Open Forum: June 23, 2018

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  1. Gab

    I own this thread too, Calli!

  2. Robber Baron

    Being in Saigon and 3 hours behind means that l am not asleep.

    By the way…what an exciting end to the Brazil v Costa Rica match.

  3. Chopper

    Seeing the ABC USA news curfuffle on chyrons. Seems Ancient Greek to me. However, Thinking, as I am entitled to do under ‘Free Speech’ , not ‘Free Thought Police’, when we society determine,
    or anyone else determine what could be said as alleged fact or opinion
    ? Fact check units appear to be the opposite of actual facts. Also, the railing that gave raise it Miranda Rights in the USA must now apply absolutely to media and online social media. SupremeCourt USA maybe?

    No, bring it back to the courts in all,countries and stop pandering to the UN, unelected swill.

  4. Talleyrand

    I claim this thread in the name of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain

  5. Live from Holland I claim this thread for Mr Wilders and his shiny blonde hair.

  6. Armadillo

    I saw this thread sitting idly around for eight minutes before anyone even noticed it.

    It would have been an affirmation of my “White Male Privilege” had I claimed it as my own. For anyone offended by my presence here, I offer my heartfelt apology. Let the smoking ceremony begin.

  7. Mark A

    missed the podium, bugga

  8. Baldrick

    TheirABC is having kittens over this:

    Trump: United States to house 20,000 migrant children on military bases
    Officials in the United States are making arrangements to house about 20,000 migrant children on four military bases in Texas and Arkansas

    But not so much gnashing of teeth when Obama did the same in 2014:

    Kid shelters at military posts
    More than 7,700 of these unaccompanied migrants were cared for at the three posts.

  9. Armadillo

    Makka
    #2744840, posted on June 23, 2018 at 12:22 am
    On the money!

    Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
    Following Following @realDonaldTrump

    Hope OPEC will increase output substantially. Need to keep prices down!

    7:10 AM – 22 Jun 2018

    That really is masterful. His Orange Eminence is daring the Arabs to start an oil war, pissing off the Global Warming mob and reassuring his own countrymen, and all at the same time. In two short sentences.

    4D chess with a double back flip and pike.

  10. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The left is cesspool of filth, degeneracy and lunacy.

  11. OneWorldGovernment

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2744871, posted on June 23, 2018 at 5:56 am

    The left is cesspool of filth, degeneracy and lunacy.

    Zippy,

    It’s Saturday.

    Give them a proper serve.

    Rating = not good enough.

  12. Atoms for Peace

    What a remarkably civil thread. Did someone die or are they still in the delicates spin cycle ?

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
    Following Following @realDonaldTrump

    Hope OPEC will increase output substantially. Need to keep prices down!

    7:10 AM – 22 Jun 2018

    Oil is up over 5% this morning…

  14. OneWorldGovernment

    Atoms for Peace
    #2744873, posted on June 23, 2018 at 6:14 am

    What a remarkably civil thread. Did someone die or are they still in the delicates spin cycle ?

    give us a chance to get going.

  15. A Lurker

    Great article by Chris Kenny in today’s Australian newspaper:

    Excerpts:

    “If our worst enemies abroad were given one evil wish to destroy our economy they probably would look to curse perhaps our greatest natural advantage: access to almost unlimited cheap energy.

    Yet, as if to prove that fact is stranger than even this madcap fiction, this is a hex we are visiting upon ourselves.

    If a prosperous nation decided to burden its people with expensive and unreliable power, imposing hardships including job losses, costs on struggling families, reduced profits and missed investment opportunities, to create a more benign environment for all the people of the world, it would be truly altruistic. But if it were inflicting pain on its citizens and handicapping future generations for no discernible benefit, then it would be an act of sheer madness.

    Yet here we are. We are in a self-imposed energy crisis. No one disputes the urgency — Coalition and Labor politicians, state and federal, agree prices are too high; they are spending on diesel generators, large-scale batteries and stored hydro to find a way through; companies are having power cut or being paid to reduce demand; consumers and industries fear dire consequences; regulators sound alarms about lack of supply; and policymakers float a raft of possible solutions.

    Yet it is all our doing. By mandating renewable energy targets, committing to global carbon dioxide emissions-reduction goals, subsidising wind and solar generation including by domestic consumers, toying with emissions trading schemes and imposing (for a time) a carbon tax, we have up-ended our electricity market, forced out some of the cheapest and most reliable generation and made our power more expensive and less reliable. The lion’s share of investment across a decade — upwards of $30 billion — has gone into the sure bet of subsidised renewable energy that has a guaranteed market but that cannot be relied on to meet peak energy output at any given time. Billions more have been spent on government payments and grants. All this money is recouped in the end from consumers, who are paying enormous sums to go backwards.”

    and

    “This month AEMO warned again that the “unprecedented transformation” of our electricity system means Australia “does not have the energy reserves it once had to lean on” when we need it. This is deplorable.

    We are the world’s largest coal exporter. We will soon be the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. We are the third largest exporter of uranium.

    Australia powers the economic and manufacturing powerhouses of northeast Asia, and other parts of the world, with cost-effective and reliable energy supplies. But we decline to do the same for ­ourselves.

    We may as well feed the people of the world with our wheat and sheep exports while our own people go hungry. Why are we doing this to ourselves? Politicians from both major parties and the Greens pretend — surely they are feigning because they must know the facts — that this is our contribution to global efforts to combat global warming. This is fraudulent.”

    We need to do what the climate activists constantly implore of us: back the science. All the facts tell us that, scientifically, Australia’s climate action is doing nothing to improve the global environment. We are putting ourselves through extended economic pain, with deep social consequences, for nothing more than climate gestures. This is the hard edge of gesture politics: national virtue-signalling, with the poorest citizens and jobless paying the highest price.

    Don’t take my word for it; listen to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, who the government tasked with revising policy. He confirmed before a Senate estimates committee hearing a year ago that Australia’s carbon emissions amounted to 1.3 per cent of the global total (that proportion is shrinking as world emissions grow). Finkel was asked what difference it would make to climate change if all of our nation’s emissions were cut — pretend 25 million of us left Australia idle — so that world emissions dropped by 1.3 per cent. “Virtually nothing,” was his reply.

    But wait. Our contribution is much less significant even than “virtually nothing” because we will not eliminate all our emissions. We aim to reduce them by 26 per cent — so our best impact may be a quarter of virtually nothing. Wait again; we become even more irrelevant. Global emissions are on the rise. Led by China (growing by up to 4 per cent so far this year) world CO2 emissions are increasing at close to 2 per cent. So, more science, more facts. China’s annual emissions are about 30 times higher than ours and in any given year the increase alone in China’s emissions can be more than double what we plan to cut by 2030. While global emissions rise our piddling cuts do zip. We are emitting into the wind. Our price rises, blackouts, job losses, investment droughts, subsidies and energy system dilemmas are all for nothing.

    Anyone with a pulse must understand this. Why they persist with proposing or backing costly climate policies is the question. They want to display their commitment to the cause. They want to associate themselves with protecting the planet. It is earth motherhood, dictated by political fashion and a reluctance to go against the zeitgeist. What a sad indictment on our political/media class — indulging its progressive credentials for social and diplomatic acceptance at the expense of struggling families, jobless blue-collar workers and our economic competitiveness.”

    Link provided if you are a subscriber and want to add a comment.

  16. Bruce of Newcastle

    Gab
    #2744733, posted on June 22, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Bruce of Newcastle – you here?
    Can you explain this chart, please? It’s about sunspot cycles from 1954 to now.
    https://twitter.com/dbirch214/status/1009762088808599553

    Sorry Gab, missed your question last night.

    His previous tweet is the explanation:
    https://twitter.com/dbirch214/status/1009760518096261120

    The RC cycle is also known as the De Vries/Suess cycle. He points out that the Dalton minimum was one cycle ago. The Dalton minimum was cold, although not so cool as the Maunder minimum…which started two cycles ago. We don’t yet know whether the new minimum will be like the Dalton or the Maunder.

  17. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Relentless assault on sanity by the mentally sick
    High Court refuses bid for gender-neutral passports

  18. stackja

    Is your brain an analog or digital device? New research surprises

    From measurements, we know that neuron currents are continuous, not step functions. The important question is how is the information represented by these signals? Most psychological research assumes continuous or analog representation, but in the lengthy paper Is Information in the Brain Represented in Continuous or Discrete Form? [pdf linky] James Tee and Desmond Taylor of the University of Canterbury [NZ] make a strong theoretical and experimental case for digital data.

  19. stackja

    European Union prepares to wreck internet with new copyright law
    If passed, Article 13 will force all websites to check any and all posts for copyright violations. That will include photos, videos, words, tweets, memes, software code, etc, etc. Think about that for a minute, and shudder.

  20. OneWorldGovernment

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2744881, posted on June 23, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Relentless assault on sanity by the mentally sick
    High Court refuses bid for gender-neutral passports

    no, no but no

    If you want to cut your tits or penis off then that is quiet sane.

    So called honour killings are perfectly sensible.

    But if you are white then you are a mad, evil bastard.

  21. Eyrie

    Nah, A Lurker, Malcolm wants to cut CO2 emissions because Goldman Sachs want to make heaps from carbon trading and they own Malcolm.
    Friedchickenburger is merely stupid so Malcolm finds him a useful idiot.

  22. calli

    Bother! I wanted this one.

    Good to see the Grand Classics Master is alive and kicking and available for consultations.

    I’m imaginging him sitting in the lotus pose, strumming his guitar and meditating on the taste of his next Picnic bar.

  23. OneWorldGovernment

    Eyrie
    #2744888, posted on June 23, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Nah, A Lurker, Malcolm wants to cut CO2 emissions because Goldman Sachs want to make heaps from carbon trading and they own Malcolm.
    Friedchickenburger is merely stupid so Malcolm finds him a useful idiot.

    LOL

    Lucy, and Malcolm, find the former Liberal Party of Australia full on useful idiots.

  24. Eyrie

    Looking at reneweconomy.com.au looks like South Australia isn’t getting anything from their windmills and their gas generation is about half of demand. We should turn off the interconnectors.
    That website seems to be run by well know renewable scammer Giles Parkinson. The comments to the articles are truly frightening.

  25. Farmer Gez

    Interesting fact I picked up at a meeting last night.
    Local government gets 0.55% of federal tax take.
    No wonder 19 rural shires are considered unviable. I’m heading to the footy at one now, Buloke Shire. Way too big with no people and farmers having their arses rated off.

  26. OneWorldGovernment

    Buloke Shire

    half your luck.

  27. Tom

    Darwin Awards latest:

    Police alert over headphones ‘epidemic’ killing pedestrians

    VICTORIA’s top traffic cop has called on pedestrians and cyclists to wear one headphone, not two, after a number of deaths in recent years were linked to their use.

    The Herald Sun can reveal the deaths of 13 pedestrians and cyclists since 2012 have been linked to headphone use.

    However, that number could be much higher, as it does not take account of coronial cases yet to be closed or cases where no findings on headphone use were detailed.

    A Coroner’s Court spokeswoman said 15 deaths since 2000 had involved cyclists and pedestrians wearing headphones, 13 of them since 2012.

    “Of these, nine were pedestrians struck by a vehicle, four involved a pedestrian being struck by a train or tram, and two involved cyclists on the road,” she said.

    A recent study has shown the biggest distraction for pedestrians is texting. Texting pedestrians took nearly two seconds longer to cross a road and were four times more likely not to look where they were going, disobey traffic lights, or cross the road away from a marked pedestrian crossing.

  28. Empire 5:5

    45 caught exaggerating. Needs to lift his game.

    President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that optimism among small businesses has never been higher.

    Verdict: False

    Polls show small business optimism near, but not quite at, record highs.

    The NFIB has maintained an optimism index for decades, and in the latest survey, the index hit 107.8, a hair shy of the record 108 reached in July 1983.

    http://checkyourfact.com/2018/06/22/fact-check-small-business-optimism-record-highs/

    Impeach now!

  29. John Constantine

    Local shires with CEO types paid as much to run ten or twenty thousand people as the American President gets paid to run the free world.

    No wonder the shire council revolutionaries feel they lecture Trump as equals.

  30. miltonf

    Another week gone and the Liberal Party further trashes its credibility. Is Abbott really going to cross the floor? I hope so.

  31. miltonf

    Local government- a magnet for the untalented and self important.

  32. John Constantine

    Needs to be a cutoff point.

    Insane to burn up scarce resources trying to rattle recycle trucks around the outback to collect a few grams of plastic per kilometer travelled.

    If the recycle truck burns more value in fuel than the recycle is worth, it shouldn’t be a Hate Crime that offends the revolutionary Struggle to say this truth.

    Comrades.

  33. OneWorldGovernment

    miltonf
    #2744905, posted on June 23, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Another week gone and the Liberal Party further trashes its credibility. Is Abbott really going to cross the floor? I hope so.

    If Abbott and Abetz joined with Bernadi then I might believe.

    At the moment Bernadi is picking off ‘despicable/deplorable’ former voters of the former Liberal Party of Australia.

  34. Farmer Gez

    Melbourne City council received a special federal grant of 2 million to hold a staff party.
    200 million in parking fine revenue per year.

