Monday Forum: July 23, 2018

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928 Responses to Monday Forum: July 23, 2018

  1. Infidel Tiger

    Barry Humphries is 84 and still our only funny comedian.

    A country has to work hard to be that unfunny.

  2. Bruce in WA

    Magda Szubanski, arguably Australia’s most popular comic actor.

    With whom? Not us. Give us Russell Coight any day.

  3. My grandmother came out from England in 1928 and went straight to Moorine Rock, living in a tent with a one-year-old, sewing wheat bags in 37° C+ heat, and still cooking hot meals for the family, workers and any unemployed who happened to pass by. NO-ONE ever left there hungry!

    We lived a shoebox after we got evicted from our hole in the ground.

  4. Dave in Marybrook

    Wendy Harmer whingeing she didn’t get to sit behind a desk on The Big Gig?
    It was filmed in a warehouse you sneering tit.

    And very disappointed that Jane Kennedy is becoming a scold.

  5. zyconoclast

    Western Sydney University team takes out US solar race

    A team from Western Sydney University has won the American Solar Challenge, making them the first international team to win the 2,800 kilometre race.

    The race took place over nine days with the route running across four states, from Nebraska to Oregon.

    In their vehicle, UNLIMITED 2.0, the Western Sydney University (WSU) Solar Car team took out first place with a time of 37 hours and 55 minutes to travel more than 2,800 kilometres — 16 minutes faster than the second place team from the University of Michigan.

  6. Oh come on

    I quite like Icehouse. I think Iva Davies was/is a good musician and Icehouse was one of the better new wave outfits. But dear lord his film clips were just pure wankery, even by new romantic standards.

    Crazy

    Actually that one’s so bad it’s good.

    Man of Colours

    I like how Ken Done makes a cameo. Or Pro Hart?

  7. Bruce in WA

    We lived a shoebox after we got evicted from our hole in the ground.

    Yeah, I know the four Yorkshireman skit, MV.

    Think I’m bullshitting? Exaggerating?

    Well, no — she lived to 99; Grandad didn’t have full-time work until he joined the RAAF when war broke out; she bought a house in a working class suburb and Dad and Grandad added to it until she was happy to live there for the rest of her life.

    If you’re just cracking a joke, fine, I’m happy with that.

    If you’re having a go, fuck off!

  8. Oh come on

    Brucie, you actually are doing the four Yorkshireman skit thing right now. Just sayin’.

  9. Bruce in WA

    Brucie, you actually are doing the four Yorkshireman skit thing right now. Just sayin’.

    Actually, I’m not. I’m simply recounting the true story of what my grandparents did when they landed in WA in 1928. The four Yorkshireman was BS.

  10. If you’re just cracking a joke, fine, I’m happy with that.
    If you’re having a go, fuck off!

    My apologies, Bruce, it was meant as a joke.
    I’ve lived and worked in holes as diverse as Newman and Marble Bar, and most of the Pilbara in between. My grandfather was the original teacher at Wiluna (where I have also lived and worked).

    My apologies that you took it any other way.

  11. zyconoclast

    Chicago named ‘rat capital’ of the country amid rodent complaint spike

    New York is apparently no longer the big cheese.

    The Second City has been dubbed the “rat capital” of America according to apartment search service RentHop, which said Chicago had the highest amount of rat-related complaints of four major U.S. cities.

    The data compiled by the website showed that there were more than 50,000 rat-related complaints in 2017, which is a 55 percent increase since 2014.

  12. Bruce in WA

    Sorry, MV. Just had some bad news that the father of a friend died unexpectedly. It coloured my response.

    Please don’t apologise; you don’t need to, of all people.

    (PS: I spent a week at Wiluna one afternoon: only time I have ever been grabbed on the genitals by a female … but that’s another story.)

  13. Oh come on

    I’m simply recounting the true story of what my grandparents did when they landed in WA in 1928. The four Yorkshireman was BS.

    Well, not really BS – it was a pisstake of the way people recount true stories of the kind you just did. That’s why it was funny.

  14. Bruce in WA

    Well, not really BS – it was a pisstake of the way people recount true stories of the kind you just did. That’s why it was funny.

    Yes, it was. Sorry, my sense of humour is just out for a walk at the moment. Nothing personal, OCO.

  15. zyconoclast

    Over 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year, polluting the water and causing the death of many of the sea’s creatures.

    Alison Teal, a female version of “Indiana Jones,” travels all around the world with her camera and pink eco surfboard, sharing the secrets of sustainability and the health of nature, as well as drawing attention to concerns of plastic pollution in a comedic and inspirational film and blog series: Alison’s Adventures.

    In order to save the Earth’s biosphere, Alison suggests using reusable bottles and recycling garbage.

  16. zyconoclast

    Is Chrissy Pyne listening?

    China military develops robotic submarines to launch a new era of sea power

    China is developing large, smart and relatively low-cost unmanned submarines that can roam the world’s oceans to perform a wide range of missions, from reconnaissance to mine placement to even suicide attacks against enemy vessels, according to scientists involved in these artificial intelligence (AI) projects.

    The autonomous robotic submarines are expected to be deployed in the early 2020s. While not intended to entirely replace human-operated submarines, they will challenge the advantageous position established by Western naval powers after the second world war. The robotic subs are aimed particularly at the United States forces in strategic waters like the South China Sea and western Pacific Ocean, the researchers said.

  17. twostix

    Ms Husar’s eldest daughter now lives with her father Peter Fenton, the MP’s former husband.

    And that’s all that anybody needs to know about that story.

  18. Oh come on

    It was a good story, Bruce. Some say they bred em tough back then, but I don’t think that’s right – moreso that only the tough could stick it out, so I spose it’s not surprising that the stories we hear from back then reflected that obvious reality.

  19. C.L.

    And very disappointed that Jane Kennedy is becoming a scold.

    She seems to have forgotten how she got her start:

    Kennedy was not originally a member of the [D-Generation], but was the newsreader assigned to work with them during their timeslot. The team quickly made a game of trying to make her laugh while she read the news. [T]heir frequent success in this aim led to Kennedy joining the D-Generation as a full time member and she continued to work with them on the radio show. The group stayed together to later write, direct and produce The Late Show, a comedy sketch show, and Frontline, a widely acclaimed spoof of television current affairs in which she played ambitious reporter Brooke Vandenberg.

    Blokes gave her a job. She was great, though.
    But no, yeah. Don’t go all Gillian Triggs, Jane.

  20. Dave in Marybrook

    Exactly my thoughts, C.L.- but i’ll add that as a lynchpin of Working Dog Productions, her most seriously successful output was independent, commercially self-supporting and a result of free enterprise, risk taking and hard graft.
    I await her “calling out” men who have been given a permanent podium on the ABC with little promise and less success- Tom Ballard, Hamish MacDonald, Rhys Muldoon, Tim Minchin?

  21. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ricky Gervais
    @rickygervais
    The only thing worse than stupid c$nts confusing jokes by comedians about terrible behaviour with actual terrible behaviour, is those same stupid c$nts trying to pass off actual terrible behaviour by politicians, as a joke.
    2:56 AM · Jul 23, 2018

  22. None

    #2771587, posted on July 25, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Ms Husar’s eldest daughter now lives with her father Peter Fenton, the MP’s former husband.

    And that’s all that anybody needs to know about that story.

    Bingo.

  23. Happy to see you back memoryvault. Hope you are doing well and best wishes.

  24. Zanetti nails it today Tom.
    “What’s the white man’s name then?”

  25. Shy Ted

    Bruce in WA #2771581, posted on July 25, 2018 at 12:06 am
    (PS: I spent a week at Wiluna one afternoon: only time I have ever been grabbed on the genitals by a female … but that’s another story.)

    Time to tell that story, Bruce!

