Wednesday Forum: July, 11, 2018

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    OWG, check your pill container.
    (It’s Thursday).

  2. Stimpson J. Cat

    Guess the difference was your dividends? 😉

    I was with them from the beginning.

    Since they have been sold they have gone downhill.
    And the fact that they have a Phillipino Call Centre stacked with God-fearing Drug dealer executing Catholics is the best thing you can say about them.

    Their service is sh$te now.

  3. H B Bear

    Olivia, who was once determined to become prime minister, has now set her sights on becoming a journalist.

    Anyone wanting to become a j’ismist is borderline retarded. This chick needs help.

  4. Boambee John

    Reactionary lackey of the fascist left establishment at 1136

    Keep defending this deviant enabler.

    But enough of Weiner, Weinstein, Bill Clinton and many other Demorats, lets talk about donuts.

  5. Leigh Lowe

    I’d take Friday’s dose now as well, OWG.

  6. Stimpson J. Cat

    Both male and female homosexuality is centred on daddy issues.

    Mental illness has a very big part to play in homosexuality.
    And when I say that I mean impulsive and dangerous behaviours, like unsafe sex and promiscuity with either sex can often hint at serious mental illness like borderline personality disorder for example.
    I don’t mean they are crazy for being gay, but being crazy can make them choose to be gay because they think they are.

  7. thefrolickingmole

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2761146, posted on July 12, 2018 at 11:01 am
    Time to burn all your Tarantino gear gang.
    We have a new winner in Celebrity degeneracy.

    Try and rewatch one of his movies now you know hes a foot fetishist.
    Near impossible and quite uncomfortable.

  8. Stimpson J. Cat

    Here’s the sexual deviant commenting again.

    Go back a page and look at my Tarantino link.
    I need your expert opinion on the percentage of degeneracy involved.

  9. mole at 1201

    It is probably an indication of my alienation from popular culture that I do not recognise the toe sucker. Who is he?

  10. OneWorldGovernment

    Lol

    What’s your Friday dose on offer LL?

    I might bash the blog in the early hours of an Australian time but I will place a bet that you bash the blog far greater than I could ever do.

  11. Tintarella di Luna

    I laughed aloud last night when they played the grab of him saying he would like to catch up with his good friend Boris whilst he is in the UK.
    In other words, why waste my time on Dead Cow Walking, Theresa.

    Leigh Lowe Theresa May – Dead Cow Walking – harsh but fair and accurate

  12. Roger

    You make my argument in a way.

    In a way, but at a more mundane level of venality

    Politicians sign treaties not because they get kick backs but because bureaucrats tell them it’s a good idea.

    They are driven by polls, focus groups and the bureaucracy because they have little insight themselves into the nature of the problems we face or how to solve them (indeed, they create most of them!). It’s a profession that, by and large, attracts second raters…third raters in the case of the ALP.

  13. From monty’s link:

    A half-dozen ex-wrestlers told POLITICO they were regularly harassed in their training facility by sexually aggressive men who attended the university or worked there. The voyeurs would masturbate while watching the wrestlers shower or sit in the sauna, or engage in sexual acts in the areas where the athletes trained, the former wrestlers said.

    Larkins Hall, the building that housed athletic teams, became such a well-known target that people who frequented it at the time have reminisced in anonymous postings online how easy it was to ogle naked members of the wrestling team.

    The situation was so egregious that former wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson would at times have to physically drag the gawkers out of the building, several sources familiar with his actions at the time said. Hellickson also pleaded with the university multiple times to move their athletes to a private facility, the sources said. Jordan served as Hellickson’s No. 2, and the coach has been described as Jordan’s mentor.

    The accusations could exacerbate Jordan’s troubles. He was the wrestling team’s assistant coach from 1986 to 1994 and has adamantly denied knowledge of any sexual abuse.

    “I never knew about any type of abuse,” Jordan said in an interview this week. “If I did, I would have done something about it.”

    Though none of the wrestlers and coaches interviewed blamed Jordan for the inappropriate behavior they experienced in Larkins Hall, they said he would have had to know about it. One former wrestler told POLITICO he saw Jordan yell at male voyeurs to get out of the sauna, though Jordan’s office refuted this account. Even three wrestlers who defended Jordan said it would have been impossible for him not to notice the pervasive toxic atmosphere surrounding the team.

    Why is monty describing Jordan as a deviant enabler when it is being reported that he yelled at these sexually aggressive homosexuals (who monty wants to say nothing about) to “get out of the sauna”?

  14. Dr Faustus

    The Aardvark Hero of Tham Luang hands away his electric car business:

    Elon Musk signs agreement for Tesla factory in China with 500k vehicle capacity

    Elon Musk has signed a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a Tesla factory in China. According to reports, the upcoming China factory will be capable of manufacturing 500,000 vehicles per year, rivaling the output of Tesla’s main electric car plant in Fremont, CA.

    The first $80,000 Teslas are supposed to roll off the production line in 2 years.

    In 3 years, the first Green Dawn electric cars – eerily similar to the Tesla 3 – will roll off the production line of the Shanghai Electric Chariot Corporation, selling to the Chinese mass market for $5,000.

    In 4 years, suitably modified to avoid straightforward IP infringement claims, specced-up Green Dawns will be marketed throughout the world.

    In the meantime, visiting Tesla execs will bring back trojans on their laptops and phones aimed at sucking the IP out of Tesla, SpaceX, DrillX and SubmarineX.

  15. John Constantine

    Wagga Wagga lambs to $281.20 per head this morning.

  16. Death Giraffe

    OWG.
    You have no evidence for the horrid claims you are making at Monty.
    Stop.

  17. OneWorldGovernment

    John Constantine
    #2761206, posted on July 12, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Wagga Wagga lambs to $281.20 per head this morning.

    Incredible.

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Wagga Wagga lambs to $281.20 per head this morning.

    About time.

  19. Filbert

    Eddystone:

    Filbert, if you can stand another nit pick at the book, the .303 round has better long range performance than the 30-06 round used by American forces in WW1. Not worse as stated in the book.

    Hatchers Notebook.

    Page 23.

    The Vickers used the .303 Mark VII cartridge having a 174 grain flat based bullet…these bullets had an extreme range nearly 50% greater than did our 30-’06.

    Thanks Eddystone.
    John Hunter Farrell, author of Wolfsberg replies:
    The .303 was an excellent round for its age (1885), but the 7.62 x 63mm 30-06 (1903-06) is a true rimless modern round.

    The 7.62 x 51mm NATO we used in our SLRs and M-60s back in the day is just the 30/06’s shorter younger brother which leveraged advances in propellant chemistry.
    The Brits had commenced the early processes of changing over to a .280 rimless ie a 7 x 63mm (not a .300 7.62) rimmed cartridge evolution of the 7.62 x 63mm (30/06) in the 1920s as they clearly saw the 30/06’s clear ballistic advantage and the .303 was considered obsolete by the war office.

    Depression era budgets saw the program delayed until the eruption of the Second World War forced them to retain the .303 as only a madman would change ammunition caliber at the beginning of a major war. They commenced the process again in the late 40s/early 50s but abandoned it after NATO selected the 7.62 NATO STANAG (STANdard AGreement) 7.62 x 51mm of SLR/G-3/M-14 fame. Which was superceded by the 5.56 x 45mm STANAG in the 70s ie M-16/F-88/G-36 ect.

    The 30/06 has significantly better terminal performance on every single ballistic parameter from the muzzle to 1000 metres or yards as they would have said then. The Americans also introduced the next generation smokeless powders that improved projectile speed which in turn leveled the rounds ‘ballistic arc’ making it more predictable ie accurate while also making the firer far less detectable.

    The ballistics of the 30/06 is why we use its grandchild in Afghanistan not the .303’s descendent.

    The quote he employs is not comparing apples with apples. It could only compare the very expensive tripod based Vickers water cooled mounted machinegun against a US Army Browning BAR, the only US 30/06 automatic weapon in broad issue in 1917/18 as there were almost no 30/06s belt fed machineguns in US Army service due to extreme budget restrictions from the isolationist/pacifist US Congress.

    While a wonderful cost effective weapon, the BAR is little more than a blow (gas) back automatic rifle and not even comparable to the more sophisticated Brit Lewis Mk II. The stablised gun platform of the Vickers used a higher pressure round than a standard .303 rifle, it employed a reinforced bolt/breech mechanism that allowed to take a much ‘hotter’ bullet (ie more propellant).

    Vickers bullets could be fired from a .303, but the chance of a catastrophic failure of the bolt mechanism (ie killing the shooter with the bolt through the eye skyrocketed). Just like we could shoot the odd higher pressure M-60 round through our SLRs, but it was unsafe (but mostly to the gun as an SLR crumbled to the side not the rear) which is why the military eventually stopped production of higher pressure MG rounds (until the recent wars saw them restart).

    The problem persists today with the 40x46mm and 40 x 53mmHV used in the Mk 47 Mod 1/Mk 19 where soldiers are warned not to try the HV round in the M-203PI/M-320s/ML-40 GLAs as a quick trip to heaven almost always follows.

    In reality almost all American soldiers employed very ugly French machinegun systems in France’s unique (8x50mmR) rimless cartridge during the Great War some of which were manufactured in America in 30/06 (but few), except where they were issued British weapons (exclusively II Corps in British sector).

    Sorry for the Wikipedia length post. It is one of my ‘areas’. JHF

    Warned you Eddy 🙂

  20. thefrolickingmole

    Boambee John

    Hes a director, so hes naturally a pervert.

    Did A couple of ok movies, one good one.
    The “Kill Bill” series & Pulp fiction spring to mind.

    Both made screen love to Uma Thurmans toes.

  21. OneWorldGovernment

    Death Giraffe
    #2761207, posted on July 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    OWG.
    You have no evidence for the horrid claims you are making at Monty.
    Stop.

    Funny Death Giraffe.

    I was just thinking of your old car.

    They are a bastard to start with a crank handle is what I was thinking.

    So.

    Okay.

