastelands of Falafel Land.

  97. Boambee John

    Barry at 1356

    Just saw your post.

    Snap!

  98. calli

    Diogenes
    #2741683, posted on June 19, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    🙂

    The Beloved flew in a Caribou as a school cadet. Loved it! Had real guns too, when the school had an armory.

    Number One Son also had a ball in cadets. No guns at school, alas, but he got to ride in a troop carrier and shoot a few rounds on the range. Plus the passing out parade with real swords. He thought every schoolboy did it until he discussed it on site at smoko.

    They were all agog as he described the various weapons he had handled. Young men in the state system are missing out.

  99. Baldrick

    ABC managing director, who uses the taxpayer funded behemoth as a propaganda arm of the Left, complains when her organisation is treated as a propaganda arm of the Left:

    ABC Melbourne ✔ @abcmelbourne
    ABC ‘being used as a political punching bag’, Michelle Guthrie says in #Melbourne Press Club speech.

  100. Roger

    ABC ‘being used as a political punching bag’, Michelle Guthrie says in #Melbourne Press Club speech.

    If the editor in chief did her job, for which we pay her c. $900 000 p.a., it might not be so.

  101. Senile Old Guy

    Appalling lack of self awareness:

    “Ms Guthrie said the argument for privatisation was based on the notion that there was no redeemable value for public investment in the ABC, and the commercial media sector would benefit from the so-called level playing field. “What price do you put on public trust in an independent, commercial-free news organisation at a time of fragmentation and disruption,” she said.

    Only lefties trust the ABC.

  102. cohenite

    “Ms Guthrie said the argument for privatisation was based on the notion that there was no redeemable value for public investment in the ABC, and the commercial media sector would benefit from the so-called level playing field. “What price do you put on public trust in an independent, commercial-free news organisation at a time of fragmentation and disruption,” she said.

    That’s it, that’s all she’s got; independent: FMD; the abc is totally dependent on taxpayer largess for vomiting insidious bilge and bile, all straight from the commie/greenie handbook and without a shred of consequence to the creeps who do it.

  103. H B Bear

    Googles G and the staff co-op at least know they are in some people’s sights. It will go nowhere but it is good to land a couple of body shots every now and again.

  104. C.L.

    “What price do you put on public trust in an independent, commercial-free news organisation at a time of fragmentation and disruption,” she said.

    $0.00.

  105. jupes

    The Beloved flew in a Caribou as a school cadet. Loved it! Had real guns too, when the school had an armory.

    My dad was instructing school cadets on a camp at Lae in 1972. Unfortunately they had a very different experience in a Caribou on the way home to Moresby.

    Caribou Crash Kills PNG Students in 1972

    Dad was supposed to have been on that flight. Luckily for him and us, there wasn’t enough room so he volunteered to wait for the next one. When the plane didn’t turn up at Moresby, the worst was assumed. Communication being what it was back in the day, no one in Moresby knew that Dad wasn’t on the flight. I can still vividly recall the padre visiting us and taking Mum outside for a quiet word.

    Big relief when Dad did eventually turn up, however he then had the terrible job of leading the team to recover the bodies. 21 boys and four servicemen. The worst peacetime crash in RAAF history.

  106. Habib

    “What price do you put on public trust in an independent, commercial-free news organisation at a time of fragmentation and disruption,” she said.

    Easy toots, whatever the market is prepared to cough. Given the sheer terror you and yours show whenever this gets a mention, I’d put it at three-fifths of five-eights of fuck-all. Personally I would’ve give the steam off my shit for that morass of moronic marxists, I would however pay handsomely for a go if they were being loaded into a trebuchet and launched at close range into the ugly stalinist concrete walls of the Ultimo local Lubiyanka.

  107. stackja

    MG, ABC comedian in chief.

  108. Confused Old Misfit

    Well, Ms. Guthrie, during this “time of fragmentation and disruption” of the Australian social structure (such as it was), “public trust in an independent, commercial-free news organisation” is at an all time low.
    That is one of the reasons why you are in a spot of bother.
    Your organization cannot be TRUSTED. And it cannot be trusted because you and your employees have cared little and less and have not valued the public trust.

  109. Leigh Lowe

    Ubique

    #2741708, posted on June 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Let’s never forget that during the disastrous regime of Kevin Rudd, Australia wasted $46 million of public money in an entirely futile bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    In the event, Australia won just a single vote (our own) in support of its bid.

    And not one question asked of Frank Lowey.
    “Did you know the process was corrupt?”
    “If not, how far did you have your head up your own arse?”
    “If so, why did you keep throwing our money at it?”
    “Or did you pay the bribes in the hope we’d snag it?”
    FMD.
    There are still people in this country who believe Siddy won the 2000 Olympics on the back of videos of kangaroos and Nikki Webster.

  110. Chris

    Thanks. That’s astounding. Russians don’t exist and sites in Russian but they still influenced Trump’s win. FMD. It’s surreal. It’s time Trump ended this, from sessions down.

    Without taking away from the Mueller cockhead-edness, I suggest that Russian Facebook posts might be evidence of what the organisation or individuals agreed to do between them, not the actual news or paid activism they are alleged to have used to create influence.

  111. OldOzzie

    4th Attempt

    CUT & PASTE
    Oscar for ignoring rape and paedophilia goes to … Hollywood

    Their Vidal! Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Saturday Paper, June 16:

    (Rozanna) Lilley is the youngest child of the late Dorothy Hewett, the radical left-wing … feminist poet, playwright and novelist … Before … (she) had reached the age of consent … (she) had been assaulted many times … (by her mother’s friends including) Labor speechwriter Bob Ellis. … at a Labor fundraiser … a former party secretary … (said Ellis was) “Our Vidal” … Had Ellis been a right-wing polemicist, his slander, kooky theories and serially inaccurate forecasts would not have been overlooked or dismissed as charming eccentricities. I suspect the same holds for his lechery.

    Not their Vidal. John Ferguson and Tessa Akerman, The Australian, May 1:

    Cardinal Pell has been committed to stand trial on historical sex charges ….

    Vidal. Emma Brockes, The Guardian, September 19, 2013:

    Samantha Geimer, aged 13, drugged and anally raped by Roman Polanski at Jack Nicholson’s house, said … (in Hollywood) “my mum and I (were) the monsters” … liars and gold-diggers. Gore Vidal (darling of the left) called her a hooker. “It was terrible and unwarranted, but not shocking.”

    Their Bob Ellis. Ellis, ABC’s The Drum, July 4, 2011:

    Why are deeds long common at office Christmas parties used by women to ruin good men’s careers? … Roman Polanski … made no more Hollywood films, and despite his evident genius was blocked, harassed and menaced for 35 years and faces jail in his 80s … Are men too harshly treated for what men have always done, trying it on, attempting foreplay, rolling bedroom eyes and murmuring lewdly … should they be ruined … for what, in my day, occurred in drive-in theatres every night … it is not fair.

    Their Tarantino. Staff writers, news.com.au, February 8:

    (In) Tarantino’s 2003 interview … (he claims Samantha Geimer) was never raped … she “wanted it” … The backlash against Tarantino came after Uma Thurman claimed the director “tried to kill her” … (and) his friend Harvey Weinstein covered it up.

    Fawning over rapists? Evgenia Peretz, Vanity Fair, September 2009:

    French (leftist) minister of culture Frederic Mitterrand was “dumbfounded” by Polanski’s arrest … (Philosopher) Bernard Henri-Levy posted (a) petition protesting … Among its signees were actresses Isabelle Hubert and Isabelle Adjani … What’s with all the gals fawning over a rapist? It reminds me of all the feminists in the 90s running themselves ragged to defend Bill Clinton … something tells me they wouldn’t be so righteously indignant over the arrest of some doofus NFL player.