  26. Shy Ted

    Oh no, there goes the evil men narrative
    A 17-year-old girl is in a serious but stable condition and has been transferred by helicopter to Adelaide for further treatment, after being stabbed at Renmark High School in South Australia’s Riverland region. Police arrested an 18-year-old female student, who has since been charged.

  27. Shy Ted

    C.L. #2771557, posted on July 24, 2018 at 11:31 pm Unintentionally funniest headline of the day …
    Angry feminist Jane Caro for Fairfax:Guys, this isn’t funny.

    Read the article if you need to confirm that Caro is mad but she’s really talking about male “comedians” and their desks. It’s “deck” Jane, “deck”, the bigger the better.

  28. Shy Ted

    Brand new competitor in the victimhood stakes –
    The incident unfolded earlier this month when Khalil Cavil, 20, a waiter at a Saltgrass outpost in Odessa, Tex., posted an image to Facebook that showed a $108 bill with zero on the tip line, and “We don’t tip terrorists,” written in ink at the top. Cavil, who is African American and Caucasian, said that the note was left on one of his tables, and that it left him “sick to my stomach.”
    AA AND Caucasian. But
    “After further investigation, we have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story,” Terry Turney, the chief operating officer of Saltgrass steakhouses, said in a statement.
    So is he an evil white perp or an innocent African American victim? Definitely a victim.

  29. Shy Ted

    Bruce in WA #2771581, posted on July 25, 2018 at 12:06 am
    (PS: I spent a week at Wiluna one afternoon: only time I have ever been grabbed on the genitals by a female … but that’s another story.)

    Happened to me once and I was powerless for years. I think they called it marriage.

  30. 132andBush

    “What’s the white man’s name then?”

    Mud

  31. stackja

    Twitter Has Not Changed Us; It Has Revealed Us

    Who spends their days looking for old garbage to launch at people? The answer is, countless folks do. And it should not be a surprise. Social media has become a magnet for every bitter malcontent with a laptop and a grudge. Any websites featuring articles with unsupervised comments sections invite countless trolls suddenly empowered and enabled by the inexplicable obligation to allow every reader equal footing with every writer. How’s that working out?

    It is tempting to conclude that social media has turned us more malicious and bitter. This is false. Facebook did not turn your friends into harping critics; Twitter did not turn America into a web of denigration and malevolence. Those properties were always there. The internet has simply given everyone a bullhorn. The resulting cacophony is not social media’s fault. It is our fault.

    We did not used to have multiple avenues to publicly vent every stupid little thing that occurs to us. Such wide latitude will necessarily shine a light on the positives and negatives of human interaction.

    Some people will fully deserve the grief they get from recent or unrepented social media missteps. But when mobs gather to take people down for sport, closing the door on even the possibility of redemption and forgiveness, we have turned a dark corner.

  32. Zatara

    I take back some of the things I’ve said about the US 9th Circus Court.

    How to Lose a Lawsuit in 10 Minutes or Less

    “No your Honor, there is no categorical ban on issuing weapons permits”

    “Oh? Well how many have ever been issued?”

    “Um, none.”

    “Then give the man his permit. Next case please.”

  33. Baldrick

    Cheers Tom. Steve Breen on the plastic Nazis. 😂

  34. Top Ender

    Quiet in here.

    Too quiet.

  35. feelthebern

    Triple M Grill Team had Kevin Bloody Wilson on.
    He’s getting a Christmas album together.
    Also, he’s touring at the moment (I actually think he never stops touring).
    Who’ll get an Order of Australia first?
    A) George Brandis;
    B) Gillian Triggs;
    C) Kevin Bloody Wilson.

  36. entropy

    Step one in the hunting down and destruction of the great white elephant known as the NBN.

    MOST of us would baulk at signing up to a $199 phone bill, but Telstra’s new costly deal is being hailed a good one.
    It was expected Telstra’s new plan announcement on Tuesday would be lower priced deals to compete with cheaper providers in the competitive mobile market.
    But the telco instead announced one of the most expensive data plans around.
    The $199 unlimited data deal is aimed at customers with crazy streaming demands to people who run a small business and upload a lot of files and content on their phones on the go, or those doing video conferencing.
    They are also the ones who tether from their phones for home internet because they don’t have an NBN connection and their ADSL isn’t fast enough.
    Australia’s biggest telecommunications company released a $199 unlimited, uncapped speeds plan which will do away with being charged for extra data.

    Dearest mobile plan it seems, but it will only get cheaper as other providers match. My fastest monitored download on Telstra 4GX has been 186 Mbps. Haven’t bothered checking in recent times. Imagine what ti will be like with 5G.

  37. Top Ender

    Lefties eat their own:

    Writers festival cuts Carr, Greer
    EXCLUSIVE
    STEPHEN ROMEI
    LITERARY EDITOR

    Outspoken feminist writer Germaine Greer and former NSW premier and foreign minister Bob Carr have been told they are not welcome at the Brisbane Writers Festival because they are “too controversial” and would “overshadow” other writers on the program.

    Both Greer, who was going to discuss her contentious new book, On Rape, and Carr, who has just published a memoir, reacted with surprise and indignation when told of the decision, sent to their publisher, Melbourne University Press.

    “The Brisbane Writers Festival is very hard work,’’ said Greer, who landed in hot water at the same festival in 2012 when she noted low literacy rates in Queensland, where she now lives part of the time. “So, to be uninvited to what is possibly the dreariest literary festival in the world, with zero hospitality and no fun at all, is a great relief.”

    Carr — who in his memoir Run for Your Life discusses the “China panic”, the decline of the US and his relationship with the Israel lobby — said he thought literary festivals were supposed to encourage ideas and debate, and even controversy.

    “This is political orthodoxy gone mad,” he said. “The (festival organisers) have turned themselves into vestal virgins and told us we are not welcome. Well, I feel honoured to be thrown out the door in the company of someone like Germaine Greer.”

    The two were considered for the festival, which starts on September 6. Carr was to be interviewed on stage by journalist Marian Wilkinson.

    But BWF acting chief executive Ann McLean said the situation was more complex than two writers being “disinvited”.

    She said Greer was not invited by the festival but by a Brisbane book store. The festival decided to work with the store on the event but in the end both parties had chosen to pull out. She acknowledged there were concerns the media interest in Greer would overshadow the other 140-plus writers on the program.

    Ms McLean said Carr was considered but the festival decided not to proceed because he was unsuitable for the selected topic — “What the World Needs Now” — and would instead just talk about his new book. She said it was a “curatorial decision” to leave him out.

    Ms McLean said neither writer had been signed to a contract with the festival.

    Greer’s On Rape will be published on September 1. The author, a landmark feminist thinker since The Female Eunuch (1970), has drawn strong criticism for her prepublication comments, including a call to lower the “excessive” sentences for rapists.

    She said there was a “general fog of craziness” about rape, adding that non-consensual sex was “practically universal in every longstanding relationship”.

    In a letter to MUP about Greer, seen by The Australian, Ms McLean notes “concerns about the likelihood of media coverage of Germaine possibly overshadowing other writers on the program”. “We have taken this decision knowing it will cause upset and we apologise.”

    In a second letter to MUP about Carr, Ms McLean writes that in consultation with the board of UPLIT, the group that organises the festival, she had decided to withdraw the invitation: “It is an unfortunate situation and a decision not taken lightly.’’

    She adds that “there is also consideration for the brand alignment of several sponsors we are securing for the festival”.

    MUP chief executive Louise Adler said she was concerned “we are entering an era where festivals are self-censoring”.

    “Writers festivals are about discussion and challenges to our perspectives. Isn’t a writers festival supposed to provoke us to think anew?” she said. “Surely we want festivals that are the reverse of ‘safe spaces’, that offer us the opportunity to see and hear bold and brave writers with new ideas.

    “It seems odd that writers of enormous public interest, who were both sought after and invited by the festival, have been disinvited as they are now considered ‘contrary to the mission and values of the festival’.’’