    Pete M, LL and yourself are comfortable with m0nty’s fixation on sexual matters.

    Go for it.

    m0nty, fuck off.

  22. Mitch M.

    Researchers confine mature cells to turn them into stem cells

    This study is striking in that it demonstrates by confining mature cells to a specific geometric environment they become stem cells!

  23. jupes

    In an historic address at police headquarters, Mr Dawson will urge his officers to ask themselves each time they dealt with an Aboriginal person if they were treating them the same as they would a person of another race or background.

    If they did that there will be a lot more Abos in jail.

  24. struth

    Politicians sign treaties not because they get kick backs but because bureaucrats tell them it’s a good idea.

    And the handing over of our millions in secret to the Clinton Crime Cartel that’s used for political , not charitable means.
    Most politicians on the left and some on the right get their orders directly or indirectly via the likes of Soros, China, and the U.N.
    The money from Saudi Arabia didn’t effect the decision of the Bendigo council no matter what their people wanted?
    Their positions are dictated upon keeping their masters happy, as directly as the Bendigo council, or as indirectly as Soros paid dictate from the U.N.
    The E.U. are virtually paid for employees of Soros, via different groups.

    I think my point remains.
    Follow the money.
    Earlier this morning I said the only thing good about Abbort, is he lets us know what the party KNOWS we want them to do.

    They choose not to do this.
    Your logic is they are confused about what the electorate want.
    I say they are not, they are purely traitors to a higher idol.
    Money.
    Overseas Money, and our taxes.

  25. Death Giraffe

    m0nty, fuck off.

    ..
    That is much better.

  26. OneWorldGovernment

    Filbert
    #2761210, posted on July 12, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Vickers bullets could be fired from a .303, but the chance of a catastrophic failure of the bolt mechanism (ie killing the shooter with the bolt through the eye skyrocketed).

    Far out Filbert.

    One of my cousins near did that.

    I wouldn’t let him use it after.

    You had to hold the bolt firmly down so that there was no opportunity for rear ward compression.

  27. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If they did that there will be a lot more Abos in jail.

    That’s the uncomfortable truth, isn’t it? Country coppers are reluctant to lay charges because family will always provide an alibi, the race card is played early in the process, and the Aboriginal Legal Service goes on to play that card.

  28. Delta A

    This just arrived in my in box:

    It was revealed this week that families and businesses across Australia are paying $12 billion more every year on their energy and gas bills than they should.

    The ACCC has today said that these price hikes are hitting families and the Turnbull Government should invest in new baseload power stations to lower the cost of living.

    We know the answer to lower power prices and easing the cost of living for families. The construction of 21st century high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal fired power will drive down electricity costs and bring more competition to greedy energy retailers that are ripping customers off.

    Just a moment of your time will make a difference.

    Australians are paying too much for our electricity, and while other nations use our natural resources – we are missing out.

    We need to send a message to Canberra that Australians support the construction of new high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal fired power stations to drive prices down across the country. If you could spare a minute of your time to message the Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg, please click here.

    Thank you for your support.

    Warm regards,

    Matt McEachan
    Energy in Australia

    PS if the link does not work, please send your email to [email protected]​ with the suggested text below.

    Dear Mr Frydenberg,

    The cost of living is hurting families and businesses across Australia.

    The ACCC has said the Turnbull Government should invest in new baseload power stations to lower power prices and ease the cost of living.

    I support building a new HELE power station to bring down power prices for for families and businesses.

    We are paying too much for our electricity, and while other nations use our natural resources – we are missing out.

    Minister, the Australian people in the next election will be voting for whichever party supports lower power prices and easing the cost of living by building a new HELE coal fired power station. It is your opportunity to be that party.

    Yours sincerely

  29. Dr Faustus

    Turnbull is ecstatic about the ACCC suggestion that government should underwrite appropriate
    new generation projects which meet certain criteria
    ” that are capable of providing dispatchable electricity supply.

    The prime minister said the underwriting recommendation had “the distinct advantage of being thoroughly technology agnostic” and he said if adopted and designed well, it “should serve to support our goal of cheaper and reliable energy”.

    The concept that being “technology agnostic” somehow leads to lower power prices is political magical thinking; certainly nobody with any technical knowledge has advised this.

    Decisions about the fuel cycle, generation, distribution, supply and price are all technical and the economic (and environmental) outcomes are absolutely dependent on specific technologies.

    Claiming to be technology agnostic is simply a weak attempt to avoid having to deal with the politics of fucking up the electricity supply by unintended – but wholly foreseeable – policy consequences.

  30. C.L.

    Oh, and you forgot “white”.
    (Almost) all government advertising carefully selects a “cross-section of cultures” in the depictions of average Australians … there is always a heavy sprinkling head scarves, Aboriginals, North Africans and Mediterranean types.
    Except their domestic violence adverts.
    Invariably the baddies are cast as 100% white-bread Anglo types.

    Virtue-signaling bi-racialism in advertising has become a clunkingly obvious thing lately.
    White woman has black husband.
    White woman has Asian husband.
    You won’t see white man with black wife or petite little Asian wife.
    Because that would be racist and all Thomas Jefferson rapey or something.

  31. Fisky

    Great to see the official African Community closing ranks and calling everyone “racist”, rather than say admitting the awkward fact that Sudanese are 70-100 times more likely to commit violent crime.

    https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/protest-planned-for-channel-7-headquarters-over-racist-sunday-night-story/news-story/401030282572d1a6f2319f5f16b9d35e#.1zldp

  32. OneWorldGovernment

    Dr Faustus
    #2761222, posted on July 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Turnbull is ecstatic about the ACCC suggestion that government should underwrite “appropriate
    new generation projects which meet certain criteria” that are capable of providing dispatchable electricity supply.

    What a dopey far knuckle xunt is the Australian PM.

  33. Mitch M.

    If they did that there will be a lot more Abos in jail.

    True, so the answer is No they do not treat aborigines equally. Just wait to see the next activists arguments: the police are being racist because they are not arresting enough aborigines. We can’t win in this game, no matter what we do the activists are allowed to continually attack us and we must never question them. It is about time politicians and the MSM had the courage to challenge them.

  34. Leigh Lowe

    Tintarella di Luna

    #2761200, posted on July 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Theresa May – Dead Cow Walking – harsh but fair and accurate

    Here’s the thing.
    The MSM will be all over Trump for “interference in UK politics” if he says boo about May.
    But Frau Merkel having the right of veto over the Brexit agreement before the British cabinet gets a look at it? Well, that’s just fine.

  35. Chris

    Thanks for that Filbert.
    I am now hoping that Custer himself may chime in from the Alamo.

  36. Tinta;

    I heard a guy from the NRMA talk about this to Ross Greenwood on his show about 5 years ago and scared the living daylights out of me then, now it’s worse still. Our politicians need to be taken to the town square and have a discussion with the people instead of being ring-fenced in their airconditioned cosy protected spaces.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that if you buy a genset and stock some fuel, you’re wasting your time. The police will requisition all supplies and equipment needed to run the country for a further couple of days – at gunpoint, if necessary. Just to run essential services like courthouses, parliament, and the local police station beer fridge.

  37. C.L.

    This is now officially frightening …
    Gestapo FBI launches nationwide investigation of Brett Kavanaugh.

    NYT: Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request.

    WASHINGTON — Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the government documents of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times on Wednesday.

    Mr. Rosenstein’s request was an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement. While the Justice Department has helped work on previous Supreme Court nominations, department lawyers in Washington typically carry out that task, not prosecutors who pursue criminal investigations nationwide.

    But in an email sent this week to the nation’s 93 United States attorneys, Mr. Rosenstein asked each office to provide up to three federal prosecutors “who can make this important project a priority for the next several weeks.” Names were to be submitted to Mr. Rosenstein’s office by the end of Wednesday…

    Former law enforcement officials described Mr. Rosenstein’s directive as a troubling precedent.

    “It’s flat-out wrong to have career federal prosecutors engaged in a political process like the vetting of a Supreme Court nominee,” said Christopher Hunter, a former F.B.I. agent and federal prosecutor who is running for Congress. “It takes them away from the mission they’re supposed to be fulfilling, which is effective criminal justice enforcement.”

  38. Roger

    I think my point remains.

    It’s within the realms of possibility, to be sure, struth.

    But if we’re alleging direct influence for money from the likes of Soros on our politicians we need evidence. Much more likely, I think, is intellectual colonisation of the higher levels of the bureaucracy by internationalist thinking to the detriment of our national interest.

    China’s influence is another matter…

  39. cohenite

    So Jordan told some deviant queers to get out of the showers? Probably threatened to biff the weirdos; and in the slime world of leftism that makes him unfit.

  40. Fisky

    Jeff Sessions needs to stop acting like a deep state douchebag and sack that clown immediately.

  41. cohenite

    In other news just spoke with my sparkie mate who helped set up Eraring: they’re, origin energy, going to close it in 9 years to meet their Paris emission targets. Eraring delivers almost 30% of NSW’s electricity.

  42. cohenite

    Jeff Sessions needs to stop acting like a deep state douchebag and sack that clown immediately.

    Which clown, there’s so many in the swamp.

  43. dragnet

    I made the mistake of dropping in to the Tesla showroom in Martin Place yesterday evening after work. I expressed my scepticism about the product. In the mere 19 hours since, I have been bombarded with e-mails and texts imploring me to take a test drive. The hard-sell.

  44. Stimpson J. Cat

    calling everyone “racist”, rather than say admitting the awkward fact that Sudanese are 70-100 times more likely to commit violent crime.

    Could IQ be a factor?
    Asking for a friend.

  45. Mother Lode

    and in the slime world of leftism that makes him unfit.

    Actually, among the left, it makes him the deviant.

    Well, certainly that seems to be Monty’s point.

  46. OneWorldGovernment

    Death Giraffe

    My Father bought an old Ford like yours in the late 50’s or early 60’s.

    I’d crank it up and it would idle along and you could walk along side.

    We used it for droving sheep and you could pick up lambs and put them in the back.