  35. miltonf

    I just don’t see the point of guys like Abbott, Kelly and Abetz hanging around. Seems like the knives are out for them anyway.

  36. Shy Ted

    51st. Shame but I was busy reading this, “Bill Gates donates £3million to create mosquitos that kill each other using SEX”.
    Which must be the opposite of marriage.

  37. John Constantine

    Shire councils with frontier level population densities can fund roads in their villages from their own rates, but funding Big Australia infrastructure at roadtrain standard for bridges and roads needs a new approach.

    A separate super road body for all frontier population density road networks, leaving councils to simply save the planet by socially engineering their villages?.

  38. Tom

    This terrific foot-slogging public interest journalism from News Corp, reported in today’s Herald Sun, probably won’t even be nominated for a Walkley Award because it’s not in a fashionable category popular with the zombie left, which has hijacked the awards:

    ABORIGINAL women have told of a code of silence surrounding the sexual assault of children, which they fear is resulting in abuse going unreported.

    In a series of one-one-one interviews with News Corp, Aboriginal women have revealed the high cost of this silence, which is tearing apart their communities; most recently highlighted by the alleged rapes of young Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

    In the course of its investigation, News Corp travelled to the outback New South Wales towns of Bourke and Brewarrina and the Northern Territory’s Tennant Creek and spoke with Aboriginal girls and women, as well as to community leaders, social and family violence workers and services on the ground.

    Many, including CEO of the Tennant Creek Papulu Apparr-kari Aboriginal Corporation and Language Centre Karan Hayward, say the grog ban simply isn’t working.

    The grog ban was introduced in Tennant Creek in the wake of the alleged February rape of a two year-old girl.

    Among the measures are restricted trading hours for bottle shops and a limit on volume purchased.

    As a result, between 3-6pm most days the typically quiet main street of Tennant Creek is filled with families making a beeline for the bottle shop trying to buy in the short window of opportunity, Ms Hayward said.

    And people were now paying a packet for sly grog, brought into Tennant Creek from other states.

    A five-litre cask of wine bought for $12 in Queensland could be sold for $150 in Tennant Creek and a bottle of wine bought elsewhere for under $5, for $50.

    A carton of beer bought for $50 could be sold for $400 while cans fetched $10 or more each.

    News Corp observed toddlers walking behind their pushers, so beer cartons could be wheeled home.

    The children joined young and old men and women, heavily pregnant mothers, people on walking frames and in wheelchairs, in lines outside the town’s bottle shops for a box of beer or bottle of spirits.

    Researcher and Wiradjuri woman Suzanne Ingram believes indigenous women have been silenced under a culture of Aboriginal unity.

    She said while “Aboriginal women have long been vocal in the collective call for social justice”, they have been silenced “to such an extent that we now tolerate a rate of violence in our homes and communities that is drastically out of proportion with every other section of Australian society”.

    She said it was encouraging some Aboriginal women had found the courage to finally speak out about violence and sexual assault.

    “I am so heartened they are speaking up because of what they are up against in doing so,” she said.

    “There are so many Aboriginal woman and men who absolutely just want to deny that.”

    Ms Hayward said child sex abuse in indigenous communities was a taboo subject, but it was time to talk openly and honestly about the problem.

    She said it was so common in her community the alleged rape of the two-year-old girl had saddened, but not surprised her.

    According to Bourke social workers Aboriginal women are scared of their children being removed by government agencies if they admit abuse is occurring in the home.

    Thousands of kilometres away, Tennant Creek women say the same thing.

    They also say children are often bribed or threatened into silence over sexual assault, particularly when the perpetrators are young themselves.

    Ms Hayward said education, rather than alcohol restrictions, could be the key to breaking the cycle of child sexual assault and substance abuse.

    In the Barkly region town of 3000 people, 500 kms north of Alice Springs and 1000 kms south of Darwin, education department data shows most Tennant Creek kids don’t make it through the middle years of secondary school.

    And many Aboriginal children were being pushed through primary school and ‘graduating’, without basic literacy, Ms Hayward said.

    “It’s embarrassing when they’re getting certificate after certificate yet they can’t read the words which are in front of them to make their speech,” she said.

    “It’s embarrassing and really sad.”

    She called for an end to the taboo around talking about sexual assault in indigenous communities, and for the start of education campaigns — including graphic television ads — similar in nature to those about domestic violence.

    Link.

  39. calli

    It had to happen. The UN goes there.

    Why were they so quiet in 2014? It’s a mystery.

  40. OneWorldGovernment

    If Bernadi wants to be taken seriously then he needs to step up and say I have nothing to do with the filthy united nations.

    If he is just another conduit for u.n.Australia then get fundamentally far away.

    And Cory, you spent some months at the decrepit u.n. paid by Australian Taxpayers.

  41. calli

    “Bill Gates donates £3million to create mosquitos that kill each other using SEX”.

    Ambiguous. Almost Powerline worthy.

  42. Eyrie

    zyconoclast
    #2744915, posted on June 23, 2018 at 8:25 am

    1 MW from wind in SA 8:24am

    Umm, No. Wind is zero. They are using gas.

  43. John Constantine

    Maintain your own gravel roads for a rates discount?.

    Gravel roads can only be effectively worked on after a light to medium rain event, followed by dry weather.

    Having a fleet of owner operators using tractors they own anyway to tow trailing grader blades to fix corrugations at the perfect timing would be more rational than the council ferrying water tankers around to try and water up a road to work on it.

    But only the State has the power to grade corrugations, and they are jealous of that power.

  44. miltonf

    Calli surely it’s time to kick the UN out of NY. Brussels would be a better venue or maybe Kinshasa

  45. Entropy

    Farmer Gez
    #2744896, posted on June 23, 2018 at 7:49 am
    Interesting fact I picked up at a meeting last night.
    Local government gets 0.55% of federal tax take.
    No wonder 19 rural shires are considered unviable. I’m heading to the footy at one now, Buloke Shire. Way too big with no people and farmers having their arses rated off.

    Considering local government is an instrument of the State Governmnt I am disturbed the council gets any federal government money at all. This squandering of taxpayer money for political purpose (which such amounts clearly are) must stop.

  46. Nine morning news editorializing by call Trump’s news conference with the victims of illegals calling it ‘bizarre’.

  47. woolfe

    John,
    Expect your door to be hammered in by the local stasi at 3am.

    Comrade

    And Tom,
    A treaty will fix that.

  48. John Constantine

    Tumbleweeds blowing down the main street size outback towns have CEO’S that are proud to go to meetings in the City to report they have spent rednecks rates to repaint the lines of the parking bays, to encourage smaller cars instead of Big fuel guzzling utility vehicles.

    Every little bit of extra bastardry furthers the Cause.

    Comrades.

  49. miltonf

    I’m sure el Trumpo doesn’t lose much sleep over what puissant ozzie media types say about him.

  50. calli

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
    Machiavelli

    The UN in NYC keeps all the bad eggs in the same stinky carton. If they get a bit too whiffy, they can be bulldozed into the East River.

  51. calli

    Interesting, DB. Seven called it “harrowing”.

    Must have been a quick phone around to check that the girls weren’t wearing the same top.

  52. Eyrie

    The http://www.reneweconomy.com.au website has a better graphic of how much electricity is generated by what .
    Upper right on the home page.

  53. miltonf

    Very well put Calli.

  54. calli

    Trump is supposedly visiting Australia mid-November. I wonder what my chances are of thumbing a lift back? 😀

    I can value add by giving him an excellent briefing on the state of politics here, a la Cat.

  55. miltonf

    Yeah well that will make a pleasant change from the corrupt little tramp.

  56. Gary

    Apparently truck drivers in south Africa are protesting about the use of foreign drivers.

  57. John Constantine

    The feds dumping the road network works costs onto bankrupt councils is a failed model.

    In some places, the State is threatening to book people for littering and causing a road hazard if chunks of mud from failed roads drops off their vehicle onto a highway.

    Genuine hazard for a small no ground clearance car or motorcycle to hit a big chunk of mud at a hundred kilometres an hour.

  58. Entropy

    Most regional local government money for local roads, be it dirt or sealed, believe it or not, probably comes from natural disaster activations. The smaller the rates base, the more important NDRRA funding for roads becomes. It’s why in long droughts, when there is no ‘disaster’ to latch on to, country roads get harder and harder and the corrugations get deeper and deeper. The council needs a natural disaster activation to pay for the casual road crews needed to get out and about and grade the roads.

    This is fundamentally because the population in these shires isn’t big enough to support a genuine rates base, and the council is dependent on state government money. In some shires, the local council is the biggest employer and most a road crew kept casual so they can claim NDRRA restoration costs for their employ. Hence the pressure to declare natural disasters when in previous generations they would have just shrugged and got on with it.

  59. Bruce of Newcastle

    We were talking about batteries carking it after 5 years last night. Now it’s wind turbines:

    Germany’s “Ticking Time Bombs”…Technical Experts Say Wind Turbines Posing “Significant Danger” To Environment!

    As much of Germany’s nearly 30,000 strong fleet of wind turbines approach 20 or more years in age, the list of catastrophic collapses is growing more rapidly. The turbines are now being viewed by technical experts as “ticking time bombs”.

    In Germany industrial systems are required to regularly undergo technical inspections and approvals in order to ensure that they operate safely. However wind turbines are exempt from this strict requirement and so many wind park operators are neglecting to properly inspect, maintain and repair the systems, which is costly. And so it surprises no one that the aging turbines are beginning to fail catastrophically.

    So Germany in their haste to go green not only ignored the carnage caused to wildlife but gave the operators a free ticket to neglect maintenance safety requirements that everyone else has to comply with.

    In another case, earlier this year, near Bochern, Wetzel reports, a brakeless 115-meter tall turbine spun wildly out of control before “two of the 56-meter blades “ripped to shreds ‘in a cloud of glass, plastic and fill material’.”

    “Razor-sharp fiberglass shards flew 800 meters,” the Westfalen Blatt reported.

    The debris from exploded turbine now poses a threat to the environment. The sharp fiberglass pieces injure grazing animals, says the Hanover School of Veterinary Medicine. “For cattle they can even perforate the stomach.”

    Having 30,000 poorly maintained wind turbines flying apart from time to time would make an outing in the countryside quite exciting. Stepping on a razor sharp shard would be nasty too, you’d want to have good boots.

  60. Entropy

    The feds dumped nothing, John. Local roads are not their business. Tradionally the only role the feds had regarding roads were national highways. Your anger should be directed at state governments.

  61. OneWorldGovernment

    woolfe
    #2744934, posted on June 23, 2018 at 8:43 am

    John,
    Expect your door to be hammered in by the local stasi at 3am.

    Comrade

    Is that a threat, a promise or an ABC joke?

  62. John Constantine

    When the State mandates Bioterrorism proof fences must be erected to keep your social licence to farm, the effect of pushing all the kangaroos that used to hop out of State parks onto private land to graze out along the roadsides of rural Victoria will be lethal for some people.

    Kangaroos kill more people in car accidents than cannabis does.

    The State obviously must Biosecurity fence in its own kangaroo livestock, to prevent the animal cruelty of getting hit by cars . and the human cost of car drivers being killed in kangaroo strikes.

    Zero tolerance for the States lax management of its own marsupial livestock.

  63. Leo G

    miltonf posted at 8:32 am

    I just don’t see the point of guys like Abbott, Kelly and Abetz hanging around. Seems like the knives are out for them anyway.

    If the knives are pointless, then that could explain why Abbott, Kelly and Abetz are still standing.

  64. Entropy

    John Constantine
    #2744937, posted on June 23, 2018 at 8:45 am
    Tumbleweeds blowing down the main street size outback towns have CEO’S that are proud to go to meetings in the City to report they have spent rednecks rates to repaint the lines of the parking bays, to encourage smaller cars instead of Big fuel guzzling utility vehicles.

    Every little bit of extra bastardry furthers the Cause.

    A simpler explanation is the smarmy CEO is building their resume on the appropriate activities that will give them a flasher job in a flasher town after a good word from the green councillors.

  65. Top Ender

    Bloody Mull of Kintyre!

    I remember that on permanent rotation on Countdown in the 1970s when it was Number 1 for about 10 weeks.

    Not that I ever watched Countdown of course.

  66. OneWorldGovernment

    Entropy
    #2744957, posted on June 23, 2018 at 8:58 am

    The feds dumped nothing, John. Local roads are not their business. Tradionally the only role the feds had regarding roads were national highways. Your anger should be directed at state governments.

    Bullshit.

    Hey Bernadi.

    Stop the rip off excise duty on fuel which was meant to pay for roads and bridges!

  67. struth

    The State obviously must Biosecurity fence in its own kangaroo livestock, to prevent the animal cruelty of getting hit by cars . and the human cost of car drivers being killed in kangaroo strikes.

    No, they’ll just drop the speed limit to walking pace.

  68. John Constantine

    Absolutely correct Entropy, the CEO’s even boast about their lobbying efforts to get a storm declared a natural disaster, so they can get funding to fix the depreciation since the last funding event.

    Not raging, just exploring ways to phrase approaches to link the tertiary road maintainence system to the major highway system.