    The elephant in the screening room. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, May 3:

    (Last October, the Academy expelled Harvey Weinstein) “to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance … is over” … The elephant in the screening room … (was) Polanski … (he) has been defended by … Martin Scorsese … Debra Winger … (and) ironically — Harvey Weinstein … (who said) “whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time” … Today, though (the Academy expelled Polanski) … (he) is appealing that tiniest measure of accountability … And … retains that … icon of gilded Hollywood status: his Oscar.

  112. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “Ms Guthrie said the argument for privatisation was based on the notion that there was no redeemable value for public investment in the ABC, and the commercial media sector would benefit from the so-called level playing field. “What price do you put on public trust in a independentCultural Marxist, commercial-free news organisation at a time of fragmentation and disruption,” she said.

    fixings

  113. calli

    Thanks, jupes. Terrible story, but all too common up there. In my short time in the highlands, two passenger planes and an MAF plane were lost. Bad weather.

  114. Mother Lode

    Only lefties trust the ABC.

    ‘Trust’ smacks of rationality . More like the ‘Five-Minute Hate’ in 1984.

    Except it is 24/7 Hate.

    On multiple channels.

  115. OldOzzie

    4th Attempt

    CUT & PASTE
    Oscar for ignoring rape and p**dophilia goes to … Hollywood

    Their Vidal! Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Saturday Paper, June 16:

    (Rozanna) Lilley is the youngest child of the late Dorothy Hewett, the radical left-wing … feminist poet, playwright and novelist … Before … (she) had reached the age of consent … (she) had been assaulted many times … (by her mother’s friends including) Labor speechwriter Bob Ellis. … at a Labor fundraiser … a former party secretary … (said Ellis was) “Our Vidal” … Had Ellis been a right-wing polemicist, his slander, kooky theories and serially inaccurate forecasts would not have been overlooked or dismissed as charming eccentricities. I suspect the same holds for his lechery.

    Not their Vidal. John Ferguson and Tessa Akerman, The Australian, May 1:

    Cardinal Pell has been committed to stand trial on historical sex charges ….

    Vidal. Emma Brockes, The Guardian, September 19, 2013:

    Samantha Geimer, aged 13, drugged and an*lly raped by Roman Polanski at Jack Nicholson’s house, said … (in Hollywood) “my mum and I (were) the monsters” … liars and gold-diggers. Gore Vidal (darling of the left) called her a hooker. “It was terrible and unwarranted, but not shocking.”

    Their Bob Ellis. Ellis, ABC’s The Drum, July 4, 2011:

    Why are deeds long common at office Christmas parties used by women to ruin good men’s careers? … Roman Polanski … made no more Hollywood films, and despite his evident genius was blocked, harassed and menaced for 35 years and faces jail in his 80s … Are men too harshly treated for what men have always done, trying it on, attempting foreplay, rolling bedroom eyes and murmuring lewdly … should they be ruined … for what, in my day, occurred in drive-in theatres every night … it is not fair.

    Their Tarantino. Staff writers, news.com.au, February 8:

    (In) Tarantino’s 2003 interview … (he claims Samantha Geimer) was never raped … she “wanted it” … The backlash against Tarantino came after Uma Thurman claimed the director “tried to kill her” … (and) his friend Harvey Weinstein covered it up.

    Fawning over rapists? Evgenia Peretz, Vanity Fair, September 2009:

    French (leftist) minister of culture Frederic Mitterrand was “dumbfounded” by Polanski’s arrest … (Philosopher) Bernard Henri-Levy posted (a) petition protesting … Among its signees were actresses Isabelle Hubert and Isabelle Adjani … What’s with all the gals fawning over a rapist? It reminds me of all the feminists in the 90s running themselves ragged to defend Bill Clinton … something tells me they wouldn’t be so righteously indignant over the arrest of some doofus NFL player.

    The elephant in the screening room. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, May 3:

    (Last October, the Academy expelled Harvey Weinstein) “to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance … is over” … The elephant in the screening room … (was) Polanski … (he) has been defended by … Martin Scorsese … Debra Winger … (and) ironically — Harvey Weinstein … (who said) “whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time” … Today, though (the Academy expelled Polanski) … (he) is appealing that tiniest measure of accountability … And … retains that … icon of gilded Hollywood status: his Oscar.

  116. OldOzzie

    5th Attempt

    CUT & PASTE
    Oscar for ignoring r*pe and p**dophilia goes to … Hollywood

    Their Vidal! Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Saturday Paper, June 16:

    (Rozanna) Lilley is the youngest child of the late Dorothy Hewett, the radical left-wing … feminist poet, playwright and novelist … Before … (she) had reached the age of consent … (she) had been assaulted many times … (by her mother’s friends including) Labor speechwriter Bob Ellis. … at a Labor fundraiser … a former party secretary … (said Ellis was) “Our Vidal” … Had Ellis been a right-wing polemicist, his slander, kooky theories and serially inaccurate forecasts would not have been overlooked or dismissed as charming eccentricities. I suspect the same holds for his lechery.

    Not their Vidal. John Ferguson and Tessa Akerman, The Australian, May 1:

    Cardinal Pell has been committed to stand trial on historical sex charges ….

    Vidal. Emma Brockes, The Guardian, September 19, 2013:

    Samantha Geimer, aged 13, drugged and an*lly r*ped by Roman Polanski at Jack Nicholson’s house, said … (in Hollywood) “my mum and I (were) the monsters” … liars and gold-diggers. Gore Vidal (darling of the left) called her a hooker. “It was terrible and unwarranted, but not shocking.”

    Their Bob Ellis. Ellis, ABC’s The Drum, July 4, 2011:

    Why are deeds long common at office Christmas parties used by women to ruin good men’s careers? … Roman Polanski … made no more Hollywood films, and despite his evident genius was blocked, harassed and menaced for 35 years and faces jail in his 80s … Are men too harshly treated for what men have always done, trying it on, attempting foreplay, rolling bedroom eyes and murmuring lewdly … should they be ruined … for what, in my day, occurred in drive-in theatres every night … it is not fair.

    Their Tarantino. Staff writers, news.com.au, February 8:

    (In) Tarantino’s 2003 interview … (he claims Samantha Geimer) was never r*ped … she “wanted it” … The backlash against Tarantino came after Uma Thurman claimed the director “tried to kill her” … (and) his friend Harvey Weinstein covered it up.

    Fawning over r*pists? Evgenia Peretz, Vanity Fair, September 2009:

    French (leftist) minister of culture Frederic Mitterrand was “dumbfounded” by Polanski’s arrest … (Philosopher) Bernard Henri-Levy posted (a) petition protesting … Among its signees were actresses Isabelle Hubert and Isabelle Adjani … What’s with all the gals fawning over a r*pist? It reminds me of all the feminists in the 90s running themselves ragged to defend Bill Clinton … something tells me they wouldn’t be so righteously indignant over the arrest of some doofus NFL player.

    The elephant in the screening room. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, May 3:

    (Last October, the Academy expelled Harvey Weinstein) “to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance … is over” … The elephant in the screening room … (was) Polanski … (he) has been defended by … Martin Scorsese … Debra Winger … (and) ironically — Harvey Weinstein … (who said) “whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time” … Today, though (the Academy expelled Polanski) … (he) is appealing that tiniest measure of accountability … And … retains that … icon of gilded Hollywood status: his Oscar.

  117. calli

    Let’s never forget that during the disastrous regime of Kevin Rudd, Australia wasted $46 million of public money in an entirely futile bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    In the event, Australia won just a single vote (our own) in support of its bid.

