Open Forum: June 30, 2018

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  1. Gab

    Katherine Hepburn a favourite of mine to, as is the beautiful Rita Hayworth.

  2. Watched Spencer’s Mountain last night. Maureen O’Hara. Absolutely gorgeous. Just wow.

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Fully concur with Richard Burton as best ever voice over. I recently watched the classic war movie Zulu and was reminded what a magnificent cultured voice he possessed.

    Listening to Richard Burton reading “Under Milkwood” also reminds one of the magnificence of that voice.

  4. johanna

    And Barbara Stanwyck. The queen of film noir.

  5. johanna

    Zulu, there is a record of him reciting The Rime of the Ancient Mariner which all school children should hear.

    As I type, I can still hear it – ‘Water, water, everywhere, and all the boards did shrink; water, water, everywhere, not any drop to drink.’ It shakes me to the marrow of my bones.

    It’s perfect for kids, a fantasy adventure story.

    I saw Richard Burton playing blackjack at a casino in Las Vegas not long before he died. He was a stupendous talent, but never pretentious or precious, and lived every moment to the full. A great man, RIP.

  6. Steve trickler

    Genius at work. Keep an eye on the white stripes on the vinyl records.



  7. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu, there is a record of him reciting The Rime of the Ancient Mariner which all school children should hear.

    Thank you for reminding me of that, johanna – I’ve got it somewhere. Shall listen to said recording.

  8. Geriatric Mayfly

    Fully concur with Richard Burton as best ever voice over.

    Presume he still holds the record for the longest run ever of Hamlet in New York. Forgotten how many performances, but I bet the voice had a lot to do with his tour de force in a very picky city.

  9. max

    ABC radio: ‘We can’t get special comments from Bacher Houli now because he’s down in the prayer room.’

    That’s got to be deliberate.

    Two kinds of listener reactions to this announcement:

    ABC listener: ‘Aren’t we great.’ (so multi-culti tolerant, open and progressive)

    Muslim listener: ‘Aren’t we great.’ ( we’re taking over just like Mo said we should)

  10. min

    Professor Stephen Hicks has on you tube a brilliant lecture on post modernism, how its roots were in Marxism that had not delivered on predictions about fall of capatilism. It has resulted in political correctness as well as other ideological extremes undermining society since the 50s. Explains why we now have the likes of Lily Cambell who made an idiot of herself on Outsiders again on Thursday night.
    I hope he gets invitations to lecture tours here .

  11. Snoopy

    The teenager was celebrating his 18th birthday.

    A night to remember. Perhaps.

  12. Confused Old Misfit

    Non ABC listener: Who the F(*&( cares! AFL is a pack of dhimmis! They wouldn’t do this Christians or any other minority religion.

  13. Boambee John

    johanna at 2106

    Lauren Bacall indeed. She shows the difference between being conventionally beautiful and being attractive. She was a very attractive woman, but not conventionally beautiful.

  14. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I recently watched the classic war movie Zulu

    It’s only, IIRC, twenty years ago that there was a monument erected to the Zulus who were killed at Rorke’s Drift. It’s a leopard, lying on a pile of Zulu shields, and it’s rather evocative.

  15. Confused Old Misfit

    ” do this FOR Christians…”

  16. P

    Liz Taylor was the most beautiful screen goddess. In Butterfield 8, a fairly slight fillum, she just lit up the screen in every frame. The camera loved her, and boy, she could act, as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf demonstrate.

    I was 20 when Butterfield 8 came out. I loved it. Elizabeth Taylor showed in this film that she was tops.

    In the next year I celebrated my 21st at Andre’s Night club, Sydney, and looked great in a dress creation I think that made one think of Elizabeth Taylor’s performance in Butterfield 8 of which I was still in awe.

  17. 132andBush

    Thanks Gab.
    Ahhh Gina.

  18. Robber Baron

    White anting.

    That’s raaaacist talk.

  19. JC

    John Wayne

    You mean, Marion Robert Morrison

  20. Boambee John

    johanna

    Natalie Wood indeed. Magnificent in the cake fight scene (with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) in The Great Race. With Peter Falk and Keenan Wynn as the faithful sidekicks.

  21. OneWorldGovernment

    Forget that whitey racist law crap.

    We need it replaced by sharia and Indigenous.

  22. Nick

    Gab, did you know that Caroline Marcus’ parents were Hungarian, leaving in 1951?

  23. JC

    Imagine never being able to figure out where you are and can’t recall anything you seen. It’s always new to you. This woman lived with this affliction.

    Sharon remembers the first day it happened, in 1952. She was 5 years old and blindfolded while her friends ran around her, laughing, trying not to be caught in a game of blindman’s bluff. But when she whipped off the scarf, panic set in. The house, the street, even the mountains were in the wrong place. She was totally disoriented.

    She told her mother that everything around her looked different. Her mother pointed a finger at her. “Don’t ever tell anybody about this,” she said. “Because they’ll say you’re a witch and burn you.”

    Sharon, who lives in Denver, didn’t know it at the time, but she had lost the ability to create a mental map of her environment. Her disorientation began to occur more frequently until it became a constant presence throughout her day. She became almost permanently lost.

    Yet she didn’t mention her problem to anyone. Instead, she hid it for 25 years, using her sense of humor and intelligence to complete her education, make friends and even get married without anyone ever knowing her secret. At home, she followed the cries of her children to find their bedroom at night. Her saving grace was a trick she had learned early on—spinning around seemed to temporarily correct her mental map. “My Wonder Woman impression,” she calls it.

    She eventually learned she had an unusual condition called developmental topographical disorientation disorder, or DTD. (She thinks her mother had it, too—the condition has a genetic link.)

  24. Snoopy

    US ambassador to Estonia resigns ‘over Trump comments.’

    An Obama appointment.

    #Winning

  25. JC

    This is a better “affliction”.

    Not all brain disorders are as detrimental as DTD. Bob, a TV producer from Los Angeles, remembers every day of his life as if it happened yesterday. His perfect memory is a gift, he says: “I don’t have to mourn people after they’ve passed away because my memory of them is so clear.”

    The condition was discovered by James McGaugh at the University of California, Irvine, in 2001, after he received a peculiar email from a woman named Jill. “Since I was 11 I have had this unbelievable ability to recall my past,” she said. “When I see a date…I go back to that day and remember where I was, what I was doing, what day it fell on and on and on.”

  26. stackja

    Robert Shaw (actor) – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Shaw_(actor)
    Robert Archibald Shaw (9 August 1927 – 28 August 1978) was an English actor, novelist, and playwright.

  27. Boambee John

    Richard Burton was a proud Welshman. He pronounced Celt as Kelt, with a hard ‘c’.

    Story goes he was drinking in a pub one evening, when someone wandered over, clapped him on the back, and came over all matey, saying that they had much in common, as both were Celts. However, the stranger pronounced it as Selts, with a soft ‘c’.

    Burton was not impressed, and responded along the lines, “No, we have nothing in common. I am a Kelt, you are a sunt.”

  28. Stimpson J. Cat

    If you compare inquisition with communist or Nazi courts then indeed inquisition was fairer. But not in comparison with current courts in western countries.

    Sorry Boris, I should have been more clear.

    Do you think that it should be a crime to dispute elements of historical events?
    Yes or no.

  29. John Constantine

    “Most of Melbourne’s skyscrapers constructed by the 1990s were built for commercial purposes—specifically, used as offices. Exceptions to this, include the mixed-use building Sofitel Hotel (1980) on Collins Place, and the all-hotel Crown Towers (1997) in Southbank.[29] 2005 ushered in the first residential skyscrapers in Melbourne, with two built that year.[30] By 2010, 72% of skyscrapers built in Melbourne were of commercial use, 12% residential, 12% mixed-use, and 4% hotel.[31] The trend towards residential skyscrapers has continued significantly; in 2015, 58% of skyscrapers present within the city were of commercial use, 26% residential, 13% mixed-use and 3% hotel.[32] These figures are set to change dramatically by 2020; when factoring those buildings still under-construction (but to be completed by 2020), 40% of the city’s skyscrapers will be of residential use, 33% commercial, 23% mixed-use, 2% hotel, and 2% government”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Melbourne

    From the first residential citiblock skyscraper in yarragrad in 2005, it only took 15 years to go from no residential skyscrapers to have 40% of the city’s tall buildings vertical slums in waiting.

    Manhattan Island is a place you can understand reach for the sky buildings. The peoples republic of yarragrad throwing up vast vertical dogboxes to cram imported chinese students into as part of their eternal growth Ponzi is straight out of the dystopic pages of Judge Dredd.

  30. stackja

    Hollywood name changes: Archie Leach, Yuliy Borisovich Briner etc etc

  31. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Robert Archibald Shaw (9 August 1927 – 28 August 1978) was an English actor, novelist, and playwright.

    I remember him as Henry VIII in “A Man for All Seasons” and Lord Randolph Churchill in “Young Winston.”

  32. JC

    John C

    No one is pointing a gun at the head of those people wanting to buy into these buildings.

  33. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2751841, posted on July 1, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Buccaneers 1956: The adventures of Capt. Dan Tempest and the crew of the Tempest.

  34. JC

    Libs seems to have had a pretty decent couple of months. In contrast Tits has been a shocker. Is Newspoll in some way unintentionally biased against the Government? Sure, it’s within the margin of error, but still.

    The Coalition has closed the gap on Labor’s lead with Bill Shorten suffering a hit to his approval ratings after being rolled by his shadow cabinet over company tax cuts.

    An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows the Coalition lifting a point to now trail Labor 49/51 on a two party preferred basis.

  35. Death Giraffe

    Theological question.
    If tobacco had been availiable 2000 years ago, would Jesus have been a smoker?

  36. stackja

    ‘A homophobic slur? You’re so much better than that!’ Bert Newton, 79, under fire for using the word ‘p**f’ during Logi…
    Bert Newton received a standing ovation when he took to the stage at the 60th …
    Daily Mail 6m

    Bert called Clay ‘boy’

  37. John Constantine

    John Wayne, No hard feelings?.

  38. johanna

    Gab, thanks so much for the clip about the most beautiful women in pictures pre 1960. Needless to say, I don’t agree, nor would anyone who has views on the subject. But, it is a lovely tribute to some of the most gorgeous women of the C20th.