  69. Entropy

    Is Victoria mandating a Biosecurity fence? What type of fence? Why?

  70. Gab

    I can value add by giving him an excellent briefing on the state of politics here,

    Good idea. The poor man could do with a laugh.

  71. Entropy

    Stop the rip off excise duty on fuel which was meant to pay for roads and bridges!

    Back in the day the excise was collected by the state government. When the feds took it over it was one step further removed and I suspect the amount of money raised was never equivalent to spending on roads.

  72. John Constantine

    The new fencing is not yet mandated.

    The Biosecurity agenda has just been linked to the audit requirements to operate a livestock operation and sell stock.

    Currently there is no set standard for acceptable fencing, the auditors just know one when they see one.

    The coming push will be that the old fences that occasionally failed and allowed crawling and jumping sheep out are not biosecure.

    The activist push is that graziers that tolerate wild dogs and foxes mauling and killing lambs, just because thay are too tight to build wild dog and fox proof fences to protect the little baby lambs, are in breach of animal cruelty guidelines.

    Brave new world coming.

  73. OneWorldGovernment

    John

    Does bio-security fencing include chicken wire buried to 6 inches.

    Does it allow you to inspect everyone that arrives in Australia?

  74. Boambee John

    Baldrick
    #2744854, posted on June 23, 2018 at 1:00 am
    TheirABC is having kittens over this:

    Trump: United States to house 20,000 migrant children on military bases
    Officials in the United States are making arrangements to house about 20,000 migrant children on four military bases in Texas and Arkansas

    But not so much gnashing of teeth when Obama did the same in 2014:

    Kid shelters at military posts
    More than 7,700 of these unaccompanied migrants were cared for at the three posts.

    Magnificent trolling.

    Trump does something that Obama previously did. The fascist left and their reactionary running dogs go insane. Trump allies point out the correlation with Obama. Crickets!

  75. OneWorldGovernment

    John

    If you have proper bio-security then there is no way that a bio-security person, nor anyone else, can come onto your farm.

  76. John Constantine

    Their vicroads top level, operating with a resume building CEO on the sniff for a better job, have been active in proposing a speed limit drop from a hundred kmh to seventy kmh on kangaroo prone roads in tourist promoted areas.

    Apparently in Big Australia there are a lot of people that do not believe that a kangaroo will deliberately charge a vehicle and ram it, this education only arriving when upside down in a tabledrain.

  77. stackja

    Italy migrant row: ‘Inhumane’ Malta refuses rescue ship BBC

    Italy has attacked Malta for refusing to take in a ship of migrants.

    Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli shared a photo of an email by the Maltese Armed Forces saying the vessel “has not manifested any distress”.

    Mr Toninelli called the decision (in Italian) “inhumane” and “absurd”.

    The Lifeline, carrying 226 migrants rescued from the sea near the Libyan coast, is one of two ships operated by German NGO Mission Lifeline that the Italians have vowed to impound.

    They are accused of “illegally” flying the Dutch flag.

  78. stackja

    Donald Trump is set to visit Australia as part of Asia-Pacific tour
    Staff writers with AP, News Corp Australia Network
    June 23, 2018 7:07am
    Subscriber only

    US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is expected to make his first trip Down Under later this year.

    US government sources have reportedly confirmed that security assessments were being undertaken for a ­potential visit in November, while he is in the region for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Papua New Guinea, according to The Australian.

  79. Roger

    In a con to outrival the Tesla car* once the scale is taken into account:

    Mutliple use shopping bags have to be used 104 times before they lessen the environmental impact of single use bags, scientists have determined. Jute and cotton bags (131 times) have an even bigger carbon footprint. Research from NSW EPA (2016).

    * Swedish scientists determined that the production of a single Tesla car battery produced carbon emissions equivalent to driving a petrol fueled car for 8 years; add to that the emissions produced by regular charging and the probability that few owners will keep a Tesla that long.

    All those virtue signalling progs are destroying the planet!

  80. Tom

    If you want to know more about the subject of the Cat’s current page top and you have cable, Fox New Channel (Foxtel channel 606) has a one-hour special on the words of Charles Krauthammer (who died of cancer yesterday, aged 68) at 11 am AEST.

  81. Tel

    Having 30,000 poorly maintained wind turbines flying apart from time to time would make an outing in the countryside quite exciting. Stepping on a razor sharp shard would be nasty too, you’d want to have good boots.

    The description “razor sharp” is not terribly accurate, it’s really more like “needle sharp”. You know how if you rub against one of those fuzzy cactus tops the spines don’t feel like much at first, but they work their way into your skin and cause long term irritation. Fiberglass pieces work a bit like that, with thin needles that don’t look like much, but the get into your skin and break off.

  82. stackja

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2744979, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:16 am
    John

    If you have proper bio-security then there is no way that a bio-security person, nor anyone else, can come onto your farm.

    Define proper bio-security according to double speak?

  83. stackja

    Chief Justice Laurence Street, 91, dies – News.com.au
    https://www.news.com.au/…laurence-street…/c727a616610e242bdd9d231ebd53dca2
    15 hours ago – Distinguished legal mind Sir Laurence Street, one of the youngest appointed as NSW Supreme Court Chief Justice, has died aged 91.

    Mother Jessie. LS helped Wran.

  84. John Constantine

    Not mandated yet, but an apron of rustproof netting wire, geoscrewed tightly onto the ground at the bottom of a fence is what it takes to have a predator secure lambing paddock and prevent kangaroo crawl tracks and halt disease spread.

    A visitors book is technically required now for all visitors to be signed in and out of livestock paddocks, with car rego and drivers licence and passport details and vet health declarations for visiting dogs.

    https://www.mla.com.au/meat-safety-and-traceability/red-meat-integrity-system/about-the-livestock-production-assurance-program/seven-lpa-requirements/biosecurity/

    “What is in a Farm Biosecurity Plan?

    To meet the requirements of LPA, as minimum each Property Identification Code (PIC) must have a formal, documented Farm Biosecurity Plan that addresses each of the following:

    (a) Manage and record the introduction and movement of livestock in a way that minimises the risk of introducing and/or spreading infectious diseases;

    (b) Where reasonable and practicable, control people, equipment and vehicles entering the property, thus minimising the potential for property contamination and, if possible, keep a record of such movements; and”

    Comrades.

  85. Eyrie

    “No, they’ll just drop the speed limit to walking pace.”
    The bloke with the red flag walking in front will fix unemployment too.

  86. OneWorldGovernment

    John Constantine
    #2744981, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Their vicroads top level, operating with a resume building CEO on the sniff for a better job, have been active in proposing a speed limit drop from a hundred kmh to seventy kmh on kangaroo prone roads in tourist promoted areas.

    Apparently in Big Australia there are a lot of people that do not believe that a kangaroo will deliberately charge a vehicle and ram it, this education only arriving when upside down in a tabledrain.

    An old bloke near from where I came from used to put the foot down when he came near recognised kangaroo tracks.

    “If your going fast the pricks cannot get you” was his reasoning.

  87. Boambee John

    From Tom at 0834

    As a result, between 3-6pm most days the typically quiet main street of Tennant Creek is filled with families making a beeline for the bottle shop trying to buy in the short window of opportunity, Ms Hayward said.

    Congratulations progressives, on re-introducing the six o’clock swill!

  88. Tel

    Genuine hazard for a small no ground clearance car or motorcycle to hit a big chunk of mud at a hundred kilometres an hour.

    How the heck are the police going to prove which car dropped the mud? Now we are going to have the CSI Mud team looking at microscopes and getting their own TV show.

  89. Geriatric Mayfly

    US government sources have reportedly confirmed that security assessments were being undertaken for a ­potential visit in November.

    All Green parliamentarians to be fitted with ball gags for the duration.

  90. Nick

    Bill Gates donates £3million to create mosquitos that kill each other using SEX”.

    Nah, the Kennedys and Clintons came up with that idea first.

  91. Snoopy

    Cluster fences funded by the State government in western Queensland are very successful. Designed to control wild dog populations, they also control kangaroo numbers. Successful lambing rates increased significantly.

  92. stackja

    Boambee John
    #2744995, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:29 am
    From Tom at 0834

    As a result, between 3-6pm most days the typically quiet main street of Tennant Creek is filled with families making a beeline for the bottle shop trying to buy in the short window of opportunity, Ms Hayward said.

    Congratulations progressives, on re-introducing the six o’clock swill!

    They don’t care.

  93. .

    How the heck are the police going to prove which car dropped the mud? Now we are going to have the CSI Mud team looking at microscopes and getting their own TV show.

    Remember, Australia is full of the “larrikin spirit”!

  94. stackja

    Boambee John
    #2744995, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:29 am
    From Tom at 0834

    She called for an end to the taboo around talking about sexual assault in indigenous communities, and for the start of education campaigns — including graphic television ads — similar in nature to those about domestic violence.

    Never happen.

  95. Frank

    Calli surely it’s time to kick the UN out of NY. Brussels would be a better venue or maybe Kinshasa.

    Kabul would be my suggestion. Somewhere where the locals have a penchant for kidnapping and beheading at the very least.

  96. Old School Conservative

    Top Ender
    #2744963, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:04 am
    Bloody Mull of Kintyre!

    My favourite was “Mulligan’s Tyres”.

  97. Nick

    I liked Rodney Rude’s ‘Moll of Kings Cross’

  98. John Constantine

    The mud issue is genuine, as tractors especially and trucks sometimes can throw ten and twenty kilo chunks of mud off tyres. Four wheel drive utes more likely to throw off smaller lumps more often.

    Staying off muddy roads in conditions likely to chop them up and spread mud onto better roads is sensible, but there are always non-thinkers that delight in the mudcharge.

    The near future of vehicles with trip tracking onboard computers will be interesting when it starts sending bills to fix chopped up muddy dirt roads to people that took shortcuts.

  99. struth

    Dot, we now have a federal authority NHVR checking trucks on roads policed by State police.
    How do you reconcile that with your vast knowledge on the constitution?

  100. calli

    The Lifeline, carrying 226 migrants rescued from the sea near the Libyan coast, is one of two ships operated by German NGO Mission Lifeline that the Italians have vowed to impound.

    They are accused of “illegally” flying the Dutch flag.

    Those naughty Germans are at it again. Failed twice last century, now having another dig using new and improved methods.

  101. .

    No need to be a git struth, but the answer is it could have been referred (s 51 (xxxvii))or treated as an interstate commerce & trade matter (s 51 (i)).

  102. Baldrick

    Stormy Daniels heading to border to help migrant children

    Really? Democrats are happy to leave unaccompanied minors in the care of a porn star?

    Leftards are evil
    Pure.Fucking.Evil

  103. Roger

    The Lifeline, carrying 226 migrants rescued from the sea near the Libyan coast

    So the Lifeline is basically a ferry service.

  104. struth

    No, dot, they are regularly working the roads and issuing fines etc.
    These people are operating out of their jurisdiction, are they not?
    It doesn’t matter who paid for the roads, either the road is federal land or state land.
    It now seems it can be both.

  105. John Constantine

    Snoops is right, if current prices for sheep and wool hold, and State requirements become tighter, Fencing will suddenly become six feet high, with a forty-five degree outrigger at the top, with barb wire, The bottom heavy zinc anti-rust apron to prevent burrowing.

    Spacing of the prefab wire to be too small to allow fox to crawl through.

    For big areas, as efficiency means one large enclosed area is cheaper per acre than a lot of small areas it can be down to a hundred bucks an acre for materials. [ plus labour]

    Significant cost, but at current prices has an economic payback.

    There will be a two class solution, as those early adopters spending hundreds of thousands on fencing exclude pests and predators, and those that muddle along as always get all the overflow that can’t get into the protected areas.

    Unless the chicoms halve wool prices and the greens ban sheep exports, then the early adopters have hundreds of thousands of dollars in fencedebt that is no longer economic.

    Feel lucky?.

    This is where the big corporate farms spending superannuation money without a care have a huge advantage over dad and dave.

  106. calli

    Stormy Daniels heading to border to help migrant children

    Does she have clearance for working with children? I believe they’re quite strict.

  107. stackja

    NSW Blues triumph 16-10 over Queensland in women’s Origin clash at North Sydney Oval
    FIONA BOLLEN, The Daily Telegraph
    June 22, 2018 10:33pm
    Subscriber only
    IT was a State of Origin to silence the naysayers as the women from New South Wales and Queensland went toe-to-toe in an arm wrestle of a battle that wasn’t decided until the final minutes.
    It was anyone’s game right to the end, a thriller up there with the best, one try being the difference as NSW came home 16-10 victors.
    Isabelle Kelly scored a double in the win at North Sydney Oval. Pic: Adam Head
    Scores were tied at six-all at the break, 10 apiece with just five minutes on the clock, but it was Blues centre Isabelle Kelly who broke the deadlock, stepping her way through to score in the dying stages, captain Maddie Studdon adding the extras for a 16-10 victory.
    It was an historic moment at North Sydney Oval.
    It was the first time the fixture had been played under the State of Origin title.
    Nearly 7,000 fans paid to get in to watch, with the match broadcast live on Channel 9 and Fox Sports.