    Ridiculous isn’t it? On Monday, myself and forty other ladies split ourselves raising just over $1k for cancer research. It was fun and I wouldn’t take a moment back, but it’s just peanuts compared to the hideous waste by governments.

  118. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Chris Pratt will soon be kicked out of Hollywood:

    https://twitter.com/getFANDOM/status/1008902822098681859

  119. Habib

    The ABC drives fragmentation and disruption. The Chicoms or Norks couldn’t have infiltrated a more effective fifth column. If they had at least they’d be funding the treacherous swine.

    Of course Googie’s spray ignores the obvious fact that if her odious organisation was so revered, respected and appreciated there’d be no need for her or any of the politburo to say boo, criticism would have the seething masses take to the street to defend their oracle. Except for the geriatric entitlement-addicts of FOTA there doesn’t seem to be much stirring.

    The flipside of course is never get between a commie and a Zil full of roubles, they’d gnaw your legs off with the state-provided steel teeth.

  120. Snoopy

    EXCLUSIVE: FBI Leaked Classified Flight Plan of AG Loretta Lynch to Set Up Bill Clinton’s Tarmac Ambush

    True Pundit via srr

  121. Mother Lode

    The trick for the ABC is that it should be impartial.

    It wouldn’t matter if it was dependent on anyone so long as it was impartial. Whether the seeing it as dependent on the Minister for Communications, the government or the tax payer.

    They use ‘independent’ as entitling them to breathtaking bias.

    And, just as bad, they are so damned pig-ignorant. Their capacity for error, if it could be harnessed to produce energy, would guarantee solar system energy independence long after the sun had fizzled out.

  122. OldOzzie

    the Full Guthrie The Australian Article

    ABC boss Michelle Guthrie launches counter attack against Liberal Party, critics

    ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie says the ABC contributes $1 billion to the wider economy — about the amount it costs taxpayers — and the public resents the broadcaster’s enemies using it as a “punching bag”.

    The national broadcaster helped to sustain a total of 6500 jobs in the wider community and further cuts to its budget will “punish” audiences, she said in a speech at the Melbourne Press Club today.

    After several months of attacks from political and business critics, including the government which has criticised ABC journalism and the Liberal Party which voted to privatise the broadcaster, Ms Guthrie launched a counter-attack saying the public and media industry was against privatisation.

    “The people of Australia, who regard the ABC as one of the great national institutions … deeply resent it being used as a punching bag by narrow political, commercial or ideological interests,” Ms Guthrie said.

    “I think the public regards the ABC as a priceless asset, more valuable now than ever in its history. I can appreciate that the ABC would fetch a high price in a commercial market. But does the public want a new media organisation that compromises quality and innovation for profit? Does the commercial sector want a new advertising behemoth in its midst? I think not.”

    Calls to privatise the ABC were “misplaced” she said, because the broadcaster contributed $1bn to wider economy and was “helping to sustain” 2500 jobs outside the organisation in addition to its 4000 employees.

    “It means that for every three full-time equivalent jobs created by the ABC, there are another two supported in our supply chain — local artists, writers, technicians, transport workers and many more,” Ms Guthrie said, citing preliminary findings of a Deloitte Access Economics it will release next month.

    “There are 2500 jobs outside public broadcasting at risk in any move to curtail our remit and activities.

    “I am proud of the ABC. I am proud of the work we do, the privileged position we hold in Australian history and our way of life; and of the value we bring, not only to audiences, but to the wider citizenry. My aim in this speech is to demonstrate that value and to dismantle some of the arguments that are being used by critics to attack the national public broadcaster.”

    Ms Guthrie said her restructure of the ABC meant it had surpassed her stated goal of spending 80 per cent of its funding on content. “This financial year, 92 per cent of the ABC’s budget will be spent on making content, supporting content makers and distribution. This is a result that we are very proud of and I suspect many of our commercial counterparts would aspire to.”

    The restructure meant that the Government’s 1 per cent efficiency dividend will “rob the ABC of its ability to finance new content” and “serves only to punish those audiences”.

    The ABC has endured months of criticism this year. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has made six complaints about ABC journalism in five months.

    And over the weekend the Liberal Party federal council voted to privatise the ABC after a motion was table that no party members spoke against.

    Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to restore the $84 million the government will cut from July next year in a freeze of the ABC’s annual funding indexation.

    The government is also conducting a competitive neutrality inquiry, which is examining if the ABC and SBS uses its public funding to the commercial detriment of other broadcasters.

    And the government is pursuing legislation at the behest of One Nation to reveal the salaries of ABC staff earning more than $200,000 a year.

    From the Comments

    – ” Michelle Guthrie says the ABC contributes $1 billion to the wider economy —”

    More voodoo economics from the left.

    – Australians are tired of paying well in excess of $1,000,000,000 every year for a hard left government funded organisation to push it’s hard left PC agenda despite a charter that is suppose to ensure it’s evenly balanced. The internet and private enterprise can easily cover the job the abc is suppose to perform. Close it down NOW and reduce our continual budget deficits caused by the lefties !

    – Ms Guthrie is totally deluded.

    – Guthrie has to realise many, many people resent the ABC due to its greedy left wing bias. This woman doesn’t get it

    – A major problem with the ABC is that it is a law unto itself even though it receives over $1 billion of taxpayer funding. It goes its own sweet way oblivious to everything except its own overinflated ego. Now it really serves no useful purpose and has become so Sydneycentric that much of what it does is an insult to the rest of Australia. There is no ability to take on board any criticism – the Emma Alberici fiasco is a case in point. If the ABC is to continue it must be for all Australians and be fully accountable and BALANCED in its outlook

    – Michelle Guthrie. Very noble that you defend the ABC that you preside over, but you are missing the point.

    Sort out the BIAS please.!! It is offensive to many and must be addressed. At the very least give both views-currently it is sickening to many.

    What we actually resent is the fact that the ABC heirarchy defends its bias rather than ensuring that it keeps to its charter.

  123. Chris Pratt will soon be kicked out of Hollywood

    Very good.

  124. OldOzzie

    The “Russia! Russia!” court case is getting entertaining

    The special prosecutor filed for delays and gag orders concerning potential evidence. Concord’s lawyers filed their response last Friday. They began with this doozy of an opening paragraph.

    Having produced not one iota of discovery in this criminal case the unlawfully appointed Special Counsel requests a special and unprecedented blanket protective order covering tens of millions of pages of unclassified discovery. Having made this special request based on a secret submission to the Court and a hysterical dithyramb about the future of the American elections, one would think that the Special Counsel would cite to case holdings that support this remarkable request. But no, instead, the Special Counsel seeks to equate this make-believe electioneering case to others involving international terrorism and major drug trafficking, and relies only on irrelevant dicta from inappropriate, primarily out-of-circuit cases. In short, fake law, which is much more dangerous than fake news.

    Ouch! As one Reddit commenter put it, “It’s an extra special touch when your lawyer s***s on another lawyer in such a way that they’re forced to look up the manner in which they’ve been insulted.”


    I think the Mueller team is caught on the horns of a dilemma here. They appear to have filed a case mainly for its public relations impact; but the targets of their wrath are refusing to roll over and play dead. Instead, they’re using the US legal system to insist that Mueller prove his charges, and disclose all the evidence involved. That means he’s got to put up, or shut up; prove his case, or withdraw charges – which would be a public relations disaster.

    Pass the popcorn. This is going to get seriously entertaining.

  125. Rae

    Except it is 24/7 Hate.

    Yes.
    There’s none of that here.
    Is there.

    Eh?

  126. Habib

    More like 365 disgust, old fruit.