    Mind you, we need to remember that even in the old days, looks could be manipulated when talent came to the fore. I recall seeing a photo of Ginger Rogers without makeup, and she was very plain indeed. So, not a Hollywood beauty, IMO.

    It’s Sunday night, and I am pining for Bill Collins’ Golden Years of Hollywood, which was a fixture when I was growing up.

    Our TV executives are too pre-occupied with pursuing the next digital fad to notice that such a program on Sunday nights would be a huge attraction.

  39. stackja

    History of smoking
    From Wikipedia
    Cannabis was common in the Middle East before the arrival of tobacco, and is known to have existed in at least 5000 BC. Early consumption of cannabis was a common social activity involving the type of water pipe called a hookah.

  40. Makka

    I saw Richard Burton playing blackjack at a casino in Las Vega

    His portrayal of Leamis in The Spy Who Cam In From The Cold was masterful. Icy cold.

  41. Bruce in WA

    We live in a sh1thole …

    By what authority can the government impose restrictions on what private enterprise chooses to pay??

    Polling supports limiting CEO pay packets
    MATT COUGHLANAustralian Associated Press1:30PM July 1, 2018

    Three quarters of Australians believe strict limits should be placed on executive salaries which have almost returned to pre-global financial crisis levels.

    New polling from the left-leaning Australia Institute found 80 per cent of people believe the nation’s chief executives are paid too much.

    The survey asked 1557 people about executive salaries and presented proposals to limit pay packets.

    The results showed 75 per cent of those polled supported a strict limit on how much a company can pay a CEO or executive.

    Almost 80 per cent supported making companies pay tax on very large payments, like bonuses, to executive staff.

    A similar number of respondents supported a new higher rate of income tax for individuals with very large pay packets.

    Australia Institute deputy director Ebony Bennett said most people nominated $720,000 a year or less as a reasonable salary for a CEO.

    “It is clear the reality of what CEOs are paid is not in line with community expectations,” Ms Bennett said.

    Former treasurer Wayne Swan said corporate rules needed to change to bring executive pay under control.

    “If you look at what’s going on, where basically the top end of town and those on the highest incomes are basically gorging themselves,” Mr Swan told the ABC on Sunday.

    He said bad behaviour revealed by the financial royal commission had been driven by the reward and incentive systems in banks’ pay structures.

    From the Oz — complete article

  42. BorisG

    Do you think that it should be a crime to dispute elements of historical events?

    no.

  43. JC

    Death Giraffe
    #2751846, posted on July 1, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Theological question.
    If tobacco had been availiable 2000 years ago, would Jesus have been a smoker?

    He could have, if he’d taken a trip to the Americas.

    Tobacco has been growing wild in the Americas for nearly 8000 years. Around 2,000 years ago tobacco began to be chewed and smoked during cultural or religious ceremonies and events.

  44. stackja

    Hotel desk clerk: I thought you were dead.
    Jacob ‘Big Jake’ McCandles: Dead? The next person who says that I’m gonna shoot, so help me.

  45. stackja

    Bruce in WA
    #2751852, posted on July 1, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Wayne Swan chutzpah.

  46. BorisG

    I’m sure the girls of Rotherham beg to differ.

    How do you know? And are they now experts in European history?

    Saying Spanish Inquisition was a fair system by today’s Western Standards is beyond preposterous. That does not suggest the current system is ideal, but there is no comparison.

  47. JC

    All well and good, Zipperhead. But there’s this, which has to be dealt with. He cut taxes, now it’s time to cut spending. That’s when we know he’s really serious.

  48. johanna

    Boambee John
    #2751836, posted on July 1, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Richard Burton was a proud Welshman. He pronounced Celt as Kelt, with a hard ‘c’.

    Story goes he was drinking in a pub one evening, when someone wandered over, clapped him on the back, and came over all matey, saying that they had much in common, as both were Celts. However, the stranger pronounced it as Selts, with a soft ‘c’.

    Burton was not impressed, and responded along the lines, “No, we have nothing in common. I am a Kelt, you are a sunt.”

    Great story, and entirely believable.

    When I saw Burton playing blackjack in the casino, he could easily have gone into the invisible VIP section. But, that wasn’t him. He enjoyed being among the hoi polloi. He detested pretension and privilege and isolation from the real people. So, he played blacckjack on the main floor with the plebs.

    Great man, towering talent.

  49. John Constantine

    Nobody is holding a gun to anybody’s head right now, but when the Ponzi unravels and the city is infested with high rise slums, undercapitalised, undermaintained and hopeless, the cry will be put out for the Government to do something, taxfunded.

    The point of packing another few million people into Melbourne, stacked tight and high in human battery cages, all demanding taxfunded infrastructure to support them, simply to get Gross improvement in Gross figures seems obvious.

    Cheap dunny scrubbers and coffee servers for eternity, front end loaded profits for ‘developers’ that throw up dogboxes that will last as long as the windfarms will, with the operating and supporting infrastructure costs socialised. And the decommissioning costs.

    Australias quisling elites are less prepared to fight for the country than the House of Saud is prepared to fight for theirs. Our sellouts are getting ready to bolt off with their loot overseas, at least the Saudis have grown some balls.

  50. JC

    I meant Cohenite, not Zipperhead. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

    ———————

    I don’t want to sound like Debbie Downer, but the US deficit is increasing despite some okay GDP numbers with the exception of one quarter.

    Instead of worrying about where Harley is setting up its next plant to supply bikes to Asian buyers, he ought to be thinking about how and where to cut the spending, otherwise the Fed will end up fucking him like it screwed Bush.

  51. Stimpson J. Cat

    no.

    Good man.
    Now how do we go about dismantling those Holocaust Denial laws worldwide?
    We have to start somewhere.

  52. stackja

    The United States budget process begins when the President of the United States submits a budget request to Congress.

    President Warren G. Harding brought about the enactment of the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, which, for the first time, required the President to submit a budget annually to Congress and which established the Bureau of the Budget, the forerunner of the Office of Management and Budget, to assist in the formulation of the budget. Initially the Bureau was within the U.S. Department of the Treasury, but in 1939 it was moved to the Executive Office of the President.

    In general, funds for federal government programs must be authorized by an “authorizing committee” through enactment of legislation. Then, through subsequent acts by Congress, budget authority is then appropriated by the Appropriations Committee of the House. In principle, committees with jurisdiction to authorize programs make policy decisions, while the Appropriations Committees decide on funding levels, limited to a program’s authorized funding level, though the amount may be any amount less than the limit.

  53. JC

    John C

    Immigration debates are reasonable. At 30% foreign born Australia should take a little breather on that front. Having said that, we”re not exactly short of land here. Sure it’s the smallest continent and all, but selling high rise to foreigners is an admirable line of business. They’re buying overpriced stuff and it helps fund our balance of payments.

  54. cohenite

    You’re so negative head prefect; why don’t you have some frangipani juice.

  55. stackja

    Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

    Says

  56. BorisG

    Now how do we go about dismantling those Holocaust Denial laws worldwide?

    If you would like to abolish those laws it is your job to find a way HOW. I won’t object. However I think the hate speech laws are a much more urgent matter.

  57. JC

    You’re so negative head prefect; why don’t you have some frangipani juice.

    Realistic.

  58. Stimpson J. Cat

    Immigration debates are reasonable. At 30% foreign born Australia should take a little breather on that front.

    It’s outrageous and it has to stop.
    Taking our jobs, etc etc.
    And they really are.
    Also if the Government implemented my $100 on the spot fine for anyone speaking Ethnic in a public place, just imagine the revenue we could generate Australia wide.
    It would be more than from smoking!
    Hospitals and roads galore!

    Thanks Stimp for your progressive and innovative policies.

  59. P

    It’s Sunday night, and I am pining for Bill Collins’ Golden Years of Hollywood, which was a fixture when I was growing up.

    Being married to a musician who always worked on Saturday and Sunday nights “The Golden Years of Hollywood” was watched by me every week. I’d put the young kids to bed at 8.30pm and wheel the TV into my lounge room and start the ironing in front the of Bill Collins movie.
    It was for me in those days a great help. and looking back, a most enjoyable time.

  60. JC

    Make a note of this Gab. The slob doesn’t agree with your opinion. It’s very important, so you need to rethink it all.

    Gab, thanks so much for the clip about the most beautiful women in pictures pre 1960. Needless to say, I don’t agree, nor would anyone who has views on the subject.

  61. BorisG

    They’re buying overpriced stuff and it helps fund our balance of payments.

    Not only that but many of these are bought by wealthy Asians for investment. Which means they make rent cheaper and don’t even contribute to population increases.

  62. JC

    Also if the Government implemented my $100 on the spot fine for anyone speaking Ethnic in a public place, just imagine the revenue we could generate Australia wide

    I swear, in the past year the only foreign language I’ve anyone speak in the street is French… and quite a but too. Really weird.

  63. OneWorldGovernment

    JC

    Now that the SCOTUS has ruled the Federal workers don’t have to be part of nor pay a union will make a difference in the long term.

    Stopping illegal immigrants will also have an effect.

    If he survives to gain the vote in 2020 is when I think you will start to see reductions because he will only have 4 years to go but locked in.

    His main problem for 2018 and 2020 is motivating the base to keep and expand control the Senate and the House.

    If it all comes together in 2020 then the following 4 years will be,

  64. How do you know? And are they now experts in European history?

    They have first hand experiemce of the modern justice system in the UK.

    Saying Spanish Inquisition was a fair system by today’s Western Standards is beyond preposterous. That does not suggest the current system is ideal, but there is no comparison.

    Why would we be comparing two systems separated by 500 years? You’ve moved from a cheap shot at religious conservatves, completely oblivous that the points he made have been accepted over the last 100 years, certainly the last 50 years, to now saying that our system is so vastly superior as to be incomparable.

  65. Leo G

    Burton was not impressed, and responded along the lines, “No, we have nothing in common. I am a Kelt, you are a sunt.”

    The word “Celt” originated from a 6th century BC Greek geographer and subsequently was picked up by Herodotus. The Greeks used the words Galto, Galatai and Kelto. The Romans and the Celts of Gaul adopted the name. The Greek γάλα, gala meant ‘milk’, so the intended meaning was likely “milk-faced” or “milksop”.
    It was never used in ancient times to refer to the people in Britain. The modern use to apply to peoples in parts of Britain commenced in the 18th century, so the correct pronunciation was “selt” at that time.