  108. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja
    #2744988, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:23 am

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2744979, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:16 am
    John

    If you have proper bio-security then there is no way that a bio-security person, nor anyone else, can come onto your farm.

    Define proper bio-security according to double speak?
    Pause or stop legal and illegal so called immigration.

  109. struth

    We now have a situation where state laws are enforced on state police controlled highways and roads, by a federal agency.

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Unless the chicoms halve wool prices and the greens ban sheep exports, then the early adopters have hundreds of thousands of dollars in fencedebt that is no longer economic.

    I’d say the live sheep trade is quite effectively finished – too bad if you’ve had a dry season, and are struggling for feed.

  111. stackja

    Jackson, 8, has miracle escape after runaway family car took him on a solo ride at Newport
    Jim O’Rourke, Manly Daily
    June 23, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    AN eight-year-old boy had a “miracle” escape from serious injury after he went on a terrifying solo ride in a runaway car.

    Jackson Smith, of Newport, was alone in the family’s Ford Falcon station wagon when it careered down a steep driveway and across two lanes of peak hour traffic before ending up in the courtyard of an apartment across the street.

    When the Manly Daily asked Jackson if he had any advice for children who get into the family car by themselves he said: “Don’t muck around with the gearstick.”

  112. calli

    I trusted, but decided to verify. It’s true.

    What a pair of publicity seekers, trying to benefit from the misery of others. And that’s just Daniels.

    The skinny guy beside her is the quintessential ambulance chasing bottom feeder.

    I wonder if she has chosen her outfit for the visit yet?

  113. stackja

    Jackson, 8, has miracle escape after runaway family car took him on a solo ride at Newport
    Jim O’Rourke, Manly Daily
    June 23, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Police said no one would be charged or fined over the incident.

    Insurance companies comments awaited?

  114. stackja

    Pizza delivery man caught up in suburban shooting
    Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun
    an hour ago
    A PIZZA delivery man has been caught up in a suburban shooting.

    Police say the worker was delivering a late night snack to a home in Harmon Avenue, St Albans when shots began to fire.

    It is understood two men fired multiple shots at a resident who opened the door for the delivery at about 1.45am.

    Do you know more? Email the reporter:

    [email protected]

    Both offenders fled the scene, as did the victim.

    Police later located the victim, a 37-year-old St Albans man, just after 3am on Green Gully Road, Keilor.

    He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    The pizza delivery man escaped from the shooting unharmed.

    The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    MORE TO COME

  115. .

    struth

    If it was referred there is almost certainly no possible way to challenge the validity of the law authorising the Federal mermaids.

    The jurisdictional argument boils down not to geography but heads of power and intergovernmental immunities. I highly doubt the doctrine adopted will be dropped.

    An obscure argument might be made on grounds of interstate free trade (section 92), but after Cole v Whitfield, good luck.

  116. Baldrick

    Stormy Daniels heading to border to help migrant children

    Just after I say hello to my fans in Connecticut-

    NBC Connecticut ✔ @NBCConnecticut
    Stormy Daniels is scheduled to make an appearance at an East Windsor strip club this weekend

  117. OneWorldGovernment

    People may not believe this but once you had to make yourself and vehicle open for inspection before you passed from NSW to Victoria.

    Bio-security was the word.

    Those xunts carried guns before any other State police did.

    right wing Fascist Communist Australia mate.

  118. stackja

    Police alert over headphones ‘epidemic’ killing pedestrians
    David Hurley, Herald Sun
    June 22, 2018 10:00pm
    Subscriber only
    VICTORIA’s top traffic cop has called on pedestrians and cyclists to wear one headphone, not two, after a number of deaths in recent years were linked to their use.

    The Herald Sun can reveal the deaths of 13 pedestrians and cyclists since 2012 have been linked to headphone use.

    However, that number could be much higher, as it does not take account of coronial cases yet to be closed or cases where no findings on headphone use were detailed.

    Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said pedestrians and cyclists must be more aware of their surroundings.

    On June 11, a cyclist, 61, died after being hit by a garbage truck near Mornington. Police are investigating whether headphones found at the scene were a factor.

    Mr Fryer, who is in charge of road policing, said: “Pedestrian distraction has reached epidemic proportions. One only has to walk down the street or drive through the CBD to see pedestrians step on to the road without looking and commuters bump or knock into one another ­because they have their heads down.

    “There is no doubt wearing headphones while riding a bike or walking down the street affects cyclists’ and pedestrians’ auditory, visual and cognitive awareness.”

  119. .

    struth
    #2745028, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:58 am
    We now have a situation where state laws are enforced on state police controlled highways and roads, by a federal agency.

    So what? It might suck but it’s the rules that “don’t need changing”.

    http://www7.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/coaca430/s51.html

    COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT – SECT 51
    Legislative powers of the Parliament [see Notes 10 and 11]
    The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:

    (xxxvii) matters referred to the Parliament of the Commonwealth by the Parliament or Parliaments of any State or States, but so that the law shall extend only to States by whose Parliaments the matter is referred, or which afterwards adopt the law;

  120. stackja

    While the majority of those flouting the road rules by crossing on a red were young men, the noticeable trend for pedestrians to run the gauntlet while distracted by music, news or podcasts in their ears wasn’t confined to a particular demographic. And many ­admitted to taking the risk ­despite knowing the dangers.

    Andrew, 43, from Mulgrave, said he had his headphones in “most of the time” on city streets but kept the volume low to remain aware of his ­surroundings.

    “I am pretty aware of what’s going on around me but could be more aware,” he said. “I’m not someone who uses their phone, as well, so it’s really only my hearing that’s ­affected.”

    While it’s not against the law to walk with headphones in, police know all too well the consequences of distracted walking. And they want pedestrians to take responsibility for road safety as much as drivers.

    “Police would urge, at the very least, people to wear just one,” said Victoria Police’s road policing chief Doug Fryer.

    [email protected]

  121. OneWorldGovernment

    NSW Parks and Wildlife have always had the law to walk into your home and turn it upside down.

    And they could carry firearms.

  122. H B Bear

    Stormy Daniels heading to border to help migrant children

    This is why satire is dead.

  123. Snoopy

    Pizza delivery man caught up in suburban shooting

    Was he wearing headphones?

  124. MichelLasouris

    Hmmm, goading Bulls, animal cruelty, raping defenceless, unresisting girls, hyena packs, nine year sentences overturned, Spain, another third world shit-hole.

  125. will

    stackja
    #2744983, posted on June 23, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Donald Trump is set to visit Australia as part of Asia-Pacific tour
    Staff writers with AP, News Corp Australia Network
    June 23, 2018 7:07am
    Subscriber only

    US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is expected to make his first trip Down Under later this year.

    US government sources have reportedly confirmed that security assessments were being undertaken for a ­potential visit in November, while he is in the region for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Papua New Guinea, according to The Australian

    .

    Why would he come to a country full of hate fuelled bigots?

    Prime example: Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg (August 10, 2015) (Donald Trump is) a dropkick.”

  126. OneWorldGovernment

    If Gareth Evans was not an Australian under section 44 of the constitution then why are Australian Taxpayers still paying the prick?

  127. Bruce of Newcastle

    Their vicroads top level, operating with a resume building CEO on the sniff for a better job, have been active in proposing a speed limit drop from a hundred kmh to seventy kmh on kangaroo prone roads in tourist promoted areas.

    Someone hit a roo the other day and made international news.

    Kangaroo Causes Car Crash in Montana

    The accident was confirmed by Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Finley. He heard of the rollover on Highway2 and went to the hospital to talk to the victims, the publication reports. … He went back to the scene of the crash and saw the kangaroo “in the ditch about 40 yards away,” KTVQ says. “The kangaroo was uninjured from what he could tell.”

    Maybe they’re replacing the bison.

  128. .

    If I were Trump I’d ignore this shit splattered latrine of a country.

    “Australia is important”

    We could be, but no, we’re not.

  129. C.L.

    Like Sex In The City star Cynthia Nixon …
    Leave your husband (father of your children),’marry’ a butch lesbian, wait a decade or so and you too can celebrate an obviously well-adjusted daughter.

  130. struth

    Making laws in parliament is a lot different to having a department of your federal government operating on state land.
    Where else does this happen?

    Airports are federal land so it’s the federal police, etc.

    If this is the case, what is to stop the Federal Police coming around and bust your chops for not bringing in your bin on time as ruled by the local council in your area?
    Or maybe the local council can supply some dog sniffing units on Federal airport land.

  131. MichelLasouris

    OneWorldGovernment

    #2745051, posted on June 23, 2018 at 10:14 am

    If Gareth Evans was not an Australian under section 44 of the constitution then why are Australian Taxpayers still paying the prick?
    I want my money back…all of it Gareth! Duplicitous Welshman

  132. OldOzzie

    Empire 5:5
    #2744903, posted on June 23, 2018 at 8:05 am

    45 caught exaggerating. Needs to lift his game.

    President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that optimism among small businesses has never been higher.

    Verdict: False

    Meanwhile

    Opinion
    The Trump economic boom: optimism and prosperity not seen since the 1990s

    After the flurry of amazing recent economic news, MAGA might well stand for “Make America Grow Again.” It’s time we start to call this economy “The Trump Boom.”

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s GDP model now forecasts second quarter national growth at an astounding 4.7 percent. This growth is a stark contrast from the Obama era, where the benefits of that slow-growth era flowed primarily to the very top of the economic strata through asset inflation rather than on-the-ground Main Street growth.

    For example, the National Association of Manufacturers just released its latest survey and an astounding 95 percent of manufacturers reported a positive outlook for their companies, the highest ever recorded. Importantly, 90 percent of those members are small-to-medium sized operations. In addition, more than 70 percent of those respondents plan to both hire more workers and to increase wages.

    Such amazing news emanates directly from the Trump pro-growth policies of tax cuts and regulatory relief. Drew Greenblatt, who runs Marlin Steel & Wire Products and manufactures in the heart of Baltimore wrote that the tax cuts were “truly game changing” and that “I have never felt as optimistic as I have over the last year.” His firm just purchased $1 million in new American-made equipment and increased its workforce by 10 percent.

  133. Nick

    Stormy Daniels heading to border to help migrant children

    Kids in five minutes we have the juggs a plenty variety show.

  134. C.L.

    Actual ABC Online header:

    ‘Why was killing so often the option?’: War crime allegations demand response

    Through to the story – where an anonymous (but obviously gay) ‘soldier’ speaks:

    War crimes charges from the ICC are an obvious risk, with all the shame, humiliation and reputational damage that would attend them if a trooper or commando was ever convicted.

    But lifelong officers also fear another risk: inaction, no charges, no accountability and no change.

    As one told the ABC, any effort to brush the entire affair under the carpet would not extinguish the hurt, rumours and memories that live on among servicemen and women who were there.

    Their response could be what he called the launch of the military’s #MeToo movement, a constant flow of public “outings” of misconduct, complete with video footage and tell-all accounts.

    Whenever you see the words “and women” you know you’re talking about the people in the rear with the gear.

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Malcolm
    2 hours ago

    If your’ e a grazier and you are prepared to make money out of such horrendous animal cruelty the government of Australia and the people who elected it couldn’t care less if you go broke.Finally we have a government (Coalition) that targets bad players in the industry rather than the industry itself, like the knee jerk reaction of the labor Government. .If the industry says that this is equivalent to attacking the industry because the shippers take up 2/3’s of the market…SO BE IT…

    In the 18th Century people realised that the slave trade was appalling and unacceptable. In the late 20th and early 21st century people are also realising that animals are complex beings with emotions and physical requirements not all that unlike humans (who are themselves just higher order animals) despite being lower order animals regarding their intellect. These are AUSTRALIAN animals..living .beings…OUR animals just as native animals are OURS.Just as every living person in Australia is OURS….You are NOT allowed to treat them with appalling cruelty to fuel your bank account and lifestyle.

    To the morons who think this is OK and who childishly carry on about PAID protestors…think about how you would be locked in the holds of these hell ships where you slowly die.Oh, …and grow up.

    Standard of the debate, over at the Oz, about the live sheep trade.

  136. Empire 5:5

    Bezos’ fakestream organ WaPo caught obfuscating, again:

    As the father of the young girl, border patrol agents and eventually Time indicated, at no point were the mother and daughter ever separated. The child was briefly set down for the mother’s pat-down, but the pair were quickly reunited after the search.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/22/washington-post-hides-time-correction/

  137. struth

    Can Victorian Police come over to Port Augusta and do me for laws that don’t exist in South Australia but do in their jurisdiction.
    Or can the Victorian Police only bust me on South Australian Laws?
    Why do we have extradition?

  138. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sheep exports: WA farmers hit by suspension of Emanuel Exports
    Peter MilneThe West Australian
    Saturday, 23 June 2018 2:00AM

    A dry start to the season means sheep farmers have no good options to respond to the sudden cut in live sheep exports.

    Yesterday’s suspension of the State’s largest exporter Emanuel Exports by the Federal Government followed the temporary withdrawal on Tuesday of the second biggest exporter Livestock Shipping Services, that claimed new Federal Government restrictions for the northern summer made the trade uneconomic.