    Ms McLean rejected the comments, saying BWF was “fully prepared to embrace controversy” and had lined up events on the Adani coalmine debate, changes in feminism and the future of mental healthcare, for example.

    MUP has moved quickly to set up an alternative event featuring Greer and Carr. This “salon de refuses’’, in association with Dymocks, will be held at a Brisbane cinema on September 7. It will be hosted by Phillip Adams.

    The shunning of Greer and Carr is the latest in a series of unexpected events at Australian writers festivals. At this year’s Sydney event, acclaimed Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz left the festival after an audience member, US novelist Zinzi Clemmons, accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Diaz denies the claims.

    Oz print edition

  38. Top Ender

    Lefties eat their own:

    Writers festival cuts Carr, Greer
    EXCLUSIVE
    STEPHEN ROMEI
    LITERARY EDITOR

    Outspoken feminist writer Germaine Greer and former NSW premier and foreign minister Bob Carr have been told they are not welcome at the Brisbane Writers Festival because they are “too controversial” and would “overshadow” other writers on the program.

    Both Greer, who was going to discuss her contentious new book, On R-pe, and Carr, who has just published a memoir, reacted with surprise and indignation when told of the decision, sent to their publisher, Melbourne University Press.

    “The Brisbane Writers Festival is very hard work,’’ said Greer, who landed in hot water at the same festival in 2012 when she noted low literacy rates in Queensland, where she now lives part of the time. “So, to be uninvited to what is possibly the dreariest literary festival in the world, with zero hospitality and no fun at all, is a great relief.”

    Carr — who in his memoir Run for Your Life discusses the “China panic”, the decline of the US and his relationship with the Israel lobby — said he thought literary festivals were supposed to encourage ideas and debate, and even controversy.

    “This is political orthodoxy gone mad,” he said. “The (festival organisers) have turned themselves into vestal virgins and told us we are not welcome. Well, I feel honoured to be thrown out the door in the company of someone like Germaine Greer.”

    The two were considered for the festival, which starts on September 6. Carr was to be interviewed on stage by journalist Marian Wilkinson.

    But BWF acting chief executive Ann McLean said the situation was more complex than two writers being “disinvited”.

    She said Greer was not invited by the festival but by a Brisbane book store. The festival decided to work with the store on the event but in the end both parties had chosen to pull out. She acknowledged there were concerns the media interest in Greer would overshadow the other 140-plus writers on the program.

    Ms McLean said Carr was considered but the festival decided not to proceed because he was unsuitable for the selected topic — “What the World Needs Now” — and would instead just talk about his new book. She said it was a “curatorial decision” to leave him out.

    Ms McLean said neither writer had been signed to a contract with the festival.

    Greer’s On R-pe will be published on September 1. The author, a landmark feminist thinker since The Female Eunuch (1970), has drawn strong criticism for her prepublication comments, including a call to lower the “excessive” sentences for rapists.

    She said there was a “general fog of craziness” about r-pe, adding that non-consensual sex was “practically universal in every longstanding relationship”.

    In a letter to MUP about Greer, seen by The Australian, Ms McLean notes “concerns about the likelihood of media coverage of Germaine possibly overshadowing other writers on the program”. “We have taken this decision knowing it will cause upset and we apologise.”

    In a second letter to MUP about Carr, Ms McLean writes that in consultation with the board of UPLIT, the group that organises the festival, she had decided to withdraw the invitation: “It is an unfortunate situation and a decision not taken lightly.’’

    She adds that “there is also consideration for the brand alignment of several sponsors we are securing for the festival”.

    MUP chief executive Louise Adler said she was concerned “we are entering an era where festivals are self-censoring”.

    “Writers festivals are about discussion and challenges to our perspectives. Isn’t a writers festival supposed to provoke us to think anew?” she said. “Surely we want festivals that are the reverse of ‘safe spaces’, that offer us the opportunity to see and hear bold and brave writers with new ideas.

    “It seems odd that writers of enormous public interest, who were both sought after and invited by the festival, have been disinvited as they are now considered ‘contrary to the mission and values of the festival’.’’

    Ms McLean rejected the comments, saying BWF was “fully prepared to embrace controversy” and had lined up events on the Adani coalmine debate, changes in feminism and the future of mental healthcare, for example.

    MUP has moved quickly to set up an alternative event featuring Greer and Carr. This “salon de refuses’’, in association with Dymocks, will be held at a Brisbane cinema on September 7. It will be hosted by Phillip Adams.

    The shunning of Greer and Carr is the latest in a series of unexpected events at Australian writers festivals. At this year’s Sydney event, acclaimed Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz left the festival after an audience member, US novelist Zinzi Clemmons, accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Diaz denies the claims.

    Oz print edition

  39. stackja

    Two men shot at Sydney McDonald’s carpark
    The Daily Telegraph
    26 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    TWO men have been injured in a shooting in Sydney’s west.

    About 12.35am, the duo were sitting in a vehicle in the car park of a McDonald’s restaurant on Woodville Road, Merrylands, when they were approached by an unknown male who fired several shots into their silver Toyota Hi-Lux, hitting both of them.

    The offender then fled the scene on foot, and was last seen running through Granville Park. He was wearing a black hooded jumper.

    The victims drove out of the car park, stopping at a nearby Star Mart petrol station when emergency services were contacted.

    Police have now established two crime scenes; one in the McDonald’s car park and one at the petrol station.

    The two men, believed to be aged in their 20s, were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

    A man was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. Picture: Bill Hearne

  40. Elle

    Thanks Tom.
    Plastic straws lol. What are drug users going to snort their cocaine with? 🤔

  41. Snoopy

    From TheirABC. The threat to super balances posed by climate change.

    Your super in 2055
    *If you’re 23 today, under most circumstances you won’t be able to access your super until you’re at least 60 — so in 2055
    *If emissions stay on their current path, the IPCC says warming will probably exceed 2 degrees Celsius by then
    *But warming varies by location. In Australia, the CSIRO has estimated warming could be as high as 5.5C by late this century
    *Australia will experience more drought in the 2050s than it does today
    *The sea level around Australia is expected to rise by 6–19cm by 2030 (compared to the 1995 level)
    *All that will impact on the profitability of some businesses, and therefore the funds that invest in them
    *In addition, any actions the world takes to limit carbon pollution will also impact the profitability of some businesses

    The solution? Lawfare courtesy of Environment Justice Australia.

    I hope they soon provide advice on mitigating the threat posed by incompetent and rapacious government.

  42. stackja

    Last year:

    Emma Husar: Why I will never be a ‘victim’ of domestic violence
    LAURA JAYES, Stellar Magazine
    July 9, 2017 12:00am

    Now:

    Under fire MP Emma Husar steps back as problems with staff and family continue to mount
    DANIELLE GUSMAROLI, SHARRI MARKSON & SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD, The Daily Telegraph
    July 25, 2018 5:13am
    Subscriber only

    Keen to protect his children, Mr Fenton told The Daily Telegraph he was confident the “truth” would emerge.

    “I don’t wish to discuss (my family issues). My priority is protecting my children and their mental wellbeing but I’m sure the truth will one day come out,” he said.

    Ms Husar’s daughter, whom The Daily Telegraph has decided not to name, has criticised her mother in social media posts.

    In a post on social media on Mother’s Day, she thanked another woman for being an “amazing role model and mother figure in my life when I didn’t have one”.

  43. min

    Memory vault ,my mother taught in Wiluna back in the 30s also at Cue.

  44. stackja

    entropy
    #2771627, posted on July 25, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Kev 07 technology.

  45. stackja

    Richmond residents inundated WorkSafe with complaints over unsafe conditions at crane site
    Aneeka Simonis and Tamsin Rose, Herald Sun
    25 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    WORKSAFE Victoria had received a litany of ­complaints over unsafe conditions at the Richmond building site where a massive crane threatens to topple onto homes and businesses.