  127. cohenite

    Inside Trump’s concentration camp for the wretched children of poor immigrants:

    https://www.infowars.com/shock-video-inside-trumps-concentration-camp-for-immigrant-children/

  128. Anne

    IT;

    Chris Pratt will soon be kicked out of Hollywood:

    https://twitter.com/getFANDOM/status/1008902822098681859

    Yep, “You have a soul, be careful with it” is the last thing Satanic Hollywood Executives want the young’ns hearing before they sign those contracts in blood.

  129. egg_

    Has Guthrie nudged Aunty’s alleged 16% audience share up, at all?

  130. notafan

    Chris Pratt got plenty of applause from the audience.

    Pity he had to intersperse with the toilet stuff.

  131. egg_

    SBS probably leaves Aunty for dead in almost every department, on our coin, and manages to sell ads and run a PayTV Movie channel, to boot.

  132. notafan

    Srr never took on trolls, he/she attacked all and sundry regulars.

    And continued to do so on twitter, last I looked a few months ago.

    But do keep rewriting history.

    Not surprising from the troll from lalaland.

  133. rickw

    The Beloved flew in a Caribou as a school cadet. Loved it! Had real guns too, when the school had an armory.

    My Dad was an armourer in Cadets. The Army got suspicious when the usual returns of .303’s with stuck pull through’s dried up. Dad and his mate decided to fix the problem themselves, heat up a steel Vickers .303 MG cleaning rod in the forge, and burn them out. They got a slap on the wrist for that!

  134. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Pity he had to intersperse with the toilet stuff.

    The toilet stuff was good advice.

    If you have ever been overcome with the mortal fear of needing to poop at someone elses house, I suggest you take heed.

  135. Shy Ted

    I had a bad bush landing the other day in Arnhem Land. The young pilot even apologised for the landing. You haven’t flown in the NT until your pilot has got out of his seat and wound down the landing gear by hand, all the time saying “nothing to worry about”.

  136. egg_

    “What price do you put on public trust in a independent, commercial-free news organisation at a time of fragmentation and disruption,” she said.

    Fragmentation and disruption?
    A case of projection, much?
    Flagship Rural program, Landline, has become the soy latte and tofu hour FFS.

  137. JohnA

    Roger #2741724, posted on June 19, 2018, at 3:15 pm

    ABC ‘being used as a political punching bag’, Michelle Guthrie says in #Melbourne Press Club speech.

    If the editor in chief did her job, for which we pay her c. $900 000 p.a., it might not be so.

    That would require her to steer the organisation out of the boxing ring and back into the commentary box.

    Would require sacking the entire staff, including herself. Therefore reminds me of the Greek legend of Sisyphus.

    Much simpler and cleaner to apply the Rabz Doctrine.

  138. Tel

    ABC ‘being used as a political punching bag’, Michelle Guthrie says …

    If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.

    Compared to the punching bag treatment that ABC gave Tony Abbott, their problem of “didn’t get quite the pay raise we were hoping for” is so trivial as to be laughable.

  139. Makka

    Kundiawa, Simbu Province.

    A mountain at one and a ravine at the other, dead planes at the bottom.

    They weigh you before you hop on.

    Tabubil, in dead end canyon, surrounded on 3 sides by mountains, socked in by cloud most days. If you miss the first landing attempt it’s a hairpin turn in the clouds between the mountains for another crack. Worst landing experience ever. Worse than Russia.

  140. rickw

    Tabubil, in dead end canyon, surrounded on 3 sides by mountains, socked in by cloud most days. If you miss the first landing attempt it’s a hairpin turn in the clouds between the mountains for another crack. Worst landing experience ever. Worse than Russia.

    Not to mention that the strip has about a 15% upslope on it! They usually need to power up once the wheels are on the ground to ensure that they make it to the apron. Take off usually gives a pretty good view of the wreckage at the base of the cliff at the end of the runway.

  141. Speedbox

    Some years ago I used to visit Bob Ellis’ website every couple of weeks or so to see what the lunatic Left were up to. I was never disappointed.

    Lunatic Left is barely an adequate description. And Bob would dispense his own form of justice to whomever displeased him. I would laugh out loud (or gasp) at some of his pronouncements – or the slavish responses of his followers. If you could park your mind in neutral and enjoy the show, it was even entertaining at times.

  142. rickw

    “What price do you put on public trust in a independent, commercial-free news organisation at a time of fragmentation and disruption,” she said.

    I don’t think the ABC is trusted, hated maybe, but not trusted. Incidentally, we are in a big reset right now (fragmentation and disruption), precisely because of lying media pricks like those at the ABC.

  143. Snoopy

    egg_
    #2741766, posted on June 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    SBS probably leaves Aunty for dead in almost every department, on our coin, and manages to sell ads and run a PayTV Movie channel, to boot.

    SBS News is totally unhinged.

  144. herodotus

    The ABC does itself no favours in being, as Abetz says, hypersensitive to criticism – instead of taking it onboard and correcting.
    Their behaviour is ingrained, incurable, indefensible.

  145. egg_

    SBS News is totally unhinged.

    Is Grigs doing Lee Lin Chin’s wardrobe?

  146. Makka

    Pompeo on Trumps threat of hitting China with 200 Billion in new tariffs. He’s right, China’s idea of free trade is being able to rob you blind.;

    Trump’s comments came hours after the top US diplomat accused China of engaging in “predatory economics 101” and an “unprecedented level of larceny” of intellectual property.

    The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, made the remarks at the Detroit Economic Club as global markets reacted to trade tensions between the US and China. Both nations started putting trade tariffs in motion that are set to take effect on 6 July.

    He said China’s recent claims of “openness and globalization” were “a joke”. He added that China was “long overdue in being tackled” over matters that include IP theft and Chinese steel and aluminum flooding the US market.

    “It’s an unprecedented level of larceny,” he said.

    “Just ask yourself: would China have allowed America to do to it what China has done to America?” he said later. “This is predatory economics 101.”

  147. Rae

    Some years ago I used to visit Bob Ellis’ website every couple of weeks or so

    I visited much less frequently. He was a very clever writer. Always taking the mickey.

  148. herodotus

    And Rae thinks he’s in no way Gargoolery! The hide of the creature. Or should I say skin?

  149. Makka

    Encouraging and then exploiting illegal migration then resettling them is a Yuuuuge business in the US. Taxpayer funded of course;

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1008840390110269441.html

  150. herodotus

    Meanwhile in QLD the Pallychook government says “we don’t really give a stuff about all that enviro-crap re mining, ports, the reef – we just don’t like Indians doing a mine in the Gallilee, or anywhere really.”

  151. Baldrick

    And Rae thinks he’s in no way Gargoolery!

    The sickening thing is he supports a child molesting pedo.
    No surprises there I guess.

  152. Rae

    Rae thinks

    That much is correct. It’s a major difference between me and thee.

  153. stackja

    2GB reports west Sydney shooting. Usual suspects.

  154. calli

    Ellis’ Palm Beach house burned down during the 93-94 summer bushfires. It was uninsured. That day, he launched his satirical book on John Hewson.

    I recall his dismay at having lost everything. That was the summer the Royal National Park burned out, Sydney was ringed by fire, and a poor Como woman perished in her swimming pool.

  155. Gallup: Trump approval ties his personal high as satisfaction with U.S. direction reaches highest level in 12 years

    Bucket and mop to the first 15 rows. Messy head explosions.

  156. zyconoclast

    The toilet stuff was good advice.

    If you have ever been overcome with the mortal fear of needing to poop at someone elses house, I suggest you take heed.

    Burning a match – does it get rid of nasty bathroom odors?

    An eager reader of the Norwegian companion to ScienceNordic, forskning.no, wondered if the common practice of lighting a match after using the toilet really works to reduce unpleasant smells.