    WAFarmers livestock president David Slade there would be a devastating effect.

    “It’s going to load the abattoirs up, and they are not equipped to take an excess of sheep,” Mr Slade said.

    Local abattoirs required heavier sheep than live exporters so many animals raised for export would need to be fattened for local sale.

    With a dry start to the season, there is little pasture in many areas and the price of feed has increased.

    Mr Slade said the Albany area and the eastern Wheatbelt had experienced very low rainfall.

    His Mt Barker property has no green feed and he has been spending about $14,000 a week to fatten his 9000 sheep.

    Newdegate farmer Bob Iffla runs more than 24,000 sheep and has ewes lambing. He said has been a terrible season.

    “It should be full steam ahead trying to get as many sheep out of the State as possible,” he said.

    From those, on the ground, dealing with the situation, not from behind a keyboard. Not sorry to be retired.

  139. OldOzzie

    Empire 5:5
    #2744903, posted on June 23, 2018 at 8:05 am

    45 caught exaggerating. Needs to lift his game.

    President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that optimism among small businesses has never been higher.

    Verdict: False

    Meanwhile

    WSJ – Commentary

    Six Months After Tax Reform, Something Big Is Happening
    The economy is back in the fast lane—but Democrats want to undo it all.

    Six months ago, Republicans in Congress joined with President Trump to redesign America’s tax code and enact sweeping tax cuts. We were determined to let families and local businesses keep more of what they earn. The new tax code was built to help American companies and workers compete and win anywhere in the world.

    Now something big is happening to America’s economy. Since January, more than one million jobs have been created. This has brought claims for unemployment benefits to their lowest level since 1969, and there are now actually more job openings than people looking for work. The U.S. has gone from a nation asking “Where are the jobs?” to one that asks “Where are more workers?”

    While this economic turnaround has come as a shock to most Democrats in Washington, it’s no surprise to millions of working families across America. They were overtaxed and overregulated for far too long, and the result was a decade of slow growth.

    In only six months, the economy has been reinvigorated—and the best is yet to come. That’s because the new tax code leapfrogs America’s competitors abroad. The U.S. is now at the head of the pack—one of the best places on the planet to find that next job, to build that new manufacturing plant, or to set up company headquarters.

    As a result, businesses of all sizes are now investing in American workers and communities. They are bringing back their dollars from overseas and investing at home again. It’s no coincidence that small-business optimism has hit its highest reported level in 35 years.

    There is a new hope and a new optimism that wasn’t here before. To call it a sudden change from the sluggish Obama-era economy would be an understatement. For a decade, it was like America’s economy was going through a 25 mph zone. Now that the high taxes and uncompetitive regulations are gone, we’re on the open highway again.

    In my home state of Texas, families and business owners tell me that they’re hopeful about their economic outlook for the first time since the Great Recession. A growing economy means real change for millions, and it’s uplifting to hear from so many people who are excited about their futures again. A Gallup poll out this week found that satisfaction with the direction the U.S. is heading has reached a 12-year high. This simply wouldn’t have happened without meaningful tax reform.

    The scary thing is that Democrats want to take all of this progress away. They think Washington should keep more of families’ hard-earned money. Critics like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continue to deny that tax reform has had any positive effects, and they have actually pledged to raise taxes. Clearly, Democrats are interested in seeing only doom and gloom.

    Meantime, Republicans are finding innovative ways to keep improving the tax code to ensure it will remain competitive and pro-growth for Main Street businesses. We’re going to change the culture of Washington so the U.S. doesn’t find itself in the same situation we faced last year, with a tax code that was an anchor dragging down the economy.

    Given the choice between keeping taxes high and allowing families to keep more of their money, Republicans chose—and continue to choose—the American people. Empowering families to run their own lives is at the heart of the American Dream. It’s the key to our nation’s economic success, and it’s the reason that, six months into tax reform, Americans are more hopeful about their future.

  140. Geriatric Mayfly

    People may not believe this but once you had to make yourself and vehicle open for inspection before you passed from NSW to Victoria.

    Remember it well. A tiny shed at the Bringebrong bridge, and at the approach of a vehicle out would pop the fruit fly inspector. The volume of traffic was such, that one car an hour would have given him a sense of self worth and job satisfaction.

  141. Empire 5:5

    Stormy Daniels heading to border to help migrant children

    If they’re going to be trafficked into a life of sexual servitude in the US, they might as well learn the game from a pro.

  142. Leo G

    The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that states can require internet retailers to pay state sales taxes, even if the company has no physical presence in the state- reversing a 1992 ruling.
    The court said that the present law “was outdated and incentivized businesses to avoid physical presence” in states and led to “a judicially created tax shelter.”
    The new law will lead to a “judicially created physical presence”. A tax and a tax penalty- how to update tax laws and outdate incentivised buisinesses.

  143. struth

    Massive intrusive fruit fly and harassment centres set up on SA borders and WA borders.
    Harder to get into these states with certain loads on than getting past the East German border Guards in the 1960’s.
    The mentality is just the same.

    At Ceduna, the inspectors really are only interested in the good looking backpackers in their old vans.
    Getting them out for a perv as they open all their gear for inspection.

  144. OneWorldGovernment

    Top Ender

    It’s a tad ‘woke but good fotos.

  145. John Constantine

    When the Trumpnado lands in Australia, will their yarragrad Nazgul kleptocracy try and Bill him for ssecurity liked they fined Milo?.

  146. OldOzzie

    There’s one way of viewing the world and there’s the ABC view – Grace Collier

    This week, while basking in the glory of Tyrant, an excellent series on Netflix, our family reflected for a moment on the background furore over the ABC and whether it should be sold.

    Many ABC staff members clearly felt under siege during the debate as some of them wound up in a tweeting tizzy, bravely defending themselves and their mates.

    With a couple of exceptions, people at the ABC are friendly, professional and welcoming, an absolute delight to deal with. The problem is probably not individual political bias but better described as an organisation that is off-kilter, with a narrow focus on limited topics, a skewed flavouring running through the offerings, with constant reference to recurring, tired themes.

    Who knows what causes all this and why it seems unable to be rectified. Perhaps the programming is set by well-meaning people with a limited life experience and lack of exposure to industry and markets. In any case, bewildered ABC types can take this quiz that is designed to test their mindset.

    1. You’ve been asked to create a new television series for Sunday nights. Pick one of the following:

    a) The Lucky Country Indeed — Stories of Australian Success. In this series we interview everyday Australians who started with nothing yet have managed to reach their personal and financial goals and find happiness in life. We visit them at home and explore what motivated them, what obstacles they had to overcome and invite them to share the lessons they have learned along the way.

    b) The Poor-Bugger-Me, Pain Olympics of Extreme Suffering. We find and interview people who have been the victim of horrendous, tragic events and/or are grappling with horrific disadvantage. In series one we tour the homes (or cardboard boxes) of the most marginalised, disadvantaged, damaged, injured or mentally unwell people we can find (within 15km of the CBD) and zoom the camera in on their suffering, with a tear-jerking soundtrack. Each episode is an hour long, and the pain of our subject is amplified and revealed very slowly, layer by layer. The audience will feel their eyes sting as viewing is like exposure to the excruciating peeling of a toxic onion.

    2. You’re asked to produce a gardening series for Friday night. Which do you think might best appeal to the average viewer?

    a) Spectacular Australian Private Gardens. In this series we tour stunning properties, explore their gardens and interview the owners and staff who tend them.

    b) Hey Honey, Climate Change Ruined My Lawn. In this series we visit a self-sustaining, no-dig, no-maintenance public nature strip community garden in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The garden is only 60cm wide and 90cm long, and appears as untended bare earth scattered with old tea bags and syringes. Really, it is more of an urban compost heap, but this is only as a direct result of bushfires and floods caused by dangerous and catastrophic climate change. Importantly, this series is aimed at making the millions of marginalised, discriminated-against, vulnerable, bullied and harassed Australians who don’t have nice gardens feel better because they will not have to look at anything of beauty and then feel jealous because they don’t own it.

    3. A new prime-time television talk show is planned, titled What’s the Government Gonna Do For Me? You design the first episode, which goes like this:

    a) A variety of employees and small business owners in the private sector give their views on the size, cost and value of government in our society and whether our governments deliver for their people and are fit for purpose.

    b) A line-up of people talk about their struggles with entrenched poverty, unemployment, addiction to various substances, obesity, inequality, gender confusion, family violence and mental anguish caused by the Trump administration and detail what they think governments should do to improve their lives.

    4. You’re asked to do a Radio National segment on business. Select the storyline that most appeals.

    a) Australians are forever asking for the creation of secure jobs with high wages. At the same time, our culture is derisive of wealth and anti-business (unless that business is run from a beanbag in a government-funded start-up hub). Why haven’t Australians joined the dots; do they not realise that only profitable and healthy businesses can create good secure jobs? We examine whether our cultural, legislative and taxation settings assist, impede or even punish business creation and success.

    b) Corporate greed and tax avoidance are ripping off our community. We delve into who hasn’t paid much tax, what we think they should have paid and what we could have done with the money, and reveal how white, rich, pervy old men are living it up at the expense of vulnerable communities including women, children, LGBTQI people, refugees, indigenous Australians, wild and domestic animals, insect species and native plants.

    If you answered mostly a), you must be one of the two token conservatives at the ABC, meaning your first name starts with A or T.

    If you answered mostly b), oh dear, like pretty much everyone else in this country I am afraid you are a victim of bullying, inequality and structural disadvantage. This latest episode in ABC bashing just proves it. Perhaps the best way to escape the unfair demands of your boss (the public) and the toxic work environment they are putting you in is for you to quit your job and park your butt in a beanbag at the local innovation hub. Here you can apply for a government grant and use it to start your own broadcasting company. In this way you will learn that the best boss you will ever have is you.

  147. stackja

    Election Speeches · Bob Hawke, 1987 · Museum of Australian …
    https://electionspeeches.moadoph.gov.au/speeches/1987-bob-hawke
    Famously, in his campaign speech at the Sydney Opera House, Hawke made his promise that ‘by 1990, no Australian child will be living in poverty’. Labor won …

  148. John Constantine

    After the Trumpnado touches down in Australia, will their frankenstabby Bishop try and arrest him on behalf of their United Nations for crimes against Stalin?.

  149. John Constantine

    Worst of all, will moist and clammy Billy shorten try and make Trump touch the Shortfilth’s wanking hand?.

  150. Myrddin Seren

    Old Curmudgeon Alert:

    Police say the worker was delivering a late night snack to a home in Harmon Avenue, St Albans when shots began to fire.

    ‘when shots began to fire’…?

    They didn’t fire themselves. Shots were fired – from a gun. Because somebody pulled the trigger.

    Seriously – who writes like this ?

    Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun

    Swinburne University of Technology
    Degree Name: Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) Field Of Study – Politics & Public Policy
    Dates attended 2011 – 2014

    She got an HD for shorthand. She is pretty cute though, so that is definitely a plus compared to the average graduate of a media studies-type course.

    I don’t know enough about Melbournibad higher ed – is Swineborn another Marxist revolutionary production line ?

  151. stackja

    Jump in My Car – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jump_in_My_Car
    “Jump in My Car” is a song originally recorded by Australian rock band Ted Mulry Gang in 1975. The song was written by Australian singer Ted Mulry

    Oh! The innocence!

  152. JC

    People here, at times, show they want to believe this sack of worthless putrid shit had a great military record. All the bad stuff wasn’t flossed. He turned only when he went into politics. Yep, I believe that.

    Thank God the Kenyan won in 07.

    Wired Sources

    BREAKING: newly-released documents reveal ‘Conservative’ John McCain urged Obama IRS to illegally target conservative groups – Judicial Watch

    The worst D’rats aren’t as malicious and dishonest as this sack of shit.

  153. OneWorldGovernment

    struth
    #2745069, posted on June 23, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Can Victorian Police come over to Port Augusta and do me for laws that don’t exist in South Australia but do in their jurisdiction.
    Or can the Victorian Police only bust me on South Australian Laws?
    Why do we have extradition?

    I think you will find that any copper in any State can charge you with your home States laws.

  154. Bruce of Newcastle

    Here is a lady academic who the ANU should offer a tenured position immediately.

    Professor Publishes Paper About Death Of Her Cat. Hilarity Ensued.

    Follow the link to the story if you dare. My sides hurt.

  155. OldOzzie

    Anthony Albanese lays out his blueprint for government – Geoff Chambers – Canberra Bureau Chief

    Anthony Albanese has laid out his blueprint for government, calling on Labor to follow the lead of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating and ­engage with big business, repudiating Bill Shorten’s anti-business crusade weeks out from the crucial Super Saturday by-elections.

    Delivering the Whitlam Oration last night, Mr Albanese — a long-time leadership rival of Mr Shorten — said it was critical for a future Labor government to ­engage more closely with “unions, the business sector and civil ­society”.

    Contradicting his leader’s push against big business, Mr Albanese said “our job is not to sow discord, it is to bring people together in the service of the national interest”.