    Hundreds of local residents have spent a second night away from their homes, as continued high winds delayed until today any attempt to start dismantling the 35m crane.

    Traffic chaos is expected to continue in the area this morning.

    Michael Clark of Clark Cranes said the arm of his firm’s crane had been left too high, causing it to swing and then bend in strong winds.

    Locals were evacuated late on Monday and an exclusion zone set up after 110kmh gusts also caused scaffolding poles to rain down on streets.

    WorkSafe Victoria confirmed yesterday it had visited the site on several occasions.

  46. Shy Ted

    Talking about phone plans, can anyone recommend an unlimited mobile plan with internet dongle? Trying to lose the landline but ISP doesn’t really want me to. Thanks in advance.

  47. stackja

    Nylex complex catches fire once again, being treated as suspicious
    Genevieve Alison, Herald Sun
    July 24, 2018 10:44pm
    Subscriber only

    A SUSPICIOUS blaze has threatened Melbourne’s landmark Nylex tower once again.

    Emergency services were inundated with calls after flames took hold of the building housing the landmark silos in Cremorne shortly after 8.30pm Tuesday evening.

    Steve Moore from MFB said crews received a large number of calls from the public and CityLink.

    The fire is being treated as suspicious and Victoria Police will take over the investigation.

  48. stackja

    Rita Panahi: Boat policy looms as a dilemma for Labor
    Rita Panahi, Herald Sun
    July 24, 2018 7:30pm
    Subscriber only

    A FEW months ago, Bill Shorten’s destiny seemed all but certain. The Old Xaverian was set to become Australia’s 30th Prime Minister; all he had to do was smile politely and not say or do anything fantastically stupid. But that can be a difficult task in modern politics.

    A series of policy missteps by Labor and the Turnbull Government managing to get key legislation, including the income tax cuts package, through the obstructionist Senate has put the Opposition leader on the back foot.

    Now, Shorten is facing a policy revolt from within Labor ranks, with a number of MPs and key members of the union movement pushing for a softening of Labor’s border protection policy.

    Labor is still ahead in the polls, recording 36 straight Newspoll victories; but in the latest figures the margin was down to 51 to 49. That, together with Shorten’s falling popularity, is giving the Coalition renewed hope of snatching an unlikely victory at the next federal election.

  49. Mater

    WORKSAFE Victoria had received a litany of ­complaints over unsafe conditions at the Richmond building site where a massive crane threatens to topple onto homes and businesses.

    Yeah, but safety only matters when there is a concrete pour in the offing.

  50. stackja

    Woolworths Elsternwick: Residents rally against supermarket giant’s plan for former ABC studios
    Emma-Jayne Schenk, Caulfield Glen Eira Leader
    July 25, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    A plan by Woolworths to build a mammoth apartment and supermarket complex on former ABC studio land in Elsternwick is facing stiff resistance.

    Nearly 120 neighbours are fighting the proposed 180-unit high rise with ground floor supermarket.

    Woolworths is planning a 13-storey, 118-apartment complex with a supermarket on the ground floor, after snapping up the Selwyn St site for a reported $45 million in March last year.

  51. Farmer Gez

    As I suspected, Husar has an ex who is on the scene with the kids.
    More single mum victim BS.

  52. stackja

    Globe to Globe World Music Festival and Carrum Beats and Eats cut by Kingston Council
    Lucy Callander, Moorabbin Kingston Leader
    July 25, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    A WORLD music festival and a day of food and family fun are the first casualties in Kingston Council’s war on waste.

    The southern Melbourne council has decided to scrap its popular annual Globe to Globe World Music Festival and the Carrum Beats and Eats Festival, as they try to ease the pain of rising recycling costs.

    The changes will save an annual $411,000 in material expenses and a further $95,000 in staff costs.

    The council will use the savings to offset increased annual household waste charges.

    Instead of households paying an extra $31 the council will charge $25 and pick up the remaining $6 per household.

  53. Tom

    For rickw: the United Airlines (Continental Airlines before the merger) island hopper service between Hawaii and Guam through Micronesia (which Rick catches regularly for work) is 50 years old this year. For decades, the only plane that could do the run because of its remoteness was the trijet Boeing 727 (three engines means it has double redundancy in case of engine failure). However, more importantly, the three-times-a-week service has always been a monopoly, which usually means shit service and high prices. I’d be interested to hear Rick’s review.

  54. stackja

    Trans-HEN-der: Feathers fly as Chook the Hen changes gender into Hooster the Rooster
    NATASHA EMECK, NT News
    July 24, 2018 11:54pm

    THREE months ago Pam Hamil’s hen Chook showed some odd signs of masculinity.

    Instead of laying eggs, Chook began crowing at the crack of dawn.

    Her legs became thick and rooster combs started popping up on the top of her head.

    Chook the Hen became Hooster the Rooster.

    Mrs Hamil said the whole transition was a “freak act of nature” that left her scratching her head.

    She’ll be exhibiting Hooster at the upcoming Royal Darwin Show.

  55. John Constantine

    Superannuation in Australia in 2055?.

    Already spent.

    Australia is committed to such an unwavering unfunded expenditure cascade, eternally stretching out into the future, in order to abide by undertakings signed by traitors and quislings as they cravenly capitulated to transnational looting cartels, that the super is already effectively gone.

    Australias super money must go to fund infrastructure like looping a puddle from the Snowy river from the bottom of the hill to the top of the hill and back again, so the flow of the Snowy can obey our signed transnational capitulation to waterfowl and be dumped unused into the ocean.

    Australias super money must be used to provide the infrastructure demanded by the voters imported into our dogbox apartment scam by developers that sell Taxpayer funded carparking and taxpayer funded transport and taxpayer funded open spaces and taxpayer funded wishable electricity and taxpayer funded water and taxpayer funded medical facilities and taxpayer funded welfare and taxpayer funded nice things as part of the package.

    The only way the unfunded infrastructure liabilities get funded is the super grab. Happy to be proved wrong.

    It is only fair that the privilege of having access to super should be shared with the voters that were only imported late in the Ponzi and were discriminated against by missing out on the opportunity to have their own big super accounts.

    Comrades.

  56. stackja

    2GB reports Greece does not practice hazard reduction.

  57. Old School Conservative

    Severe drought. Unused desalination plants.
    There must be a way to solve these two problems simultaneously.

  58. John Constantine

    The voters will be so happy when the dodgy shortfilth goes to spend more time with his family that the relief rally will reward the ‘bait and switch’ play with a few vital points.

    Jacindamania, with albo as the blushing bride?.

    Albomania, can a billion dollars of abc fiasco-fellatio get their team over the line?.

    Comrades?.

  59. Mater

    2GB reports Greece does not practice hazard reduction

    Mother Nature does.

  60. Snoopy

    A WORLD music festival and a day of food and family fun are the first casualties in Kingston Council’s war on waste.

    “What did you do in the war, Dad?”

    “It was hell, son. I removed pizza crusts from
    pizza boxes at the recycling depot.”

  61. woolfe

    Looks line a Malaysian Airlines plane took off from Brissie with the pitot tube cover on. Whoops!

    From Paywallian:

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has launched an ­investigation into flight MH134, after its airspeed indicators failed on take-off late last Wednesday night. The A330-200, with 226 people on board, was forced to return to Brisbane after dumping fuel over Moreton Bay, landing so heavily the aircraft was unable to continue to the gate.

    Brisbane Airport confirmed the runway was closed for 90 ­minutes, forcing an Emirates flight from Dubai to divert to Melbourne, and delaying a Cathay ­Pacific flight from Hong Kong. The cause of the problem is thought to have been a failure to remove covers from the pitot tubes that measure airspeed and altitude, and feed that information into the on-board computer.

  62. John Constantine

    Severe dry times, racists settling droughty electorates Australia has signed up to be rewilded.

    Here is their chance to do a bit more for the clearances.