    The reader hypothesized that there might be one of three explanations as to why this might actually have an effect:

    The flame might be able to burn up some components of the unpleasant smell.
    The burnt smell from the match might be able to overwhelm the bad smell.
    Or, the match essentially acts like a placebo and has no effect.
    This clearly called for us to put on our Sherlock Holmes deerstalkers to find an answer. Two chemists, Jo Døhl, head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oslo, and Leiv Sydnes from the University of Bergen, agreed to help us out. Unfortunately, they both replied with the same, perhaps a bit disappointing, answer.

    What is it that actually smells?
    In order to understand the answer to the question, however, we have to make a small trip into the world of chemistry. First of all, what exactly is it that makes our farts—more formally known as flatus—stink?

    The majority of intestinal gas is due to the air we swallow. For instance, if you chew gum you’re swallowing lots of air the whole time you’re chewing. But this isn’t what causes farts to smell bad.

    “The digestive process breaks down the food we eat into useful components and the waste products are excreted as stool. Some of this waste is in gaseous form,” Døhl wrote in an e-mail.

    “Much of this gas is made up of carbon dioxide and methane, but it also includes hydrogen and sulphur compounds such as hydrogen sulphide,” he wrote. This last compound is what usually gives farts their signature scent.

    Sydnes explains that large quantities of hydrogen sulphide can actually be fatal. And although a modest fart does not contain near the quantities it takes to be deadly, the smell is very recognizable, even in small doses. Moreover, it is also flammable.

    An eager reader of the Norwegian companion to ScienceNordic, forskning.no, wondered if the common practice of lighting a match after using the toilet really works to reduce unpleasant smells.

    The reader hypothesized that there might be one of three explanations as to why this might actually have an effect:

    The flame might be able to burn up some components of the unpleasant smell.
    The burnt smell from the match might be able to overwhelm the bad smell.
    Or, the match essentially acts like a placebo and has no effect.
    This clearly called for us to put on our Sherlock Holmes deerstalkers to find an answer. Two chemists, Jo Døhl, head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oslo, and Leiv Sydnes from the University of Bergen, agreed to help us out. Unfortunately, they both replied with the same, perhaps a bit disappointing, answer.

    What is it that actually smells?
    In order to understand the answer to the question, however, we have to make a small trip into the world of chemistry. First of all, what exactly is it that makes our farts—more formally known as flatus—stink?

    The majority of intestinal gas is due to the air we swallow. For instance, if you chew gum you’re swallowing lots of air the whole time you’re chewing. But this isn’t what causes farts to smell bad.

    “The digestive process breaks down the food we eat into useful components and the waste products are excreted as stool. Some of this waste is in gaseous form,” Døhl wrote in an e-mail.

    “Much of this gas is made up of carbon dioxide and methane, but it also includes hydrogen and sulphur compounds such as hydrogen sulphide,” he wrote. This last compound is what usually gives farts their signature scent.

    Sydnes explains that large quantities of hydrogen sulphide can actually be fatal. And although a modest fart does not contain near the quantities it takes to be deadly, the smell is very recognizable, even in small doses. Moreover, it is also flammable.

    “Hydrogen sulphide, H2S, will react with the oxygen in the air and the flame so as to form water and sulphur dioxide. Sulphur dioxide smells completely different and is much less unpleasant,” wrote Døhl.

    This answer bodes well for option one: that the burning flame consumes the malodorous gas. Unfortunately, however, the answer is not quite that simple.

    An explosion in your toilet
    Think about it. If indeed your match were able to burn up all the H2S, it would have to burn it up very quickly—quickly enough to create an explosion.

    But our chemists say that air must contain at least 4.3 per cent of the malodorous gas before an explosion will occur.

    No matter how hefty your visit to the toilet might have been, you can never produce that much H2S. You’d be poisoned by H2S gas first before it could reach high enough levels to explode.

    And a single tiny match would never come in contact with all the H2S in the air, since the gas is dispersed and at low concentrations.

    Instead, if you were particularly intent on burning up all the H2S in the bathroom, you might need something more the size of a gas grill with a fan to run all the air in the room past the flame, Døhl said.

    “Now we’re talking about a bathroom visit of epic proportions,” he observed.

    Disguised by smoke

    Both Døhl and Sydnes are quite confident that the answer to the question is option two: the smoke from the match disguises the bad smell.

    “The smoke masks the smell just like the different perfumed products people leave around in their bathrooms,” Døhl said.

    Being chemists, however, our experts had some high-tech solutions that could remove the bad smell.

    “You could filter the air through activated charcoal,” Døhl said.

    Activated carbon is a general term for material that is produced from charcoal. It has a large surface area and contains a great number of tiny pores, and can capture virtually all chemical compounds that are slightly soluble in water.

    If you have an activated charcoal filter in your bathroom, the H2S will be absorbed by the charcoal. But then you have to make sure that all the air in the bathroom is passed through the filter, which poses its own set of problems, he said.

    “I would say that it is much easier to install adequate ventilation and an efficient ventilation fan,” Døhl said.

  157. Gab

    Heaven help us. There’s a bill before the House to allow 16 year-olds the vote.

    If a 16 year-old commits a crime, it goes before the Children’s Court.

    These people are insane. I bet the Greenfilth party is behind it.

  158. herodotus

    In ABC-speak, independent means shut up and give us the money and don’t try to tell us we’re a bunch of biased left/green propagandists with no redeeming features because we’ll scream and shout and threaten (in no particular order) Peppa, the Bananas, local content (rubbishy stuff produced by mates) and rural/regional services.

  159. herodotus

    I bet the Greenfilth party is behind it.
    Labor like the idea too; get em young before they wise up.

  160. zyconoclast

    Heaven help us. There’s a bill before the House to allow 16 year-olds the vote.

    If a 16 year-old commits a crime, it goes before the Children’s Court.

    These people are insane. I bet the Greenfilth party is behind it.

    Greenfilth = NSW Liberals
    NSW budget 2018: NSW voters get $3b future fund

    Online voting for projects
    One of the unusual aspects of the budget is a plan to hold online votes in every state electorate to choose community projects that will receive money from the new sovereign wealth fund.

    Held once a year, they will allow anyone over 16 to choose from projects nominated by community organisations and vetted by the government. Similar funding votes have been tried in South Australia and Victoria, although neither were tied to permanent funding, a government official said.

    Examples of possible projects cited in a government promotional video included a small rain-and-sun shelter for a market garden, teachers for a children’s music school, and assistance for a horse riding school for disabled children.

    Around $300,000 is expected to initially be available in each seat every year, and individual projects are expected to seek from $20,000 to $200,000, the government said.

  161. Gab

    In the meantime South Australia passed laws last year to criminalise the seal of confession in Catholic churches and that law becomes enforceable from October this year and nobody bothered to tell the Catholics.

    And exactly how is this going to be enforced?

  162. Chris

    Tabubil, in dead end canyon, surrounded on 3 sides by mountains, socked in by cloud most days. If you miss the first landing attempt it’s a hairpin turn in the clouds between the mountains for another crack. Worst landing experience ever. Worse than Russia.

    Not to mention that the strip has about a 15% upslope on it! They usually need to power up once the wheels are on the ground to ensure that they make it to the apron. Take off usually gives a pretty good view of the wreckage at the base of the cliff at the end of the runway.

    Indeed! If you are flying up from Kiunga there may well be a trussed pig and couple of chickens between the seats too.
    Much better at the airport for Porgera – mountains only on two sides, and only occasionally as scary as Tabubil. But I did it for over two years going to work.

  163. Gab

    It’s called baby steps, Zyclon.