    Mr Shorten declared “war” on big business during an “unfriendly” lunch with the Business Council of Australia in November. Mr Shorten — the former Australian Workers Union boss who is backed by the militant construction union — has led Labor’s campaign opposing company tax cuts for businesses with a turnover of more than $50 million.

    “Labor doesn’t have to agree with business on issues such as company tax rates but we do have to engage constructively with business large and small,” Mr ­Albanese told supporters at the Shellharbour Workers’ Club in NSW. “We respect and celebrate the importance of individual ­enterprise, and the efforts and ­importance of the business community.”

    Mr Albanese’s speech, in which he described ugly battles between unions and businesses as “sapping national energy” and which “gets you nowhere”, came ahead of a showdown in the Senate next week on the government’s proposal to cut the corporate tax rate for all businesses from 30 to 25 per cent. The Turnbull government, which won crossbench support this week for Malcolm Turnbull’s $144 billion personal income tax package, is expected to seize on Mr Albanese’s speech ahead of the final sitting week before the winter break.

    Mr Albanese — speaking one month out from the five Super Saturday by-elections on July 28 where Labor is fighting to retain four seats — urged his party to avoid being a wrecking opposition, embrace “optimism” and not “make the mistake of hoping to slide into government off the back of our opponents’ failures”.

    The Weekend Australian understands Mr Shorten — who is locked in a battle with the government to hold on to the Queensland marginal electorate of Longman and Braddon in Tasmania — would come under leadership pressure if he loses one or both of the Labor-held seats.

    Mr Shorten, campaigning with Longman candidate Susan Lamb yesterday, has been privately ­attacked by colleagues over his negative campaigning on the citizenship crisis, which left him ­exposed after it was revealed Labor MPs, including Ms Lamb, were dual citizens before the 2016 election. In a warning to the Labor parliamentary team, Mr Albanese said: “It’s not good enough to say: “Elect us because the other mob are useless.”

    The former deputy prime minister said Labor must remember “this is not 1950, when most Australians were members of trade unions” and that party members must have a “more direct say in elections for public office and ­internal positions”.

    Following the 2013 federal election Mr Albanese won the popular vote of party members for the leadership but could not secure enough votes from Labor caucus members.

    Mr Albanese, who retains strong grassroots support and led Mr Shorten and Tanya Plibersek in the most recent Newspoll question on Labor leadership, said the party must “recognise the importance of party branches to our understanding of what is happening in our country”.

    “Indeed, many people from working-class backgrounds are not members of unions because they were beneficiaries of Gough Whitlam’s education reforms,” he said. “They became the first ­people in their families to go to university, work in the professions and non-unionised industries, or start their own business.”

    Mr Albanese said Labor “cannot afford to ignore this demographic” and said “we need the energy and ideas of our membership”. “Their engagement enriches our platform and makes us a stronger, more broadly based political force. Labor must also maintain our internal processes that emphasise policymaking from the bottom up.”

    Mr Albanese, a leading member of Labor’s left faction, also ­delivered a clear position on the party’s approach to asylum-seekers, which has left Mr Shorten wedged in recent months. The Labor frontbencher — who said he supported strict border protection measures — singled out Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s “indefinite ­detention of asylum-seekers”, suggesting “a policy that uses its prolonged treatment of detained people as an ongoing deterrent to others has a deep flaw at its heart”.

    “Labor supports offshore detention and regional processing, in order to stop the people smuggling trade,” he said. “But we call out the government’s failure to settle refugees in third countries, despite the clear offer of assistance from countries including New Zealand. You can be tough on people-smugglers without being weak on humanity. You can protect our borders without ­losing our national soul.”

    In the same week in which the government attacked Mr Shorten over unfairly targeting “aspirational Australians”, Mr Albanese said Labor must be “a party of the people”. “The key to an effective plan for government is an understanding of the aspirations of our fellow Australians,” he said. “We in Labor must always ask ourselves: What do Australians want out of life and how can we help them achieve it.” Mr Albanese, who also called for more bipartisanship between the major parties, said it was crucial for Labor to promote jobs, education and ­access to top-quality healthcare.

  156. OneWorldGovernment

    Struth

    Many years ago one of my Uncles took a grain cleaning machine and truck back to WA.

    It took some days for Ceduna mob to approve his passage.

    But at the time WA was trying to stop bio-shit from coming into their wheat growing areas.

    But he contested Hannafords.

  157. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2745097, posted on June 23, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Yes. BS has to win the by-elections. Or. Gone.

  158. OldOzzie

    JC
    #2745092, posted on June 23, 2018 at 10:48 am

    People here, at times, show they want to believe this sack of worthless putrid shit had a great military record. All the bad stuff wasn’t flossed. He turned only when he went into politics. Yep, I believe that.

    Thank God the Kenyan won in 07.

    Wired Sources


    BREAKING: newly-released documents reveal ‘Conservative’ John McCain urged Obama IRS to illegally target conservative groups – Judicial Watch

    The worst D’rats aren’t as malicious and dishonest as this sack of shit.

    JC it gets Worse

    Now It All Starts Making Sense – Deep State “Fixer”: Henry John Kerner, The Cover-Up Expert….

    Years of questions about how so many DC scandals never ended up with any accountability are now slowly beginning to make sense. Henry Kerner is a missing piece of a very frustrating puzzle…

    Thanks to the efforts of Judicial Watch, we now find a name at the very heart of some of the most controversial investigative collapses in modern political history.

    The same John McCain staffer who told the IRS to weaponize their database to target Tea Party groups, was intimately involved in Fast-and-Furious, Benghazi, IRS and now -under the Trump administration- “Spygate”.

    If you wanted to control or cover-up a DC scandal where would you need to be? What position(s) would you need to control? A) the witnesses, and the investigators. In essence, deep inside the agencies or committees doing the investigation. That’s exactly the functionality where Henry John Kerner comes in.

    Yesterday it was revealed that Henry J Kerner (Henry Kerner), as a former McCain senior staff official, was part of a bipartisan DC team who constructed the IRS weaponization program to target the Tea Party. That’s bad enough. However, a little more digging, you’re not going to believe this: the same guy who was attached to the prior investigations, is now in charge of all DC “corruption” and “whistle-blowing” cases, including the current FBI and DOJ corruption.

    Imagine investigating yourself. That’s exactly what Kerner was doing as a member of the Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations.

    And now Henry Kerner is in charge of all investigations of fraud and abuse in government, and the outcomes of whistleblowers?

    No wonder the Deep State feels empowered. With DC control agents ensuring the corruption and gross misconduct remains hidden, there’s not much fear of getting caught.

    Unreal.

    Whole Article worth a Read

  159. Confused Old Misfit

    Another problem with the ABC illustrated in Old Ozzies Post above is, that out of the three television options proposed only the gardening program is really vision oriented. The other three are radio with pictures of talking heads. Your ABC has a talking head fixation.
    If they can’t find anyone really involved in a story they’ll default to one of their trained “experts” or interview one of their own staff.
    When they do manage to insert some vision into a news story you will likely have seen the identical vision earlier on a commercial channel.
    All of which is not to say that the commercials are that much better.

  160. stackja

    John Sidney McCain III is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Arizona, a seat he was first elected to in 1986. Wikipedia

    Too long in DC.

  161. stackja

    2GB reports Green’s MLC David Shoebridge wants to imprison priests who keep confessional seal.

  162. calli

    The co-authors of the scientific paper in Bruce’s link:

    Amelie Nordstrom (ca. 2001-2017), felis domestica, was a black cat specializing in making kin with humans and (sometimes) other nonhumans.

    Coonan Nordstrom (ca. 2009-present day), felis domestica, is a Tuxedo cat specializing in a Haraway-influenced becoming with other species.

    It has to be satire. Please, please let it be so.

  163. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja
    #2745105, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:02 am

    John Sidney McCain III is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Arizona, a seat he was first elected to in 1986. Wikipedia

    Too long in DC.

    And it wasn’t him and no one believes it but her killed 12 blokes on the carrier off Vietnam.

    Why do you think Trump said what he did about McCain?

  164. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja
    #2745106, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    2GB reports Green’s MLC David Shoebridge wants to imprison priests who keep confessional seal.

    Surely there should be full time monitoring and recording of far far left communists, Greens, and far left communists called ALP, ABC Universities and Public Servants and CEO’s of deadshit companies and unions.

    I’m all for it.

  165. calli

    Thank God the Kenyan won in 07.

    He’s been doing it for a long time now.

    And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding – Daniel 2:21 KJV

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

  166. Leo G

    Here is a lady academic who the ANU should offer a tenured position immediately.
    Professor Publishes Paper About Death Of Her Cat. Hilarity Ensued.

    Toxoplasma gondii induced species identity disorder?

  167. stackja

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2745113, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:13 am
    stackja
    #2745106, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    2GB reports Green’s MLC David Shoebridge wants to imprison priests who keep confessional seal.

    Surely there should be full time monitoring and recording of far far left communists, Greens, and far left communists called ALP, ABC Universities and Public Servants and CEO’s of deadshit companies and unions.

    I’m all for it.

    Not enough storage will ever exist to keep monitoring list.

  168. OneWorldGovernment

    Bernadi you dick.

    Introduce and make all Universities hold an introductory exam.

    too easy for fuckwits to gain a degree.

    It would be cheaper to pay most of these fuckwits via Newstart than let the ignorant pigs near a uni.

  169. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bezos’ fakestream organ WaPo caught obfuscating, again

    Fackcheck: true.

    WaPo Refuses To Cover Amazon’s Horrendous “Pee Bottle” Warehouse Conditions

  170. Entropy

    She is pretty cute though, so that is definitely a plus compared to the average graduate of a media studies-type course.

    The only real qualification to actually get a job in the media these days is appearance. You just have to look at the evening news. It’s either a steady silver fox or a pretty nympthette. If they can’t deliver on that criterion the only option for j’ism graduates is to find employment writing media releases for the government funded public service or some large corporation.

  171. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja
    #2745117, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2745113, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:13 am
    stackja
    #2745106, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Not enough storage will ever exist to keep monitoring list.

    stackja

    they already have the storage.

    have you rung the ATO lately – voice recognition.

    The Australia Card is already up and operational.

  172. Rae

    Now It All Starts Making Sense – Deep State “Fixer”: Henry John Kerner, The Cover-Up Expert….

    Poor Old Ozzie is definitely showing his age. Repeating stull he’s already told us before. And now posting stuff from The Last Refuge.

    LOL

    Written by sundance. Was that before or after Bolivia? Or the Tiger Moth crash – “I had a farm in Africa …?

  173. H B Bear

    Who better than rub-n-tug merchant Albozleazy to kick start the Hawke-Keating legacy?

  174. Entropy

    Surely there should be full time monitoring and recording of far far left communists, Greens, and far left communists called ALP, ABC Universities and Public Servants and CEO’s of deadshit companies and unions.

    Rather than becoming just like those fascists, because real fascism looks just like them, how about we just take away their toys and ignore them until they grow up?

  175. Rae

    “stull”, “stuff” …. same, same.

  176. Entropy

    You realise Albo is just arguing for a re-enforcement of the corporatist state run by the elite? A happy cultural triumph-erate of Big Business, Big Union and Big Government?

    Oh, well, at least the trains will run on time.

  177. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja

    the far right fascist communist party, previously known as the liberal party of Australia, will not allow YOU to transact anything above $10,000 cash.

    Check out what the Turnbull Filth is doing.

  178. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    REVIEW
    This (draft-dodging) life

    Laurie Monson
    The Australian
    12:00AM June 23, 2018

    It was the summer of 1969 and three mates and I were sharing a house, 60m from Northcliffe beach on the Gold Coast, for a mere $26 a week.

    Our days (and nights) consisted of beer, girls and a transistor radio, but life was good; we were playing footy and getting occasional labouring work at the going rate of $10 a day.

    I was also lucky enough to be working at the Southport dairy, working out how their fully ­automated state-of-the-art bottle washing plant could become, er, fully automated.

    Life was tickety-boo. But down in cold-­hearted Canberra, government officials were spinning the chocolate wheel of conscription to select 20-year-old Australian men for service in Vietnam.

    The farthest thing from my leisure-oriented mind was that my number would be plucked out. However, soon enough a letter arrived ­requesting that I attend a medical examination to determine my physical suitability for army duties.

    Along with 40 others, I was told to turn up at a small office complex in Southport. Like the “gilded youths that sat along the barber’s wall” in Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Ironbark, we waited outside the six interview cubicles, each of which contained a doctor. Cubicle doors opened randomly; as each candidate exited, a voice within would call out clinically: “Next!”

    My health was perfect. I was lean and fit, and even though this would be my first official medical examination since I was a baby, I considered­ myself a perfect candidate for the army and was prepared to accept my lot for the next two years.

    “Next!” The door was open. I ventured in, feeling as prepared as I could be. A doctor was gazing at a clipboard. He raised his eyes. “Son,” he said, “do you want to go to war and get shot at?” Not what I’d expected.

    Torn between wanting professional confirm­ation of my excellent health and answering the doctor’s question honestly, I stuttered: “No.”

    The doctor then proceeded to fabricate a long list of illnesses and ailments that I allegedly suffered from. (Thinking about this later in life, I realised how police can easily verbal innocent suspects.)