  66. Stimpson J. Cat

    I swear, in the past year the only foreign language I’ve anyone speak in the street is French… and quite a but too. Really weird.

    It’s $200 for French.
    Disgusting.

  67. JC

    Not only that but many of these are bought by wealthy Asians for investment. Which means they make rent cheaper and don’t even contribute to population increases.

    Yea. This is the problem. We run a deficit on current account just over A$10 billion a year. That has to be made up with healthy capital inflow in order to maintain the value of the Australian Dollar. A few people here don’t seem to care much about the value of the Aussie, however I bet they would care a little more if there was a collapse in the currency and we were paying $2.5 a liter for petrol.

    $40 million dollars each working day has to flow into the country with the foreign currency converted into Aussie in order to negate pressure on the exchange rate.

    Our very high wage rates have basically priced us out of making stuff, we’re now attacking exports of livestock and coal is evil. Meanwhile our big miners are selling as much as they can.

  68. Death Giraffe

    It’s $200 for French

    ..
    No one wants french with you regardless of the price you’re charging.

  69. Steve trickler

    Mark Knopfler penned a great song. Tina was a brilliant voice.



  70. John Constantine

    Bring on a fifty American cent Australian dollar.

    Best thing for the country would have been this level twenty years ago, without the desperate rigging and cheating to push it higher.

    Imports cost more and exports become profitable. What’s not to love?.

    Drink Australian water instead of imported stuff you snobs.

  71. JC

    It could really get ugly in America this summer. The cops need to get a better handle – especially controlling the leftwing scum or it could end being an all out melee.

    I read last year they were going to stop the Antifa pigs from wearing masks etc. There was an agreement reached across the country by the various police authorities. You can still see the fucks wearing them in this link though.

    Portland Police revoke permit, declare riot as protesters clash downtown

  72. Death Giraffe

    Our very high wage rates have basically priced us out of making stuff,

    ..
    Isn’t that essentially the same as a high dollar?
    Doesn’t lowering the dollar have the same effect on prices of imports as lowering wages?
    A lower dollar wouldn’t effect the fevenue from mining, I assume because contract and prices woukd be in US dollars.
    Am I wrong yo think you either have lower wages and compete that way, or you have lower dollar and compete that way?
    what difference does it make to the average bloke?

  73. Stimpson J. Cat

    ..
    No one wants french with you regardless of the price you’re charging.

    Why the f$ck are you on here?
    You should be working on the next welding video update.
    Also this time with t$ts and arsecrack.
    The ladies specifically requested it, not me.
    I’m just interested in the process.

  74. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tina Turner, and David Bowie. It’s all good.

  75. JC

    Bring on a fifty American cent Australian dollar.

    Best thing for the country would have been this level twenty years ago, without the desperate rigging and cheating to push it higher.

    Imports cost more and exports become profitable. What’s not to love?.

    Drink Australian water instead of imported stuff you snobs.

    Our relative standard of living falls against the rest of the world. We’re not the US which has a massive market, a reserve currency and a strong manufacturing base.

    We’re basically fucked with a collapsed Aussie as it seeps into purchasing power.

  76. Stimpson J. Cat

    It could really get ugly in America this summer.

    Most people should have learnt the Charlottesville lesson by now.
    The only people on the streets will be mainly Antifa kicking bins.
    Everyone else will stay at home.
    There is literally no point in protesting whatsoever.

  77. Death Giraffe

    Why the f$ck are you on here?
    You should be working on the next welding video update.

    ..
    Oh I am.
    It’s going to blow your mind.

  78. Stimpson J. Cat

    Oh I am.
    It’s going to blow your mind.

    Just some advice, can you please make more of an effort with the costuming this time?
    It looked like you were wearing something from Monty’s wardrobe.

  79. John Constantine

    The overnight transformation of parts of Melbourne into high rise battery farms for people,[ no car parking], the taxpayer will fund the transport/medical/education/ electricity/ water/ sewerage/road infrastructure is fuelled by the debt funded lure of Big Australia citizenship to the welfare State for those sold packages by the migration agent cartel scam.

    Exponential growth in this brand new demographic is social engineering on a huge scale. Transferring rural tory electorates in redistributions to the new high rise dominated green electorates will absolutely transform politics in the state.

    Chinese funding for the actual dogbox student high rise containment pod is only a fraction of the cost of supporting the occupier with infrastructure. They build the shoddy tower on spec money, and you support it and its prisoners forever, if this was a profitable deal, howcome the government sector is running at a locked in loss for eternity?.

  80. JC

    Isn’t that essentially the same as a high dollar?

    No because our wage rates are imposed by dictat while the currency floats freely.

    Doesn’t lowering the dollar have the same effect on prices of imports as lowering wages?

    In a float, we don’t lower the dollar, the market lowers the value through transactions. Demand /supply and price.

    A lower dollar wouldn’t effect the fevenue from mining, I assume because contract and prices woukd be in US dollars.

    Mining is a small component of our GDP, but also an important one.

    The problem with say the RBA easing monetary policy to get the value of the dollar down is that would cause inflation to spike and with that you would have the wage politburo spiking wages again in order to make up the inflation/loss of purchasing power as a result of higher import costs. You don’t want that cycle.

    Am I wrong yo think you either have lower wages and compete that way, or you have lower dollar and compete that way?
    what difference does it make to the average bloke?

    Wages should be market determined and flexible. It shouldn’t be up to anyone to decide wage rates other than employers and employees.

    The ideal situation is that you have very high real wages compared to the rest of the world, that are flexible and market determined backed up by material increases in productivity. If that’s combined with a high Australian Dollar all the better because it would mean our relative living standards are also comparatively high. That’s heaven.

  81. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Leo G – fundamentally the Celts were just one example of the Indo-European warrior cultures of Europe. There was a common sub-stratum to Greek, Celtic, Germanic, Roman, Saxon, Scots, Gallic, Irish and Brittonic culture. In its Homeric form, it survived longest in Scandinavia, producing the Vikings.

    See my piece just up in Quadrant Online reviewing how some Homeric themes play out in the times of King Alfred as he fended off the Viking marauders of his day, in the TV series The Last Kingdom. Part of the grand story of Western Civilization itself.

  82. Chris

    It’s $200 for French

    ..
    No one wants french with you regardless of the price you’re charging.

    Mais non, madame xer Stimsyn, des baises sonts delicieuses.

  83. JC

    John C

    Nearly all the action in terms of high rise going on in Melbourne is that South Bank Docklands precinct. Are you kidding, as that area was a fucking eyesore before.

    The other area is St. Kilda road where we’re seeing luxury apartment blocks going up, replacing tired old office buildings.
    Where’s the problem here?

    Here, I went to see this apartment building the other day as the broker invited me to see the display suite. I went for the food 🙂 Tell me what you don’t like about it.

    Your hell is my heaven and visa versa.

  84. BorisG

    Why would we be comparing two systems separated by 500 years?

    Not sure why but that was what the authors did.

  85. BorisG

    Why would we be comparing two systems separated by 500 years?

    If you agree they are cranks and not representative of today’s conservatives then we are in agreement and let’s move on.

  86. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Insular Celtic is often divided into p-Celtic (Brittonic with a soft c sound) and q-Celtic (Goidelic with a hard k sound) but this is not regarded by linguistics as a particularly satisfactory way to describe development from the originating Celtic stem. See here for much more detail.

  87. JC

    Before anyone suggests this is a reaction to immigration, it doesn’t appear to be. It looks like it’s a reaction to #MeToo.

    If you’re in Sweden and feel like a bonking, you’d better have a written contract.

    Stockholm (AFP) – A tough new law that will recognise sex without explicit consent as rape comes into effect in Sweden on Sunday, after the country was rocked by the #MeToo movement denouncing sexual harassment and assault.

    The law stipulates that a person has committed rape if they have been part of a sexual act in which the other person has not participated “freely”.

    Rape had previously been defined as a sexual act carried out with the use of violence or threat.

    Now for someone to face rape charges, “it is no longer necessary that violence or threats were applied, or that the aggressor took advantage of the victim’s particularly vulnerable situation,” according to the government.

    Courts will need to pay particular attention to whether consent was expressed with words, gestures or in another manner, and judges will have to rule on the issue, according to the law passed in May.

  88. Bruce in WA

    Imports cost more and exports become profitable. What’s not to love?.

    Drink Australian water instead of imported stuff you snobs.

    Don’t travel overseas much, eh, comrade?

  89. BorisG

    If you’re in Sweden and feel like a bonking, you’d better have a written contract.

    Sadly this is the trend throughout the western world.

  90. BorisG

    Imports cost more and exports become profitable. What’s not to love?.

    That imports cost more. Including petrol.

  91. BorisG

    A lower dollar wouldn’t effect the fevenue from mining, I assume because contract and prices woukd be in US dollars.

    It does not matter how they are priced. The cost of production is in AUD (wages etc), so if AUD is smaller in relation to US dollar, and the commodity is priced in USD, then the profit is higher. which means they can reduce the USD price and sell more stuff.

  92. Confused Old Misfit

    If you’re in Sweden and feel like a bonking, you’d better have a written contract.

    They’ll be like Canadian documents: One column in English, the other French.
    In Sweden it’ll be Swedish/Arabic.

  93. Makka

    which means they can reduce the USD price and sell more stuff.

    Mines don’t work that way necessarily. Selling more stuff implies increased production which requires and implies capital investment. Investment in equipment not normally made in Australia which therefore requires purchases in a foreign currency probably USD. So, a weak AUD does not necessarily translate into selling more stuff although margins should improve on the stuff you do sell.

  94. MsDolittle

    recognise sex without explicit consent

    “can I put my wiener in your vag?” Smooth talker eh?

  95. OneWorldGovernment

    And on the cusp,

    Happy Canada Day

  96. Farmer Gez

    Exporting commodities is not just about the dollar. Sea Freight is a big cost for a country like Australia. After the GFC when freight rates plummeted and containers were plentiful, we had a purple patch in commodity movement.
    We rely on other countries businesses having the confidence to build the ships needed for the job. The lag time between build and profit makes ship building a quite speculative activity.