    If my memory serves me there was a lot of black but the body was that deep blue.

  47. Entropy

    Wagga Wagga lambs to $281.20 per head this morning.

    Shit you could import fodder from overseas and still make money. Rams, Ewes, do your thing!

    Econ Q: is it possible to replicate the hog cycle with a lamb cycle?

  48. Stimpson J. Cat

    I made the mistake of dropping in to the Tesla showroom in Martin Place yesterday evening after work.

    Stop this f$cking Hippy Commie behavior immediately!!!
    If you want to help some poor South Africans adopt some from SA.

  49. Cactus

    I made the mistake of dropping in to the Tesla showroom in Martin Place yesterday evening after work.

    Can I suggest you take it? Its free and fun. Don’t get me wrong, I would never personally buy an EV. But on some-one elses dime? It is a fun thing to do. The acceleration is quite something.

  50. OneWorldGovernment

    Every single immigrant should live minimum of 12 months in the ACT.

  51. Leigh Lowe

    I made the mistake of dropping in to the Tesla showroom in Martin Place yesterday evening after work.

    They had one on display in our building last week.
    I note that their sales staff are all hipster 30-ish types.
    I pretended not to know what it was and asked one of them if they are bringing out a diesel.
    He said no.

  52. Dr Faustus

    The ACCC Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry report correctly identifies a fundamental problem:

    “The National Electricity Market is largely broken and needs to be reset. Previous approaches to policy, regulatory design and competition in this sector over at least the past decade have resulted in a serious electricity affordability problem for consumers and businesses,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.

    Shorter. Governments, government, and the many ‘regulators’ have screwed the pooch beyond repair: because politics, misunderstanding, overcomplication leading to multiple unintended consequences, and deliberately replacing physics and engineering with magical thinking.

    Unsurprisingly, the ACCC sees the solution in a new round of improved market regulation – carried out by the same geniuses who steered us into the crocodile section of Shit Creek in the first place.

  53. Leigh Lowe

    Can I suggest you take it? Its free and fun. Don’t get me wrong, I would never personally buy an EV.

    See, here’s the thing.
    I am truly agnostic about EV vs hydrocarbon fuels.
    I will happily buy one if it stacks up on purchase price, running cost, reliability (including predictability of range) and re-charging speed and convenience.
    They are not there yet by a long chalk.

  54. Oh come on

    The ABC is dutifully running interference for the ATO:

    This sneaky tactic costs the Government more than multinational tax avoidance does

    Every freaking year around tax time the ABC runs several condescending and passive-aggressive articles like this on behalf of the ATO, trying to intimidate small fry taxpayers. There’s always an implied threat to make the ATO seem extremely thorough and effective. Every year it’s ‘this year we are focusing on illegitimate work expense claims’. There’s always an implied threat, ie. ‘random audits’ (don’t think you’re too insignificant for us to pick on you!) and it’s always framed as the government’s loss:

    If you’ve ever exaggerated your work expenses to get a bigger income tax return, then you might have contributed to the Federal Government’s $8.7 billion loss in 2014-15.

    I wonder how much the government ‘makes’ from people paying more tax than is necessary? They never calculate that. Those generous people are merely ‘in compliance’.

  55. Leigh Lowe

    Unsurprisingly, the ACCC sees the solution in a new round of improved market regulation – carried out by the same geniuses who steered us into the crocodile section of Shit Creek in the first place.

    That was precisely my take watching the warmed up corpse Sims on TV last night.
    Let’s cure totally fucked up regulation and skewing of the “market” by – wait for it – more regulation and interference.

  56. Makka

    Keep defending this deviant enabler.

    From mUnty, who comes here every day and evening defending the deviants of the left.

  57. Leigh Lowe

    If you’ve ever exaggerated your work expenses to get a bigger income tax return, then you might have contributed to the Federal Government’s $8.7 billion loss in 2014-15.

    How do they know it is $8.7 bn?

  58. OneWorldGovernment

    Leigh Lowe
    #2761249, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I made the mistake of dropping in to the Tesla showroom in Martin Place yesterday evening after work.

    They had one on display in our building last week.
    I note that their sales staff are all hipster 30-ish types.
    I pretended not to know what it was and asked one of them if they are bringing out a diesel.
    He said no.

    Ask them if you get a free windmill.

  59. Tel

    Mr. Rosenstein’s request was an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement.

    Lol, he said it was “unusual” for the FBI to operate as a political tool.

  60. Mother Lode

    Okay, it is a toss up between TPG (unlimited data, 40Mbps NBN) at $69/month, Optus (unlimited data, 40Mbps NBN) at $65/month and, depending on negotiability Telstra (unlimited data, 40Mbps NBN) at $99/month but a lot of ‘extras’ I don’t want.

    Is anyone aware of any major issues with Optus or TPG? Frequent or lengthy outages, crap service, speeds being far less than advertised?

  61. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    See, here’s the thing.
    I am truly agnostic about EV vs hydrocarbon fuels.
    I will happily buy one if it stacks up on purchase price, running cost, reliability (including predictability of range) and re-charging speed and convenience.
    They are not there yet by a long chalk.

    My father bought my mother an electric can opener in the 80’s.

    We all thought it was amazing for about a day.

    Tesla is our electric can opener.

  62. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2761256, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    If you’ve ever exaggerated your work expenses to get a bigger income tax return, then you might have contributed to the Federal Government’s $8.7 billion loss in 2014-15.

    How do they know it is $8.7 bn?

    Clairvoyance?

  63. Leigh Lowe

    Mr. Rosenstein’s request was an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement.

    Lol, he said it was “unusual” for the FBI to operate as a political tool.

    If Sessions had a pair, he would haul Rosenstein in and ask him if the DoJ did the same when Obama nominated Sotomayer, Kagan and Garland.
    If the answer is no, then fire him on the spot.
    But of course, the pre-requisite balls aren’t there.

  64. Trader Perth

    I took a ’98 model Saab 900 ‘talladega’ for a test drive on the weekend. It had all leather heated seats, front and rear, sunroof, real wood grain dash, aircon plus more. At $900 plus on road costs I think the running costs would beat a tesla. Any comments?

  65. Death Giraffe

    I’d crank it up and it would idle along and you could walk along side.

    We used it for droving sheep and you could pick up lambs and put them in the back.

    ..
    I bet none of the 2018 cars now on the roads will be around in the same numbers the Model A is, 90 years later.

  66. Dr Faustus

    The ACCC estimates its recommendations, if adopted, will save the average household between 20 and 25 per cent on their electricity bill, or around $290-$415 per annum.

    our recommendations require some difficult decisions as sound economic reform usually does. Second, despite poor decisions over at least the past decade creating the current electricity affordability problem, it now falls to current Commonwealth and state governments to make the difficult decisions to fix it.

    Boiled down, the ACCC’s idea of “sound economic reform” is to have the Queensland and NSW Governments write off “network overinvestment” and that “solar feed-in-tariff schemes should be funded by state governments“. This redistribution of public money would deliver $190 of the ACCC’s $290-$415 per annum household saving.

    Obviously there would be no unintended consequences from such a sound reform – such as budget deficits, increased taxation, or the message sent to investors in the Australian electricity industry about security and risk in a fiat environment.

    We are in safe hands.

  67. C.L.

    My father bought my mother an electric can opener in the 80’s.

    Fiftieth wedding anniversary?

  68. JC

    It maybe a can opener but what does Wayne Swan think about electric cars?

  69. Cactus

    Leigh said

    See, here’s the thing.
    I am truly agnostic about EV vs hydrocarbon fuels.
    I will happily buy one if it stacks up on purchase price, running cost, reliability (including predictability of range) and re-charging speed and convenience.
    They are not there yet by a long chalk.

    I agree. I am agnostic about it as well. If it stacks up. I will consider it.

    The key challenge at the moment I think is the energy density of EV batteries are ~200-250Wh/kg with efficiency of 95% vs Petrol at 12,000Wh/kg but efficiency of ~15-20%.

    Taking account of efficiency losses in EV motors vs petrol (80% of energy is lost in light, noise, heat) you end up with an energy density ratio of ~10x in Petrol vs the battery counterpart. Part of the job of the EV is carting the fuel tank around. An EV has to have a 10x heavier fuel tank. But the EV motor is a lot lighter as well, so it is also an important offset.

    You really need the energy density of batteries to grow quite a bit before they become competitive in my opinion. Can they do it? Sure – maybe. But on current Technology we are along way from that point.

    Interesting that people are also giving a lot of tech gains to the batteries (compound interest lower costs in spreadsheets dragged right). But the 80% of energy lost in a combustion engine means there must be a lot of scope to make that more efficient too.

  70. stackja

    Dr Faustus
    #2761265, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    RGR created this and then left the scene.

  71. C.L.

    If Sessions had a pair, he would haul Rosenstein in and ask him if the DoJ did the same when Obama nominated Sotomayer, Kagan and Garland.

    The answer is no, as the NYT reports.

  72. Slim Cognito

    Is anyone aware of any major issues with Optus or TPG? Frequent or lengthy outages, crap service, speeds being far less than advertised?

    I have had NBN both at work and home for over 2 years now (but not with Optus or TPG). My only advice is that you will rarely, if ever, see the sort of speed they are selling you. I was originally on 25 Mbps and was regularly getting mid teens. Now on 50 Mbps and usually get mid 30’s but sometimes lower. Think of it as the absolute maximum you might get if all conditions are in your favour.

  73. Stimpson J. Cat

    depending on negotiability Telstra (unlimited data, 40Mbps NBN) at $99/month but a lot of ‘extras’ I don’t want.

    Of course Telstra.
    Daddy needs his dividends.
    That extra 30 bucks a month is because they are better. You always pay more for the best.

    😁

  74. W Hogg

    r Faustus
    #2761205, posted on July 12, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    The Aardvark Hero of Tham Luang hands away his electric car business:

    Elon Musk signs agreement for Tesla factory in China with 500k vehicle capacity

    Elon Musk has signed a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a Tesla factory in China. According to reports, the upcoming China factory will be capable of manufacturing 500,000 vehicles per year, rivaling the output of Tesla’s main electric car plant in Fremont, CA.