    As suddenly as it began, the examination was over. A few days later I received another official letter informing me that I was in poor health, totally unsuited to military duties, and I should seek further medical treatment sooner rather than later.

    From the Oz.

  179. OneWorldGovernment

    seems there is a snuffler on the web.

  180. Eyrie

    Dear President Trump,
    When you visit Australia please bring armed US Marines. Lots of them.
    Regards
    Eyrie

  181. OneWorldGovernment

    Eyrie
    #2745131, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Dear President Trump,
    When you visit Australia please bring armed US Marines. Lots of them.
    Regards
    Eyrie

    There maybe a few already here.

  182. OldOzzie

    WSJ – Mueller’s Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

    It makes no difference how honorable he is. His investigation is tainted by the bias that attended its origin in 2016.

    By David B. Rivkin Jr. and
    Elizabeth Price Foley
    June 22, 2018 6:38 p.m. ET

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation may face a serious legal obstacle: It is tainted by antecedent political bias. The June 14 report from Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, unearthed a pattern of anti-Trump bias by high-ranking officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Some of their communications, the report says, were “not only indicative of a biased state of mind but imply a willingness to take action to impact a presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.” Although Mr. Horowitz could not definitively ascertain whether this bias “directly affected” specific FBI actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, it nonetheless affects the legality of the Trump-Russia collusion inquiry, code-named Crossfire Hurricane.

    Crossfire was launched only months before the 2016 election. Its FBI progenitors—the same ones who had investigated Mrs. Clinton—deployed at least one informant to probe Trump campaign advisers, obtained Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wiretap warrants, issued national security letters to gather records, and unmasked the identities of campaign officials who were surveilled. They also repeatedly leaked investigative information.

    Mr. Horowitz is separately scrutinizing Crossfire and isn’t expected to finish for months. But the current report reveals that FBI officials displayed not merely an appearance of bias against Donald Trump, but animus bordering on hatred. Peter Strzok, who led both the Clinton and Trump investigations, confidently assuaged a colleague’s fear that Mr. Trump would become president: “No he won’t. We’ll stop it.” An unnamed FBI lawyer assigned to Crossfire told a colleague he was “devastated” and “numb” after Mr. Trump won, while declaring to another FBI attorney: “Viva le resistance.”

    The report highlights the FBI’s failure to act promptly upon discovering that Anthony Weiner’s laptop contained thousands of Mrs. Clinton’s emails. Investigators justified the delay by citing the “higher priority” of Crossfire. But Mr. Horowitz writes: “We did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on [the] investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias.”

    Similarly, although Mr. Horowitz found no evidence that then-FBI Director James Comey was trying to influence the election, Mr. Comey did make decisions based on political considerations. He told the inspector general that his election-eve decision to reopen the Clinton email investigation was motivated by a desire to protect her assumed presidency’s legitimacy.

    The inspector general wrote that Mr. Strzok’s text messages “created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations.” The report adds, importantly, that “most of the text messages raising such questions pertained to the Russia investigation.” Given how biases ineluctably shape behavior, these facts create a strong inference that by squelching the Clinton investigation and building a narrative of Trump-Russia collusion, a group of government officials sought to bolster Mrs. Clinton’s electoral chances and, if the unthinkable happened, obtain an insurance policy to cripple the Trump administration with accusations of illegitimacy.

    What does this have to do with Mr. Mueller, who was appointed in May 2017 after President Trump fired Mr. Comey? The inspector general concludes that the pervasive bias “cast a cloud over the FBI investigations to which these employees were assigned,” including Crossfire. And if Crossfire was politically motivated, then its culmination, the appointment of a special counsel, inherited the taint. All special-counsel activities—investigations, plea deals, subpoenas, reports, indictments and convictions—are fruit of a poisonous tree, byproducts of a violation of due process. That Mr. Mueller and his staff had nothing to do with Crossfire’s origin offers no cure.

    When the government deprives a person of life, liberty or property, it is required to use fundamentally fair processes. The Supreme Court has made clear that when governmental action “shocks the conscience,” it violates due process. Such conduct includes investigative or prosecutorial efforts that appear, under the totality of the circumstances, to be motivated by corruption, bias or entrapment.

    In U.S. v. Russell (1973), the justices observed: “We may someday be presented with a situation in which the conduct of law enforcement agents is so outrageous that due process principles would absolutely bar the government from invoking judicial processes to obtain a conviction.” It didn’t take long. In Blackledge v. Perry (1974), the court concluded that due process was offended by a prosecutor’s “realistic likelihood of ‘vindictiveness’ ” that tainted the “very initiation of proceedings.”

    In Young v. U.S. ex rel. Vuitton (1987), the justices held that because prosecutors have “power to employ the full machinery of the state in scrutinizing any given individual . . . we must have assurance that those who would wield this power will be guided solely by their sense of public responsibility for the attainment of justice.” Prosecutors must be “disinterested” and make “dispassionate assessments,” free from any personal bias.

    In Williams v. Pennsylvania (2016), the court held that a state judge’s potential bias violated due process because he had played a role, a quarter-century earlier, in prosecuting the death-row inmate whose habeas corpus petition he was hearing. The passage of time and involvement of others do not vitiate the taint but heighten “the need for objective rules preventing the operation of bias that might otherwise be obscured,” the justices wrote. A single biased individual “might still have an influence that, while not so visible . . . is nevertheless significant.”

    In addition to the numerous anti-Trump messages uncovered by the inspector general, there is a strong circumstantial case—including personnel, timing, methods and the absence of evidence—that Crossfire was initiated for political, not national-security, purposes.

    It was initiated in defiance of a longstanding Justice Department presumption against investigating campaigns in an election year. And while impartiality is always required, a 2012 memo by then-Attorney General Eric Holder emphasizes that impartiality is “particularly important in an election year,” and “politics must play no role in the decisions of federal prosecutors or investigators regarding any investigations. . . . Law enforcement officers and prosecutors may never select the timing of investigative steps or criminal charges for the purpose of affecting any election, or for the purpose of giving an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party.”

    Strong evidence of a crime can overcome this policy, as was the case with the bureau’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s private email server, which began more than a year before the 2016 election. But Crossfire was not a criminal investigation. It was a counterintelligence investigation predicated on the notion that Russia could be colluding with the Trump campaign. There appears to have been no discernible evidence of Trump-Russia collusion at the time Crossfire was launched, further reinforcing the notion that it was initiated “for the purpose” of affecting the presidential election.

    The chief evidence of collusion is the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s servers. But nothing in the public record suggests the Trump campaign aided that effort. The collusion narrative therefore hinges on the more generic assertion that Russia aimed to help Mr. Trump’s election, and that the Trump campaign reciprocated by embracing pro-Russian policies. Yet despite massive surveillance and investigation, there’s still no public evidence of any such exchange—only that Russia attempted to sow political discord by undermining Mrs. Clinton and to a lesser extent Mr. Trump.

    Some members of the Trump team interacted with Russians and advocated dovish policies. But so did numerous American political and academic elites, including many Clinton advisers. Presidential campaigns routinely seek opposition research and interact with foreign powers. The Clinton campaign funded the Steele dossier, whose British author paid Russians to dish anti-Trump dirt. The Podesta Group, led by the brother of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, received millions lobbying for Russia’s largest bank and the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, both with deep Kremlin ties. The Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton took millions from Kremlin-connected businesses.

    No evidence has emerged of Trump-Russia collusion, and Mr. Mueller has yet to bring collusion-related charges against anyone. Evidence suggests one of his targets, George Papadopoulos, was lured to London, plied with the prospect of Russian information damaging to Mrs. Clinton, and taken to dinner, where he drunkenly bragged that he’d heard about such dirt but never seen it. These circumstances not only fail to suggest Mr. Papadopoulos committed a crime, they reek of entrapment. The source of this information, former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, admits Mr. Papadopolous never mentioned emails, destroying any reasonable inference of a connection between the DNC hack and the Trump campaign.

    Crossfire’s progenitors thus ignored an obvious question: If Russia promised unspecified dirt on Mrs. Clinton but never delivered it, how would that amount to collusion with the Trump campaign? If anything, such behavior suggests an attempt to entice and potentially embarrass Mr. Trump by dangling the prospect of compromising information and getting his aides to jump at it.

    Given the paucity of evidence, it’s staggering that the FBI would initiate a counterintelligence investigation, led by politically biased staff, amid a presidential campaign. The aggressive methods and subsequent leaking only strengthen that conclusion. If the FBI sincerely believed Trump associates were Russian targets or agents, the proper response would have been to inform Mr. Trump so that he could protect his campaign and the country.

    Mr. Trump’s critics argue that the claim of political bias is belied by the fact that Crossfire was not leaked before the election. In fact, there were vigorous, successful pre-election efforts to publicize the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. Shortly after Crossfire’s launch, CIA Director John Brennan and Mr. Comey briefed Congress, triggering predictable leaking. Christopher Steele and his patrons embarked on a media roadshow, making their dossier something of an open secret in Washington.

    On Aug. 29, 2016, the New York Times published a letter to Mr. Comey from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, saying he’d learned of “evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign,” which had “employed a number of individuals with significant and disturbing ties to Russia and the Kremlin.” On Aug. 30, the ranking Democratic members of four House committees wrote a public letter to Mr. Comey requesting “that the FBI assess whether connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian interests” may have contributed to the DNC hack so as “to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.” On Sept. 23, Yahoo News’s Michael Isikoff reported the Hill briefings and the Steele dossier’s allegations regarding Carter Page. On Oct. 30, Harry Reid again publicly wrote Mr. Comey: “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government.”

    That these leaking efforts failed to prevent Mr. Trump’s victory, or that Mr. Comey’s ham-fisted interventions might have also hurt Mrs. Clinton’s electoral prospects, does not diminish the legal significance of the anti-Trump bias shown by government officials.

    The totality of the circumstances creates the appearance that Crossfire was politically motivated. Since an attempt by federal law enforcement to influence a presidential election “shocks the conscience,” any prosecutorial effort derived from such an outrageous abuse of power must be suppressed. The public will learn more once the inspector general finishes his investigation into Crossfire’s genesis. But given what is now known, due process demands, at a minimum, that the special counsel’s activity be paused. Those affected by Mr. Mueller’s investigation could litigate such an argument in court. One would hope, however, that given the facts either Mr. Mueller himself or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would do it first.

    Mr. Rivkin and Ms. Foley practice appellate and constitutional law in Washington. He served at the Justice Department and the White House Counsel’s Office during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. She is a professor at Florida International University College of Law.

    Appeared in the June 23, 2018, print edition.

  183. Rae

    WaPo Refuses To Cover Amazon’s Horrendous “Pee Bottle” Warehouse Conditions

    Whats’ to report? Fans pee in bottles every weekend at the footy.

  184. John Constantine

    Every filthy activist revolutionary foreign funded cell of fighters in Australia will already have Trumps schedule handed to them by turnbullites praying to be rid of this turbulent President.

    Is it really safe enough for Trump to come to a godless commo one party State like Australia, run by agents in the pay of those that hate America.

  185. cohenite

    Just tried to defend Trump’s border policy in the context of fake news, the distraction of the IG report and the mid terms and the time line since Reno v Flores on talkback; the woman on the other end went into melt-down and said how would I like it if my children were treated like this. Then hung up.

    The left are fucked but winning.

  186. John Constantine

    Has Chrissy pynofilth tried to do a deal with Getup concerning the Trump visit yet?.

  187. JC

    Anyone watched Silicon Valley , an HBO comedy series about the goings on about a bunch of geeks trying to make it big? I honestly don’t know how the show made it through the Leftist HBO filter because it’s really funny and irreverent towards leftist ideology. Maybe the fuckers at HBO were asleep when the were supposed to be watching the pilot and let it pass thinking it was politically okay? It then became popular and couldn’t stop it. Who knows.

    They have goes at everything Northern Californian leftist dipsticks believe in and mock them.

    The pretense they are above money.
    Smoking is worse that serial killing
    Men aren’t really attracted to very good looking gals.
    Aspergers running rampant through the valley
    Losers and funny nicknames for losers.
    Race based jokes

    There’s a billionaire in the show who drives a bright yellow lambo and makes fun of other billionaires driving those ridiculous Prius’s. He has a mental breakdown because his accountant told him he was no longer a billionaire and was now only worth $986 million- therefore meaning he could be part of Forbes’ rich list. He said he had to “rebillionize”!

    It’s the first time in yonks that I’ve laughed at comedy.

  188. stackja

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2745121, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:25 am
    stackja
    #2745117, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2745113, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:13 am
    stackja
    #2745106, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Not enough storage will ever exist to keep monitoring list.

    stackja

    they already have the storage.

    have you rung the ATO lately – voice recognition.

    The Australia Card is already up and operational.

    But will leftists store leftist failings?

  189. Myrddin Seren

    Hah.

    For regular readers who thought my occasional #ClothingJustice meme was simply a poke at other SJW eco-pieties, not so. It was a prediction, and sure enough – here we are:

    MPs to examine environmental footprint of UK fashion industry

    Inquiry will explore the carbon impact, resource use and water footprint of growing throwaway ‘fast fashion’ sector

    By the time the Protected Classes finish squeezing the last pips of ‘unsustainability’ out of the developed world economies – we are going to wind up with something looking remarkably like North Korea today.