    We must be unwavering in dumping our irrigation water unused out to sea in the driest times, as that is how we abide by our capitualition treaties with the vegans.

    Release the Diversity Dingos in our Sharp Tooth Rewilding programs.

    Devote the Deniers.

    Comrades.

  63. areff

    Shy Ted: No, men remain evil incarnate, according to Australian academics meeting in Brisbane at the International Political Science Association summit:

    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2018/07/life-isnt-easy-political-scientists/

  64. stackja

    Farmer Gez
    #2771645, posted on July 25, 2018 at 8:01 am
    As I suspected, Husar has an ex who is on the scene with the kids.
    More single mum victim BS.

    And BS saying more BS on her. Another by-election? ALP candidate vetting?

  65. stackja

    Adelaide City Council will not have a position on rate-capping legislation before LGA deadline
    Simeon Thomas-Wilson, Urban Affairs Reporter, The City
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    On Tuesday night, Adelaide elected members supported a proposal by Deputy Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor for the capital city council to ban the use of single-use plastic straws at any of the events it runs and those in parklands and city squares.

  66. calli

    Ms Husar’s daughter, whom The Daily Telegraph has decided not to name, has criticised her mother in social media posts.

    In a post on social media on Mother’s Day, she thanked another woman for being an “amazing role model and mother figure in my life when I didn’t have one”.

    Ah yes. Let’s have more of these strong, family shirking Layba wymmynses in our Parliament.

    Our country deserves them.

  67. Entropy

    ld School Conservative
    #2771652, posted on July 25, 2018 at 8:10 am
    Severe drought. Unused desalination plants.
    There must be a way to solve these two problems simultaneously

    No there isn’t.

  68. calli

    They match the men who abandon their family for a bit of office skirt.

    Bookends really.

  69. calli

    Old School Conservative
    #2771652, posted on July 25, 2018 at 8:10 am
    Severe drought. Unused desalination plants.
    There must be a way to solve these two problems simultaneously

    Expensive and oversubscribed electricity.

    Checkmate.

  70. Boambee John

    From Snoopy at 0749

    *In addition, any actions the world takes to limit carbon pollution will also impact the profitability of some businesses

    How did this little admission sneak onto Their ABC?

  71. calli

    Looks line a Malaysian Airlines plane took off from Brissie with the pitot tube cover on. Whoops!

    I thought those things had enormous flags on them that the dopiest, blindest idiot could see.

    I hope it wasn’t deliberate.

  72. Old School Conservative

    I thought those things had enormous flags on them that the dopiest, blindest idiot could see.

    Seeing them and removing them are two separate actions. Probably a Cert IV for each different competency.
    Sheesh.

  73. Dr Faustus

    The voters will be so happy when the dodgy shortfilth goes to spend more time with his family that the relief rally will reward the ‘bait and switch’ play with a few vital points.

    The Strong Men and Women of the union movement have invested heavily in Pliability Shorten, the class warrior. They would only ever brutally dump a Labor Hero if it became convenient.

    Newspoll says it will become convenient in early August.

  74. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I thought those things had enormous flags on them that the dopiest, blindest idiot could see.

    All the aircraft I’ve ever seen, on the ground do, indeed have such flags.

  75. Mater

    Looks line a Malaysian Airlines plane took off from Brissie with the pitot tube cover on. Whoops!

    Malaysian Airlines is not have a good run. Someone in their executive team must have killed a Chinaman.

  76. stackja

    calli
    #2771662, posted on July 25, 2018 at 8:34 am
    Ms Husar’s daughter, whom The Daily Telegraph has decided not to name, has criticised her mother in social media posts.

    In a post on social media on Mother’s Day, she thanked another woman for being an “amazing role model and mother figure in my life when I didn’t have one”.

    Ah yes. Let’s have more of these strong, family shirking Layba wymmynses in our Parliament.

    Our country deserves them.

    Last year’s story names her children with ‘happy family’ photos.

  77. Bruce of Newcastle

    2GB reports Greece does not practice hazard reduction

    No. They don’t.

    Greece: Illegal Migrant Arrivals Surge 122 Percent, 7,000 Intercepted on Turkish Border in Last Week

    The Palis have had considerable success with their arson kites. This won’t have been missed by the usual suspects. I don’t know what started the Greek fires, but the lure of harming infidels must be overwhelming right now seeing that the jihad has been going so poorly.

    Be prepared for more mysterious forest fires.

  78. Dr Faustus

    Expensive and oversubscribed electricity.

    Lightbulb moment.

    The nomenklatura needs to make demand management appealing to the proles:

    Electricity Lotto: Win a year’s electricity supply…
    Electricity Gift Cards: Give the gift of electricity to someone you love…
    Red Shield Electricity: Donate some of your electricity ration to someone less fortunate…

  79. egg_

    Malaysian Airlines is not have a good run.

    Classic understatement.
    The tards flew too close to a war zone only a few years back.
    /Cheap airfares cost lives

  80. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NATIONAL AFFAIRS
    Emma Husar ‘used Comcar to visit her divorce lawyer’

    The Australian
    12:00AM July 25, 2018
    Andrew Clennell
    NSW Political Editor
    Sydney
    @aclennell
    Brad Norington
    Associate Editor
    @BradNorington

    Labor MP Emma Husar is alleged to have used the taxpayer-funded Comcar limousine service to visit her divorce lawyer, according to sensational claims understood to be before the internal Labor Party inquiry into her conduct.

    A former staffer, Blake Mooney, who was moved into another job after rows with Ms Husar, including over entitlements, questioned her use of the Comcar for private business when he worked for her, according to party sources. Mr Mooney also questioned her booking a flight to Melbourne on parliamentary entitlements to ­attend a function by progressive political group Emily’s List.

    Ms Husar later forced Mr Mooney out of her office and is claimed to have complained to Bill Shorten’s former chief of staff, ­Andrew Thomas, about his conduct last year.

    From the Oz. There really is no end to the sense of entitlement, is there?

  81. Old School Conservative

    (2nd attempt to pass mods)

    From Breitbart, one of the sickest Hollywood videos ever gets flagged.

    Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon has apologized for a fake baby [email protected] video that went viral on social media this week.
    “In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series ‘Dexter’ and only succeeded in offending. I quickly realized the content was way too distasteful and took the video down immediately. Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologize,” Harmon said in a statement on Monday.

    In the five-minute video, Harmon plays the role of a ped0-phile named Daryl who prescribes sleeping pills to one of his patients so he can molest his newborn child (played by a doll) while he is asleep…

    What sort of human being makes jokes about child [email protected], or films a video of the act?
    Good grief I am sick with the horror of it.

  82. Rockdoctor

    Looks line a Malaysian Airlines plane took off from Brissie with the pitot tube cover on. Whoops!

    Aviation Herald had some commenters stating as such the other day. Seems like the First Officer didn’t complete a walk around check or it was underdone. Malaysia Airlines not having a good run, they had an ok reputation albeit a bit pricey when I was jetting round Asia. If this keeps up they will soon be on par with Air Asia Indonesia for reputation though on one you can’t help one of your planes being blasted from the sky by a squad of drunken Russian rebels with Spetsnaz handlers…

  83. John Constantine

    Trumptopia cannot fence off Mexico, pronounce ecostalinists, as it will be an ecological disaster preventing wolves and cougars entering America.

    They mention Australia’s dingo fence as an ecological disaster that must be pulled down to do dingo rewilding.

    Once animals are removed from agriculture, vegans can have dingo everywhere.

  84. mh

    What sort of human being makes jokes about child [email protected], or films a video of the act?
    Good grief I am sick with the horror of it.

    The types who stand and applaud Hollywood actors when they yell “fuck Trump!”

  85. John Constantine

    The physical wall on the Mexican border will be bulldozed at a music festival in the first hundred days of the next godless commo American wolf loving government.

    Anything so easy to dynamite is less important than more permanent improvement.