    The first $80,000 Teslas are supposed to roll off the production line in 2 years.

    In 3 years, the first Green Dawn electric cars – eerily similar to the Tesla 3 – will roll off the production line of the Shanghai Electric Chariot Corporation, selling to the Chinese mass market for $5,000.

    In 4 years, suitably modified to avoid straightforward IP infringement claims, specced-up Green Dawns will be marketed throughout the world.

    In the meantime, visiting Tesla execs will bring back trojans on their laptops and phones aimed at sucking the IP out of Tesla, SpaceX, DrillX and SubmarineX

    Enron Musk states openly that he does not strive for shareholder returns, or even target them. Instead he’s about changing the world through integrated cleantech from roof solar stored by battery, to Martian EVs (or something).

    He doesn’t mind burning shareholder or even bond holder capital, and feels that these stakeholders don’t care either.

    On that basis he should be perfectly happy to see TSLA bankrupted by $5000 Chineeeeeze EVs. That’s perfectly consistent with his stated business model.

  75. Stimpson J. Cat

    Saab

    Only Gays and Eurotrash and Commie University Lecturers or Teachers drive these.

  76. Stimpson J. Cat

    Enron Musk states openly that he does not strive for shareholder returns, or even target them. Instead he’s about changing the world through integrated cleantech from roof solar stored by battery, to Martian EVs (or something).

    Remember that Flamethrower he was selling?
    That was a really big hint.

  77. Perth Trader

    Stimpson….I’m eurotrash….but that’s not a answer to my question.

  78. old bloke

    John Constantine
    #2761034, posted on July 12, 2018 at 8:16 am

    “The NRMA said Australia only retained enough fuel in stockholdings to continue delivery of chilled and frozen goods for seven days, dry goods for nine days, hospital pharmacy supplies for three days, retail pharmacy for seven days, and petrol stations for three days.

    This left Australia well short of its requirement as a member of the International Energy Agency (IEA) to maintain 90 days of fuel in reserve.

    This country is being appallingly governed. We sit on huge reserves of oil, some say equal to Saudi Arabia, yet we are dependent on refined supplies coming by ship from Asia. In the event of hostilities and a naval blockade of Australia, we grind to a halt after only three days.

    We should be extracting and refining our own oil, not only for domestic consumption but also for the export market.

  79. OneWorldGovernment

    Death Giraffe
    #2761264, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I’d crank it up and it would idle along and you could walk along side.

    We used it for droving sheep and you could pick up lambs and put them in the back.

    ..
    I bet none of the 2018 cars now on the roads will be around in the same numbers the Model A is, 90 years later.

    2018 cars haven’t got the metal.

    I haven’t followed all your vids but I’m glad they are there.

    I grew up on a farm in SW NSW and started helping my Dad at a young age.

    The worst bloody job was winding the handle for the impeller thingy so Dad had hot enough heat to belt metal together or change shape.

  80. Mother Lode

    In the event of hostilities and a naval blockade of Australia, we grind to a halt after only three days.

    They have a strategy in place for that.

    They would give the Americans two days to save us before surrendering.

  81. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpson….I’m eurotrash….but that’s not a answer to my question.

    Well then you can buy it.
    Especially if it has wood grain.
    How long does a Tesla battery last?
    Where can you recharge it?
    How many qualified Tesla mechanics are there?
    Who carries stock of a new Tesla battery?
    All these questions need answers.

  82. Leigh Lowe

    Cactus

    #2761268, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Cactus … what is the chance Hydrogen fuel cells could leap-frog EV?

  83. Stimpson J. Cat

    We should be extracting and refining our own oil, not only for domestic consumption but also for the export market.

    It’s a f$cking tragedy that the only real chance Australia has of this happening is in a f$cking Mad Max movie.

  84. Speedbox

    I pretended not to know what it was and asked one of them if they are bringing out a diesel.

    Hahaha. Bloody gold.

  85. Death Giraffe

    It’s a f$cking tragedy that the only real chance Australia has of this happening is in a f$cking Mad Max movie.

    ..
    Winner.

  86. OneWorldGovernment

    Mother Lode
    #2761279, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    In the event of hostilities and a naval blockade of Australia, we grind to a halt after only three days.

    They have a strategy in place for that.

    Funniest thing.

    Maybe someone I know would stop the thing anyway.

    And yes.

    I used to say we should sack the top third of every government department.

    Deep state is alive and well in Australia.

  87. Leigh Lowe

    Trader Perth

    #2761263, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I took a ’98 model Saab 900 ‘talladega’ for a test drive on the weekend. It had all leather heated seats, front and rear, sunroof, real wood grain dash, aircon plus more. At $900 plus on road costs I think the running costs would beat a tesla. Any comments?

    Will the shocks take all those trips up the winery driveways?

  88. stackja

    Richo did deals with the Greens. What could possibly go wrong.

  89. Makka

    Rosenstein is doubling way down. He’s got balls, I’ll say that.

  90. Stimpson J. Cat

    They have a strategy in place for that.
    They would give the Americans two days to save us before surrendering.

    My kids can pass for Ching Chong if they hold chopsticks.

    The rest of you are f$cked.

  91. Makka

    Smote

    Please, let it be mUnty?

  92. Leigh Lowe

    They have a strategy in place for that.

    They would give the Americans two days to save us before surrendering.

    Hmmmm.
    Is part of that strategy to cease and desist from calling their President a “dropkick” and “a moron”, and running around like Corporal Jones screeching “Don’t panic! Don’t panic” if he is re-elected?

  93. Cactus

    Cactus … what is the chance Hydrogen fuel cells could leap-frog EV?

    I honestly don’t know. It has been interesting watching Toyota. Havent they for years been in the Fuel Cell is the future crowd? But they seem to be going EV now as well. Is that just hedging bets? Or have they got problems getting it to work?

    As a consumer – I am happy for others to take these risks. Shareholders, bondholders, early adopter consumers etc. When it is all sorted out I will buy the best. I’m not a line up at the Apple Store kinda guy.

  94. Leigh Lowe

    Sinclair Davidson

    #2761290, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Smote

    Ha, ha.
    I’m still here.

  95. Mark from Melbourne

    Very late to the party, but the talk of Croatian players being WiFi passwords early this AM (thanks for the toons, Tom) brought this, from The Onion when it was still a print edition in 1995 to mind :

    Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia

    Cities of Sjlbvdnzv, Grzny to Be First Recipients

    Before an emergency joint session of Congress yesterday, President Clinton announced US plans to deploy over 75,000 vowels to the war-torn region of Bosnia. The deployment, the largest of its kind in American history, will provide the region with the critically needed letters A,E,I,O and U, and is hoped to render countless Bosnian names more pronounceable.

    “For six years, we have stood by while names like Ygrjvslhv and Tzlynhr and Glrm have been horribly butchered by millions around the world,” Clinton said. “Today, the United States must finally stand up and say ‘Enough.’ It is time the people of Bosnia finally had some vowels in their incomprehensible words. The US is proud to lead the crusade in this noble endeavour.”

    The deployment, dubbed Operation Vowel Storm by the State Department, is set for early next week, with the Adriatic port cities of Sjlbvdnzv and Grzny slated to be the first recipients. Two C-130 transport planes, each carrying over 500 24-count boxes of “E’s,” will fly from Andrews Air Force Base across the Atlantic and airdrop the letters over the cities.

    Citizens of Grzny and Sjlbvdnzv eagerly await the arrival of the vowels. “My God, I do not think we can last another day,” Trszg Grzdnjkln, 44, said. “I have six children and none of them has a name that is understandable to me or to anyone else. Mr. Clinton, please send my poor, wretched family just one ‘E.’ Please.”

    Said Sjlbvdnzv resident Grg Hmphrs, 67: “With just a few key letters, I could be George Humphries. This is my dream.”

    The airdrop represents the largest deployment of any letter to a foreign country since 1984. During the summer of that year, the US shipped 92,000 consonants to Ethiopia, providing cities like Ouaouoaua, Eaoiiuae, and Aao with vital, life-giving supplies of L’s, S’s and T’s.

  96. Perth Trader

    Leigh…I’m a poor man with a weak heart, so after I spend the $900 I wont be able to afford wine.

  97. Leigh Lowe

    Enron Musk states openly that he does not strive for shareholder returns, or even target them. Instead he’s about changing the world through integrated cleantech from roof solar stored by battery, to Martian EVs (or something).

    Remember that Flamethrower he was selling?
    That was a really big hint.

    I guess burning shareholder cash the old fashioned way just wasn’t fast enough.

  98. Bruce of Newcastle

    Always fun when a green religious doctrine faceplants utterly.

    Australia’s bike sharing industry is near collapse as 3 major companies shut

    The scramble to establish a viable bike sharing business has all but ended in Australia, leaving behind broken and abandoned frames and a business model that didn’t work.

    Most bike sharing businesses in Australia have withdrawn from the market over the past week, including oBike, ReddyGo and Ofo.

    They came up against local residents and councils in capital cities who didn’t like that the bikes ended up in the local river, or up a tree, or mangled in a back street, or as part of an impromptu art installation.

    Electric cars, mad energy schemes and virtue taxes will faceplant too, eventually.
    Along with the pollies who pushed them onto the unwilling victims of voterland.

  99. Perth Trader

    Ev’s, hydrogen cells, charcoal burners, electro magnetic tracks, and steam will never replace petrol.

  100. Leigh Lowe

    I honestly don’t know. It has been interesting watching Toyota. Havent they for years been in the Fuel Cell is the future crowd? But they seem to be going EV now as well. Is that just hedging bets? Or have they got problems getting it to work?

    I think one of the issues is the distribution network, which is an area EVs have it all over Hydrogen (albeit that it takes forever to raise enough charge to go 100 kms). I have heard the H vehicles will target public transport first, which reduces the initial numbers of distribution points.