  97. C.L

    Sweden’s only hope is for its native men to take all of the feminists and lesbians in its government, its courts and its tribunals by the scruff of their necks and rendition them (gently, of course) back into their kitchens. Then: start running things properly again. The strange thing is … it’s almost as though this is what Swedish women really want; that would be the only explanation for why this oestrogen-deranged country is importing the men who will eventually do precisely that. But they won’t be gentle.

  98. JC

    Farmer Gez

    There’s an oversupply of shipping in the world in almost every single category. We don’t have a problem finding cargo ships. In fact that’s a market (freight) in of itself.

    Choose your freight poison.
    http://investmenttools.com/futures/bdi_baltic_dry_index.htm

  99. JC

    CL

    The book, Green Tyranny, poisoned me about that leftist shithole. It’s been fucking the rest of the world with environmental panics for the past 40 years. From the bullshit acid rain scare to gerbiling. If the book is right, they were never any good as the Left there, which has been in power for the past 100 years, was a direct offshoot from Marx.

    They put the weenie in the word Euroweenie. The German left helped them too.

    You couldn’t trust Sweden in the Cold War because they were sucking Soviet dick all the time.

    As I keep saying, Fuck’em.

  100. JC

    You really have to be careful with the north Europeans, as the sickness of environmentalism seems embedded in their genes. There’s a good argument to be made that the German Nazi party behaved the way it did because of some deranged form of nature worship and ancient paganism.

    Durkin wrote some excellent essays on this very topic.

  101. JC

    Has Sinc replied to Hendos criticisms yet?

    The pedantry would be endless and eternal.

  102. OneWorldGovernment

    The Communist MSM response to Trump’s SCOTUS nomination.

    The generic editorial against Trump’s next pick
    (You may cut and paste it)

    The Senate Must Reject This Monster

    President Trump — a vain, deranged, and impulsive man elected by Russia and not a majority of Americans — has nominated the worst judicial candidate since Roger Brooke Taney, the chief justice who authored the Dred Scott decision. [Nominee’s name] may be worse. Not only does [he or she] view African-Americans as chattel, but women as second-class citizens!

    Most Republicans want to return America to the oppressive and conformist days of the 1950s when everyone had a job instead of welfare!

    President Trump has nominated a person who wants to return to the slave days of 1850s!

    This would be Armageddon for our Constitution. Women would be forced to seek reproduction freedom from back-alley butchers again. Republicans would bar minorities and millennials from voting. People would be allowed to own as many guns as they like without registering them; vaginas would be more regulated than assault weapons!

    As a justice, [nominee’s name] would declare open season on undocumented workers, forcing them to return to the squalor and violence they fled in their native countries. The Statue of Liberty would be sold as scrap as our borders would be shut to all but a few!

    With this nomination, President Trump has made an existential attack on democracy. This nomination would guarantee the alt-right control of the nation’s highest court for the next 50 years. If confirmed by the Senate, [nominee’s name] would be complicit in shutting down newspapers, silencing critics, and allowing hate speech in a perverted misinterpretation of the First Amendment!

    Corporations would be allowed to pollute the air and rivers again. Then they would move all the jobs overseas. Slave wages would be paid on the remaining jobs as citizens and undocumented workers would compete for those jobs in Wall Street’s version of “The Hunger Games”!

    As a justice, [nominee’s name] would usher in a new era that would turn America into a theocracy in which prayer returns to school, the teaching of evolution is banned, and only climate change deniers would be allowed to teach science!

    Only Fox News would be allowed to broadcast. The president would be allowed to spy on the political opposition. The president could weaponize the IRS to go after his enemies, and the court would be silent about this threat to democracy!

    This is not who we are. We are better than this. These are not our values. Not only must the Senate reject [nominee’s name] but the Senate must vote to disbar [him or her] to show that the nation will not tolerate intolerance!

    http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-generic-editorial-against-trumps.html

  103. OneWorldGovernment

    Boris G

    Which despicable belief system has killed more people, communism (including the related filth of fascism) or islam?

  104. zyconoclast

    The not sending their best


    Mexico Reduces Legal Age Of S3xual Consent To 12

    Mexico has lowered the legal age of s3xual consent to just 12-years-old, becoming the latest nation to give in to pressure from an international liberal network of activists determined to normalize p3d0ph1l1a and legalize s3x with children across the world.

    Federal law in Mexico now establishes the age of 12-years as the age of legal consent, while the age at which there are no restrictions for consensual s3xual activities is 18-years (s3x with someone as young as 12-years is legal, but can be open to prosecution if deceit, force, or an abuse of authority was used.)

    The European Parliament in Brussels is also considering a motion which could lower the legal age of s3xual consent from 16 to 13 years of age across the European Union.

  105. Armadillo

    Pendants are a regular feature at this blog. I reckon Hendo is blowing it way out of proportion. The “Cat” isn’t a historical record. Picking up some obscure factual errors doesn’t necessarily negate the overall argument.

    Having said that, Custer at the Alamo is a biggie.

  106. zyconoclast

    Switzerland says no to relocation of migrants from Italy and Greece

    Switzerland has rejected a second asylum seeker relocation programme proposed by the European Union to relieve the burden on frontier countries like Italy and Greece.

  107. Armadillo

    Patients Armadillo, someone will bite.

  108. C.L

    If I knew who Lewis Hamilton was, I might care, I guess.

  109. OneWorldGovernment

    Armadillo
    #2751930, posted on July 2, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Patients Armadillo, someone will bite.

  110. Armadillo

    Hendo reminds me of the people on here who post again to correct their own grammar, spelling, punctuation and so on.

    Yeah, we got the general message. No need to point out a an apostrophe in the wrong spot.

    SRR didn’t seem to give a fuck. It was like painting the Mona Lisa with a spray gun, and a shot gun at the same time. Message got through. Those were the days.

  111. OneWorldGovernment

    Austria dodged a ‘bullet’ by getting rid of this dickhead!

    Climate Clown Arnold Schwarzenegger Mocks President Trump’s Support for Coal
    Eric Worrall / 5 hours ago July 1, 2018

    Schwarzenegger seems to think the President is forcing people to use coal. Arnie thinks the USA should be investing in gas, wind, solar and geothermal energy.

    As far as I know President Trump is not forcing anyone to use coal.

    According to an internal White House memo obtained by Bloomberg a few weeks ago, President Trump explored providing support for energy suppliers who kept three months reserve fuel supply onsite, to protect grid resilience.

    As far as I know this offer would in principle have been available for renewable energy suppliers who could demonstrate their ability to provide three months battery backup for their nameplate generation capacity. Of course, in the real world most renewable providers can’t promise a stable power supply for three minutes into the future, let alone three months.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/07/01/climate-clown-arnold-schwarzenegger-mocks-president-trumps-support-for-coal/

  112. Cpt Seahawks

    #imnotanactualvuctimbutidreallyliketobesoipretendthatiam

    Is that a thing yet?

  113. Armadillo

    Septimus was/is a pedant. A characteristic strangely shared with Grigs.

    It’s a quality admired in an aircraft engineer or surgeon. I’m sticking with my theory that Grogery is a funeral director. Or a well read mortician.

  114. stackja

    Wages in Australia are set by unions. Voters agree with this and elected RGR. BS expects similar subservient behavior.

  115. OneWorldGovernment

    Boris G

    Where are the images of the hive of nuclear industry that the swamp creatures from the US State Department assert North Korea is undertaking whilst ‘pulling the wool over Trump’s eyes’?

  116. OneWorldGovernment

    Armadillo
    #2751938, posted on July 2, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Bait cast.

    Don’t you dare catch a grey nurse shark.

  117. stackja

    MT another Newspoll. Agile innovation.

  118. stackja

    Hun reports air bnb trashed by African girls. Vic police seeking public help.

  119. Stimpson J. Cat

    Hun reports air bnb trashed by African girls.

    Wakanda Forever!!!

  120. Stimpson J. Cat

    The pedantry would be endless and eternal.

    It literally gave me a headache reading it.
    Hendo beats you into submission with line after line of dry as f$ck text.

  121. OneWorldGovernment

    stackja
    #2751943, posted on July 2, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Hun reports air bnb trashed by African girls. Vic police seeking public help.

    I wonder what Vic Pol want help with?

    Cover up the crime?

    Change the term African to viscous right wingers?

    Surely they will not want to catch the perpetrators because that would be raaacism.

  122. OneWorldGovernment

    Boris G

    Don’t you just love the New York City DSA

    https://twitter.com/nycDSA/status/1012808259818926080/photo/1

  123. OneWorldGovernment

    Abolish profit 🌹 Abolish prisons 🌹 Abolish cash bail 🌹 Abolish borders

  124. BorisG

    Don’t you just love the New York City DSA

    Funny. whats your point?

  125. BorisG

    Where are the images of the hive of nuclear industry that the swamp creatures from the US State Department assert North Korea is undertaking whilst ‘pulling the wool over Trump’s eyes’?

    I gave you a reference but you think it is shit. Your right. End of story.

    When they dismantle their nuclear program and inspectors verify this, come back to us.

  126. BorisG

    Abolish profit Abolish prisons Abolish cash bail

    they need to emigrate to Venezuela.

  127. Mark A

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2751948, posted on July 2, 2018 at 2:42 am

    Abolish profit 🌹 Abolish prisons 🌹 Abolish cash bail 🌹 Abolish borders

    When I saw this a minute ago I panicked, I thought you flipped and it was your new ideology.
    Then I scrolled up.

  128. nemkat

    Death Giraffe
    #2751889
    Our very high wage rates have basically priced us out of making stuff,

    ..
    Am I wrong yo think you either have lower wages and compete that way, or you have lower dollar and compete that way?
    what difference does it make to the average bloke?

    It sounds senseless to me.
    What percentage of the product is wages anyway?
    Wages in Indonesia are$2 a day.What can you buy for $2?

    I bought a belt the other day Not a bad belt. $64. Made in India, but we supply the leather, because their cow leather is poor quality.
    Here’s my question: Labor costs for that belt were negligible, ditto freight, we don’t have import duties, let’s say the retailer made $30.
    Who made the rest, and why couldn’t it be made here for the same price?

  129. RobK

    Nemkat,
     let’s say the retailer made $30.
    The retailer has wages costs, amongst other costs, which is where on-line becomes very competitive. The Australian market is small and export costs are high. Im sure a lot of nimbin type markets sell aussie belts but the scale of operation doesn’t suit the big retailers.