  86. Geriatric Mayfly

    Never heard of a pitot tube until today. Prior to this, the chance of a wobbly wing falling off had been my greatest concern.

    information obtained from the pitot static system, such as airspeed, is potentially safety-critical.
    Several commercial airline incidents and accidents have been traced to a failure of the pitot-static system. Examples include Austral Líneas Aéreas Flight 2553, Northwest Airlines Flight 6231, and one of the two X-31s.[6] The French air safety authority BEA said that pitot tube icing was a contributing factor in the crash of Air France Flight 447 into the Atlantic Ocean.[7] In 2008 Air Caraïbes reported two incidents of pitot tube icing malfunctions on its A330s.[8]
    Birgenair Flight 301 had a fatal pitot tube failure which investigators suspected was due to insects creating a nest inside the pitot tube; the prime suspect is the black and yellow mud dauber wasp.
    Wikki.

  87. Geriatric Mayfly

    A plan by Woolworths to build a mammoth apartment and supermarket complex on former ABC studio land in Elsternwick is facing stiff resistance.

    Wondering if Ripponlea will get its land back, pinched by the ABC many moons ago. Did that create a stir! But the ABC bulldozed its way into the gardens eventually.

  88. Tel

    Classic understatement.
    The tards flew too close to a war zone only a few years back.

    Strangely still no public record as to why they managed to routinely avoid that particular warzone, except one particular night for no reason they decided to fly over it… and the conversation with traffic control seems to have simply vanished from history, and the full black box voice recording (which probably contains a copy of that important air traffic control conversation) also just doesn’t want to be published for some reason.

    Been years, some of us are still curious. Not asking much to provide full information to the public.

    I mean, we all know if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about. Right? Right?

  89. Gary

    Pitot tubes are crucial in foreseeing a stall. If your flying X-ground speed (GPS) and have a tail wind close to that your fall out of the sky.

  90. Rae

    My grandmother came out from England in 1928 and went straight to Moorine Rock, living in a tent with a one-year-old

    The Herbig Family Tree

    The tree was the first Australian home of 27 year old Friedrich Herbig who arrived in South Australia in 1855. In 1858 he married 18 year old Caroline Rattey and took her to live in the tree home. The first two of their 16 children were born there. In 1860 he built a two roomed pine and pug hut nearby, and as his family increased, built a stone cottage adjacent to the hut.

  91. Greer’s On R-pe will be published on September 1. The author, a landmark feminist thinker since The Female Eunuch (1970), has drawn strong criticism for her prepublication comments, including a call to lower the “excessive” sentences for rapists.

    She said there was a “general fog of craziness” about r-pe, adding that non-consensual sex was “practically universal in every longstanding relationship”.

    What is she implying? That not desiring but acceding to sex from time to time in a longstanding relationship is non-consensual? That because it is non-consensual it amounts to rape? And, therefore, there are ‘degrees’ of rape?

  92. Greer’s On R-pe will be published on September 1. The author, a landmark feminist thinker since The Female Eunuch (1970), has drawn strong criticism for her prepublication comments, including a call to lower the “excessive” sentences for rapists.

    She said there was a “general fog of craziness” about r-pe, adding that non-consensual sex was “practically universal in every longstanding relationship”.

    What is she implying? That not desiring but acceding to sex from time to time in a longstanding relationship is non-consensual? That because it is non-consensual it amounts to r-pe? And, therefore, there are ‘degrees’ of r-pe?

  93. Greer’s On R-pe will be published on September 1. The author, a landmark feminist thinker since The Female Eunuch (1970), has drawn strong criticism for her prepublication comments, including a call to lower the “excessive” sentences for r-pists.

    She said there was a “general fog of craziness” about r-pe, adding that non-consensual sex was “practically universal in every longstanding relationship”.

    What is she implying? That not desiring but acceding to sex from time to time in a longstanding relationship is non-consensual sex? That because it is non-consensual it amounts to r-pe? And, therefore, that there are ‘degrees’ of r-pe?

    (If you see multiples of this comment in different iterations I’m working out what word/s is being moderated)

  94. Senile Old Guy

    Brisbane Airport confirmed the runway was closed for 90 ­minutes, forcing an Emirates flight from Dubai to divert to Melbourne, and delaying a Cathay ­Pacific flight from Hong Kong. The cause of the problem is thought to have been a failure to remove covers from the pitot tubes that measure airspeed and altitude, and feed that information into the on-board computer.

    In small planes, the “on-board computer” is the pilot. Removing the covers from the pitot tubes, and inspecting them for blockages, is basic training on a single engine plane, as they provide critical information on “airspeed and altitude”, two of the most important pieces of information when flying (one of the others being direction).

  95. Zyconoclast

    Brand new competitor in the victimhood stakes –
    The incident unfolded earlier this month when Khalil Cavil, 20, a waiter at a Saltgrass outpost in Odessa, Tex., posted an image to Facebook that showed a $108 bill with zero on the tip line, and “We don’t tip terrorists,” written in ink at the top. Cavil, who is African American and Caucasian, said that the note was left on one of his tables, and that it left him “sick to my stomach.”
    AA AND Caucasian. But
    “After further investigation, we have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story,” Terry Turney, the chief operating officer of Saltgrass steakhouses, said in a statement.
    So is he an evil white perp or an innocent African American victim? Definitely a victim.

    That could have been Obama’s son.

  96. egg_

    we all know if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about

    Flight planners back in their HO who eat with a knife and fork shouldn’t be too much to ask?
    Perhaps, flight crews’ caps should have a crossed knife and fork crest or you don’t board?
    /IT’s mandate

  97. Delta A

    Death Giraffe
    #2771408, posted on July 24, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Interesting video, Arky. First time I’ve seen sand blasting. It’s an amazing process.

    BTW, you look exactly as I had imagined you. 🙂

  98. C.L.

    In a post on social media on Mother’s Day, she thanked another woman for being an “amazing role model and mother figure in my life when I didn’t have one”.

    It seems this woman wrecked her entire life to be an MP.
    Sad.

  99. C.L.

    Brisbane Airport confirmed the runway was closed for 90 ­minutes, forcing an Emirates flight from Dubai to divert to Melbourne, and delaying a Cathay ­Pacific flight from Hong Kong. The cause of the problem is thought to have been a failure to remove covers from the pitot tubes that measure airspeed and altitude, and feed that information into the on-board computer.

    I seem to recall an Air Crash Investigations ep where the pitot tubes were the culprits.

  100. Confused Old Misfit

    It seems this woman wrecked her entire life to be an MP.

    But the PENSION! For LIFE!!! And the PERKS!!!

  101. C.L.

    All of this reeks of bullshit:

    Novichok victim blames himself after partner put nerve agent on wrists thinking it was perfume.

    Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley says the deadly nerve agent took just 15 minutes to have an impact on his partner after she sprayed it on her wrists.

    Speaking for the first time about his ordeal, Mr Rowley, 45, told British broadcaster ITV News his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, believed the “oily” substance to be perfume.

    Ms Sturgess died on July 8 after the couple became ill on June 30, having been exposed to Novichok contained in a bottle later found in Mr Rowley’s home in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

    Mr Rowley said he felt he was to blame for what happened to Ms Sturgess, but criticised the “irresponsible people” who left the poison there for anybody to pick up.

    “It was just so unfortunate. I’m very angry at the whole incident,” he said.

    “I do have a memory of her spraying it on her wrists and rubbing them together.

    “I guess that’s how she applied it and became ill. I guess how I got in contact with it is when I put the spray part to the bottle … I ended tipping some on my hands, but I washed it off under the tap.

    “It had an oily substance and I smelled it and it didn’t smell of perfume. It felt oily. I washed it off and I didn’t think anything of it. It all happened so quick.

    “Within 15 minutes Dawn said she had a headache. She asked me if I had any headache tablets.