    As a consumer – I am happy for others to take these risks. Shareholders, bondholders, early adopter consumers etc. When it is all sorted out I will buy the best. I’m not a line up at the Apple Store kinda guy.

    Exactly.
    Two steps behind the bleeding edge for me as well. Let someone else get into the hamster wheel until they get to version 4.1.2.

  101. Leigh Lowe

    Perth Trader

    #2761299, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Leigh…I’m a poor man with a weak heart, so after I spend the $900 I wont be able to afford wine.

    But, but .. that’s where old Saabs go to die.
    The vineyard.

  102. Confused Old Misfit

    Sessions won’t fire Rosenstein because he recused himself from the Russia investigation and this “might” be seen as interfering in that investigation. Sessions has effectively neutered himself. He should resign to give Trump the opportunity to install a someone with the freedom to act.
    But he won’t do that because that “might” be seen by the GOP elite as submission to Trump and Sessions wants to stay in with the elites until 2020 when the elites figure they can dump Trump and Sessions will get his reward.
    He won’t act on Rosenstein’s unprecedented action on Kavanaugh for the same reasons. The GOP elite want Trump out and are going to any and all lengths necessary.
    Full disclosure: These remarks are based intuitive and deductive reasoning only and are not supported by any documented evidence whatsoever.

  103. Bruce of Newcastle

    The problem with hydrogen fuel cells is the storage and handling of the hydrogen. And the related issues of safety, terrorism and crime.

    I recall people had been working on methanol as a fuel cell feed source. Haven’t seen anything on this for a while. That would overcome the problem, but the fuel cell would have to be very efficient or it would be better and cheaper just to put the methanol into a combustion engine.

  104. cohenite

    He won’t act on Rosenstein’s unprecedented action on Kavanaugh for the same reasons.

    What unprecedented action?

  105. Repeat.

    Until the Dannograd government lifted prices on coal and various RETs and energy taxes appeared, Hazelwood was producing power at a wholesale price 3c-4c per kwh.
    Stick a 0 after those numbers and you have todays retail price.

    Want to lower power prices Mr. Government? Then undo what you have done.

  106. Stimpson J. Cat

    Absolute Gold.

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress! Wow, but is anybody really surprised! Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!
    5:53 AM · Jul 12, 2018

  107. Stimpson J. Cat

    OWG got smoten? Aww.

    No gloating Monty.
    It’s unseemly.

  108. Chris

    Leigh…I’m a poor man with a weak heart, so after I spend the $900 I wont be able to afford wine.

    Was that Saab carrying a spare head in the boot, and red with black leather seats?

  109. stackja

    Politicians say. Voters believe? Politicians do what voters agreed to. Voters are the problem.

  110. Tom

    OWG got smoten? Aww.

    Totally justified.

  111. He won’t act on Rosenstein’s unprecedented action on Kavanaugh for the same reasons. The GOP elite want Trump out and are going to any and all lengths necessary.

    Not sure what you want Rosenstein to do. Kavanaugh’s confirmation requires review of a cubic bumload of documents, much more than (e.g.) Kagan. If he didn’t ask for help, the delays to the confirmation process would be extremely lengthy. He’s helping Trump out by expediting the process, if anything.

  112. Cactus

    Im also agnostic on any electricity source provided they produce stable reliable power into the grid at the cheapest price. That could possibly be one day renewables variable into a battery & stable out into the grid. But right now where Renewables go out variable straight into the grid and its someone elses problem.

    Renewables are like flying Tiger Air. Coal is Qantas. The problem is they are regulated as if they sell the same product. They don’t.

  113. RobK

    Saab
    I have, over time, spoken to a number of mechanics that have worked on them; none was impressed by the serviceability of the design, which surprised me a bit. They have been cheap since word of going out of production got around. That speaks for itself i guess.

  114. The scramble to establish a viable bike sharing business has all but ended in Australia, leaving behind broken and abandoned frames and a business model that didn’t work.

    FMD. With a little bit of creativity…chop that and that…and

    VOILA! A perfect description of our socialist shithole of a country!

    The scramble to establish a viable bike sharing business has all but ended in Australia, leaving behind broken and abandoned frames and a business model that didn’t work.

  115. Percy Popinjay

    OWG is the first commenter banned since Jobbo Grothe.

  116. Dr Faustus

    This country is being appallingly governed. We sit on huge reserves of oil, some say equal to Saudi Arabia, yet we are dependent on refined supplies coming by ship from Asia.

    We sit on huge reserves of condensate – a light petroleum liquid associated with natural gas – but not crude oil, which is the feedstock for transport fuel. The remaining Australian refineries are not set up to reform condensate and (aside from Geelong/Altona which use Bass Strait crude) either use imported crude, or import refined products directly.

    We are, however, appallingly governed.

  117. John Constantine

    It would take their turnbullites election winning machine two full days to locate somebody that had Trump’s telephone number so they could ring him to demand the sacrifice of young American marines to buy the Australian Kleptonobility enough time to load all their valuables into their fleeing learjets.

  118. Mother Lode

    Not wanting to tempt fate, but what did OWG do to get himself besmited?

  119. Tom

    Via Dr Fastus:

    The ACCC estimates its recommendations, if adopted, will save the average household between 20 and 25 per cent on their electricity bill, or around $290-$415 per annum.

    And yet, Via Delta:

    It was revealed this week that families and businesses across Australia are paying $12 billion more every year on their energy and gas bills than they should.

    … which is roughly $1200 per household.

    So, via more regulation of an industry totally fucked by regulation and government interference, the ACCC’s best case scenario is that it will save consumers 25% of the damage already done by the government.

    Or, to put it another way, it will award the power industry 75% of the gains it has achieved by trickery, price-gouging, lack of competition, subsidies, CAGW voodoo and capacity manipulation.

    Yeah, nah.

    From his origins in Whitlam’s Australia, Rod Sims is a long-time Liars Party stooge and he sounds like he’s designing Electrickery Bill’s fake news campaign material for the next election.

  120. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2761290, posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    Smote

    “No, don’t tell me, I’ll get it . . . oh, I know! The lord is vengeful! Oh spiteful one, show me who to smite and they shall be smoten!”

  121. Makka

    Sessions won’t fire Rosenstein because he recused himself from the Russia investigation and this “might” be seen as interfering in that investigation. Sessions has effectively neutered himself.

    There is a LOT going on behind the scenes the public can’t know I suspect. Sessions and Huber have to get the investigations and charges right then be sure the judiciary will process promptly , as desired. If Trump and Sessions don’t have control over the judicial process , the slime balls charged will walk. The deep state will see to that.

    The other thinking on this is that Kavanagh is a straight up American guy, likes his beer and baseball. Let the left denigrate good responsible people, further exposing their mental illness and willingness to destroy the US of A. That will play well with the electorate at the mid terms? It will certainly energise the GOP vote but.

  122. egg_

    fucking up the electricity supply by unintended – but wholly foreseeable – policy consequences.

    “I don’t know how my d1ck got caught in the boy’s butt, yer Honour”?

  123. cohenite

    What Rosenstein is doing is unprecedented but here is the ostensible context:

    Rosenstein’s decision to enlist assistant U.S. Attorneys is reportedly due to the inordinate amount of documents related to Kavanaugh’s time in government prior to his time as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court.

    The Trump administration is currently being sued for unlawfully withholding in excess of 20,000 documents related to Kavanaugh’s tenure as a member of the legal team that impeached former president Bill Clinton and during his similarly controversial time as a member of the George W. Bush administration’s legal team. Those lawsuits, directed against the DOJ and National Archives and Records Administation, were filed by non-partisan judicial watchdog groups Fix the Court and American Oversight on Tuesday.

  124. stackja

    Mother Lode
    #2761327, posted on July 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm
    Not wanting to tempt fate, but what did OWG do to get himself besmited?

    Most obvious would be using ‘Bird’ words.

  125. egg_

    Didn’t catch all of the dialogue with the spiteful M0nster, but all the best OWG.

  126. Chris

    what did OWG do to get himself besmited?

    It’s the vibe of the thing.
    His initials imply ‘old white guy’ ; and after the Doomlord was misgendered as an CIA IPA operative, there had to be sacrifices for RMIT’s academic credibility.
    DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!

  127. Mother Lode

    Most obvious would be using ‘Bird’ words.

    I looked back and all seemed innocuous enough – I suppose the offending posts have been removed.

    I always come across birdstrike when it is too late and the mess has been cleaned up.

  128. egg_

    Geelong/Altona which use Bass Strait crude

    So, we have reserves, however modest?

  129. stackja

    egg_
    #2761337, posted on July 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm
    Didn’t catch all of the dialogue with the spiteful M0nster, but all the best OWG.

    Don’t get into dialogues with usual suspects.

  130. Dr Faustus

    “The NRMA said Australia only retained enough fuel in stockholdings to continue delivery of chilled and frozen goods for seven days, dry goods for nine days, hospital pharmacy supplies for three days, retail pharmacy for seven days, and petrol stations for three days.

    Not doubting the NRMA, but I wonder if this is in total, or as alternatives: for example, you can have seven days of frozen goods, or nine days of dry goods (etc).

    If it is in total, it seems odd that hospital pharmacy supplies occupy so much of the transport budget.

  131. Anon Mahnà

    what did OWG do to get himself besmited?

    Condemned evil rather forthrightly.

  132. Snoopy

    This seems more like remorse to me.

    Indra Bhandari, 29, attacked the 23-year-old woman after walking her home from a night out.

    The pair had been drinking in a pub at Fitzroy, in inner Melbourne, and had kissed in the pub and in a park.

    The County Court heard the woman partially undressed in front of Bhandari and then gave him permission to sleep on a couch.

    The victim shared a bedroom with another woman, and decided to sleep on a different couch to Bhandari, but woke up to find him sexually assaulting her.

    In sentencing, Judge Richard Smith told Bhandari the “kissing could not be interpreted as consent” and the woman had a “right to feel safe in her own home”.