  130. Shy Ted

    Top of the page, 20beautiful Western women. Let’s be more inclusive and have 20 beautiful Eastern women. Middle Eastern that is.
    Predictable but it is 5am.

  131. Bruce of Newcastle

    Leak

    Ms Palaszczuk as a meter maid is a bit much this early in the morning…

  132. rickw

    Death Giraffe
    #2751889
    Our very high wage rates have basically priced us out of making stuff,

    ..
    Am I wrong yo think you either have lower wages and compete that way, or you have lower dollar and compete that way?
    what difference does it make to the average bloke?

    I think the “out of making stuff” has occurred over a long period of time and for multiple reasons:

    1) Government support for Free Trade versus Fair Trade. A lot of Australian manufacturing businesses survived the onslaught of Japan, Hong Kong and then Taiwan, but most didn’t survive China. You need to protect your industries from $2/day countries with zero safety and environmental regulations, because when they reach $100/day and have reasonable safety and environmental regulations, you will have nothing left.

    2) Union bastardry against business has been allowed to run riot in Australia.

    3) Government bastardry against business has been allowed to run riot in Australia.

    4) We no longer have a workforce skilled enough to make things, in fact our workforce is semi retarded, it is only capable of supporting service businesses. Genuine manufacturing businesses often need to run remedial classes.

    A successful business start up is a rare thing, thus a war of attrition on manufacturing businesses will steadily get us to where we are.

  133. rickw

    Here’s my question: Labor costs for that belt were negligible, ditto freight, we don’t have import duties, let’s say the retailer made $30.

    You need a clicking press and a clicking press knife maker. As far as I know the last knife maker in Melbourne retired 3 years ago.

  134. Bruce of Newcastle

    There was a story last week of a professor who died in a bondage dungeon in California. Steven Heywood idly googled the guy and hit paydirt…

    Academic Absurdity of . . . Maybe All Time

    Breathtaking!

  135. Mark A

    rickw
    #2751969, posted on July 2, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Here’s my question: Labor costs for that belt were negligible, ditto freight, we don’t have import duties, let’s say the retailer made $30.

    You need a clicking press and a clicking press knife maker. As far as I know the last knife maker in Melbourne retired 3 years ago.

    rickw
    I have a friend in Switzerland, he makes those knifes in the basement in a block of flats, welding, grinding and all! (would be unheard of and impossible in OZ) for BATA shoes. Huge company and still supports small business.

    How come they can do it in Switzerland, a high wages country and we can’t?
    They also make computer cables, for heaven’s sake!

  136. RobK

    BoN,
    I guess that was a wrap, then.
    Died for his craft.

  137. Mark A

    RobK
    #2751973, posted on July 2, 2018 at 6:18 am

    BoN,
    I guess that was a wrap, then.

    So far the quip of the day.

  138. DrBeauGan

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2751970, posted on July 2, 2018 at 6:04 am
    There was a story last week of a professor who died in a bondage dungeon in California. Steven Heywood idly googled the guy and hit paydirt…

    Academic Absurdity of . . . Maybe All Time

    Breathtaking!

    BoN, the universities have been pushing bullshit since they allowed English literature as a degree subject. I get that there are some good books and poems and plays, and if there was a way of teaching students how to write them then you could make a case for degrees in the subject. But there isn’t, so they teach criticism instead. So students learn to say the right things about storybooks.

    Worse, graduates emerge thinking all degrees are like this. As though mechanical engineers learn to appreciate bridges but not actually build them. And since there are limits on the range of what can be said about a storybook, they develop more exotic forms of bullshit. Which leads to the drivel at the end of your link. And to Pippa thinking there is bard science in psychology.

    You and I should take some of the blame. We focused too narrowly on the demands of ojr own subjects and didn’t take time out to look at the pseud’s corner end of the university, and conxemn it. So it flourished.

  139. DrBeauGan

    I dunno where conxemn came crom. Fat thjmbs I guess. Condem , dammit.

  140. DrBeauGan

    I give up. It’s too early in the morning here.

  141. Mark A

    Install these in Canberra or in universities and we’ll never run out of power.

  142. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #2751976, posted on July 2, 2018 at 6:52 am

    You and I should take some of the blame. We focused too narrowly on the demands of ojr own subjects and didn’t take time out to look at the pseud’s corner end of the university, and conxemn it. So it flourished.

    30 years later I would still need a guide to the humanities wing.

  143. calli

    On Hollywood actresses, I’m often reminded of this here at the Cat. 😄

  144. Mark A

    calli
    #2751981, posted on July 2, 2018 at 7:09 am

    On Hollywood actresses, I’m often reminded of this here at the Cat. 😄

    ?? Anyone or anything in mind?

  145. calli

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2751970, posted on July 2, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Always something educational at the Cat.

    I’m still wondering what a “proper” reaction would be to being mummified in Glad Wrap and gaffer tape, chained to a hurdle and having the nether regions caged. Suffocation sounds perfectly reasonable. Perhaps it’s better not to know.

  146. calli

    I’ll leave that to the imagination, Mark A.

    I think of her sometimes just before I press the delete button. The “Post Comment” is like the lure of the lorelei. 🙃

  147. RobK

    Mark A,
    Install these in Canberra or in universities and we’ll never run out of power.
    It is fitting as the Stirling Engine is a closed cycle system. External energy makes it work, not unlike parliment and universities.
    They are also bulky and difficult to get high efficiency due to leakage of seals and heat exchangers…..many similarities.

  148. Tel

    Worse, graduates emerge thinking all degrees are like this. As though mechanical engineers learn to appreciate bridges but not actually build them.

    Well now that you mention it, have a read of this and let it sink in (admittedly you are getting this though the fog of journalism but it sure as heck sounds like English Lit thinking as applied to Mech Eng).

    FIU and FIGG, which say they have been told by federal authorities not to discuss the collapse of the bridge in detail for the time being, said the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation must run its course before conclusions can be drawn. The engineers consulted by the Herald cautioned that the apparent design error may not be the sole cause of the collapse.

    The span was an unusual re-interpretation of a traditional truss bridge, which is supported in part by a series of interconnected upright triangles. But FIU’s bridge was designed to mimic the dramatic look of a cable-stayed bridge, where the deck is suspended from cables fanning out from a tall mast. In FIGG’s design, though, the “cables” — actually metal pipes — were mostly just for show. The diagonal, v-shaped struts of the truss did the structural work.

    To carry through the cable-stayed look, the struts had to line up with the pipes from the mast, resulting in a highly irregular arrangement that the experts say may have made the critical defect harder to detect than it might have been in a conventional truss design.

    “It made the trusses more complicated,” said David Beck, a New Hampshire engineer who helped the Boston Globe uncover mistakes in Boston’s $10.8 billion Big Dig project. “If you were not trying to go ahead and conform to the aesthetics of the 10 cables … the geometry on the trusses would have been more structurally efficient.”

    Crucially, had the strut and its connection to the walkway deck been stouter, the engineers say, the unusual bridge likely would have held up just fine. But FIGG’s engineers appear not to have sufficiently considered potential vulnerabilities in their novel design, the experts concluded.

    http://www.staugustine.com/news/20180616/fiu-had-grand-plans-for-signature-bridge-but-design-had-key-mistake-experts-say

    So in a nutshell, they are claiming that they built a truss bridge (i.e. designed to hold it’s weight on the triangle structure) but they built it with all the load bearing elements in positions that would be appropriate to a cable stay bridge (i.e. completely different design, with entirely different load distribution) and they planned to put up fake cables because they liked the impressive aesthetic of the tower. Then it all fell down.

    Now just on the surface of it, if you are attracted to the aesthetic of a cable stay design, and you are planning to put the load bearing members in the positions appropriate to a cable stay design, then build it as a cable stay bridge you Far King numpties!

    But if you are going to build a truss bridge, then you build it in a box configuration (i.e. truss on BOTH sides for stability) and you use equilateral triangles, or if you don’t mind thick and thin elements then you build it in squares with cables on the diagonal (iron railroad style) because building it pretending to be a different type of bridge entirely can’t work because the load is in the wrong place that way.

  149. I wake up and find that Russia has defeated Spain and wonder, what else could BorisG be wrong about today?

  150. RobK

    Tel,
    The span was an unusual re-interpretation of a traditional truss bridge, 

    It’s a worry. Sounds like the interpretation came to the same end as the wrapped professor.

  151. Farmer Gez

    You know wool is valuable when a bloke like me shears a dead sheep.
    Fresh dead sheep are hard to shear, floppy and all that.

  152. C.L

    DRUDGE:
    Maxine Waters: ‘If you shoot me, better shoot straight’…
    Most intelligent thing she has ever said.

  153. Gab

    67-year-old magistrate & property developer (and his son) who fought off a gang armed with a gun, knives & a crossbow at his Norwich home has been arrested for racially aggravated assault. The attackers were not arrested.

    England is forever gone.

  154. C.L

    ABC Online, its hair permed a resplendent blue, its pearls clutched firmly, cannot say POOFTER.

    Bert Newton criticised for gay slur as Grant Denyer wins Gold Logie.

    Having referred to himself using a gay slur, Newton joked that his former co-star Kennedy enjoyed “mentoring” young talent behind closed doors.

    POOFTER. That’s what he said. POOFTER.

  155. Infidel Tiger

    Grant Denyer won a Gold Logie!

    Best male performance by an ice addict?

  156. C.L

    As Glenn Reynolds says at Instapundit, “Never trust a male feminist.”
    Gay #metoo warrior faces up to half a century in prison:
    Ivy League anti-r-pe activist charged with child porn, raping a 13-year-old.

  157. Bruce of Newcastle

    For Death Giraffe.

    American hunter’s images of her black giraffe ‘trophy kill’ spark outrage

    Photos of a female hunter from Kentucky proudly showing off the results of her “dream hunt” – a dead black giraffe in South Africa – have ignited a firestorm across social media after being picked up by a local African media outlet.

    This Picture of Geoffrey the Giraffe Waving Goodbye Is Upsetting Lots of Toys ´R´ Us Kids

    Former employee Rene Johnpiere posted the photo Wednesday of Geoffrey the Giraffe, the popular mascot of the franchise, with a suitcase waving goodbye in the middle of an empty aisle of a Toys “R” Us. The image has been shared more than 300,000 times and has left many online feeling nostalgic and heartbroken.