  190. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja
    #2745139, posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:46 am

    But will leftists store leftist failings?

    How do you think the left or right communists obtain and maintain control.

  191. Tom

    Congrats, OldOzzie. You appear to be right over multiple targets. The Dam Busters’ bomb aimer would be jealous.

    It’s very handy having Australia’s most credentialed wrongologists at the Cat.

  192. C.L.

    FMD. Can we have a break from 8000 word articles posted to the thread?
    Just a headline and a description and I’ll decide whether to read it or not.

  193. Myrddin Seren

    Wow

    Trump Derangement Syndrome is genuinely metastasizing.

    ‘Comedian’ Tom Arnold on CNN.

    Another one who looks like he will finish the 2020 election in a padded cell.

  194. stackja

    C.L. much is subscription only.

  195. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja

    use your card anywhere and I have you.

    The Australia Card is about picking up the rest of the people.

    This is not Annie’s lizard shit.

    Ring the ATO and identify yourself and then ring them again the next day.

    Good ol’ bloke that used to be treasurer kept complaining about lack of computers.

    What a farking joke.

  196. Myrddin Seren

    TDS Victim Tom Arnold follow up.

    Tom Arnold – ‘I am spending the weekend with Michael Cohen – tapes, tapes, tapes’.

    Michael Cohen:

    Appreciate @TomArnold kind words about me as a great father, husband and friend. This was a chance, public encounter in the hotel lobby where he asked for a selfie. Not spending the weekend together, did not discuss being on his show nor did we discuss @POTUS. #done #ridiculous

    Hollyweird is literally losing its collective mind over The Donald.

  197. Bruce of Newcastle

    MPs to examine environmental footprint of UK fashion industry

    I can see why they want to do that.

    Girl’s floral Duck Tape prom dress may earn her $10K

    Wow.

  198. Roger

    Dear President Trump,
    When you visit Australia please bring armed US Marines. Lots of them.
    Regards
    Eyrie

    There maybe a few already here.

    The last word (c. February) was that the US was increasing the Marine presence in Darwin and accelerating the training program in response to Chinese posturing. We can be thankful for the bellicosity of the latter; without it Trump may have decided that there was little benefit to the US in the ANZUS alliance, and not without reason. NZ, btw, has signed up to China’s One Belt One Road initiative, signalling how they see the future of the region panning out.

  199. Myrddin Seren

    From the same UK government that devotes huge resources to tracking down internet shit-posters but seems incapable of dealing with mass, organised r*ape gangs and surging violent street crime – in spite of CCTV cameras on every second lightpole:

    UK digital minister considering measures to restrict anonymity online

    The U.K. government is considering limiting people’s anonymity online as part of a drive to clean up the internet — a change that could upend the social media landscape as we know it.

    Digital Minister Margot James said the freedom to be anonymous has been abused in “such a substantial way, with such damaging effects,” referring to the volume of racism, anti-Semitism and bullying across the internet, that curbs are being considered as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s online safety proposals due to be published later this year.

    Our Orwellian Big Brother future in neon lights.

  200. C.L.

    Tom Arnold – ‘I am spending the weekend with Michael Cohen – tapes, tapes, tapes’.

    As long as the Arnold/Rosie personal tapes never emerge, that’s all I care about.

  201. struth

    No one gives a flying patoot about global warming these days.
    Leftists activists are bored with it (it’s not bringing about the revolution fast enough) and are now running more with cultural Marxism, as their main attack.
    The only people using as an excuse to seize more and more power and control are those puppets of the U.N.
    Our pollies.
    Pretending to be right wing Leftists, Leftists, but no matter, all of our political elites, have converted to this handy religion, and they are not going to let go for a second.

    Do you really think they don’t know the gig is up?

    They know the vast majority of Australians don’t believe in, and therefore don’t want their nation demolished by this traitorous climate change bullshit.
    They also know we want an end to mass migration and especially the scum of the world getting priority.

    The fact that this bothers them not, must have people asking why.
    We know here at the cat why, but it seems our editorial writers, and opinionistas in the MSM just can’t quite put it together.
    And I mean those that aren’t left wing zombie soldiers, but the likes of Chris Kenny.

    How come no journalist seems to know what the Paris agreement actually is and who it helps?
    Why, no matter what, do they refuse to look at the U.N?
    Our MSM right wing are pathetic.
    And I know they are not right wing enough.
    But they are also not journalist enough.

  202. Myrddin Seren

    Roger

    The last word (c. February) was that the US was increasing the Marine presence in Darwin and accelerating the training program in response to Chinese posturing.

    At the very same time that the might and main of the ADF leadership is now trying to crush our last fighting elements in the Special Forces. We will be able to contribute a fantastic GLBQT etc etc marching band.

    We can be thankful for the bellicosity of the latter; without it Trump may have decided that there was little benefit to the US in the ANZUS alliance, and not without reason.

    Trumble – look at all the money Christopher is spending on defence equipment.

    The Donald – all of it two-to-four times the cost of anyone else; frequently unfit for purpose; and some of it on time lines so far in the future Pyne’s grandkids will be collecting the (cough) envelopes.

    Potemkin ADF – all buck, no bang.

    NZ, btw, has signed up to China’s One Belt One Road initiative, signalling how they see the future of the region panning out.

    ‘We surrender – may we be your regional satraps ? We promise to ruthlessly crush dissent!’

  203. C.L.

    As far as I can work out, this bloke resigned for saying nigger during a meeting about unacceptable words. Apparently, nigger must now be referenced and spoken only as “the N-word.”

    ABC Online does just that – despite Tom Ballard’s free use of the F-word and the C-word on the ABC:

    Netflix’s top spokesman Jonathan Friedland fired over use of racial term in meetings.

    A top Netflix executive has been sacked after he used the N-word in front of colleagues on more than one occasion.

    Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings sent an email to employees saying he had fired the company’s top spokesman Jonathan Friedland for showing “unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity”.

    Mr Friedland confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about offensive words

    In a memo to employees, published by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and confirmed by Netflix, Mr Hastings said Mr Friedland used the word twice — first in a meeting of public relations staff several months ago about sensitive words.

    Mr Hastings said Mr Friedland, who is white, later repeated the word with human resources staff trying to address the original incident.

    Mr Hastings wrote the second incident “confirmed a deep lack of understanding.”

    The word he used was nigger.

  204. OneWorldGovernment

    Roger

    So it will be the AUS treaty because Australia took over New Zealand and the long white cloud is just a memory.

    I would hope that New Zealand soldiers are comfortable training with Australians and vici verca.

    The secret service would already be out here.

    If they have non FBI/DOJ professionalism.

    And I think the US SS are pretty good.

  205. C.L.

    As far as I can work out, this bloke resigned for saying n1gger during a meeting about unacceptable words. Apparently, n1gger must now be referenced and spoken only as “the N-word.”

    ABC Online does just that – despite Tom Ballard’s free use of the F-word and the C-word on the ABC:

    Netflix’s top spokesman Jonathan Friedland fired over use of racial term in meetings.

    A top Netflix executive has been sacked after he used the N-word in front of colleagues on more than one occasion.

    Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings sent an email to employees saying he had fired the company’s top spokesman Jonathan Friedland for showing “unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity”.

    Mr Friedland confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about offensive words

    In a memo to employees, published by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and confirmed by Netflix, Mr Hastings said Mr Friedland used the word twice — first in a meeting of public relations staff several months ago about sensitive words.

    Mr Hastings said Mr Friedland, who is white, later repeated the word with human resources staff trying to address the original incident.

    Mr Hastings wrote the second incident “confirmed a deep lack of understanding.”

    The word he used was n1gger – though he didn’t use it offensively; he cited it as a word not to be used.

  206. Senile Old Guy

    Sociologists from the University of East Anglia said it could undermine efforts to tackle the obesity epidemic where more than three in five Britons are overweight or obese.

    This is the ruse that these nannies have been running for decades: “overweight or obese”. Being slightly”overweight” is not a health risk: being slightly overweight is associated with longer life. Being slightly underweight is actually worse.

  207. Senile Old Guy

    The complete Abstract from the”cat” article:

    We recognized the urgency of our shared multispecies inquiry, with the recent death of one of the cats, Amelie. In the intense singularity of death, we became very aware of how we tune and tend together—everyday practices in which humans (themselves animals) and animals live and perceive together—and how these practices shape our everyday lives. These practices are acts of multispecies survival in which we learn how to live and die together. We weave our multispecies living–dying together with the theories of Haraway and Rautio. Writing together as we disrupt the categories between humans and animals, human-centered philosophical concepts, and human-centered narrative inquiry. In so doing, we offer an evocative multispecies narrative that tells a different story, a becoming with multiple species in naturecultures.

    Someone said “surely satire”? I don’t think so. It reads just like typical humanities nonsense.

  208. OneWorldGovernment

    C.L.
    #2745157, posted on June 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    As far as I can work out, this bloke resigned for saying n1gger during a meeting about unacceptable words. Apparently, n1gger must now be referenced and spoken only as “the N-word.”

    Yea but the magic ex-president and his wife have captured the Netflix brain head.

    If I had shares I would sell.

    If I had a conscription I would cancel.

  209. OneWorldGovernment

    And FFS Fox is selling to ESPN/Disney!

  210. OneWorldGovernment

    Maybe Disney would buy the ABC because it is a joke and nothing will change.

    Go Google Girl.

  211. Shy Ted

    C.L. #2745054, posted on June 23, 2018 at 10:16 am
    Such a funny post C.L. Not sure Seph is going to get much Sex In any City.

    Of course Cliff Richard predicted this 48 years ago.

  212. Infidel Tiger

    Anyone watched Silicon Valley , an HBO comedy series about the goings on about a bunch of geeks trying to make it big? I honestly don’t know how the show made it through the Leftist HBO filter because it’s really funny and irreverent towards leftist ideology. Maybe the fuckers at HBO were asleep when the were supposed to be watching the pilot and let it pass thinking it was politically okay? It then became popular and couldn’t stop it. Who knows.

    Yep. Best show on TV.

  213. Rae

    C.L. #2745157, posted on June 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    As far as I can work out, this bloke resigned for saying n1gger during a meeting about unacceptable words. Apparently, n1gger must now be referenced and spoken only as “the N-word.”

    It’s the way of the world. Even at the Cat, alternatives for negro are non-PC.

  214. MsDolittle

    Anyone watched Silicon Valley

    Thanks for the tip – sounds great.

  215. Anne

    Attention, President Trump.

    Please bypass Australia. Go directly to Antarctica.

    Do not come to Australia.

    Our “Leaders”, knaves of the Knights of Malta all, will try to kill you.

  216. Leigh Lowe

    How is John McCain’s brain cancer going?

  217. zyconoclast

    Brazil’s Murder Rate Wreaks Destruction at World War Proportions

    The report was released days after government think tank IPEA and the Brazilian Forum on Public Security (FBSP) revealed in a study that the country’s homicide rate exceeded 30 per 100,000 in 2016, with 62,500 murders, the highest ever recorded, and about 30 times more than in Europe. Between 2006 and 2016, 553,000 people were killed in Brazil, said the IPEA/FBSP study, more than in the seven-year Syrian civil war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

  218. Senile Old Guy

    Typical.

    Time magazine issued a correction to its story, saying “the girl was not carried away screaming by US border patrol agents”. Her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together, the magazine said. But the magazine defended its decision to use the photo on its cover, even after it learned about its mistake. The photo “became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason,” Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal argued. “Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.” The border patrol agent who picked up Sanchez, Carlos Ruiz, told CBS News that “they’re using it to symbolise a policy and that was not the case with this picture.”

    This is utterly typical of the leftist media, who prefer a useful lie to the truth. The (once honourable) Times is objecting to people who have behaved illegally being criminally prosecuted. We should all remember: crossing national borders without legal authority to do so is a crime. Refugees are required to seek asylum in the first safe country. And:

    The girl was crying as officials searched Ms Sanchez, who US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said had been deported from the United States once before.

  219. .

    Airports are federal land so it’s the federal police, etc.

    Sort of. The Botany Bay LAC of the NSWPol share policing of Sydney Airport with the AFP.

    Your question about what gets enforced – read Cole v Whitfield. Seriously. The answer is “anything they can try on”.

  220. zyconoclast

    To solve his immigration crisis, Trump turns to a table of white men

    Those seeking solutions to the problem created by Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy toward illegal immigrants appear to have little in common with those affected.

    So his advisors should be illegal aliens?

  221. Mitch M.

    Anyone watched Silicon Valley , an HBO comedy series about the goings on about a bunch of geeks trying to make it big? I honestly don’t know how the show made it through the Leftist HBO filter because it’s really funny and irreverent towards leftist ideology. Maybe the fuckers at HBO were asleep when the were supposed to be watching the pilot and let it pass thinking it was politically okay? It then became popular and couldn’t stop it. Who knows.

    Enjoyed the first few seasons but it becomes monotonous.

  222. struth

    It’s not covered well enough in the constitution for what I can make out.

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