    He said there were a number of aggravating factors, including that Bhandari “did not wear a condom, exposing the victim to sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy”.

    I wonder when she made the complaint to police? Immediately?

  133. egg_

    It would take their turnbullites election winning machine two full days to locate somebody that had Trump’s telephone number so they could ring him to demand the sacrifice of young American marines to buy the Australian Kleptonobility enough time to load all their valuables into their fleeing learjets.

    Amen.
    Oz political class to a tee.

  134. André M

    The yoof of today, jayzuz…
    https://imgur.com/gallery/qq6vZIP/comment/1435830301
    “Capitalism still kills more people every 5 years than “socialism” did in its entire history”

    Because if you have the right to secure your own money and property in a rich country, this is somehow incompatible with charity and also the entire cause of poverty in poor countries.
    I could ask where anyone gets ideas like this from, but we already know. They get it from universities.

  135. egg_

    Don’t get into dialogues with usual suspects.

    Yup, been there, done that, bought the tee shirt, as most have; never do it whilst ‘tired and emotional’.

  136. JC

    I tend ot agree with Makkaroni. There may be a lot going on in the undergrowth that we don’t know in terms of the most recent Rosenstein action.

    But more importantly, I wonder what Wayne Swan thinks about it all.

  137. If Trump and Sessions don’t have control over the judicial process , the slime balls charged will walk. The deep state will see to that.

    “We must take fascist control, otherwise the police will gaol us!” This is where the Republican Party is at right now.

  138. The ACCC estimates its recommendations, if adopted, will save the average household between 20 and 25 per cent on their electricity bill, or around $290-$415 per annum.

    I think this is the Government definition of “save” which means power bills are going up $400 next year.

  139. Shy Ted

    It maybe a can opener but what does Wayne Swan think about electric cars?
    Swanee says always buy your EV on the day they’re marked down at the supermarket. It’s cheaper that way.

  140. egg_

    His initials imply ‘old white guy’

    In NAIDOC Week, too – hence Testicles’ presence and Van Wrongselen going all blackfella on Teh Dumb yesterday.
    Awaiting blackfella Katter’s input.

  141. JC

    @SwannyQLD Hi Shane. Can you tell us know what you think about Rosenstein using the FBI in preparing for the SCOTUS nomination?

    Also

    @SwannyQLD Also, what do you think about the blog-owner banning OWG, Shane?

  142. JC

    “We must take fascist control, otherwise the police will gaol us!” This is where the Republican Party is at right now.

    Ask Wayne what he thinks, you unbridled lesbian. Ask him before you post opinions here.

  143. Stimpson J. Cat

    The scramble to establish a viable bike sharing business has all but ended in Australia, leaving behind broken and abandoned frames and a business model that didn’t work.

    If it was town bikes I might have been interested.
    Alas.

  144. H B Bear

    what did OWG do to get himself besmited?

    Pretty sure it was the implication that mUnty enjoyed the company of children in a way not approved of by society but apparently OK by the ALPBC.

  145. egg_

    it will award the power industry 75% of the gains it has achieved by trickery, price-gouging, lack of competition, subsidies, CAGW voodoo and capacity manipulation.

    An we must now pay for our grocery bags to save McChokey, the sea turtle.

  146. Death Giraffe

    “We must take fascist control, otherwise the police will gaol us!” This is where the Republican Party is at right now

    ..
    It isn’t OWG’s fault that this berk keeps acting like uncovered meat.
    Smite Monty too.

  147. stackja

    egg_
    #2761354, posted on July 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    His initials imply ‘old white guy’

    In NAIDOC Week, too – hence Testicles’ presence and Van Wrongselen going all blackfella on Teh Dumb yesterday.
    Awaiting blackfella Katter’s input.

    Katter does what his voters want.

  148. Confused Old Misfit

    After a quick look at Cohenite’s ” ostensible context:” link and the links contained in the article there I conclude that the US DOJ needs to be razed to the ground. Yes there is an awful lot going on, not in the background but in the slime beneath the rocks that no one in Washington want overturned.

    Full disclosure: These remarks are based intuitive and deductive reasoning only (ie guess work!) and are not supported by any documented evidence whatsoever.

  149. Dr Faustus

    So, we have reserves, however modest?

    We do. And in the Cooper, Carnarvon, and Bonaparte Basins.
    But modest for crude oil – certainly nothing remotely like Saudi Arabia.

  150. Oh come on

    I heard screeching, wailing and breaking glass, stuck my head in and yep that’s the sound of m0nty.

  151. Leigh Lowe

    I recall people had been working on methanol as a fuel cell feed source. Haven’t seen anything on this for a while. That would overcome the problem, but the fuel cell would have to be very efficient or it would be better and cheaper just to put the methanol into a combustion engine.

    Phhht.
    That thinking is soooo 2014.
    If I can use a jet engine to run a windfarm, or a diesel generator to power a light to shine on solar panels, anything is possible.

  152. Stimpson J. Cat

    what did OWG do to get himself besmited?

    Refused to color inside the lines in one of Tim Wilson Libertarian Coloring Books.

  153. notafan

    IF WE have to declare war on Channel 7, then that’s what we’re going to do

    Foot in mouth disease in the ‘African Community’ too

    Stop looting and pillaging and no doubt Channel 7 will stop ‘demonizing’

  154. Pretty sure it was the implication that mUnty enjoyed the company of children in a way not approved of by society but apparently OK by the ALPBC.

    Huh, I missed that one. Poor form by OWG if so. Don’t let the whisky speak for you.

  155. JC

    Wayne Swan offering opinion about the tax cuts on Insiders with 50’s gal Annabel Crabb. Wayne says the tax cuts will destroy the economy.. cause a depression.

    https://twitter.com/SwannyQLD/status/1017202243978735616

  156. H B Bear

    The Green-Left Radio (now) Half Hour formerly known as Teh World Today notes a surprising appearance of The Noble Savage in the guise of female Aboriginal Corporation directors.

    For as long as it’s been measured by the federal regulator, the boards of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations have been majority women.
    It’s prompting calls for those in the ASX 200 to look to these corporations as an example and to follow their lead.

    I listened to about 2 minutes of this sludge and hit the OFF switch.

  157. Stimpson J. Cat

    Monty and OWG are old drinking buddies.
    This is what happens when one person starts too early.
    Monty petition Sinc for your mates return!
    No one wants to see you drink alone!

  158. Shy Ted

    And in today’ ABC fake news – 2 broadcasters on ABC Adelaide waxing lyrical about Aussie movie Ali’s Wedding, Muslim rom-com. Neither of them had seen it but it’s the best movie ever apparently. Just not at the box office – Australia Box Office $973,411 Worldwide Box Office $973,411. Can’t find out how much it cost to make of course but I’m sure it was on a shoestring. Disney, MGM and Warner Bros must be quaking in their boots.

  159. Confused Old Misfit

    So, we have reserves, however modest?

    Frack, baby! Frack!

  160. egg_

    The scramble to establish a viable bike sharing business has all but ended in Australia, leaving behind broken and abandoned frames and a business model that didn’t work.

    If they were serious about (short range) EV’s, they’d be pooled as well.

  161. Leigh Lowe

    RobK

    #2761321, posted on July 12, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Saab
    I have, over time, spoken to a number of mechanics that have worked on them; none was impressed by the serviceability of the design, which surprised me a bit. They have been cheap since word of going out of production got around. That speaks for itself i guess.

    And since whenever, a five year old Saab always looked like it was twice that age and had been driven around Kazakhstan by a rally driver.
    Particularly the convertibles.
    Looked like shit after a few years.

  162. JC

    @SwannyQLD Wayne Swan also does relationship and sexual dysfunction counseling. #auspol

  163. Makka

    “We must take fascist control, otherwise the police will gaol us!” This is where the Republican Party is at right now.

    mUnty, Obama used the DoJ , IRS and FBI to hound and prosecute opponents purely for political gain and protect Democrats from justice. Obama openly associated with known terrorists like Ayers. Obama used the US National Security apparatus to attempt to derail Trump’s run at the Presidency. Hillary enabled uranium to get into the hands of the Russians. She also cowardly sacrificed the lives of very good men in Benghazi. She sold access to classified information.

    Do you still want to keep making a public fool of yourself with these idiotic fascist!!! claims about the GOP? After all, all that is happening here are attempts to have justice served on the lowest scum of the Democrat swamp. But then you are always defending the Dem crims and deviants. No surprise.

  164. Leigh Lowe

    “We must take fascist control, otherwise the police will gaol us!” This is where the Republican Party is at right now.

    They know they have no chance of stopping him being confirmed.
    This is now an attempt to run a recusal argument in every case which comes before him.

  165. Nick

    I had friends that owned one. It was beset by problems and leaked water through the convertible hood and stank worse than a hundred tomcats pissing in it. They ended up abandoning it.

  166. JC

    @SwannyQLD Wayne is very humble, so it wasn’t reported. Wayne Swan saved 10 of the 12 kids caught in the Thai cave. #auspol

  167. Leigh Lowe

    Nick

    #2761382, posted on July 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I had friends that owned one. It was beset by problems and leaked water through the convertible hood and stank worse than a hundred tomcats pissing in it. They ended up abandoning it.

    This is what happens when you let flat-pack sauna-Svens build cars.

  168. Oh come on

    A cesspool of deviancy’: New claims of voyeurism test Jordan denials

    That one’s for you OCO. Keep defending this deviant enabler.

    In m0nty’s All Hysteria All The Time world, “voyeurism” is “Sandusky on steroids”. Sandusky being the convicted serial child raypissed currently serving a life sentence for his crimes committed against multiple young boys over a two decade period. m0nty thinks allegations of guys ogling other guys while they’re showering is far worse than Sandusky’s crimes.

    This is a Jim Jordan stitch-up. Or at least it was. It doesn’t seem to have got off the ground, given that that article of m0nty’s came out a week ago and nobody except m0nty gives a shit about it.

  169. JC

    OCO

    Monst this the Wayne Swan of the Cat. Never forget this.