    “I went into the bathroom and found her in the bath, fully clothed, laying in the bath in a very ill state.”

    Mr Rowley said he may have had the bottle in his home for a few days before giving it to Ms Sturgess as a present.

    He said the bottle and dispenser were in a cardboard box and that Ms Sturgess had recognised the brand.

    He described Ms Sturgess as a “lovely lady” and said she had planned to move to Amesbury from John Baker House, her sheltered accommodation in Salisbury, within two weeks.

    Mr Rowley said he could not remember how he came into possession of the supposed perfume, but he believed it “looked expensive”.

  102. Senile Old Guy

    Quadrant online “Just some of the twittered messages emerging from the International Political Science Association summit in Brisbane.”

    It’s male hatred front and centre. No doubt taxpayer (i.e. over 50% male) funded.

    “It’s classic. Women must be twice as prepared.”

    What does that mean? I’ve done many conferences and I can tell you that the women are often not “twice as prepared.”

    Enforced pre-pubescent hormone treatments would fix those deep, dominating male voices:
    Enforced pre-pubescent hormone treatments now!

    Nothing creepy or evil about that!

    If men aren’t the world’s most pressing problem, what about Baby Boomers?

    Just a minute! Men can’t make babies, on their own, so “Baby Boomers” are 50% a female issue.

    The photographer must have picked up a secret penis-to-penis signal. Men send and receive them all the time.

    As a male, I have no idea what this means (and being regarded as just a penis is incredibly demeaning) but does she mean there are no “female to female signals”?

    If this was funded entirely by the people attending I would have less of a problem but 9 Australian Universities, Brisbane and Queensland are sponsors, meaning lots of $AU are being thrown at demonising men. Over 50% of that money will have been made by men.

    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2018/07/life-isnt-easy-political-scientists/

  103. Infidel Tiger

    Is it time to ban Asian pilots?

    I find it ridiculous that I can’t have a single use plastic bag but an Oriental can try and fly a plane.

  104. Tom

    Is it time to ban Asian pilots?

    No. The Japs are very good.

    But I would advise Cats NEVER to fly Malaysia Airlines.

    Failing to do a pre-flight check of pitot tubes on a 300-seat airliner at Brisbane airport is what you’d expect from an unlicensed amateur flying club in Outer Bumfuck.

  105. Tel

    Mr Rowley said he could not remember how he came into possession of the supposed perfume, but he believed it “looked expensive”.

    He means he stole it and doesn’t want to mention.

    Mr Rowley said he felt he was to blame for what happened to Ms Sturgess, but criticised the “irresponsible people” who left the poison there for anybody to pick up.

    Clearly he does remember picking it up then.

    It would be very, very useful if he would take the trouble to explain what happened, possibly other people’s lives are in danger still.

  106. Zyconoclast

    It seems this woman wrecked her entire life to be an MP.
    Sad.

    She has – temporarily – wrecked her children’s lives.

    I couldn’t care less what happens to her.

  107. H B Bear

    Looks like someone inside the Liars has turned on the Husar dirt file drip line. Peanut Head can’t back away fast enough. He has his own problems.

  108. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ducked down to Coles for restaurant Chez Bruce supplies.

    Interesting conversation between the lady in front of me, who would be late 60’s and well dressed, and the checkout lady, roughly about 50.

    Asked if she was collecting the plastic mini-me thingies that Coles is giving out right now, lady said she was. Then she complained how the plastic was terrible and she saw on 4 Corners that the first plastic invented is still around today. Terrible! Probably inside a turtle says the checkout lady, who was in full agreement.

    There you go: ABC propaganda works. I haven’t seen the 4 Corners spiel, but I’d hazard it is 97% rubbish. Anyone who uses plastic pegs knows just how short their lifespan is.

    But the impression I get is the chattering classes now regard plastic as worse than radioactive waste.

    People denigrate Christians for being wowsers. The new religion is ‘way beyond in ascetic craziness.

    I kept mum during the interchange. They’d’ve been horrified that I was buying ebil world destroying mince to feed to birds. The nerve!

  109. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
    I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!
    2:50 AM – 25 Jul 2018

    Wow, he really has nothing left but completely obvious lies.

    Meanwhile, Trump institutes agrarian socialism to offset his protectionism.

  110. Rae

    She has – temporarily – wrecked her children’s lives.

    Not necessarily her alone. The oldest daughters father is involved, and also another woman whom the oldest daughter is comparing to her mother.

    The office bullying issue should have been resolved by now. It’s been under investigation since March.

  111. Infidel Tiger

    It is an outrage that Coles has banned single use plastic bags but continues to give away millions of plastic trinkets.

    If s almost like they are in the virtue signalling business.

  112. Infidel Tiger

    Trump is the new FDR.

    His third term promises to be his best.

  113. I look forward to the Cat joining as one to decry Trump’s bailouts.

  114. .

    cohenite
    #2771740, posted on July 25, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Fuck off troll.

    Infidel Tiger
    #2771742, posted on July 25, 2018 at 10:35 am
    No.

    LOL!

  115. .

    m0nty
    #2771743, posted on July 25, 2018 at 10:36 am
    I look forward to the Cat joining as one to decry Trump’s bailouts.

    You know it is incredibly shit but some will continue to view Trump as God. Subsidies are six-dimensional chess, etc.

  116. Senile Old Guy

    Via Bolt:

    A glittering party attended by some of the stars of Australia’s fashion scene was meant to be a fundraiser, but documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws reveal it lost nearly $140,000 and taxpayers footed the bill.

    One of those stars was Julie Bishop, once again dining out at taxpayer expense. This person costs large sums of money and accomplishes exactly nothing. This is symptomatic of the current LNP.

    In February, Sydney’s cash-strapped Powerhouse Museum splashed hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds on a ball attended by models, designers and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

    What exactly has this to do with foreign ministry? It is an Australian museum, FFS. And why is a “cash-strapped” museum spending “hundreds of thousand of dollars in public funds” on a ball?

    The event was meant to raise money to preserve key pieces of Australia’s fashion history to add to the museum’s collection…

    And why do we need a publicly funded museum of “fashion history”?

  117. Newly-ordained German priest hosts ‘homoerotic’ service in Catholic church: “The whole church became a dance floor, even the altar area,” kath.net reported. “There the dancer took the Gospel in his hand, stepped almost naked to the ambo, and lolled suggestively in front of the altar.”

    Afterwards Fr. Thomas Steiger of Tübingen, a pastor and radio personality, gave a talk on the “eroticism of the faith,” speaking of “a sensual love for Jesus.”

    According to kath.net, a young man interrupted the service by shouting that everyone should undress and began to follow his own advice, standing up to display his naked torso. Some of the attendees, among whom were children, left early.

    “Worshipers told kath.net that there was a clearly homophile, yes, homoerotic event in a consecrated church,” the news site reported.

    The clerics in Germany have allowed themselves to be perverted by the spirit of the age on the public dime.

  118. Stimpson J. Cat

    You really need to watch that Jeff Sessions video I linked.
    He shows his true colors.
    It’s happening.

  119. Leigh Lowe

    Pitot tube covers are usually well disguised and difficult to see with the naked eye.

  120. Gab

    They most certainly were never ever “single use” plastic bags. Stop perpetuating the myth, IT.

  121. Gary

    Dot

    The way I see it whoever is in charge picks the losers I would rather they didn’t have hat power but that’s how it is. But I wouldn’t give m0nty credit since he’s only wedging to stir sh$t.

  122. H B Bear

    In February, Sydney’s cash-strapped Powerhouse Museum splashed hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds on a ball attended by models, designers and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

    The Performing Stick Insect enjoying her remaining time on the Titanic. Once da bruvvas dispatch Peanut Head after Super Saturday the Waffleworthian era loses the only thing keeping the Lieborals in the game.

  123. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fun to see M0nty supporting the communists in China.
    They’re the ones with the humungous soy tariffs.