    All in all, not a good day for giraffes.

  158. calli

    So in a nutshell, they are claiming that they built a truss bridge (i.e. designed to hold it’s weight on the triangle structure) but they built it with all the load bearing elements in positions that would be appropriate to a cable stay bridge (i.e. completely different design, with entirely different load distribution) and they planned to put up fake cables because they liked the impressive aesthetic of the tower. Then it all fell down.

    Yes, Tel. The comments here the day it collapsed reflect the confusion over the design and failure.

    But it looked pretty. Until it didn’t.

  159. Leigh Lowe

    C.L

    #2751994, posted on July 2, 2018 at 8:00 am

    As Glenn Reynolds says at Instapundit, “Never trust a male feminist.”
    Gay #metoo warrior faces up to half a century in prison:
    Ivy League anti-r-pe activist charged with child porn, raping a 13-year-old.

    Davis got a run here late last week.
    Turns out he worked on Hilary’s campaign as well.
    Surprise, surprise.

  160. Tel

    It’s a worry. Sounds like the interpretation came to the same end as the wrapped professor.

    The professor didn’t take any bystanders with him… failed mechanical engineering often does.

  161. I didn’t have too look far:

    Why would we be comparing two systems separated by 500 years?

    Not sure why but that was what the authors did.

    If you agree they are cranks and not representative of today’s conservatives then we are in agreement and let’s move on.

    BorisG, did you even read Condon’s article in the NR or did you just take the word of the tendentious hitpiece in the JPost? He isn’t at all engaged in what you say he is, he is exposing the Black Legend for what it was, propoganda, and pointing out areas in which the Inquistion was an obvious improvement as well as no different to other courts in different countries.

  162. John Constantine

    Media reports vicpol attended the party that wrecked the three million dollar air b n b rental property twice.

    Also reports one seventy year old male neighbor beaten, robbed and hospitalised as he came to the aid of a female neighbor in the absence of vicpol

    Run.

    Hide.

    Tell.

    All Victorian proles must comply with these instructions, any non compliance deserves what it gets.

    Top level vicpol will not tolerate any armed racist backlash against fashionable decolonisation theory.

    No arrest means no crime statistics to run against their narrative.

  163. cohenite

    67-year-old magistrate & property developer (and his son) who fought off a gang armed with a gun, knives & a crossbow at his Norwich home has been arrested for racially aggravated assault. The attackers were not arrested.

    England is forever gone.

    Tommy Robinson won’t be surprised. England is very sick.

  164. rickw

    67-year-old magistrate & property developer (and his son) who fought off a gang armed with a gun, knives & a crossbow at his Norwich home has been arrested for racially aggravated assault. The attackers were not arrested.

    The Civil War clock relentlessly ticks towards midnight.

  165. Percy Popinjay

    What would be the national televisual audience for the Fogies – about 40 people?

    Honestly, who gives a rodent’s?

  166. rickw

    Just watched The Death of Stalin.

    The Left hasn’t changed, the shifting sands of what is right speak and right think means that everyone gets caught sooner, for later for trivia, while the real crimes go unpunished.

    Mentally ill then and still mentally ill now.

  167. How come they can do it in Switzerland, a high wages country and we can’t?

    I have a list of product manufacturers where the manufacture is automated/mechanized and requires minimal human input. Their wages bill is minimal.
    They have gone or are going broke in AU.

    Reason: Tax/Electricity/Compliance overheads.

  168. min

    Wish the cops would let us know the address in Hawthorn E where house was trashed because I live in that burb but do not recognise the house. In a typical street with Victorian houses with Mc Mansions so could be anywhere. Thank goodness I live in a secure building.

  169. Old School Conservative

    Some telling facts in The Oz’s report on the Africans bashing the 73 year old and the 16 year old girl.

    …neighbours said police appeared hesitant to intervene…

    …We called the police three times. We reckon everyone in the street called them two or three times…

    …police arrived at the house several times but ­initially watched from outside…

    …The woman also said the police appeared to be overwhelmed: “They don’t appear to do anything with these gangs, these kids …”

    Not only are the police lying to protect the African louts, but also not taking any action to stop them trashing property and attacking people.
    VicPol is a laughing stock.

  170. Percy Popinjay

    “Let’s Ban Everything” dickheads move on to their next target – disposable coffee cups. From the Oz:

    Australians use more than one billion disposable cups and lids each year, most of which end up in landfill

    My comment, which probably won’t be posted:

    Seriously, so what? Stop assuming you have some sort of right to tell us how to live – I hate to break it to you, but you don’t. People will only tolerate this insane unrelenting hectoring for so long.

  171. rickw

    How come they can do it in Switzerland, a high wages country and we can’t?

    Garage or basement based businesses are basically illegal in Australia.

    I know a lady who arrived in Australia in the 1960’s, built a big brick shed illegally in the back yard and started a children’s clothing brand that kept eight other women and her husband employed. Just impossible these days.

  172. rickw

    Not only are the police lying to protect the African louts, but also not taking any action to stop them trashing property and attacking people.

    One day these African louts will run across some crusty white gun owner who will go “fuck it”.

  173. Old School Conservative

    Wish the cops would let us know the address in Hawthorn E where house was trashed because I live in that burb but do not recognise the house.

    Take a drive. There can’t be too many graffiti riddled homes with smashed windows and holes punched through walls. Look for a house with light fittings stolen and damaged furniture.

    Probably has police tape around it now the yoofs of indeterminate ethnicity are safely gone.

    You may see a house-t0-house search going on, looking for the subversives who told the press that “youths of African descent” were responsible.

    Also, you may get to see a 73 year old next-door neighbour being arrested for racially vilifying the 8 females who kicked him to the ground and punched him in the head.

    Another clue will be the police press conference outside blaming air b&b for the fracas.

  174. Percy Popinjay

    Monstrous televisual gargoyles.

    Trigger warning – hideous ugliness.

  175. Percy Popinjay

    So good ol’ Mosquebourne has experienced yet more of that wonderful cultural enrichment, I see.

    VicPol too busy investigating an accusation that George Pell looked sideways at some useless junkie 40 years ago.

  176. Geriatric Mayfly

    I’m becoming an organ donor but only if my organs are going to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
    4:26 AM – Jun 28, 2018

    The Tweet communidy making sundry offers to keep the old boiler warm and vertical.

  177. Mother Lode

    I know a lady who arrived in Australia in the 1960’s, built a big brick shed illegally in the back yard and started a children’s clothing brand that kept eight other women and her husband employed. Just impossible these days.

    And I should bloodywell think so!

    I will bet that some of the clothes produced had inappropriate messages like “Mummy’s Little Helper”. I will wager that boys and girls clothes had heightened incidents or blue and pink colouring respectively.

    Did she give any thought to gender diversity? Racial sensibilities? Power structures and inherent privilege? Was there a prayer room? What about acknowledging traditional custodians? Were there vegan options?

    I swear to God I don’t know how we ever survived the 1960’s! We must be grateful that we have achieved such an enlightened state that private businesses accept that their social license is conditional on recognising that they are all essentially organs of the state.

    Now I am off to get a free-trade soy latte in my string cup.

  178. Percy Popinjay

    The Oz has run a hatchet job on Fatty Trump and his family by David Aaronovitch.

    No comments allowed.

    I love this photo.

  179. Chris

    rickw
    #2752005, posted on July 2, 2018 at 8:37 am
    Just watched The Death of Stalin.

    The Left hasn’t changed, the shifting sands of what is right speak and right think means that everyone gets caught sooner, for later for trivia, while the real crimes go unpunished.

    Mentally ill then and still mentally ill now.

    It was telling.
    Have you seen the Australian movie ‘Children of the Revolution’?

  180. stackja

    Shopping centre like ‘ghost town’ as retailers shut down and shoppers go elsewhere
    Samantha Dick, Hume Leader
    July 2, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    A SHOPPING centre and its food court have become a ghost town as retailers desert the centre in droves.

    When the $330 million Craigieburn Central opened in 2013, it boasted supermarkets, retailers, a cinema, about 160 specialty stores and food court Eat Central.

    But when Leader visited the centre’s food court last week, just three stores remained there: Donut King, Bucking Bull and Cold Rock Ice Creamery.

    The design of Craigieburn Central, which has four shopping precincts leading to an outdoor central meeting point, has been widely criticised by shoppers.

    Craigieburn mum Mary Skopelianos said the outdoor shopping area was a “big mistake”.

    “In winter we get wet and freezing going from Big W to Target,” she said.

    “It’s so hard for a mother with a pram — I struggled each week and that’s why I go to Epping Plaza instead.”

  181. johanna

    Just re-looking at the excellent link posted by Gab last night about one person’s take of the most beautiful women in the movies. And no, I’m not … errr … Saphically inclined, but do appreciate beauty in all forms.

    It is a good list, but leaving out Ingrid Bergman is criminal. OTOH, the compiler rightly puts MM somewhere in the middle, and the divine Liz Taylor makes number two (should be top, IMO) and making Vivien Leigh number one is a tad eccentric. Still, these stars were a range of different types of beauty, unlike the anorexic clones that infest the movies today.

    Well worth a look to remind us about when movies were an art form.

  182. stackja

    Bayswater Football Club: Strip show leads to players forfeiting two weeks of payment
    Josh Fagan, Knox Leader
    June 28, 2018 2:05pm
    Subscriber only

    BAYSWATER Football Club’s senior players have copped a fine equivalent to two weeks’ match payments for their part in organising a strip show watched by juniors.

    The money will go to a gender equality charity.

    Knox Council issued the club an ultimatum of paying $14,000 to charity or losing two home matches — which would hit the club financially through losses in gate takings and refreshments.

    The penalty came after it emerged the club hired a stripper to perform at a function in front of underage players.

    Angry parents said their kids were told to say the event was “a dress-up night’’, but several 16-year-old players instead ­attended an evening with strippers organised by adults.

    Bayswater president Gary Galvin said the club had met to discuss Knox Council’s two options and it was the players who ultimately decided to forgo match payments.

    “It was their choice,” he said.

    “That’s what this great group are like. Please respect them for this.”

    Mr Galvin described the council’s penalty as “tough but fair”.

    The council warned if they didn’t comply with the sanctions they would be stripped of their lease of Bayswater Oval for the 2019 season.