  170. Chris

    I had friends that owned one. It was beset by problems and leaked water through the convertible hood and stank worse than a hundred tomcats pissing in it. They ended up abandoning it.

    But that glorious Saab moment half an hour into having control – when you discover that the ignition is under the handbrake and you had to put it in neutral, foot off clutch and turn on the insinkerator to start the engine…

  171. jupes

    Rosenstein’s decision to enlist assistant U.S. Attorneys is reportedly due to the inordinate amount of documents related to Kavanaugh’s time in government prior to his time as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court.

    This is what happens when you encourage lawyers. Something that should be dead easy i.e. appoint someone to a job, now takes thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars.

    Lawyers exist to make work for themselves. The more lawyers, the longer and more expensive it is to get anything done. In the meantime they produce nothing of any value.

  172. mUnty, Obama used the DoJ , IRS and FBI to hound and prosecute opponents purely for political gain and protect Democrats from justice. Obama openly associated with known terrorists like Ayers. Obama used the US National Security apparatus to attempt to derail Trump’s run at the Presidency. Hillary enabled uranium to get into the hands of the Russians. She also cowardly sacrificed the lives of very good men in Benghazi. She sold access to classified information.

  173. Leigh Lowe

    m0nty thinks allegations of guys ogling other guys while they’re showering is far worse than Sandusky’s crimes.

    Actually it is not even that.
    It is “allegations of a guy who might have known about guys ogling other guys while they’re showering and not reporting it is far worse than Sandusky’s crimes.
    Interesting.
    They are all over Jordan like a cheap suit.
    If the behaviour was so reprehensible, let’s have the names of the fags who were doing the actual ogling, harassing, public wanking etc etc.

  174. Stimpson J. Cat

    Of course you love the new Star Wars Monty.
    Of course.

  175. H B Bear

    Wayne Swan offering opinion about the tax cuts on Insiders with 50’s gal Annabel Crabb. Wayne says the tax cuts will destroy the economy.. cause a depression.

    Keep it up Goosesteen. Plenty more of this prior to the election. Lord Waffles needs all the help he can get.

    I expect the Goose is experiencing plenty of relevance deprivation syndrome so hopefully plenty of media exposure for this mouth breathing, cretinous relic of the R-G-R Dark Ages.

  176. Chris

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means…

    #everywordis wrong

  177. egg_

    The Green-Left Radio (now) Half Hour formerly known as Teh World Today notes a surprising appearance of The Noble Savage in the guise of female Aboriginal Corporation directors.

    Teh Dumb seems to have acquired a regular panel of albino female aboriginal lawyers, some now with their own Companies, likely feeding off the taxpayers’ trough.

  178. JC

    @SwannyQLD Wayne Swan has played bass for the E-Street band under the pseudonym of Shane Wand.#auspol

  179. People, please! Any moment now Mueller is going to drop the hammer. No, really.

  180. Oh come on

    At this point it seems they *were* over Jim Jordan like a cheap suit. m0nty waddled in here to post a week-old article about it. The story’s fishwrap. m0nty, you’re such a low energy loser.

  181. The story’s fishwrap. m0nty, you’re such a low energy loser.

    That’s so, so unfair.

  182. H B Bear

    A mate had a 2 door SAAB in the late 80s. The back windows were fixed which unfortunately resulted in me spewing over a fellow back seat passenger on the way to a concert around Margaret River. Would not buy.

  183. Oh, was that an article from a week ago? Sad.

  184. JC

    This is what a housing recession is supposed to look like and it scary. Frightening even.

    Falling house prices in Sydney and Melbourne still have further to go, with two leading financial organisations predicting declines will continue next year.

    The NAB and Morgan Stanley both issued gloomy outlooks for the property market based on tighter lending conditions, surplus apartment stock and weakening sentiment.

    The NAB residential property index reflecting the views of about 300 real estate professionals, showed sentiment was weaker in all states, falling 17 points to 6 points in the second quarter of 2018, well below its long term average of 14.

    NAB chief economist Alan Oster said property professionals in New South Wales and Victoria were the least confident in the country by some margin.

    “Overall confidence levels fell to a new survey low, driven down mainly by NSW and Victoria where capital city house prices declined,” Mr Oster.

    “What they’re saying is they don’t expect to see improvements in house prices, and rents are not expected to be great either.”

    He said Sydney had seen house prices fall 4.5 per cent, and Melbourne 2.3 per cent, with further declines expected next year.

    But peak to trough falls were likely to be contained to about 6 per cent in Sydney and 2.5 per cent in Melbourne.

    “In regards to the housing market, not apartments, Sydney and Melbourne are still undersupplied,” Mr Oster said.

  185. Snoopy

    If only OWG had lesbian friends around for dinner and strongly supported the right of men to use girls’ toilets.

  186. Oh come on

    Drudge is running hard on this new Sacha Baron-Cohen movie. Two more names are being alleged to have been fooled by Baron-Cohen: Chelsea Clinton and Carly Fiorina.

    Geez Borat is going to have to do a lot better than what’s emerged so far. The movie’s currently shaping up to be a real fizzer filled with nearly forgotten Bush-era types and people with zero access to anything currently happening at the pointy end of DC.

  187. Oh come on

    Currently currently currently.

  188. Oh come on

    Out of all the names that have been floated, Chelsea Clinton’s is the most interesting, and even she isn’t really that interesting.

  189. Leigh Lowe

    The NAB residential property index reflecting the views of about 300 real estate professionals, showed sentiment was weaker in all states, falling 17 points to 6 points in the second quarter of 2018, well below its long term average of 14.

    JC.
    The bottom line is 2.5% to 6%. This is a correction, not a crash.
    Always beware of surveys of “real estate professionals”.
    They care about one thing and one thing only … turnover, turnover, turnover.
    They love to create buyer FOMO on the way up and vendor panic on the way down.

  190. egg_

    Not sure if this has been covered, but the great rescue planning explains why Musk wasn’t required:

  191. Baldrick

    Gab
    #2761405, posted on July 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm
    Testing

    You’re safe Gab and by the look of this comment, so am I. 🙈🙉🙊

  192. Makka

    Show us your Chrissy present and wield your you beaut light sabre , mOron kanobe. Better than a golf club?

  193. Top Ender

    This is obviously now the domestic items/car/gun advisory Cat channel.

    Mrs TE has told me to go and buy an electric carving knife for our next big knees-up, which involves a spit roasted piggie. Apparently I am carving.

    So far I have it down to a) buy one with two types of blades, and b) make sure they are detachable.

  194. Eddystone

    Filbert

    #2761210, posted on July 12, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Sorry for the Wikipedia length post. It is one of my ‘areas’. JHF

    Warned you Eddy 🙂

    Thanks for the reply.

    I don’t agree with JHF, based mainly on the information in Hatchers Notebook.

    That’s not to take away from the monumental achievement of writing a gripping war novel, which I am enjoying very much.

  195. Reactionary running dog

    “We must take fascist control, otherwise the police will gaol us!” This is where the Republican Party is at right now.

    What was it Shrillary said in her cups before losing the election? Something like “If we lose, we all swing from nooses”? Bit of projection there?

  196. Mater

    Speaking of Sacha Baron-Cohen, it reminded me of his appearance on the Australian Today Show.
    Hilarious.
    Karl and Liza had no idea what to do, especially when he started giving it to their beloved Labor luminaries.

    https://youtu.be/8mMPqbqmTg8

  197. JC

    Without doubt, it’s a leftwing attempt to reduce black numbers.

    What’s not in doubt is the outsize toll that abortion has taken on the black population post-Roe. In New York City, thousands more black babies are aborted than born alive each year, and the abortion rate among black mothers is more than three times higher than it is for white mothers. According to a city Health Department report released in May, between 2012 and 2016 black mothers terminated 136,426 pregnancies and gave birth to 118,127 babies. By contrast, births far surpassed abortions among whites, Asians and Hispanics.

    Nationally, black women terminate pregnancies at far higher rates than other women as well. In 2014, 36% of all abortions were performed on black women, who are just 13% of the female population.

  198. Speedbox

    And since whenever, a five year old Saab always looked like it was twice that age and had been driven around Kazakhstan by a rally driver.

    Yeah, that’s a strange thing about the Saab. Many years ago a mate of mine bought a new Saab 3 convertible. Pleased as punch he was – I thought it was ghastly but didn’t let on. Anyway, within about eighteen months or so it looked ‘tired’. He complained about the leaking roof and how he had had it back to the dealer several times for other issues as well. Within another year he was bitterly complaining about the “heap of sh!t” and the scandalous drop in resale value.

    Initially he thought to sell it but the payout on the lease was entirely disproportionate to the resale value. Then, finally, about 3 years to the day that he bought it, he traded it in for a Toyota and was royally screwed by the dealer (although not surprising because who is the dealer going to sell the shit Saab to?!).

    My mate was f*cking livid. Jeezus he was angry. If he had the nuclear codes he would have nuked all Sweden. Naturally, we were merciless in our ribbing of him and his Saab. Funny as. If you wanted to rev him up, just start talking about the Saab. Gave us hours of fun for many months afterwards.

    Good days (for us, not him).

  199. Snoopy

    An electric carving knife is one of those tools you possibly only use once but would be perfect for a spit-roasted pig.

  200. Makka

    Without doubt, it’s a leftwing attempt to reduce black numbers.

    The left have hated blacks for a very very long time.

    https://www.jefferymyersunleashed.io/truth_about_democrats_videos

    The Inconvenient Truth About the Democrat Party

  201. Top Ender

    The only sort of Saab I’d want to have in the garage:

  202. Shy Ted

    Seriously, what do these World Cup commentators think they’re doing pronouncing the Croatian footballers names as “itch” – Subasic, Kalinic, Livakovic, Strinic, Pivaric and so on? Here in Oz we use the correct pronunciation – Subashay, Kalinishay, Livakoshay, Strinishay, Pivarishay.