  164. zyconoclast

    In the meantime South Australia passed laws last year to criminalise the seal of confession in Catholic churches and that law becomes enforceable from October this year and nobody bothered to tell the Catholics.

    And exactly how is this going to be enforced?

    This could work.

    They could try advertising on Afghan new sites asking if they are aware of any Australian Catholic priest is withholding any confession information.

  165. Delta A

    There’s a bill before the House to allow 16 year-olds the vote.

    Most 16 year olds are all feelz, with few analytical skills and even less political, social and economic experience.

    Ideal Labor/Green voters.

  166. zyconoclast

    It’s called baby steps, Zyclon.

    Gab
    normally I love your work but if you are not careful with the spelling of my name, I might get booted from the Cat.
    Thanks.

  167. JC

    Just heard on the car radio the Government are 1 vote short of getting the tax package through and the No Nation party is the hold out.

    As an aside I saw Pauline Hanson bawling her eyes out because everyone is deserting her. Other than Pauline, is there anyone left?

  168. JC

    Ellis’ Palm Beach house burned down during the 93-94 summer bushfires. It was uninsured.

    How good is that. It was God’s way of telling the disgusting ped he’d be roasting for eternity once He got hold of him.

  169. JC

    Gab
    #2741822, posted on June 19, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Oops!

    I made the same mistake the other day, but I never got reprimanded. Which reminds me where’s Rones, Driller and Johanna as they richly deserve a decent reprimanding.

  170. None

    And exactly how is this going to be enforced?

    It’s there for the pe-dos and vexatious litigants. http://bernardgaynor.com.au/support-laws-ending-seal-catholic-confessional-asking/ Money on the second.

    Really sorry to see Bernard has had to shut down his blog due to lawfare. It’s only taken four years for the MSM to notice something is amiss, yet not one MSM outlet has exposed the members of the tribunal, and not a single NSW AG has asked a question about its performance. This is worse than Stasi.

  171. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Doggerel it was, but credit where it is due. Mother Lode quite cleverly wove into it your somewhat troubled relationship with the former commenter Grigory M and the disdain with which he treated you. That is clearly the analogy to be drawn from the poem’s references to Grigor and Beth.
    You, Beth, have had no difficulty calling me names since I’ve been here. So, it’s a bit rich of you to say I’m harassing you. I take your name-calling in good stead, whereas you get all antsy about me calling you Beth. Well, that’s too bad. You’ll just have to suck it up, Beth.

    Mother Lode wrote a brilliant satirical poem about you and your socks, Grigory, which alludes to your disgraceful behavior here towards me in particular and also towards some other Kittehs. Claiming to be someone else now doesn’t get you off that hook, you foul piece of scum, especially when you try to do it in the Grigory-supporting mode of someone who if properly judged just can’t bear to face himself. Grigory did not treat me with ‘disdain’ you horrific excuse maker, but with sexual harassment of a particularly nasty sort. And which you now find a malign pleasure in continuing. You’re a head case.

    Get lost.

  172. calli

    I bet the Greenfilth party is behind it.
    Labor like the idea too; get em young before they wise up.

    Historically, they have form. And sometimes in unsavoury ways.

  173. JC

    Fuck, it’s a lot of money. The Liars Party would need at least a week and a half to spend it all. It’s a lot of pink batts.

    BOOOOM: Bezos Now Worth $141,900,000,000.00!
    $49B More Than Gates; $60B More Than Buffett…

  174. Senile Old Guy

    ABC:

    The little girl with dark curls has since become the human face of US President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy that arrests all adults caught trying to enter the US illegally.

    The parents of this girl created this situation, not Trump or the immigration authorities.

  175. .

    At least he’s worth more than Mr Integrity.

    “Warren Buffet was a millionaire at 13, raking golf balls out of water hazards at the local golf club, bought his first house and Cadillac El Dorado AND MARRIED at 18, he still drives that car and lives in that house, and his only luxury is he gets a steak dinner with a cherry cola once a month”

    I still puke every time I recall that apocryphal fellation.

  176. Geriatric Mayfly

    Heaven help us. There’s a bill before the House to allow 16 year-olds the vote.
    If a 16 year-old commits a crime, it goes before the Children’s Court.
    These people are insane. I bet the Greenfilth party is behind it.

    It was put up yesterday by that green Green Steele-John, whom everyone likes because he is handicapped and gay. He arrived in the Chamber of Misfits as an afterthought, because someone else fell foul of the citizenship rules.

  177. Top Ender

    The worst movie ever made?

    Like reviews of very very bad restaurants, there’s something attractive about crushing movie reviews.

    Presenting Highlander II.

  178. calli

    I love all this PNG chit chat.

    In all the horribleness, there are some fantastic experiences. Stopping at the top of the Kassam Pass and gazing down onto the remarkable Markham Valley is one. It seems to go on forever, like the African Rift.

  179. .

    This movie has to be seen to be believed. On the other hand, maybe that’s too high a price to pay.

    Meow! Great stuff.

  180. Makka

    The worst movie ever made?

    Is anything with Nicole Kidman, closely followed by Our Cate.

  181. Makka

    In all the horribleness, there are some fantastic experiences.

    Very true calli. It was the water for me, the fishing and diving. Glorious spots, pristine and wild.

  182. nemkat

    What about the houseboys and the housegirls.
    You woulda been living it up like Lucy Gichuhi up in old PNG.

  183. Caveman

    Simple politics from Clive Palmer, if you dont like Labor or Liberal we are the alternative party.

    How many out there that hate both and think oh yeah this must be the alternative.

    Laugh if he jagged a good swag of votes. No one else has said it.

  184. Snoopy

    SBS News promo. Donald Trump under pressure from UN for detention of children.

    LOL Janice Petersen you sad, hard-faced bitch.

  185. JC

    I recall when Amazon floated. I was out to dinner with a stock broker and a portfolio manager who thought they were really hot shit. They considered me lowly currency trader. Anyways, were shooting the breeze and began to chat about Amazon. I suggested to them that there was something in what Bezos was doing as he seemed like a really focused person and Amazon had a one click button setup, which made it easier for people to buy stuff. I was thinking of buying some stock at the time but also washing it around my mind. They freaking laughed at me. It was one of those, you idiot laughs. It dissuaded me from buying the stock. I was thinking at the time about sinking 50K in the stock, as just a wild bet. I know, I may not have held to now, but if I did that parcel would be worth close to US$18 million.

    Once a week, I remind myself just how much I despise those two idiots talking an enthusiastic, bright eyed, good looking dude out of buying that parcel of Amazon stock. Once a week!

  186. rickw

    Heaven help us. There’s a bill before the House to allow 16 year-olds the vote.

    Of course it could backfire quite spectacularly, children that have been subject to state sponsored sexual grooming and called invaders in their own country mightn’t be that friendly towards the uniparty.

  187. JC

    Makkaroni

    If the libs get that tax deal through, the Aussie will pop at least cent higher on the news. I think Hanson will cave.

  188. nemkat

    Palmer got Senators in 3 States in 2013, and things are more desperate now.
    Too bad he missed the deadline for Super Saturday, he might’ve gone alright.

  189. calli

    Ahhh…the haus meris. We had two, we built them a little house, and we sent them home on weekends with baked goods and other items for the village.

    We were never broken into or harassed during our entire stay. When we left, our household goods were broken up and distributed to the village. I felt that we were far richer than anyone there could ever hope to be.

    When I left with the children (a little earlier than the Beloved because I had to start them in school) the entire village turned out, covered in mud and wailing with sadness.

    It was the most touching thing that I have ever experienced. I had no idea so many people depended on me in little ways.

  190. Geriatric Mayfly

    It seems to go on forever, like the African Rift.