  183. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The “Post Comment” is like the lure of the lorelei. 🙃

    Ah yes indeed. The siren call of internet fame turned infamy, our doom in pixel form for eternity.
    O where would we be without the cultural literacy of Western Civilization to tell our sad tale? 🙂

  184. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Oz has run a hatchet job on Fatty Trump and his family by David Aaronovitch.

    Water is wet.

    David Aaronovitch

    Aaronovitch was initially a Eurocommunist, and was active in the National Union of Students (NUS). There he got to know the president at the time, Charles Clarke, who later became Home Secretary. Aaronovitch himself succeeded Trevor Phillips as president of the NUS from 1980 to 1982. He was elected on a Left Alliance ticket.

  185. Geriatric Mayfly

    A grisly accident. While slipping a DVD into the device last evening the television fired up. A profoundly bald chap, seemingly stricken with mumps, was in mid-flight heaping superlatives on Australia’s pre-eminent Muslim. The little weasel lapping it all up, and me without a vomit bucket.

  186. Chris

    The Oz has run a hatchet job on Fatty Trump and his family by David Aaronovitch.

    The Oz has it up on their facebook page. I got in a comment.

  187. stackja

    Who remembers Herbert J Yates?

    Herbert John Yates was the founder and president of Republic Pictures, who had John Wayne, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers in their pictures. Wikipedia

  188. Snoopy

    The money will go to a gender equality charity.

    WTF is a gender equality charity? What possible charitable work could it do apart from provide paid work for a few of the mentally ill?

  189. Anne

    Why would we think the Australian Entertainment Industry would be any better that HollyMusicMediaWood.

    From @ABCNews

    Having referred to himself using a gay slur, Newton joked that his former co-star Kennedy enjoyed “mentoring” young talent behind closed doors.

    “Speaking of young talent, Graham Kennedy was always the sort of man who nurtured young talent,” Newton said.

    “He enjoyed giving young people a chance on television, he was a great mentor, he mentored a lot of young people.

    “You knew if you went to his dressing room and it was locked, he would be inside doing some mentoring.”

  190. johanna

    Picking on Graham Kennedy was a bit naff.

    ‘Mentoring’ was and is a feature, not a bug, in the entertainment industry. And the sexuality of the ‘mentors’ goes right across the board.

  191. stackja

    Police allege Larissa Beilby brutally beaten before her death as Zlatko Sikorsky charged with murder
    Kate Kyriacou, Dan Knowles, The Courier-Mail
    8 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    POLICE will allege teenager Larissa Beilby was brutally beaten by Zlatko Sikorsky in the lead-up to her death and before she was dumped in a barrel at a property south of Brisbane.

    But his lawyer has this morning said Sikorsky will fight the charge, claiming the teen may have died due to misadventure.

    “I absolutely believe he’s innocent, and I’ve been doing this a long time,” Brendan Ryan told the ABC.

    “I think if the police do their job they’ll discover he didn’t commit murder.

    “If they dot their i’s and cross their t’s they will discover that he didn’t do anything and rather she may well have passed through misadventure.”

    Footage from CCTV cameras around the Buccan acreage property is expected to form an integral part of the police case.

  192. stackja

    Hollywood mentors included:
    Henry Willson – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Willson
    Henry Leroy Willson (July 31, 1911 – November 2, 1978) was an American Hollywood talent agent who played a large role in popularizing the beefcake craze of the 1950s.

  193. H B Bear

    Congratulations to Grant Denyer on his gold Logie. I think we can officially say that, with the exception of live sport, commercial FTA TV is now dead in Australia. That just leaves a $1.2bn taxpayer funded albatross around peoples’ necks.

  194. pete m

    Joh, i thought ingrid was featured at about 37 in the list.

  195. stackja

    Court to decide sexuality of asylum seeker to determine if he can take refuge in Australia
    KYLAR LOUSSIKIAN, NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER, The Daily Telegraph
    July 2, 2018 5:56am
    Subscriber only

    A FEDERAL court will decide the sexuality of an asylum seeker to determine if the Cameroonian man, who describes himself as royalty, can take refuge in Australia.

    In the latest twist in a three-year saga which has already cost taxpayers $5.8 million in legal fees, the Federal Court has thrown out an Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision that the man is not gay.

    It comes after the Federal Court in March blasted the AAT’s refusal of a partner visa for a Lebanese woman whose husband had been granted a protection visa because of his claim of homosexuality.

  196. stackja

    In this latest case, the Cameroonian­ national known as BZD17 arrived in Australia on a temporary visa in June 2014 and applied for a refugee visa the next month, claiming he was in danger because he was gay. Homosexuality is illegal­ in Cameroon.

    He said his lover had been killed in a homophobic attack.

    The man told the tribunal he had been in an arranged marriage since 2008, after his mother became ill and because he was supposed to be the next village chief. Once in Australia, he had attended a gay Catholic organisation, a number of witnesses said, with one adding “the applicant hugged people rather than shook hands, which was also indicative of gay actions”.

    The AAT, however, found the man had “consistently fabricated­ claims and … been deliberate in his actions in order to present himself to a range of people as gay … I am satisfied that the applicant is not homosexual”.

    He was unable to provide marriage certificates or any evidence, including “social media” reports, of the assault on him and his male lover.

    The Federal Court last week said the AAT had shown a “troubling lack of any attempt to engage” with evidence, including an aid worker, known as Mr C, who met BZD17 in Cameroon and later met him by coincidence at the Sydney Mardi Gras last year.

    Two other witnesses, a Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre social worker and a counsellor working with gay and lesbian people, said he was, in their professional opinions, “unquestionably a gay man”.

  197. Geriatric Mayfly

    BoN American hunter’s images of her black giraffe ‘trophy kill’ spark outrage

    Not wishing to provoke the usual Cat response to this activity, I cannot for the life of me see how a giraffe is a trophy target. I have seen many in the wild, both on walking and vehicle safaris. They are not hard to find or track, they sort of stand out. And most I have seen just stand there and stare at you, much like kangaroos do, when at a respectable distance. I have also tracked lion, buffalo and rhino on foot(with a camera)and that is a different matter entirely.

  198. Snoopy

    Wayne Swan’s from the ALP and he’s here to save us. Cometh the hour, Cometh the man.

    The former treasurer, who was elected a fortnight ago to the party’s top executive position, said on Sunday that inequality measures such as grossly disparate salaries were “ripping our society apart”.

    Australian Labor
    a bunch of rich people
    convincing poor people
    to vote for rich people
    by telling poor people
    that ‘other’ rich people
    are the reason they’re poor

  199. stackja

    New report reveals social media users are tuning out of ‘influencers’
    EXCLUSIVE, Annabel Hennessy, The Daily Telegraph
    July 2, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    THEY supposedly have millions of people following their every move online — but using so-called social media “influencers” to advertise products has been likened to paying for ads on TV at 3am.

    A new report conducted by data analysis company Lumio for The Daily Telegraph has exposed how the vast majority of followers of some of Australia’s top influencers are tuning out.

    But for all those whose belief in themselves far exceeds their reach there are some who wield genuine influence, such as the inspirational Turia Pitt.

  200. Has Sinc replied to Hendos criticisms yet?

    Henderson’s predilection to refer to himself in the third person tells you all you need to know.

  201. stackja

    How much of Europe since 1945 is due to Stalin secret agents in high places?

  202. johanna

    Much as I hate to do it, I think that Monty has a point.

    Hendo does some good work, but of late he has become increasingly obsessive and pedantic. His endless pursuit of slights that happened decades ago is unbecoming, and worse still, boring for readers. Who cares what did or didn’t happen in the Common Room of some university before half of the population was even born?

    I hope that our Dear Leader resists the temptation to get drawn in to an endless exchange of pedantries with someone who admits that he hasn’t even read the book in question.

  203. C.L

    In rod we trust:

    Commonwealth Games Queen’s baton relay cost exceeded $6.4 million.

    Taxpayers contributed millions of dollars towards the Commonwealth Games baton relay, with organisers racking up a fortune in bills for food, accommodation and a party at Buckingham Palace.

    Figures obtained under a right to information request show the cost of logistics for the 388-day relay was more than $6.4 million — and that did not include wages for staff, police and security…

    The Queen’s baton relay kicked-off with a $380,000 launch party at Buckingham Palace in March last year …

    About $2.1 million was spent on the international leg of the journey, including almost $1 million for flights and accommodation, $164,000 for photography and $17,000 worth of advertising.

    The 100-day domestic trip cost $4.3 million: including more than $1.5 million for flights and accommodation, $1 million for staging, $215,000 for uniforms and $23,000 worth of “consumables”.

    People can’t pay their electricity bills but our elites don’t care. They laugh at the Australian public.

  204. Dr Faustus

    Newspoll: Coalition closes gap on Labor

    Now ahead 39:37 on Primary vote and, at 51:49, within the survey margin of error on 2PP.
    On the present trend, provided the fuckup fairies stay well away, Turnbull will be seen to have turned the Coalition Shit of State around just before Super Saturday.

    Shorten, snuffling, slipping back to Popular as Half a Slug in the Salad Sandwich satisfaction status, desperately reaches out for friendly collegial support – and instead finds:

    “He (Mr Shorten) deserves the opportunity to get out there and take government at the next election,” Mr Swan said yesterday, ­describing his premature tax announcement as an “honest error”.

    Somewhere, away in the Canberra darkness, Albanese gives a soft little moan of pleasure…

  205. mh

    Mark Levy on 2gb currently giving ColesWorth a hammering.

  206. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Australian Labor
    a bunch of rich people
    convincing poor people
    to vote for rich people
    by telling poor people
    that ‘other’ rich people
    are the reason they’re poor

    Well said, snoopy, well said indeed.

  207. Herodotus

    Someone should ask Aaronovitch why his genotype have supported the Democrats for so long in view of their decline so far down the scale of decency that they are running the USA towards civil (uncivil) war.
    Having said that, the video of Antifa cruds getting blown off the street was rather satisfactory.
    Blowback’s a bitch.

  208. stackja

    Snoopy
    #2752046, posted on July 2, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Last ALP leader who worked before politics? Chifley? NSW Joe Cahill?

  209. Roger

    The former treasurer, who was elected a fortnight ago to the party’s top executive position, said on Sunday that inequality measures such as grossly disparate salaries were “ripping our society apart”.