  124. Senile Old Guy

    Pitot tube covers are usually well disguised and difficult to see with the naked eye.

    LL is joking but Pilot Training 101 is a walk around inspection before every flight, checking the pitot tubes for blockages.

  125. hzhousewife

    Asked if she was collecting the plastic mini-me thingies that Coles is giving out right now, lady said she was. Then she complained how the plastic was terrible and she saw on 4 Corners that the first plastic invented is still around today. Terrible! Probably inside a turtle says the checkout lady, who was in full agreement.

    lol
    I said to someone in the coffee queue earlier this week that it was a pity we were going to have to give up our credit cards and plastic money. She was very very confused until I reminded her that these items are made of plastic, and sure to be banned.

  126. Fisky

    Brisbane Airport confirmed the runway was closed for 90 ­minutes, forcing an Emirates flight from Dubai to divert to Melbourne, and delaying a Cathay ­Pacific flight from Hong Kong. The cause of the problem is thought to have been a failure to remove covers from the pitot tubes that measure airspeed and altitude, and feed that information into the on-board computer.

    Disabling those tubes is what brought down the Air France flight off the coast of Brazil.

  127. C.L.

    In case you missed, the world’s media (including CNN) reported yesterday that North Korea has verifiably begun dismantling nuke facilities.

    The greatest foreign policy triumph of our time.

  128. C.L.

    Good points, Tel.
    Clearly the lying idiot stole the bottle of nerve agent.
    Kind of important to know from whom and where.

  129. Fun to see M0nty supporting the communists in China.
    They’re the ones with the humungous soy tariffs.

    Trump started the war. Now he’s bailing out voters in key marginal electorates with wads of cash. (I guess the manufacturers like Whirlpool who are getting killed with steel prices can go f themselves.)

  130. Brisbane Airport confirmed the runway was closed for 90 ­minutes, forcing an Emirates flight from Dubai to divert to Melbourne, and delaying a Cathay ­Pacific flight from Hong Kong. The cause of the problem is thought to have been a failure to remove covers from the pitot tubes that measure airspeed and altitude, and feed that information into the on-board computer.

    Malaysian Airlines eh?
    Was the pilot responsible named;
    Chee Hwee Liu, or
    Mohammed Zainal.

  131. Bruce of Newcastle

    (I guess the manufacturers like Whirlpool who are getting killed with steel prices can go f themselves.)

    M0nty – I doubt that. Whirlpool fridges are made in India. I know this to my regret. Plastic pegs last longer. I now have a kiwi fridge.

  132. Ah, I see CNN has the tape of Trump’s conversation with Cohen about the Karen McDougal playmate payoff from the million-dollar slush fund filled with corporate bribes. Fun times!

  133. Mother Lode

    *In addition, any actions the world takes to limit carbon pollution will also impact the profitability of some businesses

    Which will be more than compensated for by growth in eco-tourism.

    They included the quoted point because the eco-tourism thing goes without saying.

    There is nothing I like more than travelling to another national park and seeing perhaps 1% of it because stepping off a track will cause cataclysmic destruction of all the pristine natural beauty. I love being the 100,000th white person to step where no white person has stepped before – but always acknowledging the traditional subsistence hunter-gatherers!

  134. I thought monty endorsed bailouts, or is that restricted to publicly-funded abortions?

  135. Rae

    cohenheit.

    You seem very angry about things. Spending most of the days and nights arguing with all and sundry about any and every thing. Why is that? RUOK?

  136. Farmer Gez

    Ah, I see CNN has the tape of Trump’s conversation with Cohen about the Karen McDougal playmate payoff from the million-dollar slush fund filled with corporate bribes. Fun times

    I had a quick check on Karen McDougal on the net.
    Trump isn’t going to lose any male support on this one and will pick up young men’s vote out of sheer admiration.
    You’ve got to realise Monty, winning politics doesn’t beat popularity.

  137. Stimpson J. Cat

    Trump is God.

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!

  138. Tel

    Meanwhile, Trump institutes agrarian socialism to offset his protectionism.

    A well tested method of buying votes, used by almost everyone in the US system, except perhaps Rand Paul or someone “extremist” like that.

    Normally the President needs to haggle with Congress, not sure what happened in this case, I’m sure Trump got help from a few of the rural belt Senators. Lets face it though, Obama’s massive food stamp program was essentially a farm bailout (indirect, but that’s how it works).

  139. Rae

    I had a quick check on Karen McDougal on the net.

    Very attractive woman. Better looking than Melania. Nice smile. Doesn’t have that down-in-the-mouth Slovene look.

  140. zyconoclast

    NBN write-down ‘appears inevitable’: S&P

    The NBN risks being relegated to a “network of last resort” amid the rise of 5G mobile services, and a write-down of the massive infrastructure project by the federal government “appears inevitable” global credit ratings agency Standard & Poors has declared.

  141. cohenite

    Trump doesn’t hang out with ordinary women. For me the best is Sarah.

  142. Baldrick

    The Troll 👹™ appears very needy today. Take pity on it and keep scrolling.

  143. Stimpson J. Cat

    HuffPost
    @HuffPost
    Lookism — discriminatory treatment of unattractive people — is real, and its effects on men and women are well-documented. But to radical incels, it represents something deeply sinister.

  144. C.L.

    The radio news keeps telling me a singer called Debbie has had a drug overdose.

    ?

  145. .

    The NBN risks being relegated to a “network of last resort” amid the rise of 5G mobile services, and a write-down of the massive infrastructure project by the federal government “appears inevitable” global credit ratings agency Standard & Poors has declared.

    You heard it on the Cat first! Just about every flaw and obvious failure was predicted here, even up to a decade ago with mind-blowing accuracy.

  146. .

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2771825, posted on July 25, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    HuffPost
    @HuffPost
    Lookism — discriminatory treatment of unattractive people — is real, and its effects on men and women are well-documented. But to radical incels, it represents something deeply sinister.

    Look at the misandry there. Implying that only men flip out. Did “lookism” make Andrea Dworkin inflict generational misery on women who are younger and more attractive than her?

  147. egg_

    It is an outrage that Coles has banned single use plastic bags but continues to give away millions of plastic trinkets.

    McChokey the sea turtle can choke on mini rubbish, instead.

  148. Stimpson J. Cat

    JC, remember you asked me about the significance of the shoes.

    What a coincidence.

  149. H B Bear

    So what is the write down on the NBN going to be so the government can flog it before they have to bring $20 to 30 billion dollars in debt onto the Cth balance sheet? Somewhere between 20 and 30 billion is my guess?

    Lucky KRuddy was an economic conservative otherwise he and Wayne Goosesteen could have really done some damage.

  150. Rae

    So what is the write down on the NBN going to be

    Zero.

  151. Stimpson J. Cat

    The radio news keeps telling me a singer called Debbie has had a drug overdose.
    ?

    Demi Lovato C. L.

  152. Herodotus

    … in addition, any actions the world takes to limit carbon pollution will also impact the profitability of some businesses …
    How did this little admission sneak onto Their ABC?

    Just a few years ago the ABC were running Garnaut and Stern on a daily basis telling us that the economic fortunes flowing from climate action were unarguable.

  153. Herodotus

    Demi Lovato? Does she have a better half?

  154. old bloke

    cohenite
    #2771801, posted on July 25, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Fuck off trolls.

    I thought that IT threatened to withdraw funding for this blog unless Grigs was given the boot.

    What happened? Did Grigs come back with a better offer?

  155. egg_

    I thought that IT threatened to withdraw funding for this blog unless Grigs was given the boot.

    Better intellectual debate was to be had with Joh.
    /Intellectual decline

  156. Makka

    Greece: Illegal Migrant Arrivals Surge 122 Percent, 7,000 Intercepted on Turkish Border in Last Week

    Erdogan rattling the cup. Eu will cough up.

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