    For the couch geologist, standing on the edge of the Great Rift, walking down the eastern escarpment, and camping on the floor of the graben had me all agog. My only disappointment was that these stupendous structures are millions of years in the making, and I was thus denied any immediate sensation of rifting. A faint plume of smoke from Ol Doinyo Lengai suggested though, that the clock of ages was still ticking.

  191. cohenite

    Once a week, I remind myself just how much I despise those two idiots talking an enthusiastic, bright eyed, good looking dude out of buying that parcel of Amazon stock. Once a week!

    Yah. I think about the women.

  192. JC

    Uncle Otto’s nephew makes good sense.

    (Otto Abetz was Hitler’s ambassador to occupied France)

    ABC hypersensitive to criticism: Abetz

    Liberal senator Eric Abetz has criticised a speech delivered today by ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, accusing the public broadcaster of being “hypersensitive to criticism”.

    Senator Abetz said Ms Guthrie was not doing enough to tackle issues of political bias at the ABC.
    Liberal Senator Eric Abetz. Picture: AAP
    Liberal Senator Eric Abetz. Picture: AAP

    “Ms Guthrie claims they have no money to spare yet then goes and spends thousands of dollars commissioning reports,” Senator Abetz said.

    “At the same time they say they support the media environment, the ABC are spending $2 million on advertising to take viewers and readers away from the commercial market.

    “The same time they have no money to spare, they are dishing out millions of dollars in bonuses.

    “Instead of blowing money on reports and delivering grand speeches, the ABC’s managing director should focus on getting the ABC’s act together.”

    If there’s ever a need to run an ABC concentration camp, Sen Eric could someone to think about. Being hypothetical of course.

  193. Makka

    If the libs get that tax deal through, the Aussie will pop at least cent higher on the news. I think Hanson will cave.

    Threatening now to take out the April 2017 low. You do like those falling knives.

    IF it does bounce I wouldn’t play it. Much easier to to let it rally and find another level to sell it hard. AUD is looking technically pretty sick. I’m no buyer.

  194. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    He said China’s recent claims of “openness and globalization” were “a joke”. He added that China was “long overdue in being tackled” over matters that include IP theft and Chinese steel and aluminum flooding the US market.

    China should pay several trillions plus a trillion or two in penalties and interest for reparations.

  195. JC

    I said, it’s a trade, you nonce.

  196. Makka

    I said, it’s a trade, you nonce.

    Yep, I know and dumb one in my books.

  197. Rae

    Grigory did not treat me with ‘disdain’

    He most surely did, Beth.

  198. JC

    Yep, I know and dumb one in my books.

    Focus on digging holes in Africa and stop offering oppositional currency advice.

  199. JC

    Gargs

    You’ve been on here all day. Isn’t there a basement to check, skins to oil or whatever is done with freshly “cultivated” ones.

  200. Rae

    Beth. You can stick the rest of that self-serving crap where the sun don’t shine.

    It’s easy to see why he treated you with disdain.

  201. Nick

    Gregory was male ? Lol.

  202. Rae

    Gregory, Nick, was a Pope.

  203. Chris

    Have we taken someone’s name in vain, that the formaldehyde-scented skinsuits are pretending the power of human speech?

  204. JC

    Gregory was male ? Lol.

    At one stage, but he later “tranzed” like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs.

  205. Tel

    China should pay several trillions plus a trillion or two in penalties and interest for reparations.

    They already have… hey hey, but no one has told them yet, and no one intends to tell them until they try and sell those US Treasury Bonds.

  206. Snoopy

    Ahhh…the haus meris

    One of the saddest things when visiting PNG in the late 70’s, early 80’s, was being approached by men with a brownish piece of folded paper (a pass) falling apart at the seams. A glowing reference for a house ‘boy’ or gardner, years old. “Lukim plis, masta?”

  207. Fisky

    Very interesting prediction from Mike Norman, a well known trader who believes in MMT. He is claiming that the Fed’s increase in rates is going to RAISE inflation. I find this contention to be quite strange, and his explanation does not make sense.

    Does anyone know enough about monetary economics to account for how an interest rate hike could possibly raise inflation?

  208. Rae

    “tranzed” like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs

    Try not to demonstrate your lack of knowledge so openly.

    Buffalo Bill never did “tranze”(sic). He couldn’t get the fit right on the suit he was making and was kidnapping and killing the girls to cut darts from their upper backs. He was caught before he got the fit right.

  209. Gab

    I am so frustrated and annoyed at Coles and Woolworths and IGA getting rid of plastic bags. Frustrated because I can’t do anything about it and annoyed because their inane virtue signalling is based on a lie they’ve swallowed like the unthinking irrational illogical morons they are.

    People will now have to buy plastic bags for their bins and these cost more so their virtue signalling is actually based on increasing profits. And the gen population swallows the “ better for the ‘vironment” lie.

  210. max

    SBS News goes on and on about the hate crimes against gays in Russia during the world cup. FIFA have Mexico in their sights for supporters chanting homophobic slurs during the Germany game and there is a hint that they will be reprimanded or suffer by having points deducted.
    SBS devotes around 3 mins to this story, all of it outraged.

  211. Frank

    LOL Janice Petersen you sad, hard-faced bitch.

    I was under the impression that she was Anton’s lady boy.

  212. Rae

    People will now have to buy plastic bags for their bins

    People already buy plastic bags for their bins. The right size, and lemon or orange scented. Only cheapskates use the plastic bags from the checkout. Some people try to virtue-signal about using them as bin-liners when they actually don’t.

  213. Frank

    People will now have to buy plastic bags for their bins and these cost more so their virtue signalling is actually based on increasing profits. And the gen population swallows the “ better for the ‘vironment” lie.

    I find the bags they sell to be far superior as bin liners. Nice and think, no leaks and no chance of breaking down for hundreds of years in landfill. The only pity is that they don’t come printed with with the face of whoever mandated them, for posterity. At only 15c a pop it seems a steal really.

  214. Nick

    Cheapskates buy shit wine and package meals at Aldi. I’m happy to use my bags as bin liners too, Gab.

  215. Delta A

    It was the most touching thing that I have ever experienced. I had no idea so many people depended on me in little ways.

    We had a similar, although less emotional, show of sadness when, in 1958, we moved from our Queensland tiny town to SA.

    For many years my parents had conducted Sunday School and church services for the local aborigines who lived in a camp on the outskirts of town. Just before we left, several women with their beautiful children came to our house with gifts – a pink plastic hairbrush for me, and boy toys for my brothers.

    These were the proud, independent first peoples for whom I was a fierce advocate… until we visited Northern Territory 10 years ago, particularly Hermannsberg Mission, where several of my family devoted their best years to the local aborigines.

    Seeing the decay – the absolute decadence in that town – I deduced my oldies would have achieved just as much by hanging around pool halls all their lives.

  216. Snoopy

    This plastic bag ban gives me the shits. Now every time I get an urge to choke a turtle I’m going to have to buy a plastic bag. It’s outrageous.

  217. rickw

    China was “long overdue in being tackled” over matters that include IP theft

    The Chinese IP theft is so widespread a rampant that it must be a serious structural issue?

    Why haven’t they moved from copying to innovating like their economic predecessors such as Japan?

    Could it be that Communism has squeezed most of the natural innovators out of the country?

  218. Tel

    Does anyone know enough about monetary economics to account for how an interest rate hike could possibly raise inflation?

    The way I’ve heard it told is that because the market is “forward looking” people try to double guess what the Fed is doing, and raising rates means the Fed must be expecting inflation (they must know something, right?) so the traders build in a presumption of inflation which in turn does create inflation.