    Case in point:

    ABC Editor in Chief Michelle Guthrie is paid c. $1 000 000. p.a. to rip Australia apart.

  210. calli

    On C.L.’s handsome Hollywood gents list – I always feel a bit shy and flustered around pete m.

    Now I know why. 🙂

  211. Mother Lode

    Not wishing to provoke the usual Cat response to this activity, I cannot for the life of me see how a giraffe is a trophy target.

    I think we can safely leave this in the hands of The Poster Formerly Known as Arky.

    I shall say no more than I get the impression this is a matter of the very survival of our species.

  212. stackja

    C.L
    #2752053, posted on July 2, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Peter Beattie, scores again.

  213. Entropy

    Farmer Gez
    #2751989, posted on July 2, 2018 at 7:41 am
    You know wool is valuable when a bloke like me shears a dead sheep.
    Fresh dead sheep are hard to shear, floppy and all that.

    For some reason I have always got pleasure out of emphatically saying “fellmongering”. Much more so than the reality of the job.

  214. Roger

    People can’t pay their electricity bills but our elites don’t care.

    Panem et circenses.

  215. calli

    They also gave BagGate a hammering on Seven this morning, repeating facts that have been repeated here ad nauseum for weeks, such as washing and hygiene, environmental cost, profit hiding behind signalling, etc.

    I give the ban one month.

  216. Snoopy

    I picked it up from Guido Fawkes.

  217. stackja

    mh
    #2752055, posted on July 2, 2018 at 9:54 am
    Mark Levy on 2gb currently giving ColesWorth a hammering.

    Over the next two weeks, 2GB welcomes some familiar faces/voices back on-air as a few of our presenters take a well-earned break.

    Michael McLaren moves into the Breakfast slot for the first time
    The Continuous Call Team’s Mark Levy returns to The Ray Hadley Morning Show
    Channel 9’s Deborah Knight will fill in for Chris Smith once again
    The Australian and Sky News’ Chris Kenny jumps behind the mic for Ben Fordham

    See this week’s full line-up below…

    Breakfast
    Michael McLaren

    Mornings
    Mark Levy

    Afternoons
    Deborah Knight

    Drive
    Chris Kenny

    Money News
    Ross Greenwood

    Nights
    Steve Prive

    Overnight & Wake Up Australia
    Luke Grant

  218. mh

    DEM SENATOR: ICE A ‘GROUP OF INCOMPETENTS

    Far-left position becoming mainstream in Democrat Party

    https://www.infowars.com/dem-senator-ice-a-group-of-incompetents/

  219. C.L

    Turnbull lieutenant rushes to the aid of Sarah Hanson-Young:

    Leyonhjelm should apologise: govt minister.

    Federal cabinet minister Simon Birmingham has called on David Leyonhjelm to publicly apologise for his “appalling” comments about Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

    Sky News on Sunday apologised for broadcasting and strap-lining what it described as Senator Leyonhjelm’s “appalling” remarks. It also suspended a producer.

    “I would expect that apologies would be the appropriate order of the day. Frankly, people ought to be a little bigger and better than that,” Senator Birmingham told Sky on Monday.

    Senator Leyonhjelm alluded Senator Hanson-Young’s private life, telling her to “stop shagging men” in parliament on Thursday.

    When she approached him after the comment, which was yelled across the Senate chamber during a motion on arming women with weapons for their safety, he told her to “f*** off”.

    Senate president Scott Ryan asked Senator Leyonhjelm to apologise but he refused.

    “It’s certainly not the way I conduct my politics. I don’t believe that type of commentary has any place in decent fair public policy,” Senator Birmingham said.

    Senator Leyonhjelm said if the Greens senator took offence, it was an issue for her.

    “I am prepared to rephrase my comments. I strongly urge Senator Hanson-Young to continue shagging men as she pleases,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

    Simon Birmingham is a fervent supporter of “safe schools” abuse of children:

    Education Minister Simon Birmingham has defended the objectives of a controversial school program that teaches high school students about sexual diversity and inclusion.

    The anti-bullying program, used by nearly 500 schools around Australia, educates 11- and 12-year-old children about the meaning of terms such as “queer’’, “pansexual’’, “sister girl’’ and “trans guy’’.

    The Safe Schools Coalition program also includes a role-playing exercise in which 11- and 12-year-olds are encouraged to put themselves in the boots of a young person dating a same-sex partner…

    “These types of debates … are very unhelpful because the debate that seems to be occurring in the public space is one of whether or not we should be teaching inclusiveness and tolerance in our schools. Well that’s a pretty foolish debate to be having,” he said.

  220. mh

    I give the ban one month.

    Public health and safety must be the priority.

  221. Dr Faustus

    The former treasurer, who was elected a fortnight ago to the party’s top executive position, said on Sunday that inequality measures such as grossly disparate salaries were “ripping our society apart”.

    Dim bulb, Shane Wand, is carrying the ball for the original and very brilliant ACTU/ALP Rip Society Apart and Reelect Labor Because Class Warfare strategy.

    He is able to do this without a blush because he, himself, will never warrant a delicious grossly disparate salary.

  222. Roger

    …repeating facts that have been repeated here ad nauseum for weeks, such as washing and hygiene, environmental cost, profit hiding behind signalling, etc.

    Would you believe it, last week the two ABC local morning announcers in the region of my…ahem, country retreat, were airing the same arguments against? Perhaps the memo didn’t cross the Great Divide?

  223. Leo G

    The Oz has run a hatchet job on Fatty Trump and his family by David Aaronovitch.

    According to blogger Don Surber those newspaper op-eds and editorials are inconsequential. 243 US newspapers endorsed Hillary Clinton. 20 endorsed Donald Trump.
    He offers this generic piece for those tasked with writing editorial pieces commenting on President Trumps next nominee for the Supreme Court:

    The Senate Must Reject This Monster

    President Trump — a vain, deranged, and impulsive man elected by Russia and not a majority of Americans — has nominated the worst judicial candidate since Roger Brooke Taney, the chief justice who authored the Dred Scott decision. [Nominee’s name] may be worse. Not only does [he or she] view African-Americans as chattel, but women as second-class citizens!

    Most Republicans want to return America to the oppressive and conformist days of the 1950s when everyone had a job instead of welfare!

    President Trump has nominated a person who wants to return to the slave days of 1850s!

    This would be Armageddon for our Constitution. Women would be forced to seek reproduction freedom from back-alley butchers again. Republicans would bar minorities and millennials from voting. People would be allowed to own as many guns as they like without registering them; vaginas would be more regulated than assault weapons!

    As a justice, [nominee’s name] would declare open season on undocumented workers, forcing them to return to the squalor and violence they fled in their native countries. The Statue of Liberty would be sold as scrap as our borders would be shut to all but a few!

    With this nomination, President Trump has made an existential attack on democracy. This nomination would guarantee the alt-right control of the nation’s highest court for the next 50 years. If confirmed by the Senate, [nominee’s name] would be complicit in shutting down newspapers, silencing critics, and allowing hate speech in a perverted misinterpretation of the First Amendment!

    Corporations would be allowed to pollute the air and rivers again. Then they would move all the jobs overseas. Slave wages would be paid on the remaining jobs as citizens and undocumented workers would compete for those jobs in Wall Street’s version of “The Hunger Games”!

    As a justice, [nominee’s name] would usher in a new era that would turn America into a theocracy in which prayer returns to school, the teaching of evolution is banned, and only climate change deniers would be allowed to teach science!

    Only Fox News would be allowed to broadcast. The president would be allowed to spy on the political opposition. The president could weaponize the IRS to go after his enemies, and the court would be silent about this threat to democracy!

    This is not who we are. We are better than this. These are not our values. Not only must the Senate reject [nominee’s name] but the Senate must vote to disbar [him or her] to show that the nation will not tolerate intolerance!

    ###

  224. Entropy

    Swan can crap on all he likes about Other Peoples’ Money, but until he rocks up with a policy to reduce parliamentary salaries and perks in line with the average wage, I reckon he is full of shit.

  225. Rae

    So in a nutshell, they are claiming that they built a truss bridge (i.e. designed to hold it’s weight on the triangle structure) but they built it with all the load bearing elements in positions that would be appropriate to a cable stay bridge (i.e. completely different design, with entirely different load distribution) and they planned to put up fake cables because they liked the impressive aesthetic of the tower. Then it all fell down.

    Nope. You should ignore the unknowledgeable journalist and the speculation of competing engineers. The bridge was a truss design for box rigidity, supported by cables.

    It fell down because the contractor putting the span in place didn’t provide temporary support under it until the tower was erected and the cables attached and tensioned. That’s likely to be what the NTSB and the coroner will find.

  226. Boambee John

    Far-left position becoming mainstream in Democrat Party

    The Democrat Party IS a far-left party. Much loved by our resident reactionary lackey of the fascist left establishment.

  227. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Much loved by our resident reactionary lackey of the fascist left establishment.

    I’m still pushing for “hyena.”

  228. Bruce of Newcastle

    I give the ban one month.

    It’s a religious edit. Failing to support the ban will result in burning at stake (with carbon capture).

    New plastic bag ban sparks backlash and praise from Aussie shoppers

    Many shoppers told news.com.au via Twitter that they supported the ban, with one posting: “Reducing our carbon footprint is extremely important” while another added the ban was “very long overdue”, and another stating: “Soon enough it will be the new normal.”

    It’ll be nearly impossible to explain to these people it does not reduce their carbon footprint but increases it. By a lot. But they Believe so it must be true.

  229. johanna

    I hope you are right, calli.

    Chatting to my go-to checkout chick at Coles last week, she managed to convey that the staff are dreading it, without actually saying so. She doesn’t want to lose her job because some eco-retard overhears something.

    She is terrific – patient and careful with the elderly and slow, a quick and perfect packer, always cheerful, and probably earns bugger all. The last thing she needs is more aggro than she already gets from the dickheads that persecute anyone who works face to face with the public.

    The supermarkets will probably gain a bit in profit, but they will lose incalculable goodwill. What’s more, they had better be prepared to spend a lot more on trolley retrieval, because shoppers will just dump the lot in a trolley and take it here, there, and everywhere, including home.

    Here in Queanbeyan, there are a lot more families with children than in snooty Canberra, and they do big shops. Putting 12 packs of toilet rolls and 4 loaves of bread and 6 litres of milk and the like into your own bags is just a joke.

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