  203. C.L.

    Baron-Cohen could have done something legitimately hilarious if he’d trolled various luminaries during the Obama years. Watching them react to his persona’s horrible racial observations and straight jabs about Michelle etc would have been fresh in that horrible, boring era. But coming out of retirement to join the other 800 comedians on the full-time Trump circuit is not exactly edgy.

  204. Makka

    My mate was f*cking livid. Jeezus he was angry. If he had the nuclear codes he would have nuked all Sweden.

    I was very grateful to my Tech College teacher. He too owned a Saab heap of sh*t and the class watched his struggles for 3 years as he fought to keep it on the road. I don’t recall what model but it was early 70’s so only 3-4 years old at the time this epic saga began. I think it took 10 years off his life. So grateful he sacrificed for our knowledge. He was a great teacher but had a blind spot for Euro crap. Just before we finished up at Tech he finally dumped the Saab for all all things a fkn Alfa Romeo! We all sent him Get Well cards.

    Never.Buy.Euro.Shitboxes.

    Capiche?

  205. John of Mel

    Any moment now Mueller is going to drop the hammer

    That will be on his foot, most likely.

  206. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m meant to be the crazy one, Chuck.

    Chuck Schumer
    @SenSchumer
    President Trump should not meet with President Putin alone.
    9:11 PM · Jul 11, 2018

  207. Eyrie

    Want a reliable car? Buy Jap.

  208. Leigh Lowe

    Top Ender

    #2761429, posted on July 12, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    The only sort of Saab I’d want to have in the garage:

    Reminds me of this tale I heard from an aeronautical design course …
    Instructor : “What is the optimum placement position for a canard wing”
    Student : “On somebody else’s aeroplane, sir.”

  209. Speedbox

    shay

    Yeah, like QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk which is pronounced, by the media, as “Pallashay”. (Pal-la-shay)

    FFS.

  210. Leigh Lowe

    Chuck Schumer
    @SenSchumer
    President Trump should not meet with President Putin alone.

    Calm down Chuck.
    No-one is going to piss on anybody here.
    Not literally, anyway.

  211. Eyrie

    “Reminds me of this tale I heard from an aeronautical design course …
    Instructor : “What is the optimum placement position for a canard wing”
    Student : “On somebody else’s aeroplane, sir.””

    I knew some smart German aero engineers once. They told th story of how someone decided to write a program to determine the best size of the canard for a canard glider. The thing started with a certain value and iterated to get the best result.
    Turned out the canard should be 10 times the area of the “main” wing :-).

  212. Stimpson J. Cat

    The only sort of Saab I’d want

    Is a hot Ukrainian supermodel ordering Subway in a ridiculous sexy accent.

  213. egg_

    Never.Buy.Euro.Shitboxes.

    ‘For the Love of Cars’ is an edumacation in old pommy sh1tboxes.

  214. Stimpson J. Cat

    F$cking Atheists.
    Every.
    Single.
    Time.

    Richard Dawkins
    @RichardDawkins
    “Brexit dream dying, Johnson says, as he resigns.” Excellent news. If ever a squalid, ignoble “deam” deserved to die it is Brexit, The word dream is normally used of something noble, uplifting, idealistic, not this nasty, jingoistic, xenophobic, Farageist Little-Englandism.
    2:25 AM · Jul 10, 2018

  215. Leigh Lowe

    Turned out the canard should be 10 times the area of the “main” wing :-).

    Which makes it an orthodox aeroplane with a large main wing forward of a smaller tail plane/elevator.
    Kind of proves the point.

  216. Oh come on

    According to Ben Shapiro, Stephen Colbert began pronouncing his surname Colbear in college. The pretentious wanker liked the French pronunciation more.

  217. egg_

    Turned out the canard should be 10 times the area of the “main” wing :-).

    It’s interesting when Engineering applies cross-disciplines, particularly electrical to mechanical – I’ve seen examples of hydraulic Wheatstone bridges* to stabilise Observatories, etc.

    *The basis of most stress/movement sensors, like those likely employed on the FIU bridge move.

  218. Leigh Lowe

    Stimpson J. Cat

    #2761391, posted on July 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Ultra Rare 2018 Trump Colorized –
    Winning, Children Edition.

    I’ll bet the little tacker to Melania’s right could do a spelling bee while writing out his 17 times table.

  219. old bloke

    Dr Faustus
    #2761366, posted on July 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    So, we have reserves, however modest?

    We do. And in the Cooper, Carnarvon, and Bonaparte Basins.
    But modest for crude oil – certainly nothing remotely like Saudi Arabia.

    Dr Faustus, I know next to nothing about the oil business but there were claims that the Arckaringa Basin oil deposits could be larger than all other Australian oil reserves combined, and could possibly exceed the known deposits in Saudi Arabia.

    Link 1
    Link 2

    Is there any oil there?

  220. Stimpson J. Cat

    According to Ben Shapiro

    Who?

  221. Cactus

    Hmmm. So much chat of canard wings. Google. Ahhhh. Ok, I geddit. You learn stuff on the cat. You have to read through a lot of stuff to get there. But you do.

    Next step, to casually drop it into conversation over drinks like its assumed knowledge.

  222. C.L.

    Stormy Daniels has been arrested for being a skank in Ohio.

    Michael Avenatti✔@MichaelAvenatti
    We expect her to be released on bail shortly. We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing “touching.” We will vehemently contest all charges.

    Michael Avenatti: high class lawyer.

  223. Cactus

    I felt really smart once. When returning a rental car and wondering what side of the car the fuel inlet was on I casually looked at the Fuel gauge to see how much I’d have to fill up. Hmmmm. I wonder. That little triangle next to the fuel gauge. Could that be it? As that guy in Inglorious Bastards said “That’s a Bingo!”. I was so happy and proud of my lateral thinking.

    Anyway – I then tried to boast about my knowledge to people in idle conversation in bars. As you do. Apparently everyone already knew this. *Sigh* All this time.

  224. Armadillo

    Mrs A has a SAAB convertible. I can attest to the leaky canopy stuff. The fact you have to be in reverse to get the keys out of the bloody thing is also a bit weird.

    Hit a roo in it the other day doing about 110. No dents (although she admittedly didn’t hit him square on). They are pretty solidly built. Try lifting the bonnet or the boot. It’s like going to the gym.

    Goes like a dream. No problems there. One of my sisters owned it, and it was regularly serviced and washed once a week. She was pretty anal that way. Car still looks good as she used some product to paint the canopy every few months.

    She was going to trade it in on her new BMW convertible, but the trade-in value was so low she just threw the keys to the wife as a gift. Wife is just going to drive it into the ground or give it away when the time comes.

    SAAB’s are alright if you get one that was well maintained, and at the right price (zip).

  225. Leigh Lowe

    Mater

    #2761422, posted on July 12, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Speaking of Sacha Baron-Cohen, it reminded me of his appearance on the Australian Today Show.
    Hilarious.
    Karl and Liza had no idea what to do, especially when he started giving it to their beloved Labor luminaries.

    https://youtu.be/8mMPqbqmTg8

    Aww-kward.
    Jeez, worth a look for the General’s bodyguards alone.
    Wowzer!
    The one on the right is hotter than a smokin’ pistol.

  226. Oh come on

    I hear Saabs have very strong heaters.

  227. Eyrie

    I can’t figure out why tandem wing aircraft have never caught on. Both wings about the same area.

  228. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2761463, posted on July 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Stormy Daniels has been arrested for being a skank in Ohio.

    Only in Ohio?
    Who knoo?
    Thang you, thang you, thang you.
    I’ll be here all week.

  229. Leigh Lowe

    Eyrie

    #2761470, posted on July 12, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I can’t figure out why tandem wing aircraft have never caught on. Both wings about the same area.

    As long as you have an equal number of wings on each side, I guess.

  230. Leigh Lowe

    Hmmm. So much chat of canard wings. Google. Ahhhh. Ok, I geddit. You learn stuff on the cat. You have to read through a lot of stuff to get there. But you do.

    Next step, to casually drop it into conversation over drinks like its assumed knowledge.

    Except it doesn’t come up in casual conversation much.
    And if it does it is time to leave.

  231. Top Ender

    Ok, on wings then.

    If a biplane generates more lift than a monoplane then why did biplanes go out of fashion?

  232. notafan

    No surprise that no one wants to buy overpriced shoebox apartments.

    Proper houses is a different story.

    Agent admitted to use two years ago apartment prices had flatlined for ten years.

    Rubbish with body corporate fees of over $100 a week to boot.

  233. From an good source.

    TonyfromOz
    July 12, 2018 at 11:04 am · Reply

    Robber writes this: (my bolding here)

    The reality is that we could switch off all solar and wind generators and have reliable and affordable 24/7 electricity provided by a mix of coal, gas and hydro. Ah for the days just a few years ago when we had wholesale prices below $50/MWhr, instead of the $80-100/MWhr we have today, to which must be added the costs of the LRET and SRES payments to wind/solar/hydro generators.

    The bolded bit is 100% true, and you can also add in rooftop solar power as well.

    You wonder how I can say this.

    I have been doing this new Series for eight weeks now, so 56 days.

    There have been 14 of those days (and that’s one quarter of that time) when ALL the wind power, ALL the solar power from commercial plants and ALL the rooftop solar power have delivered LESS THAN 2% of the power required at the evening Peak, and five of those days have been lower than 1%, with the lowest at 0.3%

    That evening peak is the highest power consumption we have, and it happens every day at 5.30/6PM, and over those eight weeks averages for those peaks have been between 28500MW and 32000MW.

    Now, the point here is that even though the Country is consuming the most electricity it actually can consume, on those 14 days, ALL OF IT was actually being delivered from coal fired power, natural gas fired power, and hydro power.

    From the low point of 0.3% (100MW of that Peak) to the high point of 2%, (600MW) is between one and three Units at a gas plant just waiting for the call already to ‘fire up’.

    The fact that those three main sources have already proved they can handle it is an indictment on the total and utter uselessness of wind power, solar power, and rooftop solar power.

    There could be none of it, and we would still get by.

    Tony.

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