    It’s like you are heading down the corridor at a quick pace and you try to dodge the guy coming at you going the other way. He is also trying to dodge you, so inevitably you smack into each other, both trying to work around what the other guy is doing.

  219. Roger

    In the meantime South Australia passed laws last year to criminalise the seal of confession in Catholic churches and that law becomes enforceable from October this year…

    Confession is a religious act, a sacrament for Catholics; I very much doubt any state government or the Commonwealth can make laws regarding its practice without contravening the Constitution (S116, which, mutatis mutandis, no state parliament could defy). I understand the Catholic bishops are under some pressure to meekly submit, but there is a principle here that applies more broadly. ’tis hoped they will take this to the High Court.

  220. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    One of the saddest things when visiting PNG in the late 70’s, early 80’s, was being approached by men with a brownish piece of folded paper (a pass) falling apart at the seams

    I seem to remember some discussion on one of the old threads, that, one of the saddest things about PNG was that independence was slated for the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, but His Imperial Majesty Goof Witless did some virtue seeking off his own bat, and granted independence in 1975?

  221. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    On energy bills – we pay the electricity and gas (where applicable) bills for three households (just added the last one) as well as our own now. We can afford to do so even though we might prefer not to. All are rellies of mine or close to us in other ways, and all needy. We’d like to say stand on your own feet, but with today’s energy costs that’s an invitation to fall over. They try to contribute but the winter bills are defeating them. Sometimes one of them gets some low-income government assistance from a charity to help with costs but there is a run on that sort of assistance now (why should ordinary people have to stoop to charities anyway?). I seriously do wonder how many households in the lower income brackets are managing. If these three are anything to go by, they are not managing well at all, and other things such as a new phone or steak dinners are distant memories of better times unless we help there too, and with other expenses as we see fit. And it will only get worse. I’m wondering how many other families across Australia are helping out in this way too, a sort of enforced charity, as you can’t just sit there comfortable when there is such need in those you care about.

    Thanks, Malcolm.

    They’ll vote for Shorten because of promises. If he gets in and tries to make it better, even as his policies make it immediately harder to stay financially afloat if you are poor and/or unemployed, our sort of voluntary financial assistance (our choice) will be made mandatory for all by crucifying new taxes on anyone earning a decent salary or enjoying the fruits of their enterprise. Given our huge levels of welfare dependence, especially with new immigrants, and the casualization of employment, down the gurgler Australia will go in a race to the bottom.

    Thanks again, Malcolm.

    I love it that Rowan Dean always raises this issue of the struggling poor sitting in the cold shivering.
    Because it is true. Damn that climate hoax. It is so demeaning to Australians everywhere.

  222. Tel

    I forgot to say, MMT is complete bunk and don’t believe anything Mike Norman says about anything. Most people would already know that.

  223. Tel

    Could it be that Communism has squeezed most of the natural innovators out of the country?

    They spent 20 years murdering anyone who wore glasses, or played a musical instrument, or had any sort of academic credential. You figure out the genetic impact.

  224. rickw

    His Imperial Majesty Goof Witless did some virtue seeking off his own bat, and granted independence in 1975?

    He couldn’t have done more to plot PNG on a course towards trouble.

  225. JC

    Fisky
    #2741883, posted on June 19, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Very interesting prediction from Mike Norman, a well known trader who believes in MMT. He is claiming that the Fed’s increase in rates is going to RAISE inflation. I find this contention to be quite strange, and his explanation does not make sense.

    Does anyone know enough about monetary economics to account for how an interest rate hike could possibly raise inflation?

    It’s pure bunkum. In of itself, an interest rate increase doesn’t mean much. A quarter point move in short term rates means almost nothing at all. What you really need is Fed guidance, because that’s what the market focuses on and discounts almost immediately. If the fed is signalling tighter monetary policy then it would be because it believes PCE index is moving above the 2% target. In other words, all thing being equal, you can have the situation where the index moves higher ( higher inflation) while the Fed is tightening. However, that’s not the MMTier is suggesting. MMT is a crank theory that suggests the representation GDP = G + I+ C +X-M is realistic and all the government has to do is fiddle with those representations and you reach nirvana. It’s total bullshit.

    Here’s what I think is going on. Recent CPI has been impacted by dwelling expenditures moving higher. Pretty much everything else is languishing. If the Fed moves too quickly because it’s focused on dwelling inflation, the economy is fucked, because the Fed will sink it. Markets have caught a whiff of this because TLT – an ETF -is indicting yields, in the long end of the bond market, are actually flat to moving a little higher. This means the yield curve is perceived to be flattening as a result of Fed blabber. It’s not a prediction, but it may manifest in the Fed fucking up again.

  226. Nick

    Why haven’t they moved from copying to innovating like their economic predecessors such as Japan?

    They are unable to. Thinking, creative thinking, is beyond them. They’d much rather steal stuff.

  227. calli

    I use my Woolies bags to pick up dog poo. I will now use the filmy veggie bags and carry it like a holy offering on a plastic meat tray.

  228. JC

    Rae
    #2741885, posted on June 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    “tranzed” like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs

    Try not to demonstrate your lack of knowledge so openly.

    Buffalo Bill never did “tranze”(sic). He couldn’t get the fit right on the suit he was making and was kidnapping and killing the girls to cut darts from their upper backs. He was caught before he got the fit right.

    Oh Okay, which means you think you won’t be caught, right?

  229. Rae

    Confession is a religious act, a sacrament for Catholics; I very much doubt any state government or the Commonwealth can make laws regarding its practice without contravening the Constitution (S116, which, mutatis mutandis, no state parliament could defy).

    Yes, good for the soul. We tykes do like to confess our sins. The test will come when some [email protected] or killer, when arrested, says that he/she confessed what they were doing or had done to their priest. Maybe then it will be tested in the High Court. I’m sure the Church and it’s legal advisors will take it there.

  230. stackja

    Roger – No priest will break confessional seal. I don’t know how any bishop who could submit.

  231. mh

    4bc have been broadcasting a radio commercial for two weeks now advising the public not to take out their frustration about the shopping bag ban on the staff.

    Yet we are told that this policy was driven by public demand.

  232. Rae

    This plastic bag ban gives me the shits.

    More virtue-signaling. You can’t fit a 24 pack of Quilton toilet rolls into a plastic checkout bag anyway.

  233. Habib

    The placcy bag ban is a retrograde step for the environment, they’re genuinely multi-use. You can use them to suffocate idiot leftists, then re-use to dispose of the body parts. The amount of toxic bile infused in them would soon break down the molecular structure of the long chain polymers, allowing the few chemicals of any worth in the carcasses to leach into the ground and hopefully not poison plants.

  234. Mother Lode

    SBS News promo. Donald Trump under pressure from UN for detention of children.

    Shades of he response of the luvvies when Abbott brought in Operation Sovereign Borders.

    Appalled at how many children were in detention. Entirely unfazed by the fact that the previos (left wing) administration put far more in detention, and Abbott (and Trump) was the one getting them out.

  235. calli

    Just think of all those double chrome coated plastic bag stands now going to landfill. Must be millions of them.

    And when the customer push-back finally arrives and the idiot chains capitulate, they’ll have to replace them.

    Lucky ‘viroment.

  236. Delta A

    Yet we are told that this policy was driven by public demand.

    Send them an email asking them to explain, mh. While you’re at it, ask what items will be reduced now that they’re saving the cost of plastic bags. (They could also explain how they justify self-serve checkouts without any saving to the user.)
    I haven’t heard any similar advertisements, but if you post it, I’ll contact them myself.

  237. Rae

    Oh Okay, which means you think you won’t be caught, right?

    Don’t know that there’s anything I might be “caught” at. Help me out here.

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